Mama & Me in Ruby & Lilli

Written by Sally

Every couple of weeks to thank the lovely women who share their outfit posts using #SpotMyStyle #realstreetstyle on instagram, different retailers have offered a $50 Voucher  – last month was @materieldesign – whom I have talked* (read raved) about here.

Anyway this month the gorgeous Ruby & Lilli came on board offering $50 voucher to spend on one of their gorgeous high quality T-shirts which come in sizes XXS (6) – 6XL (28) and are designed to fit and flatter curves.




I thought it might be good to show that these pieces can work at any age – I am 45 and my Mama is 70 + … I know she looks amazing.

One reason I wanted to feature my Mama who apart from being stunning and having more curves than me she was the impetus to starting STEELEMyStyle.

I gave up my film and marketing business and moved to Brisbane from Sydney 6 years ago after she underwent double mastectomy due to Breast Cancer  and my father was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

I noticed that as someone who had always been so incredibly stylish – she no longer loved expressing herself through clothes – the massive body changes after breast cancer surgery , the impact of the medications not to mention the psychological impact of such a major health trauma couple as well as  relentless stress and anxiety having to care for my father and all his medical issues had meant she had lost that inner glow.

Although I had done styling with high profile people for shoots and events  in Sydney helping her rediscover that spark and her inner confidence and find clothes that suited her new body really made me happy.  I thought if I could do this as a job, help others and feel this rewarded personally then this would be a great way to start a new life in a new city.

Although it took a while to really be able to spend the time on the business due to my father’s 2 years of strokes and high level care and having another baby, I did add it to my repertoire and I have never looked back.

My inspirational mother in her 70s lost my dad, her best friend and love of her life 3 years ago but she has taken on her new life with such gumption and positivity and strength I continue to be in awe and wanted to highlight how amazing she is naturally. We did this wee impromptu “shoot” despite the blustery wind, a storm and only a 1 hr window in both our schedules.

My dear Mama is wearing the NOIR tunic throughout in size S with pieces from her own wardrobe – styled by me. I am wearing the IN THE NAVY above with my own pieces and “borrowed” the NOIR for fun at the end to really show you how it can go from evening wear to over your activewear in a flash.

















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NOIR by Ruby & Lilli 

Worn by my Mama throughout (S) and borrowed by

me in the last two ;)


Sizes XXS – 6XL




IN THE NAVY by Ruby & Lilli

Worn by myself


Sizes XXS – 6XL



Want a chance to win a $50 Ruby & Lilly voucher ?

  1. Make sure you re following @RubyandLilli and @STEELEMyStyle
  2. Share any outfit post in August and tag #SpotMyStyle #realstreetstyle
  3. You are in it to win it – Winner announced August 12 on IG



Want to test your wardrobe and see how versatile it is ?

Why not join in the challenge on #SpotMyStyle #realstreetstyle

3 is the magic number

– a practice I teach my Personal Styling clients who want to curb impulse shopping and curate a wardrobe that is versatile and effortless.


When faced with a purchase – ask yourself –

Are there 3 other things in my wardrobe I can wear this with ?

Can I style this 3 ways with different accessories ?

Can I wear this in 3 different parts of my life ?

Can I wear it in 3 different seasons ?

these will help whittle down to whether it is a good purchase or not.

Check out the full blog post on it here 






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