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The Love Yourself Event at Tabula Rasa

22 Feb


Just before Valentine’s Day I collaborated on an event with one of the best boutiques in the east end, Tabula Rasa.  The “Love Yourself Event” featured my jewellery line Hibou and I was there customizing necklaces on the spot while TR was debuting some of the their new must-have spring pieces.  Here are some pics from the night!


Here I am in my favourite shirt that I hand-shredded while watching too many episodes of my ultimate guilty pleasure, Star Trek: TNG. What am I looking at? Probably the delicious vegan cupcakes that are just in front of me.


Vintage dead-stock chain and stone bracelets.

Dancing kids

My hubs and my bud dancing to (probably) the Supremes.

tea break

Tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea!

delish treats

farm for andy


One of the customizable Hibou pieces is the Mojo Bag.  Pick a stone that speaks to you, choose your re-purposed leather swatch, we prepare it, and you walk away feeling the positive vibes!

mojo bags

Some gorgeous babes wearing Hibou Mojo Bags.



My newest collection is a mix of semi-precious stones, vintage and new chain and some really special charms.  It is still available for sale in Tabula Rasa and will be online really soon!


Thanks to Tabula Rasa for a great night!!

xoxo Amarina


2011 – The Lost Posts – Summah time

5 Jan

I was looking through some old pictures and found some posts that I was too school-crazed to put up.   I’m really looking forward to this upcoming semester, I’ll be doing an independent study that finally allows me to focus on making plus-size clothing.  As much as I love my program, the school only has the fit mannequins to support making (and being graded on) clothes that go up to a size twelve.  I can’t wait to start my lingerie collection! Ahh! There will be leather.  Oh yes, there will be leather.

So here I am in the early days of autumn, already missing the late sunsets and preparing to be under-dressed for winter – I always am.

The hair is getting a little out of control, but we’ll pretend that it looks great.  I’ve been growing it out from a bob for the last year and I’m doing my best to leave it alone.  Grow! Grow!

All of the necklaces were made by me under my Hibou Accessories line (sorry, shop is still closed folks).  It’s actually sad to see my fave lava rock necklace here because I broke it a month ago from too much drunk flailing at the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show at the Opera House.  The silver ring on the left is stolen from my soul mate, the snake is from h&m and the double finger ring is Dorothy Perkins.

I love this circle cut crop top.  I bought it at a Target in L.A. and I’m pretty sure it is supposed to be for teenagers.  I love it anyways!

The bag was an awesome Value Village find and I bought these boots from the Vintage Section at the Clothing Show in Toronto a few times ago. Here’s the rundown:

Top – Target

Beater – American Apparel

Black “Treggings” – Dorothy Perkins

Vintage Boots and Purse

Soul matey photographer.  He has a full beard now, I miss the chops!

My Very First Design is Almost Done!

21 Jun

Here are some quick shots from my phone of my nearly completed skirt.  It’s the first garment that I designed and drew out, drafted a pattern for and sewed the whole damn thing.  The core of the skirt was made from military-grade black twill that I acid washed in an ombre-ish kind of effect. I thought I had ruined it at first but managed to save it and only get trace amounts of bleach in my eyes and lungs.  Then I charmed my uber-talented friend Jenn at Tabula Rasa into generously hooking me up with some vintage leather pants that I deconstructed and used for the back pockets and some piping in front.  In the back I added a double-ended zipper that can be adjusted to your desired slit size (and it can get slutty real real fast if you’re on the go).  Please ignore the shabby hem job, it’s the last thing I had to do!

Now I just have to design a top to go with it and some mannequin out there can be head to toe in Ursa Major.

xoxo Amarina