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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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  • Instagram Catchup

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    Since I've been an unreliable blogger lately, I thought I would catch everyone up on the ugly faces I've been making, cat pictures I've been taking and various other moments from the last little while.

    Follow me on Instagram!!!! @MAJORAMARINA

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    Experimenting with body chains - what do you think, ladies?

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    Ron and I decided to spend a weekend making  a stop-motion short about a cactus.  We spent most of the time doing weird faces at each other instead.

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    Salad jarring for life!

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    I am the luckiest girl in the world.

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    And some outfit posts too!

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  • OOTD - Pleated skirts and sneaky announcements

    This weekend, I took advantage of some summer evening light to show off one of my favourite skirts ever.  EVER.  I'd been wanting a pleated chiffon skirt for a long time but was unwilling to pay an arm and a leg for one, mostly because I've been a broke student for the last two years.  When I found this sweet gem I am sure I let out an embarrassing squeak of excitement - it was only $8!  I love that I can dress it up (I wore it with a fancy top to my convocation), or down (bra out) and it always feels right.

    Very obsessed with these shoes, I love the happy coral soles!

    Since I've been talking vintage a bit here, I'm going to take this opportunity to announce that my PLUS SIZE VINTAGE ONLINE STORE is almost ready to go!! I'll be posting about the launch in the very near future.  Be excited ladies!

    On the bod:

    Tank - Old Navy

    Skirt - Thrifted

    Shoes - Dolce Vita

    Bag - Thrifted

    Jewelry - Vintage and Hibou (made by me)

    I can't believe that summer is almost over, enjoy every moment!

    xoxo Amarina

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  • It's analog o'clock!

    I've been going through a bunch of old Lomo scans from my Diana Mini and getting really excited to have my next couple of rolls developed.  I brought it with me to Cuba and hopefully got some really cool shots of the gorgeous landscape...or I took a bunch of the ground and the inside of my purse. That's the beauty of analog photography right? Right?

    Well I found so many that I thought fondly of so I broke this post up into two, I'll be posting the rest of them tomorrow!

    Enjoy!

    xoxo Amarina

    Rock sculptures at the beach in Toronto.

    Ron in Carmel, California

    Cacti in L.A.

    Ron working mutton chops at our home base.

    Is it surprising that the most delightful squirrels live in one of the most beautiful places ever? (Big Sur, CA)

    Snowin' and bowlin'

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  • Final Collection Sneak Peek

    For my final collection at school (I'm all done now, woot!) I decided to create a collection of plus-size loungewear that could transition into a babe's everyday closet.  I used an 18 as my sample size and created this mood board which drew from a lot of pagan influences and my personal style icon, Kate Bush.

    It was interesting to see how few and far between the resources are out there for emerging plus-size designers.  My partner created amazing croquis for me that more represented the bodies I want to dress and I ran from there.  Check out a few sneak peek shots from my final presentation at school (I got an A+!) and I'll be doing a proper shoot soon.

    I found this vintage moon fabric at Value Village and immediately knew it would be the base for my little collection.  I couldn't love it more and I've been wearing this cape like crazy!

    So that's it for now, but I am already working on some new pieces that I can't wait to share with you fine people (neon and black mesh, anyone?).

    xoxo Amarina

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