So, 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! 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.
It’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.
Nuclear Smiley Sweater: Pulp Kitchen Skirt: Custom made in Hoi An Shoes: EOS Sunglasses: Jay Jays Earrings: Borrowed from my sister
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)
OH. SO. NINETIES.