What did I take away from the night? A meeting soon with Julian, and the insight that we just need to keep plugging away. So with that in mind, I’m off for a busy day of The Social Outfit work (post with today’s outfit to follow later)… xo
Tell: The Social Studio re-mixed cardigan, handmade and op-shopped necklaces, Sportscraft skivvy, ‘VSSP New Zealand’ skirt gifted from Althea (I *love* the comic style of it!), Lacoste sample boots.
Share: Early morning start as I head off to meet with Paula Rogers from the Australian Fashion Council for a mentoring session. I’m looking forward to her insights and advice for The Social Outfit development! xo
Earrings from Wa-Nyika, Uniqlo skivvy, handmade necklace, ‘Dress Code’ Made in Australia 1980s dress from op shop, SpinDance petticoat, Sportscraft belt from op shop, Jonathan Aston stockings, Calendonia stockings underneath, Fluevogs, bag from op shop. Bracelets from Australian Museum. By the way, both my necklace and a ring also had insects in resin… I’m nothing if not thorough… xo
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
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$Day. I’ll be making my donation. Then I’ll keep plugging away at this The Social Studio business plan for Sydney. xo
Show/Share: Another day, another meeting with an *ever so talented* Sydney Outfit member! Today I met up with David Ajak Ajang. Ajak and I have known each other since 2006, and over the years we’ve stayed in touch, and where possible, worked together on a few projects.
I’m so pleased Ajak is a part of our social project to develop The Social Studio model here in Sydney, as Ajak has a *wealth* of experience working in community development, especially with Sydney’s diverse refugee and African communities. Ajak’s more detailed biography will be up soon on our member page. Plus, as we caught up in Auburn today, it meant we got to munch on Mado’s fantastic food, and I even had a spare five minutes to sneak into the Auburn Vinnies (and found op-shop-gold, to show be shown soon). Lovely!
And as for me fashion-wise, I’m all stripes and culottes for a working day… And really, who doesn’t *love* 1980s culottes?!!
Tell: Vintage jewellery from op shops, Carla Zampatti silk jacket from op shop, Sportscraft skivvy, Estilo belt, Leesa culottes from op shop, Simon de Winter socks, Fluevog shoes.
Share: If ever there was an argument for publicly displaying your passions and having a bit of fun, we’ll today I got my reward. I know this statement is completely obtuse, but I’m hoping to share the odd, and small-ly fun news soon. It’s hilarious! Will keep you posted, I promise. What I can tell you is these two things:
Tell: Photios Bros vintage earrings, Sussan skivvy from op shop, Zzitto shirt from op shop, Sportscraft belt, skirt from op shop, Uniqlo leggings from Japan, Fluevogs.
Share: Today I met with Sophie Bartho who is the founder of the 1$ Day campaign. Sophie and I have been meeting up over the past few weeks to talk through the challenges and successes of starting new ventures which have a *social good* at their core. Spending quality time with Sophie is great, and by talking with her, I am reminded of how we can each learn from one another when we’re open to it. I certainly know that come Wednesday 25 July this year, I’ll be donating to her charity.
And in fashion related matters, this shirt is another *hilarious* example of 1980s fashion thinking: just check out the oversize nature of this shirt – it’s almost like a kimono / robe – and yet it’s labelled a size 10! Go figure. Then again, the colour-pop action this top achieves can’t be questioned… and it even has sequins on the back, around a stiletto. Priceless.
Tell: LaFont glasses, Tatty Devine bird rings on necklace, vintage Sportscraft dress from Penrith op shop, Fluevogs.
Share: Today I’m going to the Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the life of Steve Lawrence. Steve was a founding member, and on the board of The School for Social Entrepreneurs. I worked with him for over a year in 2008-09. Then in March this year, attending an SSE Graduation, Steve and I caught up, and this photo below was taken. We actually had quite a funny conversation at the time, and I’m really glad now I have this photo; it’s lovely to look at memories like this and think about our shared histories and shared learning, together.
Tell: Jean Lafont glasses, ‘Parisian-inspired’ shirt from op shop (lovely piece of polyester!), Sportscraft belt, Katies skirt from op shop, Fluevogs.
Share: What do you get when you cross a social entrepreneur with information on crowd-funding, with a boutique fashion business owner? Well hopefully what I’ll get is some great advice and good inspiration today for The Social Studio when I meet these two folks! I’ll keep you posted how I get on…
Share: Sometimes, when I’m having a crisis of confidence, the best thing for me to do is put on a really big pair of *spectacular* earrings… And, some high-waisted shorts. (Then, go and spend time with my friends and loved ones.)
Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings from the US, vintage dress from op shop, Sportscraft belt, stockings from Myer, Fluevogs, red ring a gift from Jo.
Share: Today I wanted to share with you my happiness at how the colours of this outfit work together. Simple pleasures. And, as a person with a deep love of reds, I’m gearing up for some of those *rich reds* in The Social Studio fifth runway collection… (see a sneak peak more from trendhunter.com)… almost time! xo