ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Sixty

Here’s some outfits I’ve been getting about in, of late…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, handmade necklaces, borrowed striped top, The Social Outfit silk crop tunic (featuring our Karen fabric detail for our first birthday), The Social Studio hand-dyed, two-layer silk skirt, The Social Outfit leggings (with donated fabric from Seafolly) and and Adidas sneakers.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty DevineWillow‘ earrings, The Social Outfit fabric collar made from donated fabric, Uniqlo skivvy, The Social Outfit silk crop tunic (featuring our Karen fabric detail for our first birthday) and longer tunic featuring Eloise Rapp abstract print detail, The Social Outfit silk wide-leg pants and and Adidas sneakers.  STS_260_4 STS_260_5

Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine watermelon earrings and neclace, The Social Outfit reversible lace boxy-shirt (with donated fabric from Carla Zampatti) and singlet, The Social Outfit silk wide-leg pants and and Adidas sneakers.  STS_260_6

Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, Melody Ehsani earrings, WEFTshop necklaces (sold in store too at The Social Outfit!), toucan brooch from Canberra, borrowed t-shirt, The Social Outfit tunic and circle skirt and leggings (all donated fabric!), legwarmers from Japan and Nike shoes.

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ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Fifty-Seven

Hooray! The Social Outfit is two years old! We’re celebrating this whole week with an exhibition, fantastic films, a new *dazzling* collection, an open house, and a suite of other activities… SO MUCH AMAZING!

It all kicked off last night and this is what I wore …
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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace,  The Social Outfit silk boxy shirt and tailored pants (with donated fabric from Carla Zampatti), second-hand Adidas shoes. Detail below: wool ‘Cliche’ coat from op shop.

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See you there!

This was last Sunday… and… CAT SCARF! CAT SCARF!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, cat silk scarf from Cleo Ferin MercuryThe Social Outfit crop tunic top (with donated fabric from alice McCALL) and black tunic, Uniqlo skivvy, and The Social Outfit silk wide leg pants, second-hand Adidas shoes.

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Another day, more The Social Outfit gear….

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine earrings, WEFTshop necklaces,Tashi Jacket with ‘The Social Outfit Loves Dragstar‘ detail and tunic in different colour-way, The Social Outfit circle skirt, our leggings too (with donated fabric from Seafolly), Nike shoes.

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xo

ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Fifty-Five

Last week, I went down to Melbourne for Social Traders‘ ‘Social Enterprise Masters Conference 2016‘. It was also a chance to see family, friends and hang out down south.

Here was Sunday-Lunch-Day-With-The-Family…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Basketball earrings from Haus of Dizzy, Uniqlo skivvy, The Social Outfit ballet top, swing dress and flares (all made from Seafolly lycra), Nike sneakers.

Love that bright flower-power print!

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Monday in Melbourne…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, Jimmy Pike silk scarf, Studibaker Hawk vintage 1980s screen-printed dress, Linda Jackson bag, legwarmers from Japan, Nike shoes.

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First day of the conference. It’s a lovely moment in my life when I know each clothing piece I’m wearing is socially-minded, locally-made and environmentally-conscious…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, The Social Outfit‘s ‘reversible boxy tee’ in neoprene material (donated from Seafolly), handmade lycra bodysuit made at The Social Outfit, The Social Outfit tailored pants made from Carla Zampatti donated fabric, Soxy Beast socks featuring The Social Studio’s Jean Bosco, Nike shoes.

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And back in Sydney, on Saturday…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Melody Ehsani palm earrings, The Social Outfit‘s ‘reversible boxy tee’ and mini circle skirt in neoprene donated (from Seafolly), skivvy from op shop, The Social Outfit leggings (from Seafolly donated lycra fabric), second-hand Adidas shoes.

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xo

ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Fifty-Two

Today! Here I am…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine earrings, WEFTShop necklaces from The Social Outfit, tunic dress from The Social Outfit (fabric donated by Carla Zampatti), bodysuit from Berlin, leggings from The Social Outfit (from Seafolly lycra fabric donations), Nike shoes.

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This was this Thursday; a day off, and relaxing…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine earrings, Galaxxxy t-shirt from Japan, skirt from The Social Outfit (fabric donated by alice McCALL), vintage Fluevog boots from eBay.

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And Wednesday… So *much* lycra! You know, I can dress myself almost exclusively in our donated-lycra-tuned-into-our-good-quality-clothing-label-designs-for-good… and it’s fantastic! #Matching…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, swing dress, tube skirt and leggings from The Social Outfit (from Seafolly lycra fabric donations), and Nike shoes.

STS_252_6 It’s a *winning* opportunity when you get to make, and wear, lycra bell bottoms at work! Does that print look familiar? Look above!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine earrings, gifted vintage bead necklace from New York (thanks Jo and Sue!), bead necklace from op shop, brooch from Hawaii, tunic from The Social Outfit, flares from The Social Outfit (from Seafolly lycra fabric donations), Nike shoes.STS_252_4

Saturday last, last week, in the store

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from op shop, Tatty Devine ‘jewel’ necklace re-worked, bead necklace from op shop, The Social Outfit oversize shirt dress with Rapp detail, The Social Outfit leggings (from Seafolly lycra fabric donations), Nike shoes. Detail: Anna Davern earrings, re-worked.

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ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Twenty-Five

Show: Have you seen our short film of The Social Outfit‘s recent ‘Colour Chameleon‘ project? As I’ve been saying to people, I’m so pleased it captures the positive spirit and creativity in the room that night. And what a *wonderful* example of people coming together to celebrate the skills and styles of diverse communities here in Sydney …

The Social Outfit’s Colour Chameleon from The Social Outfit on Vimeo.

I also realised I could probably find an image or two that better shows off the *ace* fabric-combination skirt Emma-Kate made for me of all the designer’s work; from top to bottom: Ken Done, Linda Jackson, Dragstar (Celia Morris) and Nina Maya.

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, re-purposed earrings from Shag Melbourne, Tatty Devine necklace, singlet from op shop, The Social Outfit ‘Colour Chameleon’ skirt, Spin Dance petticoat, Jonathan Aston tights, Fluevog boots, 1980s gold bag from op shop. And below, also wearing my own Carla Zampatti silk jacket to pay respects to our Guest of Honour at ‘Colour Chameleon’.

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From left to right: me, Oboya, Mogahid and Opia. These young people are part of the *amazing* Afro Contemporary Youth Dance group. (I’m also so pleased that we had make-up provided by students at the Australasian College Broadway. So fun!)

Here also, our earlier short-film from our project at Fairfield High School. We start stage-two of this project next week, and will also now work with parents at the school. I’m so pleased too because many of the young people involved in stage one are staying on to gain more sewing skills, and learn more about the Australian fashion industry…

The Social Outfit and Fairfield High School Fashion Project from The Social Outfit on Vimeo.

And here is me from Thursday this week. I spent the day out meeting talented people as we continue community-building and refining our work. Essentially this outfit for me was about celebrating my new-vintage 1980s Jimmy Pike ‘Desert Designs‘ cropped t-shirt. Another piece added to my *love*-collection of 1980s Australian designers; and I’m particularly pleased about the inclusion of Pike’s fashion to help represent and celebrate the *fantastic* design elements of Aboriginal artwork, as Jimmy Pike was a Walmatjarri artist from Western Australia.

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Tell: Handmade earrings and necklace, Tatty Devine necklace, Jimmy Pike ‘Desert Designs‘ vintage crop t-shirt, The Social Studio silk dress gifted by Jo, TS dress underneath, vintage belt from the UK, retail tights, Happy Socks, Fluevog sandals.

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ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Fourteen

Show/Share: Another week to catch you up on, and I wanted to start particularly with this lovely photo:

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Check out some of the young people at our Fairfield High School fashion project, hard at work on the sewing machines. To think that they’d never been on machines before, and just four sessions later here they are: super keen to learn, to have a go, and already sewing their own garments! This project is really such a pleasure: the young people are really engaged and fun, and working with Emma from WEFT shop is fantastic learning for us all. But before I tell you more about Fairfield, let’s start back at Wednesday…

This was me on Wednesday last week when The Social Outfit was invited to the launch of the Marrickville Community Fund in the evening. Given that we’d love to set up shop in the Newtown/Enmore area longer-term (thus next to, or in, the Marrickville LGA), we loved being invited to this new fundraising initiative of the Sydney Community Foundation. We wish them all the best with their fund, and the projects they are looking to support. You can read more about them here.

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Tell: Tatty Devine earrings, ‘Viva La Wombat‘ scarf from op shop, handmade necklaces, The Social Studio silk kimono dress, Saba belt, Black Milk leggings, Fluevog boots.

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Then of course on Thursday Emma and I were back at Fairfield High School working with the great bunch of young people who signed up for our project. Here’s Emma as we were on the public transport routes; she had a great *vintage flight attendant fashion vibe* happening that day…

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Clearly there was also a subconscious memo to us both about blazers, and some sort of ‘semi professional’ fashion approach…

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Tell: Lafont glasses, handmade earrings, vintage brooch from op shop, Carla Zampatti silk jacket, The Social Studio shirt, Katies skirt from op shop, retail tights and socks, Fluevog boots.

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Here’s another image from our day on Thursday, in the classroom: showing both patten cutting and also some of our plaiting preparatory work.

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On Thursday night I popped down to Dragstar in Newtown as they were launching their new website. Celia Morris, the founder and owner of Dragstar is lovely, and she’s been an absolute supporter of The Social Outfit from the word go. So of course I wanted to personally congratulate her, her team, and the whole of the Dragstar label on their ongoing success. Just imagine in the future if The Social Outfit could be a fashion store with a 20+ year history too…

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Next up on Friday I had the pleasure of welcoming a new volunteer to The Social Outfit group. I’ll give you the full update on her soon, but in the meantime, please meet Mathura Sinnappurajar. We’re so very pleased to have you involved, Mathura!

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Friday’s outfit was one of those times where the ‘look’ kind of made itself as I went along; I just kept trying to add more yellow and blue, then more blue and yellow… until I ended up looking like a 1980s real estate agent? Bank Teller? Whatever it is, those *high* jacket shoulder pads were pretty fun!

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Tell: Ken Done vintage glasses, handmade earrings and necklaces, ‘Skirtmaster Sydney’ jacket from op shop, ‘Back to the Future‘ vintage brooch (that still has the Hawaiian First Officer’s full name and address on it from the 1980s! Prized possession!), Dragstar silk shirt, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, vintage belt from the UK, Anthea Crawford skirt from op shop, The Social Studio digital print leggings, Happy Socks and Fluevog boots.

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Then on Friday evening I was treated by my friend Althea to my first ever manicure; we went to this fantastic Korean nail place in Strathfield. The shop has this huge TV screen playing K-pop the whole time. Naturally, in celebration, I had a *touch* of sparkles added to my ‘nail art’! Here’s me and my nails out for lunch on Saturday with friends…

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, earrings from op shop, handmade necklaces, Anthea Crawford dress gifted by Susan, Saba top, Estilo belt, Review skirt, Spin Dance petticoat, retail tights, Happy Socks, Fluevog sandals.

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And finally, I found this bag in an op shop in Mornington a few months ago. I loved the fun design with the crest, and handle, but what really sold me was the label inside. It reads: “It’s Sheldon with the Lucky Cent. N.S.W’, and there’s the *lucky* Australian one cent coin in its own little pocket. Classic! So let me finish here with many *LUCKY* wishes to us all for this week ahead! xo xo

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ShowTellShare Ninety-Nine

Show: Animated Panda Leggings. It just screams *Saturday Night* to me! xo

Off to a darling friend’s birthday party…

Tell: Ken Done glasses, handmade earrings, Jessica Dance necklace, Carla Zampatti silk jacket, Uniqlo skivvy, Saba skirt as dress, Katies skirt from op shop, Black Milk leggings, Fluevogs, vintage Oroton glomesh purse from Fairfield op shop ($12 of joy!).

Share: *Technically* my eyebrows are purple here, but I’m just not sure the colour is coming through enough… may need to test more! And, of course, the *beloved* Ken Done large 1980s frames. I love. The Hawaiian First Officer does not. Fantastic!

Hope you are enjoying your *good* self this evening xo

ShowTellShare Eighty-Two

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.