Friday, 31 March 2017

Blue Kimonos, Tees and Denim Shorts with Neon Pink Bag | #6MonthsWithoutShopping Update 3

First, I'm so happy to report that month 3 of my #6MonthsWithoutShopping challenge is done, and I've bought nothing. Still sticking to my challenge. I did buy a hair curler but as beauty and makeup/skincare products are exempt I'm not counting that.

The hardest temptation for me this month was a mustard yellow cardigan in my size for $2 in an opshop. I've been wearing a lot of mustard lately with my little mustard Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag so have been wanting more of it. But I left it behind. Even though I keep thinking about it!


Now, what I've been wearing. One colour combination I'll always come back to is blue and pink. Neon, pastels or any shade in-between, I just love the colours together.

The outfits below are really simple with denim shorts and basic tees. Adding a bright handbag and printed kimono creates a little more interest and makes the outfits less plain. Kimonos are a perfect completer pieces for an outfit, even in hot weather.

What I wore:

floral printed kimono to dress up casual shorts and tee outfit neon pink bag | AwayFromBlue

Denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: thrifted Edited floral and bird print kimono
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversize tee in black (also in grey, 25% off with code 'YAY25')
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts (on sale!)
Shoes: Wittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC (on sale!)
NailsOPI Rich Girls and Po Boys

Why I wore it:

This was an easy outfit for playgroup, and then a quick stop at the post office in the afternoon to mail some more ebay parcels.

Shorts and a tee is a great warm weather playgroup outfit, and it's what the boys wore too. Adding the printed kimono and bright bag made my outfit a little more colourful and fun. Although the kimono has red in the print instead of pink, I really liked the neon against the navy background. Just like last time I paired the two together.

Cooper wasn't in the mood for photos this morning and tried to hide away - you can see him peeking out in my instgram photo too.


Last worn: printed kimono, black tee, bermuda denim shorts, studded sandals, neon pink mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearprinted kimono worn two ways, black tee and printed jeans, bermuda denim shorts and button up shirt, studded sandals and printed shorts, neon pink bag and olive tank.


More Pink Rebecca Minkoff Bags:







What I wore:

grey tee, shorts dressed up with printed kimono bright neon bag | Away From Blue

blue nails, Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC  | Away From The Blue
TeeAsos new forever grey tee (on sale!)
ShortsJeanswest denim cuff shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC (on sale!)
Nails: OPI Rich Girls and Po Boys

Why I wore it:

Same outfit formula as the first outfit - blue kimono, basic tee and denim shorts with a bright pink bag. I had picked the bag and kimono first, then the shorts and wasn't sure what top to choose. Went with this neutral grey tee as it's been a while since I last wore it, 7 months! Despite getting rid of a lot of grey tees I obviously still have a long way to go if it's so long between wears.  It was such a hot day I wished I'd picked something with a little less fabric, like a tank instead of this tee.

We spent the day northside visiting the emergency services expo. Although much too hot for us to enjoy walking around an unshaded park, Toddler T and Baby Boy had a fun time jumping up on all the fire engines and police cars and ambulances.


Last worn: printed kimono, grey v-neck tee, denim shorts, Havaianas, neon pink mini MAC bag (above).

Other ways to wearprinted kimono and graphic tee, grey v-neck tee and printed pencil skirt, denim shorts and printed tank, neon pink mini MAC bag and black skinny jeans.




Blue Printed Kimonos Under $50:







How You Can Wear It:

Add more colour to a basic shorts and tee outfit with colourful accessories like handbags and kimonos. A plain neutral tee is a great base for a bright bag and printed kimono as you don't have to worry about mixing in any more colours.


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45 comments:

  1. I don't think I could have resisted the mustard yellow cardigan if it was only $2! I would have pretended it didn't count. Ha ha. I'm only on day 8 of no shopping at the moment and I'm already feeling anxious! Love your pink bag, the neon is stunning!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. haha yes I did briefly try to consider how I could buy it and still meet my goal! Good luck with your challenge!

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  2. I like your sandals in the first outfit, so unique and nice.

    www.busyandfab.com

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  3. This bright pink bag looks super cute. I like the kimonos on you .
    Nina's Style Blog

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  4. I've been trying to cut back on shopping too, and it's NOT easy! It sounds like you're doing a great job though!


    Jackie
    Something About That

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    1. It's definitely not easy changing such an established habit!

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  5. Such strength of character in resisting the cardigan. Well done!

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    1. haha yes it took willpower for a shopaholic like me!

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  6. Wow! I don't think I could do 6 months of no shopping! Good for you! That bright pink bag is so fun!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. Yep 3 months down, I'm hoping I last the whole 6!

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  7. Oh you're so good not buying the cardi, for 2 dollars I know I wouldn't have been able to resist! That pink bag really adds a pop of colour to your outfit and I'm loving that blue and pink combo.

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    1. It was so hard to pass up the bargain!

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  8. Congrats on your 3 months without shopping, hun! That is an awesome challenge, I don't think I could do it myself! I give in to temptations way too easily, if I saw a cardigan for two dollars I would most definitely cave in! You can never go wrong with pink and blue, that is a wonderful colour combination and it works every time. :) Loving both outfits, I hope that you have the best weekend ahead, beauty! xoxo

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Yes it was very tempting for me, but I left it behind! :)

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  9. You have made a wonderful challenge and look at you! it's going really well too. Not everyone thinks of the blue and pink combo and you make it rock.

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  10. I love this color combo--the bright pink is so pretty against the blue. Way to go for continuing your no shopping challenge!! I'm so impressed with your willpower to walk away from an awesome deal like that cardigan.
    Have a good weekend!

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    1. I'm surprised at myself too! And hoping it will still be there when the ban is over although I know it won't, haha!

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  11. The hot pink mini MAC is awesome!

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  12. That’s crazy! I definitely wouldn’t be able to do that. If I keep thinking about something I almost always go back & get it! I’m so proud of you, I wish I had your will power haha

    Love the outfits, you always look so chic in cardis.

    TFM BLOG

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    1. Oh I'm still thinking about it! haha! But haven't bought it yet

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  13. Oh my goodness girl! like this outfit is waaaay cute - love the pink bag!

    Aicha | The Fashion Heist

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  14. I always love your fashion! The necklace is so cute!

    Darriyan xx
    www.darriyancateland.co.uk

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  15. congrats on 3 months without shopping challenge.
    love both of these outfits.

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  16. That's so impressive that you were able to resist a $2 cardigan! If I like something and it's $5 or less, it's usually coming home with me, haha!

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    1. Yes, it's hard to pass up deals like that!

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  17. I admire you for doing the no shopping challenge. I'm sticking to a very small list of things I'm buying, but I know I could definitely cut back...

    The pink Rebecca Minkoff bag is great! I love the color and shape!

    Have a great week!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. I wasn't sticking to my list so decided a break was needed!

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  18. Well done on the no purchases. I'm three months in too and hoping to make the year. We will keep strong together.

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    1. I don't think I could do a whole year - good luck to you! :)

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  19. Your kimono/bright bag/jean shorts combo really works so well together. I am so impressed you are holding strong with no purchases!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks! I'm surprised I'm half way through! :)

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  20. Wow I take my hat off to you for resisting that mustard yellow cardi for $2, that must have been tough! ;) Your commitment to the challenge is amazing, dear.
    I like both outfits you're wearing here, very comfortable, practical and with a lovely color scheme. Your sandals on the first outfit are lovely, too!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. haha it was - I'm still thinking of it!

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  21. I love your red bag...looks so cute with your outfit!


    Valerie

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  22. Yay ! on your 3 months Mica !!!
    I gave myself a small budget at a thrift store this weekend, like a break from it all. But most likely I will go back as I did not accomplish what I set to do, which was to take control of my closet.

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    1. I look forward to seeing what you bought this month :) Well done for completing your 3 month!

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  23. I don't believe I could have resisted that cardi for $2. In fact, I probably would have made my mum or someone buy it for me and pretend it didn't count :D

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    1. I did consider it! I stood there trying to find ways I could buy it and still meet my challenge, but in the end knew it would be cheating so walked away.

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  24. I want a kimono so badly!! I love what a versatile piece they are!!

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  25. It's still really cold in the mornings to make the transition from cardigan to kimono just yet, but oh man am I so ready! I've added so many cute ones over the last few months and I can't wait to live in them all summer long!

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing you rocking the kimonos! :)

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  26. Mica, you did really good! I only made it for about a month and a half. HaHaHa
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. That's still good Kim, well done! :)

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  27. Thank you all for your supportive comments with my challenge! :)

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