Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Black Skirts, LV Damier Speedy Bandouliere and Style Challenges

Nearly half way through February and I'm finally posting the last of my January outfits, and the last outfit from the #JaNEWary style challenge I participated in on Instagram. Also sharing some of my thoughts about participating in style challenges.


Here's what I wore to go out with my grandparents:
Away From Blue river Island Floral shirt black jersey maxi skirt LV speedy Bandouliere
SunniesRayban new Wayfarers
TopRiver Island floral print sleeveless shirt
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere (with Coach feather bag charm)


The style challenge was to 'wear something you have bought in January'. I had planned to be spending a bit of time at the shops in January, taking advantage of those final reductions in the last few days of the sales and spending the gift cards I got for Christmas. However, my family had a big surprise planned, and my grandparents flew in to visit us and meet baby T. Most of January was spent out sightseeing around Brisbane and making the most of the time I had with my grandparents. As I'm still on maternity leave and being a stay at home mum, there wasn't much effort required to clear my schedule to spend time with them. It was wonderful. Since I didn't buy anything all month, I wore this pretty top I got given in January from my mum instead. Nice and cool outfit for lunch with my grandparents by the sea.

Wanted to try and be a little different from how I'd worn this top before, so I wore it with a maxi skirt this time. I know the shirt looks good with denim, but I'm trying to think of different ways to wear the things I own and not be too repetitive. That way I'm more likely to 'shop my own closet' and go shopping less when I'm looking for something 'new' to wear.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarerfloral shirt, jersey maxi skirt, Havaianas, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere.



Here's what I wore to go out for lunch and a movie:
Jeanswest Beaded embellished ombre pink tank jacquard black skater skirt LV speedy
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
TankJeanswest 'Macy' ombre tank in 'very berry'
SkirtJeanswest 'Helena' black jacquard skirt
SandalsAsos 'five star' leather sandals
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere (with Coach feather bag charm)


It's nice to share an outfit that wasn't put together because of a style challenge! Thanks for following along as I completed DAREcember and JaNEWary! Although I had fun dressing along with the style challenges I followed on instagram in December and January, at times they felt restrictive. It was sometimes a struggle to wear something that would fit the theme for the day and still be practical for life with baby. I think doing two month-long style challenges back to back was a bit too much for me, I was a bit over it near the end!

On the positive side, it was good getting to look at my wardrobe in a different way. The challenges gave me a chance to wear some little-worn pieces and to come up with combinations I wouldn't ordinarily have gone for.  It is good to mix things up now and then, and a style challenge is nice way to help me achieve my goals of wearing more of what I own and making each piece in my wardrobe something that is loved and frequently worn.

I wore this outfit because as I mentioned last time I wore the tank, I haven't worn it much since I got it because it didn't fit when I was pregnant. It definitely needs worn more, I really like it! Thought this black skirt would look nice with it. However, I wasn't entirely comfortable in this outfit, I think maybe the ombre and the beading and the jacquard fabric of the skirt is all too much together? Still, wore it out anyway as I didn't have time to change. Went out for lunch, did some shopping at Ikea and then watched a movie with my mum and sister.


Last worn: wayfarers (above), Jeanswest ombre tank, jacquard skater skirt, Asos leather sandalsLouis Vuitton Bandouliere(see above).




Linking up with Whatcha Wearing Wednesday, Style Me Wednesday, Trendy Wednesday, Thursday Favourites, Throwback Thursday, Spotlight Weekly, PMT Style Challenge today.



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34 comments:

  1. Love both of your skirts & that LV bag is just amazing!! Such a classic and chic piece.
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  2. Cute looks! Wish I was wearing some sandals right now. Ready to be done with winter!

    Thanks for linking up at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday!
    L,
    Vicky
    TheMummyChronicles.com

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    1. Won't be sandal weather for much longer here, autumn is on the way!

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  3. That is so nice that your grandparents came to visit! Time with family is the best :D
    And I love that top you have on in the first look, such a great print
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. It is! I've been so happy having them here to visit!

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  4. I think I may do one of these style challenges very soon. What an excellent way to rediscover everything you own and make new outfits in the process. (:

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  5. I adore the maxi skirt look - perfect for spending time with family.

    michellespaige.com

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  6. I absolutely love your bag, that's gorgeous!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  7. I love the top your mom gave you. It must have been nice to spend time with your grandparents. I hope you enjoyed every second with them! I cannot imagine how it is to not have them nearby/. Mine live just 15 minutes away.

    I also want to congratulate you for finishing both challenges! I always fail by day three, haha! For me its mostly the fact that I want to dress for how I feel and when you have to incorporate a certain theme into your OOTD that can get difficult sometimes. xo

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    1. I really wish I did have them closer, it has been wonderful having them here! It was so special getting to spend lots of time with them.

      It can be hard when the thing that fits the theme isn't the thing you want to wear that day!

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  8. So glad you got to enjoy some great time with your family! What a fun surprise. I love the pink on you in the second look.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  9. style challenges can be fun at first, but after awhile a little daunting. hahaha sometimes we need that temporary inspiration and then do your own thing. lol i love both black skirts on you Mica. they look really good :)
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Yes I have no idea why I did two back to back - crazy, as they do get a bit tough at times!

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  10. That's so nice that you got to spend time with your grandparents! So awesome they flew over too! :) I love what you wore!
    -Olivia. xx

    www.foxandmint.com

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  11. Great outfits! I've never done a style challenge before but I imagine it would be little tricky!

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  12. I'm not a huge fan of those challenges, I feel like I tire of them fairly quickly. But good on you for sticking out with both challenges. It was fun seeing them all here on the blog and Instagram

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Thanks Sonia! :) I did start to get quite tired of them near the end...but I'm pleased I finished them both! :)

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  13. Way to continue on with this style challenge Mica. You've been rocking it!
    Love that top in the first outfit, it's so cute <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  14. I love both of your sleeveless blouses here. That second outfit is adorable Mica and with the little pink it is perfect for a Casual Valentine's with your two men!

    Have a Great Love Weekend! Ada. =)

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  15. your mum has great taste! such a pretty blouse and it's so lovely your grandparents came to visit :) happy early Valentines too! (in case I don't get to say it earlier!) :)

    Metallic Paws

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  16. Great ensembles, my friend! oh Mica! I'm still here just wedging in the remodeling {getting new living room furniture} with blogging. I just forget to blog. I got used to not thinking about it and it's hard getting it all back in my noggin!!! ♥

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  17. Very pretty looks, Micah! The floral and maxi skirt are adorable. I have contemplated style challenges, but was worried I would find them restricting, so I am glad I'm not the only one. :)

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    1. They are fun and do make you think differently, but yes they can feel restrictive if you really want to wear something that doesn't meet the theme of the day!

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  18. You are the queen of maxi skirts! I love that first look with the blouse.

    :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  19. Very nice looks, I love the top of the first look, its totally my style!
    Hope u are fine Mica :)

    Regards,

    www.agirlinafrica.com

    Diana

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  20. Well done mum, lol. Even though the ombre tank is quite pretty, I love the first outfit entirely. The printed blouse is gorgeous and a smart look with the maxi. xx/Madison
    Burlap Beauties

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  21. Great outfit!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  22. How nice to have a surprise visit from you grandparents. I love the print and colors of that first blouse. Style challenges are always fun to give a different perspective on your clothes.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  23. Thank you all for your comments! :)

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  24. Great bag.
    I just read your comment on what you do with the items that leave your closet.
    Are you still selling your bags ? or do you have any future plans to?

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    1. I am thinking of downsizing my handbag collection! When I do I either sell myself to friends or other bag collectors I know, sometimes ebay but more often than not a consignment store :)

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