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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Scarves, Oversized Tees, Maxi Skirts and Converse

Here's what I wore to go shopping with baby T:
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal and cashmere skull scarf
TeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversized tee in wine
SkirtTarget black and white striped maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag


Nice casual and comfortable maxi skirt outfit to spend the afternoon at the shops with baby T stocking up on the essentials. It was supposed to be a morning trip, but the car broke down and we had to wait around for roadside assistance to come and fix it. Thankfully it didn't take too long for them to come and get us going again. Had to buy baby T a few more onesies, as he's outgrown his newborn size ones!

I love the way that this oversize tee drapes. I took advantage of the excess fabric to wear it in my third trimester, but I wasn't too pleased with the resulting outfit. The drapey-ness didn't show with a baby bump, and the drape is the best part! It was nice wearing it without the bump again, I really like the way it looks.


Last worn: Ray-Bans, skull scarfburgundy oversize tee, striped maxi skirt, Converse, Marc By Marc Jacobs baby bag.



Here's what I wore to go for a check up and get baby T vaccinated:
ScarfLiquorish owl print scarf in grey (on sale!)
Tee: Atmos&Here 'Cara' mesh panel tee (new purchase)
Tank (under tee)Jeanswest Jenni basic singlet in Royal Lilac purple
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag


Another oversized tee and maxi skirt combo. I enjoyed wearing it the other day, so tried it again. Usually I'd chose a more fitted top with a maxi skirt, it's nice to try something different. I'm going to have to try get a better picture next time I wear this tee without the big scarf covering it up! A new purchase from The Iconic, as they had an extra 30% off. I bought a couple of dresses and this striped tee. It's really sheer so I layered a purple tank underneath for a bit of colour, but you can't really see it because of the scarf.

Maybe was a bit too much volume now that I look at the photo, but I picked the scarf as I wanted to be warm in the chilly morning. It's also soft and large like a blanket so it was hopefully comforting to baby T as he cuddled into me during his vaccinations. While we were waiting for a nurse, ran into a friend from work with his son, it was good to catch up and he got to meet baby T for the first time. He said I looked a little tired and stressed, but not too bad considering, hehe! Also had my last appointment with my OB, my 6 week post-partum check up. It's strange to think I won't be stopping by her office any more! Was nice walking in with a baby instead of a giant baby bump though.


Last worn: owl print scarf, purple singlet, jersey maxi skirt, Converse, MbMJ baby bag (see above).

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Style It Project: Black Tee | Teal and Olive Green, Jeans and Converse

Here's what I wore to take baby T to the clinic for a check-up:
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Scarf: Sportsgirl animal scarf in Violet
Top: Glassons plain black long sleeve tee
SkirtTarget grey marle maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag


There are some weeks I'm really grateful I can pop out to the local clinic for a chat with a nurse and a quick checkup for baby T. It helps to make sure he's on track, gives me a chance to ask silly 'first time mum' questions, and it gets me out of the house.

It's not always easy to find something to wear though, as I've been feeling really uninspired lately. I smiled when I saw Kimbalike's and Redcliffe Style's Style It Project challenge for July - a plain long sleeve black tee. Something I already had in my wardrobe, as the past few challenges I haven't participated as I would have had to buy something. Although I didn't wear my tee in a ground breaking new way, just paired it with my go-to maxi skirt and a nice printed scarf, it was fun to use the challenge as inspiration for picking what to wear :)


Last worn: Ray-Ban, animal print scarf, black tee, maxi skirt, Converse, MbMJ baby bag.



Here's what I wore to have a visitor over and go out with baby and Cooper:
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs scarf in Island pine-print
TopJeanswest 'Aubrey' pintuck yoke henley in deep teal
JeansSass and Bide strayed misfits skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag


Just a simple casual denim outfit for going out with baby T and Cooper, and for having a visitor over in the afternoon. I always try to put a bit of effort in when we have visitors, even though all the attention is rightfully on baby T.

Pleased to find another pair of non-maternity jeans that I can squeeze into! Felt like wearing jeans as it was a cold and rainy day. Decided to wear this top and the scarf together as they are both the only green items I own. The scarf is more olive green and the shirt is a teal, but I thought it seemed like a good pairing in the morning. Undecided after seeing the photos though, didn't turn out as well as I thought. What do you think?


Last worn: MbMJ scarf, teal henley, Sass and Bide jeans, Converse (see above), baby bag (see above).


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Grey Knit, Skull scarf, Denim | Hoodie, Singlet, Maxi Skirt and Converse

Here's what I wore to spend time with family:
ScarfAlexander McQueen magenta skull scarf in roses print
JumperJeanswest 'Marion' grey textured crew neck knit
Jeans: Jeanswest 'spoylt' super skinny jeans
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs


Cosy casual outfit to have family visit for the day. Added the scarf for a bit of colour and interest, and just wore my Havaianas as I didn't venture out of the house. My favourite part of this outfit is the jeans - back into my pre-pregnancy jeans so soon! I was getting a little bored of the three maternity jeans options I've been wearing for months, so I went hunting through my pile of denim during baby's nap time to see if there was anything that fit yet.

So pleased that I could squeeze into these! I have multiple sizes of jeans hiding in the wardrobe...hopefully I'm not the only one. The combination of these being one of the larger sizes I own and a low waisted style means that they still fit despite the leftover baby belly. Which is wonderful, as I had tried on two other pairs of jeans (too high-waisted, too small) before getting to these. I can't even remember the last time I wore something that didn't have an elastic waist, it felt really nice wearing my old denim. I last wore these particular jeans 7 months ago, when I was hiding the beginnings of the second trimester bump!


Last worn: Alexander McQueen skull scarf, grey knit, skinny jeans, Havaianas.



Here's what I wore to go to the park:
JacketJuicy Couture Long Sleeve Original Zip Hoodie in 'Silver Lining'
SingletJeanswest 'Jenni' basic singlet in festival fuchsia
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag


Another really simple "stay at home" outfit. Only needed the shoes and baby bag when I went out in the afternoon for a bit of a walk with baby T and to take Cooper to the park.

Comfort (and anything that isn't pyjamas!) is what I'm looking for now as I spend some time with baby T being a stay at home mum. My favourite pregnancy outfit combination of singlet and maxi skirt is still a favourite of mine post-pregnancy. Just needs an added layer or two now we are into the winter months.

I last wore this skirt and tank together in summer during the second trimester, with a beautiful statement necklace. This winter version of the outfit would have looked nice with a necklace or scarf, but it was warm enough in the afternoon to just need a jacket, and I don't want baby T getting tangled in a necklace chain.


Last worn: Juicy Couture hoodie, Jeanswest singlet, jersey maxi skirt, Converse, baby bag.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Stripes! Hoodie, Skinny Jeans and Converse | McQueen Scarf, Grey Tee, Maxi Skirt, Balenciaga Day Bag

I'm blogging less often as life revolves around a newborn baby and I'm home in my pyjamas most days ;) Continuing to share what I were when I do get dressed to leave the house and have time to take a photo.


Here's what I wore to go grocery shopping with Cooper and baby T:
Aussie blogger 4 weeks post baby stripes maternity jeans steelcraft strider compact stroller
JacketJuicy Couture Long Sleeve Original Zip Hoodie in 'Silver Lining'
TopJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank (on sale!)
JeansJeanswest maternity skinny jeans in black
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag
StrollerSteelcraft Strider Compact


Decided to go for a bit of a walk to the post office and pick up some groceries too. Gave me a chance to enjoy the afternoon sun with baby T and Cooper, and to get out of the house. Unfortunately, in my sleep-deprived state I forgot the thing I had to mail, so I'll have to make another trip to the post office later. Also forgot to get half my grocery list too, should have written things down!

Really simple casual outfit for walking around, with the hoodie to keep me warm as it was a little windy and chilly. Stripes because they go with everything, and black and grey as they go with everything too and don't require any special consideration or co-ordination. Still wearing my maternity jeans! They are comfortable and suitable for the little leftover bump I'm retaining after birth. Plus they have that elastic waist panel that helps pull everything in ;)


Last worn: Juicy Couture hoodie, stripe tank, maternity skinny jeans, Converse, Marc By Marc Jacobs baby bag.



Here's what I wore to visit family and go shopping:
Daily outfit blogger alexander mcqueen skull scarf grey tee stripe maxi skirt

balenciaga tempete day hobo bag
ScarfAlexander McQueen skull scarf in light blue (currently on sale!)
TeeSpectrum basic v-neck tee in grey marl
SkirtAT by Atmos&Here Mars striped maxi skirt
ShoesNine West fascinate ballet flats in silver glitter
Bracelets: the usual
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete


It's funny looking back in the blog and seeing that the last time I wore this tee and this maxi skirt was in my third trimester. Happy to report that none of my regular wardrobe stretched out permanently with me wearing it during pregnancy, everything is still fitting well. I know some people are concerned about clothing being stretched out of shape by a growing baby bump, but I haven't run into any issues. It helps that a lot of my wardrobe is very stretchy/oversized anyway I guess.

Wearing stripes again! Might have to rename the blog "Away From The Stripes" soon! I am just focusing on quick and easy outfits each day, not too concerned with trying new things or outfit combinations at this point. The clothes I grab to wear have to look passable on the first try as there is rarely time to change. Even on days I don't get time for a photo, I still seem to be going with stripes. Wore this on a warm sunny afternoon, we did some shopping and had dinner with my family. I added a jacket later in the evening, but didn't need one during the day.


Last worn: blue skull scarf, grey tee, stripe maxi skirt, glitter flats, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Converse, Maxi Skirts, Scarves, Marc By Marc Jacobs Handbags

Baby T has arrived, and I'm blogging less regularly as life revolves around a newborn and pyjamas are my main OOTD. I'm continuing to share my outfits when I leave the house and have time to take a photo.


Here's what I wore to pop into the city one afternoon:
skull scarf, stripe top, denim jacket, maxi skirt and converse OOTD

marc by marc jacobs carob brown fran bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
Top: Kmart striped drop shoulder tee
SkirtTarget grey marle maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown


We'd been waiting a little while for some paperwork to come through for baby T. Luckily when we found out it was ready for us to pick up, my family were visiting so we were able to leave baby at home and head into the city. As per usual, getting dressed quickly was necessary so I went with my default outfit - maxi skirt, stripes, converse and a skull scarf! Getting a little predictable, but it's good to have outfit staples to fall back on when I don't have a lot of time. Added the denim jacket to keep warm as it was cooling in the evening.

During the pregnancy I had fun playing dress up in my wardrobe now and then, to see what clothes still fit the growing bump and to come up with outfit ideas. Clothes are much further down my list of priorities now if I do get a moment of free time. I usually have a nap instead! I honestly do, you should see the housework that's being neglected ;) Life with baby means less housework, more naps.


Last worn: denim jacket, skull scarf, stripe top, target maxi skirt, Converse, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag.



Here's what I wore to run errands with baby T:
winter wear converse, maxi skirt, neon leopard print scarf, peach knit jumper
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Scarf: Supre neon pink leopard print scarf
Jumper: Supre knit loose fit jumper in bahamas
SkirtTarget black and white striped maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag


Sometimes we have appointments we can't get out of and we need to bring baby T along - despite the many offers of friends and family to baby sit. Wore this to take baby T out for an early morning appointment and to run a few quick errands. Again with a maxi skirt, but just a light knit as we weren't out long and a jacket wasn't needed. I thought the colours in the scarf worked well with the peach of the jumper, and I thought I'd better wear something other than a skull scarf for a change!


Last worn: Ray-ban, neon leopard scarf, peach knit, stripe maxi skirt, Converse (see above), Marc by Marc Jacobs baby bag.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Winter Wear and Post-Baby Swimwear Buying Tips

Baby T has arrived, and I'm blogging less regularly as life revolves around a newborn. I don't manage to get out of pyjamas every day, we are still in the early stages!


Here's what I wore to run some errands:
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
ScarfAlexander McQueen skull scarf in light blue (currently on sale!)
Tee: Glassons long sleeve top black and white stripe
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull


Wearing this skull scarf with stripes again! I like the combination of black and blue too. Looking for easy outfit options I can put together quickly. Stripes, maxi skirt, converse and a cute scarf is a helpful formula when I'm not sure what to wear.

We called in our always eager family to baby sit while DH and I ran around trying to complete some errands one particularly cold early morning. Very grateful for family being able to help us. It's easy to do all of the required running around for documentation and things when we know baby T is content at home rather than being exposed to a bunch of strange places and people when he's so young. It's flu season so we are trying to keep him home as much as possible.


Last worn: Ray-Bans, leather jacket, skull scarf, striped top, maxi skirt, Converse, Louis Vuitton Neverfull.



Here's what I wore to spend some time by the pool:
Sunnies: Orange sunglasses from Paddy's Market in Sydney
Swimwear: Sugar Smash single strap one piece c/o Funkita
Sarong: black floral print sarong from my sister's travels
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual


The lovely Chris from Funkita emailed me to let me know about the latest collection 'Swim this City' and ask if I wanted a suit. I'm a big Funkita fan, so of course I said yes! Will be wearing this frequently when I get back to my usual routines and can go swimming again. Although it is winter and our pool is outdoors, it's in the sun most of the day and it can get up to 25 degrees (Celsius) in the middle of the day here in Queensland. Good enough weather for a dip. Sadly I couldn't actually wear this to swim today as I still don't have clearance from my doctor to get back in the water after birth yet - this was taken when baby was a month old.

I don't often share my exercise or swimwear on the blog, but for a change I thought I'd use the opportunity to share some post-baby swimwear tips, and happily show that it takes a while for your body to bounce back after pregnancy. I've been getting some comments about how quickly I lost the baby weight. I haven't lost all the baby weight - it will take a while to do so, and I'm in no rush. I still have a noticeable bump, I'm just dressing it differently. Dressing for a post-baby body, you want to hide your belly rather than draw attention to it like you do when you're pregnant. It's also tricky to know what size you will be in things as so many aspects of your body have changed!

I might not look as good as the athletes who wear Funkita swimwear when they compete, but with the tips below I feel comfortable and confident enough to share swimsuit photos on the internet 4 weeks after giving birth. :)

Some tips to find good swimwear for exercising post-baby:

  • Buy from a brand you have experience with or that has a good size chart to ensure a proper fit. I've got multiple pieces from Funkita, and the sizing chart is really easy for me to follow. I even sized up to get a piece that I could wear during pregnancy, and it fitted well. My pre-pregnancy bikinis still don't fit yet, so paying attention to measurements is important.
  • Go for a bold print. I love the print on this suit. It is form fitting but the colourful print is really helpful at disguising the tummy. Black would be flattering too, but I think a print is better than a block colour. My stomach looks much smaller with the printed suit on than without.
  • Try a one-piece. I'm definitely a bikini girl, all my other swimwear consists of bikinis so this is the first one-piece I've worn for a long time. Not only are they really popular at the moment, having the fabric covering my post-baby belly makes me feel more comfortable. I'm still getting used to the way my belly looks, it's helpful to have it covered up so I don't get self-conscious!
  • A sarong is a wonderful cover-up when you're not in the water, and a chance to do a bit of print-mixing to further draw the eye away from the belly too!


Hope that you found the tips helpful, or know someone who might. It was fun sharing my pregnancy outfits on the blog, and I'm enjoying continuing to share what I wear and my thoughts now about life with baby T.


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Stripes and Alexander McQueen Skull Scarves, Marc By Marc Jacobs Bags

Baby T has arrived, and I'm blogging less regularly as life revolves around a newborn and I spend most of my days at home in pyjamas! Every now and then I do venture out of the house, and when I do I try to get a photo so I can share some post-pregnancy outfits.


Here's what I wore to go to an appointment with baby T:
pattern colour mix blue purple stripes and skull print scarf jeans and converse
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
CardiJeanswest long blue drape cardigan
Scarf:  Alexander McQueen magenta skull scarf in roses print
TeeAtmos&Here stripe tee
JeansJeanswest Maternity slim straight jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag


After my scarf survived the last outing with baby T, I felt brave enough to try wearing one again when we popped out for a quick appointment at the clinic. Managed to keep this one stain free too, we are making progress!

Also pleased to fit into my first pair of maternity jeans again! Bought these early on in my pregnancy, and only wore them twice before I outgrew them...despite the elastic waist. Managed to squeeze into them this time, which was nice.
I still have a post-baby belly so while I can't wear my regular jeans, my maternity jeans are still serving me well. Anything with a comfortable, stretchy elastic waist that worked in pregnancy is working now too.


Last wornRay-banblue cardiganAlexander McQueen skull scarfnavy stripe teematernity straight leg jeansConverseMarc by Marc Jacobs baby bag.





Here's what I wore to go out to woolies:
topshop grey knit target stripe maxi skirt acne pistol boots mcqueen skull scarf red bag

marc by marc jacobs ukita bag worn with stripes
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal and cashmere skull scarf
TopTopshop grey knitted scoop neck top
SkirtTarget black and white striped maxi skirt
ShoesAcne pistol boots in "skin"
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs Little Ukita bag in Rock Lobster


This outfit is really similar to the last time I wore this top, only I was 35 weeks pregnant then! 2 and a half weeks after baby's arrival here. I like pairing this maxi skirt with grey tops, nice easy outfit. I liked the top and skirt together last time so made sense to wear it again. Added the boots to help keep me warm as I popped out quickly to get groceries without baby T. Was really chilly though, did wish I had added a jacket with this.


Last worn: taupe skull scarf, grey knit, striped maxi skirt, Acne Pistol boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs Ukita bag.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blue Skull Scarf, Stripes, Blazer and Maxi Skirt | Maternity Skinny Jeans and Boots, MbMJ Ukita Bag

Now that baby T has arrived, I'm blogging less regularly as life revolves around a newborn and I spend most of my days at home in pyjamas! Below are two of the chances I've had recently to get dressed and get out of the house, and had time to take an outfit picture.


Here's what I wore to take baby T for a checkup and visit Centrelink:
Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf stripe tank, maxi skirt blazer
Jacket: Zara black blazer
ScarfAlexander McQueen skull scarf in light blue (currently on sale!)
TankGlassons striped tank in black and white
SkirtJeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag (not in pic)


Tried to dress a little more like myself on this outing - I felt really dressed up with the blazer actually! Just carried all of my paperwork and things in the baby bag. So pleased we bought a large bag as I can throw my things in with everything needed for baby. And all of the paperwork Centrelink need...

Wasn't sure how my scarf would fare, but decided to wear it anyway and managed to keep this outfit stain-free. Although baby T did sneeze milk right in my face after a feed, it missed my clothes. Life with baby isn't very glamorous, but it is hilarious!


Last worn: Zara blazer, blue skull scarf, Glassons stripe tankjersey maxi skirt, Converse.



Here's what I wore to spend the afternoon with DH:
Jeanswest maternity skinny jeans and brown Asos boots 2 weeks post baby

Marc by Marc Jacobs Lil Ukita Bag worn cross body rock lobster pink red
Necklacevintage gold initial necklace
Top: thrifted Zara cream shirt (recent purchase)
JeansJeanswest maternity super skinny jeans in antique blue
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
Bracelets: the usual
BagMarc by Marc Jacobs Little Ukita bag in Rock Lobster


Really liked this outfit! Got to carry my own handbag as baby T was babysat by family for an afternoon, which gave DH and I the chance to have a little lunch date together. We are lucky to have such helpful and supportive family. While it was nice getting some time out without baby, it was the longest we've been apart since he was born (he was just over 2 weeks old when I took this photo) and I did miss him a bit! Was nice to change out my handbag from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag I had my things in when I went into labour.

This Zara top is another one of my thrift finds from my op-shopping day as I filled my time waiting for baby's arrival. This is the first time I've been able to wear it as it didn't cover the baby belly before, hehe. The Endeavour Foundation store had a bunch of Zara items, so I ended up with a few things. Cheaper than flying to Sydney for a Zara fix ;)


Last worn: maternity skinny jeans, Asos brown leather boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs little Ukita. First time I've worn the top.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Red Cardi, Black and White Striped Maxi Skirt | Asos Fluro Boucle Blazer, Skinny Jeans and Boots

Continuing on with the sporadic outfit posts, sharing what I wear when I do venture out of the house with baby. I still haven't progressed passed wearing PJs while at home, but baby T doesn't seem to mind!

Here's what I wore for an appointment at our local clinic (a week and a half after baby's arrival):
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Cardi: Jeanswest long red drape cardigan
Top: Best and Less black breastfeeding singlet
SkirtTarget black and white striped maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual


Using the old "black is slimming" rule to try disguise some of the post-baby belly a little, as the breastfeeding singlets I'm wearing are quite figure hugging and accentuate my little bulge.

While I was running around later in the afternoon I ended up knotting the long drape of the cardi around my waist. Wish I'd had a chance to get a photo of it, as I preferred it that way rather than the long line it creates worn lose in the photo. Of course by that point in the day the top was already stained courtesy of a messy baby, so the time for photos was over, haha!

Really getting into winter weather here - even Cooper has his winter woolies on!


Last worn: Ray-Ban wayfarersred cardigan, target stripe maxi skirt, Converse. First time I've worn the singlet on the blog.



Here's what I wore a couple of days later, to drop by the clinic again:
JacketAsos blazer in textured boucle with fluro binding (on sale!)
Top: Jeanswest maternity nursing cami
JeansJeanswest maternity super skinny jeans in antique blue
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in black
Bracelets: the usual


Another singlet and cardigan combination! It's really easy in these early days looking after baby T.  Swap the PJ pants for something outdoors appropriate, add shoes and a cardi and I'm good to go!

I have a lot of cardigans, I just don't show them often on the blog. They tended to be something I'd throw into my bag to have to cover up at work or if the air con got cold when I was out somewhere in summer. At the moment they are being worn more often as they are a nice snuggly option with the cooler weather, and easier to clean than most of my jackets if baby T makes a mess....

Wore the boots to keep my feet warm, and to have a little change from the frequently worn Converse! :)


Last worn: Asos fluro blazer, Jeanswest maternity skinny jeans, Asos leather boots. First time I've worn the top on the blog.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Casual Post-Baby Outfits: Maxi Skirts and Maternity Skinny Jeans

Now that baby T has arrived, I'm blogging less regularly as life revolves around a newborn and I spend most of my days in pyjamas! But I do have to leave the PJs behind and get dressed to leave the house, and so whenever I do I'll share an outfit.


Here's what I wore to go visit family:
easy post-partum outfit grey maxi skirt teal jeanswest henley shirt converse

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran handbag carob brown
Necklacevintage gold initial necklace
Shirt: Jeanswest 'Aubrey' pintuck yoke henley in deep teal (new purchase)
SkirtTarget grey marle maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual  plus Disney Couture Winnie the Pooh bangle
BagMarc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran bag with gold hardware in carob brown


This was taken about a week after baby's arrival - we were welcomed over to the in-laws for dinner. They very kindly suggested that we come over early, so we wouldn't be in a rush, and so that they could help look after baby for a few hours for us. It did take us about 3 hours to get ready and leave the house though, haha. At least we weren't late for dinner, as we had been planning to go over so early.

This top is one of my purchases from the Jeanswest 40% off sale before baby was born. It seemed like a nice easy option to wear, as the parcel had arrived a few days earlier. Probably could have used an ironing first, but I'm not beating myself up over it! Partially tucked the top in to the waistband of the skirt to try disguise the post-baby belly a little.


Last worn: grey maxi skirt, Converse, Marc by Marc Jacobs Fran bag. First time I've worn the top as it's a new purchase.



Here's what I wore to go on my first solo outing with baby and Cooper:
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers
Necklacecustom Cooper charm by Silhoupette
Shirt: Jeanswest 'Melanie' Stripe henley in black/coconut
JeansJeanswest maternity skinny jeans in black
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs pretty nylon Eliz-A-Baby bag (new purchase)
Stroller: Steelcraft Strider Compact (new purchase)


Another new Jeanswest top! Again, this one was from my sale order. When we were in hospital, we got many people offering to help with housework and food preparation, so my clothes were generously washed and ironed. The tops being new additions at the front of my wardrobe means I've gone for those first though, because I'm looking for easy outfits and getting dressed as quickly as possible.

Wore this simple black and white outfit to head out for the first time with Baby T on my own - just a walk to the grocery store with baby and Cooper - and then to spend time with my family who visited us in the afternoon.

Learnt from the previous outing to my in-laws, where I still had my handbag and ended up with so much to carry, and just carried my things in baby T's bag so there was less to hold!


Last worn: Ray Ban, Jeanswest maternity skinny jeans, Converse (see above). First time I've worn the top and bag on the blog as they are recent purchases.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Pregnancy Wardrobe Essentials - Wearing Non-Maternity Pieces in the Third Trimester

While I'm in the hospital with baby, I've set up a few scheduled posts. This is the last post in the "Pregnancy Wardrobe Essentials" series.

As soon as I can I will be back to posting my usual daily outfits. I'll be sharing bits and pieces on my instagram (@awayfromblue) about life with baby until I'm back to blogging.

Today I'm talking about my pregnancy wardrobe and the non-maternity pieces I used and wore through my third trimester.



My goal in pregnancy was to buy as few maternity pieces as possible. Some things that had worked for the second trimester (like wrap dresses, pencil skirts) no longer worked in the third trimester, or needed a few changes (like adding leggings to now shorter dresses). In the third trimester, I found the following non-maternity pieces in my wardrobe worked well, and I included an example of an outfit with each.
Although I wore the items above in conjunction with maternity clothing, being able to wear existing items in my wardrobe gave me a little more variety with pregnancy dressing, something that I really appreciated near the end of the pregnancy where I was starting to run out of options for things to wear!

I defaulted to maxi skirts and dresses a lot as they were the easiest and most comfortable option most days and I really embraced them in the third trimester.

You can see all of my third trimester outfits here.


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Pregnancy Wardrobe Essentials: Favourite Maternity Outfits

While I'm in the hospital with baby, I've set up a few scheduled posts.

As soon as I can I will be back to posting my usual daily outfits. I'll be sharing bits and pieces on my instagram (@awayfromblue) about life with baby until I'm back to blogging. Until then I hope you enjoy the little break and slight change of format.


Today I wanted to share some of my favourite outfits and clothes I wore during my pregnancy, across all three trimesters. Bit of a picture heavy post!

You can click on each image to go to the original post and view the outfit details.


Mothers En Vogue Havana Maxi Dress
28 Weeks 32 Weeks 38 Weeks


Soon Maternity 'Madeline' grey print wrap dress
30 Weeks 33 Weeks 34 Weeks


Asos maternity tartan check pencil skirt
26 Weeks 34 Weeks 37 Weeks


Asos maternity graphic print pencil skirt
27 Weeks 32 Weeks 35 Weeks


Jeanswest maternity super skinny jeans in antique blue
23 Weeks 26 Weeks 40 Weeks


AT by Atmos&Here Mars striped maxi skirt
First Trimester Second Trimester Third Trimester


Jeanswest plain jersey black maxi skirt
First Trimester Second Trimester Third Trimester


'Ninja baby' maternity skeleton tee
34 Weeks 37 Weeks 39 Weeks

Target grey marle maxi skirt
35 Weeks 37 Weeks 39 Weeks

Target black and white striped maxi skirt
33 Weeks 35 Weeks 36 Weeks


I definitely made the most of maxi skirts this pregnancy! They are my pregnancy must-haves.

Which outfit or item of clothing is your favourite?


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