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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Black Maxi Dresses And Red Rebecca Minkoff Micro Avery Bag

You know it's properly spring weather when I've got my denim jacket out again! I took advantage of the nicer warmer weather recently to wear some of my maxi dresses with my ankle boots and light jackets. I completed both outfits with a pop up of colour from the red Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery tote bag.

What I wore:

halterneck maxi dress in spring denim jacket ankle boots red rebecca minkoff bag | awayfromblue

handheld Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | strawberry picking outfit for picnic chambers flats black maxi dress red accessories
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: gifted Zatini red pendant necklace
Dressblack Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

We decided to take the boys to a nearby strawberry farm (Chambers Flats) after seeing some of the other Aussie Vlogging Mums having fun there. Edit: This was before the big strawberry tampering crimewave across Australia, I'd have second thoughts about letting the boys touch unwashed and unchopped strawberries now! Support your local farmer but take precautions as advised by the police - wash and cut up before giving to children.

I really wasn't sure what to wear, but it felt a little warm for jeans. I decided on a simple black halterneck maxi dress with ankle boots in case they had a closed in shoes rule. The red bag and necklace were a way to add more colour to my outfit, it was only when it was pointed out on Instagram that I realised it matched the berries! I just wanted to wear my new bag! 😂

The ankle boots were a great choice as the ground was uneven and muddy in parts, but as you can see my denim jacket didn't stay on long, it was a beautifully warm and sunny day. After filling our boxes with strawberries we sat by the playground and had a picnic. Was such a nice way to spend the day, and fun for the boys to see where strawberries came from. We had so many we ended up turning some of them into a delicious smoothie later.


Last worn: denim jacket, black halterneck maxi dress, black ankle boots. First time I've worn the avery bag on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

  Other ways to weardenim jacket and shorts, black halterneck maxi dress and kimono, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, black halterneck maxi dress in third trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Micro Avery Reveal

In case you missed it, I shared the reveal of this bag as part of my shopping haul video on YouTube, including how I managed to score this bag so cheaply, making it the cheapest leather handbag I've owned!






What I wore:

jacquard jacket over black embellished beaded maxi dress with red bag | away from blue

cute micro mini avery bag Rebecca Minkoff | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram denim jacket maxi dress red bag on sea shepherd steve irwin boat helipad
DressJeanswest 'Sierra' embellished black maxi dress (on sale!)
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag


Why I wore it:

Another black maxi dress with this little red Rebecca Minkoff avery bag. It's just such a fun pop of colour against the black.

Again I went with ankle boots under my dress as I wasn't sure what the rules were for our first activity of the day - the Steve Irwin Sea Shepherd ship was in the docks at Brisbane and they were providing tours. We took the boys along so they could explore the ship, it was a lot of fun and something a bit different for them! As I shared on instagram, it can be a little tricky taking pics with the boys in tow. The photo above captures the struggle well, and why I try to get photos before I even leave the house, ha!

After going out for lunch and some naps for the boys, it was off down the coast for Father's Day dinner with my parents.

I thought my pretty embellished black maxi dress was perfect for dinner, but worried that it may have been a little overdressed for the ship tour. I swapped out the jacket and wore a denim jacket during the day to try dress it down a little.


Last worn: jacquard jacket, black embellished maxi dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag (above).

Other ways to wearjacquard jacket and skinny jeans, black embellished maxi dress and kimono, black ankle boots and printed shorts, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag and logo tee.

Perfect for pregnancyjacquard jacket in third trimester, black embellished maxi dress at 39 weeks pregnant, black ankle boots in second trimester.



Black Maxi Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A little black dress is a wardrobe staple. A black maxi dress in particular is a great option for a mum as you don't have to worry about it being too short, no matter what your day holds. It also goes effortlessly from day to evening, a maxi dress is so easy to dress up or down.


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Monday, 10 September 2018

Monochrome Pencil Skirt Outfits With Long Sleeve Tees And Colourful Scarves

Wearing a few of my recent purchases to the office! I managed to pick up a couple of long sleeved tops at the opshop sale last month. While it was nearing the end of winter in Brisbane and getting warmer, it's still quite chilly when I have my commute to work so I knew the long sleeves would be perfect to wear to the office. I'm lucky my dress code is on the casual side of business casual too so a tee is perfectly acceptable, especially when paired with a pencil skirt as I have here.

Keeping things simple, I stuck with monochrome outfits and added a pop of colour with my scarves, topping off my outfits with the fun tassel statement earrings I also bought last month.

What I wore:


monochrome black winter pencil skirt outfit with cobalt louis vuitton shawl mulberry bays | away from blue

Mulberry oak NVT bayswater heritage bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | cobalt blue louis vuitton monogram shawl scarf with black pencil skirt trench coat

monochrome black tee pencil skirt ankle boots office outfit with cobalt scarf pop of colour | away from blue
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings (new purchase)
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Tee: thrifted Maison Scotch black paint splatter print long sleeved tee
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Keeping things really simple and going completely monochrome with the black long sleeve tee and black pencil skirt. I usually plan my outfits the night before, and figured the print on the top would stop the outfit looking too boring. When I put it all on in the morning though, I realised the print on the top wasn't doing enough to add a bit of lightness, especially paired with the black pencil skirt, black tights and ankle boots. Even the navy earrings weren't lifting this enough, it looked a bit drab.

The bright blue Louis Vuitton shawl was the perfect solution - a great pop of colour against the black. It also kept me nice and cosy in the morning. I like that spring like weather is arriving again here in Brisbane, but it's still extremely wintery in the early hours!


Last worn: camel trench, Louis Vuitton shawl, black pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Mulberry Bayswater tote bag. It's the first time I've worn the tee on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and sheath dress, Louis Vuitton shawl and floral dress, black pencil skirt in autumn, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Mulberry Bayswater tote bag in summer.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, black pencil skirt in first trimesterblack ankle boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater tote bag in third trimester.


Mulberry Bayswater After 7 Years:






What I wore:

colorful winter office wear lace pencil skirt with bright orange scarf | away from blue

Mulberry heritage bayswater bag in oak NVT leather | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | bright winter pencil skirt outfit with orange crinkle scarf
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings (new purchase)
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in orange (c/o)
Top: thrifted cobalt blue long sleeve tee
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Still a monochrome outfit, but sticking with my favourite colour and going blue with the cobalt tee and the lace pencil skirt. I added even more colour to this with the orange scarf, it really pops against blue and I've worn it that way before with a navy dress.


I love how well the navy earrings coordinated with the blues on my outfit and they got a few compliments! I've admired the statement tassel earring trend on the ladies I follow on Instagram for a while, but with particularly curious and grabby toddlers I was sure it was going to be a trend I'd have to let pass me by. Suddenly realised I could do what I do with all other non-kid friendly pieces in my wardrobe and just wear them to work. Even if I do have to take them off as soon as I get home in the afternoon! They were fun to wear and try out for something different from my usual accessories!

While I loved the blue and orange together I really wasn't happy with the ankle boots I chose for this. I am noticing every time I wear these tan boots with black tights it just emphasises how petite I am and makes my legs look a bit stumpy. The longer length pencil skirt doesn't really help! I thought that with the oak Mulberry Bayswater bag it would tie in nicely, but a few times through the day I wished I'd worn my black ankle boots instead.


Last worn: navy macintosh, orange crinkle scarf, blue lace pencil skirt, Chelsea leather boots, Mulberry Bayswater (above). First time I've worn the tee on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and wrap dress, orange crinkle scarf and shift dress, blue lace pencil skirt and blazer, Chelsea leather boots and maxi skirt, Mulberry Bayswater and chambray dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblue lace pencil skirt in third trimester, Chelsea leather boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in second trimester.



Bright Scarves Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A monochrome office outfit makes getting dressed for work easy - even if you haven't planned out your outfit the night before! For an extra touch, you can add a bright contrasting scarf on top. It makes a simple monochrome outfit seem more interesting, keeps you warm on a cold commute and it's a fun way to accessorise.


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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

SAHM Life: Navy Dresses, Colourful Scarves and Mater Nappies

Talking about Mater nappies today, and sharing some dress outfits I wore recently. Because sometimes it's nice to break out of the stay at home mum default outfit of jeans and pull on a pretty dress!

Bright scarves make accessorising a printed dress really fun. As a bright and colourful scarf is bold enough on it's own, I try to wear it with a nice neutral outfit. In both of the outfits below I've layered up a navy printed dress with tights, ankle boots, and then a bold pop of colour with a scarf and my mustard Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

What I wore:

navy printed shift dress with orange scarf and mustard yellow micro regan bag SAHM shopping style | awayfromblue

navy printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff mustard yellow harvest gold micro regan bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram fashion scarf girl orange plain crinkle scarf navy shift dress, ankle boots
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in orange (c/o)
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

This is what I wore to go to the closing down sale of my favourite opshop. There was a big 'fill a bag for $2' sale which I was lucky enough to wrangle the morning browsing at while hubby stayed home with the kids. It was supposed to be a warm day, but it was a cold early morning start for me so I wanted a nice cosy scarf to add to my outfit. I thought this one was perfect, the orange really pops with the navy and the little mustard micro Regan bag was another touch of colour that worked so well with the dress.

Had a fun morning browsing, filling two bags full of things for the boys and I. You can see what we got here. After I headed to Kmart, picked up a pair of shoes I'd been lusting over, and was back home in time for swim lessons. We ended up going out for lunch after, so I was glad I dressed up a little in this dress. Although I was grateful for the tights underneath, this dress can seem a little short when you're constantly bending down to toddler level!


Last worn: Zara navy printed dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag. First time I've worn the orange crinkle scarf on the blog as it's a recent addition to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearZara navy printed dress in summer, black ankle boots and maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag and skinny jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyZara navy printed dress in third trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester.


Mater Nappies Review


Full disclosure - I received these nappies to try from Mater for the purposes of reviewing them, after chatting with the brand at the Blogger's Brunch a few weeks ago. I've also used these nappies before when my little one was a baby.


Mater Nappies for Toddlers Review | away from the blue blog

What Are Mater Nappies?

Nappies developed by Mater Mother's Hospitals! They are part of Australia's first product range developed by a hospital. Welcoming over 10,000 babies a year into the Mater Mother's Hospitals around Australia, they know babies well!

Benefits

The nappies are made from ultra-soft breathable material, dermatologically tested and proven not to cause skin irritation. The toddler nappies have double leg cuffs and provide triple protection against leaks, as well as a super-absorbent core.


Our Experience

As mentioned above, I've tried Mater nappies before. When my youngest was hospitalised as a baby almost 2 years ago (see pic above). During our extended stay at the Mater the hospital provided the nappies for us to use. I liked them and had no issues with them. When we went home though, we also went home with a bunch of medical equipment and a baby with a NG tube - both things we needed training on before we were discharged. We went back to our usual nappy brand we had lying around as it was easier and life continued on. Talking to the ladies from Mater during the Bloggers Brunch, I told them a little about my son's story and decided to give the nappies another try now he's bigger.

We found that the Mater nappies didn't leak - I think that's the biggest plus right there! During some of the time we were trialling the nappies, my little one was on a course of antibiotics so you can be assured they were tested to the max!

Will I Repurchase?

Yes! They are not only a product that works for us, I also like that the proceeds from the sale of the Mater Baby Products go to support Mater Little Miracles, funding specialist life-saving care and research for babies in Australia. If you're interested, you can get them online here or find a stockist here.




What I wore:

navy stripe tee dress with ankle boots and yellow accessories linen love quotes scarf | away from blue

bright yellow scarf with mustard yellow rebecca minkoff micro regan bag in harvest gold | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | stripe tee dress with yellow scarf and rebecca minkoff micro regan bag accessories
ScarfLove Quotes knotted tassel linen scarf in sunshine yellow
DressAtmos&Here navy stripe tee dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit formula above so much, I repeated a similar one again, as I like to do! This time, I picked a bright yellow Love quotes scarf to go with the striped navy tee dress, but I kept the bag and ankle boots the same. These ankle boots are the most comfortable I've ever owned, I was sad to see the brand shut up shop a couple of years ago!

While the linen scarf is a bold bright yellow and the Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag is more mustard, I think the two different shade worked well together in this outfit.

Wore this for a fun day out shopping with my mum and the boys. I got some early Christmas present ideas for the boys as we went around the stores. It was such a good day out, even if I didn't buy anything for myself. I'd been eyeing a dress in Jeanswest for an upcoming wedding, but I was a bit disappointed when I saw it in person. I did like this outfit a little more than the one above - the dress is a more mum-friendly length, with the hem longer in the back!


Last worn: yellow Love quotes scarf, navy stripe tee dress, black ankle boots (above), Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag (above).

Other ways to wearyellow Love quotes scarf and tie dye maxi dress, navy stripe tee dress in spring, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyyellow Love quotes scarf in second trimester, navy stripe tee dress, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag and maxi skirt.



Orange and Yellow Scarves Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

It's easy to stick to neutral outfits in winter, as you're guaranteed all your layers will go together! But it's nice to add a touch of colour through bright accessories. I love my colourful handbags, but a bold and bright scarf is another fun way to accessorise. Bright citrus colours like orange and yellow are a great pop against navy outfits.


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Some items in this post were provided to me for review purposes. As always: all thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Maxi Dresses, Tartan Scarves, Leather Jackets and Rebecca Minkoff MAM

For something a little different from the jeans rut I'd fallen into, I pulled out my maxi dresses, layering them up to make them more winter weather appropriate. I love wearing my maxis year-round. To be fair, we don't have snow in Brisbane which makes them a more suitable choice, especially when worn with leather jackets, ankle boots and colourful tartan scarves to keep me cosy!

What I wore:

tie dye maxi dress in winter leather jacket ankle boots tartan scarf RM mam bag | awayfromblue

Tie dye maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram red tartan plaid scarf leather jacket ankle boots winter layers with tie dye maxi dress
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
Scarf: red tartan scarf
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

So happy that I've hit 30 wears on this maxi dress! (I shared a little more about the 30 wears challenge here). The dress is a piece I first wore for Christmas a few years back and it's been worn often since, through two pregnancies and afterwards. As you can see, it layers up perfectly for winter with a cosy leather jacket like this too. Cooper's wearing his winter layers too with his wooly hoodie! 🐶

The tartan scarf was a fun way to add a little more colour and print to my outfit - and it kept me warm while we were outside playing in the playground at playgroup. Even with the tie dye print on the maxi dress, the subtle blue and grey print on the leather jacket, I felt this extra print wasn't too much and just completed the outfit nicely. It's such a pretty scarf.

Picked my neutral grey Rebecca Minkoff MAB to wear with this as it's the perfect bag for running around outside with the boys - easy to throw it on cross body with the long strap. And the grey worked perfectly with everything else going on in my outfit.


Last worn: printed leather jacket, red tartan scarf, tie dye maxi dress, RMK ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAM.

Other ways to wearprinted leather jacket worn 30 ways, red tartan scarf and stripes, tie dye maxi dress worn knottedblack ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in the office

Perfect for pregnancyred tartan scarf in first trimester, tie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, RMK ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in third trimester.


TMI Tag Video: 50 Questions About Me



Just for fun I thought I'd add this tag video I did recently - my friend Tess from NaptimeNigella tagged me to answer 50 different questions. Nice way to find out a little more about me!




What I wore:

black maxi dress with cobalt blue leather jacket and tartan scarf for winter | away from the blue

Rebecca Minkoff grey MAM bag in crook of arm with black maxi dress | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | black maxi dress layered up for winter with plaid scarf cobalt leather jacket colourful layers
JacketWittner 'Santa Fe' cobalt blue leather jacket
Scarf: blue tartan scarf
Dressblack Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit formula above so much, I did what I frequently do and copied it again to wear it with different pieces. I picked a plain black maxi dress this time, with the bright cobalt leather jacket and the only print in the outfit was my blue tartan scarf. I think this outfit worked really well. I've worn and liked the scarf and jacket together before, so it was an easy option when wondering what to wear with this dress.

Again, I kept things simple with the bag, sticking with the neutral Rebecca Minkoff MAM. We took the boys into the city for something a little different. It was quite a big day for them, as afterwards we went over to my friend's place to watch Church Online together. The boys were definitely exhausted at the end of the night! The day was lots of fun though.


Last worn: cobalt leather jacket, blue tartan scarf, black halterneck maxi dress, black ankle boots (above), Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag (above).

Other ways to wearcobalt leather jacket and printed jeans, blue tartan scarf and double denim, black halterneck maxi dress and kimono, black ankle boots and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancytartan scarf in first trimester, black halterneck maxi dress in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag in third trimester.



Tartan Scarves Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Maxi dresses don't have to be confined to the summer months! With some winter essentials like boots, a leather jacket and a cosy scarf, you can make them work for winter. Colourful tartan (aka plaid) scarves like these add a bit of colour and fun to a winter outfit too, and are a great pop against neutral dresses.


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Monday, 13 August 2018

Printed Shirts, Colourful Pants and Ankle Boots With Rebecca Minkoff MAB

Do you ever hit that point in a season where you're just over it, uninspired and dreaming of other weather? I hit that point in winter recently. I was cold and uninspired so I defaulted to my go-to outfit of jeans! The beauty of working in a business casual office environment is the ability to wear jeans through the week. Well, burgundy pants and a pair of grey jeans. Add some ankle boots, cosy scarves, and printed shirts and it's easy office style for winter.

What I wore:

burgundy and mint winter business casual office trench coat scarf outfit | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff soft grey MAB bag worn on crook of arm | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram camel trench burgundy pants ankle boots and mint stripe shirt outfit
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfForever New skye foil feather scarf in berry / gold (on sale!)
Shirt: Target mint stripe shirt
Pants:  Jeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

I usually plan my outfits the evening before I wear them. I'm not always organised enough to plan much further in advance! The night before I was cold, tired and wanted something easy. These burgundy pants are warm, and I've worn a very similar outfit before. The tan boots, camel trench and burgundy pants just work perfectly together, especially with the burgundy scarf and the neutral Rebecca Minkoff MAB. I've worn all these pieces together previously here, but this time for something different I picked another top. Again, mint and burgundy is a colour combination I've tried before, although it's the first time I've worn this shirt with the pants.

I really liked this outfit - being a combination of colours and pieces I've tried before, I knew I would, and it was just what I needed for an otherwise uninspired day. You know an outfit's good when your boss stops you in passing to comment on how much they love it!

I did manage to somehow spill multiple meals on myself so my outfit got progressively worse through the day, but otherwise it was a great outfit and a good day. Realising I'd spilled my drink over both my top and my pants after presenting a meeting wasn't a highlight (I missed my sleeve in the clean up and just noticed the pants!) but thankfully no-one said anything, if they did notice.


Last worn: camel trench, burgundy feather foil scarf, mint stripe shirt, burgundy pants, Chelsea boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and fit and flare dress, burgundy feather foil scarf and little black dress, mint stripe shirt and denim shorts, burgundy pants worn 2 ways, Chelsea boots and floral dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, mint stripe shirt in second trimester, burgundy pants in second trimester, Chelsea boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB in third trimester.


Wear And Tear: Rebecca Minkoff MAB




What my MAB looks like now, after 5 years of wear!




What I wore:

navy macintosh, purple skinny jeans, mixed print shirt and skull scarf, RM MAM bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram magenta scarf purple jeans mixed print shirt and navy mac coat colourful winter office outfit
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfAlexander McQueen magenta skull scarf in roses print
ShirtJeanswest 'Ruby' mixed print shirt
PantsJeanswest 'shale' super skinny jeans
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Another outfit following the same outfit formula - printed shirt, cosy coat and colourful pants. I like that these jeans are a muted purple-y grey colour, they don't look as obvious as blue denim but are still just as comfortable. While jeans are definitely not frowned on during the week (and you see a lot of blue denim around mid-week in the office) I only pick these jeans to wear on quiet days where I won't be presenting much.

We had a busy day, I was working on another initiative outside of my usual work with a smaller group, so the casual jeans were perfect. Comfortable too.

With the mixed print on this shirt I wasn't completely sure what scarf to go with, went with this magenta one in the morning at the last moment as I liked the colour it added with the navy macintosh. It was actually a warmer start to the morning - a sign winter is coming to an end! - and I debated leaving the scarf behind. I was able to leave my macintosh at my desk when we all went out for lunch, such a warm afternoon. The little exposed ankles I had from rolling up my jeans didn't make me as cold as when I did the same thing in the first outfit above!


Last worn: navy macintosh, purple skull scarf, mixed print shirt, shale skinny jeans, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and fit and flare dress, purple skull scarf and polka dots, mixed print shirt and metallic jeans, shale skinny jeans and blazer, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff MAB worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancypurple skull scarf in third trimester, shale skinny jeans in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB in second trimester.



Colourful Pants Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

In a business casual office, you have a lot more options when it comes to workwear. You don't have to stick to classic black pants, and can experiment more with cuts like wide legs, culottes or skinnies. You might even be able to wear a pair of jeans like I have in the second outfit. Colourful pants are a nice way to stay warm in winter while keeping cosy at the same time, especially when paired with ankle boots and scarves.


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Friday, 10 August 2018

Maxi Skirts In Winter With Grey Knits and Blanket Scarves | Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC and MAB Tote

I love a maxi skirt, and I try to wear the majority of the ones I have year-round. They are much too pretty to be left hanging in the wardrobe all winter! I followed the same simple outfit formula to wear these two blue maxi skirts: with grey jumpers, colourful scarves and mini Rebecca Minkoff bags.

What I wore:

chambray maxi skirt in winter embellished grey knit bird print scarf | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram embellished grey knit chambray maxi skirt navy scarf mini mac bag
Scarf: navy bird print scarf
JumperWarehouse grey bead front jumper
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

This was back in the winter school holidays, on quite a nice day. My mum and I had planned to take the boys out shopping to spend some of the $5 challenge money I'd saved. (You save every $5 note you get as change then every year or 6 months you look back and see what you've managed to save). We made a last minute change of plans and took the boys out for the day to the Ipswich Rail museum, where they have a 'Day Out With Thomas'. I've posted about it before. The boys love it, and the reaction when they discovered where we were going was so cute. I wish I'd recorded it.

I did think about taking a jacket, as the sleeves on this grey knit are only 3/4 length, but as we were in the museum most of the day I really didn't need it so I was glad I didn't take one.

It's not the first time I've layered up this chambray maxi skirt for winter. While the chambray is light enough for summer, it works nicely in winter too with cosier layers on top like this grey knit and the big scarf.


Last worn: embellished knit, bird print scarf, chambray maxi skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearembellished knit and pencil skirt, bird print scarf and skinny jeans, chambray maxi skirt and printed tee30 ways to wear black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyembellished knit in first trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag in third trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC and Mini MAB Tote Comparison









What I wore:

purple blanket scarf striped maxi skirt foil grey jumper SAHM style | away from blue

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

awayfromblue instagram witner maxi skirt blanket scarf foil print knit outfit
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs mauve square scarf
KnitJeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

Once again, repeating the outfit formula I loved and trying it again with different pieces to make another outfit. This time did go shopping, we headed to Ikea with the boys. It was a productive trip. As usual, you come out of Ikea with more than you planned, but I got some nice wardrobe inspiration, the boys got some toys, I picked up a little kids table for them, and their lunch was free because it was school holidays 'kids eat free'.

This skirt hasn't been worn in winter before, it has slits up the side so it's not the best choice for a cold day. With the warm grey knit, cosy blanket scarf and ankle boots, I thought it would be okay for a day mostly in the car and indoors at Ikea. While it was a little chilly in the morning, I did like this outfit. It was comfortable for walking around all day, and I liked the touch of colour with the purple scarf and mini MAB tote bag.


Last worn: foil polka dot knit, Marc Jacobs purple scarf, navy stripe maxi skirt, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote.

Other ways to wearfoil polka dot knit and shorts, Marc Jacobs purple scarf and purple jeansnavy stripe maxi skirt and band tee, Chelsea leather ankle boots and printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyChelsea leather ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in third trimester.



Grey Knits Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Maxi skirts can easily be layered up for winter, just by adding cosy layers. A neutral knit, a big blanket scarf and ankle boots work on a warmer winter day. You can add a jacket and maybe tights or leggings underneath if you have to face cooler temperatures, but the outfits above are perfect for Brisbane winters.


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