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Friday, 25 May 2018

Layering a Tee Over A Maxi Dress: Autumn Style (And Brisbane Kite Festival Family Day Out Vlog)

Slightly cooler Autumn weather, after what seemed like a never-ending summer heat, brought me the opportunity to layer a little! I decided to try wearing some of my fave slouchy tees over my jersey maxi dresses. I've only worn a tee over a maxi dress once before, but I loved this combination and you can expect to see it pop up more frequently!

What I wore:

grey tie dye maxi dress with burgundy knotted tee layered over SAHM autumn style | awayfromblue

bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram layering a burgundy v neck tee over a grey jersey tie dye maxi dress
Necklace: silver heart long pendant necklace
TeeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversized tee in wine (similar in black)
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress (worn as skirt)
Shoes:  black slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs black leather Swarovski beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather

Why I wore it:

We had a pretty quiet day planned when I wore this. Taking advantage of hubby having the day off, we took the boys to the doctors for their flu vaccination. It was helpful having another set of hands as injections are never pleasant! After the stressful morning, we took the boys out for lunch as a treat, then it was back home for massive naps from them both.

It's not the first time I've worn the aqua mini MAC bag with burgundy (seen before here with burgundy pants), I really like the combination. The mini MAC bag is worn frequently with this tie dye dress too. Loving all of these pieces separately and combined, I of course loved this outfit. So much that I repeated the formula again a few days later with different pieces as you can see below.


Last worn: burgundy tee, tie dye maxi dress, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag.

Other ways to wearburgundy tee and skinny jeans, tie dye maxi dress worn knotted, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag and purple jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyburgundy tee for second trimester travel, tie dye maxi dress in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff aquamarine mini MAC bag at 39 weeks.


Family Day Out Vlog: Brisbane Kite Festival







What I wore:

grey tee knotted over a blue printed jersey maxi dress RM MAM Bag | away from the blue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram grey tee knotted over a blue printed maxi dress with rebecca minkoff MAM bag
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TeeAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves (also in black)
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress (worn as skirt)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

We took the boys out to the Brisbane Kite Festival for something a little different! It was a lot of fun, as you can see from the video above. There were so many kites for the boys to watch, and we ended up buying and flying our own kite for a little bit too. It was the first time they'd flown a kite, and I don't even know how many years it's been since I flew one.

It was a really windy but sunny day, so I wore the knotted tee over a maxi dress outfit again. It was the perfect layer to act as a physical sunblock on my shoulders too, as I forgot a hat. I think my big sun hat would have flown off a few times if I'd worn it though.

As mentioned in the video, I felt it was time to get my MAM bag out again. Someone had asked a question about it on YouTube so I'd filmed a video for it and didn't want to put it back in its dust bag without giving it a wear!


Last worn: grey v-neck tee, blue printed maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAM.

Other ways to weargrey v-neck tee and printed jeans, blue printed maxi dress and matching bag, Rebecca Minkoff MAM worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancygrey v-neck tee in second trimester, blue printed maxi dress at 39 weeks pregnant, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in third trimester.



Slouchy V-Neck Tees Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


On a slightly cooler day a tee over a maxi dress is a great layering option, as it doesn't make you too warm. If your tee is long and slouchy, knotting it at the side is a great option to make it sit just right. Perfect for late spring or early autumn, it one way you can get more wear from your favourite summer maxi dresses.


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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, 16 May 2018

Chambray Shirt Alternatives: Dress and Maxi Skirt With Balenciaga Bags

A chambray shirt is a blogger staple, and is on so many 'wardrobe essential' lists. I've never found the perfect one for me, but I do love the chambray dress and maxi skirt I have. Pairing something chambray with a printed kimono makes an easy autumn outfit.

What I wore:

Kindness Collective printed kimono with chambray dress and Balenciaga part time | Awayfromtheblue

chambray dress with Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH on arm | awayfromtheblue

Tesalate 'The Swell' sand free towel at the pool | away from blue blog
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
DressJeanswest Rachel Lyocell chambray dress (C/O)
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH
Towel: Tesalate 'The Swell' sand free towel (C/O)

Why I wore it:

Another warmer than expected autumn day! I actually managed to spend some time in the pool in morning, before the rain and a storm blew in in the evening. While it was a little frustrating having summer continue well into autumn, it's been good to take advantage of the heat and get in more pool time before it's too cold!

I had the chance to use my new Tesalate towel too, you might have seen my review of my first Tsalate towel on the blog before. This time around I enjoyed its absorbency features more than its sand-repelling features! Especially after a rather rigorous paddling session from the boys, who thought it was too cold to join me for a swim in the pool but had fun splashing on the sidelines.

While I had a relaxed morning, it was a busier afternoon getting groceries and doing my eye test. So funny chatting to the optician as last time I was there I was very heavily pregnant with Baby Boy, we were amazed how quickly things change. Luckily no new glasses needed for me!

It's not the first time I've worn this dress with a kimono. I love the way prints look against the blue chambray dress, it's a nice combination. It was a good layer to have when it did start getting cooler in the evening too.


Last worn: Kindness Collective kimono, button up chambray dress, Havaianas, Balenciaga Part Time bag.

Other ways to wearprinted kimono and shorts, button up chambray dress for breastfeeding, Balenciaga Part Time bag in the office.

Perfect for pregnancychambray dress in second trimester, Balenciaga Part Time bag in second trimester.


My Balenciaga Handbag And Accessory Collection:



(This video is from 2012! I've filmed an updated Balenciaga collection video that will be on my YouTube channel soon, so subscribe to my channel if you don't want to miss that!)



What I wore:

printed kimono, chambray maxi skirt: boho autumn playgroup style with grey tee | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete, Coach rainbow charm | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram navy printed kimono chambray maxi skirt grey tee playgroup SAHM style
JacketNew Look Petite print kimono
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TeeAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves (also in black)
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

A slightly more autumnal outfit here! I added the kimono and the Converse as we were running a few more errands and going to playgroup. The playground is mostly in the shade and can be cooler in the mornings so I thought the extra layers and cosier shoes would be useful! Of course by the time we left playgroup I was wishing I'd stuck with my trusty Havaianas, it turned into another really warm day.

I do find this chambray maxi skirt tricky to layer with sometimes, as it is a fuller skirt. Usually it's better to pair more fitted pieces with it, but I wanted comfortable loose layers so picked this slouchy grey tee and then added another voluminous piece with the kimono on top. Thought it turned out okay though, the perfect relaxed outfit for a relaxed morning.

We stopped at the opshop, spent time at playgroup and picked up some groceries (that I'd forgotten to get on the previous day!). The highlight of the boys' day was definitely the huge bag of toys we got from the opshop for $4 - plenty of trains to keep them happy!


Last worn: new look navy kimono, grey v-neck tee, chambray maxi skirt, Converse Chucks, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearnavy kimono and burgundy pants, grey tee and skinny jeans, chambray maxi skirt and leather jacket, Converse and denim shorts, Balenciaga tempete day bag and pencil skirt.


Perfect for pregnancynavy kimono in second trimester, grey tee for second trimester travelConverse in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete day in third trimester.


Chambray Dresses and Maxi Skirts Under $50:







How You Can Wear It


If the latest 'must have' item doesn't work for you or your wardrobe, try finding something similar to get the look instead. For a popular fabric like chambray or velvet, you can find a piece that fits a need in your wardrobe. A chambray shirt may be a classic, but I wear dresses and skirts more often than shirts! Much like denim, a chambray piece is a perfect backdrop for a colourful printed kimono, as I've worn in both outfits here.


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Monday, 7 May 2018

Blue Dresses and Black Accessories: Mimco Button Bag and Rebecca Minkoff Velvet Double Wrap Belt

Last month I picked up the cute Rebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap belt in the Shopbop sale. A complete impulse buy, I was just looking for something a little different to update my wardrobe as I am feeling pretty content with all the clothes I have. And I looked at accessories as the weather wasn't cooperating with all the dreams I had for buying cosy knits, it was a very warm start to autumn!

I wore the belt to the office two slightly different ways, with the same bag each time. My Mimco black button bag is a classic most Australians would recognise, and my very first 'expensive' (triple digit) handbag purchase.

What I wore:

black velvet belt over pink vest blue aztec print dress mimco button bag office outfit | awayfromblue

JORD Cora Wood Watch with Mimco Black monochrome button bag original size | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram velvet belt pink vest blue aztec print dress for office
JacketJeanswest Peri drape sleeveless jacket (on sale!)
Necklace: gifted Swarovski heart pendant
DressJeanswest Aztec print dress
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt (new purchase)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagMimco black button bag
NailsOPI Koala Bear-y

Why I wore it:

With the cooler mornings and evenings, and a bit of rain, I was excited autumn may finally be arriving in Brisbane. I did want to get more wear from this vest before it got too cold though. I find vests better suited for warmer weather. When it's cold, I want my arms covered. If was the perfect day to wear this vest though. Cool, but not too cold. When I first bought this vest, I thought of belting it. I see bloggers belting vests all the time, so that's probably what gave me the idea. This is it's tenth wear though, and the first time I've belted it!

I really liked this outfit! The dusty pink of the vest worked perfectly with the blue Aztec print in the dress, with the black belt matching the black in the dress print as well as the Mimco button bag and black ballet flats. I'm surprised it took me so long to belt this vest as I love the look. I'm glad I eventually gave it a go! The outfit was practical too - had the flu shot at work in preparation for the upcoming winter and needed my arms uncovered.


Last worn: pink vest, Aztec print dress, black ballet flats, Mimco black button bag. First time I've worn the velvet double wrap belt as it's a new purchase.

Other ways to wearpink vest and graphic tee, Aztec print dress and purple bag, black ballet flats and wrap dress, Mimco black button bag and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyAztec print dress in third trimester.



Review and Contents of the Mimco Button Bag (original version)







What I wore:

office french connection paisley print sheath dress black accessories and mimco button bag | away from blue

paisley print dress and mimco black button bag original on shoulder | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | black accessories and button bag with blue paisley print office sheath dress
NecklaceHouse of Harlow 5 station necklace in black and silver
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagMimco black button bag
NailsOPI Koala Bear-y

Why I wore it:

I didn't like this outfit as much as the one above. The blue Paisley print of this dress is beautiful, but I felt the black accessories didn't look as good as they could have with it. I was really liking the outfit until I went to pick a black necklace. I don't have many, and this was the best one I could find. The velvet belt has gold hardware and this necklace has really prominent silver. I felt a little mismatched all day. I don't mind mixing gold and silver in bracelet stacks or when layering necklaces together, it just felt a little 'off' having the different metals on different accessories.

Just a minor thing, but next time I'd spend the time to hunt out a gold necklace and I'm sure I'd like the outfit better!


Last worn: Paisley print sheath dress, Walnut Melbourne flats, Mimco Button Bag (above).

Other ways to wearPaisley print sheath dress and tote bag, Walnut Melbourne flats and printed skirt, Mimco Button Bag and monochrome outfit.

Perfect for pregnancyPaisley print sheath dress in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats and maternity skirt.



More Velvet Belts Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A really easy way to change up the look of your favourite dress is to add a belt. It doesn't require buying anything new, as you probably already have a couple belts you could try it with. In these photos above I matched the black belt with black accessories, but you could also add a belt that contrasts with your outfit and other accessories for a pop of colour.



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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote With Sheath Dresses and Heels

Just for something a little different, I wore heels with my sheath dresses in the office. I used to wear heels every day, and actually had so few flats that when I injured my knee I had to go buy a pair of flats to wear to work! Now that I'm mostly a stay at home mum, only in the office two days a week, and have to be careful with what I wear to avoid aggravating my knee injury, I rarely wear heels. It was so nice to get them out for a change!

What I wore:

grey jersey blazer, Paisley print sheath dress, nude heels, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote for office | awayfromblue

Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet, paisley print dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram grey jersey blazer paisley print sheath dress navy MAB tote bag yellow necklace
JacketJeanswest grey jersey blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
ShoesWittner 'Lumen' heel in patent leather
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

When I first started the 30 wears challenge, there were a few pieces in my wardrobe I'd already hit that on. There are some pieces, like this dress, that I'm close to but haven't quite hit 30 wears of. Now I've identified a few of those pieces and I'm actively trying to wear them more often, I'm frequently searching the blog to see how I've worn them in the past and how I could make it a little different the next time I wear them.

Was so surprised to see that I hadn't worn this dress and necklace together before! I love blue and yellow, so this combination made me really happy. With the navy Rebecca Minkoff MAB bag matching the blue Paisley print of the dress, the nude heels and neutral grey blazer, I thought the bright yellow statement necklace was the perfect pop of colour! I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, even if it did take me a while to get used to hobbling around in these heels again. It's been a year and a half since I last wore them!


Last worn: grey blazer, Paisley print sheath dress, nude pumps, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote.

Other ways to weargrey blazer and aztec print dress, Paisley print sheath dress and ankle boots, nude pumps and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyPaisley print sheath dress in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in third trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Review:








What I wore:

cream blazer, brown heels, statement necklace and orange print sheath dress | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy | away from the blue blog

awayfromblue instagram orange sheath dress, navy rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote bag, blazer for work
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
Necklace: Lovisa wooden statement bead necklace
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
Shoes: Wittner 'Mimi' heels in mushroom
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Unlike the outfit above, the big blue MAB tote bag was the pop of colour with this orange dress. I went for cream and brown accessories with the jersey blazer, statement necklace and heels. These are definitely my favourite pair of heels. An impulse sale buy years ago, they really go with everything, this brown shade is such a nice neutral.

Although these are extremely comfortable heels, I did end up swapping to ballet flats to go out for a coffee meeting with my boss in the morning -  not up to walking all the way across the city in heels just yet!

With the neutral accessories, I really liked the bold colour combination with the orange dress and navy bag. It's not the first time I've worn this dress with a blue bag and it won't be the last.


Last worn: cream jersey blazer, orange sheath dress, taupe heels, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote (above).

Other ways to wearcream jersey blazer and jeans, orange sheath dress in summer, taupe heels and flares, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote with monochrome outfit.

Perfect for pregnancycream jersey blazer in second trimester, orange sheath dress hiding a baby bump, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in first trimester.




Sheath Dresses For Work Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


A sheath dress is a classic office staple. Made even more formal with a blazer and heels, it's the perfect go-to office look. A big bag, as well as fitting everything you need for work, will easily accomodate a pair of ballet flats to change into if wearing heels gets to be too much!


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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, 11 April 2018

Maxi Dresses For The Weekend With Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

The best thing about the warm summer weather continuing into autumn in Brisbane is being able to wear pretty maxi dresses like these without any layers.  I wore these dresses to two very different activities over the weekend, but they worked perfectly for each occasion.

What I wore:

second birthday party hostess outfit tropical coral maxi dress layered accessories | away from blue

beaded bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram birthday party hostess outfit kmart tropical print coral maxi dress
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
NecklacesDogeared 3 Wishes stardust bead necklace layered with For King & Country Priceless Australian coin and crest necklace and Happiness Boutique turquoise and coral pendant necklace (C/O)
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Lovisa rose gold beaded bracelet stack
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC
Nail PolishOPI Russian Navy


Why I wore it:

Wore this to celebrate Baby Boy's second birthday. It's crazy to think my youngest is 2 years old now! While his birthday was earlier in the week, we like to have a party on the weekend for them so friends and family can enjoy the celebrations too.

I'll be honest here, the bag was mainly for show! I had my keys, phone and wallet in it so I could locate everything quickly and easily during the party, but I rarely wore it all day. Even though I went with gold and rose gold with my necklaces and bracelets, I think the silver mini MAC still worked.

To make this maxi dress outfit a little more dressed up for the party, I took the time to curl my hair in the morning, layered my necklaces to add a few more accessories than normal, and wore my pretty statement earrings. I love these but have to wear them sparingly as they are big and colourful and so tempting for the boys to pull on, haha!

It was such a fun party, and it was so good celebrating our little one turning two.


Last worn: tropical print maxi dress, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC.

Other ways to weartropical print maxi dress layered for winter, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC in third trimester.


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Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bags:






What I wore:

tie dye maxi dress with green beaded statement necklace and silver mini MAC bag | away from blue

silver bracelet stack and Rebecca Minkoff metallic mini MAC Bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram tie dye maxi dress lazy sunday outfit simple accessories
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC
Nail PolishOPI Russian Navy


Why I wore it:

After a really busy week, I had pre-booked a massage as I knew I'd need something to help me unwind at the end of the week! It was a really relaxed Sunday, grocery shopping, a massage, then lounging around a lot playing with all the new toys Baby Boy got the day before.

With the silver mini MAC bag against the grey dress, the outfit felt a little plain, so I added the colourful green beaded statement necklace. I really liked this outfit combination!

You might notice I've been wearing this maxi dress a lot recently - I'm aiming to hit 30 wears on it so whenever I'm considering wearing a maxi dress I think of this one first. It's at 23 wears so far and it would be nice to hit 30 this year.


Last worn: tie dye maxi dress, Havaianas (above), Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag (above).

Other ways to weartie dye maxi dress in winter, silver mini MAC bag and metallic tee.

Perfect for pregnancytie dye maxi dress at 38 weeks, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag in second trimester.


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How You Can Wear It:


Maxi dresses are great weekend options as they are fuss free outfits, especially when paired with a classic bag that goes with everything. They also tend to work well for busy days or more relaxed days - they never look over or under dressed. A classic weekend wardrobe must have!


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