My thanks to everyone who has gone on this Frocktober journey with me. My last frock for Frocktober on a Frock Friday no less, was a little black linen dress I bought in Big W in 2000 for $19.*
It is a really plain dress, one which can be dressed up or down. With an A-line cut and V-neck, it’s really flattering and it is a staple of my summer wardrobe. I feel so cool in it, and usually wear a scarf with it to keep the sun off my neck.
While it is the end of Frocktober, I am finding it quite hard to get out of the habit of wearing dresses, especially at work! I am relishing the feel of jeans on the weekend (it was freezing and wet on Saturday!), but I am finding that I am turning first to the dress part of my wardrobe during the week.
One of my friends asked me how many dresses I have- 19 is the magic number. There are a few I would have like to have worn, but sadly they don’t fit me at the moment (“at the moment” being the operative phrase :)).
To those who donated, I thank you most sincerely. With offline pledges, the total raised came to $830. Thank you for your generosity to this cause!
*Mr BG can’t understand how I can remember this type of stuff, when I am constantly forgetting where I have left my keys…
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!).
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 :).
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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
Or where I went for a morning walk.
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.
I wore this dress at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza to MoMA and the Guggenheim on a magical day in June, a walk through the gardens of the Pitti Palace in May 2012, and on Friday morning to work. It’s my go to dress for when I wish to feel fabulous.
Red is my safe colour, the one in which I feel most comfortable.
But do you know what the best thing is about this dress? It has POCKETS! That’s what I love about this dress :).
I am having a ball with Frocktober and even more so, we are all raising money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Thank you to all the lovely people who have donated so far to Steph’s Frocktober and have donated to all the other Frocktoberians.
It’s only the first week of Frocktober and I am beginning to realise what a challenge it is. It’s not the frock itself, but what you have to wear with it. Tights.
Ballarat is not really a frock friendly town in October. The changeable spring weather often has me yearning for trousers, pants, jeans- anything but a skirt and dress. It’s not that I am getting sick of dresses, but the wearing of tights- usually black, opaque and thick.
I shudder at the thought of women of yesteryear having to brave the Ballarat winter in nothing but nylons. Clearly these were the same women who raised children who think nothing of going to school in shorts in August and oh look! It’s snowing!
No snow Wednesday or Thursday thankfully- you will have noticed I have moved out of the bathroom and bedroom and onto our front verandah. My photographer is Master BG.
My Wednesday dress is a green frock from Paul Dane- I was window shopping in Sydney and saw it, then bought it online when I got home. It looks really good with tights and my ankle boots. There’s a lovely simplicity to its structure and I love the colour!
Oh hello, I say as I went hunting for my frock this morning. An old friend from Edinburgh, which I bought while on our long holiday in 2012. My accessories this morning were yet another black cardigan from my collection from Quick Brown Fox in Melbourne, black footless tights (in honour of the sun) and a lovely pair of blue flat shoes I bought in the US in May this year.
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 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.
There isn’t a better way to celebrate Frocktober with a Frock Friday, and even better if it is also a Flex Friday :).
So far, I have gone out for a bike ride, gone for a swim, washed the car and done some laundry. I am about to head out to do some shopping, which may involve some opshops along the way…
I will be honest, I haven’t done it all in a frock, but I did head to the swimming pool with my bathers under the dress I am wearing today.
My dress is from Gap, another sleeveless dress, which is lined and works surprisingly well with tights. My black cardigan is from Portmans, bought when Master BG was in utero. My teapot brooch is one of my favourites, bought from a lovely local shop Bok Bok B’Gerk.
Tonight is my last child-free night- Mr BG and myself are heading out again to sample more of Ballarat’s culinary delights. Last night was Vietnamese, and tonight is The Mallow,known for its fine selection of craft beers on tap and its gastropub menu.