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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.

Other ways to wearprinted kimono and maxi dress, metallic tank and leopard print, purple skinny jeans and winter layers, Converse for travel, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB and shorts.


Perfect for pregnancypurple skinny jeans in first trimester, Converse for second trimester travel, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB and maternity pencil skirt.



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

awayfromtheblue isntagram rebecca minkoff MAM bag red skinny jeans with black and white converse outfit
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).

Other ways to wearblack and white kimono and maxi dress, shimmery tank and maxi skirt, red skinny jeans and rainbow knit, Converse and dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag worn 30 ways.

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



Colourful Jeans Under $50:





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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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Colourful Cardigan and Maxi Skirt Outfits

I like to wear most of my clothing year round. While my winter knits do get boxed up for summer (definitely not needed when it's 35 degrees C and 90% humidity!), my summer pieces stay in my wardrobe all year. It means I can pick 'summery pieces' like these maxi skirts and layer them up a little for cooler weather. A cosy cardi is a nice layer to add to a summer skirt.

What I wore:

colourful winter chambray maxi skirt outfit striped tank mustard cardigan and aqua bag | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff mini MAC bag in aquamarine python embossed leather | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | colourful winter maxi skirt outfit with mustard cardi and mint accessories
Jacket: thrifted SES Fashions mustard yellow cardigan
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

So excited to get this mustard cardi out again! After I did 6 months without shopping last year I was thrilled to find this in my local opshop for $2 - and it's sure to get even more wear this year than it did last year. It was perfect to keep me cosy for a busy Saturday - we had a morning flying our kite at the park, then watching the church online service at a friend's house.

Mustard yellow and aquamarine with the blue chambray skirt makes for a colourful outfit. The black striped tank seemed like the perfect neutral to wear with it. The mustard yellow and aqua combo is one I've worn before here.

Normally, I'd wear a top tucked into the top of the maxi skirt, to make the top hit at a more flattering spot on my petite self. This time around though, with the long line of the cardigan and maxi skirt, I actually preferred the top untucked! I've been trying to think differently about my outfits lately. Even if it's just something as simple as wearing a top I'd always tuck in untucked, it's nice to try different things.


Last worn: mustard cardigan, black striped tank, chambray maxi skirt, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearmustard cardigan and little black dress, black striped tank and printed kimono, chambray maxi skirt and foil print tee, Converse and bermuda denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and boho dress.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and maternity shorts.



More Colourful Cardigan Outfit Ideas: 30 Ways To Wear A Purple Cardigan







What I wore:

red waterfall cardigan striped tank and drawstring waist maxi skirt ankle boots winter playgroup style | away from blue

red cardigan with aquamarine mini mac bag python embossed Rebecca MInkoff | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram red cardigan striped tank and maxi skirt winter playgroup colourful outfit
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in scarlett marle
Necklace: Lovisa wooden statement bead necklace
TopJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
SkirtJeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

While I loved the outfit formula above, I didn't like it so much this time I tried it. It's the same basic pieces, though, a striped tank, maxi skirt and colourful cardigan. While I like all of the pieces separately, I just felt they didn't look as good together as the outfit at the top. I felt it was good enough in my rush to leave the house and get to playgroup on time with the boys though!

I also forgot just how breezy this skirt is to wear, with a split on both dies up to my knee. It made staying cosy outside in the playground a little trickier. Even with the ankle boots,it wasn't enough when the wind picked up.

I don't think it's a complete outfit fail, but I think a different maxi skirt or a simpler cardigan would have improved this outfit. One of those ones where you throw things on in the morning after waking up with a vague idea of what to wear, and the resulting outfit shows that you've thrown it on 😂


Last worn: red waterfall cardigan, striped tank, black drawstring maxi skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearred waterfall cardigan for the office, striped tank and pencil skirt, black drawstring maxi skirt worn two ways, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC with olive shorts.

Perfect for pregnancystriped tank and maternity jeansblack ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC in third trimester.



Cosy Cardigans Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Take advantage of those in-between days in autumn and spring where you can mix pieces from different seasons together. A summer maxi skirt and a cosy winter cardigan can easily be worn together to add just a little extra warmth.


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Friday, 8 June 2018

Maxi Dresses and Kimonos With Purple Mini MAB Bag

Kimonos work just as well with maxi dresses as they do with denim. While kimonos and shorts was a summer staple for me, with the cooler weather the extra coverage a maxi dress gives makes it a better option for autumn. Especially when you add a pair of ankle boots too. For a little extra colour, I wore both of these maxi dress outfits with my purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag.

What I wore:

black and white monochrome kimono and maxi dress outfit with purple accessories | awayfromblue

bracelet stack with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum on wrist | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram black maxi dress printed kimono purple accessories
Jacket: The Kindness Collective 'Vienna Awaits' floral print kimono
NecklaceNibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
Dressblack Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

The Kindness Collective had a sale on kimonos a couple of weeks before Mother's Day, so the boys picked me out one each. My eldest picked this one, and I love the classic black and white with the floral print. I decided to keep things simple when I wore this to playgroup, with a black maxi dress and purple accessories for just a little bit of colour. Since it was a little chilly, I added the black ankle boots. It is the perfect way to make your maxi dresses work in spring or autumn.


I really liked this outfit - a simple combination with a fun pop of colour through accessories is a formula I default to easily. Even if the black maxi dress was quickly dirtied by toddler hands, haha!


Last worn: black halter neck maxi dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote. First time I've worn the kimono on the blog.

Other ways to wearhalter neck maxi dress and winter layers, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyblack halter neck maxi dress in third trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote in third trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote Review & Contents








What I wore:

purple zig zag print kindness kimono with tie dye maxi dress autumn boho style | away from blue

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

awayfromblue instagram tie dye maxi dress purple kimono mini MAB tote bag autumn style
Jacket: The Kindness Collective 'Kaleidoscope Dreams' printed kimono
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

This is what I wore on Mother's Day. I was spoiled with breakfast in bed and my boys made some cute gifts, as well as picking out the kimonos. I wanted to give this one a try right away to challenge myself as it seemed like the harder one to wear with the mix of colours in the zig zag print.

With purple being the dominant colour in the print, I decided to once again pull out the purple accessories. This plum Nibbly Bits teething necklace goes so nicely with the purple mini MAB tote bag.

Perfect outfit for spending some time at home relaxing and then heading down the coast to celebrate Mother's Day with my mum and family. Was comfortable all day.


Last worn: tie dye maxi dress, black ankle boots (above), Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote (above). First time I've worn the kimono on the blog.

Other ways to weartie dye maxi dress and denim jacketblack ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote and band tee.

Perfect for pregnancytie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, black ankle boots and pregnancy announcement, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote and maternity shorts.



Kimonos Under $50:






How You Can Wear It:

You don't have to pack your kimonos away when the weather starts to cool! Swap out the summer shorts for something with a little more coverage like a maxi dress or jeans and you can continue to wear your colourful kimonos at the start of autumn or end of spring. A kimono is such a perfect topper with a maxi dress for an easy boho outfit too.


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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

What I Bought In May & How I've Worn It - Jeanswest Waterfall Drape Cardigan

While I did do some shopping, there is no haul video this month. One of my purchases hasn't arrived and so I'll wait until then to film a video. Instead, I'll share with you the two pieces that I do have after buying them this month.

Jeanswest had a 30% off sale on knitwear, so as I usually do, I checked the site 'just to browse' and saw this beautiful waterfall drape cardigan. I ended up buying two!

The cardigan comes in three colours, so I went to the store to try them on, and ended up loving both colours I tried on and bought both. After donating 3 of the cardigans I'd just unboxed from my boxes of winter clothes I pulled out of storage though I felt justified in doing so!


As you can see from the photos below of how I wore the cardigans, you can wear them two ways which instantly appealed to me.


What I Bought:







There are two buttons, one on each shoulder of the cardigan, and a button hole at the bottom of each hem. That means you can button up one or both sides of the cardigan when you wear it (like I did here). It's ideal for breastfeeding, as it turns your cardigan into a breastfeeding cover, and is something I wish I had when I was breastfeeding. I used to have to hold baby and the cardigan over the top of him when using my cardigans as breastfeeding covers. While my breastfeeding days are behind me, I'm still tagging breastfeeding friendly outfits on the blog. I'll just be making use of the feature when I want to wear these cardigans differently!


When I buy things, I think of two ways to wear them. With the buttons making these cardigans adaptable, it was an easy purchase to make as I have so many more ways to wear them. I'm thinking that the new thicker red cardigan will get worn more than the light one it replaced too.

How I Wore It:

Jeanswest waterfall drape cardigan 2018 5 ways to wear red and navy | awayfromtheblue blog


I'm pleased I was able to wear these cardigans so soon after I bought them, unlike the last knit I bought back at the start of autumn when it took weeks for the weather to cool.

Special mention also to these two lovely kimonos the boys got me for Mother's Day that were added to my wardrobe in May!



For the third thing I bought, I will share a reveal video as soon as it arrives. I ordered something from the Rebecca Minkoff online sample sale. There will be a delay in shipping as the sale was so popular, and it takes a while to reach Australia from the US too. Can't wait for it to arrive. Make sure you're subscribed to my YouTube channel to see it before it reaches the blog!


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Friday, 25 May 2018

Layering a Tee Over A Maxi Dress: Autumn Style (And Brisbane Kite Festival Family Day Out Vlog)

Slightly cooler Autumn weather, after what seemed like a never-ending summer heat, brought me the opportunity to layer a little! I decided to try wearing some of my fave slouchy tees over my jersey maxi dresses. I've only worn a tee over a maxi dress once before, but I loved this combination and you can expect to see it pop up more frequently!

What I wore:

grey tie dye maxi dress with burgundy knotted tee layered over SAHM autumn style | awayfromblue

bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram layering a burgundy v neck tee over a grey jersey tie dye maxi dress
Necklace: silver heart long pendant necklace
TeeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversized tee in wine (similar in black)
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress (worn as skirt)
Shoes:  black slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs black leather Swarovski beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

We had a pretty quiet day planned when I wore this. Taking advantage of hubby having the day off, we took the boys to the doctors for their flu vaccination. It was helpful having another set of hands as injections are never pleasant! After the stressful morning, we took the boys out for lunch as a treat, then it was back home for massive naps from them both.

It's not the first time I've worn the aqua mini MAC bag with burgundy (seen before here with burgundy pants), I really like the combination. The mini MAC bag is worn frequently with this tie dye dress too. Loving all of these pieces separately and combined, I of course loved this outfit. So much that I repeated the formula again a few days later with different pieces as you can see below.


Last worn: burgundy tee, tie dye maxi dress, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearburgundy tee and skinny jeans, tie dye maxi dress worn knotted, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and purple jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyburgundy tee for second trimester travel, tie dye maxi dress in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag at 39 weeks.


Family Day Out Vlog: Brisbane Kite Festival







What I wore:

grey tee knotted over a blue printed jersey maxi dress RM MAM Bag | away from the blue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram grey tee knotted over a blue printed maxi dress with rebecca minkoff MAM bag
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TeeAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves (also in black)
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress (worn as skirt)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

We took the boys out to the Brisbane Kite Festival for something a little different! It was a lot of fun, as you can see from the video above. There were so many kites for the boys to watch, and we ended up buying and flying our own kite for a little bit too. It was the first time they'd flown a kite, and I don't even know how many years it's been since I flew one.

It was a really windy but sunny day, so I wore the knotted tee over a maxi dress outfit again. It was the perfect layer to act as a physical sunblock on my shoulders too, as I forgot a hat. I think my big sun hat would have flown off a few times if I'd worn it though.

As mentioned in the video, I felt it was time to get my MAM bag out again. Someone had asked a question about it on YouTube so I'd filmed a video for it and didn't want to put it back in its dust bag without giving it a wear!


Last worn: grey v-neck tee, blue printed maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAM.

Other ways to weargrey v-neck tee and printed jeans, blue printed maxi dress and matching bag, Rebecca Minkoff MAM worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancygrey v-neck tee in second trimester, blue printed maxi dress at 39 weeks pregnant, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in third trimester.



Slouchy V-Neck Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


On a slightly cooler day a tee over a maxi dress is a great layering option, as it doesn't make you too warm. If your tee is long and slouchy, knotting it at the side is a great option to make it sit just right. Perfect for late spring or early autumn, it one way you can get more wear from your favourite summer maxi dresses.


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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Grey Knits and Soft Shorts In Autumn With Balenciaga Tempete Day Bag

When you want to wear all your autumn/winter knits but the weather isn't cooperating, try wearing them with shorts! With our extremely warm start to autumn I wore this outfit combination a few times to wear some cosier pieces without overheating.

What I wore:

embellished grey knit jumper ankle boots with printed soft relaxed fit shorts, Balenciaga day bag | AwayFromBlue

grey embellished knit jumper with Balenciaga storm blue tempete day hobo g21 bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram embellished grey knit jumper soft printed shorts autumn style ankle boots
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
KnitWarehouse grey bead front jumper
ShortsJeanswest 'Scarlette' printed shorts
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

The perfect opportunity to wear one of my recently unboxed winter knits. While I keep my summer pieces in my wardrobe year round, I have no need for winter knits and scarves and leather jackets most of the year here in Brisbane, so I box them away. Unboxing them when the weather changes is always so fun, even if it does lead to the inevitable 'I have no space in my wardrobe' and 'why do I have so many clothes?!' freak outs when I try find a spot in my wardrobe for it all.

It was a cooler morning and we were spending the day playing outside in the shade at playgroup, so I thought this knit would work well with shorts and ankle boots. It was the perfect weather and outfit and I loved wearing this. With the embellishment on the knit I wasn't sure at first if it would work with the printed shorts, but with a lot of white in the print I thought they tied together nicely when I put them on. I really enjoyed wearing this outfit.


Last worn: embellished jumper, printed shorts, black ankle boots, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearembellished jumper and jeans, printed shorts and embroidered blouse, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Balenciaga tempete day bag and swing dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete day bag in third trimester.


Review and Contents of Balenciaga Tempete Day Bag:






What I wore:

Jeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver, embroidered olive shorts and Balenciaga day bag | away from blue

silver foil knit, Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | Jeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver with olive embroidered shorts
Necklace: Silk beaded baby-friendly necklace
KnitJeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver
ShortsJeanswest Tessa olive embroidered shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

Since I enjoyed the outfit above so much, I thought I'd try the formula again. I should have checked the weather before I did so, it was a warmer than usual day and I did regret the knit at a few points. Fun day though! We had our local ABA mother's group in the morning, a little shopping in the afternoon and then I got changed and we headed down the coast for dinner with my family.

It's the first time I've worn this necklace, an item sold as a fundraiser for ABA. With the silver beads and print I thought it would match nicely with my silver foil knit and tempete Balenciaga day bag.
Last time I wore a normal necklace to the ABA I regretted the decision - spending my stay at home mum days at playgroup or mother's group means baby-friendly necklaces are the best choice! While my boys are past the teething stage, my friend's baby adored chewing on this necklace as I held him for a moment while my friend was busy with her other son. I think I'll be wearing baby friendly necklaces for a while, even though my boys are toddlers now!

I did think that the necklace, knit and bag all worked well together but I'm not too sure about the olive shorts. I usually find green a tricky colour to wear, I think a neutral bag might have been better with this outfit.


Last worn: polka dot foil knit, olive embroidered shorts, Havaianas, Balenciaga tempete day bag (above).

Other ways to wearpolka dot foil knit and denim, olive embroidered shorts with mustard, Balenciaga tempete day bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyBalenciaga tempete day bag in second trimester.


More Grey Knits Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


Thin knit jumpers like these are great pieces that you can wear by themselves in spring and autumn or layered up with things over or under them in winter. If the weather isn't the perfect coldness, you can still wear them with shorts as I have above. Definitely pieces you can get a lot of wear from outside of winter.



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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Chambray Shirt Alternatives: Dress and Maxi Skirt With Balenciaga Bags

A chambray shirt is a blogger staple, and is on so many 'wardrobe essential' lists. I've never found the perfect one for me, but I do love the chambray dress and maxi skirt I have. Pairing something chambray with a printed kimono makes an easy autumn outfit.

What I wore:

Kindness Collective printed kimono with chambray dress and Balenciaga part time | Awayfromtheblue

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

Tesalate 'The Swell' sand free towel at the pool | away from blue blog
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
DressJeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress (C/O)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH
Towel: Tesalate 'The Swell' sand free towel (C/O)

Why I wore it:

Another warmer than expected autumn day! I actually managed to spend some time in the pool in morning, before the rain and a storm blew in in the evening. While it was a little frustrating having summer continue well into autumn, it's been good to take advantage of the heat and get in more pool time before it's too cold!

I had the chance to use my new Tesalate towel too, you might have seen my review of my first Tsalate towel on the blog before. This time around I enjoyed its absorbency features more than its sand-repelling features! Especially after a rather rigorous paddling session from the boys, who thought it was too cold to join me for a swim in the pool but had fun splashing on the sidelines.

While I had a relaxed morning, it was a busier afternoon getting groceries and doing my eye test. So funny chatting to the optician as last time I was there I was very heavily pregnant with Baby Boy, we were amazed how quickly things change. Luckily no new glasses needed for me!

It's not the first time I've worn this dress with a kimono. I love the way prints look against the blue chambray dress, it's a nice combination. It was a good layer to have when it did start getting cooler in the evening too.


Last worn: Kindness Collective kimono, button up chambray dress, Havaianas, Balenciaga Part Time bag.

Other ways to wearprinted kimono and shorts, button up chambray dress for breastfeeding, Balenciaga Part Time bag in the office.

Perfect for pregnancychambray dress in second trimester, Balenciaga Part Time bag in second trimester.


My Balenciaga Handbag And Accessory Collection:



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What I wore:

printed kimono, chambray maxi skirt: boho autumn playgroup style with grey tee | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete, Coach rainbow charm | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram navy printed kimono chambray maxi skirt grey tee playgroup SAHM style
JacketNew Look Petite print kimono
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TeeAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves (also in black)
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

A slightly more autumnal outfit here! I added the kimono and the Converse as we were running a few more errands and going to playgroup. The playground is mostly in the shade and can be cooler in the mornings so I thought the extra layers and cosier shoes would be useful! Of course by the time we left playgroup I was wishing I'd stuck with my trusty Havaianas, it turned into another really warm day.

I do find this chambray maxi skirt tricky to layer with sometimes, as it is a fuller skirt. Usually it's better to pair more fitted pieces with it, but I wanted comfortable loose layers so picked this slouchy grey tee and then added another voluminous piece with the kimono on top. Thought it turned out okay though, the perfect relaxed outfit for a relaxed morning.

We stopped at the opshop, spent time at playgroup and picked up some groceries (that I'd forgotten to get on the previous day!). The highlight of the boys' day was definitely the huge bag of toys we got from the opshop for $4 - plenty of trains to keep them happy!


Last worn: new look navy kimono, grey v-neck tee, chambray maxi skirt, Converse Chucks, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearnavy kimono and burgundy pants, grey tee and skinny jeans, chambray maxi skirt and leather jacket, Converse and denim shorts, Balenciaga tempete day bag and pencil skirt.


Perfect for pregnancynavy kimono in second trimester, grey tee for second trimester travelConverse in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete day in third trimester.


Chambray Dresses and Maxi Skirts Under $50:







How You Can Wear It


If the latest 'must have' item doesn't work for you or your wardrobe, try finding something similar to get the look instead. For a popular fabric like chambray or velvet, you can find a piece that fits a need in your wardrobe. A chambray shirt may be a classic, but I wear dresses and skirts more often than shirts! Much like denim, a chambray piece is a perfect backdrop for a colourful printed kimono, as I've worn in both outfits here.


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