Showing posts with label RM MAB tote. Show all posts
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Monday, 1 July 2019

Jeanswest Jewel Toned Blouses In The Office & Weekday Wear Linkup

For today's weekday wear linkup I'm sharing two pretty jewel toned blouses I wore to work with classic black pencil skirts. I wear my pencil skirts year-round to the office, they just need a little extra layering in winter!

What I wore:

navy peasant blouse black pencil skirt ankle boots in office with neon pink alexander mcqueen skull scarf | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy with heart tassel charm | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | navy peasant blouse pink alexander mcqueen skull scarf winter office outfit
Earrings: Kmart navy tassel earrings
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
TopJeanswest Chana long sleeve stud top in night sky navy
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

More fun photos from my friend K at the Myer Centre cloud 9 area. When I saw that this pink and yellow wall matched my pink and yellow scarf it was an obvious backdrop for taking photos!

I like the sapphire blue of this studded blouse, it's such a nice colour and it pairs nicely with black. I think navy and black is a stunning combo. With the navy Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote too though the outfit felt a little flat - the pink and yellow Alexander McQueen skull scarf was the perfect accessory for a little extra colour.

These black ankle boots have been getting a workout too after my tan ones broke!


Last worn: navy studded blouse, tassel earrings, Alexander McQueen skull scarf, black pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff navy MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearnavy studded blouse and jeans, Alexander McQueen skull scarf and maxi skirt, black pencil skirt and printed tank30 ways to wear black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff navy MAB tote bag and sheath dress.

Perfect for pregnancyAlexander McQueen skull scarf in third trimester, black pencil skirt in first trimesterankle boots in second trimester.


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










What I wore:

jacquard blazer and berry jewel toned frankie jeanswest blouse black pencil skirt magenta edie bag | away from blue

jacquard jacket, Rebecca Minkoff Edie small crossbody bag in magenta | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | winter office outfit Jeanswest Frankie soft blouse in berry pencil skir rebecca minkoff edie bag jacquard jacket
JacketJeanswest Cassandra jacquard jacket
TopJeanswest Frankie soft blouse in berry
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff Edie small crossbody bag in magenta

Why I wore it:

This berry blouse is such a great colour to wear! It's shiny fabric makes it seem more pink or more ruby toned in different lights. I was wondering what bag I could wear with it when I realised it looked pretty similar to the shade of this magenta Rebecca Minkoff Edie bag! You know I love a bit of matchy-matchy, and while the shades don't match exactly this combination made me so happy.

This lovely metallic boucle jacket seemed like a good combo with the silky texture of the blouse, and the round neckline let the little ruffled collar of my blouse standout. I also appreciated the zippers on the sleeves of this jacket. The blouse has puffy statement sleeves and it wasn't fitting under a plain black blazer, but unzipping the sleeves on this slightly let me wear the blouse under with ease!


Last worn: jacquard jacket, berry blouse, black pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Edie bag.

Other ways to wearjacquard jacket and dress, berry blouse and skirt, black pencil skirt and tee, black ballet flats and a-line skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Edie bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyjacquard blazer in third trimester, black pencil skirt and second trimester, black ballet flats in second trimester.



Jewel Toned Blouses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A jewel toned blouse in a modest cut is great for the office. Long sleeves mean your arms are protected from the freezing aircon, and the colours are a nice pop with a classic black pencil skirt. With the plain colourful backdrop of the blouse you can add a fun printed jacket or a scarf for a little extra interest too.




Weekday Wear Linkup #25


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!

Guidelines:
1. Please link to a specific outfit post, not your blog homepage.
2. Link back to this post so others can find the link up.
3. Follow your host Away From The Blue on BloglovinInstagramTwitterFacebook or YouTube.
4. Add up to two posts and be sure to visit and comment on as many other posts as possible to get some weekday outfit inspiration!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!





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Monday, 25 March 2019

Weekday Wear Linkup! Frill Sleeve Tees and Pencil Skirts

A new week and a new weekday wear linkup! This week I'm sharing some business casual outfits that are more on the casual side, with frill sleeve tees and pencil skirts. Come link up your weekday wear below!

What I wore:

navy frill sleeve tee with grey pencil skirt yellow beaded statement necklace for the office | awayfromblue

navy tee and Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy with heart tassel bag charm | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | navy frill sleeve tee with tote bag grey pencil skirt and leopard print flats yellow statement necklace
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
TeeJeanswest Ruby frill sleeve Ric Rac detailed tee in deep iris (on sale!)
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava White leopard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

I really like blue and yellow together, so I when I wanted a statement necklace to help dress up this navy tee a little I settled on this yellow beaded one quite quickly! I really liked the combination. The #summerStyleFile style challenge on Instagram had leopard as the prompt, so I decided to add just a little leopard print with these fun Walnut Melbourne ballet flats. Worked so nicely with the neutral outfit.

I had a pretty quiet day at work - but did have a blazer handy to further dress up my tee in case an unexpected meeting came up. And for when the office aircon got too cold!


Last worn: navy frill sleeve tee, yellow statement necklace, black pencil skirt, leopard print ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote.

Other ways to wearnavy frill sleeve tee with pink shorts, black pencil skirt for YouTube event, leopard print ballet flats and little black dress, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in winter.

Perfect for pregnancyblack pencil skirt in first trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in third trimester.



In Case You Missed It: I Donated My Hair!


I shared this over on YouTube this weekend, I cut a massive 38 cm off my hair to donate it to Variety (to make wigs for kids with cancer).

I still have quite a backlog of long hair pics to get through before you'll see my shorter locks pop up on the blog.








What I wore:

hot pink frill sleeve tee jeanswest black pencil skirt statement crystal necklace business casual office style | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy with heart tassel bag charm | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | hot pink frill sleeve tee black pencil skirt navy MAB tote bag office style
NecklaceEye Candy LA 'Sasha' statement necklace
TeeJeanswest Ruby frill sleeve tee in fuchsia
Skirt:  Jeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit combo above so much, I wore the same thing again the next day I was in the office. I picked a sparkly crystal statement necklace this time to go with the hot pink frill sleeve tee. I did feel that the pink tee made the necklace a bit muted - the pink crystals blended in a bit. Probably won't wear the two together again, its' a combination that worked better in my head than in person!

I had a bunch of meetings, but they were all virtual ones so my tee was perfectly appropriate. I ended up wearing my blazer for most of the day anyway, we were working in a different area of the office and my desk was right under the aircon vents!


Last worn: pink frill sleeve tee, statement crystal necklace, black pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote (above).

Other ways to wearpink frill sleeve tee and printed shorts, black pencil skirt and stripes, black ballet flats and printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and sheath dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack pencil skirt in second trimester, black ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in first trimester.




Frill Sleeve Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A frill sleeve tee is a great twist on a classic tee, while remaining easy to wear. It can be dressed up for a business casual environment with a pencil skirt and statement necklace, or you could add a blazer if your dress code is more formal. It does hide the fun sleeves though!





Weekday Wear Linkup #11


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!

Guidelines:
1. Please link to a specific outfit post, not your blog homepage.
2. Link back to this post so others can find the link up.
3. Follow your host Away From The Blue on BloglovinInstagramTwitterFacebook or YouTube.
4. Add up to two posts and be sure to visit and comment on as many other posts as possible to get some weekday outfit inspiration!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!





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Monday, 11 February 2019

Peplum Tops, Pencil Skirts & Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote | Weekday Wear Linkup!

It's the Weekday Wear Linkup, with some office style!

Keeping things simple for my return to work after a bit of a break, I stuck with an outfit combo I've worn before. Peplum tanks and pencil skirts, easy office style and just what you need after a few weeks leave over Christmas (I wore these mid-January).

What I wore:

black kmart peplum frill hem sleeveless tank pink polka dot pencil skirt | awayfromblue

bird print scarf accessorising Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB Tote bag in moon navy | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | black peplum tank with blush polka dot pencil skirt navy mab tote bag with scarf
Earrings: gifted Kmart navy tassel earrings
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl grey tiny bird print scarf (c/o)
Necklace: Kmart navy and gold beaded tassel necklace
Tank: Kmart black sleeveless frill hem peplum tank (new purchase)
Skirt: Cotton On 'Mica' mesh spot skirt in dusty pink
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Last time I wore this skirt I mentioned how much I wear it with black - the fuzzy polka dots just make black an obvious pairing! I thought the peplum tank and textured pencil skirt would be a fun combo, but still good for a busy day at work.

It was a bit of a weird day, with wind and rain forecast but also quite humid so I added this bird print scarf onto the handles of my Rebecca Minkoff MAB bag in case I needed it later with the rain. It actually started raining just after I took these photos!

With the black and pink, I decided to wear accessories that would match the navy bag for a third colour in my outfit. I loved the tassel earrings and tassel necklace together, both are Christmas gifts. Only downside was that the statement earrings kept catching on my braid. I have to remember to wear simpler pieces when I have my hair braided on the side like this!


Last worn: navy and gold tassel necklace, pink polka dot pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag. First time I've worn the peplum tank and scarf.

Other ways to wearpink polka dot pencil skirt in winter, black ballet flats and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag and sheath dress.

Perfect for pregnancypink polka dot pencil skirt in first trimester, black ballet flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in third trimester.


What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote










What I wore:


Kmart navy bird print peplum frill hem tank, grey jersey pencil skirt, hot pink scarf accessory | away from blue

Fashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in hot pink on navy rebecca minkoff mab tote | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | summer office otufit grey knit pencil skirt pink scarf navy bird print peplum top and tote bag
Earrings: Kmart silver tassel earrings
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in hot pink (c/o)
Necklace: For King & Country Priceless Australian coin and crest necklace
Tank: Kmart navy bird print peplum frill hem tank
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Once again, repeating the outfit formula above as I liked it so much. This time around, with a printed tank and a plan pencil skirt. And a simpler hairstyle, as I picked grey tassel earrings to match the pencil skirt and the blazer I brought along for meetings. Like the outfit above, it was both a humid and rainy day so I didn't add the blazer for the pics, but it really dressed up the outfit in the office. A grey jersey pencil skirt and a grey jersey blazer together looks very formal, even with a fun printed peplum tank in the middle.

Picked a bright pink scarf to accessorise. This crinkle one didn't get any wear during the day with my blazer worn in the office aircon instead, but I loved how it popped on the bag!


Last worn: silver tassel earrings, coin pendant necklace, pink crinkle scarf, bird print tank, jersey pencil skirt, silver bow ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote (above).

Other ways to wearbird print tank and olive jeans, jersey pencil skirt worn two ways, silver bow ballet flats and little black dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote in winter.

Perfect for pregnancyjersey pencil skirt in third trimester, silver bow ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote in first trimester.



Peplum Tanks Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A peplum tank is a flattering option, and it is such a cute touch to have a little extra frill on a basic tank. Paired with a pencil skirt (with a blazer on top if needed to meet stricter office dress codes) it makes a simple feminine office outfit. You can go with something plain, or pick a printed tank for a little more interest and colour.


Weekday Wear Linkup #06


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!

Guidelines:
1. Please link to a specific outfit post, not your blog homepage.
2. Link back to this post so others can find the link up.
3. Follow your host Away From The Blue on BloglovinInstagramTwitterFacebook or YouTube.
4. Add up to two posts and be sure to visit and comment on as many other posts as possible to get some weekday outfit inspiration!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!






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Monday, 15 October 2018

Textured Jackets, Grey Pencil Skirts and Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote

When the weather warmed up a little it was good to leave my trench coats behind and wear some lighter jackets better suited to spring. As both of these jackets are textured I kept the rest of my outfit simple, with neutral shoes, a big navy tote and plain tops with grey pencil skirts.

What I wore:

jacquard blazer, navy boho blouse, grey jersey pencil skirt spring business casual outfit | awayfromblue

fashion scarf girl family tree print in blue tied on Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram jacquard blazer grey jersey pencil skirt navy top and bag MAB tote
JacketJeanswest Cassandra jacquard jacket
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl Family tree scarf in blue and navy (c/o)
TopJeanswest chana long sleeve stud top in night sky navy
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

I knew that this light blue family tree print scarf would work really nicely with the navy blue blouse. I wasn't too happy with how it looked with the busy jacquard jacket though. I knew I'd appreciate the scarf in the cold office air con, so decided at the last minute to accessorise my bag a bit by knotting the scarf on it. I think the blue scarf worked just as nicely with the navy tote as it did with the navy blouse when I wore it to keep warm in the office.

With the metallic thread running through the jacket, the silver ballet flats were an obvious choice, I do like a bit of matchy matchy, with even the top and bag matching too.

This pencil skirt is a comfortable grey jersey I sometimes worry is a little too casual, but for a mostly quiet day with little face to face meetings it was perfect. And it doesn't look out of place when others in the office are wearing jeans!


Last worn: jacquard blazer, family tree scarfnavy studded blouse, grey jersey pencil skirt, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote.

Other ways to wearjacquard blazer and jeans, family tree scarf and stripesnavy studded blouse worn two ways, grey jersey pencil skirt and Converse, silver ballet flats and purple pants, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and sheath dress.


Perfect for pregnancyjacquard blazer in third trimester, grey jersey pencil skirt in third trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in first trimester.



More Ways To Accessorise A Bag:


Just like in the outfit above, you can change the look of your bags a little by accessorising them. I share tying a scarf on them and 5 other ways you can accessorise your handbags in this video:






What I wore:

monochrome spring office outfit boucle blazer black blouse grey skirt parrot print scarf | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | adding colour to a monochrome office outfit with navy bag parrot print scarf with boucle jacket
JacketJeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl parrot print scarf (c/o)
TopJeanswest 'Tilda' black shirt
SkirtAsos tailored tab front pencil skirt in grey
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Since I loved the plain top, textured jacket and grey pencil skirt combo, I tried it again the next time I was in the office. This time around, with the black boucle jacket and plain black top, I felt the outfit needed a bit of colour. I decided to wear this colourful parrot print scarf. Despite the busy texture of the jacket, I think the printed scarf worked well as the top of my outfit was all black, unlike the first outfit.

I really enjoyed wearing this - and the more formal fabric of the pencil skirt made me feel suitably attired for a couple of big meetings I had during the day. I was glad when the day was over though, it was such a busy afternoon, I even had to cancel lunch with hubby to get more work done.


Last worn: boucle jacket, parrot print scarf, black blouse, grey pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote (above).

Other ways to wearboucle jacket and a-line skirt, parrot print scarf and blue knit, black blouse and leopard print jeans, grey pencil skirt in winter, black ballet flats and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and fit and flare dress.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle jacket in second trimester, black blouse in second trimester, grey pencil skirt in first trimester, black ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in third trimester.



Textured Jackets Under $50




How You Can Wear It:

Textured jackets are a nice alternative to a plain jacket and add some extra interest to your outfit. To keep things simple, you can wear them with plain, block colour pieces and let the jacket shine and be the statement part of your outfit. They work nicely in the office, fitting in with any dress code.


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Monday, 30 July 2018

Colourful Winter Office Wear: Blue and Yellow Pencil Skirt Outfits

Sharing some colourful but still very cosy winter outfits, with my favourite blue pencil skirts and a big Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag. When our winter temperatures dipped again, I wanted warm knits, and picked some of my bright ones to inject a little colour.

Plus, an update on how I did with my No Buy July challenge, #noBuyJuly18!

What I wore:

blue and mustard yellow knit winter office pencil skirt outfit | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff moon navy medium MAB tote bag for work with macintosh jacket | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram office outfit winter colourful mustard and blue pencil skirt business casual
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Jumper: thrifted SES fashions mustard marle knit jumper
SkirtWarehouse navy jacquard pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Trying blue and yellow with a mustard marle knit, blue scarf and blue pencil skirt. Decided to wear the Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote as I love wearing blue bags with this pencil skirt, it's a frequent go-to combination.

While I do normally like blue and yellow together, I wasn't sure if this skirt and knit would look as good as I hoped together. I ended up really liking this outfit, I think the scarf really made it perfect for me. This was such a comfortable outfit too, very much appreciated for a crazy day at work where nothing went according to plan at all!


Last worn: navy macintosh, Louis Vuitton scarf, mustard marle knit, jacquard pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and wrap dress, Louis Vuitton scarf and embroidered top, mustard marle knit and a-line skirt, jacquard pencil skirt in summer, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag and grey pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyjacquard pencil skirt in first trimester, ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Edition!









What I wore:


Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy in winter office bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram blue and yellow bright cheerful winter office outfit love quotes scarf medium MAB tote bag
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfLove Quotes knotted tassel linen scarf in sunshine yellow
Knit: thrifted Valleygirl blue knit jumper
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Again continuing the blue and yellow theme! I really do like the colours together.  I felt like all of the blue together wasn't quite colourful enough, so I added this cosy and bright yellow scarf. This knit and pencil skirt is a combination I've worn before in the warmer weather, it was good to be able to layer it up for winter.

Unlike the previous week at work, I had to wear my trench coat when I ventured out for coffee with my boss in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. It was a much cooler winter day. While the bright yellow scarf is a fun summery shade, the big size makes it very warm and very cosy to wrap myself up in during winter! I like blue and yellow together so it seemed like a fun choice for a cold morning to repeat the colour combo again.

Usually when it's cold I'll add ankle boots to my outfit, but I felt ballet flats were better for all the running around I had to do in the morning. It was one of those days where you come into work with an idea of what task you're going to do, then the afternoon rolls around and you realise you've been pulled in so many directions you hadn't started your task!


Last worn: camel trench, yellow scarf, blue marl knit, blue lace pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench and burgundy pants, yellow scarf and maxi dress, blue marl knit and skinny jeans, blue lace pencil skirt and grey tee, Walnut Melbourne flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote Bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in second trimester, yellow scarf in second trimester, blue marl knit in first trimesterblue lace pencil skirt in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in second trimester.



No Buy July Results!


It might not come as a surprise, after I mastered 7 months without shopping last year, but I made it through #noBuyJuly18 sticking to my goal and not spending anything on fashion. July is such a busy time with all of the sales, but I'm pretty content with my winter wardrobe now (even after halving my winter pieces from two storage boxes to one), and that makes it easier to avoid the sales. Some of the sales were extremely tempting, but even with the $5 sale at Jeanswest (!) I didn't buy anything. For full disclosure, I did add a few things to carts but decided not to buy at the last minute.


I shared more tips for how to survive a no shop challenge after completing 6 months without shopping: lessons from a former shopaholic.


Bright Knits Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Winter wear works well in neutral colours, as you can layer without worrying about colours matching. It's a fun idea to add some colourful pieces though, from bright scarves to colourful and cosy knits, you can still be cosy and warm! Sticking with colour combinations you know you love, or adding a contrasting scarf to a monochrome outfit, is a good way to try it out.


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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote With Sheath Dresses and Heels

Just for something a little different, I wore heels with my sheath dresses in the office. I used to wear heels every day, and actually had so few flats that when I injured my knee I had to go buy a pair of flats to wear to work! Now that I'm mostly a stay at home mum, only in the office two days a week, and have to be careful with what I wear to avoid aggravating my knee injury, I rarely wear heels. It was so nice to get them out for a change!

What I wore:

grey jersey blazer, Paisley print sheath dress, nude heels, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote for office | awayfromblue

Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet, paisley print dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram grey jersey blazer paisley print sheath dress navy MAB tote bag yellow necklace
JacketJeanswest grey jersey blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
ShoesWittner 'Lumen' heel in patent leather
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

When I first started the 30 wears challenge, there were a few pieces in my wardrobe I'd already hit that on. There are some pieces, like this dress, that I'm close to but haven't quite hit 30 wears of. Now I've identified a few of those pieces and I'm actively trying to wear them more often, I'm frequently searching the blog to see how I've worn them in the past and how I could make it a little different the next time I wear them.

Was so surprised to see that I hadn't worn this dress and necklace together before! I love blue and yellow, so this combination made me really happy. With the navy Rebecca Minkoff MAB bag matching the blue Paisley print of the dress, the nude heels and neutral grey blazer, I thought the bright yellow statement necklace was the perfect pop of colour! I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, even if it did take me a while to get used to hobbling around in these heels again. It's been a year and a half since I last wore them!


Last worn: grey blazer, Paisley print sheath dress, nude pumps, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote.

Other ways to weargrey blazer and aztec print dress, Paisley print sheath dress and ankle boots, nude pumps and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyPaisley print sheath dress in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in third trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Review:








What I wore:

cream blazer, brown heels, statement necklace and orange print sheath dress | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy | away from the blue blog

awayfromblue instagram orange sheath dress, navy rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote bag, blazer for work
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
Necklace: Lovisa wooden statement bead necklace
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
Shoes: Wittner 'Mimi' heels in mushroom
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Unlike the outfit above, the big blue MAB tote bag was the pop of colour with this orange dress. I went for cream and brown accessories with the jersey blazer, statement necklace and heels. These are definitely my favourite pair of heels. An impulse sale buy years ago, they really go with everything, this brown shade is such a nice neutral.

Although these are extremely comfortable heels, I did end up swapping to ballet flats to go out for a coffee meeting with my boss in the morning -  not up to walking all the way across the city in heels just yet!

With the neutral accessories, I really liked the bold colour combination with the orange dress and navy bag. It's not the first time I've worn this dress with a blue bag and it won't be the last.


Last worn: cream jersey blazer, orange sheath dress, taupe heels, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote (above).

Other ways to wearcream jersey blazer and jeans, orange sheath dress in summer, taupe heels and flares, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote with monochrome outfit.

Perfect for pregnancycream jersey blazer in second trimester, orange sheath dress hiding a baby bump, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in first trimester.




Sheath Dresses For Work Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


A sheath dress is a classic office staple. Made even more formal with a blazer and heels, it's the perfect go-to office look. A big bag, as well as fitting everything you need for work, will easily accomodate a pair of ballet flats to change into if wearing heels gets to be too much!


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