Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Dresses, Ankle Boots, Scarves and Rebecca Minkoff Bags For Spring

While the weather is warming up as summer is arriving soon here in Brisbane, I took advantage of a few cooler days to wear a much loved spring outfit formula: dresses and ankle boots. I added some cute scarves for an extra touch of colour too!

What I wore:

little black boho sundress in spring ankle boots mustard accessories scarf micro regan bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | twirling in tiered black strappy sundress mustard scarf and bag
ScarfJeanswest Lucille golden yellow scarf
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:

It's not the first time I've worn mustard yellow with this dress and definitely won't be the last - I really like the combination! A nice and simple outfit with the black printed dress, ankle boots and matching mustard accessories for a quiet day with the boys. We ran a few errands. I picked up my Christmas dress at Jeanswest (as the first store I went to didn't have my size!) and grabbed some groceries after spending some time at the library. Nice relaxing day.

As we weren't in a rush to be anywhere that morning and could set our own pace for the day, I decided to try snap another twirl pic with this dress. It twirls so beautifully, it's just not easy to capture on camera! I was pleased with the shot I got.


Last worn: mustard scarf, tiered printed dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan.

Other ways to wearmustard scarf and olive pants, tiered printed dress and kimono, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ankle boots in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan and Mini MAC Compared


Comparing the two handbags I'm wearing in this post side by side in under 4 minutes.







What I wore:

bird print scarf, chambray dress and ankle boots with striped mini MAC bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff striped coated canvas mini MAC in berry stripe | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | spring outfit formula chambray dress ankle boots bird print scarf
Scarf: navy bird print scarf
DressJeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress (C/O)
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff striped coated canvas mini MAC in berry stripe

Why I wore it:

Making use of the easy, comfortable outfit formula and wearing a dress and ankle boots again for another quiet day with the boys. I really treasure the SAHM days I get when working part time. On this day, despite the warm sunny weather, we spent the day inside at the library for music time, and then running a couple of errands before heading home. I did kinda wish we'd spent the day outside instead when the rain set it in for the rest of the week, and we were forced to stay indoors, ha!


I was sure that I'd worn this bird print scarf and the chambray dress together before, I was quite surprised to find that I hadn't when I searched through the blog. With the blue dress and scarf together and neutral tan ankle boots, I thought the red striped mini MAC bag waas a cute touch of colour. And a little bit of print mixing.


Last worn: bird print scarf, chambray dress, Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff striped mini MAC.

Other ways to wearbird print scarf with stripes, chambray dress in winter, Chelsea ankle boots and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff striped mini MAC and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancychambray dress in second trimester, Chelsea ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff striped mini MAC in third trimester.



Ankle Boots Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A simple dress and ankle boots is a quick and easy spring outfit formula, perfect for a busy mum. For a little extra interest to your outfit, you can add a colourful or printed scarf. It helps keep you cosy for the cooler mornings and evenings, and can easily be taken off when the days warm up.


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Monday, 12 November 2018

Peplum Tanks and Pencil Skirts With Pink Handbags

For something a little different, I paired some peplum tanks and pencil skirts together. It's not the first time I've worn the combo, and I'm wearing it in two different ways below. For a casual work from home day and for a day in the office.

What I wore:


spring rainy day peplum tank pencil skirt pink balenciaga city bag office outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet pink | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | navy peplum bird print tank pink balenciaga city bag pencil skirt
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace (new purchase)
Tank: gifted Kmart navy bird print peplum frill hem tank
SkirtAsos tailored tab front pencil skirt in grey
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet (more affordable preloved)

Why I wore it:

I was excited to give my new tank a wear! My mum kindly picked this up for me in Kmart when we were browsing together. It's perfect for summer, and I could see it working with a pencil skirt and blazer or plain pants as well as with jeans and shorts. Really looking forward to wearing this more! Decided to pair it with my pink Balenciaga city bag to bring out the pink bird print.

The necklace is new too, I picked it up at Jeanswest recently during one of their sales.

The grey pencil skirt was a great neutral to wear it with, although I did wish I'd taken a blazer - the rain set in for most of the day and it was a little chillier than I expected. The black ballet flats were a good choice for the rain with the rubber soles.


Last worn: statement earrings, grey pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Balenciaga sorbet city. First time I've worn the tank and necklace as they are recent additions to my wardrobe.

Other ways to weargrey pencil skirt and polka dot tank, Walnut Melbourne flats and green pants, Balenciaga sorbet city with monochrome outfit.

Perfect for pregnancygrey pencil skirt in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in second trimester, Balenciaga sorbet city in third trimester.



My Latest Rebecca Minkoff Purchase Revealed:







What I wore:

monochrome tassel scarf peplum tank pencil skirt converse outfit with pastel pink bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | monochrome pencil skirt converse peplum tank bird print scarf outfit with pastel pink RM darren bag
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl bird and egg print scarf (c/o)
Tank: Zalora basics ruffle hem tank in black
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony  (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

Similar outfit to the one above, but I wore this pencil skirt and peplum tank combo for a much more casual day so I dressed it down a little with the Converse. The jersey material of this pencil skirt is a great relaxed fit with Converse, and I've worn them together in the past.

Had the daycare drop off in the morning and then working from home before doing the pickup and taking my son to his appointment, so this comfortable outfit was perfectly suited for the day.

I really liked the way this pastel pink Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag worked with the neutral black and grey too.

The fun chook print scarf was a last minute addition, but I felt it worked well too add an extra bit of interest to my outfit, and a little touch of warmth in the cooler weather. The outfit seemed a bit plain without it!


Last wornblack peplum tank, grey jersey pencil skirt, Converse. First time I've worn the scarf and bag as they are recent additions to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearblack peplum tank and shorts, grey jersey pencil skirt worn two ways, Converse and skinny jeans

Perfect for pregnancyblack peplum tank in first trimester, grey jersey pencil skirt in third trimester, Converse for second trimester travel



Peplum Tanks Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Peplum tanks, like any other kind of tanks, are so easy to wear with pencil skirts. You can dress them up for the office or dress them down for a quieter day at home. If you're in a formal business environment, you might not get away with a peplum tank as you have to wear a button up or collared shirt, but for a business casual environment like my office this outfit formula works perfectly.


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Friday, 9 November 2018

Printed Dresses, Silver Bag and Sneakers with Colourful Scarves: Spring Style

I debated about buying these glitter sneakers for a while. Given how much I've been reaching for them lately, I'm so glad I went back to the store to buy them. They work perfectly with spring dresses and scarves, and were only $8 at Kmart!

What I wore:

louis vuitton bleu shawl boho print dress silver glitter sneakers and mini MAC bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC with blue printed dress | awayfromtheblue
awayfromblue instagram boho print spring dress with cosy louis vuitton shawl silver bag glitter shoes
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
DressJeanswest 'Chelsea' printed dress
Shoes: Kmart sparkly silver glitter sneakers
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Couldn't resist going matchy-matchy with this outfit! Silver glitter shoes, and metallic silver mini MAC bag with a blue scarf and printed dress. Took me a while to decide on a scarf to wear in the morning - sometimes I leave my accessory decisions to the last minute even if I plan my outfits the night before. I tried this on and knew it would be perfect with the blue boho print of the dress.

While I don't wear this dress much over winter (I have layered it a few times) it gets worn frequently over spring and summer. Was a nice and simple outfit for a trip out shopping with the boys and my sister. We started the day at the playground before heading to the shops for a browse and some lunch (I've already shared my purchases!). Such a fun day, and nice to catch up with my sister. The boys loved it, even if we did spend time shopping, as they love their aunt.


Last worn: Louis Vuitton shawl, boho print dress, glitter sneakers, metallic silver mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearLouis Vuitton shawl and jeans, boho print dress and autumn layers, glitter sneakers and jeans, metallic silver mini MAC bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyboho print dress in second trimestermetallic silver mini MAC bag in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC: Review & What's In My Bag







What I wore:

navy crinkle scarf flowy swing floral print dress silver accessories | away from blue

navy printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | navy floral swing dress orange crinkle scarf silver bag and glitter shoes
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in orange (c/o)
DressShein navy flower print flowy dress (c/o)
Shoes: Kmart sparkly silver glitter sneakers
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit combo above so much, I did what I usually do and repeated it again a few days later with different pieces. Kept the silver mini MAC and glitter sneakers, and picked a different blue printed dress with an orange scarf this time. Was a comfortable outfit for a morning with the kids at an ABA-funded CPR and choking course.

You've seen me wear this dress with red a lot in the past. I've always thought the print was red. I saw on A Pocket Full of Polka Dots blog Jennie said it was orange and it made me question my eyes! I think it's a very orangey red, and could go either way. I appreciate her post as now I have a new colour combo to wear with this dress!

The longer knee length dress came in really helpful as I was running around with the boys before and after the course. It was a great course, I think you can never really have too many first aid refreshers, especially as I know from experience when things go wrong with the kids my mind goes blank! You always hope you'll never have to use anything you learn at one of these courses, but you want to remember it just in case.


Last worn: orange crinkle scarf, floral swing dress, silver glitter sneakers (above), Rebecca MInkoff mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearorange crinkle scarf and skinny jeans, floral swing dress and red bag, silver glitter sneakers and green pants, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in third trimester.



Printed Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:


A dress and sneakers is a great outfit combination for spring when it's not quite warm enough to bare your toes in sandals! Fun sparkly ones add a little extra interest to your look, and work with any printed dress you have. Bold scarves that match one of the colours in the print of your dress is a good way to stay warm in the colder mornings and evenings too.


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