Monday, September 1, 2014

Winter Skinny Jeans and Boots: Orange and Burgundy, Blue and Purple

Sharing what I wore on a cold and rainy winter weekend in Queensland. Ended up wearing coloured denim and boots both days...continuing on with the denim theme from my last post! I do love a good jeans and boots outfit in winter!

Here's what I wore to brave the rain to go to the post office:
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Knit: Vintage David Jones orange wool knit jumper from AWLQ vintage sale
Jeans: Jeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan

Being on maternity leave I'm home with baby T for the majority of each day, yet I seem to have a special ability to be out whenever there is a parcel delivery! Had to go out in the rain to go to the post office and pick up a parcel I'd missed the delivery of. It was an unexpected and cute little outfit someone had sent us for baby T, so worth the trip in the rain to go get it.

A couple weeks back (when I took this photo) I was doing the Style and Shenanigans texture challenge and had been wondering what winter items I had in my wardrobe for each day of the challenge. The first day was wool, and I remembered I have this awesome vintage wool jumper that hadn't been worn all winter. It was such a cold and rainy day, it was perfect for it! Being in tropical Queensland, it doesn't often get cold enough to need wool. Thought I'd be a little more adventurous and pair the orange knit with some burgundy skinny jeans. Not a colour combination I've tried before, but I really liked how it turned out.

Last worn: trench coat, wool jumper, burgundy skinny jeans, leather boots.

Here's what I wore to go out for a walk with DH and baby T:
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
ScarfAlexander McQueen skull scarf in light blue
JumperJeanswest 'Serena' ombre knit
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in black

Expected it to be as cold and rainy as the previous day, but it was actually dry and quite warm in the sun. So left the jacket behind, just needed a jumper and scarf. Was funny wearing this ombre jumper - when I last wore it, I was overdue and wondering when baby would arrive! (He didn't wait long to make an appearance!)

To be completely honest, this is not the outfit I wore all day, it's just what I wore in the afternoon for our walk. We had visitors over so jeans, jumper and a scarf seemed like a nice thing to wear. After getting dressed and cleaning up the house, there was no time for an outfit photo before everyone arrived. I decided to wait and take the photo later in the afternoon when our visitors were gone and we went out for a walk. Right before we were going to leave, baby T decided that he didn't like the blue jeans that I was wearing, and made his opinion clear by peeing all over them! As they were the last pair of clean blue skinny jeans I had, I quickly changed into these purple ones instead so we could go out. I do like blue and purple together! Thankfully the purple jeans survived to the end of the day. Life with baby is many things, but it is always messy ;)

Last worn: Ray Ban Wayfarer, blue skull scarf, ombre knit, purple skinny jeans, leather boots.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Dressing Up Jeans With Boucle Jackets

Posting another two denim outfits, trying to dress them up a little with statement jackets.

Here's what I wore to visit the child health nurse and go shopping:
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
JacketAsos blazer in textured boucle with fluro binding
Scarf: Jay Jays orange scarf
TopJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank (on sale!)
JeansSass and Bide strayed misfits skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag

I'm rather proud of this outfit. Not that I think it's particularly wonderful, just because of the speed I managed to put it together while rushing around getting baby T and I ready. Funny how speed of getting dressed has a big impact on my feelings when wearing an outfit nowadays! It had been a particularly hectic morning as we were running late, with multiple changes of clothes required for baby and me slowing us down.

I think the scarf makes it look a little more put together, like I actually spent time planning my outfit. With the cardigan, it's soft for baby to snuggle into and also easy to clean in case of more 'accidents'. It's really comfortable with the jeans and Converse. And most importantly of all, it stayed clean for our outing. We weren't too late to meet the nurse, and she even complimented me on my jacket! Even had a little time afterwards to do a quick grocery shop for the essentials as well.

Surprisingly, the scarf hasn't been on the blog before - or I couldn't find it if it has. It's an oldie, a gift a while back from my mum. Should wear it more often, it's such a nice orange colour. Added it as the cardi kept me warm enough, didn't need a thick scarf.

Last worn: Ray-Ban, textured cardi, stripe tank, Sass and Bide jeans, white Converse, MbMJ baby bag.

Here's what I wore to go to the post office:

SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Jacket: Zara frayed basket weave blazer with zips in red
ScarfAlexander McQueen red skull-print modal and cashmere-blend scarf
TopMarc by Marc Jacobs blossom pocket tee in grey
JeansJeanswest blue skinny jeans
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan

I'd been wanting to wear this jacket for a while. Last time I wore it I was heavily pregnant! I thought it would pair nicely with my colourblock maxi skirt when I last wore it, but it's not the best thing to wear if I've got baby T in his carrier because of the metal zips. It works really nicely with denim though, and kept me warm for a trip to the post office to pick up a parcel. Jeans and boots is a slight change from jeans and Converse, and something I can really only wear in winter so I'm enjoying it while I can before Spring officially starts next week.

The red scarf is another piece I've been feeling the need to wear lately - hasn't gotten a lot of love this winter compared to my other skull scarves. Was good to be able to wear both pieces in one outfit. Funny that the last time I wore this grey tee I paired it with the same scarf!

Last worn: Ray Ban (see above), Zara tweed jacket, red skull scarf, grey tee, skinny jeans, leather boots.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dresses, Scarves and Leather Boots for Winter

Here's what I wore to go shopping with baby T:
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
DressAsos grey skater dress (on sale!)
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in black
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag

Just scraping in near the end of the month, my second wear of this Asos skater dress that I bought in July. Wore it out for a morning of shopping with baby T to stock up on more baby-related things. Thought that the bright pink scarf was a nice bit of colour against all the black and grey.

When I made my July purchases, I wanted to evaluate them all on the blog to see what lessons I could gain. The goals were to help me keep my spending in check, make sure I wear the things I buy, and give me some inspiration for what to wear. My verdict on this grey dress:
It's a great, neutral, basic dress, that was on sale and in a flattering silhouette (skater style dresses are good for post-baby bodies!) so it should have been a winner. I find myself wanting to pass by this dress in my wardrobe though, and had to keep trying to remember to wear it. I love grey clothes and I love dresses...thinking about why I didn't want to wear this, I've realised that I have very few neutral, basic dresses in my wardrobe. I tend to buy and wear more printed dresses, the neutral ones just seem too basic and don't get worn a lot. Something I'm going to try to change with the addition of this grey dress to my wardrobe, but also a preference I've never really noticed before I set myself the task of evaluating what I buy. Will be interesting to see how long it takes me to wear this dress again, and if I keep passing it by for more 'exciting' dresses. An eye-opening purchase, but I can't be sure I'll actually wear it often.

Last worn: sunglasses, printed leather jacket, pink and yellow skull scarf, grey skater dress, leather boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs baby bag.

Here's what I wore to have a picnic in the park:
ScarfSeed Heritage Paisley print snood
DressAtmos&Here stripe tee dress
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag

In complete contrast to the grey dress, this striped tee dress that I bought in July I completely adore and I've had to stop myself from wearing it too often so I could meet my goal of wearing all my purchases twice this month! Thought the stripes would pair really nicely with the paisley print of the snood. Felt comfortable and happy in this outfit all day.

Baby T, Cooper and I went to a little picnic in the park with some other mummies for a meet and greet. It was so fun being surrounded by so many cute (and talented!) babies and wonderful to have some adult conversation and compare notes on pregnancy, birth, feeding, sleeping and milestones. Was glad I'd worn my thicker legging-like tights, as although baby T can't wander far, Cooper had me moving around quite frequently and I did have to tug my dress back down once or twice!

Last worn: Wayfarers (see above), paisley print snood, striped tee dressleather boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs baby bag(see above).

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