ShowTellShare One Hundred and Forty-Four

Show/Tell/Share: A fun time! A *good* time! A successful evening of hope, and great fashion…

Models (L-R): Oboya, Susan, Hawanatu, Madeleine, Holly, Abuzar and Tamika. Photo by Hayley Hughes. Clothing by The Social Studio.

I’m still in the process of collecting and collating photos from the night. The ‘eventspage is a good place to start, and it also includes the many, many *wonderful* people who helped make our night possible. Thanks and Hooray for you all! xo

Also, for a first *fabulous* look-see of the models and The Social Studio clothes-styling, head over to Fashion Hayley‘s blog here.

Now here’s a few ‘in-process’ photos…

Who knows exactly what I’m saying here, but clearly all the models like what they hear! We did have such a lovely time, and I *super* thank all these young people for graciously offering to give their time to support The Social Outfit.

Practising and preparations at Planet

Earlier in the day, I was binding together out ‘Case for Support’ with a bit of handy sewing…

This is some of the models, Sindy, Kit and myself rehearsing at the Mahjong Room on last Monday night…

And my own outfit for Thursday night. Naturally all The Social Studio… xo

On Friday it was back to the grind with my university work, which continues much of this week too… Phew! Until it quietens down a bit, I’ll try and stay in touch and I *promise* to get all the fashion photos to you as soon as possible! xo

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Show/Share: What’s this? Two people, at night, with *suspicious* bags… It’s almost as if some kind of swap is about to take place…

And it did! Here’s our board member, David Hardie having recently returned from a trip to Melbourne with a bag full of *BEAUTIFUL* new The Social Studio collections, doing the ‘handover’ to me last night. (Board member, Sarah Chisholm is ably standing by to keep an eye on me!) These pieces are for us to showcase at our event next week. I laughed because look how much I’m *gripping* onto the bag… “Let me see the outfits! Let me see what The Social Studio is lending us! How exciting!”

Thanks The Social Studio for believing in The Social Outfit, and what we want to build here in Sydney xo xo

Last night was also The Social Outfit‘s first formal board meeting. Bit by bit we’re progressing our work.

And now on to my outfit. Two interesting things happened yesterday:

1. Approximately one billion people told me at my uni job that the leggings I was wearing were “fantastic”. Seriously, that many people! And of course, these leggings are just another great example of The Social Studio‘s design and fashion work. Love!

2. A colleague also said, “You’re looking more subdued today”. Looks like I may have been hitting the colour palette on *full-blown* for a while, if the addition of some black to the wardrobe makes people think I’m looking plain!

Tell: Earrings from Shag (Melbourne), handmade necklace, possum brooch gifted by my Mum (1980s classic), fake Ken Done kookaburra brooch, pewter koala pin from op shop, Awyon skirt worn as dress from op shop, The Social Studio leggings, Lacoste sample boots.

I had a bit of an Australiana jewellery also thing happening… I’m *loving* my little possum hanging about on my necklace ‘wire’… xo

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, Esprit skivvy from op shop, ‘Yukari Tamato’ for Sildoll (Japan) scarf from op shop, The Social Studio cardigan/jacket, Katies skirt from op shop, stockings from Myer, Fluevogs.

Share: If all goes to plan on an ‘average’ day, I can get this whole web-posting process down to about an hour, even less if I’m super lucky. And then, some days everything just takes FOREVER. This is one of those days. I’ve been in Melbourne – and you would think I could have had my photo in front of a million *fun* things – but because I was running from one thing to another, I couldn’t stop for a photo. Never quite caught a break. And then I get home and loading photos isn’t working properly (…bloody Internetz…). Thing is, it’s actually  like a metaphor for trying to set up a social enterprise start-up. Sometimes, some days, the plan just doesn’t work. It doesn’t necessarily mean everything has gone to shit… just maybe that it’s best to wait for another day to re-strategise and re-align. (That said, I will make sure I at least try and post something. Deliver at least on one part if I can; even if it’s small – and with no links working…)

Thankfully, too, I have a bit of a *zen* motif on today despite the difficulty: my new The Social Studio bright red cardigan / jacket. If anything helps to keep me focussing on what counts – it’s knowing my belief in The Social Studio and what it does. I *like* keeping my purpose front and centre: doing good in a fashion. xo

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Tell: Tatty Devine necklace, vintage beaded necklace from my Grandmother, handmade jacket from op shop, Claire Pain brooch from Melbourne, The Social Studio silk dress, The Social Studio gold leggings, Fluevogs, vintage purse from my Mum.

Share: We were out for a *fancy* dinner last night, so *naturally* I just had to wear The Social Studio. I’m a bit annoyed because the photos here don’t really feel like they capture the TOTAL fun-ness of the outfit (I was having problems with the flash). Still, nothing to really complain about because I had a ball, and part of that was just because I simply love wearing The Social Studio. xo

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Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings from op shop, Tatty Devine giant zipper necklace, The Social Studio silk dress, (underneath) red dress from op shop, stockings from op shop, Fluevogs.

Share: This is probably the only time in my life when I’ve been “on trend” by wearing a piece of fashion that is from a contemporary collection; in this case, with The Social Studio’s latest designs. Still, I think the way I’ve paired it with pieces in my own wardrobe has *swiftly* taken the outfit back to more of my own ‘style’… however that might be described! (Like “bleeding eyes”, for example.)

And here below is me with Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, on the last few days of What Ken Be Done? She heard me when I was the guest speaker at Aurora Fundraising Dinner. Who would have thought ten months later I’d be meeting with City of Sydney Council to talk about bringing The Social Studio to Sydney? I’m hoping I can seek some support from them for a small project, including a pop-up store, to keep The Social Studio Sydney ball rolling. One thing’s for sure: in an outfit like today, it’s hard to doubt my fiery passion!