Miss Phloss

Self employed. Queer Witch. Retired Burlesque dancer

Friday, February 12, 2016

Photoshoot in Fitzroy Gardens with the kids

Taking photos of kids is not something I thought I would do - but it happened.  My dance teacher has two daughters and was bemoaning their lengthy "Dear Santa" lists.  One item that surprised me was "A photoshoot" - prompted I suppose by watching "Next top Model" on tv.  I jumped at the opportunity to not only practice my photography but also do out-door portraits.  Up-till now really preferring landscapes - they don't have skin tones...!

Here is my work!

Fitzroy Gardens Photoshoot
Fitzroy Gardens Photoshoot
Fitzroy Gardens Photoshoot
Fitzroy Gardens Photoshoot
Fitzroy Gardens Photoshoot
Fitzroy Gardens Photoshoot
Fitzroy Gardens Photoshoot

I'm looking for more models interested in photo-shoots so please contact me if you're interested!

A little TEASER: Woman in Business #selfemployed

I came up with my business idea in October.  It is now February. I thought I would make a gratitude post of how far I've come! It's been a full on couple of months - I've worked, cried, not been able to sleep, gotten immensely frustrated, bounced off the walls with excitement and burned myself out.

The rockwell project poster

Making business plans, networking, and oh yea building a website.  I'm still not ready to launch yet, but the day is getting closer and closer.  It's pretty exciting and every day now is a fine game of balancing a feisty trio of emotions: "work-a-holic-ness, anticipation and frustration"!

In no particular order I am trying to appreciate my privilege and take less things for granted.  This is my happiness!

Today I am grateful for:

Access to the Internet
The day job and still have enough mental and emotional capacity to build, plan, make and be creative as well.
The financial means to build a website, set up a company and buy the right tools
My little car - so I can travel to beautiful places that inspire me
My little car - so I can travel to visit amazing people who want to work with me
Living centrally so I can walk places
Support - from my friends and partner
Running water
The freedom to be out of the closet, love who I love and be safe
The freedom to be a woman and live as I wish, in a relatively un-oppressed society
The sunshine and enjoying it
Friends who are willing to help me build a business
Friends who are supportive and caring
A body that works - dancing walking, moving
My health
Self awareness and emotional awareness
My space, my little nest / sanctuary of glittery pink wonderland
Networking with people in the tech industry
I think there's a #unicorn in my office #selfemployed #melbourneblogger #girlboss


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Photography Practice

A whole day editing photos!  I'll remember to edit them as I take them in future.  I still haven't even downloaded the photos from the shoot I did yesterday.  However here's to sharing what I've created so far... Enjoy xxx
Click on this link to view the whole album.

The House of Tarot, Tania Yorgey

Cumberland River Campground

White Beach Tasmania 

Studley Park, Melbourne 

The House of Tarot, Tania Yorgey 

Port Arthur Tasmania

Friday, January 1, 2016

Makeup inspiration

Xmas holidays have a tendency to make you feel iky and lethargic. Rich food, not much exercise and a complete break in routine would do that. Im my down time cos I find it SUPER hard to switch my brain off I've been watching makeup tutorials.  Jeffree Starr, Nikki Tutorials and my fav Kat von D have been awesome. They all love bold colours and Ive learned alot about makeup application and technique.

Here's what I've been playing with...

Summer holidays in Tasmania

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words

Monday, December 14, 2015

What is Instructional Design?

"Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the entire process of analysis of learning needs and goals and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs."
But not everyone understands this... or the rest of this description.

I am an Instructional Designer by trade, if you could call that a "trade".  It is what I do for a day job. Every day...  monday to friday and sometimes after hours if it is crazy busy.  It's a pretty creative job, but not one many people have heard of.  OR something that would be recommended to people out of uni!  And there are even wankier titles than mine which give even less information about what actually is involved. Haha

"What does an instructional technologist do…
- Evaluate new technologies to discover new and better ways to enhance instruction
- Assist faculty in discovering methods of improving their instruction with and without technology
- Conduct training sessions teaching faculty and staff how to use new technologies
- Conduct research studies evaluating the use of technologies and their impact on student learning outcomes
- Create training materials to accommodate the self-learners and provide resources for our “customers”
- Manage the implementation of new technologies on-campus for the use of instruction". Source: http://instructtech.wordpress.com"
So I thought I'd share, and explain what I do for a day job - AND - yes this is kind of a business idea reveal - What my business is going to be....

An instructional designer, is a designer of instructions.  In most cases learning material, weather it be a face to face class, workshop seminar or lecture, through to all manners of on-line learning.  Webinars, pod-cast style, interactive modules, and all the quizzing, reporting and assessing that goes with that.

The designer bit comes into play allot, because anyone can make a document and call it "Training" but it takes a bit of skill to look at it from a pedagogical through to a visual and graphical manner.  This means, designing learning has to take into account all the different learning styles, best practice and in an academic sense, the rules around how learning is to be presented.  

Through to the graphic side of things.  

This involves image editing, laying out a training manual similarly to how a magazine editor would be looking at a magazine layout.  Typography, animation, moving image or video content, and where necessary audio narration.

This is the creative side.  It requires me to use Photoshop, InDesign, and other animation and video editing tools.  I'm constantly looking and working with stock images that will best illustrate my point, or creating text and audio based animations that do that for me.  Here is an example I made for a Diploma unit, recently.

These are of course quite formal and corporate examples - some of other things I've done, are super colourful and exciting - and as with any job there's always the good and the less exciting bits.

I started off designing work-books and training material over 10 years ago now - So it's now really exciting to work in an industry that is super technology focused.  What is going to engage and excite people, how do people learn, how can we make learning fun, and efficiently convey a message that STICKS.    I get to code, or should I say add to my coding knowledge on the go when something doesn't quite work as planned - play with web-design / wireframes, nerd out of typography, (my latest thing is Kinetic Typography!)  Check it out - it's pretty cool!

Anyways - I think I want to share more of the creative stuff I make on a daily basis - I hope you enjoy!!!  Please comment if you have questions.. I'm super happy to share, and this post is really just written brain dump with not much planning...

Friday, November 13, 2015

I changed what I eat and now I feel more alive!

All last year, I didn't give a shit about my weight. My focus was on being happy, and fully enjoying everything in life.  Which included food!  Cheese, booze, fried chicken!  This year I feel like I'm a different kind of happy.  The happy that is more relaxed and chill, but confident in myself.  It feels like two different house decorating mentalities - before: "Oh shiny things"  - after: feeling house proud and giving a shit about how things look and where things go.  I gained the desire to be body confident back again!  Not that it left completely...  
YUM: quinoa, beans, sweet peas, broccoli, cranberries
 Three things I have fallen in love with:  Quinoa, chia and GREEN THINGS.  As my favourite house mate of all time Ivy, once said.  "Green is health. Eat the health".  I may have paraphrased a little but you get the drift!
More yum: Salad, salmon, tomatoes, halloumi, and pomegranate, and corn 
A pomegranate is about $4 each, but it lasted me 5 salads!  SO worth it for the yummy splash of sweet crunch! Eggplant.  I grew up never knowing how to cook this properly and probably still don't I've stuffed and grilled them once or twice, but my favourite way is lightly frying them on both sides and covering in herbs or paprika!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I’m starting my own business and sharing the journey with you!

I wrote this in the airport and I couldn’t think of a better title.  I’ve not wanted to start my own business all along.  All I really wanted to do was not work for someone else.  I really wanted to feel free, and probably work harder but enjoy what I was doing more.

I only had one or two goals I wanted to achieve by the time I was 30.  I did it. All I wanted to be is someone’s boss.  Not for the achievement of telling someone else what to do, but to science the fraud police in my head.  That somehow I was a valid and qualified person because I was entrusted with the responsibility of telling other people what to do.  

It happened quite by accident.  There wasn’t a manager, the team was growing and I put my hand up, I volunteered to take on the responsibility.  I learned heaps and loved it. 

But I was still working for someone else.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Empath: and to know if you might be one!

I am an Empath. Kinda magical, and I can pick up on how you might be feeling or thinking before you might say anything. It is all about energy and being aware of your own, and that of others around you. Empath is another term for Clairsentient. With that, we’re moving from the world of psychology to the world of spiritual healing.

Signs (not proof!) of being an empath..

People tell you that they feel better after talking to you about their physical and/or emotional pains, but you tend to feel worse after such conversations.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Funday

Tomorrow is a public holiday, and I'm quite looking forward to having the day off.  Half because I'm lazy and half because it gives me a chance to catchup on life.  Or my business... yes I have to actually consciously turn off sometimes!

Why is it a public holiday?  Cos horse racing is a mental craze here in Melbourne.  No other states of Australia have a holiday tomorrow, just Victoria cos Aussies are weird.  (Love you weirdoes haha)

What really blew me however.  Was that apparently, they just switched Anzac day off to give us one now.  I get there aren't many holidays this time of the year.  I suppose I think Anzac is a much better cause to remember.  Maybe that's just me and my nostalgic memories of going to the museum to watch the military and returned service men's parades.  Even if that did mean getting up at 6am. Ugh.

Anyways, horse racing is awful. That is all.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Start-up Business: "GET A LAWYER"

Right okay.  Great advice thank you.  But where does one start?  Google?  Bank advice website? The government's website?

Okay so I looked at the last two and got some great advice but no real connections or pointers of where to go.  So I'm trying google.  YAY google... I'll keep a broad perspective and also you, know a running update of how it all goes!

Lawyers:  not a good topic to google, firstly I have only half an idea of what I need one for.
A) what kind of business am I setting up and how will that effect tax and hopefully one day in the faaaar distant future, paying myself...
B) Contracts, e-commerce T's and C's and all those other agreements that one must have when business involves not just working with ones' self only!  People!  Community!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Business Balls! Start-ups are hard

"Calm your mind today. Take time to hear your thoughts and settle and your ideas mature.  Taking time for mental restoration now, will help you focus and stay motivated in the days to come."
 This quote is from my Galaxy Tarot app.  It provides a random card every day - or my card of the day.  I'm using because it is really helping me get familiar with all the card and their applications.  I don't think there could have been a better card for today tho.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Going into business!

I've always had a dream.  A dream of not working for the man.  Funny - Burning Man, growing up reading "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and "Who moved my cheese"..  What would you expect from this colourful adventure seeking part time hippie!?  Yes. SELF employed.
Back in New Zealand I was (kind sometimes still am) part of an amazing blogging community.  These amazing people blogged their hearts out - www.danijustis.com www.aych.com being two of my favourites.  I kinda did however I was, I'm an ashamedly admitting it - in it for the fun, parties and perks.  One of THOSE bloggers.   I had a full time job and flexible hours when I needed them to run off for a week to Fashion week or other events.  GLAMOUROUS. 

Well you'd think so, mainly it's a huge amount of planning, writing about things you do, and can feel SUPER narcissistic if you really aren't clear about what or why you're doing it.  It wasn't a business for me, so I often felt bad.  Or felt super cheeky when I got stuff I felt like I hadn't earned.

Thank fuck winter is done!

Winter is hard, winter us always hard unless you're a skii bunny chasing high mountain sunshine and the soft white stuff to skii on!  

Winter to me means rain, wind, cold, wet and miserable. Mostly it's dark. Darker than normal and less sunshine hours. 

Even less when you're cooped up in an office  8 hours a day! 

So because this post isn't all about complaining about winter i wanted to say Wooohoo!!! OMG! YAY!!! THANK GOODNESS!  That sunshine and warmth are back for a few months!

Obviously I celebrated.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tarot Tarot Tarot Tarot: The joys of a witchy queer!

As a fiery red head for about 6 months LOTS has changed in my life.  In one sense I've calmed down. In an other I'm 3 times more radical and out there.  I'm living more and more my true self.  Backing myself.   Saying NO when I mean it and not backing down, and saying YES with confidence when I believe whole heartedly in or about something... It's incredibly exciting. 

These photo are from the FECK Melbourne art competition exhibition Gallery opening.  They are glorious and I love the celebration of the Sacred Yoni and feminine intimacy.  Love it.  That whole night was a completely crazy experience.  Black light body paint = nakedness.  That is a story for another time

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Love life and live happy

Full moon of emotions.  The end is in sight for the next full moon to bring change, vision and purpose.

I did a reading for myself as I've not been having the greatest time at work.  It's been draining alot of my soul energy and emotional happiness.

This weekend I'm all about healing and starting the head and heart space to make changes.   The energy and emotion around these cards I couldn't draw the meanings till the next morning. Here's sharing with you the cards..

1. Knight of Swords (Air)
Do not let emotion come between you and your purpose.  Refreshing honesty not acknowledging the possibility of failure.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Off the grid


Thinking about my upcoming trip to America to Burning Man (OMG I STILL NEED FLIGHTS) I have been looking at some amazing pictures of Off the Grid homes.  Check out the photos on my photo blog: http://onlypinkthings.tumblr.com/  They're beautiful and more and more I am craving the bush, camping, water in lakes and rivers.  Which is ironic considering Burning Man is a desert. In a dried up lake bed.  However it is self sustainable, and eco-friendly... for the week that the city exists...
I'm looking forward to a week offline, disconnected and blissfully out of touch with reality.

Wonderful Witchy Wednesday

Wild Witchy Wonderful Wednesday.

I was going to do another "Things I love Thursday" as I haven't done one in I think at least over a year.  But here I am, on a Wednesday writing again.   Today I feel rested, invigorated, lighter, happy, excited and ON.



I half wrote this post months ago- but she's doing some amazing things.  Including a pop up shop! Here is the link if you'd like more info on the shop: SHOP which is literally around the corner from my house!! :D

You know you have you blog MOJO back when you attend a Fashion show.  After doing New Zealand Fashion week as the most colourful person almost every day amongst a sea of trendy cuts and hipsters all dressed in BLACK.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Witchy Queer: Friday the 13th with a sassy bite on the ass

Burning Man 2015: Self love and sensory overload

You must love yourself first and foremost. It wasn’t until Amani and I had done much inner healing work on ourselves that we had the adhikara to attract this kind of partnership. You get what you put into the world, especially in relationships where the other person is always your clearest reflection. If you fill yourself with love, love will be reflected. One person could never be everything you need, and it’s selfish and unreasonable to place that burden on someone. Instead, be whole unto yourself.

Fill yourself with radiance, love, fullness, dreams, aspirations, joy, beauty, and magic and you will find that your partner is simply pouring magic and wonder out of their pores for you as well. Then you exponentially better each other. Become vessels, and like two mirrors held to one another whose mere proximity turns them into an infinity mirror, you will grow infinite depth between you.