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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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Monday, 3 June 2019

What I Wore To Disneyland Paris & Weekday Wear Linkup

We took the boys to Disneyland Paris! We had two amazing days at Euro Disney, having the best fun. It really is a magical place and while the parks were busy and things were crowded and my French was not as great as it could be, we had an incredible time.

We packed light, hand luggage only, as we flew from Edinburgh to Paris.

What I wore:

mickey mouse ears and tee maxi skirt leather jacket cobalt louis vuitton scarf at Disneyland Paris castle | awayfromblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | Disneyland paris maxi skirt leather jacket cobalt louis vuitton shawl and bag castle
JacketJeanswest black leather moto jacket
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
TeeUniqlo Mickey Mouse 'Mickey Stands' short sleeve graphic tee
Skirt: thrifted Crossroads black ruffle hem maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

I could not stop grinning! It's been a dream of mine to go to Disneyland since I was little and to take the boys and seeing them immersed in the magic for a couple of days was wonderful!

Day one was Disneyland Paris - I wore my Mickey tee (we all did for our meeting with the famous mouse!) and my maxi skirt, with my comfortable Converse for walking around a lot. It's a big park! We got to meet treasured characters, eat the best food (Mickey Mouse shaped pizzas and a lot of popcorn!) and took so many photos. It was a chilly start to the day but did warm up so my Louis Vuitton scarf and my leather jacket came off and on through the day. The boys were dressed in layers too.

I wanted to share a favourite moment from the day here on the blog but there were so many! From finally getting to meet Mickey after planning this trip for almost a year, meeting Winnie the Pooh, the parade where Elsa blew a kiss to the boys, and Peter Pan recognised them from earlier in the day, the fireworks show at the end of the night and many more ... there are just so many special moments! I included some of them in the video below. If you've ever wanted to visit Disney, do it! Especially when the kids are little!


Last worn: black leather jacket, cobalt Louis Vuitton scarf, Mickey Mouse tee, black maxi skirt, Converse, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere.

Other ways to wearblack leather jacket and printed pants, cobalt Louis Vuitton scarf and maxi dress, Mickey Mouse tee for travel, black maxi skirt in summer, Converse and purple jeans, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in third trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in third trimester.


First Time Experiencing Disneyland!










What I wore:

Disneyland Paris Disney Studios spring outfit skater dress cobalt scarf speedy bandouliere leather jacket | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | mickey mouse balloons outfit pic disneyland studios Paris grey skater dress cobalt scarf
JacketJeanswest black leather moto jacket
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
DressAsos grey skater dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Our next day at Disneyland Paris we went to Walt Disney Studios. I was glad I'd packed this short sleeve dress as this was a much warmer day and my leather jacket didn't stay on long at all. The dress was a nice light outfit option to have in my hand luggage and a dream to travel with - no creases when I rolled it up.

Initially I'd been unsure if this park would be as much fun as the main park for the boys - it turned out to be such a great day and I'm glad we went. It was certainly a quieter park with much shorter wait times for rides. Although we did have to use a Fast Pass to get on the Tower of Terror ride! The boys got to meet Spiderman after watching the superhero show live and were over the moon! We cuddled Pluto and Goofy and walked past Cruella De Ville and Woody, and went on a ton of rides.

It was another magical day and over much too soon, but we had to leave and get to the airport to fly back to Scotland for a very important date.


Last wornblack leather jacket (above), cobalt Louis Vuitton scarf (above), grey skater dress, Converse (above), Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere (above).

Other ways to wearblack leather jacket and jeans, cobalt Louis Vuitton scarf in the office, grey skater dress in summer, Converse and pencil skirt, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere and colourful knit.

Perfect for pregnancygrey skater dress in second trimester, Converse in second trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in third trimester.



How You Can Wear It:

When experiencing Disneyland Paris, comfort is a must! Go for pieces you know and love, layers for the changing temperatures and comfortable shoes for walking!




Weekday Wear Linkup #21


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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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Printed Tanks And Colourful Skinny Jeans With Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote

Just like Monday's post, again I'm wearing printed tanks and colourful pants. A bit more casually this time, for my usual SAHM days with the kids.

What I wore:

red skinny jeans cheetah print tank louis vuitton neverfrull converse SAHM play centre outfit | awayfromblue

red skinny jeans with Louis Vuitton damier azur MM neverfull tote bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue | Instagram red skinny jeans converse chucks cheetah print tank LV neverfull tote
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
DressJeanswest 'Rowena' print tank
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

Every time I think of an outfit combination with these red jeans I'm surprised when I flick through the blog archives and find I haven't worn it before! While I've never worn this printed tank and red jeans together, I really liked the combination, and it seems so obvious. It was a nice effortless outfit for a day with the boys. We headed out to a local play centre I had a soon to expire voucher for and I had a nice time at the cafe with a hot chocolate and a book while the boys played.

Of course I didn't get to enjoy the hot chocolate completely hot, there were some incidents with a smashed ear, a bruised knee and a bleeding nose... the boys had fun though despite leaving with a few injuries!


Last worn: animal print tank, turquoise tassel necklace, red skinny jeans, Converse, Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote.

Other ways to wearanimal print tank in the office, red skinny jeans and rainbow knit, Converse and pencil skirt, Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyanimal print tank in second trimester, Converse in second trimester, Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote.


Wear and Tear: Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote After 7 Years










What I wore:

colourful autumn outfit green skinny jeans colourful printed tank | away from blue

colourful outfit with louis vuitton damier azur neverfull tote bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | colourful SAHM skinny jeans and bright printed tank neverfull tote outfit
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
Tank: thrifted Target mixed print colourful printed tank
Jeans: thrifted ASOS petite green skinny jeans
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

A very similar outfit combination again! I picked the same turquoise tassel necklace, following the printed tank and skinny jeans outfit formula, even sticking with the same Louis Vuitton bag. I did wear sandals instead of Converse though.

This fun printed tank was a great opshop $1 bargain find, and although it has no green in it, I thought it would be fun to wear with the green skinny jeans, also an opshop find! I usually stick with neutrals when wearing these green jeans, I find green a tricky colour to wear, but I decided to be bright and colourful and pair the tank with them. I really liked the colours together!

This was another day that was supposed to be quiet but didn't quite go according to plan! The plan was to go to the library, run a few errands, have an early nap and then go see my friend in the afternoon for our coffee date that we'd had to reschedule a few times with sick kids. Thankfully I managed to get everything done, but with a couple more surprises along the way including a very late doctor's visit that meant a late dinner. One of those eventful days where everything goes wrong! At least I had fun with my friend and the boys enjoyed the library in the morning.


Last worn: mixed print colourful tank, turquoise necklace (above), green skinny jeans, gold sandals, Louis Vuitton neverfull bag (above).

Other ways to wearmixed print colourful tank and shorts, green skinny jeans and navy, gold sandals and maxi dress, Louis Vuitton neverfull bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyLouis Vuitton neverfull bag at 38 weeks.



Colourful Jeans Under $50:




How You Can Wear It

A fun pair of colourful jeans can be so easy to wear! You can keep it simple and pick a neutral colourful tank to wear with them, or be bolder and introduce even more colour to your outfit with a bright tank.


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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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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Grey Tees, Denim Shorts and Kimonos: Easy Mum Style

Sometimes the simplest outfits are the best! I love a good grey tee, and they are so nice with denim shorts. Throw on a printed kimono to feel a little more pulled together, and accessorise with a bright neon bag. Easy and perfect for a day with the kids!

What I wore:


floral kimono grey tee, denim shorts, neon pink mini mac bag | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff neon pink mini MAC bag with denim shorts | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | mum style navy floral kimono denim shorts grey tee neon pink mini mac bag
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Kmart pink multi-colour beaded necklace
TeeAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves (also in black)
Shortsthrifted Jeanswest distressed denim shorts
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

I needed a simple outfit for a stressful Monday so I fell back on my much loved outfit formula. To accessorise I just decided to pick everything pink as there is some pink in the floral print of the kimono. even though everything was a different shade of pink, I think it all worked well together. I love the way this neon pink mini MAC bag pops with the grey tee and the navy kimono, it really shines against neutrals. It's such a frequent accessory choice when I wear this kimono!

It was a stressful start to the morning as we had an appointment to keep but my phone had died the day before so I was desperately hunting for a replacement phone around the appointment time. The kids behaved so well as I dragged them round store after store. I'd picked out a possible new phone for Christmas but decided against it, so I knew the model I wanted, but it wasn't as widely available as it was in December! Thankfully I tracked it down, at the sixth store we went to. Yes, 6. My boys were so patient, but it was a stressful morning for us all!


Last worn: floral print kimono, pink beaded necklace, slouchy grey tee, distressed denim shorts, studded gladiator sandals, neon pink Mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearfloral print kimono and skinny jeans, slouchy grey tee and green jeans, distressed denim shorts and striped tank, studded gladiator sandals worn 30 ways, neon pink Mini MAC bag and printed dress.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral print kimono at 39 weeks, slouchy grey tee in second trimester.



What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC










What I wore:

colourful accessories on monochrome grey tee black shorts outfit neon bag navy kimono | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | mum style monochrome shorts and tee outfit with colourful accessories neon bag navy kimono
JacketNew Look Petite print kimono
Necklace: navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
ShortsJeanswest Sara distressed hot short
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Looking a little flat here - I was starting to feel unwell and lose my voice, but I'd pre-booked a fun morning and I had to pick up a few last minute birthday party things for baby boy's birthday party the next day, so I pushed through.

Our morning started with messy play - I'd picked all these things to wear as they could be easily washed (as advised when I booked the tickets). I did not expect to have to wash the grey tee quite so quickly though, after I took pics there was an incident with a breakfast bowl and I had to quickly take this off, stuff it in the washing machine and find another grey tee to replace it. Luckily I have a few! 😂

Thankfully at the actual messy play I managed to keep my clothes clean - although the boys loved getting dirty and my legs were covered in green 'slime' at the end of it. Lots of fun! Complete change of clothes for them and a bit of a clean with baby wipes and we were ready to run around the shops and pick up all the last minute party things.


Last worn: navy printed kimono, grey v-neck tee, navy tassel necklace, black denim shorts, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff neon mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearnavy printed kimono and pencil skirt, grey v-neck tee over a maxi dress, black denim shorts and printed tee, Rebecca Minkoff neon mini MAC with purple.

Perfect for pregnancynavy printed kimono in second trimester, grey v-neck tee in second trimester.



Grey Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A grey tee is a wardrobe staple and you can never have too many! It looks great worn with denim shorts on a warmer day, and you can easily add more colour and interest with bright accessories or a printed kimono.




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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Striped Tee Dresses & Bright Bags For A Pop of Colour

Sharing two simple striped tee dresses, and the last long hair outfit photo! I donated my hair back at the end of March, I've just been so behind with photos. Since I wait until I have some outfits that make sense to post together, these outfits were worn a little while apart, one with long hair and one outfit with short hair!

What I wore:

 All About Eve striped black tee dress with contrast sleeves purple mini MAB crossbody bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | all about eve striped black tee dress contrast sleeves pink and purple accessories
Necklace: Kmart rose gold and pink beaded necklace
DressAll About Eve striped black tee dress
ShoesBalenciaga studded sandals in sorbet RGGH
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

Simple tee dress for a busy day. Every time I wear this dress I'm so glad my sister didn't want it any more! I like wearing it with purple, I've done that before. It's a nice touch of colour with the black. Decided to add in some pink accessories too, I think these Balenciaga studded sandals and the rose gold necklace pair nicely with the purple mini MAB tote bag, even though they are both different shades of pink.

Took the boys out to our favourite playground in the morning, then had a couple of errands to run before sneakily managing to buy a birthday present without the birthday boy noticing!


Last worn: All About Eve striped tee dress, rose gold necklace, studded Balenciaga sandals, Rebecca Minkoff purple mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearAll About Eve striped tee dress and brown bag, studded Balenciaga sandals and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff purple mini MAB tote bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancystudded Balenciaga sandals in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff purple mini MAB tote bag in third trimester.


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What I wore:

Cotton On 'Tina' white striped tee dress  in autumn with leggings pink magenta balenciaga day bag | away from blue

Necklace: navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace
DressCotton On 'Tina' white striped tee dress in Lissy black / Gardenia
Leggings: Cotton on black 3/4 length leggings
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

A little bit more autumn-like with this outfit! I added some leggings to combat the cool morning and also as I worried this dress might be a little too short for a trip to the playground and rhyme time at the local library with the boys.

It was also my first attempt to curl my shorter hair. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it could have been a lot better! I think I will wait until it grows a bit more before I try again. As a graduated bob, the back is just too short to hold a proper curl.

Unhappiness with my hair aside, I did like this outfit - the leggings were a good choice for in the library sitting down on the ground with the boys. I think the Balenciaga day bag is such a fun pop of colour with the black and white stripes too.


Last worn: black and white striped tee dress, leggings, navy tassel necklace, rose gold sandals, Balenciaga magenta day bag.

Other ways to wearblack and white striped tee dress without leggings, leggings and Aztec print dress, rose gold sandals and shorts, Balenciaga magenta day bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyleggings in third trimester, Balenciaga magenta day bag in third trimester.



Striped Tee Dress Under $50:




I have included some Cotton On ones that are the same style as the one I'm wearing above - it's available in a range of prints!

How You Can Wear It:

A striped tee dress is a wardrobe basic, and a classic black and white one like the ones above works so well with bold colourful accessories. Pink and purple bags really pop with black and white outfits.


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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Thrifted Outfits: Printed Tees and Maxi Skirts With New Rebecca Minkoff Bags

I think these outfits sum up my style perfectly! Thrifted maxi skirts and tees, with some splurge-worthy bags. Because why spend a lot on clothes when you could put that money towards the bag budget instead? 😂


I've been thrifting a lot more in recent years - it was helped by having an opshop (thrift store) right next to the playgroup we went to weekly. Although it's now closed down it helped me see that I could maybe swing 10-15 minutes to browse if there were some toys around for the boys to play with! I've been looking further afield at different opshops to find a nice replacement store, which of course has lead to buying things as I browsed! It's meant I could pull these outfits together really cheaply (if you don't count the cost of the bags I accessorised with!)

What I wore:

thrifted printed tee ruffle maxi skirt summer sahm style outfit with rebecca minkoff edie cross body | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff Edie small crossbody bag in magenta | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | kids birthday party mum outfit printed tee maxi skirt rebecca minkoff edie cross body bag magenta
Tee: thrifted Kmart abstract blob print tee
Skirt: thrifted Crossroads black ruffle hem maxi skirt (new purchase)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff Edie small crossbody bag in magenta (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

This skirt is recently purchased - both it and the tee were only $1 each. While I do already have a black drawstring waist maxi skirt, it doesn't have the ruffled hem and does have splits up each side which limits when I can wear it. I can see this working for cooler weather with some ankle boots, and being petite I wasn't going to turn down a perfect length maxi skirt for just $1. I suspect it may have been altered before to suit its previous equally short owner!

The perfect outfit for a busy day. First wearing of my new Rebecca Minkoff Edie cross body bag too. I scored this in the January sales, and while it took a few weeks to arrive it was worth the wait! Wore this to a birthday party at McDonalds in the morning and then watching church online at my friends house in the evening.

With the bold abstract print on the tee and the bright cross body bag, I didn't feel this outfit needed a necklace.


Last worn: abstract print tee, Havaianas. First time I've worn the ruffle maxi skirt and Edie bag too as they are recent purchases.

Other ways to wear abstract print tee and denim shorts.


What I Bought In January And February - Opshop Haul:






What I wore:

space dye tee and mixed print maxi skirt opshopped outfit thrift finds and rebecca minkoff bag | away from blue

mixed print thrifted maxi skirt and Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram summer printed maxi skirt and tee thrifted opshopped outfit with mab camera bag
Necklace: Kmart gold and navy beaded necklace
Tee: thrifted Mix Apparel black marle tee
Skirt: thrifted tribal print maxi skirt
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond

Why I wore it:

Another completely thrifted outfit if you exclude the accessories! This tee was even cheaper than the one above, working out to just 67 cents as I got it in a 'fill a bag for $2' sale with a few other pieces. This is its sixth wear too, getting great cost per wear.

I've tried print mixing with it before, this time around I thought I'd pair it with this printed maxi skirt. Which I got in the same $2 bag of clothes. It was originally a dress, and I decided to have it altered into a skirt. It's such a fun summer piece.

I liked the way that the space dye tee worked with the mixed prints on the skirt, and I think the Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag tied the two pieces together nicely. Since the bag was a Christmas gift, that leaves the sandals to be the most expensive part of my outfit and I purchased them for $20!



Last worn: black printed tee, gold and navy beaded necklacemixed print maxi skirt, gold sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag.

Other ways to wearblack printed tee in the office, mixed print maxi skirt and denim jacket, gold sandals and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag and frill sleeve tees.




How You Can Wear It:

There is a false assumption that you need to wear a new outfit every day or you can't rewear things - in fashion in general, not just in blog land. I definitely challenge that and I enjoy showing you different ways to wear things in every post, and my 30 wears series to illustrate that you don't need new things all the time. And you certainly don't need to spend a lot when you do buy things!

You can easily find a bargain piece or two to update your wardrobe and make things feel fresh without maxing out your credit cards. Opshops, thrift stores, eBay, sale sections, all are good ways to make your fashion budget go a little further and give you the thrill of something new, so you can have a little more money to splurge on the things you care more about. That means more money for handbags for me obviously! 😂

In blogging, there is pressure to wear new things, things you can link and generate commissions on sales of. And I truly do appreciate those of you who buy things through the affiliate links I share to give me a little extra money for my hobby. But I'd much rather be a useful blog, that gives you inspiration for ways to wear pieces you already have and encourages you to rewear pieces to get more value from the things you've bought.


Linking up with Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, Jennifer's Link Up, Fancy Friday, Flashback Fashion, Lizzie In Lace, Sharing a Journey, Friday Faves.


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