Christmas table setting with Terri Winter from top3 by design


  Just like that another Christmas has snuck up on us. With the countdown now on it is well and truly time to start preparing. Sourcing the perfect gifts, cleaning the house, planning a meal; while Christmas is a time for meaningful connection with our loved ones, it can quickly become overwhelming with so much to do. We can help you with at least one task on your list, possibly two. Terri Winter, founder of retail concept store top3 by design, is no stranger to setting a beautiful, thoughtful table.  We caught up with Terri ahead of a Christmas Table… Continue Reading

How to Style – 5 Festive Outfits


At Leiden we love dressing to theme and there is nothing that floats our boat quite like festive dressing. Rather than reaching for your tried and trusted Christmas t-shirt or jumper (although these are both very good options), we suggest you rifle through your closet and see what else you can find in a Christmas colour palette and have a play. After such a rifle in my own wardrobe, I present to you a few festive options. My modus operendi was to make use of anything red, green and metallic.   A Subtle Nod to The Season Top: Vintage Chanel… Continue Reading

Once you realise that Love Actually is actually bad, can you still enjoy it?


  It’s a pretty well known fact now that Love Actually is actually a deeply problematic film. Lindy West has written a truly spectacular take down that you can read in full here , but to sum up the main points, the women barely ever talk, if they do have a bit of a personality they’re punished for it, most of the men are actually terrible people who are somehow magically all rewarded with a woman at then end of the film and then, you know, the whole woman being flattered by her husband’s best friend literally stalking her thing.… Continue Reading

Ori Building Christmas Shopping Night


It’s that time of year again. Battling to get a car park, jostling up against fellow shoppers as you navigate the street, getting uncomfortably close to a stranger as you reach around them to grab the last pair of sushi socks you know your BFF will love before someone else snaps them up. Christmas shopping can be stressful, uncomfortable and a little bit sweaty. But it needn’t always be this way. The traders in Braddon’s Ori Building are well known for throwing a great shopping night and their Christmas event, taking place this Thursday evening, will be no exception. As… Continue Reading

Christmas with a few of Leiden’s Contributors


  This time of year looks different for everyone. For some, Christmas means spending time with family. For others it might mean running from one obligation to another, trying to hit as many celebrations in one day as possible. Christmas may mean spending time with friends, heading to church, eating far too much or it might just be another public holiday. We asked a few of our Contributors what the holiday season means to them.     Emma Batchelor For me Christmas time is family time. We have lunch with my Nanny and Poppy who live just next door and… Continue Reading

Ori Building Christmas Shopping Event


  With Christmas less than a month away it’s time to start shopping. And where better to find something for everyone (including your hard to buy for aunt) than from one of the unique stores in Braddon’s Ori Building.  Not only will there be a grazing table of delicious Christmas delights from Woodbrook catering, shoppers will also enjoy live music, champagne and a complimentary gift-wrapping service. Many of the stores will be channelling the spirit of Christmas, with some special offers available on the night:   Barrio – This haven for coffee drinkers will be open for dinner. It’s BYO… Continue Reading