Showing posts with label denim jacket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label denim jacket. Show all posts

Friday, 18 May 2018

Layering Navy Dresses In Autumn: Light Scarves and Different Shoes

It took a while for autumn to arrive here in Brisbane! But when we started getting cooler mornings I was excited to add some layers and autumn pieces to my dresses - even if they are just lightweight scarves! I find summer dresses easy to layer up for cooler weather just by adding an extra piece or two and swapping out your shoes for something cosier.

What I wore:

 Shein navy flower print flowy dress  layered for autumn scarf tan chelsea boots denim jacket | awayfromblue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag with denim jacket | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram | shein navy flower print flowy swing dress scarf denim jacket Balenciaga tan day bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Scarf: gifted blush metallic rose gold shimmer scarf
DressShein navy flower print flowy dress (C/O)
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

It was a really cold morning when I wore this so I added a scarf, denim jacket and ankle boots to my dress. After a busy day working from home, rushing around in the evening meant I'd gotten warm and quickly taken both the scarf and jacket off. I picked the boys up from daycare to take the little one to his specialist appointment.

I like how comfortable this flowy swing dress is - and even though it's a light viscose fabric it is sure to be worn more as the weather cools down further as it layers well. Writing this post made me smile as I realised the last time I wore this dress it was also with a Balenciaga day bag, and it was again for a specialist appointment!

This shimmery scarf was a gift from my mum last year and I love how nice it looked with the navy dress. Even if I didn't keep all the layers on in the warm afternoon, I did enjoy this outfit for the short time I wore it all together in the morning for daycare drop off and the denim jacket came in helpful in the evening.


Last worn: denim jacket, shimmer scarf, navy floral swing dress, Chelsea ankle boots, Balenciaga brown day bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket worn 30 ways, shimmer scarf in the office, navy floral swing dress in summer, Chelsea ankle boots, Balenciaga brown day bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, Chelsea ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga brown day bag for second trimester travel.



My Latest Video: Winter Clothing Haul For The Boys




With the cooler weather, I was excited to start buying winter clothes for the boys! Cooper helped me to share what I've been buying.




What I wore:

long sleeve printed shift dress with crochet scarf and balenciaga day bag in autumn | away from blue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag 09 worn on shoulder long tassels | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | Zara printed bib front tunic dress in autumn with crochet scarf and Balenciaga day bag
Scarf: white Target crochet detail scarf
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

This was such a productive day, although I wasn't completely happy with my outfit. I love the crochet scarf with the navy dress. I was unsure at first with the pattern on the dress and the texture of the scarf but being similar colours I think it worked really well. It was a little chilly so as well as the scarf I added some Converse. Converse are a go-to for me in spring and autumn and are a nice alternative when it's not cold enough for boots. On the surface, a great outfit.

We dropped the boys off at their grandparents for the morning to get some stuff done and it was a productive morning. I did wish I'd added a denim jacket to this outfit though once the rain showers hit. Then we had lunch with the boys and their grandparents which made me regret my outfit even more as this dress felt much too short. If I'm spending time with the boys it's better to go with a maxi length or something like shorts! I was happy to get home and change after lunch. I chucked on some PJ pants under my dress so I was a bit more comfortable to lounge around and play with cars and setup train tracks with the boys!

This dress is one of the ones that works so perfectly in summer, layers well for autumn or winter, and it doubles as a professional looking top for work sometimes too. I was really hoping to have hit 30 wears on it by now, but I do find the length tricky to wear when trying to sit and play on the floor with the boys which limits how much I can wear it right now.


Last worn: crochet scarf, Zara navy shift dress, Converse, Balenciaga day bag (above).

Other ways to wearcrochet scarf and chambray dress, Zara navy shift dress and winter layers, Converse and denim shorts, Balenciaga day bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancycrochet scarf in second trimester, Zara navy shift dress in third trimester, Converse in second trimester, Balenciaga day bag and hidden baby bump.



Navy Printed Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It


You don't have to pack your favourite dresses away when the cooler weather arrives! Swapping sandals for Converse or ankle boots and adding a scarf helps keep the chill away and lets you wear your favourite pieces more often. When it's really cold, you could add tights, leggings, and cosier scarves. But mild autumn and spring days are perfect for lightweight scarves like these.


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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Mulberry Lily Bag in Suede Metallic Leopard Print With Jersey Maxi Dresses

It's no secret that I love maxi dresses, despite being petite. I wear them fairly often as they are quick and simple throw on and go outfits. Sometimes when I'm trying to dress them up a little, I'll pick special accessories or bags to wear with them.

The Mulberry Lily bag I'm wearing in the photos below is definitely very special! It was something I feel in love with in a magazine but it sold out online while I deliberated over getting it. My friend (who now has her own handbag consignment business!) managed to find one in the UK, and I confessed to my mum I wanted to get it. My mum and friend worked together and I got gifted this beautiful bag!

It is very delicate so worn sparingly, but always makes me smile when I do get it out for a wear. Looks stunning with a maxi dress too!

What I wore:

Easter Sunday church outfit tie dye maxi dress denim jacket red mulberry lily suede bag | awayfromblue

silver bracelet stack, Mulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard | awayfromtheblue

silver bracelet stack, Mulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard | awayfromtheblue
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: statement silver plate necklace
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoes: NineWest "Quicken" wedges in natural
Bracelets: the usual plus vintage charm bracelet
BagMulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard
NailsOPI Koala Bear-y

Why I wore it:

As is typical for our Easter Sunday celebrations, I went with a maxi dress to wear to church. After church we had Easter lunch with the in-laws, a road trip down the coast and then Easter dinner and an Easter egg hunt with my family. A busy day!

It was cooler in the morning so I grabbed the denim jacket, but it heated up into such a warm day I didn't need it on long.

This maxi dress is one I'm trying to reach 30 wears on and I'm so close, so I've been wearing it a lot, mostly casually. I went super casual with it last time I wore it. To dress it up this time around, I added my special occasion pieces: the beautiful leopard print Mulberry Lily, a pair of wedges and my very sentimental charm bracelet. Perfect outfit for a wonderful day.

I've never done an Easter egg hunt before, so seeing the boys have their first one was hilarious. Such a special memory.


Last worn: denim jacket, tie dye maxi dress, nude wedges, Mulberry leopard print suede Lily bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and jeans, tie dye maxi dress layered for winter, nude wedges and little lace dress, Mulberry leopard print suede Lily bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket and little black dress, tie dye maxi dress in third trimester.



Mulberry Lily Review:










What I wore:

blue jersey maxi dress with red printed leopard suede mulberry lily bag | away from blue

Mulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard worn as clutch | away from the blue blog

awayfromblue instagram | blue printed maxi dress with leopard print mulberry suede metallic lily bag
Necklace: For King & Country Priceless Australian coin and crest necklace
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagMulberry Lily in maroon metallic suede leopard 

Why I wore it:

A rare night out! Some Church Online people were in town and there was a special barbeque hosted by one of the volunteers, for volunteers and their families. I did consider taking the boys, but as it was a little bit of a drive away and I wasn't sure how that would work with their bedtime routine, I left them at home with hubby and went out for the night myself.

I'm pleased I did as the afternoon BBQ quickly turned into amazing conversations and I didn't get home until after 10pm (late night for this mum!). It was so good meeting people from Brisbane who also volunteer at Church Online, I've been a chat host there for 7 years this year so it's a big part of my life and so incredible to get to meet up in person. My friend from out of state flew in, as well as two of the Life Church Online pastors from the US, so it was really wonderful to spend time with them.


Wasn't so sure with my outfit though! I'd originally thought of wearing a black maxi dress, but decided at the last minute to switch to this blue one for a little bit of colour. We had an appointment in the morning to go to first, so I spent most of the day with my Louis Vuitton Neverfull and switched to the clutch for the evening.
I like blue and red together, but wasn't so sure about the leopard print with the geometric print on the dress. I think I should have stuck with my original black maxi dress choice! Still was comfortable and happy in this for the BBQ, even if I'm not as happy with how it looks in photos.


Last worn: blue printed maxi dress, studded gladiator sandalsMulberry leopard print suede Lily bag (above).

Other ways to wearblue printed maxi dress and mustard bag, studded gladiator sandals worn 30 waysMulberry leopard print suede Lily bag and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyblue printed maxi dress at 39 weeks.



Jersey Maxi Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:


There are so many different dress codes a maxi dress can work for. It's not too casual, and not too formal. It's a go-to for me, but to make it even more special you can pick out a fancy accessory or two, or add some wedges, to make it a little more dressed up than usual. A special statement bag like this printed Mulberry Lily is a great idea.


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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC and MAB Comparison: With Striped Tanks and Shorts

When summer temperatures continue into autumn in Brisbane, you make the most of it and take the opportunity to wear some more shorts! The two soft, relaxed fit shorts below were purchased at the start of summer last year and they've been a great addition to my wardrobe. It's been nice to wear them into autumn as well. Add a classic striped tank, and you have an easy outfit for a stay at home mum.

What I wore:

striped tank with olive embroidered jeanswest tessa shorts, studded Rebecca Minkoff sandals and mini MAC | awayfromblue

silver bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram stay at home mum errand style soft shorts striped tank
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
ShortsJeanswest Tessa olive embroidered shorts
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Olive green shorts and green beaded necklace because even though we had a fairly uneventful day of errands, it was Saint Patrick's day so I wanted to dress the part just a little!

This tank is the piece I thought of wearing with these shorts when I first bought them. I loved this outfit, it was just as perfect as I imagined with the floral embroidery on the shorts and the striped tank. Stripes go with everything!

Just like stripes, this metallic silver mini MAC bag goes with everything too. Definitely one of my frequently worn pieces.

No extra layers needed with this - it was a really warm day and we even put the aircon on in the afternoon. More like summer than autumn!


Last worn: striped tank, olive embroidered shorts, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearstriped tank and pencil skirt, olive embroidered shorts and black top, studded sandals worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff metallic mini MAC bag and metallic tank.

Perfect for pregnancystriped tank in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag and maternity shorts.



Video Comparison of the Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB and Mini MAC Bags:








What I wore:

rainy day SAHM style monochrome outfit with denim jacket and purple accessories | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum purple with faux fur pom pom charm | away from the blue

Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
ShortsJeanswest Parker printed shirred short
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

A little extra layer here with the denim jacket. It was quite a wet day, so the jacket as an extra layer came in helpful as I stood outside the car struggling with car seat buckles and getting drenched every time I took the boys in or out, ha!

Just like the outfit above, I'd had this outfit combination in my head for a while. I thought the striped tank would work nicely with the black printed shorts, and just like the outfit above, I really enjoyed this combination.

Even with the blue denim jacket, I did feel the black tank and shorts together was a little too monochromatic, so I went with purple accessories. I hadn't worn this silicone teething necklace in a while and I saw it pop up on the Nibbly Bits instagram, so knew it was overdue a wear. The plum mini MAB tote is always the perfect pairing with it too, they match so well!

Unlike the day and outfit above, this was a bit of a hectic day, with daycare drop off and pick up, working from home, a specialist appointment and then a broken freezer adding to the broken fridge worries so we had to rush out at dinner time to find something for the boys to eat. I was glad when the day was over in the end!


Last worn: denim jacket, striped tank, Parker printed shorts, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and little black dress, striped tank in winter, Parker printed shorts and colourful tank, studded sandals and navy dress, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and black jeans.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, studded sandals in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in third trimester.



Striped Tanks Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:


Stripes go with anything and make dressing easy. With a neutral pair of shorts, you can add some extra interest to your outfit with a striped tank. If your shorts are printed, adding a striped tank allows you to print mix. A good rule for this is to pick stripes that compliment the colours in the printed shorts, which lead to the last black and white outfit.



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Friday, 30 March 2018

Knotted Maxi Dresses With Denim Jacket and Louis Vuitton Bag: Paddle Boarding On The Gold Coast

I have more maxi dresses in my wardrobe than any other type of dress, they are definitely my favourite! I wore maxi dresses below for two very different days, but the dresses worked perfectly both times. Maxi dresses just work everywhere!

What I wore:

knotted tie dye maxi dress with denim jacket petite beach style with LV neverfull | awayfromblue

denim jacket, rose gold beaded bracelet stack with Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull | awayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue Instagram tie dye maxi dress, lv neverfull and denim jacket
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Lovisa gold filigree heart pendant
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Lovisa rose gold beaded bracelet stack
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

It was such a fun day out when I wore this. We had some family visiting who hadn't met the boys yet so it was incredible meeting up with them and introducing them! The extended family headed down to the Gold Coast, and went paddle boarding at Palm Beach. A rain shower arrived at the beach shortly after we did but it turned into such a sunny day, the boys had an amazing time meeting family and playing in the sand.

The neverfull bag is one I frequently take to the beach, although with the rain I did wish I'd picked a different bag. It was handy to have though, held everything I needed and had space to put my accessories in while I enjoyed the water and sand.

The knot in the maxi dress was perfect to stop the hem getting wet and dragging as I wore it on the sand. It's not the first time I've knotted this maxi dress. I like how it makes it look a little different when it's knotted.

When the skies started looking dark again, we packed up and headed out to have a BBQ at my cousin's place. As you can see in the video below, we left at just the right time! I quickly pulled my accessories out and put my jacket back on and felt suitably attired for a family BBQ on the back veranda in the rain.


Last worn: denim jacket, tie dye maxi dress, Havaianas, Louis Vuitton neverfull bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and jeans, tie dye maxi dress for a party, Louis Vuitton neverfull bag and wrap dress.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in third trimester, tie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, Louis Vuitton neverfull bag in second trimester.



Paddle Boarding On The Gold Coast - Family Vlog







What I wore:



Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Lovisa silver love knitted heart pendant necklace
DressJayJays feather print maxi dress
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Not as casual a day out this time! I loved knotting the maxi dress above so much that I decided to do it again with this feather print maxi dress, which is on the longer side but I've still never had taken up.

Again with the denim jacket, although it stayed on much longer on this day as hubby and I had an appointment in the morning and most of the day was spent in the freezing aircon. No rain, even though I had my waterproof Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere bag instead of the neverfull tote I'd worn above. I kinda wish I'd taken the speedy to the beach and the neverfull to our appointment! I was glad of the denim jacket though, it was freezing in the aicon, and I needed it, even if I did take it off when we got outside.

Just like the first outfit, this denim jacket and dress combo has been worn together before, but I think if something works, why change it? I'm happy to keep rewearing combinations I like.


Last worn: bubblegum denim jacket (above), feather print maxi dress, studded sandals, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere bag.

Other ways to wearbubblegum denim jacket and maxi skirt, feather print maxi dress at a wedding, studded sandals and shorts, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere bag and long sleeve dresses.


Perfect for pregnancybubblegum denim jacket in second trimester, feather print maxi dress in second trimester, studded sandals in third trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere bag in third trimester.



Maxi Dresses Under $50:






How You Can Wear It:

A denim jacket is a great layer to add to a maxi dress for autumn - or even spring! As well as coming in helpful to keep you cosy on a rainy day sitting out on the veranda, it works to take the chill off the aircon when you're sat inside for too long! Knotted dresses are a quick petite style hack that makes any dress a perfect length. Even if your maxi dress is the ideal length for you already, adding a knot to it changes up the look of the dress a little and makes it feel new - even if the rest of the outfit is all pieces you've worn together before.


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Friday, 23 March 2018

Boho Printed Dresses and Denim Jacket: Autumn Layering With Rebecca Minkoff Bags

To try and change things up a little bit, I set my shorts aside and decided to wear some of my dresses that haven't been worn yet this year. I've been neglecting my dresses and skirts lately! With some cooler rainy weather, it was the perfect opportunity to add a light layer. The blue denim jacket works well with both these boho dresses, even though they are different styles. Denim jackets are classics!

What I wore:

Jeanswest 'Chelsea' printed dress boho tie neck with denim jacket purple bag | away from the blue blog

JORD Cora purpleheart wood watch, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram rainy day style printed dress denim jacket purple RM mini MAB tote
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
DressJeanswest 'Chelsea' printed dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black!)
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

I like blue and purple together, so of course I've worn this purple mini MAB tote bag and blue dress together before. Although I don't have the baby bump this time!

I bought this dress 4 years ago and loved it so much, I wore it frequently and I was sure I'd be closer to 30 wears with it - this is only it's 14th wear! Having the blog to keep track of how many times I wear things has been eye opening.

No matter how many times it's been worn, I love this each time I wear it, and the blue dress and denim jacket work perfectly together. The purple bag is such a great accessory with it too. Wore this to run a few errands with the boys in the morning, with a trip to the library too.

The nice thing about this dress is that the ties at the neckline mean no necklace is required - really easy to wear!


Last worn: denim jacket, blue printed dress, gold mouse flats, Rebecca Minkoff plum MAB tote.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and pink shorts, blue printed dress layered for cooler weather, gold mouse flats in the office, Rebecca Minkoff plum MAB and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket in second trimester, blue printed dress in second trimester, gold mouse flats and maternity pencil skirts, Rebecca Minkoff plum MAB in third trimester.



My Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Collection:







What I wore:



Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
Dress: Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

Another repeat here as it's not the first time I've worn this denim jacket and sundress together! Again, I liked the combo.

After a wet weekend, it was predicted to storm again. We had playgroup in the morning and a specialist appointment in the afternoon. Expecting it to rain, I added the denim jacket. Unlike the day above though, we weren't often in the aircon and I ended up taking the denim jacket off as soon as it heated up. Was such a humid day in the end. I was glad I'd worn such a floaty, light dress when I was sitting outside in the playground with the boys and left the denim jacket in the car.

Not the first time I've worn the mustard bag with the little black dress either, I love the way the mustard pops with the black.


Last worn: denim jacket (above), tiered little black dress, studded gladiator sandals, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket in double denim outfit, tiered little black dress and kimono, studded gladiator sandals worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester.



Boho Printed Dresses Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:


Denim jackets are a great layer to add to a light sundress if the weather is a little cooler. If it heats up, it can easily be removed. You can even tie it around your waist if you don't want to leave it in the car like I did with the second outfit.


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Friday, 23 February 2018

Rainy Day Style: Ruffle Camis and Skinny Jeans With Purple Balenciaga Work Bag

While it's still summer here in Brisbane, a few weeks back we were hit with some very un-seasonal weather. A sudden cold snap lead to the coldest February day in over 100 years! While most of my winter things are boxed away over summer, I managed to find pieces to make my cami tops more appropriate for the cold weather. I've been wanting to wear them more, before summer ends.

What I wore:

groutfit: grey outfit rainy day style with purple accessories balenciaga work bag | awayfromblue

groutfit: grey outfit with purple balenciaga work bag smooshy raisin g21 silver hardware

awayfromblue instagram grey cardi skinny jeans printed cami with purple teething necklace balenciaga work bag
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
CamiJeanswest Audrey tonal print tank
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

I didn't include this cardigan in the box of winter knits I pack away for summer, as I keep it out to wear in the office now and then. I was so glad I kept this as it was perfect for a chilly day. With the grey cardigan, grey skinny jeans and metallic silver flats and the neutral printed cami it all looked a bit boring, so the purple accessories were the perfect way to add a little bit of colour. It met the purple style challenge theme perfectly too!

I didn't expect to be pulling out my jeans so soon into the year, but I wasn't too upset at having a chance to wear these grey skinnies. They are the most recent addition to my denim collection after I got given them last year and a pair I'm sure will get a lot more wear over winter.

It was nice how easily this outfit came together. There was a break in the rain in the morning too, so we managed to get out and have our morning walk before having a quiet Saturday at home watching the rain fall outside.


Last worn: grey cardigan, printed cami, grey skinny jeans, metallic ballet flats, Balenciaga work bag.

Other ways to weargrey cardigan and maxi dress, printed cami and red jeans, grey skinny jeans for flying with toddlers, metallic ballet flats and blue dress, Balenciaga work bag and fit and flare dress.

Perfect for pregnancyprinted cami hiding second trimester bump, metallic ballet flats in third trimester.


Ever Wondered How Many Jeans I have? :






What I wore:

floral ruffle cami on rainy day double denim with purple Balenciaga work bag | away from blue

double denim with Balenciaga raisin purple work bag G21 silver hardware | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram double denim jacket skinny jeans floral ruffle cami purple balenciaga work bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceNibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
CamiAtmos&Here 'Isla' ruffle cami in floral print
JeansJeanswest prima denim super skinny jeans in absolute black
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

A little bit of double denim. Again, I had the style challenge theme to dress to. This time the theme was 'indigo'. I'd planned a lovely navy dress to wear, but the weather made me change that pretty quickly to the denim jacket. With the black skinny jeans, it's an easy way to do double denim, and it kept me warm enough on a cold and rainy day. As did all the running around I had to do - after a week where things seemed to go from bad to worse, Friday was me trying to keep things together and get everything done to get to the weekend.

I'd picked this cami to wear as I've been trying to wear my camis more recently, and this one is one of my least worn. It's a cropped style, but being petite it's normal length on me. While I like this cami in the photos, I didn't feel very comfortable wearing it. The cropped length becomes more apparent when you've got your hands full with a wriggly toddler, and I found myself tugging the top back down a few times. While the ruffles are beautiful and the colours mean it goes with so much, it was just too fussy to wear. The back is cropped shorter than the front too and I found myself wishing I'd worn a normal length top many times when bending down to the boys, even though my jeans are mid-rise.

4 Ways to Wear a botanical print floral ruffle cami | away from the blue blog


Looking at it, I'm thinking I should keep it, it's so pretty! But I know it's so annoying to wear it's not worth keeping around just for me to realise in a few months it hasn't been worn, to wear it again and feel the same frustrations. I have plenty other camis I enjoy wearing more, so this one is leaving my wardrobe. 5 wears in 3 years is pretty bad cost per wear, but it's time to let it go!


Last worn: denim jacket, botanic print cami, Jeanswest prima skinny jeans, black ballet flats, Balenciaga work bag (above).

Other ways to weardenim jacket worn 30 ways, botanic print cami and stripes, Jeanswest prima jeans in winter, black ballet flats and pencil skirt, Balenciaga work bag in the office.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, botanic print cami in first trimester, black ballet flats and maternity wrap dress.



Printed Camis Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:


Camis can easily be layered up for cooler weather! They are the perfect summer option with denim shorts, so they work just as well with jeans, with an extra layer like a jacket or cardigan to keep you cosy if it's cold.



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Monday, 1 January 2018

30 Wears: Pink Maxi Dress From Mothers En Vogue (Maternity/Nursing Dress)

Happy New Year!

The 30 wears series will continue in 2018, as I had so much fun doing it last year. Each month I'll show you 30 ways I've worn one of the pieces from my wardrobe in an effort to wear more of what I already own, and enjoy what I have instead of constantly buying more.

Kicking off this year's posts with a favourite, my 'Havana' pink maternity/nursing maxi dress from Mothers en Vogue. I'm surprised it's taken me so long to hit 30 wears with this piece, if you've been a regular reader you'll know I wear it often. Through 2 pregnancies and afterwards it always makes me feel great. It's one of the pieces heavily featured in my pregnancy style book too! One of those maternity pieces I'm keeping in my wardrobe, even though my pregnancy days are behind me.



#30 Wears: Pink Mothers En Vogue Empire Waist Maxi Dress


#30 wears: ways to wear a pink maxi dress | Away From Blue Blog


It's tricky to calculate cost per wear on this dress as I received it courtesy of Zibibo back in February 2014. It's nearly 3 years old. 'Courtesy of 'means I didn't have to pay anything for it, although as I said when I got it, it made me rethink my normal budget for a maternity piece as it was certainly worth the $129.90 retail price. 30 wears in almost 3 years means wearing it about once a month on average, which is impressive for such a statement piece and given how many dresses I have already.

All dresses that come into my wardrobe are judged against this dress. If they don't make me feel as good as this dress does, they don't stay! To have a piece that works for pregnancy and breastfeeding, for casual through to more formal events, is such a lifesaver when you're having the 'don't know what to wear' panic before an event.


Pink Dress and Gold Belt


3 ways to wear pink maxi dress and gold glitter belt | awayfromtheblue


This gold belt is a very common accessory! The gold glitter belt works perfectly with the bright pink of my maxi dress, and you'll see it pop up many times in the photos below. Belted over a baby belly, or even just belted over my left over mum-tum, a belt is a frequent go-to with this dress.


PInk Dress Unbelted


3 ways to wear plain pink empire maxi dress unbelted | awayfromblue


The best thing about a maxi dress is that it's an instant outfit. While I do like belting this maxi dress, sometimes you just want the simplicity of a maxi dress and not worrying about accessorising or belting it. As the empire waist on this maxi dress is elasticated, the belt is more for show than function anyway.


Scarf as a Belt


3 outfit ideas pink maxi dress and Louis Vuitton bandeau scarf as belt | awayfromblue


When I do want to belt this pink maxi dress but I want something other than the go-to gold belt option above, I try to mix things up a little with this Louis Vuitton bandeau scarf worn as a belt. I love how the colours in the scarf compliment the pink dress, it's got pinks and purples and orange in the print.


Pink Dress and ColourFul Bags


colourful bags to wear with a pink maxi dress #30wears | away from the blue


A bright pink maxi dress sounds pretty in your face, and when I ordered this I considered the grey one instead as I wasn't sure I could pull off so much pink. Every time I wear it though I'm so grateful I went with the colourful option. It's just so cheerful with all that colour. You don't need to stick with neutral accessories when wearing a bright dress. I like pairing the bright pink dress with colourful bags! Blue, purple or yellow, a colourful bag works nicely. As you can see I particularly love the pink and purple colour combination.

Pink Dress and Denim Jacket


denim jacket and pink maxi dress worn 4 ways | away from blue


I like this combo a lot, as you can see by my wearing it 4 times! The outfit with the printed snood is easily my favourite of all of these ones though. It was the first time I wore this dress without a baby bump, and I found it perfect for those early postpartum days. In spring or autumn a denim jacket is a great layer with a maxi dress, and you can add a printed scarf to keep you cosy if it's really cold.


Pink Dress and Layers


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It's not just denim jackets that make good layers with maxi dresses! I like to wear cardigans with my maxi dresses, and for something different, a kimono. You can even try belting the layer over the top of the dress too, as I've done in two of the photos above.


Pink Dress in Pregnancy


mothers en vogue havana maternity nursing dress worn with a baby bump | away from blue


This Mothers En Vogue dress is a combo breastfeeding and pregnancy one, and it does both those things so well. With a nice bit of stretch, it easily covered a growing baby bump, even right through to the final days of pregnancy. It was nice to have something pretty I could pull on and feel good about in, no matter the size of the growing belly!


Pink Dress and Special Events


4 ways to wear a pink maxi dress to special events | away from the blue


Pregnant or not, this beautiful dress has become my default for special events. Christmas day, birthday parties, date nights. I think everyone needs that one staple piece in their wardrobe they can pull on for an event that makes them feel special. For me, this pink dress is it. I love how it turned out to be the last thing I photographed for the blog before giving birth to baby boy, it's such a cherished piece and that makes it even more so.




Pink Maternity Maxi Dresses Under $50:



Some of these are nursing ones too!

Non-maternity Pink Maxi Dresses Under $50:







Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane and the chance to see the baby bumps across two pregnancies. This dress really has been worn to so many things, and accommodated all of the pregnancy and breastfeeding related body changes so well 😂 Want more outfit inspiration? Browse through all the times I've worn this MEV dress on the blog.


2017: A year of 30 wears posts


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