It’s been a cruel summer for Mermaid Killer

by Leigh Morley

Punk rock entrepreneur and proud vegan Felicity Jayn Heath seems to have it all at just 24. Not content with being a very famous blogger, this Australian babe has to have her own hugely successful clothing line to boot. Polka Dots & Potions grill Felicity on what it’s like to have it all, her unique vegan clothing line, and where the name Mermaid Killer actually came from…

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Since flying home to Australia from the glitzy Los Angeles, Felicity had come to the realisation that an acting career wasn’t what she wanted. When arriving down under, she was no longer under any restraints from the acting industry, and so began dying her hair eccentric colours again, dressing however she wanted, and so stumbled into the world of fashion.

Felicity’s vision stemmed from a mixture of the early 90’s riot grrrl movement, Disney cartoon characters and early noughties punk and ‘emo’ music. The name Mermaid Killer was born, and so was the name for her famous micro blog, ‘Punk Rock Mermaid’.

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Mermaid Killer’s Facebook page has since gained over 4,000 likes and Felicity’s clothing line has exploded into the fashion world. Felicity’s forward thinking attitude and friendly, respectful approach to designing her line has created something completely unique and refreshing.

“I want people to feel like they can wear anything when in Mermaid Killer,” Felicity explains. “I hate this idea of “I love it but I could never pull it off”. Uhm, yes you can. You can do whatever you want and it should make you feel amazing and empowered!”

Felicity talks about her line passionately on her blog, as well as her choice to become a vegan and incorporating that into her Mermaid Killer line.

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The first collection to appear on Mermaid Killer was the Thrash, Riot & Resist range, a nod of appreciation to punk rock music everywhere and has even been worn by famous musicians such as Jenna McDougall, lead singer of pop-punk band, Tonight Alive.

Following this hugely successful collection, Felicity worked extremely hard and released yet another fabulous range, Animalia: Adopted, which featured adorable crew neck t shirts and jumpers with kittens and puppies made into skulls. Adding to the release of this fabulous new collection, 10% of all profits went to the Animal Welfare League.

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The latest range is titled Cruel Summer, something Felicity explained she worked incredibly hard on. All of the designs and clothing were made for a large variety of people, coming in men’s, women’s, plus sizes and gender neutral cuts, something Felicity takes a lot of pride on.

Not only is there equality for buyers of Mermaid Killer, but for the people creating the garments, too. Felicity proudly admits that her company is vegan, ethical and good quality, something that definitely helps her stand out from other designers.

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“Mermaid Killer garments are sourced locally in Sydney through small businesses. I do this to ensure ethical practices and decent pay rates are kept considering I run a vegan clothing company,” Felicity explains. “Considering Sydney is one of the most expensive places to live, it is also one of the most expensive cities in the world to rent real estate. This is reflected in what I pay to get my garments made, which is fine. I also do my best to get high quality garments and high quality printing. The prints are digitally printed and stretch and retract with the movement of the garment, rather than splitting.”

There’s no denying that this punk rock babe has landed on her feet. She’s created something unique and special, she’s done it independently and it’s safe to say, she’s kicking major ass in the fashion world.

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This week we’re wearing… Ankle Socks!

By Kim Perry

Do you remember those cute little lace trim socks you wore when you were at school? The ones you had to fold over so they sat nicely on your ankle? Well, they’re back!

Thats right, Spring 2013 has seen the return of the ankle sock, a cute little accessory ready and waiting to transform any of your key looks.

The thing I love about ankle socks is that they are perfect for day or night, and really add something a little bit quirky to what can be, a rather plain outfit.

Wear them with brogues, mary janes, or heels, they’ll go with anything that requires a little of bit of ankle.

They are available at most high street stores, Topshop having the biggest (and best) selection. Go grab some now!

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(photo source: asos.com socks: £4)

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Australian Invasion: Black Milk Clothing

Black Milk is a quirky clothing line originating from Australia that has got the world hooked with its unusual style. The brand specialises in leggings, but also create eye catching dresses, bodysuits, swimsuits and tops .This unusual brand provides stunning, high quality clothing that will get you completely addicted once you make your first purchase (and that will happen!).

Black Milk grabbed the attention of a few popular Australian micro bloggers, such as ‘punkrockmermaid’ and ‘Daisy Lola’ back in 2010. Already hugely popular down under, the rest of the world seemed to catch on when the two ladies began sporting leggings from this unique brand. Pretty soon people were popping up all over the world wearing Black Milk’s signature game boy bodysuits, mermaid leggings and the amazing Artoo dress, taken from their hugely successful Star Wars: Attack of the Clones range.

However despite it’s popularity, there has been some controversy surrounding their prices. The average pair of leggings will set you back around £50, with dresses and bodysuits coming in slightly more expensive at between £60 and £70.Black Milk are actually being pretty reasonable with their prices, considering the amazing material, the printing so it fits the body shape and licensing for their famous Lord of the Rings and Star Wars lines.

Every item is totally worth saving up for. It will last you forever, will  look fabulous and there is no feeling like being an honorary ‘sharkie’, a famous term for people who purchase Black Milk.
Fellow ‘sharkie’ Louise Railton, 22, explains what Black Milk clothing means to her.
“I first ‘nommed’ the jellyfish leggings with some birthday money just over a year ago,” Louise said, after confirming that ‘nomming’ is a popular term used for purchasing Black Milk clothes. “Once they came through the post, I saw how well the design was printed and after wearing them out realised how practical and comfortable they were. I was hooked.”Since then Louise has collected a whole wardrobe of Black Milk leggings, bodysuits and dresses. “They’re so versatile,” Louise adds. “You can wear the leggings and bodysuits with anything, and they’re so quirky, everyone approaches you and asks where you got your clothes from.”

When asked to pick her favourite piece, Louise shakes her head. “That’s probably like picking my favourite child. I’m serious!”

Louise’s collection includes the Shark vs Mermaid Bodysuit, Cross Leggings, Mafia Black Leggings, Reef Dress, Day of the Dead Leggings and the Lawn Leggings, just to name a few.

Here are some of our favourite designs here at Polka Dots & Potions:
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Artoo 2.0 dress: You’ll definitely turn heads in this number. It’s instantly recognisable, and you’ll look like a character from Star Wars. What’s not to love?

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Fellowship Rider leggings: Definitely for fans of Tolkien’s ground breaking Lord of the Rings franchise, these beautiful Fellowship leggings look amazing without the pattern being too over baring, and they will flatter your legs!

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Gamer Pink swimsuit: One of Black Milk’s most famous designs, this totally girly and fun swimsuit will add originality to any outfit!

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Jellyfish suspenders: There’s probably not much to say except we bet you’ve never seen an item of clothing like this before! Dare be different in this bold item of clothing and have everyone talking about your outfit!

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Zombie Red leggings: Perfect for the little part in us all that loves zombies. These leggings will add instant grunge to any outfit and have you looking fabulous!

So there you have it, folks! If our top five pieces aren’t enough to have you filling your basket with edgy leggings and insane dresses, well, we can guarantee you’ll be buying something from Black Milk soon enough anyway!


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