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Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social Outfit Loves Linda Jackson silk tunic, Tatty Devine necklace, Trippen shoes.


Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social Outfit Loves Linda Jackson silk tunic, Tatty Devine ‘future circuit’ necklace, Black Milk leggings.


Some stuff I’m wearing: The Social Outfit cotton dress, Tatty Devine necklace and earrings, Fluevog sandals.



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Show/Share: My brother recently celebrated his 40th birthday; and it was lovely to spend some *party time* with him and his family… and especially if it also involves a bit of festive dressing!


As Melbourne’s recent weather has been *super hot* – and as I’m prone to burning instantly under any kind of sun – I went with the ‘light-covering’, layering look… (And especially as that also allowed me to wear both The Social Outfit and The Social Studio gear in celebration!)


Tell: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine necklace, vintage beads, The Social Studio silk kaftan, ‘The Social Outfit loves Linda Jackson’ leggings from ‘Colour Chameleon’, Fluevog sandals.

Then here’s a recent Friday-evening-outfit when I was out for some relaxing and fun…


Tell: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine watermelon earrings and necklace, Tatty Devine bow necklace, Retrospec’d dress (made and sold locally in Australia), ‘Spin Dance Australia‘ petticoat, Fluevog shoes, and Ken Done bag.

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With it already being February, I’m fully back at work at The Social Outfit, and working hard. As you might imagine we’ve got a lot of planning and preparations underway to start off our full-time school, retail store and community space in Sydney. Exciting! And nerve-wracking! Here’s me on a working day, sporting a new The Social Studio dress – made with vintage fabric – I bought when in Melbourne last week…


Tell: Glasses from Japan, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, vintage necklace and bracelets from op shop, The Social Studio dress, stockings from Japan, Trippen shoes.

… I love these stockings from Japan, with the individual toe sections. I know ‘toe-socks’ are far more common in Australia now, but I haven’t seen the stocking-versions take off quite so much. I can’t believe I haven’t laddered them yet!

P1040958So from my head to my toes, hope you’re *ace* and I look forward to sharing more updates with you soon! xo

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Show: Here’s some photos of us working this Wednesday with four of the five women who are taking part in our fashion training at Fairfield High School. Like I think I’ve said previously, these women can already sew and are really interested in honing their skills, and working together as a group. Emma was showing everyone a pattern for dressmaking, and I’m so pleased to be using the fabric donated to us by Celia Morris at Dragstar. Watching the skills of these women, and their enthusiasm, is very exciting (especially for someone like me who really can only basically sew)! Plus, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of using people’s own talents to increase their sense of community and contribution in a new environment.


We’ve also started working with young people again too, many of whom were in our first sewing program. Things were just so boisterous and busy that I didn’t get a moment to grab our photo together!

And here’s my own Wednesday outfit…


Tell: Tatty Devine earrings and rings, handmade necklaces, Nicola Waite jacket from op shop, The Social Studio silk skirt as dress, Saba belt, retail tights, Fluevog boots.


Plus, some more outfits to share. This is Sunday last week, a fun, party day for the Hawaiian First Officer and myself. I decided* that my theme was ‘animal menagerie’ and celebrated the weekend with some vintage animalistic touches… (*And by “decided” I mean it just sort of happened as I was putting on pieces, and combining the fashion together.)


Tell: Lea Stein vintage earrings and brooch, Studibaker Hawk jacket from op shop, The Social Studio shirt, Ken Done vintage bag, handmade skirt from vintage fabric from the ‘Fifties Fair’, Spin Dance petticoat, retail tights and socks, Fluevog boots.


Detail: Tatty Devine ‘name neckalce’ and necklace from the Norman Lindsay Gallery. Although hard to see, I’m also wearing Gummy Bears on the white double-ring, a sparkling fox ring, and the large ring (that’s actually a vintage lipstick holder from an op shop) has a wee little bird on it, of course!


Then Saturday’s gear was about my pink denim flares and vintage bathing suit top worn as a singlet. xo.


Tell: Handmade earrings and necklaces, second-hand top gifted to me, ‘Shannon Freeville’ Made in Australia vintage swimsuit top from op shop, pink denim flares made by Jodie from Maurer & Strange, Trippen shoes.


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Show: The Social Outfit loves all these designers! And all the young people who volunteered at ‘Colour Chameleon’! And The Social Studio! And everyone who supported us, and came along to have fun on the night! … As you might tell by all the exclamation points, I *absolutely* loved our experience with Colour Chameleon on Friday 18 October 2013. A night to remember! What an evening we had at ’5 Eliza’ in Newtown, Sydney. Here’s a small selection of just how much *talent*, *creativity* and *passion* was on show…

Below are some of our volunteer models showcasing the ‘Colour Chameleon’ fashion; many of these young people are also dancers with the Afro Contemporary Youth Dance group, who did a great musical performance at our event too…


Photo by Mark Sherborne.

Representing Fairfield High School, here we can see the senior hospitality students and teachers, and Haitham Jaju (on right) who coordinates the Parents’ Cafe, which provided delicious catering on the night…


Photo by Mark Sherborne.

Gasp! So many of my own fashion and designer *inspirations*… Linda Jackson, Ken Done, Celia Morris from Dragstar and Nina Maya. I had such a happy smile on my face all night, thanks to the effort and dedication of everyone involved!


Photo by Mark Sherborne.

Carla Zampatti was our Guest of Honour and she spoke about creativity, design and fashion as avenues to work collaboratively and cross-culturally.


Photo by Mark Sherborne.

You can see more photos from the event at The Social Outfit’s website here:

It was a magnificent time, and the culmination of many people’s hard work. xo

For me, however, there wasn’t much time for rest and respite… because on the Sunday after the event I was off to the Nexus Australian Youth Summit conference. As you can tell, I was still wearing my smile, and now I also could show-off some of the ‘Colour Chameleon’ designs myself…


Tell: Ken Done glasses, Tatty Devine earrings, beaded necklace gifted from my Grandmother, The Social Studio silk dress, ‘The Social Outfit loves Nina Maya’ silk scarf and leggings from our ‘Colour Chameleon’ project, Trippen shoes from Berlin, vintage Oroton purse from op shop.


On Monday the conference continued, as did my ‘Colour Chameleon’ fashion inspiration…


Tell: Glasses from op shop, handmade earrings, Tatty Devine ‘giant zipper’, ‘The Social Outfit loves Linda Jackson’ silk dress and leggings, retail socks, Fluevog shoes.


I spent the rest of the week with my head down, back at my kitchen table with important funding applications.

Right now, I feel like I’m *almost* caught-up again on all our work… almost…

But one thing is very clear; I’m *loving* building The Social Outfit here in Sydney with everyone involved, and fingers crossed that every day we’re getting closer and closer to setting up our store, school and community space in this fine, fabulous city… xo


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Show/Share: Today I met with Mr Bruce Baird, AM. Bruce Baird is the current Chair of The Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council, and I had the opportunity to talk with him about The Social Outfit, The Social Studio and our plans for Sydney. He was very interested in our work, and had some great suggestions for me. It’s heartening to see the support of people across government and industry in this kind of work, and I really appreciate it when people take time out of their busy schedules to share their insights. Hopefully this helps us with long-term connections and relationship-building, as well as more chances of ongoing success here in NSW.

And as always, I was wearing some of The Social Studio‘s clothing; plus showing a *teeny* bit of colour and fun…


Tell: Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, wool skivvy from op shop, Yoshi Jones cotton shirt, The Social Studio silk dress, retail tights and socks, Trippen shoes from Berlin outlet.


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Show/Share: This Saturday night some of us from The Social Outfit group went out to thank our volunteers, Chloe and Kit for all their help and support. Volunteers For the Win! Below is Chloe, me and Michael, who is the owner of the *fantastic* Vietnamese restaurant in Marrickville, Bau Truong. He is also a supporter and friend to The Social Outfit. We had an amazing night of laughs and fun at Bau Truong. Michael is a truly gracious host and the food there is divine.


Below, from left: Darren, me, Meredith, Sarah, Antonia, Chloe, Stu and David.


Here’s also some dressing detail…


Tell: Anna Davern earrings, The Social Studio silk scarf, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, velvet top from op shop, handmade necklace, family brooch, The Social Studio silk scarf, Lacoste boots. Oroton bag from op shop.


On Friday last week I caught up with my mentor and ally, Paul Bide. He always has a *good* bit of advice and encouragement for our start-up plans. I also met with friend and designer, Wanyika. She’s just come back from Kenya with some fantastic fashions and ideas.


This was Friday’s outfit:


Tell: Handmade earrings, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, The Social Studio kimono dress, scarf gifted by Susan, Black Milk leggings, Trippen shoes from Berlin outlet.


Hoping you’ve had a lovely weekend too xo

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Share: Friday was one of those really busy days; meeting with a range of exciting people, and then catching the moments in between to send off emails and make deadlines. I was zipping around the city from one stop to another, propelled in part by one of my favourite, *vibrant*, The Social Studio silk dress…


Tell: Jenny Kee for The Wilderness Society scarf, earrings from op shop, handmade necklaces, beaded necklaces and bracelets gifted by my Dad and step-Mum from South Africa, The Social Studio ‘Magical Tent’ collection silk dress, ‘Birthday Suit’ stirrup leggings, Trippen shoes from Berlin outlet.



First up I met with Melissa from Sew Make Create. Melissa and her *gorgeous-hilarious* dog, Pepper, were lovely hosts and showed me around their Ultimo shop and sewing studio. Sew Make Create is a great initiative; getting people together locally to learn sewing skills, and you can also hire the machines/overlockers there too. I really encourage checking it out if you’re in Sydney…


On Friday I also had the absolute pleasure of doing some of The Social Outfit‘s planning work with the designer, Nina Maya Skrzynski. Nina has proven experience with her own fashion label, and she’s interested in lending her skills and expertise to develop The Social Outfit‘s business plan further. Needless to say, we’re very excited at this prospect!

Finally, the response from the ‘call out for artists’ for The Social Outfit Pilot in The Rocks has also been overwhelming. People shared the information far and wide, and we’ve had so much interest. So thank you! It’s brilliant to see so many artistic people out there excited about working creatively with Sydney’s refugee communities. Stay tuned to hear how our workshops develop, and a *big* thank you to everyone who made contact and has shown an interest.


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… And here’s Kit and me from last Thursday, working busily on our The Social Outfit work… more meetings, more planning… you know, just good old-fashioned hard work! xo

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My earrings are actually vintage ‘Donna Karen’ which is fun, but not NEARLY as fun as thinking they stand for ‘Ken Done’! …


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I’ve finished up working for 2012, and I’m now looking forward to a well-deserved break.

A SPECTACULAR thanks to you, dearest readers, for being a part of my year; and also part of our *hope* of making The Social Outfit a reality in Sydney in 2013 xo xo

Show: Wednesday’s Outfit:

Tell: Tatty Devine Giant Squid necklace, vintage Moschino men’s shirt found in Newtown op shop (Gold!), Katies skirt from op shop, retail tights and socks, Fluevog boots, *old-skool* television purse gifted by Kath.

Show: Thursday’s Outfits:

Kit rockin’ greens…

Tell: Tatty Devine crown necklace, necklace from op shop, vintage jacket from op shop, Katies dress from op shop, vintage belt from op shop, The Social Studio leggings, Trippen shoes.

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Show/Share: According to the official ‘Sydney Weekenders CBD Stare-O-Meter’, today’s outfit rates *very* highly. I’m thinking its because I look a little like your average Sunday Female Drag Queen. That, or according to the *joy* on many 5-year olds faces, a Sunday Clown. Either way, I’m pretty happy. xo

 Tell: Beads from op shops, handmade earrings, Uniqlo skivvy, gifted second hand 1980s dress (given by Eliza because she thought it looked like Ken Done), vintage belt from UK, Ken Done handmade skirt, Happy Socks, Trippen shoes from Berlin outlet.

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Tell: Ken Done glasses, Tatty Devine earrings and necklace, gold beaded necklace gifted by my Grandmother, ‘York Reine’ silk jacket, The Social Studio dress gifted by Jo, belt from op shop, The Social Studio *GOLD* leggings, Trippen shoes from Berlin outlet.

Share: Today’s post is really all about the jacket. I found it in the Cat Protection op shop in Enmore. It makes me happy. By buying it, I (1) kept up the recycling-chain-of *fun* clothing, and (2) protected cats. That’s all *good* in my book! xo

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Tell: Yesterday’s outfit: Ken Done scarf, Saba belt from outlet, ‘Styled by Debra Fashion, Melbourne’ vintage dress from op shop in Franskton, Trippen boots from Berlin outlet.

Share: And FINALLY**, I’ve sorted out the gallery function within WordPress and now have been able to upload all the outfits worn so far on ShowTellShare onto one *handy* page. Hooray! Take a look here (or click on the images below), and I hope you enjoy! xo

** OK, so in the end I just asked The Hawaiian First Officer to help me out. I’m not above begging for IT assistance! ;-)

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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

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Tell: Promenade oversize shirt from op shop, Table Eight dress from op shop, Uniqlo leggings from Japan, Trippen shoes from Rome.

Share: This morning I rang my Mum and told her that her present for Mother’s Day from me was a flight up to Sydney with my niece and nephew, for a weekend holiday, in a few months time. Now that *fun* news has made for a *good* Sunday. xo