Showing posts with label RM mini Affair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RM mini Affair. Show all posts

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Plain Maxi Dresses in the Second Trimester - Christmas Outfit Ideas Under $100

First up, Shopbop are having an extra 25% off sale items, and some of the things I've featured in my Gift Guides are on sale! Just use code 'BONUS25', for 3 days only!

As I've mentioned before, the summer heat and humidity in Brisbane along with a growing baby bump has meant that I'm reaching for dresses as a nice comfortable and cool maternity option. And you can never go wrong with a maxi dress!

What I wore:

AwayFromBlue | Mothers En Vogue Iris orchid pink Havana maxi dress with purple bag second trimester

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff plum purple mini MAB tote with pink maxi dress
NecklaceJeanswest Taki necklace (C/O) layered with Tai gold alphabet necklace
DressMEV Havana maxi dress C/O Zibibo
Belt: C/O Poppywinkle brown weave belt
ShoesIkwetta 'Circles of life' sandals (C/O)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (also love this metallic one!)

Why I wore it:

This dress was one of my favourite maternity items in my last pregnancy, but it's taken me a while to get around to wearing it this time! While I did wear it a little post-pregnancy (it's a nursing dress too) it had been packed away with the rest of my maternity clothes and after unpacking it I had been waiting for the perfect occasion. I had been planning to wear it to toddler T's playgroup Christmas party for a while. Was the best thing to wear on such a hot day.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was the belt - I really wished I'd worn a different one. With an inquisitive toddler who loves to pull out all my accessories I've had to move my belts up to the top of the wardrobe and I didn't have time to rummage through the box and grab the one I wanted as we were running late. Just went with the first one I saw.

If you remember last time I wore this necklace it had a few more strands - the best feature about this necklace is that you can separate the pieces and wear it together or wear it separately. For less than $50 it's a great gift idea too!

Last worn: Ray-ban Wyafarers (above), pink MEV Havana maxi dressbraided beltIkwetta sandalspurple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearmaxi dress layered up for winter without a baby bumpbraided belt and a printed shirt dressIkwetta sandals and skinny jeansRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag and a boho printed dress.

Plain maxi dresses under $100: (for before, during, or after pregnancy)

Plain doesn't have to mean boring - a block colour maxi dress is a beautifully simple outfit.

Nursing maxi dresses under $100: (perfect for breastfeeding as well as pregnancy)

What I wore:

AwayFromBlue | Jeanswest Black halter neck maxi dress red singlet modest second trimester outfit

Away From The Blue | Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red
NecklaceDogeared 3 Wishes stardust bead necklace layered with Dogeared silver wishbone necklace
Dress: thrifted black Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
Shoes: Wittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus beaded neon and gold and black and gold bracelet set
BagRebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (on sale in burgundy or on sale in pink)

Why I wore it:

Wore this for a busy day. We spent the morning braving the local Westfield gift shopping, crossing a few more gifts off our lists. Then I popped into the city to meet Rachel from A Nesting Nomad. It was great catching up with her and her hubby briefly while she was in the country! After having afternoon tea with them though I was still a bit full when we had dinner with the in-laws in the evening.

Red and black seemed like a nice colour combination, and it gave me an excuse to wear my quilted Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag that hasn't been getting worn lately.

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, red singlet, black maxi dress, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag.

Other ways to wearred singlet and skinny jeans, black maxi dress layered for winter, studded sandals and a wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag and a navy shirt dress.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Fresh Fashion, Style Me Wednesday, Oh Hey Girl, Throwback Thursday, Fashion Files, Fun Fashion, Fabulous Friday.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Spring Dresses, Ankle Boots, Rebecca Minkoff Mini Affair Bag

With the weather warming in Brisbane and some proper spring temperatures arriving, I took the chance to wear my favourite spring outfit combination - ankle boots and a dress. I added an extra layer to both outfits as it's not quite as warm as I'd like it to be yet.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Spring Jeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress ankle boots red bag

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff quilted red mini affair bag doubled strap
Top: Valleygirl blue 3/4 sleeve tee
DressJeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress (C/O)
ShoesAsos airtime leather Chelsea boots in tan
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (on sale in burgundy and on sale in grey)

Why I wore it:

Yep, that chambray dress again! I did warn on instagram it was going to be the dress I wear over and over for spring/summer this year, haha! It's pretty much being worn as soon as it's washed and ironed.

Decided to layer the blue tee under the dress for a little bit of extra warmth, as I wore a cardigan with it last time. I thought the red bag was a nice colourful option with the blue.

Wore this on a busy day! Went grocery shopping, viewed some more houses, and had to rush Cooper to the emergency vets in the afternoon as he cut his paw. Poor pup had to wear a bandage and the cone of shame.

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarers, blue tee, chambray dress, Asos Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag.

Other ways to wear: blue tee and a pencil skirt, chambray dress and a cardigan, Chelsea ankle boots and printed jeans, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag and a maxi skirt.

More leather ankle boots under $100:

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Marc by Marc Jacobs Stargazer scarf navy stripe tee dress ankle boots

Away From Blue | Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red with navy stripes
DressAtmos&Here navy stripe tee dress
BootsRMK Chester black ankle boots
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (on sale in burgundy and on sale in grey)

Why I wore it:

This was pre-groom, with Cooper still wearing his fluffy winter coat as he sits in the background of my shots. I'm so behind with blogging what I wear that I often just pick a few photos that make sense to post together, even if I do post things a little out of order.

In contrast to the outfit above, this was worn on a much quieter day. Spent the day with toddler T, running some errands in the morning. I had to do a little bit of driving around so I wore my knee bandage for some extra support.

This dress hasn't been worn in a while! I didn't wear it as much this winter as I did when I first got it. It's great for winter layering as it's quite a thick fabric, and it has a dropped hem in the back so it's got extra coverage when running around after a toddler. Hopefully I'll get a few more wears out of it before Brisbane gets too warm. I actually ended up taking the scarf off for some of the day, as the dress kept me nice and cosy.

Last worn: stargazer scarf, navy stripe tee dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag (above).

Other ways to wearstargazer scarf with a little red dress, navy stripe tee dress and Converse, ankle boots and a maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag and a printed dress.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Cosy Cardigan, Skinny Jeans, Boots and a Printed Scarf: Winter SAHM Style Uniform

Since I got this striped wooly cardigan I've been wearing it a lot. While I like my leather jackets, a wash-and-wear option is better around baby. It's a nice piece to wear over jeans to keep me warm in winter. Thought I'd group these outfits together to post and show you two very similar ways to wear a cardigan. Lauren from Exploring My Style is so good at showing how you can wear the same outfit formula multiple times and yet make it look new each time!

This post has one outfit formula (same cardigan, a printed scarf, skinny jeans and boots) and two slightly different outfits.

What I wore:

Red accessories with neutral black grey outfit winter wool cardigan

Red Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair cross body bag with neutral outfit
Scarf: red and black skull print scarf
TeeMarc by Marc Jacobs blossom pocket tee in grey
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (on sale in blue)

Why I wore it:

This was such a simple but cosy outfit. Black, grey and a little bit of red. Had to run some errands in the morning, and a trip to the doctors for a checkup for baby T in the afternoon. I went with red accessories as the grey tee has a little red floral design on the pocket, you can see it clearer another time I've worn it (with a big baby belly!). Everything gets covered up with layers in the winter!

As I mentioned in my review of the mini affair bag, I don't find this as easy to use as my mini MAC bags, but I'm trying to give it a chance and wear it a little more. I like the shape and the colour!

Last worn: striped cardiganred and black skull scarf, grey Marc Jacobs tee, skinny jeans, ankle bootsRebecca Minkoff mini affair bag.

Other ways to wear: cardigan with blue skinny jeansskull scarf with polka dots, grey tee for a day at the beach, black skinny jeans with a pink top, ankle boots with a maxi skirtred crossbody bag with blue and a maxi skirt.

More cosy cardigans:

What I wore:

Cosy Winter lots of layers outfit skinny jeans boots wool cardigan

Away From Blue Blog | Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere
CardiIzabel London striped waterfall cardigan (C/O)
ScarfStella McCartney heart print scarf
Jumper: Supre knit loose fit jumper in bahamas
JeansJeanswest blue skinny jeans
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

This looks like overkill, but I assure you all those layers were needed! Single digit temperatures are my least favourite part of winter, and so when the 'Antarctic Vortex' hit I pulled together all my winter woolies to keep me cosy for a morning running errands with baby, followed by playgroup.

I was so thankful when we got to playgroup - they had the heater on warming up the room. While the toddlers did have fun playing with my scarf again, this time I didn't leave it behind!

Last worn: striped cardi (above), Stella McCartney navy scarf, peach knit, skinny jeans, tan leather boots, LV Speedy bandouliere.

Other ways to wear: striped cardi with a maxi skirt, heart print scarf with striped skirtpeach knit with leopard print, skinny jeans and a blazer, tan leather boots and a polka dot shift dress, LV Speedy bandouliere with dresses.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

SAHM Style: Wearing Dresses in Winter with Leather Jackets and Printed Scarves

Although it's been quite a cold July in Brisbane, and we are getting cooler than normal winter temperatures, I've still been wearing dresses. No big secrets, just layering and wearing very cosy leggings and fleece lined tights! I try and wear my dresses year round, as much as I can. It resulted in these two very similar outfits, with a leather jacket, printed scarf, tall boots and and a simple dress.

What I wore:

Colourful winter shift dress layered outfit tartan scarf cobalt leather jacket tal boots red bag

Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red
JacketWittner 'Santa Fe' cobalt blue leather jacket
Scarf: gifted blue tartan scarf
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (on sale in pink and on sale in black)

Why I wore it:

Last time I wore this jacket and dress together, it didn't stay clean for very long! Thankfully the jacket was able to be cleaned, and I was feeling brave enough to wear it around baby again.  I wanted to recreate that entire outfit again, but decided at the last minute to try a different scarf and bag to add more colour. I really liked this version! I love this dress and boots together, and the jacket and scarf work so well. How nice is this scarf? My sister brought it back from Europe for me. She sent me a picture of this huge scarf display in the front of a store and asked if I wanted one, of course I said yes. She was very generous and got me two!

We had a busy day with friends, exploring some of the hinterland and having lunch on tambourine mountain. I even had the chance to hold a snake. I was feeling pretty pleased with myself until she started to curl around my neck, I lost my cool a little then!

We had an engagement party that evening, and I just wore the same thing. I did briefly consider wearing something else just for the party, but figured the dress was pretty enough and by the time we got home I hadn't left a lot of time to try find something else to wear. Did make time to change baby T into a little formal outfit though, he looked so cute.

Last worn: cobalt blue leather jacket, Zara printed tunic dress, tan leather boots, Rebecca Minkoff quilted mini affair bag. First time I've worn the scarf.

Other ways to wearcobalt blue leather jacket with jeans, printed tunic dress in the second trimester, leather boots and jeans, red cross body bag with a maxi skirt and neutral outfit.

More seasonless dresses - perfect for layering or wearing on their own:

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Red shift dress in winter printed snood tall boots leather jacket

Marc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown
ScarfSeed Heritage Paisley print snood (on sale!)
DressZalora Basics faux leather placket red shift dress (on sale!)
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown

Why I wore it:

A dress wasn't my first choice for this cold day, but as I was joining the basics check in style challenge on instagram and the theme for the day was dress, I thought I'd participate and wear something other than the jeans I've been wearing a lot lately.

This outfit was wonderful, and I'd wear it again in an instant, but the day I wore it was pretty bad. Baby T and I had an appointment at our local clinic (one of those development check-ups / question sessions) and despite a rushed morning, I made it there with 10 minutes to spare. Only to find out we were a WEEK early! Oops. I have no idea why I thought the appointment was at a different date and time, I had written it down correctly on the calendar, but just didn't check it that morning.

The day wasn't a total waste though, since we were out we caught up with my mum to have lunch. It was just such a bad start! Goes to show that even the worst mornings can turn into lovely days.

Last worn: printed leather jacket, Paisley print snood, red shift dress, tan boots (above), Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag.

Other ways to wearprinted leather jacket with jeans, Paisley print snood in the office, shift dress with bare legs and ankle boots, tan boots (above), Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag in the third trimester.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

SAHM Style: Maxi Skirts and Cardigans - Cosy and Comfy

Just in case you missed it, Beth from Almost Posh and I had a chat to a newspaper about #noBuyJuly15. You can see the article online here. It has lots of great tips about reducing impulse buys, saving, and trying to spend more mindfully.

And now, what I've been wearing. I felt like I'd been wearing my skinny jeans a lot this winter, so I made more of an effort to wear my maxi skirts and get out of the denim rut. These two outfits were perfect for the days we had lined up with friends visiting from overseas. Maxi skirts and cardigans are such a cosy and comfortable combination.

What I wore:

Away From Blue: purple cardigan grey tee Aztec print maxi skirt Ikwetta sandals

Marc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown
CardiganJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
TeeJeanswest 'Lucy' colour block tee in grey marle/rosebud
SkirtIzabel London Aztec print maxi skirt (C/O)
Shoes: Ikwetta 'Circles of life' sandals (C/O)
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown

Why I wore it:

Apologies for the bin in the background of this shot! I was in a bit of a rush that morning. We were up early to travel down to NSW with our friends, and visit some great beaches and points of interest along the way. I was excited to wear my new Ikwetta sandals too! They are so pretty and perfect for the beach. You can see a better pic of my colourblock tee here when I was on a beach with baby, it's got a pink panel on the back. I have to say baby T coped so well with all the travel, it was a big day for him. I usually like to be home for his afternoon nap (he's down to just one nap a day) but he was still happy and smiley despite not really getting a big nap.

The only time I didn't like this outfit was when we were in Surfers Paradise at sunset. While it was gorgeous, no more sun to heat me up and walking along the markets right by the breezy beachfront made me wish I'd worn different shoes. They were okay during the day, just wanted something closed in as the temperatures dipped at night. The cosy cardi didn't keep my feet warm! The hot chocolate for the drive home helped a little though ;)

Last worn: purple cardi, colour block tee, printed maxi skirt,, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag. First time I've worn the sandals.

Other ways to wear: purple cardi and a tiny newborn baby, first time I wore this colour block tee, printed maxi skirt with grey and black, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag at 40 weeks pregnant.

More maxi skirts and cardigans:

What I wore:

Away From Blue Winter Maxi Skirt Outfit black ankle boots red tee stripe cardi

Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
TeeZalora Basics maroon stepped t-shirt
Skirt: Target grey marle maxi skirt
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (on sale in pink and on sale in black)

Why I wore it:

I don't know what my hair was doing this day either! Had to get ready in a rush as didn't want to be late - we went to farewell our friends at the airport. We had coffee together and then after they flew away baby T and I went out for lunch with my mum.

As above, a maxi skirt and cardigan seemed like a comfortable and cosy option - although ankle boots this time to keep my feet warm!

As it's the second time I've worn this tee (and I'm trying to wear and review everything I buy twice in a month after buying), my purchase review:
I am glad I bought this tee. It had been hanging around in my cart at The Iconic for a while when it was on sale, and as I had an extra discount code off sale items and I was buying some boots too it was a good time to purchase.
I mentioned when I did my June monthly purchase wrap-up that I still had tops from the previous month that I hadn't worn. As a result, I returned all the tops from my June Jeanswest order, but kept this one. Partly as it was only a couple of dollars and partly because I really like it! It's got a high-low hem so it's just a little different from a normal tee, but still just as comfortable and easy to wear. It also fills my wardrobe gap, being a plain block-colour top. I definitely don't regret purchasing this at all, and it was easy to wear this twice in a month. Unlike the shirt I bought in May that I still haven't worn yet....

#noBuyJuly15 challenge was definitely needed, as I'm not managing to wear everything I buy before buying new things!

Last worn: striped cardigan, red tee, grey maxi skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag.

Other ways to wear: striped cardigan and red tee together with jeans, grey maxi skirt with floral cami in spring, black ankle boots in the office, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag with printed maxi skirt.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

SAHM Style: Maxi Skirts in Winter ~ Adding Some Colour

These pictures were taken earlier in June, before the 'Antarctic Vortex' hit Australia. No chance of going jacket-less now, ha! I'm just a little behind with blogging, so these are some different ways I've worn maxi skirts in winter with slightly more normal Queensland temperatures! I'd been feeling a little like I'd been neglecting my maxi skirts lately so I made more of an effort to wear them.

First, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public! I mentioned it when it was open to card holders last week so you could add some things to your wishlist ready to purchase. Wanted to share the sale with you now it's open to everyone, even though I'm doing #noBuyJuly15 and won't be buying.
Don't let my shopping ban stop you from picking up some bargains! Unless of course you are also doing #noBuyJuly15, in which case don't click on the links, think of how much you're saving by skipping the sale instead.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Jumper, Printed Snood and Stripe Maxi Skirt Winter casual SAHM outfit

Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red
Scarf:  Seed Heritage Paisley print snood (on sale!)
Jumper: thrifted blue Mossman knit jumper
Skirt: Target black and white striped maxi skirt
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (on sale in pink and on sale in black)

Why I wore it:

I was actually quite cosy in this outfit - good for a quiet Sunday doing some shopping. We had a big night the evening before with friends so a relaxing day was welcome! Did a little bit of print mixing with the paisley snood and the striped maxi skirt, and I thought the bright colours of the bag and jumper worked well together.

It's the second time I've worn both the jumper and the handbag, so I'll be doing purchase reviews for both. I don't know if it's the fact that I'm so behind with blogging or because I just bought so much in June, but I've really fallen behind with sharing what I wore immediately after buying it. Although I did manage to wear both these items in June, the same month I purchased them, it's just taken them a while to get onto the blog. I think #noBuyJuly15 will help me get on track and just wear and enjoy what I own for a while! I definitely need a break from shopping. Despite all the great sales at the moment!

This jumper was an impulse buy, I saw it as I walked past the local op-shop and couldn't stop thinking how perfect it was for winter. It met the 'wardrobe gap' I have of being a nice plain block colour top, so I bought it. It's cosy and comfortable and machine washable so great for winter with baby. I like the curved hem, it's a really good length on me for layering over skirts (or dresses!) as it's slightly cropped and hits at a flattering spot without overwhelming my petite frame. I did recently buy another blue knit, so this wasn't a real 'must have', more an impulse buy. I do think the two tops are different enough for them both to get some wear, and I got rid of a third blue knit I already had to make this purchase make a little more sense! Otherwise my wardrobe is going to turn into a big pile of blue again....

The handbag was another impulse buy! June really was the month of unnecessary purchases....I'd often thought about trying this style of Rebecca Minkoff bag, as I like my mini MAC bags, and I know this is similar in size. When I saw it on ebay, and then when it was relisted again...I decided to just go for it. It was a bargain! I'm still not sure it's a keeper in my bag collection - it's nice, but I do prefer the mini MAC style so this probably was not the best purchase. It's still going to get used, maybe just not as much as my other Rebecca Minkoff cross body bags.

I did a video review for the bag too:

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarerspaisley print snood, blue knit jumper, striped maxi skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini affair bag.

Other ways to wearsnood in spring with chambray, jumper layered over a maxi dress, striped maxi skirt with purple, black ankle boots with denim, red bag with a neutral outfit.

Some great maxi skirt options:

What I wore:

Away From Blue | teal henley jersey maxi skirt converse LV speedy casual comfy outfit

Louis Vuitton Speedy bandouliere 30 damier ebene bag
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs scarf in Island pine-print
TopJeanswest 'Aubrey' pintuck yoke henley in deep teal
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

This outfit was not warm enough, even with the scarf! I spent a bit too much time in the morning trying to see if any other scarves looked nice before I settled on this combination - which I've worn before - so that when I did manage to get out the door with baby I hadn't spent any time thinking I'd need a jacket! Luckily we weren't outside for too long.

I wasn't too sure of the combination of scarf and top together last time I wore them, but I really liked it this time around. I would have liked it even more if I'd remembered a jacket of course ;)

Last worn: printed scarf, teal henley, black jersey maxi skirt, Converse, Louis Vuitton Speedy bandouliere bag.

Other ways to wearprinted scarf with jeans and a blazer, teal henley with jeans, black maxi skirt with a printed tank, Converse with skinny jeans, Louis Vuitton Speedy bandouliere bag for the office.

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Comfortable Winter SAHM Style and Izabel London Review

Two casual and comfortable outfits for days with baby, featuring two new items that were given to me by Izabel London in return for showcasing them on the blog. I thought I'd include a review too, if you have been considering purchasing from them.

What I wore:

Away From Blue Aztec print maxi skirt grey tee red Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag

Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red
Jacket: Cotton On black knit wrap cardigan
NecklaceRoie Designs feather, quartz and love charm long necklace
TopAsos new forever grey tee
Skirt: Izabel London Aztec print maxi skirt (new, C/O)
Shoes: Asos airtime leather Chelsea boots in tan (new purchase)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff mini quilted affair bag in fire engine red (new purchase, on sale in black and studded version on sale too)

Why I wore it:

I was intending to add a scarf to this outfit for some more colour, but baby T was being cranky that morning so I forgot all about it and went out the door without one. At least there was a little bit of colour with the bag, and all I was doing was going to the doctors with baby and getting groceries so I didn't have to be over-accessorised for errands.

This skirt is one of the items I got from Izabel. It is so comfortable! I was a little unsure about ordering a maxi skirt from a new brand I'd never tried before, as I almost always have to have maxi lengths taken up at the tailor. Petite problems! This skirt has a fold-over waist detail though, so you can adjust the length to suit. I'm 5"2, and the skirt is the perfect length with the waist folded over all the way. It doesn't look bulky around the waist even with the top section folded down.

This cardigan I dug out of my wardrobe after getting rid of the other black cardigan I have. No need to have two black cardigans if I only love one of them. It was the perfect piece to keep me cosy and warm, and I'm glad I wore it because baby T was unwell and this cardigan was easily washed when we got home, unlike the leather jacket I wore last time.....

Last worn: black cardigan, grey tee. First time I've worn the skirt, bag and boots as they are all recent wardrobe additions. I bought a lot in June!

Other ways to wear: black cardigan with jeans, grey tee in the third trimester.

What I wore:

SAHM outfit to date night outfit skinny jeans boots wool stripe cardigan

Away From Blue | Balenciaga flat clutch SGH in 2010 Sang
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace layered with thrifted pearl and heart long necklace
Tee: Zalora Basics maroon stepped t-shirt (new purchase)
JeansJeanswest Bindi skinny 7/8 jeans in indigo luxe
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga flat clutch SGH in 2010 Sang

Why I wore it:

This cardigan is the best cardigan I have ever worn. I was showing hubby the new things I'd got and tried to explain to him just how awesome this cardigan is. It's part wool, so just as cosy and comfortable as a bathrobe, exactly what you need in winter.

This was the perfect outfit for a day at home as hubby helped a friend move, and then an evening out. We were overdue a date night, it's been quite a while since the last one! I just took my things out of the baby bag and put them into the clutch for our dinner/movie date, as well as adding the dangly necklace. I like a 'SAHM uniform' that can be dressed up for date night just be adding some accessories.

Izabel London Review

This was my first time visiting and ordering from Izabel London, so I thought I'd put a review together. (The company did not ask for this, this is just my thoughts). The big thing I like about their site is the fact that they share detailed measurements of the item and the model (like on the page for my waterfall cardigan). However, it's not on all items on their site so maybe it's a new thing they are rolling out. I was looking at some tunics but not all of them had the length listed so I didn't feel confident comparing them and decided to look at the other items instead, as I didn't want something too short. I'm pleased with the two things I did get though.
The customer service at is great - I've been dealing with Sohny and I've always gotten quick responses to emails and we have regularly kept in touch over the ordering process.
The shipping to Australia is good. It took 8 working days to arrive, so just under 2 weeks, and quicker than the estimated 10 working days specified on their website. I'd say it's similar to Asos standard shipping to Australia. They have an Australian returns address if you've ordered something that doesn't work out too. I didn't have to use it though, as I liked what I got style and fit-wise.
Sizing is comparable to Australian sizing, I ordered my standard Australian size and everything fit like I expected.

Overall, I'd recommend Izabel London. I think the products are great quality for the price, and I'm really happy with what I got. Plus if you're a fellow Aussie, a lot of their winter stock is on sale at the moment....I might be doing #noBuyJuly15 but there's no reason you can't have a browse. They ship worldwide too!

Last worn: skinny jeans, black ankle boots, Balenciaga clutchFirst time I've worn the tee and the cardigan as they are recent wardrobe additions.

Other ways to wear: print mixing with skinny jeans, black ankle boots with a maxi dress, Balenciaga clutch with a printed maxi dress in summer.

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