Wake to Qarinah

2 copySo, actually when I prepared this look with the help of my sister I was vaguely planning to go with some semblance of Tuesday’s Child (for my series on the nursery rhyme about Children of the Week) , but it became obvious that these photos needed to their own post of hazy, double vision, nightmare-like images and likening myself to the infamous Arabic version of the Succubus helped cement the creative channel I went with in the editing of these photos.

I also hadn’t done a creative dress up of the archetype femme fatale in a while. And, I’ve certainly never played around with such a dark version of the femme fatale either! I’m more comfortable playing on the fallen woman/evil side of the madonna/whore dichotomy and  I’ve done outfits and posts inspired by fairies, rusalki, femme fatales, a white witch harvesting .  And you’ll know by random posts like this one how much into mythology I am.

So, when I looked through these images and started editing them to get even more creepy than they were already, I considered titling this post Eve, or perhaps Lilith (as one of the first  documented succubi in mythology) but in the end went with Qarinah.

Very similar to Succubus, the Qarinah will visit men in their dreams in the form of a beautiful woman and have sex with them.  In many African myths these demons will take the man’s virility and he will find himself feeling exhausted when he wakes. In the dream they won’t show their true form which is demonic, however if the man wakes and has sleep paralysis (where most of the scientific conclusions about succubi end up) it is common for men to have reported seeing a demon atop them, holding them down. They are invisible to most people in daylight hours and can often also morph into animals like cats and dogs (much like Jinn) and live unsuspected in communities. Some people who have a sixth sense can see them, either in their true form or know that the animal or beautiful woman is, in fact just a disguise. Another point is that Qarinah can actually get attached to the man whose dreams they visit and became jealous if that man goes on to try to marry a human wife, with reports that the Qarinah will often try to harm the wife, or the man himself. So, in these cases, men who are frequented by the same Qarinah feel they cannot marry for fear of their own life or their prospective wife’s life.  (info from various levels of accuracy from here, here and here)

So, here is my interpretation of what a Qarinah would look like as a man tries to wake himself from the sexy-time dream, and the lines between reality and dream, demon and woman blur.

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 Thanks to my wonderful sister for doing my make up and pinning that snake in my hair. It looked Sssssssplendid. Ha! I’m so funny. Also thanks to my sis for taking these pictures, and thanks to my mum and my grandma for contributing some money for me to buy this new camera as a birthday present. :)

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Right, now I better go and get ready for my brand PHO sizzle‘s debut show at North Melbourne Town Hall for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and stop researching creepy spirits. :D

xox Jacqui

Aussie Curves – Job Interview

4I actually have a huge amount of work wear, and if you have followed my blog for long enough (eg – when I was still in Hanoi) then you’ll know most of my Outfit of the Day posts from Vietnam were workwear posts. So, for this week Aussie Curves has the theme of Job Interview, I knew I could show work wear, but, seriously, it doesn’t interest me much… Since living in Istanbul and dressing very conservatively to teach Turkish businessmen, I’ve had a lot of business attire. After moving to Hanoi and meeting my wonderful tailor I upped the ante in business wear and viewed a lot of the clothing I had tailor made as an investment into my future, whether it be in Academic English teaching or anything else. It may sound strange but I don’t actually own that many clothes, nor do I go shopping a lot. I value the clothes I have and pair them smartly. Also, having pink (or various other colored) hair and visible tattoos means I often have to dress sharply to avoid people coming to the wrong conclusion about me. Thankfully though, I work in an industry where I am judged on my ability to do the job rather than my outwardly appearance, so my tips for job interviews are general tidiness (clean nails, etc), no overpowering perfume, competency and a good attitude.  HA! I think I stressed out way more about what to wear when getting a bank loan (and blogged that outfit) than I do for job interviews.

Today the weather was so beautiful in Melbourne that I pulled out this lovely sheer top I’ve shown once before a looong time ago here  and a pencil skirt with brocade silver on it I scored from the Op shop – I’ve shown in the Aussie Curves Spike Theme, but I did wear it for a job interview with my current ESL job. Because most of my work wear was made for Hanoi, I have an abundance of summer work wear, and much less winter, but that suits me fine cos my winter uniform has already been explained here. (black tops – black tops everywhere!)

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Hey, so, even though I never seem to stress out about Job Interviews (I have a very que sera sera attitude) I AM flipping out about what to wear to PHO sizzle‘s debut runway show for MSFW this Saturday with the World Designer Runway. BLERGHHH! Actually, more than stressing out about what to wear (I’ve decided on a dress you’ve seen twice before (touring McLaren Vale in my Ladies Who Wine post and in my Lady of Shanghai post for my 30th Birthday) I’m actually stressing THE FUCK out about walking down the runway at the end of my show’s collection to wave. EEEEEPPPP! I mean, as an ESL teacher I have less of an issue with crowds than most, but, that still doesn’t mean I wanna do it. TERRIFIED I TELLS YA!  

So, there you have it. I’m down with the job interviews, not so down with the catwalk walk n wave. Ha!

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Don’t forget to check out the other lovely Curve ladies take on Job Interview week, and thanks to Mumsy for taking these pics in the sun.

xox Jacqui

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Monday’s Child is Fair of Face

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To continue on my series about the poem Monday’s Child, I thought I’d go back to the first day of the week with Monday’s child, who is fair of face. Apparently it is easy for the pretty children of Monday – beautiful and fair, we could argue life isn’t so hard for Monday’s children.  For this look I utilized my old screen-printing frames to create a frame within a frame effect to evoke the concept of beauty, paintings and idolization of the ‘pretty ones’. I also added one of my detachable collars I got made in Hanoi as a type of bonnet, cos, why the devil not? Milkmaid braids (that I’ve worn a bunch of times before) and the same dress you’ve seen here and here and I was ready to play Monday’s child.

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So, there you have it. I’ve now done Monday’s Child (being fair of face), Wednesday’s Child (all woeful and shit) and Thursday’s Child (who obviously needs to travel) and next week I’ll show you my interpretation of Tuesday’s Child.

Thanks to my glorious sister for snapping these pictures, oh, and guess what? PHO sizzle has it’s fancy-pants debut of 10 out of 18 pieces of our Mix n Match Marine Collection for the World Designer Runway this Sunday. YAY! Info and Tix can be bought here. 

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Monday’s child is fair of face.

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xox Jacqui

 

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

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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



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