June 2, 2022

Close knit: Family fashion

Meet the SALIFE April issue models for our family fashion shoot – the gorgeous Hayley Berlingeri and her brood of four little ones.

Hayley wears Foil shirt, $174, Cream vest, $140, Hoop earrings, $39, from Fashada; Panelled A-Line skirt, $179, from Country Road; Lock It bracelet, $89.95, Lock It necklace, $169, from Mimco; Tex boot, $289.95, from Jo Mercer; 9ct yellow gold small hoops, $550, from James Thredgold. Valentina wears Dress, $49.95, Vest, $32.95, Ankle boot, $65.95, from Zara. Sonny wears Pine green sweater, $59.95, Blue sneakers, $39.95, from Seed; Green pant, $29.95, from Zara. Romeo wears Heritage tee, $29.95, from Country Road; Midnight blue jacket, $59.95, from Seed; Green pant, $29.95, from Zara.

When we wanted to showcase a real mum and her children for the fashion pages of our Kids & Family Issue, Hayley Berlingeri was an obvious choice.

The mum of four delightful kids makes life look fun, beautiful, hectic and real on her Instagram page @sweetlittlestory.

Romeo wears Calvin Klein washed cord jacket, $119.95, from David Jones; Denim jogger, $49.95, Heritage stripe tee, $29.95, from Country Road. Valentina wears Paige tank, $29.95, Adaline check coat, $99.95, Abby check skirt, $44.95, from David Jones; Headband, $14.95, from Seed. Sonny wears Calvin Klein junior jacket, $119, Favourite t-shirt, $29.95, from David Jones; Midnight blue pants, $44.95, from Seed.

Baby Giulietta is the latest addition to the family, joining Hayley and her husband Paolo and their little ones, Valentina, 8, Romeo, 6, and Sonny, 4.

“Life is hectic,” Hayley muses. “But in a good way! I’ve been so lucky that my closest friends and family have had babies around the same time as us, so I’ve been in the trenches of crazy kid chaos with my loved ones around me, and that’s been the biggest blessing. As they say, it takes a village.”

Hayley wears Windsor cardigan, $249, Zephyr skirt, $259, from Morrison; Gucci GG ring, $2190, Gucci GG Running X ring, $2350, Gucci bracelet, $3020, Gucci bangle, $3575, Gucci necklace, $4270, 9ct yellow gold circles design huggie earrings, $295, 9ct yellow gold small hoops, $550, from James Thredgold. Giulietta wears Bodysuit, $49.95, from Seed; Snuggle Hunny petite bow, $6.95, from The Infant Boutique.

Before starting a family, Hayley grew spent quite a few of her childhood years in Kalgoorlie in regional Western Australia, where her dad worked in the mining industry.

Her family had also moved there to be closer to other members of religious group, The Message, which Hayley describes as a strict Christian religion were women don’t cut their hair, wear pants, wear make up, and the kids are mostly home schooled.

Hayley wears Leo Lin Flamingo silk dress, $999, from David Jones; Wink necklace, $129, from Mimco; Chain drop earrings, $29, from Fashada; Textured bracelet set, $34.95 each, from Seed.

“On all levels, I had such an amazing childhood full of so much love and family and friendship.

“Although I’m not part of The Message now, I’m still in contact with the friends I grew up with and they’re the most loving, least judgemental people I’ve ever come across,” Hayley says.

Hayley wears Gown, POA, from Alexis George; Risen choker, $199, from Mimco; 18ct yellow gold South Sea pearl ring, $1600, from James Thredgold; The Eighth Letter pearl hoop earrings, $42, from Fashada. Giulietta wears Bencer & Hazelnut dress, $49.95, Headband, $19.95, from The Infant Boutique. Valentina wears Creme dress, $69.95, from Seed; Miss Rose Sister Violet headband, $24.95, from The Infant Boutique; Gallaz rollerskates, $139.95, from David Jones.

Hayley came back to SA, studied teaching, then lived in the UK and Greece before settling in SA for good.

While she’s been employed as a teacher and junior school coordinator for 19 years, she’s taken seven years off in maternity leave.

Hayley wears India dress, $349, from Lexi Clothing; Jimmy Choo Azia heel, $1250, from David Jones; Green amethyst ring, $280, Sterling silver green quartz pendant, $225, Sterling silver chain, $30, from James Thredgold. Giulietta wears Snuggle Hunny Australiana bodysuit, $34.95, Australiana organic muslin wrap, $36.95, Chestnut bloomers, $29.95, from the Infant Boutique.

Hayley always thought she’d be her children’s teacher, but she says the roles have been reversed.

“They have taught me so much about many things, even things I never knew I needed to know. And they continue to do so each day.”

Hayley wears Winter Sky top, $79.95, Cardigan, $129.95, Pant, $129.95, from Seed; Aquamarine ring $11,700, from James Thredgold; Ringlet duo necklace, $129, from Mimco; Valentino Garavani Rockstud Toe pump, $1490, from David Jones. Sonny wears Huxkid relaxed denim pant, $54.95, from David Jones; Slub texture Henley, $34.95, Gusset boot, $89.95, from Country Road; Camera toy, $34.95, from The Infant Boutique. Romeo wears Midnight blue pants, $44.95, from Seed; Jacket, $59.95, from Zara; High top sneaker, $89.95, from Country Road. Valentina wears Dress, $59.95, from Zara; Sparkle sandal, $49.95, from Seed. Giulietta wears Organic rib nappy pant, $26.95, Organic Rib kimono top, $34.95, from The Infant Boutique; Beanie, $24.95, from Seed.


Alexis George alexisgeorge.com.au
Country Road Burnside Village countryroad.com.au
David Jones Adelaide Central Plaza davidjones.com
Fashada 8331 8455
James Thredgold Jeweller jamesthredgold.com.au
Jo Mercer Burnside Village jomercer.com.au
Lexi Clothing lexiclothing.com.au
Mimco Burnside Village mimco.com.au
The Infant Boutique theinfantboutique.com.au
Seed Burnside Village seedheritage.com
Zara Burnside Village zara.com/au

Hair Kathy Nguyen at Clip Joint Salons Rundle Street
Make up Ali Buss
Style assistant Tracey Bryans


This article first appeared in the April 2022 issue of SALIFE magazine.

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