Friday, 22 June 2018

Colourful Jeans with Converse And Kimonos | Wear & Tear Video of Rebecca Minkoff MAM Bag

There is something about the simplicity of a printed kimono with skinny jeans. Add in some shimmery tanks and you have such an easy stay at home mum outfit! As I shared last week, I've been loving this kind of outfit formula before the cold winter weather arrived. Wore these outfits for two very fun days out and about with the boys, Converse were a necessity. As I had a few things to carry, I went with my trusty mini MAB bag. It carries everything!

What I wore: 

purple printed kimono skinny jeans converse SAHM autumn style Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag | awayfromblue

purple skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram purple kimono skinny jeans rebecca minkoff MAM bag
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
TankJeanswest Maji metallic tank in soft green and silver (on sale!)
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

I worried the purple skinny jeans and printed kimono together might be a little too matchy-matchy, but I'm so glad I gave this a go as I really loved the combination! I debated wearing my trusty Havaianas over my Converse but figured it could still be quite a cold day. It wasn't, and a few times I regretted jeans and wish I'd gone with shorts!

We headed down the coast with the boys to see the Gold Coast 'Monster Machinery' day. We'd never been before, but with two boys who love all kinds of vehicles, it was the perfect destination. Unfortunately it looked like most of the people on the coast thought so too, it was so busy! The council set up all their vehicles in a park, along with some emergency vehicles, boats, and Lightning McQueen and Mac from the Cars movies. The boys loved it! They ignored the biggest digger (although to be fair I wasn't going to push them to stand in the huge line!) abut they had fun clambering over everything including jumping into the big scoops and pushing the horns on some of the trucks and riding in the fire engine and ambulance.

I loved my outfit, we had a fun day despite the crowds and lines, the only thing I didn't love was my bag choice. I specifically chose this much loved Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag as it fits everything I need to carry as well as my camera, and I'd planned to vlog the day. I took a cute video clip in the car on the way down and noticed the battery was getting low. Not an issue, it's pretty good and usually warns in advance. We finally found a parking spot, walked the long distance to the event, the boys got excited to see the vehicles, and I whipped out my camera to get a good pic, to realise the battery was dead. Luckily I had my phone, but the people waiting behind us to take a photo next were not impressed by my fumbling around!

I then had to carry around a heavy camera, bag and the baby bag. I wouldn't have minded if I could have used the camera, but it was a bit frustrating carrying around something so heavy when I couldn't use it! 😫


Last worn: printed kimono, metallic tank, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB.

Other ways to wearprinted kimono and maxi dress, metallic tank and leopard print, purple skinny jeans and winter layers, Converse for travel, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB and shorts.


Perfect for pregnancypurple skinny jeans in first trimester, Converse for second trimester travel, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB and maternity pencil skirt.



Wear & Tear: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB After 5 Years of Use:






What I wore:

bright red skinny jeans colourful touch with neutral black white kimono converse outfit | away from blue

back and white kimono, red skinny jeans, rebecca minkoff soft grey MAB bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue isntagram rebecca minkoff MAM bag red skinny jeans with black and white converse outfit
JacketThe Kindness Collective 'Vienna Awaits' floral print kimono
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankFrench Connection feather foil singlet
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Another outfit with the same outfit formula! Colourful skinny jeans, basic tank, kimono and Converse. This time I charged the camera the night before, so there were no surprises! I wasn't entirely happy with the kimono though - we had an early start and it was a bit chilly in the morning. Perfect for the rest of the day when it warmed up, but made me realise my kimono wearing days are getting less frequent now winter has arrived.

With toddler T's birthday coming up, we decided to take him and his brother out for a Pony Playdate. A local organisation runs it, they have a beautiful paddock and some farm animals. It's Horses In Mind (not sponsored) at Hemmant. The boys got to spend a morning on the farm learning about (and yes patting and chasing!) the chickens and ducks and guinea pigs. Then it was time to learn how to take care of ponies, and they got to use all the different brushes to get them all nice and clean. This was magical, I had a go too and it was so fun brushing this little pony together. They were such good ponies!

Then after they measured up my tiny boys for tiny saddles, they got to hop on and take the ponies for a ride around the paddock. We got so many good photos and videos, thanks to having the camera charged this time! It was such a fun day out.

The white Converse might seem like a strange choice for a day on a farm! I'd picked them to wear over my boots as they had been getting a bit dirty and I'd been planning to wash them anyway. Getting covered in mud seemed like the best thing to do before finally throwing them in the wash a few hours later.


Last worn: black and white kimono, shimmery tank, red skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag (above).

Other ways to wearblack and white kimono and maxi dress, shimmery tank and maxi skirt, red skinny jeans and rainbow knit, Converse and dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyshimmery tank in first trimester, red skinny jeans in second trimester, Converse and maternity shorts, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag in second trimester.



Colourful Jeans Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Colourful jeans don't have to be tricky to wear! They can be just as versatile as your standard blue jeans. You can match the colour to something else in the outfit like I did with the purple jeans and kimono together in the first set of pics, or you can keep things simple and add a pair of colourful red jeans to a classic black and white outfit. Easy, fuss free dressing that's perfect for a day running around with kids.


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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Colourful Cardigan and Maxi Skirt Outfits

I like to wear most of my clothing year round. While my winter knits do get boxed up for summer (definitely not needed when it's 35 degrees C and 90% humidity!), my summer pieces stay in my wardrobe all year. It means I can pick 'summery pieces' like these maxi skirts and layer them up a little for cooler weather. A cosy cardi is a nice layer to add to a summer skirt.

What I wore:

colourful winter chambray maxi skirt outfit striped tank mustard cardigan and aqua bag | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff mini MAC bag in aquamarine python embossed leather | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | colourful winter maxi skirt outfit with mustard cardi and mint accessories
Jacket: thrifted SES Fashions mustard yellow cardigan
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

So excited to get this mustard cardi out again! After I did 6 months without shopping last year I was thrilled to find this in my local opshop for $2 - and it's sure to get even more wear this year than it did last year. It was perfect to keep me cosy for a busy Saturday - we had a morning flying our kite at the park, then watching the church online service at a friend's house.

Mustard yellow and aquamarine with the blue chambray skirt makes for a colourful outfit. The black striped tank seemed like the perfect neutral to wear with it. The mustard yellow and aqua combo is one I've worn before here.

Normally, I'd wear a top tucked into the top of the maxi skirt, to make the top hit at a more flattering spot on my petite self. This time around though, with the long line of the cardigan and maxi skirt, I actually preferred the top untucked! I've been trying to think differently about my outfits lately. Even if it's just something as simple as wearing a top I'd always tuck in untucked, it's nice to try different things.


Last worn: mustard cardigan, black striped tank, chambray maxi skirt, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearmustard cardigan and little black dress, black striped tank and printed kimono, chambray maxi skirt and foil print tee, Converse and bermuda denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and boho dress.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and maternity shorts.



More Colourful Cardigan Outfit Ideas: 30 Ways To Wear A Purple Cardigan







What I wore:

red waterfall cardigan striped tank and drawstring waist maxi skirt ankle boots winter playgroup style | away from blue

red cardigan with aquamarine mini mac bag python embossed Rebecca MInkoff | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram red cardigan striped tank and maxi skirt winter playgroup colourful outfit
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in scarlett marle
Necklace: Lovisa wooden statement bead necklace
TopJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
SkirtJeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

While I loved the outfit formula above, I didn't like it so much this time I tried it. It's the same basic pieces, though, a striped tank, maxi skirt and colourful cardigan. While I like all of the pieces separately, I just felt they didn't look as good together as the outfit at the top. I felt it was good enough in my rush to leave the house and get to playgroup on time with the boys though!

I also forgot just how breezy this skirt is to wear, with a split on both dies up to my knee. It made staying cosy outside in the playground a little trickier. Even with the ankle boots,it wasn't enough when the wind picked up.

I don't think it's a complete outfit fail, but I think a different maxi skirt or a simpler cardigan would have improved this outfit. One of those ones where you throw things on in the morning after waking up with a vague idea of what to wear, and the resulting outfit shows that you've thrown it on 😂


Last worn: red waterfall cardigan, striped tank, black drawstring maxi skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearred waterfall cardigan for the office, striped tank and pencil skirt, black drawstring maxi skirt worn two ways, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC with olive shorts.

Perfect for pregnancystriped tank and maternity jeansblack ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC in third trimester.



Cosy Cardigans Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Take advantage of those in-between days in autumn and spring where you can mix pieces from different seasons together. A summer maxi skirt and a cosy winter cardigan can easily be worn together to add just a little extra warmth.


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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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