Monday, 2 November 2015

Frocktober 2015 Wrap-Up! #31Days31DifferentDresses Style Challenge

I managed to wear an incredible 32 different dresses in October in order to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, even with the developing baby bump meaning I outgrew a few dresses in my wardrobe.


Thank you to everyone who donated! I was amazed that despite my modest $200 goal in the beginning, I raised over $600 for the cause! Thank you so much.


I wanted to do #31Days31DifferentDresses to fundraise for research into ovarian cancer. One woman dies every 10 hours from ovarian cancer. There is no early detection test, so people are often diagnosed when it is too late and the cancer has spread. More research could develop an early detection test, change those statistics and will make a difference.

While my challenge is wrapped up and done and I'll probably be staying away from the dresses for a while and enjoying the rest of my wardrobe, I'll still be posting some more outfits from the month on the blog into November. I couldn't let Frocktober end without a final wrap-up and call for donations though!


Below are my #31Days31DifferentDresses outfits, with a bonus 32nd dress!

Away From Blue Blog #31Days31DifferentDresses Style Challenge Pt1
With this first set of dresses, I was still trying as best as I could to hide the baby bump in photos. It was unmissable in person though!

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Away From Blue Blog #31Days31DifferentDresses Style Challenge Pt2
In the second week of the challenge, I was beginning to feel a little frustrated with having nothing but dresses to wear, and a little concerned with how many dresses I was having to set aside as I'd outgrown them. I began to organise my little capsule wardrobe a bit better to make sure I'd have enough to wear for the month, which lead to me wearing some dresses I wasn't feeling comfortable or confident in, just because I wasn't sure I'd fit into them in a few days.

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Away From Blue Blog #31Days31DifferentDresses Style Challenge Pt3
By the third week I was outgrowing even more dresses and was glad I had so many roomy maxi dresses in my wardrobe! I was also very kindly given two beautiful new maxi dresses from Jeanswest which gave me some more options.

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Away From Blue Blog #31Days31DifferentDresses Style Challenge Pt4


The final stretch of the challenge! I'd saved a few favourite dresses for near the end, knowing I'd be feeling a bit large with the growing baby belly, and a little fed up by the lack of choice each day. Despite this, I even managed to wear an extra dress when I got changed for an evening out.

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There was just one dress that I still fit into that hadn't been worn in my wardrobe, not counting the maternity dresses I hadn't pulled out yet and the dresses I had to quickly set aside as they didn't fit a second trimester baby bump. So yes, I do have a lot of dresses!


Thank you again to everyone who donated - through my fundraising page or other means. Your advice, outfit ideas and inspiration, kind comments, and of course donations encouraged me to keep going with the challenge.



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59 comments:

  1. You got the most colorful chic look
    Love the stripes and scarf style

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  2. Ahaha, such a great reason to use all your dresses too!
    I can't believe October is already over though 0_o Gah! Time goes by too fast!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries
    I'm on the Tube!

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    1. The month really has flown by! And yes, a great reason to wear and use all my dresses (well, almost all).

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  3. You have so many lovely dresses. I really love you in the two weekend dresses with sun hats!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  4. Those outfits are lovely, Mica! Thanks for the inspiration and happy Monday!

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  5. 600 $, that is amazing! Congrats. You really put a lot of effort in these posts and it is great to see it was well worth it.

    And yes, that are a lot of dresses. I only own three. I would have needed to pick different lipsticks, that is what I have most of.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. haha I'm the opposite, I have 2 lipsticks! Plenty dresses though ;) I guess we all have a little too much of something ;)

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  6. Gorgeous...I'm loving all of the stripes!

    Laura
    www.24-7style.com

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  7. Yayy!! Congratulations on raising $600! :D
    My dress collection pales in comparison to this, haha
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. Thank you! It is crazy just how many dresses I own, eek! haha!

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  8. WOW congrats on raising so much for such a good cause! I love seeing your dresses all side by side.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thank you! I was so pleased to be able to raise so much!

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  9. So awesome!!! What an awesome challenge to complete. Love all of the outfits!

    xx Chelsea
    www.organizedmessblog.com

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  10. Loving all these looks dear. All super nice dresses and the bump makes it even cuter!

    ARedLip&Love

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  11. So cute, every dress looks great on you.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

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  12. Congratulations on raising that money Mica! Great cause and you exceeded your goal! Loved all of your outfits. You did a great job!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thanks Kim! It is a very good cause indeed :)

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  13. Congratulations on raising over $600! That's quite lovely. There are so many cute dresses here, it's hard to pick favorites. I think that maxi snake print still has a special place in my heart, though. It's just way too cool and you wear it so well.

    Z · HELLOZAUNI.COM

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    1. Thanks! I don't think I could pick a favourite dress either, I liked wearing almost all of these!

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  14. I always believed I had too many dresses, haha. I have 34! Guess I can lift my shopping ban for dresses now that I know I'm not the only one with so many ;-) It's so funny, because know that I know you're expecting a new little baby, I can actually see the bump in your posts from the beginning of the challenge. I guess it is only noticeable when you know what you're looking for.

    Congratulations on raising triple the amount you had set out for the research!

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    1. hehe yep it's easy to see when you know what you're looking for ;)

      And yes you certainly don't have too many dresses, I have much more! I was so hoping to trim my collection down after this challenge but I liked wearing them all too much!

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  15. Wow, you have lots of dresses, all amazing! :D Looking great!
    xx

    http://flashforwards.blogspot.de/2015/11/winter-wishlist.html

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  16. I'm so happy that you were able to raise more money and met your goal. Cancer research and awareness is such an important cause to support. Happy November! Great styles that you wore in October. <3 /Madison
    Style Files

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    1. Thank you. It is a great cause and I'm very happy with what I raised too.

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  17. First of all, I'm so happy that you could actually exceed your goal and that the donation went better than expected. Doing this challenge was so sweet from you, and I have to say I loved every single way you styled your 32 dresses, which is nt an easy thing to do! Congrats for everything, dear!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. Thanks Deb! I am so pleased with smashing my fundraising target too! :)

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  18. Your dress collection is amazing, although I don't blame you for taking a break from dresses for a while :) My favorites are the peacock print maxi, the blue print maxi (#30), and the dress with tassels (#32)--I guess I'm loving blue right now! :)

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    1. hehe, I'm certainly loving blue too! My favourite colour :)

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  19. Yaay for rocking the fundraiser!! And it is so awesome to be able to wear dresses for 31 days..I think I will tank out after 20 something. I absolutely love your growing bump..

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    1. Yes it shows I have too many dresses, haha!

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  20. Congratulations, you made it :) You look great in all these dresses! I can see how much your baby bump has grown since the beginning of month :) x

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. It has really grown over the month! :)

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  21. Wow!! This is an awesome post...and how adorable do you look!?? :o)

    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today’s Post: Grey Riding Boots & Marled Tunic Sweater (Peek at my costume from Halloween, too!)

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  22. Your dress collection is awesome!! I love dresses so much so this made me happy. Though I totally get that you are ready for jeans again :) And I don't know if I have had a chance to tell you - congrats on the baby! You are seriously glowing :)

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    1. Thank you! I have been just itching to wear my maternity jeans, haha! It's nice to be able to take a bit of a break from dresses, it was certainly a challenge wearing nothing else for the whole month!

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  23. Wow! This looks amazing and so much fun! What a fab way to raise money too! Congratulations on such an amazing achievement :)

    Victoria xx thedaisyjaynes.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm pleased I managed to raise so much!

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  24. What a great effort for such a great cause. Well done. And such a wonderful wardrobe of dresses. I am definitely going to try and remember to do this next year!
    Talia
    DrShopCook

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    1. Definitely give it a go next year! It's fun, and a wonderful way to raise funds and awareness!

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  25. This is such an amazing cause! I would love to know how you did everything as I would like to do something similar. If you have any tips and such you can just email me at mybowsandclothes@gmail.com. Thank you so much! You are an inspiration!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Sarah! it's definitely a great cause! I've emailed all the details, although they might be too Aussie specific :(

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  26. Congratulations on surpassing your goal! That is fabulous! Well done! I love seeing all your dresses, Mica - you have a good eye for pretty patterns and I can see that you know what suits your style, bump and all!

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    1. Thanks Sheila! I'm pleased I managed to raise so much too! :)

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  27. Congrats on the fundraiser! You have so many lovely dresses!

    Florals&Smiles

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  28. Pregnancy is all about the dress and thank go for that! Bravo for 31 dresses!

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  29. I've always admired your scarf and bag collection. Add dresses to this list! Congrats on your fundraiser!
    Carylee | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. haha, I shop too much, I have collections of everything.... :P

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  30. wow so many beautiful dresses!! love seeing that bump grow too -- you look beautiful!

    cute & little

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  31. Dang girl! You totally proved that one person can get a ton of wear out of their dresses. Even pregnant! It was so much fun to watch you on your journey and to bring awareness to such a great cause! I look forward to your next style challenge as always! (:

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    1. Thanks Kiki! I think November will be the 'wear whatever I want' challenge, ha! Lots of people kick of 'pantsvember' to celebrate no more dresses, but I want a bit of wardrobe flexibility ;)

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  32. Can't believe how quickly your bump grew in the month. No danger of not getting any second baby bump shots as a style blogger though so that's good! :D

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    1. Hehe yep, this pregnancy will be just as documented as the last! :) I take bump pics every day too as I take outfit pics, so I've been comparing the bump progress ;)

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  33. Well done love - huge effort! How did I miss the baby bump news?! Congratulations! So interesting watching the growth of it throughout the month.

    Just gorgeous - will be popping into Jeanswest as soon as I can!

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    1. Thanks Kim! It was wonderful to surpass my goal!

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  34. Congratulations - what an achievement - and so many lovely dresses as well!

    Rebecca

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  35. Thank you all for your lovely comments and congratulations on the fundraising.

    I'm so pleased to have raised so much, thank you to everyone who donated!

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  36. You should feel incredibly proud - that's a great achievement. Well done. And lovely to see the growing bump!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks to some very generous people who donated! :) I'm so pleased I was able to smash my goal!

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