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    Three Ways With A Grey Tee | One Item, Three Ways

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    There are some items that just perpetually live in my wardrobe in one way or another. They never date, they go with everything and they’re just perfect for those days when you need something that will just work. One of these items is a grey tee. A match made in heaven with denim, white or black; a grey tee is also an anchor for prints and can give a dressed up outfit some casual cool.

    I’ve had many grey tees in my life, however I think I may have stumbled across the best, ever. Yes, I’m calling it! The Manhattan tee from The Hidden Boutique is the perfect grey marle, it’s super soft, not clingy and a little bit oversized. The pocket detailing gives it something a bit different, and the price is perfect, too. At $35, it is a bargain.

    Last week, I wore it with white jeans and tan sandals, and today I’ve styled it an additional three ways – one a bit more dressy and another very casual look. This is a tee you can take through to autumn and winter – in fact you’ll wonder how you did without it!

    For more inspiration on styling a grey t-shirt, check out my dedicated Pinterest board here. 

    Last week’s look:
    Add white jeans and tan sandals

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    *The Hidden Boutique Manhattan tee in grey AUD$35 {I’m wearing the S and I am 158cm all and usually a 10} | Glassons white jeans, not current | *Wittner Clide sandals AUD$99.99 

    Dinner and Drinks
    Add a pleated skirt, heels and drop earrings

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    *The Hidden Boutique Manhattan tee in grey AUD$35 | SheIn pleated skirt, sold out, similar here AUD$97 | Adrift earrings, sold out

    Day at the Beach
    Add denim shorts, slides and a hat

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    *The Hidden Boutique Manhattan tee in grey AUD$35 | Thrifted slides | Dissh boater, similar here AUD$29

    Shopping Trip
    Add boyfriend jeans and brogues

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    *The Hidden Boutique Manhattan tee in grey AUD$35 | Lucy In the Sky Jeans, not current | Rubi brogues AUD$29.95 – sold out in rose gold but available in tan

    Do you have a favourite grey t-shirt? 

    *gifted

    This post has been sponsored by The Hidden Boutique, however all styling, words and images are my own.

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    How To Wear a Playsuit | Trend to Try

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    One of my favourite items of clothing to wear during the warmer months is a playsuit. Just like a dress, a playsuit is a complete outfit, yet also offers the practicality of shorts. A playsuit is just perfect for summer days (and hanging with little kids).

    Some may be intimidated by the playsuit, however, so today I’ve compiled a few tricks and tips for wearing playsuits, and I’ve also styled a super cute little playsuit that is not only a bargain, it’s also nursing friendly and versatile.

    So here’s how to wear a playsuit – my top tips and tricks:

    • Firstly – the basics – what is a playsuit? Playsuits are the short version of a jumpsuit; basically a dress with shorts on the bottom. (Also known as a romper on some websites.) They are a complete outfit and often can be dressed up or down with the simple change of shoe – the playsuit I’m wearing today is a great example of one that can be dressed up or down.
    • Playsuits are perfect for those shorter in stature, however taller ladies need not look away! Sometimes shopping a size larger in a playsuit works really well – I often size up to get the right length in the shorts, as I have a short torso and longer legs (for my height!). Culotte jumpsuits are also something to look out for if you’re on the taller side and are really on trend.
    • Printed playsuits are arguably easier to wear than a plain colour – they require less accessorising and create a simpler outfit in all.
    • Many are intimidated by playsuits because of the bathroom factor – yes, you will need to pull the playsuit down over your head to use the bathroom. Trust me – it’s not as big of a deal as you might think. After all, you don’t usually share a toilet cubicle or a bathroom! To make bathroom trips easier, try not to wear a jumper or jacket over the playsuit (for ease), and wear playsuits that allow you to wear a proper bra (easier to adjust when undressing than when wearing a strapless, for example). By keeping accessories and shoes simple you’ll also make things easier on yourself. The playsuit I am wearing today can easily be worn with a normal bra.

    The playsuit I’m wearing today also hits a few key spring/summer trends – the flared sleeve, the boho print and the wrap top. It also features some amazing ruffles around the shorts which is so cute and flattering on the leg. It has a zip up back (which doesn’t go the whole way up, so is quite easy to get undone for bathroom trips) and a self tie.

    To be honest, it feels and looks a lot more expensive than it is, and I think this lends to quite a number of occasions. I’d dress this up with a cute boater hat and low block heels for the races, nude pumps and a coral lip for a party or style like I have today with some lace up sandals and tan bag for a casual day time look. I’m wearing a size 10, and I think it is quite true to size. I’m 158cm tall and this playsuit is a perfect length for me, so if you’re taller perhaps size up – you can bring in the waist with the self tie, too.

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    *The Hidden Boutique Delilah playsuit AUD$55 {I’m wearing a 10 and I am 158cm tall} | *Wittner Clide sandals AUD$99.99 | *Louenhide bag, last season

    What do you think – do you wear playsuits? 

    *gifted

    This post is sponsored by The Hidden Boutique however all wording and styling is my own. I only feature items I truly love in sponsored posts. 

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    The $15 Striped Cold Shoulder Top | What I’m Wearing

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    Ok ladies, have I got a bargain for you today! One of the biggest trends coming into spring/summer 2016 is the off the shoulder and cold shoulder silhouette (see my post here for 20 affordable off the shoulder tops); and I must say I’m extremely happy about this trend!

    Off the shoulder is actually an easy trend to pull off and suits most body shapes. It also shows off your décolletage which is always a good thing! But, if you’re just not into wearing a strapless bra, try a cold shoulder style. Next week on the blog I’m going to feature cold shoulder tops and dresses, however today as a bit of a warm up I’m wearing a super cute, striped cold shoulder top that’s an absolute steal. The main drawback is it only goes up to a size L which I would estimate as a size 12. I’m going to endeavour to find more size ranges to feature next week in similar styles.

    So, the top I’m wearing today is from SheIn, is currently under $15 and is a really comfortable cotton-feel top. (As an aside, I do get a lot of questions about SheIn. In my time of working with SheIn I have been happy with most (I’d say about 90%) of my orders – some I’ve been extremely happy with. Most wash and wear well [although I do hand wash many items]. My top tips are to always check measurements, size up, and I try to only order items with good reviews and photos from customers.)

    Today I had to run some errands after dropping miss 2.5 at junior kindy, so I wore the top with white jeans and my fave silver loafers from Betts. Super comfy and casual and appropriate for a gloomy/rainy Brisbane day. I could also see this top paired with cute shorts, a hat and sandals in summer; or a denim skirt and espadrilles for a slightly more dressed up casual feel. The best thing is – you can wear a real bra with it! It’s also floaty enough for me to lift to feed Audrey when needed. Happy, stripey days!

    Wearing:

    (Gifted) SheIn stripe cold shoulder top AUD$14.78 {I’m wearing a M and I am 158cm tall and usually a size 10}
    Glassons white jeans, not current, similar here for AUD$39.99
    (Gifted) Betts Sneaky loafers AUD$69.99 {I’m wearing size 7 – true to size}

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    Have you tried the cold shoulder trend? 

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    Little Party Dress Black Midi Skirt | One Item, Three Ways

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    I am so happy to say that midi skirts are well and truly back in fashion. Seen on all of the ‘cool girls’ at this year’s runway shows, the pleated midi skirt is the new season shape and today I’ve found an affordable one that is something a little bit different, too.

    Enter the Willow skirt from Little Party Dress. Available in khaki and black, this skirt is soft and comfortable to wear, the slight flare is flattering and the small pleats bring it into 2016.

    Today, I’ve styled this skirt three ways just to show how versatile it can be. Two of these outfits are quite casual and perfect for spring, whilst the third look is quite dressy and great for a night out. I’m wearing a S/M which would fit up to a 10.

    School Drop Off
    Add chambray and slides 

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    *Little Party Dress Willow skirt AUD$55.95 (I’m wearing a S/M)| Kmart chambray shirt AUD$20 in store | J Crew sandals, thrifted | H&M sunnies

    Breakfast Catch Up
    Add a cropped top and sneakers

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    *Little Party Dress Willow skirt AUD$55.95 (I’m wearing a S/M) | *SheIn top AUD$25.56, sold out, similar here | Scholl sneakers, unavailable online

    Date Night
    Add a black top and heels

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    *Little Party Dress Willow skirt AUD$55.95 (I’m wearing a S/M) | *Little Party Dress Ivy top AUD$49.95 (I’m wearing a 10) | ASOS heels, sold out, similar here

    Do you own a midi skirt? Would you wear any of these outfits?

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    How To Wear A Dressy Maxi in a Casual Outfit | What I’m Wearing

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    I love maxi dresses and have many in my wardrobe – they’re the perfect solution when you want something easy wearing yet comfortable and cool on warmer days. How about when it’s still a little cool? I tend to pair my maxi dresses with a denim jacket for warmth and to make it a bit more casual.

    Today I decided to wear this gorgeous maxi dress by St Frock – it’s actually quite dressy and would be perfect for a wedding or birthday party (in fact I wore a very similar one pregnant HERE and to a 30th birthday not long after Audrey was born) but today I’m wearing it in a casual outfit. By pairing the dress with a casual, distressed denim jacket and sandals, I’ve made the dress doable for a low key Sunday. (Note: I’m wearing a simple bandeau bra from Kmart underneath – it’s still easy to feed in. I find this dress breastfeeding friendly however it may depend on the size of your bust.) If you were planning on wearing this dress to a more formal occasion, I’d pair it with some strappy heels in a nude or black, some gorgeous drop earrings, some bangles stacked on the arm without the sleeve and a cute clutch.

    What have you been up to today? I took the girls to the park this morning (with a coffee pick-up on route) and then came home for some movies and nap times (hopefully for me as well!).

    Wearing:

    (Gifted) St Frock Goddess One Shoulder Maxi Dress in Portofino Print AUD$69.90  {I’m wearing a 10}
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    Gifted) SheIn denim jacket AUD$33.32 {I’m wearing a M}
    Rubi Shoes Chester sandals AUD$5
    Vintage sunglasses from Etsy

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    Have you tried wearing a dressy dress casually? Have you worn an one shoulder dress before?

    HOW I WORE IT, Outfits

    How to Create An Affordable Spring Racing Outfit 

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    Can you believe Spring is only nine days away? Spring is my absolute favourite season – warmer days, flowers, parties, weddings and of course spring racing. Although I don’t get to the races too often anymore, I really enjoy watching the fashions on the field and getting right into the trends for the year. (Read my older posts on spring racing here.)

    This year I thought I would create an affordable look from head to toe, to show that you don’t need a lot of money to create an unique, on trend and comfortable outfit that will win in the fashion stakes. (PS. Stay tuned for my tips on what to wear to spring races for men.)

    I’ve also compiled some of my best tips to create a spring racing look.

    My top tips for what to wear to the spring races (on a budget): 

    • Know the dress code, and if there is a specific colour or flower that lends to a theme, work to that.
    • Start with one item you really love (it can be either a dress, top, skirt or headpiece) and work the rest of the outfit around that.
    • Please try a hat or headpiece. I know they can add extra $$$ to your outfit, but there is so few opportunities to really wear headwear or hats these days. And I’m a bit of a sucker for tradition. There are many affordable options out there – I’m wearing one below!
    • Dress to the occasion and be respectful of tradition (without being boring!). Very short dresses, cut outs, mesh and see through garments have their time and place but I don’t think the race track is one of them. There are always exceptions to the rule, but I tend to err on the conservative side when dressing for more special occasions or to dress codes.
    • Consider hiring a designer dress. Companies like Glam Corner offer designer dresses for hire for a great price – check Glam Corner’s under $100 hire section. (Side note: I’ve actually hired a dress from this company for an upcoming wedding, I’ll let you know how it goes in a future blog post.)
    • Buy a simple dress that can be glammed up with headwear and/or jewellery. That way you can always wear the dress again. Try a block colour midi dress for ultimate versatility. Try Little Party Dress, ASOS, The Iconic, St Frock, Billy J Boutique or Lace n Heels for great dress options.
    • If you’re not a dress gal, try a midi skirt and top, sleek pants and a gorgeous top or even culottes.
    • Block heels and low-mid heels are right on trend and are perfect for the races. You’ll be on your feet quite a bit and will likely be standing on grass.

    2016 spring racing trends
    This year’s spring fashion will see a whole LOT of pastels. Arguably the biggest colour this year, dusty rose pink will be HUGE, as will neutrals and lilac. If you’re not a pastel gal, white is also very on trend, and rich emerald green, navy and red will also be big. If you’re looking for texture, you cannot go wrong with lace, or floaty, boho styles will be right on trend to. And say hello to oversized sleeves and off the shoulder shapes. For headwear, floral crowns, metallics and panama or boater style hats will be big news.

    2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival
    The four major race days in the Melbourne Cup Carnival are:
    AAMI Victoria Derby Day: 29 October
    (Black and white, offical flower is the cornflower.)
    Emirates Melbourne Cup: 1 November
    (Major race day, go for modern and fun, offical flower is the yellow rose.)
    Crown Oaks Day: 3 November
    (‘Ladies Day’, offical flower is the pink rose.)
    Emirates Stakes Day: 5 November
    (Family friendly day, relaxed glamour, offical flower is the red rose.)

    My outfit
    When I looked to create an affordable spring racing outfit I started with the headpiece – I just loved this gold lily piece by emerging local designer Emma Alice Headwear. I then came across this gorgeous dress at Lace N Heels boutique and at $69.95 I thought you couldn’t really go wrong – this dress will also look great with sandals for any relaxed (yet polished) spring or summer occasion. The headpiece ties in with the floral design of the dress and the colours work back well. I’ve paired the outfit with neutral accessories – simple block heels and a dressier box clutch from Colette for affordable glamour. (A box clutch dresses up an outfit which could otherwise be considered quite casual.) What do you think?

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    *Lace n Heels Mabel dress AUD$69.95 {I’m wearing a 10}| *Emma Alice Headwear lily headpiece approx AUD$50 – contact for prices | *Betts heels AUD$79.99 {I’m wearing size 7}| Collette clutch AUD$34.99

    Do you like spring racing season? Have you been to the races lately? What did you wear?