currently coveting…Eloquii

For 2015, I want to step up my style game.

I really want to hone it and find a focus.  I have always been a bit all over the map, I self confess to being a chameleon, but I really think it’s time to mature my style and wear the things I really love.

I think I did a good job last year, but I want to keep pushing.

For a long time, I was too scared to wear what I craved and opted for safe, fat girl style.  Now, there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just through blogging, I have really found my confidence and I feel like all those things that I would admire from afar and wish I had the guts, gumption and events to wear things to are not so far fetched and not so intimidating anymore.

Which leads me to today’s post.

I’ve heard spades on how excellent Eloquii is and I briefly popped over to the site when they were fresh up.  I had a peek around, found some lovely items, and for some reason, hadn’t returned.

It’s probably because I feel so comfortable with shopping my go to’s {ASOS & forever21}.   But 2014 was so full of new brands launching and myself discovering new designers, shops and brands that it seems completely wrong to keep shopping just the same old stand by’s {even though I’ve racked up massive wishlists on them both recently}.  I really want to expand my horizons, experiment and support new brands as well as some indie designers.

I decided to pop on over to Eloquii and HOLY SHIZZBALLS I fell in love with sooo many items!!

As I said, I want to focus my style a bit more, and part of that is I want to master the art of monochrome layering.  I am a massive fan of Stephanie from Faiiint and she is an all black, head to toe, layering grandmaster!

I know the key to making a full, head to toe, all black or monochrome outfit a success and not just drab is textures and that is what I am after this year.

Eloquii has the tools I need!

currently coveting // eloquii // margotmeanie.com

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currently coveting // eloquii // margotmeanie.com

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I adore the limited palette of items I picked out, everything in black, white or grey.  Some may see this as drab, but I see possibility! You can always throw in one colour and it gives a mighty loud pop to any look.

But I don’t think a pop of colour will be all that necessary as the textures are so perfect.  Laser cut, metallics, fringe, draping,  knits, faux leather, the right mix of these and it will have a hefty impact!

Some of these items are true statement pieces, while others are beautifully rethought basics, which make them look ultra posh.

Eloquii’s price point is higher than I normally spend, but I also look at these as more investment pieces and not throw away fashion.  I truly think I could get a few years worth of wear out of these pieces and not just a couple of seasons.

But they are not without there deals and steals as well! Their sale section is stocked with drastically reduced items, {a few of them are in this list} and they currently have a promo going where if you buy three items, on sale or not, they are giving 50% off!!

I have not had much of a budget for shopping since I left the tattoo shop, but I’m really hoping I can manage to pick up a few items with that 50% off promo soon!

{Edit: some items have sold out already and the links are dead!}

Have you shopped with Eloquii yet?  Or are there any pieces you’re feeling here or on the site?  Let me know!

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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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Holiday Gift Guide: for cat ladies

We’re on the the second half of my Holiday Gift Guide series, after today only two more to go!!

All of these lists have been dear to my heart.  I’m sure today’s theme of “crazy cat lady” is no surprise!  It was hard to narrow it down to just these items!!

 

holiday wishlist : for cat ladies  // margotmeanie.com

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Does anything here make you purr with delight?!

I seriously found so many things, I really need to bring back my Caturday feature!

You can see the rest of my Holiday Gift Guide series here:

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Holiday Gift Guide: for star gazers

Here is my third installment to my  Holiday Gift Guide series this month.

Today’s list “for star gazers” is dedicated to those fascinated by the cosmos.  Whether her heart beats for science or mysticism, she will love these items!

holiday wishlist : for star gazers  // margotmeanie.com

 

holiday wishlist : for star gazers  // margotmeanie.com

Do these items make you feel starry eyed?  Which item sends you over the moon?

You can see the rest of my Holiday Gift Guide series here:

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Holiday Gift Guide: for blogger babes

Continuing on with my Holiday Gift Guide series, this entry is for the blogger babe in your life!

These gals like luxury, items that make blogging or taking photos easier, organize busy schedules or special items to sass up an outfit!

 

holiday wishlist : for blogger babes  // margotmeanie.com

  • “Blog Life” I have only seen this available at a local shop called The Barefoot Contessa, in Vancouver
  • 4 in 1 ollioclip ipad lens kit
  • Filofax personal organizer
  • Statement jewelry {this one is from Cool Gal Blue}
  • Essie nail effects, nail appliques
  • Perfume, I am partial to Vera Wang “Princess” , Nina Ricci’s “Nina” & “Miss Dior”
  • Moschino Barbie doll magic iphone case {or any cute novelty phone case}

holiday wishlist : for blogger babes  // margotmeanie.com

 

See anything you fancy?  Anything that’s been eluding your closet?

Visit my other lists in this years Holiday Gift Guide series:

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House of Fraser // junarose

I couldn’t help but be woo’ed by this little black number by Danish brand, Junarose.  I have been admiring their brand for sometime, but had yet to indulge myself.  So when I was approached by House of Fraser, who wanted to get the word out about their ever expanding plus department, to pick an item I was like “HELLS YES!”

Up until then, I had been aware of House of Fraser, but was woefully unaware that they ship to Canada.  I’m very happy to be adding a new destinaion for Canadian plus sized shoppers!

margot meanie // House of Fraser // junarose

margot meanie // House of Fraser // junarose

margot meanie // House of Fraser // junarose

It was reeeeeally hard to pick.  Their plus selection is truly diverse and incredibly well stocked with fashionable items!

In the end the  little black dress spoke to me the loudest, perhaps it’s because it was also the sparkliest!

I styled this dress a couple different ways.

Honestly, this dress does not require any additional adornments, as it, itself is a jewel!  But I wanted to share a few ways to do up this dress for different events.

The first look a bit more edgy and would be great for a dolled up house party.  I accessorized with some chunky platform boots and some geometric silver jewelry.  I did a smoky eye, with strong winged eyeliner {kinda a staple in my make up routine} and I did a softer lip, which was a Covergirl creme lipstick called “romantic”.

margot meanie // House of Fraser // junarose

margot meanie // House of Fraser // junarose

margot meanie // House of Fraser // junarose

margot meanie // House of Fraser // junarose

junarose dress c/o House of Fraser

 

The other, a little more classic and perfect for a work holiday party or a New Years event.  I went with a simple, yet impressive heel and some big bling in my ears.  With this look I kept the strong upper lid eyeliner, but did a super sparkly soft pinky peach, eyeshadow as my lower lid eyeliner, while rocking a red ombre lip.  I used Rimmel’s Kate Moss branded matte lipstick in #107, which has been a favourite of mine since I got it {I actually need a new one} and I used a burgundy eye shadow from an Almay palette, to contour the outer lip.

The clutch and both these shoes are from my recent score whilst thrift shopping, I took better photos of them and shared them on my instagram.

I’ve already worn this once, to the closing night of V.Alt and I’m looking forward to more occasions and parties in the near future to bring this one out!

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science/visions winter 2014 lookbook by Domino Dollhouse

science/visions winter 2014 lookbook by domino dollhouseI swoon!

That is how I felt once I got a peek of the new { Science/Visions } winter 2014 Domino Dollhouse lookbook!  The collection is dramatic, clean, modern, dark & intriguing.  Definitely after my heart!

Here are a few of my favourite pieces and editorial photos: {all images courtesy of Domino Dollhouse, click the image to enlarge}

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science/visions winter 2014 lookbook by domino dollhouse

 

From Domino Dollhouse:

For our Winter 2014 collection, we wanted to focus on 2 things: fashion and wearability. Inspired by movies like
Bladerunner and Tron, we wanted to offer something the plus size community had never seen before. For our
Science/Visions collection, we are offering a taste of everyday luxury in a way that is anything but basic. We
focused on luscious, soft stretch jerseys and added edge-y accents, such as faux stretch suede and perforated
pleather. These pieces are perfect for everyday wear…the ultimate in cool comfort. This entire collection was
Made in the USA by a plus size woman-owned factory and the quality is superb. The Science/Visions pieces are
available in sizes 1X-4X and range from $35-140. The collection will be launched on 11.14.14.

What do you guys think??  I absolutely adore the palette and the textures look lux and edgy!  I’d love to get my hands on a few pieces, specifically the moon leggings, that silky looking purpley grey crop tee, the geometric print maxi set and that jacket with the perforated faux leather!

As I said… I swoon! 

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