Settler and Sons: Local Lovely Book Launch

19 May 2019


It’s been a couple of years since the first time I boarded a bus to head out to Nowhere Creek for a dinner with Settler and Sons. Each dinner experience has been different from the last, this one was further from the sunny days of the last two. The short days and chill weather meant it was dark when we arrived.

Solo

16 May 2019


Something I've not really done before in my time sharing on this blog is to take photos of myself. Not being able to do so was the biggest barrier to me ever beginning and I overcame that by getting other people's help. Now for today's post I had a got at doing it myself. I was terrible.

Clunes Booktown 2019

5 May 2019


For once in my hectic life, I found myself free on a Saturday AND on the day that Clunes Booktown is on. I’ve missed the last few and was delighted when a fellow friend and book enthusiast was free to go. So my buddy Olivia and I packed ourselves into my van and headed to Clunes for the day.

Lanterns and Stars

17 Apr 2019

Liana of @findingfemme in Review Australia shimmering dress

I'm always looking for ways to stretch myself as a photographer. Recently, Review got in touch to collaborate with what I thought would be a shoot for their April collection. It turned out that they sent me three outfits to play with. The one I had the least ideas for was a stunning purple beaded dress. It was perfect for an elegant cocktail party for an engagement or wedding, but that gave me no ideas of how to shoot it. When playing with the fabric my brain came up with something... very bold.

Autumn Birds and Roses

14 Apr 2019

Liana of @findingfemme wears black floral Review dress

A favourite quote from one of my favourite poets is: ‘April is the cruellest month’. That’s from T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. I love the quote but for me, April is usually the opposite. It’s a month changed from my favourite season. The days go from too hot to perfect. There’s a chill at night and in the early morning that makes you feel alive. The sun can still have some bite if you get caught in it.

Shopping for a Van

12 Apr 2019



Since getting my van, every second person tells me they wish they could do the same and of those people, plenty are actually serious about taking the plunge. I get hit up with heaps of questions about how I made the choice to buy the van that I bought, so here are the parameters I set when searching.

Birthday Baby

9 Apr 2019

Liana of @findingfemme wears red and pink and sips on a chai at Le Peche Gourmand in Creswick

Happy birthday to me! This year I decided to take matters into my own hands and unapologetically make a big deal of my birthday. After all, I spend more time around myself than anyone else. I bought myself presents, told absolutely everybody it was my birthday, went away for a rock climbing trip with friends. I got my sister to go out for breakfast with me at one of our favourite spots. I took heaps of photos of heaps of things. 

Sovereign Hill - Lost Trades

1 Apr 2019


This school holidays Sovereign Hill has an incredible hands-on program. It’s not just a living museum with buildings you can wander through and people in costume, you now get to immerse yourself in the trades and times by making something for yourself. I was really chuffed that the team at Sovereign Hill asked if I had a spare day to do a trial run of some of their Easter activities before they open up in the coming weeks. They picked out a couple for me and I grabbed my sister and went to have a go.

Doughnuts

29 Mar 2019


If you’re from Ballarat, there are a few things you get to know the more of a local you become. One thing treasured by locals is the knowledge of the best place to acquire hot jam doughnuts after hours. I am of course talking about the Hamburger Cart.

Hydrangea

4 Mar 2019


Being on crutches absolutely sucked. Lurching about everywhere on my arms was exhausting and ridiculously inconvenient. I can’t stress how exhausting. Getting into work was an epic adventure that usually I didn’t even notice. Suddenly I was taking three stops and looking and posts on the way, marking them out as goals to make it to before I had another rest. I had no idea how cockily I moved through life before crutches, but I had six weeks of humbling hobbling to drive the point home.

Darling Downtime

15 Feb 2019


To kick the year off, I had a break from being Finding Femme online. I stepped back from my Instagram, Facebook and blog, spent truckloads of times reconnecting with myself and not having to meet any pressures of expectations on social media. It wasn’t completely free, I still got recognised when out and about and I had a couple of commitments that I had to meet for collaborators, but for the most part, when I was alone, I was completely alone.

Goals and Resolutions

6 Jan 2019




I’m not one for New Year Resolutions but I do love to set goals. Giving something I want to do direction makes it a project and its fun finding what comes out of pushing towards a particular endpoint. For example, last year I decided I wanted to return to karate training and work towards my second dan black belt. When the motivation for it was lacking I went climbing to help build my overall fitness and to diversify my activities and as a result, I realised the karate goal wasn’t for me and that climbing was a better investment for my body and my mental health. I might not have achieved the goal I originally set but I got a whole heap of worth out of trying for it.
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