Yellow Summer Dinner Party

20 Nov 2017

Liana of @findingfemme wears yellow floral asos dress at backyard dinner party.

Last week I went to dinner at my mate Liv's house and we had a stylish little set up in her backyard. She and her husband had taken her dinner table out into the yard and set up festoon lights above it. Liv has excellent taste so she'd styled the table beautifully with yellow, lemons and lemon myrtle. I made gin and tonic jelly and Liv made slow-cooked beef ragu as well as a delicious dessert. Here are some pics before all the friends arrived to devour the food.

5 Gins to Try at Mitchell Harris

18 Nov 2017

Liana of @findingfemme drinks a gin and bitter lemon at Mitchell Harris in Ballarat in yellow floral.

Some years ago, a friend gave me my first gin and tonic. I'd mark that as the beginning of my love affair with gin. Gin is such a variable spirit. Each one tastes distinctly different and the reason for that is how varied the ingredients can be. If you're interested in trying out something new, here's a list of the five gins on the shelf currently at Mitchell Harris that I love. Maybe one of these will spark your curiosity. I like to pair any of the below with tonic or with a serve of bitter lemon, as pictured.

Keebles Christmas

16 Nov 2017


Depending which camp you sit in regarding the early onset of Christmas celebration the following post will either make you groan or swoon. Set in the still and quiet book town of Clunes is the romantic and classic Keebles Country House. Far removed from the sounds of cars and bustling city, this house is like a personal bubble of peace from the world, and anyone can stay there. It’s an owner hosted Bed and Breakfast with elegant rooms, tall ceilings and old-fashioned personalised service. You may remember the iconic white brick building and red door from this blog post.

5 Reasons to Try Out a Perfume Masterclass at Sweet Fern

10 Nov 2017


Last year I went along to a perfume masterclass in Ballarat at Sweet Fern. Since then, I've had so many people tell me that they had always thought about checking one out. So here are a few reasons why I think that you should.

Romancing the Skull

1 Nov 2017

Liana of @findingfemme at the Romancing the Skull exhibition in Ballarat

Ballarat is home to the oldest regional art gallery in Australia. During the first Archibald Prize hosting that the gallery undertook years ago, my family were sitting with Julie, the curator, and she began telling us about the exhibition she was working on for 2017. Two years later with her passion remains as undimmed as pink neon, she invited us to the gallery for a dark dinner and secret viewing of the exhibition.
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