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.

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.


Today while checking out the steam trains for Ballarat Heritage Weekend, I got my partner to take some photos of me (I love steam trains). While we were snapping away, people began to stand behind my partner and take pictures too. This happened last year to mum as she was taking pictures as well, so I was much less surprised when it happened this year. Aside from it being a little embarrassing it's also fascinating to watch how it happens. While we were taking one of the photos, there was a chap hovering nearby and I wondered if he was going to ask to have a photo with me, when he hurried forward into our photo and kind of shouted 'what era is that dress from?' It was reminiscent of Ron Weasley and the shouting at Fleur Delacour about the Yule Ball.

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.

I wasn't sure how to respond to this, so I just said tentatively 'now'. He didn't seem to understand what I was saying, possibly because it wasn't the answer he was expecting. So, he asked me again and I repeated myself, then I clarified that I had bought it the week before. So then he clarified (sort of) his question and asked what era it was inspired by, which I thought was a really complicated question especially when considering type of fabric, collar, colours, length and cut of skirt... So I just suggested that it was inspired by current fashion trends which take influence from many eras. He then announced to me that it looked like it was from the 1900s.

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.

I took his thoughts on board and then offered that as it doesn't have a bustle (among other distinct characteristics), the 1900s might not be what he's thinking of. The man then asked where I bought the dress, and I shrugged and said China, because I bought it online and I really don't know what country it came from. He then said 'Oh' and gave this knowing nod, as though what I had said was very critical information. Then he said 'was it designed in Australia?' I responded that it wasn't and he nodded with even more certainty and said 'pity' in a very knowing voice.

After this last exchange, he walked away.

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.

I am not sure what had just happened, but in summary, I think I really disappointed a random - and clearly unqualified - stranger by wearing a dress that wasn't designed in Australia, a benchmark that he himself was (through quick visual assessment) obviously unable to attain. This is all beside the point because it was very strange that my visual presentation and shopping habits were up for discussion, opinion and condemnation, by someone who gave no justification for the validity of their opinion. Even if he had attempted to give validity, it's my body, it's my persona, it's my clothing, it's my presentation, so that automatically makes any attempt at justification invalid. Just because a lady wears clothes, or seems to care about her appearance, does not mean that she is up for discussion about her appearance, her shopping habits, or what economy she supports. It's like telling someone who's enjoying a chicken sandwich that it's a pity there's chicken in it because you're vegetarian, and then leaving them perplexed to wonder why a random stranger would feel the need to interrupt their lunch to care only about their shortcomings. I'd like to defer to one of my favourite quotes here with 'my body is not a democracy. It is an empire and I am its dictator. You do not get a vote. There will be no coup d'atat. Rebel forces will not overthrow me. I am in charge of it forever.' Quote and artwork by the spiffing Teafly.


Look at this lady below. What do we know about her? She's wearing a hat. It's unlike any hat I've seen recently. Let's point out to her that it's clearly not part of the established status quo of society and that she should probably pull into line.

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.

Or alternatively, let's shut our pie hole. Let's also take a moment to appreciate the individual snapshots of humanity we are given when we encounter strangers when we just let them be.

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.

Dress: Blue Lapel Vintage Bow Buttons Dress from SheInside
Hat: Pimkie
Belt :Glassons
Shoes: Frolic by Foot Wedge from ModCloth
Timepiece: Daniel Wellington
Location: Ballarat Railway Station
Photos: Stu

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hope you enjoyed heritage weekend if you took part! Has anyone else had a random stranger give their opinion on your life?

- L

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.








- L

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.

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.
From the Etsy store KarismatiqueBoutique

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.

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 very few memories of my great grandmother. She emigrated from England in the 1940s and I got to spend time with her for the first 8 years of my life. She died the day before my 8th birthday. I do remember that she lived on Salisbury Avenue, that she had a cottage garden with ornaments throughout, she had a wood fired stove, her kitchen table overlooked the garden and she taught me to read the term grand prix. She was a writer and a poet and has been a great inspiration to my writing life. The smell of roasting lamb and rosemary makes me think of her, as does the mug in my hand. I have strong memories of sitting at her kitchen table drinking a hot malt drink in one of these mugs. As a result, I now collect this particular type of china. It's called Price and Kensington Cottageware and can also come as Price Bros. Cottagewear. It's my favourite china.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hat: Etsy
Blouse: Review
Skirt: sold out - ModCloth
Shoes: Frolic by Foot Wedge from ModCloth

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do you have any vivid memories of grandparents from when you were younger?

- L


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

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

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

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

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

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

Exquisite headband is custom made by Baroque and Roll from Etsy.
Dress is sold out from Miss Selfridge, I added the fringe.
Alternate dress check out the Extravagant Evening Dress from ModCloth.
Shoes: Bettie Page (sold out) from ModCloth. Similar.
Earrings: Lovisa
Fishnets: MYER
Necklace: Spotlight
Photos: Goldfields Girl and Tegan

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

A better lit, details shot of the headpiece from the Etsy store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- L


 
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