Monday, October 20, 2014

Jersey Maxi Skirts, Tank Tops, Kimono and Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB

Ended up wearing maxi skirts two days in a row! Not surprising considering I loved them so much in pregnancy I keep reaching for them instead of jeans post-baby.

Here's what I wore to spend the morning with some mums and bubs:
splendid stripe tank black jersey maxi skirt Converse Chucks
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
TankSplendid double French stripe tank in 'Flamingo' pink
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag

I caught up with some other mummies from my mother's group to go for a little walk and get some socialisation for the babies and us. It was really nice enjoying the warm, sunny day and getting a bit of exercise too. The other mums were in fitness gear, but I don't own gym clothes! I figured a nice light tank and maxi skirt with some Chucks was a good casual outfit for getting out.

The only problem with wearing this was that I forgot to put on sunscreen. Being a new mum and sometimes a little sleep deprived, I do forget things from time to time. But I really suffered after this forgetful moment! My poor shoulders were uncovered and got extremely burnt. Need to throw some sunscreen in the baby bag for the next time I forget to put it on in the morning. Just glad my BB cream has some SPF in it so at least my face was protected, and that my legs were shielded by the maxi skirt.

Last worn: Wayfarers, striped tank, jersey maxi skirt, Converse, Marc by Marc Jacobs baby bag.

Here's what I wore to go shopping:
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Jacket: Just Jeans paisley print kimono jacket
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
TopJeanswest Jenni basic singlet in Royal Lilac purple
SkirtTarget grey marle maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Went out shopping with my mum and sister the day after the great sunburn walk. I was having such a tough time finding something to wear. My own fault for forgetting sunscreen! I was running out of time finding something to wear as baby T and I were meeting my family at the stores. Started with the maxi skirt as I wanted to be comfortable, and ended up picking the tank top as it was the only thing that didn't "scratch" my shoulders. Even just a simple seam on a tee was too much for my red skin!

I still needed to cover up a little more to avoid any further sunburn, so I picked this kimono as it's so lightweight. I've worn it with a maxi skirt before when I was pregnant, in an almost identical outfit, but it's not a combination I'd usually go for as it's a voluminous top and skirt together. Ended up quite liking this outfit though, although it's not something I would have put together normally. What do you think? Too much with the skirt and kimono together, or not bad?

Last worn: kimono, purple tank, grey maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Layered Spring Outfits: Stripe Tee Dress, Heart Print Scarf, Jeans and Blazer

We had a cloudy and chilly few days which gave me the chance to add some layers (a scarf and a blazer) to my usual outfits.

Here's what I wore to go out with baby T:
Stella McCartney Heart Print Scarf, Stripe tee dress Converse outfit
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
ScarfStella McCartney heart print scarf
DressAtmos&Here stripe tee dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black

We had an unexpected cold and rainy spring day (although nothing like what Sydney has been experiencing!) so I decided to wear long sleeves and accessorise with a scarf. This scarf probably won't get much more wear this year as it's quite warm, and the weather is heating up again. It was good to be able to wear it one last time for Spring. I'm also hoping to get more wear out of this dress this year, but again it's a thicker winter fabric and I'm not sure I'll have many more opportunities to wear it now the seasons are changing.

Had to take baby T for a quick checkup at the doctors, so I wanted something easy and cosy as I'd be baby wearing. I still haven't figured out an easy way to carry the baby bag as I wear the baby carrier, I just have to hold it in my hand and it's not the lightest of bags....but for a short trip out I prefer to baby wear rather than take the stroller.

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Stella McCartney scarf, striped tee dress, Converse.

Here's what I wore to visit family and go to the shelter:
Pinstripe blazer casual outfit ombre tank skinnies Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran Bag
Jacket: thrifted Valleygirl pinstripe blazer
TankJeanswest 'Macy' ombre tank in 'very berry' 
JeansJeanswest Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Indigo
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown

It was a little chilly in the morning so I added the blazer. We left baby T with family while we went out to the animal shelter, so I had the chance to carry a handbag too as I was without the baby bag. I'm so pleased I got to wear this ombre top! I got it for Christmas last year and only had the chance to wear it once before the baby bump got too big for it. The beaded detail is so pretty.

You might have seen my post on instagram about a cute little Guinea Pig that Cooper found (and I rescued from his fluffy jaws!). After asking around the neighbours and putting up signs and leaving letters in mailboxes, no-one stepped up to claim him. We named him Popcorn, but have no idea where he came from.

We adopted Cooper from the Animal Welfare League and I knew that they also re-home Guinea Pigs, so we took Popcorn down to the shelter to find a new home after keeping him a few days. I was a little sad leaving him there, but Cooper didn't appreciate the sudden new addition to the family and I was quite worried he might eat him! They re-homed 89 guinea pigs last year so they will find Popcorn a new home in no time. Cooper is still a little upset by it all and keeps pacing the spot in the laundry where we kept Popcorn. As we stumbled across him in the street, we didn't get a chance to prepare him for the new arrival like we did with baby T.

If you know anyone in the Gold Coast or Brisbane area who might be looking to adopt a little furry family member, check out Popcorn's adoption details at the AWL! :)

Last worn: striped blazer, ombre tank, skinny jeans, Havaianas, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spring Dresses: Floral Print and Ankle Boots, Drop Waist Stripes and Converse | Shopbop Sale

The second wearing of two of my cute little dresses I purchased in September. Wearing one for the evening and the other during the day. My reviews of the purchases and how they are working in my wardrobe, as well as the Shopbop Friends and Family sale code!

Here's what I wore to go out for dinner:
Atmos&Here Willow Printed tee dress and Asos aggie black ankle boots
DressAtmos & Here Willow printed tee dress
ShoesAsos Aggie leather western ankle boots in black

Simple outfit - pretty dress and ankle boots! We had the chance to go out for dinner with some friends, it was so nice catching up and introducing baby T to some new-to-him faces. We've been a little unsure about going out in the evenings with baby but it was good to finally do it. Evening time is usually witching hours/arsenic hours and babies can be a bit unsettled. Baby T was a champ though, full of smiles and giggles and he perfectly timed his nap with dinner time. It helped that dinner was arranged around baby's schedule, and we were close to home if we needed to rush away.

The only downside to the evening was when there was an "explosion" over my dress. While baby T had a change of clothes, I didn't! A lesson for me to have something in the baby bag for me in case of emergencies. Also made me grateful I'd picked this dress to wear. The print on this dress hid the wet patches quite well from where I'd tried to wash it in the sink. It helped hiding behind the table too. Managed to make it through dinner without any more mishaps, but I have to say we did leave shortly after!

As it's the second time I've worn the dress, and I'm reviewing all my purchases the second time I wear them:
I love this dress! I've only worn it with ankle boots so far so I'm not massively restyling it each time I wear it...but it's such a nice easy piece to wear. I like the print and I'm really pleased I purchased this, it is perfect for Spring. It is definitely going to get a lot more wear.

Last worn: floral tee dress, Asos leather ankle boots.

Here's what I wore to go shopping:
Alexander McQueen skull scarf, Balenciaga Day Bag, Striped Dress and Converse
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
ScarfAlexander McQueen skull scarf in light blue
DressAtmos&Here 'California' drop waist tee dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag (get 25% off here with code 'FAMILY25'!)

Couldn't resist checking out the Missoni for Target collection! Took the chance to get out of the house with baby T to return something and to stop by our local Target. I didn't buy any clothes or accessories for myself, just picked up some things for baby and the house. Despite not having a set budget in mind but I think I did pretty well and I'm pleased with what I got, our local Target had loads. I did think I might pick up a scarf at least for myself, but it seems other people had that idea too. I saw one lady take the entire rack of scarves I'd spotted and add them to her overflowing trolley! It was then I decided I'd shopped enough and should back away and let the more dedicated people have their fun.

Carried a handbag for the first time in a while. I've now got a handy little hook for the stroller for me to clip bags onto, so I'm hoping to start carrying my handbags again even when I'm out with baby T. It's helpful on days when I'm out and about and want more than just a wallet and phone, and easy to do on days I have the stroller with me.

As it's the second time I've worn this dress, my purchase review:
I bought this dress to try out the drop waist trend, and it's been very fun to wear. I'm still not sure that this is really 'me', but I am going to keep it and continue to wear it. I don't see myself wearing and loving this dress as much as the printed t-shirt dress above though, so it's definitely one of those purchases I bought without really thinking what the need was in my wardrobe.

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarers, skull scarf, stripe drop waist dress, Converse, Balenciaga day bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs diaper bag.

Don't forget that the Shopbop friends and family sale is on now! 25 % off with discount code 'FAMILY25'. Is it too early to start shopping for Christmas presents? ;)