Friday, 1 July 2016

Long Cardis, Prima Denim Skinny Jeans and Scarves

Two more outfits I wore for the Winter Style File style challenge. It's nice that the winter weather has arrived and I can wear my ankle boots again! My prima denim skinny jeans, Chelsea leather ankle boots, tees and cosy cardis make easy SAHM winter outfits!

What I wore:

Oscar's Law graphic tee Jeanswest prima skinny jeans grey cardi SAHM winter style | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | AwayFromTheBlue
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs bright blue stole
TeeOscar's Law 'Break the puppy trade' tee
JeansJeanswest Bindi skinny 7/8 jeans in indigo luxe
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

The style challenge for the day was 'put a scarf on it'. Easy to do with the cold weather making me want to layer!

I thought this was going to be a quiet and relaxing day, but after getting home in the morning and settling down to feed baby boy I checked my phone as I knew I had a doctor's appointment coming up that week. Only to find that my appointment was in 15 minutes! Thankfully the traffic lights were in my favour and we were only 5 minutes late for my appointment, and as the doctor was running a little late I was able to sit there in the waiting room and feed the now very cranky baby boy.


Last worn: grey cardigan, cobalt scarfgraphic tee, Prima skinny jeans, Chelsea boots, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC.

Other ways to wearwool cardigan and a skirt, cobalt scarf and stripesgraphic tee and a maxi skirt, skinny jeans and a kimono, Chelsea boots and a chambray dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and floral print.


More long cardigans under $50:









What I wore:

jeans and tee tan Chelsea ankle boots star print scarf striped cardi aqua bag | Away From Blue

Aquamarine python embossed Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC striped cardi | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: Izabel London striped waterfall cardigan (C/O)
Scarf: star print pashmina
TeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversized tee in wine (similar in black or grey)
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

Another cosy cardi, skinny jeans, ankle boots and scarf outfit! Needed something simple as we had to stop by the shops on our way to playgroup that morning and I was in a bit of a rush. While the tan ankle boots don't look too bad I think black ones would have been better.

The style challenge for the day was to wear your favourite coat. I wore this a lot last winter, although this was it's first wearing this year. It's a "coatigan" which is a word that makes me giggle ever since I first heard it. A cosy cardi that's thick and warm enough to be a coat! It came in helpful as it was such a windy day.


Last worn: black and white cardigan, star print scarf, maroon tee, black prima skinny jeans, Chelsea ankle boots (above), Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearblack and white cardigan and a maxi skirt, star print scarf and floral tank, maroon tee and metallic gold jeans, black prima skinny jeans and a printed cami, Chelsea ankle boots and a blue dress, aquamarine mini MAC bag and red jeans.













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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Monthly Purchases: June

May was a pretty big shopping month for me, so I decided not to buy much in June...then the Iconic had an extra % off sale items. I couldn't resist picking up a maxi skirt I' d had my eye on for months after seeing it on Beth's blog, and of course I had to add in a few extra things to get free shipping ;)

In the end I only kept 3 of the things I'd ordered and returned another 3 so I'm quite pleased I didn't buy too much this month. Definitely going to be doing No Buy July again this year though! No clothes or accessories purchases for the next month. I didn't quite achieve it last year, hopefully I can do better this year! Here's what I bought before starting #NoBuyJuly16.


What I bought in June:







How I wore my purchases:




I have a goal of wearing things twice in a month after buying them. By setting myself this goal I'm making sure I'm only buying things I'll actually use now, and not just store in my wardrobe with the tags on. My wardrobe is full enough already! I'm trying to make sure I buy versatile pieces I can wear a few different ways too. I've started a Ways to Wear series to show the different ways I've been wearing what I bought. Really pleased I managed to wear everything twice this month!

Since we are halfway through the year already, I thought I'd do a tally on my spending so far. (I got this idea from Beth too, it's not just shopping inspiration she gives me!) I've spent a total of $1,510.77 which averages $251.80 a month. Most months, like this month, I'm well under that total. Considering I've bought 3 handbags this year I'm surprised the total is relatively low, but I'm hoping that for the second half of the year I can spend even less.






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Monday, 27 June 2016

Purple Cardis, Skinny Jeans and Rebecca Minkoff Aqua Mini MAC Bag

Getting back into most of my regular wardrobe post baby means a lot of options for what to wear each day. I participated in the #WinterStyleFile style challenge for a few days to help give me some direction for what to wear. Style challenges can be great at helping you to wear more of your wardrobe, but they are also useful when you feel overwhelmed and aren't sure what to wear.

What I wore:

Sass & Bide three words metallic gold skinny jeans printed tank purple cardi and aqua bag Winter SAHM style | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | AwayFromTheBlue
JacketJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
TankSass and Bide "For Easy Reference" tank
JeansSass and Bide 'Three Words' metallic gold jeans
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

The style challenge for the day was 'sparkle and sass' and I felt these Sass and Bide metallic jeans met the prompt perfectly. I was just doing a little shopping with the boys, picking up a few things for toddler T's upcoming birthday. These jeans seem dressier than my normal denim so they aren't worn as often, it was good to have an excuse to wear them even if I did feel a little overdressed for chasing toddler T around Big W! At least baby boy was on his best behaviour and napped quietly in his stroller...


Last worn: purple cardi, printed tank, metallic gold jeans, Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC.

Other ways to wearpurple cardi and chambray dress, printed tank and a maxi skirt, metallic gold jeans and a band tee, Chelsea ankle boots and a striped dress, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and denim shorts.



More purple cardigans under $50:








What I wore:

Navy wrap top purple cardi and scarf skinny jeans aquamarine bag | Away From Blue Winter Style

Aquamarine Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag | AwayFromTheBlue blog
JacketJeanswest Peggie kimono cardigan in purple mulberry marle
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs mauve square scarf
TopAtmos & Here Arlene wrap top in navy
JeansJeanswest Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Indigo
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats (on sale!)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

The style challenge for this day was 'denim diva' which meant another excuse to wear my jeans. With the blue wrap top and skinny jeans together, I thought the purple scarf and cardi were nice accessories. I loved the colour combination of this outfit, but this cardigan is a bit thin and the playgroup we went to was really cold, I wished I'd worn a different layer. This wrap top, while great for breastfeeding, is thin and short-sleeved so I was chilly most of the morning. A bit of an outfit fail. Not because I didn't like any part of my outfit, but because it needed to be warmer!

As it's the second time I've worn this scarf and I'm reviewing everything I buy after wearing it twice to see if I'm making smart purchases, my purchase review:
I really like this scarf. I know I have too many scarves but I've been wanting to add some more plain ones to my collection. While this has a print, it's subtle enough that it isn't the main focus and makes it really wearable. I'm pleased I bought this.


Last worn: purple cocoon cardi, purple scarf, blue wrap top, skinny jeans, silver Marc Jacobs flats, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC(above).

Other ways to wearpurple cocoon cardi and a maxi dress, purple scarf with black and grey, blue wrap top and a baby bump, skinny jeans and a printed shirt, silver Marc Jacobs flats and a wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and floral kimono.









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