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Friday, 13 December 2019

Jeanswest Duster Kimonos With Denim Shorts, Space Dye Tees and Louis Vuitton Neverfull

If you've followed my blog for a while you'd know that I love Jeanswest. It's easily my favourite clothing store, and I always ask for gift cards from there at Christmas. So when they come out with a kimono, a much loved staple of my wardrobe, I'm very likely to get it.

They've really stepped up their game recently with a whole heap of kimonos and so I spent the last of my Christmas gift cards getting these two amazing bright kimonos from Jeanswest, perfect for summer! They were both 40% off in the sales too 😉

What I wore:

Jeanswest Eliza summer poncho in yellow floral with denim shorts and space dye tee LV neverfull beach picnic outfit | awayfromblue

yellow floral kimono with Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | Jeanswest Eliza summer poncho in yellow floral  denim shorts tee beach picnic outfit
JacketJeanswest Eliza summer poncho in yellow floral (new purchase)
Necklace: navy and silver circle pendant tassel necklace
Tee: thrifted Kmart space dye cream and black longline top
ShortsJeanswest Sara distressed hot short
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

This kimono was a must have, as soon as I saw it I knew I'd use up the last of my Christmas gift cards to get it. So perfect! It's called a poncho on the Jeanswest site but I'm just going to call it a kimono. It's so light and floaty, perfect for our hot summer days in Brisbane and it's the most cheerful bright shade of yellow!

Wore it out for the first time for a picnic by the beach with some family over visiting from WA. The sunny morning turned into a showery day when we got there so we huddled together eating hot chips to stay warm until the sun and the humidity returned. I'd picked shorts to wear as I didn't want to overheat in jeans - regretted that choice with the wind and rain, but was happy for the rest of the day when the sun came out and jeans would have been too warm.

With the plain shorts and space dye tee the yellow kimono was a nice bright pop of colour, and my Louis Vuitton neverfull is a frequently worn bag to the beach, or to a picnic, or a picnic by the beach in this case!


Last worn: space dye tee, navy tassel necklace, black distressed denim shorts, Havaianas, Louis Vuitton Neverfull. First time I've worn the kimono as it was a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearspace dye tee and red jeans, black distressed denim shorts and scarf, Louis Vuitton Neverfull in the office.

Perfect for pregnancy: Louis Vuitton Neverfull in third trimester.


What's In My Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull







What I wore:

Jeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral with louis vuitton neverfull shorts and tee | away from the blue

Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull with green floral kimono | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | Jeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral jacaranda tree and denim shorts tee Louis Vuitton neverfull
JacketJeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
Tee: thrifted Mix Apparel black marle tee
Shortsthrifted Jeanswest distressed denim shorts
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

The last photo in front of the Jacaranda trees for the season! I had been trying to get as many pics with them as I could and when I took this photo mid-November there were already more green leaves on the trees than purple flowers. It has been fun trying to stop at the best ones we passed to get pics - although there were many more I wish I could have taken pics with. Next year!

I went back to this street with my tripod this time as I knew to get a shot of the big purple trees behind me I'd need the camera to stand on the road. The boys patiently waited for me on the pavement as I snapped away, before we headed to a coffee date with a friend and then a play in the playground. Being a hot day I'd wanted to have a bit of a splash in the bay to cool down, but a warning about the illness causing algae in the water kept us off the beach sadly!

It was too hot for anything other than shorts and a tee, but I thought that the rose gold sandals and green duster kimono dressed up the outfit nicely for meeting my friend. This kimono was another must have as soon as I saw it, and I picked it up for 40% off in the Jeanswest sale too, earlier this year. I can never resist a good sale!


Last worn: green duster kimono, pearl tassel necklace, black space dye tee, distressed denim shorts, rose gold sandals, Louis Vuitton Neverfull (above).

Other ways to weargreen duster kimono and jeans, black space dye tee and denim jacket, distressed denim shorts and peplum tank, rose gold sandals and dress, Louis Vuitton Neverfull worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyLouis Vuitton Neverfull at 38 weeks.



Duster Kimonos Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Shorts and a tee is a staple in the summer heat and humidity, and a great outfit for running around with the kids. You can add some extra colour to your outfit, or dress it up a little with a bright duster kimono like these two here.



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Friday, 6 December 2019

Floral Duster Kimonos and Grey Tees

If you've read my blog for a while you'll know I love kimonos! I like using accessories in my outfit for a little extra touch of colour. Scarves are great in winter, as are necklaces and bags, but in spring and summer I frequently reach for my kimonos. There's something so comfortable about long duster length ones like these floral ones - taking a simple shorts and tee or jeans and tee outfit and making it feel more dressed up!

What I wore:

monochrome grey tee and jeans outfit with Jeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral sahm style | awayfromblue

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

awayfromtheblue Instgram | Jeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral duster with monochrome jeans and tee outfit
JacketJeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (c/o)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff emerald green mini 5-zip rocker bag (get 20% off with code "REAL")

Why I wore it:

The monochromatic grey tee and black skinny jeans outfit was a bit plain, even with the wooden bead necklace. This floral duster kimono added the perfect touch of colour and print and is so comfortable! Of course I couldn't resist going a little matchy-matchy and pairing the green Rebecca Minkoff mini 5-zip bag with this too, even if it does blend into the kimono a bit! They are both such nice shades of green.

Wore this for a morning of furniture shopping which turned into lunch at Ikea, taking advantage of the "kids eat free" deal they had on. Just a nice simple outfit for the challenge that is spending half the day furniture shopping with two little boys!


Last worn: green floral kimono, blue beaded necklace, grey v-neck tee, black skinny jeans, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5-zip bag.

Other ways to weargreen floral kimono and skater dress, grey v-neck tee in the office, black skinny jeans and band tee, Rebecca Minkoff mini 5-zip bag and olive jeans.

Perfect for pregnancygrey v-neck tee in second trimester.


The Perfect Bag for Every Occasion Tag:







What I wore:

black floral duster kimono with pink shorts, grey tee and Louis Vuitton neverfull damier tote | away from blue

black floral duster kimono with Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | black floral duster kimono with grey tee shorts louis vuitton neverfull tote
Hat: Big W bow detail sunhat
Jacket: Target Karolina summer kimono in purple black floral
Necklace: thrifted cream and navy statement flat bead necklace
TeeJeanswest 'Lucy' colour block tee in grey marle/rosebud
Shorts: thrifted pastel pink cotton shorts
ShoesNovo Tawny rose gold sandals
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

A much less stressful day! We took advantage of the summer-like weather and headed to the local park with my family for a picnic. The heat made me reach for a simple shorts and tee outfit, but I did want to dress it up a little for the picnic so I added this awesome floral duster. It was a Christmas gift from my mum last year and it's a firm favourite!

I thought the purple floral went nicely with the pastel pink shorts too, I like pink and purple together and I've worn a similar outfit before. The tee has a pink panel on the back too, so the sheer kimono showed a little of that pink as well.

Had to wear my big floppy sunhat for sun protection, even though we spent most of the day in the shade at the picnic table. I appreciated the hat while running around with the boys in the playground afterwards!

We had a big bag for the picnic blanket and food but I brought my Louis Vuitton neverfull tote bag along as well so I had extra space to carry everything - sunscreen and water bottles. This is a great go-anywhere tote, and my go-to for picnics!


Last worn: sunhat, statement necklace, floral kimono, grey colour block tee, pink shorts, rose gold sandals, Louis Vuitton neverfull.

Other ways to wear: sunhat and maxi dress, floral kimono and denim shorts, grey colour block tee and navy kimono, pink shorts and printed tank, rose gold sandals and maxi skirt, Louis Vuitton neverfull worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancysunhat in third trimester, grey colour block tee in second trimester, Louis Vuitton neverfull in third trimester.



Duster Kimonos Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A grey tee is a mum staple, especially when paired with shorts or jeans. To change up your outfit a little even on a hot day you can add some extra interest through a colourful printed duster kimono. Such a comfortable choice in the heat too!


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Friday, 22 November 2019

Maxi Skirts and Tees With Scarves and Mustard Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan Bag

Easy mum style for breezy spring days with v-neck tees and printed maxi skirts. Accessorised with some colourful scarves and my adorable mustard yellow Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

What I wore:

brisbane spring style jacaranda outfit mustard tee print mix scarf stripe maxi skirt | awayfromblue

navy skirt with Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instgagram | brisbane spring mum style mustard tee navy maxi skirt fashion scarf girl print mix
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl navy Geo print tassel scarf
Tee: Big W mustard v-neck tee
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
Shoesslim gold Havaianas
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

I really like blue and yellow together so I knew I should wear this navy striped maxi skirt with the mustard tee. I couldn't resist going a little matchy-matchy with the accessories too, with my mustard Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag matching the tee and navy scarf matching the skirt. Even if the mustard bag isn't quite the same colour as the tee, it is such a fun combo and one I've worn before.

It was a warmer spring day but a bit breezy, especially right on the bay where we spent the morning at the playground, after quickly stopping off at opshop to drop off some stuff. Of course I ended up browsing after donating and picked up a few things for the boys too! I thought the mixed geometric print of the scarf was a fun print mix with the striped skirt, and loved the combination.

Of course the location is the best part though! I couldn't believe my luck stumbling across this beautiful jacaranda tree. Even if the wind made it tricky to get a good pic, and baby boy had a bit of fun running around in the background 😂 The jacaranda trees are so beautiful and worth documenting though - they blossom every spring in Brisbane and are so colourful!


Last worn: mustard tee, geometric print scarf, striped maxi skirt, gold Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan.

Other ways to wearmustard tee worn two ways, geometric print scarf and shorts, striped maxi skirt in winter, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan worn 30 ways.


What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan










What I wore:

yellow and red maxi skirt outfit with white tee and micro regan bag | away from blue

mustard scarf and red skirt with Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | spring scarf style red printed maxi skirt white tee cross body bag
ScarfJeanswest Lucille golden yellow scarf
TeeAtmos & Here white essential v-neck tee
Skirt: thrifted Billabong red printed maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

Again with the mustard! It is my favourite shade of yellow. The lovely boho print on this red maxi skirt has a little touch of yellow in it so the mustard bag was an obvious choice, and with the bold red and yellow together I thought a plain white tee was the best. It made it through a trip to the park with the kids and dogs, a haircut, and going out for lunch with my sister without getting a stain so I was pretty happy! I wasn't as lucky last time I wore it...

Again it was a windy start to the morning so I added a scarf, and thought this mustard one was such a bright pop with the red skirt. Just like the tee in the outfit above, it's a different shade from the bag but I thought it complimented it nicely.


Last worn: mustard scarf, white tee, red printed maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag (above).

Other ways to wearmustard scarf and little black dress, white tee and jeans, red printed maxi skirt and band teeRebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag and denim shorts



Printed Maxi Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A printed maxi skirt is a fun piece to wear in warmer weather - and paired with a plain tee it makes for an easy outfit. You can add further colour and print to your outfit with accessories too, like I have with the scarves and the little mustard bag.


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Monday, 18 November 2019

Weekday Wear Linkup: Two Ways To Wear A Grey Skater Dress

For today's Weekday Wear Linkup I'm showing you two ways to wear a simple grey skater dress, taking it from work to a night out by changing the accessories.

This neutral grey dress is a great staple in my wardrobe and really should be worn more! I packed it for our Europe trip and it reminded me I should get it out more often.

What I wore:

monochrome office outfit grey skater dress boucle jacket leopard print flats and purple balenciaga work bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | grey skater dress in office boucle jacket monochrome outfit with purple balenciaga work bag
JacketJeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
Necklace: thrifted black and grey floral crystal statement necklace
DressAsos grey skater dress
Shoes:  Walnut Melbourne Ava white leopard ballet flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Marc by Marc Jacobs enamel turnlock stripey hinge black and white bangle
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

Was feeling a bit uninspired with what to wear, knowing I had a busy day at work and then a night out in the evening. A dress is an easy outfit staple so I went with that, and this grey one is extremely comfortable. Kept it monochrome for a day in the office, wearing it with my black boucle jacket to dress up the casual tee fabric a little, the sparkly statement necklace worked well to do that too.

The big purple Balenciaga work bag adds a pop of colour. I find it so hard to do monochrome looks, I always sneak some colour in somewhere! I'm thrilled I got to wear the shoes again too, it's been a while since the last wearing and I've tried to wear them recently but the rainy forecast always made me change my mind, they were definitely overdue a wear and I'm pleased the weather cooperated this time!

And yes, I held the Balenciaga work bag backwards in every pic...obviously not properly awake that morning!


Last worn: boucle jacket, statement necklace, grey skater dress, leopard print flats, purple Balenciaga work bag.

Other ways to wearboucle jacket and pencil skirt, grey skater dress at Disney, leopard print flats and stripesBalenciaga purple work bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle jacket in third trimester, grey skater dress in second trimester.


How I Clean My Handbags: Removing Colour Transfer







What I wore:

Jeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral with gray skater dress dinner mum night out outfit with circle straw bag | away from blue

Amerii medium sling rattan bag in black | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | green floral duster with a skater dress and ankle boots straw circle crossbody bag
Earrings: Kmart navy tassel earrings
JacketJeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral
Necklace: thrifted blue multi stand long beaded necklace
DressAsos grey skater dress
ShoesAtmos&Here tan Lola leather ankle boots
Bag: Amerii medium sling rattan bag in black (c/o)

Why I wore it:

After the busy day at work I came home and quickly got changed to head out to dinner with some mum friends. I swapped the boucle blazer for this green floral duster. I love the bold burst of colour it adds to the neutral grey and I like the skater dress and duster combo - I've worn this skater dress with another duster before too.

The navy necklace and tassel earrings added more colour to the dress, and the tan boots are a neutral classic. It was a cooler spring evening and I was grateful I'd picked ankle boots to wear on the way home from the restaurant, kept me a little cosier. I didn't need to bring much as it was a kid-free dinner so wore my Amerii round straw cross body bag. Simple little outfit changes that had me ready and out the door quick enough to be on time for dinner, after giving the boys plenty of hugs!

I got ready so quickly I forgot to put on the bracelets I'd set aside, but I think the navy necklace and earrings were enough extra colour with the green kimono.


Last wornfloral duster, navy tassel earrings, navy long necklace, grey skater dress (above), tan ankle boots, Amerii circle straw bag.

Other ways to wearfloral duster and jeans, grey skater dress in winter, tan ankle boots and sheath dress, Amerii circle straw bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancygrey skater dress in second trimester.



Skater Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A comfortable skater dress in a neutral shade like this grey one is so easy to dress up or down. Try sticking to monochrome colours in the office with a classic blazer to dress it up a little, or make it more casual and colourful like I have in the second outfit with a bright duster and statement accessories.



Weekday Wear Linkup #45


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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Note: I wore these outfits a couple of weeks ago, before the bushfires across Australia. For today, we are safe from the bushfires, as are our family and friends. For ways to help those not as fortunate, see here: https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/bushfire-donations-heres-how-you-can-help/11696418

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Peplum Tops Bright Skinny Jeans And Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bags

I might be trying to stay away from the blue jeans rut but there's no denying jeans are a mum staple! I paired some of my colourful skinny jeans with anther great mum-friendly piece, peplum tops (perfect for hiding a mum-tum!). Accessorised both these outfits with my go-to Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bags.

What I wore:

space dye peplum tee with red skinny jeans thrfited outfit with opshop finds playground in spring | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC with red skinny jeans | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | peplum tee with red skinny jeans fashion blogger mum life outtake with spring playground outfit jacaranda
Necklace: thrifted cream and navy statement flat bead necklace
Tee: thrifted black and white space dye peplum tee
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

If you haven't been following along on Instagram, I'm on a quest to take outfit photos near all the jacaranda trees we pass when we are out 😂 A sure sign of spring in Brisbane, when everything is blanketed in beautiful purple flowers for a few short weeks.

I took the boys out to a local park and drove down this street - I knew it would be the perfect spot for photos. I may have picked this street to drive by because my friends took beautiful wedding photos here with the jacarandas, ha! You can see them lined up the street behind me there too. With two young kids though I needed to stick to the paths so picked this not too tall tree to pose by. My youngest boy decided to spend his time waiting while his brother took pics searching for the perfect fallen jacaranda flower to give me, and once he picked it he just couldn't wait on the sidelines any longer! You can't see as I cropped him out of that first photo, but he stood close by and in the frame of every shot after giving me the flower, ha!

That's life with toddlers though - and I like the photobomber outtakes as they have his cute little face in them! Photos done and flower safely stored away we spent a few hours in the playground.

Outfit wise I kept it simple, this comfortable peplum tee was a great neutral with the bright red skinny jeans. Both the tee and jeans were thrift finds, as is the statement necklace. The metallic silver mini MAC bag seemed like a good neutral to accessorise with.


Last worn: space dye peplum tee, statement necklace, red skinny jeans, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC.

Other ways to wearspace dye peplum tee with olive jeans, red skinny jeans and knit in winter, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC in second trimester.


What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC










What I wore:

navy bird print peplum Kmart tank with purple skinny jeans and pink accessories | away from blue

purple jeans with Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | bird print peplum tee purple skinny jeans pink accessories neon mini MAC bag weekend mum style
Necklace: Kmart rose gold and pink beaded necklace
Top: Kmart navy bird print peplum frill hem tank
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Another brightly coloured outfit, with another pair of colourful jeans. These purple jeans are often worn with blue, and they are the first thing that came to mind when this navy bird print peplum tank popped up on my Instagram archive - it inspired me to get the tank out again. I'm sure I'm not the only personal style Instagrammer being inspired to pull pieces out again or try outfit combos after seeing things pop up on the Instagram archive! With the pink bird print I went with pink accessories: the blush necklace and the neon pink mini MAC bag was an extra burst of colour.

As it was forecast to rain most of the day we headed around the furniture stores and Ikea, keeping out of the worst of the weather and missing the storms entirely.


Last worn: bird print peplum tank, blush and rose gold necklace, purple skinny jeans, Havaianas (above), neon pink mini MAC.

Other ways to wearbird print peplum tank and pencil skirt, purple skinny jeans worn 30 ways, neon pink mini MAC and little black dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: purple skinny jeans in the first trimester.



Peplum Tops Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A peplum top is a great piece to wear with jeans. Super comfortable and great for hiding a mum-tum or a food baby, it's a nice little frill detail that elevates a tank or tee. For an extra bright outfit, you can try wearing a pair of colourful jeans instead of a classic black or blue pair.


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Friday, 8 November 2019

Wearing Tops Over Maxi Dresses With Ankle Boots: Casual and Dressy

Following a simple outfit formula and adding a top over a printed maxi dress to make it a skirt, but creating two very different looks!

What I wore:

Brisbane Fashion Runway show 2019 touch of glitter sqequin tank over snake print maxi dress with black blazer vintage Chanel | awayfromblue

snake print maxi dress with Chanel vintage quilted lambskin flap | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | black blazer with sequin tank over snake print maxi dress for brisbane fashion runway show
Earrings: Kmart mustard gold tassel earrings
JacketWarehouse cropped zip detail jacket
Tank: thrifted Valleygirl metallic sequin tank (gift from my mum)
DressJeanswest grey snake print maxi dress (worn as skirt)
ShoesAcne pistol boots in "skin"
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap

Why I wore it:

Sequins and snake print together is not my normal style of dressing, but I pushed myself out of my comfort zone a little with this outfit for the Brisbane Fashion Runway show. The theme was a touch of glitter and I think this tank nailed it perfectly!

I knew I wanted to wear this snake print maxi dress but couldn't find a sequin topper, so thrifted a few possible necklace options at the opshops after spending a few weeks fruitlessly hunting for something with sequins. None of the necklaces felt quiet right with the dress but luckily my mum found this sequin tank for just $2 in her local opshop and it was exactly what I needed! Big thanks to my mum!

Apart from the $2 tank, everything else was already in my wardrobe. The cropped black blazer is one I won in a blog giveaway years ago and considered donating it a few times. Glad I kept it as it was a much cooler day than expected with the rain all morning. Thankfully it cleared up in the afternoon for the show.

Had a really fun time despite worrying I'd feel out of place, never been to an official fashion show before but Emily and Mel were great people to go with. Big thanks to Emily for the photos too!



Last worn: cropped blazer, gold tassel earrings, snake print maxi dress, Acne pistol boots, vintage Chanel bag. First time I've worn the thrifted tank my mum found me.

Other ways to wearcropped blazer and lace dress, snake print maxi dress with red clutch, Acne pistol boots and ruffle dress, vintage Chanel bag at Christmas.

Perfect for pregnancysnake print maxi dress at 39 weeks, Acne pistol boots in third trimester, vintage Chanel bag and last pregnancy pic.



Choosing A Handbag For Every Occasion:







What I wore:

casual grey tee over high low maxi skirt outfit with straw circle bag and ankle boots | away from blue

Amerii medium sling rattan bag in black with mandala print maxi dress | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | grey tee over high low maxi dress casual spring church outfit with amerii straw circle bag
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
DressJeanswest Sophia high-low maxi dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
Bag: Amerii medium sling rattan bag in black (c/o)

Why I wore it:

This was the morning after the night before! 😂 Needed something simple and comfortable after a few drinks before, during and after the fashion show! Mum life means 3 drinks in one night and staying up past my normal bed time is far too much, ha! Stuck with the same outfit formula but a lot more casual.  I love wearing this high-low maxi dress as a skirt and the grey tee was the perfect topper with it.

The black straw bag and ankle boots were simple matching accessories that made getting ready in the morning a bit easier! We made it to church but did spend the rest of the day afterwards at home, trying to relax as much as you can with two little boys!


Last worn: grey tee, pearl tassel necklace, printed maxi dress, black ankle boots, straw circle bag.

Other ways to weargrey tee and pencil skirt, printed maxi dress and denim jacket, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, straw circle bag in winter.

Perfect for pregnancygrey tee in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester.




Printed Maxi Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

For something a little different why not try layering your maxi dress and adding a tank or tee on top to wear it as a skirt? It's a simple way to change up the look of your favourite dress and create a whole new outfit.


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Friday, 25 October 2019

Kmart Floral Dresses For Spring With Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag

Like every other Aussie mum, I can't resist a Kmart bargain! While the Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag I'm wearing in these outfits is more of a splurge, I picked up the first floral dress on sale for just $12 and you're sure to recognise the second floral maxi dress as an old favourite - even full price it was just $25! These floral dresses are so perfect for our spring weather in Brisbane.

What I wore:

Kmart teal floral print midi dress with mustard tassel earrings and tan MAB camera bag and ankle boots spring church outfit | awayfromblue

Kmart teal floral print midi dress with Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | Kmart teal floral midi dress with tan accessories spring church outfit
Earrings: Kmart mustard gold tassel earrings (new purchase)
Dress: Kmart teal floral print midi dress
ShoesAtmos&Here tan Lola leather ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond

Why I wore it:

While I've shared this on the blog before, this was the first time I wore this beautiful floral mid dress. I decided to wear it with the new earrings I picked up in the Kmart clearance too, I liked the way the mustard looked with the teal of the dress! I kept the rest of the accessories neutral with my matchy-matchy tan ankle boots and Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag. I loved how comfortable this dress was to wear, such a nice option to attend church.

I did hesitate buying this dress for a second because of the long sleeves - wasn't sure if I'd get much wear out of it this year with Brisbane having such a hot start to Spring so far! I do like wearing long sleeved dresses in summer for the extra sun protection though and this didn't feel too hot at all, was such a nice dress to wear on a warm spring day.


Last worn: teal floral midi dress, tan ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag. First time I've worn the mustard tassel earrings as they are a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearteal floral midi dress in the office, tan ankle boots and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag and denim shorts.


What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag










What I wore:

Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress with Jeanswest denim moto jacket statement necklace tan bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond with Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress with denim moto jacket statement necklace night out dinner otufit
JacketJeanswest Kitty denim biker jacket
Necklace: thrifted Equip turquoise cream multi strand bead necklace
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond

Why I wore it:

This Kmart tiered tropical floral print maxi dress is an old favourite - an impulse buy a few years ago after seeing a bunch of Aussie Instagrammers wearing it, it's one I keep reaching for in my wardrobe. I'm surprised I haven't hit 30 wears with it yet! (This is wear number 16.) I've worn it with denim jackets before, as it's a spaghetti strap dress it's nice to have a little extra cover on a colder spring day with a jacket.

I wore this out for a celebratory dinner, we sold our old house, yey! We've been in this house we built for a few months but it took a little time to get our old place ready to sell and then listed and sold. A little sad, it was the house we bought just before our wedding and we moved in as husband and wife so lots of memories there - we lived there 10 years! But it was much too small as our family grew.

As it was predicted to rain and a little cooler, the denim moto jacket was an easy option with this dress, and I wore the gold mouse flats to keep my feet warm and dry on the walk from the car to the restaurant. With all the bold colour in the maxi dress, the neutral gold flats were an obvious choice.

I really liked the thrifted turquoise necklace with the coral dress, and it matched the colours in the print nicely. Unfortunately, while cuddling my son as we waited for dinner, he got a bit antsy and grabbed my necklace, and pulled. One of the strings snapped, showering beads everywhere! I managed to grab the string without having too many beads fly and tried to kind of repair it a little...a reminder that I need to pick more kid friendly, less delicate necklaces when I'm out with the boys! I'm glad the necklace will live on for another wear too, as long as my hastily tied knot holds, ha!


Last worn: denim moto jacketturquoise beaded necklace, Kmart tropical coral maxi dress, gold mouse flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera bag (above).

Other ways to weardenim moto jacket and shift dressturquoise beaded necklace in the office, Kmart tropical coral maxi dress and kimono, gold mouse flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera bag and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancygold mouse flats in third trimester.



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How You Can Wear It:

A bright floral dress is an obvious choice for spring, it's the perfect season for head to toe florals! You can keep things simple and let the dress be the star when paired with neutral accessories like the MAB camera bag, or add just a little extra colour with accessories like earrings in the first outfit or a statement necklace in the second outfit. Just remember to factor in grabby toddler hands if you're a mum, to prevent necklace destruction!

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