Showing posts with label Mulberry Leopard Lily. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mulberry Leopard Lily. Show all posts

Monday, 30 January 2017

Empire Waist Maxi Dresses and Cross Body Bags | 6 Months Without Shopping Month 1

First month of the 6 months without shopping challenge completed already and I found it pretty easy for once! Didn't buy anything, despite tagging along for a trip to the outlets. Hoping I continue to do so well for the next 5 months.

I spent a lot of January catching up with friends and family and since they knew I was trying not to spend, we avoided the shops. The summer weather makes shops a less attractive option as well. The boys are keeping me busy too so I have less computer time which means less online shopping time.

Even though I'm not shopping there have been a few changes to my wardrobe since I last shared an update post in December. I got a cosy knit dress from my grandma and two scarves as belated Christmas gifts. I'm looking forward to wearing and enjoying them when autumn arrives. I also returned a couple of pieces from my December purchases as I didn't love them when I tried them on at home.

For what I've been wearing, some simple outfits with empire waist maxi dresses. I have always liked that style for maxi dresses, it accommodates pregnant belly nicely and it's wonderful post-baby when you have leftover mum-tum!

What I wore:

Gypsy 05 ombre orange maxi dress for Christmas celebrations red glitter bag | Away From Blue

Mulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard matching manicure OPI polish | Away From The Blue
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
DressGypsy 05 orange ombre maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale!)
Bracelets: the usual plus vintage charm bracelet
BagMulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard (get it in pink! Extra 20% off with code 'WINTER')
NailsOPI Breakfast at Tiffany collection 'I got the mean reds' and 'Sunrise...bedtime'

Why I wore it:

Wore this pretty maxi dress to attend a late Christmas celebration with family who were overseas in December. I really wanted to wear this pretty metallic and suede bag as it matched my red and silver manicure (OPI Breakfast at Tiffany collection), and I knew I wanted to wear the dress. Wasn't sure if the orange and red would work together until I remembered something Sheila said - if the colours occur together in nature you know they will look good together in an outfit. Red and orange remind me of sunsets. So pleased I wore both pieces I think they look lovely together and I really liked this outfit!

Despite it not being one of my most popular outfits on Instagram this is one of my favourite outfits, wouldn't change a thing. It's such a simple outfit too. Every time I wear this dress I think of my lovely friend who gave it to me, I always feel good when I wear it.

The earrings are a beautiful prize I won on Instagram - handmade by A Little Bit of North. Highly recommend checking them out, they are based in Canberra. I did add a teething necklace to this but was in a rush so it was still in the baby bag when I took pics that morning.

Last worn: ombre maxi dress, Mulberry red suede Lily bag, Rebecca Minkoff studded sandals.

Other ways to wearombre maxi dress and kimono, Mulberry red suede Lily bag and graphic tee, Rebecca Minkoff studded sandals and chambray.

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What I wore:

Mothers En Vogue Havana maxi dress post baby for breastfeeding mustard yellow bag | AwayFromBlue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold mustard yellow | AwayFromTheBlue
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush (on sale!)
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

This is an old photo - from November! I'm not sure why this outfit hasn't been shared before now. I was trying to organise my photos to post and realised I hadn't used this one yet. While I take photos every day (as you can see on Instagram), I try to group them together into things that make sense for a post, like breastfeeding dresses or studded sandals and denim shorts.

It's what I wore to a playgroup Christmas picnic before the summer break. I've worn this dress with yellow before and really liked the combination so it was good to recreate it again with this mustard yellow bag. Nice and simple outfit, perfect for a picnic on a hot day and playing with the boys.

Last worn: Mothers En Vogue maxi dress, studded gladiator sandals (above), Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan bag.

Other ways to wearMothers En Vogue maxi dress at 39 weeks pregnant, studded gladiator sandals and denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan bag and printed kimono.

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Friday, 30 December 2016

Festive Outfits: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and 2016 Budget

Although there is a fairly large pile of outfit photos waiting to be posted I figured I'd best share my festive outfits before 2017 arrives. Also wanted to share the spending total for 2016 as my last post for the year too.

My 5 year blogaversary is this weekend, so come back Monday for a special post to celebrate. You can enter my Charlotte Tilbury giveaway on youtube in the meantime.

What I wore:

Summer festive Christmas Eve outfit Santa glitter tee and shorts metallic bag | Away From Blue

Mulberry Lily bag in maroon metallic suede leopard | Away From The Blue
Dress: festive glitter Santa tee
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts (currently on sale, 40% off!)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagMulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard (get it in pink!)

Why I wore it:

The traditional Christmas tee for our family Christmas eve celebrations. I've worn this tee every year since we started the novelty Christmas tee tradition. Even while pregnant!

I have been playing along with two December style challenges on instagram so brought out this pretty but rarely used Mulberry Lily bag to meet the December Wear What Where challenge. It was last worn 3 years ago! I wear it so sparingly as it's so delicate being metallic suede, and it's so special to me. The glitter in the tee was perfect for the DAREcember challenge too.

A nice casual and comfortable outfit for a day down the coast listening to Christmas music, doing Christmas craft and of course making Christmas cookies! One of which toddler T left out for Santa that night.

Last worn: Santa tee, Bermuda denim shorts, Havaianas, Mulberry leopard print Lily bag

Other ways to wearChristmas tee trio, Bermuda denim shorts and khaki tank, Mulberry leopard print Lily bag and maxi dress

What I wore:

Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress Christmas Day casual summer outfit Chanel bag | AwayFromBlue

Chanel vintage quilted lambskin flap bag | AwayFromTheBlue
Shoesslim gold Havaianas
Bracelets: the usual plus gifted Tous pink and cream bracelet
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap (same in pinkand beige)

Why I wore it:

This was my outfit for Christmas day. After present opening and lunch and naps for the boys we headed over to the in-laws for the afternoon and dinner.

I got this dress after seeing it on two people on Instagram in quick succession. My sister called as I was scrolling through and she had just left Kmart, so I asked her to go back and get it, ha! I wasn't sure how practical it would be for breastfeeding in, but the adjustable straps kept coming undone and sliding off my shoulders unprompted anyway! I spent more time pulling it up than pulling it down for feeding. I'm hoping it behaves a little more and the straps stay in place next time I wear it, as it really is such a pretty dress.

Last worn: Havaianas, vintage Chanel bag. First time I've worn the dress as it's a new purchase.

Other ways to wearvintage Chanel bag at 39 weeks pregnant.

2016 Budget

As this is my final post for the year, an update on my spending budget.

In 2014 I set myself a goal to wear everything I buy at least twice in a month after buying it. I was frustrated by how many items I was discovering in my wardrobe with tags on! Earlier this year I changed the goal to wear things twice in the month I buy them. It meant I spent less near the end of the month as I had to be really sure I was going to wear things twice in quick succession. It was a good tool to slow my spending even more.

There were some exceptions to the wear twice in a month rule. Most recently, a stunning trench coat I picked up for over $100 off in the Cyber Monday sales that is not going to get worn in a Queensland summer!
The items I bought early in December weren't worn as much as they could have been after staying in hospital with baby boy for two weeks. I have bought a lot at the end of December in the boxing day sales that probably won't even arrive until January so anything I keep from those orders will fail that test too. I'm still pleased with how this rule has helped me think more critically about what I've bought over the year though, and will be continuing to use it.

What I bought in December:

Some of the above might be returned if it doesn't fit or work as well in my wardrobe as I imagined, but I've included it in the total spend in case I keep it all.

What I Bought in 2016

My monthly spending posts for the year: January, nothing in February or March, AprilMayJuneNo buy JulyAugustNo Spender SeptemberOctoberNovember.

Over 2016, I spent $1,824.11. The majority of that was in the first 6 months of the year, but it works out as an average of $152 a month. Doesn't sound a lot, but when you add it up it looks pretty large! For 2017, my goal is to spend less. I'm pleased I spent less in the second half of the year. January (post-Christmas sales!) and June (start of winter) were my biggest spending months in 2016.

Did you track your spending for the year? How did you go?

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Grey Tee, Jeans and a Mulberry Bag for Casual Friday and the Weekend

Here's what I wore to work for Casual Friday:

Casual friday grey pink stripe tee jeans converse Alexander McQueen scarf leather jacket

Away From Blue Mulberry Foggy Grey Alexa Bag

JacketWittner Santa Fe cobalt blue leather jacket
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
Top: Jeanswest 'Ruth' striped tee in neon pink and grey
JeansSass and Bide strayed misfits skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus enamel coated Marc By Marc Jacobs Katie bracelet
BagMulberry regular size Alexa bag in foggy grey

Just a casual outfit for Casual Friday at work. Was actually cold enough in the morning to need a scarf as well as a leather jacket, not very nice to wake up to after the warmer weather for the past few days, haha. Went with pink as it matched the tee nicely and pink always looks great with this blue jacket :)

Have had another wardrobe clearout and listed a few things on ebay, including a couple of my handbags. Feel free to check it out, everything starts at 99 cents. Even the bags ;)

Last worn: blue leather jacket, pink skull scarf, neon pink stripe tee, Sass and Bide jeans, Converse, Mulberry Alexa bag.

Here's what I wore today:

Away From blue grey tee skinny jeans keep calm eat cookies

Away From Blue Mulberry Leopard Suede Lily silver and Hermes bracelet stack

Necklacecustom Cooper charm by Silhoupette
Top: gifted JayJays Cookie Monster "Keep calm and eat cookies" grey tee
Jeans: Sass & Bide Jekyll and Hyde zippora jeans (new purchase)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs suede flats in red
Bracelets: the usual plus Hermes Kelly Double tour bracelet in rubis
BagMulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard

Jeans and a tee again for Saturday today. Ran some errands in the morning, and walked Cooper in the afternoon. Wanted to wear my new jeans :) Saw and admired these jeans on the Sass and Bide instagram months ago, and was pleasantly surprised when I checked the site Wednesday and saw they were on sale! Bought them right away without hesitating of course. So happy to have them arrive on Friday after just buying them 2 days before.

Decided to wear my Mulberry Lily bag again, as I haven't worn it in a while. Wasn't sure if it was too much suede with the shoes and bag together though, what do you think?

Last worn: Cookie Monster teered suede flats, Mulberry metallic leopard print Lily. First time I've worn the skinnies as they are a recent purchase.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Tee, Red Skinny Jeans, Balenciaga Sang Clutch | Striped Tank, Shorts, Mulberry Suede Lily

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Lunar New Year if you celebrate it :)

Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been really unwell. But I'm feeling better :)

Here's what I wore to have dinner with family to celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday:
Necklace: silver Owl pendant long necklace from Paddy's Markets
Bracelets: the usual
Tee: Asos 'Perfect' tee in brown
JeansJeanswest Pepper Red super skinny jeans
Shoes: gifted black slim Havaianas thongs
Bag: Balenciaga flat clutch GSH in 2010 Sang

Close up of accessories and bag:

Wore red to celebrate the new year, but as I still wasn't feeling well it wasn't anything too fancy! Just a nice casual outfit for a family dinner. Should have picked gold accessories rather than silver, but silver worked just fine.

The jeans were last worn here, thongs here and clutch here. It's the first time I've worn this tee on the blog but I've had it a while.

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Here's what I wore to spend some time outdoors with Cooper and DH, and work at Church Online today:
Sunnies: gifted Cotton On 'Risky Business' sunglasses in sky blue
Bracelets: the usual
TopJeanswest bow detail red/white stripe tank
ShortsJeanswest denim cuff shorts
Shoes: gifted Havaianas slim tropical print thongs
BagMulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard

Close up of accessories and bag:

Couldn't decide between wearing my Balenciaga clutch or Mulberry Lily for our Chinese New Years eve dinner, so I decided to wear the Lily today. A very simplistic outfit as it was a really warm day. It was nice to spend some time outdoors with Cooper though.

The sunnies were last worn here, shorts here, thongs here and bag here. This is the first time I've worn this top on the blog although I've had it a while.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Weekend What I Wore: French Connection Maxi Dress, Singlet and Shorts

Another two days in one post. :)

Here's what I wore to go shopping and attend the Christmas Carols night at Beenleigh Baptist Church on Saturday:
SunniesDior oversized sunglasses in black
Necklacegifted frangipani necklace, made by a talented friend
Bracelets: the usual plus Oscar's Law bracelet and Hermes Kelly Double tour bracelet in rubis
DressFrench Connection Meadow Jersey Maxi Dress in black
ShoesCotton On thin strap thongs in black
BagMulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard

Close up of accessories and bag:

It was a warm weekend so wanted to wear a maxi skirt to keep my legs covered for the carols in the evening and yet stay cool during the day. The dress worked well, didn't get any bug bites on my legs as we sat and watched the carol service.

The sunnies were last worn here, shoes here and bag here. This is the first time I've worn this dress on the blog.

And here's what I wore for a relaxing Sunday and attending Church Online in the evening:
Sunnies: Pink leopard print sunglasses from Paddy's Markets in Sydney
Bracelets: the usual trio
TopJust Jeans ribbed button detail singlet
ShortsJeanswest denim cuff shorts
ShoesCotton On thin strap thongs in black
BagChloe paddington cross body clutch

Close up of accessories and bag:

Today was so warm! Simple singlet and shorts combination again to keep cool, and casual outfit as we didn't have many places to go.

The sunnies were last worn here, singlet here, shorts here, shoes here and bag here.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Brown Top, Pastel Skinny Jeans, Asos Cleo Boots, Skull Scarf

Here's what I wore today for a long walk with Cooper:
Tunic Top: Supre brown shirt dress/tunic (similar here)
Scarf: cream and black Alexander McQueen skull scarf from Matches Fashion
Bracelets: the usual plus Indigo Rose Design labradorite bracelets and untreated leather glass bead wrap bracelet
Jeans: Cotton On apricot skinnies (similar here)
Boots: Asos 'Cleo' leather long leg boots in tan
Bag: Mulberry metallic suede leopard Lily in Maroon. (Gift from my mum, obtained via the sourcing service from Sheree at My Little Boutique) (Similar here)

Closeup of accessories:

Went on a long walk with Cooper today as the weather was really nice, although a little cool. We walked a little further than usual and came across a trail, so we decided to see where it lead. It was really nice just taking a relaxing walk to nowhere in particular as we weren't in any rush. I stopped to take some pictures and give Cooper a bit of a rest.

Hope you had a lovely start to the week as well :)

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Yum Cha, pancakes, Mulberry Lily, and Cooper gets a trim

Had such a nice day today. Cooper got a much needed grooming session in the morning and then we went out to lunch with DH's family to have yum cha to celebrate Chinese New Year in the afternoon.

After lunch we were lucky to see a dragon dance performance and then we stopped at Hotcake House for some yummy pancakes for desert.

Here's a shot of the pancakes being made:
They get cooked on the hot plates at the front and then stacked at the back when they are done. They have so many different fillings - I got to try the custard one and a chocolate one, delicious!

Here's what I wore today:

Dress: JeansWest
Necklace: Diva red stone necklace
Bracelets: the usual plus Hermes Kelly double tour, and red crystal and freshwater pearl ones made by a talented friend.
Shoes: Asos 
Bag: Mulberry Metallic suede leopard Lily in Maroon. (Gift from my mum, obtained via the sourcing service from Sheree at My Little Boutique)

Such a great print on this dress! Tried to wear as much red as possible as it is tradition for Chinese New Year. I have a fun red dress set aside for work on Monday too as we will be celebrating then also.

I really like my Mulberry Lily bag - not just because it shares a name with my bestie - but because it has such a fun story behind how I got it. I saw it in a magazine and stalked it on Net-A-Porter until it sold out. Months later I found one second hand online but the sale fell through and I was sad I'd missed out on it. My Mum offered to get it for me instead as a birthday gift, and Sheree from  My Little Boutique was able to track down a brand new one at the Mulbery outlet for us. I'm blessed with the best friends and family.

Closeup of the red accessories:

Cooper is feeling much better after his bath and hair cut - he should find it a lot cooler now. I was very glad to read today that the Queensland government is proposing new laws to wipe out puppy farms. We want Oscar's Law!


Hope you had a great Saturday! Have you ever managed to get an item you thought was sold out before like I did with my red Lily?