Monday, 9 November 2015

Frocktober: Casual and Classy Dresses

Another two of my Frocktober fundraising challenge outfits. A nice casual shift dress for working from home and a fancier lace LBD for the office to tie in with our team fundraising theme for the week.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Spring Shift Dress yellow Love Quotes scarf Ikwetta sandals Balenciaga day bag

AwayFromTheBlue | Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete with yellow scarf
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress
Shorts: (under dress) Cotton On blue denim shorts
ShoesIkwetta 'Circles of life' sandals (C/O)
Bracelets: the usual plus Balenciaga coated stud wrap bracelet in icy blue
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

I wore this the same day I took the video of my Shopbop sale purchases. I was so excited to wear the scarf right away! It does look a bit big though....hoping I can figure out how to tie it better and get some more wear out of it (it's only linen) before the weather heats up too much here in Brisbane. I'd bought it without checking the measurements as it reminded me of a scarf I had my eye on in the July sales, when I was doing #noBuyJuly. That scarf sold out before July was over and I could shop again. I'd been looking for a yellow scarf since, so was excited to pick this one up!

I worked from home and had an OB appointment in the morning, so I had to put some shorts under the dress so I had a little bit of modesty intact when the OB was checking baby's progress.


Last worn: Zara navy shift dressdenim shorts, Ikwetta sandalsBalenciaga day bag. First time I've worn the scarf as it is a recent purchase.

Other ways to wear: Zara navy printed dress layered up for winterdenim shorts with a striped dress, Ikwetta sandals and a maxi dressBalenciaga day bag with shorts.




Away From Blue | Shopbop casual and classy dresses picks under $100


What I wore:

Away From Blue | Second Trimester Office Wear Lace Dress Mulberry Alexa

AwayFromTheBlue | Mulberry regular Alexa bag in foggy grey
Necklace: freshwater pearl necklace layered with Tai gold alphabet necklace
DressJeanswest 'Gisele' contrast lace dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagMulberry regular Alexa bag in foggy grey

Why I wore it:

Although I'm only in the office 2 days a week, I've managed to get quite a few of my colleagues excited about Frocktober. We've been trying to get group pics as we go along, as we email them around to the department with updates on our dress wearing and fundraising progress. This day, someone suggested we should all try wear our best LBDs, and the final picture was awesome. Wish we had come up with a weekly theme sooner! Maybe next year.

I'd worn this dress in the third trimester before so I was confident I'd still be able to fit into it, and so I'd been keeping it in reserve for the later days of the end of the challenge when I suspected I'd be running out of dresses that fit! Was grateful to have something I knew I would be able to wear.


Last worn: black lace dress, black ballet flats, Mulberry foggy grey Alexa bag.

Other ways to wear: black lace dress for a work party, black flats and skinny jeansMulberry Alexa with jeans and a tee.

Linking up with Let It Shine, Shoe and Tell, Hello Monday, Classy Monday, Mix It Monday, Turning Heads, On Trend Tuesday, Style Sessions, Confident Twosday, Wardrobe Wednesday, Wednesday Blog Hop, Whatcha Wearing Wednesday, Pleated Poppy.


This post was created in partnership with Shopbop. Occasionally, Away From The Blue blog may receive vendor or brand sponsorships for mentioning their products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.



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74 comments:

  1. You look great in both looks! I love how you paired the yellow scarf, it's such an eyecatcher!
    xoxo Lynda
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  2. Really loving that rich yellow scarf with the fun print of the first dress! :D

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  3. You make me want to do Frocktober next year, it sounds fun. I love the yellow scarf. It's one of my favourite colours right now. I'm sure you can find a way to deal with the issue of it being too big. The second dress is really beautiful with the lace. I've never really thought of jeans west doing dresses before. It's been way too long since I went there.

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    1. Jeanswest have some really nice things, I spend way too much money in that store, haha!

      I hope you can do Frocktober next year - it's a wonderful way to raise money!

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  4. So cool that your colleagues followed you in this fun Dress challenge. I love the first look. Both dresses today are so cute. You are inspiring me to dress down a lace LBD like you did. Oh and I loooooove yellow on you, Mica.

    Happy Monday Hun!

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    1. Yes I'm very pleased they decided to jump on board and help me fundraise too, always more fun in a group! :)

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  5. You look so beautiful in this lace dress. Love this yellow scarf.

    Nina
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  6. Cute dresses! And I love the yellow scarf!

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  7. I love the way you matched the dress with the bright yellow scarf! Also, the lace LBD dress in the 2nd look is beautiful :)

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  8. Yay! You got to wear the yellow scarf! It's so pretty, and I LOVE you in the lace dress too!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  9. Loving that pop of yellow! Especially to brighten up those gloomy fall days :)

    Paulina

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  10. I love how the color of your bag goes with the second dress, such an elegant look!
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  11. love these casual dresses! so pretty!!

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  12. I love both your dresses, but especially the first one with the fun pattern!
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  13. How stunning! The lace dress looks so amazing on you! :)
    ARedLip&Love

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  14. I love the pop of yellow with the black and while dress! I totally know what you mean about staying modest. I ALWAYS wear stretchy shorts under my dresses. You never know right? (;

    That lace dress is so elegant on you! Pregnant or not pregnant it's beautiful!

    Hope your week goes very smoothly Mica! (:

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    1. haha yes I think with a mobile toddler I need to invest in some of those kind of shorts too!

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  15. I love the lace dress outfit Mica. Your new scarf would look fabulous with that dress as well. Hope baby 2 is growing up great. When is he/she due? Can I just say, everytime you pull out your gorgeous Mulberry, I wish I could loan it just to admire it all day? :D

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    1. Baby is due in March, so not long to go now, past the halfway mark! :)

      That Mulberry Alexa is wonderful, I really don't use it enough but every time I get it out I realise I can never part with it, ha!

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  16. Love that lace dress on you! Such pretty deals. How fun to have what sounds like such a nice work environment.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. It is a great environment! I work with a wonderful team, I'm very lucky! :)

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  17. Love both dresses but I especially love the first one! I have a soft spot for pretty prints and the long-sleeves is perfect! Definitely something I would wear to work!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  18. The dress challenge sounds like a fun way to spice up the office! The printed shift dress is too cute and fits your bump perfectly.

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  19. I'm in love with this Mulberry!!
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  20. You have been blowing me away by how many cute dresses you have! I love the yellow scarf you added in the first outfit!

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    1. haha this challenge has definitely shown me I have too many dresses!

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  21. I love that first dress! the pattern is beautiful and the yellow scarf is a great touch.

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  22. I like how that yellow scarf compliments the blue dress - and of course you look so pretty in that lace dress :)

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  23. Love the pop of yellow and that now visible bump!

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  24. Adorable combination with the scarf, Mica! Casual yet chic. I'm loving the 20s vibe of your lace dress, reminds me of The Great Gatsby. You're an adorable mommy to be, Mica!

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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  25. Your LBD hugs and shows off your figure beautifully. I need to learn how to tie scarves too. Gorgeous colour!

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    1. yes I'm so unimaginative with scarves :(

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  26. These dresses look so pretty on you! Love the style and print of the Zara tunic dress! It looks perfect with the yellow scarf! Have a great week!

    Danielle
    www.spring2spring.com

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  27. you looks so elegant in that second look! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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  28. So casual and cute, I am loving your looks.

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  29. Love the blue and yellow...such cute color combo!

    Laura
    www.24-7style.com

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  30. I love that bright yellow scarf! It's so sunny and happy! I also love the lace dress, so pretty!

    xx Chelsea
    www.organizedmessblog.com

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  31. Hey absolutely love your new yellow scarf. Ads a great pop of colour and like the dress and shoes you paired it with
    Talia
    DrShopCook

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  32. That bright yellow scarf is so pretty! The color contrasts perfectly against the blue :)

    Mili

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  33. Great scarf, dear, I love the color. And that lace dress is simply gorgeous!! I also love the little furry poser in the background - a really cute accessory.;)

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  34. There are things I wore last time in my third trimester that now, halfway through my second, barely fit the bump anymore...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Eeek! Noooo! I can see that happening with me too, already I've outgrown so much of my wardrobe! :(

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  35. both looks are so beautiful and so different
    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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  36. Nice looks! I like how you use accessories to compliment your look :)

    STYLE VANITY

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  37. Yellow it's your color ♥

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  38. I love your yellow scarf, it doesn't look big to me. I like both outfits, the second one is more dressed up, but they are both very feminine and quite fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Ivana! It felt a bit big too me, I'm used to smaller scarves :)

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  39. I'm in love with both looks! Your bags are amazing :)

    Check out my blog if you want: www.theglamandglitter.com

    Tamara xxx

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  40. I love your designer bags collection!

    Anna // Happy Medley

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  41. Such pretty dresses! Love the yellow scarf with the first one.

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  42. Loving the Mulberry bag, it's just stunning. You look lovely, I'm enjoying this recap of all your dresses!

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  43. Love a good day dress- super cute, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  44. Ooooo, I love that yellow scarf!! And your sandals! Super cute outfits! :)
    ~Katie@ sparklyambitions.blogspot.com

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  45. Hi Mica
    Two of my favorite types of dresses! Shift and your beautiufl lace dress, both look great on you, espcially with the grey B bag. I notice your little cutie pie getting in on the action too!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  46. Mica, that yellow scarf is so pretty with your dress! It's long, but so beautiful. Definitely paired well with your outfit. Great second dress also!
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  47. Ohh, LBD day is amazing! Your dress is lovely :)

    Corinne x
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  48. You are glowing mama! I love these dresses on you :) You look absolutely beautiful! Love this Frocktober challenge! Can't wait to see what other dresses you wear!

    be the plebeian

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  49. That casual blue dress is a winner - love that combo of blue and yellow on you!

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  50. I love how bright the yellow scarf is!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  51. You look gorgeous i the black lace dress! I love it!

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  52. Lovely, thanks for sharing! xo

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  53. its such a joy to witness your journey! you're looking good and your outfits are just FAB!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  54. Those sandals in the first picture are so cute!!! I need a pair in my life.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

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  55. I'm in love with your second outfit! The lace LBD looks amazing on you, and the Mulberry bag in grey is so gorgeous!!

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  56. That yellow scarf adds such a lovely touch!

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  57. Love the pop of the yellow scarf in that first shot!

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  58. The yellow scarf looks gorgeous against the print of the dress.

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  59. Thank you all for your lovely comments :)

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  60. i do love that yellow scarf on you. I looks great over the print dress. xx

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