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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Easy Spring Outfit Formula: Purple Cardi, Skinny Jeans and Printed Top

The upside to having a backlog of outfit pictures is that I can get on top of blogging and schedule posts in advance. The downside is that the outfits don't always make sense afterwards!

As I'm typing up this post, I'm enjoying the beautiful 35+ degree weather (95 fahrenheit) and I'm contemplating turning on the air con... while I look at these photos taken earlier in spring just a couple weeks ago with jeans and cardigans!

Currently sweltering weather aside, these outfits are a great spring outfit formula for a colder day. I've shared similar ones before, it's such easy SAHM style.

What I wore:

purple cardigan polka dot tee skinny jeans pink bag SAHM spring mother's group outfit | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram purple cardigan navy polka dot tee skinny jeans
JacketJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
TopJeanswest Flavia foil printed polka dot tee deep iris
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

I wore this to attend my local ABA mum's group meeting and run a few errands. It was a slightly cooler morning so I added the cardigan, although I took it off when it warmed up in the afternoon. The group topic was babywearing, which was perfect for me as I wanted to see if there were different ways to wear my Ergo baby carrier. I learned how to back carry which is awesome, as when you back carry it's easier to sling a cross body bag over. I find when I front carry the thick shoulder straps make it tricky to get any bag to stay put for long.

I really like this navy polka dot tee with the black skinny jeans - in the past I was alway unsure about wearing black and blue together. It was actually an ASOS sale purchase that convinced me, a colourblock dress I no longer have but you can see waaay back at the start of my blog! Since seeing the dress and subsequently buying it, I realised navy and black looked pretty good together, and I've been wearing it since. Sometimes just shopping opens your eyes to new combinations!


Last worn: purple cardigan, navy polka dot tee, prima black skinny jeans, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and embroidered tunic, navy polka dot tee and maxi skirt, prima jeans and embroidered tank, Walnut Melbourne flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: purple cardi in first trimesterskinny jeans and a belly band in second trimester, ballet flats and maternity pencil skirt.


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What I wore:

jeanswest cecile grey skinny jeans stripe tank purple cardigan daycare drop off pick up style | AwayFromBlue

slouchy Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram purple cardigan with monochromatic stripe tank skinny jeans spring outfit
JacketJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Wore this to work from home, with a cold morning making me reach for my favourite cosy cardigan for daycare drop off. By lunch time I'd taken the cardigan off, although I did need to wear it again for the daycare pick up in the afternoon.

I don't usually carry such a big bag on my work from home days as even when I run errands before daycare pickup I don't need to carry much. I was pretty tired that morning though so grabbed the bag I'd used for work the previous day. The Balenciaga part time is a cross body bag, but I prefer smaller cross body bags that are closer to my body when I'm wearing a bag around my boys, even just for daycare drop off and pickups.

If you're unsure about colourful cardigans, a monochromatic outfit like this is a good time to wear them. It lets the purple be the only pop of colour in your outfit and you know everything will go together nicely. Easy, fool-proof mum style when you're too tired to function in the morning and put a lot of thought into your outfit!


Last worn: purple cardigan (above), striped tank, grey skinny jeans, silver ballet flats, Balenciaga part time bag.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and chambray dress, striped tank and maxi skirt, grey skinny jeans and Converse, silver ballet flats and chambray skirt, Balenciaga part time bag and striped dress.


Perfect for pregnancy: purple cardi in first trimester, ballet flats and maternity wrap dress, Balenciaga part time bag and maternity pencil skirt.



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How You Can Wear It:

Need a way to switch up that mum staple of skinny jeans? Try a printed top like I have in the outfits above. You can go one step further and add colourful accessories - a bright cardigan is a good option for a spring day and the fluctuating temperatures that occur. If you're worried about matching colours, just throw on your colourful cardigan with a monochromatic outfit full of neutrals. Easy!


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Friday, 9 October 2015

Purple Cardigans, Prima Denim Skinny Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag

I've been wearing this combination of colourful cardigan, printed top and skinny jeans often. It's a great stay-at-home-mum outfit, and extremely comfortable.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Stripe Tee purple cardi Jeanswest Prima Denim skinny jeans RM Love

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey purple cardi skinny jeans
SunniesRayban new Wayfarers
JacketJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
TeeAtmos&Here navy stripe v-neck tee
JeansJeanswest Bindi skinny 7/8 jeans in indigo luxe
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs studded mouse flats in grey
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Wore this out to toddler time at the local library with toddler T. It's not the first time that I've worn this tee and jeans together before (although it was warmer last time I wore the combination!). It's a nice easy outfit. Last time I wore it with a colourful scarf, this time around with a colourful cardi.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was the necklace - I think a different necklace would have worked better.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarerpurple cardi, striped tee, prima skinny jeans, studded mouse flats, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wearpurple cardi and maxi dress, striped tee and a baby bump, skinny jeans layered up for winter, studded mouse flats and a maxi dress, maxi skirt and Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.


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What I wore:

Away From Blue | Spring Playdate outfit purple cardi printed cami skinny jeans

Away From Blue | Rebecca Minkoff charcoal grey quilted Love cross body bag purple cardi
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
JacketJeanswest Peggie kimono cardigan in purple mulberry marle
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
Cami:  Jeanswest Audrey tonal print tank
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Another really easy spring outfit (incredibly similar to this one!). You can tell I've been enjoying not having to work my wardrobe around my knee bandage now that my knee has mostly recovered - I've been alternating between my favourite pairs of skinny jeans! It's good to wear them again, wanted to get as much wear out of them as possible before Frocktober, and before the really warm spring weather hits.

Wore this out for a catch up with some of the mums and bubs from playgroup. We try get together in the school holiday breaks as well so it's not too long between seeing each other. It's always good to chat and compare notes about how we are handling the latest toddler developments!


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer (above), kimono cardi, printed cami, black skinny jeans, ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag (above).

Other ways to wearkimono cardi and a maxi skirt, printed cami and skirt in summer, black skinny jeans and a plaid shirt, ballet flats in the officeRebecca Minkoff Love bag and printed shorts.



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Monday, 17 October 2016

Colourful Cardigans, Button Down Tanks and Skinny Jeans for Spring

I love the tops I'm wearing below. They have a couple of different names...button down tank top, button up tank top, collared tank, sleeveless shirt, and probably a few more. But they are perfect for breastfeeding, for a slightly dressier SAHM style and they are wonderful in the office. I really enjoy wearing these tops. Spring is here in Brisbane but a colourful cardigan is a great addition in the cooler mornings and evenings. And my grey Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini bag goes with everything.

What I wore:

Red cardi, floral tank, skinny jeans: SAHM Spring outfit | AWay From Blue

Floral tank, Rebecca Minkoff soft grey MAM mini MAB bag | AwayFromTheBlue
CardiganJeanswest long red drape cardigan
TankRiver Island floral print sleeveless shirt
JeansJeanswest Bindi skinny 7/8 jeans in indigo luxe
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats (on sale!)
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey (20% off with code FALLFAVES)

Why I wore it:

This was what I wore at the end of September for the last monthly style challenge of 'finish with a bang'. I wasn't sure what I could wear that would meet that prompt, I figured red was a statement colour and my tank has sequins sewn into the florals so it seems sparkly enough! Although the red cardigan and the burgundy florals don't match I thought they looked nice together. The grey mini MAB was perfect against the colourful top and cardi.

This was a nice easy outfit to spend the day down the coast with my mum and the boys. We had a really good, relaxing day. It was a horrible evening though! To avoid traffic the GPS took me the longest possible route and I was briefly lost in the middle of nowhere with a very cranky baby and a toddler who was unimpressed dinner was late by the time we eventually got home, ha! At least it was only a couple more hours of craziness before everyone was fed, bathed, and tucked up in bed.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarers, red cardigan, floral button down tank, skinny jeans, metallic flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB.

Other ways to wearred cardigan and a little black dress, floral button up tank and shorts, skinny jeans and boots, metallic flats and a wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB and leopard print.



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What I wore:

purple cardi, skinny jeans and navy stripe jeanswest top | Away From Blue Spring style

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey, purple cardi | Away From The Blue
JacketJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
ShirtJeanswest Louisa stripe sleeveless shirt (C/O)
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey (20% off with code FALLFAVES)

Why I wore it:

This was a style-challenge free day so it gave me the opportunity to wear this striped shirt I've been looking at in my wardrobe for far too long. I've mentioned before that it's taken me a little longer to get back into all my pre-baby tops after this pregnancy than it did with my last. Tops that are fitted around the chest are a little tricky, but I'm glad I was able to wear (and button up!) this shirt finally.

Purple and blue are a lovely colour combination so this purple cardi was the perfect topper. Ran a few errands in the morning and spent some time with my mum in the afternoon.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer (above), purple cardigan, navy stripe sleeveless shirt, black skinny jeans, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff MAM (above).

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and chambray dress, navy stripe sleeveless shirt and pink blazer, black skinny jeans and denim jacket, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in the office.


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Friday, 28 July 2017

Printed Tanks, Cardigans, Colourful Bags & Skinny Jeans

First, Jeanswest are having a 40% off everything sale for members! Online and in store, ends Sunday!


I've mentioned before I'm happy to keep my summer pieces out and wear them year round. On a mild winter day (which is most winter days in Brisbane to be honest) all I need is a cosy cardi on top and it's perfect.

What I wore:

Jeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans magenta Balenciaga day bag matching purple cardigan | AwayFromBlue

Balenciaga 2005 magenta chevre classic RH day bag hobo on shoulder | AwayFromTheBlue
Necklace: For King & Country Priceless Australian coin and crest necklace
TankJeanswest 'Rowena' print tank (Currently 40% off everything!)
Jeans: Jeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans (gifted, currently 40% off jeans!)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
Bag: Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta (20% off with code 'REAL')

Why I wore it:

First wearing of these new jeans! I was lucky enough to know someone doing the $5 challenge who saved more than they expected and decided to surprise people by using the money to treat them. (Can't share who it was as they are surprising multiple people!). I said I didn't need anything with my no-buy challenge, but there is that loophole where if someone else buys it for you it's not breaking the challenge! 😉

I went into Jeanswest, just for a look, and saw these jeans which were the perfect candidate to replace my old (10 year +) grey jeans I wasn't entirely happy with. I prefer a higher rise now. Super excited to have something new in my wardrobe, although it does mean saying goodbye to these old jeans. They had a good run and hadn't been worn a lot recently - I can see very few times in the past few years I've had the blog anyway.

As this was a quiet day, just a couple errands and grocery shopping, I decided to try something I'd been thinking about for a while and pairing the similarly coloured magenta bag and cardigan together. I actually really liked the combination! It was good to get this old tank out too. It hasn't been worn in a while after outgrowing it in pregnancy.


Last worn: purple cardigan, animal print tank, bow ballet flats, Balenciaga magenta day bag. First time I've worn the jeans as they are a recent gift.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and chambray dress, animal print tank and denim shorts, bow ballet flats and flares, Balenciaga magenta day bag and breastfeeding dresses.

Perfect for pregnancy: purple cardi in first trimester, printed tank hiding 20 week baby bump, magenta day bag and novelty pregnancy tees in third trimester.



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What I wore:

red printed tank black nobody denim skinny jeans Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag | Away From Blue

oie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite and Swarovski beaded wrap bracelets, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag | Away From The Blue
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
Tank: Emerson crochet lace bib print top
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (C/O, on sale!)
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets and black leather Swarovski beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

A much more colourful printed tank in this outfit! :) The last time I wore this tank it was the height of summer and despite the heatwave we headed out to see Thomas the tank engine at the rail museum.

Although it was winter this time around, I ended up swapping my thick wool cardigan for this thinner one, as it looked like it might warm up. It was again a hot and sunny day, I was pleased I picked the thinner cardigan! I loved this tank, bag and cardigan together when I wore it with flares so I knew I'd like the combination again with different jeans.


Had a lot of fun with the boys running around the museum and playing with all the Thomas toys, and it was good being able to take a picture in the same spot with the same tank but a different season! Just goes to show you don't have to put all your summer tanks away when winter arrives.



Last worn: grey drape cardiganprinted red crochet detail tank, Nobody Denim skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff studded saddle bag.

Other ways to weargrey drape cardigan and flaresprinted tank and striped maxi skirt, Nobody Denim skinny jeans in monochrome outfit, Converse and a dress, Rebecca Minkoff studded saddle bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: printed tank in second trimester.



How You Can Wear It:


Your summer printed tanks can still be layered up and worn in winter with a cosy cardigan. Layering with printed pieces doesn't have to be tricky. For a neutral printed tank, try a plain block colour cardigan like in the first outfit. Neutral layers work well with a textured and colourful printed tank too. Monochromatic greys and black like in the second outfit make a colourful printed tank really pop.


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Friday, 4 September 2015

Different Ways to Wear Too Short Shift Dresses - When Online Orders Are Shorter Than Expected!

First wearing of my new Balenciaga bag! As expected, I love it just as much as my blue one. Also my first attempts at wearing some too-short dresses.

Choies gave me the chance to order this striped dress for free, and they also threw in another dress as a gift. I was between sizes so went with my usual 'order a size larger to be safe', and also because I thought the extra length would be good. Being petite, I find that sometimes things that look short on the models are actually an okay length on me, but there is no harm in having an extra centimetre or two.

Both dresses arrived, and are lovely, but as I shared on instagram, they are much too short! So I've had to come up with other ways to wear them. Thought this post might be helpful for others who have received too-short dresses they can't return or that aren't worth the cost of returning. It's also a good reminder to check the length measurements before ordering something and not just the bust and waist!

What I wore:

Away From Blue Balenciaga 2009 Automne RH classic day bag

Choies white navy tile print short dress for winter cardi ankle boots tights
JacketJeanswest brown marle waterfall cardigan
Dress: Choies white tile print shift dress (C/O)
ShoesAsos airtime leather Chelsea boots in tan
Bracelets: the usual
Bag: Balenciaga truffle RH classic day bag (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

I thought I'd try wear tights with this to make myself a little more comfortable with the short length, but I really wasn't comfortable in this at all! I think I should have picked a longer cardigan, that had the length in the back I felt the dress was missing whenever I bent down to pick up toddler T.

I've also mentioned in the past that I can't wear tights with the compression bandage I have for my injured knee. It's designed to keep the muscles warm, so I have to wear it under clothing so it's right next to my skin and it gets a bit warm through the day. When I add tights, it's just much too hot. I thought this day would be okay though as it was cold and rainy....nope. My knee got so hot so quickly. I couldn't wait to take this off! A bit of an outfit fail all round.

How would you wear this dress differently? I was thinking maybe as a bikini cover up for the beach...


Last worn: brown cardi, tan ankle boots. First time I've worn the bag and the dress.

Other ways to wearbrown cardi and skinny jeans, ankle boots and skinny jeans, blue Balenciga day bag and a summer dress.


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What I wore:

Choies monochrome stripe shift dress belted as tunic over flared jeans purple cardi

Stripe tunic purple cardi Balenciaga 2009 Automne RH classic day bag
CardiganJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
NecklaceHappiness Boutique turquoise and coral pendant necklace (C/O)
Dress (worn as top): Choies monochrome stripe shift dress (C/O)
JeansJeanswest 'spoylt' flared jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
Bag: Balenciaga truffle RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

After the outfit fail the day before, I knew I'd need a bit more coverage with this dress! While it does have the right length in the back and even in the front, it has curved hems so it comes up short on the hips. I belted it like a tunic over jeans. It would look better with skinny jeans, but I can't squeeze the knee bandage under them.

I really liked this outfit though! I felt happy and comfortable all day. I really like the way the dress looks belted, and I wasn't worrying about what it looked like from behind every time I bent down as I had jeans on underneath. It's a really comfortable cotton, which helps as it feels good to wear. I'm thinking this would look nice worn as a top and tucked under a skirt too...I can see lots of other ways to wear this dress. Definitely a winner, even if I don't wear it as a dress as it was intended!


Last worn: purple cardi, flared jeans, ballet flats, Balenciaga day bag (above). First time I've worn the dress.

Other ways to wearpurple cardi and a maxi dress, flared jeans and heels, ballet flats and a wrap dress, blue Balenciaga day bag and stripes.


One last thing before I finish today's post: this Sunday is Father's Day in Australia, so I hope everyone has a lovely weekend with their family. Jeanswest were kind enough to send me this beautiful Malrvern check shirt for DH, and as baby T has a cute little shirt from Jeanswest to wear also, I know there will be one very fashionable and adorable duo this Sunday! I'll try get a photo of them together and share it on instagram@awayfromblue.



The 30% off Jeanswest sale that I mentioned in my last post has been extended this weekend! So if you're looking for something for yourself or even a last minute gift for Father's Day, the sale is now on in store too as well as online.


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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Purple Cardi, Dog Print Top, Pencil Skirt, Balenciaga City | Jeanswest Blazer, Black Dress, Rouille Work Bag

Here's what I wore to work on Wednesday:
Purple drape cardi printed blouse tucked into asos tab front pencil skirt

Balenciaga sapphire purple classic city bag
Cardigan: Jeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in Boysenberry
Necklace: Chanel necklace layered with Dogeared 3 Wishes stardust bead necklace (closeup)
Top: Target ruffle sleeve dog print blouse
SkirtAsos black tailored tab front pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs patent leather logo plaque flats
Bracelets: the usual
Bag: Balenciaga purple RH city in 2008 sapphire


After some storms blew in on Tuesday it was really cool on Wednesday, so I ended up adding a cardigan to keep warm. And as a colleague pointed out, made a very purple outfit when paired with my bag! :)

Linking up with Three-fer Thursday, What I wore to work, Friday's Fab Favourites, Casual FridayFriday's Fancies today.


Last worn: purple drape cardi, dog print blouse, Asos black pencil skirt, MbMJ patent flats, Balenciaga sapphire city.



Here's what I wore to work today:
Tweed blazer textured little black dress bright orange bag halloween office

Balenciaga rouille work bag
JacketJeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
NecklaceDogeared 3 Wishes stardust bead necklace
DressJeanswest tucked ponte black dress
Belt: Black croc-print belt (came with dress)
ShoesNineWest Lovelyou studded flats in black
Bracelets: the usual plus studded and chain link Oroton leather bracelets
BagBalenciaga classic work in 2006 Rouille


Orange and black today as it was Halloween, haha! I wore orange last year too. We don't really dress up here in Australia, although I did see someone wearing devil horn headband on the bus and my bestie saw a man in lederhosen!

Although we missed out on the Zombie Walk and Fright Night this year, I couldn't resist putting Cooper in his little NYPD outfit that my sister brought him back from the US. Cutest little Halloween costume! :)

Did you get dressed up for Halloween today?


Last worn: Jeanswest tweed jacket, black fit and flare dress, studded black flatsBalenciaga Rouille work bag.


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Friday, 11 September 2015

Jeanswest Spring 2015 Collection: The Hamptons | Chambray Dress, Navy Striped Shirt, Lux Print Scarf

A while back, I was contacted by Jeanswest who wanted to let me know a little more about their latest spring collection, and they very kindly let me pick a few pieces from the collection to share with you. The spring 2015 collection is beautiful, lots of blue (which I love!) and it's all very easy to mix and match together. Blue, stripes, lovely soft fabrics and the usual affordable Jeanswest prices, so much to like! Thought I'd jump ahead from my winter outfit posts I have waiting and show you the two spring looks I wore last weekend.

What I wore:

Jeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress spring 2015 purple cardi ankle boots

Balenciaga 2009 Automne RH classic day bag
JacketJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
Scarf: Jeanswest Lux paisley print scarf (C/O)
Dress: Jeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress (C/O)
ShoesAsos airtime leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

If you follow me on instagram, you'll know that Jeanswest had an olive shirt dress similar to this in their winter collection, and I promptly fell in love but couldn't buy it as I was doing #NoBuyJuly15 at the time. When I did get a chance to try it on in August, I was a little underwhelmed. I liked the neutral colour, and I loved the soft lyocell fabric, but wasn't as perfect as I had imagined, so I didn't buy it.

When I saw this chambray sleeveless dress in the new collection, I knew it would be perfect. I much prefer this to the olive shirt dress. The fabric is nice and soft, the sleeveless style will be great for the heat of spring and summer, and of course, it's blue! The drawstring waist can be pulled tight so it gives a little 'blouson' effect on the top half, or worn looser. Plus, it has pockets, which is always a bonus in a dress!

I have a chambray shift dress that I'd struggled to find ways to wear, preferring just to save it for a warm day when I could wear it by itself. I got this dress and instantly started putting outfits together around it. It's taken a while, but I've finally found the perfect chambray dress! (And the old shift one will be donated). Based on the rate that the dress (and even the maternity version) is selling out, I'm not the only one who thinks it's perfect.


Last worn: purple drape cardigan, Asos Chelsea ankle boots, Balenciaga day bag. First time I've worn the scarf and dress.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan belted over a maxi dress, ankle boots and printed pants, Balenciaga day bag and a printed shift dress.


More amazing pieces from the Jeanswest Spring 2015 Hamptons collection:




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What I wore:

Jeanswest Louisa stripe sleeveless shirt navy and pink blush blazer skinny jeans

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag
Jacket:  Jeanswest Nadine 3/4 Sleeve dusky pink blazer
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace
Shirt: Jeanswest Louisa stripe sleeveless shirt (C/O)
JeansJeanswest Bindi skinny 7/8 jeans in indigo luxe
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
Bracelets: the usual
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

Feels like it's been a long time since I've worn these skinny jeans! The big bulky knee bandage you see above that I have to wear daily doesn't fit under these jeans, so they've been passed over in favour of my maxi skirts. I'm working up to not wearing the bandage every day. As we were going out in the afternoon to visit the in-laws for Father's Day I decided to leave the bandage off and see how my knee coped. It did well!

I really like this navy striped shirt from the Jeanswest collection. I have a similar sleeveless shirt in pink I bought a while ago, and love. It's one of those pieces that can be worn in the office or for stay at home mum or weekend wear, very versatile. At first, I was going to wear a purple cardi with this again, but then I saw this blush pink blazer hanging up and decided to go with that instead. I really like the pink and navy together.


Last worn: pastel blazer, skinny jeans, gold mouse flats, Balenciaga truffle day bag (above). First time I've worn the shirt.

Other ways to wearpastel blazer and shorts, skinny jeans and a printed kimono, gold mouse flats and a maxi skirtblue Balenciaga day bag and a summer tee dress.



The Jeanswest Spring 2015 collection is available online and in store.



This post, as always, has been written by me and includes all my own thoughts and opinions and styling. Some clothing was very generously provided by Jeanswest.



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Friday, 28 August 2015

Flats, Skinny Jeans, Flares and Blue Bags

Can't believe it's almost the end of August already, this month has really flown by! Already Brisbane is starting to warm up, I'm excited for spring. As it's almost the end of the month, time for another budgeting bloggers monthly purchase update.

After doing #noBuyJuly15, I thought I might go a little crazy shopping this month, but I only bought one thing! It was a bit of a splurge.....



Now, what I've been wearing. Sharing some different denim outfits. First, skinny jeans (pre-knee injury) and second; flares and flats. I can thankfully squeeze the knee bandage underneath my flares without too much difficulty. It gives me another option so it's not just maxi skirts all the time!

What I wore:

Colourful SAHM skinny jeans outfit pink ombre tank purple cardi blue bag

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete with Coach rainbow charm
CardiganJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
TankJeanswest 'Macy' ombre tank in 'very berry'
JeansJeanswest Bindi skinny 7/8 jeans in indigo luxe
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

This is one of my favourite outfits! I would happily wear this over and over again, I had no issues with any part of this through the day. Such a good outfit. I loved how well the colours worked together and how easy it was to wear and to come up with that morning.

I've been looking at all the tanks I have in my wardrobe lately. I always say I'll try wear them year-round but never do, so now it's starting to warm up a little as we come to the end of winter I'm trying to get a bit of wear out of them earlier than I usually would.

Wore this out for lunch at Ikea and a little bit of shopping (because I always end up shopping at Ikea!) with the family. Baby T got to taste his first Ikea meatballs too.


Last worn: purple cardi, pink ombre tank, skinny jeans, camel flats, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearpurple cardi and a maxi dress, ombre tank and a maxi skirt, skinny jeans and stripes, camel flats and a burgundy dress, Balenciaga tempete day bag in summer.


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What I wore:

Blazer blue scarf mini MAC flared jeans and ballet flats

Away From Blue | Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC with python embossed leather in aquamarine
Jacket: Zara cream jersey blazer
Scarf: blue tartan scarf
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
JeansJeanswest 'spoylt' flared jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs two tone flats in blush and black
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC with python embossed leather in aquamarine

Why I wore it:

This was a few days after my knee injury. I really wanted to just stay home and rest it for a little longer, but we had more open houses to see. As I can't wear my skinny jeans with the thick knee bandage I'm wearing, I was looking for a maxi skirt to wear when I saw my flares and thought I'd give them a go. Was so happy to find out I could wear them over the knee brace.

Added the blazer to look a little more polished as we went around viewing all the houses. I think Beth summed it up nicely on my last post about house hunting, when you are walking around a stranger's house you want to look pulled-together and give off the impression "I can totes afford this house"!


Last worn: cream blazer, tartan scarf, striped tank, flared jeans, cap toe flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearblazer and skinny jeans, tartan scarf and a printed dress, striped tank and orange, flared jeans and heels, cap toe flats in the office, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and a navy shirt dress.


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