Friday, 20 October 2017

Spring Style: Stripe Tees and Denim Shorts with Silver Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag

For a brief moment, Brisbane suddenly skipped spring and went straight to summer-like temperatures. It gave me the chance to enjoy some of my denim shorts again! It's always nice getting back into shorts when the weather warms up. I ended up wearing two very similar outfits with my striped tees and silver mini MAC bag. Stripes and shorts is such a classic warm weather outfit for me.

What I wore:

3/4 sleeve red stripe tee, bermuda denim shorts, silver mini MAC bag spring style | Away From Blue

bermuda denim shorts, red stripe tee, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | Away From The Blue

#motherhoodandPregnancyStyle outfit in pregnancy and motherhood striped tee bermuda denim shorts @awayfromblue
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
TeeAtmos&Here 3/4 sleeve stripe tee in berry white
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts (on sale!)
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC
NailsOPI This Cost Me a Mint

Why I wore it:

I was so happy to realise it was shorts weather! Still feeling a little bad about not having worn many winter clothes over winter, I squeezed in another wear of this long sleeve tee. When I was putting this outfit together I remembered I wore something similar with pregnant with now Toddler T, using my maternity denim shorts. So of course I had to recreate it with the same bag again, my Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC bag. Picked my Converse to wear this time instead of my Havaianas, because I didn't have a big baby belly preventing me from bending over to tie my laces haha!

Was quite a busy morning, so an easy outfit was ideal. Took Baby Boy for his regular weigh in session and then ran a couple of errands. As it was the school holidays, our local shopping centre had some activities on and the boys got to do a cupcake decorating session after we got groceries. Unfortunately, on the very short trip home the cupcakes melted in the heat and their beautiful creations weren't quite so beautiful when they got home. They seemed to think they were still pretty tasty though!

Last worn: burgundy stripe tee, bermuda denim shorts, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC.

Other ways to wearburgundy stripe tee and chambray maxi skirt, bermuda denim shorts worn two ways, Converse and printed dress, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC and maxi dress in winter.

Perfect for pregnancy: stripe tee and maternity shorts, Converse and maternity denim, mini MAC and maxi skirt.

Rebecca Minkoff Silver Mini MAC Bags

What I wore:

navy stripe tee, OneTeaspoon Hawks shorts, pink vest silver bag | Away From Blue

silver bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | AwayfromTheBlue
JacketJeanswest Peri drape sleeveless jacket (on sale!)
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
TeeAtmos&Here navy stripe v-neck tee
Shorts:  OneTeaspoon Hawks shorts in Fox black (C/O, on sale!)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC
Nails: OPI This Cost Me a Mint

Why I wore it:

Warmer weather means layering just for fun and not for function too, so it was the perfect time to get this vest out again. An impulse buy last year before I started my #6monthswithoutshopping challenge, something different to add to my wardrobe. I see lots of bloggers wearing vests for cooler weather, but if I'm cold I want my arms to be warm, so this is strictly a warm weather piece for me.

I wasn't entirely loving the vest in this outfit, but it seemed like a good way to add a little colour with the neutral pieces. I'm still figuring out the best way to wear this, even though this is it's 9th wear! It's fun to experiment and try different styles though, and good to try make jeans and a tee a little different given how often I wear that combo over summer.

Was just a quiet Saturday - we weren't up to much. We did attempt to go a walk with the toddlers and let them take their bikes. Which resulted in me carrying Baby Boy's trike 90% of the time, ha!

Last worn: pink sleeveless jacket, navy stripe tee, OneTeaspoon denim shorts, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wear pink sleeveless jacket and chambray dress, navy stripe tee and maxi skirt, OneTeaspoon denim shorts and embroidered tank, Havaianas in different seasons, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC worn as a clutch.

Perfect for pregnancy: stripe tee and pencil skirt in third trimester, mini MAC and maternity tanks.

Stripe Tees Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

If you're looking for a classic fail-safe outfit for warm weather, denim shorts and a striped tee is a great go-to. You can make things a little different with each wear by picking longer sleeved tees, shorts of different lengths or even an extra layer like a vest to add some colour. Stripes and shorts doesn't have to be boring.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Maxi Skirts and Graphic Tees with Aqua Mini MAC Bag

I like wearing graphic tees and maxi skirts together. It's an outfit combination I've always enjoyed wearing, even when pregnant. It's easy stay at home mum style.

I was taking part in the #SpringFlingStyle challenge on Instagram, and was hunting through the hashtag to see what others were wearing when I stumbled across someone with a cute jumper with little graphic details down the sleeves. While I don't have anything similar, it was seeing this that made me realise I hadn't worn my graphic tees in a while, and I picked out two of my favourites to wear.

What I wore:

monster threads moon graphic tee navy stripe split white maxi skirt aqua bag | awayFromBlue

navy stripe maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine snake embossed mini MAC bag | AwayFromTheBlue
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
Tee: Monsterthreads star print graphic tee
SkirtAT by Atmos&Here Mars striped maxi skirt
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

This was the first outfit that came to mind when I decided to get some of my graphic tees out after being inspired by @teepeestyle. I was surprised to see that I hadn't worn this tee and skirt together before! I think the navy graphic tee works so well with the navy stripes in the maxi skirt.

The style challenge for the day was 'A for...' so of course I went with accessories, picking my aqua mini MAC bag which was due another wear.

This maxi skirt hasn't been worn for a while. I do try wear my maxi skirts year round, but this one with a split up the side isn't the best in winter. On this cool spring day it was just perfect though. Great for running errands with the toddlers.

Last worn: navy moon tee, stripe maxi skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC.

Other ways to wearnavy moon tee and purple skinny jeans, stripe maxi skirt postpartum, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: graphic tee in the third trimester, maxi skirt and maternity tankmini MAC and maternity shorts.

Maxi Skirts Under $50:

What I wore:

Oscar's Law Break the puppy trade Don't buy the lie graphic tee with chambray maxi skirt bright accessories | Away From Blue

chambray maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine | Away From The Blue
Necklace: pink beaded disc necklace
TeeOscar's Law 'Break the puppy trade' tee
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

The style challenge for the day was 'C for...' and I was initially stumped. I decided to go with colourful accessories and a striped maxi skirt, then at the last moment changed my mind and picked this chambray maxi skirt instead of the other one I had planned. I actually ended up loving this outfit more than the one I'd planned the night before, I really like this graphic tee and maxi skirt together. Plus the chambray and Converse met the style challenge prompt for the day perfectly.

Nice easy outfit to work from home and do the daycare drop off and pick up. I liked this so much I continued to wear it even after an entire glass of water was spilled on the hem of my skirt - luckily chambray dries out quickly!

Last worn: Oscar's Law tee, chambray maxi skirt, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag (above).

Other ways to wearOscar's Law tee and winter layers, chambray maxi skirt worn two ways, Converse and a dress, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and floral kimono.

Perfect for pregnancy: Oscar's Law tee in second trimester, Converse and maternity shorts, mini MAC bag in second trimester.

Graphic Tees Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

Graphic tees look great with jeans and shorts, but you don't have to stick to pairing them with denim. They look just as good with maxi skirts.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

A-Line Skirts, Blazers and Balenciaga Part Time Bag for the Office

One of the best things about returning to work after maternity leave is feeling like you have a whole new wardrobe and a reason to get dressed up. Sure it can be daunting and confusing at first as it's a big adjustment returning to work, and post-baby things might not fit the same, but you can focus on the positives and enjoy rewearing those pretty but impractical for life as a stay at home mum pieces!

What I wore: 

jersey blazer, black henley, printed pleated yellow black aline skirt spring office outfit with Bal Part Time | AwayFromBlue

printed pleated yellow skirt, Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue mirror selfie office outfit spring printed a-line skirt black top
Jacket: Zara cream jersey blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
TopJeanswest 'Tilda' black shirt
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

This was one of those mornings where I was counting my blessings! After a really tough night with lots of wakeups, I was so exhausted I don't even remember my alarms going off. When I woke up and looked at the time panic set in - I had woken up 10 minutes after I usually leave the house.

Thankfully I usually lay out my outfits the evening before for work so that I'm not disorganised in the mornings. It saved me precious time as I hurriedly washed up, applied makeup and pulled clothes on while googling my public transport options. Getting ready super fast left me with just a minute for photos before literally running out the door. In yet another blessing, it was school holidays so there was next to no traffic on the road and I was just 30 minutes late for work.

Craziness of the morning aside, I loved this outfit. I quickly peeled the blazer off to stop me overheating as I ran but in the cooler afternoon commute home it was really appreciated. This skirt is one I always get compliments on. It's beautiful and while I have worn it on maternity leave, and even to playgroup, it feels a bit dressed up and so more suitable for workwear. I wasn't entirely sure about the turquoise necklace with the yellow at first, but had no time to change my mind. Liked it a little more as the day went on.

Last worn: cream blazer, black henley, pleated printed skirt, black ballet flats, Balenciaga part time.

Other ways to wearcream blazer and flares, black henley and printed jeans, printed skirt and ruffle cami, black ballet flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga part time and purple jeans.

Perfect for pregnancy: cream blazer and hidden second trimester bump, black henley in third trimester, printed skirt in early second trimester, ballet flats and maternity office wear, Balenciaga part time in third trimester.

Jersey Blazers Under $50:

What I wore:

jersey blazer, teal henley and silk a-line leaf print skirt with Balenciaga Part time office outfit business casual | Away From Blue

printed skirt with Balenciaga giant g21 silver hardware 2010 black part time bag on arm | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram teal henley, jersey blazer, printed silk skirt outfit
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
TopJeanswest 'Aubrey' pintuck yoke henley in deep teal
Skirt: French Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit above so much, it made sense to replicate the formula exactly for my next day in the office. This skirt is silk and not machine washable, so it has sat in my wardrobe unworn for years as it's impractical for life with a toddler or two. I adore it though, and won't be getting rid of it any time soon. I thought the teal henley would look lovely with the greenery in the skirt, especially with the yellow statement necklace. I was worried the top would be a little too casual but again as in the outfit above the blazer was the perfect topper for the office. It's strange that the blazer hasn't been worn in well over a year, as it's a favourite piece.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was how the henley looked partially tucked in. It creased and crumpled up a bit, especially with the waist tie on the skirt. I think either taking the waist tie off (it's a removable belt) or fully tucking the top in would have looked better. Did feel happy and colourful in this outfit all day though, even if I tugged at the top a lot through the day.

Last worn: black jersey blazer, teal henley, printed silk skirt, Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Balenciaga part time (above).

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and skinny jeans, teal henley and chambray maxi, printed silk skirt and brown tee, Marc Jacobs ballet flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga part time and little black dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: jersey blazer and maternity pencil skirt, silk skirt and hidden first trimester bumpBalenciaga part time in second trimester.

A-Line Printed Skirts Under $50:

How You Can Wear It

Printed skirts are perfect for the office. If you're unsure about them looking to casual, you can always add a blazer on top.

With a colourful printed piece like these skirts, a plain block colour top is a good choice. Both of these tops are the same or similar colours to that in the print to make it easy.

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