Girl From Mars

1I’ve had Girl From Mars by Ash in my head for days! DAYS! It’s disturbing me because my usual trick of playing the earworm on repeat isn’t working, and the 90s grunge song is still there. #hiss

Anyway, ignoring that 1996 anthem, let’s talk about this tunic! You know when you see an item of clothing and you have to have it? It doesn’t happen to me very often, and when I do spy something I love it is usually not my size, but, when I was on Brunswick Street with my sis looking in the upcycled shop Larry Clothing, I saw this dress. I pulled it out from between some secondhand Gorman and some paisley print frock and looked at it. My sis stopped her rummaging and let out a noise that can only be described as an ‘indoor voice squeal’. And why wouldn’t you let out a miniature ‘eeeep’ when seeing this wonder? It’s obviously a one-off as there is no label but the sewing looks mighty good, so my guess is it was commissioned by someone for a tailor to sew, and for whatever reason unbeknownst to God they got rid of it. HA – lucky me! I tried it on and it fit perfectly, a sign that I must have it. Upcycling isn’t cheap though. No no, this was Brunswick Street. I paid a handsome sum for this baby but I can’t even grumble about it because this tunic is just too too perfect! The print shows elephants, a line of ants carrying food, monkeys, ducks, a sausage dog, and all manner of a fantastic picnic scene in a park where imagination is the only thing holding you back. The cut has adjustable straps, low sides with buttons if I needed them, subtle ruffles and a pouch! YES, pouch!

I think you can understand that this dress is my spirit animal.

Hey, Happy Tuesday! It used to be my favorite day of the week when I was a child because that was the day we had art class in Primary School.

2 4 3 7 6 8Dress: Larry Clothing Socks: DAISO Shoes: thrifted Hat: Dotti Glasses: thrifted Lipstick: Velourlips  

I’m actually home sick today from work with a cold, but sitting in the sunshine drinking tea with my slippers and a blanket is sorting me out nicely. I need to plan my lessons for tomorrow and really get cracking on organizing PHO sizzle‘s promo tags and postcards for our winter Year Of the Goat collection, because the shipment has left Hanoi! YAY! YAY! I might just have to add that I adore everything in this 7 piece collection and will have to resist purchasing it myself… it’s a shame we didn’t have the finances to make this collection up to a size 20, we had to stop at size 16, but, we have plans to release our next capsule collection (5 pieces), inspired by loafing about and candy, in July that will include up to size 20, possibly 22…

It’s all a balancing act. If we had unlimited funds we would totally make every collection a full size 6-22, but, considering how hard it is for a small business, we have to concentrate of the sizes that sell the most, which are 8 and 10, closely followed by 16. ;)

Anyway, enough biz talk. YAY for my spirit dress, and, I’m calling it – I won’t be able to top this dress this year. This is Dress of the Year for me, I know it’s only May but I’m calling it!

xox Jacqui

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14 Comments on Girl From Mars

  1. Jessica Cangiano
    May 5, 2015 at 6:53 am (3 weeks ago)

    Oh my word, how great is your dress! I mean, elephants + people taking (what I can only imagine is) a Sunday drive. It’s wild, fun, unexpected, awesome! And you look fab, dear gal!

    Have a beautiful week,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your lovely comment on my knit fox scarf post. Those jeans are from denim repro brand Freddies of Pinewood, whom I’ve been buying from and wearing for years now. They’re products are a touch pricey (especially since they’re in pounds), but the quality is great and they last for ages. That pair there is nearly four years old now and looks as good as the day I got them, even after scores of washes and lots of wear and tear (and dog park visits!. I highly recommend them if you’re ever looking for mid-century style jeans.

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  2. Charlene
    May 5, 2015 at 9:29 am (3 weeks ago)

    How awesome is/was Art class! Good memories!!

    Um hearing news that you plan to release more Pho Sizzle stuff in the future in plus sizes made me squeal with excitement!!! Loafing about and candy and some of my favourite things!!!!

    As for your ‘Year of the dress’ dress, good call. Very cool dress!

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  3. Chel Pablo
    May 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I was in Brunswick Street last Saturday. Saw lots of cool stuff with not-so-cool prices! :D

    Your tunic is all sorts of cool. And did you lose a lot of weight? If so, tell us how! :)

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  4. Crissy (@daintyfawn)
    May 5, 2015 at 4:41 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Wow that is an awesome print! It’s definitely dress of the year worthy :D

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  5. Alison
    May 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm (3 weeks ago)

    That dress is totally adorable and so you! I can fully understand why you had to have it, love the pleated hem. Perhaps it was originally an Etsy purchase? Girl From Mars! Gaaaah! It was an earworm in the 1990s from those pasty Northern Irish lads. ;)

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  6. Priya
    May 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Hi dear Jacqui! I hope you are well! I mean, I read that you’re sick, but I hope besides that you are well. I am a sucker for a good print, and yes, I know the feeling of walking into a store and thinking “that was made for me!” Great find!! I love your pink lip as well.

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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  7. Imogen
    May 9, 2015 at 11:02 am (2 weeks ago)

    The print is so unique and lovely. I adore the hem line too, really want a dress like that.

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  8. marissa
    May 10, 2015 at 9:50 am (2 weeks ago)

    that dress is so gorgeous!! <3 <3 <3 love your sunnies too! <3

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