Showing posts with label Rebecca Minkoff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rebecca Minkoff. Show all posts

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Wearing Summer Tanks In Winter With Colourful Scarves and Cosy Cardigans

One way to get the most from the pieces in your wardrobe is to wear them out of season. I've posted many times about how I keep the majority of my summer pieces in my wardrobe year round. When winter arrives, I still find ways to wear my summer tanks, just as like below with jeans and cardigans. There's no reason you can't wear florals in winter!

What I wore:

floral tank in witner with skinny jeans converse navy cardigan and purple scarf mini MAB bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum with faux fur pom pom | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram purple toned layered floral tank outfit with navy cardi
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs mauve square scarf
Tank: no label floral and lace top
JeansJeanswest 'shale' super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

Usually, I plan my outfits the night before. Sometimes I have a vague idea of what I want to wear, and fill in the gaps when I get up in the morning. I knew I wanted to wear this floral tank and jeans together with my cosy navy cardigan, I thought the neutral navy would look great with the purple toned jeans and the cream floral print tank. The scarf and handbag were completely last minute choices, but I think they really pulled the outfit together. I loved this outfit. This scarf always makes me happy when I wear it, a definite keeper.

This outfit was casual and comfortable for playgroup and then running a couple of errands with the boys. And since it wasn't as cold outside as it was last time, I felt suitably dressed to sit and chat with the other mums as I watched the kids run around and play outside.


Last worn: navy cardigan, purple scarf, floral tank, skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote.

Other ways to wearnavy cardigan in the office, purple scarf and chambray dress, floral tank and maxi skirt, skinny jeans and printed shirt, Converse for travel, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral tank in second trimester, skinny jeans and hidden second trimester bump, Converse in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and maternity maxi dress.


Cosy scarves are a winter essential! Here's my complete scarf collection:




What I wore:

summer tank layered for winter with jeans tucked into boots maxi cardigan feather foil scarf | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram grey maxi cardigan summer tank layered with jeans boots scarf
JacketJeanswest Alice longline Australian wool cardigan
ScarfForever New skye foil feather scarf in berry / gold (on sale!)
TankJeanswest Elissa leaf print tank
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

This is one of those outfits that didn't seem to photograph well. While I don't think it looks like much in the photos I loved this outfit - all of the loose slouchy layers were perfect for a quiet Saturday. We spent most of the day at home, and then went round to my friend's house in the evening to watch the Church Online service together. I was worried it was going to be a chilly night, so I layered up. I was so warm for most of the night though, it definitely wasn't as cold as I expected it to be. We had a chilly start to winter, but it's back to being more average temperatures now.

The same outfit formula as the one above - skinny jeans, a summer tank layered out with a cosy cardigan, and a big scarf. I wasn't sure what scarf to wear with this - the leaf print on the tank has pink, peach, red and blue in it. In the end, I went with this burgundy and gold scarf. While it doesn't match the colours in the tank at all, I thought the foil feathers were similar enough to the leaves on the tank that it all worked well together. I threw the scarf on like this to try it out and I liked it so much I didn't wrap it around my neck like I usually do. Seemed to look better this way with the long cardigan.


Last worn: wool maxi cardigan, feather foil scarf, leaf print tank, Jeanswest prima skinny jeans, tan boots, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wearwool maxi cardigan and printed jeans, feather foil scarf and little black dress, leaf print tank worn two ways, Jeanswest prima skinny jeans and kimono, tan boots and shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyJeanswest prima skinny jeans in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag ins econd trimester.



Printed Tanks Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Summer pieces can easily be worn into winter with the right layers. Jeans, cardigans, scarves and even ankle boots are a nice way to make a lighter piece winter weather appropriate.


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Friday, 13 July 2018

Birthday Party Maxi Dresses For Any Weather with Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Bag in Pale Coral

Maxi dresses work for so many different occasions. They are my go-to outfit for birthday celebrations, comfortable enough when running around with kids, but dressy enough and look like you've put a lot more effort in than you really have! For two recent birthday events, I wore my new Rebecca Minkoff small Love bag I bought in the recent sale, even though I wore different layers for each outfit to match the different temperatures. Maxi dresses are so easy to layer up or down.

What I wore:

grecian peasant tie mint pastel maxi dress with coral cross body bag birthday party host outfit | awayfromblue

silver bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff chevron quilted small Love crossbody bag in pale coral | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram fourth birthday party maxi dress outfit hostess pastel grecian
DressJeanswest Heather textured maxi dress in eggshell (C/O)
Belt: came with dress
Bracelets: the usual plus vintage charm bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff chevron quilted small Love crossbody bag in pale coral

Why I wore it:

This is what I wore for my eldest's 4th birthday party. Crazy to think I have a 4 year old already!

I'll be honest here, I never left the house so the bag was basically just for show. (That's also why I didn't wear shoes). I love the pale coral against the mint colour of the maxi dress. My plan was to have the bag hanging off a chair with my phone, camera and keys in it so I always knew where everything was through the party. Unfortunately, I realised at the last minute that the bag is so small my camera (Sony Alpha) didn't fit in it, so that was a bit of a fail.

As much as I love this dress, the tie waist was a little inconvenient, with one of my boys untying it while playing with it as we sang happy birthday. When the dress is tied up it creates a blouson effect that you can see in the pics. When it's untied, it's much too long on my petite frame, ha! I spent the rest of the party furiously tying it back up every time it untied itself or was untied by an accidental tug.

Despite the bag not being big enough and the frequent belt retying that went on, I did like this outfit. The dress is a beautiful colour and a maxi dress is such an easy option when hosting a birthday party - just throw it on and you're done!


Last worn: grecian maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff coral chevron small Love bag.

Other ways to weargrecian maxi dress in summer, Rebecca Minkoff coral chevron small Love bag and skinny jeans.

Perfect for pregnancygrecian maxi dress in second trimester.


 In case you missed it, the unboxing of my new small Love bag video is here:



(including my first thoughts on the very orange-y coral!)


What I wore:

layering a summer maxi dress for winter leather jacket blanket scarf ankle boots | away from blue

tie dye maxi dress with pale coral Rebecca Minkoff small love cross body bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram yellow blanket scarf leather jacket winter layers on summer tie dye maxi dress
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
ScarfLove Quotes knotted tassel linen scarf in sunshine yellow
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff chevron quilted small Love crossbody bag in pale coral

Why I wore it:

First, can we talk about how great that Insta photo is?! My friend is the best photographer and the rooftop bar had this perfectly instagrammable wall for us to use in our pics (16 Antlers if you're ever in Brisbane). It got a lot of love on Instagram when I posted it.

I wore this for another birthday party, but unlike the first outfit, this was a girly night out. I layered up in anticipation of the cold weather, by adding ankle boots, a leather jacket and a big blanket scarf to this summer maxi dress. It wasn't that chilly at the start of the night, but when we ended up cruising up and down the Brisbane river on the ferry, I was glad of all my extra layers!

It was the perfect first outing for my little Rebecca Minkoff love bag - I thought the bright yellow scarf worked nicely with the peachy colour of the bag. Not the first time I've worn yellow with this grey tie dye maxi dress either. I really like the combination.

As I was kid free I put on my prettiest dangly earrings too, and indulged in a few cocktails. It was such a fun night. Even if it was rather chilly at the end, my layers were perfect for it.


Last worn: printed leather jacket, Love Quotes yellow scarf, tie dye maxi dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff small coral chevron love bag (above).

Other ways to wearprinted leather jacket worn 30 ways, Love Quotes yellow scarf and printed dress, tie dye maxi dress and kimono, black ankle boots Rebecca Minkoff small chevron Love bag and skinny jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyLove Quotes yellow scarf in second trimester, tie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, black ankle boots in second trimester.



Maxi Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


A maxi dress works for a night out in a bar toasting your friend with cocktails, or a casual catch up for a kid's birthday party. It really is a go-anywhere option, and a perfect choice for a busy mum as it's an instant outfit. Of course a maxi dress can work no matter the weather too! Ankle boots, a leather jacket and scarf make it suitable for cold weather, or you can wear it on its own layer free for a warmer day.


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Two Ways To Wear: Coca-Cola Stripe Logo Tee

Most of my opshop purchases are impulse buys, like this tee! It's rare for me to have enough luck to go thrifting for something specific and find it. I was so thrilled to come across this striped Coca Cola logo tee though, for just $1 (the whole rack was 8 pieces for $4, but there is limited browsing time when your child suddenly announces he needs to pee!). Since logo tees are perfectly on trend, I knew it would be an easy piece to add to my wardrobe. Here's two different ways I've worn it. Both involving a little print mixing!

What I wore:

print mixing red maxi skirt outfit with stripe coca cola logo tee ankle boots denim jacket | awayfromblue

red boho print maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram denim jacket red boho print maxi skirt Rebecca Minkoff love bag guitar strap
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Tee: thrifted navy stripe Coca-Cola logo tee
Skirt:  thrifted Billabong red printed maxi skirt
Shoes: Asos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey with Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Star Shoulder Guitar strap

Why I wore it:

A not so chilly winter morning meant I could take my opportunity to wear my denim jacket. It's going to sit unworn in my wardrobe for a couple months until winter is over now! It wasn't too cold to wear in the morning but was a little cooler in the evening. The Chelsea leather ankle boots helped keep me cosy too.

I did the day car drop off and pick up and worked from home. This outfit was perfect for that, I do really like this red maxi skirt with the denim jacket, and I wanted to wear that combination again (I last wore the denim jacket and red maxi skirt here). I thought the striped tee was a good print mix with the print on the skirt, and the red logo tied in perfectly. I really loved this outfit!

Was all so easy to put together, and so comfortable.


Last worn: denim jacket, red boho print maxi skirt, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag. First time I've worn the Coca-Cola tee as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wear30 ways to wear a denim jacket, red boho print maxi skirt on Christmas Eve, Chelsea leather ankle boots and burgundy pants, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap and Regan bag, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, Chelsea leather ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in third trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Collection:







What I wore:

print mixing playgroup outfit winter blazer stripe tee bird print scarf boots and skinny jeans | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | skinny jeans boots blazer print mixing logo stripe tee playgroup outfit
Jacket:  Zara cream jersey blazer
Scarf: navy bird print scarf
Tee: thrifted navy stripe Coca-Cola logo tee
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

Another little touch of print mixing with this tee. Unlike the outfit above, I did wish this outfit was a little warmer when I sat outside in the playground with the boys. It was so funny as the kids were running around playing happily and us mums were shivering and trying to find the warmest (sunny and not as windy) spots to watch the kids playing!

Aside from wishing I'd worn something a bit warmer than a blazer, I did like this outfit. I wanted to pick out the navy stripes from this tee for a bit of matchy-matchy. This bird print scarf was so perfect. I loved the colour combo and the print mixing was nice too. I've worn this scarf with stripes before and enjoyed it then too.

I did add just a little touch of red with the bag - the red logo is fun as a pop of red on it's own, and I'll need to try that next time I wear it, but if you've read my blog a while you will know I can't resist a little matchy matchy-ness!


Last worn: cream blazer, logo tee (above), navy bird print scarf, Prima skinny jeans, tan boots, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag.

Other ways to wearcream blazer worn 30 ways, navy bird print scarf and maxi skirt, Prima skinny jeans and purple cardi, tan boots and a shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancycream blazer in second trimester, Prima skinny jeans in second trimester.



Coca Cola Tees Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:
Stripes are such an easy print to try print mixing with. If you're not a fan of print mixing though, you can still take some inspiration from the outfits above. Pick out a colour from your logo or striped tee and wear coordinating pieces like the red skirt in the first outfit, or coordinating accessories like the red dress and navy scarf in the second outfit.



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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, 4 July 2018

Blazers and Skinny Jeans With Rebecca Minkoff Love Bags

Because I like making things easy, following the same outfit formula of jeans, a jersey blazer and a printed tank. Along with my Rebecca Minkoff love bags. I bought another version in the recent Rebecca Minkoff sale, and this is the first time I've shared an outfit with it on the blog. You can see the unboxing here.

What I wore:

cream blazer, leaf print tank, Nobody Denim skinny jeans with Rebecca Minkoff pale coral small love bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff chevron quilted small Love crossbody bag in pale coral  | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram cream zara jersey blazer boho leaf print tank
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TopJeanswest Elissa leaf print tank
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (C/O)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff chevron quilted small Love crossbody bag in pale coral (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

I got some rare kid-free time to go shopping! That almost never happens, I think the last time was just before Christmas! I had signed up for a secret santa 'Christmas in July' gift exchange with some Aussie mum vloggers I've met through YouTube, and decided to take a couple of hours to finish up shopping for the person I drew. I had a lot of fun shopping, and picked up a little necklace for me too that you might have already seen here.

As I was kid free, I decided to take out my little Rebecca Minkoff small Love bag. I thought that the peachy-coral would look nice with the pale peach leaves printed on the tank, but they are so pale they never really show up in photos. I still liked the combination though. As it was much too cold for a sleeveless tank, I added the blazer on top. I really liked this outfit and had a productive couple of hours of shopping too.


Last worn: cream blazer, leaf print tank, Nobody Denim jeans, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats. First time I've worn the Rebecca Minkoff small Love bag as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearcream blazer in the office, leaf print tank worn two ways, Nobody Denim jeans and monochrome outfit, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and blue dress.

Perfect for pregnancycream blazer in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag Review & What's In My Bag










What I wore:

Printed tank with neon pink Alexander McQueen skull scarf jersey blazer skinny jeans | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | away from the blue blog

awayfromtheblue instagram  jersey blazer skinny jeans neon alexander mcqueen skull scarf
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
TankJeanswest Florence print long line tank
JeansJeanswest 'shale' super skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey with Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Star Shoulder Guitar strap

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit combo above so much, I repeated it again to go to playgroup. I had the boys with me so went with the bigger grey Love bag. It fits my wallet in it, unlike the smaller peach one. Just nice having everything on me ready to go instead of carrying just a few cards like I did for the shopping trip above.

The neon pink scarf was a nice pop of color with all of the neutrals, and kept me cosy in the cooler morning. I took it off in the afternoon though when it warmed up.

It was good to give this tank another wear too - one of my favourites, each time I wear it I worry it's gone too long between wears. I'm thankful for the Brisbane winter weather that means you can still wear sleeveless tanks with just an extra layer like a blazer on top.


Last worn: black jersey blazer, pink skull scarf, printed tank, purple skinny jeans, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap, Rebecca Minkoff quilted love bag.

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and striped dress, pink skull scarf and chambray dress, printed tank and bright purple, purple skinny jeans and kimono, silver ballet flats and summer dress, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap on Regan bag, Rebecca Minkoff quilted love bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer in third trimester, pink skull scarf in third trimester, printed tank in third trimester, purple skinny jeans in second trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff quilted love bag in third trimester.



Jersey Blazers Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Blazers can definitely be worn out of the office. Try pairing them with denim, they work just as well with jeans as they do with pencil skirts. A casual fabric, like these jersey ones, or a knit one, can help make them more comfortable and suited for weekend outfits.


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Friday, 29 June 2018

What I Bought In June & How I've Worn It: Shopping Haul & Try On Video

Time for an overdue shopping haul video! The last item I ordered in May finally arrived so I thought I'd do a wrap up video with some of my May purchases and my June ones. I felt like I bought a lot, but it was only a handful of pieces - 3 to be exact! You can see my June purchases and the other pieces I bought in May in the video below. Plus, I included some bloopers at the end!



What I Bought:






A month of impulse buys, after last minute browsing of the Rebecca Minkoff sale and just popping into the opshop for a quick look both resulted in buying things.

While I'm a little annoyed that the handbag I bought didn't arrive the same month I bought it, and it wasn't the colour I expected, I absolutely adore it. It was a bargain too, at 50% off! I'll upload a proper review of it on my YouTube channel at some point, but for now I'll just say I love it and I've enjoyed every time I've worn it.

I had been looking at the new Jeanswest winter collection and admiring the yellow knits when I saw this one in the opshop and for just $1 I quickly forgot all about the Jeanswest ones I'd been looking at! While it would be too thin a knit for winter in most other places, it will be perfect for Brisbane. When it gets really cold, I plan to layer a long sleeve tee underneath, which I've done in the past with my open knits to make them more winter appropriate.

The Coca-Cola tee caught my eye to add to my collection of Coca-Cola things. I have so many glass bottles, as well as towels, balls, badges, toy cars, even a Coca-Cola cookbook! While I don't drink it so much now, I still smiled when I saw this tee and just had to snap it up for just $1. I also feel like I've seen something similar in stores lately, with the recent rise in logo tees it's perfectly on trend.



How I Wore It:


June purchases and ways to wear away from the blue blog


I had no troubles finding and thinking of different ways to wear the pieces I got this month - which is a sign that they will hopefully be good additions to my wardrobe. They seem to be so far.

Every month I set myself a goal of wearing everything I buy at least twice in the same month I buy it, to make sure I'm buying pieces I want to wear immediately and can easily think of different ways to wear. As you can see from the pics above, everything was happily worn twice or more.

I'm giving myself a little bit of grace with the Rebecca Minkoff Love bag, as it didn't arrive until a month after I ordered it. I did wear it 3 times in the month after it finally arrived though, so still counting it as meeting my goal.



Update on Yearly Budget:


June is usually a big spending month for me as it's a change of season and I want to stock up on all the fun winter pieces in store. I'm pleased I haven't done much of that and only bought a handful of pieces this year. I'm really focusing on rewearing more of what I already own.

I've definitely spent more in the first six months of 2018 than I did in 2017 though, only because I did 6 months without shopping in the first half of 2017. I'm still less than half way under my total spend from last year so I'm hoping I can stick to that and spend less overall this year than I did last year. Fingers crossed!

I'll be attempting #noBuyJuly18 (just like I've done in previous years) so there shouldn't be any purchases next month to report. Feel free to join me if you want to forgo fashion spending for a month! My tips for surviving 6 months without shopping might come in helpful!




And finally, I was the Featured Fashionista over at Have Clothes, Will Travel so go check it out! You'll find out a little more about me and why I blog.



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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.


Linking up with Style On The Daily, Fashion Files, Fun Fashion, Weekend Wear, Fabulous Friday, Flashback Fashion, Modest Monday.



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