Leiden Podcast – Episode 1: A Rundown on FASHFEST


  What’s that? We have started a podcast? That’s right! Welcome to 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 first episode we unpack our experience at Canberra’s fashion festival FASHFEST. Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with contributors Miriam Walsh and Cleo Pilcher about the fashion, the makeup, the music and highs and lows of the festival. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle is produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez.… 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

My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 2 – The Big Reveal


  As you all know from my incessant instagram-storying I have been doing the F45 8-Week Challenge. If you missed out on why I have signed up for this rather full on exercise and nutrition challenge you can catch up here. I have been keeping a diary throughout my ordeal (sorry, I really did mean to say joyous experience) on the off chance that anyone who reads this feels inspired to take part next time and wants a thorough understanding of what is involved.   Week Five After being rather naughty nutrition wise the weekend before in Sydney, I was… Continue Reading

Don’t Go Against The Grain


  I have a confession to make: I love bread. That’s probably not surprising but what might surprise you is bread or grain based foods are an essential food group we should all be eating every day. Now I know anything made out of grains or whole grains like pasta, breads and cereals have copped a beating over the past few years by those who think they cause a range of diseases like obesity, diabetes, leaky gut and systemic inflammation, but I’m here to tell you that is all rubbish. Before we go any further I want to make it… 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

Don’t Ruin Your Metabolism


  In the ever ongoing pursuit to look the way society tells us, people all over the world go on diets and exercise programs to achieve the ideal look and shape. When people start this journey, changing what they eat is par for the course. Science tells us when you eat less food, below the bodies energy requirements, you lose weight. Obviously you want the weight loss to come from body fat, with minimal amounts coming from muscle mass. This is why combining exercise with reduced food intake is great for losing fat and increasing or maintaining muscle mass. When… Continue Reading

My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 1


  As you all know I am doing the F45 8-Week Challenge. If you missed out on why I have signed up for this rather full on exercise and nutrition challenge you can catch up here. I have been keeping a diary throughout my ordeal (sorry, I really did mean to say joyous experience) on the off chance anyone who reads this feels inspired to take part and wants a thorough understanding of what is involved.   The Lead Up I started at my local F45 studio three weeks before the Challenge started and from the get go there were… Continue Reading

Inside the Ancient Practice of Tai Chi


  Tai chi is an ancient exercise art of health building, power development and inward advancement. A holistic art, tai chi has centuries of evidence showing that it can meld the mind, body and spirit into one. The goals of tai chi are multidimensional with a strong emphasis on how to keep your body as young as possible as you go through each phase of your life. A class in tai chi is geared towards boosting your level of health. This is achieved through deliberate, slowed down movements which strongly affect the nervous system and tendons. Tai chi movements are… Continue Reading