Monday, 19 January 2015

Blue! Printed Maxi Dress, Lace Pencil Skirt and Teething Necklaces

Two more outfits as I continue on with the 'JaNEWary' style challenge. Both of these outfits fit the prompt for the day, but neither were what I would have worn if I wasn't playing along with the challenge. It's good to wear more of my wardrobe and avoid falling into a style rut though, that's one of the benefits of following along with a monthly challenge.


Here's what I wore to go out with family:
Blue and Purple lace & LV neverfull casual pencil skirt outfit
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
NecklaceNibbly Bits Abacus necklace in pop
TankJeanswest Jenni basic singlet in Royal Lilac purple
SkirtAsos blue lace pencil skirt
ShoesAsos 'five star' leather sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus Hermes pink clic clac
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull


The style challenge for the day was to 'wear something outside your comfort zone'. I don't really own anything I'm uncomfortable in, if I do have it in my wardrobe I usually make the decision to get rid of it when I next wear it. I thought that wearing a pencil skirt casually would be a good thing for me to try again. I've tried a few times on the blog to wear a pencil skirt outside of the office, but I always feel I can't dress them down enough.

Wore this pretty lace pencil skirt with a simple tank and baby T's teething necklace. The last time I wore this pencil skirt was to the office - when I was in the third trimester!

Even though the pencil skirt has an elasticated waist and is really stretchy and comfortable to wear, I wasn't entirely comfortable in this outfit. The longer length of the pencil skirt came in tricky with picking baby up and putting him down a lot. Also felt very overdressed for going out with our families to pick up the photos from the photo shoot we had a few weeks back. I couldn't help thinking that with a blazer or cardi over the top, I'd wear this to work! Maybe the problem is that my office is so casual to begin with. Was definitely an outfit outside of my comfort zone, I much prefer pencil skirts for the office.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarerspurple tank, lace pencil skirt, Asos sandals, Louis Vuitton damier ebene neverfull.



Here's what I wore to have lunch with my family today:
Jeanswest Chantelle Printed Maxi Dress petite blogger Rebecca Minkoff Love bag
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Wilma necklace in pale daffodil (new purchase)
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress (on sale!)
ShoesAsos 'five star' leather sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus gifted blue and silver bracelet stack
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey


This was one of the days I wished I wasn't doing the style challenge, as I had wanted to wear a different dress. The challenge was 'wear a colour that enhances your eyes', so I went with this blue maxi dress and not the other dress I had been thinking of wearing. This dress is lovely and a wardrobe favourite, I love the back lace detail on it, but it's just not what I would have worn if I didn't have the challenge telling me to wear blue.

Still a pretty dress, and appropriate to wear for a lunch with family. My family had planned a big surprise...my grandparents had flown in! So many people had been keeping it a secret for me to have an amazing surprise. It was incredible to see them again and have them meet baby T. I haven't seen them for a very long time, it is wonderful having them here. I'd worn my new teething necklace in anticipation of having to keep baby T amused during lunch, but hardly had to use it at all as he was getting so much love and attention from everyone, we rotated him around so everyone could eat!


Last worn: blue printed maxi dress, Asos sandals (above), Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.







Linking up with Mix It MondaysLet It Shine, Modest Monday, Style to Inspire, Manic Monday, Real Mom Style, Style Sessions, Confident Twosday, Wardrobe Wednesday, What I Wore today.



Follow Away From the Blue on:
Bloglovin : Facebook : Twitter : Google Plus : Instagram
 : Youtube

30 comments:

  1. Ahh I wish I could wear skirts and dresses right now. Love your maxi dress and both necklaces. I just recapped my favorite dresses of 2015 and I wish I could wear something more Summery on this cold, rainy January day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Although not idea in the rain, I have worn maxis like that before! Just layer up to stay cosy, maybe boots and fleece lined tights or leggings? :)

      Delete
  2. Pencil skirts are restricting! But I love them! HaHaHa That lace one of yours has always been one of my favorites Mica. I think it would look great with a blazer. Love your maxi dress. You always look good!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it is one of my favourites too, still one of my proudest sale buys, haha! :)

      Delete
  3. What a sweet and nice surprise to have grandparents flown in to meet their great grandson! I read this news on your IG already but still couldn't help smiling as I am reading this post :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was the best surprise! I cried so much, happy tears of course!, then I couldn't stop smiling! :)

      Delete
  4. Great lunch outfit. Yellow and blue look wonderful together… and lucky you ! If I had to enhance my eye colour I'd probably go with dark brown.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh wow, the pencil skirt in the first outfit is to die for!! Shame it's not too comfortable for you but at least you look fabulous in it!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's comfortable enough for the office, just not so much playing with a baby all day haha.

      Delete
  6. I love love love that blue maxi! Oh and you totally nailed the casual pencil skirt look! (:

    ReplyDelete
  7. I really like both outfits Mica. The first style is my favourite and perfect for the summer season. I love your tank and your colourful necklaces. x/Madison
    Weekend Brunch

    ReplyDelete
  8. It's hard to say which outfit I like best. Love the purple and blue lace together. Gorgeous colours together. You look beautiful in both of these photos.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love, love, love the ASOS skirt in your first outfit photo.

    SSG xxx

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love the idea of style challenges breaking our usual routine of getting dressed...I love pencil skirts too! I know what you mean about having to dress them down - often feel overdressed even though most of my skirts are jersey, haha. Are those ASOS sandals comfy? I love the look of them!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Something about skirts just makes me feel more dressed up than jeans instantly, even when I try dress them down haha! :) The asos sandals are super comfy! I'm glad I bought them, they've been getting a bit of a work out this summer! :)

      Delete
  11. This fashion challenge has been so great! I've enjoyed seeing what you come up with and how you make it work. Pencil skirts may not always work for a day off, but at least you went for it!
    Oooh, and LOVE the complementary colors of blue and yellow together. That maxi dress really is lovely

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very true, thank you! It's always good to go for it and give it a try! :)

      Delete
  12. I really want both of those bags! They are perfect :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love both! That maxi dress is so pretty and I love that fun skirt too! Thanks for linking up!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love both outfits! Your pencil skirt is so pretty but the maxi dress is my favorite!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    ReplyDelete
  15. It's like -8 here and you're wearing summer clothes!!! Jealous!!! :) xx

    Tatyana x
    Secret little Stars
    www.secretlittlestars.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. You always find such nice clothes from jeans west! every time I go there all I can find are the frumpy clothes haha I must be looking at the wrong times. Love that dress and the necklace in the first pic :) Sorry to hear about your sippy cup woes! James went through the same thing with his last cup, somedays he'd take it and other days he'd push it away. I ended up buying him a different cup and he takes it so much better! maybe try a few different brands? How much water does he take at the moment? I wouldn't worry too much as he'll still be getting hydrated from breastmilk/formula :) Another thought.. could he be teething? that might be why he's not drinking (hurting his gums) and grizzling? xx

    Thrive on Novelty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. haha, ever since he started drooling my mother in law said he was teething, and i've been saying it everytime he's grizzly for what I think is no other reason, but no teeth yet. I have that fun still to come, hehe!

      Thanks so much for your help with the sippy cup! It's a silly thing to worry over, but I do...I think I should try a different brand, hadn't thought of that! :)

      Delete
  17. these teething necklaces are so stylish and i love how you styled these outfits for the challenge!

    cute & little

    ReplyDelete
  18. I absolutely agree: the pencil skirt is gorgeous and looks great on you! Also I like how you paired the dress - blue and yellow look fabulous together!
    Rathana xoxo
    http://fabfashionaire.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love those necklaces Mica - they really pop! x

    ReplyDelete
  20. I wore a pencil skirt so similar to your yesterday! I love how you have dressed yours down, which is always a challenge.

    What an amazing surprise for you your family planned!

    Jennie

    ReplyDelete
  21. Both great outfits. I love you have put a pop of yellow with the blue maxi. looks great. I love a good style challenge. Like you said so great to get you out of a rut or just to wear more in your wardrobe!
    x Kirsty

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thank you all for your kind comments!

    ReplyDelete

Your feedback on my outfits and any constructive criticism is welcomed. I appreciate the time you take to leave a kind comment. Make sure to tick 'Notify me' if you've asked a question so you get an email response :)

Feel free to leave a link to your blog so I can check it out. "Follow me" or "follow for follow" comment spam will not be published.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...