The Light Within You


  We’ve established a false sense of identity which is not in line with who we really are. A socially constructed set of attributes, formed from a very early age from the way we have been brought up and the environment around us. Many of us grow up with the underlying belief that we are never good enough ‪— so we continually seek new diets/training/clothing/materialistic objects to make us feel better about who we are, not realising in the moment that all of this is just feeding our ego and our false sense of self. The constant pursuit of unattainable… Continue Reading

Leiden Podcast – Episode 11: Chatting Communications with Monica Kade


  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 eleventh episode, Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with communications expert Monica Kade about expressing your truest self, communicating with purpose and balancing running a business alongside everything else. 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.   Links Monica Kade http://www.themomenthq.com/ Monica… Continue Reading

What I Learned From Taking Up Knitting


  When I was a child I had all the promising traits of possessing a gift for creativity: I was constantly churning out drawings of creatures of my own creation and stories about pixies, rabbits and talking cows. At some point, as I got older, my creative brain turned into a scientific one and by the age of eighteen any ounce of creativity had well and truly disappeared. Then, last winter when I was deeply ensconced in studying for my master’s degree and feeling particularly uncreative, I got the idea into my head that I wanted to learn how to… Continue Reading

I See Your Body Shaming and Raise You My No-Holds-Barred Body Acceptance!


  Why does body positivity matter?   We all care about our appearance and in our society, which is obsessed with bodily perfection, there are consequences for girls and women whose bodies do not ― or cannot ― meet social expectations or norms. These consequences are incredibly difficult to escape no matter how hard you try. Fat discrimination at work is real; from assumptions (that fat women are lazy, unhealthy and undisciplined, aren’t as smart, strong or able to do certain things) to fat women earning less than ‘normal’ weight women and men who are overweight or obese. Many women… Continue Reading

On Judgement and Golden Gaytimes


  As many of you may already be aware, TopShop has recently been hosting a Golden Gaytime Crumb Shed pop up. If you didn’t get a chance to go, I can safely say it was so delicious that I would have contemplated another trip up to Sydney purely for another custom made Gaytime. It was doubly exciting for me because ice cream is my favourite food, and to top it off Golden Gaytimes are always one of my top picks. As I was leaving TopShop I came face to face with something that, for a brief moment, kind of killed… Continue Reading

Free Time is the Enemy of Progress


  Casey Neistat is pretty damn cool (in my opinion anyway). If you don’t know his work or who he is, check out his YouTube channel. Casey, best known for his daily vlogs, has worked with companies such as Nike, J.Crew and Mercedes Benz on major advertising campaigns. He’s a filmmaker, producer and entrepreneur living in New York City with some a-list friends including Karlie Kloss, Jack and Finn Harries, and a bunch of other talented creatives. Casey made a bold statement in one of his videos that got me thinking.   ‘Free time is the enemy of progress.’  … Continue Reading

Guest Blogger Back to Bliss: How I’ve come to consider being called Too Much a huge compliment


Someone said something to me recently, that made me feel like I’m “too much”—over the top, too intense. This isn’t the first time I’ve felt like this. In fact, I’ve felt similar judgements ever since I was little girl. I was too loud, too silly, too messy, too emotional, too energetic—the list of “toos” was endless. I want to write about this because I think it is a big, BIG problem in our society. Children are inherently large energies. They have seemingly unlimited life force propelling them through their day (except nap time of course). All they want to do… Continue Reading

My Favourite Beauty Ritual with Bicky Lee


For me, the pamper routine is less of a Sunday afternoon in the tub and is more just taking good care of myself regularly. I am all about the inexpensive, easy, and nourishing rituals. I have detailed below my routine, except, you should know that I never have time to do all of these things at once. But, if I did, here is what I would do:   Skin Treatment I do a skin treatment about once a month or whenever my skin has a major freak out. Before my shower, I wash my face with a warm face flannel… Continue Reading