All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

15 May 2018

Liana of @findingfemme at Gems and Jewels in Ballarat

When was the last time you dressed up? There is a special joy in getting dressed up. It’s not an outfit for work or the gym. Dressing up expresses something about ourselves. It can be a statement about dignity, class, purpose and sometimes even a chance to create art. It can transport to another place and time. 

6 Ways I’ve Adopted Minimalism

4 May 2018

Liana of @findingfemme in Ballarat wearing ASOS cropped red lace top and striped skirt

By the time I found the minimalism documentary on Netflix a few years ago, my mind had already begun finding truth in the concept that less is more. I had moved house several times which required the constant boxing and unboxing of stuff. One of the moves had required me to reduce my stuff down to two palettes worth and to fit into an already full house. Logistically, having less was so much easier. I watched the documentary and felt in reaffirmed a lot of what I had already begun to learn myself. It touched on many aspects of reducing ‘stuff’ and I now had a new word for what I was moving towards: minimalism.

Black and White and Lola Montez

28 Apr 2018

1221 Sturt St, Ballarat West VIC 3350, Australia
Liana of @findingfemme wears black and white striped top and statement earrings in Ballarat

Last blog post I talked a little about the different occupations of women on the goldfields. There’s one woman who often receives a disproportionate amount of attention from historians: Lola Montez.

More Than Damned Whores and God's Police

24 Apr 2018

Liana of @findingfemme wearing ASOS pleated skirt at the site of an historic Ballarat Bitter mural

This time last year I did a shoot in front of a replica of this mural (see it here). The other is a slightly different colour and I was keen to come back to this one and try another style. I ended up having a much richer experience because of the history here. The owner of this building told us that the building was built in 1856. In my super brief online research, I couldn’t find any references to it being built but I did find out some stuff about the publican, who was Lucy Harriet Ward. Lucy was the housekeeper for the previous publican who ended up going bankrupt in 1864. The pub was then let to Lucy because no one else would make a better offer than her. Apparently, she looked after it for a year before the publican became Eliza Thurling. 

A Romantic Birthday

20 Apr 2018

114 Armstrong St S, Ballarat Central VIC 3350, Australia
Liana of @findingfemme attends a perfume masterclass at Sweet Fern Ballarat

The more birthdays I experience, the more I like them. The most important thing I’ve learned regarding the annual celebration is to be comfortable telling people it’s my birthday. I’ve got so many great people in my life but if they don’t know it’s on then they won’t have the opportunity to celebrate it with me. Because of this I happily tell people when my birthday will be.
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