Independent Togetherness – Addressing the Stigma of Remaining Unmarried


  Jesse and I have been a couple for almost five years. We own a home together. We have similar core values. We actively plan for our shared future. We are unmarried. And have no plans of becoming so. And up until recently, I have been very happy with this mutually made decision. Our relationship centres on our self-devised philosophy of independent togetherness. Although we are navigating our lives together, we maintain an element of separateness, which suits our respective temperaments and situations. Jesse requires alone time to recharge; I am often out and about attending events and taking meetings,… Continue Reading

iPhone photos vs Profesh Photos on Instagram – Which is Better?


  I was procrastinating on Instagram after work a while ago when I came upon particular Instastory shared by my girl crush Leandra Medine/Cohen and got rather excited. It turned out that she was writing a story about ‘why iPhone photos shit on professional shots on Instagram.’ This is a topic I have many an opinion on so as per her request (‘do you have any salient opinions? Send them to me in a DM if so! Send cookies by mail if not’) I sent her a message right away. I am still waiting for her to reply but deep… Continue Reading

I Have a Bone to Pick with Who What Wear


  Nearly every day an email from American style site Who What Wear drops into my inbox. For the most part, my morning scroll through my email inbox before I head off to the gym leaves me feeling informed and often inspired, but when it comes to emails from Who What Wear I generally end up pissy. And it’s because of article titles like this:   ‘5 Items That Make Women Scientifically More Attractive to Men’ ― because of course the whole reason I get dressed in the morning is to be more attractive to men. ‘15 Items All Men… Continue Reading

Beware the Black Friday Sale Frenzy


  It seems traces of American culture are slowly creeping into our Australian way of life. First it was Halloween filling our social media feeds with over the top costumes and elaborate beauty looks. Now it’s the Black Friday sales. Lately every time I open my email or scroll through Facebook someone is telling me to get ready for Black Friday because a bargain is coming. In America, Black Friday and its sister, Cyber Monday, mean big business. This four-day weekend retail bonanza kicks off the holiday season, with 30% of the entire seasons sales taking place on Black Friday.… Continue Reading

Does FASHFEST Still Pass the FASH-test?


  Note from the Author: When researching and writing this article I have found myself on a journey clouded by passionate opinions, varied perceptions and anonymous disclosures. I have questioned the ethics of speaking up versus staying quiet and what the role of a publication such as this is and should be within the Canberra fashion community. In publishing this story Leiden hopes to spark a conversation about fashion, design and creativity and what we all, from the people who sew each garment through to those sitting in the stands admiring them, want that to be celebrated in our home… Continue Reading

H&M is Coming to Canberra – But Do We Really Want It?


  After long term speculation and repeated denial from both the Canberra Centre and the company itself,  it has been announced that we are in fact getting an H&M in Canberra. The fast fashion behemoth is set to open its doors later in the year. We wager that it will reside in the empty double story space left by Dick Smith and the rearrangement of other stores or in the new section above the newly refurbished beauty destination. Time will tell. As exciting as having access to an international brand right at our very own doorstep is, and as much… Continue Reading

Musings on That Flighty Temptress: Personal Style


  A few months ago I read an article penned by one of my personal idols, Leandra Medine. It was titled Is Personal Style Thoughtful Anymore? After immersing herself in re-watching Sex and the City, Leandra came to the conclusion that Carrie Bradshaw’s sense of style was ‘thoughtful’, something that, for Leandra, is a rarity that almost transcends the notion of style itself. She also came to the conclusion that the women who’s personal style she most admired weren’t those who’s dress sense she wanted to emulate but were rather women who use what they wear to truly express themselves regardless of the opinion of… Continue Reading

The Trouble With Hair


  I have recently been getting a lot of positive feedback about my hair, which, while lovely, has lead me to reflect on why this might be. I am actually quite bad with my hair. Sheree, our lovely contributor who is also my hairdresser, can attest. But first some context. You have probably noticed from the many photos getting around of me that I love clothes. I love clothes so much that I regularly spend all my spare money (and even money I don’t have) on all the pretty things that call out to me, wooing me with their siren… Continue Reading