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Friday, 17 August 2018

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

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

What I wore:

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

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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

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


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

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

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


TMI Tag Video: 50 Questions About Me



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




What I wore:

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

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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

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



Tartan Scarves Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

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


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Monday, 6 August 2018

Printed Sheath Dresses With Mulberry Bayswater Bag and Winter Layers

Layering up some some dresses for winter office wear. Something I do frequently (I love extending the opportunities in the year I can wear pies in my wardrobe), but something that perhaps was a little poorly thought through this time, considering it was the coldest winter week we'd had for a while. The weekend before it had been the coldest day in 4 years, so very chilly temperatures. Being stubborn and having nothing else planned to wear though, I persisted with wearing my dresses!

What I wore:

paisley print sheath dress layered up for winter navy trench louis vuitton shawl business casual | awayfromblue

Mulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather with blue printed dress | awayfromtheblue

business casual office outfit paisley print dress blue louis vuitton monogram shawl | awayfromblue

awayfromtheblue instagram mulberry bayswater with blue paisley print sheath dress layered for winter
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Cardigan: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Could not resist going a bit monochrome here with the blue macintosh, blue sheath dress and blue Louis Vuitton shawl. Do I look cold though? I was freezing! I thought the scarf, ankle boots, and cardigan I wore under my coat would keep me warm, but I was shivering on the way to work. Such a chilly day. I ended up needing my coat when we went out for lunch too. I did regret not picking something warmer to wear.

Cold weather aside, I did like this outfit. I loved all the blue together, and this Mulberry Bayswater bag holds everything I need for the office. While this sheath dress is definitely worn the most in the warmer weather, it's nice to do something different and layer it up a little for winter. Just maybe will pick a less chilly day next time I try!


Last worn: navy macintosh, grey cardigan, Louis Vuitton shawl, Paisley print sheath dress, RMK ankle boots, Mulberry Bayswater.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and pencil skirt, grey cardigan and maxi dress, Louis Vuitton shawl and floral dress, Paisley print sheath dress and heels, 30 ways to wear black ankle boots, Mulberry Bayswater.


Perfect for pregnancy: Paisley print sheath dress in second trimester, RMK ankle boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in second trimester.



Wear and Tear: Mulberry Bayswater




What my Mulberry bayswater bag looks like up close after 7 years of wear





What I wore:

colourful winter printed sheath dress, trench coat, scarf and mulberry bayswater outfit | away from blue

Mulberry Heritage Bayswater in Oak NVT leather | away from the blue

office winter business casual outfit orange sheath dress yellow love quotes linen scarf

awayfromblue instagram mulberry bayswater bag winter office outfit with orange sheath dress trench coat
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfLove Quotes knotted tassel linen scarf in sunshine yellow
Cardigan: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Following exactly the same outfit formula as the one above, with a pretty printed sheath dress, the same ankle boots, cardigan, and Mulberry Bayswater bag. I did make a change and instead of wearing the blue macintosh I wore this cosy trench coat - it's warm and lined and I didn't feel the cold as much in this outfit. I was also able to leave my coat behind when I went out for lunch, it was a warmer day overall.

I've always found this sheath dress tricky to wear outside of summer. Fleecy tights is my default winter wear with dresses and skirts, but black and orange? Makes me think of Halloween. I added the black belt to try tie in the black tights with the dress, and I did consider swapping out the grey cardigan for a black one. But my black cardigan is a lot thicker than this and I wasn't sure it would fit under the coat! I still quite liked this outfit, even with the grey cardigan.

While the bold orange dress is enough of a statement on its own, I felt like adding more colour and wearing this yellow scarf. It's such a big scarf, perfect for wrapping around a few times and keeping me cosy. Thought it would be a good colour to wear with this dress after I loved my yellow statement necklace with the orange print when I wore it previously. I really liked this outfit!


Last worn: camel trench, grey cardigan (above), yellow Love Quotes scarf, orange sheath dress, velvet belt, RMK ankle boots (above), Mulberry Bayswater (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench and burgundy pants, grey cardigan and jeans, yellow Love Quotes scarf and grey maxi dress, orange sheath dress and blazer, velvet belt over a blazer, ankle boots and shorts, Mulberry Bayswater and chambray dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench coat in second trimester, yellow Love Quotes scarf in second trimester, orange sheath dress in second trimester, ankle boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in third trimester.


Sheath Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Printed sheath dresses, or any summer workwear staple, can easily be layered up for cooler weather. A business casual office environment like mine makes ankle boots a practical and suitable choice. You can also add extra layers for your commute like a cardigan under a thicker coat, and a warm and cosy scarf. The cardigan comes in helpful when you reach your desk if your office aircon is too cold as well!


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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Colourful Winter Outfits: Navy Dresses and Pink Skull Scarves

Sometimes on my work from home days I like to throw on a dress. It's a quick outfit to pull together to get the boys out the on time door for daycare drop off, and it's comfortable for sitting all day at home working.

I stuck to my usual easy dress outfit formula for two recent work from home days, and added in some colourful cardigans and Alexander McQueen skull scarves. Even though it's winter, it's nice to wear a bit of colour.

What I wore:

navy stripe tee dress in colourful winter outfit with pink scarf, mustard cardigan and rebecca minkoff micro regan bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram pink navy and mustard yellow striped tee dress work from home outfit winter
Jacket: thrifted SES Fashions mustard yellow cardigan
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
DressAtmos&Here navy stripe tee dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

Every time I wear this dress I seem to notice it's been a long time between wears! With the thick fabric and longer sleeves, it's usually packed away with my winter things which doesn't give me many opportunities in the year to wear it. It's such a comfortable tee dress though, with a slightly longer hem in the back so that I feel comfortable sitting on the floor with the boys when I'm wearing it.

You might have seen I've just posted blue and yellow outfits, and I'm wearing the colour combination again! I like yellow and blue together, and really like this mustard cardigan with the navy striped dress. Of course with the yellow cardigan, it made sense to pick out this Alexander McQueen skull scarf. It's yellow skulls on a pink background so a nice combination with this outfit. The mustard yellow Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag was another further bit of matchy-matchy.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was the tights. Having no luck finding fleece lined leggings, I tried a pair of these footless tights - you can see the little slivers of exposed ankle. They got some pulls in them on this first wear. With the boys in daycare while I worked it wasn't like I spent a long day with the kids being rough and tumble - I'm sad that they didn't have the quality behind them (and that I didn't keep the receipt!). Otherwise, this was such a great outfit.


Last worn: mustard cardigan, pink skull scarf, navy stripe tee dress, RMK ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

Other ways to wearmustard cardigan and little black dress, pink skull scarf and chambray dress, navy stripe tee dress and Converseblack ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancypink skull scarf in third trimester, navy stripe tee dress in second trimesterankle boots in second trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan and Mini MAC Comparison:




A little comparison video of the two handbags I'm wearing in this post, the micro Regan and mini MAC.





What I wore:

colourful winter printed shirt dress outfit pink purple navy | away from the blue

 Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue isntagram skull scarf printed shirt dress tall boots purple cardigan winter work at home outfit
JacketJeanswest Peggie kimono cardigan in purple mulberry marle
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal skull scarf in white/pink
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Unlike the outfit above, I wasn't quite as pleased with this outfit. It seemed like a great idea, a navy shift dress layered up with fleece lined tights and tall boots to keep me cosy, with a purple cardigan and pink scarf for some extra colour, topped off with the neutral silver Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

As I mentioned on Instagram, I think the white print on the dress and the mostly cream scarf didn't go that well together. I really like pink and blue together, but I think the first outfit works better as the scarf is more of a block colour. With the cream background and the hot pink skulls on this scarf, it doesn't sit as nicely with the print of the dress. Still a great colour combination and scarf, and just maybe not the right piece with this outfit.

The cardigan also was not as thick as I needed on such a cold day. The dress is long sleeved, but it's a thin viscose material and a thin cardigan on top wasn't as warm as I needed for a colder than expected winter day. Luckily I spent most of it working from home, but having to do the daycare runs and taking my son to his specialist appointment in the afternoon made me wish I'd worn something a bit warmer.


Last worn: purple cardigan, pink and cream skull scarf, navy printed shirt dress, tall brown boots, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and maxi dress, pink and cream skull scarf and stripes, navy printed shirt dress worn as a top, tall brown boots and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancypurple cardigan in second trimester, pink and cream skull scarf in third trimester, navy printed shirt dress in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC in third trimester.


Skull Scarves Under $50:



They might not be Alexander McQueen, but they are still as fun to wear!


How You Can Wear It:

It's easy to add colour to a winter outfit with bright cardigans and fun scarves. A cheerful scarf with more than one colour in the print (like the pink and yellow skull scarf in the first outfit) makes it easy to pick other pieces like a cardigan that coordinates with it. Or you can go all out and pick different complementary colours like I did in the second outfit. Sticking with a neutral outfit base like a navy dress makes adding colourful accessories even simpler.



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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Floral Swing Dresses In Winter With Cardigans and Ankle Boots

Just as I try to wear most of my wardrobe year-round, I don't reserve prints for a particular season. While florals are great to wear in spring and summer, they are so easy to layer up for winter too, as I've done here with these light floral dresses.

What I wore:




ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
DressZaful floral print ruffle hem dress in ginger
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

I didn't set out to wear this dress without a jacket. I'd planned to put a cardigan over the top, but quickly realised that the tight sleeves over the statement bell sleeves on this dress weren't going to work! I rushed out the door in the morning anyway as I had to drop the boys off at daycare and it wasn't too cold. When the rain set in later in the afternoon and I had to go to the dentist though I spent a few minutes hunting in my wardrobe and decided on a leather jacket, the thicker material hiding any bunching up of the sleeve. Next time I wear this dress I'll definitely have to wear it with a leather jacket!

This scarf helped keep me cosy too - with it being a wool blend it's so snuggly and warm to wear. I liked the bold blue against the mustard of the dress too, a great colour combination.

The red lip was me trying a Charlotte Tilbury lip tint I won in a giveaway a while back. A very bold red, I made the mistake of wearing it without makeup and think I really need makeup so my face doesn't look as deathly pale with it, ha!

While it wasn't a particularly exciting day, working from home with the daycare drop off / pick up and a dentist appointment, sometimes it's nice just to throw on a pretty dress anyway, and it's been a while since I last wore this one.


Last worn: Louis Vuitton monogram shawl, mustard floral ruffle dress, ASOS Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel.

Other ways to wearLouis Vuitton monogram shawl and pencil skirt, mustard floral ruffle dress in summer, ASOS Chelsea ankle boots and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel and wrap dress.

Perfect for pregnancyASOS Chelsea ankle boots in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Canvas Vs Leather Mini MAC






What I wore:



JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in scarlett marle
DressShein navy flower print flowy dress (C/O)
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff striped coated canvas mini MAC in berry stripe

Why I wore it:

Unlike the first outfit, I didn't love this one as much! We had a relative over from Western Australia, and it's been so long since we last saw each other I'm not actually sure when we saw each other last! Now both grown up with kids, it was fun for the kids to get together and we headed into the city. I wanted to wear something pretty for our outing to seem a little dressed up so I decided on this floral dress, and thought the red cardigan would work nicely with it. I realised as I was about to rush out the door that while the colour combo looked nice, the shapes together didn't. I should have thrown a belt over this, but didn't have time so I wore it anyway.

Not my worst outfit, but definitely not my favourite. After walking around some markets in the city, we went to the Winter Wonderland ice rink in King George Square. They had a snow tubing slide set up where you could slide down some 'snow' (really more like ice!) of course all the kids wanted to do it, even Baby Boy. I ended up having to go with him as he was too little to go himself. 4 year old T was fearless and was happy to slide down himself with his new friend (as long as I dragged his snow tube up the stairs....!) and Baby Boy and I had to wiggle into one tube. Not a problem, just a little difficult to do in a dress, especially getting out the tube at the bottom of the hill with everyone watching!

45 minutes into the hour long session I had to admit defeat and I traded my ticket with hubby who took the little one up and down the hill.

After a very delicious lunch at the Pancake manor we said our goodbyes and headed home, where the boys had massive naps!


Last worn: red waterfall cardigan, navy swing dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff canvas stripe mini MAC.

Other ways to wearred waterfall cardigan and pencil skirt, navy swing dress in summer, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff canvas stripe mini MAC and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff canvas stripe mini MAC in third trimester.



Floral Dresses Under $50:







How You Can Wear It:

You don't have to pack away your floral dresses for winter weather. Try layering them up a bit with some winter essentials like tights and ankle boots, with a scarf or cardigan for an extra colourful and cosy layer.


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Friday, 20 July 2018

Tiered Sundresses In Winter With Cosy Cardigans and Rebecca Minkoff Bags

My previous post was all about wearing summer tanks in winter. This time I'm layering up some of my summer sundresses for winter temps. Both of these tiered strappy sundresses are from Kmart, and I've worn them in the cooler weather in the past although they are definitely most frequently worn in the warmer months. Keeping it simple, I added layers with boots and cardigans to make them work for cooler weather.

What I wore:

navy waterfall cardigan ankle boots tights summer sundress in winter yellow accessories | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram tiered sundress in winter with ankle boots tights cardigan yellow accessories
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
Dress: Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

I wore this back near the start of winter, a busy day of rushing around getting last minute party things for 4 Year Old T's birthday. Long story short, the first supermarket we went to didn't have everything we needed, so I had to stop at multiple ones, and we went to 3 different stores in search of things to go on top of the cake before someone changed his mind again and we went back to the first place... 😂

Such a busy day, I wanted a simple outfit so a dress seemed like the best option. I thought everything would look nice until I put it on and realised it was a bit dark with all the black and navy.

When you want to add colour to an outfit, turn to accessories! That's my go-to rule, so I added this cheerful yellow statement necklace and my mustard Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag. While the yellows don't match, I felt they were just what this outfit needed.

Very pleased to report that unlike last year's over-ambitious cake, I wasn't up until the early hours of the morning finishing decorating this cake. My son was still just as impressed with it though which I'm happy about. (If you missed it, I've shared my party outfit here already).


Last worn: navy drape cardigan, Aztec print tiered dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

Other ways to wearnavy drape cardigan worn two ways, Aztec print tiered dress and kimono, black ankle boots and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ankle boots in second trimester.



My Complete Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Collection:






What I wore:


grey maxi cardigan, tropical tiered summer sundress in winter scarf ankle boots | away from blue

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


awayfromblue instagram | tropical print tiered maxi dress blue shawl scarf cardigan love bag
JacketJeanswest Alice longline Australian wool cardigan
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Every time I wear this dress it makes me smile, but I felt it had been a long time between wears so I decided to give it another wear, even if we didn't have a particularly busy or exciting day. Nothing wrong with putting on a pretty dress just to run errands in! Plus the colourful and cheerful colours work well to keep you calm and prevent you becoming frazzled running errands with two little boys!


It's not the first time I've worn this dress with a grey cardigan and a colourful scarf. That previous outfit definitely inspired this recent one. The one big difference being that I made sure to pick a not as windy winter day when I wore this so that I didn't feel the cold coming in through the crochet border around the tiers of the dress.

I actually found this outfit a little warm in the middle of the day - this Louis Vuitton shawl is so cosy and while there's nothing in the print of the dress that matches this beautiful cobalt blue I thought it worked nicely with the coral. With all of the colour, the neutral grey Rebecca Minkoff Love bag seemed like a good accessory choice.


Last worn: wool maxi cardigan, Louis Vuitton shawl, tropical print maxi dress, Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag.

Other ways to wearwool maxi cardigan in monochrome outfit, Louis Vuitton shawl and burgundy pants, tropical print maxi dress and converse, Chelsea ankle boots and shift dress, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag and skinny jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyChelsea ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag in third trimester.


Tiered Sundresses Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Get a few more wears from your favourite summer sundresses by layering them up with cosy cardigans and ankle boots for winter. You can add a scarf for extra warmth too.


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Monday, 16 July 2018

Dresses and Leather Jackets With Scarves and Balenciaga Day Bags

I'm always excited to get my leather jackets out. They are the perfect pieces to keep me warm in our Brisbane winters, and they look great with everything. I wore them recently with dresses to the office. I get to work early so the extra warmth from a leather jacket is appreciated in the cold winter commute. I did swap the jackets for a cosy cardigan when I got to my desk though.

What I wore:

cobalt leather jacket, embroidered feather scarf, ikat print belted dress, winter office outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram tan hobo bag belted ikat print dress cobalt jacket winter outfit
JacketWittner 'Santa Fe' cobalt blue leather jacket
Scarf: grey and gold embroidered feather scarf
DressJeanswest Aztec print dress
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

While this dress only gets worn to the office, it is one of my favourite dresses. I love the colour and print, and it was definitely overdue a wear. I knew the cobalt of the leather jacket would go so nicely with the navy on the dress, but I was undecided about the scarf. I set aside a few to try in the morning and see which looked best, but as soon as I put this one on I knew I wasn't going to have to try any others - the grey scarf with gold embroidered feathers works so well with this printed dress!

There was nothing I'd change about this outfit - I did think of ankle boots in the morning but the ballet flats were fine. My legs were kept warm with my fleece lined tights, another winter must-have for me!


Last worn: cobalt leather jacket, feather embroidered scarf, velvet double wrap belt, Ikat print dress, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Balenciaga Day bag.

Other ways to wearcobalt leather jacket and maxi dress, feather embroidered scarf with black and white, velvet double wrap belt over a vest, Ikat print dress in summer, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and printed skirt, Balenciaga Day bag and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyIkat print dress in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga Day bag for second trimester travel.



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day









What I wore:

Louis VUitton shawl worn as snood, printed wrap dress, leather jacket for work | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | away from the blue

Awayfromtheblue instagram | blue snood, printed wrap dress, Balenciaga day bag and leather jacket winter outfit
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Dress: Target Dannii Minogue Petites printed wrap dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

While I liked this outfit, I didn't like it as much as the one above. I thought that the blue bag and scarf would look nice with this faux wrap dress. The dress is such a fun mix of colours, but I do wear blue with it frequently. Even this black moto jacket has a little bit of blue print on the sleeves, as you can see in the close up shot of the bag.

With the dress being such a bold and colourful print, again I was unsure what scarf to go with it. I decided on this blue monogram shawl. While it does have a monogram print on it, like the leather jacket it's so subtle I think it worked really nicely with this dress.

Might not have been my favourite outfit, but it was still nice for a busy meeting filled day at the office. I just loved the first outfit more!


Last worn: printed leather jacket, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl, Dannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress, black ankle boots, Balenciaga tempete Day bag.

Other ways to wearprinted leather jacket and flares, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl and pencil skirt, Dannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress and pink bag, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Balenciaga tempete Day bag and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyDannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete Day bag in third trimester.


Faux Leather Jackets Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Just because you're heading into the office, it doesn't mean you have to leave your leather jacket behind. A tougher moto jacket works well with a feminine dress and keeps you cosy for the commute. It's so easy to throw your jacket over your chair when you get to your desk, and swap it for a cosy cardigan if the office aircon is a little chilly, or a blazer if you want to look more formal.


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