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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Friday, 13 October 2017

Printed Dresses and Ankle Boots for Spring with Neon Pink Mini MAC Bag

Even though we had a pretty mild winter, it's always exciting to start wearing dresses with bare legs again. When it's the start of spring and still a little cooler, ankle boots are an essential.

My neon pink Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag is a cute and colourful accessory, but I don't just reserve it for spring, it works brilliantly year-round.

What I wore:

aztec print back dress, ankle boots, denim jacket pink cross body bag for spring | Away From Blue

neon pink rebecca minkoff mini MAC bag with little black dress | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue isntagram little black dress denim jacket and ankle boots for spring with pink bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
Dress: Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

The style challenge for the day was pretty in pink, which made the pink accessories an obvious choice. I love how the neon pink mini MAC looks with the little black dress too. It's funny, I was in Kmart the other day and saw that they have this same style dress in pink now. I still think this black dress will work nicely in spring and summer, but if you want something a little brighter for spring definitely check it out!

Wearing the denim jacket with the dress is one of the outfit combinations I thought of when I first bought this dress. I have so many outfit ideas still, definitely a good buy.

I just wore this to work from home and do the daycare drop off and pick up, but I added the teething necklace anyway. While I wasn't around the boys during the day, I love the colours of this necklace with the mini MAC bag, and the colour it adds to the black dress.

Last worn: denim jacket, black tiered dress, black ankle boots, neon pink mini MAC.

Other ways to wear: denim jacket worn 30 waysblack tiered dress worn two ways, black ankle boots in the office, neon pink mini MAC and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and hidden first trimester bump, ankle boots and pregnancy announcement.

Ankle Boots Under $50:

What I wore:

navy stripe tee dress for spring with Chelsea leather ankle boots neon pink mini MAC | AwayFromBlue

navy stripe dress with cobalt bracelet and neon pink Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram spring stripe tee dress and ankle boots pink mini MAC
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
DressAtmos&Here navy stripe tee dress
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
Bracelets: the usual plus House of Harlow sunburst wrap bracelet in cobalt
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

A warmer spring day so the extra layer of a denim jacket needed above wasn't necessary. Still good to have ankle boots on though, and the long sleeves of this dress came in handy. I felt this dress was due another wear. One of my favourite pieces a few years back, it's been neglected recently as it was boxed away during pregnancy and breastfeeding. With the thick fabric and longer sleeves, there might not be many more opportunities to wear it again this year so I took the chance while I could. This time I wore it is still one of my favourite outfits ever.

Was a busy morning, errands, groceries and taking toddler T for a haircut before going out for lunch followed by dinner at the inlaws in the evening. I ended up using my Ergo baby carrier in the backwards position so that I could back carry Baby Boy and still wear my bag easily without it slipping off my shoulder. I'm thrilled to have a new way to babywear after learning at the ABA mum's group recently.

Much like the dress, this cobalt bracelet hasn't been worn a lot recently. Last time was when I was pregnant! I didn't overly accessorise while Baby Boy was little, but now that the boys are getting bigger it's nice to pick out some extra bracelets to wear. Although teething necklaces are still the safest and most practical neckwear option to wear around the toddlers!

Last worn: navy stripe tee dress, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff pink mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearnavy stripe tee dress in winter, Chelsea leather ankle boots and burgundy pants, Rebecca Minkoff pink mini MAC and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: stripe dress and second trimester bump, Chelsea ankle boots and chambray in second trimester.

Printed Dresses For Spring Under $50:

How You can Wear It:

Dresses and ankle boots is such a simple and quick outfit idea for spring. It works just as well in autumn too, although as the weather cools you may need to add an extra layer like a denim jacket or even tights.

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