ShowTellShare One Hundred and Seventeen

Show/Share: The Book Launch of Courtney Collin’s The Burial and a Garden Party, no less! Now this is truly a time for a dress up and some fun…

Book Launcher: the delightful, Ms Meggan Grose – a.k.a Ms Koori Love – and Book Launchee: the author-extraordinnaire Courtney Collins

I was so excited about Courtney and her well-deserved success, that I *needed* to dress for Garden Party F-U-N! I was even asked to being a fruit platter, thus my 1950s Tupperware cake holder … Yes! I’m living the ‘domestic dream’! …

My 3D-Ant Farm Bag: the black ants are moveable within the plastic covering… All-Class!

*Spotted!* The Hawaiian First Officer in ‘proper’ vintage linen Hawaiian gear (which I found in the UK: *score!*) … and posing with lovely Hugh (they were having a green shoe moment together… THFO’s are Fluevogs, naturally 🙂 )…

*Bag-Love* starts early: Hugh’s daughter, Millie, was a total fan of the moving ants – that and really, all my baubles and whistles in costume dressing. She’s such a darling …

Then the Ukeladies gave a supreme performance for the launch (and Hawaiian-inspired, no less)… they are a DELIGHT…

Yup, I hope you can see why I am smiling on this lovely Saturday. Well Done, Courtney! And Well Done, Everyone and Anyone who follows their dream…

Tell: Glasses from op shop, Tatty Devine necklace, vintage cardigan from RetroSpect’d, Aywon vintage skirt from op shop, Spin Dance petticoat, Saba belt, Fluevog shoes, PigPen bag from Prahran shopping (early 2000’s), vintage Tupperware from eBay.

And you know, if you wanted to buy and read Courtney’s book, then that would be totally *RAD* (Kindle version here) xo xo

ShowTellShare One Hundred and Thirteen


WELCOME TO… my last three relaxing days in Melbourne…

NEXT STOP: the final update on my 10-Day-Melbourne-fashion-challenge comic…

Friday Day 8/10, 14 September: Ken Done glasses, earrings from Japan, Country Road vintage denim jacket from op shop, Kmart skivvy, NEW Ken Shaw dress from op shop, leather belt from op shop, Sportsgirl stockings gifted by my Mum, Fluevog shoes, Linda Jackson bag.

I think this photo below shows up my purple eyebrows particularly *well* – check those dark arches in the large Ken Done frames !! And this new 1980s ‘Ken Shaw, Melbourne’ dress is a find from Frankston, and clearly *gold*. The photos aren’t doing it quite the justice I think possible, so you’re likely to see it again soon…

Then the weekend was spent wandering around and spending more time with family. Check out this great sign spotted by The First Hawaiian Officer (and no, we did not partake in any such ‘instant’ beverages)…

Saturday Day 9/10, 15 September: Pashmina scarf from Italy, American Apparel shirt (borrowed from The First Hawaiian Officer), skivvy from Kmart, Levis jeans, Birkenstock sandals.

Then home to Sydney.

Sunday Day 10/10, 16 September: Pashmina scarf from Italy, Ralph Lauren cashmere skivvy from op shop, vintage denim dress from op shop, Saba belt, Fluevog shoes.

Ah, a *good time*. Now the comic recap WITH UPDATE:

ShowTellShare One Hundred and Eleven

Show/Tell/Share: Ah Melbourne, there you are…

Day 5/10, 11 September: Glasses from op shop, earrings from Japan, pashmina scarf from Italy, Ralph Lauren cashmere pink skivvy from Warburton op shop for ONLY $3!, The Social Studio silk dress (gifted from Jo), Black Milk ‘Woman in Red’ leggings, socks borrowed this time from my Dad, Fluevog shoes, Linda Jackson bag (gifted to me by The First Hawaiian Officer).

Day 4/10, 10 September: Uniqlo skivvy, denim dress from op shop, Saba belt, Ken Done leggings, Happy Socks, Fluevog men’s loafers.

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 Ninety-Eight

Show/Share: Each day, celebrating another step ahead… Today’s big news is that we now legally exist, for *real*! That means The Social Outfit is registered as a Not-For-Profit organisation in NSW. Next stop, getting charitable status! We’re a sister organisation to The Social Studio, and we have exactly the same purpose: to provide education and employment opportunities to people from refugee communities, and to celebrate young refugee’s talent and creativity…

A *BIG* thanks to Meredith Turnbull for handling the process of our incorporation; so lovely to have a seasoned professional in both Not-For-Profits and social enterprise overseeing that all the paperwork is in tip-top-order! xo

Now to find out more, check out our latest news, in my favourite format, A Comic Newsletter:

And you know me, I always do *love* some comic book creativity xo xo…

Tell: Earrings from US, Diane Freis 1980s shirt, Tatty Devine necklace, Saba belt, Miss Shop dress from op shop, Black Milk ‘The Woman in Red’ leggings, Fluevogs.

ShowTellShare Ninety-Seven


Tell: Handmade earrings, Sussan skivvy from op shop, ‘Embassy’ dress from second hand store Newtown, Saba belt, Fluevog boots. Below: hand-knitted scarf by my grandmother, crochet cape from op shop.

Share: I bought this vintage dress from a second hand store for $5. I like it. I hope you like it, too. That is all. xo

ShowTellShare Ninety-Three


Tell: Necklace gifted by my Dad from Africa, dress-jacket from op shop (label long gone), Jill Fitzsimmon dress from op shop, Saba belt, Lacoste sample boots.

Share: There are some pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for years, like probably a decade, that I haven’t yet worn but that I also can’t get rid of because I know they have *potential*. Today’s dress-jacket** is one such example. **OK, I know it’s really a dressing gown, but as you well know, that’s not going to stop me wearing it to work!

I found this ‘jacket’ in an op-shop somewhere, and I’ve always loved it for the graphic poster prints from the 1920s etc. I think it’s because it’s more ‘muted’ in colour that I haven’t yet taken it out for a ‘spin’. Well, until today. And, as I walked into my coffee local, for the morning caffeine, a woman who works there saw me and said, ‘My Mum used to have that dressing gown! Wow.’ And then she get’s this look as memories come to her. Ah, clothing, holder of so many stories…. 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

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-Three


Tell: Handmade earrings, scarf gifted by my sister-in-law, Sue Bookallil bolero from op shop, ‘In Collection by Betty Barclay’ 1980s jumpsuit from op shop, Saba belt from outlet, Trippen boots from Berlin outlet, Ken Done tote.

Share: Yesterday I had a great meeting with Sarah Chisholm. Sarah and I know each other from our days working together at Streetwize Communications, which is over six years ago now. Since then, Sarah has been involved in a number of social enterprises, including working with a group of African women on a sewing cooperative down south (The African Women’s Sewing Circle, SCARF). Sarah’s super keen in The Social Studio model here in Sydney, and so we talked about her being involved as we move forward. This is exciting news because Sarah not only comes with a lot of experience and expertise, she also *loves* art-based initiatives too. Now she’s off to Europe briefly, including a visit to a fashion social enterprise in Paris, called Sakinamsa. I’ve asked her to send photos, and tell us about the experience. (Plus, when my internet is working properly, I’ll put all the hyperlinks properly in).

And in more fashion-related news: yes, it’s a 1980s jumpsuit. Yes, I’m also wearing it with my lovely Trippen sample shoes from Berlin. And yes, this outfit made me VERY *happy* ! xo

ShowTellShare Sixty-Eight

Show: This The Social Studio skirt/dress is such a delight: I love the colours, and how I can play with stylings (see also here and here). Every time I don it on, I *instantly* feel fun and creative…

Tell: Glasses from op shop, Jean Couture Melbourne silk jacket from second hand store in Tasmania, handmade necklace, Kamikaze top from op shop, The Social Studio ‘Magical Tent Collection’ silk skirt as dress, Saba belt, Black Milk leggings, Fluevogs.

Share: *Good* to see too that yesterday the Sydney Costume Designer came back for some vintage oversize Ken Done jumpers for this ad-in-the-works. Apparently the Ad Director insisted on these cultural icons! I, of course, can see exactly why: we call it *Ken Done Gold*:

Yesterday was World Refugee Day. And as I said in my Twitter update (@JGRuddock), quoting the Refugee Council of Australia, “Every individual’s ‘refugee story’ is different”. This is why I think The Social Studio model offers something special in the mix of Australian support: the chance to be creative, to have people’s strengths celebrated, and to contribute in an *exciting* way into the creative industries of Australia today. xo

ShowTellShare Sixty-One


Tell: Glasses from Japan, H&M earrings from Japan, Sussan skivvy from op shop, ‘Finlan of Mebourne’ kaftan from op shop, Saba leather belt, necklace from Northern Africa, Fluevogs.

Share: The day started off with a little tiff, when I commented that the First Hawaiian Officer was getting a bit over-dressed for a casual and relaxed Saturday with only the running of errands on our agenda. By the look the FHO gave me, I take it that my own outfit wasn’t as ‘casual’ as it felt in my head either. But, c’mon, it IS a kaftan! What do you think? Casual or overdressed for an errand-running Saturday?