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  • Loving Vintage With...Emmi of Roosa's Closet

     I am so excited to introduce a new series on the blog that I've been calling "Loving Vintage With...", where I will be talking with humans from all over the world about vintage clothing and what it means to them.  Stockholm blogger/eco makeup lover Emmi of Roosa's Closet is a master of consistently dispelling the myth that thrifting previously worn clothes is dirty and looks more shabby than chic.  Her wardrobe is sleek, sophisticated and curated with such care that it's impossible to decipher which pieces are old or new.  She was kind enough to chat with me about her style and how she incorporates vintage into her incredible wardrobe.  
    Where do you like to shop for vintage?
    In Sweden we have a few nice charity shops like Myrorna and Stadsmissionen where you can find nice things for less money. We also have more established vintage boutiques like Beyond Retro, Judit’s ect for handpicked pieces. There is a lot of different vintage and second hand stores in Stockholm when you start to look for them!
    What makes you pick out a piece and want to buy it?
    Usually I don’t have anything particular in mind when I shop vintage pieces, I find it easier that way to have an open mind. Often I find some pieces and use them in totally other purposes than they are meant to, scarves are really nice half-turbans for example. Different, special pieces often get my attention!
    What is your fave vintage item in your closet?
    It has to be my cream colored blazer from the early 90s. I got it a few years ago and it’s just perfect! Another item I love is my sister's vintage bag she found at a flea market.
    Do you have a dream piece that you would die if you found?
    Oh yes, a black vintage Chanel 2.55!
    Who are your “vintage” style icons?
    I like Elsa Billgren, Ava Sfez, Veronica Lake, Marilyn Monroe (especially the more “casual” pictures of her) for their style and beauty.
    If you could bring any trend back from the past, what would it be?
    I would love to see more hats on both men and women!
    What vintage look would we NEVER see you wearing?
    I’m more into classic, simple, ladylike pieces so I have a hard time picturing myself in the hysterical 80s blazers, makeup and hair… But never say never!
    All photos courtesy of Emmi Rantakallio
    Since music has such a huge influence on my style, I've been asking for recommendations as part of this series.  Emmi suggested that I check out Mountain Bird, Jamie Woon and Bonobo so I'm going to finish this off with one of her picks.  Thanks again to Emmi for taking the time to talk with me, please check out her beautiful blog and you can find her on Instagram here.
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  • UM+ Fall/Winter Lookbook: Behind the Scenes

    On a very chilly December morning, a bunch of hot babes gathered in Toronto's beautiful Necropolis for the Ursa Major+ FW Lookbook shoot.   I had been wanting to shoot there forever - opened in 1850, there are over 50,000 graves spanning across it's huge perimeters.  The day was more than brisk but we made the best of it and the ladies were absolute troopers in cropped tops and skirts.  We had lots of fun while working efficiently and were able to finish literally at the moment the first snowfall of the season started, which was more like brutal hail. 

    I love taking pictures and have quite the assortment of analog and old polaroid cameras but this was my first time doing a big shoot with my little Canon Rebel XS.  I am by no means trained in photography, mostly picking up bits and pieces as I work on making my store better and better.  The light was really tricky that day, giving me another opportunity to learn and I look forward to figuring more out and developing my skills.  That being said, I love working with photographers and if you are interested in collaborating on a project please feel free to send me an email (amarina@ursamajor.ca)!

    Here are some behind the scenes shots from the shoot and be sure to check out the lookbook and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.  Hope you like it!

    xoxo Amarina

    Bitch face attempts. 
    Big thank yous to my two beautiful models, my dear friend Rebecca and my partner Ron for helping me pull off another rogue UM+ shoot.
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  • Looking Unique in Sweater Weather

    As much as I try to appreciate all of the seasons, I am just not a winter woman.  Alas, living in Toronto (and I recognize Toronto winters are mild compared to other Canadian cities and beyond - but I am a baby about it), I look forward to small joys like steaming earl grey tea, stompy leather boots and sweaters. Especially sweaters.  The problem I have with a lot of the plus-size designs - and this is so very common for women of size - is the lack of selection and diversity.  Fortunately over the years I have learned to expand my options with some non-traditional shopping strategies. Here are a few body warmth offerings around the interwebs alongside an Ursa Major+ gem that I've brought in for you babes. 

    SHOP MENSWEAR - so many companies cut mens clothing in a broader size range than for women.  I will be the first to complain about stores that carry a men's XL yet the ladies clothing only goes up to a large, but my point here is that I can often fit into men's clothing in stores where the gal's stuff wouldn't even go over my head.  This season I am loving the Narcolepsy sweatshirt from Stolen Girlfriends Club, even though it's definitely on the pricey side.

     

    SHOP "OVERSIZE"/"ONE SIZE FITS MOST"/"LOOSE FIT" - When it comes to wanting something stylish outside of the traditional selection of plus-size, I would totally go for this shaggy oversize sweater from Nasty Gal.  Oversize in some styles means it could fit me just right, regardless of what the original intention of the garment was.  I mostly just want to encourage you to explore stores that you might have ignored in the past, perhaps assuming that nothing they offer would fit.

    SHOP HANDMADE - There is such a huge world of indie designers out there who are creating amazing clothing in a wide range of sizes, or are offering custom size options.  I love shopping handmade because I know I am getting a product that was likely created by the same person who designed it and shipped it to me.  It's a great way to support emerging artists and creative hobbyists while maintaining your individual vibes.  And come on, the Pretty Snake Crazy Kitten Sweater is SO EFFING CUTE (and this one is an XXL).

    SHOP VINTAGE - It doesn't get more unique than finding previously loved treasures to incorporate into your wardrobe.  You can't beat the thrill of the find (even online!) and it's highly unlikely that you'll be seeing tons of ladies in the same garment.  This Chain Link Sweater is so amazing and can be found right here at UM+.  Be sure to check out our sweater offerings, with even more being added as it starts to get colder outside.

    Stay warm and stay stylish!

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  • Ursa Major+ at Big Deal Toronto

    With the last long weekend of the summer behind us, I have been looking back at some of the significant events that happened in the world of Ursa Major+. So many things have happened in the short time since the store has been up and running.  On July 28th, I participated in the 2nd Annual Big Deal Toronto clothing sale at 3030 Dundas St. W.  Created by the lovely Karen from Your Big Sister's Closet and Curvy Canadian, local plus-size bloggers opened up their closets for the Toronto 14+ community to shop.
    I had gone as a customer last year and was so thrilled to be included in this group of incredible and incredibly stylish women at this year's event.  It was an overwhelming success and all of us were really impressed with the amount of people that showed up to shop and socialize. 

    Happy customers shopping away!

    It was so great to hang out with Raegan of Sodapop Sweetheart, Erica of Erica Exposed, Lisa of With Heart and Jessica from Clothes and Shit

    Making a dumb face as always with my girl Sarah from Big Hips Red Lips

    A blurry picture that perfectly represents how big of a blur the day was.  Karen did such a wonderful job of organizing the Big Deal, so much love to her and her husband for putting this on and including me!

    This is what I wore that day, a thrifted dress (that was kinda long so I chopped it shorter) and belt from the 90's, shoes from Tabula Rasa, jewelry is Ursa Major+ of course!

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  • Ursa Major + Jewelry on the Runway

    A while back, my dear friend Imke designed and made a beautiful collection of lingerie and leather jackets for Arts & Fashion Week Toronto.  Her line was incredible and the fact that she sewed everything herself speaks to her talents (and possibly her craziness!).  She needed some jewelry for the runway show and I created a mini collection for her that I continued and expanded for this store because I loved it so much.  Here are some of the images from the post-runway shoot, most of the jewelry you can find in the shop and you can check out the uber-amazing Imke here.
    Shop the Ursa Major+ Jewelry Collection here, or clicking on the image will take you to that particular piece of jewelry.  As always, I recognize that all bodies are beautiful and diverse, so size customization is available for most pieces at no extra charge. 
    Model is wearing the UM+ Horn of Plenty Earrings
    Model wears UM+ 90s Floral Earrings
    Model wears the UM+ Fly Girl Studs
    Model wears the UM+ Dark Horn Earrings (currently out of stock)
    Model wears the UM+ Foresight Necklace
    Model wears the UM+ Horn of Plenty Earrings
    Model wears the UM+ Fly Girl Studs
    Model wears the UM+ Foresight Necklace
    Model wears the UM+ Dark Horn Earrings (currently out of stock)
    Model wears UM+ Survivor Earrings
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  • Behind the Scenes of the Ursa Major+ Lookbook

     

    In the short time since opening Ursa Major+, I have met some really awesome people and also had the chance to work with some of my dear friends.  The business of online entrepreneurship can be lonely at times - there is a lot of sitting in front of the computer.  It's no surprise that lookbook shoot days are the most fun, the studio is bumping with preparation and good music.  Here's a behind the scenes glance at the very first shoot for Ursa Major+!

     

     

    Makeup artist and nail art guru Rebecca De La Cour gets model Tori ready.

     

     

     

    I was wearing a lot of hats that day, both in front and behind the camera.  Tori is killing it as always.

     

     

    Tori, Rebecca and I as the shoot was wrapping up. We were ready to get out of the rain and into a box of pizza.

     

     

    Tori and our photographer Marcin Zach are the cutest couple around.  So much gratitude for all the help I had from these incredible people! 

    Have you checked out the lookbook yet?  You can find it here.

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