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

The Network of Possibility


  The Network of Possibility is hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday 9 August. The event will raise funds for its charities of choice: Toora Women Inc., Karinya House, and YWCA Canberra. Two guest speakers will share their views at the Network on Wednesday: Former Secretary Mark Sullivan will lead a discussion on the role of leadership in creating ‘non-blokey’ workplaces. Mr Sullivan will unpack the issue of gender inequity with case studies and his personal insight. Leading gamification expert Kerstin Oberprieler will lead a discussion on imposter phenomenon. Ms Oberprieler will share personal insight on how to let your… Continue Reading

A Ball to Stop Bullying


  A little while ago we introduced you to Ashlee de Silva, a finalist in the Miss Australia International pageant. Ashlee is continuing her hard work raising awareness about the negative effect of bullying and will be hosting a ball at Kyte in Canberra on Saturday 11 November. The event will raise money for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation working to protect children from the affects of violence and bullying. One in four children are victims of bullying with 4400 losing their lives to bullying or violence. It’s a big problem that the Alannah and Madeline Foundation are dedicated to fixing… Continue Reading

#Goturback High Tea Launch Event


  It’s the weekend and you need something fun to do right? How about something that is fun and good for the community? What about some entertainment and delicious food? Are we ticking all your boxes? On Saturday 17 June, Dance Central is launching a new anti-bullying initiative, #goturback, with 100% of proceeds going towards DKC, our youth ambassadors who will represent Australia at the World Hip Hop Championships. The campaign will be launched at a spectacular high tea event. #goturback is an initiative designed to help prevent the act of bullying and mitigate existing acts of bullying within our… Continue Reading

A Whisky Masterclass with The Champagne Dame


  Some time ago I attended a Champagne Masterclass at the Canberra Centre with The Champagne Dame Kyla Kirkpatrick. I am not much of a drinker, if left to my own devices I probably wouldn’t drink at all, but I left that masterclass with a desire to buy champagne. Such is the power of Kyla. Before finding herself in this rather unique job, Kyla worked in banking where she was introduced to the world of luxury. She developed an interest in champagne, and after reaching out to a storied champagne house in France, she left her job, her home, and… Continue Reading

Sydney Writers Festival Live Streaming at the Canberra Theatre Centre


  Were you keen to go to the Sydney Writers Festival but couldn’t make it to Sydney this weekend? Maybe you can’t afford a ticket. The good news is our friends at the Canberra Theatre Centre will be live streaming twelve talks straight from the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Sydney. And it’s free! The Link Bar and coffee shop will be open during the live stream so you can have as many coffees as you want while you listen to engaging talks, panel discussions and debates.   Our Picks of the Canberra Theatre Centre Live Stream   Saturday 27 May,… Continue Reading