Showing posts with label pleats. Show all posts
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Monday, 9 March 2020

Printed A-Line Skirts and Blazers With Balenciaga Part Time Bag: Weekday Wear Link Up!

For today's weekday wear linkup I'm wearing two pretty a-line skirts that don't get much wear on my stay at home mum days. They are perfect for my business casual office though, especially when dressed up with a blazer.

What I wore:

mustard print pleated skirt with turquoise tank and black accessories | autumn business casual outfit awayfromblue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | turquoise and pleated mustard print skirt and blazer autumn business casual office outfit with Balenciaga part time bag
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Necklace: Roie Designs multi chain layered beaded necklace
Top: Jeanswest Vickie button back tank in enamel blue
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

I wear a lot of neutrals with this pretty mustard, black and white printed pleated skirt. Black and greys go perfectly with it, but I decided to try something a little different and wear this bright turquoise tank. I really liked the combination! The turquoise and mustard felt a bit bright together so the black jersey blazer, black multi chain necklace and black Balenciaga part time bag were nice neutral pieces to add on top. I thought that the silver ballet flats were a nice choice with the silver studded hardware on the Balenciaga bag.

I rediscovered this necklace when I was setting up my new walk in wardrobe. It's been a long time since it's been worn, with it being a very attractive toy to grabby little babies and toddlers meaning I haven't even thought about it for a few years! It was perfect for this busy day in the office, I love a good statement necklace. Even if the little one did have a bit of a play with it in the afternoon, it survived! It's been so long since I last wore it I can't even find it on the blog to link to it.


Last worn: jersey blazer, turquoise tank, mustard pleated skirt, silver ballet flats, Balenciaga part time bag.

Other ways to wearjersey blazer and midi dressturquoise tank and jeansmustard pleated skirt and peach cami, silver ballet flats and band tee, Balenciaga part time bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyjersey blazer in third trimester, mustard pleated skirt in second trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester, Balenciaga part time bag in second trimester.


What's In My Bag -  Balenciaga Part Time Bag:










What I wore:

navy green and black printed skirt and boucle blazer business causal office outfit | away from blue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 slouchy | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | black Balenciaga part time with leaf print silk skirt navy black and green outfit
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
Jacket: Jeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
Tank: MEV Britney bubble tank in mood indigo C/O
SkirtFrench Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Unlike the outfit above, this one isn't really trying new things! I've worn this pretty green beaded necklace with this silk leaf print skirt quite a few times, it's a nice bit of matchy-matchy with the print on the skirt. In fact this whole outfit is the autumn version of this winter outfit. I'm just wearing bare legs instead of tights, a navy blue tank instead of a cobalt knit, and a cropped boucle blazer instead of a trench coat.

I really liked this outfit! I think the navy tanks works so well with all the black and with the green in the skirt.  This tank is so close to 30 wears, this is it's 27th wear. For a breastfeeding tank it's definitely been a worthwhile addition to my wardrobe. The nursing access is so discreet I can easily wear it even though I'm no longer breastfeeding.


Last worn: boucle blazer, navy bamboo tank, green necklace, silk leaf print skirt, black ballet flats, Balenciaga part time bag (above).

Other ways to wearboucle blazer worn two ways, navy bamboo tank and shorts, silk leaf print skirt and tee, black ballet flats and dress, Balenciaga part time bag and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle blazer in second trimester, navy bamboo tank in third trimester, silk leaf print skirt in early second trimester, black ballet flats in third trimester, Balenciaga part time bag in second trimester.



A-Line Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A fun knee-length a-line skirt is a great choice for a business casual office outfit. You can keep things simple and professional by adding a black blazer on top and neutral accessories to let the printed skirt be the star of your outfit.





Weekday Wear Linkup #61


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:
1. Please link to a specific outfit post, not your blog homepage.
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!
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Monday, 16 December 2019

Weekday Wear Link Up: Printed A-Line Skirts and Tees In The Office

Working in a business casual office that's more on the casual side than the business side of dressing means tees are perfectly acceptable in the office. I do try dress them up a little each time I wear them, by wearing a pretty skirt like these or adding a blazer or statement necklace.

What I wore:



leaf print silk skirt with olive slouchy tee jersey blazer summer office outfit with Mulberry bayswater | awayfromblue

autumnal coloured outfit with mulberry heritage bayswater tote bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | olive tee statement necklace jersey blazer silk skirt in office with mulberry bayswater tote
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Necklace: thrifted black and grey floral crystal statement necklace
TeeJeanswest Emma woven trim tee in dark green (on sale!)
SkirtFrench Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather (cheaper second hand)

Why I wore it:

This is a very autumnal toned outfit for summer! I thought I'd let the skirt stand out as the star and pair it with neutrals. This dark olive tee is so comfortable and slouchy, and even though it's a very different shade of green from the skirt I thought it went nicely with it. The black blazer and tan ballet flats and Mulberry Bayswater were nice neutral accessories to wear, but I did add a little extra interest with the crystal statement necklace so the outfit didn't feel too dark.

It was a very busy day in the office, and even if my big meeting with a manager was rescheduled, and I didn't need the blazer, I still felt suitably dressed for the day.


Last wornblack jersey blazer, statement crystal necklace, olive tee, leaf print silk skirt, tan ballet flats, Mulberry Bayswater.

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and wrap dress, olive tee and shorts, leaf print silk skirt in winter, tan ballet flats and skinny jeans, Mulberry Bayswater and chambray dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer at 39 weeks, leaf print silk skirt in second trimester, tan ballet flats in third trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in second trimester.


Wear and Tear: Mulberry Bayswater After 7 Years









What I wore:

printed pleated mustard skirt with space dye tee grey jersey blazer mulberry bayswater | away from blue

printed skirt with Mulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instgaram | space dye tee with jersey blazer mustard printed pleated skirt
JacketJeanswest grey jersey blazer
Necklace: thrifted statement gunmetal hardware necklace
Tee: thrifted Mix Apparel black marle tee
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather (cheaper second hand)

Why I wore it:

I really don't know why I don't wear this skirt more often! It's such a fun piece and I love yellow! Every time I wear it it gets compliments, it's far too pretty to hide away in my wardrobe.

It's the first time I've worn this black tee with it but I do like wearing it with black tops - picking a colour out of the print is such an easy way to pull an outfit together when you're wearing something printed.

Wasn't sure if this necklace was a bit much given the skirt is already a bit of a statement, but I liked the combination when I tried it on that morning so decided to stick with it. The skirt and necklace always get a lot of compliments when I wear them, even more this time around I wore them both together!

The grey blazer and metallic silver shoes were a little bit of matchy-matchy with the outfit too. The big meeting with the manger was rescheduled to this day so the blazer again made me feel suitably dressed.

Last worngrey jersey blazer, metallic statement necklace, black space dye tee, printed pleated skirt, silver ballet flats, Mulberry Bayswater (above).

Other ways to weargrey jersey blazer and print mix, black space dye tee and denim jacket, printed pleated skirt with navy, silver ballet flats and burgundy pants, mulberry Bayswater and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyprinted pleated skirt in second trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester, mulberry Bayswater in third trimester.



Printed A-Line Skirts Under $50:




How You can Wear It:

A printed A-line skirt is a fun alternative to a classic pencil skirt in the office. They are easy to dress up more with a blazer too, even if you wear them with a casual tee.





Weekday Wear Linkup #49


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:
1. Please link to a specific outfit post, not your blog homepage.
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!
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Friday, 23 August 2019

Two Ways To Wear Leopard Print Tees: Matching Bags To Your Top

Wearing two very different leopard print tees and matching them to my handbags to create some cute winter outfits with my cosy cardigans and skinny jeans. I've shared other ways to match your bag before, to your shoes and to your scarves. This time, I'm matching to the printed tees.

In further proof that I may take the outfit formula thing too far some days, and keep wearing the same thing over and over, I'm wearing the same necklace in both outfits! I did wear these a couple weeks apart though.

What I wore:

neon orange sass bide leopard print tee with grey wool maxi cardigan skinny jeans rebecca minkof love bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff chevron quilted small Love crossbody bag in pale coral | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | movie day mums tyle grey skinny jeans maxi cardigan with neon leopard print tee orange peach small love bag
JacketJeanswest Alice longline Australian wool cardigan
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TeeSass and Bide 'New Day Rising' tee in orange leopard print
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff chevron quilted small Love crossbody bag in pale coral

Why I wore it:

Wore this for a family movie date. I really love this Sass & Bide neon orange leopard print tee, but it's quite a statement piece and so one I only wear sparingly. Which is silly really, I should wear the things I enjoy more often!

Jeans and a tee was the perfect comfortable outfit for taking the kids to the movies - and the cosy wool maxi cardigan, while ideal for the cold air conditioning in the cinema, was actually a bit warm for being out in the sun, it was a beautiful winter day. But it was also the day we had set aside for the movies, so indoors we stayed!

Since I realised my new smaller wallet fits inside this Rebecca Minkoff small love bag, I've been wearing it a lot more. I noticed it was the perfect shade to compliment the neon leopard print of the tee, as although it's officially "pale coral" it's really more of a peach.

The grey wool maxi cardigan, skinny jeans and silver ballet flats with nice neutrals with all of the orange.


Last worn: maxi cardigan, beaded necklace, orange leopard print tee, grey skinny jeans, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff small love bag.

Other ways to wearmaxi cardigan in monochrome outfit, orange leopard print tee and maxi skirt, grey skinny jeans in the snow, silver ballet flats and floral dress, Rebecca Minkoff small love bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyorange leopard print tee in first trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Regular and Small Love Bag Comparison:









What I wore:

grey leopard print tee black nobody denim skinny jeans converse rebecca minkoff love bag mustard cardi | awayfromblue

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

awayfromtheblue Instgaram | mum style park playdate outfit mustard cardigan leopard print tee skinny jeans converse
Jacket: thrifted SES Fashions mustard yellow cardigan
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
Tee: Kmart grey leopard print tee
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (c/o)
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Following the outfit formula above, I wore this Kmart grey leopard print tee with a matching grey bag, the Rebecca Minkoff love bag in the regular size.

Again I went with neutral jeans, black Nobody denim skinny jeans, and instead of ballet flats I wore Converse as I was spending the morning at the playground, catching up with Jess who I met on Instagram.

With all of the grey and black together I wanted to add just a little more colour, so wore my fun mustard cardigan that, like the tee, was a $2 bargain. It was so funny that Jess was wearing mustard too! We had a fun chat as the boys played together, before I had to go grab some groceries for lunch and get back for the guys working on our solar power system.


Last worn: mustard cardigan, necklace (above), grey leopard print tee, Nobody Denim jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wearmustard cardigan with green pants, grey leopard print tee worn 2 ways, Nobody Denim jeans and blazer, Converse and maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in third trimester.


Leopard Print Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Jeans and a tee is a wardrobe staple for a mum, and changing it up with a printed tee like these fun leopard print ones is a great way to make your outfit feel a little more special. You can add more colour to your outfit by matching your bag to the print on the tee, or just throwing a bright cardigan on top if your print is neutral.


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Monday, 8 April 2019

Weekday Wear Linkup! Printed A-line Skirts and Plain Tees With Marc Jacobs Fran Bag

Another Weekday Wear linkup, and trying something different with my workwear, getting out these pretty printed skirts I haven't worn in a while! While continuing to wear plain tees, a theme that has been a frequent choice on the blog lately 😂

What I wore:

mustard pleated print a-line skirt white tee jersey blazer business casual autumn | awayfromblue

mustard pleated skirt Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Carob brown fran bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | business casual autumn office printed pleated a-line skirt jersey blazer outfit
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Earrings: gold pendant chandelier earrings
Necklace: Lovisa mixed texture beaded necklace
TeeAtmos & Here white essential v-neck tee
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown

Why I wore it:

This outfit got a lot of love on Instagram and in the office - I don't know why I don't wear this skirt more often! It makes me smile when I wear it and it's great just-below the knee length so it works in the office. I do try pair it with plain tops to let the skirt be the focus of the outfit.

Usually I'll go for black tops with it, but decided to try this white tee with it. Added the blazer on top as it was a little cooler in the morning, and so it dressed up the plain v-neck white tee a little more for the office. When you're having a meeting surrounded by people wearing jeans though it's not really a necessity at my workplace, I just like to try make the outfit a little more formal.

This Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag has been worn with this skirt in the past, but the necklace is new, one of the ones I got from Christmas I just hadn't worn yet. I think this plain tee was the perfect backdrop for it. I really liked this outfit.


Last worn: black jersey blazer, gold earringswhite v-neck tee, mustard printed pleated skirt, black ballet flats, Marc By Marc Jacobs Fran bag. First time I've worn the necklace.

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and jeans, white v-neck tee and floral kimono, mustard printed pleated skirt and graphic tee, black ballet flats and LBD, Marc By Marc Jacobs Fran bag in capsule wardrobe.

Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer in third trimester, mustard printed pleated skirt in second trimester, black ballet flats in second trimester, Marc By Marc Jacobs Fran bag at 40 weeks.


What's In My Bag: Marc By Marc Jacobs Fran










What I wore:

printed silk skirt in office with black tee and grey jersey blazer | away from blue

marc by marc jacobs carob brown classic q fran bag worn on arm | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | black tee, leaf print silk skirt, jersey blazer and marc jacobs fran bag autumn office outfit
JacketJeanswest grey jersey blazer
Earrings: Lovisa mini mustard tassel earrings
Necklace: Happiness Boutique turquoise and coral pendant necklace (C/O)
TeeAtmos & Here black essential v-neck tee
SkirtFrench Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown

Why I wore it:

Another new accessory! These mini tassel earrings were another Christmas gift, I thought they went quite nicely with the autumnal colours on the silk skirt. Again, I stuck with the outfit formula I loved so much above. A pretty printed skirt, a plain v-neck tee in black this time and a grey jersey blazer.

The blazer wasn't really needed. We had a big meeting in the afternoon which took up almost half the day, but it was an internal one so I didn't need to dress up for clients!

Felt quite warm that day so didn't wear the blazer much in the office anyway.


Last worn: grey jersey blazer, black v-neck tee, pendant necklace, leaf print silk skirt, Marc Jacobs mouse flats, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag (above). First time I've worn the earrings.

Other ways to weargrey jersey blazer and lace skirt, black v-neck tee and olive jeans, leaf print silk skirt with teal, Marc Jacobs mouse flats and wrap dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag and burgundy pants.

Perfect for pregnancyleaf print silk skirt in second trimester, Marc Jacobs mouse flats in second trimester, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag in third trimester.


Printed A-Line Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A pretty a-line printed skirt in a modest knee length is a nice alternative to a pencil skirt for office wear, while still fitting in with business casual dress codes. If you are worried it might look a little too casual, you can always add a blazer on top to look more formal for impromptu last minute meetings.





Weekday Wear Linkup #13


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:
1. Please link to a specific outfit post, not your blog homepage.
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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Monday, 15 January 2018

Zara Jersey Blazer For The Office With Printed Skirts and Louis Vuitton Neverfull

I've shared before that one of my secrets to getting out the door to work on time despite having two kids is to lay out my outfits the night before. It saves so much time in the mornings!

I'd actually had these outfits planned out for a week before I wore them. With sickness hitting the boys and a late night hospital dash, my week was thrown off and I ended up taking some time off. Thankfully everyone is better. I only made it into the office once that week, so I decided to wear a mood boosting dress instead on the only day I made it in, and saved these outfits for the next week. It was nice to finally wear them!

What I wore:

printed pleated a-line skirt for office with black tank and jersey blazer LV neverfull | awayfromblue

mustard printed a-line skirt with Louis Vuitton damier azur MM neverfull bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram summer officewear business casual mustard pleated skirt black blazer LV nervfull tote
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
NecklaceEye Candy LA 'Sasha' statement necklace
Top: Zalora basics ruffle hem tank in black
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black!)
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

It's not the first time I've worn this peplum tank tucked into a skirt, but I think this is my favourite way of wearing it. I'd been looking for a plain black top to wear with this skirt when I saw this top and realised it would be perfect if I hid the peplum under the pleats. As I'd managed to catch what the boys had and wasn't feeling the best, I added a colourful statement necklace. A trick I often use to try draw attention away from my tired eyes! With all of the black, I felt that the loud statement necklace and printed skirt worked nicely together, although I wasn't sure at first when thinking up what to wear. I really liked the gold mouse flats with this too.

Despite not feeling 100%, and wishing a few times I'd been contagious enough to get the day off work, I did love this outfit and felt happy with it. A little more energy and voice would have been good though, ha!


Last worn: black jersey blazer, black peplum tank, pleated a line skirt, gold mouse flats, Louis Vuitton damier azur bag.

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer over a tee dress, black peplum tank and kimono, pleated a line skirt and graphic tee, gold mouse flats and ruffle dress, Louis Vuitton damier azur bag for the beach.

Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer and hidden baby bump, black peplum tank in first trimester, pleated a line skirt in second trimester, gold mouse flats and maternity wrap dress, Louis Vuitton damier azur bag in second trimester.


Jersey Blazers Under $50:







What I wore:

subtle print mixing office outfit silk a-line skirt with black tee and jersey blazer, green and black | away from blue

Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull | away from the blue blog

awayfromblue Instagram subtle print mix office outfit silk a-line skirt jersey blazer
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
Tee: thrifted Mix Apparel black space dye tee
SkirtFrench Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
Bracelets: the usual
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

I was so excited to wear this outfit a few days after the one above, as it was my last day in the office before a few weeks leave.  However I was in a bit of a rush and grabbed this black blazer from the front of my wardrobe instead of the cream one I'd originally planned.

Instead of a plain black top like I had above, I picked my space dye black tee. I thought it was a subtle enough print that it wouldn't compete with the leaf print of the skirt. With the same blazer, similar skirt, statement necklace, Louis Vuitton neverfull, Marc Jacobs flats though...this looks incredibly similar to the outfit above. It's the same outfit formula, I just forgot to change up the jacket to make it look a little more different.

Loved this outfit as much as the top one, but for my last day before leave I think I was going to be happy no matter what I wore! Did have a mad last few hours trying to fit everything in and get everything done before I left, but otherwise it was a good day. This skirt always makes me feel good, even though being silk it doesn't get worn much at all around the toddlers! Perfect for the office.


Last worn: black jersey blazer (above), space dye tee, leaf print silk skirt, black ballet flats, Louis Vuitton neverfull (above).

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and pencil skirt, space dye tee and khaki shorts, leaf print silk skirt and lace tank, black ballet flats and skinny jeans, Louis Vuitton neverfull and gold jeans.


Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer at 39 weeks, leaf print silk skirt in first trimesterLouis Vuitton neverfull at 38 weeks.



Printed Skirts Under $50:







How You Can Wear It:

A neutral like black is a nice choice to wear with a colourful printed skirt. The black tops and blazer work so well in these outfits as the skirts both have black in them too. Picking a colour from the print on the skirt and wearing that on top is another good way to go if you don't have any neutral tops that work.


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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Cardigans, Jeans and Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere: Live Your Best Life for Less

Both of these outfits were worn to take part in Shea's Live your Best Life for Less challenge. It's a set of lifestyle challenges for each day of the week, and she's included a few style challenges that I've been able to participate in despite the weather being the opposite season here in Brisbane. It's been good to have some new ideas when picking what to wear in my wardrobe. It's been difficult getting inspired sometimes as my 6 months without shopping is almost completed and I haven't added anything new to my wardrobe.

As well as being part of #LYBLforLess, these outfits both feature my Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere bag and cardigans.

What I wore:

red suede ballet flats with neutral outfit brown grey black marle cardi | Away From Blue

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere | Away From Blue
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
Top: Zalora basics ruffle hem tank in black
JeansSass and Bide pale grey skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs suede flats in red
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere
Nails: Revlon 'Plum Seduction'

Why I wore it:

As well as taking the 'bright shoes with a neutral outfit' style prompt from Shea, I copied one of her poses on Instagram too! When I read that challenge I instantly thought of these red ballet flats. I adore them, but I really don't wear them often! Despite having them over 5 years, I haven't even hit 30 wears on them. It was so good to get them out again, and they do look lovely with the neutral outfit.

This tank I'd been wanting to wear for a while, I love the peplum hem, very flattering on a post-baby mum-tum. If I can still claim the post-baby label now Baby Boy is over a year old!

Wore this for a quiet day with the boys - a few errands in the morning then some arts and crafts at home as they attempted to make a present for someone special.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, brown marle cardigan, black peplum tank, Sass & Bide straight leg jeans, red suede flats, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere.

Other ways to wearbrown marle cardigan and pink maxi dress, black peplum tank and lace skirt, grey jeans and winter layers, red suede flats and pencil skirt, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere and printed dresses.

Perfect for pregnancy: cardigan and black dress in second trimester, peplum tank hiding an early baby bump, red suede flats and a bump hiding dress, speedy B and maternity shorts.



Where to Buy A Louis Vuitton Speedy Second Hand:








What I wore:

Flared jeans, gold mouse ballet flats and feather print scarf and cosy grey cardigan | AwayFromBlue

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere Heatstamped hand held 30 | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
Scarf: Forever New Skye Foil Feather scarf in berry / gold (Christmas gift, now on sale!)
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Charlotte teething necklace
TeeAtmos&Here navy stripe v-neck tee
JeansJeanswest 'spoylt' flared jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in blackand super cute in cherry print!)
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere
NailsRevlon 'Plum Seduction'

Why I wore it:

I wore this last month, when we had our first cooler day in a while and I was so excited for scarf season. Of course the days warmed up again afterwards, but I enjoyed wearing this briefly before the heat returned.

The beautiful gold foil feather scarf was a Christmas gift from my sister, so it was nice to give it a wear at last! She has such great taste. I thought the feather print worked nicely with the striped tee. First time I've worn these jeans for a while too. While my favourite jeans are skinny jeans, I do have a couple of other styles in my denim wardrobe. These flares are a pair I finally got hemmed after my wardrobe detox session a few years ago, and I'm glad I did as I wear them a lot more now. I'm petite so unhemmed flared jeans and flats don't work, I really need the length taken up first!

Again this was worn for a quiet day. We went shopping for a birthday gift for one of Toddler T's friends. It's always so fun shopping for kids toys, even if it's not for your own kids.


Last worn: grey belted cardigan, stripe tee, flared jeans, gold mouse flats, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere (above). First time I've worn the scarf as it was a Christmas present.

Other ways to weargrey belted cardigan and chambray skirt, stripe tee postpartum, flared jeans and Converse, gold mouse flats and graphic tee, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: striped tee in third trimester, flared jeans in first trimester, mouse flats and maternity wrap dress, speedy bandouliere and baby bump in maxi skirts.






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Cardigans go with everything! They are the perfect light layer when it's a little chilly, and I wear mine the most in spring and autumn. Pick a printed one like in the first outfit it what you're wearing is a lot of plain, block colour items. It's a nice way to add some interest to an otherwise monochromatic outfit too. A basic grey cardigan works perfectly for an outfit where you are playing with colour and print too, like with the stripes and feathers the second outfit. Whenever you're stuck for outfit ideas, style challenges are a great way to come up with new ways to wear what you own.


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