Previously “The Fashionate Traveller“, I’ve actually been blogging since 2003 when I started on Live Journal. A lot of things I blogged about in TFT I’ll continue to write about – but after a break of a few years I wanted a fresh start – and an easier url for people to remember!!
A confirmed traveller from way back, I started going to India more than 20 years ago, and have since seen a lot more of Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as the UK and Ireland, Fiji, New Zealand and lots of Australia.
In 2013 I went to North America for the first time, and fell in love with New York! I also visited LA, Toronto (and Hawaii on the way home). In 2014 I went to the US twice! In addition to LA and New York, I discovered San Fran with it’s fab food. 2015 saw another trip stateside, with me discovering Portland for the first time. Sadly, no visits thus far in 2016.
8 years ago I first visited Japan and became besotted, and used to travel there twice a year to keep up with the culture, fashion (especially gothic), music, clubs and friends. The visit count now stands at 11, so I won’t itemise 😉
Always a lover of alternative music, I became more active in the gothic and alternative scene in Sydney from 2003, and fell completely in love with alternative and gothic clothing – the corsets, platform shoes and boots, creative make-up and hair. I started dressing up a lot for clubs and began to be noticed for my fashion sense. This led to me becoming Fashion Director of Australian dark alternative magazine Fiend for several years, styling shoots and writing the fashion articles.
My previous blog, and earlier posts on this one, shared my findings whilst on my lookout for exciting but wearable alternative fashion. I shared my fave alternative designers and stores, inspirations from couture, my own take on style in my outfit posts, as well as club and street fashion.
Music & Nightlife
My other love is music, live gigs and clubs – I go out a lot! I share the exciting events I know about (and hopefully am attending), whether here in Australia, or overseas. I especially like to see what the goth, punk, psychobilly or other indie scenes are like in other parts of the world.
Arts & Entertainment
For the past year or so I’ve been getting back to one of my first loves: performing. I wrote, performed in and produced a musical for the Sydney Fringe Festival. I have taken two Cabaret workshops, a week long one in Adelaide, and a two week one led by Queenie Van Zandt, in Sydney. I’ve also appeared in a few cabarets, some with the workshops, but also with the Short + Sweet Cabaret festival earlier this year.
I’ve come full-circle with my first love, writing. As mentioned above, I began writing for performance again in 2103, and this year I am studying an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting for Series TV at the Australian Film, TV & Radio School (AFTRS). I’ve also continued to obsessively watch TV and film (and streamed shows including web series), as I study the craft of writing, so expect more on that here.