Madame Butterfly

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEaster, and Good Friday are generally a bit hard for me. While I do not follow any organized religion I do think and agree that Good Friday is a time to reflect and think about life, and I have done that for at least 3 years now. That generally means the day isn’t so very fun, and this year it meant my sense of saudade was pretty damn high yesterday…as well as still having a cold.

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It’s strange to feel something like homesickness when you live back in your home country, and I don’t know if there is a word to describe that longing feeling for other places and other people and the deep sense of melancholy that wishing for a teleporter almost breaks your head in half.  And the feelings of longing and waiting are killing me. I don’t think it helped that I listened to Madame Butterfly before taking these outfit photos. Madame Butterfly, the loosely adapted Vietnamese War version Miss Saigon and the lesser known homosexual-in-Communist-China version M.Butterfly are all favorite stories of mine. Perhaps I could say it’s cos I lived in Asia for 5 years that I relate to the stories, or, I could just be a sucker for tragedy and the ‘fallen woman‘ character, but anyway, it probably wasn’t the best day to re-explore my love for this story-line cos I ended up feeling so much longing for my fiance and hating the fact I can’t teleport. At least I got to dress up prettily and explore my feelings creatively! Yay!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am wearing a cheap aztec printed knit that I don’t even know where I got it from, and my red skirt from Senegal that you’ve seen before in this post when Nikki took some pictures in Moonee Ponds. Oh, yeah, and my hair is blue now – appropriate for this melancholy post. So, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite Madame Butterfly and spin-off quotes.

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“Tonight, I’ve finally learned to tell fantasy from reality. And, knowing the difference, I choose fantasy.” 
― David Henry HwangM. Butterfly

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“I’ve heard that abroad, if a man captures a butterfly, he pierces it with a pin and sticks it on a board.”  - Madame Butterfly

So there you have my melancholy outfit for the day, if you haven’t listened to the opera Madame Butterfly, or the musical Miss Saigon, you should, they are very very good. And M.Butterfly? It’s one of my favorite movies! Watch it! Jeremy Ironsssss??!!!

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xox Jacqui 

 

Pajama Style

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEver since my time in Hanoi, I have no issue with wearing pajamas around. In fact, now I work from home, it is sometimes hard to get dressed.  I don’t quite have the balls to go to the corner store in my pajamas like I did when I was in Hanoi, but I am actually quite fascinated by the pajama fashion of Vietnam. If I had been able to speak better Vietnamese I would have taken loads more street style pics of those glorious matching two pieces that Vietnamese women would wear around at all times of day and not only in their homes. I kinda like it. No one cared! No one cared in the slightest what you were wearing, and it was quite different from Istanbul where you had to be dressed more ‘respectably’ most of the time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnyway, I am sick. Illing. Sickly. I can’t quite say it’s the cold of death, cos it isn’t, but it has left me tired and lethargic since about Tuesday. I have a theory that I am sick cos my fiance in Senegal is sick and some how I caught his cold. Kinda like a husband who puts on weight when his wife is pregnant? I don’t know how possible it is to catch a cold from skyping with someone, but I would like more investigation to be done about it.

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So here is my pajama styling on this Good Friday, and I’m covering my face cos my eyes are red and puffy from sneezing and coughing.  I hope everyone has a lovely Easter. I’ll be recouping with naps, chocolate and possibly some sketching.

xox Jacqui

Thursday Throwback: Yellow Styles!

Until I was about 10, my favorite color was yellow. At about age 10 I changed my favorite color to purple and then flip flopped around until I settled on red. I haven’t changed since, red is still certainly my favorite color. And, anyone who has taught ESL to kiddies knows that having a favorite color is important, so don’t scoff it! Anyway, I thought for this throwback I would look at all the outfits I have had in this blog featuring yellow, my original favorite color, and my wonderful fiance’s favorite color.

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A recent Aussie Curves Second Hand post with a yellow tee I turned into a crop top.

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Wearing a great yellow skirt in Istanbul in 2012 when I went back to visit friends. Two great friends and I explored Kuzguncuk and spend the day exploring. It was fantastic!

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A amazingly bright yellow dress that I bought in Thailand and is now covered in holes, but I still wear it as resort wear or beach clothing. This was in my 2013 Tet holiday in Mui Ne.

yellow4Ah yes, remember this insane ruffle-tastic top that my tailor Red Pearl made me? Lemon colored clothing… hmmm, not so sold on it.

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Having a lovely day in sunny Hanoi smoking nargile and chilling with friends at La Salsa in Tay Ho. This striped dress has some yellow on it, so I thought I’d include it.

yellow6Wearing that mustard top I wore a lot last Autumn just before I left Hanoi.

yellow7Still kicking that mustard top with a tribal skirt and enjoying a delicious breakfast at Hanoi Social Club.

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Gee Wizz! There it is again! Hahahah. This time I’m pairing it with a beautiful red dress I got made in Hoi An and my great ankle boots.

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Ahh yes, the beginning of the 90s phase I am still deeply in. This was earlier this year when I bought this great frock from the Op Shop!

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Ahhh yes, my recent rant about me and my fiance and when I should have been able to wear this dress, but now I can’t. Still love it though.

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Ohh, this is an old one when me and Tutu when to HCM’s museum in Hanoi. Love the primary colors in this outfit, and the memories of such a good day.

yellow12This one is pretty old too! A day when me and Sam hung around Hanoi, played backgammon and bought some bamboo furniture. Good day too!

So, there you go. 12 outfit posts I’ve worn yellow in. Isn’t that amazing? Gosh, I didn’t even realize I owned that much yellow! Hahah.

xox Jacqui

Blood Moon Rising

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 As you may or may not know, April 15th brings the first of four blood moons (called a tetrad) in a short space of time, prophecies are running rampant and apparently everyone’s astrological influence is going nuts too. Jezebel sum it up nicely with this article. While I don’t care so much about what some old dude from some organized religion waffles on about the Apocalypse, I was interested in how I could do a gothic inspired look and tie it in with ye olde blood moon. I sat and brainstormed, and brainstormed some more. Then I just gave up on trying to do a ‘blood moon’ inspired look and just went into my trusty old 90s love. So, this was going to be an epic blood moon inspired outfit, but now it’s just normal 90s Jacqui. I thought I’d try and pull some demonic, possessed faces to look like I was being influenced by the madness of the moon, and now I have a favorite new expression:

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Tee Hee heee heeee!

Love it! You know what I don’t love? Not having a lip liner for this MAC Fixed on Drama lipstick! Scowl Scowl! I desperately need a lip liner with this type of color, so please, don’t judge too harshy, I thought my badly applied lack of lip liner might add to the whole frenetic, apparent apocalyptic look anyway. :D

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I don’t know if I’ll be able to see the moon from where I am in Melbourne, but, the moon rises at 5:49 pm and the eclipse ends at 7.33pm, so, we maaaay be able to see something if there aren’t clouds. I hope, I’ve never seen one before!

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Shirt: thrifted Vest: thrifted Hat: I don’t remember Glasses: Jay Jays Boots: custom made in Hoi An Tights: Voodoo Skirt: custom made in Hoi An Lipstick: M.A.C Fixed on Drama

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Astrologically, (and you know I do go a bit into astrology from time to time, remember my Saturn Returns post?) this blood moon apparently “will activate a new life cycle that will elevate and connect us with the perfect people at the perfect times and for the perfect reasons. This cycle is all about the prosperity of partnerships and quality of life enhancements that come through valuable relationships, existing and new.” (from here)  And that doesn’t sound too bad… but, it is interesting to read about all the significant events that have happened during eclipse, and get a bit spooked.

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So, you people in other countries, do you plan to watch the moon tonight?

xox Jacqui

Aussie Curves – Body Con

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So, I must admit something… I had to google what Body Con meant for this week’s Aussie Curves challenge. I was there going “Body Confidence? Body Contouring? Body Condiments?(YUM! I would so just love to cover myself in mustard for the sake of a blog post!) Body Confucius? Body Con Air? (‘Put the bunny back in the box!’)  I mean, I do like fashion and style a lot, but, there are many things I don’t know (much like John Snow), and Body Con was one of them. Once I looked at some Body Con dresses, and read about the apparent inventor Herve Leger I figured it out. So, Body Conscious dresses. Hmm, I snuffled about my wardrobe and remembered this gem from the op shop many moons ago.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsually I wouldn’t buy something like this from the op shop, because the cost per wear is too high, but, I remember it being cheap (under $10) and I planned to wear it to a costume party going as Pats from Ab Fab. For some reason I didn’t go to that costume party and now have this amazing dress that I shan’t let go of, cos, it is good to whip out as a ‘look at me, look at me’ (totally quoting Julia Stiles talking to her little sister, who I shall call Alex Mac, in the movie 10 things I hate about you here) dress for special occasions. So, even though I am going directly against my own advice in my Top 5 thrifting tips, this dress still stays in my life for when I want to be the absolute sparkliest gal at the party.

My flower crown is from Hanoi last year when I was selling them at Piknic Electronik and had a giveaway for 1 and my glasses are from Jay Jays. Loving the 90s frames! I also thought I’d make this outfit less (or more, depending on which way you look at it) insane by wearing my red ankle boots from Hoi An. The red lips are pretty much mandatory when one wears red (I think) and I’m digging wearing red lipstick after my post last week celebrating my 333rd blog post!

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So yeh, now I know what Body Con means, and that Karl Lagerfield thought the word Peugnet was too difficult for Yanks to pronounce.! Sometimes I wonder about my surname when I marry my Senegalese fiance… It is certainly going to be butchered by the Aussie accent, but, maybe not too badly, and I do still want his surname.

Don’t forget to check out the other lovely Aussie Curves ladies Body Con challenge!

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xox Jacqui 

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Share-In-Style: Flowers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m lucky enough to participate in Elena’s Share in Style blog post with the theme Flowers. Elena is from the great blog My Name is Peggy Sue  and has amazingly beautiful and cute outfits. Now, with the theme of flowers, I have done so many posts before with floral themes and flower crowns that I wanted to do something simple and flowery for this post, and I wanted to try out some interesting and cool temporary tattoos for your eyes from the brand Rock Beauty London.  So, I do have flowers, on my skirt, on my eye tattoos and on my head, but this also has a bit of a Red Riding Hood Twist as I sport a velvet jacket from my great grandmother’s closet. That means this jacket is at least 100 years old! Wow!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJacket: from my Great Grandmother Skirt: thrifted Tights: Voodoo Shoes: Dotti Flower Crown: DIY Eye Tattoo: Eye Rock

Now, take a look at how beautiful Elena looks in her flower outfit! I’m so jealous of her shirt, and the sunny weather in Spain!! :’( She is such a style inspiration for me and has the most adorable clothes. My Name Is Peggy Sue is certainly a blog worth checking out, to see fun and distinctive style of Elena.

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Anyway, if you want to join our Share-In-Style, just put your blog on the In Linkz tool at the bottom :D. Remember, the theme is flowers and we’d love to see what you come up with :D Please also link back to spread the love.

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xox Jacqui

Three Hundred and Thirty Three

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday is a bit of a special post for me! It’s my three hundredth and thirty third blog post. And, since I celebrated my 111th post (dunno why I didn’t do my 222nd), I figured I needed to celebrate this one too! The rain was obviously making it a massive issue for me to take photos, but, I cracked it and went into ‘determined mode’. Armed with a tripod, camera, clicker, two umbrellas (one for the camera and one for me) balloons and some celebratory red lipstick, I took some snaps. Now I’m having a wine, cos, seriously, it’s just that kind of day ;)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATee: any tourist shop in VN, customized by me with a pair of blunt scissors! Skirt: Handmade Tights: Voodoo Shoes: Target Pearls: Mui Ne Earrings: Lucie Ellen Balloons: Celebration Heaven

I chose to wear my Vietnamese Star tee you’ve seen here and here before to symbolize where this blog started from, and I chose a homemade ladybird skirt to show how much this blog has changed my life...and to show how shit I am at sewing, and why I get my tailor to do everything for me! What started as a hobby to show off clothes that my tailor made for me to my friends in a country where I couldn’t fit into anything has now turned into me starting my own small business PHO sizzle. That same tailor is now working with me to bring clothing to more people than just me, and on a platform that is easily accessible.  Obviously, I needed the umbrella for practicality, but the balloons were just to celebrate, cos, I am proud of this blog and how far it’s come. It’s given me an area to be creative, with outfits, sketches and summaries of my time in various countries. It’s made me think about body confidence, it’s connected me with SO many amazing other bloggers, and, within the last year, it’s given me a teeny bit of extra revenue and some free clothes, which is amazing! It has morphed in form and is now a lot more just about outfits, but, that is the way I want it.

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So, thank you everyone who has encouraged me, been kind to me, reads this, has helped me with photos, has featured in posts and has generally been supportive of something that is important to me. I love you. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Oh, and here’s a shot of me being asphyxiated by my own celebration balloons while the camera was on a timer. Hahaha, I don’t mind it!

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xox Jacqui

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Aussie Curves – Pattern Clash

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYeh, you know, I expected a more clash-tastic outfit from myself for this week’s challenge, but, the problem is, I’ve already done some pretty amazing clashy outfits with patterns and I didn’t want to recycle anything!  I mean, just last week I did a guide on how to mix prints, which I really should have saved for this challenge. And then there was yesterday’s Fulgy Monday outfit, which I also could have worn here and also just insanity like this outfit from earlier in the year which is superb pattern clashriffic!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, I had to hunt around to find patterned clothing I hadn’t used to much, and settled on my own clothing line PHO sizzle for the skirt and a striped cardi. I guess, I have worn myself out clashing and just wanted to go something simple.

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So, there’s my less-than-clashtastic-outfit for Aussie Curves this week. Hopefully I’ll get my shit together for next week.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAxox Jacqui

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Blue and Green Should Always Be Seen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMonday has rolled around again, the most loathed day of the week for most people, for me, it makes little difference as I am working all the time from home anyway. For this weeks Fugly Monday I decided to style this amazing op shop find! Look at the madness of this skirt! Blue and Green, stripes and spots and flare and frills! I squealed with delight when I found it for $4 but then could not figure out what to wear it with as it was so so bright and with such mad colors! In the end, I went with this:

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By continuing the blue theme with my jacket and shoes, I managed to neutralize the madness of this skirt slightly, and by wearing it as a dress, instead of skirt, I made sure it was the complete feature of this outfit! Wearing neutral tights and a plain beanie and belt also ensured that our eye falls on the dress, in all its wonderful glory!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJacket: Solitaire Skirt as Dress: thrifted Beanie: thrifted Tights: Voodoo Shoes: Target Black Pearls: Mui Ne

So this weeks Aussie Curves challenge is Pattern Clash, but I have no idea what I am going to do for it because I have done so many pattern clashes in my blog recently! Just last week I did a post about how to mix prints successfully, and now I’ve worn something super-duper clashy on my Fugly Monday post whereas I could have saved it for my Aussie Curves post… Hmm, the problems of a fashion blogger ay? ;) Ahh, well I’m sure I’ll find something to clash it up!

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PHO sizzle goes to town!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, unless you don’t read my blog that regularly, you should know I’ve started an itty-bitty-baby-sized online boutique called PHO sizzle that’s selling some gorgeous African wax print pieces. I currently have more in production from my awesome tailor (now technician and manufacturer for my business) in Hanoi, but am happy with how everything is going. I’ve signed up for some market stalls in May and am slowly amassing more stock. If you remember, last week was pretty stressful for me as my business partner decided to inform me she wanted to quit on the day we opened our online shop. While this added and is still adding a lot of additional paperwork and unnecessary stress to a budding business, she had her reasons and I am confident I can do it alone. And when I say alone, obviously I’m not actually alone, cos I have my family, friends and wonderful fiance in Senegal encouraging and supporting me, and my trusty team of Hoa, Tran and Tomi in Vietnam doing so many things to help PHO sizzle blossom, I can barely even begin to describe all the behind-the-scenes nonsense we are doing on a day to day basis.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast night we (my friends who you have seen in this post) went to The Valley Cellar Door in Moonee Ponds for some wine, Vietnamese food and a celebration of PHO sizzle being open for business! We also took some photos in a park, but, taking photos in the dark without really seeing what you are doing is pretty hard, and their may have been some wine involved… so some of these are hilarious, but, when us three are involved, we can’t be too serious for too long. So, these pics are more about fun times!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALani is wearing The Imogen Skirt, which I mentioned here in PHO Sizzle’s Lookbook and playing on playground equipment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKristie is wearing our sexy I heart Parasols dress, with more pictures of it here on my blog. This dress is such a stunner, whenever Kristie wears it she gets so many compliments and struts around confidently (well, I’d argue she is pretty confident anyway) but it’s great to see clothes that make people feel sexier when they wear them. I hope PHO sizzle can make lots of people feel like that. :D

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was wearing my awesome African Wax fabric I turned into a skirt and showed you in this post and some headwear that I intend to sell, but, maybe I’ll tone it down a bit to make it more suitable and less outrageous head scarves. But, I don’t know, surely some people like wearing awesome headwear as much as me?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, HUZZAH to PHO sizzle and it’s first couple of days being open! It’s been tough, and unnecessarily hard, but, I’m feeling more confident and thankful to the good people I have around me! And, a night out at a wine bar and playground, with best friends and giggles, laughter and chortles, well, what a good way to kick off PHO sizzle‘s birth!

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The PHO sizzler gyals can hold their liquor, remember that!

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Happy Sunday everyone!

xox Jacqui



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