29 Dec 2019

My buddy Josh is a photographer. I don't normally collaborate with other photographers. My usual is to coach someone else who may even be of a beginner level and get them to take pictures as I guide them. This is a quick behind the scenes of a shoot day and a little of the prep involved. Josh and I had been talking for what feels like forever about collaborating on something. We ended up finally coordinating that with a shoot in canola. I went about choosing a dress and Josh chose the location. Here are the finished shots which have the special honour of being something rare on my blog that I didn't capture, adjust camera settings or edit.

5 Places To Do Cocktails In Ballarat

27 Dec 2019

Liana of @findingfemme at Pancho in Ballarat

Ballarat has had a boom in cocktail availability which has been a delight for me. In honour of my previous blog post of places to eat and drink in Ballarat, I've decided to also do one related to cocktails.

This post has been updated to include a different: 18th Amendment. Watch the video below. 18th Amendment has replaced Lost Ones Basement Bar.

 When friends want to have a cocktail night, there are several places that I will usually suggest we attend. Keep in mind, some of my friends don't drink so are keen to have mocktails. Venues that offer non-alcoholic options on the side will be getting honourable mentions in the list below. This list is by no means comprehensive and will be geared towards places with an atmosphere that allows chatting and ample seating because that's the type of cocktail evenings I'm usually having with friends. Also, this will be in no particular order so please don't take the numbers as a rank; the numbers are for list purposes only. I'm by no means a cocktail connoisseur, so I encourage you to explore the places on the list and find your own vocabulary to describe what you experience there.

Cafe Style: Mr Jones

15 Dec 2019

Liana of Finding Femme in gold pleated skirt and leather jacket

If you haven't been to Mr Jones since it transformed from its previous incarnation of 'Catfish', then I highly recommend taking another trip to visit them. This place has been a breakfast haunt for me for three weekends in a row and for good reason.

36 Places to Eat or Drink In Ballarat

5 Dec 2019

French toast toastie. The Local.
A few years ago I did a blog post with 22 places to eat or drink in Ballarat. The post had stemmed from my hometown being shortlisted as one of the top destinations in Australia and the fact that I get asked a lot where is good to eat or whatever in this city. In honour of this, here is a refresh. So many places on the old list have closed or changed and there are many exciting new places that I must put on so just like Ballarat's food scene, my list has expanded. It's expanded so fast that in the couple of months I have spent refreshing it I couldn't keep up with all the new places opening. As before, this list will be by no means comprehensive and it will also not be in any order of preference. I have also not included chain venues like Grill'd or Zambreros in order to focus on home-grown tastes and some of the amazing local offerings.

My Skin So Far with Clinica Lase

3 Dec 2019

The below photos are from the moment I first decided I actually wanted to have some control over my skin. I had gone through my life being happy when my skin was fine and not feeling like I had any power to change when it wasn't. I took these pictures as kind of a before photo. Even though these were around a year before I started going to Clinica Lase, they are a really important moment for me. I began trying different skin products. I went to see professionals about never-ending acne and rashes. By the time I saw Clinica Lase I had been bumbling my way through changing skincare for about 12 months. Had I learned anything? No. At that point I felt like my skin was a mystery, absolutely everything on the shelves worked solely by a placebo effect and that radical changes to skin were a myth. I was a standard skincare sceptic.
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