Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Theme Park Style. Plain Tops and Printed Bottoms!

Two more similarly themed outfits! Plain tops worn with printed pieces - shorts and a cute pleated skirt.

Here's what I wore to visit a theme park:
Casual Summer Theme Park Sight Seeing Outfit Shorts and Tee LV Speedy B
NecklaceNibbly Bits Wilma necklace in pale daffodil
TeeJeanswest 'Lucy' colourblock tee in grey marle/rosebud
ShortsJeanswest 'Scarlette' printed shorts (on sale!)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere (with Coach feather bag charm)

The style challenge for the day was 'a statement necklace'. The baby teething necklaces I wear work as statement necklaces, as well as being great things for baby T to chew on and play with!

We spent the day at the Sea World theme park on the Gold Coast (completely different and separate from SeaWorld in America). It was forecast to be a really hot day, so I wanted to wear something that would keep me cool, but still be comfortable for a lot of walking around Sea World and looking after baby T, as well as going on some of the rides. The tee was good to keep my shoulders covered from the sun. These printed shorts were a much better option than denim shorts as we got wet going on the water rides and they dried out quickly during the day. I did think about wearing more supportive shoes like my Converse because of all the walking we would be doing, but it was much too hot to consider anything other than my Havaianas!

Baby T is still so small (only 7 months old), so I wasn't sure how much fun he would have at Sea World, but he really enjoyed it! He was even big enough to go on a few rides, and he had fun looking at all of the animals too. Although he missed the polar bears and the dolphins as he was napping! I'm looking forward to taking him again when he is bigger - he will be able to enjoy some of the shows instead of napping through them, and learn from all the educational stuff around the theme park. Plus the 'rescue, rehab and release' message Sea World Gold Coast operates under is a wonderful way for him to think about all animals, not just marine life!

Last worn: colour block teeprinted shorts, Havaianas, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere.

Here's what I wore to spend the morning with my grandparents:
Black gathered tank pleated printed A-line skirt sandals Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Tank: Jeanswest round neck lace detail top
SkirtFrench Connection green and black printed skirt
Shoes: Wittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

The style challenge for the day was 'mimic a style you love' - so I shared a pic of when I tried on a pair of boyfriend jeans. They didn't suit me, so I didn't buy them.

This is what I wore for the day - I spent the morning with my grandparents. Both the top and the skirt are pieces that haven't been worn a lot lately, so I wanted to give them a go. While I'm not really happy with how they worked together, I do love both pieces separately so they are staying in my wardrobe. Wearing this top again just reminded me of how much I love it, has been far too long since I last wore it! Need to wear it more, as I commented last time how little I'd been wearing it too. The skirt hasn't been worn in over a year and a half, but I did try to wear it in that time - I just couldn't zip it over the baby belly!

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, lace detail tank, pleated skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Dressing Up Denim Shorts - Casual Summer Outfits with a Hat and Headscarf

Two more #JaNEWary style challenge outfits and two different ways to dress up denim shorts. I'm still enjoying being a stay at home mum a little longer before I return to work, so I'm always dressing for comfort first. I'm trying to put a little more effort into what I wear and be a little dressed up now and then, so I don't fall into a rut of the same outfits over and over.

In the winter, I was looking for ways to try dress up my jeans, now in summer I'm looking for ways to dress up shorts. Just like before, I find accessorising is the best way to do that. And it's easy to do, just add a little something before I step out the door. Denim is a great option for life with baby, but it's good to be able to dress it up now and then.

It's the Australia day long weekend, don't forget to take advantage of all of the extra sales and discounts in between your celebrations :)

Here's what I wore to spend the day by the sea:
printed headscarf peplum tank denim shorts LV neverfull beach outfit
Scarf: gifted Paris print silk scarf
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus necklace in pop
SingletZalora basics ruffle hem tank in black (on sale!)
ShortsJeanswest black denim cuff shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

The style challenge for the day was to 'wear black'. Which was not my first choice for a sunny day, I'll be honest! Kept cool with denim shorts and a sleeveless tank. I like the ruffle detail on this tank, and it was nice and loose for a hot day.

My new scarf fit the challenge theme too. My mum bought it for me in Paris, it's beautiful. I thought wearing the scarf in my hair added a nice bit of interest to the outfit and dressed it up a little. Unlike the last time I wore a scarf in my hair, it wasn't tugged on too much by baby T which was good. We took a road trip up the coast, and had lunch by the sea followed by a bit of shopping. Baby T even had time for a paddle in the waves.

Last worn: peplum tank, denim shorts, Havaianas, Louis Vuitton Neverfull. First time I've worn the scarf.

Here's what I wore to spend the day at Southbank with my family:
casual summer outfit denim shorts button down tank floral print shirt LV NF
Hat: Big W bow detail sunhat
ShirtRiver Island floral print sleeveless shirt
ShortsJeanswest denim cuff shorts
ShoesAsos 'five star' leather sandals
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

When I wore this, the style challenge was 'try something different with your makeup'. I am not a beauty guru at all. I have the products I use, and just one of each of them. While I was younger I'd have a few different eyeshadows and lippies, but it's never really been something I've been as interested in as I am in clothes or accessories. Over the years, I've downsized to my staple products and so my options are makeup on, or makeup off! I spent the day without any makeup, and hid it under a big hat.

I like how the hat worked with this outfit. I'm not a hat person, but being out so often during the day lately I am loving hats just for the sun protection aspect! The nice wide brim helps keep baby T shaded a little when I baby wear too. Plus a bad hair day is really easy to hide....I might be converting to being a hat person!

Wore this out for a day at Southbank with my grandparents and family, and felt appropriately dressed up enough for a lunch at the restaurants nearby. It helps that the sleeveless shirt has a few sequins woven in too. Isn't it pretty? Another cute piece my mum brought back from Europe for me.

Last worn: sun hat, denim shorts, leather sandals, Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag (see above). First time I've worn the shirt.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Pink! Choies Strawberry Print Shirt, Satin Singlet and Suede Flats

Two more JaNEWary style challenge outfits, and a Choies review featuring one of the items from my first order with them.

Here's what I wore to go sightseeing:
Choies pink strawberry print shirt denim shorts Louis Vuitton Speedy B
Shirt: Choies pink chiffon shirt with strawberry print (C/O Choies)
ShortsJeanswest printed denim shorts
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
Bracelets: the usual plus beaded neon and gold and black and gold bracelet set
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere (with Coach feather bag charm)

This cute strawberry print shirt is the first item I ordered from Choies recently. I'll be honest, I'd never thought of ordering from them before until I was contacted by Sussi who asked me if I wanted something from them to review.  I didn't pay anything for the order. So for something free, it's fantastic!

I'm always wary of the sizing when ordering clothing from somewhere new, so I measured a similar shirt I had to check I was ordering the correct size from Choies. This is a small, equivalent to an Aussie 8 based on their size chart, and fits exactly as I expected. I'd say it's true to size. I think checking the measurements against a similar shirt I own helped me get the right fit. The shirt isn't as sheer as I worried it may be either, I didn't have to layer a nude cami underneath. There were a couple of loose threads but that's the only negative, and for something so cheap I wasn't exactly expecting perfection. The free delivery is a great plus too, no matter where you are in the world you don't have to worry about delivery fees. I ordered just before Christmas and got my parcel less than 3 weeks later. Pretty good! I ordered another shirt from Choies too in the same order, so I'll be wearing that soon. I'm already thinking about my wardrobe for when I return to work later in the year. I don't want any more casual clothes for the time being, after doing my wardrobe inventory I think I have enough! I thought the shirts would be a good thing to get as I can wear them to the office.

And shirts are good for life with baby too! Wore this out to go out for the day sightseeing with my grandparents and baby T. Despite the rain, it was a hot day, so I wore shorts.

Last worn: printed shorts, camel flats, damier ebene speedy bandouliere. First time I've worn the strawberry print shirt.

Here's what I wore to go to the doctors and spend the afternoon with family:
Pink and grey outfit paisley print skirt suede flats Rebecca Minkoff love

TankAsos satin singlet in pink
SkirtMinkpink grey and black paisley print skirt
Shoes: Novo Carmina fuschia suede flats
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

The style challenge was to 'wear your best shoes on an ordinary day'. I thought of my super high wedges right away, they are the best shoes I own but they are also the most impractical. I decided to pick my best flats instead. much more practical for the day! They are a pink suede pair I got as a gift from my mum a while ago, and I haven't worn them often. They are beautiful - and generated a lot of love on Instagram - but I am conscious not to wear them too much as I don't want to ruin the delicate suede.

Had the doctors in the morning and then dinner and time with my grandparents in the afternoon. I'd had this outfit in mind with the pink tank and shoes, and then when I put it on the pinks didn't match like I'd thought they would...I wore it out anyway and felt quite happy with it, until baby T spat up all over the tank....changed into a black tee after that.

Last worn: pink singlet, paisley print skirt, suede flats, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

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