24 Apr 2015

Art Gallery and Winter Coats

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Have you ever put on a really gorgeous outfit only to have to cover it in a jacket for winter? It seems a waste of effort, even if the coat is gorgeous because one whole part of your outfit is hidden. I've stumbled across a way to solve this first world problem: belt the jacket open.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

In this outfit, instead of buttoning up my jacket, I folder back the buttons and button holes to reveal the pretty dress underneath and put a belt over the top. It helps the jacket hold a nice form around my waist and keeps the two sides firmly in place so I can simultaneously stay warm and have all the cute things I'm wearing showing. Hooray! Now on to more important things like, raising money for Red My Lips, who work to breakdown victim blaming attitudes in instances of sexual assault. It's an awesome cause and I'm wearing red lips all through April to raise money and awareness. You can donate and get more information here.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

This elegant location is at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. It's the oldest regional art gallery in Australia and has an awesome collection of both new and classic works. This one below is a great favourite of mine.

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Brooch: Vintage
Jacket: Review
Dress: Review
Shoes: (sold out) ModCloth
Belt: Glassons

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery wearing belted Review Australia navy coat and blue floral dress with blue suede Modcloth shoes.

- L

21 Apr 2015

Ballarat Apron Festival


My favourite event of the year in my hometown is Ballarat Heritage Weekend. A new annual addition to the weekend is the Apron Festival. The above picture is one of my favourite aprons fron last year, because I love scrabble. Aprons can be entered in the following categories to win prizes:
  1. Prettiest baking apron – Sponsored by Vegas & Rose – Prize $100 voucher
  2. Best use of colour – Sponsored by The Crafty Squirrel – Prize $100 voucher
  3. Vintage/Heritage style – Sponsored by Divine Vintage – Prize $100 voucher
  4. Use of sustainable practices – Sponsored by De’bee signature balms – Prize $100 voucher
  5. Wearable Art Apron – Sponsored by Ballarat Heritage Weekend / Ballarat Council – Prize Voucher for high tea for 2 at Craig’s Royal Hotel
  6. Primary school student – Sponsored by Spotlight – 1st prize – $50 voucher, 2nd prize – $25 voucher & 3rd prize – $15 voucher
  7. Secondary school student – Sponsored by Spotlight – 1st prize – $75 voucher, 2nd prize – $50 voucher & 3rd prize – $30 voucher

This was my all time favourite apron, with cross stitched space invaders on gingham. Below is one of the event organisers, Morgan.


It's on again this year during Heritage Weekend on May 9 and 10. Check them out on Instagram for tons of pretty apron pictures.

- L


17 Apr 2015

Delicious Yellow and Bike Style

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

When people used to ask me what my favourite colour was, I would always say it was green. A couple of years ago my family went through the tragedy of losing one of our youngest members and it changed my favourite colour for good. My cousin Michelle and her partner John had to make the decision as to whether or not they would donate their son Ethan's organs. The hospital had been fighting to save Jimmy (Ethan's nickname is Jimmy), but there was nothing they could do. All of us went to the hospital, to be together as we said goodbye. The family room in the hospital was too small for all of us, so the hospital staff moved us down to the library. It was there that Michelle and John came down to us after they said goodbye. One of the most heartbreaking sentences I have ever heard was when John said 'While we're all down here saying no! no! no!, there are five families in this hospital saying, yes!' 

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Jimmy's favourite colour was yellow. Each year on the anniversary of us saying goodbye to Jimmy, we all wear yellow and talk to people about the life giving gift of organ donation. I'm a registered organ donor, but if something happens to me and my family are asked about organ donation the decision lies with them. That's why there are several important parts to becoming a registered organ donor.

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Discover

Donate Life has some excellent resources and statistics about organ donation in Australia. There are around 1,500 people on organ donation waitlists at any time. An organ or tissue donation can change the lives of 10 or more people. In 2014, 378 organ donors gave 1,117 Australian's a new chance in life. Less than 1% of people die in hospitals in circumstances where organ donation was possible. 

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Decide

An important thing to do if you would want your organs donated is to register, which Australian's can do here. Organ donation saves and changes the lives of people who are usually very ill or dying because their organs are failing. If you are registered and your family are ever asked if they would like to donate your organs to save someone's life, they will be told that you are registered and that you wish to donate.

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Discuss

If you aren't registered to donate, your family will still be asked if they would like to donate your organs and tissue. They are more likely to to do so if you are registered, but they are even more likely to do so if you have discussed your wishes with them. If you are a registered donor it is important to have the conversation with them. I had the conversation with my mother not long after Jimmy's death, and she said that even though I was registered, she didn't think she would be able to make that decision. I told her all the reasons why I wanted to do it, and I hope that if that time ever comes, she will support my decision. If you want to know about how to start the discussion about your decision with the right people, there is some information here.

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Now I've captured your attention with all this talk of yellow being Jimmy's favourite colour, I should tell you why I'm riding such a brilliant bike!

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

I saw this dress on eBay a few weeks ago and pounced on it, mostly because it is yellow. I paired it with my favourite (now broken) sandals and was hoping to wear it this weekend in Bendigo when my partner took me away for my birthday. We stayed at an Art Series hotel called the Schaller Studio and when we arrived they had these bikes all lined up out the front. I lost it for a couple of reasons. The bikes are Lekkers, which my sister and I both ride, and I had brought along this yellow outfit for pictures! I set the Lekker bike company up on Instagram and Twitter a few years ago, and my next dream bike of theirs was this model but in mint. It's called a Jordaan (your-darn). I'm now thinking I might need one in yellow as well. Lekker is a Dutch word, which means delicious or damn tasty.

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Earrings: Retro Rosie Earrings - Modcloth
Beret: (last picture) eBay
Dress: eBay - Alannah Hill
Shoes: sold out - ModCloth
Location: Schaller Studio - Bendigo
Photos: Stu

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Oh by the way, if you're looking at this impressed that I'm riding in heels, do yourself a favour and come over here and read my post: Ride Your Bike in Heels; It's Easier Than You Think.

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Finding Femme wearing yellow bird print Alannah Hill dress, riding a yellow Lekker Jordaan bike at Schaller Studio in Bendigo



Love, love, love.

Later note:
While I was celebrating my birthday and taking these photos, Stephanie Scott was taken from her family and her partner and brutally murdered. As of writing this post, the number of women murdered in Australia this year sits at 30. This particular murder struck too close to home for many women; the fact that she was abducted from her work on the weekend was in the front of my mind when I ducked into my office on Saturday to pick up something I forgot. Her life shares so many parallels with so many young women, it is hard not to feel it. And we feel it. I got a bit emotional when my partner asked me last Friday if my favourite colour was yellow. I said yes, and he said simply that it was Stephanie's favourite colour too. Knowing that, knowing I had this post about my favourite colour coming up, knowing I was wearing red lipstick in it for Red My Lips in support of victims of assault and sexual violence, I knew I had to add this note. I wasn't going to mention Red My Lips in this post, because I felt that Jimmy and organ donation needed the spotlight, but this week, I felt that for Stephanie, I needed to say something. Red My Lips work to change the attitudes that think women can somehow prevent violence by not walking alone in parks, by dressing a certain way, or by changing their behaviour. Once Red My Lips reach their fundraising target for the year, they donate any surplus funds to organisations working to support people who have survived assault and sexual violence. Please consider donating. (donate here)

- L

14 Apr 2015

Free Lightroom Preset for Fashion Photos: Make Colours Pop

Finding Femme's free lightroom preset to make colours pop.

View this outfit and all the photos here.

When I started this blog, part of what I wanted to use that time for, was working on my photography hobby. While currently I don't get as much time behind the camera as I would like, I do get all the of time in post-production I could possibly want. There are several important parts to ever blog photo series I work on. The first, and most obvious, is picking the right outfit. This is something I've gotten better at over time with practice, and dealing with the pictures in post-production has helped with that a lot. I'm now more consistent at getting really good outfits together than I was when I first started, I can even easily say that in the last year I have been happy with every single outfit I've put together.

Finding Femme's free lightroom preset to make colours pop.

View this outfit and all the photos here.

The second part is getting what is in the frame of the camera to work. That's a difficult one when I'm not behind the camera and I can't see what I look like to the person doing the photography. I have gotten used to knowing how what I'm doing will translate onto the camera which means we end up with much better results. It usually ends up with a bit of back and forth seeing what we have captured so far and giving feedback to each other. The photographer might want me to move a particular way or I might see a shot I want.

Finding Femme's free lightroom preset to make colours pop.

View this outfit and all the photos here.

Once the photos are captured, and the best ones selected, the post production begins. This is the part where I spend time working to get the emotion I see in the image to come out clearly, so I spend time making sure the images are frames properly, focused properly, and angled properly before working with a colour theme that works really well for me. One of the foundations for a good image, for me, is getting the shadows and highlights to have the right tones. I recently read an article on why every movie in Hollywood looks teal and orange (once seen, it cannot be unseen). Not everyone is a fan. The colouring intrigued me, however so I thought I would try out teal and orange in the highlights and shadows on the image. The result was the image below, the first time I ever tried it. Above is my favourite use of this preset. I flipping love how it made the orange haze over my right shoulder become radiant. It made all the subtle colours of the shot 'pop'.

Finding Femme's free lightroom preset to make colours pop.

View this outfit and all the photos here.

The best thing about this preset (once I tweaked it and got it right), it really made the natural colours of the image stand out. The green on the right of the above image is what I remember, and it was so dull and brown in the final image. I didn't even notice until I put the preset on it and the green lit up.

Anyway, for those of you that are interested in having as much fun as me playing with photos, I have got a copy of this preset I made, free for you to download from my Google Drive.


Enjoy!
- L


10 Apr 2015

La Dolce Vita


Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

All this month I'm wearing red lipstick to raise awareness for Red My Lips! Red My Lips is an international organisation that works to help survivors of sexual assault and to break down through rape myths and victim-blaming attitudes. All throughout the month of April, Warriors from across the globe will wear red lipstick to create visbility, demonstrate solidarity and support for survivors, and spark important conversations with people in their lives.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

If that's got you thinking, 'awesome, how can I help?' then try some of these options.
  1. Put on some red lippy
  2. Hashtag it up #redmylips2015
  3. You can donate $ to the organisation to help their cause here.
  4. Create your own fundraising page and join a fundraising team.
  5. Talk to people about it


Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Hat: inherited
Skirt: Sapphire A-line Midi Skirt - Chiwish
Shoes: Just Add Fab Heel in Jet - Modcloth
Location: Ballarat

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Pretty sure these are the best shoes in the whole world.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

I'm writing this blog post with Froot by Marina and the Diamonds stuck in my head, mainly because of the line 'Living la dolce vita, life could not get much sweeter.' Here it is:



Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Finding Femme in Review Australia La Dolce Vita striped top, Alannah Hill belt, blue a-line Chicwish midi skirt and black Modcloth heels with bows.

Don't forget your red lipstick x

- L


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