Friday, 24 March 2017

Bright Maxi Dresses and Blue Bags

Despite my love for bright bags, I have very few bright clothes. Blue and grey are the main colours in my wardrobe. Over the past few years I've been trying to be more adventurous with colour thanks to reading lots of great blogs and looking up to people like Sheila who wear colour so easily. Now I have a couple of bright maxi dresses. I like maxi dresses as they are fuss-free instant outfits, and colourful dresses are a great way to ease into a more colourful wardrobe.

What I wore:

Everydaystyle Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered coral maxi dress matching mint accessories | AwayFromBlue

coral dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | AwayFromTheBlue Blog
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Ava elephant pendant teething necklace
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale, 44% off!)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

Last time I wore this dress I shared that I bought it after seeing it on Instagram. Quite a few of the #everydaystyle ladies have it, and I always smile when I see it pop up in my feed. It also makes me smile every time I wear it, such a cheerful colour. Perfect for a hot day and I love how the aquamarine Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag matches with the print on the dress. We had a fun morning attending rhyme time for some singing and the dancing with the boys, a quiet day.

I don't always go matchy matchy with accessories, but the necklace and bag worked so wonderfully with this print I was glad I did it this time. I'll probably wear this similarly again, I liked it so much. It's only March but this is easily my favourite outfit of the year. Wouldn't change a single thing.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarercoral printed maxi dress, studded gladiator sandals, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC.

Other ways to wear: coral printed maxi dress for Christmas daystudded gladiator sandals worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and pink vest.


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What I wore:

Mothers En Vogue Havana Nursing ruffle maxi dress with navy tote | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy pink dress | Away From The Blue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Belt: Kmart thin gold glitter belt
ShoesBalenciaga studded sandals in sorbet RGGH (on sale, 58% off!)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy (on sale in blackor in blue)

Why I wore it:

Unlike the outfit above, I wore this for a much busier day. We had Baby Boy's weekly weigh and then a trip into the city for another specialist appointment, and family visiting in the afternoon. I really like this bright maxi dress as it's a nursing dress, perfect for a busy day and breastfeeding on the go.

I kept thinking of this bag after sharing it (and all my other bags) in my wardrobe inventory post, as it's really only worn in the office. Thought this tote would be a good carry all for the folder of documents I bring along to appointments for Baby Boy. Unlike my neverfull, it's quite a stiff bag and not very flexible or easy to use when you have a baby on your hip. You can't just use one hand to dig around inside when it's on your shoulder due to the inflexible sides. It spent most of the time hooked onto the stroller which I actually didn't mind.

Pink and blue is one of those colour combinations I really enjoy, but this bag just isn't practical for stay at home mum life. I was annoyed by this bag most of the day. It's going back to sit in the wardrobe awaiting my return to work in a few months.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer (above), Mothers En Vogue maxi dress, gold glitter belt, sorbet Balenciaga sandals, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote.

Other ways to wearMothers En Vogue maxi dress and denim jacket, gold glitter belt in the office, studded Balenciaga sandals and maternity shorts, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and fit and flare dresses.




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If you want to add more colour to your wardrobe, try a bright dress. You don't have to worry about mixing and matching or clashing with other colours. You can let it shine on its own as the focal piece in your outfit, so it's incredibly easy to wear.


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Floral Kimonos and Fitted Tanks

Since I've decided to embrace my mum-tum in fitted tanks I've been enjoying wearing more of the tanks I have. Shopping my own wardrobe on my #6MonthsWithoutShopping challenge is still pretty enjoyable, I'm not bored yet . I love the simplicity of a tank, shorts and kimono outfit on a warm day. It's one of my go-to outfit formulas I wear over and over again. Even when I was pregnant.

What I wore:

Somedays Lovin' Yakuza botanic print kimono green tank bermuda denim shorts | Away From Blue

silver bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff python snake embossed leather mini MAC bag | Away From The Blue
JacketSomedays Lovin' Yakuza print kimono
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Charlotte teething necklace
TankJeanswest Jenni basic singlet in Emerald green
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts (on sale!)
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale, 44% off!)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

I've worn this green tank and floral kimono together before, although last time it was with a different bag and shorts. I really like the combination. While there isn't any green in the print of the kimono, I think they compliment each other nicely. I like wearing this bag with green tanks too. Again, while the colours don't match I think they look nice together.

A nice simple staple warm weather outfit for a day running a few errands, then spending time with my mum and sister in the afternoon after baby boy's weekly weigh.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, Somedays Lovin' kimono, green tank, denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff gladiator sandals, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC.

Other ways to wearSomedays Lovin' kimono and purple jeans, green tank and maxi skirt, denim shorts and burgundy teegladiator sandals worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC and wrap dress.



Floral Kimonos Under $50:








What I wore:

floral kimono with printed graphic ribbed tank denim shorts summer SAHM style | AwayFromBlue

navy floral kimono, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine bag | AwayFromTheBlue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Charlotte teething necklace
TankJeanswest floral print brown ribbed tank
Shorts: Jeanswest denim cuff shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:


Unlike the outfit above where I'd worn similar things before, this was all new combinations. I was going through my box of tanks and wanted to wear this brown one that hasn't been worn in a while. I had also been wanting to wear this kimono again, and thought that they might work together, with the white floral graphic on the tank kinda matching the white based floral print on the kimono.

As I said on instagram I'm still not entirely convinced it was a winning combination. I was happy I gave it go though, it doesn't look too bad and was something different to try! It was a quiet day. After a stressful night taking Baby Boy to hospital, my mother in law offered to take the boys to playgroup for a few hours. It was wonderful as it gave me a chance to catch up on housework and deal with eBay a little more. I'm trying to sell some of the boy's baby clothes on eBay but I forget how time consuming it can be!


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer (above), floral cocoon kimono, floral print tank, denim shorts, Havaianas, aquamarine mini MAC crossbody bag (above).

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and flares, floral print tank and striped skirt, denim shorts and ankle boots, aquamarine mini MAC crossbody bag and red jeans.





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You can wear floral kimonos with plain tops, but you don't have to stick to block colours and can also try a little bit of print mixing. Even if you don't love the result, no harm in giving it a try! You might find a new favourite combination.


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Striped Tops, Pink Sleeveless Jacket and Denim Shorts

More stripes! My previous post was all about striped maxi skirts, the one is wearing my pink vest with some striped tops. Stripes are definitely the most common print in my wardrobe, even with all of my skull print or leopard print scarves!

What I wore:

monochrome black stripe tank shorts outfit pink sleeveless drape vest mint bag | AwayFromBlue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | AwayFromTheBlue
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
ShortsOneTeaspoon Hawks shorts in Fox black (C/O, on sale!)
ShoesBalenciaga studded sandals in sorbet RGGH (on sale, 58% off!)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

I wore this for the "pinktastic" style prompt of the #AutumnStyleFile challenge. I like pink and black, and I've seen on a few blogs a black dress with a pink layer on top. It gave me the idea of trying this pink vest with a monochrome black outfit. Went with shorts and a tank as my shorter black dresses aren't breastfeeding friendly and the vest doesn't work with my black maxi dresses.

Wore this to run a few quick errands. I was starting to plan for Baby Boy's first birthday party and walked around a few stores trying to get some of the things I needed. It's crazy to think he'll be 1 soon.

Was pleased with this outfit - although the pink sandals and pastel vest are different shades I think they look good together, and the little aqua bag was a great accessory. I'm amazed it's been over a year since I last wore these sandals! I've been loving my Rebecca Minkoff gladiator sandals and realised I better hunt out these Balenciagas and wear them now before the autumn weather arrives.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, pastel pink vest, stripe tank, OneTeaspoon shorts, Balenciaga studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearpink vest and floral tankstripe tank and flares, OneTeaspoon shorts in spring, Balenciaga studded sandals and blue boho dress, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and purple cardigan.



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What I wore:

casual SAHM stripe tee denim shorts pink waterfall drape sleeveless coat | Away From Blue

silver bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine pink vest | Away From The Blue
JacketJeanswest Peri drape sleeveless jacket (on sale!)
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TeeAtmos&Here oversized stripe tee
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts (on sale!)
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

This was going to be a quiet day, not much to do other than a couple of errands in the morning. I wanted to wear this pink vest again and was trying to decide on a top to wear with it. I picked this striped tee as although I didn't anticipate needing to feed Baby Boy while we were out, I figured it would be good to be wearing something breastfeeding friendly just in case.

I was so glad I'd chosen to wear this tee in the evening. We had to unexpectedly take Baby Boy to the hospital (he's fine now) and I had to breastfeed in the waiting room. When your baby's 11 months it's hard to get them to use a breastfeeding cover without tearing it off. Luckily I can pull this shirt up and have the excess fabric drape down and not feel too exposed when he pulls the wrap off for the tenth time... 😅

Despite it being a similar outfit formula to the one above and it being comfortable to wear I think this looks a little off in the photos. The rolled sleeves on the tee look a little odd peeking out from under the vest, and I didn't like the look of this outfit as much as the first one. I did love the combination of the aquamarine bag with the pink vest again, I'm glad I tried this pairing as it's now a favourite.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer (above), pink drape vest (above), stripe tee, Bermuda denim shorts, two tone sandals, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag (above).

Other ways to wearpink vest worn two waysstripe tee and red jeans, Bermuda denim shorts and olive tank, two tone sandals and printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and maxi skirt.





Striped Tees and Tanks Under $10:








You can a make a basic shorts outfit a little more interesting with a striped tee or tank instead of a plain one. You can also add more colour with a vest, kimono or bright bag without adding bulk.


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