Friday, August 28, 2015

Flats, Skinny Jeans, Flares and Blue Bags

Can't believe it's almost the end of August already, this month has really flown by! Already Brisbane is starting to warm up, I'm excited for spring. As it's almost the end of the month, time for another budgeting bloggers monthly purchase update.

After doing #noBuyJuly15, I thought I might go a little crazy shopping this month, but I only bought one thing! It was a bit of a splurge.....

Now, what I've been wearing. Sharing some different denim outfits. First, skinny jeans (pre-knee injury) and second; flares and flats. I can thankfully squeeze the knee bandage underneath my flares without too much difficulty. It gives me another option so it's not just maxi skirts all the time!

What I wore:

Colourful SAHM skinny jeans outfit pink ombre tank purple cardi blue bag

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete with Coach rainbow charm
CardiganJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
TankJeanswest 'Macy' ombre tank in 'very berry'
JeansJeanswest Bindi skinny 7/8 jeans in indigo luxe
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

This is one of my favourite outfits! I would happily wear this over and over again, I had no issues with any part of this through the day. Such a good outfit. I loved how well the colours worked together and how easy it was to wear and to come up with that morning.

I've been looking at all the tanks I have in my wardrobe lately. I always say I'll try wear them year-round but never do, so now it's starting to warm up a little as we come to the end of winter I'm trying to get a bit of wear out of them earlier than I usually would.

Wore this out for lunch at Ikea and a little bit of shopping (because I always end up shopping at Ikea!) with the family. Baby T got to taste his first Ikea meatballs too.

Last worn: purple cardi, pink ombre tank, skinny jeans, camel flats, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearpurple cardi and a maxi dress, ombre tank and a maxi skirt, skinny jeans and stripes, camel flats and a burgundy dress, Balenciaga tempete day bag in summer.

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What I wore:

Blazer blue scarf mini MAC flared jeans and ballet flats

Away From Blue | Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC with python embossed leather in aquamarine
Jacket: Zara cream jersey blazer
Scarf: blue tartan scarf
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
JeansJeanswest 'spoylt' flared jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs two tone flats in blush and black
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC with python embossed leather in aquamarine

Why I wore it:

This was a few days after my knee injury. I really wanted to just stay home and rest it for a little longer, but we had more open houses to see. As I can't wear my skinny jeans with the thick knee bandage I'm wearing, I was looking for a maxi skirt to wear when I saw my flares and thought I'd give them a go. Was so happy to find out I could wear them over the knee brace.

Added the blazer to look a little more polished as we went around viewing all the houses. I think Beth summed it up nicely on my last post about house hunting, when you are walking around a stranger's house you want to look pulled-together and give off the impression "I can totes afford this house"!

Last worn: cream blazer, tartan scarf, striped tank, flared jeans, cap toe flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearblazer and skinny jeans, tartan scarf and a printed dress, striped tank and orange, flared jeans and heels, cap toe flats in the office, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and a navy shirt dress.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Maxi Skirts, Ballet Flats and Clutch Bags

Since I injured myself on the way to work the other week, outfit options have been limited. I have to wear my old knee brace, which is a big bulky compression bandage. It helps with the pain, but it definitely doesn't fit under my skinny jeans! It doesn't work nicely with tights either.
Even though we are nearing the end of winter, it's still not quite warm enough for bare legs. So when I've had no choice and had to get out of the house I've been wearing my maxi skirts. A lot.

I'm grateful for the fact that I have quite a few maxi skirts in my wardrobe, but I apologise in advance if things start looking a little repetitive around here!

What I wore:

tweed jacket printed tank colour block maxi skirt casual night out with friends outfit

Balenciaga flat handle clutch SGH in 2010 Sang G21
Jacket: Jeanswest Cassandra jacquard jacket
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace
Tank: Sass and Bide "For Easy Reference" tank
SkirtAsos colour block maxi skirt in red
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs two tone flats in blush and black
Bracelets: the usual
BagBalenciaga flat clutch SGH in 2010 Sang

Why I wore it:

We had a long over-due dinner and poker night with friends, so I was determined to attend despite my injured knee. As I couldn't wear skinny jeans as I had planned because of the knee brace, I figured a maxi skirt would be a good choice to keep me warm. I added the jacket too, but I probably could have done with a scarf as well, it was a bit cold on the way home!

It's been over 8 months since I last wore this tank! I didn't even get an outfit photo with it on the day I wore it last as baby T decided to fling his pumpkin all over my skirt before I had the chance to stand in front of the camera. I really, really like this tank and every time I wear it I wonder why it goes so long between wears. Probably because I just have way too many tops ;)

Last worn: tweed jacket, printed tank, colour block maxi skirt, cap toe flats, Balenciaga sang clutch.

Other ways to weartweed jacket in the office, printed tank and pink accessories, maxi skirt in summer, two tone flats and print mixing, Balenciaga clutch for a Christmas party.

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What I wore:

Long black cardigan jersey maxi skirt cobalt blue blouson tee

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC with python embossed leather in aquamarine
Jacket: Cotton On black knit wrap cardigan
NecklaceHappiness Boutique turquoise and coral pendant necklace (C/O)
Top: thrifted Dotti blue tee
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC with python embossed leather in aquamarine

Why I wore it:

Had to work from home and go to the doctor's to get an opinion on how bad my knee injury was, so comfortable cosy maxi skirt outfit with flats again. Picked this cobalt top as it's been a while since its last wear and it makes a good backdrop for my Happiness Boutique necklace. You can read my review of the necklace the previous time I wore it here.

This outfit seemed a little dark with all the black - despite the bright top and bag. I think a colourful cardigan would have looked better.

Last worn: black cardigan, cobalt blue tee, black jersey maxi skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC.

Other ways to wearblack cardigan and a printed skirt, blue top and print mixing, maxi skirt in summer, ballet flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC with shorts.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Corporate Style: Printed Dresses And Trench Coats For The Office

Easy corporate style for those 'I don't know what to wear' days, printed dresses! They are a great go-to outfit for any occasion, not just for office wear.

I picked these two dresses to wear as I felt it had been a while since I'd worn them.

What I wore:

Printed dress for the office in winter ankle boots cardi scarf trench pink and purple

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete
Jacket: Temt black trench coat 
CardiJeanswest Peggie kimono in purple mulberry marle
Scarf: Cotton On fuchsia pashmina
DressJeanswest 'Melanie' paisley mixed print dress
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

It was little chilly in the morning, and this is quite a lightweight dress, so I added a purple cardi under my trench coat that you can kinda see peeking out in the first photo. Kept me warm at my desk too as the dress has short sleeves.

Hopefully I can re-create this look when the weather is warmer, without the trench coat as I really liked the cardigan and dress together. I thought the fuchsia pashmina complimented the purple well.

Last worn: black trench, pink pashmina, purple cardi, mixed print dress, ankle boots, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to weartrench coat and a pencil skirt, pashmina and a shift dress, purple cardi and jeansdress in the third trimester, ankle boots and a maxi skirt, Balenciaga day bag and a maxi skirt.

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What I wore:

Winter office wear trench FCUK printed sheath dress Mulberry Bayswater tote

Mulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather for the office
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
DressFrench Connection 'Fast Rhonda' dress in black/caramel
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather (previously owned bargain here)

Why I wore it:

A warmer day so less layers - just a trench over this dress. I didn't add a scarf, because I find this dress a little tricky to wear a scarf with. I don't have many plain scarves, most are printed! Could have done with a scarf to keep me warm in the early morning, but wasn't too bad without it.

It's been a while since I last wore this Mulberry Bayswater bag too! I wore it in March, on my first day back at work after maternity leave. Overall, I've only worn this bag 21 times in the past 3 and a half years (my blog archive is great for finding out info like this!). The leather is extremely sensitive to water, even after I've waterproofed it with the same product I use on all my bags. It tends to get worn mainly for the office. It's such a classic style that will never go out of date though, and some days you just want a formal bag like this for work, so that's why I've held onto it.

I've got a more detailed review of the Mulberry Bayswater on my youtube channel.

Last worn: beige trench, printed sheath dress, camel flats, Mulberry Bayswater tote.

Other ways to weartrench with orange and burgundy, printed dress with a printed scarf, ballet flats with a boho dress, Bayswater and a baby bump.

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