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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


OOTD – Pleated skirts and sneaky announcements

27 Aug

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

OOTD Summertime Velvet

30 Jul

This weekend Ron and I kicked off our week-long concert marathon by seeing The XX at The Phoenix. They set the tone pre-show by filling up the theater with what seemed like record-breaking amounts of dry ice and gothic lighting. So feeling inspired in the midst of a pastel/floral/neon/sunshine-y summer, I busted out my black velvet skirt and my moon print tank from my first Ursa Major collection.

As always, piled on the jewellery like there’s no tomorrow. The necklace is vintage chain and crystal from the last Hibou Accessories collection that I did and the rest I’ve accumulated over my years of fashion hoarding.

Used to be more self-conscious about showing my whole back but now I just say “fuck it, this is my body right now and it’s awesome” and wear the shit out of see-through, low cut things. There’s not enough time in my life for hate!

I love these shoes! They were stupid cheap at Value Village and even though they destroy my feet, they are so legit 80’s. Outfit details:

Sunglasses/Glasses (stolen from my true love) – Zenni Optical
Tank – Ursa Major
Skirt – Thrifted
Shoes – Thrifted
Jewellery – Hibou Accessories & various
Nail Polish – OPI Charged up Cherry & Maybelline Porcelain Party

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!
xoxo Amarina

First Shoot Part Two

4 Jul


So here is Rebecca in the third look from the shoot we did.  She’s wearing an Alternative Apparel tank top from Tabula Rasa, skirt from H&M, tights from target, jewellery from Hibou Accessories and an Ursa Major tote that I printed myself.


For the last shot we had some fun with a vintage suitcase and my Polaroid camera (that I found at Value Village for $5 with original film still in it!).  Rebecca is wearing an Ursa Major lace tunic, her own bra, acid wash jeggings from Forever 21, and Hibou Accessories earrings.

All in all we had a great time and I can’t wait for the next shoot!  I want to thank Rebecca for being such a freaking babe and helping me out with my first photo shoot ever.  I’d been contemplating taking the Fashion Photography course offered by my school as one of my general education classes and after this I am taking it for sure!

xoxo Amarina

Styling My First Photoshoot

28 Jun




Here’s the first batch of photos from my premiere photo shoot.  I styled the looks, took the pictures, made some of the clothes and all of the jewellery myself.  The gorgeous model is my dear friend Rebecca, a talented quadruple threat who can sing, dance, act AND model with the best of them.  I dare you to look at these pictures and not want to shave her head and make a wig of her hair for  yourself.

For the first look above I put her in a colourful vintage shirt dress (that I let her keep for being such a babe in it), some simple footless tights, a vintage Hibou Accessories bag and belt, and Hibou Accessories earrings.  In typical first time – have to figure it all out – mindspace, I completely forgot about shoes!  She wore her own but trust me friends, I won’t be making that oversight again. Towering heels for all next time!



For Rebecca’s second look, I was thinking about festival fashion (Glastonbury anyone? I’ll give her wellies next time).  She’s in a sun hat from Drysdale & Co, vintage crochet fringe vest and floral maxi skirt, simple black tee from Old Navy and accessories by Hibou Accessories.  Two more looks to come.

I welcome any feedback on my shots as well!

xoxo Amarina

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

Calling All Chubbies!

30 May

Whenever my boss comes across all things related to size, she sends it my way.  She came across this throwback ad from Lane Bryant on Pinterest today and I thought it was so interesting.  What would happen if they came out with an ad like this today?

Also note to self, get on Pinterest.  Thanks Susan!

xoxo Amarina