Friday, 27 February 2015

Neutral Dresses - Black Maxi and Grey Skater with Hobo Bags

Don't forget to enter my JORD Wood watch giveaway! Today I'm posting two different dress outfits. A black maxi dress, and a grey skater dress. Both neutrals.


Here's what I wore to spend the day with my mum:
silk headscarf french connection black jersey maxi dress sandals summer outfit

Balenciaga tempete blue storm bal bag
Scarf: Paris print silk scarf
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus necklace in pop
DressFrench Connection Meadow jersey maxi dress in black
ShoesAsos 'five star' leather sandals
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete


I've been looking at this black maxi dress in my wardrobe thinking it needs another wear...so a trip down the coast with my mum seemed like a good day to wear it out. After noticing I don't make the most of the neutral dresses I have in my wardrobe, I've been trying to wear them more. I added the pretty scarf in my hair too for something a bit different, and as I was feeling a little 'meh' about my hair. Due for a trim again!

The teething necklace was a must-have. Baby T's been very cranky lately with teething! I loved how easy and simple this outfit was, but it looks like I put a bit of effort in and not like I've been dealing with a grizzly baby for the past few days. Maxi dresses are awesome.


Last worn: black and white scarf, black maxi dress, Asos leather sandals, Balenciaga tempete day bag.



Here's what I wore to run errands:
Asos grey neutral skater dress chloe marcie hobo bag acne pistol boots summer

Chloe Marcie medium hobo bag in nut on shoulder
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
DressAsos grey skater dress (on sale!)
ShoesAcne pistol boots in "skin"
BagChloe Marcie medium hobo bag in Nut (on sale!)


This is what I put together for my 'day without baby'. It was baby T's first day at day care! Like most mums, I've found it tricky trying to find a place I liked that also has space to take another baby. When a spot opened up at my ideal centre, I took it. It was available a little earlier than I needed as I'm not back at work yet, but it's meant I've been able to go back to work sooner than expected.

I tried to see the positive side and focus on all the things I'd be able to do while baby T was playing at day care, but I'll be honest, I felt a bit lost without him! I was really relaxed in our morning routine, not really wanting to drop him off too soon...and of course I went back earlier than planned in the afternoon to pick him up! He didn't mind though, after the orientation day we had he's really happy with the ladies at the centre, and enjoys playing with the other babies. I think I took the day harder than he did! I did enjoy not having to time my morning errands (groceries and post office) around baby's naps and feeds, but it felt so lonely being just Cooper and I in the afternoon. Used the quiet house to film a couple more videos for my youtube channel, which has been a little neglected lately.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarersskater dress, Acne pistol boots, Chloe Marcie hobo bag.

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58 comments:

  1. I LOVE that skater dress for your day without baby! Such a pretty shape and I love that it looks double layered!
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  2. Both dresses look lovely on you! I really like the cut of the grey one - very flattering. Sounds like a nice time to yourself (and Cooper of course!). Are you looking forward to going back to work?

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    1. I have mixed feelings about it! Trying to see the positive side to it though, there are some good things about it :)

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  3. Oh I just adore that last look! That skirt is so nice. (Also love the doggy)

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  4. I love the second outfit, that's definitely something I'd wear too - grey rules!

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  5. LOVE both the outfits, but I am a bit partial towards the second since you are carrying my all time fav Chloe bag!!! I hear your dilemma on the day care situation, it is something we are starting to think about, because I would get a total of 12 weeks off when time comes and it is wayyy to less :(, but nothing much can be done about it. I can also imagine how hard it is to send a new born to day care, the sudden emptiness is pretty haunting.. but good thing is only for a few hours..

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    1. It is a great bag!

      I am very lucky to have so much maternity leave here in Australia, and so much flexibility about when I can return. Hopefully you can find something that works for you, your family and your baby! :)

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  6. Oh Mica! My heart aches for you. It was total torture when I had to return to work, and it's even still hard almost a year later. My best advice is to just keep really busy, listen to music if you can, and focus on tasks. I get sad, there are days I cry, but it pays the bills. But i'd totally be a stay at home mom if the opportunity ever presented itself. Just remember how much baby T loves you and now your evenings together will be that much more enjoyable. Have an excellent weekend! (:

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    1. Thank you Kiki! It's so helpful getting advice from people who have been there before! I know it's going to be really hard :( I'm really very torn about it! On the plus side, they are desperate for me to come back as it's so busy so hopefully I'll get so involved with work the day will fly by!

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  7. Love the all grey look with the Acne booties. I have been considering investing in a good pair of booties. So far all of my booties are Sam Edelman ones. Not saying they are cheap or anything but they definitely are not in the same vicinity as Rag and Bone or the Acne. My problem is that I am really rough with my shoes so I have been worried if it is wise to spend the money or not. Anyway, I may just pull the trigger when Shopbop is doing their FF event in the future.

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    1. Yeah I'm already thinking I should invest in another pair! Matches fashion have them on sale sometimes, I think I'll try then or in a shopbop sale like you said! Maybe a black pair? I find these ones so comfortable and easy to wear.

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  8. I have to say the grey outfit is my favourite. And, how cute are you in the head scarf. xx <3
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  9. I love, love, love the gray dress!

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  10. That black dress is beautiful and I love your second outfit Mica. That Chloe bag is pretty :) I think mom's definitely take it harder when leaving their children at daycare. It will get easier doll. I'm glad he like's it and you've chosen an awesome place for him. It will give you a chance to do things that you want or need to do.
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    1. Very true Kim! He loves it, he is always happy to see me, but quite content to just keep playing away until I walk over and pick him up for cuddles, haha. Such an independent little man!

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  11. Love both outfits so much! And I need to add ACNE boots into my shoe closet!

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  12. Boo, the ASOS dress is out of stock now! Super cute though. I had Lila in day care for a day a week for a few weeks before I returned to work and it felt weird to be gallivanting around without her after a year.

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    1. Ah it's a shame it's sold out, it's a great dress!

      It is so strange not spending all my time with baby - I'm really gonna miss him when I go back to work. One day a week at daycare is tough enough!

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  13. I really love the scarf in your hair - I am a big fan! And the ASOS dress is great! Is it two pieces? Like, would it lift up for nursing? Also, so hard to send Baby T to daycare! But it's nice that you can ease into it before you have to go back to work? How long do you get to take off of work for maternity leave?

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    1. thanks! The dress is just one piece, it's a good day without baby or 'popping out for a hour or two after a feed' dress, definitely not nursing-friendly.
      It has been good getting into daycare early to move up the date I start back at work and to get a bit of a practice run at it hehe. By law I'm entitled to a year of leave, with my current company I'm entitled to take up to two years.

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  14. Ahhhh, that Asos dress is so cute! I love how it looks on you, and the grey color is perfect for a chic, classy look. <3

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  15. Love your dress :)

    Xx

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  16. That dress is nice and I love your Balenciaga!
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  17. Love the headband and the necklace of your first look :)
    Regards,

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    Diana

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  18. I love that gray dress!
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  19. I love your dresses.
    The fabric is so light.
    XO

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  20. Absolutely in love with that Marie bag. I now finally own the small version and I'm already addicted

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  21. These two outfits look both perfect on you! But the second one fits best on you! You look gorgeous, Mica!

    Have a nice day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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  22. Awesome! Love this so much. Hope you have an awesome new week (and month) :)

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  23. The grey ASOS dress is gorgeous! I think most new mums feel a bit lost the first time without their baby, you'll be okay as time goes! :)

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    1. Thank you India! I know it will get easier as time passes :) Still tricky to begin with, hehe! :)

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  24. So in love with your bag Mica ! Love, Coco et La vie en rose

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  25. That dress is lovely!

    It must be so hard having to leave him, I think parents do always find it harder than he kids!

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    1. I definitely took it harder than he did, I was a crying mess! He wasn't bothered at all!

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  26. I loovvveee that grey dress! And the Chloe bag is one of my all time favorites. You have so many amazing bags! That combo may be on of my favorites of yours. SO glad you found a place you like for the baby and that the first day went well.

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    1. I do have a lot of bags, I haven't used them much lately, trying to rotate through them more often now :)

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  27. I absolutely love your grey skater dress! It looks so comfy and adorable for running errands.

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  28. That grey dress / outfit -- oh my gosh, so lovely! And it goes well with the puppy dog, haha!

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  29. You have seriously been rocking those teething necklaces! I think I need to invest in a few if we ever have another little one because they are really cute and I bet they help so much! I love the headscarf on you as well!

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    1. They are so helpful with baby! He loved them even before he started teething :)

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  30. the 2 looks are so different from each other and yet so suited for you!! stay stylish, dear!

    Happy March!
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  31. You look so adorable in both these pics! I love the headband and elegant black dress--and, gray is always so very chic. Fabulous! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  32. You look gorgeous! Loving that scarf and that grey dress is adorable!

    <3 Shannon
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  33. Love maxi! I love it paired with the scarf in your hair! I adore that skater dress and your bag paired with it is fab!!

    Denise

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  34. Lovely dresses and I especially like the grey one! It is really pretty and easy for mix and match with accessories too!

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  35. super cute looks! i love your asos gray skater dress! so darling!
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  36. pretty dress!

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  37. Thank you all for your kind comments!

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  38. I like both the dark maxi dress outfit and that grey outfit...both are quite feminine and chic!

    the bag is really cute....

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  39. A teething necklace that's actually stylish?? How genius is that?? I absolutely love your black maxi dress. You pull off maxi dresses like no one else. You always look amazing!

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  40. That second look with the greys, booties and the Chloe bag looks really, really good.
    It was nice to get a glimpse of Cooper ;)

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  41. Oh how I love both of these looks! I seriously need a solid black maxi dress. Your grey on grey look is simply stunning! May just see if I can incorporate this look into my life!

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  42. Love love the bag!
    xx
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  43. I love you in a headscarf! Love the all grey look as well. Looks perfect with the tan!
    x Kirsty

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  44. Thank you all for your kind comments!

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  45. Great necklace and lovely bag for errands:) Thanks for linking up to Fashion Caché Friday Link Party, please link up to this week's party going on now.
    Have a great weekend!

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