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

On Judgement and Golden Gaytimes


  As many of you may already be aware, TopShop has recently been hosting a Golden Gaytime Crumb Shed pop up. If you didn’t get a chance to go, I can safely say it was so delicious that I would have contemplated another trip up to Sydney purely for another custom made Gaytime. It was doubly exciting for me because ice cream is my favourite food, and to top it off Golden Gaytimes are always one of my top picks. As I was leaving TopShop I came face to face with something that, for a brief moment, kind of killed… Continue Reading

Packing Up Your Life


  On Boxing Day, at the ripe old age of twenty eight, I moved out of home for the first time. Moving out had never been a particular priority of mine; I had a good relationship with my mum, my grandparents lived next door, and I much preferred spending my money on clothes and overseas holidays, so I happily stayed at home accumulating possessions and experiences. As I got older I began to think if I were to finally leave home it should be to a house of my own. So after being inspired by my home-owning friend Becca, and… Continue Reading

Top Five Lifestyle Blogs


I love knowing how to do stuff or improving a system in my life. I think that is why I find the ‘lifestyle blog genre’ quite addictive. This combined with the fact that I am quite nosy and I like seeing how other people organised their drawers and wardrobes. In my many attempts (and occasional successes) at becoming better at life, I have become loyal to the following blogs and websites that may help you to organise, clean, and just live better.   Rachel Talbott I discovered most of these blogs through YouTube and this one has some lovely cleaning… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions


Claire Gatenby ‘For 2017 I will be trying to get a job with my new coding skills, that I’ve been learning this past year. I’m hoping to travel to a new continent (South America) to explore more wonderful places. I also want to learn something new for 2017 so I have signed myself up for an alpine scrambling course. This will let me climb higher and harder mountains, being a mix between hiking, rock climbing and mountaineering.’     Miriam Walsh ‘In the spirit of keeping things interesting and ensuring I don’t fall into a monotonous routine of work, gym,… Continue Reading

Christmas with a few of Leiden’s Contributors


  This time of year looks different for everyone. For some, Christmas means spending time with family. For others it might mean running from one obligation to another, trying to hit as many celebrations in one day as possible. Christmas may mean spending time with friends, heading to church, eating far too much or it might just be another public holiday. We asked a few of our Contributors what the holiday season means to them.     Emma Batchelor For me Christmas time is family time. We have lunch with my Nanny and Poppy who live just next door and… Continue Reading