ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Twenty-Six

Show: Enjoying the company of good friends and coloured eyebrows last Sunday …

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, handmade earrings and necklace, Rockmans cardigan from op shop, re-purposed vintage dress from op shop, Sportscraft belt, Spin Dance petticoat, tights from Japan, retail socks and Fluevog boots. Ring from Italy, Museum of Contemporary Art gallery shop, op shop and Tatty Devine.

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Share: Last weekend the historic, and locally-famous ‘Marie Louise’ Hair Salon in Enmore was finally open to the public to see inside. I think it was all the *fabulous* pink and purple that subconsciously influenced my colour-combination choice that day…

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Aaaaaaaaand, The Social Outfit is back at Fairfield High School, this time also working with parents. Hooray! Meet four of the women Emma and I are working with on our second sewing project:

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These women are already accomplished at machine sewing, and so we’re very excited about what we can produce together over the coming weeks. We had a great first session together on Wednesday: getting to know each other, learning English terms for garment production, and I’m slowly being taught some Arabic phrases. Fun times!

And given we’re so pleased to be back at Fairfield High School, of course I was wearing something from our Colour Chameleon project to celebrate…

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Tell: Glasses from op shop, handmade beaded necklaces, Katies shirt from op shop, fluro singlet from op shop, Oroton belt from op shop, TS dress, ‘The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya‘ leggings for Colour Chameleon, retail socks and Fluevog boots.

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Then this was me yesterday, when I met up with my Vice-Chair, David Hardie and we continued final preparations for The Social Outfit as this year comes to a close. Things are slowing down after what has been a very *exciting* and busy year; but we’re not quite finished up yet… and here’s hoping there’s still more *good* news to come before the business-end of 2013. xo

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Tell: Handmade earrings and necklace, Saba cardigan, vintage dress as top, Dragstar denim skirt, belt borrowed from the Hawaiian First Officer, retail tights, Happy Socks, Fluevog shoes from Sole Devotion. Tatty Devine hand and cockatoo ring.

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ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Fifteen

Show/Share: Welcome to our newest volunteer, Mathura Sinnappurajar! Here’s her own *lovely* introduction:

Hi everyone! Just to fill you in on a little about me. I have just moved to Sydney to start my postgraduate study at Macquarie University. I was raised in Canberra, and spent a few years living in Papua New Guinea with my family. I tried out a few different courses at university before deciding that I wanted to do a Bachelor of Arts degree. I chose a particular combination of majors as I am interested in supporting the humanitarian and human rights issues related to refugees. I have been lucky enough to travel overseas and teach English in South Africa and Turkey, and have also had the opportunity to assist a teacher at a school in Sri Lanka. I am excited to work with Jackie and the wonderful team at The Social Outfit!

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We’re so very pleased to have Mathura join our growing team of supporters. And already she’s joining in and helping me with funding applications and planning for upcoming events.

Now, for something a bit different, last week’s outfits… backwards. Here’s me on Sunday, on a warm Sydney afternoon, heading out to meet up with friends. This vintage dress was just one of my *gold* finds at the NIDA hosted, costume market stall, as part of a WEFT-shop fundraiser, held on Monday last week. Raising money for a fabulous fashion social enterprise, and old costumes: I was in my element!

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Tell: Handmade earrings and necklace, brooch from op shop, gifted shrug, vintage dress from NIDA / WEFT-shop fundraiser, Jenny Kee vintage bag found in an op shop in Penrith, vintage bracelets from second hand store, Fluevog boots.

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This was Thursday, sporting vintage Hawaiian and denim for our fifth Fairfield High School fashion workshop.

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Tell: gifted earrings, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, Hawaiian shirt (Magnum’s infamous junglebird design, to be precise) gifted by the Hawaiian First Officer, The Social Studio singlet, Dragstar denim skirt, Spin Dance petticoat, boots from op shop.

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And last but not least, back to last Tuesday, when I met with Rachael, Sascha and Alyssa from Vodafone, and they helped me develop some communications frameworks for The Social Outfit. They were super supportive of our work! And then I met with Mathura for our first working day together. So you see, if you start at the beginning, or the end, my time is always about working together with *good* people, all in the hope of moving The Social Outfit forwards! xo

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Tell: The Social Studio silk scarf, kitten brooch from Japan, cardigan from op shop, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, vintage Sportscraft tartan wool skirt from NIDA / WEFT-shop fundraiser, retail tights and socks, Fluevog shoes.

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ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Thirteen

Show/Share: While I’m running the Fairfield High School fashion project with Emma, as well as organising some other *fun* projects The Social Outfit is working on; updates here may have to move to a longer weekly catch up. Still, you’ll get all the news and a *bunch* of outfits all in one go!

This is me on Tuesday last week. I met with a potential volunteer with The Social Outfit, and also caught up with my Vice Chair, David Hardie, to keep progressing our work. Just shows how much we rely on a group of supporters to get our work done. I’m so grateful too, when people show an interest in helping us out.

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Tell: Hat from Melbourne, earrings from op shop, handmade beads, ‘Sherby Fashion’ shirt from op shop, ‘Stephanie Ricaldi, Made in England’ vintage jacket gifted from Jessica, Sportscraft belt, The Social Studio silk dress gifted from Jo, retail tights, Happy Socks, Fluevog shoes from Sole Devotion.

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Then this is me on Thursday when the Vodafone Foundation team, and the other ‘World of Difference‘ participants came out to Fairfield High School for the day. The school was amazing as a host, and we even had our lunch catered by the school’s ‘Parents Cafe’ (a new social enterprise catering service). Fantastic food!

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Tell: Tatty Devine earrings, Vodafone scarf, Uniqlo top from Japan, The Social Studio dress, Saba belt, Fletcher Jones skirt, retail tights and socks, Fluevog shoes.

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Everyone from the Vodafone Foundation group came to meet the young people involved in our fashion workshop, and we shared some stories together. Plus, there was a film crew on site too; so even though I don’t have a heap of pictures to share just yet, many will be coming. I did manage to get a couple of photos of us as a group cutting out patterns, and researching fashion online.

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Below is the Vodafone Foundation ‘World of Difference’ team for this year. We got to welcome Kat Armstrong from the ‘Women in Prison Advocacy Network’ (WIPAN). Many of my own friends have been long-term supporters of Kat and WIPAN, so it was *brilliant* to meet with her in person and begin to work together. Then, of course, there are also the other two delightful members, Juliette from Givit, and Loren from Missing Person’s Advocacy Network (MPAN). Loren just recently filmed an information clip for Missing Person’s Week with Australian icon and actor, Debra Mailman. You can read more about everyone’s work and hopes for this year, here.

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There was more filming on Friday as well, so I wore my slightly re-mixed Vodafone shirt for the day. (Surprise, surprise, I’m not really a t-shirt kind a gal!) I’m actually feeling pretty shy about when the videos go public: it’s one thing for me to take my own photo a lot, but quite another when you’re recorded live with lots of talking and opinions. I hope I just make sense! Plus, I hope I can convey how much I want The Social Outfit to be a success.

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, handmade earrings, Tatty Devine ‘giant squid’ necklace, Slade cardigan from op shop, Vodafone Foundation t-shirt, Sportscraft belt, vintage Diane Freis shirt, The Social Studio silk dress, Birthday Suit leggings, retail socks, Fluevog boots.

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There was more work on Saturday too, so by the time it got to Sunday this last weekend, I just wanted to chill out, see some friends and enjoy this warm Sydney weather. And nothing says ‘Sunday Relaxing’ to me quite like a high-waisted denim skirt! I hope you had a *great* weekend too. xo

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Tell: Handmade earrings, handmade necklaces, silver necklace from op shop, ‘Leesa’ shirt from op shop, American Apparel top, The Social Studio belt, ‘Paris Blues’ denim skirt from op shop, cotton petticoat from op shop, retail tights and socks, Fluevog boots. Jenny Kee vinatge bag.

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ShowTellShare One Hundred and Forty-Seven

Share: Here’s me, keepin’ on keeping on… (and, in the *spirit of the 80s*, of course…) xo

Show 1: Today…

Tell 1: Handmade earrings, Tatty Devine brooch as necklace, 1980s Esprit oversize shirt, Sportscraft belt, skirt from Kmart, Uniqlo leggings, retail socks, Fluevog shoes.

Show 2: Yesterday…

Tell 2: Anthea Crawford 1980s dress jacket gifted by Susan and from an op shop, retail singlet, Tatty Devine ‘Gilbert & George’ brooch (borrowed from FHO), Ken Done skirt made by The Social Studio (for What Ken Be Done), Saba belt, retail tights, socks borrowed from the FHO, Fluevog shoes.

 

ShowTellShare One Hundred and Thirty-Seven

Show: Metaphorical Dressing 101: when attending an information night; bring your own paperclips to hold down *good* information…

Tell: Tatty Devine jewellery, handmade jacket from op shop, The Social Studio silk dress, TS14+ slip, Sportscraft belt, retail tights, socks from Barcelona, Fluevog shoes.

Share:  Last night I attended an event called, ‘Social entreprenuers: the face of social change in Australia’ hosted by Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni, with The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Macquarie Group Foundation. It was a perfect opportunity to meet SSE’s new CEO, Celia Hodson and Julian Lee from FoodConnect, and to reconnect with SSE fellow Michael Maxwell.

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

 

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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

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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

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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

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Tell: The Social Studio silk scarf, Esprit skivvy from op shop, Barry Joseph dress from op shop, Sportscraft belt, Yoshi Jones skirt, Fluevog boots.

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

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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.

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Tell: Skivvy from Kmart, Jenny Kee ‘Kee Art Australia’ dress from eBay, Sportscraft belt, Jonathan Aston stockings (blue), red stockings underneath, Happy Socks, Fluevogs.

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:

  1. Take your ‘wins’ where you can, and
  2. High-heels and socks – now there’s a gift!

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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.

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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.

Sally McGeoch, me and Steve Lawrence.

 

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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…

You have a *good* one today, too xo