A Chat with Sarah Morrison – Musicals, ABBA and Mamma Mia


  I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I am not a fan of musicals. All that sing-talking makes me want to puke into my favourite Miu Miu cat clutch. And yet, despite my propensity to vomit at the mere hint of a sentence that screams to be spoken rather than sung, I actively go and see a lot of musicals. And if they are more of a play interspersed with the occasional song, I confess to rather enjoying myself. The latest musical to come my way is the West End and Broadway smash Mamma Mia, a… Continue Reading

Six Tips For Being a Strategic Leader


  Through Leiden I have found myself leading a team of incredible people. Each of our team members have different needs and work preferences, and work across a wide variety of roles in varied locations around the country. Although I have developed management and leadership experience in my various day jobs, nothing really prepared me for the skills required to lead a large, flexible team all while growing a publication and hopefully a business from scratch. It can be difficult to become an effective leader – it takes a lot of work even if it comes naturally to you. With… Continue Reading

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

Design with Dana Tomic Hughes


  Design is everywhere. From the houses that we live in to the roads that we drive on to the cars that we drive on them in. With design pervading every aspect of our lives it’s no wonder that an annual festival celebrating design and designers is Canberra’s fastest growing festival. Someone who deeply appreciates design in all its glory is Dana Tomic Hughes a self-diagnosed design tragic and founder and editor of online design publication Yellowtrace. And that’s not all: she is an interior designer, design curator adviser and keynote speaker to boot.  We asked interior designer, friend of… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Simone Devine


  Name: Simone Devine Age: 28 What I Do: Jewellery and homewares designer (@simonedevinejewelry) and online content creator.   Describe your Personal Style I’ve always seen it as a playful interpretation of classic. Subtly has never really been my thing. I’m drawn to pieces that are a delicate combination of fun, eclectic and elegant. My style is very emotionally driven. Ultimately I want to feel really excited to wear my chosen outfit.   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? This year I bought a bright orange Vivetta coat which is so oversized you could practically live in… Continue Reading

All About Skin


  Skin. The largest organ on the human body.   Now, I am sure there are some male porn stars who would challenge me on this, but this article is about skin care so let’s keep it classy; at least until I write an article about the other. Back to skin. We slather it with all sorts of stuff to keep it supple and looking good, but do we know what the stuff in our skin care products actually does to benefit our skin? As a long standing beauty bitch, I have used a great deal of product over the… Continue Reading

Chronicle of a Floater


  By now you have probably heard the hype about floatation therapy. All the kids are doing it and raving about how it’s wonderful for your mind and body. Being the curious and open-minded person that I am I embarked on a journey to find out more. My first impression was that ‘floating’ is just jumping into a salty bath and that I would come out with super powers. Then I was lucky enough to meet the beautiful married couple who own the newly opened Pure Zen Floatation rooms in Phillip. Stacey, the owner, told me how she was recommended… Continue Reading