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  • The Winter 2015 Lookbook is here!

    I am so excited to share my latest lookbook with y'all, shooting this was absolutely the best time and the dream team couldn't have been dreamier. I hope you love it! xo

    Model: GB
    Photographer: Yuli Scheidt
    Styling: Amarina Norris
    Support: Ron Caddigan 
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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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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Hilda

    Today my #WomanCrushWednesday is the first but certainly not the last babe who isn’t actually flesh and blood. A “plump pin-up” that came out of artist Duane Bryers’ head in the 1950’s, Hilda was an unlikely icon who never really lost popularity. Clad in everything from onesies to her birthday suit, Hilda was rocking the fatkini decades before bloggers ran with the idea. The Hilda character wasn’t perfect, she is often portrayed as being only clumsy and cute and I have yet to see an image of her flying a plane or giving the finger to anyone. She did however, represent a good chunk of the population at a time when plus-size women were treated like garbage and ignored in the arts. Here’s a fan gallery for some vintage fat visibility on this cold and gloomy Wednesday.

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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Ness Lee

    Before I get started I want to briefly comment on what’s been going on in the media recently. Women in solidarity have become louder, growing in volume against the voices of assholes who think that women are liars and feminism is a bad thing. As always, we need to support and believe each other, while continuing to celebrate female artists, activists, entrepreneurs, moms, students, leaders and weirdos in whatever way works for us. Big love to all the babes today and every day.
    Last weekend my life cohort and I rolled in to Canzine Toronto with an hour to spare and it was bustling. We both fought our tendency to freak out in crowded places with great rewards – the place was rammed with a ridiculous amount of local artists who are killing it. One of these babes was Ness Lee, a Toronto-based illustrator who makes really awesome things. I purchased her “Bitch, please” brooch at the One Of A Kind show last year and was excited to stock up on her body positive goodies, buying, among other things, these amazing pizza earrings. She did not disappoint, her table was full of her Small Ass Zines, brooches, newsprint comics and said pizza brooches. Take a look at her stuff here and check her out on Instagram too!
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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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  • #WomanCrushWednesday - Michelle Buteau

    I don’t take in a ton of television these days but recently I’ve really been into @midnight. For the unfamiliar – it’s thirty great minutes of internet-theme comedy game show featuring comedians that I have crushes on and hosted by a nerd/comedian that I had a crush on when I was thirteen (Chris Hardwick, the nerd thing is self-proclaimed). One night I tuned in and saw this hilarious babe win the show and immediately wanted to know all about Michelle Buteau. A television personality and comedian, Michelle has done stand-up all over the place (there’s a bunch on youtube), she hosts Big Morning Buzz with Nick Lachey on VH1 and podcasted on her show It’s Your Journey, Boo. Basically she’s funny, famous and does cool things and I had no idea who she is. If you don’t either, I recommend checking her out.
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