Showing posts with label small Darren. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Print Mixing: Striped Tanks, Shorts and Floral Kimonos With Cross Body Bags

Just like last summer, I'm finding kimonos and shorts are a frequent go-to option in the heat. To mix things up a little, I tried some print mixing, adding floral print kimonos on top of the striped tanks. I always love print mixing with stripes, they just go with everything.

What I wore:

print mixing summer striped tank kimono denim short outfit with rebecca minkoff saddle bag | away from blue

navy floral kimono and Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram print mixing stripe tank floral kimono denim shorts outfit
Jacket: thrifted Edited floral and bird print kimono
Necklace: Diva long red heart necklace
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
Shortsthrifted Jeanswest distressed denim shorts
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

Wore this for a very hot and humid day! We took the boys to the Bayside steam railway again. It's a huge set of miniature train tracks and you get to sit on the carriages of mini steam trains and zip around the tracks. One of the safety requirements is closed in shoes, so I wore my Converse despite the humidity.

The striped tank looked great worn just with the shorts alone, but I wanted to cover up my shoulders a little as it was such a sunny day. Like last time we went to the steam railway, I added a kimono on top. This one was a lucky thrift find. I always look in opshops for kimonos but over the years this is the only one I've found! With the red birds in the print, the red Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag seemed like the perfect accessory. Despite the small size, it comfortably held the essentials and the boys water bottles so I had them handy as we went for rides on the train. Turns out that sitting on the back of a tiny train as it steams through the trees creates a lovely cooling breeze too, it was such an enjoyable morning.

After riding on the trains, we walked over to the nearby park to let the boys run around a bit more, but the heat quickly sent us back home to cool off in the air conditioning!


Last worn: floral and bird print kimono, red heart necklaceblack striped tank, distressed denim shorts, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag.

Other ways to wearfloral and bird print kimono and maxi dress, black striped tank and maxi dress postpartum, distressed denim shorts and grey knit, Converse and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse for second trimester travel.


Brisbane Bayside Steam Railway Vlog




Taken the last time we visited!




What I wore:

navy floral cocoon kimono stripe tank pastel pink shorts Rebecca Minkoff Darren | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue print mixing striped tank floral kimono outfit pastel pink shorts
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
Shorts: thrifted pastel pink cotton shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

Despite having the same outfit formula as what I wore above, I didn't like this outfit as much. I love all of the pieces on their own, this is one of my frequently worn kimonos and you can't beat a classic white striped tank! I just felt it all looked a little off together. I did like how comfortable this was for a morning out with the boys though. We went to the local library and they played a bit in the playground before lunch.

I didn't hate this outfit - there were some things about it I really liked, like how well the pastel pink shorts went with the Rebecca Minkoff peony Darren messenger bag! I will definitely be wearing those two pieces together again!


Last worn: floral cocoon kimono, striped tank, beaded necklace, pastel pink shorts, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag.

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and flares, striped tank and maxi skirt, pastel pink shorts and leaf print tank, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag with a dress.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral cocoon kimono in third trimester, striped tank in second trimester.



Striped Tanks Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Stripes and florals are so fun to wear together! A colourful floral kimono is such an easy piece to add to a summer shorts and striped tank outfit too. It doesn't overheat you but allows you to add more colour and interest to what you're wearing. A basic striped tank is a must have piece you can wear so many different ways.

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Black Dresses For The Office With Pink Scarves and Rebecca Minkoff Darren Messenger Bag

You can add scarves to warm weather outfits by thinking a little differently about how you wear them. While these two scarves are very different, they are both pretty shades of pink and work so nicely with these little black dresses for the office. I continued the pink theme with my peony Rebecca Minkoff Darren messenger bag.

What I wore: 

Hermes twilly scarf worn in hair as headband hairbow with black lace dress and pastel pink bag | awayfromblue

black lace dress, silver bracelet stack and Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue isntagram black lace dress with hermes twilly in hair and peony pastel oink darren messenger bag
ScarfHermes twilly worn as a headband (Confettis D'ex-Libris from 2009)
NecklaceHouse of Harlow 5 station necklace in black and silver
DressJeanswest 'Gisele' contrast lace dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

It was Melbourne Cup day so once again I broke out my Hermes twilly to tie around my hair like a headband. I did the same thing last year! This year we weren't having a big lunch like we usually do, just a few snacks to watch the race. I was stuck working on an urgent issue and missed the race and the snacks.

I wanted to feel a little more dressed up than usual for the occasion - you see so many people wearing the prettiest dresses around the office and in Brisbane on race day. This little black lace dress which sometimes seems too dressy for work was the perfect piece to wear. I really liked the way the peony pink Darren bag worked with the lace on the dress too. Was good to give this dress another wear, it's one of the little worn pieces in my wardrobe, last worn a year ago!


Last worn: black lace dress, Hermes twilly, House of Harlow necklace, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag.

Other ways to wearblack lace dress for a night out, Hermes twilly worn two ways, Walnut Melbourne flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag with stripes.

Perfect for pregnancyblack lace dress in third trimester, Hermes twilly in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in third trimester.


What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Darren Messenger









What I wore:

black fit and flare sleeveless dress with pink accessories statement necklace scarf as belt peony darren bag | away from blue

black dress, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram black fit and flare dress pastel pink rebecca minkoff darren bag scarf as a belt
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl leaf print scarf (c/o) (worn as belt)
NecklaceEye Candy LA 'Sasha' statement necklace
DressJeanswest tucked ponte black dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

Unlike the lace dress above, this classic fit and flare dress is frequently worn to the office. It's the perfect style and length and always looks good! Sometimes I like to wear a belt with it. I decided to try something a little different with my leaf print scarf and tied it as a belt around my waist. I folded the scarf over a few times, wrapped it around, and then tucked the ends back into the scarf at the back. As the dress is a thick ribbed ponte fabric, it held in place perfectly through the day.

While I think the scarf and the small Darren bag added a great touch of colour with the dress, I couldn't resist adding just a little more with this statement necklace. The colours really popped against the black, and I was feeling very confident and happy with my outfit when I stepped out of the house. Only to quickly realise on my way to work that a braided hairstyle and this crystal necklace don't work so well together. The necklace kept getting caught rather painfully in my braid through the day! Will definitely be wearing this necklace and dress together again in future, but maybe not with my hair tied so close to it 😂



Last worn: black fit and flare dress, leaf print scarf, statement crystal necklace, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag (above).

Other ways to wearblack fit and flare dress in winter, leaf print scarf and skinny jeans, silver ballet flats and purple jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag with peplum tank.

Perfect for pregnancyblack fit and flare dress in second trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester.



Black Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A little black dress is a frequently recommended style staple. It is a classic piece to have for work. It's easy to change it up a little each time you wear it with different accessories, and to add a touch of colour. You can stick with a colourful bag like I have here, or try something a little different and add a scarf as well. You can drape a scarf over your neck or try an alternative way to wear it, like as a headband or wrapped around your waist like a belt.


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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Monochrome Jeans And Tee Outfits With Pink Rebecca Minkoff Small Darren Bag

You might have noticed this Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag popping up in quite a few posts lately, I've been loving it! Mostly I've been sticking with neutrals when wearing it.

What I wore:

rebecca minkoff pastel peony pink darren bag with black tee grey jeans | awayfromblue

grey jeans with Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | pastel pink scarf and darren bag with black tee grey skinny jeans rainy day spring style
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl leaf print scarf (c/o)
TeeAtmos & Here black essential v-neck tee
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

While I'm trying to be more adventurous with colour, I do sometimes like to play it safe and stick with the classics. With a neutral black and grey outfit, I thought this pastel pink small Darren bag was the perfect accessory. I was pleased by how well it matched with my Fashion Scarf Girl leaf scarf as well!

It was a wet day and I was working from home so I just needed a comfortable outfit to do the daycare pickup and drop off and sit in front of my computer. Jeans and a tee were perfect for that. These ballet flats have a rubber sole too, perfect for rushing around in the rain.

While it is a simple outfit, I really liked wearing this.


Last worn: black tee, grey skinny jeans, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren. First time I've worn the scarf on the blog as it's a recent addition to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearblack tee and olive pants, grey skinny jeans and navy blouse, black ballet flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren and stripes.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ballet flats in second trimester.


Unboxing My Rebecca Minkoff Darren Bag


A quick reveal explaining why I bought this bag, first impressions and different ways you can wear it!








What I wore:

casual mothers group outfit grey v neck tee black skinny jeans pink darren bag | away from blue

black jeans, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram casual stay at home mum jeans tee outfit mothers group catchup neutral with pink bag
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
Tee: Spectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava White leopard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit above so much, I wore exactly the same one again a few days later. It was a much drier start to the day, and I decided to take my new leopard print ballet flats out for a spin. Keeping them away from the mud the boys seemed to find on our morning walk was tricky, but they were mostly unscathed!

As well as the different shoes, I flipped the colours around in the outfit so it was a grey tee and black jeans, the opposite of the first outfit. Again I accessorised with the same pastel pink bag.

We had a fun morning after our walk at our ABA mother's group catch-up, then a couple of quick errands to run. For a first wear, these shoes were very comfortable. I've shared them on the blog before, although this was the first time I wore them.


Last worn: grey tee, beaded necklace, Prima skinny jeans, white leopard print flats, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren (above).

Other ways to weargrey tee over a maxi dressbeaded necklace, Prima skinny jeans and stripes, white leopard print flats and printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancygrey tee in second trimesterbeaded necklace, Prima skinny jeans in second trimester.



Basic V-Neck Tees Under $50:






How You Can Wear It:

Jeans and a tee is a wardrobe staple, especially as a stay at home mum! These outfits are a great example of how you can still wear the classic combination while staying away from the blue jeans rut, with grey and black denim instead. You can also add a little colour to your jeans and tee outfit with some fun accessories. Sticking with a neutral outfit makes accessorising easy as any colour works!


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Monday, 19 November 2018

Print Mixing: Printed Dresses, Leopard Flats and Pink Bags

When I first bought these leopard print flats, I saw myself wearing them with plain outfits, to let them be the standout print. I decided to try stretch myself a little and wore some printed dresses with the leopard print shoes. Keeping things simple, I stuck with black and white dresses to match the colour of the shoes.

What I wore:

striped fit and flare dress with leopard print ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff small darren bag | away from blue

striped dress, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony pink | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | black and white print mixing fit and flare dress leopard flats outfit with pastel pink darren bag
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
DressJeanswest 'Rita' stripe jersey dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava White leopard ballet flats (new purchase)
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

I hadn't been feeling too well when I wore this - I'd been to the doctor the day before and was signed off for the day. I woke up expecting to feel better, still feeling pretty terrible. Got myself and the boys dressed and ready and dropped them off at daycare, where I was promptly asked if I was okay as I wasn't my usual self. Realised that all I wanted to do was go home and sleep so went home, let work know I wouldn't be in, and booked another appointment to see the doctor who then gave me more time off work.

I wouldn't usually be so dressed up for a doctors appointment, but I'd planned my outfit before so it was easy to grab and go, and I had started the day not feeling too sick.

Does feel like this was a bit of a waste of an outfit as I really liked the print mixing with the striped dress and leopard print flats, and the pastel pink Darren bag was a cute addition. Ended up taking everything off when I got home and defaulting to trackie dacks to curl up on the sofa and doze and watch netflix!


Last worn: striped fit and flare dress, bead necklace, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren. First time I've worn the leopard print flats on the blog as they are a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearstriped fit and flare dress and purple bag, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren and pencil skirt.


Perfect for pregnancystriped fit and flare dress in second trimester.



More Printed Dress Inspiration: 30 Ways To Wear a Tie Dye Dress







What I wore:

little black printed tiered babydoll dress with leopard print flats and pink Balenciaga sorbet city bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga RH classic city bag in 2010 sorbet pink | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress babydoll sundress with leopard print flats pink balenciaga bag
Necklace: Lovisa silver love knitted heart pendant necklace
Dress: Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava White leopard ballet flats
BagBalenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet (more affordable preloved)

Why I wore it:

Felt much better when I wore this outfit! Unfortunately, the day was not any more fun! Had to go do my taxes. Not very exciting! We did do a little Christmas shopping afterwards, but came home empty handed.

Since I liked the outfit combination above so much, I tried it again, with a black and white printed dress to compliment the black and white shoes. This time I went with a bolder pink bag, my sorbet Balenciaga city. Perfect size for holding all the paperwork I had to take to and from my appointment.

I did just post this dress recently, but I love it in spring and summer. It's so light, fun to wear and it's a nice length for spending time with the boys - not too short! Kmart still sell them too - they have the same style in lots of different designs at the moment.


Last worn: tiered dress, knotted heart necklace, leopard print flats (above), Balenciaga sorbet city bag.

Other ways to weartiered dress layered for winter, Balenciaga sorbet city bag and sheath dress.

Perfect for pregnancyBalenciaga sorbet city bag in third trimester.



Leopard Print Flats Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

It's easy to wear printed shoes with plain neutral pieces, but you can try something different by wearing them with a printed dress. To keep things simple and cohesive, pick a dress that matches the colours in the shoes. You can add a bright and colourful handbag to your outfit also as it can add interest to your outfit without clashing with the prints.


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Monday, 12 November 2018

Peplum Tanks and Pencil Skirts With Pink Handbags

For something a little different, I paired some peplum tanks and pencil skirts together. It's not the first time I've worn the combo, and I'm wearing it in two different ways below. For a casual work from home day and for a day in the office.

What I wore:


spring rainy day peplum tank pencil skirt pink balenciaga city bag office outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet pink | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | navy peplum bird print tank pink balenciaga city bag pencil skirt
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace (new purchase)
Tank: gifted Kmart navy bird print peplum frill hem tank
SkirtAsos tailored tab front pencil skirt in grey
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet (more affordable preloved)

Why I wore it:

I was excited to give my new tank a wear! My mum kindly picked this up for me in Kmart when we were browsing together. It's perfect for summer, and I could see it working with a pencil skirt and blazer or plain pants as well as with jeans and shorts. Really looking forward to wearing this more! Decided to pair it with my pink Balenciaga city bag to bring out the pink bird print.

The necklace is new too, I picked it up at Jeanswest recently during one of their sales.

The grey pencil skirt was a great neutral to wear it with, although I did wish I'd taken a blazer - the rain set in for most of the day and it was a little chillier than I expected. The black ballet flats were a good choice for the rain with the rubber soles.


Last worn: statement earrings, grey pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Balenciaga sorbet city. First time I've worn the tank and necklace as they are recent additions to my wardrobe.

Other ways to weargrey pencil skirt and polka dot tank, Walnut Melbourne flats and green pants, Balenciaga sorbet city with monochrome outfit.

Perfect for pregnancygrey pencil skirt in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in second trimester, Balenciaga sorbet city in third trimester.



My Latest Rebecca Minkoff Purchase Revealed:







What I wore:

monochrome tassel scarf peplum tank pencil skirt converse outfit with pastel pink bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | monochrome pencil skirt converse peplum tank bird print scarf outfit with pastel pink RM darren bag
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl bird and egg print scarf (c/o)
Tank: Zalora basics ruffle hem tank in black
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony  (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

Similar outfit to the one above, but I wore this pencil skirt and peplum tank combo for a much more casual day so I dressed it down a little with the Converse. The jersey material of this pencil skirt is a great relaxed fit with Converse, and I've worn them together in the past.

Had the daycare drop off in the morning and then working from home before doing the pickup and taking my son to his appointment, so this comfortable outfit was perfectly suited for the day.

I really liked the way this pastel pink Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag worked with the neutral black and grey too.

The fun chook print scarf was a last minute addition, but I felt it worked well too add an extra bit of interest to my outfit, and a little touch of warmth in the cooler weather. The outfit seemed a bit plain without it!


Last wornblack peplum tank, grey jersey pencil skirt, Converse. First time I've worn the scarf and bag as they are recent additions to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearblack peplum tank and shorts, grey jersey pencil skirt worn two ways, Converse and skinny jeans

Perfect for pregnancyblack peplum tank in first trimester, grey jersey pencil skirt in third trimester, Converse for second trimester travel



Peplum Tanks Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Peplum tanks, like any other kind of tanks, are so easy to wear with pencil skirts. You can dress them up for the office or dress them down for a quieter day at home. If you're in a formal business environment, you might not get away with a peplum tank as you have to wear a button up or collared shirt, but for a business casual environment like my office this outfit formula works perfectly.


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