Saturday, 7 November 2015

Frocktober: Blue. Printed Dresses and Balenciaga Tempete Day Bag

Continuing with playing catch up with my Frocktober outfits here on the blog, two different printed dress outfits. A casual one, and another for the office. Days 19 and 20 of the challenge!

I wore a different dress every day in October to participate in Frocktober and raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. While I was sharing what I wore each day on instagram, I've been a little behind with blogging the outfits.

What I wore:

NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
DressJeanswest 'Elodie' tie dye grey jersey maxi dress
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Balenciaga coated stud wrap bracelet in icy blue and old blue bead bracelets
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

I really enjoyed wearing a maxi dress the day before, so decided to wear another one the next day to go to playgroup with toddler T. I was a little worried all my shorter dresses would be too short for playing with a toddler, with the growing baby bump. This was perfect.

Also pulled out one of my favourite bags - my Balenciaga tempete day bag, for a bit of a boost as I was starting to feel a little over wearing dresses after nearly 3 weeks! All for a good cause though.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarers, tie dye maxi dress, Havaianas, Balenciaga Tempete day bag.

Other ways to weartie dye maxi dress worn knotted, Havaianas in autumn, Balenciaga Tempete day bag and skinny jeans.


Beautiful blue printed dresses under $50:







What I wore:

Away From Blue | Second Trimester Office Wear French Connection Paisley print sheath dress

AwayFromTheBlue | Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete
Necklace: rectangle pendant necklace
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
Bracelets: the usual plus two beaded Sportsgirl Butterfly Foundation bracelets, Roie Designs swarovski crystal bracelet, and old blue beaded bracelets
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

Although I'd quickly outgrown most of my zip up dresses for work and put them away, I'd kept this blue one and the same style in orange out, as I figured they had a bit more space around the belly region and should fit the bump well. I'd planned to wear the orange version to the office on this day, but found out that I couldn't zip it over the bump any more! Even though I'd tried it on a couple of days before! Luckily this blue one has a little more stretch to it so I was just able to squeeze into it. I really liked wearing this outfit.

The fact that I'm wearing 31 different dresses in a month and that I've outgrown a large number of them and still have enough dresses left to wear a different one every day, shows how much of a hoarder I am! I knew I had more than 31 dresses, but it's crazy to think I can wear a dress every day for a month and still have some left over. There's no need to have that many dresses! I was really expecting to get rid of more dresses through the challenge, but so far I've liked pretty much every one I've worn.


Last worn: French Connection paisley print dress, camel flats, Balenciaga tempete day bag (above).

Other ways to wearFrench Connection paisley print dress and ankle bootscamel flats and denimBalenciaga tempete day bag and shorts.



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44 comments:

  1. Love your bag and the maxi dress! You look beautiful as always :)
    xox

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  2. Love that first dress on you! So pretty!

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  3. So adorable doll! I love all your dresses you have so much nice ones :)

    Florals&Smiles

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  4. I'm a hoarder too, I own so many dresses but only wear the same 5 or 6!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Yes! I do the same, I rotate through my favourites! It's been good to give them all a chance to get worn instead of just favouring a few.

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  5. Both beautiful dresses! I love the unique patterns on each of them. That necklace with the first one is stunning!

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  6. You look lovely. I don't have many dresses, so I probably would have failed miserably at Frocktober, lol. Again, congrats for all the money you raised! Very cool.

    Z · HELLOZAUNI.COM

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    1. Oh you can do any dress based challenge for Frocktober! I just wanted to try a different dress every day, you could just do one day a week, or just organise an event everyone has to wear dresses too...endless options! :)

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  7. Love that printed dress! You look great in each!

    Laura
    www.24-7style.com

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  8. Oh my goodness!! I definitely know why you're playing catch up! So many dresses and so little time! Love that maxi dress - I have a similar print maxi in black/green. They are so comfy but the pattern makes dresses it up a notch.

    What a wonderful fundraiser you participated in Mica! And no wonder you were missing the jeans. I am a lover of dresses but do wear lots of jeans with Little M, especially at the park/playground!

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    1. Yes I did miss the jeans especially wearing some of my shorter dresses, not ideal with a toddler! I tried to wear them on days I was working to make it easier!

      And yep, so many dresses and so little time, I know what you mean! :)

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  9. Lovely dresses, i love my maxi dresses :)

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  10. Great outfits! Especially love the paisley dress - just wish it was this warm in Germany ;)
    Christina ♥ https://caliope.name

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  11. You look so lovely! Both look great on you and both of them are blue ♥ That bag though, really goes with anything.

    Joyce // Joycentricity

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  12. We used to have too many clothes but often wear the same right :) Great dresses by the way and your belly is growing :) Love your dog <3
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.com/

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    1. Yep, I definitely tend to cycle through a few favourites and neglect the rest, its' a shame :( Means I have too many things, haha!

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  13. Very cute post! I love maxi dresses bit I think I'm a little bit too small for them :((
    Have a nice day and join my blog,

    Nadine <3

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    1. I'm petite and I love maxi dresses! Although most of the time I do have to get them hemmed, yes, haha!

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  14. Can we please get more pics of that puppy? Maybe a photoshoot? It is SO CUTE and makes me smile every time it pops up in your pics. :D <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. haha he is getting better at hopping into the frame with me for pics now, sometimes he's just to tired to want to do anything than sit at the tripod and watch! I do have more pics of him on my instagram :)

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  15. Both dresses are so cute :) Even if you didn't end up getting rid of anything, at least you know that you really do love the clothes you have :)

    Mili

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  16. Oooh I really like that maxi dress. I like maxi dresses in general but struggle to find ones long enough. I'm impressed at your dress repertoire, I'd have been a big fat fail and have been wearing ballgowns to the playground by about halfway through the month.....

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    1. haha yes if I hadn't started planning properly I was worried I'd go down that route too! I did wear a few dresses I wished I'd saved for other days, but most of the time the planning worked :)

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  17. I like the tiye dye dress! You don't see that around so much anymore.

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    1. It's a shame, it's a great print! :) I like this one, it's a few years old but a firm favourite :)

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  18. You look great! Both dresses are lovely on you. Also your Balenciaga bag is such a lovely versatile piece!

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  19. Ooh I love both dresses! The print on the second one is fabulous!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  20. Both look nice on you Mica. The first gives you room to move and play! Great choice! Love the print of the second one. Sorry to hear about the orange one. Each baby is different.
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    1. Definitely! And the baby and bump are very different this time around, haha!

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  21. I wouldn't have gotten rid of any of your dresses either! You've looked so cute in all of them!

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  22. Really love the paisley print, glad you got one more wear out of it this season!

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  23. love love love the first outfit, that dress is gorgeous!

    ♥ Ellen
    Latest post: SHOPSTYLECONQUER.COM

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  24. Thank you all for your kind comments :)

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  25. Wow, you DO have a TON of dresses! haha. Even with a baby bump this challenge was so easy for you. Not to mention a great way to weed out those dresses that don't suit your tastes anymore. (; LOVE that French Connection dress!

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    1. It was really tricky finding dresses to fit near the end, no matter how easy it looks on the blog, haha! I wish I could have gotten rid of a few more dresses, but I liked them all really!

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  26. Fellow dress hoarder here! haha. I have so many maxi dresses, it's time to purge and donate. Your blue maxi is DREAMY and I love that it works as a maternity dress as well. You're such a cute momma-to-be!

    - Liz @ Downtown Demure

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  27. I've said this before, but your dress collection is so impressive! Especially since you have a growing bump to consider. These are both great ones, I love the blues!

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    1. I'm pleasantly surprised I've been able to squeeze the bump into so many dresses, haha!

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  28. I saw your picture via Instagram of that beautiful blue dress. You look lovely here Mica, it fits you and the baby beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Lorena. I'm glad I decided to keep that printed dress a little longer, after it was a 'maybe' in the wardrobe detox!

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