Final frocks- 29-30/31 #Frocktober

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days- the end of the week is Halloween, a school walkathon and the end of Frocktober. It’s been a challenge that I have seen through to the end and I am pretty chuffed with how it’s panned out.

What I wore on Tuesday was a thrifted maxi skirt from Target that looked way better shorter, a cropped cardigan from Modcloth and a tshirt from French Connection- perfect for the spring weather we are having in Ballarat!

As of last night I reached my goal of $700. The wonderful peeps at Integrity donated $50 and Wendy, whom I have known for a very long time, donated %52.50. Mr BG came home with $50 cash from the staff at work. One of the staff had done a whip around, after admiring my frocks on Instagram- the penny had dropped when they realised I was doing it for Frocktober– and not just for fun! I also had a pledge from my friend Kate, which brngs my total amount pledged to $783.50!

So today I celebrated with a frock I recently purchased a couple of weeks ago

It’s a vintage frock that I bought in a local shop. I bought it mainly for the fabric, which is a lovely greeny black pattern. The neckline is a bit blah (double breasted buttons?), so it’s been modified slightly (I undid the top buttons!).

Feeling Flat after Frocking up 18-28/31 #Frocktober

It’s been a whirlwind week of gallery visiting, travelling for work, then spending the weekend connecting with family. A medical appointment today after an unsettled night (a lightning and thunder show) has not increased my energy. However, we are in the home stretch, so onwards to the frocks!

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Have a fabulous Sunday #frocktober

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A dress I picked up for $8 at my local Salvos store last year. It’s a lovely blue linen dress- with pockets! I wore this on Sunday when I took a child-free jaunt to the local art gallery to indulge in a little soul food.

I had a meeting in Brisbane for which to prepare so it was a frantic next couple of days- I did cheat and put up my wedding dress as a stopgap measure. Red is my favourite colour!

Brisbane was fantastic frock wearing weather- I made sure to head out early in the morning to go for walks along the river- across the Go-Between Bridge (Mr BG is a HUGE fan of the Go-Betweens) and for a stroll through the Botanical Gardens. The jacaranda trees were amazing!

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Jacaranda #botanicalgardens #brisbane

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I wore my red floral dress one day, and this dress from Ezibuy another day. A tad crumpled from my suitcase, but it’s a pretty navy linen with an embroiderie anglaise style to offset the navy.

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Frocking up for planning days #frocktober #brisbane

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I wore this dress out to a dinner with the meeting participants- senior staff members of the library. We meet once a year for 2-3 days of intense planning for the next year. It is a great opportunity to connect with people you only really contact via phone or email.

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Frocking up in Brisbane! #frocktober

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We headed out to Sovereign Hill on Saturday- I will admit jeans were the preferred option today, as most of my dresses were in the wash! I had empited my suitcase intto the washing machine while I whiled the afternoon away looking at the diggings, admiring little gardens and going to school with Miss BG. That was tricky, as I had to write with my right hand :).

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Emily at school #ballarat #sovereignhill

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Sunday I found a lovely gem in my wardrobe- I swear, my wardrobe in which I keep my frocks is sometimes like the Tardis, or at least Mary Poppins carpet bag. I bought this dress at least 5 years ago off eBay I think. It has shoiestring straps and is cut on the bias. I wore it with a navy cardigan and it looked a treat!

Which brings us up to Monday…This is a skirt gifted to me by my neice Kate- it’s a wrap around skirt from Sussan. I had to head to the hospital for a MRI on my hip. The saga of my hip is another blog post in itself…

Today saw me in a black maxi dress I picked up at a Blue Illusion sale from around 3 months ago. The light jersey fabric is good for layering and I think itll be good when the warmer weather arrives.

It has been a great month so far- I have $100 left with which to accomplish my pledge of $700.00 Hopefully I will make it 🙂




Frock Friday 17/31 #Frocktober

Happy Frock Friday!

I was heading to Fiji for my sister’s wedding, and I had 3 hours to kill at Sydney Airport. I wandered into the French Connection shop and found this frock.

It buttons down to the waist, has pockets (yes!) and the skirt is lined. With a cotton fabric, this frock was fantastic for my four days in Fiji. I’ll be taking it with me for another work trip next week to warmer climes. Given the dark fabric fabric, it also works well with tights and ankle boots too.

I also took it with me to New York and San Francisco on May/June this year. I would rather wear a frock on a hot day than a pair of shorts when travelling :).

May your weekend be lovely and please don’t forget to donate.

Frocking up, and faux frocks #Frocktober 11-16/31

A catch up post for you all dear readers. I have been somewhat remiss in posting, but still plugging away with Frocktober!

I went out on the town in Saturday with my BRFs- my fabulous running friends. We ate out at a local Spanish restaurant, then to a Burlesque performance as part of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival. The night finished with dancing in a disreputable establishment and I rolled in the door at 1.30.

I looked fabulous in my frock, but sadly the only photo I have of the evening is here.

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BRFs #ballarat #cabaret #nightonthetown

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Sunday was spent soaking up the sun in a skirt- the kids were too busy playing with their friends to pap me. I tend to think of a skirt as a faux frock- it’s cheating a little, but I do miss tops!

I headed off to Sydney for work- dressing for Ballarat and Sydney is a challenge to say the least :). I went from 6 degrees to 25. My black tights looked very much out of place amongst the bare legs of Sydney.

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Off to Sydney! #frocktober

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Tuesday was cooler and I could get away with tights!

You have already seen these two dresses, so I didn’t feel like taking another photo. I am not particularly comfortable with having my photo taken, unlike my lovely daughter who revels in it! I much prefer to take photos of where I am like the view from my desk in North Sydney

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Office view today #acu #northsydney

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Or where I went for a morning walk.

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Good morning, Sydney! #latergram

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A skirt for Wednesday, and a dress already viewed today. It’s a nice shift dress which works well with a jacket and boots (knee-length or ankle) and it’s my power frock. Great for speaking in a teleconference to staff at all the campuses today!


Anyway- I thank everyone for their likes and comments on Facebook and Instagram. What has been lovely is checking out what everyone else is wearing! It feels wonderful being part of this challenge with a group of fabulous women.

Please donate as well.

Tried and True Tuesday #Frocktober 7/31

There is nothing like the versatility of a Little Black Dress.

There have been quite a few LBDs in my wardrobe over the years, and this one is great! It’s a Target dress, and was about $40 when I bought it, and made of that ponte fabric. You can throw it into the washing machine, hang it out to dry and with a quick iron, it’s as good as new. I have a skirt and jacket n the same fabric and they’re great.

This jacket was one I picked up for $20 at a vintage market a few years ago. I love the simplicity of the tailoring and the colour, and it goes with a few things in my wardrobe.

I am getting quite tired of taking my photo in the bathroom mirror, will promise to be elsewhere tomorrow for Frocktober!


A Flurry of Frocks! #Frocktober4-6/31

A busy weekend to pick up the little BGs from their cousin’s place in Gippsland and a family lunch in Geelong has been a bit of a whirlwind. I must admit I did look longingly at my jeans as I packed an overnight bag, but opted instead for a skirt.

I know. That’s still cheating, but I have resolved that for every day I don’t wear a frock, I will be forking out $20 for the snafu privilege. So far I am up to 2 days so I will be donating $40 so far.

Speaking of donations, thank you very much for everyone who has donated to the Frocktober Cause. Thank you to Pete, Cathy, Anne, Tania and my brother Andrew for being so generous.

And now onto the frocks…

My Saturday dress is one of my favourite colours, a red linen from Ezibuy, with a black cardie over the top. A black cardie is a staple in my wardrobe and I have a rotation of them :).  It was also warm enough not to wear tights! My legs had that lovely neon white quality that comes from a winter being encased in tights and an Irish heritage.

My Sunday outfit was taken at my niece’s Kate’s house and is a skirt I picked up second hand from Ebay ages ago. It’s one of my favourite skirts, and it’s been taken overseas a number of times.

Back at work for Monday- it was a mad scramble to get out of the house and my photographers were either still brushing their hair or packing their bags for school. My dress is an opshop number (Target) and the cardigan is also a thrifted number from Melbourne. Back in tights- it’s a grey old day and threatening to rain.

Feeling Fabulous! #Frocktober 2/31

Sadly I don’t have my usual phalanx of photographers, as they are enjoying a holiday with their aunties and cousins. They have spent their time in Gippsland helping out in the garden, baking, riding horses and visiting bookshops.

The readers

My selfie is in the bathroom mirror at my work.

My dress is from Birdsnest, which is an online boutique. The dress is sleeveless, A-Line and feels good to wear.

Jacket is Esprit from a few years ago, and I am wearing boots from Valpieds (local footwear establishment) and my trust work ID badge as accessories :).

Thank you already to the lovely people who have donated already to the Frocktober cause

Pop Up Frock Up Ballarat

My favourite words are “frock” and “pop up”. When the two are together it is an irresistible combination.

I headed down to St Patrick’s Hall on the second day of the Pop Up Frock Up Ballarat with Miss BG.

2014-08-17 13.57.24Miss BG was happy to go and spend some time with mum, especially when the outing ended in cake. Once inside, we marvelled at the range and stalls. Sunday was quieter, and you could move quite easily amongst the stalls.

While it is lovely to have a shopping companion, a nearly seven year old who loves to touch does make you hyper aware that a) the goods on display are fragile and b) expensive. You couldn’t get lost in the racks, flicking through without making sure little hands were not touching too much stuff. I ended up giving her my phone so she could take some photos.

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Glamorous mannequin

The bling was definitely something which caught her eye and the dresses dod not disappoint. Vintage was quite an elastic term, with pieces from the last 20 years for sale, but stretching back to the 1930s.

Coat detail

Coat detail

There were though, a few dresses from the 19th century on display, which made for interesting viewing.

1890's - look but don't touch!

1890’s – look but don’t touch!

 Cake beckoned as Miss BG’s interest was waning as and luck would have, we were right across the road from the Golden City.

It was a lovely afternoon of window shopping and marvelling at the beautiful frocks on display 🙂

#amonthinthelife- Day 14

I don’t usually post photos of myself on my blog, and in the past week I have posted two- but it is a month of my life, so I may as well appear in it :).

Red is one of my favourite colours, and this is one of my favourite frocks. It’s a simple cotton, with pockets (yay!) and I have had it for 3 years now. I took it with me when I went overseas 2 years ago, and it will come with me when I head off to the Us in a couple of months.

The colour red has another significance today, with the conviction of Brett Cowan for the murder of Daniel Morcombe. Championed by Nikki Parkinson of one my favourite guilty-pleasure blogs Styling You, there are a lot of people today wearing red to support the Morcombe  Family and their foundation

Nikki also hosts an #everydaystyle event where people post photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and this is the first time I have played along.

The obsession continues. ..


Today I finally entered! I was emboldened by a couple of ladies and a gentleman who ventured inside, with me following in their wake. The frocks were all gorgeous, with a few which had never been seen in the window. There were a couple of shift dresses wirh Picasso style prints that felt so silky, satiny pencil dresses and some exquisite full-skirted frocks and coats. The gentleman owner was incredibly polite and came over, while I was stroking the beautiful fabric of one of the dresses. Maybe he was afraid I would start drooling, but he may have seen the gleam of frock worship in my eyes, as we started talking about the fabric and the tailoring. The prices befit the quality of the frocks, and sadly beyond my reach at the moment. But I have finally braved the doorway, and I hope to be back soon.