Why We Are Taking A Break


  2017 has been a big year for Leiden. We turned one year old in March and to celebrate we launched our first ever print publication, an online store and our very own Book Club. To coincide with Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST in late September we released our second print zine and launched Leiden Podcast, a fortnightly podcast discussing anything and everything with a range of contributors and guests. In November we published our first ever book on ethical and sustainable fashion ‘Building a Conscious Wardrobe‘ at ethical design event Fashionably Numb. And we did all that while continuing… Continue Reading

Our Most Read Articles in 2017


Take a dive into our most-read articles this year.   Number 10 Fashion meets Baking – An Interview with Saadia Masood of La Ombre Creations Number 9 Inside the Cult of F45     Number Eight My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 1   Number Seven Inside the Ancient Practice of Tai Chi     Number Six My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 2 – The Big Reveal   Number Five H&M is Coming to Canberra – But Do We Really Want It?   Number Four Does FASHFEST Still Pass the FASH-test?   Number Three Review: Good Dye… Continue Reading

Turning Twenty Nine – Reflections on Entering the Last Year of My Twenties


  I have always maintained a child-like devotion to birthdays, particularly my own. Given that there are only a mere twenty days separating my special day from Christmas, I have always had a desire to differentiate my birthday as much as possible from festive celebrations. This year December fifth marks twenty-nine years since I came into this world mewling, flailing and rather florid in colour. As I creep ever closer to the big three-oh, I have been reflecting on all the things I have achieved in my twenties and all the things I haven’t got around to doing yet but… Continue Reading

What We Wore to FASHFEST Night 3


  We love any excuse to dress up and FASHFEST provides us with an opportunity to do just that. On Night 3 of the festival, we ate doughnuts, drank cocktails from a mini goon-bag, and enjoyed the runway shows.       To see what happened on the runway catch up on our runway reports for Show 5 and Show 6.   Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jesse Petrie, Lexi Keelan, Sheree Yap and Johanna Dziadkiewicz who is also the offical FASHFEST illustrator.

What We Wore to FASHFEST Night 2


  As previously discussed in our guide to event dressing ie. not giving a fuck what anybody else thinks, part of the fun of attending a fashion event is appreciating what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately on this night, we got carried away faffing around the foyer that we didn’t capture as many beautifully dressed people as we would have liked. We did come across one of our lovely competition winners on the red carpet, as well as other lovely friends of Leiden which was a delight.       To see what happened on the runway catch up on… Continue Reading

What Everyone Was Wearing to FASHFEST Show 1


  As previously discussed in our guide to event dressing ie. not giving a fuck what anybody else thinks, part of the fun of attending a fashion event is appreciating what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately the mood lighting was a little dark to do too much appreciating but we did manage to see some fabulous people wearing some fabulous things.     To see what happened on the runway catch up on our runway reports for Show 1 and Show 2.   Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jenna Maurer, Hannah Wallace, Jesse Petrie and Johanna… Continue Reading

The Obligatory First Day of Spring Wardrobe Reflection


Today is the first day of spring. I know you are thinking ‘not another person celebrating the change of season’ but as someone who lives to get dressed, I’m sorry, but I am going to reflect on the sartorial possibilities the warmer weather will bring. Here is what I am looking forward to:   Bare Legs   After months of cocooning my unshaven legs in stockings, I am looking forward to being able to let my legs see the light of day again. I had to go all the way back to April to find a photo of me exposing… Continue Reading

Reflections on My First Week of Unemployment


  Now, dear reader, this post will not offer any advice on how to avoid unemployment or how to be successful at finding a new job because lord knows I am no expert on those things (meanwhile, if you want to know how to style coloured stockings that is something I can offer advice on) it is merely a reflection on my current state of joblessness. Earlier this year I took the risk of leaving my unfulfilling yet permanent day job for a three-month contract in the Australian Public Service. And while I doubled my income, which allowed me to… Continue Reading