before you know it you’ll be on your knees

shirt dress // margot meanie

There is something about a dress that can make it look like you put a lot of thought and effort into creating an outfit, when really, you just threw it on.

Today I am rocking one of my fav pieces to wear, the shirt dress.

This particular shirt dress is from Ross, I can’t remember if it’s from the one in downtown Seattle or downtown Portland.  I always seem to have luck in Ross, I will almost always find something and it will be dirt cheap.  I believe this dress was $13.

Whenever I’m in the states, I make an effort to find a Ross or Marshalls, as they usually have cheap plus items, though the selections in the Seattle and Portland store where significantly smaller then the massive selections and finds to that of the Ross on the Las Vegas strip {that store is CRAZY, I once bought 3 Betsey Johnson purses for $5-15 each and got two cocktail dresses, one was $11 and one was on sale for $7…is that not ridiculous?!!}

shirt dress // margot meanie

shirt dress // margot meanie

But back to this dress.  This is a shirt dress and I just love how versatile this style can be.  It makes a lovely daytime dress, can be professional looking for an office or an interview and can be jazzed up with some jewelry and some bangin shoes for a dinner out.

I usually opt to leave the top buttons undone on this, but I was feeling it all buttoned up the other day.  I also like the straps to hold the sleeves up if you choose to roll them up, but there is a nice double button detail if you choose to wear the sleeves down.

I’m also wearing my New Look Inspire waterfall jacket {from last year, here’s a similar one} which you have seen on me oodles of times now.  It’s just a perfect jacket, especially for Vancouver.  Here I am in the middle of January and this was all the jacket I needed for our weather lately.  I like that I can layer a hoodie or sweater easily underneath to warm it up and it still looks rad!

shirt dress // margot meanie

Here is a small collection of some of my favourite shirt dresses that are currently for sale in various online shops:

favourite shirt dresses // margotmeanie.com

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I thought I could organize freedom

ASOS curve fit & flare coat and ASOS curve pleated leggings // margot meanieTo be honest, it wasn’t actually cold enough to be wearing my winter coat.  It’s been a pretty balmy winter here.  We’ve had some chilly nights and we had a day or two of snow back in November, but it wasn’t more than a slight dusting.

Often when people hear I’m in Canada they hope I’m keeping warm, which is kinda funny as that is exactly why I moved to Vancouver on the Pacific coast away from the freezing temperatures of Calgary just on the other aide of the Rocky mountains.  Vancouver has very mild winters, though they are wet ones.  Sometimes the wet seeps into your bones and 0°C can feel a whole lot colder.

But this year hasn’t had the thermometer drop below 5°very often, in fact, when I took these photos, it was 11°C {52°F}!

I just couldn’t resist grabbing some photos though!  I’ve been sick for the better part of a month now and I’m finally feeling back on track.

So while I was feeling better I kind of forced my husband to take photos.  He’s such a trooper, as he’s not feeling as well as I am yet, but he still managed to photograph three different outfits for me all while I got my bossy pants on telling him what I wanted photographed and how I wanted them framed.

He’s pretty wonderful!

ASOS curve fit & flare coat and ASOS curve pleated leggings // margot meanie

ASOS curve fit & flare coat and ASOS curve pleated leggings // margot meanie

Though it is not very cold out, it does get a bit chilly at night, which is when I would normally wear this coat, but nighttime does not make for good photos.

Here I am wearing my ASOS curve fit & flare coat and my ASOS curve pleated leggings.  This pair of leggings is about two years old now, so they’ve lost all of their leathery look they had when I first got them, but I still love them to bits {like literally, I will wear them until they fall part!}.  Though it is great that they have been a staple in the curve line so I really should get on buying a couple of back up pairs!

The shoes are thrifted and totally fabulous! These photos don’t quite capture it, but they are faux suede with mirco sparkle buttons attaching the straps…they are simply divine.

ASOS curve fit & flare coat and ASOS curve pleated leggings // margot meanie

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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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gold lion’s gonna tell me where the light is

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this is just a quick ‘hello!’ of an outfit post.  I’ve been a busy bee with the holidays arriving what with crafting, baking, decorating, making gift guides and birthdays I have been absent from taking outfit photos.

So this is from Sunday when I went down to a craft fare with Mister Meanie and one of my favourite couples to hang with, Amanda & Amelia.  After the market, we stopped in a beer tasting room for some samples and then split off to do some x-mas shopping.

This spot seemed ideal for a quick photo session so I asked the mister to take some photos before the light was gone.

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Trying to get photos with the waning light has been a struggle.  It’s on the weekend or not at all and if the weather is wet, it ends up being not at all.

I can’t really link to anything I’m wearing as it’s either older, vintage,  thrifted or from Ross in Las Vegas.  But the skirt and hat are both from Forever21, but the skirt is a few years old meow and the hat is well over a year old at this point.  the jacket is by New Look from ASOS last year there are similar ones in stock though {here & here}

I’m really hoping for some snow, but it’s incredibly unlikely in this part of Canada.  We only get a few weeks at best, but if we do get it, you better believe I’ll be out there in a heartbeat trying to get multiple outfit sets.

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// sweater weather //

sweater weather // alternative plus size fashion // margot meanie

Hello! How are you doing?

I’ve been awful sluggish lately.  The rain has been getting me down a bit as of late.  I also had a massive fail with getting proper photos of my Hallowe’en costume and only got one photo.

Add a wee bit of a Hallowe’en hangover, both a literal hangover on the Saturday a mental hangover of just being sad my favourite time of year has come and gone, has all lead to Miss Meanie being in a bummer mood.

“blerg” has been my overall feeling.  But I’m going to try and kick that in the pants.

Friday ended up being a really lovely Autumn day so I ventured out with a friend to go thrifting.

Holy Moly, did I have luck!

I went in with a strict budget and in order to stick to it, which I did, I had to put SO much back. It killed me a little bit as there was some amazing stuff.  But I was still really pleased with what I brought home.

One of the items being a vintage fur collar, {fur is a tricky thing, as I will wear it, but only second hand.  I’m not really sure if that makes it any better but I like to think at least I am enjoying it rather than it going into the garbage as waste} I also got a really amazing macrame black scarf with 3D pink roses and the mustard satchel you see in these photos! {though I removed the big gold knocker embellishment once I got in the house}

sweater weather // alternative plus size fashion // margot meanie

I tried downloading a new app on my ipad mini {which I use to take 99% of my outfit photos}.  I’m constantly running back and forth setting the timer.  It’s a pain and makes getting photos take much more time than it should.  I often fancy on getting a remote, but then I think if I’m going to invest in a remote, wouldn’t I want to invest on a remote for an awesome camera?! {which is always on my list of big items I will purchase if I ever encounter a windfall}

The app name is called “Wave Cam” and it costs $0.99.  It’s a pretty good concept for an app, as you just have to trigger the camera countdown by waving or creating motion in the upper corner where there is a hand icon.  It has some really cheesy sound effects including a “photographer” giving you instruction, which is honestly pretty amusing, like  “how about you give me your nerd face”… seriously, it says that!

I found using the app really easy and was stoked to see the photos once done.

The bummer aspect is that it uses the front camera which is not as high quality.  And for whatever reason, I find that using apps to control my camera, the quality is even lower.   Before the iso 8 update had introduced the timer I had another downloaded app that gave me a countdown, but the quality was always lower, even with using the proper camera.  *sigh*

So, I’m not super pleased with these photos.  They are grainy and lack detail.  Blerg.

sweater weather // alternative plus size fashion // margot meanie

Anyways, on to outfit details!

I was really happy with this outfit, it was dark and Autumnal but was not lacking colour.  I liked combining the green, burgundy and mustard tones with a black backbone and a freakin dark purple lip. which is just my favourite thing ever right now!

This gorgeous teal green crop sweater was gifted from  a friend.  Sadly, I do not know the label.  I am also wearing a black bodycon dress from Old Navy underneath, I  hike it up with the use of a belt as I like my skirts short short! The purse was a freshly purchased thrifting find for just $6!  My burgundy gloves are vintage and my necklace is a raw chunk of amber which also echoed the mustard of the purse.

The tights are kind of a hack.  When the two toned tights started coming in last year, where they look like stay ups under nylons, I fell in love.  I ordered a pair of suspender stockings from ASOS and wore them immediately, sadly, they also developed a run immediately in the thinner part on the thighs.  I was so sad, I still wore them a few more times, but the chub rub became excruciating.  So I cut the opaque part off and turned them into tall socks, but they wouldn’t stay up alone, so I figured, recreate the look I loved by wearing the tall socks underneath a pair of semi sheer tights and voila!  The same look and no runs!  I did have problems keeping the sock part up on my thigh, they wanted to rest just below my knees, but I figure sock glue of body tape will fix that next time I rock this look!

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// red velvet remix //

// red velvet remix // margot meanie

// red velvet remix // margot meanie

// red velvet remix // margot meanie

// red velvet remix // margot meanie

 

These are the last outfit photos I took before I dyed my hair blue!

This was for a date day I had during my anniversary week off.  We went for tea and to stock up on our favourite cream earl grey, as well as for ice cream and the items for a Parisien picnic.  I meant to get photos of it all, but we were having fun and it was blisteringly hot out so I completely forgot to document the rest of the day.  Though I did post a photo on instagram of the picnic, which ended up being inside our shady place as opposed to the garden, which was just far too warm.

what i wore:

//pyramid studded top – forever21+ last fall {similar} {similar}

//rev velvet midi skirt – The Curvy Elle vintage shop, {similar} {similar}

//sandals – ModCloth

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// flower girl //

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flower girl // margot meanie

flower girl // margot meanie

flower girl // margot meanie

flower girl // margot meanie

flower girl // margot meanie

I have been terrible at getting any outfits posts up lately.  I blame it on the incredible heat & having far too much summer fun with friends!

Today I just did a simple outfit mixing blush tones with black, which I adore!  Sorry I don\t have more to write, but I hope you are all enjoying your summer as much as I am!! {you can follow my summer shenanigans a wee bit through my instagram!}

I promise to get better at posting an outfit per week!!

What i wore:

//kimono & hat – forever21+

//geometric sakura shift dress – dress911

//lace socks – ardene

//wedge shoes “bamboo” – urbanog

//opal medusa labret disc – industrial strength

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