Monthly Archives: December 2016

Summer ChinWag out Now!

Download your copy of ChinWag from ACT Rescue and Foster at, and read about Dogs in the Workplace, Renting with Pets, how to Keep Cool in summer, and dealing with Separation Anxiety in your dog, plus our usual What’s your Breed? Where are they Now? and Recently Adopted sections.


Our cover dog for summer is Tuppence who came into care from Goulburn Pound in NSW. She is a gorgeous mixed breed aged around 12 months, and is celebrating our 12 Dogs of Christmas on our FB page. Cover photo by Mark Turner Images


Christmas Pampered Pavs!

Why is a pav always round? We don’t have the answer, but we do know it won’t ban you from family get-togethers if it’s not. So for Christmas … be bold and adventurous and take this quintessential Aussie dessert and turn it into a Christmas centrepiece!

Christmas wreath pavlova with berries and holly

Christmas wreath pavlova with berries and mint leaves

It’s amazing what you can do with a pav. Forget round, and make a wreath, a Christmas tree, gingerbread man, or yule log. Check our basic pav recipe below, and just add a Christmas theme, a bit of colour and bingo!—the Christmas Pampered Pav!

Christmas tree pavlova

Christmas tree pavlova

What you need: 6 egg whites, 1.1/2 cups caster sugar, ½ cup white sugar, 2 tablespoons cornflour, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, plus cream and berries, or whatever else you want, for decoration.

Yule log pavlova

Yule log pavlova

What you do: Step one (and before doing anything else) is to place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray, and draw the outline of the shape of the pav onto the paper, and pre-heat fan-forced oven to 180 degrees celcius*. Then … beat the egg whites until stiff shiny peaks form, and add the caster sugar, a spoonful at a time, to the egg whites and mix until mixture becomes thick and glossy. Mix the white sugar and cornflour together and gently fold the mixture and the lemon juice into the egg white mix. Spoon the mixture into the drawn shape on the baking paper, turn the oven down to 150 degrees, and bake for approximately 1 hour until dry to the touch. Allow to cool in the oven with the oven door slightly open. The meringue should be dry and crisp on the outside and slight soft and gooey on the inside. When cool, decorate with your choice of fruit, and cream or custard.

Christmas wreath with red berries and holly

Christmas wreath with red berries, cherries, pomegranate, and holly

*Different recipes suggest different temperatures and timing, but we have used Nigella Lawson’s (aka The Goddess of Baking) temperature and timing.

Individual mini pavlova with berries and custard

Individual mini pavlova with berries and custard

‘Tis the Season to be cheery!

It’s summer and it’s holidays; time to kick back, put your feet up and relax. So cocktails or mocktails—what’s your favourite? Here at LFW we’re sort of into healthy eating (and drinking) so in the interest of keeping healthy we cut out the creamy cocktails and added fruit and fruit juice—well, it’s fruit right … so it must be good!

Classic Cocktails

Tropical Mai-tai and Magarita

Tropical Mai-tai and Magarita

Here’s our pick for some classic cocktails  to celebrate the season or welcome 2017! So get your shaker and little parasols ready and read on! Cheers!



Bellini Cocktail—although this was invented in Venice, Italy in the 1930s, it’s a great Aussie cocktail using fresh Australian summer peaches. Get a couple of nice soft’ish peaches and peel and chop. Place in a blender and whiz until pureed. Pour into a champagne flute and top with chilled Prosecco.

Classic Champagne Cocktail (serves 6)—place a sugar cube in each champagne glass and drizzle with four drops of Angostura Bitters. Cover the sugar cube with brandy, and top with chilled champagne or sparkling wine.

Daiquiri—this is super easy and you can whiz up in a blender. Start with 50ml of white rum (Ron Bacardi is a good choice), then add 10ml of freshly squeezed lime juice, 5 ripe strawberries, and sugar syrup to taste. Whiz it up with 4 ice cubes and pour into a Margarita glass. You can find sugar syrup at any good wine shop.


Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Mai Tai—this is one of our all-time fave cocktails!  What you need: 30ml white rum, 30ml dark rum, 30ml orange juice, 30ml pineapple juice,15ml Triple Sec. What you do: pop a few ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, and add all ingredients. Shake well and pour into a tall glass.

Margarita (serves 4)—in a large jug combine ¾ cup tequila, ½ cup fresh lime juice (between 4 and 6 limes), ½ cup Triple Sec or Cointreau, ½ cup water. Dip the rims of four Margarita glasses in lime juice then into salt to coat the rims. Add a couple of ice cubes to the glasses and pour over the Margarita. Garnish with lime slices.



Mojito—another of our all-times faves, this is nice and light and summery, and super easy to make. What you need: 1 fresh lime cut into pieces, 10ml sugar syrup, 2 tablesp fresh mint leaves, 50ml white rum, soda water, and 1 sprig of mint. What you do: place the lime, sugar, and mint into a cocktail shaker and muddle (mash) with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add the rum and stir well, then pour into a tall glass and add soda water until the glass is full. Garnish with the sprig of mint.

Classic Mojito

Classic Mojito

Magic Mocktails

Mocktails are non-alcoholic cocktails and are great if you’re the designated driver and don’t want to look like a wimp sipping on a mineral water.

m-blueberry_smashBlueberry Smash—a handful of blueberries, 10ml sugar syrup, 25ml fresh lemon juice, 100ml sparkling mineral water. Gently muddle the blueberries and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add lemon juice and ice and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a tall glass, top with sparkling mineral water and stir to combine.

Lemon Island Iced Tea—make the tea beforehand and chill in the fridge. When cold place in a cocktail shaker with 50ml lychee juice, 10ml sugar syrup, 10ml fresh lemon juice. Pour over crushed ice into a tall glass and decorate with a stick of lemon grass.

Mockito Cooler

Mockito Cooler

Mockito Cooler—looks just like a Mojito! Combine together 4 cups of coconut water, 2 cucumbers (thinly sliced), ½ cup lime juice, ¼ cup sugar (optional if you like your drinks sweet), and ¼ cup chopped mint leaves. Chill for up to 2 hours before serving.

Pineapple Cobbler—this is a really neat non-alcoholic drink and looks great if you dress it up with a little umbrella or some small pieces of fruit on a toothpick and placed across the glass. Shake together 10ml of lime juice and 75ml of pineapple juice, and pour over ice into a tall glass. Add soda water to about ¾ of the way up the glass, and gently pour the strawberry juice on the top so it floats.


FASHFEST 2017 dates announced!

It’s hard to fathom that it’s time to start filling up our 2017 calendars, with the New Year just around the corner, but FASHFEST has got out early with its 2017 dates—28 to 30 September. So if you’re keen to be seen at Canberra’s biggest, annual red-carpet fashion event, pop these dates in your diary.

Assemblage Project on the catwalk - photo by Samantha Taylor

Assemblage Project on the catwalk – photo by Samantha Taylor

“We chose September again because it aligns FASHFEST with Australia’s overall fashion calendar,” says Andrea Hutchinson, Managing Director. “It’s perfect for spring fashion season and the kick start of Canberra’s major tourist season.”

True to its beginnings, FASHFEST—now in its fifth year—will showcase the talent of local and independent designers. It will also continue to push out the work of many other creatives who make the show a gold-star event, including film, music, art, photography, makeup, hair and more. Organisers are also already on the hunt for new labels from interstate and overseas, to keep the event growing and growing, says Andrea, so guests can expect new designers on the catwalks.

Sovata - photo by Doug Hall

Sovata – photo by Doug Hall

Here at LFW, we love how FASHFEST is unique each year and look forward to new talent. But we also hope our faves from 2016 will be on show including Zilpah tart whose gorgeous Canberra themed prints turn fashion into art, and Sovata who makes the most stunning headwear that complements every outfit. Pure Pod designs beautiful and wearable eco-friendly clothing, and who can forget the stunning designs from 17 year old Charly Thorn from Cooma—we would love to see her back next year. Another of our favourites is Assemblage Project which is a collective of designers including Karen Lee, SZN, Wendy Voon, and High Tea with Mrs Woo. You can find out more about our local favourites on their website or Facebook page.

Pure Pod at FASHFEST 2016 - photo by wearefoundau

Pure Pod at FASHFEST 2016 – photo by wearefoundau

And didn’t we just love the foyer action this year. Fletcher Lovell shoes, Harlotte hair and make-up, Pialligo Farm—with their delish smokehouse goods, and our very own fast FASHFEST illustrator. Who will we see in the foyer next year?

Harlotte - photo by anitaentriken

Harlotte in the foyer – photo by Anita Entriken

Heavy duty planning is already underway for next year’s event, which will again be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra.

Amazing designs from 17 year old Charly Thorn - photo by Samantha Taylor

Amazing designs from 17 year old Charly Thorn – photo by Samantha Taylor

FASHFEST is here to stay, with CEO Clint Hutchinson is leaving his full-time job as Managing Director of Zoo Group in the next week or so to dedicate even more time and energy to the event. “FASHFEST has grown rapidly over the past five years and now demands more attention to refine and expand it,” says Clint. “Stepping down from my full-time role will help me and Andrea take FASHFEST 2017 to the next level. We’ll also roll out exciting pop-ups and activations throughout the city.”

Zilpah tart - photo by Samantha Taylor

Zilpah tart – photo by Samantha Taylor

In 2016, for the first time, FASHFEST curated a special segment on the runway to show support for the work of a selected charity and The Red Segment featured the work of 12 designers all in red or featuring red, in support of the Heart Foundation. The 2017 charity has not yet been selected.

Andrea and Clint Hutchinson

Andrea and Clint Hutchinson

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Santa Claus is already in Town!

By the LFW team. It’s countdown to Christmas! Do yourself a big favour. Make a list. Check it twice. And get your shopping done early, far, far away from the madding crowds and before the summer heat settles in.

CARDIF Collective is hosting Christmas Cheers this Wednesday 7 December with drinks, nibbles, fashion, and gifts galore! Meet the designers and shop local—Santa won’t mind.

In my Element fused glass

In my Element fused glass

CARDIF Collective stocks the creative work of more than 35 designers and makers, the largest number housed in one store in the inner South, if not Canberra. The range includes men’s, women’s and kid’s fashion, jewellery, homewares, ceramics, fabrics and haberdashery.

Ear-rings by Tangs design

Ear-rings by Tangs design

Stocking stuffers are easy to source, including loop scarves by Zilpah Tart, made with exclusive fabric prints featuring photographs taken in Canberra, and loop scarves lovingly made of gorgeous men’s silk ties (all original) by Alchemy jewellery. And you can’t go wrong with men’s and women’s cool t-shirts by We will Multiply or I Heart Threads. Zilpah Tart also sells what designer Yumi Morrissey is calling The Perfect Christmas Dress in her bright red Vivid print. The t-shirt dress is Zilpah Tart’s best-selling design.

Yumi’s perfect Christmas dress— Photographer - Tracy Lee Photography; Model Ashley Perry - Devojka Models; HMUA - Hayley Boyle

Yumi’s perfect Christmas dress— Photo by Zilpah tart; Steph Church Makeup; Model: Rochelle Tiley

New lifestyle fashion by ethical and sustainable Pure Pod, from the collection launched at FASHFEST, has just arrived in-store as have new designs by Fujinella with pieces created from a monotone colour palette that will fit into any wardrobe. Jewellery lovers will find themselves in heaven. A new jewellery designer to CARDIF Collective is Aurelia Grigore-Reid, who creates with pieces with a range of materials including gemstones, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Connie Dimas creates jewellery with soft sophisticated shapes. New pieces are in store by Tangs Design, and they’re great value. Silver smithing and woodworking feature in Sarah Bourke’s jewellery—100 per cent handcrafted from Australian and exotic hardwoods. Seraglio Designs are timelessly elegant and sophisticated and come in amazing colours. Other jewellers include  Dint, Pip Keane Designs, Anne Masters and Classy Glass.



For the little ones in your life, you won’t go wrong with pieces by Kinderhoonz by designer Hannah Hoyne, who is also a sculptor and performance artist. Kiva made for fun sell functional, unisex, everyday wear for children from birth to five years. And an all-time fav, Wombat and Poss, is also instore.



CARDIF Collective’s line of homewares is growing and now includes fine products by Hart Ceramics and FRattempo,  macramé by Annette Boyd, and unique pieces by In My Element Glass Design (which also sells jewellery and cufflinks).

Pure Pod — Photo by Zilpah Tart; Steph Church Makeup; Model: Rochelle Riley

Pure Pod — Photographer – Tracy Lee Photography; Model Ashley Perry – Devojka Models; HMUA – Hayley Boyle

CARDIF Collective Christmas Cheers is on Wednesday 7 December, 6pm to 9pm. If you haven’t been to CARDIF Collective before, it’s easy to find. Get to the Cusack Centre, Green Square, Kingston and head up the stairs. You can’t miss it.

Autumn trees loop scarf by Zilpah tart

Autumn trees loop scarf by Zilpah tart

Tick Tock. Buy a watch.

By the LFW team

sunrise-watchThe Managing Founder of Millennial Watches says the time was right to open his own business. Riley Tanton looked for more than six months for a good looking and affordable watch that didn’t weigh a tonne. When he couldn’t find one he liked, he filled the gap by designing and manufacturing his own. But here’s the catch. Riley is just 17 years of age. Yup. Just 17.

It’s fair to say that Riley isn’t new to business. He became an entrepreneur in Grade 6, selling drinks out of his locker at school. “I’ve always had a passion for business and want to stay in business,” says Riley. “I’m thinking of property development, but for now it’s Millennial Watches which I produce believing that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

If you’re looking for a great watch for yourself, or a fab Christmas present for someone special, simply head to Riley’s website and order online. Sure, sure, you can check the time on your phone or tablet or whatever device you have on hand, but a stylish watch is always going to be a fashion statement. As further inspiration, Riley donates $3.50 from every online sale (watches are $59.70) to The Garvan Institute for Medical Research.

Riley launched Millennial Watches with six styles, including the Alpine, with a snow-white leather strap and case, and Sunrise, with white strap and rose gold case is very pretty. The Australis, with its tan strap and gold case is très chic. The Midnight—black on black—is super slick and Riley says the Maple with a tan strap and silver case is super popular. Other styles are also

Riley’s days are incredibly busy. He’s on the lake at the crack of dawn with his rowing club mates. Then it’s off to a day of studying at Canberra Grammar, and then working on his business. The first batch of watches is due to arrive this week so Riley will soon be ‘head down, bum up’ shipping orders.

white-watchQuality was the name of the game when designing and manufacturing the watches. Each includes a powerful and reliable Japanese movement, and the watches are water proof, with long-lasting batteries and high-grade leather straps. Each watch comes in a box, carefully wrapped around a pillow square for protection.

It’s no mean feat to start your own business, and it’s never without challenges. For Riley, major challenges included raising funds—he did so through crowd funding—and finding a reputable manufacturer overseas, which he did so through a global trade website connecting buyers and suppliers. After much research, Riley settled on a manufacturer in Shenzhen, China. He worked with the manufacturer to refine and test samples and then more samples, until together they perfected an elegant design that looks stylish on fashion conscious men and women.

Riley with Clint Hutchinson  - photo by Leighton Hutchinson

Riley with Clint Hutchinson – photo by Leighton Hutchinson

Riley was chuffed that one of his watches was worn to FASHFEST by Chief Executive Officer Clint Hutchinson. Clint, himself a Grammar Boy, was invited to the school to talk to students about entrepreneurship, focusing on his own business endeavours. He told the students to grab every opportunity, which Riley promptly did. After the talk, Riley approached Clint and asked if he would wear a watch to FASHFEST—he did.

If all goes well with this run of watches, Riley will look to introduce a seventh style, called the Royal. And Royal it will be. Blue strap, blue face and rose gold case. Very nice indeed.