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Hello! … A dear friend took me in late June to see ‘We Will Rock You,’ so naturally, I wore my very own homage to Freddie Mercury for the night…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from op shop, vintage Kenzo wool jacket from op shop, Yazbukey ‘Freddie Mercury’ brooch, handmade and op-shop necklaces, Uniqlo skivvy, The Social Outfit 100% tartan wool short tunic (donated fabric) and longer black fabric, The Social Outfit tube skirt and leggings, Nike sneakers from eBay.
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And this outfit is a ‘Saturday in the Shop’ fare in June…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, ‘Inner West Side’ earrings from Haus of Dizzy, Tatty Devine ‘giant zipper’ necklace, The Social Outfit cotton tunic, Uniqlo skivvy, wool fingerless gloves from Otto & Spike, The Social Outfit maxi-sheer skirt (made from donated fabric from alice McCALL), The Social Outfit leggings (made from donated Seafolly lycra), Nike sneakers.

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We’re celebrating The Social Outfit‘s second birthday in August properly, but this was the actual anniversary day… Sunday 26 June: celebrating two years of working creatively with our community and running our beloved ‘fashion label with a difference’!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, WEFTshop scarf from The Social OutfitTatty Devine ‘lemon slice’ earrings and giant heart brooch, handmade necklaces, ‘The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya‘ silk batwing top and leggings, Nike sneakers. Detail Me & Zena ring.

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Another day, another outfit, as July got under way…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, handmade beaded necklace, The Social Outfit cropped tunic top, full tunic & wide leg silk pants, second-hand Adidas shoes. Detail: Tatty Devine cartoon eye rings and vintage bangles.

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I love tartan, so when we began making quality clothing pieces from this silk/wool blend, I was an early adopter! Our ‘Tashi Jacket’ style is easy to wear, and this fabric is perfect for the cooler Sydney weather this July…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, handmade earrings, skivvy from op shop, The Social Outfit tartan silk/wool Tashi Jacket, The Social Outfit lycra long sleeve dress and leggings, legwarmers from Bloch. Detail: Tatty Devine ‘Gilbert & George’ brooch.

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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-Four

Obviously, because I love working at The Social Outfit, much of the clothing I wear and show here are exclusive pieces from our creative and ethical social enterprise. But that is only part of what I wear. So this post is an opportunity to share some other gear I’ve been wearing lately…

Earlier this year I went back to South Africa with some of my family, for a holiday. It was a lovely opportunity to see what locally-made, and African-continent fashion was available. When I saw this two-piece Kisua outfit, I was happy! Here I am wearing it in May…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Claire Pain leopard brooch, handmade beads, Kisua two-piece outfit from South Africa, second-hand Adidas shoes.

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Then this is me this year on my birthday, in May also. It was a delight to see how I could match this locally-made South African peplum top with The Social Outfit‘s own silk wide leg pants…

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Back at work for a Saturday shift last week; I’m in the comfortable and *fashionable* The Social Outfit duds…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, Haus of Dizzy locally-made earrings, Uniqlo skivvy, The Social Outfit silk shirt dress, The Social Outfit leggings (from Seafolly donated fabric), Nike shoes. Detail: Tatty Devine ‘Tudor House’ earrings and anchor necklace.

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And then for a Sunday catch up with friends – and the suddenly cooler Sydney weather – it was my *perfect* chance to wear this unworn, 1980s Canadian-made Ken Done denim jacket. I found it quite recently on Etsy and it was too good not to add to the collection!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, skivvy dress from the original Dangerfield store in Melbourne (which I bought when I was about 19 years old), earrings from op shop, Ken Done original denim jacket from Canada (bought from Etsy, manufactured 1980s, unworn), The Social Outfit skirt (from Seafolly fabric), Black Milk leggings.

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xo

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Friday last week, still very much enjoying my wide-leg silk pants our team expertly makes…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, beaded necklace gifted by my Grandmother, silk tunic top ‘The Social Outfit loves Linda Jackson‘, silk wide-leg pants from The Social Outfit, op-shop and second-hand bangles, second-hand Adidas shoes.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Japan, Melody Ehsani earrings, Tatty Devine ‘giant zipper’ necklace, silk oversize shirt dress from the The Social Outfit, leggings (Seafolly donated fabric) from The Social Outfit, Nike shoes.

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I love our tunic designs so much! The tops are so versatile, and I love layering pieces. This tunic is from a cotton I found in Japan and had the team make up for me last year. Wednesday this week…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, handmade earrings, Tatty Devine tiger necklace, cotton tunic made from Japanese printed fabric at The Social Outfit, lycra dress and leggings (Seafolly donated fabric) from The Social Outfit, Nike shoes.

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Finally, yesterday’s outfit for Saturday retail…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, Tatty Devine earrings, WEFTshop necklaces, op shop bangles, batwing dress made at The Social Outfit, lycra flares (Seafolly donated fabric) from The Social Outfit, New Balance sneakers.

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xo

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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.

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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 Fifty

This June, The Social Outfit will have been developing great fashion as a part of our employment and training work for two whole years. I love that I can now regularly wear whole outfits of our clothing… like this:

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from Dresden, handmade earrings and necklace, Tatty Devine ‘Blue Jewel’ necklace (re-worked), ‘The Social Outfit Loves Community’ silk crop tunic top (Karen, Burma style), ‘The Social Outfit Loves Rapp‘ abstract-style silk tunic, The Social Outfit silk wide leg pants, Birkenstocks. Detail: The Social Outfit plastic white tote bag (donated fabric).

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And another look from this week:

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Glasses from op shop, op-shop necklaces, Tatty Devine gold signature necklace, ‘The Social Outfit Loves Dragstar‘ Pac-Man silk tunic top, The Social Outfit lycra sleeveless dress (donated Seafolly fabric), The Social Outfit leggings (donated Seafolly fabric), Nike shoes from eBay.

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xo

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Aaaaaand, October to early January 2015 outfit photos…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tatty Devine necklace, The Social Outfit tunic, The Social Outfit tube skirt (made from donated Seafolly lycra), Nike Sky Hi sneakers.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tabitha social enterprise green necklace sold at The Social Outfit, handmade beaded necklace, Diane Freis 1980s skirt as dress tunic, Nike Sky Hi sneakers.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tabitha social enterprise green necklace sold at The Social Outfit, vintage 1980s oversize shirt from op shop, The Social Outfit tube skirt.

This was what I wore for Christmas Eve in the shop…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Handmade beaded necklaces, Yazbukey Freddie Mercury brooch, The Social Outfit tunic, The Social Outfit tube skirt and leggings made by fabric donated by NIDA. Artwork behind by Nico.

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Socks from Japan… *Wan wan* Wonderful!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, Retrospec’d dress, Spin Dance Australia petticoat, socks from Japan, Fluevog sandals.

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So here’s a handful of outfits from August 2014 to about October 2014…

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Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social Outfit textile collar necklace, vintage Versace shirt from op shop, Tatty Devine necklace, The Social Outfit gold belt, Dragstar denim skirt, and Fluevog sandals.

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Thanks to my dear friend Bec for these socks from NY! xo

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Then I got a haircut. Bring on the mullet!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social StudioThe Social Outfit Linda Jackson silk dress, Frida Las Vegas necklace, Black Milk leggings, and Fluevog sandals.

Below is Emma-Kate (who works with me at The Social Outfit) who’s gorgeously wearing a *vintage* *leather* *green* Linda Jackson dress I’ve had for ages… and then finalised realised it would be better if I gifted to a dear person who’d fit it better…

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Tatty Devine celebrated 15 years of making jewellery in 2014. Clearly I love their jewellery! And, I also find inspirational the creative business that Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden have created together. So cheers to them!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social Outfit jacket, The Social Studio x The Social Outfit Nina Maya leggings and silk tunic, and Fluevog boots.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social Outfit bat-wing dress, vintage beads, Frida Las Vegas necklace, The Social Studio x The Social Outfit Linda Jackson leggings, and Fluevog shoes.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social Outfit jacket and print sample tunic, Tatty Devine belt, The Social Studio leggings, and Fluevog boots.

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Here’s Oboya and me working together for The Social Outfit… He’s such a winner, and we have such fashion-fun together!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Jimmy Pike vintage shirt, Tatty Devine conch necklace, vintage denim skirt from op shop, Jenny Kee bag.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tatty Devine necklace, WEFTshop fabric necklace, Fletcher Jones tartan skirt from op shop, and Fluevog boots.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tabitha silk beads, Tatty Devine necklace, vintage dress from op shop (SO MUCH PATTERNS!), Happy Socks, and Fluevog boots.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tabitha silk beads, The Social Studio ‘no waste’ dress, Black Milk leggings, Nike Sky Hi sneakers.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tatty Devine earrings, fake-fur stole from op shop, The Social Studio silk dress, Black Milk leggings, Nike Sky Hi sneakers.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tabitha silk beads, The Social Studio x The Social Outfit Linda Jackson silk dress, Happy Socks tights and Fluevog shoes.

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tatty Devine earrings, The Social Outfit bat-wing dress, Black Milk leggings, Nike Sky Hi sneakers. And look at that *gorgeous* The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya silk dress on the mannequin!

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Some stuff I’m wearing: Tatty Devine necklace, The Social Outfit tunic, skirt from op shop, Black Milk leggings, Nike Sky Hi sneakers.

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ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Forty-Four

We’ll call this the Continuing love of Ken Done Art and Fashion Post…

Imagine my reaction in August when the Ken Done Gallery team asked if I’d like to have *Ken Done* art nails done by the amazing ‘I Scream Nails‘ gang…

***YESSSSSSSS PLEASE***!!!

It was my first real day off from The Social Outfit since opening, and it felt like a wonderful reward for all the recent hard work. Not surprisingly, I had a ball!

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I went with the ‘Sydney’ nail choice… It felt right seeing as I have been living in this city now for over 14 years!

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Here’s Zinya who did my nails… And is that a two-piece vintage Ken Done track suit? Why, yes, yes it is! So ace!

I’m wearing a 1980s cotton Ken Done shirt, a new Ken Done sweater from their recent collection, and vintage Ken Done socks…

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And I am completely in love with my ‘Sydney’ necklace by local artist and fashionista, Frida Las Vegas. Plus, yellow Fluevogs!

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Here’s me and the ‘I Scream Nails‘ team, who were up in Sydney for the day, based out of the Ken Done Gallery. Thank you to them, and Camilla, and everyone at the Gallery for always being so welcoming and lovely to me. xo xo

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*Good* times!

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So much to Show, Tell and Share! Almost three months of The Social Outfit being open… and truth be told, I’ve been kept very, very busy with all the learning and new experiences of setting up our social enterprise. One thing is for sure: we’re all doing our best! You can read more about our start-up, set-up, and fit out here: http://thesocialoutfit.org/?p=571.

This post below is where I’ll catch up on a couple of outfits and a bit of news… Nothing too fancy, but you can see some of what I’ve been doing, and wearing, as we work *super hard* to build our community site and retail store here in Newtown, Sydney…

First up, an image of me and Oboya, working in the store… We’ve had some lovely early media heralding our doors being open to the public.

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Sydney winter really is never too cold, so I loved wearing this faux fur neckwear in our cooler months…

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And, as always, a bit ‘o Tatty Devine in my wardrobe: in this case, the oversize plastic blue jewel necklace…

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Oboya and I have been working together since the opening of our store in late June. You might remember Oboya all the way back in our first fashion show in 2012 (also when we first met). I don’t always show everyone we work together with here at ShowTellShare, because first and foremost we’re a community space, but Oboya was happy for me to show his *ACE x a million styling*. This young man really does know how to dress, and here is but one example!

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Hat Style = Check. Keeping the tag on = Check.

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Also, here’s Jo, our sewing teacher at The Social Outfit. As life would have it, Jo made not one, but TWO dresses back for me in the ‘What Ken Be Done‘ days… so imagine my delight that here we are, working together for creativity, social inclusion and *good* fashion!

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And now, some random information on some of my shop outfits…

Like, wearing vintage 1980s Jenny Kee (the dress), and community my Cambodian silk-bead-necklace from Tabitha House and Nurturing Threads, sold at our store

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I love the metallic matching of my vintage dress from an op shop with this Tatty Devine mirror-jewel-necklace, and The Social Studio leggings …

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Greens, reds and oranges… and Linda Jackson!

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Vintage Sussan cardigan from op shop… 1980s *gold*!

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And finally, an ensemble of ‘The Social Outfit loves Ken Done‘, with a wool vintage dress/jacket from an op shop…

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And speaking of Ken Done…

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Show: I think that’s a smile that shows my *joy* of wearing The Social Outfit, and inside our actual shop!

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Here, I’m wearing the ‘Nina Maya x The Social Outfit‘ print in yellow. Nina also *super kindly* designed the interior of our space at 353 King Street Newtown, and she sits on our charity board, too. We *love* the support of talented people, far and wide, in our work…

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, handmade earrings, Uniqlo skivvy, handmade bead necklaces, plastic fried egg from Japan, The Social Outfit x Nina Maya silk tunic (available for sale, right now!), Sportscraft sample belt, skirt from op shop, The Social Outfit x Nina Maya leggings, retail socks, Fluevog boots.

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With The Social Outfit retail store now open, and our team getting all our systems up and running… these are my outfits for last Friday, Saturday an Sunday, in the space. (And including a mirror selfie!)

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, handmade earrings, Uniqlo skivvy, ‘Nurturing Threads’ Cambodian silk beads sold at The Social Outfit, vintage leather belt from second-hand store, ‘Mona Davis Haute Couture Sydney’ silk dress from op shop, retail tights, Fluevog boots.

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At store, we stock beautiful silk beads from Cambodia, made as part of The Tabitha Foundation social enterprise work. The colours are brilliant, and these electric blue ones will be just the start of my collection!

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Another outfit below… but ooooooh, look at the lovely interior of our store more! As we like to say, everything here for sale is “Good to Wear. Made for Good.” And the Newtown, and wider community, has been super-welcoming and lovely about our opening.

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, handmade earrings, Uniqlo skivvy, Tatty Devine necklace, ‘Rom Australia’ ‘jacket’ from op shop (I’m pretty sure it’s actually a night gown!), Miss Shop dress from op shop, Black Milk velvet leggings, Fluevog boots.

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So as I post from inside The Social Outfit, I hope this blog sees you very well, and see you round soon! xo xo

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Show/Tell/Share: Well, we’ve gone from these closed doors, and the years of hard work by a committed group of people

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… To these *open* doors! The Social Outfit is *now* open to the public and to our community. Hooray! I’d love you to pop by our retail space at 353 King Street Newtown, and come and say hello… (Opening hours here.)

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As part of our preparations for opening, we did a photo-shoot recently with some of our *gorgeous* newly-produced clothing; all proudly made on site at Newtown. And where better to take some photos with natural light and a great bit of art, than the Ken Done Gallery?! *Super Thanks* to Ken Done and his daughter, Camilla for letting us take over the space for a Friday afternoon… xo

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Photographer Mark Sherborne and Stylist Sar Ruddenklau stepped in to generously help us with the shoot. What *brilliant* supporters of The Social Outfit they are too! xo

Here’s a picture of my role for the day: to generally be an *excited* presence and to help with lighting! (And wearing Ken Done, of course!)

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Here’s some photos of our latest collection, starring Oboya and Ava as our models… The shirt and jacket are made by us, and the necklaces are from WEFTShop. All these items are proving very popular at the store, which is so *ace* and *fun* for us…

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Ava-and-Oboya-KD-signWe had a great time together, laughing and learning, and I’m really looking forward to all our ongoing fashion work at The Social Outfit with our growing new migrant and refugee community…

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Now here’s some of my own outfits over the past little while…

First up, a ‘The Social Outfit Loves Ken Done‘ and Dragstar number. I wore this ensemble on the day I worked with Vice-Chair David Hardie, Jen Riley from UnitedWay and Jo Taylor of Dusseldorp Forum on our evaluation plan for The Social Outfit. We have two amazing volunteers, Sue and Sally who are going to conduct our evaluation of our organisation, so to all meet, and work together was very exciting!

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings handmade, Tatty Devine bracelet, ‘The Social Outfit Loves Ken Done’ silk scarf and leggings from Colour Chameleon, Dragstar dress, Fluevog sandals.

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And then here’s my outfit for a fundraising training-day with Hailey Cavill, Shannon Anderson of Fully Fund It, and the Vodafone Foundation. Go fundraising! Of course, I’m always looking for advice and learning in *good* financial practices as we build The Social Outfit… (and, this jacket is a bit 1980s bank teller, no?!)

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Tell: Handmade earring and necklaces, Tatty Devine brooch, 1980s ‘Skirtmaster’ jacket from op shop, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, ‘The Social Outfit loves Dragstar’ silk dress, TS dress, Black Milk leggings, Happy Socks, Fluevog boots.

For my birthday in May, I scored these 1980s, vintage Ken Done earrings from eBay as a part of a birthday gift. *Ken Done Gold!* (And nothing like the original packaging to add to the find…)

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Tell: 1980s Ken Done glasses, 1980s Ken Done earrings gifted, vintag Ken Done cotton shirt, Uniqlo skivvy, Sportscarft belt, Dragstar denim pencil skirt, double tights, Fluevog boots. Below: ‘The Social Outfit loves Ken Done’ silk scarf for Colour Chameleon.

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Then here I am on a Thursday evening when The Social Outfit was invited to pitch at a  ’10 x 10′ event; along with Fighting Chance and First Hand Solutions. As they explain it themselves, “10 x 10 is a project designed to engender a culture of giving and philanthropy within Australia’s young professional and creative communities”. It was a great evening, and all the money we raised that night goes towards sewing machines for our educational work: so exciting! Plus, check out my *NEW* The Social Outfit jacket first shown right here! I wore it on the night to help explain our work: made by our team from excess fabric from the fashion industry, and it looks great! That’s a win x a win x a win! It was also lovely to meet the other charities too, and be welcomed by the crowd for our work, and dreams.

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Tell: The Social Outfit jacket, Tatty Devine necklace, ‘The Social Outfit loves Linda Jackson’ silk dress, bracelet from op shop, Tatty Devine rings, ‘The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya leggings, retail socks, Fleuvog boots.

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And finally, a Friday night number as another busy week came to a close. I’ve spent a large part of these last couple of months in painting-overalls, covered in dust, paint, threads and other such stuff…. so it certainly feels *exciting* to be getting back into my colourful, Australian gear. And soon – there will be so much more of The Social Outfit clothing to show!

Until then, I’ll be at our new space in Newtown, working on *doing good in a fashion* Hope you take care, and thanks for stopping by online (and hopefully soon, in person too!)… xo xo

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Tell: Handmade earrings, ‘Tokyo Kamen’ brooch from Japan, handmade necklaces, Diane Freis shirt, The Social Studio silk dress, SpinDance Australia skirt, Black Milk leggings, retail socks, Fluevog boots.

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Show/Tell/Share: This fantastic graffiti artwork by Nico is super close to where we’ll be opening The Social Outfit very soon. It’s lovely to walk past this owl everyday; to admire the colours; and then get stuck into my work of opening our doors to the public in June.

And, here I was thinking things in my life were already very busy with a full site fit-out, hiring staff, and kitting-out a retail shop …

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When this happened:

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That’s right, the Hawaiian First Officer successfully broke a foot bone in brilliant style, which means about 6 weeks of crutches… and did I mention we have *lots* of stairs around where we live?!! This experience is clearly going to be an unintended *gift* to teach us about being patient, and taking things one step at a time!

Now, outfit photos…

This was a few weeks ago when I attended Oxfam/3things ‘Cheap & Dirty’ breakfast where people were discussing ethical fashion in Australia. Naturally, I represented us wearing ‘The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya‘ scarf and leggings…

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine earrings, ‘The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya’ scarf and leggings from Colour Chameleon, vintage handmade dress from op shop, Fluevog boots, Unit Portables bag from Japan.

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Then here’s me at a weekend, about to catch up with friends… (wearing an-almost graffiti hat or is that a bowl on my head…)

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine earrings, Esprit skivvy from op shop, Esprit 1980s shirt from secondhand store in Newtown, skirt from op shop, Black Milk leggings, Fluevog boots, Unit Portables bag from Japan.

And because we’re really in the building stage of The Social Outfit‘s Newtown space, I like to wear jewellery that metaphorically represents where we’re at… (And Tatty Devine, of course!) …

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The School for Social Entrepreneurs asked if I’d come and talk to current students about trying to set up a social enterprise in Sydney; especially sharing candidly how I think about ‘leading’ this work personally. I decided for the talk to break out a sample we’d been playing with at the store: a pink fluffy draped jacket. Fluro+Pink+FluffyFabric+Love = Leadership! It was great speaking to the group, and my main message was how grateful I have been to partner with, and collaborate with so many *talented* people to get us to this stage.

I can’t wait to show you just what we’ve been making behind our closed doors in terms of clothes. And it will happen relatively soon: Promise! (This jacket won’t make it into production we don’t think… but that’s just because we got even better, and *funner* pieces to make!)

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, handmade earrings gifted from Iain, handmade beaded necklaces, Tatty Devine necklace and brooch, The Social Outfit sample pink fluffy jacket, The Social Studio top, The Social Studio silk dress gifted by Jo, Fluevog boots.

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Here’s a few more images of my outfit at the front of Nico‘s Owl Graffiti Spot in Newtown. I found this vintage dress in a Rockdale op shop quite recently. I think it’s so *vintage 1970s pretty*… And my Tatty Devine pegasus necklace is the same as the feathers on the owl… (again matching jewellery to my surrounds…)

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, Tatty Devine necklace, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, vintage handmade dress from op shop in Rockdale, vintage leather belt from secondhand store, Fluevog boots.

About a week ago I hot-footed it down to Melbourne to say hello to the *fabulous* The Social Studio gang, and to take part in an evaluation project looking into effective interventions with young people, education and training (run by the likes of Dusseldorp Forum, Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), Social Ventures Australia and the University of Melbourne).

My niece grabbed this photo of me wearing my vintage Jenny Kee wool patchwork jacket I found on eBay, and a The Social Studio ‘no waste’ dress… I *heart* this style of dress SO MUCH!

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings gifted op shop, handmade beaded necklaces, Jenny Kee vintage wool jacket, The Social Studio ‘no waste’ dress, Saba sample belt, Black Milk leggings, Fluevog boots.

And for a momentary-fashion-outfit-break, check out just *some* of the wonderful people helping me turn The Social Outfit from ‘idea’ to ‘REALITY’. From the left is volunteer Althea Mackenzie, who’s helping on all things HR, volunteers and operations; then Traci Thomas who is volunteering to source fabric donations and help research aspects of our fashion production work; and then there’s Emma-Kate Wallace, who is in charge of our all manufacturing and retail work (plus she also runs WEFTshop too). These three are ACE x 1 million!

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Look at this delivery from Traci of donated fabric. Thanks so much to Traci and our fabric donation lables! If this fabric wasn’t being used by us, it was about to go into landfill…

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Aaaaaand, back to outfits… Check out this The Social Studio dress in vintage fabric…

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, Uniqlo skivvy, Tatty Devine necklaces, The Social Studio dress from vintage fabric, Spin Dance Australia petticoat, Trippen shoes from Berlin.

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And the last outfit here. Given I’m writing this at night, it seem appropriate to finish with my Tatty Devine moon, as I finish up another day…

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, Esprit skivvy from op shop, ‘Made by Surf Knit Sydney’ vintage dress from op shop, Happy Socks tights, Fluevog boots.

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So there you go. Hope you’re all doing *super* and look forward to showing you more news from The Social Outfit – with a *good* deal of my own outfits – all thrown in, soon!

xo xo

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Show: Last Wednesday the *amazing* Australian fashion-icon, Linda Jackson dropped by The Social Outfit‘s working space in Newtown to say hello. We’re not really set up for guests at present – which really means we’re basically working out of a *very sparse* large room on King Street – but for Linda I can make exceptions! Plus, I like that some of our long-term supporters get to see the humble beginning we’re starting from…

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The photo here is Linda and me in an alleyway near the store, and after paying her visit, as always, she was *incredibly* enthusiastic about what we’re doing. Hooray for all our supporters and thanks for taking the time to drop by, Linda xo

And Wednesday continued to prove a busy day… After catching-up with Linda, I was off to an evening speaking gig as part of the regular Think Act Change schedule: specifically organised with Fashion Revolution Day on ethical and socially-responsible fashion. Melinda Tually (pictured below), is the Regional Co-ordinator for Fashion Revolution Australia & NZ, and she invited The Social Outfit to say a few words about our social enterprise approach (as inspired by, of course, our *ACE* sister organisation, The Social Studio). It was a pleasure to speak with the likes of Dane O’Shanassy from Patagonia, Kelly Elkin from ALAS and Nerida Lennon. Plus, the crowd was very engaged and interested, which was great!

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, handmade necklace, Uniqlo skivvy, ‘The Social Outfit loves Linda Jackson‘ silk dress, TS dress underneath, retail tights and socks, Fluevog shoes. Unit Portables bag from Japan.

And then this was my outfit last Friday, when we had family in town over the holiday break…

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, handmade earrings, skivvy from op shop, Laura Ashley dress from op shop, Saba belt, Tatty Devine ‘Gilbert & George’ brooch, Black Milk leggings, retail socks, Fluevog boots.

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Fashion Revolution Day‘ itself was Thursday 24 April 2014. It marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza, Savar Building collapse in Bangladesh. This year’s campaign was marked as go #InsideOut: and ask, “Who Made Your Clothes?” So here I am wearing my The Social Studio dress inside-out for the day…

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I bought this dress many years ago directly from The Social Studio’s Collingwood store, and it’s still going strong. That’s what I love about quality clothing. And, as I was wondering about previous outfits wearing this dress, I came upon this outfit below from my ‘What Ken Be Done’ days… worn 15 April 2011, that means this dress piece is at least 3 years old, AND the fabric was excess stock in the first place… (original post here)…

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Tell: Ken Done glasses, Tatty Devine necklace, The Social Studio silk necklace, The Social Studio dress, low-crotch leggings donated by Benny, Ken Done scarf as wrist band, Birkenstocks, Ken Done bag.

And, speaking of years gone by, and quality, did you see that The Social Studio is turning 5 years old in May? I can’t be in Melbourne for the party, but I am *clapping my hands* non-stop from Sydney, congratulating the whole team, and community for all their fabulous work. Hip hip hooray for The Social Studio! If you’re in Melbourne, please do stop by them…I thought it then, and I think it now: They’re *good fashion for good* xo xo