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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Two Ways To Wear Jeanswest Waterfall Drape Cardigan in Navy

I bought some new cardigans recently to celebrate the cooler weather in Brisbane! You might have seen in Monday's office wear post how to wear them in the office, but today I'm picking the navy one and showing you two different ways to wear it.

This is the new season Jeanswest waterfall drape cardigan, which has two buttons on the top and button holes in the hem. It means you can button up one side as an impromptu breastfeeding cover, or you can button up both hems and wear it like a cowl neck knit.

While it's winter now, it was still a mild autumn when I wore this cardigan for the first time, so I'm wearing it with shorts in both outfits.

What I wore:

Jeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle with shorts yellow tank, Balenciaga day bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag hobo on shoulder | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram navy waterfall cardigan yellow tanks and shorts for autumn balenciaga day
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle
NecklaceRoie Designs pearl and antique gold long necklace
Tank: thrifted Cotton On yellow tank
ShortsJeanswest 'Scarlette' printed shorts
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

I was so eager to squeeze in another wear of these shorts, in my effort to hit 30 wears on them before the summer weather really ended. With the ankle boots and long cardigan, they were just warm enough for the last of our summer heat before autumn truly set in. The blue shorts were an obvious choice to wear with the navy cardigan as I love wearing these shorts with navy pieces to create monochrome outfits.

The mustard cardigan is something I've worn frequently with these shorts too, I really like yellow and blue together. A nice cheerful and colourful outfit, yet still practical for working from home and doing the daycare drop off / pick up.


Last worn: navy waterfall cardigan, mustard yellow tank, blue printed soft shorts, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Balenciaga truffle brown day bag.

Other ways to wearnavy waterfall cardigan in the office, mustard yellow tank and kimono, blue printed soft shorts and navy peasant top, Chelsea leather ankle boots and burgundy pants, Balenciaga truffle brown day bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancymustard yellow tank in second trimester, Chelsea leather ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga truffle brown day bag for second trimester travel.


Review and Contents: Balenciaga Day Bag In Magenta






What I wore:

Jeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle (worn as top) with shorts | away from blue

Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta, navy knit | away from the blue blog

awayfromblue instagram: navy cowl neck knit, denim shorts, Balenciaga Magenta day bag
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle (worn as top)
ShortsJeanswest Sara distressed hot short
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta


Why I wore it:

There was a little more rushing around when I wore this outfit. We had some errands to run and a doctor's appointment in the morning. I thought the cardigan buttoned up and worn like a tank would be perfect with shorts, as it was quite a sunny day. It was also rather windy though, so I did regret choosing shorts when walking between stores and giving Cooper his afternoon walk when the wind picked up.

The magenta Balenciaga Day bag is my favourite part of this outfit - it really pops with the navy cardigan. If it had been a less windy day, I would have liked this outfit more I'm sure. It was still warm in the sun, so jeans would have been too much with the cardigan buttoned up like this though. Not a bad outfit, just not the best for the weather that day!


Last worn: navy cardigan (above), denim shorts, ballet flats, magenta Balenciaga day bag.

Other ways to wearnavy cardigan in the office, denim shorts and foil print tee, ballet flats and fit and flare dress, magenta Balenciaga bag with purple cardigan.

Perfect for pregnancyballet flats in second trimester, magenta Balenciaga day bag in third trimester.



Navy Cardigans Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:


During those in-between seasons where it's not too hot or not too cold, a cardigan can be a good option with some shorts! A neutral navy cardigan like this will go with so much too. While this has buttons to take the hems up, you could easily replicate the second outfit with a waterfall drape cardigan you own and a brooch or pin.


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Friday, 25 August 2017

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

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

What I wore: 

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

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


Purple Jeans Under $50:







What I wore:

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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

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



Printed Shirts Under $50








How You Can Wear It:


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


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

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


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Monday, 19 June 2017

Grey and Pink: Tees and Printed Jeans

Another grey tee post! In the final month of #6monthsWithoutShopping, I'm often feeling uninspired and picking something to wear and create outfits from like my grey tees or graphic tees is a good way for me to come up with outfits. Grey and pink is a colour combination I like to wear often, and both these outfits with my printed jeans show that nicely.

What I wore:

Sass & Bide playman printed jeans grey tee pink drape vest | AwayFromBlue

Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff metallic mini MAC | AwayFromTheBlue
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
JeansSass & Bide Playman skinny jeans
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC (on sale, 20% off!)

Why I wore it:

Starting to get a little too chilly now for short sleeves - winter weather has arrived in Brisbane. It was a milder day when I wore this though and I didn't need any extra layers. Had a busy morning with baby boy's weekly weigh and a doctors appointment and then spent some time with my mum and sister in the afternoon.

While I have tried wearing other prints with these fun Sass & Bide printed jeans, my favourite way to wear them is with plain basics like this grey tee. The monochrome outfit felt a little dull until I added the pink vest for a bit of colour, along with the bright teething necklace.

These chevron print jeans were perfect to meet Shea's Live Your Best Life for Less style challenge prompt of 'printed bottoms' too.


Last worn: pink vest, grey v-neck tee, chevron print jeans, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearpink vest worn two ways, grey v-neck tee and red kimono, chevron print jeans worn 2 ways, black ballet flats and pleated skirt, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: grey tee and maternity pencil skirt, black ballet flats and maternity wrap dress, mini MAC and maternity dress.


Printed Jeans Under $50:







What I wore:

long sleeve grey tee with pink leopard print jeans purple mini MAB tote bag | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum with pink leopard print jeans | Away From The Blue
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TeeAtmos&Here grey Arizona zip tee
Jeans: Portmans pink leopard print skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black!)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale in pink!)

Why I wore it:

Wore this to go to my local ABA mother's group. As it was a little cooler and raining on this day, I wanted something long sleeved so had a rummage through my box of winter things. This grey tee is one I've pulled back from the donate pile before. It's got zips on either side of the hem (that you can kind of see in the second photo) but I still worried it was a little dull for winter. I'm glad I kept it around as it pairs well with other brighter colours to make winter layering easy!

The pink leopard print jeans are always fun to wear, and met Shea's Live Your Best Life for Less style challenge of 'leopard spring brights' with just one item. Even though it's winter here in Australia, I've had fun with the prompts as I can usually find something that matches to wear in the cold. It's no secret I like pink and purple together, so the purple bag seemed like a good choice, especially when worn with the teething necklace.


Last worn: grey zip detail long sleeve tee, pink leopard print jeansgold mouse flatspurple mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to weargrey long sleeve tee and shorts, pink leopard print jeans and graphic teegold mouse flats and printed dresspurple mini MAB tote bag and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: loose tee hiding an early baby bumpmouse flats and maternity wrap dresspurple mini MAB tote and maxi dress in second trimester.



More Grey Tees Under $50:









How You Can Wear It:



A grey tee is a great wardrobe basic, but your outfits don't have to be basic when you wear it! Try adding more interest with a pair of printed pants, or a scarf. A grey tee is a great pairing with a statement printed piece like leopard print. You can also add another layer, like the pink vest, for a little colour pop against the grey tee.


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Monday, 12 June 2017

Olive Tanks, Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag

Green is one of those colours I don't have a lot of in my wardrobe. Unlike purple or blue, I find it tricky to wear. Olive green is a neutral colour but I don't find it as easy to wear as my favorite neutral, grey! The two outfits below are me stepping out of my comfort zone a little and trying some new colour combinations.

What I wore:


lace kimono, striped olive tank, metallic gold Sass & Bide skinny jeans RM Love bag | AwayFromBlue

Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag | AwayFromTheBlue
JacketShein cream lace kimono (C/O)
NecklaceRoie Designs pearl and antique gold long necklace
TankCotton On stripe sailor tank in dusky green / grey marle
JeansSass and Bide 'Three Words' metallic gold jeans
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

I like green and gold so thought I'd try this olive striped tank with my gold Sass & Bide jeans. After unboxing all of my jeans a few weeks ago when the cooler weather eventually arrived I've been trying to wear through them all to make sure I still want to keep them.

These jeans were an impulse buy when I got excited about fitting back into normal jeans after my first son was born. They are a nice departure from classic blue jeans, but sometimes feel a bit much to be worn for daytime, especially as a stay at home mum! While they are fun it's not good to have something in my wardrobe I feel I have to wear so they probably won't be hanging around much longer, even though I did love them in this outfit.

The lace kimono I wasn't sure about - but I needed a little something to take the morning chill off and wanted something soft for babywearing. Settled on this anyway and rushed out the door for a coffee date with some of the mums from my ABA group. We had a lovely chat and I had a delicious piece of caramel pecan slice. Unfortunately I had to eat it super quickly to stop grabby little toddler hands trying to take it off my plate! Eating around toddlers is never easy, even if you do try and distract them with their own choking-hazard-free-foods.


Last worn: lace kimono, olive and grey striped tank, metallic skinny jeans, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag.

Other ways to wearlace kimono and ombre maxi dress, olive and grey striped tank and denim shorts in summer, metallic skinny jeans and purple cardi, black ankle boots and shirt dress, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag in a monochrome outfit.

Perfect for pregnancy: lace and chambray in second trimester, olive striped tank and maternity denim, ankle boots and tee dress for pregnancy announcement, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and thirs trimester maxi dresses.



Where To Buy The Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag:








What I wore:

Jeanswest dusky pink blazer blush and olive embroidered tank, black skinny jeans | Away From The Blue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey, mixed up bracelet stack, blush and olive | Away From The Blue
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
Tank: Target embroidered khaki 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)
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

I'd actually been thinking about trying this blush pink blazer with an olive top for a while. It was Shea's Live Your Best Life for Less challenge prompts that gave me a reason to finally wear it. While it's not a combination I would have come up with on my own, and something I've picked up from reading other blogs, I quite liked the resulting outfit.

The olive tunic is long so I usually half-tuck it in (like I did here) to stop it overwhelming my petite frame. The Nobody denim skinny jeans are quite high waisted so the tuck was a little too high, and didn't look as good with the longer boyfriend length of the blazer. Really liked the tunic untucked in this outfit, and it was an incredibly comfortable outfit for Baby Boy's weekly weigh and running a few errands as well as spending time with my mum in the afternoon.


Last worn: blush boyfriend blazer, olive embroidered tank, Nobody Denim skinny jeans, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff quilted Love bag (above).

Other ways to wearblush blazer and navy stripes, olive embroidered tank and denim shorts, Nobody Denim skinny jeans and Vans, black ballet flats and flares, Rebecca Minkoff quilted Love bag and tweed jacket.

Perfect for pregnancy: blush blazer and maternity office wear, ballet flats and third trimester bump, Rebecca Minkoff Love and maternity dress for Christmas.



More Olive Tanks Under $50:









How You Can Wear It:



Olive is a lovely neutral that's perfect for autumn and winter. If you find it or any other colour tricky to wear, look to your own outfits. Do you wear a similar colour already? My previous outfits with seaglass green inspired the first outfit. You can also get ideas from bloggers, and Instagram style challenges are a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try a new colour combination. In the end, they are only clothes, you don't lose anything if you try something new and don't like the result - have a play in your wardrobe and see what you can come up with! Consider this post a style challenge to encourage you to try a new colour combination tomorrow!



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Monday, 5 June 2017

Printed Dresses, Converse and Denim Jackets

While it's definitely winter weather (at least in the mornings) now in Brisbane, I took advantage of the mild autumn weather to wear a favourite outfit combination when I wore these. I've been wearing dresses and denim jackets a lot recently, it's a great go-to for the in between seasons. Even though I'm wearing a shift dress and a maxi dress, both dresses look great with the denim jacket and Converse.

What I wore:

Denim Jacket, Converse Jeanswest Printed Shift Dress and LV Speedy Bandouliere | AwayFromBlue

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceUniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
DressJeanswest Nikki printed shirt dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Wore my pretty yet not baby friendly necklace as I had a few hours kid-free again. Just like last time, I had a physio appointment so a dress was the easiest option for me to wear workout leggings for the session and then take them off again afterwards. Also squeezed in a trip to the dentist.

While the speedy bandouliere bag is a great option for spending time with the toddlers because of the cross body strap, I still enjoy wearing it even when I'm not with them.

Converse were a good practical choice for physio and running between appointments, and I'll always love the casual simplicity of dresses and Converse!


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, denim jacket, Jeanswest printed shift dress, black Converse All Star, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and shorts, Jeanswest printed shift dress in summer, black Converse All Star and flares, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and hiding a baby bump, Converse for second trimester travel, speedy bandouliere and maxi skirt in second trimester.


More Denim Jackets Under $50:







What I wore:

denim jacket, floral coral maxi dress and white COnverse Chucks, RM Love Bag | Away From Blue

Roie Designs Bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag | Away From The Blue
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

I've worn this dress and denim jacket together before, it's a combination I really like. First time I've worn this maxi dress (or any maxi dress!) with Converse though. I've mentioned previously that I see this as the #everydaystyle dress on Instagram - I bought it after seeing it pop up in my feed twice in one day and I continue to see it  making an appearance.

The beautiful SuperKombi wore hers with Converse a while ago and the outfit idea was one I was waiting to try. This day seemed like the perfect chance!

We had a birthday party at the park in the morning for one of Toddler T's friends, and then an early Mother's Day celebration on the coast with my parents. The maxi dress felt formal enough for both events, yet was also comfortable and practical to chase two toddlers around the playground thanks to the Converse.

It was a cooler autumn morning when I wore this so I considered a leather jacket, but I'm glad I stuck with the denim one as it did get a little warm when the sun broke through the clouds at the playground.


Last worn: denim jacket (above), coral floral maxi dress, white Converse Chucks, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket with double denim, floral maxi dress for Christmas Day, white Converse Chucks and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and striped skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: Rebecca Minkoff Love bag with black dress in third trimester.




Where to Buy Converse Low Top Sneakers:




(Most are under $50)



How You Can Wear It:


It's so easy to slip on a dress and Converse for a busy day. If you have a neutral black or white pair like I do, they will work nicely with any printed dress you try! Like I've shown in the photos above, Converse look great with shorter dresses as well as longer maxi dresses. They work especially well with dresses in spring and autumn, keeping your feet cosy as the temperature dips through the day. They are also a great choice for mums, perfect for chasing toddlers in! It's such a classic and iconic shoe.


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Friday, 10 March 2017

Maxi Skirts and Stripes

Over the past couple of years, there have been some pieces that have become staples in my wardrobe. Stripes and maxi skirts are two of the things I wear often. It's an easy outfit formula for a busy day, although I don't always love the results.


What I wore:

monochrome outfit blue tank navy strip maxi skirt brown hobo bag colourfulteething necklace | AwayFromBlue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | AwayFromTheBlue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TankJeanswest 'Jenni' basic singlet in Hawaii blue
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag (currently 30% off!)


Why I wore it:

This was an outfit I loved. I've worn a very similar outfit before and liked it just as much then. We had a relaxed day, a playdate at a friend's house in the morning. While I don't like breastfeeding in fitted tanks like this, we were back home before baby boy needed another feed.

The pink and purple teething necklace and brown Balenciaga bag were good accessories to stop the outfit looking too monochrome with the blue tank and navy skirt. There isn't anything I'd change about this outfit! It's so simple but also so perfect for a stay at home mum.


You hear a lot about 'shopping your closet' and wearing things you already love, and it's something I'm doing with my #6monthsWithoutShoppingChallenge. It's good to get inspired by your own outfits too, and recreate something you loved in the past.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, blue fitted tank, navy stripe maxi skirt, Havaianas, Balenciaga truffle brown day bag.

Other ways to wearblue fitted tank and sheer tee, navy stripe maxi skirt worn two ways, Balenciaga truffle brown day bag for a weekend trip.



Striped Maxi Skirts Under $50:







What I wore:

olive green and red together black drawstring waist maxi skirt cross body bag | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | Away From The Blue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Charlotte teething necklace
Top: Cotton On stripe sailor tank in dusky green / grey marle
SkirtJeanswest Luxe maxi jersey skirt
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in pink, and there's a spend and save sale on now at Rebecca Minkoff!)

Why I wore it:

This was a new outfit idea I wanted to try. It's a similar outfit formula to the one I loved so much above with stripes and a maxi skirt, but I don't think the pieces worked as well together.


Olive green and red is a colour combination I'd seen around on a few blogs (like Carylee's) and got inspired to try. I was worried it would look to Christmasy with the green and red, but I think the olive and poppy red worked nicely without looking like a Christmas tree!

The tank is one I haven't worn for a while - I was pregnant when I last wore it. I thought it would look nice tucked in with the black maxi skirt. At the last minute I decided to pull it out a little and make a blouson effect to see if it looked better, but as you can see from the photos it really didn't help! I didn't have time to change without being late to playgroup, so I just stuck with wearing it how you see here. Not one of my favourite outfits, although I did like the new-to-me colour combination. Just one of those 'okay' outfits.


Last worn:Ray-Ban Wayfarer (above), striped tank, drawstring waist maxi skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff red saddle bag.

Other ways to wearstriped tank and printed jeans, drawstring waist maxi skirt worn two ways, studded sandals and denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff red saddle bag and jeans.





More Maxi Skirts Under $50:








Wardrobe staples like stripes are perfect for those days where you need to get out the door quickly. It's best to check your final outfit in the mirror so you're still wearing something you feel happy in, no matter how much you like each piece separately.


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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Denim Shorts, Kimonos, Fitted Tanks and Rebecca Minkoff Bags

Two incredibly similar outfits for dealing with the summer heat. Denim shorts, fitted tanks, printed kimonos and Rebecca Minkoff cross body bags.

I've written before about the lack of confidence I had wearing my fitted tanks after my last pregnancy. Since I've decided to embrace the mum-tum in fitted items just as much as I do in my bikini, I've been looking for more changes to wear the large collection of colourful tanks I have. They do make an easy outfit when paired with denim shorts and kimonos too.

What I wore:

Summer kimono denim shorts style grey tank silver bag | Away From Blue

Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC bag | Away From The Blue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
JacketNew Look Petite print kimono
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Ava elephant pendant teething necklace
Tank: ASOS grey singlet
ShortsJeanswest printed denim shorts
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale!)
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC (on sale in gold!)
NailsOPI Breakfast at Tiffany collection 'I got the mean reds' and 'Sunrise...bedtime'

Why I wore it:

Although this is a simple outfit, it met a lot of style challenges for the day on Instagram. I liked the printed shorts with the printed kimono too, I wasn't sure it would work at first but was happy when I put it on. The shorts have such a subtle print they are easy to wear, and it's not the first time I've worn them with a printed kimono.

This was perfect for a hot day with a couple of errands, Baby Boy's weekly weigh in appointment and then spending the afternoon with my mum.

Took the chance to wear my pretty new Roie Designs bracelets I wore previously here. However I had to take them off when Baby Boy got a little too messy with his pumpkin for lunch - as I was terrified the tassel would get stained. Might need to wait until he's a little less of a messy eater before I can wear it again!


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, blue printed kimono, ASOS grey tank, printed denim shorts, studded Georgina sandals, Rebecca Minkoff metallic mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearblue printed kimono worn with green, ASOS grey singlet and red jeans, printed denim shorts with blue and purple, studded Georgina sandals and maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff metallic bag and metallic tank.


Denim Shorts Under $50:






What I wore:


Hat: Big W bow detail sunhat
JacketSomedays Lovin' Yakuza print kimono
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Wilma teething necklace in pale daffodil
SingletJeanswest Jenni basic singlet in Emerald green
Shorts: Jeanswest denim cuff shorts
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale!)
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

This was what I wore to celebrate Australia Day. I knew I wanted to wear green and gold, although just like when I celebrated Chinese New Year my accessories weren't completely gold... managed to meet a few style challenge on Instagram too.

This was a nice comfortable outfit for a picnic by the lake. Almost every year since we've lived in our current house, we've had an annual Australia Day BBQ. This year it all seemed like a little too much to organise, especially after Baby Boy's recent stay in hospital. A quiet picnic (with Subway sandwiches!) was a much better idea for this year.

I really liked the yellow accessories with this bright green tank. I've worn the mustard yellow bag with khaki green before, and liked the combination then too. It's good to have other colour combinations to wear with green after being so unsure how to wear it for many years!


Last worn: sun hat, Somedays Lovin' kimono, green tank, denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff studded gladiator sandals (above), micro Regan bag in harvest gold.

Other ways to wearsun hat and boho outfit, Somedays Lovin' kimono and maxi skirt, green tank and baby bump, denim shorts and print mixing, Rebecca Minkoff studded gladiator sandals and shirt dress, yellow cross body bag and pink dress.






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