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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: Just before heading overseas for a holiday at the end of 2013, we went interstate to a wedding of a dear friend of mine, whom I have known since childhood. Love was in the air, and in my hands!

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Here’s me and the spunky groom, Alex. I *love* that he wore his own traditional family kilt for the wedding… Men in skirts? Brilliant! And the bride came into the winery – where the service was held – riding sidesaddle on a horse! It really was a gorgeous and super fun event.

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Here’s my *colour love* outfit, between the vines…

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Tell: Ken Done sunglasses, handmade earrings, Tatty Devine flower necklace, Linda Jackson original 1980s hand-screen-printed dress (she gave it to me from her own collection when I met her in Melbourne earlier in the year!), Black Milk leggings, Fluevog shoes, and heart bag from Melbourne.

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Note: I know this post is actually published in 2014, but please just read it like it was still 2013 :-)

Show: Hey, hey it’s *Catch-Up Fashion and Fun Times!* With the end of the year looming and the supremely welcome news that The Social Outfit will open our doors in 2014, I’m winding things down now to take a break. But before the holidays begin, here’s some things I’ve been doing, and clothes I’ve been wearing for the last week or so…

The Social Outfit had our first ‘Annual General Meeting’ as a NSW-based Incorporated Association on Thursday 5 December. The Committee of Management all got together to be re-elected for ongoing service and to reflect on our last 18 months.

I like to not only reflect mentally, but also with my dress choice; thus wearing both the early days of The Social Studio’s work (my skirt) as well as our much more recent, ‘The Social Outfit loves Linda Jackson’ silk dress (as shirt) and leggings…

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At the very end of November to early December I was in Melbourne for the Vodafone Foundation’s ‘World of Difference’ training as a part of my year of paid-charity leave. It was also a chance to catch up with my family down south. Here’s me and my two lovely older brothers, spending some *welcome* family time together…

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In Melbourne I also got to catch up with my dear friend Bridget and her daughter. We visited the Ian Potter Gallery as a part of the NGV, and saw the *brilliant* exhibition called ‘At Home with the Hotham St Ladies’. Why did I think it was fabulous? Well it’s a sculptural exhibition and the artwork is made from piped cake icing! That sign behind is made entirely of cake-icing; and the artwork is fun, colourful and frivolous.

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And here, just for a bit of fun, is me sharing photos my Dad tried to take whilst I was in Melbourne for the blog. Bless him, I’ve not yet quite trained him on keeping the phone still enough to *catch* the fashion blog obligatory photo!

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Show: I was lucky to host my very own import from Melbourne yesterday, in the form of my older brother; to spend the day in Sydney-town…

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It was lovely to hang out, and enjoy a good time on a Tuesday … (Misfit Sarah, does this backdrop seem familiar?!)

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Tell: Handmade earrings, Tatty Devine necklace, ‘Her & Him Hato Group’ shirt from op shop in Parramatta, Katies skirt from op shop, retail tights and socks, Fluevog shoes from Sole Devotion, Linda Jackson vintage bag.

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On Saturday last weekend, we went to a dear friend’s 40th birthday. Given the time of year, the theme was ‘Día de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead) and/or Mexican. The Hawaiian First Officer and I decided we wanted to go down the costume route of paying homage to great Mexico moments and/or people.

As I am sure you’ll agree, the Hawaiian First Officer took the theme of celebrating the 1968 Mexico Olympics with gusto. This montage is an absolute *gif favourite* of mine! I’m thinking that gold medal was won for retro-dancing-boxing, yes?!

Now you best be a little warned about the next set of photos…

I went as ‘Ugly Betty‘ because I think she’s a gorgeous Mexican woman; she’s cute; and, I always thought her fashion was fabulous from the get-go. The thing is, it turns out that if I put fake braces and teeth in, I look almost *nothing* like Ugly Betty and just closer to scary!  As my dear brother said when he saw these photos today, “Yeeesh. You look sort of dead.” So not cute. But I still pay my homage to Betty; I realise my entire wardrobe is built for her; and, we had a great time!

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Also, turns out – again, perhaps not that surprisingly – I’m a full-time smiler, so fake teeth are just really annoying after more than a minute. Did I mention I really like talking too, which makes a mouth-guard at a party *very* annoying!

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Here’s the Birthday Lady, Antonia (who is also on The Social Outfit’s Board). Her glitter make-up was *wonderful* … And fake eyelashes on both top and bottom? Yes please!

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This photo below is Friday evening last week, hanging out with friends…

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Tell: Handmade earrings and necklace, Tatty Devine necklace, vintage Escada silk short, Estillo belt. The Social Studio silk dress gifted by Jo, retail tights, Happy Socks, Fluevog boots, vintage TV purse gifted by Kath.

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And finally, here’s me the Saturday the weekend before, when a friend asked to interview me about my love of Ken Done (he’s studying film-making). And whenever I hear the words, “Ken Done” I naturally turn to some of my most favourite Australian vintage gear…

P1040736Tell: Vintage Ken Done glasses, vintage earrings from op shop, Tatty Devine lip necklace, Ken Done vintage shirt, Ken Done doona made into skirt, retail tights, vintage Ken Done socks, Fluevog shoes.

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So that’s me. I think I’m caught up now… And who knows, there just might be a post here soon with actually only one outfit. Regular blogging? It just might be possible! xo

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Show/Share: I’m on a brief holiday for a few days, but I really wanted to quickly share with you these pictures from some fun times I had recently with my old next door neighbour, Elaine. When I was growing up, Elaine lived next to us for about 15 years. She’s such a great lady, and she loves telling stories about how she could hear me singing from her own house, with me in our backyard, crooning *dreadfully out of tune* but very loudly, over those formative teenage years! And, it wasn’t until I saw her in person this weekend that I realised it was from her that I learnt to become so *fondly* attached to oversized, fantastic rings. Check out the second photo below and see how brilliant her bedazzled lion and leopard rings are. This lady has style!

I was also so pleased because when I asked Elaine to pose with me for the blog, she was very happy to oblige. And we both couldn’t resist a fun pose that shows off our rather large height difference! I tell you what else: I hope when I’m 81 years old I look half as good as Elaine does now! xo

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Tell: Greek fisherman’s cap borrowed from my Step-Dad, earrings from Japan, handmade necklaces, retail skivvy, tartan skirt from op shop, Trent Nathan dress from op shop, Fluevog boots.

And here is also me and my brother, Charles, from when he was visiting in Sydney last week. As you can see by our smiles, we had a great time together hanging out!IMG_1467

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Show/Share: This is us saying goodbye to Kit, who heads back to the UK this weekend. We were joined by Kit’s sister Becky, who has been here for the past few weeks on holiday. Even though we’re all smiles here, The Social Outfit will miss all of Kit’s hard work and *go get ‘em attitude* very much. Safe onward journey lovely ladies …

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Below is some of what Kit wrote about her experience being involved with The Social Outfit:

I have learnt a great deal while working with The Social Outfit, and I feel it has made my experience in Australia what it has been. I have gained more self-assurance … I now feel passionate about working closely with the coming together of communities, and believe this is a skill I would like to use in my career in the future. 

We’ll miss you, Kit. Thank You! xo

And this is me yesterday, looking *quite* a bit like a 1980s bank teller, or maybe flight attendant… Although actually what I was doing was meeting with some very warm and welcoming staff at the Red Cross, Migration Support Programs in Sydney city, as well as with the Metro Migrant Resource Centre in Campsie. The meetings went very well, and I’m so pleased to be talking with people who are interested in collaborating, and welcoming of what The Social Outfit is hoping to achieve.

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Tell: Handmade earrings, scarf from op shop, Tatty Devine giant zipper necklace, The Social Studio top, ‘Di Bazzato’ vintage men’s shirt from an op shop in Blacktown, Katies skirt from op shop, retail tights, Happy Socks, Fluevog boots. Detail below: vintage Kenzo wool jacket from op shop in Noosa.

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ShowTellShare One Hundred and Ninety-Two

Show/Tell/Share: Check out Susan last Saturday doing some live window-modelling of The Social Studio clothing. Amongst other things, Susan is an aspiring modern dancer, so she was also showcasing her contemporary dance moves down at our Pop-Up Pilot at The Rocks

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This dress was so truly suited to Susan’s own style and personality that she happily bought it in support of The Social Studio and The Social Outfit. A beautiful butterfly-inspired-dress for a talented young woman…

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Thanks for working with us, Susan! Here is what she wrote about the experience:

My favourite part of The Social Studio fashion is the mixture of different colours that is so contemporary, with a link to cultural inspiration. Working with The Social Outfit means getting along with everyone, and it meant I felt comfortable and confident.

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Then on Thursday and Friday last week I had my two-day induction as part of the Vodafone Foundation ‘World of Difference’ paid charity leave. Here’s me and two of my *wonderful* fellow WOD’ers – we’ve just finished telling our story for about the tenth time, and to many of the interested staff at Vodafone Headquarters, including the CEO – so no wonder we’re smiling and looking relieved!

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On my left is the *darling* Loren O’Keefe from Missing Persons’ Advocacy Network (Melbourne) and the ‘Dan Come Home’ Campaign. On my right is the *bold and bright* Julliette Wright from Givit (Brisbane). Our fourth buddy, not pictured, is Ian Davis from MND and Me Foundation. Right now Ian is riding the ‘million meters ride’ on a two-person, purpose-built, bike from Brisbane to Sydney. Good luck, Ian! (For more about me and my three fellow participants a good snapshot is here, at Vodafone Foundation ‘World of Difference’.)

Last Friday evening we opened for some late-night shopping and a bit of a community catch up. Here’s just a few fun pics from the night…

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*Thanks* for your joy and hope lovelies pictured here, and others!

And given that we will close our pop-up doors this Friday evening, 10 May 2013, we’re going to have a small last *hoorah* for all the support and love Sydney-siders have shown from 5.30pm. Follow our The Social Outfit Facebook page for updates…

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Show: It’s wet weather… and I’m invited to a wedding celebration for my dear friend, Tim (visiting briefly from New York)… and I need to get to the North Shore…

Let’s. Do. This!

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Tell: Ken Done umbrella, Ken Done glasses, Tatty Devine ‘watermelon’ earrings and necklace, fluro singlet from op shop, Spin Dance petticoat, The Social Studio silk dress gifted by Jo, Black Milk leggings, Fluevog shoes (from Sole Devotion), Linda Jackson vintage bag.

Share: I love a celebration, rain or shine! And a happy weekend to you, xo

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P1030677Tell: Handmade beaded necklace, anchor earrings and necklace from Santa Barbara, ‘Embassy’ vintage dress from secondhand store (also worn here), belt from op shop, retail socks, Fluevog boots.

Share: This is what I wore yesterday. Comfy, with my own touch of *fun*…

What proved most interesting about my day although was that I received two emails from a friend and colleague with possible contacts for The Social Outfit. That is, people I know offering to help me move forward with potential leads, in an effort to raise the money we need to start. I can’t begin to tell you how much this raises my spirits when it happens. Sometimes, when this venture isn’t guaranteed, or all sorted in every practical sense (although we are totally getting there!), I feel quite vulnerable sharing my day-to-day life and hopes. The negative part of my brain says, ‘Who would be interested at all? Just stop trying. This is taking too long…’ Then someone in our growing community makes contact  to say ‘hello’, offer an insight, or share an idea. It makes all the difference.

Which is all to say, it’s *lovely* having YOU as a part of this work, in whatever way you’re involved. Thanks for helping to keep me to my purpose, and to keep me learning and curious. Whatever happens, this experience is real. And if I can ever return the favour, just let me know… xo

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Show/Share: Last night we returned to Sydney, and it proved a *spectacular* way to finish up 2012, and herald in 2013… Because we came home to see that the ATO has granted The Social Outfit ‘Deductible Gift Recipient’ status and the ‘Charity Tax Concessions’. Yep, we’re now a bona fide Public Benevolent Institution! *Great news* that is another super important step on our way to securing our future in Sydney. It made the fireworks last night feel a little extra special…

… And I couldn’t have done all the ATO paperwork and procedure without the help of The Social Studio’s Grace McQuilten. She’s supported me every step of the way, and her advice and counsel is *priceless*. A huge and heartfelt thanks to her xo xo

In other fashion-related news, can you believe I found this custom, hand-made dress in an op shop in Perth? $24.99 and my size, it’s like it was made for me! Once I spotted it I just kept clawing at it, praying it would fit. Hooray, it does! Ruffles! *You Rock* Perth op-shops; so much second-hand gold to be found…

Another highlight from Perth was going on an evening boat cruise on the Mandurah Canals to look at people’s Christmas lights. It *so* appealed to my love of kitsch, glitter and frou-frou!

Yet another super-fantastic photo by the Hawaiian First Officer, who really is the BEST live-in-photographer ever! <3 …Thanks for all your support and expertise in 2012 … <3

The Hawaiian First Officer and I also spent New Year’s Eve with friends; including dearest Bec who is sporting my Ken Done shirt she bought in the auctions when supporting What Ken Be Done. Love!

So here’s to a hopeful and fulfilling 2013 for us all! xo

Tell: Hat from ‘Cat Protection Society’ op shop in Enmore, Wa-Nyika earrings, Tatty Devine necklace, handmade dress from Perth op shop, vintage belt from London, Uniqlo leggings, Camper sandals.

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Tell: Tatty Devine jewellery, Miss Shop dress from op shop, American Apparel leotard, skirt from Kmart, retail stockings, Fluevog boots.

Share: This week ahead is set to be a busy one; let alone the many ‘to-do’s’ planned for the whole month of November. So I took the chance this weekend to keep fairly quiet. However, when catching up with a dear friend today, I couldn’t resist putting on some new big rings (bought on sale) for the outing. Nothing like plastic jewellery and over-matching to recharge the battery!! xo

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, robot necklace from Young Blood Designers Markets, 1980s Diane Freis silk shirt, Saba belt, Katies skirt from op shop, Caledonia stockings, Fluevog boots.

Share: I hope you know by now that I like to keep you updated with *tidbits* and stories about what keeps me busy each day; especially in relation to The Social Outfit. But on some days, and in some weeks, it feels like all I have to say is, “Head down, doing paperwork. Head down, doing planning.” This week feels a bit like that. And that sounds a bit boring to share, really… But, like a teacher who once trained me said, ‘You can’t take young people to Disneyland every day, Jackie, otherwise it holds no meaning’…

… So instead of dwelling on that too long, let’s take a quick close up look at this 1980s silk *gem* by Diane Freis. Chris – a regular ShowTellShare follower, and family friend – introduced me to Diane Freis when she found me a two-piece-1980s-divine-outfit in an op shop in Manly years ago (worn here and here). I’ve never looked back, and I now LOVE Diane and her crazy-colour-designs. So thanks, Chris! xo

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Show/Tell/Share: Did someone say 1980s cocktail party for charity?! …

Last night was the 30th birthday of Twenty10. I worked there in the early 2000s, and so it was lovely for my friends and I to get a little bit *dolled up* and celebrate all of Twenty10′s good work.

Twenty10′s tagline is: “A Place to be You,” and as you can see, I took that as an invitation to be the *me* of BIG hair, BIG shoes and a 1980s LOUD outfit! I’ve had this Parisian number in the wardrobe for years (found in an op shop, of course) and decided last night was just the right time to get it out and style it up…

It’s so funny because this 2-piece suit is all plain “Business at the Back”, and then “Party at the Front”…

Tell: Earrings from UK, Tatty Devine necklace, ‘Romeo Pour Juliette’ Paris made 2-piece suit from op shop, Saba belt, fingerless leather gloves from Florence, Demonia boots,

Iain and David looking fancy…

Here’s Bec rockin’ the pinks and gold…

(I gifted Bec this op-shop-found vintage dress a while back, and *love* that it’s gone to a welcoming home).

I also love that my friend and hairdresser David at Bedrock took my request for big 1980s hair seriously yesterday. Thanks to crimping, teasing and a whole-lot-of-hairspray, I think he achieved some expert frizz action!

Good times xo

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Show / Share: Because *a picture is worth a thousand words*; I’ve made one into a necklace…

We were entertaining dear guests and friends last night. Good times xo

Tell: Glasses from op shop, handmade necklace from a ‘Made in Italy’ silk picture found in an op shop, Photios Bros. beaded necklaces, vintage handmade dress from op shop, skivvy from op shop, Saba belt on sale, Japonica Barclay shoes on sale.