Friday, 26 November 2021

Striped Dresses And Chloe Bags

Two striped dress outfits with Chloe bags - both older styles. I guess the 2006 Paddington is old enough to be classed as vintage now too, 15 years old!

What I wore:

Target navy and white striped shift dress with frill sleeves with long necklace chloe Paddington bag converse | awayfromblue

navy white striped dress with cream bag Chloe small Paddington in 2006 blanc | awayfromtheblue

Dress: Target navy and white striped shift dress with frill sleeves
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star coast blue
BagChloe small Paddington in 2006 blanc

Why I wore it:

What a day this was! My youngest and I were making cookies after school drop off for my eldest in the morning when a friend called with some really bad news. I really wasn't feeling up to the rest of the day with sports for the little one and then sports for both boys again after school pickup, but didn't want to let the kids down. Took it as easy as I could on myself - eating lunch out instead of making it at home and sticking to nuggets for dinner so it was simple to cook. Just little things to try make the day less stressful after the tears in the morning took it out of me!

Thankfully my outfit was a good one to keep me comfortable for the day - this striped dress, although the stripes are white, goes so well with the little cream Chloe Paddington bag, and the Converse were good for the little bit of driving around I had to do to school and sports.

Last time I wore this dress I wore it with a shorter necklace, and mentioned that I thought a longer statement necklace would be better with it. Definitely think this necklace worked better than the yellow one I wore last time, the long length is much better with the dress.

Last worn: navy stripe dress, coin tassel necklace, blue Converse, Chloe small Paddington bag.

Other ways to wearnavy stripe dress and tote bag, blue Converse and shorts, Chloe small Paddington bag.

My Chloe Handbag Collection:

What I wore:

All About Eve striped black tee dress for beach day with Havaianas, blue accessories | awayfromtheblue

black and white dress with Chloe periwinkle small Paraty | awayfromblue

Necklace: thrifted blue statement beaded necklace
DressAll About Eve striped black tee dress 
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagChloe periwinkle small Paraty

Why I wore it:

This was a really fun day, and a much needed family day making the most of the public holiday. It was predicted to be a really hot, humid and sunny day so we decided to head to the beach. A storm blew in the night before and it ended up cooler than expected, and very cloudy, but the kids still wanted to go to the beach. Luckily it warmed up, even though the sun mostly stayed hidden behind the clouds!

I've taken this Paraty bag to the beach before - not the most expected choice for a beach bag, but with a big green bag for snacks, water bottles and towels, and then another green bag with the beach toys and bucket and spade, I figured a crossbody bag would be a good idea to keep everything I needed close when I wasn't in the water. It survived the last trip so I felt better taking it again! And with high chances for a storm, I was glad I'd picked this bag over my neverfull when the rain started in the afternoon and chased us off the beach and back home. This Paraty bag doesn't have untreated vachetta to get water spots!

This striped dress was easy for pulling off and on over my bikini too - such a good beach coverup, and kept the sun off my shoulders. I did manage to miss sunscreen on a patch of my back though, unfortunately got a bit sunburnt there from all the time I spent in the water with the kids.

Last worn: black and white striped dress, blue lozenge bead necklace, Havaianas, Chloe small Paraty bag.

Other ways to wearblack and white striped dress and leather jacket, Chloe small Paraty bag and jeans.

How You can Wear It:

Striped dresses are great wardrobe basics! They are an easy instant outfit and work well for so many occasions: for a day of running around or as a more relaxed cover up at the beach.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Floral Kimonos, Purple Tees, Skirts, Chloe Paraty

Skirts and printed kimonos for spring, with my small Chloe Paraty bag and two very different outfit colour schemes with purple tees.

What I wore:

purple tee floral kimono distressed denim skirt converse and chloe paraty bag | awayfromblue

Jacket: Target Karolina summer kimono in purple black floral
Necklace: Kmart gold and navy beaded necklace
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in washed lilac
SkirtNobody Denim Piper vacation skirt in black distressed denim
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch c/o JORD
BagChloe periwinkle small Paraty

Why I wore it:

Crazy weather on this day! There was a minor tornado at Brisbane airport. I'd been rushing around a bit that morning trying to get my son ready for school when I looked out the window and saw the previously grey sky you can see in the pic was turning a very dark scary grey. We were already running a bit late for school, but seeing that made us all move a little faster! Lucky the rain wasn't too heavy so I didn't get too wet dropping him off. I was back home just a few minutes before the storm hit and the rain really started coming down! (And it didn't turn into a tornado until after it passed us thankfully).

My youngest and I spent most of the morning at home sitting around waiting for the storm to pass enough for us to get out to the library and the grocery store. Although the rain stopped by the time we left the house, the playground was out of the question as the sky still looked pretty dark. It was a quick couple of stops then back home until school pick up in the afternoon, when I found out the storm had resulted in a tornado and I felt a little bad for driving when we could still hear the rumbles of thunder! Spring storms are normal in Brisbane, tornados not so much!

Despite the crazy weather day, I did like this outfit. With the black denim skirt the kimono was just the perfect topper and the dark floral print works so well with the lilac tee, even though the shades are different. It's not the first time I've tired this tee and kimono combination either, I really like it! The periwinkle Chloe Paraty bag complimented the different shades of purple nicely. Blue and purple are so good together.

Last worn: black floral print kimono, lilac tee, beaded necklace, distressed denim skirt, Converse, Chloe Paraty bag.

Other ways to wearblack floral print kimono and pink shorts, lilac tee and printed culottes, distressed denim skirt and grey tee, Converse and maxi skirt, Chloe Paraty bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancylilac tee in second trimesterConverse in second trimester.

How To Adjust The Chloe Paraty Strap:

What I wore:

floral kimono with burgundy tee and rust ruffle skirt with chloe periwinkle paraty bag | awayfromtheblue

Chloe periwinkle small Paraty with burgundy and rust outfit | awayfromtheblue

JacketSomedays Lovin' Yakuza print kimono
Necklace: Lovisa gold filigree heart pendant
TeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversized tee in wine
Skirt: thrifted no label rust ruffle tiered skirt
ShoesNew Balance Coast women's running shoe in black 
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch c/o JORD
BagChloe periwinkle small Paraty

Why I wore it:

This kimono had popped up in my Instagram memories and I realised it was very overdue another wear! With the rust in the print, this cute rust ruffle skirt was an obvious pairing with it. The purple in the print gave me the idea of trying this deep wine tee with it too. I've enjoyed wearing burgundy with this rust skirt before, and although this tee is more purple-y than a true burgundy, I liked the combo. I've worn this tee with the kimono before too! I went with the periwinkle Chloe Paraty bag based on the blue in the print of the kimono as well, even though, like the purple, it's a different shade.

It was a really hot and humid day and we had a playdate at the park in the morning, so I probably didn't really need the kimono. The sleeves on the tee are long enough for shoulder coverage. I decided still to wear it that morning because I felt it pulled the outfit together well with all the different colours being in the print. While I love the colours and liked the outfit in the morning, looking at the photos after I think maybe the pieces didn't look as great together as I thought - good colour combinations to try, but not the best pieces to do it with.

After heading home for lunch and cooling off in the aircon for a bit, we headed out again to enjoy a local carnival in the afternoon, before the severe storms blew in. Again we were luckily safely home again that evening before the storm hit.

How You can Wear It:

Floral kimonos are a great addition to your wardrobe! If you're not sure what to wear with them, you can get inspiration from the colours in the print. The pieces you pick don't even have to match the colours of the print exactly, neither of these outfits are perfect matchy-matchy ones, the colours are just similar.

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