Frocktober Picnic

21 Oct 2017


Last weekend for Frocktober, I got together with my sister Goldfields Girl and my friend Lauren for a frocked up picnic in the gardens. Ballarat’s Botanic Gardens are spectacular at any time of year and this Spring is no exception. The poppies are out and the grass is lush. We set up with Pimm’s, sandwiches and some chilled music.

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
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