Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Frocktober: Jeanswest Black Maxi Dresses, Purple Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote Bag

Getting closer to the end of October, I started to wear all the maxi dresses I'd been 'saving' for later in the Frocktober challenge. I ended up wearing my two black maxi dresses back to back.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Second Trimester Spring outfit denim jacket black maxi dress

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum spring black maxi dress outfit
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
DressJeanswest 'Sierra' embellished black maxi dress (on sale!)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | Shop more Rebecca Minkoff bags

Why I wore it:

I really like this maxi dress for the little embellishment along the neckline and the side split, it makes it just a little different from a plain black maxi dress. I used to have a plain black maxi dress, but I got rid of that one in my wardrobe when I bought this one.

This was a nice outfit for song time at the local library with toddler T and then dinner with the in-laws after Church Online. I picked the denim jacket as I needed another layer to keep me warm in the air conditioning, and it also met the #myStyleOctober prompt of 'old faithful', as I bought this jacket such a long time ago, when I was a uni student! I'd wanted to participate in more prompts for #myStyleOctober as well as doing my own #31Days31DifferentDresses challenge, but with a limited wardrobe of dresses and trying to make sure I had enough to wear that would accommodate the baby bump, it wasn't always possible.


Last worn: denim jacket, embellished maxi dress, metallic mouse flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote.

Other ways to weardenim jacket with a maxi skirt, embellished maxi dress with short hair in autumn, metallic mouse flats and flares, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and a colourful maxi dress.


Shop more black maxi dresses at Shopbop (starting from $26.40!):

Away From Blue Blog | Shopbop Maxi Dress Selection Under $200


1 & 2: Bop Basics maxi dresses | 3 & 4: Three Dots maxi dresses | 5: Lovers + Friends maxi dress
(All above are under $200!)



What I wore:

Away From Blue | Black halterneck maxi dress casual playgroup outfit second trimester

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag cross body in plum black dress printed cardi
CardiJeanswest brown marle waterfall cardigan
Necklace: thrifted pearl and heart long necklace
Dress: thrifted black Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Nicole by Nicole Miller bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | Shop more Rebecca Minkoff bags

Why I wore it:

Despite wanting to reduce the number of dresses I own during this challenge, like the majority of the other dresses I've worn, I really liked wearing this and so it's staying in my wardrobe. Was perfect for a morning at playgroup with the toddler, although I did end up taking the cardi off when the sun came out for the day.

Unlike the maxi dress I wore the day before (above) this is a very plain black maxi dress. As I thought last time I wore it, I didn't get to wear it twice in a month after buying it, which indicates it wasn't a needed addition to my wardrobe. It was part of a $2 bag in the fill a bag for $2 sale at the local op-shop though so I've held onto it. As it's only it's second wear now and I bought it in May.... my purchase review:

I know I don't need this dress, I already have a black maxi dress I love (above) and this one I just like, so I should let it leave my wardrobe. But the bargain price and the fact that it's a classic black maxi dress are making me want to keep it. It's staying in my wardrobe. Even if it's not going to be a forever piece, it's definitely going to fill a need during my pregnancy! Not the smartest or most necessary purchase, but one I'm happy to have.


A quick video review of my Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote too, as I forgot to do it on it's second wear:



Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, brown marle cardiganblack maxi dress, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (above).

Other ways to wear: cardigan and skinny jeans in autumnblack maxi dress layered up for winter, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote and a printed maxi dress.


Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Fresh Fashion Forum, Style Me Wednesday, Oh Hey Girl, Throwback Thursday, Fashion Files, Fun Fashion, Shoe and Tell, Let It Shine, Hello Monday, Modest Monday.



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77 comments:

  1. Ahhh geez that little purple bag again. Gosh I am so smitten with it. I told myself a stern no but every time I see it, I can't help but grow love hearts in my eyes like the emoji.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Haha, if you're anything like me, it will get you in the end ;) I'm so pleased I bought it!

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  2. wear black dresses is every time a good choice! And you look great, i see you are pregnant - all the best for you! <3

    the dog is also cute. :-)

    Josephin | Tensia

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  3. This is a lovely outfit, love your long black dress! I think I need to look for one now :)

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  4. I love the embellishment on the first one. Gives it a boho vibe, but keeps it chic at the same time.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  5. Love this black dress on you! You look beautiful and radiant!

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  6. I love black dresses, it is so fun to dress them up. You look great in both I really love the added denim! :)

    Florals&Smiles

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  7. Ohhh black looks great on you
    I love this LBD selection as well

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  8. These black dresses are stunning! You look so pretty!

    ARedLip&Love

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  9. That little black dress is so simple yet so chic. You look wonderful as always, Mica =)

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  10. I especially love that first maxi dress. I like it when they have a slit to break up the material. Your bag is too fun! I've always liked that one.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Yeah it's a nice feature! none of my other dresses have it so it makes it a little different :)

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  11. Love both those dresses! Even though they're both black they both give off a different vibe! :D And I love the little bag, too cute
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. They do both look different, that's why it's so easy to justify keeping them both....ha!

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  12. Super cute, love that bag!

    Laura
    www.24-7style.com

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  13. A black dress with a blue denim dress is always stylish and classic. Love your maxi and that is a stunning purple Rebecca Minkoff bag. =))

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  14. You look gorgeous ♥♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  15. I think another black long dress can do no harm :) I like both looks, the jean jacket is a great piece.

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    1. I think if I don't add another one I'm doing okay....ha!

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  16. I love a comfortable maxi, it's simple and easy to dress up if needed. I also love the bag you paired with it, such a pretty color!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

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  17. I'm so jealous that you have two black maxi dresses and I don't have any! I really need to get one! You look great!

    http://elementsofellis.com/

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    1. I wear maxi dresses a lot so I'm glad I have mine :)

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  18. I absolutely adore that first black maxi! The embellished details are SO pretty! The slit is a pretty detail too!

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    1. The first one is definitely my favourite too :)

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  19. 2 great black maxi dresses! I love the beading in the first and the simplicity of the second. You look great, Mica!


    Amber
    All the Cute
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  21. love the way you dressed up the black maxi! and such a beautiful Minkoff!

    cute & little

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  22. You can't go wrong with a cute black maxi dress! I especially love the first one that has the little embellishments at the neckline. And what a gorgeous bag too!

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    1. It was the embellishment that sold me on it too, such a nice detail!

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  23. Your outfit looks amazing on you. I love your dress and handbag.

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  24. Both maxis are lovely, especially the first one with the embellishment.
    And I love the bag. I've been looking for ages for a purple one but I've not found the right one yet.

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

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    1. I find it really wearable! I'd been missing my old purple bag so this is a great replacement!

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  25. You look great in both dresses! And that bag is just gorgeous!!!

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  26. I’m still in awe of your persistence to frocktober! I’m also amazed at how many bags & dresses you own. I guess it was a great way for you to decide what you really love & want to keep & what you can donate though! You’re very inspiring!

    TFM BLOG

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    1. haha, yes I have far too many dresses! And the challenge showed me I really like them all too so it's hard to decide what ones I should get rid of!

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  27. I love how you styled this a few different ways! And that pop of color in the purple is amazing. All of it is so simple, but so elegant and classic. XO
    Lauren-Blair
    www.prefertobedemure.com

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  28. The split on the first maxi is such a cheeky detail I love :) And the dainty necklace you paired with the second one completes the look! Love the purple bag you wore with both

    Mili

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  29. I like the first one too, and it's because of the little details, the embellishments and that front slit, that make it special. The second one...it's a black dress, but it's plain. It doesn't have that specialness. For me, pieces have to be special - ones that aren't I'll either move to my "at home" wardrobe or I move them along out of my closet.

    Don't get me wrong - you look beautiful in both! But do you really need two black maxis? ;-) Now, the jean jacket, that's a classic! Never get rid of that!

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    1. I think that's a great way to think of them Sheila! I should keep special pieces. I'll probably get rid of the second one after my pregnancy, but it's just too perfect for it right now, haha!

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  30. Black maxi dresses are so much fun to dress up and put together... I especially love your denim jacket look.

    Stay fab,
    Lisa Favre
    fabuloushabits.com

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  31. That first black dress looks absolutely stunning, so classy! I think it works beautiful with the jacket, too :) <3 Wonderfully put together, dear x

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

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  32. I love the embellished neckline on the first dress! It's such a pretty touch! That purple bag is fab!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  33. This dress looks so chic and comfy.

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  34. I LOVE those gold shoes in your first look. Something about the way it makes the hardware on your bag "pop" is just so pretty!

    It's always hard to justify to yourself when you own a multitude of similar clothing. BUT, I do agree with the needed void during your pregnancy. This dress could possibly take you all the way through, so I agree, for now it should stay. (:

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    1. Yep I can see it working in the third trimester and early newborn days, so it's staying for the moment, although I don't think I'll keep it long afterward, I already have the first great black maxi! :)

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  35. Love the maxi dress on you! So gorgeous!

    Mary
    www.marymurnane.com

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  36. A black dress is such a great basic to have. Love how you styled it! And of course, love that little pup too!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  37. I like both maxi dresses; the first one especially has such a pretty cut. I always say your bags rock and the purple one does too. So very cute. Chatting with you and seeing your dresses I wish I could wear more maxi's during fall here. XOXO, Elif

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    1. Yes I'm lucky we don't have snow so I can wear them year round with enough layers! :)

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  38. If you're to wear them both then there's no shame in having them both in your wardrobe!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Very true, I just need to make sure I actually do wear them, ha!

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  39. Maxis are so easy to style in any weather. Closet staple indeed!

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  40. I can't get over this bag. Every time you feature it, I love it more and more! And hey, there's nothing wrong with 2 black maxi dresses--you rock them both!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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  41. Such a cute little bag! Love the boxy structure of it


    Enclothed Cognition

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  42. I love how you styled both dresses Mica! Both the denim jacket and cardi look great with your maxi dresses. Love your purple bag!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  43. aahh another brightly coloured bag!! i love it! :D

    Have a great day!

    Animated Confessions

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  44. adorable dress! very nice item for any closet!

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  45. Adore Rebecca Minkoff and love your cute little bump! :)

    Tatyana x
    Secret little Stars
    www.secretlittlestars.com

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  46. what a cute dress!! seems very comfy.

    Kisses,
    BLOG | Taislany

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  47. Both of these dresses look good on you! My favourite is the first one, it looks so elegant and I love the embellishment! xx

    www.elabellaworld.com

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  48. Looking so pretty with your cute bump, Dear!

    Of course you know I love that purple MAB tote!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  49. Both stunning looks! These dresses are gorgeous!

    ARedLip&Love

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  50. Loving the maxi!! Always carrying the perfect bag!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  51. You look stunning in black, it suits you so well. Also that Minkoff bag, especially in that color!!! It's gorgeous. And you did a review on it, about to watch that now!

    Z · HELLOZAUNI.COM

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    1. Hope you enjoyed the review video! :)

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  52. I love my black maxi dress! So cute!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  53. I was given a similar maxi dress and I wear it all the time!!!
    fantastic outfits.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.ba/

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  54. i've had my eye on a Rebecca Minkoff tote as well. This color is fab on you! And let me tell you, I love this maxi dress!!

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    1. I recommend it, it's a great little bag! :)

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  55. I love the first maxi dress from the pretty neckline to the side slit!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  56. I have a hi-lo black maxi like the one in 2 from French Connection . . . that I paid $6 at the Salvos for, so even better!! Must remember to get it out soon!

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    1. Oh yes you should get it out soon! :) Op-shopping can find the best gems, what a steal! :)

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  57. Thank you all for your kind comments!

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  58. Love the plum color of that bag!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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