Friday, 25 August 2017

Wearing Your Printed Shirts Out of the Office: SAHM Style with Purple Jeans

As I mentioned in Monday's post, I love my button up shirts as they are one of those pieces in my wardrobe that work for work and weekend. Having relaxed style shirts made with soft fabrics (like these ones I'm wearing are) helps make them a good option to do double duty for stay at home mum outfits.

What I wore: 

double denim abstract floral shirt purple skinny jeans converse casual ABA outfit | Away From Blue

silver and Roie Design bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey  | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram floral abstract print shirt double denim blue and purple outfit
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
Shirt: Target blue abstract floral print shirt
JeansJeanswest 'shale' super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs black leather Swarovski beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey (on sale, 30% off!)

Why I wore it:

I love blue and purple together so these purple toned jeans seemed like an obvious choice with this printed shirt. Another $10 target sale find, I always seem to have good luck in their sales.

Was an interesting day when I wore this. Baby Boy woke up early as always and when we got downstairs I noticed a giant rat in the yard. I've tried to show hubby it before and Cooper's unsuccessfully tried to catch it too. I took a photo for proof of all those times I've been sure Cooper chased a rat out the yard, and then carried on making brekkie.

When Baby Boy excitedly pointed at birds out the window I looked out again and saw the rat hadn't moved. I went out and scared the birds away from it and caught the poor thing in a cardboard box and gave him some food and water and a blanket made from an old top. I called RSPCA while trying to figure out if it was native or introduced. Although it meant I was late for the ABA meeting that morning, we took a little detour to the vet. She confirmed it was a melomys, a native Aussie animal which to my untrained eye looked like a cute rat. Toddler T even named him "E The Rat". Every time we pass the vets he asks if E The Rat is feeling better. I hope so, he was in very bad shape.

In the end we weren't too late to the ABA meeting, which worked out nicely as part of the introduction speech was a thank you for the volunteers as part of World Breastfeeding Week. I was surprised to get given a thank you gift for volunteering with my local group. It was so sweet, and I'm glad I didn't miss catching up with everyone.

Last worn: denim jacket, blue printed shirt, colourful skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff MAM.

Other ways to wear: denim jacket and maxi dress, blue printed shirt in the office, colourful skinny jeans and kimono, Converse and maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAM worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and black dress in second trimester, blue printed shirt in first trimester, colourful jeans for work in first trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAM and maternity denim shorts

Purple Jeans Under $50:

What I wore:

mint and aqua with purple cardigan and skinny jeans, Converse | Away From Blue

purple outfit with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | AwayFromTheBlue
JacketJeanswest Peggie kimono cardigan in purple mulberry marle
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
Shirt: Target mint stripe shirt
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

Although not totally blue, I thought this mint shirt would look good with my purple jeans. I wore this out shopping with the toddlers. After being sick for a few days, we were feeling better so I made a small detour to Kmart before grocery shopping. I had my eye on a dress I'd continuously seen during my no shop challenge and couldn't stop thinking about. I was going to wait for it to go on sale, but decided to go ahead and buy it anyway as I kept thinking of it. It was only $15 too.

I've worn these purple jeans with the mint bag before, I really like the colourful combination. This shirt is so soft and so comfortable - while it works nicely in the office with a pencil skirt, I love wearing it casually too.

Last worn: purple cardigan, pinstripe shirt, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and maxi dress, pinstripe shirt and pencil skirt, purple skinny jeans and graphic tee, Converse and floral maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and black maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: purple cardigan and printed cami in first trimester, striped shirt in second trimester, Converse and maternity shorts, mini MAC bag and kimonos in third trimester.

Printed Shirts Under $50

How You Can Wear It:

Your printed shirts don't have to be ignored when you're outside the office. They can easily be worn casually too:

  • Perfect for breastfeeding so can be worn while on maternity leave. 
  • A printed shirt and colorful jeans is a nice casual option for the weekends.

It's great to have pieces in your wardrobe that work for multiple situations, it means you can get more wear from them, and more value from your purchase.

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  1. I love the purple and mint combo! I especially love the python mint bag! I was just reading some of your older posts and discovered you're a Brissie girl like me! Yay! Have a great weekend Mica! XXX

  2. I wear shirts so much for work that I haven't got into them for casual. But I have just bought 2 patterned ones so will be giving them a go. Funny but I'm looking forward to it.

  3. You wear purple so well, Mica! That used to be my high school color. I wore them so much that I kind of have an aversion to it now! LOL!

    And wow for Baby Boy spotting the melomys or "rat" as I would have also thought too!

  4. I love tops like this! I just posted about something similar - things that work for work and weekend. They get the most wear for me too. So nice of you to take care of the rat.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. I'm in with the printed shirts - it just looks like more effort than a t-shirt, and just that bit nicer. What an adventure with the "rat" - I have never heard of a melomys, but he sure is cute! I am fond of rodents in general. What a good-hearted thing to take it to the vet!

  6. The blackberry super skinny jeans are my favourite, I just adore the colour. It's nice with the combination of mint in the crossbody. x

  7. I am totally loving the mint and purple combo, Mica. Am totally stealing that:D And how brave and kind are you for taking that poor thing in. TBH, anything rat-like in appearance would have me screaming like a banshee!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead:)

  8. You are such an animal lover! I would have been too freaked out to try to catch it and take it to the vet. Good for you for doing that!
    I love these looks--the colors are so pretty. I'm always looking for ways to wear my workwear dressed down on days I'm home, so thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I saw the black version of your acqua RM bag over lunch at a thrift store for 7.00 dollars !
    How nice of you to stop and take care of the "rat" not many people would do that. A few weeks ago I came across a baby armadillo but was a bit too late and he/she did not make it, it was so heartbreaking.

  10. We hope the "rat" is feeling better. You look great as always!

  11. Hey lovely lady, I love that story about E The Rat. You are the kindest! I'm glad that the cute furry one is recovering thanks to YOU. Your outfit with the printed shirt is something I'd wear. And hey, congrats on the volunteering for World Breastfeeding Week. You are amazing and inspiring :) x

  12. I love the denim jacket! Thinking a huge rat is outside well you're braver than I would ever be with that. Glad to hear you are recovering and got a nice dress at a nice price! Enjoy your weekend!

  13. I love those purple jeans! Such a fun color, and I'm loving both of your tops. I hope the "rat" is doing okay!

  14. I like blue and I like purple. I think they go very nicely together...

    You have a big hearth, darling! Hope that E the Rat is ok now!!

  15. How good you feel better! Love the mix with purple and mint so much and also purple with blue looks wonderful how you have combined it.

    And what an adventure! I'm sure I would also habe believed this is a rat - how good you took it to the vet.

    Enjoy the new week!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  16. I never thought about mint and purple Mica! Looks really good together. You are such a trooper for bringing that rat to the vet! I hope he's alright as well. Good for you.

  17. Love it that most of the items you share on your blog are so affordable, such a change from other fashion type blogs where all you can do is dream.

  18. I rarely wear my printed shirts on my days off, but I really shouldn't just reserve them for work! I love the way you dressed yours down with a denim jacket! I need to try that out, it would make my closet feel 'bigger'!

  19. I find purple to be a challenging color for me to wear, so I'm loving your takes on it!
    Chic on the Cheap


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