Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go.

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As promised after last week on Wednesday, I am continuing my series about the poem Monday’s Child. This week I thought I’d continue with Thursday’s Child, who, according to the nursery rhyme, has far to go.

 I brainstormed the meaning of this line, wondering if it meant that Thursday’s Child would never amount to anything, but, decided to be more positive about the Thursday children out there and that it probably means that Thursday’s child will travel a lot.

So, I shimmied up my best boho, free people, american road trip, backpacker travelling outfit to illustrate the idea of a long drive, summer, and the freedom of the open road. I thought I better add my VN tee for this shoot to actualize the idea of travelling, you’ve seen it before many times – in my celebration of my 333rd post, in my Desert Chills post in the middle of the Little Desert National Park, and of course, in my post celebrating the Year of the Horse .  And then I posed in the cold winter sun with my favorite feather pattern kimono and prayed that it’ll be summer soon. :)

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Thanks to my sister for taking these, and I’ll be back next week with another child from the poem.

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Check out my other vaguely boho looks here:

xox Jacqui

Aussie Curves – Everyday Style

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As per usual I was left slightly head scratchy from the vagueness of this week’s challenge title for Aussie Curves, but, much like the Time Saver category, I thought I’d just show what I was actually wearing yesterday, and what I usually wear when I’m not in jeans (like last week’s post). Since I work from home 5 days a week and in the CBD two days a week, I thought I’d show you a pretty normal ‘at home’ outfit for me. The other kind of home outfit for me is my PJs, because on some days I get distracted in the morning by emails and orders and things for PHO sizzle and then suddenly it’s 4pm and by that point, well, is there really any point getting dressed?

You’ve seen this top before in an old post from Hanoi just after I got my eye surgery and this skirt was a great find from an Op Shop and was such a vibrant color that I had to have it. I’m also brown again because it is fashion week soon and I wanted to not be deathly white for when I have to meet people and represent PHO sizzle. I get my spray tan from Glow Station. It’s easy, quick and Jo is a friend of mine. :)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow, Hugo wanted to be in my shoot today and was demanding to be in every picture. Which was fine, cos I love having a fashionable dog in my photos and, if the theme of everyday style is accurate, then, actually Hugo should be in these pics!  Anyway, enough ‘blahing’ and I’ll show you the pics.

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So, there you have it, this is what I wear everyday. In varying colors, patterns and lengths but the formula of skirt, shirt and cardigan remains the same. I also wear sunnies at the slightest hint of sun because it hurts my lil peepers, hence the fact I’ve got so many. Don’t forget to check out the other curvy ladies in their everyday clothes below. :)

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xox Jacqui

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Wednesday’s Child

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s no coincidence that Wednesday Addams is called Wednesday. As you remember, Wednesday’s child is full of woe. And, I’ve been living my life thinking I was a Monday’s child and fair of face, and now my sister and I just realized in our youth we got the days mixed somehow and she’s fair of face, and I’m full of woe! Well, to that I say, in a typical woeful manner – BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Also, according to the very reliable wikipedia, Wednesday’s child actually was swapped with Friday’s child, so, originally, I wasn’t actually filled with woe… but anyway, this outfit is an homage to Wednesday’s children who want to take a break from wearing pink, and also the start of a new series where I do outfit posts for each day of the week’s child. I’ll do Thursday next. You’ve seen this dress a LONG time ago in this post when I lurked in the stairwell of RMIT Hanoi! Also, aren’t these sunnies a riot? Hahaha!

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So, while Wednesday’s children might be full of woe, remember it is also the day that God created the sun, moon and stars, so, I mean, it isn’t all bad, right? A little woe never hurt no one.

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xox Jacqui

Aussie Curves – Denim #2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARight, so, new list of challenges for Aussie Curves, and they’ve started the year off with denim. I have been all about denim recently, and you can see that from my looks here, here, and, of course Aussie Curves Denim week from June. I did kind of wonder what the hell to wear for this challenge and then just settled for a pair of jeans and my lovely suspenders/braces that I wore for this post and my Monster Threads tee you’ve seen from a looong time ago when I was wandering the alley ways of Hanoi with Magda.

I’m also running out of locations to take photos, so, for this post, I used my father’s humble shed. I kinda like the vibe. The lighting was insane in there, the windows creating these pockets of overexposure with dark edges, love it! And all the clutter suited this outfit as a ‘at-home-doing-chores-outfit’. In fact my chores are mainly web based, so I don’t need any clothes for that. Ha!

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Alright! So, Hurray for the new year of challenges! If you want to know more about the Aussie Curves challenges, head over to the founder’s blog: Danimezza. And, don’t forget to take a look at the other blogger’s denim looks.

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Pasancana & Quehualliu

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs I told you a few blog posts back (here and here), my blog is not only a time to show you my outfit, but also to tell you stuff I’ve learnt, and in today’s post, with my pink feminine dress and Cacti Crown (I got the idea to make this crown from Delightfully Tacky’s Succulent Crown), I thought it was the perfect time to tell you about some Cacti Mythology from Argentina!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo Quehualliu was the most handsome Indian in the village and had his sights set on Pasancana, the chief’s daughter. They grew up together and eventually fell in love. Quehualliu (don’t ask me to say that aloud cos I surely wouldn’t know how to pronounce it) often gave her flowers growing from the mountains nearby. Unfortunately, Pasancana’s father wanted her to marry another boy, of course one that was a good hunter.

When Quehualliu and Pasancana found out about the chief’s plan, they cried and sobbed on each other’s arms, and then decided to run away together, heading towards the mountains.  Obs, the chief was way mad when he found out his darling daughter was missing and had run away with the handsome Quehualliu and he gathered up a big group of men to find the lovers and bring them home, and surely punish both of them.

Pasancana and Quehualliu were pretty tired from running all day, and by the middle of the night they had to take a break in the desert.  Because of the light of the moon they saw a few men were heading their way, but they were too tired to keep running. They prayed to Pachamama, the Goddess of Land, to hide them from these men. The kind goddess took pity on the lovers and hid them by turning Quehualliu into a cactus. The Land Goddess kept Pasancana with him by placing her spirit inside the cactus. The thorns protected them, and Pasancana shows herself occasionally to the world by emerging as the beautiful cactus flower.  (sources here and here)

AND THAT IS HOW CACTI ARE MADE, and I don’t wanna hear anyone say anything different!

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 Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely day, and think about poor Pasancana and Quehualliu the next time you see a cactus.

Thanks to my lovely sister for taking these!

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xox Jacqui

 

Harmony

1Last Sunday I went to Brunswick Flea Market at Howler Bar with my friend Nikki. You may remember Nikki from posts like this one , she also has taken a few outfit photos of me since I’ve been back in Melbourne and we do love a good catch up. Actually, the market itself was quite small and after looking at the stalls there in less than 15 minutes we figured we better have a beer and then take some outfit photos. I reckon this market is more of a later afternoon thing perhaps?

2Anyway, as we wandered the streets of Brunswick and checked out the cool street art, I felt a sense of happiness, like I truly felt I belonged in Melbourne again. I’ve been home for 9 months now, but hadn’t actually felt that I lived here. It was just like I was on an extended holiday…or something. Aside from missing my fiance terribly, I am pretty happy with my life right now and feel like everything is in harmony. In some ways I feel like him coming here and our marriage visa being approved will be the final step in me feeling completely happy with my life, and, if it isn’t approved… well.. I don’t even want to think about that….

But, I mean, I work my teaching job 2 days a week and I love it and the students I teach, I work on my baby PHO sizzle the rest of the time, and even though it sometimes make me super tired doing so much, I know it is the only way that PHO sizzle will succeed. I can say that since the website opened on April 1st (and actually from before that) I have worked harder on this brand than anything else in my life. Also after my hypnotherapy, I am also concentrating on being healthier, which is also giving me a strong sense of happiness and satisfaction. Does it sound like I’m bragging? I’m not, I’m just trying to say that I feel so thankful with what life has given me, but right now I’m going to run out and feed the ducks special healthy duck food with my sister and my niece.

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Thanks to Nikki for taking these and taking me on a fun outing! Sometimes working so much makes me forget to get out of the house!

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xox Jacqui

Aussie Curves – Challenge Flashback

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou know, I never did get to join in Aussie Curves Boho week, which is bizarre considering how many boho-esque outfits I wear. So, for this final week of Aussie Curves and with the theme of Challenge Flashback, I decided to create a boho look specifically for Aussie Curves, since I missed that week.

Hey, yo, I got some exciting, PHO sizzling news! As you probably already know, we are doing TWO RUNWAY shows for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week!

One interesting show by ARTZ is on Sunday the 7th of September at The Orchid Room (you can buy tickets here) . It combines poetry with fashion in a massive arty way that’ll be awesome and unique!

Also, the other show I am doing is on August 30th at North Melbourne Town Hall.  It is the World Designer Runway Show and will mean PHO sizzle is lucky enough to be part of the same show that has Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, and heaps of other wonderful designers!!  ISN’T THAT AWESOME?? I MEAN, ISN’T THAT THE BEST NEWS EVER??  I pretty much hyperventilated into a bag when I found out, and then told the PHO sizzle team and there was much excitement!! You can find more out about that show here (as well as getting a kick out of going to the designers page and seeing our humble little brand) and you can book tickets here . We’ll be showing 10 of out 18 piece Mix n Match Marine collection at this show, and it’ll be the first time it has been seen by the public (aside from sneaky Instagram shots)  We’ll be bringing it out to sell to the public in late September – and it is size 6AU to 20AU. Anyway, I’ll stop waffling now, after all, that is what PHO sizzle’s blog LOVE is for! :D

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, this outfit is my ‘go-to boho’ look – My Dad’s cardi that you’ve seen a bunch of times (here and here and that crazy desert post I did here) , our Maxi Tribe PHO sizzle skirt, a silver top I have worn for my Metallic Milkmaid post,  a beanie I bought when I lived in Perm, Russia, and slippers from Sapa, and well, I thought I’d just loaf about in the alcove for this post. My sister being my photographer and encouraging my silly poses :D

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Isn’t life grand? I’m so happy right now with how PHO sizzle is moving along at the moment. I am so blessed by the team of people in my company, and around me that are helping this flourish! Thanks to my sister for taking these too – I love photo shoots with her cos we always end up chortling about something :D

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Don’t forget to check out the other Curves ladies below to see their interpretation of Challenge Flashback!!

xox Jacqui

Smiley Meltdown

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, as of yesterday, you may have noticed I am adding a lot more random factoids into my posts. This is cos I absorb a lot of useless (useless depending on who you ask) info about ALL KINDS OF THINGS! Hence me going into a huge soliloquy about phoenixes and Shakespeare and bird symbolism yesterday. Yes. I know it isn’t a soliloquy if I didn’t say it, but, how the devil do YOU know if I read it out loud with dramatic arm movements? You don’t. So there! :D  I have had other outfit posts with some other information blended into them ( Sophrosyne , Lost Mermaid, Saturn’s Return, Harvest Witch and Australian Rusalka come to my mind) but, I think my post yesterday really crossed a line, with the amount of sources alone! I considered adding a reference list, but thought I might be blending Academic-English-Teacher-Jacqui into Blogger-Jacqui a little bit too much if I did that, so, I resisted the urge and hope my students (old or new) don’t call me out on being a hypocrite.

So, what is the purpose of adding all this random, additional information into my outfit posts, you ask. Well, one of the ways I remember info is through writing it or telling people about it, so I figured I do read about so many interesting things, that, I thought I’d insert just a wee bit into my posts. So, let’s talk about this outfit. I was in the CBD on Thursday meeting the wonderful Hoang Anh (from PHO sizzle ‘s blog fame) for lunch and I walked past Pulp Kitchen. I don’t know what was going on with Factory X and the brands it owns, but, hahahahaha, everything in there was $20 or less! I actually did a swift 90 degree angle turn when I noticed the shop, which is rare for me, cos I am not really into shopping new retail clothes. So, as I walked through all the Dangerfield and Princess Highway left over stock, I spied this sweater in the men’s section, and, well, I had to have it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s not my style, and it makes me feel slightly like a race car driver or a jockey with the way it falls on my shoulders and because of the different patterns on the arms, but, I just loved it! I am a bit of a fan of the Smiley, and that scene in Forrest Gump, and I just found out today that the original Smiley was used to motivate workers from a life insurance company who had just dealt with a huge merger and acquisition and the company felt the workers needed cheering up. Did you know that?  Or, you could swing the other way and believe that THIS was the original smiley from over 4500 years ago and carved into a pebble!  The full story from The Smithsonian Mag about the history of the Smiley is here and pretty interesting.  But, in my mind, I also love all the crazy interpretations of the smiley, from Nirvana to Dazed and Confused and so, this sweater, with its nuclear meltdown smiley made me automatically buy it.

And then, when I went to start styling it for this post, well, I reverted back to being a teenager in the late 90s… and I LIKED it! Hahahaha, I swear, the photo below reminds me SO MUCH of a girl I was good friends with in year 10 – it’s uncanny.

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Anyway, I hope you’ve learnt something about the humble smiley today, and

HAVE A HAPPY DAY 

(Bernard and Murray Spain added that to the smiley design in the early 70s)

:)

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OH. SO. NINETIES.

xox Jacqui

An Arabian Bird

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, (in Act 1, scene 7, to be precise) Iachimo refers to Imogen as an ‘Arabian Bird’. The full quote is,

“All of her that is out of door most rich!

If she be furnish’d with a mind so rare,

She is alone th’ Arabian bird.”

After reading this I was puzzled about what he meant by Arabian bird… To my surprise it was another word for Phoenix and it sent me down a rabbit hole of reading about bird symbolism in Cymbeline. In this play, Imogen’s story is a tail (not pony tails or cotton tails -no DUCKTALES)  sorry, sorry, I got distracted by the fact I misspelled ‘tale’ for a second there… right, lemme try that again – Imogen’s tale has been compared to the phoenix’s life cycle, meaning that a fall from grace and subsequent redemption through love and forgiveness can create something as powerful as rebirth (since Imogen actually does die and wake up again – Shakespeare likes that trick, doesn’t he?)  But, according to my rabbit hole sources (here and here) the phoenix (and Imogen in this case) also symbolizes chastity because it is androgynous and requires no mate, as well as peace and all the rather obvious symbolic connections to Christ. More than anything else, I like the term ‘Arabian Bird’ for Phoenix, and, well, jeez, I’m a sucker for symbolism. I could read about that shit for hours – it takes me back to my Cinema Studies days at Uni. Did you know I have a Arts Degree majoring in Cinema Studies? Yeah, I didn’t really use that after I got it. At all!

Anyway, considering Phoenix’s are meant to have some purple plumage, and climb up a tree and self combust on their 500th birthday, I thought I’d title this post Arabian Bird. :) Am I 500 years old? No? Am I feeling like a phoenix who is almost at the end of one cycle or part of my life and ready for the next stage in transformation? Yes. Do I want to build a nest and fill it with cinnamon and myrrh?  Ummmm…HECK YES!

 

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Thanks to my sister for taking these, and thanks to this awesome tree for being in so many of my posts, and, while I’m at it, thanks for Shakespeare for being so jammed back with symbolism, and for all the scholars that have analysed that symbolism!

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This Arabian bird wishes you a HAPPY FRIDAY!

xox Jacqui

Thursday Throwback- Black Crop Staple

I’ve talked about staples before, and one of my recommendations is black, particularly black tops! Actually, in winter it is almost the only thing I wear (and skirt or pants, I mean, I’m not Donald Duck). But, for this Thursday Throwback, I wanted to point out that you don’t actually need a lot of clothes to be a blogger! I have only bought three new items of clothing in 3 months! I’m not including op shopping, nor the clothes from PHO sizzle I can play with, but I guess what I’m saying is that creating outfits is really more about trying to figure out what you already have and how it can match with other things you already have…. And so, with something as simple as a black crop, you can create dozens of different outfits! So, for today I thought I’d look back at the times I’ve worn my black rose crop from Jay Jays (couldn’t find it on their website, but I’m sure you can pick up something similar anywhere) on the blog.

You can click on the photo to be taken back to the original post. :D

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So, that’s another throwback done and dusted.

Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Get yourself a black crop! Stat! :)

xox Jacqui



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