Monday, 14 March 2016

Mulberry Oak Bayswater, Wrap Dresses for the Office: 3rd Trimester Corporate Style

As mentioned in my previous post, I'd been talking about and thinking about my handbags, and how things will change with them when baby's born. When toddler T was a baby, it took me a while before I started carrying my bags again and not just throwing my things into the baby bag.

The Mulberry bayswater is one of the bags that I'm sure will be neglected for a while. It's perfect for the office, not so much a day with a toddler. In my final weeks at work before maternity leave it was good to get it out again.

What I wore:

AwayFromBlue | Third Trimester Office Wear Thrifted Pritned wrap dress Mulberry Bays

AwayFromTheBlue | Mulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather JORD fieldcrest wood watch
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace
Dress: thrifted Target printed wrap dress (with white Jeanswest singlet underneath)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs studded mouse flats in grey (on sale in black)
Bracelets: the usual plus JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch (C/O)
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather (previously owned bargain here)

Why I wore it:

Can't believe this is only the third wear of this dress! Considering I got it at the op-shop (thrift shop) for $1 it's still a pretty good cost-per-wear though. I had the usual second trimester panic that nothing fit and I had nothing to wear so I went op-shopping and found this for only a dollar. A size larger than my normal, I knew it would work in pregnancy. It's a great piece for the office, although I don't see myself wearing it much after pregnancy so I'll try squeeze in a few more wears before baby arrives.


Last worn: Ray-Ban WayfarersTarget printed wrap dress, studded mouse flatsMulberry Bayswater bag.

Other ways to wearprinted wrap dress in the second trimester, studded mouse flats and denim shortsMulberry Bayswater and a chambray dress.



Where to buy the Mulberry Bayswater:







What I wore:

Away From Blue | Pregnancy Office Outfit Soon Maternity Wrap Dress Mulberry Bayswater

AwayFromTheBlue | Mulberry Oak Bayswater tote on shoulder JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch
NecklaceHouse of Harlow Dynamic necklace in gold
Dress: Soon Maternity 'Madeline' grey print wrap dress
Singlet: (under dress) thrifted Cotton On yellow tank
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs two tone flats in blush and black
Bracelets: the usual plus JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch (C/O)
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather (previously owned bargain here)

Why I wore it:

Another day at the office, another printed wrap dress! Unlike the one above, I feel I'm wearing this dress a lot this pregnancy! It's almost a weekly thing....

It's nice though having a go-to outfit for work though. It makes picking out something to wear the next day much easier, no matter how tired I am at the end of the day.


Last worn: Soon Maternity printed wrap dress, yellow singlet, cap toe ballet flats, Mulberry Bayswater (above).

Other ways to wearSoon Maternity wrap dress in the second trimester, yellow singlet without a maxi dress, cap toe ballet flats and skinny jeans, Mulberry Bayswater for returning to office after maternity leave.










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65 comments:

  1. That is a gorgeous bag - great colour. You look beautiful in both dresses, but I really like the first one!

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  2. $1 is an incredible value for that dress! awesome.

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  3. Goodness, that bag is stunning. It's one of those pieces that will just get better with age.

    I'm all about easy dresses for work. Who needs the extra stress in the morning?! :-)

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  4. This is a lovely maternity dress. I am glad you got some wear in it before baby comes. I only owned a few maternity dresses but loved them.
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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    1. Yep, I only have two (this wrap one for work and a casual maxi dress) but they have been invaluable!

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  5. What a steal on that dress! And I'm glad you're getting the opportunity to carry some of your bags before baby. Many of mine are still neglected and Layla is 18 months old!

    Fizz and Frosting

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    1. Yes not all bags are ideal for life with a toddler sadly!

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  6. very pretty dresses I love how this style works with your tummy! bag is superb as well

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  7. Lovely dress! :)
    http://hairandvibes.blogspot.com

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  8. What a gorgeous, classic bag! Every women should own one like that!

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    1. I think it is one of those truly classic tote bags.

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  9. Love both of these dresses! Guess I have a thing for gray! Haha. And yes, get all the use you can out of your amazing bag collection! If/when I have kids I'm going to have my mom make me an awesomeeee baby bag, haha
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. Yes you definitely need an awesome baby bag, you use it every day!

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  10. Great bags and office styling as usual.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

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  11. I absolutely love the bag! You matched with the dress very pretty :)

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  12. I love how thoughtfully you plan your wardrobe choices and bags--you think about how you may not get much use out of the bag once the baby is born, so you use it now. So smart! Love both of these wrap dresses!

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    1. Yep need to be clever about how I'm using them, so I can justify calling them investments haha!

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  13. That last dress suits you very well, I really like that print as well :)

    ARedLip&Love

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  14. Mica, that dress only cost $1!?!?! That is amazing! Looks wonderful on you. I love that Mulberry bag. The color & style are gorgeous. It's definitely a professional bag. You may have to put it away temporarily, but you'll definitely use it again. If you don't, happily send it to me. LOL JK It's gorgeous!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. haha I'll let you know if I ever decide to part with the bag!

      And that dress was the best opshop bargain! :)

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  15. Love the bag and video, I had one once but found it too heavy so ended up selling it. Your dog is so cute, he barks the same as my little dog :) Is he a Shih Tzu? Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. It is much heavier than I expected for sure! :)

      He is a Shih Tzu :) Possibly crossed with something - we don't know his full history as he was a rescue from a shelter. They think he's pure Shih Tzu but we suspect he may have something else mixed in. Either way, he's perfect :)

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  16. I think you will need a bag switch up when baby number two is here. Lighter, hands free and perhaps non leather are some of the aspects come in mind when I think of mother with two young kids. There are loads of choices these days though. Lesportsec make many cute bags that are great for mums and travelers! They do collaboration with many other design houses like snoopy and Disney. I have a few of their pouches and they are adorable!

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    1. They do have some cute bags! :)

      I'm interested to see how I go with my bags when baby arrives - took me a while with the toddler before I figured out how to juggle it all! Once I got the bag hook for the stroller it was a lot easier, so who knows I might not need to give up my bags this time!

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  17. Glad to see the Mulberry back in rotation ! and you're looking lovely Mica - like how that wrap dress looks with the yellow tank.

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  18. I love how you paired the second wrap dress with a yellow undershirt! It adds such a fun pop of color!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

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  19. I've just realized I own a similar bag to this one - but of course, Mulberry will always beat any other bag brand (almost). It's so classic and elegant. I'm in love.


    Ella Pinto xx

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    1. I think it's a classic style, regardless of brand :)

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  20. I love both of your looks, Mica, but the second is my favorite because I love the pop of yellow! It looks great worn with the cognac bag, which is so lovely, btw! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having a wonderful start to your week so far, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  21. So beautiful doll! I really love printed dresses :)

    Florals&Smiles

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  22. Seriously, these wrap dresses look beautiful on you! Good thing is you can always wear them even after the pregnancy, they might just be a little big tho :) Mulberry bag is classy!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Sadly won't be able to wear these post baby :( The first one will be much too big and the second is a maternity one that's cut to flatter a bump and doesn't do well on a bumpless figure. It's been fun wearing them though :)

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  23. You have the best bags!! I can't believe you got that dress for $1, that's so awesome!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  24. Nice thrift find with the dress... love both looks!!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today's Post: Edgy Florals...

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  25. The first dress looks so lovely on you so keep getting the wear out of it! You're carrying your bump so well, Mica. You look blooming!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. The Mulberry Bayswater is so so beautiful, especially in that cognac shade! How classic! It's a shame it's not more approp for life with toddlers and babies, haha. :)

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    1. It is! It's a shame to leave it unworn so long!

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  27. Glad you're getting use out of your bags before you need bags for baby! I love both dresses! As always, I can't get over how well you're carrying! XO
    Lauren-Blair
    www.prefertobedemure.com

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  28. Wrap dresses are the best for work! Love that bag, too.
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  29. That bag is beautiful! I also love the pop of yellow color under your dress:)

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  30. What an awesome find! I seriously suck at op-shopping haha & omg! How much stuff do you need to carry around with a baby or toddler??! It’s so good to get your bags back haha

    TFM BLOG

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    1. I don't often have luck opshopping, but I'm pleased when I do! :)

      I am just wondering how much I'll have to carry with a newborn and a toddler...so much I'm sure!

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  31. LOVE that bag! It would go with everything! And both of those dresses look so comfortable and great for office wear. $1 is a killer find!
    Emily
    Darling, Dearest

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  32. Wrap dresses seem perfect for pregnancy. These look great on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  33. That dress looks gorgeous on you! I can't believe you got it for only a $1.00!

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  34. I LOVE how roomy and large that bag is. It's such a chic color, too. Perfect find!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  35. I've wanted a Mulberry bag for years now- I love this classic!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  36. Very interesting bag! So cool that you are blogging so actively in between so much. Wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy and delivery! Keep up the awesome fashion updates ;)

    Looking forward to your future posts.

    Thank You
    SkatterbrainN

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  37. Both dresses are fantastic, and that bag is unreal! I love that it's big enough to actually carry things around in, but so stylish!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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  38. What a chic and versatile Mulberry bag, I know what you mean though after having the little ones many bags/clothes etc..get neglected for a bit as they are just not practical!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  39. I can't believe that first dress was just $1 - its absolutely gorgeous but I suppose that's the beauty in thrift shopping! Also loving the Bayswater - my mum has one and I'm not allowed to touch it though I think they're the most chic bags ever! x

    Viva Epernay

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  40. Oh yeah that bag is so gorgeous for the office!!! Hope you are feeling well before this beautiful bub arrives. Bron x

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  41. Its always good to have a go to outfit for the office. In fact you might need two or three! LoL At any rate, you look fabulous and comfy. Thanks for sharing these recommendations.

    Have a great day!
    KaSonndra
    http://livewellbefabulous.com

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    1. haha yes it's great to have a few go-to options!

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  42. Being English I loved my Mulberry bag. So beautifully made and a dream to carry xx

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  43. I do love thrift shopping - you can't beat the deals! Plus wrap dresses are so flattering to your bump.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. There are some awesome deals if you're lucky enough!

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  44. Oh, you look so fabulous in both of these dresses! I love a nice wrap dress and the print on each of these are great. What a steal on the first one. I need to check out thrift stores more often.

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    1. You can find some gems in thrift shops!

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  45. Thank you all for your lovely comments :)

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  46. I love your wrap dresses! I think wrap dresses should be considered a wardrobe staple because they are so flattering and they never go out of style!

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  47. Congrats for your baby ! I love how professional and comfortable you look in those dresses for going to the office, my favorite is the first one along with your awesome handbag. I love this cute Marc Jacobs flats , are they comfy to wear all day long cause I plan to get a pair , if I fin them :) Have a nice day !

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