Monday, 24 April 2017

Maxi Dresses and Matching Bags

I've been wearing my maxi dresses often as they are the simplest outfit - grab and go! Accessorising is easy too. When in doubt you can always go monochrome with a bag that's a similar colour to your dress.

What I wore:

monochrome blue outfit different shades Jeanswest 'Chantelle' printed maxi dress | AwayFromBlue

navy printed maxi dress, Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete storm | AwayFromTheBlue
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Ava elephant pendant teething necklace
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale, 44% off!)
Bag:  Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

I've worn almost the exact same outfit recently, I just wore Rebecca Minkoff gladiator sandals this time instead of my two-tone Wittner sandals. The Balenciaga day bag is a frequently repeated accessory with this dress too. While the navy blue of the dress isn't an identical match to the grey-blue of the Balenciaga bag, it's a combination I like to wear. Blue dress, blue bag and in this case a blue necklace just makes me happy because of all of the blue.

This blue maxi dress is the one I wore to Toddler T's first birthday party, so I had considered wearing it to Baby Boy's first birthday party too. Decided to wear another dress instead, and wore this to Baby Boy's birthday celebration at playgroup.


Last worn: blue printed maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff gladiator sandals, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearblue printed maxi dress and a baby bump, Rebecca Minkoff gladiator sandals and denim shorts, blue Balenciaga day bag with pink and purple.


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What I wore:

Jeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress boh SAHM outfit love quilted bag monochrome | Away From Blue

boho tie dye maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | Away From The Blue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Wilma teething necklace in pale daffodil
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale, 44% off!)
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Another playgroup outfit! I'd picked this maxi dress to wear as I'd been participating in the #AutumnStyleFile instagram style challenge and the theme for the day was a jumpsuit. Being petite, I don't have any jumpsuits or playsuits so this maxi dress as an all-in-one outfit seemed like a good alternative. Nice and easy for a morning running around with the boys too.

I added the yellow teething necklace as I felt the grey Love bag and tie dye dress together needed a little extra colour.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, tie dye maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Georgina studded sandals (above), Rebecca Minkoff quilted Love cross body bag.

Other ways to weartie dye maxi dress and baby bumpRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded sandals and printed shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag and summer layers.






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How You Can Wear It:


A printed maxi dress means there's a lot of print in your outfit, but it doesn't mean it's hard to accessorise. You can wear a bag in a similar colour for a monochrome outfit without a lot of effort. You can keep the rest of your accessories coordinating or add a pop of colour through a statement necklace.



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Friday, 21 April 2017

Embroidery Trend and Shopping Your Wardrobe

While I'm attempting #6MonthsWithoutShopping, I've come across a few things I wished I could buy. I'm trying to just share the things on Twitter instead of buying!

Embroidery is a big trend at the moment, so a lot of the pieces I've wanted have been embroidered. Since I can't buy any new pieces of the trend, I've pulled the embroidered pieces I already have in my wardrobe out instead to shop my own wardrobe. Trends come and go. The tank was a sale buy from last autumn, and the blouse was from the year before that!

What I wore:

boho Jeanswest white embroidered blouse denim shorts gladiator sandals | Away From Blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | Away From The Blue
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace (won in a giveaway)
ShirtJeanswest Elise longline embroidered shirt in coconut blue
ShortsJeanswest denim cuff shorts
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale, 44% off!)
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

First day trying my new hair curler, and also a day full of errands. I put Baby Boy in his stroller instead of the baby carrier which left me free to wear white and something other than a teething necklace. I won this pretty blue necklace in an Instagram giveaway from Uniquely Made with Love. It's a similar design to the teething necklace I love so much but it's smaller and not baby friendly. I really enjoyed wearing it, even if I did take it off as soon as we returned home to stop Baby Boy chewing on it!

I was commenting on a blog about how much I admired one of the embroidered blouses in their wishlist when I remembered this little-worn piece was tucked in the back of my wardrobe. It was nice to get it out again. White isn't a colour I wear often, with two toddlers and being a little clumsy myself I can't always keep it clean! This blouse was too pretty not to buy though. I love the way it looks with denim, and I've worn it very similarly before.


Last worn: embroidered tunic, denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff gladiator sandals, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearembroidered blouse and flares, denim shorts and summer layersgladiator sandals worn 30 ways, Balenciaga tempete day bag in the office.



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What I wore:

Target embroidered khaki tank, OneTeaspoon Hawks shorts in Fox black autumn boho outfit | AwayFromBlue

Balenciaga tempete giant silver hardware day bag and bracelet stack | AwayFromTheBlue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Tank: Target embroidered khaki tank
ShortsOneTeaspoon Hawks shorts in Fox black (C/O, on sale!)
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

This was the day before Baby Boy's first birthday party, so another busy day! Also another chance to wear one of the embroidered pieces from my wardrobe. This embroidered tunic was a $10 impulse sale buy in Target when I was out shopping with Beth. Although I've only worn it 8 times so far I'm sure I'll get my money's worth from it! No teething necklace with this outfit either, the tassels on the top are fun enough for Baby Boy.

I needed a big bag to hold everything I had to carry during the day, so kept on wearing this Balenciaga day bag. I wasn't too sure how it would look with the olive tank and black shorts but I love the muted colour scheme of the resulting outfit.  It was a cooler day and I'd considered adding another layer in the morning, but I was rushing around a lot picking up last minute food, decorations and a LOT of balloons for the party (I went a little overboard) so I wasn't too cold.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, khaki embroidered tank, OneTeaspoon Hawks shorts, studded sandals, Balenciaga tempete day bag (above).

Other ways to wearkhaki embroidered tank and maxi skirt, OneTeaspoon Hawks shorts worn two ways, studded sandals and a shirt dress, Balenciaga tempete day bag and maxi dress.



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How You Can Wear It:


I'm always grateful for you supporting my little blog when you click links and purchase anything I've shared, as I earn a small commission on the sale. But I'm even more thrilled when I get comments saying how I've inspired people to rewear something from their own wardrobe. As these outfits show, you don't always have to rush out and buy something new to enjoy a trend. Shop your wardrobe first and see if you have anything similar!


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Neon Pink Mini MAC Bag With Neutral and Colourful Maxi Skirt Outfits

My less-than-perfect hair in both of these outfits was due to me trying to come up with a new no-heat method for curling my hair before baby boy's birthday party. I'm growing my hair out to donate it, and so my usual go-to trick wasn't really working on my thick layer-less hair. I tried a couple different methods instead.

I really liked the outfits though, despite not liking my hair! Stripes and maxi skirts with a bright and colourful bag is an outfit formula I'll always return to.

What I wore:


SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
SkirtJeanswest Luxe maxi jersey skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC (on sale!)
NailsOPI Rich Girls and Po Boys

Why I wore it:

I really liked this outfit. Last time I wore this skirt with a striped tank I wasn't so impressed with the result, but these pieces together I loved. The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was when I stood in a puddle and got the hem of my maxi skirt wet! Until that point, it had been a good outfit to wear when having some work done on the house and then running a few errands.


This neon pink mini MAC bag is a great pop of colour against the black and white, especially when paired with the colourful teething necklace. I've worn the bright accessories with striped maxi skirt outfits before too, in this post.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, striped tank, drawstring waist maxi skirt, Havaianas, neon pink mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearstriped tank and print mixing, drawstring waist maxi skirt worn two ways, neon pink mini MAC bag and jeans.



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What I wore:

neon pink bag, purple tank, navy stripe maxi skirt outfit SAHM style | AwayFromBlue

Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC, navy stripe maxi skirt | AwayFromTheBlue blog
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TankJeanswest Jenni basic singlet in Royal Lilac purple
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC (on sale!)
NailsOPI Rich Girls and Po Boys

Why I wore it:

Luckily I managed to avoid the puddles when I wore this! This was a nice easy outfit, perfect for Baby Boy's weekly weigh and then spending time with my mum and sister in the afternoon.

As I liked the accessories in the outfit above, I wore them together again the next day with this similar outfit. Unlike the first outfit, this one was a little more colourful with the blue and purple accessorised with pink. The purple tank and navy skirt have been worn together before too. That last time I picked a neutral bag instead.

I have a few colourful bags and while my favourite way to wear them will always be as a single pop of colour against a neutral outfit, sometimes it's nice to try wearing something more colourful. I'm trying to be more adventurous with colours in my wardrobe and wear different combinations.


Last worn: purple fitted tank, navy stripe maxi skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff neon mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearpurple tank and a baby bump, navy stripe maxi skirt and Louis Vuitton Neverfull, studded sandals and breastfeeding dresses, Rebecca Minkoff neon mini MAC and floral kimono.




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How You Can Wear It:


A brightly coloured handbag can be worn just as much as a neutral one. If you're not sure how to wear it, you can't go wrong letting the bag be a single pop of colour against a monochrome or neutral outfit. You can be bolder and wear it with a brightly coloured outfit too - stick to colour combinations you often wear and you'll find a bright bag is an easy addition.



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