A Masterclass in Decoding Colour with Lucy Feagins


  In the bustling thoroughfare of the new Life By Design precinct of the Monaro Mall upstairs in the Canberra Centre — surrounded by everything home and design — we were treated to a masterclass on decoding colour. Lucy Feagins, editor and founder of The Design Files, Australia’s most popular design blog, generously shared her thoughts on this complex subject — helping us to understand some simple concepts. (Would you believe The Design Files was around before Instagram, and will turn ten in January 2018?!) Lucy’s views on lifestyle and wellness include being purposeful, considered and thoughtful; surrounding yourself with… Continue Reading

Strength Training with Base Body Babes and the Australian Strength Coach


  The Canberra Centre’s home of health and wellbeing, Eden, is back for its second year and with it has come a series of master-classes focused on health, fitness and wellness. We recently popped along to learn all about strength training with one half of the Base Body Babes, Felicia Oreb, and The Australian Strength Coach, Sebastian Oreb. The husband and wife team, together with Felicia’s sister Diana, own Base Gym North Sydney, Base Body Studio and Base Fuel Wholefoods Café. Felicia and Diana, both personal trainers, focus on training women through a combination of strength and circuit style resistance… Continue Reading

H&M is Coming to Canberra – But Do We Really Want It?


  After long term speculation and repeated denial from both the Canberra Centre and the company itself,  it has been announced that we are in fact getting an H&M in Canberra. The fast fashion behemoth is set to open its doors later in the year. We wager that it will reside in the empty double story space left by Dick Smith and the rearrangement of other stores or in the new section above the newly refurbished beauty destination. Time will tell. As exciting as having access to an international brand right at our very own doorstep is, and as much… Continue Reading

Healthy Eating and Holistic Wellness with Hippie Lane


  The Canberra Centre has been bringing their workshop A-game of late. After rolling out a series of amazing beauty masterclasses to coincide with the launch of the new beauty precinct (catch up here), the Canberra Centre has brought back its health and wellness destination Eden for its second year. The first workshop of the Eden Series was a masterclass with Taline Gabrielian, the founder of Hippie Lane, a business centred on holistic health and wellbeing as well as delicious nourishing food. Taline has a huge presence on instagram, a successful app and has just released her first cookbook. But… Continue Reading

A Masterclass with Amy Erbacher


  We were treated to a beauty masterclass at the Canberra Centre last weekend, lead by beauty therapist and wellness expert, Amy Erbacher. With over ten years experience in the wellness industry, we knew we were in the best hands to learn more about skincare with a holistic approach. The aim of the precious hour Amy had with us was to make skincare and beauty simple, to make it easy and accessible to everyone. Here’s what I took away from the session with Amy:   Extrinsic & Intrinsic Factors influencing our skin We need to consider both extrinsic and intrinsic… Continue Reading

Breaking News: Gorman is Officially Coming to Canberra


  You may recall that we speculated the arrival of Gorman, in Canberra a little while ago. Well today friends, we can reveal that it’s official. The cult Australian purveyor of print, colour and whimsy, will be opening a store in the nation’s capital in late September. We discovered the news through a little job ad looking for casual sales assistants on the Gorman website. Does this seem like your dream job? Start prepping your resume because they are asking for a lot.  If you have: ‘strong sales and KPI [key performance indicators] focus, the ability to engage and outfit… Continue Reading

A Masterclass with the Oz Beauty Expert


  I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop at the Canberra Centre with the beautiful Bonnie Gilles. Bonnie is a highly regarded hair and makeup artist as well as the creator of online destination OZ Beauty Expert. Over the course of the workshop Bonnie took us through her tips and tricks for creating a natural, on-trend makeup look. I for one do not consider myself to be on trend in any aspect but I love trying new things and makeup is one thing I enjoy trying in new ways. Especially if it means I have learned a more efficient and flawless way to… Continue Reading

A Masterclass in Makeup with Max May


  Max May is one of Australia’s leading hair and makeup artists whom we were lucky enough to attend a masterclass with at the Canberra Centre. Max’s work has graced the pages of Harpers Bazaar, Oyster, RUUSH, and Elle. And his own website is updated weekly with tips, tricks, tutorials and reviews. Max took us through the must have items in his kit and shared his secrets on creating a beautiful look step by step.   Skin Prep ‘Don’t confuse skin prep with skin care. Skin prep is about maximising the effect of your makeup. If the canvas is not… Continue Reading