Wednesday, February 25, 2015

JORD Watch Giveaway! Plus Stay at Home Mum Outfits and Blogging

As well as a very special JORD watches giveaway, I'm sharing two very laid back, easy stay at home mum outfits that don't require a lot of effort. Also talking about some of my thoughts on blogging the lazy outfits and why I keep this blog going.

Here's what I wore for a lazy Sunday:
casual summer SAHM style outfit grey tee denim shorts statement necklace

Balenciaga tempete blue day bag giant silver hardware JORD wood watch
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Necklace: beaded statement necklace from local markets
TeeJeanswest rolled sleeve grey marle tee
ShortsJeanswest denim cuff shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch C/O JORD Watches
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

I nearly didn't take a photo in this outfit. It's one of those extremely casual 'should I really blog this' type outfits. I share what I wear on the blog, but since I've gone down to 6 outfits a week I can have a day off from photos now and then. It comes in handy when I love my outfit but baby refuses to nap, or decides to alter my outfit in some way...but it also means I'm starting to question if I should blog everything I wear (which was my goal starting this blog). I wasn't going to share this at first. Later in the afternoon, when I thought about going out I realised all I needed to do to add some interest to this plain and comfy outfit was a fun statement necklace.

I've been reading a lot of bloggers questioning what they are doing lately, and it's certainly got me thinking. It might just be a little thing, just adding a necklace, but it's proof to me that I should keep going with this blog. It makes me put a little more thought and effort into what I wear. I'm always going to have a laid-back, casual every style and no extremely ground-breaking or exciting outfits, but it's nice to document those every day outfits. After all, we all get dressed every day, make the most of what's in our wardrobe, and go about our lives. While editorial shoots and never wearing something more than once is feasible and possible for others, it's not my style. I get inspiration from the simple everyday outfits I see (and read about) people wearing, and that's why I blog my day to day outfits too.

I know that being a stay at home mum has been a big change to what I wear, but before you know it I'll be back at work and back to sharing my business casual office outfits as well as those more relaxed weekend running-around-with-baby outfits. Thank you to those who are hanging around through the change. I've got a great giveaway below as a thank you!

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarerswood watch, grey tee, denim shorts, Havaianas, Balenciaga Tempete Day.

Here's what I wore to go out shopping:
Casual comfy modest maxi skirt summer outfit bright tank stripes hobo bag
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus necklace in pop
TankJeanswest 'Jenni' basic singlet in Hawaii blue
SkirtTarget black and white striped maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch C/O JORD Watches
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

This outfit is another super casual outfit, and so comfortable. I'm actually not too impressed with the photo, but loved the outfit. I actually wore this a while back when I was picking up some family from the airport, I just didn't get a chance to take pics and blog it. I enjoyed having an 'excuse' to to re-wear it!

Wore this out to spend the morning at the shops with baby T. I had planned to get my watch resized, as I mentioned in the review when I got it I was anticipating that I'd have to get the band shortened. Of course every time I walked past the watch place it was busy, and I didn't have time to hang around with baby T. Will need to go back another another day.

Last worn: blue tank, striped maxi skirt, Havaianas (above), Balenciaga Day bag (above).

JORD Watch Giveaway!

I really like my JORD wood watch, and from the comments on my review post, a lot of you liked it too! So JORD have kindly offered a giveaway for all my readers!

You could win a $120 gift voucher plus free shipping, so you can pick any watch you like from the huge range JORD has. Just complete the entry form below.

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Please note: giveaway is administrated by JORD for Away From Blue readers. I am simply promoting it through my blog. A random winner will be selected through rafflecopter, and a representative from JORD will contact the winner. It is open world wide and everyone who is reading here can enter.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Balenciaga Clutches. Statement Jeans and Lace LBD for Evening

After some comfy and slouchy outfits while the household was getting back to normal after battling a bug, I took the chance to dress up a little more than usual for some evenings out, and use my Balenciaga clutches.

Here's what I wore to go out with my sister in law:
Sass and Bide 'The Archetype' feather print zippora skinnies black lace tank night out outfit

Balenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with giant 12 RGGH
Tank: Just Jeans black lace trim singlet
JeansSass and Bide 'The Archetype' feather print zippora skinnies
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
BagBalenciaga envelope clutch in 2012 mangue with giant 12 RGGH

As everyone was feeling better I decided to go to a Coach event I'd RSVP'd for before we all got sick. It was a good excuse to get some time out of the house, have dinner and look at some pretty bags while spending time with my sister in law. I did want to wear heels with this, but when I tried them on earlier in the day I realised after 5 minutes they wouldn't be the best for an evening of standing and chatting. So wore my comfy flats instead, and was happy I'd made that choice by the end of the night.

I've worn this tank 4 times since I've been blogging (1, 2, 3 and now). There's nothing wrong with it, it's really a very pretty tank. The lace detail at the neckline makes it feel a little more dressed up than a plain black tank. But I so rarely wear it! I have a similar black tank (gathered waist, detailed neckline) that I love more than this one. When I last wore that tank, I commented that I'd hardly worn it and it was a shame as it was a top I loved. This top, I just like. And as it's so similar to my other black top...I'm going to get rid of it. I don't need things I just like in my wardrobe when I have the perfect alternatives that I love! Trying to be much stricter with what stays in my wardrobe this year!

Leaving my wardrobe: black lace detail tank

one black lace tank styled four ways 4 outfits ways to wear 1 singlet
Outfit details: one, two, three and four.

Last worn: black tank, printed skinny jeans, gold mouse flats, Balenciaga envelope clutch.

Here's what I wore to go to dinner with friends:
Black lace dress red balenciaga clutch wedges valentine's dinner outfit

Balenciaga flat clutch GSH in 2010 Sang Valentine's Day nails red silver mani
DressJeanswest 'Gisele' contrast lace dress
ShoesNineWest "Quicken" wedges in natural
BagBalenciaga flat clutch GSH in 2010 Sang

This is what I wore for a Valentine's dinner with friends. First, let me comment on my hair! It is very curly. My sister found this amazing trick on Pinterest (she loves Pinterest!) where you get curls overnight without using any heat. We have similar hair, so I decided to try and replicate her curly hair style. I couldn't find the exact tutorial, but after texting back and forth before bed I think I got it right. I woke up, and instead of letting my hair down, I spent the morning tidying and looking after baby T. So I had my hair up for a little longer than you were supposed too...I actually took it out after lunch. To find that my hair was super curly. I tried running my fingers through it, I even tried brushing it - twice! - and well, it looked like it does above. I made the decision just to go with it and wear it that way anyway, hoping the curls would relax a little more through the afternoon and evening. They didn't of course! It's funny, I've tried the same trick again, leaving my hair in just overnight and I can never get the curls to I really did something wrong this time around!

My nail art was a DIY I tried that I liked a lot better - turned out not too bad, for a first attempt! I followed this tutorial from Marie, so easy to fit in during baby T's nap time! I'm also trying a new blush, one I won from Kim's giveaway on A Very Sweet Blog. That was another new thing that went well, I really like this blush. So it wasn't all bad :)

I liked the outfit (despite the hair). It was nice to dress up a little and wear some heels. And with baby T being baby sat again, I could wear another of my cute but mostly neglected clutches.

Last worn: black lace dress, wedges, red Balenciaga clutch.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Slouchy Tees and Jersey Maxi Skirts. Comfy SAHM Style

Gong Xi Fa Cai to those who are celebrating the Lunar New Year! We have postponed our celebrations until the weekend, hoping that the weather is better in time for baby T's first new year! He's sure to get lots of ang pao!

Still a bit delayed with sharing outfit pics, here's what I wore last week. Baby T caught some kind of bug and kindly decided to share it with the family. It was a couple of days of just grabbing whatever was clean to wear, and not really thinking about leaving the house. When everyone was feeling better I finally ventured out, but wanted cosy and comfortable clothes to wear. So I wore my maxi skirts!

Here's what I wore to go out shopping with my mum:
Slouchy casual SAHM style boxy tee grey marle jersey maxi skirt outfit

Balenciaga 2009 tempete giant hardware G21 day bag worn on shoulder
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
Top: Supre pink boxy tee
SkirtTarget grey marle maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Took the chance to get dressed and get some fresh air by heading to the shops with my mum and baby T. It was good to get out of the house, even if it was just going to Woolies! Was good we were well enough to do so! We were also desperately in need of some essentials for baby, so we stocked up on them.

I wanted to wear something colourful, and remembered this tee. I found it in my big wardrobe clean out when we were turning the spare room that was my wardrobe room into a nursery for baby. I'd told myself I'd keep it as it's a great basic top, and I love the colour, so I was sure to wear it again....and this is the first time I've worn it since. As if that isn't bad enough, I have the same top in grey as well, also unworn! I can see from the blog that I haven't worn the tops in 3 years! Definitely fits the Putting Me Together style challenge prompt of something you haven't worn in 6+ months!
There is so much to love about this top - it's super soft, it's a gorgeous colour, and it's so simple and flattering. But I don't wear it! Maybe because it slides off my shoulders now and then. I even had a quick look at some of my pre-blog photos, as I was sure I had worn it a lot when I first bought it years and years ago...and couldn't find a single photo of it (although I did find a pic of me wearing the grey version at a surprise engagement party my family threw for us).

It's time for this top and the grey one to leave my wardrobe. Not worth holding onto it if I never wear them! I did find myself thinking at the end of the day that I could hold onto this tee, maybe take it to the tailor and bring the neckline in a bit so it stays in I do love it. But I don't really think it's worth any additional investment, or I would have done that a long time ago. So two tops leaving my wardrobe!

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarers, grey marle maxi skirt, Havaianas, Balenciaga tempete Day bag. First and last wearing of the top on the blog.

Here's what I wore to go visit a friend today:
Grey tee stripe maxi skirt Balenciaga hobo bag slouchy comfy casual SAHM outfit

Balenciaga 2009 tempte day bag Away from Blue Blog
Necklace: thrifted pearl and heart long necklace
TopAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves
SkirtTarget black and white striped maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Another comfortable outfit! I wear this skirt with grey tees a lot, wore it that way last time too. it's just such an easy option. Nice and casual for an afternoon chat with a friend.

Since wearing a proper necklace had went well the day before, I decided to wear another of my necklaces instead of the teething necklaces I've been wearing often. I regretted that choice pretty quickly though! After baby T had lunch, we headed out to meet a friend. Despite having the baby bag packed with toys, he wasn't interested in playing quietly on his own. It was difficult trying to have a conversation with him crawling all over me and flinging his toys around. Wished I'd worn one of the teething necklaces, as they always keep him occupied. Instead I was trying to grab this necklace out of his hands so that he didn't snap it, ha! Baby T is definitely still keeping me on my toes. There is always something new to learn, he's frequently surprising me (in a good way). I think I'm going to store one of the necklaces in the baby bag, just to have it handy for future outings.

Last worn: grey tee, striped maxi skirt, Havanaians (above), Balenciaga day (above).

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