Showing posts with label Spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spring. Show all posts

Monday, 19 November 2018

Print Mixing: Printed Dresses, Leopard Flats and Pink Bags

When I first bought these leopard print flats, I saw myself wearing them with plain outfits, to let them be the standout print. I decided to try stretch myself a little and wore some printed dresses with the leopard print shoes. Keeping things simple, I stuck with black and white dresses to match the colour of the shoes.

What I wore:

striped fit and flare dress with leopard print ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff small darren bag | away from blue

striped dress, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony pink | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | black and white print mixing fit and flare dress leopard flats outfit with pastel pink darren bag
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
DressJeanswest 'Rita' stripe jersey dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava White leopard ballet flats (new purchase)
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

I hadn't been feeling too well when I wore this - I'd been to the doctor the day before and was signed off for the day. I woke up expecting to feel better, still feeling pretty terrible. Got myself and the boys dressed and ready and dropped them off at daycare, where I was promptly asked if I was okay as I wasn't my usual self. Realised that all I wanted to do was go home and sleep so went home, let work know I wouldn't be in, and booked another appointment to see the doctor who then gave me more time off work.

I wouldn't usually be so dressed up for a doctors appointment, but I'd planned my outfit before so it was easy to grab and go, and I had started the day not feeling too sick.

Does feel like this was a bit of a waste of an outfit as I really liked the print mixing with the striped dress and leopard print flats, and the pastel pink Darren bag was a cute addition. Ended up taking everything off when I got home and defaulting to trackie dacks to curl up on the sofa and doze and watch netflix!


Last worn: striped fit and flare dress, bead necklace, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren. First time I've worn the leopard print flats on the blog as they are a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearstriped fit and flare dress and purple bag, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren and pencil skirt.


Perfect for pregnancystriped fit and flare dress in second trimester.



More Printed Dress Inspiration: 30 Ways To Wear a Tie Dye Dress







What I wore:

little black printed tiered babydoll dress with leopard print flats and pink Balenciaga sorbet city bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga RH classic city bag in 2010 sorbet pink | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress babydoll sundress with leopard print flats pink balenciaga bag
Necklace: Lovisa silver love knitted heart pendant necklace
Dress: Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava White leopard ballet flats
BagBalenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet (more affordable preloved)

Why I wore it:

Felt much better when I wore this outfit! Unfortunately, the day was not any more fun! Had to go do my taxes. Not very exciting! We did do a little Christmas shopping afterwards, but came home empty handed.

Since I liked the outfit combination above so much, I tried it again, with a black and white printed dress to compliment the black and white shoes. This time I went with a bolder pink bag, my sorbet Balenciaga city. Perfect size for holding all the paperwork I had to take to and from my appointment.

I did just post this dress recently, but I love it in spring and summer. It's so light, fun to wear and it's a nice length for spending time with the boys - not too short! Kmart still sell them too - they have the same style in lots of different designs at the moment.


Last worn: tiered dress, knotted heart necklace, leopard print flats (above), Balenciaga sorbet city bag.

Other ways to weartiered dress layered for winter, Balenciaga sorbet city bag and sheath dress.

Perfect for pregnancyBalenciaga sorbet city bag in third trimester.



Leopard Print Flats Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

It's easy to wear printed shoes with plain neutral pieces, but you can try something different by wearing them with a printed dress. To keep things simple and cohesive, pick a dress that matches the colours in the shoes. You can add a bright and colourful handbag to your outfit also as it can add interest to your outfit without clashing with the prints.


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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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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Dresses, Ankle Boots, Scarves and Rebecca Minkoff Bags For Spring

While the weather is warming up as summer is arriving soon here in Brisbane, I took advantage of a few cooler days to wear a much loved spring outfit formula: dresses and ankle boots. I added some cute scarves for an extra touch of colour too!

What I wore:

little black boho sundress in spring ankle boots mustard accessories scarf micro regan bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | twirling in tiered black strappy sundress mustard scarf and bag
ScarfJeanswest Lucille golden yellow scarf
Dress: Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

It's not the first time I've worn mustard yellow with this dress and definitely won't be the last - I really like the combination! A nice and simple outfit with the black printed dress, ankle boots and matching mustard accessories for a quiet day with the boys. We ran a few errands. I picked up my Christmas dress at Jeanswest (as the first store I went to didn't have my size!) and grabbed some groceries after spending some time at the library. Nice relaxing day.

As we weren't in a rush to be anywhere that morning and could set our own pace for the day, I decided to try snap another twirl pic with this dress. It twirls so beautifully, it's just not easy to capture on camera! I was pleased with the shot I got.


Last worn: mustard scarf, tiered printed dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan.

Other ways to wearmustard scarf and olive pants, tiered printed dress and kimono, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ankle boots in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan and Mini MAC Compared


Comparing the two handbags I'm wearing in this post side by side in under 4 minutes.







What I wore:

bird print scarf, chambray dress and ankle boots with striped mini MAC bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff striped coated canvas mini MAC in berry stripe | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | spring outfit formula chambray dress ankle boots bird print scarf
Scarf: navy bird print scarf
DressJeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress (C/O)
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff striped coated canvas mini MAC in berry stripe

Why I wore it:

Making use of the easy, comfortable outfit formula and wearing a dress and ankle boots again for another quiet day with the boys. I really treasure the SAHM days I get when working part time. On this day, despite the warm sunny weather, we spent the day inside at the library for music time, and then running a couple of errands before heading home. I did kinda wish we'd spent the day outside instead when the rain set it in for the rest of the week, and we were forced to stay indoors, ha!


I was sure that I'd worn this bird print scarf and the chambray dress together before, I was quite surprised to find that I hadn't when I searched through the blog. With the blue dress and scarf together and neutral tan ankle boots, I thought the red striped mini MAC bag waas a cute touch of colour. And a little bit of print mixing.


Last worn: bird print scarf, chambray dress, Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff striped mini MAC.

Other ways to wearbird print scarf with stripes, chambray dress in winter, Chelsea ankle boots and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff striped mini MAC and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancychambray dress in second trimester, Chelsea ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff striped mini MAC in third trimester.



Ankle Boots Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A simple dress and ankle boots is a quick and easy spring outfit formula, perfect for a busy mum. For a little extra interest to your outfit, you can add a colourful or printed scarf. It helps keep you cosy for the cooler mornings and evenings, and can easily be taken off when the days warm up.


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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, 9 November 2018

Printed Dresses, Silver Bag and Sneakers with Colourful Scarves: Spring Style

I debated about buying these glitter sneakers for a while. Given how much I've been reaching for them lately, I'm so glad I went back to the store to buy them. They work perfectly with spring dresses and scarves, and were only $8 at Kmart!

What I wore:

louis vuitton bleu shawl boho print dress silver glitter sneakers and mini MAC bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC with blue printed dress | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram boho print spring dress with cosy louis vuitton shawl silver bag glitter shoes
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
DressJeanswest 'Chelsea' printed dress
Shoes: Kmart sparkly silver glitter sneakers
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Couldn't resist going matchy-matchy with this outfit! Silver glitter shoes, and metallic silver mini MAC bag with a blue scarf and printed dress. Took me a while to decide on a scarf to wear in the morning - sometimes I leave my accessory decisions to the last minute even if I plan my outfits the night before. I tried this on and knew it would be perfect with the blue boho print of the dress.

While I don't wear this dress much over winter (I have layered it a few times) it gets worn frequently over spring and summer. Was a nice and simple outfit for a trip out shopping with the boys and my sister. We started the day at the playground before heading to the shops for a browse and some lunch (I've already shared my purchases!). Such a fun day, and nice to catch up with my sister. The boys loved it, even if we did spend time shopping, as they love their aunt.


Last worn: Louis Vuitton shawl, boho print dress, glitter sneakers, metallic silver mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearLouis Vuitton shawl and jeans, boho print dress and autumn layers, glitter sneakers and jeans, metallic silver mini MAC bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyboho print dress in second trimestermetallic silver mini MAC bag in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC: Review & What's In My Bag







What I wore:

navy crinkle scarf flowy swing floral print dress silver accessories | away from blue

navy printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | navy floral swing dress orange crinkle scarf silver bag and glitter shoes
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in orange (c/o)
DressShein navy flower print flowy dress (c/o)
Shoes: Kmart sparkly silver glitter sneakers
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit combo above so much, I did what I usually do and repeated it again a few days later with different pieces. Kept the silver mini MAC and glitter sneakers, and picked a different blue printed dress with an orange scarf this time. Was a comfortable outfit for a morning with the kids at an ABA-funded CPR and choking course.

You've seen me wear this dress with red a lot in the past. I've always thought the print was red. I saw on A Pocket Full of Polka Dots blog Jennie said it was orange and it made me question my eyes! I think it's a very orangey red, and could go either way. I appreciate her post as now I have a new colour combo to wear with this dress!

The longer knee length dress came in really helpful as I was running around with the boys before and after the course. It was a great course, I think you can never really have too many first aid refreshers, especially as I know from experience when things go wrong with the kids my mind goes blank! You always hope you'll never have to use anything you learn at one of these courses, but you want to remember it just in case.


Last worn: orange crinkle scarf, floral swing dress, silver glitter sneakers (above), Rebecca MInkoff mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearorange crinkle scarf and skinny jeans, floral swing dress and red bag, silver glitter sneakers and green pants, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in third trimester.



Printed Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:


A dress and sneakers is a great outfit combination for spring when it's not quite warm enough to bare your toes in sandals! Fun sparkly ones add a little extra interest to your look, and work with any printed dress you have. Bold scarves that match one of the colours in the print of your dress is a good way to stay warm in the colder mornings and evenings too.


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Monday, 5 November 2018

Printed Tops, Black Pencil Skirts and Balenciaga Day Bags

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

What I wore:

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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

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



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

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

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



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day Bag







What I wore:

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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

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



Black Pencil Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

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


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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

What I Bought in October & How I've Worn It: Shopping Haul & Try On Video

After I managed #nospenderSeptember without really thinking about it, I expected I might shop a little more than usual this month.

As you can see from the video below, while I did shop at a couple of places I got most things at a discount thanks to sales!



What I Bought:





Not Mentioned In the Video:

Just like in August's haul video, I've only included things I've purchased, but I was given more things I wanted to share here. As part of my brand rep role for Fashion Scarf Girl on Instagram, I was gifted some scarves to wear. You might have seen these pop up on Instagram over the month, but they haven't appeared on the blog yet. As always, I'll disclose when an item was sent to me to wear (marked c/o). There's another one I was given too but I haven't worn that yet!

fashion scarf girl scarves brand rep awayfromblue instagram


Why I Bought It

I go into this in a little more detail in the video.

Somewhat predictably, the allure of the Jeanswest sale was too strong and while I avoided it for September, I caved on the very first day of October and went in 'just to look' while out with my sister, which turned into a try on session and some purchases..

It's been a LONG time since I've ordered anything from The Iconic - last time was in their boxing day sale almost 2 years ago! Was overdue a shop there!

And you might already know about the Rebecca Minkoff bag from my reveal / unboxing video!

How I've Worn It


October Shopping haul and try on video what a fashion blogger buys each month | awayfromtheblue


With the majority of my purchases being early in the month, it was easy to mostly achieve my goal of wearing things twice in the month I purchase them! That dress is the exception - I haven't even worn it once as I've decided to set it aside for Christmas day. I know it's early to plan Christmas outfits, but I know a dress like that needs a special debut! I'm happy with it not meeting my 'wear twice in the month I buy it rule' as I know it's going to be worn a lot after Christmas.


What was your favourite piece of everything I bought?


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Monday, 29 October 2018

Colourful Pants In the Office: Spring Casual Workwear Outfits

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

What I wore:

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

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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

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


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

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

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


What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day Edition







What I wore:

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

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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

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



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How You Can Wear It:

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


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