Showing posts with label maxi dress. Show all posts
Showing posts with label maxi dress. Show all posts

Friday, 7 June 2019

What I Wore To Stay In A Scottish Castle: Melville Castle Hotel

We attended a wedding while we were in Scotland, in the beautiful Melville castle. Some of the castle has been turned into a hotel, so we decided to splurge a little for our 10 year wedding anniversary and stay overnight there. I highly recommend it!

What I wore:

purple maxi dress coblat louis vuitton scarf as a shawl silver mini mac bag wedding guest outfit melville castle | awayfromblue

awayfromblue Instagram | melville castle hotel wedding guest maxi dress outfit spring
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Earrings: Ana Luisa 'Olivia' tassel earrings in pink
DressJeanswest Gigi printed maxi dress in shorter length (C/O)
Shoes: NineWest "Quicken" wedges in natural
Bracelets: the usual plus vintage silver charm bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

This is what I wore for the wedding. It is my usual wedding guest outfit, a pretty maxi dress and a comfortable pair of wedges. However I also had a tank layered underneath and full length leggings! 😂 It was only 10 degrees Celsius / 50 Fahrenheit so winter temps for this Aussie!

The Louis Vuitton shawl is wool blend so I tied it in the back to keep it on my shoulders and keep me warm. The venue was perfectly heated though, and aside from feeling a little cold when we stepped out into the stunning gardens to take photos, I didn't miss not having a jacket.

I picked the Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC as my bag for the night - while the boys were invited, I didn't carry anything for them as our room was so close by. The bride and groom also made sure the boys were catered for as well, with a giant bag full of multiple activities and toy cars and lollies waiting for each of them when we sat down for dinner. Such a sweet surprise. The ladies bathroom had a hamper full of all the little essentials 'just in case' from the bride too - hair spray, hair ties, bandaids, mints, perfume...etc! So thoughtful! It was an amazing wedding, beautiful venue and such a cute couple!




Last worn: Louis Vuitton shawl, blush tassel earrings, printed halterneck maxi dress, nude wedges, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearLouis Vuitton shawl for international flight, printed halterneck maxi dress and flats, nude wedges and little black dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag and green pants.

Perfect for pregnancyprinted halterneck maxi dress in second trimester, nude wedges in first trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag in third trimester.


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











What I wore:

zaful mustarf floral ruffle hem dress with camel trench coat fleece lined tights | away from blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | melville castle hotel entrance mustard floral dress trench coat for spring
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
NecklaceTiffany diamonds by the yard necklace
DressZaful floral print ruffle hem dress in ginger
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

The morning after the wedding (as another indication of how thoughtful the bride and groom were) we were all invited to celebrate with them in a post-wedding breakfast, going over the best parts of the day before and enjoying some yummy food. I wanted to be a little dressed up for this, so I wore my mustard floral print ruffle dress. Perfect for easy post-wedding dressing (hubby took the boys to bed early as I partied on until the end!) and the long sleeves helped keep me cosy, especially with the camel trench coat over the top.

I mentioned to hubby I wish I'd had more time at the castle - there were so many great spots for photos! I figured this spot from out the front before we hopped into the car and went to church was the easiest though, it's nice to be able to show you the other side of the castle.

I packed lightly for our castle stay, leaving everything else at our main accommodation, so I wore the same earrings and bag as the night before (although we also had the baby bag with us this time).


Last worn: camel trench, statement earrings (above), Tiffany necklace, mustard floral dress, ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench in the office, mustard floral dress in summer, ankle boots and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC in second trimester.





Printed Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A printed dress is such an easy outfit, you can glam it up with a pair of wedges or dress it down with ankle boots and a trench coat. A wonderful outfit choice for a weekend away in a Scottish castle!


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Friday, 24 May 2019

Maxi Dresses With Denim Jackets, Ankle Boots and Cross Body Bags

I love dresses and ankle boots in autumn! And although it's a lot cooler in Brisbane with winter just a few days away, (and I'm freezing away in Scotland!) a light denim jacket was all that was needed on the warmer early autumn days when I wore these outfits.

What I wore:

Autumn maxi dress acne pistol ankle boots denim jacket brunch outfit Brisbane bayside mum style | awayfromblue

awayfromblue Instagram | printed maxi dress denim jacket vintage chanel back acne pistol ankle boots autumn mum style bayside manly
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
DressJeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress
ShoesAcne pistol boots in "skin"
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap

Why I wore it:

I wore this pretty maxi dress out to brunch with some other Brisbane style Instagrammers. When I first tried on this dress in Jeanswest back in Spring last year I was wearing ankle boots and I loved how it looked - so I am glad with the cooler weather I got to give this combination a wear!

We all caught up for a wonderful brunch at Little and Oliver's on the Bayside and then some of us went and took a few extra photos afterwards. Big thanks to K for taking this shot for me!

I rarely get a chance to wear this vintage Chanel bag so I decided to wear it out since I was kid-free for a rare change! It was a nice accessory with the colourful printed dress.


Last worn: denim jacket, gold pendant necklace, printed ruffle hem maxi dress, Acne Pistol boots, vintage Chanel flap bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and shorts, printed ruffle hem maxi dress and sandals, Acne Pistol boots and printed shorts, vintage Chanel flap bag and snakeprint dress.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, vintage Chanel flap bag at 39 weeks.


30 Ways To Wear A Tie Dye Maxi Dress:








What I wore:

tie dye maxi dress with ankle boots and denim jacket for autumn with blush pink accessories | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony blush pink | away from the blue 
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Kmart pink multi-colour beaded necklace
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

Repeated the outfit formula from above again with different pieces. You can't really see in the pics but I picked my tan ankle boots to go under this tie dye maxi dress with the peony pink Rebecca Minkoff Darren cross body bag and the same trusty denim jacket.

Couldn't resist being a little matchy-matchy with the blush necklace to match the blush pink bag! Wore this out to church on a rather busy day. The dress was a throw on and go easy outfit.


Last worn: denim jacket (above), pink beaded necklace, tie dye maxi dress, ASOS Chelsea boots, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket worn 30 ways, tie dye maxi dress worn 30 ways, ASOS Chelsea boots and printed shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, tie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, ASOS Chelsea boots in second trimester.


Maxi Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Maxi dresses aren't just summer pieces! By adding boots and a jacket you can make them work for spring and autumn as well. When winter hits you might need to layer leggings or tights underneath though!



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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Maxi Dresses And Kimonos With Ankle Boots And Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote

I love layering my maxi dresses up a little for cooler weather. On Brisbane's mild autumn days, a little extra layer is all you need for the cooler mornings and evenings. A kimono is perfect!

What I wore:

Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress with white crochet trim kimono acne pistol ankle boots autumn dinner | awayfromblue

floral maxi dress with Louis Vuitton damier azur MM neverfull tote bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | summer floral maxi dress in autumn with kimono and ankle boots LV neverfull tote
JacketShein lace trimmed crochet inset white kimono C/O
Necklace: Kmart navy and gold beaded tassel necklace
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
ShoesAcne pistol boots in "skin"
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

Picked this maxi dress to wear for a family birthday dinner, but with the much cooler evening I knew I'd need an extra layer. I've worn my denim jacket with this maxi dress often, so I thought I'd try something a little different and picked this pretty crochet trim kimono instead. Being white I didn't have to worry about it clashing with the print at all.

I added the Acne pistol ankle boots for a little extra warmth. I tend to stay away from heels now with the boys but I used to wear these all the time pre-babies, they are quite comfortable and I figured dinner was a good way to reintroduce them to my wardrobe - not too much walking at all, haha!

The Louis Vuitton neverfull is a much bigger bag than I needed for dinner but it worked so well with the white kimono I had to give it a wear :)


Last worn: crochet trim kimono, navy and gold tassel necklace, Kmart floral maxi dress, Acne Pistol boots, Louis Vuitton damier azur neverfull.

Other ways to wearcrochet trim kimono and denim shorts, Kmart floral maxi dress in winter, Acne Pistol boots and printed shorts, Louis Vuitton damier azur neverfull and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyLouis Vuitton damier azur neverfull in second trimester.


30 Ways To Wear: Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote











What I wore:

autumn maxi dress church outfit with floral cocoon kimono ankle boots LV NF bag | away from blue

Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull tote bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | floral kimono over black embellished maxi dress autumn church style
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: M initial silver pendant necklace
DressJeanswest 'Sierra' embellished black maxi dress (on sale!)
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the first outfit so much, I decided to wear something similar to church. I stuck with the Louis Vuitton neverfull tote as it was already filled from the day before and I usually carry a couple of books for the boys to read quietly during the service anyway. Perfect tote for that!

I picked black ankle boots but they kind of blend into the black maxi dress a little! The necklace pick I was happier with - I am sometimes a little unsure what to pair with this dress as it has the embellished neckline, but the sparkly M initial necklace looked great.

It's not the first time I've worn this maxi dress with a kimono, but it is the first time I've paired this floral one with it. I liked the navy with the black, and the cosy kimono kept my shoulders warm in church.


Last wornfloral cocoon kimono, initial necklace, embellished black maxi dress, black ankle boots, Louis Vuitton neverfull tote (above).

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and jeans, embellished black maxi dress with belted cardigan, black ankle boots and printed shorts, Louis Vuitton neverfull tote worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral cocoon kimono in third trimester, embellished black maxi dress at 39 weeks, black ankle boots in second trimester, Louis Vuitton neverfull tote in third trimester.


Maxi Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A maxi dress is not just a summer piece - it works well into autumn too with a few more layers! Ankle boots are an obvious choice to keep your feet cosy, and a light kimono can protect against some of the early morning or evening autumn chill in the air.


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Friday, 3 May 2019

Printed Maxi Dresses and Purple Mini MAB Tote Bag

You will know from even a small amount of time reading my blog that I love my outfit formulas! I like to take an outfit I enjoyed and wear something similar again later, just changing a thing or two. In these outfits I'm wearing two printed maxi dresses and accessorising with my fun purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag. By changing the other accessories and adding another layer, the outfits look quite different and disguise my lazy outfit formula repetition 😉

What I wore:


Jeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress for birthday party with kid friendly nibbly bits necklace | awayfromblue

silver and gold pearl bracelet stack with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum  | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | mum style third birthday party outfit jeanswest high low hem sophia maxi dress
Earrings: Ana Luisa 'Olivia' tassel earrings in pink
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
DressJeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress
Bracelets: the usual plus pearl and rose gold bracelet stack
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

Wore this for baby boy's third birthday party last month. It's crazy thinking my baby boy is 3 years old! It doesn't seem like that long ago I was pregnant with him! The years really go by so quickly.

We had a fun party at home with all his favourite people around - as I'd done all of the party prep the day before I didn't bother wearing shoes, no need to go outside! I did add the purple mini MAB tote bag, because I liked how well it worked with the print on the dress and I needed a place to put my phone and camera when I wasn't using them to record various parts of the party.

Kid's birthday party meant kid friendly necklace, so I pulled this Nibbly Bits one out again, a firm favourite while I was breastfeeding. I was hoping it might distract from the statement earrings but they were tugged on by little hands a few times before I diverted attention with the necklace!


Last worn: statement earrings, mandala print maxi dress, teething necklace, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearmandala print maxi dress on Christmas day, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag in third trimester.


30 Ways To Wear: Rebecca Minkoff Purple Mini MAB Tote Bag











What I wore:

blue printed maxi dress with denim jacket pink and purple accessories | away from the blue autumn style

navy printed maxi dress with Rebecca Minkoff plum purple mini MAB tote bag  | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | denim jacket blue printed maxi dress purple mini mab bag and pink tassel necklace
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: blush pink and gold beaded tassel necklace
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

Another maxi dress and purple mini MAB outfit! A different colour scheme this time, still with the pink and purple but I added some blue too with the printed maxi dress and denim jacket. I needed the denim jacket for a cooler morning. The blush necklace goes so nicely with purple and blue, was the perfect accessory.

Wore this to go watch the Church Online service at my friends house. It was good to catch up, with life getting in the way and the boys having the sniffles we hadn't seen her for a few weeks! It was the first time showing off my new hair cut to everyone too.

The day ended up warming up quite a lot and I'd gotten rid of the jacket when I ran a couple of quick errands before lunch.


Last worn: denim jacket, blush tassel necklace, blue printed maxi dress, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff plum purple mini MAB tote bag (above).

Other ways to weardenim jacket and shorts, blue printed maxi dress under a tee, Rebecca Minkoff plum purple mini MAB tote bag.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, blue printed maxi dress in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff plum purple mini MAB tote bag in second trimester.



Printed Maxi Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A printed maxi dress is a wardrobe staple - perfect for a birthday party or a casual catch up with friends! Picking a brightly coloured handbag to compliment the colours in the dress is a great way to accessorise.




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Friday, 12 April 2019

Printed Maxi Dresses, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag

This little tan Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag was a Christmas gift and I'm thrilled with how well it works in my wardrobe. It's the perfect neutral cross body bag to wear with a lot of colour and print, as I'm wearing it here with two printed maxi dresses.

What I wore:

Jeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress with tassel necklace and Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond | awayfromblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | SAHM style shopping day Jeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress neutral camera bag
Necklace: blush pink and gold beaded tassel necklace
DressJeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond

Why I wore it:

Cooper posing in these pics makes me giggle! I actually wore this quite a few weeks ago, back in February! Decided to wear this pretty maxi dress for a day out shopping with my sister and the boys. My sister had a lot of gift cards to spend after Christmas, as did I, so we spent some time checking out a few different stores. As much as you can with two little boys under 5! I'd taken them to the playground before to tire them out a bit, but it was still a tricky endeavour managing to shop. I did do a little shopping though, and picked up this tee at Jeanswest.

Jeanswest was one of our last stops as the boys were ready for a nap! Luckily the staff found their overtired antics amusing, and gave them some stickers which they were thrilled with. Was a really fun day.

Not the first time I've worn this maxi dress with a tassel necklace, I really love the look! I thing the blush one worked so nicely with it. While the Rebecca Minkoff camera bag doesn't match the sandals exactly, they are similar enough that I liked the combination.


Last worn: printed maxi dress, blush tassel necklace, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag.

Other ways to wearprinted maxi dress on Christmas day, studded sandals and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancystudded sandals in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: MAB Camera Bag










What I wore:

Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress bright coral with neutral tan rebecca minkoff mab camera bag cross body | away from blue

tropical floral print maxi dress and tan rebecca minkoff mab camera bag cross body | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress stay at home mum style
Necklace: Kmart rose gold and pink beaded necklace
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond

Why I wore it:

Again an outfit from a while ago. It was a little windy on the day I wore this, my dress seems to be hiding Cooper! With the possibility of Cyclone Oma hitting on the weekend, I took the boys out for a morning in the playground to burn off some energy. Just a simple dress as it was a hot day despite the breeze.

After some time at the playground we headed to the shops to stock up on some snacks, just in case we were stuck inside all weekend. Luckily the cyclone blew back out to sea quite quickly and there were no major impacts.

Again I paired this neutral cross body MAB camera bag with the colourful printed maxi dress, it's a good combination even if this dress has a different mix of colour and print than the one above.


Last worn: tropical print tiered maxi dress, gold and blush beaded necklace, gold sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag (above).

Other ways to weartropical print tiered maxi dress under a tee, gold sandals and tee dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag and printed shorts.




Printed Maxi Dresses Under $50:




The first printed maxi dress that I'm wearing above is actually on sale for $41 at the moment, the price is wrong here.

How You Can Wear It:

A fun, colourful printed maxi dress is so easy to wear when you pick neutral accessories to wear with it. A tan cross body bag like this MAB camera bag works well with any colour or print.


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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Printed Maxi Dresses & Pink Balenciaga Bags

The simplest outfit of all has to be a printed dress, and you'll know if you've read my blog a while that maxi dresses are my favourite! I wore both of these recently for different occasions - a maxi dress works for so many events.

What I wore:

Jeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress with magenta balenciaga day bag studded sandals summer dinner outfit | awayfromblue

printed maxi dress with Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | Jeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress summer dinner outfit with magenta pink Balenciaga bag
Necklace: Kmart navy and gold beaded tassel necklace
DressJeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

Second wearing of my Christmas dress! I bought this dress back in October. I usually stick to my 'wear twice in the month I buy it' rule for fashion purchases, but decided to treat myself to a new dress for Christmas and put this aside until the day.

This time around, I wore it to head over to my parents for dinner. Nothing formal, just another excuse for me to wear this pretty dress! These studded Rebecca Minkoff gladiator sandals are a staple for me over summer - the neutral shade just goes with everything - and were an obvious choice with the dress.

I thought the magenta Balenciaga day bag would work nicely with the pink and the purple in the print. While not an exact match to the shade of pink in the dress, I still really liked this combination together. I thought the navy and gold tassel necklace was a good pairing with the dress too.

Unfortunately I managed to break (and kinda repair) this necklace part way through the evening. It's not quite as symmetrical now, although it is back in one piece! Despite breaking the necklace, we had such a nice time at my parents.


Last worn: high-low maxi dress, navy tassel necklace, gladiator sandals, Balenciaga magenta day bag.

Other ways to wearhigh-low maxi dress for Christmas day, gladiator sandals worn 30 ways, Balenciaga magenta day bag for travelling.

Perfect for pregnancyBalenciaga magenta day bag in third trimester.


My Balenciaga Handbag Collection:










What I wore:

blue printed jersey empire maxi dress with sorbet balenciaga city bag and pink studded sandals easy summer airport style | away from blue

Balenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet with printed maxi dress | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram blue jersy jeanswest printed maxi dress with sorbet pink Balenciaga studded sandals and city bag
Necklace: Kmart pink multi-colour beaded necklace
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress
ShoesBalenciaga studded sandals in sorbet RGGH
BagBalenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet (more affordable preloved)

Why I wore it:

This outfit was for a much more casual occasion, although I again opted for the ease of a maxi dress. We had an early morning start to surprise hubby at the airport as he arrived after a week away in America. An even earlier start than expected as his plane arrived 20 minutes ahead of time, so instead of leisurely getting ready I had to hurry up and get us all fed and dressed and drive to the airport. In the end I probably didn't need to get there as early as I did, his plane was only actually 10 minutes early in the end, but as we were surprising him and he wasn't expecting to see us, I wanted to be there ready with our signs so he'd see us as soon as he stepped through customs.

Since I wanted to put in a little bit of effort into my outfit, I went with my trusty blue maxi dress. It's just as comfortable as pyjamas when you're sitting around at the airport waiting for someone to arrive! I've worn it with pink before in the past, I really like blue and pink together. I was surprised to see I hadn't worn this pink Balenciaga sorbet city bag with it before though! I really liked the combination.

I picked a pink necklace which kind of matched, and my sorbet Balenciaga studded sandals which matched the bag exactly. Simple accessorising for the morning rush!


Last worn: pink beaded necklace, blue printed maxi dress, Balenciaga studded sandals, Balenciaga sorbet city bag.

Other ways to wearblue printed maxi dress layered for a rainy day, Balenciaga studded sandals and shorts, Balenciaga sorbet city bag and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyblue printed maxi dress at 39 weeks, Balenciaga studded sandals in second trimester, Balenciaga sorbet city bag in second trimester.



Printed Maxi Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A printed maxi dress is such a time saver, it's an instant outfit. They are easy to accessorise too! You can pick similar colours out of the print to wear in your accessories and add some neutral pieces like in the first outfit, or just pick a contrasting colour and wear that in all your accessories like I have in the second outfit.



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Friday, 28 December 2018

Christmas Outfits: Casual and Dressy Maxis

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your friends or family! We hosted Christmas this year, which always makes things a little more hectic, but it's always fun.

Below I'm sharing two Christmas outfits - a casual one for Christmas eve and then a dressier one for Christmas day. Also the first time in a couple of years I've bought a new dress just for Christmas!

What I wore:

Christmas even novelty festive glitter santa tee with jersey maxi skirt and red bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag with glitter jingle bells bow bracelet | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram Christmas eve family time casual festive outfit glitter santa novelty tee maxi dress red bag
Top: festive glitter Santa tee
SkirtJeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Christmas bow bracelet (with bells!)
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

Christmas eve in my family is always a casual day, the purpose being to relax and spend time together. We all meet up at my parent's place, and commence our yearly traditions. Christmas cookie making, craft making, Christmas movies and a lot of laughter. Definitely the best way to begin Christmas, spending time with people you love.

We've been wearing these Christmas tees to celebrate for 6 years - we each have one, and although I have to keep buying the boys new ones as they grow, this green Santa tee has been worn regularly every year, through both my pregnancies! It's another fun tradition to have.

I couldn't resist adding this red Rebecca Minkoff Avery bag to my outfit - it's such a festive bag it was a frequent go-to over December.


Last worn: green Santa tee, black jersey maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag.

Other ways to weargreen Santa tee and shorts, black jersey maxi skirt in autumn, Rebecca Minkoff micro Avery bag and other festive outfits.

Perfect for pregnancygreen Santa tee in second trimester.



Christmas Celebrations:




All the family fun from Christmas and a few days before it.




What I wore:

Christmas day formal hostess outfit Jeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress with navy and gold accessories vintage chanel flap bag | awayfromblue

silver bracelet stack and charm bracelet with Chanel vintage quilted lambskin flap | awayfromtheblue

awayromtheblue Instagram | Christmas day hostess style Jeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress mandala print with vintage chanel flap bag
Earrings: gifted navy tassel statement earrings
Necklace: gifted navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace
DressJeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress (new purchase)
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals (new purchase)
Bracelets: the usual plus silver charm bracelet
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap

Why I wore it:

While Christmas eve is dressed down, on Christmas day we love to dress up! I'd seen this maxi dress at Jeanswest a few weeks before Christmas, and with some left over gift card to spend decided to treat myself to a new dress for Christmas, something I haven't done for a couple of years.

Christmas day was also a fun and family filled, with presents, putting our new Christmas crafts to good use, and marvelling over the kid's excitement with their gifts. There was a little stress as I hosted Christmas lunch, but so worth it in the end when you get to sit down and eat together! Even if I did mess up the cooking a little bit.... This maxi dress was perfect, I was so glad to finally get to wear it. It's sure to pop up a lot more often on the blog now!

I did want to curl my hair and be all 'done up' for Christmas, but by the time I finished prepping for Christmas day it was 10.30 pm on Christmas eve so I just decided to go to bed instead of staying up to curl my hair, and ran the straighteners through it in the morning. It's nice to want to do everything on Christmas, and wonderful when you achieve it, but at the end of the day (as it is every day) your sanity is the most important thing! Plus with two boys under five that extra 30 minutes in bed makes a difference when they come wake you up early Christmas morning! 😂


Last worn: first time I've worn the maxi dress and the sandals as they are new purchases. Vintage Chanel bag.

Other ways to wearVintage Chanel bag and skinny jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyVintage Chanel bag at 40 weeks.




How You Can Wear It:

Christmas time is a great time to dress up or dress down - there are so many outfit options! You can go for a fun novelty tee (or knit if it's colder where you are) for a casual outfit, or glam it up a little with a maxi dress. Anything goes!


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