Author: Ramesha Perera

One year after yes vote, Canberra gathers to celebrate equality.

Today marks the first anniversary of when Australia waited with baited breath for the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.   Thousands gathered around the country as the vote was announced — more than 80 per cent of eligible Australians participated in the vote, and more than 61 per cent voted yes.  Same-sex marriage legislation passed through Parliament on December 7, and the law came into effect two days later.  Since then, more than 5365 same-sex couples have taken their vows, which is around 5.5 per cent of all marriages. In the ACT, 119 same-sex couples have tied...

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Q&A with Kellie Donovan to change the way you shop

In a world of fast-fashion, Canberra born designer Kelli Donovan merges innovation and eco-friendly designs to produce her latest collection – Native Pollen. Held in Pollinator Week—Kelli, launches her new designs for Pure Pod and will feature inspirational guest speakers, to discuss the direct relationship between the environment and the clothing supply chain, Saturday 17 November 6-8.30pm at Jindii Eco Spa, Acton. Get your tickets here.  To get a better understanding of the ethos behind Pure Pod we sit down with Kelli to discuss her passion to create a cleaner fashion industry. What made you decide to be an ethically conscious brand?...

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Delight in Italian aromas and eat the night away at Lola’s

There’s a good reason people fall in love with Italian food. Anyone who’s ever travelled to Italy has been swept away by the joy of simple flavours and pure ingredients. But you know the drill when you get home, holiday highs result in serious lows and withdrawals. Then you discover Lola’s. Lola’s has personalised takes on popular Italian dishes, presented in a casual manner, in the gritty, urban people-watching spot on Bunda St. It’s food that makes you feel good, with service to match. Newly opened in October, the Italian eatery is an example of what a young and fresh...

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An encounter to remember

The National Zoo and Aquarium was bought in 1998, by the Tindale family and was to run as a big-cat breeding facility. But when the aquarium and land around the site came up for sale, a zoo evolved! Now the National Zoo and Aquarium, is famous for its up close and personal tours and encounters. With encounters such as Meet a Cheetah and Walk on the Wildside, adventures are jam packed with exciting activities that allow you to get a hands-on experience with these exotic animals. Solo no more  First on our list of encounters was Meet a Cheetah Cub, Solo is the newest and youngest member of the...

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Tailored talk with Megan Cannings

This year, FASHFEST is changing it up, with a series of fashion shows at iconic institutions unique to the capital. The 19 October, launch show will be at the magnificent National Gallery of Australia showcasing designs from Charly horn Designs, Megan Cannings Design and Hajar Gala Couture. The queen of cocktail glam and elegant gowns we sit down with the Queensland fashion designer Megan Cannings to discuss her collection and what inspires her. What is your earliest fashion memory? My earliest memory is sewing Dad’s handkerchiefs into a ball gown for my Barbie dolls. How would you describe your design...

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