ShowTellShare Two Hundred and Thirty-Five

Show: Work at The Social Outfit is happily keeping me *very* busy, and I’m hoping to share some public-news on that front soon… until then, this weekend felt a bit like a celebration of women I think are *fabulous* on the internet, and beyond in their ‘in real life’.

On Friday evening we went to see ‘Lady Sings it Better‘ in the Inner West; they are a cabaret group, including Maeve, who are *hilarious* and so, so talented! I laughed for the whole show, which makes for an ace Friday night in my world! We also went with Kim from News with Nipples, whose writing and ideas I *adore*, and caught up at the gig with the *lovely* Frances from Corpulent. Plus, there was also like a *rad collection* of women from the internet – like Brocklesnitch, Treemie and more – who I was a bit too shy to say hello to properly… yet… but whose online personalities appeal to me in many ways. Good times.

Friday night I wore some new The Social Studio for my party mood…

IMG_6004Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings from op shop, handmade beaded necklaces, Tatty Devine anchor necklace, ‘Glitter Heart’ brooch gifted by Tatty Devine, The Social Studio ‘no waste’ dress, Saba belt, Black Milk leggings, Fluevog sandals, ‘Yayoi Kusama‘ bag from Japan.

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And then on Sunday we saw dear friend, and *always inspiration*, author Courtney Collins (whose name you have to say in full EVERY time you say it out loud because it just sounds *right* like that). It was lovely to spend *quality* time together. And fashion-special too, because I was wearing BirdMonkey‘s handmade fabric necklace from my ‘What Ken Be Done‘ days for the catch-up. Artist BirdMonkey (a.k.a Raquel) was one of the first, and *best* women I ever have met online… so hooray for an online world, and meeting lovely creative people all round! xo

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Tell: Ken Done glasses, handmade earrings and necklace, Ken Done necklace gifted from BirdMonkey, vintage handmade dress from op shop, Spin Dance petticoat, retail stockings and socks, Fluevog boots, Ken Done purse.

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ShowTellShare One Hundred and Ninety-Seven

Show/Share: There’s something lovely about spending time doing fun things on an autumn weekend in Sydney city. From wandering the streets, with the yellowing leaves and dappled light…

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To the more urban spaces…

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This is us making our way to hear our dear friend, and author, Courtney Collins talk as a part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. She was brilliant, naturally! Her first novel, The Burial, is doing very well and it was a pleasure to hear someone talk so passionately about the creative process; especially for longer-term projects.

Plus she was in conversation with Claudia Karvan, so I also got to momentarily relive my *crush* on her and Ben Mendelsohn in the 1990s Aussie classic, The Big Steal (and beyond, of course). Might just need to re-watch it for some fashion pointers…

Tell: Handmade earrings and necklace, handmade leather brooch by Jessica, Saba cardigan, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, vintage “BHS Made in Britain’ cotton skirt from Red Cross op shop Newtown, retail tights, socks from Barcelona, Fluevog shoes.

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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 One

Show/Share: Sorry, you’ll have to forgive me for not looking at you, but I’m completely distracted by this *fantastic* new Australian novel…

What you’re seeing is ‘The Burial’, by Courtney Collins: a dear and spectacular friend of ours. This is her first novel published by Allen & Unwin, and I’m so very proud of her! I can’t wait to start reading this story in earnest…

Now, an odd segway. Sometimes, I play word-association games with fashion. So, The Burial is about a female bushranger. I think, ‘Bushranger. What fashion? Bushranger? Umm, I know, a jumpsuit**.’ Thus, here’s me wearing a jumpsuit to show-off the book…

And if you’re thinking, who the hell wears a jumpsuit in the Australian bush?! … Then I probably should remind you of this photo of me in the early What Ken Be Done days, whilst in a Noosa rainforest:

** I should also add that many of my fashion word-association games end with the answer, ‘Jumpsuit’. I really do love jumpsuits!

So congratulations to Courtney, and happy reading and creative days to you all! xo xo

Tell: Kmart skivvy, vintage S.L. Fashions jumpsuit from Hawaii, Jonathan Aston tights, other retail tights, Fluevog boots.

Oh, and some double-tights fun as well: