Sexual Harassment — Are You Ready to Act?


  The meteoric rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have forced open a dialogue on what constitutes appropriate sexual behavior. Following on from Hollywood, other industries including fashion and financial are now becoming woke to the problems entrenched within their workplace culture. If you have experienced unwanted or unwelcome behavior at work, would you speak out? If you did speak out, do you know who to talk to? What if you are a leader? Most organisations should have policies in place to deal with sexual harassment, however, decision making around the prevention of sexual harassment or actions around… Continue Reading

Ori Building Christmas Shopping Night


It’s that time of year again. Battling to get a car park, jostling up against fellow shoppers as you navigate the street, getting uncomfortably close to a stranger as you reach around them to grab the last pair of sushi socks you know your BFF will love before someone else snaps them up. Christmas shopping can be stressful, uncomfortable and a little bit sweaty. But it needn’t always be this way. The traders in Braddon’s Ori Building are well known for throwing a great shopping night and their Christmas event, taking place this Thursday evening, will be no exception. As… Continue Reading

Invincible She – Invincible Young Women of Adversity


  Camille Aniversario is certainly not one to dream small. Not only is she the founder of much loved local business Pip & Lou The Canberra Dessert Designer, Camille is also the founder of Invincible She an empowering personal blog as well as the designer of childrenswear label Margery which will be launching in 2018. Camille is also a survivor of domestic violence and a passionate advocate for women. So you could say she dreams big, she dreams loud and she dreams without restraint. On the 10 December, Camille will add another string to her bow: launching a landmark event… Continue Reading

Clothes Swap and Style Event


It’s clothes swap time! Fast fashion can make us feel like clothing is disposable. Is this scenario familiar? Heidi bought a dress to wear out to a party last week and is now sick of it, but hey, it only cost $40 so it’s no big deal to her so she chucks it out. Just imagine if everyone in Australia did that to just one item? In Australia, we generate 6000 kilograms of clothing waste every 10 minutes (ABC TV). Only a comparatively small percentage of what we donate to charity shops gets sold with the rest ending up in… Continue Reading

Fashionably Numb – Changing the Way we Think About Fashion


  For most of us, clothes are fun. As well as protecting us from the elements, they offer a mechanism for self-expression, an opportunity to try on different personas. We enjoy the thrill of the chase, constantly seeking the buzz that finding the perfect hard to find item produces. And then, once that thrill wears off, we do it all again. We want more, more, more and more often. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Many of the people who work to produce the clothes we wear don’t earn a living wage and… Continue Reading

Leiden’s Cutest Pet Competition


Everyone thinks their pet is the cutest but now is the time to put your claim to the test in our Cutest Pet Competition run in collaboration with Paws n’ People. I may own three cats and seven pairs of cat shoes but I won’t let my love of all things feline bias me. I am open to any cute pet you can throw a picture of at me. The winner of the Cutest Pet Competition will win an original watercolour portrait of their pet by the lovely and talented Art by Lexi as well as all the glory of… Continue Reading

I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman


  There are no airs and graces about Kristen Holzapfel. The author of Selfless: a social worker’s own story of trauma and recovery, and owner of Canberra’s Friendly Petsitter, is known for her openness and honesty about the messiness of life. In her role as a frontline social worker, Kristen experienced an extreme trauma reaction. She shared her story to bring perspective to a situation many people who work in ‘helping professions’ grapple to reconcile – that being superhuman is a sign of success. ‘By accepting that I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman – made me realise I… Continue Reading

Soul Project Event SOAR – Align, Be Brave, Be Boundless


  Now that Night Fest is over and FashFest is done the next must-attend evening event in Canberra is brought to you by the amazing women of The Soul Project. Personal growth is so in right now as it should be and this event, themed SOAR – align, be brave, be boundless, with a stellar line up of presenters is sure to fill your soul and send you into the end of the week on a motivated high. Do you feel stuck? Not sure what direction to take next? Maybe you feel like you’ve been labelled and that holds you… Continue Reading