Rock on with your frock on ? Don’t mind if I do?
Every Frocktober, I frock up and wear 31 dresses in 31 days to help raise funds and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. This money goes directly to funding an early detection test for ovarian cancer.
Currently, by the time it is detected, most women are in the late stages of ovarian cancer. It isn’t detected when you have your pap smears. There are signs to look out for, but many of them are easily attributed to an upset tummy, irritable bowel syndrome, perimenopause, a sore back from getting older …
- Vague abdominal pain or pressure
- Feeling of abdominal fullness, gas, nausea, indigestion – different to your normal sensations
- Sudden abdominal swelling, weight gain or bloating
- Persistent changes in bowel or bladder patterns
- Low backache or cramps
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Pain during intercourse
- Unexplained weight loss
Having these symptoms doesn’t mean you have ovarian cancer. You could be like me and discover that you have endometriosis instead. But it is worth being aware of these symptoms, keeping an eye on any changes and going to see your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.
Just remember what I always say – “I’d rather be called a hypochondriac than be told I wish you’d come to see me earlier”.
If you are able to spare some money, please donate to Frocktober. Click on over to check out Team Kimba Likes too! A team of women who are frocking up to fundraise together – because everything is better with friends.
This year, I’m having endometriosis surgery on October 24, so I’m only participating for the first 23 days. Nobody wants to see me in my hospital gowns and nighties for the rest of Frocktober!
Frocktober 2015 | GAP shirt dress
Day 1 of Frocktober 2015 saw me frocking up with a super cute navy and pink arrow print shirt dress. I teamed it with Crossroads jeggings and Next from Ezibuy patent loafers.
This dress was thrifted from a local op shop, brand new with tags still on.
Frocktober 2015 | Dangerfield Jack Rabbit dress
For Day 2 of Frocktober, I wore a super cute bunny printed dress by Dangerfield. It’s called the Jack Rabbit dress. I added a little print clash with a fabric Leona Edmiston belt from a sample sale, and used the fabric tie belt as a hairbow. A sweet pair of Alannah Hill cream sandals completed my look.
This dress came into my life when I needed a little retail therapy after my endometriosis scans. I love the retro cute styling.
Frocktober 2015 | Penelope Dress from St Frock
For a super warm Day 3 of Frocktober, I layered my St Frock Penelope dress over a cerise Metalicus slip. The dress is a little short and has an open crochet detail on the bust, so the slip kept me nice. I added my Lily Sunday Somewhere shades and silver Birkenstock slides.
I bought the dress on sale as a Frocktober treat. I also thought it would be comfy for my surgery recovery.
Frocktober 2015 | Country Road sunfrock
Day 4 of Frocktober gave us a sneak peek into summer. Man, was it hot or what?! 35 degrees plus had me reaching for a cotton layered sunfrock.
I adore the 80s esque print, the pastel mint colour, the sweetheart neckline, the ruched back, flouncy skirt and the 100% cotton dress and lining. I’m not entirely thrilled with the spaghetti straps and intend to change them. One day. Really soon. (You know I’ll probably never get around to this, right?). In the meantime, I wore a pretty bra with polkadot straps and safety pinned my dress to my bra.
I picked up this lovely Country Road frock at Birkenhead Point outlet centre for $14.95. That’s a 90% discount.
Frocktober 2015 | Boohoo Zaira Boutique Prom Dress
A fancypants lunch date with my Blokefolk and my inlaws at our wedding reception venue, the Hyde Park Barracks Cafe, was the perfect occasion to debut this darling retrocute dress. The Zaira Boutique Full Skirted Prom Midi Dress just made me feel gorgeous and oh so elegant.
I teamed it with a vintage 80s leather quilted mini bag, Alannah Hill sandals and a metal leaf headband.
This gorgeous dress was a gift from Boohoo. Click here to shop
Frocktober 2015 | vintage 50s day dress
On Day 6 of Frocktober, I wore my new-to-me vintage 50s day dress. It is handmade and in almost perfection condition. A high neck isn’t usually my thing but this dress is so well cut through the bust and waistline, with fullness through the skirt, that it is very flattering on me.
This dress was $49 from Retro Village, Darling Street Rozelle. It is owned by a friend of a friend and is packed to the gunwales with vintage and retrocute awesomeness. Look out for my blog post soon!
Frocktober 2015 | Three Parsons Essential Dress
Day 7 of Frocktober was nearly 20 degrees cooler than the previous few days, and terribly blustery. A full skirt was a Very Bad Idea. Nobody wants to see my knickers!
My Three Parsons Essential Dress in Zebra from the AW15 collection was the perfect choice. It was warm on a cool day and super comfy for a day hitting the laptop and the sofa. I adore the angled design with side draping, and the versatility. I’ve worn this dress for a lunch date at Cafe del Mar, and to an Embellish Atelier event. I chucked on Boyo’s kicks as I ran out the door to nab a quick photo!
This dress was a gift from Three Parsons.
Frocktober 2015 | Meet Team Kimba Likes
It’s not too late to join in the fun and be part of Team Kimba Likes. Everything is more fun with friends, right? Just click here to set up your Everyday Hero supporter page, and then click here to join Team Kimba Likes.
- Sarah blogs at She Writes – all about live, love, shine. She’s a thyroid cancer survivor, a fellow Inner Westie and one of those people I feel I must have been BFFs with in a previous life.
- Lauren blogs at SAHM I Am – all about cards, fitness, food and life from the perspective of a stay at home mum. She is a fellow Endo Warrior, and lives in my hometown of Christchurch.
- Vicki blogs at Style on V – all about living the luxe life for less. Vicki has an adorable children’s boutique Milk & Ivy
- Janet blogs at Middle Aged Mama – all about fashioning a new life after the kids have grown. She lives in Queensland and is a fellow op shop fanatic.
- Jules blogs at Toddlers Plus Teens While Living the Dream – all about life with littles and bigs. As she says, “Life can get busy. Enjoy the moments”. Hear hear!
- Emma blogs at The Illusive Femme – all about the life and colourful mind of a 2o something girl from Perth. Super proud of her for being a Parenting & Style finalist in the 2015 Kidspot awards.