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Kyly Clarke reveals her secrets to happiness

20th June, 2016


She leads a busy life as a mum, wife to cricketer Michael Clarke and founder of lifestyle site Lyfestyled and homewares store LS Homewares but in between all that Kyly Clarke also penned a tome dedicated to finding happiness in life called True to You. Here, she reveals her daily inspirations, how she stays fit and healthy and what she loves to do when she manages to find some time to relax…

What inspired you to write a book?

I come across so many people that seem to not be able to find true happiness or be content with where they are or what they want or currently have in life. I have always found life to be a very fine balance of all things, and the process in which to achieve it a juggling act that needs a combination of gratitude, patience and calmness, positivity, drive, and love. I was inspired to express ways in which I felt may be able to help others in their day to day lives, and ways in which they can view each situation through another set of eyes.

What did you most enjoy about the process?

Soul searching, I loved digging deep and finding the true meanings to our feelings, ways in which we can better our daily process of emotions.


Clarke’s book True to You

What inspires you in everyday life?

It’s now [Clarke’s daughter] Kelsey Lee that inspires me. She inspires me to be a better mother, a better daughter, a better wife and all round person. Seeing my daughter smile and wanting to leave a legacy she is proud to say that was what her Mumma achieved. Also seeing others succeed inspires me.

Your life can sometimes be the focus of intense media attention, how do you deal with it?

I live my life to the beat of my own drum, cameras or no cameras I just stay true to myself. Live out my goals, push myself to be the version of me. Whatever they catch on camera just makes for a great album.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Never be the smartest person in the room. And you have two ears and one mouth for a reason, Listen more and talk less.

What’s your life motto?

Be true to yourself. Stay true to your values and morals and be venerable, love with all your heart.

Being a mum now, are there any life lessons or advice you’d really like to pass on to your daughter?

Your mum truly does know best. I’m not saying it because I am her mother, I say it because we all learn it the hard way. My mother is a wise woman and would always tell me that she has lived the life I am living, or has walked down the same path, but because it is your mum and mums are normally not cool at that age we don’t listen to them wholeheartedly. I hope Kelsey Lee is a smart enough cookie to see it for what it is.  On another note I would advise her to not give in to any kind of peer pressure. Be strong and honour your own thoughts, beliefs and what you care about. Know that what you value is worth standing for.

How has being a mum influenced your style?

I always love sporty outfits for doing my daily errands and now having a bub has just cemented that. They are so easy to wear, colourful to brighten your day, and now with the help of fashion forward looks you can really express your personality through the edgy styles available.

What’s your current go-to look?

Besides my sports outfits I would wear my fave Jac and Jack low crotch Byron pant, a Bassike white tee and some cool flats.

You have an incredibly busy schedule. What do you like doing when you’ve managed to carve out some time to relax?

Just time with Kelsey Lee on her play mat is what I cherish. Seeing her smile and giggle makes my heart content. I can’t tell you how much I love her and how much I enjoy watching her grow and develop. It honestly is the world’s best achievement in life.

Your website Lyfestyled seems to have a large focus on staying fit and eating well. What’s your current fave way to exercise? How do you maintain a healthy diet?

My favourite way to exercise is 29 minutes of Plyometric work. We have put up some great videos of what I do on my blog it is a great cardio work out with muscle toning elements and overall a fun way to push yourself and punch out a hard 29-minute session!

A healthy diet to me is about having the right foods in your home, especially go-to snacks when you are busy with your work or your baby. Coming to winter we always opt for the carb style meals and snacks and that’s when determination and strong willpower needs to kick in. I love having warm dinners with chicken or fish and vegetables, foods that give you great nutrients. I always have snacks with me so I never have to pick up a bad one. Like Macro snack bite balls from Woolworths, Slim Secrets protein bars for evening pick-me-ups, and natural Macro nuts like almonds, brazil nuts or cashews—good healthy fats.

To check out Clarke’s gorgeous homewares store head to Follow her on Instagram at @kylyclarke


Date with Kate, Lifestyle

Date with Kate: Kyly Clarke

28th June, 2015
High tea with Kyly Clarke at the Intercontinental. Photo: Jessica Hromas

High tea with Kyly Clarke at the Intercontinental. Photo: Jessica Hromas


Kyly Clarke is an Australian model, presenter and interior designer. I caught up with the 33-year-old to chat about being in the media spotlight, the biggest misconception about her and what she loves most about her husband, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke.

What are you up to at the moment?

On June 30, I’m launching my Lyfestyled by Kyly Clarke candle and diffuser range. They are 100 per cent soy-scented candles. They’re handcrafted in Australia. It is very exciting: there comes a time in your life when you want to create something for yourself and create a job that you know has longevity. Also, it’s an opportunity for people to experience what I’ve had the opportunity to experience, and the places that I’ve been so grateful to be able to see travelling the world. I thought the power of scent was an amazing way to bring back a piece of Positano or bring back a piece of Paris and allow other people to enjoy that.

Do you have plans for expansion? Will you go into other products?

I’d eventually love to have some kind of a homewares range, even if that’s collaboration because my main focus is the candles. But, with anything in life, you need to crawl before you walk. You don’t take big bites and then not be able to deliver.

You seem to have always shied away from the media. Now that you’ve got your own brand you’ve got to promote, how do you feel about stepping into the spotlight?

I think it’s different. I feel [now I’m] more of a businesswoman I feel like there’s a reason for me to actually speak about something. That’s maybe the reason why I have shied away; I feel like people would probably [have thought], “She is just a wife or a girlfriend of a person”. To me, that’s exactly who I am as well, [but] I think the term “celebrity” never really made sense to me. When I was younger I didn’t look up to celebrities. I think you should look up to people who inspire you, people who are hard workers, who have great values and aspirations. I guess that’s the role that I would prefer to take. I want to be a strong independent woman, someone who can do things on her own, a woman who has a business, who wants to be an entrepreneur and continue to be successful in this industry for a very long time. If I want to be seen as anybody, I would like to be seen as my own person.

You married one of the most famous people in Australia. Was it hard to deal with the media attention at first?

It was really weird to see [photos of] yourself [in the media] going to get ice at the petrol station. So it was quite awkward because you start to think, “Oh, wow. They’re picking on what I’m wearing or who I am or what I’m doing.” I think the one thing I’ve always tried to be is just a strong person … you have feelings and you do wonder what people are saying or what they might be thinking. But, I think at the end of the day, you need to stay true to yourself.

What’s the funniest thing you have ever read about yourself?

I don’t really read the paper … So, for me, it would probably be something that someone has said. And I’m like, “Oh, really? Did I?” But, I do know that I would have never thought my wedding photo would be the front cover of the [paper]. That was mind-boggling!

People are definitely intrigued by you and Michael. What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have about you?

I think what people see with me is the hair and make-up always done. I absolutely love doing hair and make-up. I did beauty therapy when I was younger. I’m a perfectionist; I love doing things as perfect as possible. So that’s why I’m very particular about how I look … but I’m a big jokester. I don’t reckon anyone gets the chance to see that yet. You don’t know the Kyly Boldy, the one that my brothers and sisters grew up with, the one that sort of clowns around a lot, the one that probably would be in tracksuit pants all the time at home. I always send stupid videos to my sister or my cousins. I’m always doing dumb stuff, to the point where you go, “She is so quirky”. I think that’s probably what people wouldn’t see or know. You only see the part that they take a photo and put it in the paper. But I’m a little loopier than that! (Laughs).

You are super fit. How do you stay in shape?

I train every day, for about an hour. I run for at least half an hour and then I do a little weight session for about 25 minutes or so. I just try to change out the weights each day so it’s targeting different areas.

Do you and Michael train together?   

Yes. I really enjoy that because it does egg me on because he is such a professional athlete. I do sneakily watch what he does and I’m like, “I’m going to do that for my hamstrings next time”. And then we’ve got basketball hoops so we play ball together too.

What do you love most about Michael?

I love how supportive he is. I love how caring he is and I love how much he loves us as a family. Him and I are a family, just us two, and I love that he puts that higher than anything … he looks after me like gold. I know that he’d give me whatever he possibly could in the world to make me happy. He’s one of a kind.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Hopefully, with a successful business and a beautiful family.

So is starting a family on the cards?   

Michael and I love kids. We look forward to starting a family in good time.



WE WENT TO InterContinental Hotel, Double Bay.

WE ATE high tea with scones, jam and cream.

WE DRANK English breakfast tea.

KYLY WORE a Ginger & Smart top, Josh Goot skirt and Tom Ford shoes.

I WORE a Max Mara dress.



3rd September, 2014
At the Sydney Spring Carnival launch with Kyly Clarke and Jodi Anasta.

Attending the Sydney Spring Carnival launch with Kyly Clarke and Jodi Anasta.

My favourite time of year is here! The Australian Turf Club officially launched the 2014 Sydney Spring Carnival yesterday. The launch took place at the Owners Pavilion overlooking the Theatre of the Horse at Royal Randwick racecourse.

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Perpetual LOYAL Ladies Lunch

4th December, 2013
Guillaume Brahimi, Kelly Landry-Bell, Anthony Bell

Guillaume Brahimi, Kelly Landry-Bell, Anthony Bell

Kyly Clarke.

Kyly Clarke.

Terry Biviano & Anthony Minichiello.

Terry Biviano & Anthony Minichiello.

Terry Biviano.

Terry Biviano.

Rosie Jacobs & Emma Freedman.

Rosie Jacobs & Emma Freedman.

Jude Bolton, Anthony Bell & Larry Emdur.

Jude Bolton, Anthony Bell & Larry Emdur.

Sam Armatyge & Natalie Barr.

Sam Armatyge & Natalie Barr.

Kylie Gillies.

Kylie Gillies.

Kylie Gillies & Sam Armatyge.

Kylie Gillies & Sam Armatyge.

Magdalena Rose & Sandra Sully.

Magdalena Rose & Sandra Sully.

Cass Stefanovic, Terry Biviano, Kelly Landry-Bell, Sacha Calligeros & Lynette Bolton.

Cass Stefanovic, Terry Biviano, Kelly Landry-Bell, Sacha Calligeros & Lynette Bolton.

Anthony Minichiello, Guillaume Brahimi & Jude Bolton.

Anthony Minichiello, Guillaume Brahimi & Jude Bolton.

Last week, on the eve of the iconic Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in which Perpetual LOYAL will return in 2013, the stunning sailors wives and girlfriends of the super yacht – including Kelly Landry-Bell, Terry Biviano, Cass Stefanovic, Sylie Emdur, Julie Kearns – plus another 140 truly loyal ladies attended the first ever LOYAL Ladies Lunch at Guillaume at Bennelong to raise money for the LOYAL Foundation’s major beneficiary, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. $72,000 was raised on the day and will go to buy vital children’s medical equipment for hospitals and health services throughout Australia.

Photography: Belinda Rolland.

Date with Kate


28th October, 2012


Model and TV presenter Kyly Clarke, 31, is a cosmetics and fashion brand ambassador. She and her husband, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, try to keep a low profile but Kate Waterhouse catches up with Kyly near their southern Sydney home to talk about cooking, cricket and how the couple met at school.

What are you up to at the moment?

I have an interior design business (Bold Interiors) and the latest project I’m working on is the Michael Clarke Cricket Academy. I’ll be designing that from scratch and working with architects and builders over the next 12 to 24 months. I’m also brand ambassador for Sheer Cover make-up and Boutique by Harris Scarfe. I really love the variety of things that I do; I like being able to have those different elements in my life.

How did you get into interior design?

I started as a beauty therapist and was modelling and presenting at the same time. I was getting older and I wanted a more mature trade I could enjoy for a very long time. Interior design was a passion, as it’s quite similar to fashion – it’s all about style, colour and composition – so it all just clicked for me.

You seem to have a very glamorous life. Is it?

It’s like everyone else’s: when you want to be glamorous, you put make-up on, do your hair and wear nice clothes; but when you are relaxed, you pop your hair in a ponytail and head to the gym … except my life is sometimes in pictures because the media follows me.

You seem to keep a low profile, is that intentional?

I’m just happy doing my job. I understand and appreciate the media side comes with that but, for me, that’s not where I am at.

Do you feel the pressure to monitor what you say on social media?

I always watch what I do and say, it’s just my nature. It’s how I’ve been brought up. As my dad would say, ”measure twice and cut once”. I don’t think it’s a bad thing … it is about being true to yourself.

Do you spend many nights at home cooking, in trackies?

Most definitely. One of my favourite things is to eat at our dining table, because you can be yourself. I really love cooking. Everyone is egging me on to do a simple cookbook but I’m not sure; I’m definitely no chef but it would probably be simple recipes.

What is your signature dish?

Spinach and feta pie. I also cook a lot of steak and veg, veal schnitzel and pasta bake. I enjoy experimenting.

As a child, what did you think you would be when you were older?

I started as a dancer; I remember moments when I wanted to be an interior designer or … a wedding planner! You (do) your modelling and presenting jobs wondering which is going to grab, and obviously they are quite fickle industries, so it’s hard to know when one is going to take off. You definitely have those moments and think, ”If this doesn’t work, what else would I really love doing?” So thanks, J-Lo, for that Wedding Planner movie!

Were you a cricket fan when you were younger?

I knew about the Boxing Day Test because I would catch a glimpse of it on TV.

How did you grow to love it?

You enjoy something when you have a valid interest in it. I’ve always loved sport, so it wasn’t very hard to enjoy cricket. Once you know the rules of a sport, you can figure out if you are going to love it or not. For me, I did do a little research, I’m not going to lie (laughs), to figure out how many balls in an over, et cetera. But once you start paying attention and listening to the commentators, that really helped me understand things.

Did you know who Michael was before you met?

We went to school together, so we knew each other from then.

You both have busy schedules. How do you maintain family life?

It just comes down to making sure your schedules fit together and … if someone is away then obviously you try to not spend too much time apart.

Are you planning on starting a family any time soon?

Kate … ! (Laughs) Time will tell.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I know what you probably want me to say, but I just hope that my Bold Interiors is still successful and the brands-and-modelling career continues for a very long time.


WE WENT TO Flowercino Florist Cafe, Caringbah.

WE ATE Home-made granola with seasonal fruit and yoghurt.

WE DRANK Soy latte and skim cappuccino.

KYLY WORE Boutique by Harris Scarfe.

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