Aussie Curves – Fears Exposed

6At first, I was all like, ‘I laugh in the face of danger!’ when reading that this week with Aussie Curves was a challenge called Fears Exposed. Then I thought about disclosing that I am terrified of inanimate objects coming to life and trying to kill me, but couldn’t really work that into an outfit post, finally, I remember that yes, in fact, there IS something I am quite afraid of wearing and I happened to buy some of that very item on Saturday:

1Hehehe, don’t you love this photo? I was swinging on a swing and managed to make myself exceedingly nauseous in the process, so, in fact, Aussie Curves also managed to help me realize I am afraid of swings, AS WELL AS HIGH HIGH HEELS WITH MEGA SKINNY HEEL!

I’ve never worn/bought a pair of stilettos in my life. Not only do I think they are ridiculous and impractical, I also always felt that that skinny heel wouldn’t be able to hold my weight and I’d end up snapping the heel, hurting myself and being super embarrassed. And then have to hobble around with bare feet somewhere formal, holding her shoes like a drunk chick with an obnoxious hat during race season.

If I wear heels I also wear ones with a sturdy and practical heel, but, I saw these at the Op Shop for $5 and I thought I’d try to conquer my fear.

Guess what? The heel didn’t snap and I didn’t break my ankle! I mean, I don’t think I’ll be wearing these babies everyday, but I’m happy I wore them and realized I can wear them… if I ever wanted to.

The rest of this outfit is pretty standard of me for a beautiful sunny day in Melbourne. I’m wearing my custom made paw print dress you’ve seen before in my Fitzroy Cacti post, and in my West Lake post in Hanoi a long time ago, a kimono top I bought at the thrift store, and some triangle sunnies that I recently added to my ever growing sunglasses collection. :)

Oh, guess what else!? I’m a bit excited today cos Stage 1 of PHO sizzle‘s Mix n Match Marine collection is ready to be sold online! :) YAYYYY! It’s so lovely to see my brand, that is less than six months old, get bigger and more successful. It makes me feel like I have made the right choice in starting it. Also, people buying stuff and complimenting the designs also makes me grin from ear to ear like a damn fool. :) And now I am impatiently waiting Stage 2 of this collection to be manufactured and shipped. It has tentacles, more angler fish and some 70s vibes! ;)

5 11 2 4 10 3 7 9Dress: custom made in Hanoi by my tailor (now the tech fit designer for PHO sizzle) Jacket: thrifted Stilettos of Doom: thrifted Necklace: bought in Cappadocia in Turkey Glasses: Wholesale Celeb Shades

So, there you have it. My fear of skinny heels exposed! Make sure you check out all the other blogs too!

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xox Jacqui


 

Saturday’s Child Works Hard For Living

1So, here is another part of my series Children Of The Week based on the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child. I know, you’re confused, cos I just did Friday’s Child yesterday, but I just couldn’t wait to show off these images! This is for Saturday’s Child, who works hard for a living. I was playing around with quite a few ideas for this one, being a socialite like Paris Hilton who hasn’t worked a day in her life or wearing an 80s power suit, but in the end I decided I wanted to go with a bit of a construction worker/coal miner look.

Saturday’s child, working hard, earning and plowing, harvesting. Long hours. Little reward. Nothing comes easy and you’ve gotta work at it. 

Big thanks to my Dad for lending me the bluey (Oz slang for wifebeater, yo) and flat cap and letting me pose in his shed (I also posed in the shed for this post – good lighting!) 

Also, I gotta thank my wonderful sister for taking these, it was actually pretty hard to not look amateur porn-y or more butch than I wanted, but, I think, thanks to my sister’s mad skillz, we managed to make me look a-ok. :) Enjoy the pics.

13 7 3 5 6 4 9 12 11 2 10 8Jeans: Jeans West Suspenders: Jay Jays Singlet: Dargo Hotel Flatcap: Scotland

 Remember to check out my other Children Of the Week Posts:

Don’t forgot to tune in next week when I conquer my final look of Sunday’s Child. I have NO idea what I’m doing yet.

xox Jacqui 

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Friday’s Child is Loving and Giving

5As you know, I’m doing a series of posts based on the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child that describes the Children of the Week. I’ve already done Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s child and this week I thought I’d do Friday’s child – who is loving and giving. And, in my mind, I interpreted that as ‘most likely to join a cult’/Manson Family/sixties flower child with high expectations of changing the world through love. Ha! So, with that in my mind, I went with a similar vibe to my Woodstock ’69 post, but a bit more happy because Friday’s child is all about kindness and generosity, and searching for joy and happiness in life- hence, in my mind, the reason that cults that promise happiness, organized religion (yeah, I said it!) and feeling like being ‘a part of something’ would be so attractive. Also, while I have used Charles Manson as a reference to the kind of look I am going for, I want to make sure you guys know I am in no way attempting to trivialize what happened to the victims of those homicides. I’m more trying to show the general Sixties explosion around free love and the rejection of the traditional nuclear family that had been core values of their parents generation.

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My sister and I often discuss what I am going to wear beforehand for these shoots, but for this post I didn’t explain my thought process to her. I came out and she said, ‘you look like a cult leader.’ Excellent! I succeeded! But, looking at these pictures, who actually IS the cult leader here? Me, Hugo or Stella?  cult1

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Hehehehehe. Anyway, I’ll let you see the rest of my Friday’s Child pictures.

7 2 3 8 6 9 11 1Dress: thrifted Vest: thrifted Flower Crown: handmade Sunnies: Jay Jays

So, there is it. My concept for:  Friday’s child is loving and giving. Tune in next Saturday when I unveil my rather androgynous approach to Saturday’s child. :) Thanks to my sister, Hugo and Stella for being part of this shoot, and thanks to The Leader for allowing me to show the outside world how wonderful and amazing our family is. Join us! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

 Remember to check out my other Children Of the Week posts:

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xox Jacqui

Aussie Curves – Favourite Piece

 

4This week for Aussie Curves, the theme is Favourite Piece. And, like most of the ladies, there ain’t no way I can pick one! But, I did narrow it all the way down to my favorite skirt from Sapa, Vietnam, which you’ve seen before when I wore it in Hanoi and talked about friendship and a white top. My friend Kristie and I have an ‘in joke’ about me and white tops. I own FAR too many of them, but, I just keep buying more. We were recently op shopping (thrifting) and she said, ‘here, you’ll like this ‘un,’ whilst flinging some white thing at me and chortling into her mane. So, I do have to agree with her though, I do have too many white summer tops, but, in the same way a long sleeved black top is my winter uniform, a white top and colorful skirt is often my summer uniform.  I have had an insanely busy couple of days (on top of being ill) but I’m looking forward to PHO sizzle‘s new collection (modelled by Kobi Jae from Horror Kitsch Bitch RIGHT HERE!) opening for sale on Monday, and being at Rose St Artists Market on Sunday.

5 2 7 6 1Skirt: Sapa Village, Vietnam  Top: Cora Crop by PHO sizzle (available online on Monday 22nd September) Beanie: Cotton On Belt: thrifted Earrings: gifted Sunnies: market in Shanghai Boots: EOS

So, that’s it for me. I have a bunch of work for ESL teaching to get done before tomorrow. Make sure you check out the other Aussie Curves favourite piece posts below.

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xox Jacqui

 

 

 

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Pretty Kitty Sunday

2I took a break from working today (yes I work Sunday, I work on my business every day) and went to visit my good friend Bear and her gorgeous cat Tom Tom. It was lovely to take a break from writing product descriptions and catch up with a friend. I also convinced her to take some snaps of this pastel outfit. You’ve seen this jumpsuit before from this post in Hanoi and I wore this pink jacket (which is actually a dress) in my On Wednesdays We Wear Pink post. My hair is blue now, and I’m wearing one of PHO sizzle’s headbands (you can get them at the markets I sell at or at Design A Space Fitzroy - it was too hard to sell them online) . Also, I’m really flattered and excited that I made it onto this list of 23 Plus-Size Bloggers to Follow on Instagram - It truly is lovely to be inspiring to others. I can’t even believe it actually. :)

1 5 4 6 8 3Pink Dress: thrifted Jumpsuit: custom made by Red Pearl in Hanoi Headband: PHO sizzle  Shoes: Target Glasses: Jay Jays

What a lovely Sunday it was in Melbourne, I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Thanks to Bear for taking these.

7xox Jacqui

Aussie Curves -Tee

1So I skipped last week’s Aussie Curves Challenge mainly cos I was too busy, but also cos I didn’t really get it… the theme was ‘my closet’ and I suppose, in theory, I get the concept of showing other people how organized you are, or how you utilize your storage solutions, but I don’t want to show my closet to anyone, nor do I want to see anyone’s storage solutions. So, i skipped it. The other option was interpreting the theme however I want, as is encouraged, and posing IN my closet, and if I had had more time last week, i probably would have gone down that road, but NUP. NOPE. TOO BUSY! PHO sizzle‘s role in MSFW took all the energy out of me. We blogged about both shows here and here . Of course, now we are getting ready to release Stage 1 of our Mix n Match Marine Collection online and frantically trying to get stuff done for that, so, the fun and games never stop. :)

Anyway, for the this week’s theme I was all about it! TEES!? Yes please! I love me a pretty and cool tee! I just had to find time to get some shots in – and I did on manage on Friday after work, thanks to my lovely sister.

I’m wearing a foxy Op shop tee from the men’s section (I find the best tees there), my custom made tunic you’ve seen before here (can you believe that post was less exactly 7 months ago? MOREOVER, can you PHO sizzle is less than 6 months old? I can’t!!!) and my trusty black boots, sunnies from Jay Jays and felt hat everyone should own.

6 3 4 7 2Fox with Monocle Tee: Op shop Tunic: custom made in Hanoi by Red Pearl (now the Tech Designer for PHO sizzleBoots: custom made in Hoi An Hat: don’t know! But, they are seriously everywhere Sunnies: Jay Jays Lipstick: Watermelon by Clinique

Anyway, thanks to mah big sister for snapping these, and make sure you check out the other Aussie Curves ladies in their awesome tees!

xox Jacqui 

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Top 5: Sexy Songs

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Image from my Femme Fatale OOTD post. 

WARNING: This post title should warn you enough that there will be strong language and adult themes, if you are easily offended by either, perhaps skip this one. Hmm?

Holy FREAKING HELL! I haven’t done a Top 5 for some time!

Yes, I thought I’d continue along my musical themed Top 5 this week and talk about some songs I find sexy. Hot. Sensual. Grind-a-licious. Fuck-worthy. etc. This is  much like the famed album Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By, but this time it’s me choosing! Ha! I was tempted to put Freak Me by Silk and Closer by NIN in here… but I won’t, but they do get special mentions! So, this is a weird variety of songs, but they are certainly ones I think are hot, in different ways.

5) Breathe by Kylie

I know right? I’m confused too. My brain hurts and I can’t explain why I find this song attractive. I’ll tell you it certainly isn’t the music video… I guess it could be the lyrics, but I don’t think so. I think it’s just the melody… Blergh. I don’t know. I really don’t…but it is my number 5 and I’m standing by it.

4) Skin by Rihanna

Rihanna is the Queen of oozing sex. Just oozing right the fuck out of her.  In her outfits, her style and particularly her lyrics, but most of the time I find it too much –  like Jessica Rabbit on crack in a D grade horror movie you’d see on the foreign movie channel with some kind of killer tentacle snatch. That being said, I do actually also like a fair amount of her songs.  But this song… I particularly like it. I like the way it builds, I like the lyrics and the believable sexy impatience and desperation in her voice.

3) Fuck U all the time by Jeremih (shlohmo remix)

I am actually so in love with Shlohmo that I can’t even explain it. I play his soundcloud channel on repeat. I never get tired of his blend of grimy bass lines and hypnotic beats. This song is actually the first song I heard of his – it was blended into Azealia Bank’s Mermaid Ball mixtape along with some other amazingness!!!! Did you know he and Jeremih have done another collab since then which is equally as awesome (listen here) and there are rumors of them doing an album together! EEEPPP! Anyway, yes, sexy sexy song. I quite enjoy it, yes yes.

2) Wake Up (N.O.M.A) by Jeremih

Continuing on my chilled Shlohmo vibe, it’s his partner in sexy beats Jeremih. I I can’t really explain why I think this song is so hot, I honestly think it’s just Jeremih’s voice. I mean, the lyrics are pretty hot too, but yeah, I find this song beautiful and makes me think of morning sex, outdoor sex, beaches (possibly beach sex but that sand factor, yo!) and summer.

1) Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing by Chris Issak

Does it really surprise you that this guy and this video come in at number 1? COME ON! So much goodness here! The lyrics, his voice, and most of all – the video! And yes, the girl stripping is completely and utterly gorgeous, but, I gotta tell ya, Chris is looking prettttttty hot himself! And, aside from Dick Tracy and assumably Professor Plum, he’s also the only man I have seen pull off a two piece plum suit. I mean, check his pants! They are really awesome and men should wear that cut of pants all the time. But, I’m not frothing at the mouth over his fashion choices (aight, so I kind of am) but this video is so damn hot in the traditional, vintage hot way when people we easily scandalized by this kind of thing. Justify my Love is the only other scandalous video I can think of in the same category. These days, even with all the gratuitous and gross nudity (yeah, I’m talking to you Nicki) and extremely graphic sexual lyrics – it has NOTHING on this classic. As a side note – Drake looks reaaaalllly bored? No? Maybe it’s just me…

Anyway, this is my Top 5 sexy songs! What would you have?

Don’t forget to check out my other Top 5s related to music:

Also, if you want to hear me talk more about Nicki, check out this: Top 5: Things I can’t Stand. So, that’s it. Let’s get our sexy on this Wednesday! Yeah!

xox Jacqui

 

Tuesday’s Child is full of Grace

2You might see this dress and howl ‘dammit Jacqui, you aren’t even trying with the Children of the Week nursery rhyme anymore!’ and to that I say, ‘shut up! I’ve been busy and I felt hella graceful in this dress! Furthermore, this is MY interpretation of the poem, so, #hiss” . And anyone that knows me knows I would fully hiss at them. Anyway… moving on, I’ve actually worn this frock with this hairstyle before here. The dress was made in Senegal for me by the wonderful, amazing and famous Senegalese designer Diarra Bousso (her shop: Dakar Boutique) and it was from some fabric I picked out at the market. It does make me feel graceful, so I figured I can use it for Tuesday’s Child (My other ideas for Tuesday have been to dress as a nun, Grace Kelly, Grace Jones, a dancer, sports lux and a cat – and, none of them worked) . So, graceful Tuesday’s children, I’m sorry if this isn’t graceful enough, but, it’ll have to do.  In other news, I have a super fun time at PHO sizzle‘s second show for MSFW! We will write up a blog about it on PHO sizzle soon, but, you can see my best friend looking gorgeous in something from our new collection from the day here!

6 3 5 9 7 4Dress: custom made by Diarra Bousso in Senegal Shoes: custom made in Hoi An, Vietnam Necklace: bought in a seaside town in Bulgaria

Anyway, perhaps this isn’t what I would do if I had more time for Tuesday Child, but, I find these pictures relatively graceful (for me) & I hope you enjoy them. I’ll come at ya next week with Friday’s Child and an homage to 1960s love children! <3

If you haven’t checked out my other Children of the Week, make sure you check out:

Monday’s Child is Full of Face

Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe

Thursday’s Child has Far to Go

Thanks to Kristie for taking these pictures!

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xox Jacqui

 

Angler Submarine Rocker

k3Once in a while you (if you’re me) design something so amazing you have to bitch slap yourself hard across the face to check it actually happened. PHO sizzle‘s Angler Submarine Dress is that thing. It is so flattering and looks good on every person I’ve tried it on so far. It isn’t actually for sale on the website yet either, it’ll be up in about 3 weeks.

Yesterday my best friend in all the world (you might remember her from this post) came with me to help with PHO sizzle’s second show for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. It was at the Orchid Room and was part of the ARTZ runway. Super fun, and I loved it! You can read about my first show (where this funky dress is featured) here, we haven’t gotten around to blogging about the second one yet. Anyway, to thank Kristie for all her help at this show and the other show, I gifted her one of these dresses. She looked amazing in it, and we had to take some pics!

k4You might remember that PHO sizzle’s Mix n Match Marine Collection for summer 2015 has a nautical theme, and a deep sea theme and this Angler Fish was designed by one of my old students I taught when we were in Hanoi together. It suits the dress perfectly as it is a surprise fish that people don’t expect to see on such a ‘classic’ dress. Anyway, I wanted to share these pics of my best friend with you and say thank you to her, and everyone else that helped get PHO sizzle through MSFW! :)

k2 k7 k5 k6 k1Dress: PHO sizzle‘s Angler Submarine Dress, size 6 to 20. Kristie’s wearing size 10. Coming Soon.

What a beautiful frock! What a wonderful day it was! And what great friends I have :)

xox Jacqui

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Tear the house up and get down on this beat

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Wow, Oh wow, I’ve been so busy after the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s World Designer Runway show on Saturday (photos and rundown of the night blogged about here) and planning for PHO sizzle‘s other show MSFW on Sunday that I haven’t had time to think about the Child of the Week. BOOOO! I’ll get back on it next week, with Tuesday’s child – PROMISE! I’m also planning for the Feel Good Night Market this Friday night, it is going to be such a good event and I’m looking forward to meeting other stall holders and, of course, selling some clothes.

Actually, after the success of our first Fashion Week’s show, we are selling 3 of our items from our Mix N Match Marine Collection PRE-RELEASE! Yeah!!! I know, right? So, if you want the skirt in this post, or some of our other pretties you saw on the runway, well, you know where I’ll be. ;) I’m only allowed to sell one of each size too, otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to our online shoppers (who will have to wait about 3 weeks before Stage 1 of Mix n Match Marine is fully released online), so, if you want some of PHO sizzle’s funky threads from the new collection, before our release date, available in size 6 to 20 – you know where to head! West Brunswick 7pm Friday, yo!

I feel like I should talk something about this outfit, but, I’m too busy listening to Zebra Katz (you know my love for him) and hollering lyrics. I love Tear The House Up cos it has a great beat for Lounge Room Jiving, as well as having a great video, but Zebra Fucking Katz will always represent with kooky videos, so it’s mainly the beat I love. disclaimer: I may have been trying to do his dance moves earlier today.   

5 2 9 3 7 6 4Jacket: Black Friday Top: Cotton On Skirt: Gone Fishin’ Skirt by PHO sizzle (not released online yet) Shoes: Target Sunglasses: Bought from a market in Shanghai Necklace: Diva (old)  Headscarf: actually a wrap-around skirt from a present I bought my sister in Senegal

So, thanks to my sister for taking these, and I hope I’ll have more time next week to continue my Children of the Week series and do the Aussie Curves challenge, right now though, I’m gonna tear the house up and get down on this beat.

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xox Jacqui



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