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Reformer Pilates + La Sculpte 

Hi, how are you? No really – how do you feel? How does your body feel? Do you have enough energy? Do you feel like, well, yourself? About this time last year I asked myself those questions, and when I wasn’t happy with my answers I knew I needed to make a change. I decided to try reformer pilates at Rebalance Pilates and Yoga and I’ve loved it so much that almost a year in, I’m still regularly going two to three times a week. Yes, it’s hard to fit in around family, work and general life stuff. Yes, it is an addition to the family budget. But here’s my top 3 reasons why it’s so worth it for me: I have so much more flexibility to bend up and down from the floor to play with my children. I’m physically stronger and my mind is more calm and centred. I’ve lost around 8kg (give or take – it is the silly season after all!). La Sculpte recently sent me a couple of pieces from their activewear range to try. I chose the Cross Back Tee in purple ($32.99) and the Shaping Printed Full Length Tight ($59.99). I couldn’t go past the back of this tee for a cute point of difference, and the ‘shaping’ part of the tights really sculpts the tummy. I’ve worn a lot of different activewear labels in my time – from the really expensive to the really inexpensive – and La Sculpte for me rates highly in terms of quality and affordability. These pieces are comfortable, breathable and under $100 for the set. Is it time you tried reformer...

What’s on Your Wishlist?

Hello! If you’ve been following me for a little while, you’ll know that I recently became reacquainted with a brand that I’ve fallen completely in love with – Intimo – so much so that I signed on to become an Intimo stylist. The past couple of weeks have seen some really exciting developments for Intimo – the new Ready to Wear range is amazing – full to the brim of every basic piece your wardrobe could need. Think high quality, well made, wash and wear (no ironing!), luxuriously comfortable dresses, tops, tees, pants, camisoles and cardigans. One other exciting Intimo development has been a brand new, super sleek website where YOU can create your own Wishlist and then email it straight to your Intimo Stylist (me!). To celebrate, I’m holding a giveaway! Entry is easy: Head over to www.intimo.com.au and set up an account. Browse through the collections and choose items to add to your Wishlist. Save your Wishlist Email your Wishlist to me: lily.thestylishteacher@gmail.com I will choose one lucky lady at random who will WIN one Intimo item (again, chosen at random) from her Wishlist! The giveaway will run from Monday 15/08/16 to Sunday 21/08/16 (entries close at midnight EST). Here’s a sneaky peek at what’s on my Wishlist:  Inprint Dream Booster Bra  Everyday Convertible Bra  Ariel Dream Booster Bra  Ready to Wear Modal Tube  Ready to Wear Boatneck Top  Ready to Wear Waterfall Cardigan   So tell me (and email me!), what’s on your Intimo Wishlist?   Lily...

Fashion to Lift Your Mood

Is it just me, or is life crazy busy at the moment? Between work and family I have extra-curricular activities galore and the beginnings of a cold to contend with. When this happens, what I’m going to wear takes a back seat to pretty much everything else and I resort back to my tried and true wardrobe basics. Then, if I have a second to spare before I run out the door I’ll add a little something to lift my mood. It might be a piece of clothing that fits perfectly, a colour I love or a fabulous accessory. Here are a few pieces that I wore this week that made me happy.   The back detail and the shape of this top from SheInside sets it apart from others in my wardrobe – it’s fitted at the bust and then flares at the waist to create a flattering look.   2. This necklace from Kayelle is so very me. I love the colours and symmetrical design and it’s ability to transform a plain top. It’s the perfect accessory to add at the last minute when you’re short on time.     3. I created this ‘dress’ with two separate pieces – the convertible dress and smoothing top both from Intimo. I’ve worn the dress as a strapless dress – I love the length when it’s worn strapless – but, I don’t like showing too much shoulder. My answer? Pop the smoothing top on underneath!   4. This metallic clutch from Atelier Confidentiel adds some sparkle to my outfit below. Who doesn’t need a little sparkle every once in a while?!     What mood lifting...

Winter Holiday Essentials

My husband and I recently took our five year old son and three year old daughter to Queenstown, NZ for a week. Queenstown is an awesome place for kids – there’s so much to do – and we even found some snow, which was such a thrill for my little loves. If you’re in charge of the packing in the lead up to a family holiday, there’s a lot to remember and you’re always bound to forget something, like the time we took our then 1 year old (teething) son to Thailand. We remembered the baby Panadol but forgot the syringe, which resulted in some in-flight drama (read:screaming). This time the only thing I forgot to pack was my sleepwear, which was easily fixed with a quick trip to Peter Alexander! Now for the essentials that made my life so much easier on this holiday: 1. Cross Body Bag from Caramel and Co $89.95 A cross body bag keeps your hands free, which means you can hold onto important things like your children, your suitcase or other random things that your kids pick up (what sort of cafe puts macarons on a table at the perfect height for my three year old anyway?!). This one was big enough to hold all our passports, travel documents, my wallet, phone etc so was great for getting through the airports as well as our day trips.   2. Hunter Gumboots from  The Iconic $198.00 Now, I’ll admit it – I bought these boots because I saw Kate Middleton wear them. Having said that, these boots kept my feet both warm and dry in the snow....

How to Wear: Layers

My method for dressing is actually pretty simple.  I invest in quality basics (eg. great fitting jeans, beautifully soft cotton tees, LBD etc.) and then I add layer after layer of on trend, seasonal pieces.  Here are some of the key wardrobe items that help to make layering a cinch. The Collared Shirt We all have one – try wearing it underneath a dress, shirt or a short sleeved cardigan to ensure both layers are visible.   Striped shirt from SheIn; $25.30       Leggings/Jeggings Black is obviously more versatile, but leggings/jeggings in different colours can really change up your look. Wear them underneath a dress or an on trend tunic. Another tip: leggings are NOT pants, whereas jeggings ARE (they often have pockets at both the front and the back) so ensure that whatever you wear on top of your leggings covers your bottom. Please. And, moving right along…     Black Leggings (Slim Line Pants from Intimo); $109.50 (send me an email to order: lily.thestylishteacher@gmail.com).       A Vest This season offers vests varying from mid-length (ending at your hip) to long line (ending at your ankle).  Invest in a neutral toned vest, such as brown, tan, beige, black or white so that it can be easily paired with your existing wardrobe, or go for some faux fur to add some texture to your outfit.   Bohemian Traders Vegan Suede Waterfall Vest in Camel; $209.00       Scarf/Belt/Accessories These are the finishing touches to your outfit and create another layer of interest, so don’t forget about them!   Atelier Confidentiel Wrap Around Leather Bracelets in Gold, Beehive Textured Caramel and Black; $50 each.       What...