Showing posts with label Balenciaga day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Balenciaga day. Show all posts

Monday, 5 November 2018

Printed Tops, Black Pencil Skirts and Balenciaga Day Bags

With the warmer spring weather, I had some lovely spring weather outfits planned to wear my new shoes. Unfortunately we were in for a wet week, and I didn't want to ruin my new shoes in the rain. So I went back to basics for workwear, with black pencil skirts and printed tops.

What I wore:

alexander mcqueen roses skull scarf and magenta balenciaga day bag dog print top and pencil skirt | awayfromblue

Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta with black dog print top matching skull scarf | awayfromtheblue
Earrings: Ana Luisa 'Olivia' tassel earrings in pink (giveaway prize)
ScarfAlexander McQueen magenta skull scarf in roses print
Top: Target ruffle sleeve dog print blouse
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

You know I love a bit of matchy-matchy! This magenta Alexander McQueen skull scarf and Balenciaga day bag are frequently worn together. With the purple outlines on the dashounds on my top, it felt like a great matchy-matchy outfit for the office. Kept the rest of my outfit simple with the black pencil skirt and the black ballet flats.

Did end up regretting this outfit in the afternoon though! Around lunch time the rains arrived and I was very cold and wet by the time I got home after work that evening. Probably should have picked tights or a cosier jacket (I just had a blazer in case any meetings came up).

Despite the less than perfect weather conditions, I did like this outfit. I even had a rare opportunity before the rain started to pop out for lunch and have a browse at the Jeanswest store in the city.



Last worn: Ana Luisa earrings, roses print skull scarf, dachshund print top, black pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, magenta Balenciaga day bag.

Other ways to wearroses print skull scarf and striped dress, dachshund print top and burgundy pants, black pencil skirt over a dress, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and olive pants, magenta Balenciaga day bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyroses print skull scarf in third trimester, dachshund print top in first trimester, black pencil skirt in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, magenta Balenciaga day bag in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day Bag







What I wore:

boucle blazer polka dot ruffle top and pencil skirt spring office wear | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | away from the blue
JacketJeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
EarringsJeanswest Evy dangly earring
TankJeanswest 'Ricky' ruffle front top in midnight
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

I didn't like this outfit as much as the one above. It was something I'd picked as a second choice because of the forecast rain which meant it was already off to a bad start! I wasn't sure about this boucle blazer and the polka dot print tank, but in the mirror that morning it looked good enough for me to pick the boucle jacket over a plain black blazer. When I reviewed the photos later though I regretted my decision - a plain jacket would have looked better over this.

Bad jacket choice aside, it was an otherwise okay outfit. The Balenciaga day bag doesn't look as nice with it as I thought as the shades of blue are so different, but it's definitely not the worst thing about this outfit! I really don't know why this top is worn so little, I get compliments when I wear it and it is always so fun to wear.


Last worn: boucle jacket, statement earrings, polka dot ruffle tank, black pencil skirt, Marc By Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Balenciaga tempete Day bag.

Other ways to wearboucle jacket and a-line skirt, polka dot ruffle tank and jeans, black pencil skirt for YouTube creator day, Marc By Marc Jacobs ballet flats and striped dress, Balenciaga tempete Day bag and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle jacket in second trimester, polka dot ruffle tank in second trimester, black pencil skirt in first trimester, Balenciaga tempete Day bag in third trimester.



Black Pencil Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A black pencil skirt is a corporate office wardrobe essential! It's so easy to throw on a printed top with a plain black pencil skirt and feel ready for work. As you can see from my lessons above though, it pays to put a little more thought into the weather for the day and your accessories when picking such a straightforward outfit!


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Monday, 29 October 2018

Colourful Pants In the Office: Spring Casual Workwear Outfits

One benefit of a business casual dress code at work is having a lot more leeway in what I wear. With a busy couple of days planned, without many meetings away from my desk, I took the opportunity to wear some outfits that I know would be too casual for most corporate offices. Simple blouses and colourful pants (with a blazer nearby in case any important meetings came up).

What I wore:

mustard scarf with black blouse and olie jeans balenciaga day bag | away from the blue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram jeanswest mustard scarf black blouse olive skinny jeans balenciaga day bag
ScarfJeanswest Lucille golden yellow scarf (new purchase)
TopJeanswest 'Tilda' black shirt
PantsJeanswest Vicki skinny pant in moss green (new purchase)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

Wearing some of my recent purchases from Jeanswest! Yes, these olive pants are now my third pair of green pants! After thrifting a couple of pairs a few weeks ago, I probably didn't need a third pair, but couldn't resist snapping these up on sale. The scarf was the original piece I went in to buy, but with an extra 40% off sale items I browsed the sale rack too.

It's not the first time I've worn mustard and green together, I really like the combination and I got so many compliments on my scarf when I wore this. The only downside to it is that the scarf was brand new and shed a little bit - a black blouse that attracts fluff was probably not the best choice. It did make for a great backdrop for the scarf to pop against though!

With the green and mustard together, the black blouse and tan accessories seemed like good neutrals. I really liked this outfit, and I was happy that the olive jeans passed as plain cotton pants for the office.


Last worn: black blouse, Marc Jacobs flats, Balenciaga day bag. First time I've worn the scarf and olive jeans as they are recent purchases.

Other ways to wearblack blouse and a-line skirt, Marc Jacobs flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga day bag and printed dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack blouse in second trimester, Marc Jacobs flats in third trimester, Balenciaga day bag and hidden baby bump.


What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day Edition







What I wore:

autumn coloured skinny jeans burgundy navy and leopard print scarf outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga 2009 autumne truffle brown day bag with navy and burgundy | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram navy blouse with leopard print scarf and burgundy skinny pants outfit
ScarfASOS crinkle oversized leopard print scarf
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
TopJeanswest chana long sleeve stud top in night sky navy
JeansJeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

The credit for this outfit goes to all the American bloggers posting about fall! It's a very autumnal coloured outfit for spring, with the navy studded blouse and burgundy pants. I added the leopard print scarf as leopard print has been everywhere on blogs lately. I really liked all these pieces together!

Navy and burgundy is a colour combination I've frequently worn with these pants. With the gold statement earrings too, I just had to wear my gold mouse flats for a little matchy matchy. I was in a bit of a rush this morning to get photos and get to work on time so as you can see I didn't notice I hadn't put the mirror back in the bag before snapping some pics. I still loved the neutral brown bag with the navy and burgundy though, even if it shows how much of a rush I was in that morning by being a little untidy.


Last worn: statement tassel earringsnavy blouse, leopard print scarf, burgundy pants, gold mouse flats, Balenciaga day bag (above).

Other ways to wearnavy blouse and grey jeans, leopard print scarf and ombre knit, burgundy pants worn two ways, gold mouse flats and pencil skirt, Balenciaga day bag and printed dress.

Perfect for pregnancyburgundy pants in second trimester, gold mouse flats in second trimester, Balenciaga day bag for second trimester travel.



Colourful Pants Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Colourful pants are a fun touch to a casual office outfit, or just for everyday wear. A plain, block colour blouse is a great topper with colourful pants. You can stick to a neutral shade so you don't have to worry about things matching. You can add more colour or interest to your outfit with a bright or printed scarf too.


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Friday, 14 September 2018

Second Hand Shopping: Black Tees and Green Pants With Balenciaga Day Bag

Second hand shopping, opshopping, thrifting, whatever you call it. It's a big factor towards letting me continue to shop even though I'm working part time with two kids and much less disposable income than before!

The two outfits before show some of the secondhand pieces in my wardrobe. With the exception of the shoes, because I can never find shoes my size in an opshop! And the scarf I threw on at the last minute.

What I wore:

SAHM style black space dye tee green asos petite skinny jeans opshop finds | away from blue

Balenciaga truffle brown day hobo bag classic RH | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | black tee green skinny jeans opshop finds thrifted outfit glitter shoes Balenciaga day bag
Tee: thrifted Mix Apparel black marle tee
Jeans: thrifted ASOS petite green skinny jeans
Shoes: Kmart sparkly silver glitter sneakers (new purchase)
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

With a warmer day, I was able to just wear a tee with no scarf or cardigan needed. It was a nice sign of winter coming to an end, even if it immediately got cold again afterwards.

While I do love splurging on accessories, I have a much lower budget in mind when clothes shopping! I think this outfit showcases that nicely.

The black space dye tee was a piece I picked up at the 'fill a bag for $2' sale at my local opshop. The green pants were just $5 from a different opshop. The bag was a preloved find from Designer Archives, a consignment store in Brisbane city. The only new thing in this outfit was the shoes, a $8 Kmart bargain!

While the warm weather meant a scarf was definitely not needed, I did think about wearing a necklace. I decided to give it a miss and just let the glitter shoes be the highlight of the outfit. Even if we weren't doing anything more special than running a couple of errands and going to the doctors, it was nice to have a bit of sparkle to do so! These were so comfortable for a first wear too.


Last worn: space dye tee, green skinny jeans, Balenciaga day bag. First time I've worn the silver shoes on the blog as they are a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearspace dye tee in the office, green skinny jeans and mustard yellow, Balenciaga day bag and printed dress.

Perfect for pregnancyBalenciaga day bag in second trimester.


My Complete Handbag Collection




Taken back when I had turned the spare room into a walk in wardrobe room, it's the most recent video I have showing my complete handbag collection - a lot of which were bought pre-loved.



What I wore:

black printed long sleeve tee olive skinny cargo pants paisley print infinity scarf | awayfromblue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag worn on shoulder printed black tee | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram SAHM style black tee olive skinny cargo pants paisley print scarf

ScarfSeed Heritage Paisley print snood
Tee: thrifted Maison Scotch black paint splatter print long sleeved tee
Pants: thrifted French Connection olive skinny cargo pants
Shoes:  Converse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

Another thrifted outfit, although I added the scarf at the last minute. Like the shoes, the scarf was bought new, but on sale.

Just like the outfit above, this long sleeve black tee was picked up at a 'fill a bag with clothes for $2' opshop sale. I'm really happy with it, and knew that I wanted to wear it with these olive cargo pants. They were also an opshop find, from the same opshop (although before the $2 sale!). They were just $3. They are so slouchy and insanely comfortable.

As it was a little chilly in the morning for daycare drop off I added this paisley print snood - I think it was the perfect piece with the colours in the outfit, and I think it made the outfit. Once again, the accessories were the most expensive part of my outfit. I definitely have a formula I follow with outfits!


Last worn: black long sleeve tee, paisley print snood, olive cargo pants, Converse, Balenciaga day bag (above).

Other ways to wearblack long sleeve tee in the office, Paisley snood and red dress, olive cargo pants and mustard cardi, Converse for travel, Balenciaga day bag and sheath dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: Paisley snood in second trimesterConverse and hidden baby bump, Balenciaga day bag for second trimester travel.



Green Pants Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Green pants can be simple to wear when you pair them with neutral basics like these black tees. It makes an easy stay at home mum outfit that doesn't require a lot of thinking to pull together. Just what you need in the morning rush trying to get yourself and kids ready and out the door on time!


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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Blue Knits And Colourful Skinny Jeans With Balenciaga Bags

Wearing my favourite colour, blue, always gives me a bit of a boost. And when it's been a tough end to winter with kids getting sick, I default to blue! Keeping things colourful and wearing two of my blue knits with bold skinny jeans.

What I wore:

blue knit jumper with printed scarf, purple skinny jeans and Balenciaga work bag SAHM style | awayfromtheblue

Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram blue and purple outfit skinny jeans balenciaga work bag
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl Family tree scarf in blue and navy (c/o)
Knit: blue Mossman knit jumper
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

This was one of those days that just did not go well. The plan was a brief stop to pick up a few things in Kmart, maybe have a browse, and then head back home in time for a doctor's appointment.

The reality was me arriving at the shopping centre, then almost immediately rushing in looking for anyone with ice and / or first aid skills. After everything was okay, I had a bit of a shell shocked browse around Kmart missing half the things I needed to get, before going to the doctors. Not my best day!

Thankfully no major damage done, my son's injury looked worse than it was and all of the blood washed out of this knit (I decided to risk it and throw it in the normal wash with normal detergent, it held up okay!). And I did like the outfit. Horrible day, but otherwise lovely outfit!

Blue and purple is a colour combination I wear often, and I felt this Balenciaga work bag was overdue a wear. I like how nicely it matched the purple skinny jeans, you know I like a bit of matchy-matchy in my outfits sometimes.


Last worn: blue knit, purple skinny jeans, silver ballet flats, Balenciaga work bag. First time I've worn the scarf on the blog as it is a recent addition to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearblue knit over a maxi dress, purple skinny jeans and kimono, silver ballet flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga work bag and pencil skirt

Perfect for pregnancypurple skinny jeans in first trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester


Balenciaga Handbag Collection:



What I wore:

cobalt blue knit jumper with green asos petite skinny jeans converse balenciaga day bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue blue and green skinny jeans knit jumper parrot print scarf SAHM style playgroup outfit
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl parrot print scarf (c/o)
Jumper: thrifted Valleygirl blue knit jumper
Jeans: thrifted ASOS petite green skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the blue knit and colourful skinny jeans combo in the first outfit, I wore the same outfit formula a few days later. For a much more relaxed day!

It was a lot windier than expected though and I did wish that I'd put a long sleeved tee under this knit instead of the short sleeved one I did. It made it a little chilly when playing outside in the playground at playgroup with the boys.

This parrot print scarf is frequently worn with green - with the green birds in the print it's just to easy to wear it with the green jeans! I loved how all of the colours came together in this outfit, even if it wasn't as warm as I'd have liked.

The white Converse seemed like a good neutral shoe choice with the other colours, and I went with a neutral bag as well, my Balenciaga day bag. While I did like matching the bag and jeans like I did in the first outfit, I don't have a green bag to wear with this outfit.


Last worn: blue jumper, parrot print scarf, green skinny jeans, Converse, Balenciaga Day bag

Other ways to wearblue jumper and pink, parrot print scarf and teal, green skinny jeans with mustard, Converse and shift dress, Balenciaga Day bag and shorts

Perfect for pregnancyblue jumper in first trimester, Converse in second trimester, Balenciaga Day bag for second trimester travel



Blue Knits Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Blue knits are a nice way to add some colour to your cold weather wardrobe, working in spring, autumn or winter. For an extra touch of colour, try wearing them with colourful denim. I love blue and purple and blue and green together. Having the bright jeans was a good way to try other colour combinations. Of course you can also pair a blue knit with a neutral black or grey pair of jeans if you'd prefer.


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Monday, 16 July 2018

Dresses and Leather Jackets With Scarves and Balenciaga Day Bags

I'm always excited to get my leather jackets out. They are the perfect pieces to keep me warm in our Brisbane winters, and they look great with everything. I wore them recently with dresses to the office. I get to work early so the extra warmth from a leather jacket is appreciated in the cold winter commute. I did swap the jackets for a cosy cardigan when I got to my desk though.

What I wore:

cobalt leather jacket, embroidered feather scarf, ikat print belted dress, winter office outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram tan hobo bag belted ikat print dress cobalt jacket winter outfit
JacketWittner 'Santa Fe' cobalt blue leather jacket
Scarf: grey and gold embroidered feather scarf
DressJeanswest Aztec print dress
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

While this dress only gets worn to the office, it is one of my favourite dresses. I love the colour and print, and it was definitely overdue a wear. I knew the cobalt of the leather jacket would go so nicely with the navy on the dress, but I was undecided about the scarf. I set aside a few to try in the morning and see which looked best, but as soon as I put this one on I knew I wasn't going to have to try any others - the grey scarf with gold embroidered feathers works so well with this printed dress!

There was nothing I'd change about this outfit - I did think of ankle boots in the morning but the ballet flats were fine. My legs were kept warm with my fleece lined tights, another winter must-have for me!


Last worn: cobalt leather jacket, feather embroidered scarf, velvet double wrap belt, Ikat print dress, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Balenciaga Day bag.

Other ways to wearcobalt leather jacket and maxi dress, feather embroidered scarf with black and white, velvet double wrap belt over a vest, Ikat print dress in summer, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and printed skirt, Balenciaga Day bag and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyIkat print dress in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga Day bag for second trimester travel.



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day









What I wore:

Louis VUitton shawl worn as snood, printed wrap dress, leather jacket for work | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | away from the blue

Awayfromtheblue instagram | blue snood, printed wrap dress, Balenciaga day bag and leather jacket winter outfit
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Dress: Target Dannii Minogue Petites printed wrap dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

While I liked this outfit, I didn't like it as much as the one above. I thought that the blue bag and scarf would look nice with this faux wrap dress. The dress is such a fun mix of colours, but I do wear blue with it frequently. Even this black moto jacket has a little bit of blue print on the sleeves, as you can see in the close up shot of the bag.

With the dress being such a bold and colourful print, again I was unsure what scarf to go with it. I decided on this blue monogram shawl. While it does have a monogram print on it, like the leather jacket it's so subtle I think it worked really nicely with this dress.

Might not have been my favourite outfit, but it was still nice for a busy meeting filled day at the office. I just loved the first outfit more!


Last worn: printed leather jacket, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl, Dannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress, black ankle boots, Balenciaga tempete Day bag.

Other ways to wearprinted leather jacket and flares, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl and pencil skirt, Dannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress and pink bag, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Balenciaga tempete Day bag and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyDannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete Day bag in third trimester.


Faux Leather Jackets Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Just because you're heading into the office, it doesn't mean you have to leave your leather jacket behind. A tougher moto jacket works well with a feminine dress and keeps you cosy for the commute. It's so easy to throw your jacket over your chair when you get to your desk, and swap it for a cosy cardigan if the office aircon is a little chilly, or a blazer if you want to look more formal.


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Monday, 9 July 2018

Embroidered Tops In the Office With Balenciaga Bags

After a rough week of feeling unwell and working from home, I felt well enough to return to the office. I decided to wear some of my embroidered pieces to boost my mood. I love embroidery, but it's been a while since I wore these tops so it was definitely overdue.

What I wore:

ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
BlouseJeanswest Elise longline embroidered shirt in coconut blue
PantsJeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
Shoes: Asos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Unfortunately, despite having regained most of my voice the day before, constantly greeting people in the office and explaining that I had almost lost my voice resulted in me pretty much losing my voice  again before lunch time! While meetings were difficult, they weren't impossible. I felt able to follow along mentally even if I couldn't contribute much to the discussions. There was a lot of pointing and gesturing at screens. Thank goodness for being able to use messaging apps to communicate with my colleagues in other offices rather than picking up the phone!

Lack of voice aside, I wanted to bundle up warmly as it was predicted to be one of the coldest winter days, with single digit temperatures. I'm from Brisbane, 8 degrees Celsius is freezing to us! I picked my cosiest scarf, this Louis Vuitton monogram shawl. The night before as I'd planned my outfits I'd tied it so it was more like a snood / infinity scarf. As I shared on Instagram though, it wasn't as easy to replicate on a cold and dark morning. I didn't realise it looked quite so messy until I saw the pics. Oh well, it definitely kept me warm.


Probably could have picked a warmer jacket over this blazer, and maybe not rolled my pants up to expose my ankles on such a cold day. I did love this outfit otherwise though, it was perfect for the day at work, just not so much for a nearly freezing commute!


Last worn: cream blazer, embroidered blouse, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl, burgundy pants, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Balenciaga Part Time bag.

Other ways to wearcream blazer worn 30 ways, embroidered blouse and shorts, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl and pink skirt, burgundy pants tucked into boots, Chelsea leather ankle boots and maxi dress, Balenciaga Part Time bag and summer shorts.

Perfect for pregnancycream blazer in second trimester, burgundy pants in first trimester, Chelsea leather ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga Part Time bag in third trimester.



My Complete Balenciaga Collection (updated for 2018!)







What I wore:

neutral boho winter office outfit embroidered tank pencil skirt, trench, boots | away from blue

camel trench coat and Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag on shoulder | away from the blue



awayfromblue instagram neutral beige khaki black boho tank pencil skirt Balenciaga day bag outfit
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfNali feather print pashmina scarf
Top: Target embroidered khaki tank
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

Thought I'd wear this embroidered peasant tank to the office, as I was surprised to realise I'd never done that yet. I love this and wore it a lot while breastfeeding. It's a long flowy tunic length, perfect for lifting up slightly to feed baby but keeping your stomach covered still. It worked well in the office too! I can't believe this is the first time I've worn this top this year, it's a favourite and has been neglected too long.


While I didn't wear the trench coat in the office and swapped to a cardigan, I did enjoy all the brown tones in this outfit when I wore the trench. The scarf looks a bit crumpled from being in storage and I briefly considered ironing it, but just wore it anyway. Creases happen!

Just like the day above, my voice was better in the morning and almost non existent by the end of the day. While the day started off great with a cup of free chocolates and then lunch being provided at the office, my voice and I were exhausted by mid afternoon. I had a late meeting right before I left and my colleague was sliding me throat lozenges across the desk when she heard me trying to speak on the call! 😂


Last worn: camel trench, feather print scarf, khaki embroidered tank, black pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Balenciaga truffle day bag.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and wrap dress, feather print scarf with orange outfit, khaki embroidered tank and summer shorts, black pencil skirt for YouTube Creator Day, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Balenciaga truffle day bag and navy dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, pencil skirt in second trimester, black ankle boots and pregnancy reveal, truffle day bag for second trimester travel.



Embroidered Tops Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

The embroidery trend doesn't have to be restricted to casual wear! While embroidered denim might not fit an office dress code, and embroidered tank or blouse is perfect. You can always make them a little more formal for the workplace with a blazer or pencil skirt.


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Friday, 15 June 2018

Layering Tees Over Maxi Dresses With Balenciaga Bags (Plus Updated Handbag Collection Video)

Layering a tee over a maxi dress is a nice way to add just a touch of warmth to your outfit, and to change up the look of a dress you wear frequently. I've been wearing my tees over maxi dresses a lot lately! I've also been wearing my Balenciaga bags often too, and for those who are interested I've shared an updated video of my collection below!

What I wore:

maxi dress layered with cropped tee and denim jacket, yellow Balenciaga envelope clutch | awayfromblue

Balenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with giant 12 RGGH mixed metal bracelet stack | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram layering maxi dress with a tee and denim jacket, yellow Balenciaga clutch
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Lovisa gold filigree heart pendant
TeeAtmos & Here Avery marle tee in navy
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress (worn as skirt)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Disney Couture Winnie the Pooh bangle
BagBalenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with giant 12 RGGH

Why I wore it:

Wouldn't change a single thing about this outfit - I loved it all! We went down the coast for a family birthday celebration. It was a warm day but I thought it might get cooler at night, as I picked my denim jacket to layer with. With the blue tee and grey tie dye maxi dress, I thought that this yellow Balenciaga envelope clutch would be a fun pop of colour.

The night didn't go quite how I expected. We were out in the morning and got back late, which meant nap time was late, which meant we were late for heading down the coast, so that we were badly affected by the traffic. I managed to find a rather roundabout route to avoid the traffic and get there in the end though, and even if we didn't get to spend a relaxing afternoon together as planned we did manage to get there in time to enjoy dinner, which was good.

The little gold touches though this outfit worked so nicely together I thought, with the gold mouse flats, heart necklace and bracelet complimenting the Balenciaga envelope clutch. Even if the clutch did stay in the baby bag for most of the night! Mum life 😅


Last worn: denim jacket, navy tee, tie dye maxi dress, gold mouse flats, Balenciaga envelope clutch.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and skinny jeans, navy tee and printed shorts, tie dye maxi dress and purple cardi, gold mouse flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga envelope clutch and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, tie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, gold mouse flats in second trimester, Balenciaga envelope clutch in third trimester.



My Complete Balenciaga Handbag Collection




Yes, I have a lot of Balenciaga bags!



What I wore:

grey tee knotted over coral floral maxi dress with Balenciaga day bag | away from blue

awayfromblue instagram knotting a grey tee over a floral maxi dress
EarringsJeanswest Evy dangly earring
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress (worn as skirt)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

Another tee over a maxi dress, another Balenciaga bag! As you can see from the video above, I have a lot of Balenciaga bags in my wardrobe. I love this tempete Balenciaga day bag, such a unique colour.

Wore this for a blogger date with Rachel from A Nesting Nomad. Now living in Sydney, she was up in Brisbane for the weekend and we took the opportunity to catch up and go grab a yummy gluten free brownie together. After a bit of a tough week, I was looking forward to a couple of kid free hours, but unexpectedly had to take the boys along with me. I regretted the long dangly earrings with the boys grabbing and tugging at them often. They were quite boisterous too, but Rachel was a sweetheart about it! So very sweet!

I did like this outfit, despite the earrings not being a very kid-friendly choice, as it was good to come up with another way to wear this beautiful summer dress and make it work for cooler weather.


Last worn: grey tee, floral maxi dress, Havaianas, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to weargrey tee and printed kimono, floral maxi dress in winter, Balenciaga tempete day bag and swing dress.

Perfect for pregnancygrey tee in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete day bag in third trimester.



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How You Can Wear It:


If you have a tee you love and a maxi dress you love, wear them together! If your tee is cropped it might sit perfectly over your dress, as you can see in the first outfit. If your tee is a little longer, you can knot it like the second outfit to have it sit at just the right point.




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