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Leah-Jane Musch

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Run the World Conference

Key Takeaways from The League Of Extraordinary Women’s ‘Run the World’ Conference

I first discovered the work of The League of Extraordinary Women when I attended the Clare Press book launch for Rise and Resist. The League describes what they do as – “Our mission is to create a community that focuses on connecting female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to form and create authentic relationships and friendships” which is exactly what their Run the World conference was all about. And wow… was I lucky to nab a ticket! 

Considering there was close to 9 hours of non-stop inspiration across the Saturday event, I have decided to share a brief break down of my personal key takeaways from each speaker in the hopes that it will ignite something within you too.

P.s can we take a moment to praise this artwork by my good pal Steph of St Clement Creative?

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Geneva Vanderzeil – A Pair and a Spare

I don’t fan girl too often, but when Geneva walked past me, I lost it. I’d been following her insanely beautiful instagram for more than 6 years, and in my earlier uni days had often experimented with the easy to follow DIY fashion tutorials found on her blog. Her talk was so light, charming and relatable. It felt like the perfect way to kick off a massive day of inspo. My key take aways were:

  • Break the phone addiction and stop letting it rule your life. Setting time limits like no phone between 8pm and 8am is an easy way to start
  • Don’t wake up at check your emails (sounds obvious, but I’m guilty of this!) instead – make a nice cup of tea
  • Stop obsessing over numbers, and instead focus on creating quality content
  • Don’t end your day scrolling

Overall, her talk made me reflect on my current use of social media and how I need to actively start working on ways to tear myself away from the screen, focus on self care and create better content that comes from a more authentic place.

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Ale Wiecek  – Founder and Chief Empathy Officer at Sqr One

Ale was a ball of energy and enthusiasm. This is the kind of person you want on your team when you’re ideating and coming up with business solutions that are going to change the world. The fact that she started her talk by having the audience participate in a “Mexican Wave Poll” was testament to the fact that she doesn’t like to do things traditionally.

  • Stepping out of the box and creating a truly memorable experience for your customer will give an impression that can last a life time
  • To better understand the wants and needs of your customer, you have to empathise and put yourself in their shoes
  • Having “bad ideas” is part of the process. Fail and move on.
  • Being goofy and playful helps strip away the rigidness that can come with running a business and instead opens you up to new ideas

Her talk was fun, optimistic, energetic and packed full of useful tools.

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Women and Work Panel  – Jessy Cameron of Molten Store, Jasmine Dowling of Studio Jasmine, Helen Jacobs, psychic at @helenjacobs.co and Alison Rice of Offline the Podcast

This panel addressed all the challenges facing working Women today, and weaved in and out of so many interesting topics.

  • Jessy Cameron – “The day you start your business is the most wrong you’ll ever be”. Jessy shared so many good insights about the ups, downs and pivots of owning your own business. She talked about the importance of having first hand, face to face customer feedback in order find holes in your product and make it better. My strongest takeaway was to remain flexible and to roll with the punches if you want to grow.
  • Jasmine Dowling – The best thing about hearing Jasmine talk was how much I related to her struggle with self censorship on instagram. She shared about how she got to a point where she felt too afraid to write or post anything out of fear of offending or hurting someone, which is often how I feel. What it came down to was that at the end the day, when someone has a problem with you, it’s their problem. You can’t make everyone happy, and everyone won’t always like you, and that’s ok. You do you. It was refreshing to see someone with such a massive following be so honest and candid.
  • Helen Jacobs – I thought it was great the way she takes time to prepares herself mentally and physically for events such as the conference, which will inevitably be energetically draining. Prioritising self care is key. Mediation and grounding exercises help her from absorbing the energy from all the people she interacts with.
  • Alison Rice – She actually made me want to experiment with Podcasting! Her confidence and strong demeanour made me feel like I can really tackle whatever business/workplace challenges come my way.

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Fash Fashun, The Real VAMFF

I’ve been going through a thing lately. An existential kind of thing. I feel like I’m starting to look at fashion and social media differently, and almost see through it in a way I couldn’t before. I feel like I’ve spiritually levelled up after a d&m with my soul sister @jacqfruit.music.

As this epiphany happened right before fashion week, I felt suddenly deeply anxious about my two frivolous upcoming weekends. Jac advised me to find the “real” fashion events, the gritty underground stuff, the stuff that pushes buttons, crosses boundaries, the stuff that has drawn me to this world in the first place. So I did.

I had seen @tenfingerz post about an event in collaboration with Famous Artist @sebastianberto. Epic bags of dirty clothing were being piled inside a shipping container. There was a call out for creatives to attend the event, swim through the nasty piles of landfill-destined clothing and create a look that would then be modelled straight down the runway, #fastfashun. I knew I had to be part of this, so @monutella and I carved out time in our afternoon to visit @testinggrounds and put together an entire look in 1 hour.

I was instantly drawn to a fitted Topshop work jacket, and a tacky floral polyester dress. We pulled out bits and pieces in some kind of colour scheme from the piles of clothing and gathered them into a corner in the shade. Next, we found scissors, safety pins and elastic bands. There were options to use sewing machines and hot glue, but as time was of the essence we used this rapid styling and inspiration. We ripped, shredded, tied, pinned, coiled and knotted a head to knee look (shoes not included, except for one baby sneaker tied as a necklace).

The runway was sectioned off by clothing strewn into the shape of a catwalk, and Tenfingers was a glamourous MC. There was even a cute mini model – baby Matilda, who was a show stealer. I was in awe of the creativity in every single one of these looks, they were endlessly interesting and such statement makers. The models were real, diverse, inclusive and fun! This was by far one of my favourite events I attended during all of VAMFF.

Enjoy these photos and marvel at the fact that I found the real good fashion stuff. Only more of that from now on, dear readers.

To support and help fun the important project at the heart of this event, head to www.fastfashun.com

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In Vogue

It’s a dream come true – I’ve finally made it onto the pages of Vogue Magazine, out today. I was one of 8 world changing millennials invited to participate in a round table interview discussing all the hot topics. The photographer shot on film, and by the end of the session I felt like I’d truly connected with every single person there. Bravo to Vogue for being forward thinking and inclusive enough to do a story like this.

Click the articles to zoom and read.

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Biome Clothes Swap

When I recently hosted a Clothes Swap as part of my new role at Biome, I had to find somewhere for all the unwanted clothes to go at the end of the event. I reached out to a small, local Women’s shelter in the hopes that they wouldn’t be one of the charities recently inundated with clothing after the recent Marie Kondo nextflix special.

When I called, the man on the phone told me that they currently had 12 women in their care, and 12 SHIPPING CONTAINERS worth of clothing donations.

Read the full story in the blog post I wrote for Biome by clicking HERE

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Fashion, Fashion Hack

The Fabric Store ‘Little Black Dress’ Fashion Hack Tutorial

After an overwhelming response to the fashion hack I did on The Fabric Stores Little Black Dress for charity, I decided to create a video tutorial and free downloadable pattern so that you can make one at home too!

I purchased my two dresses for $25 each, and $7 from each dress will support Orange Sky – a Brisbane Charity that helps to positively connect people experiencing homelessness through free laundry, showers and conversation.

This hack is pretty simple and is suitable for beginners to established sewers. It involves first hemming the maxi dress and transforming it into a cocktail length. Next, you use the excess fabric from the hem to create two ruffles which are then topstiched onto the dress. Piece of cake!

I’ve created a free downloadable PDF pattern of the shoulder frill right here –  Shoulder Frill Pattern

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