Monday, 18 June 2018

Winter Office Wear: Louis Vuitton Bleu Monogram Shawl With Pencil Skirts And Blazers

You may remember I got a beautiful LV Christmas gift, a classic monogram shawl I'd wanted for years. I had to wait until now and winter to wear it, but as soon as scarf weather arrived I was thrilled to take it out for a spin! It's coldest during my commutes to and from work as it's outside the heat of the day, so the cosy scarf kept me suitably warm.

What I wore:

Louis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu with blazer and polka dot pencil skirt winter office wear | awayfromtheblue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH plus polka dot pencil skirt | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram louis vuitton monogram shawl in bleu pink polka dot pencil skirt
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Scarf: Louis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
BlouseJeanswest chana long sleeve stud top in night sky navy
Skirt: Cotton On 'Mica' mesh spot skirt in dusty pink
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

I wasn't too sure about how this outfit would all work together. I really wanted to try the navy peasant top with the pink pencil skirt, but I wasn't sure if the blue scarf would work with the navy. I'm so pleased I gave this a go though, the different shades of blue look great together.

As an added bonus, the scarf helped hide the makeup spill I had on my top in the morning - I did try wash it off but makeup is stubborn and I didn't have a lot of time, so I appreciated being able to wrap up a bit and hide the evidence of me rishing about in the morning and being my usual clumsy self! The only downside is that it does cover the top up quite a bit in the outfit and makes it a little hard to see, but it's this one I recently bought from Jeanswest in one of their sales.

Ended up having lunch with hubby in the city. I got a call on my way to lunch saying he'd been another office and was near my building so we had lunch together. Was a nice change to catch up without the kids in tow!

Last worn: black jersey blazer, navy peasant blouse, pink polka dot skirt, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Balenciaga Black Part Time bag. First time I've worn the Louis Vuitton shawl.

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and a-line skirt, navy peasant blouse worn two ways, pink polka dot skirt and black shirt, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and blue dress, Balenciaga Black Part Time bag and pastel outfit.

Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer in third trimester, pink polka dot skirt in first trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in third trimester, Balenciaga Black Part Time bag in second trimester.

Reveal Of Louis Vuitton Present

In case you missed it, including the short and sweet reveal of this gorgeous scarf, including some ways to wear it and how large it is compared to my petite frame!

What I wore:

blue and teal business casual winter office outfit with Louis Vuitton monogram shawl | away from blue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH | away from the blue

Louis Vuitton monogram shawl with teal and blue pencil skirt outfit | awayfromblue instagram
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
Scarf: Louis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
TopJeanswest 'Aubrey' pintuck yoke henley in deep teal
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Just like the outfit above, I'd been wanting to wear this top and skirt combination together. I recently unboxed all my winter things, this long sleeve teal henley is one of them. I thought the colour combination with the blue skirt was nice, but I did worry the top was a bit casual for the office. The blazer helped to dress is up a little, and I've mentioned previously how I really like this cream jersey blazer with the lace skirt, as they have similar colours.

The cream blazer, tan flats and black Balenciaga bag were nice neutral options to wear with all of the colour in my outfit. I've only recently started wearing green and blue together, and I loved the different shades of blue with the teal, from the lace pencil skirt and the blue monogram shawl. Once again, this scarf kept me cosy on the early morning commute. It's part wool, so perfect for wrapping up in on a cold winter morning. I might even have to get my tights out next!

Last worn: cream jersey blazer, teal henley, Louis Vuitton bleu shawl (above), blue lace pencil skirt, camel flats, Balenciaga Part time bag (above).

Other ways to wearcream jersey blazer and Aztec print dress, teal henley and printed jeans, blue lace pencil skirt and wrap top, camel flats and printed dress, Balenciaga Part time bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancycream jersey blazer in second trimester, teal henley in second trimester, blue lace pencil skirt in third trimester, camel flats in second trimester, Balenciaga Part time bag and maternity pencil skirt.

Similar Blue Scarves Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

You don't have to stick with a neutral colour pallette when putting together a work outfit. It's easy to wear a colourful pencil skirt and top together, and still perfect for a business causal office. A scarf, as well as being a winter essential, is another nice way to add some colour to your layers and is easily removed when you get to your desk, so you can be a litle more adventurous with a bold colour or print.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Layering Tees Over Maxi Dresses With Balenciaga Bags (Plus Updated Handbag Collection Video)

Layering a tee over a maxi dress is a nice way to add just a touch of warmth to your outfit, and to change up the look of a dress you wear frequently. I've been wearing my tees over maxi dresses a lot lately! I've also been wearing my Balenciaga bags often too, and for those who are interested I've shared an updated video of my collection below!

What I wore:

maxi dress layered with cropped tee and denim jacket, yellow Balenciaga envelope clutch | awayfromblue

Balenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with giant 12 RGGH mixed metal bracelet stack | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram layering maxi dress with a tee and denim jacket, yellow Balenciaga clutch
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Lovisa gold filigree heart pendant
TeeAtmos & Here Avery marle tee in navy
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress (worn as skirt)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Disney Couture Winnie the Pooh bangle
BagBalenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with giant 12 RGGH

Why I wore it:

Wouldn't change a single thing about this outfit - I loved it all! We went down the coast for a family birthday celebration. It was a warm day but I thought it might get cooler at night, as I picked my denim jacket to layer with. With the blue tee and grey tie dye maxi dress, I thought that this yellow Balenciaga envelope clutch would be a fun pop of colour.

The night didn't go quite how I expected. We were out in the morning and got back late, which meant nap time was late, which meant we were late for heading down the coast, so that we were badly affected by the traffic. I managed to find a rather roundabout route to avoid the traffic and get there in the end though, and even if we didn't get to spend a relaxing afternoon together as planned we did manage to get there in time to enjoy dinner, which was good.

The little gold touches though this outfit worked so nicely together I thought, with the gold mouse flats, heart necklace and bracelet complimenting the Balenciaga envelope clutch. Even if the clutch did stay in the baby bag for most of the night! Mum life 😅

Last worn: denim jacket, navy tee, tie dye maxi dress, gold mouse flats, Balenciaga envelope clutch.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and skinny jeans, navy tee and printed shorts, tie dye maxi dress and purple cardi, gold mouse flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga envelope clutch and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, tie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, gold mouse flats in second trimester, Balenciaga envelope clutch in third trimester.

My Complete Balenciaga Handbag Collection

Yes, I have a lot of Balenciaga bags!

What I wore:

grey tee knotted over coral floral maxi dress with Balenciaga day bag | away from blue

awayfromblue instagram knotting a grey tee over a floral maxi dress
EarringsJeanswest Evy dangly earring
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress (worn as skirt)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

Another tee over a maxi dress, another Balenciaga bag! As you can see from the video above, I have a lot of Balenciaga bags in my wardrobe. I love this tempete Balenciaga day bag, such a unique colour.

Wore this for a blogger date with Rachel from A Nesting Nomad. Now living in Sydney, she was up in Brisbane for the weekend and we took the opportunity to catch up and go grab a yummy gluten free brownie together. After a bit of a tough week, I was looking forward to a couple of kid free hours, but unexpectedly had to take the boys along with me. I regretted the long dangly earrings with the boys grabbing and tugging at them often. They were quite boisterous too, but Rachel was a sweetheart about it! So very sweet!

I did like this outfit, despite the earrings not being a very kid-friendly choice, as it was good to come up with another way to wear this beautiful summer dress and make it work for cooler weather.

Last worn: grey tee, floral maxi dress, Havaianas, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to weargrey tee and printed kimono, floral maxi dress in winter, Balenciaga tempete day bag and swing dress.

Perfect for pregnancygrey tee in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete day bag in third trimester.

Maxi Dresses Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

If you have a tee you love and a maxi dress you love, wear them together! If your tee is cropped it might sit perfectly over your dress, as you can see in the first outfit. If your tee is a little longer, you can knot it like the second outfit to have it sit at just the right point.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Print Mixing: Kimonos and Jeans With Foil Tees and Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag and Guitar Strap

Everyone needs that one classic outfit formula they can fall back on. Kimonos and denim is mine, most frequently seen in summer with shorts. With the cooler weather here now that it's winter in Brisbane, I've swapped the denim shorts for jeans instead.

Both these outfits are such a simple formula: foil print tee, skinny jeans and kimono. I really loved them both. Outfits that were comfortable, practical and nailed my style perfectly. Expect to see this formula more from me, before it gets too cold for my kimonos when the winter weather properly arrives!

What I wore:

Rebecca Minkoff Ruana poncho monochrome fall skinny jeans outfit with Love bag guitar strap | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey and Ruana poncho | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram monochrome outfit Rebecca Minkoff ruana poncho kimono skinny jeans tee Love bag
JacketRebecca Minkoff Ruana poncho
TeeJeanswest Kaylin star foil grey tee
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey with Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Star Shoulder Guitar strap

Why I wore it:

Whenever I go with a monochrome outfit I usually can't resist adding a little colour in there with an accessory. This time around though, with the foil print on the tee and the print on the Ruana poncho / kimono, I felt the outfit was busy enough and didn't need any extra jewelry.

I ended up loving the monochrome with the similar colour scheme for everything looking better than I expected. I didn't miss a touch of colour like I thought I would. I think the mix of textures and the embellished bag strap made up for not having any bright pieces in my outfit.

Had a bit of a busy day, taking the boys out grocery shopping in the morning and then down the coast in the afternoon before heading to a friend's place for church. We are meeting each week to catch up and watch the message from Life Church Online. It's like church at home! We both volunteer at the online services during the week so it's nice to watch the message in person and focus solely on it as we can get quite distracted when serving.

Last worn: Rebecca Minkoff poncho, star print foil tee, grey skinny jeans, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wearRebecca Minkoff poncho worn two ways, star print foil tee worn two ways, grey skinny jeans for travel, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and striped dress, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap and Regan bag, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyWalnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in third trimester.

Rebecca Minkoff Studded Guitar Strap Review:

What I wore:

print mixing foil tee skinny jeans purple kimono outfit | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey, purple kimono | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram print mixing foil stripe tee purple kimono skinny jeans outfit
NecklaceNibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TeeJeanswest Anika foil stripe tee in white and silver
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey with Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Star Shoulder Guitar strap

Why I wore it:

I've shared before that I worried this bright kimono my son picked out would be a little tricky to wear. Since I wanted to wear this foil stripe tee again as it's been a while since I last wore it, I thought I'd try print mixing the foil stripes with the zig zag print on the kimono. Just like the outfit above, I really loved this outfit and the print mix.

Cooper was feeling the cold so we put his little red hoodie on! I was content to still wear my Havaianas before it's properly boot weather!

Sometimes the simplest outfit formulas are the best. While this does have a little extra interest with the print mixing, like the first outfit, it's still the same basic outfit formula. Perfectly comfortable for a morning at ABA mother's group with the boys. Although I did regret bringing some chocolate goodies to bring along for morning tea, as I was dodging sticky chocolate covered toddler hands often! Thankfully the white tee stayed white, but the black skinny jeans weren't as black as they were that morning by the time we headed home, with two chocolate covered boys in the car! You can't avoid tiny chocolate hands! 😂

Last worn: purple printed kimono, foil stripe tee, Jeanswest Prima skinny jeans, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap (above), Rebecca Minkoff Love bag (above).

Other ways to wearpurple printed kimono and maxi dress, foil stripe tee and shorts, Jeanswest Prima skinny jeans and boots, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: Jeanswest Prima skinny jeans in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in second trimester.

Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag Review and Contents Video:

Kimonos Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

You can continue wearing your kimonos outside of summer! For cooler days you can simply swap out your summer staple denim shorts for jeans which are a little warmer. Kimonos are a great layer to add to a classic jeans and tee formula, adding just a little extra colour or texture to an outfit. They are a perfect light layer for cooler spring or autumn mornings and evenings, without overheating you when it warms up during the day.

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