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Share: I’ve introduced Chloe briefly here before, but today I want to share with you more about her. So let’s start with a *gorgeously* fun photo:


Chloe has been working with us at The Social Outfit since October last year. She was instrumental in helping us with our November runway event, and she’s simply brilliant to have around. Chloe is that person you have in a team who ‘gets things done’, and sees solutions in tricky times. Here’s a bit more about the professional life of Chloe:

In the UK, Chloe managed a successful pub for over ten years. This involved liaising with the council and police, managing staff, ordering, book keeping, stock control and other myriad tasks. Since coming to Australia in 2003 she has worked as a customer service manager, inventory manager and operations manager for Borders Books and as an inventory control specialist for Apple Retail. In the last couple of years Chloe has gained a Certificate III in Education Support and is currently working as a teachers’ aid for St Brendanʼs School in Annandale. Chloe is also working in a volunteer capacity for The Social Outfit.

As an upbeat and engaged person, Chloe also knows people. Heaps of people. Thanks to her, she’s connected us to some fine folks. Take for example, introducing us to Emma, our pro bono graphic designer who has helped us with some *fantastic* visuals for our ‘Case for Support’ (… she also designed this great photo of Chloe above). Most recently Chloe also connected us with John Spencer, our pro bono financial auditor. John’s professional history is nothing short of immense! We’re so pleased and proud to have him involved:

John Spencer, AM, GCStJ: John has worked as a chartered accountant for over 50 years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Life Fellow of the Local Government Auditors Association of NSW, A Local Government Auditor and an Approved General Insurance Auditor. John has a vast wealth of professional experience, auditing over 25 local councils, as well as many large commercial clients over his career. John has also been a member of the St Johnʼs Ambulance for over 60 years. Starting as a cadet in 1949, he has held many offices, such as the Chief Superintendent of Australia 1986-93 and Director of St John’s Ambulance Australia, 1993 to present day. John commanded the St John involvement in the multi-state response to the 1994 bushfires in and around Sydney, and he also planned the St John involvement in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.  John Spencer has been recognised for his professional work and community commitments with many honours and awards, including Knight of the Order 1990, Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order 2006 and Centenary of Australia Medal and Order of Australia, 2002.

So my ongoing, heartfelt thanks to Chloe for showing The Social Outfit so much support. What a *joy* it is to have you around! xo xo

Show: And here’s me yesterday; feeling the green:



Tell: Vintage earrings from Shag in Melbourne, handmade earrings, Tatty Devine necklace, handmade necklace, Toucan brooch from Canberra, Zara dress from op shop, Estillo belt gifted, vintage purse from op shop, retail tights and socks, Fluevog shoes.

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More of a ‘Show’ than ‘Share’ today…


Tell: Ken Done for CanTeen scarf, earrings from op shop, Tatty Devine lobster brooch as necklace, handmade beaded necklace, vintage dress from op shop, Sportscraft belt, retail tights, Fluevog boots and Ken Done bag from op shop.

Vintage 1970s ring gifted by the Hawaiian First Officers’ Mum <3.

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Show: Kit and I were clearly both feeling ‘the floral’ yesterday…


Tell: Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, handmade beaded necklace, The Social Studio drape cardigan, ‘Surf Knit Sydney’ vintage dress from op shop, retail socks, Camper shoes gifted by Bec.




Share: We’re back into the work full swing now at The Social Outfit, planning projects and starting our meetings with potential supporters in 2013. Yesterday we secured our financial auditor (I’ll introduce him properly soon), and I met with both a large retail corporation and foundation about possible support. Exciting! Step by step, by step…


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Tell: Wa-Nyika earrings, Anthea Crawford 1980s jacket from op shop, Saba belt, Kmart skirt, Black Milk leggings, Fluevog shoes, vintage bag gifted.

Share: This was me on Monday. And, oh how I love me some 1980s Anthea Crawford jackets… it’s those short sleeves that makes them so-SO-80s-appealing!

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Share: New Ken Done frames! I think you can see I was clearly excited about taking these *1980’s-oversize-spectacle-gems* out for their first-wearing-day, and attired myself accordingly with joy…

… BirdMonkey, I partially blame you for yesterday’s outfit, re-inspired as I was after seeing those early 1980s pictures of Nicole K. and her mates in jumpsuits! (See comments here.) Love! xo


Tell: Ken Done for CanTeen headscarf, Ken Done glasses from eBay (for a bargain! Woot, woot!), earrings from an op shop, Tatty Devine necklace, retail singlets, ‘Easy St.’ jumpsuit from Newtown Red Cross op shop, retail socks, Fluevog boots (oh so 1980s Electric Blue!). Jenny Kee vintage bag.


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Show/Share: A Sydney day of 44+ degrees makes dressing with any kind of *verve* quite difficult. This is what I was able to manage…


Tell: The Social Studio silk scarf as headband, The Social Studio silk dress gifted by Jo, singlet found in op shop, vintage beaded necklace from secondhand store in Santa Barbara, Uniqlo leggings from Japan, retail shoes gifted.


Yesterday afternoon I met with Juneth (L) and Hawanatu (R). Hawanatu was one of our *spectacular* models for The Social Outfit’s November runway event. Juneth is Hawanatu’s friend, and she works as a model. She’s also looking to raise money through a charity project to support women who have obstetric fistula in the Congo. So we talked about organising charity events, and fundraising strategies, etc. It was lovely to meet up, and I look forward to hearing more about Juneth’s project as it develops.


And below is Kit on Thursday this week. As we all keep working on The Social Outfit‘s short-and long-term development strategies, I’d say face number 3 was the most common over the day! As I have said to both Chloe and Kit, it’s so great to have them on board helping us in practical ways. Plus, I love Kit’s 90s floral shirt (note studded collar)… and, she’s sporting a Tatty Devine necklace; so RAD.


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P1030677Tell: Handmade beaded necklace, anchor earrings and necklace from Santa Barbara, ‘Embassy’ vintage dress from secondhand store (also worn here), belt from op shop, retail socks, Fluevog boots.

Share: This is what I wore yesterday. Comfy, with my own touch of *fun*…

What proved most interesting about my day although was that I received two emails from a friend and colleague with possible contacts for The Social Outfit. That is, people I know offering to help me move forward with potential leads, in an effort to raise the money we need to start. I can’t begin to tell you how much this raises my spirits when it happens. Sometimes, when this venture isn’t guaranteed, or all sorted in every practical sense (although we are totally getting there!), I feel quite vulnerable sharing my day-to-day life and hopes. The negative part of my brain says, ‘Who would be interested at all? Just stop trying. This is taking too long…’ Then someone in our growing community makes contact  to say ‘hello’, offer an insight, or share an idea. It makes all the difference.

Which is all to say, it’s *lovely* having YOU as a part of this work, in whatever way you’re involved. Thanks for helping to keep me to my purpose, and to keep me learning and curious. Whatever happens, this experience is real. And if I can ever return the favour, just let me know… xo

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Show: Mixing it up…
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Share: Friday… and celebrating finding some more vintage ‘Maggie T’ recently. How I’ve always *loved* Maggie Tabberer‘s look, and this 1980s dress is a great example of her designs too…

Tell: Earrings from op shop, Tatty Devine star necklace, The Social Studio fabric necklace, ‘Maggie T‘ vintage dress on sale from a secondhand store in Newtown, Oroton belt from op shop, retail socks, Fluevog shoes.

Show/Share: And Thursday… celebrating being back working on The Social Outfit in 2013. We had a planning day with Chloe and Kit to start preparing for what is sure to be busy times ahead. Naturally, I needed to be wearing The Social Studio, just to remind me of our purpose: *Doing good in a fashion…* xo

Tell: Tatty Devine necklace and rings, The Social Studio silk dress, vintage handmade dress underneath, Black Milk ‘Woman in Red’ leggings, Saba belt, Fluevog shoes from Sole Devotion. Vintage bracelet gifted by Bec from Flamingo Park store.

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Show: … If you go down to the city today, you’re sure of a good surprise …

… If you go down to the city today, you’d better go in disguise …

… Because there is a GIANT RUBBER DUCK!

As soon as I heard this installation was a part of the Sydney Festival, I knew I had to see it in person. Who doesn’t *love* a giant object?! And a duck at that! Cute Duck Alert!!

Tell: Japanese umbrella gifted from my Mum years ago, handmade orange necklace, Tatty Devine necklace, ‘By Ottino’ dress with John Kaldor fabric from op shop, Kmart leggings, Fluevog shoes, Jenny Kee vintage bag.

Share: Yesterday was the last day before my 2013 working year begins in earnest. So I took the opportunity to spend some time in Sydney, wandering around and having a final relax before getting back on ‘Bring The Social Outfit to Sydney’ bandwagon this week. I’m excited! I’m ready! Let’s try and make this happen!

… This Tatty Devine necklace is known as part of the ‘Chamber of the Sun’ series. How apt for our weather at the moment, across Australia. Stay safe, lovelies. xo

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Show/Tell/Share: As I watch more and more of Parks and Recreation I become increasingly convinced that there’s some *gold* lessons to learn from Leslie Knope’s approach to work and making a difference in her community …

So when she had something to say about rings, I stood up and took notice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover, not a fighter – I’d never actually plan on “tearing” anyone up with my jewellery (and, of course, Leslie is deliberately being humorous too: she’s a peace-maker at heart). The thing is, people often comment to me about my big-ring-love, and how ‘useful’ they’d be in a fight, so I couldn’t resist the chance to put me and Knope side-by-side on this one …

 My Love Knuckles… so you can see the rings better! …

Tell: Tatty Devine earrings and cockatoo ring, vintage 1980s Diane Freis silk top, black and white necklace from op shop, beaded necklace handmade, Easton Pearson silk dress from op shop, Kmart leggings, Fluevog shoes.

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Show/Share: Last night we returned to Sydney, and it proved a *spectacular* way to finish up 2012, and herald in 2013… Because we came home to see that the ATO has granted The Social Outfit ‘Deductible Gift Recipient’ status and the ‘Charity Tax Concessions’. Yep, we’re now a bona fide Public Benevolent Institution! *Great news* that is another super important step on our way to securing our future in Sydney. It made the fireworks last night feel a little extra special…

… And I couldn’t have done all the ATO paperwork and procedure without the help of The Social Studio’s Grace McQuilten. She’s supported me every step of the way, and her advice and counsel is *priceless*. A huge and heartfelt thanks to her xo xo

In other fashion-related news, can you believe I found this custom, hand-made dress in an op shop in Perth? $24.99 and my size, it’s like it was made for me! Once I spotted it I just kept clawing at it, praying it would fit. Hooray, it does! Ruffles! *You Rock* Perth op-shops; so much second-hand gold to be found…

Another highlight from Perth was going on an evening boat cruise on the Mandurah Canals to look at people’s Christmas lights. It *so* appealed to my love of kitsch, glitter and frou-frou!

Yet another super-fantastic photo by the Hawaiian First Officer, who really is the BEST live-in-photographer ever! <3 …Thanks for all your support and expertise in 2012 … <3

The Hawaiian First Officer and I also spent New Year’s Eve with friends; including dearest Bec who is sporting my Ken Done shirt she bought in the auctions when supporting What Ken Be Done. Love!

So here’s to a hopeful and fulfilling 2013 for us all! xo

Tell: Hat from ‘Cat Protection Society’ op shop in Enmore, Wa-Nyika earrings, Tatty Devine necklace, handmade dress from Perth op shop, vintage belt from London, Uniqlo leggings, Camper sandals.