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

Monday, 27 July 2020

Maxi Skirts and Knits: Weekday Wear Link Up!

For today's Weekday Wear Link Up I'm sharing two winter maxi skirt outfits for two very different days! A bright and colourful one for a day outside enjoying the winter sun and a neutral one for working from home.

What I wore:

navy and orange outfit denim jacket cobalt knit ochre maxi skirt winter mum style | away from blue

rust maxi skirt and Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | denim jacket cobalt knit orange ochre maxi skirt park mum style outfit winter

Jacket: Jeanswest Kitty denim biker jacket
Necklace: Kmart gold and navy beaded necklace
Jumper: thrifted Valleygirl blue knit jumper
Skirt: thrifted Tree of Life ochre maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight

Why I wore it:

The knit jumper and the denim jacket together may have been a little bit overkill on a warm winter day, but it was very windy! I felt nice and cosy all layered up, and although I thought I wouldn't need a scarf I did miss it when we were in the shade and the wind picked up! Definitely didn't need any more layers on the sun though, it was quite strong and warm sunshine.

I really liked the colour combo of the cobalt knit with the ochre maxi skirt, I need to wear this again! I thought the pale blue denim biker jacket and the navy Rebecca Minkoff micro Bedford bag were great additions to the bright colours.

This maxi skirt is quite light in the wind but it's also pretty voluminous and so never flew up too much thank goodness!


30 Ways To Wear A Navy Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Regan






What I wore:

neutral grey embellished knit jumper with black maxi skirt denim jacket micro bedford bag | awayfromblue

black maxi skirt with navy bag Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight | away from blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | embellished grey knit black maxi skirt denim jacket navy micro bedford bag

Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
JumperWarehouse grey bead front jumper
Skirt: thrifted Crossroads black ruffle hem maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight

Why I wore it:

Unlike the outfit above, I ended up taking this denim jacket off when it warmed up! This pretty embellished knit is one I tend to very sparingly wear as it is so pretty it feels a bit too special for everyday wear, but it was overdue a wear so I got it out again! Paired it simply with the black thrifted maxi skirt and my classic dark blue denim jacket, and again the Rebecca Minkoff micro Bedford bag. This was such a comfortable outfit for running around a lot and also working from home most of the day.

Did the school drop off in the morning and wished I'd added a scarf, but by school pickup time I'd taken off the denim jacket as it was too warm! Took my son to his first in-person specialist appointment since iso! While restrictions had been lifted a few weeks before, some sniffles kept us away from the office and continuing to do our fortnightly session via telehealth. It was so good to be able to go into the office again! Face to face is much more entertaining for a 4 year old than a zoom call, although I'm glad we had those sessions to fall back on over Iso. The benefits of technology!


Last worn: denim jacket, embellished grey knit, black maxi skirt, black Converse, Rebecca Minkoff micro Bedford bag (above).

Other ways to weardenim jacket and little black dress, embellished grey knit and shorts, black maxi skirt worn 2 ways, black Converse and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff micro Bedford bag with green.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimesterembellished knit in first trimesterConverse in second trimester.


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How You Can Wear It:
A maxi skirt can be layered up for a warmer winter day by adding a cosy knit and a denim jacket.

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Weekday Wear Linkup #80


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Monday, 6 July 2020

Maxi Skirts and Marl Knits With Balenciaga Day Bag | Weekday Wear Link Up

Cheating a little bit for today's Weekday Wear Link Up as I only wore one of these outfits during the week, the other I wore on the weekend! Both very comfortable outfits, I've paired two of my cosy marl knits with some colourful maxi skirts and my Balenciaga day bag.

What I wore:



Necklace: navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace
Jumper: SES fashions mustard marle knit jumper
Skirtthrifted Billabong 'Don't Think Of It' bikini red printed maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

With the yellow print on this pretty red maxi skirt, I've been slowly trying to wear it with more yellow pieces. This mustard marle knit was the perfect paring! I thought the blue Balenciaga day bag worked as a bit of a neutral with all the colour. Even if I didn't need a big bag to carry that much around with me, working from home and doing the school run as well as a telehealth appointment in the evening.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was when I picked my son up from school in the afternoon it was a bit windy - and this skirt loves blowing in the breeze. It's a pretty big skirt so I wasn't in danger of having my own Marilyn moment but I had not shaved my legs for a few days and was trying to keep my skirt down to hide that fact  😂 I was somewhat successful. Hopefully social distancing away from the other parents at pickup meant nobody noticed!


Last worn: mustard marle knit, navy tassel necklace, red maxi skirt, Converse, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearmustard marle knit and jeansred maxi skirt in summer, Converse and tee dress, Balenciaga tempete day bag and wrap dress.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete day bag in third trimester.



What's In My Bag - Balenciaga Day Bag:






What I wore:





Necklace: Jeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
Knit: thrifted Valleygirl blue knit jumper
Skirt: thrifted Cotton On navy and grey striped maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

Not quite a monochrome outfit here but I think the blues and greys worked together so well! I wanted to wear this cosy marle knit again but I wasn't sure what skirt to wear it with - I tried out a few before I realised the navy and grey in this skirt would go perfectly with the bluey-grey colour of my Balenciaga tempete day bag. And the stripes went so well with the bright knit.

This was a cosy and comfortable outfit for what we anticipated to be a long day at the shops, trying to social distance and entertain two little ones as we shopped for a new fridge. This time around my bag was pushed to its limit with water bottles and snacks inside, definitely needed a big bag on this day. Turned out we found a fridge we loved at the first store and they could price match a store that was further away but had it cheaper, and we got a great deal on the fridge without spending all day walking around.

Had a bit of a giggle when we left, as I stopped to grab a photo and realised my grey lined maxi skirt matched the metal wall behind me!


How You Can Wear It:

A cosy marl open knit like this is a good light-weight choice for a Brisbane winter. If you're in a colder climate you might want to add a few extra layers, but on a mild winter day, with just a tank underneath and a cute maxi skirt, this is an easy outfit.



Weekday Wear Linkup #77


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Monday, 8 June 2020

2 Ways To Wear Cotton On's The One Stripe Tee & Weekday Wear Linkup

When the cold winter weather arrived in Brisbane the other week I was a little surprised to see that many of the clothes that had fit the boys so well last winter had been outgrown this year! Since I wasn't up to facing the crowds at the stores with so many people not following social distancing guidelines, I put an order in online at Cotton On for them. I had a discount voucher too and given how many tees I've been wearing of late, I used it to snap up this striped "The One" tee for myself. "The One" tee is from the Better Tees range: so it supports sustainably sourced cotton, and includes 20% recycled cotton!

My mum got me a pink tee in this same style for Christmas. I love it, so when I saw it was available in a stripe and on sale I just had to get that too. Not bad for $13.99 ($3.99 if you don't count the $10 rewards voucher I used on it!). It's the first fashion purchase I've made in a couple months and so I was eager to wear it right away. Plus with the schools reopen now I have a reason to leave the house and wear my new tee!


What I wore:

Cotton on the one striped v neck tee with red skinny jeans utility jacket speedy B | awayfromblue

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | school run style red skinny jeans printed tee speedy bandouliere bag
Jacket: thrifted black Emerson drawstring waist utility jacket
Necklace: navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace
TeeCotton On "The One" fitted v tee in Cole stripe white moonlight (new purchase)
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesNew Balance white and blue sneakers
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

This was a very simple outfit, really an autumn version of this one I wore to a picnic a couple of weeks before, with the extra jacket. I like wearing these thrifted red skinny jeans with stripes, it's a good combo so this was the first outfit that came to mind when I thought about buying this striped tee.

The black drawstring waist jacket I put over the top was an opshopfind too. It was just $1 and so I had to have it! Like the red skinny jeans it's originally from the Emerson brand at Big W too before it was donated.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was that the buttons keeping the cuffed sleeves up kept coming undone, but I put that down to me being in a rush that morning to get out the door on time and not taking care to button the sleeves up properly. I hope that wasn't why it was donated! I didn't seem to have those issues the other time I wore the jacket though thankfully.

Perfect for pregnancyLouis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in third trimester.


Bags With Sentimental Value Tag Video:







What I wore:

cotton on the one striped v neck tee with denim moto jacket and black maxi skirt mini mac bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff 2012 sky grey mini MAC bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | Cotton On "The One" fitted v tee in Cole stripe white moonlight with maxi skirt and denim jacket
Jacket: Jeanswest Kitty denim biker jacket
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
TeeCotton On "The One" fitted v tee in Cole stripe white moonlight
Skirt: thrifted Crossroads black ruffle hem maxi skirt
ShoesNew Balance white and blue sneakers
BagRebecca Minkoff 2012 sky grey mini MAC bag

Why I wore it:

This black maxi skirt, yet another $1 opshop find, was overdue a wear and I knew the plain black would work with this Cotton On striped tee so well. As it was a colder day I added the denim moto jacket, but even with the added colour from the blue Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag and jacket this outfit felt like it was missing a little something.

The green necklace was the perfect solution for a little extra touch of colour, and just like the first time I wore this tee I thought it was perfect. Definitely glad I added this to my admittedly large tee collection, I can see why they call it "The One". I'm hoping it's a regular product so I can buy it when it comes out in more colours!

I did think this outfit (like the one above) would have been much better with ankle boots rather than my daggy sneakers, but with the school drop off and then spending time walking around the neighbourhood with my youngest I needed something to support my injured knee.


Last worn: moto denim jacket, green statement necklace, striped tee (above), black maxi skirt, New Balance sneakers (above), Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC.

Other ways to wearmoto denim jacket and tee dress, black maxi skirt at Disneyland, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in monochrome outfit.



Where To Buy Cotton On The One Tee:


You can pickup this tee in v neck or crew neck style.


How To Wear It:

A Striped tee is a wardrobe staple and pairs well with both jeans and maxi skirts. With the neutral black and white stripes, it's easy to add a little more colour to your outfit with colourful accessories or a bright pair of jeans.


Weekday Wear Linkup #74


Welcome to the Weekday Wear linkup! A linkup for you to share your weekday outfits - whether that is office wear or stay at home mum wear - if you wore it on a weekday, you can link it up!

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2. Link back to this post so others can find the link up.
3. Follow your host Away From The Blue on BloglovinInstagramTwitterFacebook or YouTube.
4. Add up to two posts and be sure to visit and comment on as many other posts as possible to get some weekday outfit inspiration!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!

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Friday, 5 June 2020

Long Sleeve Tops and Printed Maxi Skirts With Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag

With winter here now in Queensland, it's time to start pulling out some of my cold weather pieces. Two very different colour schemes to share today, although these outfits follow the same formula of a long sleeved top and a printed maxi skirt, with a new-to-me Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag that the boys got me for Mother's Day.

What I wore:

monochrome wrap top with navy striped maxi skirt outfit for autumn school run | away from blue

navy stripe maxi skirt with Rebecca Minkoff 2012 sky grey mini MAC bag gold hardware | away from the blue

NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TopDorothy Perkins 3/4 sleeve wrap top
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
ShoesNew Balance white and blue sneakers
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 2012 sky grey mini MAC bag

Why I wore it:

Couldn't resist going completely monochrome with this outfit! 😂 Blue marle long sleeved wrap top, navy blue striped maxi skirt and the blue Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag. Even a blue and gold necklace!

It's no surprise I loved this outfit, blue is my favourite colour. However I wasn't entirely happy with it when I left the house! Doing the school run it didn't warm up as much as I'd hoped and it was a pretty chilly outfit to wear when the wind picked up. Especially with the side splits in this maxi skirt. I normally keep it for warmer weather wear but thought I could squeeze in one more wear before winter truly arrived in Brisbane. Should have picked another skirt instead and left this for a warmer day. Or added a jacket.


Last worn: navy marle wrap top, clay bead necklace, navy stripe maxi skirt, New Balance. First time I've worn the mini MAC bag on the blog as it was a mother's day gift. 

Other ways to wearnavy marle wrap top and pencil skirt, navy stripe maxi skirt and denim jacket.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag Review:








What I wore:

teal henley and billabon red boho print maxi skirt with blue mini mac bag | awayfromtheblue

Rebecca Minkoff 2012 sky grey mini MAC bag with teal and red printed maxi skirt outfit | awayfromblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | teal henley and red printed maxi skirt outfit with blue mini mac bag autumn school run style
NecklaceRoie Designs feather, quartz and love charm long necklace
Top: Jeanswest 'Aubrey' pintuck yoke henley in deep teal
Skirt: thrifted Billabong 'Don't Think Of It' bikini red printed maxi skirt
ShoesNew Balance white and blue sneakers
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 2012 sky grey mini MAC bag

Why I wore it:

While my wardrobe has been firmly in the casual mum category with staying at home so much, I am feeling a bit bolder to try little things to change it up. The confidence is coming from social distancing and not spending enough time near or with anyone for them to form an opinion on my outfit!

This was an "I wonder if these pieces would go" combination I thought of when trying to come up with something different to wear.

I wouldn't normally wear red with this teal henley but as all I had to do this day was the school run I decided to give it a try. And I liked the combination of the teal and red together when I put ti on, I was worried it was too Christmas-y before I did, but I liked it when I wore it. Not sure if it was adding the blue mini MAC bag to the outfit or just my camera but the top and skirt together look very Christmas-y in the pic and the top a lot more green than teal! I still had fun trying something different though even if I wouldn't wear these two pieces together again. At least I was warmer in this outfit as it wasn't as cold!


Last worn: teal henley, feather necklace, red boho maxi skirt, New Balance (above), Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag (above).

Other ways to wear teal henley and jeans, red boho maxi skirt and band tee.

Perfect for pregnancy: teal henley in second trimester.



Printed Maxi Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A long sleeve top can work well with a maxi skirt on a cooler day (although maybe not too cold like in the first pic!). With a printed maxi skirt a plain block colour top is good to try and you don't have to worry about prints clashing, so you can experiment with different colour combinations.



This post was scheduled in advance and I debated not posting it this week but decided to in the end. I've continued blogging through everything else this year. I think time to reflect on what is happening is needed, even if I don't really have the right words to say, or a platform that would make much of a difference. It's important to still say something, as the silence can be deafening to those who need support right now. So in my usual style I'm just adding a note to this post. I've also found people that have said it better than I ever could:

From a protest sign: "I understand that I'll never understand, but I stand with you."
From Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor".

Black Lives Matter and Aboriginal Lives MatterListen and learn and fight racism. Above all else, be kind.


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Friday, 22 May 2020

Two Ways To Wear a Graphic Tee With Printed Pieces

With working from home, I'm wearing a lot of tees when I do get out of loungewear or pyjamas. Thankfully over the past few years of motherhood I've realised tees are a wardrobe staple for me and I have a few in my wardrobe!

Today I'm continuing the tee wearing and sharing two different ways I recently wore a couple of graphic tees, both with other printed pieces in my outfit.

What I wore:


navy graphic tee and red printed maxi skirt | stay at home style Away From Blue

Tee: Monsterthreads star print graphic tee
Skirtthrifted Billabong 'Don't Think Of It' bikini red printed maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas

Why I wore it:

This maxi skirt is a great work from home piece as it's so comfortable with the elastic waist! And all that fabric is like having your legs wrapped up in a blanket 😂

I wear this red maxi skirt with navy a lot, I really like the combination. This is the first time I've worn this graphic tee with it though, I wasn't sure if the print on the tee would be too much with the print on the skirt. Isolating at home was the perfect time to give this new combination a try, as aside from the postman and some neighbours, oh and my in laws, no one saw this outfit. I really liked it though and I'm happy I tried these two things together!


Last worn: navy graphic tee, red printed maxi skirt, Havaianas.

Other ways to wearnavy graphic tee and shorts, red printed maxi skirt and leather jacket.


What Bag I'd Wear With These Outfits:

If I was still using and enjoying my handbag collection and not worried about transferring germs inside the house whenever I swapped them out, this would be the bag I'd wear with these outfits - the metallic silver goes with everything!






What I wore:

floral kimono and primark Edinburgh graphic tee olive skinny jeans | away from the blue

JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Tee: Primark Edinburgh white graphic tee
Jeans: Jeanswest Vicki skinny pant in moss green
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas

Why I wore it:

This was another opportunity to try something new, with a graphic tee and floral print. I wore this when I was so close to 30 wears of this floral kimono, thought I'd try something a little different and wear it with this Edinburgh graphic tee I picked up on our Europe trip last year.  I thought the blue in the graphic would work nicely with the navy kimono. Plus it was a nice way to change it up a little as I've worn this tee and olive jeans together before.

Not 100% sure this worked, not one of my favourite outfits but it was fun to try. And with the olive jeans it was comfortable and warm for a quick trip to the post office after helping the kids complete their online learning at home. So good that the schools are back so I don't have to struggle with online learning for a 4 and 5 year old any more!


Last worn: navy floral kimono, Edinburgh graphic tee, olive skinny jeans, Havaianas (above).

Other ways to wearnavy floral kimono worn 30 ways, Edinburgh graphic tee and chambray skirt, olive skinny jeans and leather jacket.

Perfect for pregnancynavy floral kimono in third trimester.



Graphic Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It

A graphic tee is something that looks good with skirts or jeans! To try mix it up a little you can pair a graphic tee with another printed piece in your outfit, like these outfits with the maxi skirt or kimono.


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Monday, 4 May 2020

Weekday Wear Linkup: Maxi Skirts and Leopard Print Tees

Simple work from home style for today's Weekday Wear Link Up! Wearing the last things I thrifted before the opshops shut down due to coronavirus, these beautiful maxi skirts. With them being plain block colours I decided to wear my leopard print tees with them. Such easy outfits, but I felt really pulled together!

What I wore:

Sass and Bide 'New Day Rising' tee in orange leopard print with navy thrifted maxi skirt | awayfromblue

awayfromBlue Instagram | SAHM work from home isolation style neon leopard print sass bide tee with navy maxi skirt thrifted
Necklace: Lovisa blue leaf long necklace
TeeSass and Bide 'New Day Rising' tee in orange leopard print
Skirt: thrifted navy viscose drawstring no label maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas

Why I wore it:

This Sass and Bide neon leopard print tee is a favourite, it's one I don't frequently wear but every time I do I love it! It's a cropped style, which means it's just a normal length on my petite self, and so I didn't tuck it into the skirt at all, just left it loose. It was a hot day although it's autumn in Brisbane and this was a cool and comfortable outfit to wear. I really liked the orange leopard print with the navy maxi skirt too, navy and orange look so good together.

Two bloggers I follow, Sheila and Ivana, recently wore similar outfits too! Definitely a great silhouette.

The only thing that didn't go so well with this outfit was that it got covered in chalk when the boys did some chalk art in the afternoon. Getting dressed for isolation at home with a 4 and 5 year old is tough as my clothes never stay clean long, ha!


Last worn: neon leopard print tee, leaf necklace, thrifted navy maxi skirt, Havaianas.

Other ways to wearneon leopard print tee and jeans, thrifted navy maxi skirt with stripes.

Perfect for pregnancyneon leopard print tee in first trimester.



Wardrobe Tour (And Handbag Storage!)







What I wore:

kmart statement necklace and grey leopard print tee outfit with ochre maxi skirt | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | workign from home isolation outfit leopard print tee ochre maxi skirt affordable kmart thrifted style
Necklace: Kmart gold and navy beaded necklace
Tee: Kmart grey leopard print tee
Skirt: thrifted Tree of Life ochre maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas

Why I wore it:

This is such an affordable outfit! The ochre maxi skirt was an opshop bargain at just $4, I picked the leopard print tee up for just $2 at Kmart and the necklace is Kmart too! Not wearing my bags every day has highlighted to me how affordable my wardrobe really is - if you don't include the designer bags! 😂

I liked the leopard print tee and the skirt together, but the outfit felt like it was missing a little something. This necklace was the perfect topper, and just like the outfit above while it was quick to pull together it helped me feel a little more dressed up. I don't always wear proper clothes when I'm working from home, there's a lot of loungewear or pyjama days in isolation, as I mentioned above it's hard to justify a nice outfit when the kids will mess it up before the end of the day. But it's a good change to wear proper clothes when the in laws come to visit or when I know I have a few meetings!


Last worn: grey leopard print tee, blue and gold beaded necklace, ochre maxi skirt, Havaianas (above).

Other ways to weargrey leopard print tee worn two ways, ochre maxi skirt with stripes.


Leopard Print Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A leopard print tee is a fun twist on a basic tee. You can keep your outfit simple and let the tee be the star by picking a block coloured maxi skirt. Denim works equally well too!




Weekday Wear Linkup #69


Welcome to the Weekday Wear linkup! A linkup for you to share your weekday outfits - whether that is office wear or stay at home mum wear - if you wore it on a weekday, you can link it up!

Guidelines:
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2. Link back to this post so others can find the link up.
3. Follow your host Away From The Blue on BloglovinInstagramTwitterFacebook or YouTube.
4. Add up to two posts and be sure to visit and comment on as many other posts as possible to get some weekday outfit inspiration!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!


Subscribe for The Weekday Wear Linkup reminder emails



Linking up with Confident Twosday, Turning Heads, Style On The Daily, Fashion Frenzy, Style Six, Fancy Friday.




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Friday, 10 April 2020

How Things Have changed (And What I've been Buying!) : Isolation and Working From Home With Kids

With the schools closed, working from home and parenting and teaching a 4 and 5 year old, things are a lot different now than they were at the start of the year! If you're coming to my blog just for an escape I apologise for how much this post discusses the impacts of the coronavirus! I am trying to keep it outfit focused and make this my regular break into fashion and frivolity, but the truth is the virus has impacted life so much.

I'm sharing two outfits I wore back when I was working from home while the schools were open, so I did the school run. It was a crazy week with a lot of unknowns in Australia about if and how school would continue, so I wanted to be comfortable and wear things to try cheer me up a little as I worked from home and counted down the hours until I could pick my boys up!

Also thought I'd share with you what I've been buying lately. Definitely no fashion spending - aside from the two things I mentioned in this post - but a lot of things to prepare for home isolation with kids. We are in a new world where I have to ensure my kids are learning at home every day as well as working from home myself 3 days a week. I'm blessed to still have my job, but the juggle is hard!

What I wore:



Tee: Life Church Online "Come change the world with me at Church Online" tee
Skirtthrifted Billabong 'Don't Think Of It' bikini red printed maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas
BagBalenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India

Why I wore it:

For over 9 years now I've been volunteering at Life Church Online. We have a great group in Brisbane that meets up to stream the service together, and every Sunday night I hop online to help at another one of those services. With the news about churches needing to close, and understandably no more Brisbane catch ups, I wanted to wear my Church Online tee. Faith over fear I guess! And a reminder to myself that no matter what is happening in the world, some things like God's love and my regular Sunday online services, stay the same!

Wore my red maxi skirt with this as it was a bit of a cooler day and this felt more comfortable than jeans for working at home during the day. It, along with the turquoise Balenciaga first bag, were easy ways to add more colour to the black and white tee too.


Last worn: red maxi skirt, Balenciaga first bag, Havaianas. First time I've worn the church online tee on the blog.

Other ways to wearred maxi skirt and scarf, Balenciaga first bag and pencil skirt.



What I've Been Buying For Home Isolation:


I've been buying a lot lately. I'm an emotional shopper and while I'm not splurging on fashion items or stockpiling food, I'm thinking about what could be 6 months at home and how we will amuse and teach the kids in these times. We don't often do screen time, just a weekly family movie night and maybe a Daniel Tiger or Bluey episode once during the week, so I have been looking for things other than apps. As a bonus, most of the items I'm sharing are from local Aussie mum owned businesses, so your purchase helps their family as it entertains your own!

Little Birdie Books

Fun book boxes with activity and game ideas (and all the materials you need!) based on the books in the box. You can buy one off book boxes or subscribe to get a steady stream of books and activities. Started by two Aussie mums and speech pathologists, the books and activities are aimed at helping your kids develop essential skills. You can see what I got in a previous box in my YouTube review. I learnt about this company after friending one of the founders on Instagram.

Keeping Kids Busy

This company had been on my radar for a while - a local Aussie mum takes all the guesswork out of travel (or isolation!) by packing a bag filled with activities to keep any age kid entertained. Low mess but high fun bags. My boys got these as bumper "party bags" from my parents after we had to cancel my son's birthday party when the government social distancing restrictions came into place. The things in the bags are still being played with now, just today even. Found this company through a Facebook group, and you can get 15% off this weekend with code EASTER15!

Kids Craft Box

Another Aussie mum owned business, based in WA, who ships a box of crafting materials and activities across the nation, with different themed boxes available. She has special discounts on her Instagram page often, and has a sibling box option to reduce costs which is what I bought for the boys. I "met" this lovely lady through YouTube a couple of years ago.

Messy Play Kits

My kids have been going to these messy play sessions since they were tiny, and now you can order a box of messy play activities to entertain the kids at home! Janelle is a local Aussie mum who is diversifying her business and offering do it yourself packs instead of hosting the big parties she usually does. I'm so glad to have connected with her through playgroup, we have tried a few of her activities we've seen at the sessions at home too over the years!

Activity Books

From anywhere I can find them in stock! Think sticker books, Easter themes, puzzle books and educational workbooks or wipe-clean books. Kmart had a good range but I know stock is really low at the moment.

Printables

There are a few educational sites around with freebies at the moment due to the virus, where you just print the activity pages you think would be helpful for your kids. Some are even created by teachers, for teachers. You could also ask your child's teacher for some ideas if they haven't already provided some. Queensland Education department has a good list of sites too.



There are no affiliate links in these product suggestions and this post was not sponsored in any way. I'm just trying to be supportive and share a list that's useful for a parent if they find that like me, all my time is filled with working, playing with the kids, or worrying about what activities to do with the kids next. I've been visiting fashion blogs less as a result of trying to come up with a learn at home plan for the kids but I'm trying to continue my two posts a week goal here.



Also, if you're an Australian parent, Triple P Parenting (Positive Parenting Program) is now free and has a helpful module, guide and tips for parenting during COVID-19.




What I wore:


TeeLife Church Online "Go online reach the world" graphic tee
Skirt: Jeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas
BagBalenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India

Why I wore it:

A very similar outfit to the one above, another Church Online tee with a maxi skirt. I like the "go online, reach the world" message on this one as it's so true! And I'm so glad for the internet at a time like this, and technology to keep in touch with all my family despite the travel restrictions.

Stuck with the same bright Balenciaga first bag as I thought the grey tee and black maxi skirt needed a little extra colour, even with the yellow print on the tee. It was clear this would be my kids last day at school and kindy for a while, so that was bittersweet when I picked them up at the end of my work from home day.

Last worn: black drawstring maxi skirt, Havaianas (above), Balenciaga first bag (above).

Other ways to wearblack drawstring maxi skirt worn two ways, Balenciaga first bag and shorts.




How You can Wear It:

A graphic tee is a simple outfit choice with a maxi skirt - and so incredibly comfortable for working from home, while being presentable enough for any video calls!




It will be a very different Easter break but no matter what you are wearing: stay safe, wash your hands and stay home as much as you can as you watch your church Easter service online.


Linking up with Mutton Style, On Mondays We Link Up, Runway Monday.


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