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The Mother’s Day (Ethical) Gift Guide

What’s on your wish list for Mother’s Day this year? Apart from the obligatory handmade craft from the kids, I mean (which we love by the way 😉). I don’t usually put in requests, but this year I actually do need a new dressing gown.

My usual go-to place for sleepwear? Peter Alexander. But, I did a little research into this brand and found that they don’t actually do enough to protect the rights of the workers in their supply chain. Baptist World Aid’s ethical fashion guide rates Peter Alexander overall as a C+, which I suppose technically is a pass grade but looking further into this rating shows they score a D for ‘Worker Enpowerment’. Not cool. Suffice to say, they won’t be getting my business anymore.

If you, like me, want to support ethical brands – I am here to help with a range of gifts that you’ll love and love knowing your money is well spent. You can click the images to check out more details too.

1. I’ve been hinting pretty hard for this dressing gown!

Alas The Label Telescope Robe $169.95

2. The draping and cut of this dress is super flattering – an easy wear piece to throw on and go, or add some leggings during the cooler months.

Hunt Kelly Lola Limited Edition Beaujolais $130


3. Mmmm… chocolate and strawberries!

Wicked Berries The Sweetest Thing Gift Box $49


4. I have one of these belts in neon pink – I love it!

Alma Mexicana Hand Woven Belt (in a range of colours) $25


5. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Fill it with some herbs or a lovely plant.

Sunday Society Pot $20.95

6. Still not sure? Flowers are always the answer! And the best place to get flowers in Brisbane is from the gorgeous ladies at Coddle and Co.


So, have you bought your mum a Mother’s Day present yet? What would you like to receive this Mother’s Day?
Lily x

Fashion Revolution Week – What’s it all About?

Fashion Revolution Week – have you heard of it before? I hadn’t, until a few weeks ago. I’m actually not sure how I didn’t know about until now, but I’m so glad I stumbled across it!

You see, for a while now I’ve been thinking more about what I wear. I’m going to write more about this in another post, but to keep a long story short (for now), until recently price, style and supporting local businesses have been all I’ve considered. Fashion Revolution Week (beginning April 24 – the anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse) asks #whomademyclothes and got me thinking about the people behind the labels.

So, I did some research and found some amazing brands who are manufacturing their clothes in Brisbane. I contacted them and asked if I could meet them and have a look at where they make our clothes.

I have to say, I was blown away by the generosity they all showed me. To be welcomed so warmly into studios and factories left me feeling ever so grateful and even more determined to purchase my clothes more mindfully.

Let me tell you a little about each of the brands I covered for Fashion Revolution Week.

1. Active Truth: this label started one year ago by two Brisbane friends – Nadia and Stevie. I had heard of this brand but didn’t realise their factory was in Brendale! They manufacture high quality tights and tops like this…

Active Truth top ($49.95) and tights ($114.99)

2. Rant Clothing: this Brisbane sustainable and ethical label began in 2003 by designer Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky. Two collections are produced each year with an emphasis on longevity and quality. 

Rant Samira pant ($249) and Obsidian top ($99)

3. Nicobelle Design: quality, timelessness and gorgeousness for little girls is what you’ll find at Nicobelle. It’s a label close to my heart too, having taught the two daughters of the owner – Fiona.

Nicobelle Design Elissa dress ($58)

4. Tengdahl: Julie Tengdahl, owner and designer, is a proud advocate of ethical, responsible and sustainable slow fashion. Her hand crafted garments (made in Brisbane) are both luxurious and functional with the aim to ‘make women shine’.

Tengdahl Jersey Slouch Pant ($279) and Silk Blouse ($259)

5. Maiocchi: if you’ve followed my blog and/or social media for a while you’ll know that I’ve worked with Maiocchi a lot. I love this Brisbane label, where all garments are manufactured in Red Hill. Dee, the owner and designer, designs styles and prints that are instantly recognisable, flattering and beautiful.

Maiocchi Passing the Time dress ($245)

So there you have it – Fashion Revolution Week all wrapped up for The Stylish Teacher. Stay tuned for lots more ethical fashion headed your way!

Lily x

Birdsnest Capsule: Play Date to Date Night

Capsule wardrobes are really having a moment right now. What I’m loving most about them is the inclusion of versatile wardrobe pieces that can be worn in different ways and in different contexts.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve taken long service leave from my teaching position and extended it for all of 2017. Next year my youngest is due to start prep and I am thoroughly enjoying spending this year with her and her friends.

When the gorgeous girls from Birdsnest invited me to create a capsule wardrobe for my current lifestyle I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a customer of theirs for years and have always found their quality and service to be fantastic.

I’ve chosen six pieces – one dress, two pairs of pants (jeggings and culottes), two tops (camisole and tee) and a light lace coverup – with a neutral colour palette, perfect for adding tan accessories to or even adding bright colours if you like.


The V Neck Shift Dress $79.95

Wild Tribe Stitched Jeggings $129.95

The Wide Leg Cropped Trouser $99.95

Boho Bird Runaway Top $39.95

Boho Bird Walking on Clouds Tee $49.95

Boho Bird Spring Day Throw $89.95
I’m looking forward to sharing lots of different outfit combinations from my capsule with you this week!

Lily x

Welcome to 2017 – From my Favourite Place on Earth

Hello! Welcome to my first blog post for 2017 – the year I’m hoping to give a lot more love to this little online space.

My family and I have just returned from our annual pilgrimage to our favourite place on earth – Moreton Island. Moreton is amazing for so many reasons – it’s relatively inexpensive with lots of different styles of accommodation options, it’s stunningly beautiful and there are heaps of things to do (or not, the choice is yours!)

BC (before children), we’d load up the 4WD with every camping accessory you can imagine and rough it on the beach. These days we go for the Glamping tents at Castaways. These are permanent tents set up with proper beds (comfortable, and no air beds going flat during the night!) and a full en suite with hot water.

It really is camping done right. There are fridges for your food and drinks and a full communal kitchen and eating area, so you can pack light.

 

My children love camping and love the beach – so to say we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves would be an enormous understatement!

Tell me, where is your favourite place on earth? Are you a happy camper? Have you discovered Moreton Island?

Lily x

‘Tis The Season… For Christmas Parties!

Boy, have I got you covered (literally) for all of this season’s festivities!

The silly season can be overwhelming – there’s so much to do and so many people to see. And what to wear to all these events can often be the last thing on your mind.

Well, I’m about to make your life a whole lot easier with fabulous, flattering dresses that won’t break the bank (especially handy at this time of year), all from White Haven Emporium.

The Work Christmas Party

I love wearing green at Christmas time, and once you add gorgeous cut outs and the fabulous arm coverage, you’ve got a dress that is ticking a lot of boxes. This is the Anglaise Cotton TShirt Dress in Emerald ($64.95).

The Casual Get Together

Think day-time function and/or night BBQ and this striped Miracle Dress ($65.95) is perfect. Dress it up with heels and statement jewellery or dress it down with sandals and a hat.

Christmas Drinks

The deep cherry red colour of this Miracle Dress ($65.95) is just delicious isn’t it?! And so very perfect for a night out with cocktails and your favourite people.

What will you be wearing this silly season?

Lily x

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:

  1. I have so much more flexibility to bend up and down from the floor to play with my children.
  2. I’m physically stronger and my mind is more calm and centred.
  3. 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 pilates?

Lily x

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:

  1. Head over to www.intimo.com.au and set up an account.
  2. Browse through the collections and choose items to add to your Wishlist.
  3. Save your Wishlist
  4. 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:

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image Everyday Convertible Bra

image Ariel Dream Booster Bra

image Ready to Wear Modal Tube

image Ready to Wear Boatneck Top

image Ready to Wear Waterfall Cardigan

 

So tell me (and email me!), what’s on your Intimo Wishlist?

 

Lily x

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.

 

  1. 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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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?!

 

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What mood lifting pieces do you have in your wardrobe?

 

Lily x

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

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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

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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. They have a fair amount of grip too, so (thankfully) I was able to avoid slipping over as well.

 

3. Blanket Scarf from Surafina $69.00

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I took this scarf on the plane with me and everywhere through Queenstown too. Mostly I wore it as a scarf, but it doubled as a blanket for my children when we took them to the Minus 5 Ice Bar and on the bus to and from Milford Sound.

 

4. Slimline Pants from Intimo $109.50

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I bought a thermal top and pants to wear during this holiday. I wore the thermal pants a grand total of one time before I ditched them for my Slimline Pants. The thermal pants had very little stretch and just didn’t fit right. My Slimline Pants on the other hand, are the most comfortable pants I have ever worn. Ever.

 

* As an Intimo stylist, you can order your own pair of these pants, or any other Intimo product, by sending me an email at lily.thestylishteacher@gmail.com *

 

What are your winter holiday essentials?
Lily x

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.

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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…

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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Atelier Confidentiel Wrap Around Leather Bracelets in Gold, Beehive Textured Caramel and Black; $50 each.

 

 

 

What are your favourite layering pieces in your wardrobe?

 

Lily x

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