A photo from Paolo Sebastian's 2011 show

A photo from Paolo Sebastian’s 2011 show. Picture: Jo Grace Photography

Five years ago I started The Urban Silhouette because I wanted to have something just for myself: a place where I could write about fashion in any way I saw fit – one of my favourite topics for as long as I can remember.

Fast-forward five years and TUS has had tremendous success, in large part thanks to the efforts of the many creatives I’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years.

I’ve been lucky to attend fashion events right across Australia and interview designers and celebrities the likes of whom I’d once only dreamed of meeting.

In some small way this blog also helped me to land a gig as a sub editor at Burberry HQ in London for a year – an opportunity I’ll always be grateful for.

There’s so much I love about the fashion industry and especially the Australian fashion industry; it’s inventive, it’s dynamic and it’s full of clever creatives.

Plus I find there’s a sense of escapism that comes with fashion… As a political adviser, at times it’s a much-needed diversion from the seriousness of day to day life and the many challenges we face as a society.

A photo from our Avant Garde photo shoot in 2013. Picture: Jesse Mullins

A photo from our Avant Garde photo shoot in 2013. Picture: Jesse Mullins

Taking a break isn’t going to be easy, but if this year’s taught me anything, it’s that “having it all” can come at a price.

I’ve been trying to balance full-time work, various Boards and committees, a freelance writing gig and TUS. Oh, and I’m 17 weeks pregnant to top it off!

Friends often wondered how I was getting it all done, but the truth is spreading yourself too thin comes at a price to your sleep, your health and sometimes your sanity.

So it’s time for me to take a step back from a bunch of my commitments, including TUS, while I prepare for what I hear is a pretty life changing event: having a child.

I want to thank all of the readers who have supported my escapades over the years, the designers who have allowed me into their worlds, and I especially want to thank the team who have supported me in making this site great. In particular I’d like to thank Josh Pugh from Identiti Web Development for keeping this site running; Anthony Adams – makeup guru extraordinaire and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met; Jaki Woods, one of the hardest working young creatives in Adelaide right now; and recent contributors Demeter Scanlon and Emma Hosking for all of their help. I’d also like to thank other recent contributors including Lucy Ahern and Matilda Conlon for all of their editing efforts while I was living it up in London town (even though it feels like a lifetime ago now!)

I’ll be back in some capacity in mid-late 2016 with a fresh new look (for the site, not me!) and possibly a slightly different slant on fashion, travel and life in general.

Signing off for now,

Lauren xx