A Masterclass in Decoding Colour with Lucy Feagins


  In the bustling thoroughfare of the new Life By Design precinct of the Monaro Mall upstairs in the Canberra Centre — surrounded by everything home and design — we were treated to a masterclass on decoding colour. Lucy Feagins, editor and founder of The Design Files, Australia’s most popular design blog, generously shared her thoughts on this complex subject — helping us to understand some simple concepts. (Would you believe The Design Files was around before Instagram, and will turn ten in January 2018?!) Lucy’s views on lifestyle and wellness include being purposeful, considered and thoughtful; surrounding yourself with… Continue Reading

Each Day Designed ― A New Diary for Creatives


  Choosing a diary for the year ahead is always tough. Do you want a day to a page or a week to view? Do you need a space to write your goals for the week? Or maybe a little spot for a to-do list? Or maybe you don’t work a regular 9am – 5pm and need a little more? For those working in creative industries juggling multiple jobs while creating work, managing grants and applying for new ones, things can get a little tricky and a traditional diary often won’t cut it. Enter Sydney based start-up each day designed… Continue Reading

The Women’s Collective


As always, lots of exciting things are happening in Canberra. One of the most exciting things to happen this weekend is the launch of The Women’s Collective website and online directory. The Women’s Collective is a kick-ass community made up of women who are either in business or have a dream of starting one. Until now the Collective has created a place where entrepreneurs and professionals can collaborate, exchange knowledge and celebrate success through its social media channels and events. However, after the launch of a brand spanking new site, this vision can now been shared with a wider audience… Continue Reading

I See Your Body Shaming and Raise You My No-Holds-Barred Body Acceptance!


  Why does body positivity matter?   We all care about our appearance and in our society, which is obsessed with bodily perfection, there are consequences for girls and women whose bodies do not ― or cannot ― meet social expectations or norms. These consequences are incredibly difficult to escape no matter how hard you try. Fat discrimination at work is real; from assumptions (that fat women are lazy, unhealthy and undisciplined, aren’t as smart, strong or able to do certain things) to fat women earning less than ‘normal’ weight women and men who are overweight or obese. Many women… Continue Reading

Fashion meets Baking – An Interview with Saadia Masood of La Ombre Creations


  What’s the connection between fashion and cakes? For Saadia Masood, owner of local business La Ombre Creations, there is a small distinction between the two – Saadia turned her previous career of being a dress designer to designing and making cakes. We were privileged to ask Saadia questions about her influences and inspirations and a little about herself and La Ombre Creations.   Bec: When and how did you get into baking? Saadia: Back in Pakistan, I was a casual dress designer and always loved to create and bring my visions to life. After moving to Australia in 2005,… Continue Reading

The Just Be Revolution – Join the Rebellion


A Revolution of courage, strength, and love. A Revolution of tolerance, kindness, and confidence. A Revolution to change how we feel about ourselves and to change how we see others.   It sounds good doesn’t it? A world where we not only accept the differences between others and ourselves but also embrace and appreciate them? We still have a long way to go before we get there and an uprising is what we need.   Designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan has created the Just Be Revolution to do just that.   ‘The Just Be Revolution started as an idea that came from… Continue Reading

Anouk Gania – A Luxury Lifestyle Brand


  Who doesn’t love a good candle? A rich, beautiful scent enveloping the room, a flickering flame dancing in a tantalizing fashion. Combined with a comfy chair, a cup of tea and a good book, a candle is your gateway to relaxation heaven. I’ll tell you a secret, I am a little afraid of candles. Well, unsupervised flame specifically. It all started when I was young and heard a story about a girl who burned her house down after leaving a candle unattended in her bedroom. For some reason this tale had a huge impact on me and although I… Continue Reading