Cult Beauty Destination Has a New Home – The Lab Manuka


  As the landscape of Braddon continues to change, another former stalwart has moved on to greener pastures. As of Monday 2 July, beauty destination The Lab will now call the leafy surrounds of Manuka home. The familiar pink signage can now be spied marking the entrance to a narrow staircase, hidden between Priceline and a shop so nondescript I can no longer recall what it was. Emerging from said staircase, the new Lab is just as airy and light-filled as its previous Braddon home. Bare white walls give way to warm timber floors, windows unobstructed by curtains allow light… Continue Reading

Sapphire Kingston Foreshore – Fashion and Property


  On Thursday night (28 June) we attended a rather interesting event mixing two unlikely bedfellows: fashion and real estate. Our friends at The Fashion Vault joined forces with property developer Keggins to celebrate the launch of Sapphire, the last waterfront development at the Kingston Foreshore in Canberra.     After looking at the floor plans for incredible property we couldn’t afford while sipping on sparkling wine and overdosing on pickles and peppermint slice, we were treated to a popup runway show featuring looks inspired by the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. Four models strode the runway wearing brands like… Continue Reading

Join the Self-Love Movement: The Importance of Self-Love Event


  How often do you prioritise the things in your life which are important to you? The things that make you feel peace, joy, happiness, harmony and love? How often do you do things just for you? You know, without being that person who is also a wife, partner, mother, sister, aunty, friend, doctor, worker, professional, home-maker, chef… that never-ending list of identities we take on as women, forgetting that we too need some TLC.   Tender. Loving. Care. ‘Life is delicious when sweetened with self-love’   And we aren’t just talking about bubble baths and rainbows… we are talking… Continue Reading

Designer Opshop Emporium – Mixing Modern and Vintage


  Is Fyshwick the new Braddon? Given that the # has been used a grand total of six times by the one account, maybe the idea hasn’t caught on quite yet. Fyshwick can, however, count one Braddon expat amongst its ranks, in the newly opened Designer Opshop Emporium. In their new venture, mother and daughter duo Sharyn and Taylor Pitsilos have expanded upon what we came to know and love them for in their Braddon home of five years: a unique mix of modern and vintage. The new Emporium is light, airy, and quite importantly, it’s much larger. Amongst the… Continue Reading

Network of Possibility: An Evening with Sarah Kelly


Networking can be difficult. Handing out business cards like candy, regurgitating your elevator pitch, persuading others of your worth; it can often feel like you aren’t making any genuine connections. The Network of Possibility, founded by executive coach Dr Kim Vella, offers an alternative. The network is a philanthropic initiative that unites community-minded professionals who want to use their time, energy and skills to give back and learn, all while making authentic, lasting connections. In their first event back of 2018 the Network presents an intimate gathering with Sarah Kelly, President of Karinya House, a local organisation supporting vulnerable and… Continue Reading

FaBSoc Women in Creative Industries Panel Event


Last night, Thursday 28 April 2018, we attended the Women in Creative Industries Q&A Discussion Panel, an event organised by the ANU Fashion and Beauty Appreciation Society (FabSoc). The event took place at Rebel Muse with speakers Najima Rasool of successful blog Dusk Avenue, Ashleigh Bujaroski the designer behind the label Summer Paradise Seekers, Alicia Xyrakis owner of Rebel Muse Boutique, and Emma Batchelor, editor of Leiden, discussing the highs and lows of working in a creative industry.   The Space   The Attendees The Panel   Become a member of FaBSoc to stay in the loop about upcoming events… Continue Reading

Rebel Muse and Saloon present a killer runway event ‘Autonomy’


  We have given hope not flowers and performed downward dogs alongside real dogs and now a runway show of epic proportions is taking over Braddon, Canberra as Rebel Muse’s birthday month continues. This Friday (20 April) the premier fashion boutique is teaming up with Canberra’s first blowdry and beauty bar Saloon to present Autonomy, a runway event showcasing pieces from the latest autumn/winter collections from Australia’s top designers. The runway event will feature clothes form the likes of Camilla and Marc, Alice McCall, and Acler presented on models from Devojka Models who will sport locks and makeup by Saloon.… Continue Reading

Love, Shakespeare and Theatre: An Interview with Ray Chong Nee


  Let’s do a little exercise together shall we? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and clear your mind. Now think of a famous couple. Just go with the first thing that pops into your head. Now open your eyes and keep reading.   I’m guessing you probably thought of Kim and Kanye. Or Beyonce and Jay Z. Or perhaps, like Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie whom I just made participate in this exercise, you might even have thought of Bert and Ernie. But let’s take it back a little further in history. Back to the beginnings of the… Continue Reading