Showing posts with label Converse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Converse. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Print Mixing: Striped Tanks, Shorts and Floral Kimonos With Cross Body Bags

Just like last summer, I'm finding kimonos and shorts are a frequent go-to option in the heat. To mix things up a little, I tried some print mixing, adding floral print kimonos on top of the striped tanks. I always love print mixing with stripes, they just go with everything.

What I wore:

print mixing summer striped tank kimono denim short outfit with rebecca minkoff saddle bag | away from blue

navy floral kimono and Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram print mixing stripe tank floral kimono denim shorts outfit
Jacket: thrifted Edited floral and bird print kimono
Necklace: Diva long red heart necklace
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
Shortsthrifted Jeanswest distressed denim shorts
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

Wore this for a very hot and humid day! We took the boys to the Bayside steam railway again. It's a huge set of miniature train tracks and you get to sit on the carriages of mini steam trains and zip around the tracks. One of the safety requirements is closed in shoes, so I wore my Converse despite the humidity.

The striped tank looked great worn just with the shorts alone, but I wanted to cover up my shoulders a little as it was such a sunny day. Like last time we went to the steam railway, I added a kimono on top. This one was a lucky thrift find. I always look in opshops for kimonos but over the years this is the only one I've found! With the red birds in the print, the red Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag seemed like the perfect accessory. Despite the small size, it comfortably held the essentials and the boys water bottles so I had them handy as we went for rides on the train. Turns out that sitting on the back of a tiny train as it steams through the trees creates a lovely cooling breeze too, it was such an enjoyable morning.

After riding on the trains, we walked over to the nearby park to let the boys run around a bit more, but the heat quickly sent us back home to cool off in the air conditioning!


Last worn: floral and bird print kimono, red heart necklaceblack striped tank, distressed denim shorts, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag.

Other ways to wearfloral and bird print kimono and maxi dress, black striped tank and maxi dress postpartum, distressed denim shorts and grey knit, Converse and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse for second trimester travel.


Brisbane Bayside Steam Railway Vlog




Taken the last time we visited!




What I wore:

navy floral cocoon kimono stripe tank pastel pink shorts Rebecca Minkoff Darren | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue print mixing striped tank floral kimono outfit pastel pink shorts
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
Shorts: thrifted pastel pink cotton shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

Despite having the same outfit formula as what I wore above, I didn't like this outfit as much. I love all of the pieces on their own, this is one of my frequently worn kimonos and you can't beat a classic white striped tank! I just felt it all looked a little off together. I did like how comfortable this was for a morning out with the boys though. We went to the local library and they played a bit in the playground before lunch.

I didn't hate this outfit - there were some things about it I really liked, like how well the pastel pink shorts went with the Rebecca Minkoff peony Darren messenger bag! I will definitely be wearing those two pieces together again!


Last worn: floral cocoon kimono, striped tank, beaded necklace, pastel pink shorts, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag.

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and flares, striped tank and maxi skirt, pastel pink shorts and leaf print tank, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag with a dress.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral cocoon kimono in third trimester, striped tank in second trimester.



Striped Tanks Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Stripes and florals are so fun to wear together! A colourful floral kimono is such an easy piece to add to a summer shorts and striped tank outfit too. It doesn't overheat you but allows you to add more colour and interest to what you're wearing. A basic striped tank is a must have piece you can wear so many different ways.


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Friday, 16 November 2018

V-Neck Tees, Olive Pants and Printed Scarves

For a quiet weekend with the kids, I kept things really simple with black tees, olive pants and some new printed scarves from Fashion Scarf Girl. (I'm a brand rep and receive some scarves occasionally). Perfect simple spring style for mum life.

What I wore:


bird print scarf print addition to olive skinny jeans black tee balenciaga part time bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | chasing rooster in Fashion Scarf Girl bird and egg print scarf olive skinny jeans black tee
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl bird and egg print scarf (c/o)
TeeAtmos & Here black essential v-neck tee (new purchase)
JeansJeanswest Vicki skinny pant in moss green
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

This was an absolutely hilarious morning. We had the daycare class mascot to take exploring for the weekend, so decided to head to the petting zoo at Capalaba Produce. I decided I should wear my new rooster, chicken and egg print scarf. Because that would be fun to grab a pic with a bird, and we were taking the camera anyway to document the daycare toy's adventures.

I loved the outfit, was a good chance to wear two of my recent purchases, a plain black tee from Atmos & Here and my olive jeans from Jeanswest. The printed scarf was a fun touch and the black Balenciaga part time bag a nice neutral.

Attempting to get a simple photo near any birds was a bit of a fail though - any time I'd get close the boys would jump in so they could get equally close to the chicken, which lead to it inevitably running away. It was so comical, poor husband trying to take pics and hold back two over eager toddlers did not work. The boys had a great time though! Deciding we were done with attempting to document my bird chasing experience and the daycare toys adventures, we had morning tea at the cafe and then headed home before the predicted storm.

The day then took another turn, not so funny this time, when the sore stomach my son started complaining of on the way home turned out to be a rather bad tummy bug. And the outfit I had loved so much met an unfortunate end when my son proved once again how sore his stomach was in front of the doctor. Baby wipes just weren't cutting it as he missed the sick bag entirely! The walk out of the hospital and drive home was unpleasant.... thankfully just a 24 hour thing and he was quickly back to normal.


Last worn: bird and egg print scarfolive skinny jeans, Havaianas, Balenciaga Part Time bag. First time I've worn the tee as it's a new purchase.

Other ways to wearbird and egg print scarf and pencil skirt, olive skinny jeans and mustard scarf, 30 ways to wear Balenciaga Part Time bag.

Perfect for pregnancyBalenciaga Part Time bag in third trimester.



Balenciaga Bags vs Rebecca Minkoff Bags







What I wore:

navy geo print scarf, grey tee, olive cargo pants and metallic mini MAC bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram grey tee olive cargo pants navy printed scarf
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl navy Geo print tassel scarf (c/o)
TeeAtmos&Here charcoal grey v neck tee
Pants: thrifted French Connection olive skinny cargo pants
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Not such an eventful day when I wore this! Hubby and I spent some one on one time with the boys, hubby tasked with documenting all the daycare mascot's adventures for the day while I took our other son out for a browse in the opshop and a long walk in the sunshine. I underestimated the humidity though on this day, about half way through our walk I was pulling off my scarf and wishing I hadn't worn socks and shoes and stuck with my trusty Havaianas instead!

I did like the extra touch of colour this navy printed scarf added to the olive and grey outfit though. And while I didn't pick up anything for myself at the opshop, it was 'fill a bag for $5' and I managed to pick up 11 pieces for the boys for just $5!


Last worn: grey tee, skinny cargo pants, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC. First time I've worn the scarf as it's a recent addition to my wardrobe.

Other ways to weargrey tee in monochrome outfit, olive cargo pants with mustard, Converse and purple jeans, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancygrey tee in second trimester announcing pregnancy at workConverse for second trimester travel, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC in third trimester.



Olive Pants Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Neutral, basic tees paired with olive pants makes an easy neutral outfit for weekends with the kids. Adding in a fun printed scarf is a great way to elevate your outfit a little, while still keeping it simple and practical for a day with kids. Just make sure to have a backup outfit nearby if you're cuddling a sick kid!


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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, 26 October 2018

Maxi Skirts and Printed Tanks With Denim Jacket and Rebecca Minkoff Mini Bags

Felt like it had been a while since I'd worn some of my maxi skirts, so it was time to get them out again! Pairing plain maxi skirts with printed tanks and a denim jacket to make the perfect spring outfit.

What I wore:

spring stay at home mum outfit drawstring waist maxi skirt denim jacket purple mini MAB bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram spring maxi skirt denim jacket printed tank purple bag outfit
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TopSass and Bide "For Easy Reference" tank
SkirtJeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

A busy day required a comfortable outfit. After doing the day care drop off, I worked from home before heading back to daycare and picking up the boys for an appointment in the afternoon.

As it was a slightly warmer day, I thought it was the perfect time to wear this maxi skirt. It has slits up both sides, so it was a little chilly last time I wore it in autumn, but was perfect for this warmer day. I really liked the simplicity of this outfit, and how comfortable it was! Every time I wear this printed tank I really like the outfit, I should wear it more often.

WIth all of the neutrals, the little purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag was the perfect pop of colour with my outfit.


Last worn: denim jacket, Sass & Bide tank, drawstring waist maxi skirt, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket, Sass & Bide tank and metallic jeans, drawstring waist maxi skirt worn two ways, Converse and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag and blue dress.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, Converse for second trimester travel, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Reveal:



(In case you missed it over on YouTube, I bought another Rebecca Minkoff bag!)




What I wore:

double denim jacket and chambray maxi skirt red tank and bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram double denim spring outfit chambray skirt jacket stripe tank and red Avery bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Kmart gold and navy beaded necklace
TankJeanswest 'Hannah' print tank in paradise pink multi
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
Shoesslim gold Havaianas
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

A colourful outfit with some of my favourite pieces for a sad day! We had a service to close the chapter at our regular playgroup building. After our last week there, I felt it would be good to go and say thank you to everyone who helped us over the years, as lots of the people who worked there over the centre's 20 year history came back for the day.

The boys did so well through the service, although when it drew to a close and they mentioned it was time for morning tea, a certain little boy couldn't contain his excitement any longer and screamed 'MORNING TEA!', much to the amusement of the previously sad and reflective crowd. The funniest part was how many people came up to me afterwards and commented that is was just like him to do that - sums up my son so well, he always brings a smile to people's faces. Of course it wasn't long before the cake the boys were eating made its way onto my outfit!

I wasn't sure how formal the service would be so thought the denim jacket would be best to cover up my shoulders in this sleeveless tank, even if it was a bit warm and I ended up taking it off for the rest of the day. The colourful striped tank and bag were my attempt to bring some cheer to the day - it was a lovely way to have some closure after our time there (over three and a half years!) but sad all the same. I shed a few tears.


Last worn: denim jacket (above), brushstroke stripe tank, chambray maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff mini Avery tote.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and shorts, brushstroke stripe tank and pink bag, chambray maxi skirt and foil print tee, Rebecca Minkoff mini Avery tote and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in third trimester, brushstroke stripe tank in second trimester.


Maxi Skirts Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Plain maxi skirts are a nice spring option, especially when paired with a printed tank. it's a simple outfit formula, perfect for a busy mum. If it's a little cooler in the morning or evening, a denim jacket is a great layer.


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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Purple Jeans, Stripe Tanks and Grey Cardis With Mini MAB Tote Bag

I love repeating outfits I've enjoyed before and just tweaking the formula slightly to make a new outfit. It's nice being able to group them together when I post too so you can get some different ideas of ways to wear things. There wasn't a lot of changing things up with these outfits though! I wore almost completely identical outfits. Striped tanks, grey cardigans, blue accessories and purple jeans with a little Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB Tote.

It seems a little strange for me to be posting these layered up outfits in October and the middle of spring, but on the early spring days I shared these the mornings were chilly enough for me to want layers. Even if the layers didn't stay on long!

What I wore:


windy spring style purple skinny jeans stripe tank mini MAB bag grey cardigan | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | striped tank, grey cardi and purple jeans: Spring SAHM mothers group style
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
Necklace: silk beaded baby-friendly necklace
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

Wore this to head to our ABA mothers group catch up. Usually I just delete pics like this, but I thought it was a perfect representation of the day (and also because I spent much longer than usual battling the wind to try get an okay photo that morning before I gave up!). Coopers windblown face is just too funny not to share too 😂

While it was forecast to be a warm day, it was a cold morning, especially with the wind, and our catch up is in a church hall. Big and spacious, but also a little chilly! This light cardigan was the perfect layer over the striped tank and easy to take off when we ventured back outside in the afternoon. Now that scarves are not needed for warmth and are more of an optional accessory, it's good to wear my necklace collection again! This is a baby friendly one, perfect for sitting around chatting with mums and babies as I don't have to worry if a curious baby grabs it!


Last worn: grey cardigan, black striped tank, purple skinny jeans, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote.

Other ways to weargrey cardigan and skinny jeans, black striped tank and maxi skirt postpartum, purple skinny jeans and printed shirt, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancypurple skinny jeans in first trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote






What I wore:

grey maxi cardigan with bleu louis vuitton shawl stripe tank purple jeans | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum with faux fur pom pom charm | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram purple skinny jeans maxi cardigan blue louis vuitton shawl
JacketJeanswest Alice longline Australian wool cardigan
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

Almost the exact same outfit as the first one, just slightly warmer layers. With it being windy and a little chilly in the morning, I thought the cosy cardigan and big blanket scarf would be helpful when sitting outside with the boys at playgroup. I ended up taking the scarf off quite early in the day though. A wool scarf and a wool cardigan are just too much for a Brisbane spring!

It was actually our last session of playgroup. I was a little sad as we have been going there for over 3 and a half years. (First time we went here!) It's been shut down as the organisation that own the building feel it and the other services are no longer needed. They have found another space and organisation to run it which some of the mums will try going to, but for various reasons we can't attend in the new location.

It was sweet of the boys to give me lots of cuddles through the morning, and so sad saying goodbye. More for me than them, it's been such a constant, welcoming space for years for us, from one baby to 2 and I have so many happy memories. The big party we had was a nice way to say goodbye.


Last worn: wool cardigan, Louis Vuitton shawl, striped tank, purple skinny jeans (above), Converse, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote (above).

Other ways to wearwool cardigan and maxi dress, Louis Vuitton shawl with black and white, striped tank and pencil skirt, purple skinny jeans and ombre knit, Converse and denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancystriped tank in second trimester, purple skinny jeans in first trimester, Converse in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in second trimester.




Purple Jeans Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Colourful jeans are simple to wear when you pair them with neutral cardigans, and a striped tank is a great basic to add to any outfit! Light layers like scarves and cardigans are perfect for spring as you can wear them as needed. If you do want to add another colour into your outfit, I love blue and purple together.


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Friday, 12 October 2018

Spring Dresses, Cute Scarves and Rebecca Minkoff Bags

The best thing about spring weather is getting to wear more dresses! I do like to wear most of my wardrobe year round, but it's so good in spring when you can shed the layers and just wear dresses and comfortable sneakers without tights.

The colourful scarves were really just for decoration and didn't need to keep me warm, on two beautiful spring days where we made the most of the sunshine at the park.

What I wore: 

gray skater dress ASOS with silver glitter sneakers red accessories Avery bag and poppy scarf | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | asos grey skater dress twil photo with red poppy print scarf
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl large poppy scarf in white (c/o)
DressAsos grey skater dress
Shoes: Kmart sparkly silver glitter sneakers
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

This grey skater dress is a little worn piece in my wardrobe. In the past I've wondered why as it's always a nice piece to wear. Last worn over a year ago! Wearing it again reminded me I really should enjoy it more often, and not pass it over for more 'interesting' printed dresses.

They grey dress was a beautiful backdrop for the bold red poppy print scarf and mini Avery tote bag. Also was a nice length for walking around and playing at the playground with the boys. Being knee length I found it an okay length, even if I was a little more considerate with exactly how I crouched down to toddler level!

First time I've walked so far in these shoes - and I was really pleased they were so comfortable all day. There was a little rubbing right before we got home but I think that was because my sock slipped down. We decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and walk to a park a couple of Ks away, a little further than our usual park. The boys loved it though, it was such a nice day.


Last worn: red poppy print scarf, ASOS grey skater dress, glitter sneakers, Rebecca Minkoff mini Avery bag.

Other ways to wearpoppy print scarf and red tee, grey skater dress and purple scarf, glitter sneakers and green jeans, Rebecca Minkoff mini Avery bag and skinny jeans.

Perfect for pregnancygrey skater dress in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Vs Balenciaga:



Showing you more of my Rebecca Minkoff and Balenciaga collection side by side and talking about the similarities and differences of each. Since they are the two brands most common in my handbag collection, I also share my favourite and why!




What I wore:

orange crinkle scarf with aztec print elasticated waist dress and white Converse Chucks silver mini MAC bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | park playdate outfit converse chucks aztec print dress and orange crinkle scarf
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in orange (c/o)
Dress: Rivers Aztec print dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Another lovely spring day, another morning at the park! Took the boys on a quick errand in the morning and then we walked to our local park to enjoy the sunshine. I love the spring days where it's warm enough to get out and get some fresh air but it's not so hot you're suffering!

I really liked the orange scarf with the Aztec print on this dress. The print wasn't as orange as I thought it would be when I was planning this outfit, but I felt the crinkles on the scarf still worked nicely with the lines in the print. I did consider adding a denim jacket to this as it was a little breezy in the morning, but I actually couldn't find it.  I had slipped off the hanger in my wardrobe, I found it later that evening. While there were a few moments during the day I felt a bit of a chill, with all of the walking and running around I was pretty warm and glad I hadn't found the jacket in time.

Picked my little silver Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC to wear with this outfit, as it felt quite busy with the bright scarf and printed dress. I loved how well it worked, it's one of those neutral bags that goes with everything. Most importantly, it slips inside the baby bag which I still carry even on trips to the park as who knows when the boys will find a puddle and I'll need that extra change of clothes!


Last worn: orange crinkle scarf, Aztec print dress, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC.

Other ways to wearorange crinkle scarf and navy dress, Aztec print dress at the beachConverse and pencil skirtRebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyAztec print dress in second trimester, Converse in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC in third trimester.



Dresses For Spring Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Spring weather is perfect for a simple outfit formula of sneakers and dresses. A bold bright scarf can be used to add an extra touch of colour to your outfit, and keep you warmer if the temperatures fluctuate through the day.



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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!


Linking up with Friday Faves, Fabulous Friday, Lizzie In Lace, Mummy Monday, Shoe & Tell, Mix It MondayMon Mondays We Link Up, Modest Monday.


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