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

The Big Conference


  There is nothing quite like an event created by a kick-arse woman for kick-arse women. The supremely lovely Georgie King (founding director of GLK Nanny’s and co-founder of The Womens Collective) has been working hard behind the scenes to put together The Big Conference, an annual event designed to help women strengthen their business ideas, connect with likeminded people, as well as receive invaluable advice from a roster of local and interstate businesswomen and leaders. A ticket to The Big Conference will give you access to five key speakers, an influencer panel discussion, interactive displays, delicious food and the chance to network… Continue Reading

Book Lunch: I Love Who I Am – Igniting Self Worth


  At Leiden we declare this month Self Love September! That’s right we are dedicating the entire month to investigating and celebrating our bods and what’s inside our bods no matter what form it takes.    We recently found out about the launch of a new book that is right up our alley. Canberra author Rachael Torrealba’s new tome I Love Who I am: Igniting Self – Worth  is a match made in heaven for Self Love September. When Rachel encountered the grief of being alienated from her children after a marriage break-up, she couldn’t contemplate reading a single page.… Continue Reading

Swap Style Love – A Clothes Swap Event


  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 landfill. So what… Continue Reading

There Is A New Market In Town – Canberra Style Market


  Who doesn’t love going to the markets on a weekend? Wandering through the stalls coffee in hand, seeking out vintage finds, perhaps snapping up a bargain. But what about getting a manicure? Or perhaps taking a shopping break to relax with a glass of champagne? These aren’t activities you necessarily associate with your typical market visit. All that is about to change with the arrival of a new market to Canberra, Canberra Style Market, which will uniquely bring together fashion, beauty, health, fitness, wellness and luxurious VIP experiences all in the same place. Ahead of the first market on… Continue Reading