Monday, 14 October 2019

Weekday Wear Linkup: Two Ways To Wear Kmart Teal Floral Boho Midi Dress

Two ways to wear this beautiful Kmart teal floral print midi dress I picked up on clearance for just $12! A little bit different for today's Weekday Wear Linkup, only one of these outfits was worn during the week, the other on the weekend. Thought it would be interesting to show the different ways I've styled this dress for a weekday in the office and for a kid's birthday party on the weekend.

What I wore:

kmart teal floral midi dress boho for the office with black jersey blazer flats tote bag | awayfrombue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram spring office outfit kmart teal floral midi dress black blazer brisbane botanic gardens
Earrings: Kmart teal tassel earrings
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Dress: Kmart teal floral print midi dress (new purchase)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

I bought this dress on impulse, but when I got it home I thought it may work for the office with the modest length and neckline. It's a little more boho than I'd usually wear to work, but I think the black blazer looked perfect with it and I got so many compliments on this in the office! I was so happy to share it was only $12 at Kmart too, haha!

To keep things simple I went with my trusty black ballet flats to wear with the black jersey blazer. These flats have been worn over 100 times and are still going strong!

To try formalise the dress a little more I added this big Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote bag, it's great for the office with the structured shape. I liked the navy with the teal dress too!


Last worn: black jersey blazer, teal earringsblack ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag. First time I've worn the dress on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and jeans, black ballet flats and a-line skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer in third trimester, black ballet flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in third trimester.


ICYMI: What I Bought Last Month







What I wore:

kmart teal floral midi dress for backyard party with sunhat and gold sandals | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag with teal floral midi dress | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | Kmart teal floral print midi dress birthday party outfit with little red Rebecca Minkoff bag sunhat
Hat: Big W bow detail sunhat
Dress: Kmart teal floral print midi dress
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

A very different way to wear this dress! I actually wore this just a few days after the outfit above. I was that eager to wear the dress again, with a 5th birthday party to attend I knew it would be perfect. I wanted the longer sleeves for sun coverage, and the longer length was great for sitting on the floor with the kids as they enjoyed the party food. I did feel that the sunhat and the dress may have been a little too dressy for a backyard birthday party but it was the sunhat or borrowing one of my husband's baseball caps and the sunhat looked a lot better!

As it was a hot day I went with simple gold sandals, and then added a little extra colour to the teal outfit with the red Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag. It was such a well-organised party, the boys and I had a great time. I was so glad I'd worn the hat too, we ended up sitting in the sun and making the most of the beautiful day before the storm blew in.


Last worn: sun hat, Kmart teal floral midi dress (above), rose gold sandals, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag.

Other ways to wearsun hat and maxi dress, rose gold sandals and maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancysun hat in second trimester.


Floral Midi Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A floral midi dress is an easy one and done outfit choice, and the long sleeves mean you don't have to worry about bracelets, but you can still change up the look with accessories! You can try adding a classic blazer and tote bag for the office, and make it work on the weekends too with simple sandals, a mini bag and a sunhat for sun protection.




Weekday Wear Linkup #40


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, 11 October 2019

Spring: Kimonos and Skinny Jeans With Space Dye Tops And Green Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Bag

Two different skinny jeans and kimonos outfits for two very different days! I'm enjoying the warmer spring weather as I get to wear my kimonos again after passing over them all winter.

What I wore:

Jeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral black skinny jeans space dye top spring SAHM fashion show outfit | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag with floral kimono duster | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | Jeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral with tee and black skinny jeans fashion show spring outfit
JacketJeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral  (new purchase)
EarringsKmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
Necklace: thrifted blue multi stand long beaded necklace
Tee: thrifted Kmart space dye cream and black longline top
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (c/o)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag

Why I wore it:

This gorgeous green duster kimono was a piece I picked up in the Jeanswest sale back in August. I've been making more of an effort to wear green recently and found out I quite like it, so when I saw this released I knew I was going to snap it up on sale. Even if I did have to visit two stores before I found it, ha! Thought it was the perfect topper for my neutral skinny jeans and tee outfit, and the little emerald green Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag compliments it nicely.

I did consider wearing a green statement necklace with this but decided it might be a little too much green! I went with this recently thrifted blue beaded necklace, which matched my navy tassel earrings. The space dye tee was thrifted at the same time too, a great wardrobe basic that still had the tags attached.

Wore this for a relaxed Saturday with a big walk for the dogs, swim lessons and attending a local fashion show. The theme was colours for spring so I felt this green floral kimono was the perfect topper. Was a nice lightweight layer for a windy day, as you can tell from the pics!


Last worn: tassel earrings, blue beaded necklace, space dye tee, black skinny jeans, ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5-zip. First time I've shared the kimono on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearspace dye tee and red jeans, black skinny jeans and knitted jumper, ballet flats and wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5-zip and matching necklace.

Perfect for pregnancyballet flats in second trimester.


Unboxing My Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Bag:







What I wore:

knitted kimono with peplum top skinny jeans converse spring outfit green 5 zip bag | away from blue

knitted kimono with Rebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | monochrome peplum tee knitted ruana poncho kimono skinny jeans converse SAHM style
JacketRebecca Minkoff Ruana poncho
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
Tee: thrifted black and white space dye peplum tee
Jeans:  Jeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag

Why I wore it:

In complete contrast to the outfit above, this is a lot darker and not as colourful (even though I'm wearing the same green Rebecca Minkoff 5 zip bag) and a lot cosier! It was also not as relaxing of a day, ha!

It was a really cold morning so I figured I'd better get this knitted poncho / kimono out again to keep me warm at the playground with the kids. I ended up regretting this though when the day heated up, and in the middle of running errands I left it in the car, just too hot!

I love this peplum space dye tee and I thought the effect on it was subtle enough that it looked nice with the print on the kimono. I really liked the outfit, even if I didn't wear the knitted poncho for long! The skinny jeans and Converse were good for all the running around we did. I had a few errands to run and places to visit, and some roadworks meant changing my plans a little with the diversions so I was a bit flustered all morning! As you can see by the setting sun in the pic, didn't even get to take my usual outfit photo in the morning. One of those crazy busy days.


Last worn: knitted kimono, space dye peplum teetassel necklace, grey skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5-zip bag (above).

Other ways to wearknitted kimono worn two ways, space dye peplum tee and scarfgrey skinny jeans in a castle, Converse and maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5-zip bag with olive jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in second trimester.



Kimonos Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A kimono is the perfect topper for those in-between seasons! You can keep it light and airy with a viscose fabric one, or be a little cosier in the colder mornings and evenings with something knitted. A kimono is an easy layer to take off if needed when the weather changes.


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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Two Ways To Wear: Asymmetrical Striped Maxi Skirt With Little Red Bags

While this is the first time this maxi skirt is appearing on the blog, it's also the last time you'll see it! I picked it up as part of my "fill a bag of clothes for $5" opshop sale haul. A great thrift find, it was new with tags, a classic black maxi skirt with some fun features making it stand out. It's got a high-low hem and it's asymmetrical so the sides are longer. I really liked it as I twirled around in the little opshop change room and so into the bag it went.

Each time I've worn it though, the fun features made it a little annoying. When you divide the $5 by all the items I got it works out to around 63 cents so I'm glad I got some wears of it but hopefully now it's donated back, someone more graceful or taller will enjoy it!

What I wore:

stiped blaxk maxi skirt with pink tassel scarf and navy tee saddle bag spring outfit | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red with striped maxi skirt | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | navy slouchy tee with black striped maxi skirt red saddle bag bright scarf
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl zesty stripe tassel scarf in pink
Tee: thrifted Emerson navy slouchy tee
Skirt: thrifted Kmart black and grey knitted asymmetric maxi skirt in shadow
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

I really liked this outfit! The striped scarf was a fun combination with the striped skirt, and the red accessories were a bold pop against the navy and black. The little red Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag  matched the red stripes in the skirt nicely.

The skirt was so good to wear in the playground on a hot day, nice and cool as it caught the breeze. It was only when we stopped on the way home to get groceries and the long side of the skirt kept billowing around and getting caught in the wheels of the trolley that I regretted my outfit choice! I contemplated getting the skirt altered so it was shorter, but I tend to wait until I have a pile of alterations to do at once as it's more cost effective (there's a lady I know that does everything at once and charges per hour). I didn't want to leave this skirt sitting unloved waiting around for me to build up a backlog of pieces to alter, so decided to give it one more try and if it didn't work, to donate it back.


Last worn: navy tee, striped scarf, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff studded saddle bag. First time I've worn the skirt on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wear: navy tee with grey, striped scarf and pencil skirt, black ballet flats and jeansRebecca Minkoff saddle bag worn 30 ways

Perfect for pregnancyblack ballet flats in second trimester


The Most Used, Least Used and Cutest Bags In My Handbag Collection:







What I wore:

burgundy tunic tee with striped maxi skirt and poppy red Rebecca Minkoff micro avery tote bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag with burgundy tee and maxi skirt | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | statement necklace and burgundy tee with striped maxi skirt
Necklace: thrifted cream and navy statement flat bead necklace (new purchase)
TeeZalora Basics maroon stepped t-shirt
Skirt: thrifted Kmart black and grey knitted asymmetric maxi skirt in shadow
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

This outfit was the final straw for this beautiful but impractical skirt. I wasn't feeling well but powered through with swim lessons and an important appointment, so I threw on this easy and comfortable outfit. The slouchy burgundy tee was a nice casual option with the skirt. I did try tuck it in at first, but it wouldn't stay in place and I decided I preferred the long line of it untucked. For a little extra touch of colour with the black stripes I picked another red bag, my little Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery tote. It was a nice combination with the burgundy and black, and I've worn this red bag with burgundy before.

But the thongs (flip flops) were not a good choice with this skirt! After the longer edges of the hem getting caught between my feet and the sole and standing on the hem one too many times I resolved that I'd just donate this skirt back to the opshop. Hopefully the next person to pick it up will be a little less clumsy or a little taller and have less issues with the longer side hems!

Instead of a scarf I wore a statement necklace with this outfit, this fun flat bead one is one I recently thrifted.


Last worn: burgundy tunic, striped maxi skirt (above), Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery tote. First time I've worn the necklace as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearburgundy tunic and jeansRebecca Minkoff micro Avery tote and blue dress.




Striped Maxi Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Even though I've donated this skirt back, I still have a few striped maxi skirts in my wardrobe and think they are a staple for mum-life! A striped maxi skirt looks great with a basic block-colour tee. You can add some extra contrasting colour with your accessories, or even try another print like I have with the striped scarf in the first outfit.


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