Q&A with Australia-based Kayla Trisley

Meet Kayla Trisley, mumma to Hunter Mitchell and girlfriend to Mathew. She is located in Sydney, Australia and has been a hairdresser for 10 years. She has been a manager of different salon floors and has worked for Global Colour company Goldwel in Education for 3 years. She is now a freelance stylist, which is ideal so she can still spend a lot of time with her son Hunter, who is 10 months old and full time cute – part time maniac. Her boyfriend Mathew is head of a graphic design department.

How would you describe your own personal style?
I’m a big advocate of comfort and I don’t quite have a specific style. I love a pair of ripped baggy jeans or shorts, a tee, and some slides. I also love prints, there is a divine Australian brand called Spell & The Gypsy Collective and I would pretty much wear anything they design.


Photography credits: Natalie Salloum

As a busy mom how do you combine motherhood with your career?
Whilst I was pregnant I was sure I would have been back at my full time job in 6-12 months but the second I saw him I knew this wouldn’t happen. I decided that freelancing for me was going to be the best way to work, which keeps me sane and still spend as much time with him as possible. If I’ve had a crazy week I’ll mark myself out for a day or two and just spend it with him. I found that a routine works really well for us, definitely not for everyone but I would be lost without it. I’m so lucky my mum doesn’t work (she’s a life saver) and can mind Hunter for me. A routine allows for her to know what time things are happening with him, whether it is lunch or a nap: everyone’s kept happy!

If the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself but there’s no way you can balance this with being a fulltime mom, what would you do? Dream job or family?
Family!!! I don’t think I would forgive myself for not spending time and creating a bond with Hunter at this stage in my life. A career on a larger scale can wait until he is at school!


Photography credits: Natalie Salloum

What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, wine and coffee, none of which are probably that good for me!

Which fashion mom you look at for inspiration?
Lara Bingle: I think she has just nailed being a mum. She protects Rocket and doesn’t wave him around for the world to see. And I love her style, I will take one of everything she’s got, thanks!

What is the best part about being a mom?
The unconditional love! No matter what kind of day I have had, what kind of mood I am in – he loves me and that is just amazing!


What inspires you most in life and where do you find creativity?
As cliche as it is, Hunter has inspired me more than I ever thought. Prior to having him I never really thought I would be doing hair again as much as I am now and I’ve found a new passion for it. Creativity, I’m guilty of an Instagram stalk and Pinterest!

Are there any fun (childhood) traditions that you share with your kids?
Christmas light looking! Funnily enough I was so opposed to it originally because it was far past Hunters bed time and he’s in bed by 7pm every night (it’s not dark in Australia until at least 8pm). My mum kept poking fun at me saying that Hunter was missing out! One night his teeth were playing havoc and a 7pm bed time was just not happening so we popped him in the car and took him. He absolutely loved it so I think that tradition will stick!


What’s currently on your reading list? Favourite book(s) of all time?
I haven’t got my head in a book at the moment, I wish I did! I’m on the hunt for a great book at the moment: there is an Aussie mum named Constance Hall, who has apparently written a kick ass book about all things motherhood, so I think I’ll be picking that up soon! I love anything Gillian Flynn writes; she’s a very intense writer, but I can never put her books down. I also love James Patterson: my favourite book of his would be Guilty Wives.


Photography credits: Natalie Salloum

What keeps you relaxed in stressful times? Describe your ultimate Me-time moment.
My ultimate me time moment is a solo swim in the ocean, fixes everything!!

How do you stay healthy? Are there any beauty and lifestyle tips you would like to share?
I always found getting out and about for a walk or a jog kept me mentally and physically well, especially when Hunter was a new born it always made me feel like I had achieved something for the day if I grabbed a coffee and went for a walk! I have struggled with my skin a bit since I’ve had him, I’ve never worn a lot of make up,(a tinted moisturiser at the most, Eve Lom and The Base by Lara Bingle are amazing) so I found that a good cleanser, exfoliant and moisturiser always help!


Is there anything you love to wear but your partner simply hates? And the other way around, is there anything in your partners wardrobe you would love to see mysteriously disappear?
Haha yes!! Mathew hates my Ralph Lauren cable knit jumpers, I have them in a few colours and I’m pretty sure he would burn them if he could! Sometimes he can be a bit of a dag but most of the time he has pretty good taste.

What is your favorite holiday destination with kids?
We actually haven’t been on a vacay with him yet, we have a weekend booked for a nice resort about 2 hours away soon and at the end of the year we are going to Hawaii. Two things I’m very excited for!


A decade ago would you have pictured your life as it is now?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! What I’m living and breathing now would have been the furthest thing from my mind but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Can you name 10 things (in no particular order) you couldn’t live without?
My family, my friends, my phone, my diary (I’m old school – I love a paper diary), coffee, photographs, moisturiser, perfume (Si – Giorgio Armani), Vicks inhaler (I have bad sinus), and chocolate.


What advice would you give working moms who struggle with stress, a busy job, and family, career and time for yourself?
Trust your gut! The amount of times you doubt yourself as a new mum is insane, most of the time what you initially think is always right, if not pretty damn close. And don’t be so tough on yourself, it’s hard – really hard being a mum. Especially at the beginning when you’re still finding your grove!

Photography credits: Natalie Salloum

Photography credits: Natalie Salloum

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