27 Mar 2015

Tulle Skirt and Fond Memories

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I've had this skirt for quite a while, but I was much too skinny for it when I bought it. I was really excited when I put it on today and it fit me perfectly. My bestie Tegan has had dibs on taking photos of me in this one since I bought it over a year ago, but alas I have gone behind her back today. She's a total photophile (light lover) so she's now jealous on two counts here because we took photos in this skirt without her and we had amazing light.

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Last year when I was in a new town with very few friends and I was finding my feet, I worked a shift with a beautiful lady called Sarah Louie. I noticed her doing some ballet moves and I asked her about it. We chatted for a while about ballet and I told her I would love to do classes and that I had looked into them when I first moved to Perth. She said she would go with me so I found us a school to attend and we signed up together.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

The classes were just as awesome as I thought they would be. Our teacher, Ben, was loads of fun and had an excellent attention to detail and quality of technique. It was really difficult to think of everything at first, just like when I first started martial arts. I would tuck my hips in, only to notice I'd lost focus of my feet, so I would fix that to notice I was hunching my shoulders. Having Sarah in the class with me was amazing. She's an experienced dancer so I could look at her at any time to know what I was actually meant to be doing and copy her.

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At the time it didn't seem like such a big deal. Classes were challenging but we had fun. We'd talk about technique afterwards (I always started classes feeling like a gawky elephant but acquired some level of grace by the end). We went and bought gear together and ended up with matching leotards. It was brilliant. Ballet is an amazing physical art form. There is a complex mix of precision, control, discipline, strength, and emotion. Emotion comes last, and seems to be the sum total of all the other elements. That is a level that I have never reached, I am always too busy thinking about the positioning of my body. I'm sure I'll get there one day, Sarah was amazing at it. Anyway, looking back now just writing this makes me realise just how isolated I was, and how much those ballet classes meant to me. Thanks Sarah!

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Putting my interest in ballet on Instagram during those classes also helped me connect with my Instagram bestie: Mona. She's an amazing woman and we have since become pen pals. We share heaps of interests like Harry Potter and Doctor Who. Speaking of Harry Potter, I'm pretty sure if Hogwarts taught dance, Ravenclaw would learn ballet.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

I fell in love with this skirt because of a chest-of-drawers I grew up with. I think one of my uncles made it for my mum. When we were little it was white and had old prints of ballet dancers on it. The dancers wore big, full tulle skirts like this one. It's always been such a romantic image for me. When I saw the skirt online, I guess I got captured by that nostalgia. I still  have the chest-of-drawers, but it has been through a few remakes since then and it no longer has pictures of dancers on it. It's now full to the brim with my letter writing stationery.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

See my tattoo there? It's of my sister's name. In 2006 she and her unborn son died from an Amniotic Fluid Embolism. It was so unheard of that even medical practitioners dealing with the case were learning about it. Yet, AFE is the number one cause of maternal deaths in Australia. Today, as I publish this post, it is AFE awareness day, so please have a read to learn a little more and donate if you can. http://afe.donorpages.com/AFEAwareness2015/Maja/

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.


Earrings: Inherited
Top: Money penny blouse - Review
Shoes: (sold out) ModCloth
Pics: Deneale
Location: Ballarat

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

Finding Femme with rose gold hair in romantic mint Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, Review Australia blouse and Modcloth shoes.

- L

20 Mar 2015

Floral and the Hat Shoppe


In preparation for last week's Tweed Picnic, my partner and I went to Gordon Hat Shoppe to buy some real tweed for him to wear. I also organise the Tweed Ride at the Ballarat Heritage Weekend each year, so we were looking for some tweed to add to outfits for that.



I've wanted to do a blog post about the shoppe for quite some time. The room is set out in sections by colour with antique furniture. Even with this styling it is a busy array of hats. It's all housed in an old church with gorgeous mottled light and tartan floors.



This is Chloe (spelling?) who loves to greet you at the door. She's a very well behaved dog and adores a pat.





Set amongst the furniture are mirrors. Mirrors everywhere. This is so that wherever you pick up a hat you will have somewhere to try it on.


This original painting of Dame Nellie Melba hangs on the staircase wall. Coincidentally, after seeing this, I went to Craig's Royal Hotel that afteroon and looked at the Dame Nellie Melba suite, and stood on the balcony where she sang to the street below.


This purple cloche matched my skirt and hair so well that I just had to try it on. One of these cloche hats is never enough. I shall have to expand my collection from more than just my navy one.




Top: Jacqui E
Skirt: Review
Shoes: sold out ModCloth
Location: Gordon Hat Shoppe - Gordon
Photos: Stu






If you're looking for a fun weekend excursion in Victoria, check it out.

- L

15 Mar 2015

Tweed Picnic and Flight from Pompeii


I love an occasion to dress for fun and enjoy good company. When such occasions are hard to come by, it pays to organise them yourself. As such, I planned a fun little event to welcome in my favourite Ballarat season: autumn. This event was a Tweed Picnic. Imagine a Tweed Ride without bikes but with cheese and wine and afternoon sun.


Now imagine all of that with wasps. European wasps are my least favourite creature. Bees are cool. Bees pollinate plants, they look for water, they make honey, they are a critical part of any ecosystem. They also usually leave you alone. Wasps hate you. They hate your face. They resent you for being in a country they don't belong in and they want to eat ALL OF YOUR FOODS K THANKS BZBZBZBZBB. Since the incident filming last week in Castlemaine where we had to do a whole shoot with wasps all around us I have seen them everywhere. Thrice at work, in a photo shoot with my sister (got one stuck in my skirt), generally hanging around the car, in the car with my besties and I. They are everywhere and I can't find anything on local websites about the fact there are so many. I've never seen so many before. They were so bad at the picnic no one could leave their drinks uncovered. We moved into the shade in the hope that would deter them, it worked for a short while but then they came back. We kept our picnic baskets closed to avoid them getting into the food, so some people went totally hungry. People left because there were so many wasps and it was really uncomfortable to sit there, not eating or drinking, sitting very still so you didn't anger the wasps. I bought a beautiful new thermos to use for the picnic from Lark, and I didn't even get it out, as I was very distracted by the wasps.



One of the many people there was my sister Goldfield Girl. She has her own blog now (I have forced her into blogging by setting one up for her for her birthday).


One of my favourite iconic things in Ballarat is this statue. It's called Flight from Pompeii and it was bequeathed to the city of Ballarat along with 5 other statues that are all housed in the gardens. It's in this heritage, leadlight glass conservatory, which is also gorgeous. It's such an imposing and striking scene. A couple flee from the terror of the volcano holding their baby. All of them are naked, as though woken in the night and driven from their beds. The man holds over them what could be a sheet pulled from their bed in haste, their only protection from the raining ash. The sheet is caught in the wind, making flimsy cover over their exposed bodies. The woman tries to cover the baby's face to protect its airways from ash. All around their feet is ash, punctuated by jewellery and pottery, and none of these valuables catch the attention of the young family as they draw together knowing that their family is everything. The scattering of valuables at their feet reminds of the chaos caused by the volcano. Who can tell if they were dropped by looters, or those fleeing? The couple push into the wind, but the ash is already falling, so surely they did not make it. Seeing them there, you can't help but feel that passionate fire of hope that at least, maybe, please, let this be a happy ending. That feeling of not knowing, that longing for safety, knowing the odds but hoping for mercy in spite of that: that is the human spirit. That's why I love this so much.


Jacket: Primark
Blouse: Money Penny blouse - Review
Skirt: Vintage Fletcher Jones
Shoes: Frolic by Foot Wedge from ModCloth
Location: Ballarat Botanic Gardens
Photos: Goldfields Girl, Stu and me.








Here's my spunky sister. There's more photos of her over on her blog here.















We actually finished the day with a tram ride along the old track at the lake. I also forgot to use my amazing new bag from Beleza Vintage in this shoot, which I had with me. Another time :)

 - L

 
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