Friday, 26 August 2016

Blue and Pink: Monochrome Outfits With Magenta Balenciaga Day Bag

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I like bright accessories (especially handbags) as they make me smile when I wear them. As the boys and I have been a little unwell lately, I've been enjoying wearing one of my brightest bags - my magenta Balenciaga day bag - when we've been well enough to get out the house. Blue is my favourite colour and also gives me a bit of a boost when I wear it. While the pink bag pops against a black or grey outfit, I love the colour combination of blue and pink too.

What I wore:

Monochrome blue skinny jeans converse outfit with bright pink Bal bag | Away From Blue

cobalt knit and Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta | Away From The Blue
Jumper: Valleygirl blue knit jumper
JeansJeanswest Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Indigo
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black (on sale in grey)
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta (with Marc by Marc Jacobs Eliz-A-Baby bag on the stroller)

Why I wore it:

This was a nice easy outfit. I've shared the simple winter trick of throwing a knit over a breastfeeding singlet to look a little more pulled together before. Went to the park and had a doctor's appointment.

It was quite a sunny day so I didn't wear a scarf with this and even considered taking the jumper off a few times! I really like the magenta bag and cobalt jumper together.

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, cobalt knit, skinny jeans, Converse, Balenciaga magenta day, Marc Jacobs Eliz-a-baby bag.

Other ways to wearcobalt knit in the office, skinny jeans and a trench coat, Converse and flared jeans, Balenciaga magenta day with a neutral outfit.

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What I wore:

cobalt scarf navy tee chambray maxi skirt pink balenciaga day bag | AwayFromBlue

vintage Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta RH tassels | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs bright blue stole
TeeAtmos & Here Avery marle tee in navy (on sale!)
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt (on sale!same in shorter length)
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white (on sale)
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

Such a busy morning when I wore this. Knowing that there seemed to be a cycle of feeling better and then quickly getting sick again, I tried to cram as many errands into one morning as I could when we seemed to be feeling okay. I was running behind and then an extra long stop at the post office (because I was chatting too long) and my local store being sold out of something I wanted meant I didn't manage to get everything done. I made a good attempt though!

I'd thought of wearing the tee and skirt together back when I first bought them, and as I liked the cobalt and magenta in the outfit above I thought the cobalt scarf would be a nice addition. While I like the colours together and I like each piece separately, I was a little unimpressed with how it all looked. As I was running late I just wore it anyway, but probably would have changed if I'd had more time. Not quite an outfit fail, more a case of something not looking as nice on as I'd imagined in my head.

Last worn: cobalt scarf, grey cardigan, navy marle tee, chambray maxi skirt, Converse, Balenciaga day bag (above).

Other ways to wearcobalt scarf and stripes, grey cardigan and flare jeans, navy marle tee and a leather jacket, chambray maxi skirt and purple, Converse and grey jeansBalenciaga magenta day with graphic tees and a baby bump.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Pink Bag, Purple Scarves and Black and Grey Outfits

If you follow me on instagram or twitter you'd know that August has been a tough month health-wise for the boys and I. It's the last month of winter here in Australia and pretty typical for a few bugs to be going around. We just seem to be catching them all and every time I think we're recovering we get hit with something else!

Despite wanting to just stay curled up in bed, there have been days we've had to get out of the house for appointments or occasionally we were well enough to venture out for something fun. I brought my magenta Balenciaga day bag out to add some colour to my outfits. The wonderful pink colour makes me smile every time I wear it, it's a great mood booster!

What I wore:

Neutral outfit with colourful pink and purple accessories SAHM style | AwayFromBlue

Black cardi jeans, grey tee, Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: Cotton On black knit wrap cardigan
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs mauve square scarf
TeeMarc by Marc Jacobs blossom pocket tee in grey
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

I was feeling better and had regained my voice so we headed out to run a few errands and get groceries. When I'm not feeling the best I like to bundle up with a scarf, so this knit cardi and cosy purple scarf were perfect. I really liked the purple and pink accessory combo too, nice with the black and grey.

This grey tee hasn't been worn in a while - it's one of those pieces I tend to 'save' and skip over in my wardrobe as I want to wait until it's a 'better' day to wear it. Decided it's been neglected for too long as I last wore it 8 months ago so wore it anyway even if it was a quiet day.

Last worn: Ray-Ban wayfarer, black cardigan, purple scarf, grey tee, skinny jeans, black ballet flats, Balenciaga magenta day bag.

Other ways to wearblack cardigan and a printed maxi skirt, purple scarf and navy top, grey tee and a maxi skirt, skinny jeans and khaki tank, black ballet flats and flares, Balenciaga magenta day bag and a graphic tee.

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What I wore:

Purple leopard print scarf and pink hobo bag jeans and tee SAHM winter style | Away From Blue

silver bracelet stack, Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta | Away From The Blue
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
Scarf: Sportsgirl animal scarf in violet
TeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversize tee in black (also in grey)
JeansSass and Bide pale grey skinny jeans
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in grey)
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

The outfit above was so simple and perfect to wear, so when we were well enough to go back to playgroup I wore an incredibly similar outfit. Just swapped the black cardigan and jeans for grey ones, and a black tee instead of a grey one. Another easy neutral outfit with some colourful accessories. I think I liked this purple leopard print scarf with the magenta bag even better than the combo above.

Last worn: Ray-Ban wayfarers (above), grey cardiganpurple leopard print scarfblack v-neck tee, Sass and Bide jeans, black ballet flats, magenta Balenciaga day bag (above).

Other ways to weargrey cardigan and printed jeans, purple leopard print scarf and purple bag, black v-neck tee and flares, tweed jacket and grey jeans, black ballet flats and a pencil skirt, magenta Balenciaga day bag and denim shorts.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Printed Maxi Dresses, Vintage Chanel Bag and Different Backgrounds

Some different backgrounds for my outfit pics today! I've been blogging for over 4 years and while I've taken photos out and about in other places before, I've now fallen into a routine of always taking photos in the same spot each morning. It's easier than worrying about finding time and a location while we are out, especially when my hands are full with a baby and toddler. The other weekend I had the chance to take photos away from my usual spot without the boys in tow.

What I wore:

informal winter wedding guest outfit printed maxi dress Brisbane Story bridge | AwayFromBlue

vintage Chanel quilted lambskin flap bag, wedding bonbonerie | AwayFromTheBlue
Necklace: Australian coin and crest necklace
Dress: JayJays feather print maxi dress
ShoesNineWest "Quicken" wedges in natural
Bracelets: the usual plus Edenborough Evans 'Ivy' silver cuff
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap (same in beige, and green)

Why I wore it:

Wore this pretty printed maxi dress to a wedding by the Brisbane river, with a beautiful view of the Story bridge. I had been stressing for a while about what I should wear, as I was going to be away from baby for two feeds and needed something I could wear to express breast milk in. I'm glad I went with this dress in the end. Worked perfectly for sneaking away after the ceremony to express in the car.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was the necklace - I was in a rush that morning and after having heard the 'Priceless' song on the radio the day before had been thinking about this necklace. After finding and detangling the necklace there was no time to try find anything else. I think a different necklace would have worked better with the neckline of the dress, and I probably should have planned out my accessories in advance. It was nice to wear this without worrying about baby tugging on it though.

Last worn: black cardigan, feather print maxi dress, nude wedges, vintage Chanel flap bag.

Other ways to wearblack cardigan and peplum skirt, feather print maxi dress in summer, wedges and skinny jeans, vintage Chanel flap bag and a black dress.

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What I wore:

Jeanswest Gigi printed maxi dress gold mouse flats Chanel flap bag | Away From Blue

Chanel vintage quilted lambskin flap printed maxi dress | Away From The Blue
DressGigi printed maxi dress (C/O)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black or silver!)
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap (same in beigeand green)

Why I wore it:

Not such a picturesque backdrop this time! I was heading down the coast for a night out and had hoped to get a photo on my sister's balcony. However by the time I got there and got changed into my dress it was dark and I'd forgotten the flash for my camera. I'd worn jeans and a breastfeeding singlet in the car there to express as I travelled. Not wanting to let the wearing of this pretty dress go to waste, I just took blog pics inside. As I can't feed or express in this dress it will be a little while before I get to wear it again.

It was nice getting dressed up and going out for the evening though, I had a really fun night. It was my first night away from baby since he was born, so I was slightly emotional!

Last worn: printed maxi dress, gold mouse flats, vintage Chanel flap (above).

Other ways to wearprinted maxi dress and a purple bag, gold mouse flats and a pencil skirt, vintage Chanel flap and jeans.

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