After some major life changes in recent years, Lindy Klim is immersed in a blissful new chapter. She’s breathtakingly radiant after welcoming her fourth child, Goldie, with Husband Adam Ellis, and her foray into fashion design has been received with acclaim. The Delivery speaks to one of the most chic women in Australia about life, love and her new label.
Congratulations on the birth of beautiful Goldie, can you please share a little of Goldie’s birth story?
I was fortunate enough to have the same obstetrician as all my other children so I felt very relaxed and comfortable. The experience of having a child with a new partner who doesn’t have any previous children is so enjoyable. It’s like you’re giving birth for the very first time with the same excitement, but feeling much more relaxed as I know the process and what to expect.
How was this pregnancy compared to your previous three?
This pregnancy was extremely different but I think that my age has a lot to do with that. I had far more aches and pains!
It must be special for your older children, how have they adjusted to having a newborn in the house?
Absolutely! They are all so in love with Goldie. Frankie our six year old is the most obsessed… it’s like she has her own real live doll.
What are you doing differently this time around?
I think with the fourth child there is no real time for nesting at home, I have so much on with work and kids that I just need to get on with it! The more children you have the more relaxed you are. I keep telling Adam how lucky he is not to have a stressed out over tired first time Mum… I can remember those days well and it wasn’t fun!
What has been your approach to the modern blended family?
It definitely has its ups and downs We try to have an open and honest line of communication with the children. I also look for outside support for the children. I was extremely fortunate to find an incredible loving partner who has taken on my family with so much love and commitment.
“I think a lot of new mothers lose their identity to begin with, try not to stress about this, you will get your mojo back! I definitely have days where I’m not looking stylish at all!”
Describe your parenting style?
I like structure. I think it’s important in a big family. I think I’m still super relaxed in my personality though and we have lots of fun and laughter in our family. I do believe that all children are born with completely different personalities so my parenting style changes between all my children’s different needs, I think it’s important to recognise this and adjust your parenting accordingly.
What is the biggest lesson motherhood has taught you?
Patience and flexibility!
What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood?
Co-parenting… and battling a pre teen!
How has your style evolved since becoming a mother?
Goodness I can’t remember what my style was before I was a mother! I have basically had the same “uniform” for years…it’s just easy, relaxed and comfortable.
Lindy Klim x Goldie & Ace collection in store now.
Do you have any great fashion tips for women who want to remain stylish through pregnancy and beyond?
I think a lot of new mothers lose their identity to begin with, try not to stress about this, you will get your mojo back! I definitely have days where I’m not looking stylish at all! Try and find what “uniform” works for you. Mine is skinny jean, shirt and flats.
Congratulations are also in order for your other baby, Rama Voyage, can you tell us about the journey to start your own label?
It certainly has been a journey… or voyage as such! I have wanted to get into fashion design for a long time but just didn’t have the confidence but since selling Milk and Co and going through a divorce it was time for me to pull my finger out and to start something new and exciting. Having children certainly makes you push yourself in areas you never dreamt of.
“I think I’m still super relaxed in my personality though and we have lots of fun and laughter in our family.”
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Living on a tropical island and my love of travel has opened my eyes to resort wear. I spent my life trying to dress effortlessly while escaping from the heat and so my love affair with linen and beautiful silhouettes developed .
We love that Rama is made in Australia, however producing locally in recent years has become more challenging, what made you take the local path?
I think it’s really important to try and stay local, with my last business we did the same. I think we have a responsibility to try and keep products Australian made if possible. I also think that Australia has such high standards that products that are Australian made are more desirable for the overseas costumer.
The world is fast becoming a place of disposable fashion, do you think there is or will be a change in the tide towards a more conscious wardrobe?
Absolutely, I think there already is. There are online stores such as Vestiaire who sell pre-loved designer fashion for a sustainable approach to fashion. I am a big believer in this and try and only buy items that are long lasting. I have designer pieces that I have owned for 12 years and still wear regularly.
What is your vision for Rama?
I would love Rama Voyage to be the go to for destination wear!
Tell us more about your collection of children’s wear in collaboration with Goldie & Ace…
I have a love affair with linen so the range with Goldie & Ace is based around this. I love that’s it’s all beautifully handmade and trans-seasonal, so the pieces can be easily worn in the Summer months and also layered in the cooler months. The neutral colour tones are gorgeous and are the colours I love to wear. They are timeless pieces that won’t date.
“I do believe that all children are born with completely different personalities so my parenting style changes between all my children’s different needs.”
Goldie clearly takes after her mother and is very photogenic, how did she handle her first campaign shoot?
It was such a dream. In fact Goldie slept through the whole thing! She didn’t wake up once even when changing outfits so it was one of the most easiest and quickest shoots I have ever done!
How do you perform the great balancing act between work commitments and motherhood?
It certainly is a balance act but one that’s very important. I like my children to see how hard I work but yes at times I feel like I’m being pulled in all directions! It’s very important to have a good support team such as family or paid help. I would be lost without this.
Time management tip for busy mums?
Routine! It’s the only way. I tried to be a care free mum but soon realised that routine was best for everybody.
Do you have any rituals?
The gym is my sanctuary, it’s my time and so important to me.
What does your morning beauty routine look like and your favourite go-to products for effortless beauty?
My mornings are always super busy, so not much time for beauty rituals. I do however love La Mer products which keep my skin hydrated and looking in top condition.
Favourite family friendly holiday destination?
Well I would usually tell people Bali is the best family friendly destination but as we live on this beautiful tropical island, we as a family love to go skiing in the French Alps.