3 Jul 2015

Gingham and Strawberries


@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

I’ve had this dress and this bag for some time, and I’ve been waiting to put them together to show you. Who needs a wicker bag shaped like a strawberry? Everyone, that’s who.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

Some of the best parts of having a break is actually being able to see and hang out with friends. I’m lucky that I work with some of my closest friends, which has been like a way of cheating. I was incredibly busy, but still got to see great people every day. In celebration of my holidays, last weekend we finally caught up outside of work. Next week I’ve got some blog photos with Tegan from a whole day we spent together, browsing shops, eating delicious food and singing Taylor Swift. Not having to study is the greatest thing! I’m looking forward to another busy trimester in a week or so.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

At times like this when I’m giving everything and I’ve got nothing left, it’s a reminder of how patient, understanding and supportive the friends and family are. These are people who might not get to see me, but are the first to offer support before I have to ask. They’ve done everything from proofreading assignments, driving me to libraries, cooking food for me, going to book signings for my favourite authors to get me copies because I can’t go, showing up to annual events I organise, delaying birthday activities more than a month so I can go, pouring me endless pots of tea, and never asking for anything more. 

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

Dress: Old Alannah Hill.
Shoes: ModCloth
Bag: soldout at Dangerfield, try Collectif
Location: Wendouree Lake
Photos: Goldfileds Girl

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

Bag would also go amazingly well with these earrings from Shein.

Red strawberry earrings seen on Finding Femm


@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

@findingfemme wears red gingham Alannah Hill dress, red Modcloth wedges and red strawberry bag.

- L

27 Jun 2015

Primadonna Girl - Bloglovin', H&M and Floral

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

Before you get started, I'd like to invite you to listen as you look today. This blog post has been inspired by both Lana Del Rey and Marina the Diamonds. Please click on the name of the artist you love to go through to a playlist I've created for background music, especially for this post.

I started this little blog in 2006. At first it was more like a journal, writing about things that interested me and trying to capture snapshots of my life. I didn't put much into it and there was a whole year where I made under 5 posts. In 2012, I had a huge quarter life crisis and found myself at the end of the year in Paris with my sister, my whole reality unravelling like torn satin. The thing about being with my sister when everything came apart is that we've been through the worst of this world together already. When everything else seemed surreal and like the world was spinning too fast, she was a calm in the storm. Paris. Beautiful, Paris. It was the sixth time I'd been there, and the first time I'd loved it. It was there by Galeries Lafayette that I bought my first ever H&M item. This dress was part of a H&M collection with Lana Del Rey and my sister convinced me to buy it. 

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

Fast forward a little over a year to the start of 2014, and my life was a very different place. It was then that I finally decided to make my blog everything I'd always wanted it to be. It was a simple decision and I found it only took a little bit each week to commit to do a single blog post. I noticed my blog traffic slowly increasing and excitedly looked at every site that sent me referrals. It was then that I discovered Bloglovin' and how easy it was to follow all the blogs I liked in one place. After a couple of months getting into the habit of creating and posting a photo series each week, I saw the Bloglovin' Breakthrough Blogger of the Year contest, and set myself a goal to try to enter it in a year's time. So here I am! A little over a year of fashion blogging under my belt and still loving it.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

Something Navy asked for entrants to style something that exemplifies my own style and The Haute Pursuit challenged entrants to look at their blog photography, with a special focus on using light to enhance what they capture. I wanted to do both of these things, and I was so excited to style this particular H&M dress for it. I adore classic feminine styles, and have been enchanted by the tragically beautiful styles of both Lana Del Rey and Marina and the Diamonds. To capture that emotion in an outfit post needs both light and movement to animate the romantic and surreal elements of the scene. I went to a historic music venue I love (Suttons House of Music) and used their beautiful upstairs room which has tall windows, billowing curtains and gorgeous old furniture to try and capture contrasting light.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

Flower crown: made by Hannah
Dress: H&M
Shoes: sold out - Modcloth
Photos: my sister The Goldfields Girl
Location: Suttons House of Music

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

@findingfemme in H&M pressed floral dress with blue and purple flower crown and Modcloth shoes at Suttons House of Music.

I really love today's blog post and outfit. Wish me luck in the competition!

- L
26 Jun 2015

Classic Black, Leather and Bike


@findingfemme wears black Modcloth skirt, black leather jacket and black ballet flats on black Lekker bike.

I like to abide by the theme of my blog motto: The Lifelong Pursuit of Elegance. I've got a pretty defined taste in style; it's a bit vintage, a lot classic and occasionally modern. I like to aim for a theme of elegance in every outfit I style. This one has been unique from all others I've done so far. As you know, I don't often do black. The closest I've come to black on black, was when I paired it with black floral in January. I therefor present you with my first ever full black outfit. Bike to match.
19 Jun 2015

Deep Purple: Made in Ballarat

@findingfemme wears autumn styled plum custom Clasch Design dress at Wendouree Lake in Ballarat.

This is my last week of study and I am studying diligently for an exam. Aside from refining what I know about sex and gender is Australian history, I'm also becoming a masterful procrastinator. Being burnt out from study undermines my resistance to procrastinating and I find myself doing the most boring tasks, and thoroughly enjoying them, simply because they aren't study.


12 Jun 2015

Houndstooth Super Hero

@findingfemme in silk houndstooth cape, black and white Review Australia dress, Wittner shoes and black hand muff.

I have been waiting to show you this cape since I began my exploration into fashion blogging in 2014. I've worked on a couple of designs for things with Claire Schreenan. Imagine a world where you could bring to mind any amazing design you would kill to wear, and someone incredible could make it for you. That's pretty much how things went me, Claire and this cape. I love capes and I have a growing collection. I pin them regularly on this Pinterest board. In my capely imagining I found myself swooning for the idea of a houndstooth cape. I used a trip to New York as an excuse to have one made.
5 Jun 2015

Red and Floral at The Salon

@findingfemme wears black floral Bardot dress, Review Australia sweater and Wittner Heels in Ballarat.

The last week has been intensely busy for me and I have very little to say because of it. Study is consuming all of my non work hours and every moment of it is difficult. I'm writing two essays concurrently. One is on Melanesian workers and their recruitment into the Queensland labour market. It's an area I knew nothing about before I started taking this particular history subject, which is why I love history. It's an interesting, but challenging subject. Things I've learned in it include: the city of Darwin in the Northern Territory was named after Charles Darwin, the American civil war impacted on Australia's sugar cane and cotton production, Papua New Guinea is part of the subregion of Melanesia, Australia has a horrible and complicated history of slave labour and indentured labour. That last one may seem very obvious, with the country having been colonised as a penal colony, but learning all the details about it has been really educating. I chose the essay on the indentured labour, slavery and kidnapping that went on to get Melanesian workers for the sugar industry because I knew nothing about it until I took on this subject at uni.
29 May 2015

Taking Flight - Curls and Midi Skirt

@findinfemme wears miss shop striped bow top, erstwilder earrings, Modcloth heels, Review Australia belt and Jane skirt in Geese from Bob by Dawn O'Porter in Ballarat.

I love clothes. I have loved them since I was a kid. I see clothes similarly now to what I did when I was younger. I used to love dressing up and seeing the ways different clothes could look. It was like creating an art piece. It should have a narrative. What is it trying to tell me? What does it make me feel? What does it say about the world around it? It's a small thing, but I'm more interested in clothes than I am in fashion. I don't really follow trends, I follow narratives. I love to find a story in some clothes. I like how they make me feel. It's for this reason I'm currently sitting in a Miss Patina mini skirt and knit t-shirt with a dressing gown over the top. I know it's winter and way too cold to wear them, but I just loved the story these items were telling.
26 May 2015

Classic Cuts and Body Shapes

@lianasmooz of Finding Femme with mini Diana lomography camera, navy beret, navy suede Modcloth heels and Megan dress by @karinadresses.

When talking about how to dress and style yourself, that old conversation usually pops up about defining your body shape. Every time anyone brings up this topic I automatically think of a fantastic tweet by cartoonist Gemma Correll which pokes fun at baiting articles and magazines that hope to reveal some amazing life hack about your body that will be a balm to all your styling insecurities.  It totally took the air out of labelling your body as anything more than something rad that deserves a hug. The tweet contained the below cartoon.
22 May 2015

Heritage Weekend Train and Shutting Your Pie Hole

Liana of Finding Femme wearing Daniel Wellington watch, Sheinside peter pan collar dress, straw boater hat and Modcloth wedges for Ballarat Heritage Weekend on the steam train.

People like to take my picture. I've learned to live with it. It's this amusing thing amongst a bunch of my friends and I. Even my partner will give me that knowing look and then point out someone who looks like they are building up the courage to ask to take my picture. It's odd. I'm yet to figure out why it happens...

17 May 2015

2015 Tweed Ride

Every year for Ballarat Heritage Weekend I organise a Tweed Ride. This year it was sponsored again by FedUni. Here are some shots and a video (with very loud sound) if you are interested in what went down on the day. Big thanks to the support from Suttons House of Music.



15 May 2015

The Squirrel, Tartan and Beautiful Things

Liana of Finding Femme in Review pink 'money penny' pussy bow blouse, orange tartan Modcloth circle skirt and Modcloth wedge heels with pink felted beret.

I have recently acquired a love of berets and flipped my lid at this delicious one I spotted on Etsy. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. It's amazing quality and was hand felted to order. They have a bunch of other beautiful designs too. You can check them out here.

Liana of Finding Femme in Review pink 'money penny' pussy bow blouse, orange tartan Modcloth circle skirt and Modcloth wedge heels with pink felted beret.

12 May 2015

Gatsby Cocktail Party at Suttons House of Music

Gatsby Cocktail Party at Suttons House of Music on Ballarat Heritage Weekend

I have a bunch of homework to do so won't write a lot on this post, but I will say this: the Gatsby Cocktail Part at Suttons House of Music for Ballarat Heritage Weekend was a blast. I had a wicked time. Here's some shots of me and some of my buddies on the night.

Gatsby Cocktail Party at Suttons House of Music on Ballarat Heritage Weekend

8 May 2015

Cinema and Seeing Spots

Liana of Finding Femme visits Regent Multiplex Cinema Ballarat wearing an embroidered Alannah Hill cardigan and yellow Modcloth skirt.

Like plenty of things in Ballarat, my local cinema has been around for a few seasons. It's been around for so many seasons it used to be an old theatre, and lives on now in its new life as a movie theatre. Most people talk about IMAX or VMAX. We talk about Cinema 1. The main cinema is huge and it usually hosts opening nights of the best films, concerts and special screenings.
7 May 2015

Female Doctor Who Outfit: Those Shoes

So this is the second time I've posted on Instagram and had all the comments be 'ermagherd, those shoes'. Here's the pic that everyone is dying for the shoes this time around. Coincidentally, last time this happened, the shoes (which had been sold out on Modcloth for years) were available in the same place these ones are. This outfit is my attempt at being a Lady Doctor Who. Follow me on Instagram here.


I bought these Chelsea Crew shoes from Zuilily and they are on sale today (May 7). You can score yourself a pair, really cheap if you scoot on over there right now. Here they are. They are part of a sale of BAIT Footwear, Chelsea Crew and Miss L Fire shoes that are available which you can check out here.

2 May 2015

Me on the Modcloth Blog

In case you missed it, I did an interview with Modcloth about my hometown of Ballarat. The interview is featured on the Modcloth blog. I love Ballarat and really enjoyed the chance to share that love with other people. If you want to read the blog post, you can find it here.


Enjoy!
- L

 
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