hmmm.. my thoughts on Target’s new Designer collection

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Target and a slew of top plus size bloggers were giddy with the announcement today about a new designer collection that will be rolling out into stores and online April 19th.

The newest designer collection will be Lilly Pulitzer for Target and it is aimed to be a fun, bright, summer resort line that will be including accessories, housewares and clothing...that will be offered in sizing up to a 3x or 26w! 

If you follow Chasity of Garnerstyle, you will know of her open letter to Target and her boycott of them after they released their last designer collection and how she was fed up of plus sizes being excluded.

The good news is, they listened, and it seems like they’re treating this line as a peace offering of sorts.  The bad news is, and this is just my interpretation after reading Chastity’s post today about the line, is that we need to show Target we are here to buy it or else they won’t be offering this chance to us again.

But what if we don’t like it?

The inclusion of plus in this collection is great!  But it also sticks us in a hard place.  We want more of these opportunities, but what if the collection fails to appeal to some of our sensibilities?  I want these collections to move forward while including a plus size range, but if I can’t see myself wearing the items from this ONE collection, and I don;t buy it, I’ll never be offered anything like this again??!

I’d want to vote with my wallet, but buying something I’d never wear just to give a huge corporation my cash for a place card to be a repeat shopper in the future seems hollow.

I hate when we’re placed between a rock and a hard place.  It’s like being in a “take this or you’ll never be offered a nice thing again” situation.  Doesn’t that almost seem abusive?

There may be pieces I like, I haven’t seen everything yet, but in all honesty, I am not a bright, summer-y, pattern loving girl. {GASP!}.

And I know I’m not the only fashion loving plus girl who will feel the same way.

Another point of contention from me is the plus size range will be sold online exclusively.

Once again, plus size women are relegated to having to shop from home, guess their sizing/fit and wait dutifully by the door for a package to arrive, while straight size girls get to try the items on for fit on launch day and walk out the front door of Target, happy with their new pieces.

  • No waiting
  • No guessing
  • No worrying it won’t fit and you might have to return it.

I’m sure I’m not the only one getting sick of having to do 99.9% of my shopping online.

Why are forced to shop this way?!!

I kind of went on a rant in Chasity’s comment section and realised, I should really be sharing this here as well and start a discussion with you.

My ultimate take away from reading Chastity’s post today is that she,  Nicolette Mason and I think Gabi Gregg, {based off of some instagram photos I believe I saw a while back} are, I hope, going to be involved with them somehow at some point.

That, is something I really want to see! 

So what are you thoughts?  How do you feel about this line? Do you think you’ll be buying it.  How do you feel about plus size shoppers being placed in this tricky position?

 

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twenty fourteen: a love letter…of sorts

Dear 2014,

You were an interesting year, though that can be said about all years, I suppose.  when you were kind, you were exceedingly kind and when you were cruel you really hit me where it hurt.

But overall, you pushed me.  Sometimes I struggled, but I think, mostly I flourished and I thank you for what I have learned.

I saw a big change in my professional life, which is still resolving itself.  As sad as I was about losing that part of my identity, {working within the body mod “industry”}, which was a big blow, it forced me away from my comfortable rut.  I wasn’t going anywhere with it, just remaining stagnant, only increasingly bitter with ownership and their lack of care.  With them closing up shop, it made me look at who I was and who I wanted to be and how I want to be living my life.  I’m still working on it, but I’m getting there and happier.

Knowing I have a partner that’s always got my back and wants me to flourish as I figure it all out is something I could not be more grateful for.  Mister Meanie, you are my rock and the bees knees!

I lost someone close to me, and that was the deepest cut.  That one just leaves a scar.  Though I think it might still be an open wound.

But on the flip side, I have friends who are regaining their health after fight tooth & claw, which is wonderful and I am so happy to see them continue on to their new, different and promising lives.

2014, you blessed me with this blog.  When I started this thing September of last year {well, September 2013 as I’m late with this post}, I was not entirely sure where it would take me.

What I didn’t realise was I was strapping on wings.

I have made friends globally and I have gotten over a lot of my shyness {well in cyber land at least, let’s hope that transfers over to in person as well} I started off as a lurker, peepin’ and creepin’ on blogs and bloggers I admired.  After a while I started to make comments here and there and with opening up, I found many kindred spirits.

The people I have met this year have inspired me, supported me and become my colleagues as well as friends.  They have spurred me on to do bigger and better things.  I am so happy to have gotten to know you all.

Overall, 2014, you took  me out of my comfort zone.  And I am so thankful for that. I had many successes linked to this blog, most of which I outlined in my 1st year blogiversay post, but projects, events and features galore happened this year and it was fantastic! I took fashion risks I wouldn’t have done in 2013 and I don’t really regret any of them! I hope to continue this well into the future.

My hopes and goals for 2015 are to keep putting myself out there.  I want to continue to push forward, I want to refine myself.  I want to refine my blog {I have a lot of ‘housekeeping’  I’d like to implement as well as finally make the switch to wordpress.org.}  I want to take some classes.  I want to start my duolingo french lessons again, I was getting pretty good.  {if you are interested in learning a new language, I strongly suggest duolingo, it’s a free app and helps with speaking, reading and writing in new languages.} I want to learn and do and create.

So goodbye, 2014.  You have changed me, I’m looking forward to how I can change 2015. I leave you with some of my favourite looks from the past year and some of the bloggers who have become dear to me!

Happy New Year you lovely beasts!

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some bloggers, in no particular order, that made 2014 extra special:

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michelle glitter in the dirt aarti curves become her vanessa sweetleigh zadry curves a la mode

alex not afriad to wear heels curvily cynthia flight of the fat girl hanna wewars

horror kitsch bitch isabel dressing outside the box just biffi  kate london james

Mariko gamerwife  Miss Fatbulous Plus Size Blog mrs bebenatty nikki

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assa curves and curls emerald how to be dope  weesha worldXL as life

chubble bubble domino dollhouse Pia mixed fat chick Katana Fatalestine fatshion peepshow

 

I could go on and on and on and on with the lovely people I have met this year, but this group was especially impactful. ♥

 

 

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Well, this Miss piled a wee too much on her plate!  Not to complain, but just more of an excuse as to why I haven’t gotten around to all the blog plans I had wanted to do.

I missed out on my holiday gift guide : for fan girls as while I was building it, the items kept selling out! Which is great for the sellers, most of whom are independent.  I’m sure I will still make it, but it will end up being on my coveted list instead of a gift guide.  I also found oodles of local goodies to build another coveted list after attending a craft fair in my neighbourhood.

I had also wanted to get a few holiday looks in before the big holiday actually arrived, but with crafting my buns off and enjoying ugly sweater parties, hunkering down watching Scrooged, A Christmas Story & Die Hard with friends as well as hosting a crafty gift exchanges, I just haven’t had the time.

So, with that, I will be taking a few days off from the blog to thoroughly enjoy the rest of the week and all the wonderfulness it shall bring. {here’s hoping fora wee bit of snow for x-mas day, however unlikely that is}  I will more than likely be keeping you up to date on my instagram and I will try and share some goodies on my facebook.

I will 100% be posting at least one look but hoping for two before New Years and if I can I will try and get a dress guide up for all you lovely dolls as well, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep!

I also want to write up a bit of a love letter to 2014 as well as a sum up of my favourite looks from each season, but I’m guessing those will come after New Year’s Day.

Let me know what you’ve been up to! What are your favourite parts of this year? What’s been keeping you busy?  And what are your favourite holiday movies?

I leave you with warm wishes & some photos of my home all decked out in holiday bliss!

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ho ho ho!

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one lovely blog // best friends of bloggers

I have been a bloggy blog slacker lately!! yeeesh!

Last week over a week ago, the lovely and wonderfully geeky Mariko from Gamerwife nominated me for two blog awards, as she, herself was nominated for both!  I appreciate that she combined them into one and made it an option to either choose to answer 5 questions or reveal 7 facts about ourselves.

I’ve not been nominated for this style of blog award before.  Up until now I had only been aware of the Liebster award. I know they’re more like blogger chain letters than actual awards, but they are cute, fun and sent with the positive intention of highlighting blogs you like. Which I am totally on board for!

I have chosen to do “The 7 deadly facts about Margot Meanie”:

1Margot Meanie is not my real name *gasp*, but I know that’s probably hardly a surprise.  It is an alias I came up with 13 or 14 years ago now.  I was designing a character somewhat similar to Emily the Strange, she was a red haired goth brat wearing a skull bow on top of her head with a stoic stuffed bat friend named Mortimer. I didn’t do much to flesh her out, but somehow the name stuck. I won’t be divulging my IRL name, but, I do answer to Margot! I  have even  given genuine thought to actually changing it.

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2- I am a crafty bugger!  I LOVE to craft things.  My current crafty obsession is cross stitching.  I’ve done some fun ambitious pieces in the past year or two that were full of colour and tons of stitches, but recently I started doing slightly macabre and very minimalist designs.

My big crafty aspiration is to learn how to work with resin and how to create my own molds to make blasphemous nerdy jewelry!

3- I can make a triple loop with my tongue!

4- I am a kitchen wizard!  I have even thought about starting a cooking blog, but I want a better camera first.  Food blogs are all about the pretty, mouth watering  pictures, right?!  I cook almost everything from scratch and I like to challenge myself with new things.  I seldom use a recipe, unless it has to do with baking.  I’m not the best baker because I like to free form way too much and sticking to the rules can be such a drag, but if you don’t it ruins your baking!

5- I like to open all the tabs whilst internet browsing and close them as I go.  I feel productive that way, like I’m ticking stuff of my list.  I know it drives some people batty.

6- I have 13 tattoos, one is a cover up.  I always meant to write a tattoo post about cover ups and how they work.  Hopefully I will get around to that at some  point.  I also had a request to talk about white ink tattoos that I’d like to write up as well.  Some of my most popular posts on my blog have to do with tattoos and tattoo etiquette, and  I really haven’t written about them much as of late.

7- I am a a fan of unlucky, spooky & devilish things! Black cats, the number 13, Ouija boards, anything to do with Hallowe’en?  I’m generally on board.  I used to be über gothy but as I “grew up” I tamed it down a bit.  I would never say I’m a” recovering goth” as there is nothing to recover from,  I allow my gothy undertones to shine whenever they may! And as I have said many times before I have always been a style chameleon, so even at my gothiest, I would still wear items not deemed “goth”.   I truly do and wear what I want, I kind of hate subscribing to labels.

Which brings me to an a couple of outfit photos from this past week   I wore this to go Hallowe’en shopping with my bestie.  If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably seen one of these already!

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I’m wearing a striped dress I purchased from Forever21 last year {similar, similar}, with a button up sleeveless chiffon blouse underneath, also from Forever21 {this item might just be my #1 staple!!} I’m also wearing a New Look Inspire waterfall faux leather jacket also from last year {similarsimilar} which is pretty much my favourite jacket I’ve ever owned!!

I over accessorized with extra chunky resin bangles, some skeletons earrings & a handful of candy corn.

Blogger Awards

Now it’s my turn to nominate 5 bloggers to choose to either reveal 7 deadly facts about themselves or to answer me these questions three!  {it was supposed to be five questions, but Monty Python}

1. What is your favourite book or book series?  {this includes comics or graphic novels}

2.What is you favourite meal to make?  Can you share the recipe?!

3.What is your favourite Autumn outfit? Let see some photos!

I choose to nominate Raissa from The Leather Fanny Pack, Nikki from Natty Nikki,  Alex from Not Afraid To Wear Heels,  Kate from How Kate Does Fashion & Aarti from Curves Become Her

I would like to thank Mariko again!  sorry this was so late, I’ll stop being lazy now!

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// 365 //

Today is my blogiversary!!

I started my blogging journey 365 days ago with my very first post being about a Harry Potter party I hosted!

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{my original blog name was a bit of a mouthful }

It’s been a crazy journey so far and it’s only been one year!  So much has happened, I’ve learned so much and made so many new friends!

Why did I start blogging in the first place?  What were my goals?  My aspirations and hopes for this place to become?

I wanted to start a lifestyle blog and become an alternative Martha Stewart mixed with fashion, or something to that measure.  I wanted to share ideas on hosting parties, craft beer, mixed drinks,  food, restaurants, local events, tattoos, make up, traveling, the whole lot.

Eventually it became far too overwhelming for me and I felt scattered, so I began to focus on a few topics instead.

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{from an early entry “how to host a beerfest at home” really, it’s just a clever party idea to drink lots of beer & eat fondue!}

I wanted something that I could grow in to a business.

I’ve always worked for other people, helping their businesses grow when all I’ve ever wanted was to work for myself and a blog seemed like a perfect starting point.

I  also stuck in a rut.

I had been working in a tattoo shop for years and was constantly surrounded by amazing and talented artists, but I let it get into my head that I wasn’t as talented and I stopped creating.  This space gave me a new creative outlet that I was desperately in need of and the confidence to get back to being creative!

I will always be grateful for all I learned there.   I met some important people in my life {seriously go check out my bestie, Amanda Meowzen she’s crazy talented} It was a sad day when the shop closed and we all headed in our own directions.

I must also sheepishly, admit to some narcissistic motives as well.  I wanted to be one of those stylish girls I saw everyday on pinterest! But I also wanted to share any and all knowledge I had about obtaining fashionable, plus size clothing in Canada.  I wanted to make other women feel beautiful & empowered and to encourage them to play with fashion on their own terms.

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When I began, I read so many blogs about blogging it made my head spin.  But, as I went along, I started learning the ropes and finding my voice.  I eventually found my focus, and realised I didn’t need a million blogs telling me how run my to blog.

When I go back and read my first entries now I’m jarred by how I would write, like I’m trying to write a catalogue or something.  It wasn’t me, I was pretending to be a fake version of myself in order to make my blog look professional or to sell myself as someone you would want to follow.  What a silly thing, and it wasn’t making me happy.

Slowly, I let this place become me.  I feel comfortable here and I find that I’ve gotten the most rewards for being just me, which is reward in itself.

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This year has been what I would call a success.

I have made new friends around the globe {I can’t wait to travel and meet them all in person some day!!}.

I work with two blogging groups to keep our creative juices flowing for monthly challenges. We also support each other when we’re feeling down or if we need advice.

I’ve won contests and been gifted clothing items.  I’ve been featured by amazing, successful and supportive bloggers on very respected blogs {zaftig times, my curves & curls, extra large as life & Haute Macabre}, and I’ve made it into two digital magazines {Dare & Bustle}.

I’ve been interviewed by the lovely Lindsay, shop owner of Bad Luxe Boutique, for her shop blog.

And I started a hashtag, #alternativecurves, which has blossomed into both an amazingly supportive community of alternative plus size babes on instagram , and also a blog hop for alternative and quirky style bloggers!  {keep your eyes peeled next week, it’s out first challenge!}

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These are the lessons I’ve learned through my first year of blogging:

  • bloggers are amazingly supportive!
  • be yourself, there is no good reason not to be.  People want to get to know you!
  • keep writing, your voice will come through eventually.  I find it easy to just think I’m talking to one person.
  • read other blogs!!  And comment on them!  Don’t be shy, I was painfully shy when I started, but no one will know you’re there reading if you don’t chime into the conversation! After a while, they’ll be curious who you are and look into your blog.
  • it may seem lonely at first, but you’ll find friends…fast!! Just remember to comment!
  • try keeping to a schedule if you can, but if you’re just not feeling it, it’s ok not to post.
  • don’t apologize for not posting! It’s your blog, you post when you want to.  Your readers are not waiting with bated breath to hear from you, but they will be happy when they do get something up!
  • it’s also ok to change your blog!!  Whether it be the look, theme, focus.  This is who you are, you’re figuring it out, you have time to play around and find your comfort zone.
  • block out the haters, if you get any, delete their comments and go about your day.  But if you do receive negative feedback, keep this in mind; it means people are taking notice of you!!
  • You will always get way more love through blogging than hate, don’t let that hold you back!

This community has been a beautiful thing to be a part of! It’s been such a rad ride so far and I can’t wait to see where the next year will take me!

Thank you all so much for following me!  

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// my wedding was a circus //

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If you follow me on instagram, then you know I was celebrating ten years together with my partner this past Thursday!!  It’s crazy to think a whole blissful decade has passed since we first got together!!  We have shared in so many adventures, triumphs, hardships and joys.

I also gave the heads up that our wedding anniversary was not even a week later. Four years ago today, on a very hot afternoon on Friday the 13th in East Vancouver, I married my favourite person on the planet.

We had a blast of a wedding, as we had a full out rock n roll, carnival wedding!  We were decked out in vintage carnival games, hand painted photo cutouts and a home built photo booth!

The day was a huge success due to weeks & weeks of DIY work by both ourselves, family and close friends, which we will eternally be grateful for! Everything from the massive props and signs, to the candy apple bouquet, to my dress & dessert table was the result of hard work from amazing people I’m honoured to know & love.

It was a wonderful day, surrounded by so many of our favourite people, partying it up and celebrating love.

I hope you enjoy these photos, most were taken by a photographer friend, Fatal Pixels.

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I’ll be taking the rest of this week off from blogging, but I’ll be updating instagram for sure and we’ll probably both be on pinterest our fair share, you can check me out on pinterest here, and Mister Meanie here! { isn’t it great he took my last name ;-)  }

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Thank you // 10 Alternative Plus Size Bloggers You Should Be Following

 

 

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I just want to give a HUGE Thank You to Michelle over at Zaftig Times, she shared a post titled “10 Alternative Plus Size Bloggers You Should Be Following” and kindly included me in the list!  She featured some amazingly fierce ladies,  I recommend you go and check out the list and see if there is anyone you haven’t been following yet!

It’s really an honour being mentioned amongst these names, as I’m relatively new to blogging but falling deeper in love with it everyday!

I also want to thank all of the wonderful new followers that have sought me out!  I really am overwhelmed by the love this community gives!

You all inspire me so much.  I’m feeling a lot of gratitude right meow.

Much love!

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