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Friday, 17 August 2018

Maxi Dresses, Tartan Scarves, Leather Jackets and Rebecca Minkoff MAM

For something a little different from the jeans rut I'd fallen into, I pulled out my maxi dresses, layering them up to make them more winter weather appropriate. I love wearing my maxis year-round. To be fair, we don't have snow in Brisbane which makes them a more suitable choice, especially when worn with leather jackets, ankle boots and colourful tartan scarves to keep me cosy!

What I wore:

tie dye maxi dress in winter leather jacket ankle boots tartan scarf RM mam bag | awayfromblue

Tie dye maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram red tartan plaid scarf leather jacket ankle boots winter layers with tie dye maxi dress
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
Scarf: red tartan scarf
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

So happy that I've hit 30 wears on this maxi dress! (I shared a little more about the 30 wears challenge here). The dress is a piece I first wore for Christmas a few years back and it's been worn often since, through two pregnancies and afterwards. As you can see, it layers up perfectly for winter with a cosy leather jacket like this too. Cooper's wearing his winter layers too with his wooly hoodie! 🐶

The tartan scarf was a fun way to add a little more colour and print to my outfit - and it kept me warm while we were outside playing in the playground at playgroup. Even with the tie dye print on the maxi dress, the subtle blue and grey print on the leather jacket, I felt this extra print wasn't too much and just completed the outfit nicely. It's such a pretty scarf.

Picked my neutral grey Rebecca Minkoff MAB to wear with this as it's the perfect bag for running around outside with the boys - easy to throw it on cross body with the long strap. And the grey worked perfectly with everything else going on in my outfit.


Last worn: printed leather jacket, red tartan scarf, tie dye maxi dress, RMK ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAM.

Other ways to wearprinted leather jacket worn 30 ways, red tartan scarf and stripes, tie dye maxi dress worn knottedblack ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in the office

Perfect for pregnancyred tartan scarf in first trimester, tie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, RMK ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in third trimester.


TMI Tag Video: 50 Questions About Me



Just for fun I thought I'd add this tag video I did recently - my friend Tess from NaptimeNigella tagged me to answer 50 different questions. Nice way to find out a little more about me!




What I wore:

black maxi dress with cobalt blue leather jacket and tartan scarf for winter | away from the blue

Rebecca Minkoff grey MAM bag in crook of arm with black maxi dress | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | black maxi dress layered up for winter with plaid scarf cobalt leather jacket colourful layers
JacketWittner 'Santa Fe' cobalt blue leather jacket
Scarf: blue tartan scarf
Dressblack Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit formula above so much, I did what I frequently do and copied it again to wear it with different pieces. I picked a plain black maxi dress this time, with the bright cobalt leather jacket and the only print in the outfit was my blue tartan scarf. I think this outfit worked really well. I've worn and liked the scarf and jacket together before, so it was an easy option when wondering what to wear with this dress.

Again, I kept things simple with the bag, sticking with the neutral Rebecca Minkoff MAM. We took the boys into the city for something a little different. It was quite a big day for them, as afterwards we went over to my friend's place to watch Church Online together. The boys were definitely exhausted at the end of the night! The day was lots of fun though.


Last worn: cobalt leather jacket, blue tartan scarf, black halterneck maxi dress, black ankle boots (above), Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag (above).

Other ways to wearcobalt leather jacket and printed jeans, blue tartan scarf and double denim, black halterneck maxi dress and kimono, black ankle boots and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancytartan scarf in first trimester, black halterneck maxi dress in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag in third trimester.



Tartan Scarves Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Maxi dresses don't have to be confined to the summer months! With some winter essentials like boots, a leather jacket and a cosy scarf, you can make them work for winter. Colourful tartan (aka plaid) scarves like these add a bit of colour and fun to a winter outfit too, and are a great pop against neutral dresses.


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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Foil Print Tees, Waterfall Cardigans, Skinny Jeans and Mini MAC

Feeling a little uninspired with my winter wardrobe, I decided to go through and pick out some of my favourite pieces, these foil print tees, and build outfits around them. With cosy scarves and cardigans, as I wore them a few weeks ago when winter was in full swing in Brisbane.

What I wore:

red cardigan, black jeans, ankle boots foil print tee, aqua mini MC SAHM Style | awayfromblue

red cardigan, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram red cardigan feather scarf foil polka dot tee black skinny jeans
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in scarlett marle
Scarf: grey and gold embroidered feather scarf
TeeJeanswest Flavia foil printed polka dot tee deep iris
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (C/O)
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

I kind of threw this outfit together, thinking that I liked navy and red together, I love the little aqua mini MAC bag with the red cardigan, and the gold embroidered feathers on the scarf tied in with the foil polka dots. Reviewing the photos I'm not 100% happy with it, I think having something more than just the embroidery on the scarf and foil on the tee matching would have looked better. And maybe tucking the tee into the jeans!

Just one of those outfits where you love all the pieces individually but you're not too sure they all work together in one outfit!

This was a comfortable outfit though, and quite quick to pull together as I was in a rush to get the boys out the house. Still at that point where we try to do things in the morning and get home in time for naptime!


Last worn: red drape cardigan, feather embroidered scarf, navy foil polka dot tee, Nobody Denim Siren skinny jeans, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC.

Other ways to wearred drape cardigan in the office, feather embroidered scarf and black dress, navy foil polka dot tee and shorts, Nobody Denim Siren skinny jeans and embroidered topblack ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC in second trimester.



What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Review and Contents









What I wore:

playgroup colourful skinny jeans converse outfit navy waterfall cardigan star print foil tee | away from blue

navy cardigan, aquamarine rebecca minkoff embossed python mini MAC bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram navy and purple skinny jeans converse star print foil tee playgroup outfit
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal and cashmere skull scarf
TeeJeanswest Kaylin star foil grey tee
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

Followed a similar outfit formula to the one above, with a waterfall drape cardigan, skinny jeans and a foil print tee. I liked this outfit much more though - perhaps because of how much I love blue and purple together. I liked the outfit so much that when I spilled a little something on it while rushing out the door and it wouldn't brush off with just water I just rearranged the scarf to hide it, ha!

This taupe skull scarf isn't just a good stain hider, it's also a nice neutral with the colourful navy cardigan, purple jeans and aquamarine mini MAC bag.

We got to playgroup to discover that it was a messy play day - it had completely slipped my mind and so I cringed every time one of the boys covered my outfit in something else sticky. They had a blast though, and true to the lovely organiser's words, all of the food colouring and flour and stains washed out of our clothes after. Even that stain I'd spilled on my tee before we left the house!


Last worn: navy cardigan, taupe skull scarf, star print tee, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearnavy cardigan worn two ways, taupe skull scarf and shirt dress, star print tee worn two ways, purple skinny jeans and button up shirt, Converse and shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC with mustard.

Perfect for pregnancypurple skinny jeans in first trimester, Converse in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC in third trimester.



Foil Print Tees Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Foil print tees are a fun addition to your wardrobe. They feel a little dressier than a plain tee, but are still just as easy to wear. On a colder day, just add a scarf, cardigan and skinny jeans for an easy mum-friendly outfit.


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Friday, 10 August 2018

Maxi Skirts In Winter With Grey Knits and Blanket Scarves | Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC and MAB Tote

I love a maxi skirt, and I try to wear the majority of the ones I have year-round. They are much too pretty to be left hanging in the wardrobe all winter! I followed the same simple outfit formula to wear these two blue maxi skirts: with grey jumpers, colourful scarves and mini Rebecca Minkoff bags.

What I wore:

chambray maxi skirt in winter embellished grey knit bird print scarf | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram embellished grey knit chambray maxi skirt navy scarf mini mac bag
Scarf: navy bird print scarf
JumperWarehouse grey bead front jumper
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

This was back in the winter school holidays, on quite a nice day. My mum and I had planned to take the boys out shopping to spend some of the $5 challenge money I'd saved. (You save every $5 note you get as change then every year or 6 months you look back and see what you've managed to save). We made a last minute change of plans and took the boys out for the day to the Ipswich Rail museum, where they have a 'Day Out With Thomas'. I've posted about it before. The boys love it, and the reaction when they discovered where we were going was so cute. I wish I'd recorded it.

I did think about taking a jacket, as the sleeves on this grey knit are only 3/4 length, but as we were in the museum most of the day I really didn't need it so I was glad I didn't take one.

It's not the first time I've layered up this chambray maxi skirt for winter. While the chambray is light enough for summer, it works nicely in winter too with cosier layers on top like this grey knit and the big scarf.


Last worn: embellished knit, bird print scarf, chambray maxi skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearembellished knit and pencil skirt, bird print scarf and skinny jeans, chambray maxi skirt and printed tee30 ways to wear black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyembellished knit in first trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag in third trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC and Mini MAB Tote Comparison









What I wore:

purple blanket scarf striped maxi skirt foil grey jumper SAHM style | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram witner maxi skirt blanket scarf foil print knit outfit
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs mauve square scarf
KnitJeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

Once again, repeating the outfit formula I loved and trying it again with different pieces to make another outfit. This time did go shopping, we headed to Ikea with the boys. It was a productive trip. As usual, you come out of Ikea with more than you planned, but I got some nice wardrobe inspiration, the boys got some toys, I picked up a little kids table for them, and their lunch was free because it was school holidays 'kids eat free'.

This skirt hasn't been worn in winter before, it has slits up the side so it's not the best choice for a cold day. With the warm grey knit, cosy blanket scarf and ankle boots, I thought it would be okay for a day mostly in the car and indoors at Ikea. While it was a little chilly in the morning, I did like this outfit. It was comfortable for walking around all day, and I liked the touch of colour with the purple scarf and mini MAB tote bag.


Last worn: foil polka dot knit, Marc Jacobs purple scarf, navy stripe maxi skirt, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote.

Other ways to wearfoil polka dot knit and shorts, Marc Jacobs purple scarf and purple jeansnavy stripe maxi skirt and band tee, Chelsea leather ankle boots and printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyChelsea leather ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in third trimester.



Grey Knits Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Maxi skirts can easily be layered up for winter, just by adding cosy layers. A neutral knit, a big blanket scarf and ankle boots work on a warmer winter day. You can add a jacket and maybe tights or leggings underneath if you have to face cooler temperatures, but the outfits above are perfect for Brisbane winters.


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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Leopard Print Scarves, Knits, Skinny Jeans and Balenciaga Bags

When I'm feeling uninspired in winter I reach for cosy layers and jeans. Of course I still want to keep things interesting - that's where my bright scarves come in, to add an extra something to an otherwise simple outfit of a knit and skinny jeans.

What I wore:

orange leopard print scarf with foil polka dot grey knit black skinny jeans balenciaga part time | awayfromblue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH on arm | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram leopard print neon scarf foil polka dot pullover skinny jeans Bal part time bag
ScarfSupre neon pink leopard print scarf
JumperJeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

You may notice a slight difference in this photo - or you might not! Being in such a rush in the morning, I didn't get a moment to grab my outfit photos like I usually do. I ended up taking photos when I got home in the afternoon. After I'd visited the priceline pop up store and had false lashes applied for the first time.


The lashes felt weird. I went home with a goodie bag (including more false lashes) but I'm not sure I'd be able to apply them again myself, as easy as the lovely lady made it look! Still, fun to try something different.


My outfit was designed to keep me warm as it was such a cold day, so polka dot foil knit with skinny jeans and tall boots. I felt that the neon leopard print scarf worked nicely with the polka dots and added a bit of colour to my outfit, as I had my black Balenciaga part time bag. It was nice to spend an hour or two kid free (and I picked up a couple of Christmas presents for the boys!) while hubby took the boys to swim lessons. I really liked this outfit, as simple as it is.


Last worn: leopard print scarf, polka dot knit, Prima skinny jeans, ASOS Cleo boots, Balenciaga part time bag.

Other ways to wearleopard print scarf and striped skirt, polka dot knit and shorts, Prima skinny jeans and logo tee, ASOS Cleo boots and stripe dress, Balenciaga part time bag and chambray.

Perfect for pregnancyleopard print scarf hiding an early bump, Prima skinny jeans in second trimester, Balenciaga part time bag in third trimester.


Updated Balenciaga Handbag Collection Video




What I wore:


purple leopard print scarf ombre knit black skinny jeans pink balenciaga sorbet city | away from blue

ombre knit, Balenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram purple leopard print scarf ombre knit skinny jeans and converse winter SAHM style
Scarf: Sportsgirl animal scarf in violet
JumperJeanswest 'Serena' ombre knit
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (C/O)
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagBalenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet (more affordable preloved)

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit formula in the first outfit so much, I repeated a similar one again a few days later. I realised I hadn't worn this beautiful ombre knit yet this winter, so felt it was time to give it a wear. I stuck with black skinny jeans again to keep things simple, but unlike the first outfit I added a colourful bag with my colourful leopard print scarf. I thought the purple leopard scarf and pink Balenciaga city bag were fun pops against the otherwise neutral outfit.

I was surprised to see that I hadn't worn this scarf and knit together before, I've worn and loved the ombre knit with my purple skinny jeans in the past.

This knit is an open knit, so I layered a long sleeve tee underneath to keep me cosy. This was the perfect outfit for a morning with the boys at my ABA Mother's group, and then a quick grocery shop afterwards.


Last worn: ombre knit, purple leopard print scarf, Nobody Denim Siren jeans, Converse, Balenciaga sorbet city bag.

Other ways to wearombre knit and printed jeans, purple leopard print scarf and maxi dress, Nobody Denim Siren jeans and embroidered tank, Converse and shorts, Balenciaga sorbet city bag and sheath dress.

Perfect for pregnancyombre knit at 40 weeks, purple leopard print scarf in third trimester, Converse for second trimester travel, Balenciaga sorbet city bag in second trimester.



Leopard Print Scarves Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Neutral outfits are easy to default to in winter. You can add colour to them with fun scarves like these leopard print ones. You don't have to stick to plain kints when you wear them either - the leopard print works well with the ombre and the polka dots. For an extra pop of colour you could do what I did in the second outfit and introduce another colour through a bright handbag.


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Friday, 6 July 2018

Alexander McQueen Skull Scarves To Add Colour To Light Knits and Skinny Jeans Outfits

I'm always so excited about winter weather when it first arrives as it's an opportunity to wear some of my knits! I'm wearing two of my recently purchased ones below, with skinny jeans and Alexander McQueen skull scarves. I am really enjoying the cooler weather that lets me layer!

What I wore:

neutral foil print knit sweater and skinny jeans outfit with red accessories and alexander mcqueen skull scarf | awayfromblue 

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey with black skinny jeans | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram foil print knit black skinny jeans red accessories with neutral sweater outfit
ScarfAlexander McQueen red skull-print modal and cashmere-blend scarf
JumperJeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs suede flats in red
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

You might know from reading my blog that I love a bit of matchy matchy! I was trying to follow along with Eileen's style challenge on Instagram, and the theme for the day was to wear a neutral outfit with a statement shoe. I thought of these little worn suede ballet flats right away. And of course I just had to top it off with a red scarf to match.

These red suede flats aren't worn often,  I tend to stick to neutral shoes and just go with colourful bags. But I keep these shoes around as while they are rarely worn they are fun and I like every time I wear them!

The red scarf is frequently worn - I always like pulling it out in the cooler weather as it really pops against neutrals, and I love how it does that here with the grey knit.

I did end up pulling the scarf off when the day heated up and we were on our way home from playgroup, but it was needed in the cold morning. I'm extremely pleased that despite it being 'making cupcakes' day at playgroup, my outfit was mess-free. All too often I've been finding these black jeans haven't lasted the full day without one of the boys spilling or smearing something on them!


Last worn: red skull scarf, foil print knit, Jeanswest prima skinny jeans, red suede ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff quilted Love bag.

Other ways to wearred skull scarf and red jeansfoil print knit and shorts, Jeanswest prima skinny jeans and kimono, red suede ballet flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff quilted Love bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyred skull scarf in second trimester, Jeanswest prima skinny jeans in second trimester, red suede ballet flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff quilted Love bag in third trimester.



My Complete Scarf Collection:




It's so fun when winter comes around, as I can wear my many scarves!







What I wore:


mustard knit, blue skull scarf and grey skinny jeans park playdate SAHM outfit | away from blue

grey skinnies, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram mustard knit blue teal alexander mcqueen skull scarf, skinny jeans
ScarfAlexander McQueen azure wool skull scarf
Jumper: thrifted SES fashions mustard marle knit jumper
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

The only downside to winter is the winter bugs that go around, and I got one bad. And lost my voice. Which made working difficult, but not impossible. I was able to work from home for the 3 days instead of going into the office to try rest up a little. After this I was eager to get out of the house again and feeling a bit better, so I pulled on this outfit I'd been wanting to try.

I like grey and yellow together, so knew I wanted to wear this mustard knit and grey jeans together. Again keeping with a little matchy matchy theme I picked my mustard Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

As I was still recovering still and didn't fully have my voice, I wanted to wrap my throat up warmly (I always want scarves when I'm sick!) and picked this teal and blue skull scarf as a bold pop with the mustard.

While this outfit was perfect for taking the boys out to our local park for a couple of hours, it wasn't one of my favourites, and I prefered the outfit above. I might have to try this mustard knit and grey jeans combo in a different way next time. It is always interesting to me how similar outfit formulas can have such different results!


Last worn: mustard knitblue and teal Alexander McQueen scarf, grey skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan bag.

Other ways to wearmustard knit and printed skirt, blue and teal Alexander McQueen scarf and maxi skirt, grey skinny jeans for travel, Converse and maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in second trimester.



Similar Light Knits Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:


A simple outfit formula of skinny jeans and a knit is an easy stay at home mum option in the colder weather. You can easily add some brightness to your outfit through your accessories - like I have here with the Alexander McQueen skull scarves.


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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC With Skinny Jeans, Kimonos and Bright Tanks

I've been wearing my kimonos with jeans a lot lately. Kimonos and denim is a go-to outfit for me over summer, and I wanted to embrace winter with my jeans but still enjoy my kimonos for a little longer. I wore them with bright tanks because even though it's winter here in Brisbane it's still fun to add some colour to your outfit.

What I wore: 

SAHM style navy floral kimono black nobody denim skinny jeans mustard tank rebecca minkoff mini MAC

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram mustard tank black jeans floral navya cocoon kimono
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TopJeanswest Maya gather back tank in chartreuse
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (C/O, on sale!)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

Florals aren't just for spring! Wearing them to welcome the first day of winter with this cosy kimono. The navy kimono and mustard tank aren't a new combination, I wore it before here in summer, but it's a combination I love so much I was eager to wear again! This time with jeans instead of shorts, as it is still winter.

Had a busy day, with daycare drop off and pick up, working from home and baby boy's specialist appointment in the afternoon, so I wanted something easy and comfortable. By picking classic black jeans that go with everything and a top and kimono I've worn together before, I knew this outfit would work. Anything that makes getting dressed in the morning quicker and easier is good as a mum!

It was a chilly morning, but the warmer cotton of this kimono and the cocoon style enveloping my arms made this perfect for tackling the chill.


Last worn: floral cocoon kimono, mustard tank, nobody denim skinny jeans, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and shorts, mustard tank in summer, Nobody Denim skinny jeans and Converse, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in the office, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag and boho dress.


Perfect for pregnancyfloral cocoon kimono in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag in third trimester.




Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Collection:



I have a LOT of mini MAC bags (I actually have more I got since filming that video!)




What I wore:

colourful SAHM skinny jeans outfit pink tank blue kimono ankle boots | awayfromblue

blue and pink outfit with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine  | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram blue printed kimono pink satin tank black skinny jeans SAHM Style
JacketJeanswest Jamie printed kimono (on sale!)
Necklace: Silk beaded baby-friendly necklace
TankAsos satin singlet in pink
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
Shoes: Asos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

Unlike the kimono above, this kimono wasn't as cosy. I did regret it a little in the morning as we had an early start, with some errands before our ABA mother's group, and it took awhile for the weather to warm up. I wore this in the first week of winter though, when I wasn't quite ready to retire my kimonos for the season!

The ankle boots were an effort to make me feel warmer, but really they just annoyed me. I forgot that the zips on the hems of these Jeanswest skinny jeans make them difficult to wear with ankle boots, they just aren't a comfortable combo.

Despite these minor annoyances, I did like this outfit. I love blue and pink together, and this was a fun way to wear the combination, even if this kimono will be set aside to wait for warmer weather!


Last worn: Jamie print kimono, pink satin tank, Jeanswest prima jeans, Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearJamie print kimono and shorts, pink satin tank and double denim, Jeanswest prima jeans and denim jacket, Chelsea ankle boots and dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancypink satin tank hiding second trimester bump, Jeanswest prima jeans in second trimester, Chelsea ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in second trimester.



Printed Kimonos Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Black jeans go with everything and are a great wardrobe staple and alternative to the traditional blue. Wearing a pair of neutral black jeans lets you be a little more colourful with the rest of your outfit too. A printed kimono adds more interest to your outfit, making a bold but easy to wear colour combination when paired with a bright tank.


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Friday, 22 June 2018

Colourful Jeans with Converse And Kimonos | Wear & Tear Video of Rebecca Minkoff MAM Bag

There is something about the simplicity of a printed kimono with skinny jeans. Add in some shimmery tanks and you have such an easy stay at home mum outfit! As I shared last week, I've been loving this kind of outfit formula before the cold winter weather arrived. Wore these outfits for two very fun days out and about with the boys, Converse were a necessity. As I had a few things to carry, I went with my trusty mini MAB bag. It carries everything!

What I wore: 

purple printed kimono skinny jeans converse SAHM autumn style Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag | awayfromblue

purple skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram purple kimono skinny jeans rebecca minkoff MAM bag
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
TankJeanswest Maji metallic tank in soft green and silver (on sale!)
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

I worried the purple skinny jeans and printed kimono together might be a little too matchy-matchy, but I'm so glad I gave this a go as I really loved the combination! I debated wearing my trusty Havaianas over my Converse but figured it could still be quite a cold day. It wasn't, and a few times I regretted jeans and wish I'd gone with shorts!

We headed down the coast with the boys to see the Gold Coast 'Monster Machinery' day. We'd never been before, but with two boys who love all kinds of vehicles, it was the perfect destination. Unfortunately it looked like most of the people on the coast thought so too, it was so busy! The council set up all their vehicles in a park, along with some emergency vehicles, boats, and Lightning McQueen and Mac from the Cars movies. The boys loved it! They ignored the biggest digger (although to be fair I wasn't going to push them to stand in the huge line!) abut they had fun clambering over everything including jumping into the big scoops and pushing the horns on some of the trucks and riding in the fire engine and ambulance.

I loved my outfit, we had a fun day despite the crowds and lines, the only thing I didn't love was my bag choice. I specifically chose this much loved Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag as it fits everything I need to carry as well as my camera, and I'd planned to vlog the day. I took a cute video clip in the car on the way down and noticed the battery was getting low. Not an issue, it's pretty good and usually warns in advance. We finally found a parking spot, walked the long distance to the event, the boys got excited to see the vehicles, and I whipped out my camera to get a good pic, to realise the battery was dead. Luckily I had my phone, but the people waiting behind us to take a photo next were not impressed by my fumbling around!

I then had to carry around a heavy camera, bag and the baby bag. I wouldn't have minded if I could have used the camera, but it was a bit frustrating carrying around something so heavy when I couldn't use it! 😫


Last worn: printed kimono, metallic tank, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB.

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Wear & Tear: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB After 5 Years of Use:






What I wore:

bright red skinny jeans colourful touch with neutral black white kimono converse outfit | away from blue

back and white kimono, red skinny jeans, rebecca minkoff soft grey MAB bag | away from the blue

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JacketThe Kindness Collective 'Vienna Awaits' floral print kimono
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankFrench Connection feather foil singlet
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Another outfit with the same outfit formula! Colourful skinny jeans, basic tank, kimono and Converse. This time I charged the camera the night before, so there were no surprises! I wasn't entirely happy with the kimono though - we had an early start and it was a bit chilly in the morning. Perfect for the rest of the day when it warmed up, but made me realise my kimono wearing days are getting less frequent now winter has arrived.

With toddler T's birthday coming up, we decided to take him and his brother out for a Pony Playdate. A local organisation runs it, they have a beautiful paddock and some farm animals. It's Horses In Mind (not sponsored) at Hemmant. The boys got to spend a morning on the farm learning about (and yes patting and chasing!) the chickens and ducks and guinea pigs. Then it was time to learn how to take care of ponies, and they got to use all the different brushes to get them all nice and clean. This was magical, I had a go too and it was so fun brushing this little pony together. They were such good ponies!

Then after they measured up my tiny boys for tiny saddles, they got to hop on and take the ponies for a ride around the paddock. We got so many good photos and videos, thanks to having the camera charged this time! It was such a fun day out.

The white Converse might seem like a strange choice for a day on a farm! I'd picked them to wear over my boots as they had been getting a bit dirty and I'd been planning to wash them anyway. Getting covered in mud seemed like the best thing to do before finally throwing them in the wash a few hours later.


Last worn: black and white kimono, shimmery tank, red skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag (above).

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Perfect for pregnancyshimmery tank in first trimester, red skinny jeans in second trimester, Converse and maternity shorts, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag in second trimester.



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How You Can Wear It:

Colourful jeans don't have to be tricky to wear! They can be just as versatile as your standard blue jeans. You can match the colour to something else in the outfit like I did with the purple jeans and kimono together in the first set of pics, or you can keep things simple and add a pair of colourful red jeans to a classic black and white outfit. Easy, fuss free dressing that's perfect for a day running around with kids.


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