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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Lauren Crow

    Lauren Crow describes herself as an “honest photographer”. The bulk of her photos are raw, gorgeous feminist portraits of herself, friends and people she meets when travelling and I find it easy to linger on her work. I am actually late writing this because I spent a bunch of time looking at her photos all over again. Sorry, not sorry.
    What strikes me the most is the kick ass feminism and unrelenting self-love of it all. Lauren says it the best on a recent Instagram post:
    It’s important to remember that while the approval of others can sometimes feel really wonderful, ultimately the only opinion that matters is your own. Do you and do what you love even if not everyone ‘gets it’ even if it shocks people and they talk it down. Do you and do what makes you happy and enriches your soul. Also there are so many people who do get it and are rooting for you. Think more about those people.
    Big love to Lauren Crow for being a really awesome human and if you are into things that are great, don’t miss her portfolio.
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  • JanuEARy Playlist

    Janu-eary Moods from majoramarina on 8tracks Radio.

     

    We're deep in January now, which for many means moody feelings and comfort food and Netflix. Personally, it's been a month of slow cooker chicken, beet salad, dim light, Sherlock and witchy tunes. Thought I'd share what has been on rotation in the studio so far this year, hope you hit play, maybe light a candle and shake your ass a bit. 

    xo Amarina

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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Domonique Echeverria

    Here’s where I’m at right now: I’m so effing bored with mainstream fashion that I didn’t even watch the Golden Globes this year as I usually do, in track pants and eating spaghetti. I’d just watch and wait to see if anyone will show up in Rodarte and scoff at all the monotone floor-length fancy dresses as I get tomato sauce on my shirt. Too bored to scoff now. Watched Sherlock with spaghetti instead.

    After I stopped putting fashion magazine crap in my eyeballs, the red carpet was my last indulgence in this kind of beauty and I’m happy to say goodbye to that too. I get to further focus my attention on more diverse realms of fashion and bodies, like living goddess Domonique Echeverria, a San Franciscan artist and fashion designer who is currently running shit in NYC. At 6’1, she proudly takes up space in exaggerating avant garde clothing that she designs and makes herself. A staple in the NYC nightlife scene, she is a public figure that doesn’t apologize for her size and style. 

    Echeverria’s designs are otherworldly, she has frequently referred to Erté, Frida Kahlo and drag queens as style inspirations and you can see that influence in her work. Her attention is always on the look and shape of her garments, ignoring the standard to go for slimming cuts and flattering proportions. I could go on but I highly recommend browsing her Instagram page, it has a lot of her recent work and is glorious fashion inspo. This babe is so fierce, who needs red carpets? She’d rip that carpet right off the ground and create a masterpiece with it. Now that’s something I’d watch.  

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  • Issue #1 of the UM+ body positive comic Where We Meet is now available!

    From Spring until Fall every year (basically when it's not super cold out), my boo Ron and I go for nightly walks around the city. We drink tea and talk about stuff we're working on and stuff that we want to get done. One night we started throwing around the idea of combining fatshion, feminism and witchery into comic form and after twelve months of stealing bits of time to make it happen, Where We Meet is done at last! 
    We published a limited run of fifty copies that are bursting with fat babes and ridiculous opponents. Each issue has a hand-printed cover and attitude for days. We got so into this world that we took it one step further and made sticker sets with images from the comic because stickers are awesome, you can check out more images of everything below.
    All of these new goodies can be found in the new Merch section of the shop, including the Fat Babe and Junk Food Lover pennants.  These babes are also limited edition, made with vintage textiles and block printed by me.
    Hope everyone had a nice holiday season, really looking forward to sharing all the new Ursa Major+ projects in 2015 with you! 
    xo Amarina
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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Fat Girl Food Squad

    Here we go, it’s the last #WomanCrushWednesday post of the year. I initially thought I’d do a roundup of some of the dope babes I’ve featured since I started the column in April, but guess what? That’s actually an impossible feat due to overwhelming greatness.

    What I really want to do is show some love to all of the incredible Fat Girl Food Squad humans, who are out there being awesome feminists and eating food and spilling their guts and organizing body positive events and educating people. It’s fun, it’s tough and I’m so proud to be a part of this crew! Sending everyone positive holiday energy, looking forward to serving up more rad stuff in 2015. XO

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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Phebe Rendulic

    About five years ago I made the conscious decision to cut off my consumption of mainstream fashion and lifestyle media. I replaced that void of garbage with feminist, body diverse/beauty diverse magazines and blogs, accumulating a list of gorgeous, kickass babes that doesn’t ever stop growing. One of the first ladies I found was Phebe Rendulic, an Australian photographer/musician/artist/crafter/fashionista with a love of all things bright and colourful. I related to her style immediately and have loved everything she’s put out over the years. Check out her amazing embroidery over on her Etsy shop Lightning Heart and follower her on Instagram if you like cool babes and photography that is awesome.  

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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Mo Handahu of Lion Hunter

    It has been a great year for fat fashion and body positive vibes in Toronto. More plus-size pop ups were organized than ever (including not one but TWO from Fat Girl Food Squad!) and the community in this city is growing and strengthening every day. At one of these events I had the great pleasure of meeting Mo, the fashion blogger and stylist behind Lion Hunter. Based in Halifax, she brings new life to thrifted clothing in the freshest of ways and I don’t think I’ve ever had closet-envy like this before. Mo’s eye for textiles really shines through with Clutch Culture, her collection of handmade bags and clutches that feature gorgeous patterns and colours. Head on over to her site when you have a few extra minutes because this babe is going to knock your socks off.
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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Karyn Johnson

     

    I’ve been wanting to feature megababe Karyn Johnson for a while now but I knew that the perfect time was approaching and it would be better to wait. For the last four years Karyn has been talking about plus-size fashion and building a following through her blog Killer Kurves. Her style is so different from mine - super girlie - and I love seeing her perspective on style. Just last week she launched her new website, featuring a space for her online community to share photos and interact with each other, a huge international directory of plus size shopping, and her personal blog is there to stay.

    ALSO, the stars have aligned and this Saturday Karyn is teaming up with Fat Girl Food Squad for our next Plus Size Pop Up Sale! I’ll be there selling awesome fat girl vintage (and a few surprises!) alongside FGFS babes, a couple of Toronto boutiques and your fave bloggers in the neighbourhood. The full list of vendors and all the essential info for this SUPER RAD DAY can be found on the event page, hope you see you there!

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  • Launching the Latest Ursa Major+ Project!

    About a year ago, my partner and I were going for one of our regular night walks and we started throwing around ideas for fun things to make, as we always do. We are both creatives and had up to that point worked relatively independently when it came to our art. We decided that night to work together on a comic, something witchy, a story that featured exclusively kick ass women. It was a project that we chipped away at sporadically until we finally gave ourselves a deadline this summer. That date came and went (oops!) but the momentum pushed us to finally finish it and we are SO HAPPY with the results. 
    In the process we applied for a table at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair, which sounded like the perfect place to debut our comic baby Where We Meet - we had some proofs printed and off we went. The fair is tomorrow and we're so excited to share this with all the rad Hamilton babes! We also did a little interview about our project which you can read here and if you're into it, take a look at what the other vendors are up to.  If you're in the Hamilton area come hang out with us and all the cool humans making great feminist art!
    For the Toronto-area babes, we will be selling Where We Meet and I will have all of my plus-size vintage at the next Fat GIrl Food Squad Pop-Up! Annnnddddd for everyone else, I'll be adding a little section to the store where anyone who is interested can purchase the comic and some other sweet stuff that I've made. More on that really soon!
    xo Amarina
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  • Get Personal with Me on Instagram!

    I'm going to be adding more personal style content and talking vintage and beauty with babes from all over the place here on the blog, but I'm also always posting up a storm on the Ursa Major+ Instagram account.  Swing by and see what I'm up to on the daily, get sneak peeks of new vintage for the store and check out some of the other projects I'm working on (plus selfies of course!).
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