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Friday, 24 January 2020

Maxi Skirts and V-Neck Tees With Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag

I like to stick to my outfit formulas a lot, as you'll know if you follow my blog. A plain tee and a printed maxi skirt is one formula I wear often! It's such a simple outfit for a hot day, and sticking with a plain tee means you don't have to worry about prints clashing. You don't have to restrict yourself to neutrals either, I'm wearing two bright tees with equally colourful maxi skirts below.


What I wore:

cotton on raspberry tee with silver accessories and ally fashion floral boho border maxi skirt | awayfromblue

ally fashion blue border print floral maxi skirt with Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | raspberry pink tee with ally fashion blue floral maxi skirt silver accessories mum style
Necklace: Tiffany & Co silver 5th Avenue notes heart pendant necklace
TeeCotton On deep v tee in washed dessert rose
SkirtAlly Fashion blue border print floral maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Wearing a lot of new pieces here! It's so fun looking at my wardrobe after Christmas and seeing all the new combinations I can come up with! This raspberry pink tee, a gift from my mum, works so nicely with this blue floral maxi skirt, another gift from my mum! While there is pink in the print of the skirt, it's a slightly different shade. I still think they work so well together though.

I kept the accessories simple, sticking with plain silver, from the silver Tiffany necklace (a Christmas gift from the boys) to the silver bracelets I never take off and the metallic silver mini MAC bag. This bag goes with everything, such a staple for me.

Had a quiet morning at home with friends - we hosted Church Online at our place for a change. It's nice having the space to be able to do things like that in our new house!


Last worn: raspberry tee, blue floral maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC bag. It's the first time I've worn the necklace as it was a Christmas present.

Other ways to wearraspberry tee and denim shorts, blue floral maxi skirt and turquoise tank, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC bag and floral dress.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC bag in third trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag Review










What I wore:

pastel yellow tee with red boho print maxi skirt and aquamarine mini mac bag | away from blue

wrap bracelet and red printed maxi skirt with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | away from the blue



awayfromblue Instagram | mum style yellow tee with red boho print maxi skirt outfit photo with toddler
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
TeeJeanswest essential v-neck tee in elfin yellow
Skirt: thrifted Billabong red printed maxi skirt
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

Another bright and colourful outfit! I got this idea from Sheila and a comment she left on a previous post where I wore this red printed maxi skirt with a white tee and mustard scarf, saying the skirt would look good with a mustard tee. There is yellow on the print of the skirt so it seems like a great pairing, but I wasn't sure about the boldness of the two pieces together. When I picked up this pale yellow tee in the Jeanswest sales after Christmas, I knew I wanted to try wearing it with this skirt!

Although the red and yellow felt bold enough I couldn't resist adding a little extra colour with this aquamarine mini MAC bag. It's a firm favourite as I like the way it works with yellow! Kept the rest of my accessories simple and neutral to let the outfit shine.

This was the perfect combination of colourful and comfortable for attending a playdate with the wonderful Sasha, our kids had such a fun time together and despite a few interruptions we got a great chat in. She's such a sweet lady and blogger and I'm so glad to have had the chance to catch up with her again! Funnily enough I wore this maxi skirt last time I met up with her too!


Last worn: pale yellow tee, starburst necklace, red printed maxi skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearpale yellow tee and olive shorts, red printed maxi skirt and band tee, studded sandals and navy dress, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC bag and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancystudded sandals in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC bag at 39 weeks.



Printed Maxi Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A plain tee and printed maxi skirt is such an easy outfit for mum life - whether hosting friends at home or running around after your kids at the playground! For something a little different you can try a brightly coloured tee to wear with the maxi skirt, picking a colour out from the print to find the perfect colour of tee.


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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Blue Kimonos With Navy Tops and Shorts

Keeping it simple for the summer heat with shorts and kimonos! I love my kimonos over summer, I'm sharing an old favourite that's on frequent repeat as well as a new one I picked up in the January sales!

What I wore:

navy floral cocoon kimono with marle tee and pink cuffed shorts balenciaga first bag | awayfromblue

floral kimono and pink shorts with Balenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | floral cocoon kimono with pink shorts and balenciaga first bag
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Kmart rose gold and pink beaded necklace
TeeAtmos & Here Avery marle tee in navy
Shorts: thrifted pastel pink cotton shorts
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas
BagBalenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India

Why I wore it:

Surprisingly, despite having both this kimono and the navy tee for a few years, I've never worn them together! I think the slightly different shade of navy from the marle tee works so nicely with the deeper navy on the floral kimono. The blush pink shorts are something that have been worn with this kimono a few times in the past, even though they don't match the pink in the print exactly I feel they compliment it nicely. And the rose gold and blush necklace matches them perfectly to tie it all together.

The turquoise Balenciaga first bag kind of matches the pale blue in the floral print, which was a happy coincidence as intended the bag to be another pop of colour for the outfit. It makes me happy when everything matches nicely!

This was a quick outfit to pull together for a busy day. We dropped off more stuff at the opshop, and then of course I bought a few more things when we went in to "just have a look", ha! Still the 2 pieces of clothing and 2 books we bought were a lot less than the 4 boxes and a bag full of clothes and other items that we had donated! I do tend to delay donating things until I have a car boot full as I always find something to buy every time I go. Then we had a lot of errands to run, thankfully most of them could be done in the comfort of the air-conditioned shopping centre as it was a very humid day!


Last worn: floral cocoon kimono, blush and rose gold necklace, navy marle tee, blush cotton shorts, Havaianas, Balenciaga first bag.

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and maxi dress, navy marle tee over a dress, blush cotton shorts and denim jacket, Balenciaga first bag and olive shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral cocoon kimono at 39 weeks.


Perfect Bag For Every Occasion






What I wore:

Jeanswest Kensley summer tie-dye kimono with LV speedy bandouliere bag and navy breastfeeding tank summer theme park mum style | away from blue

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere with tassel bag charm | away from the blue

navy and black breastfeeding theme park outfit Jeanswest Kensley summer tie-dye kimono | awayfromblue Instagram
Jacket: Jeanswest Kensley summer tie-dye kimono (new purchase, on sale!)
Necklace: Colette marble and gold pendant drop long necklace
Tank: MEV Britney bubble tank in mood indigo C/O
ShortsJeanswest Sara distressed hot short
Shoes: New Balance white and blue sneakers
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

I picked this navy tank to wear as I'm getting close to 30 wears with it and so I'm trying to reach for it more often to hit that number this year! I also liked the way it went with this recently purchased tie dye kimono. Especially when worn with the black shorts, it echos the colours in the tie dye print nicely.

Added the purple and gold necklace for a little touch of colour, and the Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere bag as I needed something waterproof for our day out at Sea World on the Gold Coast. We had quite a lot of rain that weekend, which put out a few fires thankfully, and it was predicted to rain more. Luckily it didn't start raining until we were in the car going home.

The shoes are actually super old ones I purchased out of necessity when I was in an accident and injured my knee years ago, before kids. I've kept them despite many wardrobe clear outs even though they are rarely worn (only on longer walks with the dogs) as they are nice to have "just in case". I've always had a bit of a weak knee with repeated knocks, accidents and bumps to it causing an old injury to be aggravated. It's good to have these for whenever my injury plays up.

I'm not a fan of the dad sneaker trend but with a day of walking around a theme park ahead of me and still being in a lot of knee pain after injuring myself again after Christmas, I needed a shoe that would support my knee as much as possible. Even if they don't go with my outfit, I always keep things real here on the blog and share what I actually wear. Plus it's the bags you come to see, not my boring shoe collection 😂





Last worn: navy breastfeeding tank, marble necklaceblack denim shorts, speedy bandouliere. First time I've worn the tie dye kimono as it's a recent purchase. 

Other ways to wear: navy breastfeeding tank and blush blazer, black denim shorts and printed tee, speedy bandouliere and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancynavy breastfeeding tank in second trimester, speedy bandouliere in third trimester.




Navy Kimonos Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A navy kimono is so easy to wear, even if it's a bold tie dye or floral print. You can wear a simple navy tank or tee underneath and a pair of your fave shorts, for a summer outfit that's quick to pull together.


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Friday, 10 January 2020

Blue Printed Dresses With Green Accessories - Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Bag

This little green Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag has been on frequent repeat lately. It was a nice nod to the festive season over December and it's the perfect size for all my essentials when I'm out with the boys. I love how green and blue look together to so thought I'd group 3 of these recent blue dress and green bag outfits together onto one outfit post.

What I wore:

Jeanswest 'Chelsea' navy boho printed dress with gold sandals green mini 5 zip bag | awayfromblue

navy printed dress, bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag  | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | boho navy jeanswest chelsea dress with green bag teal tassel earrings
Earrings: Kmart teal tassel earrings
DressJeanswest 'Chelsea' printed dress
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs labradorite bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag (get 20% off with code "REAL")

Why I wore it:

First time I've worn this blue printed dress with green and I'm not sure why, I really liked this combination! It was a super hot day so picked this nice light dress, so easy to wear to church. It was just right for wearing to the Christmas fun fair and carol service in the evening too.

I decided not to wear a necklace and tied the tassels into a bow at the neckline instead. I picked some green bracelets to stack with my usual silver ones and match the green mini 5 zip bag. The rose gold sandals were great in the heat and they tied in with the gold zips on the bag nicely too.



Last worn: teal earringsboho print dress, rose gold sandals, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag.

Other ways to wear: navy boho printed dress and silver accessories, rose gold sandals and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancynavy boho printed dress in second trimester.







What I wore:


NecklaceRuby Olive Art series long striped pod necklace
DressJeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag (get 20% off with code "REAL")

Why I wore it:

I'd planned something else to wear on this day but it was due to hit 38 degrees (100 Fahrenheit ) so I changed my mind and opted for a simple dress instead.

It was a busy morning with a big appointment for my son. I wasn't sure if we would be able to make the special Christmas messy play after it but thankfully the doctor was on time and we were able to quickly drive to the messy play morning. The boys had so much fun and with the extra shade and water play it wasn't too bad in the heat. Even if I did regret wearing this pretty dress a little when the boys got really messy, haha! Thankfully my dress stayed clean even all our legs ended up covered in blue slime! 😂

I really liked the green bag with the chambray dress, and the necklace was a fun way to add even more colour to my outfit. 💚


Last worn: chambray button up dress, Ruby Olive necklace, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag (above).

Other ways to wearchambray button up dress and kimono, studded sandals and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag and yellow kimono.

Perfect for pregnancychambray button up dress in second trimester, studded sandals in third trimester.





What I wore:



NecklaceOxfam Noah's Ark green red beaded necklace
DressShein navy flower print flowy dress (c/o)
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag (get 20% off with code "REAL")

Why I wore it:

This outfit felt very festive! With the navy and blue dress I added my green Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag again as well as this green and red statement necklace.

While it has 3/4 sleeves, this swing dress is a light viscose material and was perfect for a night out in the city. We took the boys our for dinner and then to the Enchanted Garden at Roma Street parklands. They string up lots of lights through the beautiful gardens there for Christmas and have music and fog...it's so beautiful and very magical to walk through.

Was such a humid night though, I was glad I just picked this light dress to wear!


Last worn: navy swing dress, red and green necklace, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag (above), studded sandals (above).

Other ways to wearnavy swing dress and ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag and matching jeans, studded sandals and maxi dress

Perfect for pregnancystudded sandals in second trimester.


Blue Summer Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Blue and green should definitely be seen! If you're not sure about trying the combination you can do it in a small way by picking a blue dress and adding green accessories. A green bag as a burst of colour like the first outfit is a nice way to ease into trying the colour combination, or you could try wearing two green accessories like I have in the second and third outfits with the green necklaces and bag.


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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Black Maxi Skirts And Printed Tanks With Matching Bags and Necklaces

Summer Christmas parties are easy to dress for when I stick to a simple outfit formula like I have here. A printed tank, black maxi skirt and a matching bag and necklace in festive colours works well, never over or under dressed! While I wore these back in December for a couple of Christmas parties, they are not so festive that they couldn't be worn other times of the year!

What I wore:

colourful mixed print tank with green necklace and rebecca minkoff mini 5 zip crossbody bag black maxi skirt | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | mixed print tank with green statement necklace matching rebecca minkoff mini 5 zip bag black maxi skirt mum style
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
Tank: thrifted Target mixed print colourful printed tank
SkirtJeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag (get 20% off with code "REAL")

Why I wore it:

I had this tank in mind for an upcoming Christmas party as I thought the red in the print would look so festive with green accessories! I really liked the way this outfit turned out. the matching necklace and Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag always look good together and with a subtle touch of red in the mixed print tank were a big festive touch. The black drawstring maxi skirt was a good base with all of the colour too!

It was a hot day with a big storm in the afternoon so I was thankful for the slits in the sides of this maxi skirt, kept me cool as we ran around running errands and getting some food to take to the party.


Last worn: mixed print tank, green statement necklace, black drawstring maxi skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag.

Other ways to wearmixed print tank and shortsblack drawstring maxi skirt in capsule wardrobe, studded sandals and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancystudded sandals in second trimester.


Favourite Rebecca Minkoff Bag:






What I wore:

leaf print tank with black drawstring maxi skirt red statement necklace and rebecca minkoff avery bag | away from the blue

black maxi skirt with Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram black maxi skirt with leaf print tank red accessories and rebecca minkoff bag summer Christmas party mum outfit
Necklace: thrifted red flat bead necklace
TankJeanswest Elissa leaf print tank
Skirt: thrifted Crossroads black ruffle hem maxi skirt
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus gold leaf cuff
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

I'd planned to wear a green necklace with this outfit to look really festive for our final Christmas party of the season but wasn't sure it worked with the neckline of this fern print tank when I put it on. I didn't want to wear the green necklace above again, although I thought it would work, as it had been getting a lot of wear over December!

I decided to go matchy-matchy with the red necklace, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery tote bag and red statement necklace. Even the gold leaf cuff matched the gold hardware on the bag and the leaf print on the tank.

Again we had a busy morning before the party but spent some time with friends in the playground before it got too hot. The party was really fun too and worth the wait being the last one of December!


Last worn: leaf print tank, gold leaf cuff, red statement necklace, black drawstring maxi skirt, studded sandals (above), Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery tote.

Other ways to wearleaf print tank and blazer, black drawstring maxi skirt at Disneyland, studded sandals and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery tote and floral dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: studded sandals in third trimester.



Printed Tanks Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A printed tank is a fun option for a Christmas party, especially if you stick to festive colours like red or green. They are things you can easily wear year round too, and with all the colour and print a black maxi skirt is a good pairing.



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Monday, 6 January 2020

Weekday Wear Linkup! What I Wore For Christmas - Casual and Dressy With Gold Earrings

For today's Weekday Wear Linkup I'm sharing what I wore for Christmas!

I wore a maxi skirt for Christmas eve and a maxi dress for the big day, both accessorised with cross body bags and some pretty gold earrings. Two very different outfits though, as we dress down for Christmas eve and dress up for Christmas day. Both days are filled with family but Christmas eve is a lot more casual as we decorate cookies, attempt Christmas craft and snack as we watch a Christmas movie. Christmas day we dress up to enjoy the family time, unwrap gifts, and have a big delicious feast.

What I wore:

casual Christmas eve outfit glitter santa novelty tee with maxi skirt red bag and gold bauble earrings | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag with ribbon and bell Christmas bracelet| away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | casual Christmas eve outfit festive Santa glitter tee with gold bauble earrings and red rebecca minkoff bag
Earrings: Colette Ciao Bella glitter ball drop earrings
Tee: festive glitter Santa tee
Skirt: thrifted pinstripe maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas (gift from mum)
Bracelets: the usual plus Christmas bow bracelet (with bells!)
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

Another year of wearing my novelty Santa tee! My sister bought us all these festive glitter tees one year and so every year my question about what to wear for Christmas eve is partially answered - depending on the weather I might wear shorts or a maxi skirt with the tee. It was a little cooler and threatening rain so I figured a maxi skirt was perfect to stop me being too hot or too cold. The day was rain free but there was a huge storm in the afternoon which meant we stayed a little later at my parents until it had blown over!

The gold earrings were a recent gift from my mum - I spotted them while we were out shopping before Christmas and she bought them for me when we were browsing Colette. They look so much little gold baubles I just had to have them, and knew that they would fit in with the glitter on my tee and the Christmas bell and ribbon bracelet (another tradition, just as much as the tee is!). I'm hoping that because they are a classic gold I will get some wear from them outside December too. They look a lot more subtle in the pictures than they do in person!

Kept it simple with the bag. Red and green is so festive so this cute little red Rebecca Minkoff bag was an obvious choice. I wore it last year too!


Last worn: festive tee, pinstripe maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag. First time I've worn the gold earrings as they were a recent gift.

Other ways to wearfestive tee and shorts, pinstripe maxi skirt and pink scarf, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag and floral dress.

Perfect for pregnancyfestive tee in second trimester.


Christmas Q&A Tag Video:







What I wore:

Kmart tropical notch neck floral maxi dress for Christmas day with mixed metal accessories silver bracelet stack gold earrings vintage Chanel bag | awayfromblue

Chanel vintage quilted lambskin flap bag with silver bracelet stack | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | kmart tropical floral print maxi dress with gold earrings silver bracelets and vintage Chanel flap bag for Christmas day
Earrings: gold pendant chandelier earrings
NecklaceTiffany diamonds by the yard necklace
Dress: Kmart tropical notch neck floral maxi dress (gift from mum)
Shoes: Wittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus vintage silver charm bracelet, diamond and pearl bracelet
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap

Why I wore it:

A much dressier outfit for the big day - we spent the morning at home with the kids, unwrapping presents and enjoying their surprise with everything Santa brought them. Then it was off to the first set of grandparents for more presents before leaving again to end the day down the coast with my family. It's a bit of travelling for one day but it's good to see everyone. Photo is a little dark as it was quite cloudy when I took this pic in the morning and I didn't want to open up the blinds - we had some toys in the back yard for a big Christmas surprise once all the presents were open!

If you're a frequent reader you'll know that I love my Kmart floral dresses! I had went into the store with my mum a few weeks before Christmas to check out another dress I'd never had a chance to try on when I was with the boys, and was disappointed to see it didn't look as good on as it did on the hanger. Mum had spotted this pretty maxi dress for me to take into the change room too and I fell in love with it! She kindly bought it for me and I knew it would be the perfect Christmas day dress.

The chandelier earrings were a gift from my mum too, last year! I thought the gold went nicely with the gold hardware on the vintage Chanel bag. With the statement earrings I didn't feel the need to add a big necklace to this, I thought the bag and earrings were enough, especially with all my silver bracelets. I decided on this delicate Tiffany necklace which matched the silver bracelet stack. Sometimes I like mixing metals with my accessories.


Last worn: gold chandelier earrings, diamond necklace, studded sandals, vintage Chanel flap bag. First time I've worn the teal floral dress as it's a recent gift.

Other ways to wearstudded sandals and shorts, vintage Chanel flap bag and tee dress

Perfect for pregnancystudded sandals in second trimester, vintage Chanel flap bag at 30 weeks



How You Can Wear It:

A classic maxi skirt or dress can be perfect for a Christmas gathering. They can be dressed up or down easily, and in our Queensland summers are a great choice to beat the heat. Might not be the best idea if you have a snowy Christmas though, unless you have a free hand to hold the hem up whenever you step foot outside! Adding a pretty pair of statement gold earrings can help you feel a little festive too whatever your weather.




Weekday Wear Linkup #52


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Friday, 3 January 2020

30 Ways To Wear: Gold Marc By Marc Jacobs Mouse Flats & 2019 Shopping Review, 2020 Budget

For this month's 30 ways to wear post I'm also sharing how my "spend less on fashion" year went in 2019, and my spending goals for 2020!


These little metallic Marc by Marc Jacobs mouse flats definitely deserve their own 30 wears post. It's not a style that's made any more, you can find some on eBay and other resale sites though. I bought them on sale back in 2013 for $166, and they've been worn 92 times since then. (So currently $1.80 per wear). I think I'm definitely getting my money's worth from them! While they are showing a little wear they are still very comfortable and wearable and I expect them to be around for a while yet. Even if they could do with a bit of a polish!


30 ways to wear metallic ballet flats Marc by Marc Jacobs mouse shoes | away from the blue blog


It's such a talking point when people realise I'm wearing little mouse shoes, they are too fun for me to ever think of giving them up, even if they are discontinued and the Marc by Marc Jacobs brand isn't around any more. I like to wear them whenever I know I'll be meeting new people as they are a cute conversation starter. The metallic gold goes with absolutely everything too, I had a hard time putting this 30 wears post together as I wear them with so many colours!

I decided to show you 34 outfits, with different styles of clothing I've worn these flats with rather than focusing on colour combinations to try. I hope it inspires you to try something different with a similar pair of flats you own - I find bold bright shoes tricky to wear but these fun novelty metallic gold ones are very versatile! Much more versatile that you'd expect from a pair of shoes with mouse ears and whiskers!



Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Flats with Dresses


Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Flats with Dresses 8 ways to wear | away from the blue


Ballet flats and a dress is a staple outfit for a hot day - and add a blazer, a more structured bag maybe, and it's perfect for the office! I had a hard time picking my fave dress and mouse flats outfits to share here as I have worn this outfit combo a lot!


Metallic Gold Ballet Flats with Skirts


Metallic Gold Ballet Flats with Skirts 8 outfit ideas | awayfromblue blog


Of course just as I wear my mouse flats to the office with dresses, I like to wear them with pencil skirts too, another work staple for me! You can match the metallic flats to something else gold in our your outfit, like how I've matched the necklaces or gold hardware on the bags in most of these outfits. They can also be worn on their own, like in the first outfit, where the only gold touch is the ballet flats.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Flats with Jeans


Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Flats with Jeans ways to wear metallic flats 8 ideas | awayfromtheblue


Simple mum style for a busy day with the kids - ballet flats and jeans! I like how printed, flared or colourful jeans all work as well with these shoes as much as skinny jeans do. Being metallic, I also feel they dress up the stay at home mum outfits a little more thank classic black ballet flats. My kids love that the shoes have little ears and whiskers too!


Gold Mouse Flats in Pregnancy


marc by marc jacobs mouse flats in pregnancy 4 outfit ideas | away from blue blog


While my pregnancies with the boys both ended with massive heatwaves and my feet swelled up massively with the heat and humidity, there were some days in pregnancy (second trimester and early third trimester) when I could still wear these shoes. I think the elasticated sections helped them stretch out a little, and they were still comfortable to wear.  It's not always possible to wear the same pair of shoes all 40 weeks of pregnancy, but I love looking back at my baby bump pics and seeing how I could still wear my pre-pregnancy pieces, even if they were just accessories!



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2019 Fashion Spend and 2020 Budget


Last year I set a simple goal, I wanted to spend less on fashion than I had the year before. In 2017 I spent $1,696.53, in 2018 I met that goal and only spent $1,014.44.

For 2019, I also met that goal and only spent $633.18 on fashion over the year (this includes a $158.99 gift card spend). For 2018, I'd spent $664.44 without gift cards and so I'm pleased to see I spent less than that in 2019 even with gift card spend included.

I had an average spend of $52.27 a month which is pretty good (my average spend in 2018 was $84.54 a month). Despite spending less, I bought more in 2019, with 43 items for the year so average of $14.72 each. Most of my gift card spend went to house things which is why I don't have a nice round figure for gift card spend on fashion.


How I spent less:


  • We had our big Europe trip at the start of the year as well as the move into our house when the build was finished.
  • We had a few things in mind to buy for the new house which reduced my budget, and I used most of the gift cards I got for Christmas (stores like Kmart and David Jones) on things for our new house.
  • I usually spend a lot in the January sales, but with the house build going on, studying for a big exam and saving for our Europe trip my mind was occupied with other things!
  • I focused on the 30 wear series more and on rewearing what I had instead of frequently buying new.
  • I shopped in the opshops more frequently and in high street stores less and although I couldn't resist all the sales I used my gift cards as much as possible when I did shop in the big shopping centres.
  • I had the 2018 previous spend figure of $1,014.44 in mind when spending anything on fashion to keep me on track, and I noted down my spend each month to know where I stood.


2020 Budget:


For this new year, I'd love to spend less on fashion than I did in 2019. $633.18 is a pretty low figure for me and one I'm very impressed with, but I'm not sure I could meet that again! I'm going to try meet that figure, but give myself a $1,000 budget similar to what I had in 2019 and I'll see how I go with spending less than that this year. If I can get less than $633.18 I'll be really impressed, but under $1,000, similar to the budget I had last year, and I'll be happy.

What's your fashion budget for this year?




Note: This post, like all my posts, was written and scheduled in advance. I had to add this note in though given the horrible situation unfolding in Australia, especially with it looking bleaker every day. So soon after my last note, once again the country is consumed with bushfires. We are safe from the bushfires, as are our family and friends for now.




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