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Friday, 5 June 2020

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

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

What I wore:

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

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag Review:








What I wore:

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

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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

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


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

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

Perfect for pregnancy: teal henley in second trimester.



Printed Maxi Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

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



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

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

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


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Friday, 22 May 2020

Two Ways To Wear a Graphic Tee With Printed Pieces

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

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

What I wore:


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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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


What Bag I'd Wear With These Outfits:

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






What I wore:

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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

Perfect for pregnancynavy floral kimono in third trimester.



Graphic Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It

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


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Monday, 30 March 2020

Two ways To Wear a Navy Tank (With Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford Bag)

For today's weekday wear post I'm sharing two ways I've recently worn this navy tank. A breastfeeding piece I got when pregnant with my eldest boy, it's such a staple it's never left my wardrobe even though my breastfeeding days are behind me!

I'm continuing to blog as much as possible while the world is so uncertain, it's part of my routine and after 8 years of blogging and outfit photo taking it would be weird to stop! However, not going out as often and working from home has meant more loungewear, so I have less outfits to share as I only share pics of what I actually wear out the house.

While I've dropped my Wednesday post I'll still endeavour to post Monday and Fridays. In fact you'll see this navy top again in my 30 ways to wear post this Friday, as it's hit 30 wears!


What I wore:


green floral duster kimono with navy breastfeeding tank and bermuda denim shorts outfit micro bedford bag | awayfromblue

 Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | navy tank and Bermuda denim shorts outfit with green floral duster kimono
JacketJeanswest Delilah Long Line Kimono in Green Floral
NecklaceRoie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
Tank: MEV Britney bubble tank in mood indigo (c/o)
Shorts: Jeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts
ShoesNew Balance white and blue sneakers
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

Wore this to quickly pop out to do the school run and get groceries two weeks ago, which seems so long ago now. While social distancing wasn't as much of a thing then I thought this beautiful green floral duster kimono would help keep my personal space as it can billow out behind me when I walk quickly 😂 It also brought some extra colour to my outfit to cheer me up and boost my mood - grocery shopping has been a bit difficult lately with the shortages around and I needed something to make me smile.

The navy tank and the blue Bermuda denim shorts were another attempt to make me smile - blue is my favourite and go-to colour when I want to feel a little happier!

With the green kimono breaking up the blue a bit I thought this navy Rebecca Minkoff micro Bedford bag would be a nice compliment to the blue tank and shorts. Normally I'd have more exciting things in mind for the first outings with a new bag, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to wear this bag while I still can! Even if it was just for the school run and grocery shopping.


Last worn: green duster kimono, coin and tassel necklacenavy breastfeeding tank, Bermuda denim shorts, New Balance sneakers. First time I've worn the bag as it is a recent purchase.

Other ways to weargreen duster kimono and jeans, navy breastfeeding tank and maxi skirt, Bermuda denim shorts and peplum tank.

Perfect for pregnancy: navy breastfeeding tank in third trimester


Unboxing My Latest Rebecca Minkoff Purchase:




No "what I bought this month" post up as with all the craziness in the world I only have this bag I bought to share, and a fun orange blazer I got preloved. I optimistically bid on it a few weeks before things changed in Australia, when I was still going into work and it eventually arrived on my second week of who knows how many weeks working from home. I'm hopeful it will make an appearance on the blog soon...but it is really an office piece!




What I wore:

navy breastfeeding mum outfit autumn with floral maxi skirt nursing tank | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight with moncohrome blue outfit | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | monochrome navy breastfeeding outfit blue floral maxi skirt micro bedford bag
Necklace:  House of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
Tank: MEV Britney bubble tank in mood indigo (c/o)
Skirt: Ally Fashion blue border print floral maxi skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight

Why I wore it:

Unlike the outfit above, I kept this completely monochromatic with navy and blue. I really like the navy Micro Bedford bag with the blue floral skirt, it was such a nice combination. The silver necklace is an older favourite and was a bit of matchy-matchy with the silver hardware on the micro Bedford bag, and silver ballet flats.

Another day of being mostly at home - I did pop out to the grocery store again after school drop off and helping in my son's classroom. It was the second time that week I'd been to the grocery store, hoping that there would be more in stock. Got a few more things from my list thankfully, but there were still a lot of bare shelves even with the newly implemented shopping limits.

Yes, we need shopping limits at all our grocery stores to stop people hoarding and panic buying! A couple in front of me had some of their shopping removed by the cashier because they hadn't stuck to the limits. Thankfully there was no angry outbursts or need for police intervention as I've seen around a lot lately. What a crazy world we live in!


Last worn: navy breastfeeding tank (above), House of Harlow silver necklace, floral maxi skirt, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff micro Bedford bag (above).

Other ways to wearnavy breastfeeding tank and jeans, floral maxi skirt and pink tee, silver ballet flats and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancynavy breastfeeding tank in second trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester.



Navy tanks Under $50:




How You Can Wear It

A navy tank is a great wardrobe basic! It's a great base outfit piece for pairing with a bold print - something contrasting in green like the kimono, or a little more monochromatic with a blue floral maxi skirt.


Weekday Wear Linkup #64


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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Linking up with Confident Twosday, Turning Heads, Style Six, Fashion Files, Chic and Stylish, Fancy Friday.


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Friday, 13 March 2020

Navy Skirts And Printed Tees With Rebecca Minkoff Regan Bag

I've been wearing a lot of maxi skirts lately! They are a nice option for staying covered up but still cool in the hot and humid weather (even though it's officially autumn now in Brisbane!).

What I wore:



Necklace: blush pink and gold beaded tassel necklace
Tee: thrifted Kmart abstract blob print tee
Skirt: thrifted navy viscose drawstring no label maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

I've been looking at this thrifted printed tee in my wardrobe for a while realising it was overdue a wear, but I always picked something else to wear instead. This plain navy maxi skirt was the perfect pairing and let the tee be the statement in the outfit. The tee was thrifted for just $1 and the skirt was another thrift find at $4 making this a very affordable outfit!

The bag of course is on the more expensive side! This Rebecca Minkoff Regan is becoming a staple when I spend the day with my youngest while my eldest is in school. I can easily fit both our water bottles inside along with some wipes and hand sanitiser (and my phone and wallet of course) so it saves me also carrying a baby bag too. We had a busy morning but a relaxed afternoon at home before school pickup.


Last worn: abstract print tee, blush tassel necklace, navy maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag.

Other ways to wearabstract print tee and shorts, navy maxi skirt with stripes, Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag and pencil skirt.



What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Regan










What I wore:



Necklace: engraved interlinked silver circle family name necklace
Top: Primark Edinburgh white graphic tee
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
Shoes:slim navy and pink Havaianas
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

I purchased this tee on our Europe trip last year while shopping in Primark in Edinburgh. I wasn't sure how much wear I'd get from it but it worked out to be around $5 so I couldn't resist! It's actually been getting a bit of wear since I bought it - being a lover of blue I find it works so well with a lot of my wardrobe and it's nice to try wear a little bit more white. Couldn't resist going matchy-matchy and pairing the navy and white graphic tee with the navy and white striped maxi skirt.

Even my Havaianas and my Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag were navy, a very matchy-matchy outfit for me! After the school run we did a quick grocery shop, and then running a few errands after school pick up.


Last worn: Edinburgh graphic tee, silver necklace, navy striped maxi skirt, Havaianas (above), Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag (above).

Other ways to wearEdinburgh graphic tee and jeans, navy striped maxi skirt and denim jacket, Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag in the office.




Navy Maxi Skirts Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A navy maxi skirt is a great wardrobe staple, and paired with a tee is a simple mum friendly outfit. For something a little different you can try introducing other prints and patterns with a printed or graphic tee, or stripes.


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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!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!



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Friday, 6 March 2020

Striped Tanks and Thrifted Maxi Skirts With Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag

When I bought these maxi skirts last month I knew I wanted to wear them with stripes right away! Although I just shared about them on Wednesday's Monthly purchase post, today I'm showing more details about some of the ways I've worn them. With a plain block colour maxi skirt, a striped tank is a great pairing.

What I wore:

black and white striped tank with ochre tree of life maxi skirt crossbody bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond with ochre tree of life maxi skirt | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | ochre striped maxi skirt with black and white stripe tank rebecca minkoff MAB camera bag
Necklace: Colette tortoise shell acrylic disc tassel necklace
TopAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
Skirt: thrifted Tree of Life ochre maxi skirt (new purchase)
ShoesNew Balance white and blue sneakers
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond

Why I wore it:

I really love the colour of this maxi skirt! As you can see it seems to change colour in different lights - it looks pretty similar to the tan bag at first but as you can see in the Insta pic it's a much more yellow tone. I did like the tan Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag with it though. It was the perfect size for carrying the essentials when we popped into the grocery store after church.

Unfortunately we didn't quite miss the storm was was threatening though and I got a little drenched running to the car! This maxi skirt was not fun to wear when wet! Will need to remember to keep it to rain-free days only.

With the striped tank and the block colour maxi skirt I added just a little print mixing with the tortoiseshell necklace. Simple outfit for a stormy day.


Last worn: striped tank, tortoiseshell necklace, New Balance sneakers, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag.

Other ways to wearstriped tank and purple jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB camera bag and floral dress




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










What I wore:

navy maxi skirt with white striped maxi skirt and tan rebecca minkoff mab camera crossbody bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond with navy maxi skirt striped tank | away from the blue

awayformblue instagram | navy striped tank and maxi skirt monochrome outfit with tan rebecca minkoff mab camera bag
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
Skirt: thrifted navy viscose drawstring no label maxi skirt
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag in almond

Why I wore it:

My other recently thrifted maxi skirt, I went a little more matchy-matchy with this one and stuck with a navy stripe tank to match the navy skirt. I even picked a blue beaded necklace to tie in with it too, along with the navy Havaianas!

The tan Rebecca Minkoff MAB bag was a nice bit of contrast with the navy - I really like the two neutrals together. Great outfit for the school run and a few errands on a hot summer day.


Last worn: navy striped tank, beaded necklace, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera bag (above). First time I've worn the skirt as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearnavy striped tank and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera bag and matching boots

Perfect for pregnancynavy striped tank in second trimester.



Striped Tanks Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A striped tank is a great wardrobe basic! It's so simple and easy to wear with a plain block colour maxi skirt, as you don't have to worry about prints clashing. You can stick with a neutral coloured crossbody bag like I have here to let the maxi skirt be the star of your outfit.



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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

What I Bought In February And How I've Worn It: Second Hand Finds

After a big spend in January, I really wasn't intending on spending anything in February. However I couldn't resist just a little browse in the opshop when we passed by and ended up buying a couple of things! This month everything I got was second hand.

What I Bought:




Why I Bought It:


We were walking by the opshop when my son noticed the door was ajar and ran in so how could I say no? 😂 We did the usual checkout of books and toys before I had a small browse of the clothes. With nothing particularly in mind but an extra 50% off summer stock I tried a few things on. Being petite maxi skirts are hard to find - in regular stores as well as opshops! - so I wasn't sure these would fit well. So pleased to find out that they don't need any alteration! I suspect that the ochre maxi skirt is actually a midi skirt, but it's a maxi length on me. It's a beautiful shade - couldn't tell if it was more rust or mustard, and it seems to change colours in different lights! I think it's a true ochre.

I'm a little annoyed that the navy maxi skirt doesn't have any labels other than the fabric tag saying it's viscose as it's so soft and such a good fabric for summer. Such a great find and it's a shame I don't know the brand to be able to hunt out more!

The jeans are a little difficult to explain - an impulse buy when it was cooler with the wild weather and I wondered if I should get some jeans. I stumbled across these at a great price on eBay and was excited to get them. However when they arrived they were not in the condition the auction made them out to be. I emailed the seller with pics of the disappointing condition and asked if I could try wash them or if they wanted me to return them without trying anything. The seller then immediately apologised and refunded me. I then washed them and they came up good as new. Since the seller had cancelled the transaction and refunded me I couldn't do anything about it, leaving feedback or anything. I did offer to send them back now clean but she said to keep them. So technically, I paid nothing for these jeans. And then since that took a while to sort out, the weather heated up again so I haven't worn them yet. And I also feel really guilty that I didn't pay anything as I got my money refunded!


How I've Worn It:




I set myself the rule of wearing things twice in the month I buy them and even with being a little unwell for February I managed to meet that goal with the skirts. Maxi skirts just work so well into my life as a mum, the perfect length for church or the school run, and with the heat and humidity these light skirts have been a good choice. Was so easy to hit my wear twice goal with these skirts and I have so many more outfits in mind for them!

The jeans I didn't wear as it's just been too hot. They are sure to get more wear when Autumn weather finally arrives, now it's officially autumn we just have to wait for the summer heat to leave here in Brisbane! They are a very bold magenta so I'm excited to show them off once the weather cools down.

A few purchases even if I wasn't intending to buy anything this month! I'm pleased everything was preloved though, second hand shopping is a lot kinder to my wallet and the environment.



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Monday, 2 March 2020

Weekday Wear Link Up: Printed Tanks, Pencil Skirts and Blazers With Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere

Simple corporate style for today's Weekday Wear Linkup. Making my simple printed tank and pencil skirt outfits a little more formal by adding a blazer. A great way to feel a little more dressed up in an office, just add a blazer!

What I wore:

black jersey blazer and pencil skirt with leaf print tank and speedy bandouliere business casual office outfit | awayfromblue

black pencil skirt with Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | black jersey pencil skirt blazer printed tank outfit for office with louis vuitton damier ebene speedy bandouliere
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Necklace: thrifted blue multi stand long beaded necklace
TankJeanswest Elissa leaf print tank
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Repeating a lot of faves in this outfit! The black jersey blazer and pencil skirt together make the outfit seem a little more formal and suit-like (but much more comfortable, being jersey!). The leaf print tank is one of those pieces I can wear for work and for days with the kids, it's a great "wear anywhere" piece. I've worn it with the blue necklace before but for something a little different this time I wrapped the necklace around twice instead of leaving it long.

The Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere was a good choice for the predicted wet weather and it's the perfect size for taking my notebook across the city for a meeting in another building. The gold mouse flats were a fun touch with the outfit - metallic gold goes with everything and they are always a talking point when meeting new people.


Last worn: black jersey blazer, blue beaded necklace, leaf print tank, black pencil skirt, gold mouse flats, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere.

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and jeans, leaf print tank worn two ways, black pencil skirt in winter, gold mouse flats worn 30 ways, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyblack jersey blazer in third trimesterblack pencil skirt in second trimester, gold mouse flats in third trimester, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere in second trimester.


What's In My Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere










What I wore:

grey jersey pencil skirt and blazer with mixed print tank speedy bandouliere bag summer office outfit | away from blue

grey jersey pencil skirt with Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere on arm | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | jersey grey suit separates blazer pencil skirt bright colourful mixed print tank speedy bandouliere
JacketJeanswest grey jersey blazer
Necklace: engraved interlinked silver circle family name necklace
Tank: thrifted Target mixed print colourful printed tank
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Trying the suit-like look again with a grey jersey blazer and pencil skirt together. The casual fabric stops it from looking too formal for my business casual office. This printed tank is a fun one too and is was just $1 at the opshop, so with this fifth wear I'm really getting great value for money from it! With all the bright colours and mixed prints in the tank I kept the shoes a simple silver to tie in with the grey blazer and skirt, as well as the silver necklace.

The Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere was an easy choice again for another meeting across the city.


Last worn: grey jersey blazer, silver circle necklace, mixed print tank, grey pencil skirtmetallic ballet flats, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere (above).

Other ways to weargrey jersey blazer and sheath dressmixed print tank and shorts, grey pencil skirt worn two waysmetallic ballet flats and pleated skirt, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancymetallic ballet flats in third trimester, grey pencil skirt in third trimesterLouis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere in third trimester.



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How You Can Wear It:

A printed tank is a great piece you can dress up or down! It looks great with a pencil skirt and blazer  for the office but you can also wear them casually with denim outside of the office.




Weekday Wear Linkup #60


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