Showing posts with label kimono. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kimono. Show all posts

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Black Tanks, Shorts and Printed Scarves With Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag: Spring SAHM Style

Shorts are a great option to beat the summer heat. When you want to add a little more interest to your outfit, you can always throw on a light scarf. Both of these Fashion Scarf Girl scarves are light viscose which makes them good layers to add. Of course if it's really hot and humid, you can wear a scarf a little differently like I have in the second outfit.

What I wore:

navy geometric mixed print tassel scarf with olive shorts and grey quilted Love bag Rebecca Minkoff | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram oliveshorts navy mixed print scarf SAHM shopping style
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl navy Geo print tassel scarf (c/o)
TankFrench Connection feather foil singlet
ShortsJeanswest Tessa olive embroidered shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Not the first time I've worn this scarf with olive! I really like navy and olive together. I thought the scarf was a cute completer piece to add to the outfit, as the black tank and olive shorts seemed a little flat. Last time I wore the tank and shorts together I added a kimono.

Despite the hot day, the scarf was a welcome addition as we spent some time in the aircon, trying to do a little more Christmas shopping at the local shopping centre. We ended up coming home empty handed, but with ideas for things to look at further, when we didn't have the boys with us.

Picked my Rebecca Minkoff Love bag to wear as it's a nice neutral that goes with everything and I felt it had been a while since I last wore it. A few months actually!


Last worn: French Connection tank, navy printed scarf, olive embroidered shorts, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag.

Other ways to wearFrench Connection tank and maxi skirt, navy printed scarf and jeans, olive embroidered shorts and mustard, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag worn 30 ways.


Perfect for pregnancyFrench Connection tank and hidden baby bump, Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag in third trimester.


30 Ways To Wear: Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag







What I wore:

pink leaf print scarf worn as a kimono with black tank bermuda denim shorts outfit | awayfromtheblue

denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram pink leaf print rectangular scarf tied as a kimono black tank denim shorts
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl leaf print scarf (c/o)
TankJeanswest Brianna basque hem tank
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Another basic black tank and shorts outfit dressed up with a scarf. While I did spend a little bit of the day in the aircon at the library with the boys, I felt it was a bit too hot and humid the rest of the day to wear the scarf as a scarf. So I improvised and wore it as a kimono! It's not the first time I've worn a scarf as a kimono, but it's probably my favourite way I've done so.

I think the pink leaf print was so pretty and a nice way to add interest to the plain outfit. Even if I did have to keep readjusting the scarf - this works a little better with square scarves instead of rectangular ones like this. Made it a nice light option for spending the day with the boys though.

Again, I stuck with the classic grey Rebecca Minkoff love bag as it really does go with everything!


Last worn: pink leaf print scarf, black blouson tank, bermuda denim shorts, Havaianas (above), Rebecca Minkoff Love bag (above).

Other ways to wearpink leaf print scarf with black and grey, black blouson tank in the office, bermuda denim shorts worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and winter layers.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff Love bag in second trimester.



Black Tanks Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A black tank is a wardrobe staple. In the warmer months, it looks great with shorts, from detailed embroidered pairs to basic denim ones. If the outfit feels a little plain, you can easily throw on a fun and colourful printed scarf. Draped loosely around your neck for a day spent in air conditioning, or tied as a kimono for a lightweight option on a day you're spending more time in the heat.


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Friday, 5 October 2018

Skinny Jeans, Bright Tanks and Kimonos With Colourful Rebecca Minkoff Bags

Spring weather means kimono weather for me! I'm wearing really simple outfits below with bright tanks and skinny jeans, you know I love my simple outfit formulas. I also love how the addition of a kimono makes a simple outfit a little more interesting.

What I wore:

Rebecca Minkoff ruana poncho with grey skinny jeans mustard tank and bag dinner outfit | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | rebecca minkoff ruana poncho kimono frey skinny jeans mustard yellow regan bag
JacketRebecca Minkoff Ruana poncho
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TankJeanswest Maya gather back tank in chartreuse
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

This was a last minute thrown together outfit. We'd had a quiet day, with the overcast and rainy weather, and then got an invitation in the afternoon to go out for dinner that evening. I picked my brightest tank to offset the gloomy evening. It's not the first time I've worn this mustard tank and bag together, it's a combination I love even though the shades of yellow don't match exactly.

With the mustard tank and bag, I kept everything else in the outfit neutral. I really loved this kimono with the grey skinny jeans. Everytime I wear them together (like here) I always like the resulting outfit. No exception this time around, again I loved this. I appreciated that this kimono is really just a giant blanket so it kept me cosy when we stepped out of the restaurant at the end of the night!


Last worn: Rebecca Minkoff poncho, mustard yellow tank, grey skinny jeans, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

Other ways to wearRebecca Minkoff poncho worn two ways, mustard yellow tank in the office, grey skinny jeans and navy top, silver ballet flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag with green.

Perfect for pregnancysilver ballet flats in third trimester.


My Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Collection:






What I wore:

turquoise tank, purple skinny jeans and bag with navy floral kimono, playgroup style | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum with faux fur pom pom | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | playgroup spring skinny jeans converse and floral kimono outfit
Jacket:  Cotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankJeanswest Maya gather back tank in mid turquoise
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

There must be something about these jeans! Once again I unsuspectingly wore them to playgroup, where ti was another messy play day. I did really well, watching the boys from a distance and keeping fairly clean until right at the very end. The boys were playing with pigs in 'mud' (cornflour, cocoa and water) and apparently the pigs liked to cannon ball in from great heights. I wasn't standing far enough back so got a bit splashed.

I didn't mind myself and the boys were soaked through as due to the cocoa it all smelled quite lovely, haha! We got some strange looks in Woolies grabbing groceries on the way home later though!

Messy morning aside, I really liked this outfit! These purple pants are frequently worn with blue, and I loved the bright tank with the darker purple. With the bright blue tank, navy floral kimono and purple mini MAB tote bag, I really liked all of the colours in this outfit. It felt so spring-like!


Last worn: navy cocoon kimono, blue tank, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote.

Other ways to wearfloral kimono and stripes, blue tank in the office, purple skinny jeans and ombre knit, Converse for exploring Sydney, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancynavy cocoon kimono at 39 weeks, purple skinny jeans in first trimester, Converse for second trimester travel, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in second trimester.


Bright Tanks Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Add some colour to your outfit with a plain but colourful tank! It's so easy to wear with jeans to add an extra touch of colour to your look. If you're unsure how to wear a bright tank, try pairing it with neutral layers like in the first outfit. You can go bold and pair it with other complementary colours like the second outfit if you prefer.


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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC With Skinny Jeans, Kimonos and Bright Tanks

I've been wearing my kimonos with jeans a lot lately. Kimonos and denim is a go-to outfit for me over summer, and I wanted to embrace winter with my jeans but still enjoy my kimonos for a little longer. I wore them with bright tanks because even though it's winter here in Brisbane it's still fun to add some colour to your outfit.

What I wore: 

SAHM style navy floral kimono black nobody denim skinny jeans mustard tank rebecca minkoff mini MAC

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram mustard tank black jeans floral navya cocoon kimono
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TopJeanswest Maya gather back tank in chartreuse
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (C/O, on sale!)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

Florals aren't just for spring! Wearing them to welcome the first day of winter with this cosy kimono. The navy kimono and mustard tank aren't a new combination, I wore it before here in summer, but it's a combination I love so much I was eager to wear again! This time with jeans instead of shorts, as it is still winter.

Had a busy day, with daycare drop off and pick up, working from home and baby boy's specialist appointment in the afternoon, so I wanted something easy and comfortable. By picking classic black jeans that go with everything and a top and kimono I've worn together before, I knew this outfit would work. Anything that makes getting dressed in the morning quicker and easier is good as a mum!

It was a chilly morning, but the warmer cotton of this kimono and the cocoon style enveloping my arms made this perfect for tackling the chill.


Last worn: floral cocoon kimono, mustard tank, nobody denim skinny jeans, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and shorts, mustard tank in summer, Nobody Denim skinny jeans and Converse, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in the office, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag and boho dress.


Perfect for pregnancyfloral cocoon kimono in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag in third trimester.




Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Collection:



I have a LOT of mini MAC bags (I actually have more I got since filming that video!)




What I wore:

colourful SAHM skinny jeans outfit pink tank blue kimono ankle boots | awayfromblue

blue and pink outfit with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine  | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram blue printed kimono pink satin tank black skinny jeans SAHM Style
JacketJeanswest Jamie printed kimono (on sale!)
Necklace: Silk beaded baby-friendly necklace
TankAsos satin singlet in pink
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
Shoes: Asos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

Unlike the kimono above, this kimono wasn't as cosy. I did regret it a little in the morning as we had an early start, with some errands before our ABA mother's group, and it took awhile for the weather to warm up. I wore this in the first week of winter though, when I wasn't quite ready to retire my kimonos for the season!

The ankle boots were an effort to make me feel warmer, but really they just annoyed me. I forgot that the zips on the hems of these Jeanswest skinny jeans make them difficult to wear with ankle boots, they just aren't a comfortable combo.

Despite these minor annoyances, I did like this outfit. I love blue and pink together, and this was a fun way to wear the combination, even if this kimono will be set aside to wait for warmer weather!


Last worn: Jamie print kimono, pink satin tank, Jeanswest prima jeans, Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearJamie print kimono and shorts, pink satin tank and double denim, Jeanswest prima jeans and denim jacket, Chelsea ankle boots and dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancypink satin tank hiding second trimester bump, Jeanswest prima jeans in second trimester, Chelsea ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in second trimester.



Printed Kimonos Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Black jeans go with everything and are a great wardrobe staple and alternative to the traditional blue. Wearing a pair of neutral black jeans lets you be a little more colourful with the rest of your outfit too. A printed kimono adds more interest to your outfit, making a bold but easy to wear colour combination when paired with a bright tank.


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Friday, 22 June 2018

Colourful Jeans with Converse And Kimonos | Wear & Tear Video of Rebecca Minkoff MAM Bag

There is something about the simplicity of a printed kimono with skinny jeans. Add in some shimmery tanks and you have such an easy stay at home mum outfit! As I shared last week, I've been loving this kind of outfit formula before the cold winter weather arrived. Wore these outfits for two very fun days out and about with the boys, Converse were a necessity. As I had a few things to carry, I went with my trusty mini MAB bag. It carries everything!

What I wore: 

purple printed kimono skinny jeans converse SAHM autumn style Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag | awayfromblue

purple skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram purple kimono skinny jeans rebecca minkoff MAM bag
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
TankJeanswest Maji metallic tank in soft green and silver (on sale!)
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

I worried the purple skinny jeans and printed kimono together might be a little too matchy-matchy, but I'm so glad I gave this a go as I really loved the combination! I debated wearing my trusty Havaianas over my Converse but figured it could still be quite a cold day. It wasn't, and a few times I regretted jeans and wish I'd gone with shorts!

We headed down the coast with the boys to see the Gold Coast 'Monster Machinery' day. We'd never been before, but with two boys who love all kinds of vehicles, it was the perfect destination. Unfortunately it looked like most of the people on the coast thought so too, it was so busy! The council set up all their vehicles in a park, along with some emergency vehicles, boats, and Lightning McQueen and Mac from the Cars movies. The boys loved it! They ignored the biggest digger (although to be fair I wasn't going to push them to stand in the huge line!) abut they had fun clambering over everything including jumping into the big scoops and pushing the horns on some of the trucks and riding in the fire engine and ambulance.

I loved my outfit, we had a fun day despite the crowds and lines, the only thing I didn't love was my bag choice. I specifically chose this much loved Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag as it fits everything I need to carry as well as my camera, and I'd planned to vlog the day. I took a cute video clip in the car on the way down and noticed the battery was getting low. Not an issue, it's pretty good and usually warns in advance. We finally found a parking spot, walked the long distance to the event, the boys got excited to see the vehicles, and I whipped out my camera to get a good pic, to realise the battery was dead. Luckily I had my phone, but the people waiting behind us to take a photo next were not impressed by my fumbling around!

I then had to carry around a heavy camera, bag and the baby bag. I wouldn't have minded if I could have used the camera, but it was a bit frustrating carrying around something so heavy when I couldn't use it! 😫


Last worn: printed kimono, metallic tank, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB.

Other ways to wearprinted kimono and maxi dress, metallic tank and leopard print, purple skinny jeans and winter layers, Converse for travel, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB and shorts.


Perfect for pregnancypurple skinny jeans in first trimester, Converse for second trimester travel, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB and maternity pencil skirt.



Wear & Tear: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB After 5 Years of Use:






What I wore:

bright red skinny jeans colourful touch with neutral black white kimono converse outfit | away from blue

back and white kimono, red skinny jeans, rebecca minkoff soft grey MAB bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue isntagram rebecca minkoff MAM bag red skinny jeans with black and white converse outfit
JacketThe Kindness Collective 'Vienna Awaits' floral print kimono
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankFrench Connection feather foil singlet
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Another outfit with the same outfit formula! Colourful skinny jeans, basic tank, kimono and Converse. This time I charged the camera the night before, so there were no surprises! I wasn't entirely happy with the kimono though - we had an early start and it was a bit chilly in the morning. Perfect for the rest of the day when it warmed up, but made me realise my kimono wearing days are getting less frequent now winter has arrived.

With toddler T's birthday coming up, we decided to take him and his brother out for a Pony Playdate. A local organisation runs it, they have a beautiful paddock and some farm animals. It's Horses In Mind (not sponsored) at Hemmant. The boys got to spend a morning on the farm learning about (and yes patting and chasing!) the chickens and ducks and guinea pigs. Then it was time to learn how to take care of ponies, and they got to use all the different brushes to get them all nice and clean. This was magical, I had a go too and it was so fun brushing this little pony together. They were such good ponies!

Then after they measured up my tiny boys for tiny saddles, they got to hop on and take the ponies for a ride around the paddock. We got so many good photos and videos, thanks to having the camera charged this time! It was such a fun day out.

The white Converse might seem like a strange choice for a day on a farm! I'd picked them to wear over my boots as they had been getting a bit dirty and I'd been planning to wash them anyway. Getting covered in mud seemed like the best thing to do before finally throwing them in the wash a few hours later.


Last worn: black and white kimono, shimmery tank, red skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag (above).

Other ways to wearblack and white kimono and maxi dress, shimmery tank and maxi skirt, red skinny jeans and rainbow knit, Converse and dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyshimmery tank in first trimester, red skinny jeans in second trimester, Converse and maternity shorts, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag in second trimester.



Colourful Jeans Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Colourful jeans don't have to be tricky to wear! They can be just as versatile as your standard blue jeans. You can match the colour to something else in the outfit like I did with the purple jeans and kimono together in the first set of pics, or you can keep things simple and add a pair of colourful red jeans to a classic black and white outfit. Easy, fuss free dressing that's perfect for a day running around with kids.


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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Print Mixing: Kimonos and Jeans With Foil Tees and Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag and Guitar Strap

Everyone needs that one classic outfit formula they can fall back on. Kimonos and denim is mine, most frequently seen in summer with shorts. With the cooler weather here now that it's winter in Brisbane, I've swapped the denim shorts for jeans instead.

Both these outfits are such a simple formula: foil print tee, skinny jeans and kimono. I really loved them both. Outfits that were comfortable, practical and nailed my style perfectly. Expect to see this formula more from me, before it gets too cold for my kimonos when the winter weather properly arrives!

What I wore:

Rebecca Minkoff Ruana poncho monochrome fall skinny jeans outfit with Love bag guitar strap | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey and Ruana poncho | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram monochrome outfit Rebecca Minkoff ruana poncho kimono skinny jeans tee Love bag
JacketRebecca Minkoff Ruana poncho
TeeJeanswest Kaylin star foil grey tee
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey with Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Star Shoulder Guitar strap

Why I wore it:

Whenever I go with a monochrome outfit I usually can't resist adding a little colour in there with an accessory. This time around though, with the foil print on the tee and the print on the Ruana poncho / kimono, I felt the outfit was busy enough and didn't need any extra jewelry.

I ended up loving the monochrome with the similar colour scheme for everything looking better than I expected. I didn't miss a touch of colour like I thought I would. I think the mix of textures and the embellished bag strap made up for not having any bright pieces in my outfit.

Had a bit of a busy day, taking the boys out grocery shopping in the morning and then down the coast in the afternoon before heading to a friend's place for church. We are meeting each week to catch up and watch the message from Life Church Online. It's like church at home! We both volunteer at the online services during the week so it's nice to watch the message in person and focus solely on it as we can get quite distracted when serving.


Last worn: Rebecca Minkoff poncho, star print foil tee, grey skinny jeans, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wearRebecca Minkoff poncho worn two ways, star print foil tee worn two ways, grey skinny jeans for travel, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and striped dress, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap and Regan bag, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyWalnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in third trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Studded Guitar Strap Review:









What I wore:

print mixing foil tee skinny jeans purple kimono outfit | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey, purple kimono | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram print mixing foil stripe tee purple kimono skinny jeans outfit
NecklaceNibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TeeJeanswest Anika foil stripe tee in white and silver
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey with Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Star Shoulder Guitar strap

Why I wore it:

I've shared before that I worried this bright kimono my son picked out would be a little tricky to wear. Since I wanted to wear this foil stripe tee again as it's been a while since I last wore it, I thought I'd try print mixing the foil stripes with the zig zag print on the kimono. Just like the outfit above, I really loved this outfit and the print mix.

Cooper was feeling the cold so we put his little red hoodie on! I was content to still wear my Havaianas before it's properly boot weather!

Sometimes the simplest outfit formulas are the best. While this does have a little extra interest with the print mixing, like the first outfit, it's still the same basic outfit formula. Perfectly comfortable for a morning at ABA mother's group with the boys. Although I did regret bringing some chocolate goodies to bring along for morning tea, as I was dodging sticky chocolate covered toddler hands often! Thankfully the white tee stayed white, but the black skinny jeans weren't as black as they were that morning by the time we headed home, with two chocolate covered boys in the car! You can't avoid tiny chocolate hands! 😂


Last worn: purple printed kimono, foil stripe tee, Jeanswest Prima skinny jeans, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap (above), Rebecca Minkoff Love bag (above).

Other ways to wearpurple printed kimono and maxi dress, foil stripe tee and shorts, Jeanswest Prima skinny jeans and boots, Rebecca Minkoff studded guitar strap and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and maxi dress.


Perfect for pregnancy: Jeanswest Prima skinny jeans in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in second trimester.





Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag Review and Contents Video:






Kimonos Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


You can continue wearing your kimonos outside of summer! For cooler days you can simply swap out your summer staple denim shorts for jeans which are a little warmer. Kimonos are a great layer to add to a classic jeans and tee formula, adding just a little extra colour or texture to an outfit. They are a perfect light layer for cooler spring or autumn mornings and evenings, without overheating you when it warms up during the day.


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Friday, 8 June 2018

Maxi Dresses and Kimonos With Purple Mini MAB Bag

Kimonos work just as well with maxi dresses as they do with denim. While kimonos and shorts was a summer staple for me, with the cooler weather the extra coverage a maxi dress gives makes it a better option for autumn. Especially when you add a pair of ankle boots too. For a little extra colour, I wore both of these maxi dress outfits with my purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag.

What I wore:

black and white monochrome kimono and maxi dress outfit with purple accessories | awayfromblue

bracelet stack with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum on wrist | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram black maxi dress printed kimono purple accessories
Jacket: The Kindness Collective 'Vienna Awaits' floral print kimono
NecklaceNibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
Dressblack Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

The Kindness Collective had a sale on kimonos a couple of weeks before Mother's Day, so the boys picked me out one each. My eldest picked this one, and I love the classic black and white with the floral print. I decided to keep things simple when I wore this to playgroup, with a black maxi dress and purple accessories for just a little bit of colour. Since it was a little chilly, I added the black ankle boots. It is the perfect way to make your maxi dresses work in spring or autumn.


I really liked this outfit - a simple combination with a fun pop of colour through accessories is a formula I default to easily. Even if the black maxi dress was quickly dirtied by toddler hands, haha!


Last worn: black halter neck maxi dress, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote. First time I've worn the kimono on the blog.

Other ways to wearhalter neck maxi dress and winter layers, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyblack halter neck maxi dress in third trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote in third trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote Review & Contents








What I wore:

purple zig zag print kindness kimono with tie dye maxi dress autumn boho style | away from blue

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

awayfromblue instagram tie dye maxi dress purple kimono mini MAB tote bag autumn style
Jacket: The Kindness Collective 'Kaleidoscope Dreams' printed kimono
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

This is what I wore on Mother's Day. I was spoiled with breakfast in bed and my boys made some cute gifts, as well as picking out the kimonos. I wanted to give this one a try right away to challenge myself as it seemed like the harder one to wear with the mix of colours in the zig zag print.

With purple being the dominant colour in the print, I decided to once again pull out the purple accessories. This plum Nibbly Bits teething necklace goes so nicely with the purple mini MAB tote bag.

Perfect outfit for spending some time at home relaxing and then heading down the coast to celebrate Mother's Day with my mum and family. Was comfortable all day.


Last worn: tie dye maxi dress, black ankle boots (above), Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote (above). First time I've worn the kimono on the blog.

Other ways to weartie dye maxi dress and denim jacketblack ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote and band tee.

Perfect for pregnancytie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, black ankle boots and pregnancy announcement, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote and maternity shorts.



Kimonos Under $50:






How You Can Wear It:

You don't have to pack your kimonos away when the weather starts to cool! Swap out the summer shorts for something with a little more coverage like a maxi dress or jeans and you can continue to wear your colourful kimonos at the start of autumn or end of spring. A kimono is such a perfect topper with a maxi dress for an easy boho outfit too.


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Chambray Shirt Alternatives: Dress and Maxi Skirt With Balenciaga Bags

A chambray shirt is a blogger staple, and is on so many 'wardrobe essential' lists. I've never found the perfect one for me, but I do love the chambray dress and maxi skirt I have. Pairing something chambray with a printed kimono makes an easy autumn outfit.

What I wore:

Kindness Collective printed kimono with chambray dress and Balenciaga part time | Awayfromtheblue

chambray dress with Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH on arm | awayfromtheblue

Tesalate 'The Swell' sand free towel at the pool | away from blue blog
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
DressJeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress (C/O)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH
Towel: Tesalate 'The Swell' sand free towel (C/O)

Why I wore it:

Another warmer than expected autumn day! I actually managed to spend some time in the pool in morning, before the rain and a storm blew in in the evening. While it was a little frustrating having summer continue well into autumn, it's been good to take advantage of the heat and get in more pool time before it's too cold!

I had the chance to use my new Tesalate towel too, you might have seen my review of my first Tsalate towel on the blog before. This time around I enjoyed its absorbency features more than its sand-repelling features! Especially after a rather rigorous paddling session from the boys, who thought it was too cold to join me for a swim in the pool but had fun splashing on the sidelines.

While I had a relaxed morning, it was a busier afternoon getting groceries and doing my eye test. So funny chatting to the optician as last time I was there I was very heavily pregnant with Baby Boy, we were amazed how quickly things change. Luckily no new glasses needed for me!

It's not the first time I've worn this dress with a kimono. I love the way prints look against the blue chambray dress, it's a nice combination. It was a good layer to have when it did start getting cooler in the evening too.


Last worn: Kindness Collective kimono, button up chambray dress, Havaianas, Balenciaga Part Time bag.

Other ways to wearprinted kimono and shorts, button up chambray dress for breastfeeding, Balenciaga Part Time bag in the office.

Perfect for pregnancychambray dress in second trimester, Balenciaga Part Time bag in second trimester.


My Balenciaga Handbag And Accessory Collection:



(This video is from 2012! I've filmed an updated Balenciaga collection video that will be on my YouTube channel soon, so subscribe to my channel if you don't want to miss that!)



What I wore:

printed kimono, chambray maxi skirt: boho autumn playgroup style with grey tee | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete, Coach rainbow charm | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram navy printed kimono chambray maxi skirt grey tee playgroup SAHM style
JacketNew Look Petite print kimono
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TeeAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves (also in black)
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

A slightly more autumnal outfit here! I added the kimono and the Converse as we were running a few more errands and going to playgroup. The playground is mostly in the shade and can be cooler in the mornings so I thought the extra layers and cosier shoes would be useful! Of course by the time we left playgroup I was wishing I'd stuck with my trusty Havaianas, it turned into another really warm day.

I do find this chambray maxi skirt tricky to layer with sometimes, as it is a fuller skirt. Usually it's better to pair more fitted pieces with it, but I wanted comfortable loose layers so picked this slouchy grey tee and then added another voluminous piece with the kimono on top. Thought it turned out okay though, the perfect relaxed outfit for a relaxed morning.

We stopped at the opshop, spent time at playgroup and picked up some groceries (that I'd forgotten to get on the previous day!). The highlight of the boys' day was definitely the huge bag of toys we got from the opshop for $4 - plenty of trains to keep them happy!


Last worn: new look navy kimono, grey v-neck tee, chambray maxi skirt, Converse Chucks, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearnavy kimono and burgundy pants, grey tee and skinny jeans, chambray maxi skirt and leather jacket, Converse and denim shorts, Balenciaga tempete day bag and pencil skirt.


Perfect for pregnancynavy kimono in second trimester, grey tee for second trimester travelConverse in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete day in third trimester.


Chambray Dresses and Maxi Skirts Under $50:







How You Can Wear It


If the latest 'must have' item doesn't work for you or your wardrobe, try finding something similar to get the look instead. For a popular fabric like chambray or velvet, you can find a piece that fits a need in your wardrobe. A chambray shirt may be a classic, but I wear dresses and skirts more often than shirts! Much like denim, a chambray piece is a perfect backdrop for a colourful printed kimono, as I've worn in both outfits here.


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