Let's Frock!

14 Oct 2017

Liana of @findingfemme wears studded leather biker jacket, Moschino belt and black and white striped dress

Today’s Frocktober outfit has a mildly amusing story behind it. I come from a family of car and bike lovers. When I was a teen, I fanned the flames of my own love of bikes and ended up wearing and owning several leather jackets. Some of them I gave up because their style didn’t last the test of time and some fell apart. Because of this, I’ve recently realised I needed to get myself a new one.

Leadership Ballarat: What The Journey So Far Has Meant For Me

6 Oct 2017

The 2017 LBWR group spend time with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at Parliament House

At the start of this year, I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to take part in the Leadership Ballarat & Western Region Leaders Forum. I can still remember the night I got the email and how excited I was to get such an incredible opportunity. I’m one of around 25 participants in the program. Many prominent local businesses put a single staff member into the program as a participant each year. As a small-time independent blogger, I wasn’t in a position to have someone sponsor me to do it, so to receive the scholarship was a huge coup for me.

The program runs every year and applications are currently open for the 2018 program.

Daisies and Frocktober

Liana of @findingfemme in a white dress for Frocktober

This week has been all about daisies for me! Not only has the sunny spring weather seen the daisies around the lake bloom into a pretty white and pink carpet, I’ve been in a show called Daisy Pulls It Off. The play is a send-up of the old British boarding school adventure stories, but with every possible plot crammed into one show. It’s a self-aware, tongue-in-cheek story which is full of laughs and good times. It’s a show that has been a blast to both rehearse and perform. Normally, there’s a point where I’ve found a show gets boring and you get right down to doing the work to make it happen. Not with this show! There were laughs at every rehearsal. Every part of the show is a joy. In the few points that I’m not on stage, I will sneak side stage to watch the funny scenes unfold. Find out about the show here.

Wattle and Velvet

20 Sep 2017


Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi


The words on today's post will be shorter than usual because I've been super busy. My usual photographers have been out of action for a wide range of reasons so actually taking these pics was hard enough on their own. I ended up going wattle picking with my buddy Liv from Lyn and I. Spring has seen a burst in cherry blossoms and wattle all through the city.

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

When we showed up at this spot there were some alpacas in the field beside the tree. Then after a little while, we hear this moo come from that direction. We looked up to see a rather intimidating cow. Liv was, need I say, rather enthused [heavy sarcasm] when I mooed back in order to assert my dominance.

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

This is me laughing at Liv as the terrifying cow looks over at her with a growing sense of retribution.

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi


Meanwhile, once I (the alpha cow), turned my back on the horned usurper, he advanced. So when we turned back around the bush, he was closer. Like some sort of deadly game of What's The Time Mister Wolf. Except with cows.


Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

Top: old Modcloth.
Cardi: Miss Behavin.
Skirt: Piper - Myer

Pics: Liv from Lyn and I
Location: backroad in Ballarat.




Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

To Liv's delight, I then sang the cow the song of my warrior people, performed our war dance to inform it that I have friends that are swans and we don't take kindly to threats. I waved my skirt like a Matador. He wisely stayed where he was. In the distance, a hive of bees began to buzz in rising volume.

Liana of @findingfemme in pink velvet pleated skirt and mustard cardi

Finally, at the end of the shoot, we left. Which was good, because the cow had arrived at the fence, which was as far as a Mexican standoff was ever going to escalate. Him, within the fence. Me, outside, staring in smugly. Liv, laughing awkwardly behind me encouraging me to back away.



- L

The End of a Long Winter

10 Sep 2017

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

I’m immensely excited about today’s blog post because it has been over six months in the making. In fact, it was last year that Faith (whose name in a past life must have been Patience) and I first began speaking about a collaboration where I would share some of her gorgeous creations. Faith works specifically with feathers, hence the name of her business Feathers by Faith. I initially got her to make me a feather piece to decorate one of my many straw boaters. I gave her autumn colours of mustards, browns, teals and maroons to inspire her. She came back with two gorgeous pieces, one specifically that I was to wear for the Tweed Ride.

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

Remember that post in which I had a photo shoot with just one photo of me and that was out of focus? Well, that was my post especially for the feather piece by Faith and I was so bummed that it didn’t come off. Then I planned to do one during winter, which has been dogged by a range of things. To the point that I have decided that this particular shoot is cursed. It’s the one blog post that has caused endless grief. We’ve had everything go wrong: we’ve shown up without the camera, without the headpiece, without a key piece of the outfit, without a SIM card in the camera. Then when the planets seemed to align and I got the shoot items together, my main photographer had a baby. Then when I got myself together enough to take a picture without her, I had to move house. And then on top of all of this, I’ve been mighty unwell for a very simple reason.

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

It seems for some time that I’ve been soldiering through life with a Vitamin D deficiency. I’ve only just come to know this because my brilliant best friend Mel encouraged me to consult my local GP and ask for an iron test. At the time of promising to do this, I had come home from work every evening that week, unable to do anything more than lay on the couch. I had been eating take away if I’d had the energy to eat at all. I had been having trouble sleeping because I would lay awake at night with my muscles and joints aching. The final day I got home, plonked down on the couch and promptly fell asleep. I woke up hours later and lamented to my bestie that I didn’t even have the energy to move the five meters from the couch to my bed to sleep. My whole life was like I was trying to swim in over-thickened custard. So, off I went to the GP as a high priority.

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

The GP also wanted to check my levels on a range of other things with similar symptoms to low iron, which was great because when the results came back they showed I was very low on Vitamin D. He immediately put me on to Vitamin D supplements and I gradually began noticing little changes. At first, I woke up more clear headed and rested. My muscles and joints also stopped aching. My energy didn’t all come back in a big rush though. I would feel sprightly in the morning and it was unlike any energy levels I’d had for months so I’d have a whole productive day planned and would bomb out by the end of the work day. Little by little though, like the lengthening of winter days, my energy levels would last longer and longer. I now feel mostly great all the time, but in the last day, I forgot to take my supplements and was exhausted and aching within 24 hours. So while I’m mostly improved in my day to day life, the result of that is still quite reliant on me taking on those supplements.

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

Hat: Portmans
Dress: Piper at Myer
Feathers: Feathers by Faith
Tights: Review
Shoes: Mimco

Pics: Mum
Location: Newlyn




Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

My Vitamin D deficiency has been caused by a lack of exposure to direct sunlight. I work in an office, in a city with a decently sunless winter and I love wearing sunscreen. So even when there is a chance for sun, I’m rarely in direct sunlight. As the days begin to get longer and the sun more frequent, I’ll be capitalising on the sun much more.

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

Liana of @findingfemme in black lace dress and winter boater

So this winter has been a long one. It has been a beautiful battle. Moving house has been brutal when I can barely muster the strength to carry boxes, hold heavy things or disassemble furniture. The demand on my mind and body has been above average and I’ve had many days where I have hit a wall and without the energy to continue and I’ve still pushed on past my capacity. Some of the most brutal parts of this whole thing are the people who may not be able to see the reason for my unusual tardiness with getting things done or the physical or mental cost that has had on me as I’ve pushed through anyway. However, people, in general, are beautifully understanding creatures so I have done my best to not let that trouble me. I say ‘my best’ as the content of this post obviously indicates that it has troubled me somewhat. 

So as a goodbye to winter, here is my final winter outfit post. I felt it was a great metaphor to feature this beautiful feather piece by Feathers by Faith as it’s been a fight to get the pictures done. Even though I couldn’t find my hair extensions and the horses I brought apples for were nowhere to be found, we did it anyway. Just like the winter I’ve had, this isn’t the photo shoot I wanted, but it’s done, and I think it’s beautiful anyway.

On a side note, just to prove how cursed this shoot is, as I was trying to write this blog post, I accidentally pulled the computer plug from the back of the computer. Luckily, I was writing it online so it saved in the cloud. 

- L
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