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Almost a week of radio silence from me to you, dear readers, but that’s just because we’ve been *working so hard* to get here: The Social Outfit Pilot Project!

We’re down at The Rocks, and we’re ready to say hello to you and your friends…

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From this week until Saturday 11 May, we’ll be at Shop 2.03, 140 George Street, The Rocks (Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am-5pm). Of course, we’re not doing it all alone: we’re proudly supported by our sister organisation, The Social Studio; we’ve had *fantastic* funding from the City of Sydney Community Grants Program; and our spot is thanks to the The Rocks Pop-Up initiative.

Let’s take a little tour of our space, shall we? …

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We’re also running creative workshops with people from refugee backgrounds. This week is hat-making with Catherine Kelly of Embellish Atelier, and thanks to donations from Hatters Millinery Supplies. From scratch, people have been making these millenary pieces: look at the results in just a few dedicated hours!

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With things being so busy, if you want to check out what’s happening on a more regular basis, good spots for information are:

In the meantime, hoping to see you at the shop (if you’re in Sydney); hoping you enjoy what we’re trying to do (if you’re further afield), and thanks as always, for showing your support as The Social Outfit  (NEW WEBSITE!) progresses each day. xo xo

And here’s me – looking exhausted, really – but living life to my fullest…

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I’m too tired to tell you about the outfits in any great detail… but rest assured, naturally I’m wearing The Social Studio (leggings in picture one, *super* cape in picture two…) 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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Show/Share: A busy day yesterday: meeting with some of our supporters who are helping to bring together our November showcase event…

And it certainly helps to maintain a positive mood when your first meeting of the day is in Clovelly. Chloe and I met Emma, who has graciously offered to help us with our graphic design work. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with, and then share it with you, of course! Thanks Emma xo

Then next on to our meeting with Sindy Dube (who I’ve before before). Sindy is part of the Africa Konnect group, and has agreed to be our very own stylist for The Social Outfit’s first Sydney runway show. *Woot, woot!* I love this photo Sindy let me take; she was totally rockin’ that horse shirt!

Finally I met with some of my Board members to help me with our finalisation of The Social Outfit ‘Case for Support’ and financial modelling (not that it ever really ends, though… you just keep trying to get clearer with explanation, each time).

So like I said, a busy day, and one filled with equal measure hard work and hope! xo

Tell: Earrings from op shop, handmade necklaces, The Social Studio silk dress, vintage cape from op shop (which I totally need to wear again, because this photo doesn’t do it enough justice… so you can look here), Saba belt, Black Milk leggings, Camper sandals.

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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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HOORAY!

Here’s when I met Lord Mayor Clover Moore, from the glory What Ken Be Done days!

And today, well, we keep working hard… with some colour celebration and The Social Studio fashion, of course! xo

Tell: Glasses from op shop, earrings from Shag Melbourne, Dangerfield skivvy dress, ‘Promenade’ shirt dress from op shop, skirt from op shop, The Social Studio leggings, Fluevog boots.

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Show/Share: What a busy week, including catching up with members of the Sydney Outfit last night for a meeting:

L-R: David Hardie, Meredith Turnbull, Antonia Ruffell, and David Ajak Ajang. Grace McQuilten called in from Melbourne, and I got to catch up with Sarah Chisholm earlier in the day. It takes a team!

As well as having a meeting with the Sydney Outfit to continue with our business planning, I also met again with The Social Outfit’s own volunteer, Chloe Wilson. I’m so *excited* that I have some more hands-on help with our growing work.

Plus, another couple of meetings with professionals in the Not For Profit and fundraising sectors: seeking strategic advice as we put together our best model for having a version of The Social Studio here in Sydney. We’ve got to get it right, and that takes time.

And all this work undertaken on a 30 degree day, with me wearing socks, sandals and of course, The Social Studio!

Some lovely detail from my op-shopped Fiorucci vest:

Tell: Glasses from op shop, earrings gifted from Jenni, Tatty Devine necklace, vintage Fiorucci vest from op shop, The Social Studio silk dress gifted from Jo, stockings from Japan, Camper Sandals.

And just another quick sneak of an outfit earlier in the week, from Tuesday, because my nephew gave me the silver bracelet (which can also be worn as a necklace). Bless his ability to already spot *fun fashion* for his aunty at 8 years old! xo

Tell: Glasses from Japan, Norman Hartwell dress from op shop, Sportscraft belt, Fluevog boots.

 

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Tell: The Social Studio t-shirt, The Social Studio silk dress, TS14+ black dress, handmade long necklace, Tatty Devine necklace, Fluevog boots.

Share: This is me yesterday, as Antonia Ruffell and I – from the Sydney Outfit – went about Sydney city attending meetings on The Social Outfit. It was a really productive working day: meeting high-level NFP leaders and business people about our plan, and looking for their insights to make sure we’re preparing the investment model well. Having Antonia there with me is fantastic; a team of people working together is so much stronger than one person alone. xo

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Show/Share: Each day, celebrating another step ahead… Today’s big news is that we now legally exist, for *real*! That means The Social Outfit is registered as a Not-For-Profit organisation in NSW. Next stop, getting charitable status! We’re a sister organisation to The Social Studio, and we have exactly the same purpose: to provide education and employment opportunities to people from refugee communities, and to celebrate young refugee’s talent and creativity…

A *BIG* thanks to Meredith Turnbull for handling the process of our incorporation; so lovely to have a seasoned professional in both Not-For-Profits and social enterprise overseeing that all the paperwork is in tip-top-order! xo

Now to find out more, check out our latest news, in my favourite format, A Comic Newsletter:

And you know me, I always do *love* some comic book creativity xo xo…

Tell: Earrings from US, Diane Freis 1980s shirt, Tatty Devine necklace, Saba belt, Miss Shop dress from op shop, Black Milk ‘The Woman in Red’ leggings, Fluevogs.

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Tell: ‘Leesa’ shirt from op shop, The Social Studio silk dress as skirt detail, red dress from op shop (underneath), vintage belt from Shoreditch, London, stockings from Japan, Fluevog shoes.

Share: Today Sarah, one of the *talented* Sydney Outfit members, and I went and visited Bourke Street Bakery. We met with Paul and David, who are two of the owners, as they are also involved in the Bread & Butter Project, a new social enterprise working with people from refugee communities in Sydney. It was great to meet and talk with them about how we are developing The Social Studio model here in Sydney. With both projects having such complimentary aims, I’m sure this won’t be the last time that we meet. And, I’m always happy to take trusted business advice on board, and both Paul and David gave us some *top* ideas. Thanks to them, and onwards we continue! xo

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Tell: Tatty Devine paperclip necklace and bracelet, Suitmaster ‘Best in Ladies Suits Sydney’ jacket from op shop, Uniqlo skivvy from Japan, Fletcher Jones tartan skirt from op shop, socks from Japan, Fluevog shoes (on sale, from SoleDevotion Melbourne).

Share: I was saying quite recently on ShowTellShare’s Facebook page that I would wear tartan almost exclusively if I could (with notable exceptions of The Social Studio and Ken Done, of course). Today kind of proves the point, I think!

Now down to business: meetings today with the Bread & Butter project (the new social enterprise of Bourke Street Bakery, working with people from refugee backgrounds in baking and food production training), and then onto a planning meeting with Antonia and David from our Sydney Outfit to keep progressing the Sydney business plans. Working together to make this fashion social enterprise happen, one day at a time…

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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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Show: I think you can very clearly see why David is a part of the Sydney Outfit:

Style like this is priceless! (Plus, I think he’s helped to give me a bit of a 1970′s influence in my dress choice today!)

Tell: Glasses from Japan, earrings from op shop, ‘Mark Warren’ vintage dress from Perth op shop, Uniqlo skivvy from UK, Tatty Devine necklace, Fluevogs.

Share: But David’s participation in our The Social Studio development in Sydney isn’t just all about a great fashion sense:

David is part of the Community Capacity Building Team at Parramatta City Council as Grants Project Officer. Between 2005-2011 he was also a Director of The Aurora Group, a philanthropic foundation that supports programs benefiting the GLBT communities of NSW, serving as their Chairperson for the last two years, and is now a life member. David has almost finished his Masters of Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology. He is also an Alumni of the Sydney Leadership Program (2008).

Add to all this that David is a considered thinker, and an expert community-builder. He also knows how to bring *colour and fun* to life; making him yet another important member of our Sydney Outfit.

And right now, I can do with all the help I can get: so much work to be done! Thank *goodness* for a coalition of *smarts* around me…

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Show: Happy Friday The 13th! (I couldn’t wait until Halloween to show you this *fantastically kitsch* sequinned vest I found in an op shop, so this was the next best date I could come up with…)

Tell: Glasses from op shop, earrings from Japan, Tatty Devine necklace, Kay Attali shirt from op shop, Versace men’s shirt from op shop, ‘Fashion Fantasy: Trick or Treat’ novelty vest from op shop, Saba skirt, stockings from Japan, SpinDance petticoat underneath, vintage boots from op shop.

Share: A day meeting up with some *lovely* people from the fashion side of things…

First up, I met with Kelly Elkin, who runs her own ethical fashion label, ALAS (specialising in sleepwear). Kelly is also heavily involved with ethical fashion community-building, especially here in Sydney (you can see more at her blog, Transparent Seams). She’s full of ideas, and I’m really looking forward to understanding this space better over the coming months. Go sustainable fashion!

Then I met up with Sydney/Melbourne/Tokyo stylist, Hayley Hughes. It was great to be able to hear her stories and insights into the broader Australian fashion scene. Plus, I’m a long-time fan of her own blog (Fashion Hayley), so it was *fun* to just catch up and get to know her ‘In Real Life’ (we met briefly at Penthouse Mouse in March this year). And, as the Sydney Outfit works towards our very own model of The Social Studio, I’m hoping to have Hayley and her very special skills involved.

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Show: Right, we’ve got a social enterprise to *build* and develop… so thank *goodness* today I have some earrings with a useful metaphor to help with the work! Read on…

Tell: Tatty Devine earrings, necklace from op shop, Tatty Devine necklace (backwards in the shot – I didn’t notice!), ‘Lorax Original. A Division of Lady Carol’ dress from op shop, Esprit skivvy fro op shop, Saba belt stolen from the First Hawaiian Officer, Happy Socks, Fluevogs.

Share: Today I’m also introducing another important person from The Sydney Outfit.

The Sydney Outfit are the group of people helping me develop our version of The Social Studio model here. You met Antonia a few weeks ago, and here is another member, David Hardie. He’s a *gem* and here’s why:

Over a 30 year career, David has worked in government, nonprofit and philanthropy organisations, most recently at the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund. David also has extensive volunteer experience in diverse roles, including telephone counselling, refugee settlement assistance and youth mentoring. From 2008 to 2010 he helped establish and manage a successful education support program for school students from a refugee background. He is also the Founder and Director of the Slingsby Foundation.

Plus, David is a *lovely* bloke I’ve had the benefit (and pleasure) of working with on many projects for about four years now. He’s thoughtful, a straight-talker and very willing to take on a challenge. Perfect!

And just to end today’s post, a close up of my dress label. How I *love* this name. You say it out loud, and it just sounds rad. Kind of makes me want to say ‘A Division of Lady Jackie’ at the end of everything i say! xo