Turning Twenty Nine – Reflections on Entering the Last Year of My Twenties


  I have always maintained a child-like devotion to birthdays, particularly my own. Given that there are only a mere twenty days separating my special day from Christmas, I have always had a desire to differentiate my birthday as much as possible from festive celebrations. This year December fifth marks twenty-nine years since I came into this world mewling, flailing and rather florid in colour. As I creep ever closer to the big three-oh, I have been reflecting on all the things I have achieved in my twenties and all the things I haven’t got around to doing yet but… Continue Reading

Rebel Muse Second Birthday


  It’s no secret we think Alicia Xyrakis is amazing. She opened her first fashion boutique, Rebel Muse, on Lonsdale street in Braddon. Then, as if running one successful business wasn’t enough, came the opening of her second store: Peachy Keen. A mecca for accessories, Rebel Muse’s little sister is just as capable of making us reach for our credit card as its sibling. And now, in what feels like no time at all, comes Rebel Muse’s second birthday. Naturally, a huge celebration was in order. Attendees were treated to an evening of fun at Lazy Su (if you haven’t… Continue Reading

Our Nine Most-Read Articles


Leiden Magazine launched on March 1 2016. Since then we have published a full year’s worth of incredible content. These were our top nine articles during that time.   Number One: Taking out the top spot was our interview with dancer and choreographer James Batchelor about having his portrait painted for the Archibald Prize by Marcus Wills.   Number Two: Our designer profile on Charly Thorn after we were blown away by her collection at Fashionation in Cooma.   Number Three: Our third most-read article during our first year was our Fashionation Cooma Runway Report.   Number Four: Our article… Continue Reading

Our First Birthday


  On this day, one year ago, we officially launched Leiden Magazine. I don’t think any of us could have predicted where we would be one year on from that day. World fame, invites to fashion week, so much free Chanel I’ve run out of space to store it. But in all seriousness, what I started with the help of all my family and friends has grown into something much bigger and better than I could ever have imagined in my original business plan. We now have readers all over Australia, we have incredible new contributors who are not friends… Continue Reading