ShowTellShare Eighty-Nine


Tell: Photios Brothers costume jewellery, handmade necklace, 1980s Mondi jumper from op shop, vintage handmade dress from op shop, Spotscraft belt, Lacoste sample boots.

Share: My 89th post since I started this blog; and that makes it about six months since I started in earnest working on The Social Studio in Sydney plan. Time passing like this makes me well aware at how long the progress is to try and successfully set up a social enterprise venture. Often I want to come here and tell you that I’ve had a win, or that we’ve jumped ahead. But the truth is, sometimes instead what is required is just hard work, over a period of time, to build a solid business case. And even then, it’s not like this is a certainty. Proving ‘need’ alone is not always enough. You know how much I’d *love* a version of The Social Studio here in Sydney, right? What an opportunity! So while I keep plugging away (with significant expertise from others), I hope at least my clothing can bring you a *little* bit of colour and fun as a joyful distraction, as it does for me… xo

ShowTellShare Eighty-Eight

Show: Pink eyebrows… anyone… anyone?!

Tell: Glasses from op shop, Tatty Devine necklace, handmade earrings, Esprit sample jumper (found years ago), Saba top, Review skirt, American Apparel two-tone tights, Fluevog boots, gifted vintage bag.

Share: More writing work this morning for our The Social Studio Sydney development work, and then off to see Wanyika’s own boutique store at the Young Blood Designer Markets. She’s rebranded her designer accessories label from ‘Froq Afriq’ to ‘Wa-Nyika‘ and her range is looking really great. So wonderful to see her producing an African line of accessories for the Australian market.

As I hope you can see, I was all up for a bit of Saturday *fun* … xo

ShowTellShare Eighty-Six


Tell: The Social Studio silk scarf, Esprit skivvy from op shop, Barry Joseph dress from op shop, Sportscraft belt, Yoshi Jones skirt, Fluevog boots.

Share: This is yesterday’s outfit posted today. It shows how much I’m liking the whole double clothing layer thing: double-dress, double shirts, double-leotard, and double-skirts in this outfit (sort of)… ah, the things that keep me entertained!

So have a great day, on this auspicious 1$Day. I’ll be making my donation. Then I’ll keep plugging away at this The Social Studio business plan for Sydney. xo

ShowTellShare Eighty-Five

Show/Share: Just your average Monday morning then, with a high-waisted ‘Mom’ 1980s denim skirt and jazz hands…

And let’s not overlook either this *classic* 1980s cotton jacket by Australian designer Kaye Scott. Mustard. *So Good* …

Tell: Tatty Devine necklace, vintage beaded necklace from California, Kaye Scott jacket from Randwick op shop, 1980s denim skirt from op shop, Sussan skivvy from op shop, Fluevog boots, bracelet gifted by my Aunt and Uncle.

ShowTellShare Eighty-Four


Tell: Skivvy from Kmart, vintage ‘Durben’ top from op shop, Levis jeans from US, handmade gloves (re-worked old socks!), Fluevog boots, Honolulu Academy of Art bag from Hawaii.

Share: This is what I wore on Saturday. It was a great, relaxing day. Sometimes, that’s just what you need, right?

Well, that, and dark blue eyebrows…

ShowTellShare Eighty-Three


Tell: Tatty Devine paperclip necklace and bracelet, Suitmaster ‘Best in Ladies Suits Sydney’ jacket from op shop, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, Fletcher Jones tartan skirt from op shop, socks from Japan, Fluevog shoes (on sale, from SoleDevotion Melbourne).

Share: I was saying quite recently on ShowTellShare’s Facebook page that I would wear tartan almost exclusively if I could (with notable exceptions of The Social Studio and Ken Done, of course). Today kind of proves the point, I think!

Now down to business: meetings today with the Bread & Butter project (the new social enterprise of Bourke Street Bakery, working with people from refugee backgrounds in baking and food production training), and then onto a planning meeting with Antonia and David from our Sydney Outfit to keep progressing the Sydney business plans. Working together to make this fashion social enterprise happen, one day at a time…

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Show/Share: Another day, another meeting with an *ever so talented* Sydney Outfit member! Today I met up with David Ajak Ajang. Ajak and I have known each other since 2006, and over the years we’ve stayed in touch, and where possible, worked together on a few projects.

I’m so pleased Ajak is a part of our social project to develop The Social Studio model here in Sydney, as Ajak has a *wealth* of experience working in community development, especially with Sydney’s diverse refugee and African communities. Ajak’s more detailed biography will be up soon on our member page. Plus, as we caught up in Auburn today, it meant we got to munch on Mado’s fantastic food, and I even had a spare five minutes to sneak into the Auburn Vinnies (and found op-shop-gold, to show be shown soon). Lovely!

And as for me fashion-wise, I’m all stripes and culottes for a working day… And really, who doesn’t *love* 1980s culottes?!!

Tell: Vintage jewellery from op shops, Carla Zampatti silk jacket from op shop, Sportscraft skivvy, Estilo belt, Leesa culottes from op shop, Simon de Winter socks, Fluevog shoes.

ShowTellShare Eighty-One

Show: I think you can very clearly see why David is a part of the Sydney Outfit:

Style like this is priceless! (Plus, I think he’s helped to give me a bit of a 1970’s influence in my dress choice today!)

Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings from op shop, ‘Mark Warren’ vintage dress from Perth op shop, Uniqlo skivvy from UK, Tatty Devine necklace, Fluevogs.

Share: But David’s participation in our The Social Studio development in Sydney isn’t just all about a great fashion sense:

David is part of the Community Capacity Building Team at Parramatta City Council as Grants Project Officer. Between 2005-2011 he was also a Director of The Aurora Group, a philanthropic foundation that supports programs benefiting the GLBT communities of NSW, serving as their Chairperson for the last two years, and is now a life member. David has almost finished his Masters of Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology. He is also an Alumni of the Sydney Leadership Program (2008).

Add to all this that David is a considered thinker, and an expert community-builder. He also knows how to bring *colour and fun* to life; making him yet another important member of our Sydney Outfit.

And right now, I can do with all the help I can get: so much work to be done! Thank *goodness* for a coalition of *smarts* around me…

ShowTellShare Eighty

Show: Happy Friday The 13th! (I couldn’t wait until Halloween to show you this *fantastically kitsch* sequinned vest I found in an op shop, so this was the next best date I could come up with…)

Tell: Glasses from op shop, earrings from Japan, Tatty Devine necklace, Kay Attali shirt from op shop, Versace men’s shirt from op shop, ‘Fashion Fantasy: Trick or Treat’ novelty vest from op shop, Saba skirt, stockings from Japan, SpinDance petticoat underneath, vintage boots from op shop.

Share: A day meeting up with some *lovely* people from the fashion side of things…

First up, I met with Kelly Elkin, who runs her own ethical fashion label, ALAS (specialising in sleepwear). Kelly is also heavily involved with ethical fashion community-building, especially here in Sydney (you can see more at her blog, Transparent Seams). She’s full of ideas, and I’m really looking forward to understanding this space better over the coming months. Go sustainable fashion!

Then I met up with Sydney/Melbourne/Tokyo stylist, Hayley Hughes. It was great to be able to hear her stories and insights into the broader Australian fashion scene. Plus, I’m a long-time fan of her own blog (Fashion Hayley), so it was *fun* to just catch up and get to know her ‘In Real Life’ (we met briefly at Penthouse Mouse in March this year). And, as the Sydney Outfit works towards our very own model of The Social Studio, I’m hoping to have Hayley and her very special skills involved.

ShowTellShare Seventy-Nine

Show: Right, we’ve got a social enterprise to *build* and develop… so thank *goodness* today I have some earrings with a useful metaphor to help with the work! Read on…

Tell: Tatty Devine earrings, necklace from op shop, Tatty Devine necklace (backwards in the shot – I didn’t notice!), ‘Lorax Original. A Division of Lady Carol’ dress from op shop, Esprit skivvy fro op shop, Saba belt stolen from the First Hawaiian Officer, Happy Socks, Fluevogs.

Share: Today I’m also introducing another important person from The Sydney Outfit.

The Sydney Outfit are the group of people helping me develop our version of The Social Studio model here. You met Antonia a few weeks ago, and here is another member, David Hardie. He’s a *gem* and here’s why:

Over a 30 year career, David has worked in government, nonprofit and philanthropy organisations, most recently at the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund. David also has extensive volunteer experience in diverse roles, including telephone counselling, refugee settlement assistance and youth mentoring. From 2008 to 2010 he helped establish and manage a successful education support program for school students from a refugee background. He is also the Founder and Director of the Slingsby Foundation.

Plus, David is a *lovely* bloke I’ve had the benefit (and pleasure) of working with on many projects for about four years now. He’s thoughtful, a straight-talker and very willing to take on a challenge. Perfect!

And just to end today’s post, a close up of my dress label. How I *love* this name. You say it out loud, and it just sounds rad. Kind of makes me want to say ‘A Division of Lady Jackie’ at the end of everything i say! xo


ShowTellShare Seventy-Seven


Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings from op shop, scarf from op shop, vintage Country Road denim jacket from op shop, vintage *pristine* Ken Done dress from op shop in South Australia, Fluevogs, Leo Monk leather bag.

Share: Yesterday we had a strategy meeting for The Social Studio work in Sydney. *Seven Smart Minds* helping me to progress the work. The meeting went really well – with plenty of enthusiasm and clarity – and now it’s back to working hard and setting plans. The good news too is you’ll soon be able to see exactly who is involved and how people are helping me… so stay tuned!

And fashion-wise, a splash of winter colour al-lah The Ken Done Master. Comfortable and oh-so-BRIGHT! I wore this dress on my second last day of What Ken Be Done (just over a year ago, now), so it’s got plenty of *rad* memories… xo xo

ShowTellShare Seventy-Six


Tell: Glasses from op shop, H&M earrings from Japan, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, Jessica Dance necklace, vintage Escada jacket from eBay, Ken Done skirt (reworked from a dress), SpinDance petticoat, Jonathan Aston stockings, other retail stockings underneath, Fluevogs.

Share: Given we’re off to see the Dame Edna Everage farewell tour tonight, I kinda *had* to make sure I was dressed with a bit of drag-fun-inspiration, yes?! And really, it doesn’t get much better for a Sydney winter than a vintage 1980s Escada puffer-jacket. *Bliss*

Smiles all round, that’s for sure! xo