Leiden Podcast – Episode 13: A Fashion Revolution


  This is Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. After a brief hiatus we are back with a new episode recorded in the wake of Fashion Revolution Week which took place in late April. In our thirteenth episode Leiden editor Emma Batchelor discusses ethical and sustainable fashion and why the fashion industry needs to evolve. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle are produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez. Our artwork… Continue Reading

A Few Ways to Make Your Period More Sustainable


  Bleeding, cramps, mood swings: the crimson wave not only has an impact on your body and your bank account, it also has effects the environment. During her lifetime, the average women will throw away 10,000 to 15,000 pads and tampons[i]. In Australia that equates to approximately 18 thousand metric tonnes of sanitary waste that goes into landfill every year[ii]. Once those products end up in landfill it takes an incredible 500–800 years for them to break down[iii]. Here are some options that are kinder on the environment, help reduce sanitary waste and can save you some dollars. Get a… Continue Reading

How to Become a Conscious Fashion Consumer


  Since putting together Building a Conscious Wardrobe alongside my lovely friend Lexi Keelan, I have radically revaluated the way I think about fashion. I am buying less and buying better, I am caring for what I have and I am being more mindful about how I dispose of what I no longer need. And I am feeling pretty darn good. A by-product of all this change is the debate about ethical and sustainable fashion I now find myself engaging in regularly with my friends and family and in particular with my mum.   Here is an excerpt from our… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Nikki Hogan


  Name: Nikki Hogan Age: 44 What I do: Eco-clothing advocate, fashion student and op-shopper. Also Fundraising Coordinator for a national health charity.   Describe your Personal Style Classic, elegant with a rebellious, romantic streak.   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? Riders by Lee – denim jeans Sportscraft – cream trousers (thrifted) Luca & Marc – lyocell pants (thrifted) SportEight – vintage blazer (thrifted) Voltan 1898 – cream ballet flats with black edging Diana Ferrari – platinum laceup plimsoles Sandler – tan leather peep toe wedges (thrifted) Variety of tank tops by Caroline Morgan, Marcs, SheThing,… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Ethically Kate


  Name: Kate Hall Age: 21 What I do: Ethical fashion writer, brand advocate, and entrepreneur   Describe your Personal Style My style is quirky and eclectic, with a side of class and simplicity. I know that describes pretty much every style, but it’s true that I dress differently depending on the day and mood. I’m excited by colour, and love being the only one in the room in a skirt with unicorns and elephants. Some days I go for classic looks, as I adore all things vintage. I think everyone must have quite different first impressions of me.  … Continue Reading

Leiden Podcast – Episode 9: Ethical Fashion with Charne from Maak


  This is Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. In our ninth episode Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with fashion designer Charne Esterhuizen of MAAK, a clothing label that centres on future fashion. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle are produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez. Our artwork features an illustration of the ‘Leiden girl’ by Johanna Dziadkiewicz.

Things to Consider Before Choosing From Trending Organic Skin Care Brands


It is quite hard to resist buying a trending organic skin care product that everyone is talking about. In the recent past, organic skin care products have taken the beauty market by force. Currently, there are many highly effective and innovative chic brands. With the many options available, making a choice can be quite intimidating especially for someone transitioning to a new regime. Some products have organic labels, but the ingredients do not reflect anything organic. Due to the lack of agreement on what constitutes organic or natural formulation in Australia, consumers are considering many factors before purchasing trending organic… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Nina Gbor


  Name: Nina Gbor What I do: Eco Stylist (Personal stylist with a focus on sustainability)   Describe your Personal Style My personal style is an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary pieces that I style in dramatic, feminine, edgy and creative looks. I like bright, bold colours and unusual pieces that are not on-trend. I wear a lot of full circle vintage dresses from the 40s and 50s for instance. Everything I wear is a reflection of how I’m feeling or something to make me happy.   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? Usually dresses that… Continue Reading