Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Maxi Skirts and Frill Sleeve Tees With Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag

You will recognise these frill sleeve tees - I got them as presents last year from my mum. They are nice, basic block colours, with a fun little frill on each sleeve and heavy been frequently worn since I got them. While I've worn them with shorts before, it was time to try something different and pair them with maxi skirts.

What I wore:

navy frill sleeve tee red boho printed maxi skirt summer style outfit | awayfromblue

red printed maxi skirt and Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag in almond | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram navy frill sleeve top red boho printed maxi skirt MAB camera bag

Necklace: Kmart blue multi-colour beaded necklace
Skirt: thrifted Billabong red printed maxi skirt

Why I wore it:

Not the first time I've worn this red printed maxi skirt with a navy top! I really like the combination. I thought this skirt would be perfect for another hot and humid day. I was just working from home so wanted something cool and comfortable to wear. This skirt is perfect as it's such a light fabric and it billows around as I walk, making its own lovely breeze!

I kept the accessories simple - this beaded necklace pairs so nicely with the navy tee and I thought the gold sandals were a nice matchy-matchy touch with the gold hardware on the MAB camera bag, you know I love a bit of matching in my outfit.




Handbag Reveal: Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag







What I wore:

pink frill sleeve tee and chambray maxi skirt, rebecca minkoff mab camera bag summer heatwave outfit | away from the blue

blue and pink maxi skirt outfit with rebecca minkoff mab camera bag cross body | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram hot pink frill sleeve tee with blue chambray maxi skirt tan rebecca minkoff MAb camera bag
Necklace: navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace

Why I wore it:

Wanted an easy outfit for a busy day - had to go update my expired passport. I always look washed out in passport photos so I thought that the bright pink tee would be a good choice to try make me look a bit more awake! 😂 I also needed something simple to cope with the summer heatwave we were experiencing, so I could also run errands after the passport appointment, pickup my friend in the afternoon, and go to another friend's house to watch church online together.

The night was a little more stressful than anticipated when my son, overexcited by dinner being ready, decided to bounce over to the unzipped opening of the mesh around the trampoline. I turned around after helping my other son down, just in time to see him bounce right out of the opening and off the trampoline through the air. I caught him before he hit the ground but he got a little bashed on the way down by the side of the trampoline. It was hilarious and terrifying all at once!

With the chambray skirt and pink tee, I thought this navy necklace complimented the combination nicely, even if the necklace had silver hardware and the MAB camera bag has gold hardware. I don't mind mixing metals in my outfits, and do it often. The camera bag was a great neutral addition for the colourful outfit.

While I did love this outfit, the heat and humidity left my outfit looking a bit crumpled! One of those outfits that didn't look as good in the photos as I felt it did while wearing it.


Last worn: pink frill sleeve tee, navy tassel necklace, chambray maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag (above).


Frill Sleeve Tees Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

If you're looking for a another way to wear a tee in summer instead of shorts, why not try a maxi skirt? You can pick a basic block colour skirt like the chambray one, or change it up a little with a printed skirt like in the first outfit. It's an easy combination to pull together that's still just as practical to wear in the heat if you pick a lighter fabric maxi skirt.




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Monday, 18 February 2019

Bold Printed Dresses For The Office & Weekday Wear Linkup

Another Weekday Wear Linkup for you to join, and some office style. As much as a work wardrobe needs classic, neutral basic pieces you can turn to again and again, it's fun to introduce some bolder prints and colours too!

My work wardrobe has certainly changed a lot in the 10 years I've been at my current company, from neutrals and button up shirts to bright colours, statement necklaces and fun prints. The dresses I'm wearing below might be a bit too bold for a more formal, conservative office dress code, but work perfectly in a business causal office like mine.

What I wore:


ruby olive necklace with French Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress  and fran bag | awayfromblue

Fashion Scarf Girl Navy and Gold hair scarf tie in bow on Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | orange printed french connection sheath dress colourful statement necklace marc jacobs fran bag
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl Navy and Gold hair scarf (c/o) tied on bag
NecklaceRuby Olive Art series long striped pod necklace
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown

Why I wore it:

This orange dress is such a bold print and colour but it's perfect for our summer heat as it's linen, and the print disguises creases so it's perfect for a busy day of sitting at my desk in the office!

I added the colourful Ruby Olive necklace for a little extra colour, not that the dress needed much! I had another necklace in mind but I thought it was too much, this necklace seemed to work nicer with the orange print and it was a lovely way to remember my friend though the day, as she lost her cat the day before.

The Marc Jacobs Fran bag has been worn a few times with this dress, so I tried to change it up a little this time and wore the hair scarf tied in a bow on the handle, just a little point of difference from the last time I wore the dress and bag together.


Last worn: Ruby Olive necklace, hair scarf, orange printed dress, silver ballet flats, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag.

Other ways to wearhair scarf tied on wrist, orange printed dress and blazer, silver ballet flats and little black dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag and wrap dress.

Perfect for pregnancyorange printed dress hiding an early baby bump, silver ballet flats in third trimester, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag in second trimester.


What's In My Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran Bag










What I wore:

animal print dress in the office with bold yellow statement necklace and macrc jacobs fran bag | away from blue

animal print dress and Marc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | animal print dress in office with statement neckalce marc jacobs carrob brown fran bag
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
DressJeanswest ruffle neckline animal print dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown

Why I wore it:

This dress has been in my wardrobe for years, although it's not been as frequently worn as others. You can see the first time I wore on on the blog back in 2012, in one of my early posts! It just goes to show that animal print will always be a classic you can pull out year after year.

It's not the first time I've worn this dress with the Marc Jacobs Fran bag, they have been a frequent combination over time, as I think the carob brown of the bag works well with the neutral colours in the print. With the camel flats too, I thought the outfit needed a little touch of colour with all of the neutrals, and this yellow statement necklace was the perfect touch.


Last worn: yellow beaded necklace, leopard print dress, camel flats, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag (above).

Other ways to wearleopard print dress and blush blazer, camel flats and wrap dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag and burgundy pants.

Perfect for pregnancyleopard print dress hiding second trimester bump, camel flats in third trimester, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag in second trimester.



Printed Dresses For The Office Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A printed dress is such a fun office piece. You can pair it with neutral shoes and a bag to tone the print down, or cover it up a little more with a blazer if you are worried it might be too bold for your office environment. Alternatively, you can maximise the print with colourful statement necklaces and bolder handbag and shoe choices.







Weekday Wear Linkup #07


Welcome to the Weekday Wear linkup! A linkup for you to share your weekday outfits - whether that is office wear or stay at home mum wear - if you wore it on a weekday, you can link it up!

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Shorts, Tees and Printed Kimonos With Purple Mini MAB Tote Bag

Two outfits following the same outfit formula but with different colour schemes! The first outfit is pink and purple and the second is purple again, but with blue instead. These simple shorts, tee and kimono outfits are a summer staple for me and perfect for mum life.


What I wore:

Target Karolina summer kimono in purple black floral with grey tee blush shorts purple mini MAB bag summer style | awayfromblue

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

awayfromblue instagram | Target Karolina summer kimono in purple black floral grey tee blush pink pastel shorts purple mini mab bag
Jacket: Target Karolina summer kimono in purple black floral
Necklace: Kmart rose gold and pink beaded necklace
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
Shorts: thrifted pastel pink cotton shorts
ShoesBalenciaga studded sandals in sorbet RGGH
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

I really liked this outfit. I like grey and pink together but this outfit felt it was lacking something until I added the kimono - the perfect touch! With the purple floral kimono, a purple mini MAB tote bag was the obvious choice to accessorise with.

It was a busy day! We went to a local opshop I'd heard good things about but never visited. It's a little out of the way, but with clothes just $1 each was definitely worth checking out! As usual, I left with more things for the boys than me, but it was still a good trip and we will have to try go more regularly. I still haven't found the perfect alternative to my favourite opshop after it closed.

Of course after spending time doing something for me in the morning, we had to go do something for the boys later. We visited a travelling petting zoo at a shopping centre, and it was so much fun. We all had a great time. I did regret my shoe choice as these studded Balenciaga sandals are maybe a little too delicate for straw and animals everywhere, and when I got a cup of animal feed spilled over me and into the cuffs of my shorts I regretted them a little too! But it was so much fun overall I didn't dwell on it for long!


Last worn: floral kimono, pink and gold beaded necklace, grey v-neck tee, pastel pink shorts, Balenciaga studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearfloral kimono and bermuda shorts, grey v-neck tee with green pants, pastel pink shorts and polka dots, Balenciaga studded sandals and tee dress, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB tote bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancygrey v-neck tee in second trimester, Balenciaga studded sandals in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB tote bag in third trimester.


30 Ways to Wear: Rebecca Minkoff Purple Mini MAB Tote










What I wore:

navy kimono purple mini mab bag summer shorts tee outfit | away from blue

denim shorts, blue kimono with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | Rebecca Minkoff plum purple mini MAB tote bag white tee denim shorts kimono
JacketJeanswest Jamie printed kimono (on sale!)
Necklace: navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace
TeeAtmos & Here white essential v-neck tee
Shortsthrifted Jeanswest distressed denim shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

This day was not as exciting as the one above! Took the boys out to the library, the playground and then picked up some groceries on the way home. I really liked the outfit formula above though, so much that I repeated it again here, just changing the colour scheme a little. Blue and purple is another of those combinations that I love, so I kept the purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag and switched the purple kimono out for this pretty blue one and the grey tee for a white one. Blue denim shorts and just simple Havaianas made this a great outfit that follows the outfit formula above but created its own unique outfit I loved just as much.

It's taken me a few years to face my fears and buy a white tee, but I'm glad I did, I really like this one from Atmos&Here and it works so nicely with blue!


Last worn: blue kimono, white v-neck tee, navy tassel necklace, distressed denim shortsHavaianas, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag (above).

Other ways to wearblue kimono with stripes, white v-neck tee and pencil skirt, boyfriend denim shorts and scarf, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag in thrid trimester.



Kimonos Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A plain shorts and tee combo is great in the summer heat. For a little more interest to your outfit, you can add a kimono. It's a nice, lightweight layer that makes your outfit a little more special without any extra effort.


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