One of my favorite things about autumn is to rediscover the autumn colors in my wardrobe. Like autumn last year just before I left Hanoi, I enjoyed the cooler weather and showing off autumn outfits like this one, this, this and this one. For this day I went to Hanging Rock with my friend Sara who I knew in Hanoi for a mini road trip and rock exploration. I have been to Hanging Rock many times before and love how peaceful it is.
Selfie reflection in sunnies! Hehehe.
We had a fun day and planned a future trip to Adelaide next month when my course has finished. It was also nice to have Friday off and enjoy the sunshine and chilling with my mate Sara. I thought seriously about wearing a white Victorian frock for this trip to pay homage to the movie Picnic At Hanging Rock, but, I decided against it. So, instead I wore an outfit that is at least 50% thrifted!
Jaguar Tee: Valley Girl Cardigan: Thrifted Burnt Orange Skirt: Thrifted Socks: Cotton On Shoes: tailor made in Hoi An Beanie: Jay Jays
So, if you are in Melbourne, and haven’t taken a trip to Hanging Rock, get out there! And if you aren’t in Melbourne, when you get here, I’ll drive you there; that’s how much I love it there.
Thanks to S.S for the photo taking and being an awesome travel buddy…Also, I tried for the elusive ‘disappearing behind a rock’ photo below, it didn’t completely work. Ha!
I found this beautiful kimono, made in Japan, and I just had to have it. I know, I know, I already have a kimono I’ve shown off here and here, but this one is blue! With pictures of geisha, temples, cherry blossoms and cranes and all those things people think of when they think of Japan… No used panties in vending machines or octopus porn on this kimono though – damn! A kimono covered in octopus porn would have been interesting to say the least. A statement piece.
I’ve had a quiet week, my course is getting busier and me and my business partner are getting so excited about our first shipment (aight, so, it’s a box) of clothing coming for our special teaser release. I’m also reading up on pattern design on fabric in my spare time because Pho Sizzle intends to print some of its own fabric to really be able to bring our customers unique and exciting clothes. I’m also spending a lot of time outside in my parents garden, not only for outfit posts but because I find it relaxing to be around trees and the doggies. I’ve also been watching films from the 70s/80s and might do another inspirational post about them some time next week… let’s just say, there are lots more white frocks involved and I haven’t gotten past my Beatie Bow love.
Kimono: thrifted Beanie: thrifted Shoes: thrifted Skirt: custom made in Hoi An Crop: Jay Jays Necklace: Laos Lipstick: Rebel by M.A.C Cosmetics Hair: Fudge
Hugo wanted to have a photo too. What a handsome dog!
Ohh Jacqui, why you do these repeats? We’ve seen your outfits for February! Stop wasting our time!
Lol, yeh, I know, but have you seen them? Have you really seen them? Now I got a flashback to that movie with Sam Neil bellowing ‘You can’t leave; she won’t let you. DO YOU SEEEEEE?’ Umm… I notoriously forget the name of this movie, ummm, Event Horizon! That’s the one. Terrifying. Anyway, these rerun posts are purely for the people that might have missed a post… Or maybe you just wanna marvel at how many outfit posts I fit into a month with 28 days when I was studying full time and trying to set up a business. I marvel at that! But yeh, here is a flashback at the genres and mad-cap outfit antics I got up to in the shortest month of the year. From Lana Del Rey lyrics, Pepsi reviews, Doors songs, Senegalese fusion outfits, tees with random Konglish or possibly offensive slogans, crops, 90s fashion, milkmaid plaits and ever changing hair colors – Feb had it all!
Just click on the image to be taken back to the original post.
I’m happy it’s already March, in fact, I want this year to move as fast as possible, but that kind of wish will probably just make time move slower.
I don’t know why I’m crushing so hard on white dresses, it ain’t marriage related since the man I intend to marry is a gazillion kilometres away from me, and I wouldn’t wear white anyway – my skin tone, and that whole ‘white dress thing’ — nah!…however, he would look stunning in white… Whoa! Getting off topic.
So, I rewatched a movie from my childhood – Playing Beatie Bow and was blown away with the costumes! Mainly Abigail’s amazing collars! I know peter pan collars are a tad passe, but, can we just keep them around a tiny bit longer? Or go full on Victorian? Pretty please?
You can watch this amazing movie about time travel into Sydney Town on youtube here. It is mixed among hilariously stereotypical lilting-paddy Irish accents and pretty clothes, and all wrapped up in a love story. I screen capped some images from youtube, so the quality isn’t that great but you can see why I’m crushing on the clothes. I also liked it cos it was just a blast from the past!
What childhood movies inspire you as an adult?
Most certainly the hardest element of my course is the finance side of things, where I have to do cash flow charts and project the sales and budget of Pho Sizzle for two years in the future! How the hell can I do that? How can anyone do that? It’s freaking guess work is what it is, hoping that, based on your market research and scouring through reports that you know your target customers well enough to estimate how much stock they are going to buy? PPPPPPFFFFT! We could sell nothing! WAAAHHH.
As well as that I have to go and deal with banks and get a business bank account. I don’t like banks ever since I dealt with whatever incompetent bank I was with in Turkey and then the complete cluster-fuck of trying to bank in Vietnam with a certain Aus brand that is highly dominant in South East Asia who hasn’t trained their staff at all, inducing series after series of fuck ups. Plus I just don’t like dealing with money so much. It makes me nervous and so do banks! So, today’s outfit is what I wore to one of the banks to discuss business accounts. I figured I would never look totally respectable with my pastel blue hair, but I thought if I wore a pencil skirt, everything would be A-OK. This skirt is from the other Op Shop in Moonee Ponds and was $4… I couldn’t say no! I love houndstooth, I love pink and I love pencil skirts mainly cos of the movie Secretary, so, yeah I had to buy it. I paired it with my white shirt from Target that I wore for my Rose Garden post and my mouse shoes you’ve seen a gazillion times before.
Bonnie and Hugo joined me for this photo sesh outside and were being rather cute romping in the grass and convincing me that banks were a waste of time and that playing with them was way more fun.
Top: Target Skirt: Thrifted Cuffs: Seven Angels Black Pearls: from seaside in Mui Ne Earrings: Quick Brown Fox Mouse Shoes: Custom made in Hoi An Hair: Fudge
Anyway, I will visit the other banks soon to get the best deal on an account, but really, all I want to do is roll in the grass with my parent’s dogs. You know, these famous doggies have been in other posts too! Including:
It’s a good Sunday when you spend the day in your pajamas listening to Joan Jett as loud as you can, eating hot cross buns, drinking far too much coffee and attempting to research International work contracts. Minus the last part perhaps. Blogging is way more fun that looking up contracts and modifying them before shimmying them off to a lawyer to look over.
My weekend was good! On Friday I met up with Ant who you’d know from my On the Beach post, my Bonnie Doon post and my Botanical Garden post and my other friend Kristie who takes lots of outfit post for me and featured in this post. We went out for some beers at Ferdydurke and had hot dogs and lots of giggles. On a whim I bought this purple eyeliner from Priceline too from that cheap brand Savvy and wondered how I was going to incorporate it into a post. On Saturday I went out for breakfast and then went into the Red Cross Thrift Store in Moonee Ponds, where I then lost my mind over this amazing leather vest and the other beautiful finds in that shop! I almost bought sneakers covered in wool, but, I managed to talk myself out of it. But I did have quite a good haul, and spend the rest of the day doing the old ‘try on and wonder what to wear it with’ game.
Dress: Haso Jeans Vest: thrifted Boots: Custom Made from Hoi An, Vietnam Necklace: Rose Garden at the Walk Arcade Earrings: Ella stocked in So Good Hair: Fudge Eyes: Violent Violet by Savvy Sunnies: Market in Shanghai
You might remember this dress by Haso Jeans, a Japanese brand, cos I’ve worn it before in this post when I was in Shanghai just after I bought it. I really like it, even thought it is quite short, and it was perfect with this thrifted vest, some crazy purple eye make-up and a kinda 70s vibe. I think listening to Joan Jett while I was sorting through these images helped too. What a goddess! Thanks to the wonderful K.W for taking these pictures!
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
Yehhh, wearing a scarf as a dress… hehehehe… that old chestnut! You know me, I play around with clothes A LOT and wearing scarves as things-other-than-scarves is one of my big passions too, hence that Zoza Skirt: 15 way Challenge I did recently and the time I wore my beautiful Kashkha scarf as a skirt. So I wanted to try to wear this lovely autumn colors scarf as a dress to see what would happen… Ignore the 4WD roof rack in the pic above… I bet you didn’t notice it… but I DID and it makes me mad cos I liked this picture and it would’ve been perfect without it. Oh well. Hahaha.
So, here I am looking a bit pin-up-ish wearing a scarf I picked up in Shanghai with a thrifted belt, some long suede boots, red lips and a curl. Just 1!
Boots: Target Dress: A scarf from Shanghai Belt: Thrifted Sunnies: Jay Jays Jacket: Cotton On Earrings: Market in Bangkok Lips: Russian Red by M.A.C Hair: Fudge
So, for this outfit I want people to remember 2 things:
- Scarves don’t only have to be scarves! Experiment and play with you scarf collection
- Pin curls like this one are fucking hard, but red lipstick makes everything okay
Now go and assess your scarf collection!
Wow, what a busy week! I started realizing just how much me and my partner need to do to get this clothing brand ready for our teaser in April and our full collection in August, and honestly, it terrifies me. But then, I go back and listen to those Top 5 Songs That Inspire Me and I feel better…slightly.
This outfit was a bit inspired by Spring, flowers, purple hues and white shirts- which I have a small fetish for. And it seems my handmade flower crown always inspires overexposure and light colors, doesn’t it? You’ve seen the crown before on my Spring Roses post and my Marimekko Patterns post.
Leggings: Red Pearl Tailor in Hanoi Shirt: Red Pearl Tailor in Hanoi Crown: Handmade Necklace: some shop in Cappodocia Sunnies: Jay Jays Hair: Fudge Pedicure: Sam’s Beauty Room
So, as well as working on my business plan, I had a day off and went to get a shellacing from Sam’s Beauty Room! Hahah, couldn’t resist the pun! Anyway, Sam works in Springvale which is reaaallly far from where I am, but it was worth the drive for how pretty and nice my footsies feel!
These days I admire anyone who is starting a small business, and Sam is certainly part of that group, and well and truly worthy of my admiration! She has such a professional area to work in and really takes care of her customers. Unlike salons, at Sam’s place you won’t have to wait and you certainly won’t be rushed. I had a pedicure with a wonderful purple shellac (to match my mermaid locks) and a massage, mask and scrub on my feet all for $70! I think a foot massage and shellac would cost way more than that from other places, and it wouldn’t have the relaxed and gentle vibe Sam projects at her place. Anyway, if you live in Melbs, and, on that side of the city, you should def check her out for shellac and bio sculpture manicures/pedicures, spray tanning, eyelash extensions and other beautify things!
Oh, I forgot to mention one thing! She also gave me a free Pumice to keep so I can keep up maintenance on my feet after the massage and mask. Awesome! Love freebies!
Contact Sam on her webpage or her facebook page.
Hey, Happy Thursday everyone that works those weekday jobs!! You gotta be happy tomo is Friday right?
Have a good weekend and don’t let the man get you down!
This is the first time I’ve actively participated in an Aussie Curves challenge, last week I scrambled to get my boho look in on time, but, nah, too much other stuff going on. So, this week’s look was ‘sequins’ and I am actively anti the old bling-bling sequin, almost as much as I am anti animal print. But, you know, that didn’t stop me blogging in a leopard print frock recently.
Anyway, as I racked my brain and searched my closet I remember a tiger sequinned top I bought a while ago and never wore, and went – BINGO, I CAN DO THIS CHALLENGE! HUZZAH! Obviously cos I don’t have a lot of sequins I had to kinda shimmy this look into sometime non formal, and I went with a bit of an uneven Princess Leia and my shorts you’ve seen in my Lion Tamer post from ages ago.
Top: Caroline Morgan Shorts: Red Pearl Tailor in Hanoi Cardigan: Cotton On Shoes: Target Socks: Daiso Sunnies: Market in Shanghai Hair: Fudge Lipstick: Rebel by M.A.C
Anyway, yay! I love doing challenges, and am glad to finally get my arse into gear for the Aussie Curves community.
Yes, a very difficult Top 5 post of deciding which 5 ice creams and icy poles get onto my list. I know I have done food Top 5s before, but, much sampling and consideration was done this summer and I’ve finally narrowed it down to my Top 5 Ice treats. I am sure this will ruffle some feathers and invoke adamant, outrageous disagreements with my loyal readers, but, to that I have to say, THIS IS MY TOP 5 DAMMIT! Do your own! Hehehe, so, let’s see what made the cut:
# 5: Sunnyboy
Yes, the nostalgic Sunnyboy comes in at number 5. This flavored ice treat is the best! These remind me of hot aussie summers and school yards. I loved the raspberry flavor the best, even though it used to make my asthma flare up as kid (something about the raspberry flavoring used in the past causing issues for asthmatics? Perhaps my Mum just didn’t want me to eat them? I dunno…) Remember how you used to chew/gnaw on it/suck it for a while, and then pick the whole chunk of ice up and flip it so the nice syrup filled bottom was then up the top? So intelligent instead of just sucking on boring ice! UGHHH yum! So much sugar!
# 4: Calippo
Ohh man, I wasn’t quite sure where to put this delicious Calippo icy treat, but man, on a 45 degree day, I pretty much live on Calippos and water. I love the lemon flavor the most and have never actually the pink one on this picture, if it isn’t nice, I’d be so devastated. I like the packaging that allows it to melt without dripping all over you, and even though your hands get cold holding it, you can always wrap it in your towel or something, or just wait for the sun to work its magic. It’s also the last fruity/icy treat on this list as I move into my favorite area of ice-creams!
# 3: Maxibon
It’s hard for me not to go the Maxibon every time I’m at the servo (gas station) cos I know I’ll like it. It’s the chocolate biscuit that gets me, I don’t really care too much about the other side with the chocolate coating, it’s the biscuit I want!! And I know I could just buy an ice-cream sandwich if I wanted all cookie, but the cookie is diffffffferent! I like the Maxibon cookie! Yumm, Maxibon certainly comes in the middle as a dependable, delicious ice-cream, that if it was alll cookie would probably be number 1. Also, check out it’s tagline
”For biters. not lickers. Maxibon is filled with man choc, man biscuit and crunchy man nuts, which makes for one freaking manly manwich, man.”
OH-KAY… way to idiotically narrow your audience by marketing towards men, man. Are you gonna bring out a pink version with a free nail file next? For the lickers? Sorry, I hate products that align with a certain gender completely unnecessarily. Fire someone, Peters, that shit is total wank.
# 2: Choc Paddle Pop
Yes, the humble choc Paddle Pop (fudgsicle) is coming in at number two! I freaking LOVE these. They are simple, plain and delicious! I remember being on a camping trip with my family and family friends in the High Country. Stopping at some planned town connected to the hydro-electricity scheme, hence having the same layout as the other towns connected to the scheme, ’The kids’ went inside the general store to get ice-creams, while the adults surely went into the pub for beers. As we sat in the sun on the sidewalk near the car, the kids who had bought Paddle Pops (me included) saw there was a competition on the sticks to get another free paddle pop. All three of us won and went inside for another! And then one of us won again and he had 3 paddle pops for the price of 1! Hahah! It also convinced me that the company must just ship the ‘winning’ boxes to some town in the middle of fucking nowhere! But, yes, choc paddle pops (or banana) rock! Simple yet effective.
# 1: Golden Gaytime
Yep. We have a named ice-cream called Gaytime. It was first released in 1959 and is by far, the best ice-cream in Aus. It’s toffee and vanilla centred ice-cream, then, dipped in a coating of chocolate and rolled in honeycomb biscuits that give it that crunchy exterior! Since the 1980s it decided to embrace its name and the possible homosexual connotations that go with it, instead of caving to pressure to change it. Golden Gaytime has had tag lines like: “It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own” and “Instant Gaytimes” in recent years, showing that it doesn’t give a stuff and is happy to make a bit of fun with its very 50s sounding name, before the word ‘gay’ was particularly aligned with homosexuality. To be honest, I could care less what it was called, it is still the KING/QUEEN/EMPRESS/GOD of ice-creams in Australia, and I won’t have anyone disagreeing with me on this one!
So, there you have it. My favorite 5 ice creams in Australia. You can check out my other top 5 food and drink posts here:
which ice creams do you like?