frock this town

dj oily shoes wearing a frock a day in october all in the name of ovarian cancer research #frocktober2017

pools of sorrow, waves of joy

After Ursula’s kind gift of a bag of frocks on Saturday, I had new options to wear this week. So this morning I decided on this special metallic vintage frock and my gold shoes which hadn’t had an outing yet this Frocktober, despite being staples of my wardrobe usually. Add a red belt of mine and a “Little Book of Bowie” necklace and I was ready to rock Day 23.

Lots of people commented on this frock today and it felt great to wear a gift from a good friend. But by the time I got home I wanted to chill out a bit and really needed a frock that featured elasticated sections so I could let it all hang out.

And so I came to be wearing this Hell Bunny Muertos frock and flashing my undies to the drivers of Werribee.


This was an easy outfit to wear for a quick trip to Kmart to buy a donut costume.

I think we can all see who the winning frocker was today – the mini-photographer with her donut frock thing. Is it a donut? Or is it an “O” for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation?

To support research into an early detection test for ovarian cancer, please visit my donation page here and reward these silly frocking efforts we’ve made today!


don’t be afraid to catch feels

On Day 22 I wore a frock that surely deserves a trophy for being a stayer. I bought this at Savers about 15 years ago. The label is Weiss, which (the internet reliably informs me) was synonymous with Australian fashion in the 70s, 80s and 90s. I wear it on weekends because it’s so easy and comfy. But each time I’ve worn it in Frocktober it has attracted lots of positive comments. As you can see, I did my usual Sunday thing and wore the bits and pieces that were lying around my room – last night’s sneakers, yesterday morning’s scarf and yet another cardi.

I went and hung out with my ace mothers group (yes, it’s a group for ace mothers) and then in a delightful coincidence (or was it?), a donation came in from May-Nee, who is in the Swedish outpost of our group. Thanks May-Nee. I hope you are rocking the op shops of Sweden!

In the afternoon I went and practiced being a frumpy garden gnome at Peter and Kit’s place.


You’d think by Day 22 of Frocktober I’d have my selfie skills nailed, but no. Still making dodgy faces and half cropping the kid out.

img_4007My pretty friend Ruckus says if you want to do more to support research into an early detection test for ovarian cancer (because there isn’t one), then please make like May-Nee and visit my donation page.

from now until forever

Bonus! Day 21 of Frocktober 2017 was a two frock day!

I woke and needed to hurry to the shops for crumpets as we had no breakfast food in the house, so I reached for this old stretchy Big W cobalt frock, a magenta cardi (of course) and while I was in the wardrobe I spotted a scarf my mum gave me for my birthday so I added that, a pineapple shopping bag and silver glitter shoes.

img_3934Come afternoon, it was time to frock up a level for Sarah’s hen’s do, and thus came frock 21a.

img_3995This is a Lindy Bop frock that I bought to wear to my cousin Simon’s wedding to Anna in Liverpool. Of course, I didn’t think the frock choice through very carefully because this being my preferred frock for weddings, I really shouldn’t have worn it to the hens do, because now what am I going to wear to the wedding? Cross that bridge when I come to it…

The mini-photographer came with me, lured by the prospect of mocktails. She too frocked up.

img_3949Excuse the face – she was getting splashed by other kids at the NGV water wall. We were at the NGV to check out the Dior exhibition which seemed like the perfect Frocktober hens do activity.


As you can see, there were loads of pretty frocks and other expressions of style amongst the hens. The lovely blonde frocker with the cold shoulders in the pic above is Tamara, one of my Frock This Town team mates who is doing a great job of also raising funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. If you’d prefer to send your donations to OCRF via more of a glamourpuss than me, you could send one via her donation page.

At the hens party I received a lovely surprise bag of frocks from Ursula, who has the ultimate style. She rocked the mohawk back when it was proper punk, and now brings the cutting edge to the streets of Brighton (where it’s sorely needed). There are a couple of frocks in there that might get a run in the last week of Frocktober 2017. And – oh joy! – there’s one in there that might be just right for Sarah and David’s wedding! Bridge crossed!

After a few more stops around town for bubbles, mocktails and dumplings, we headed back to Werribee, because it was time for me to swap my heels for sparkly sneakers and do the DJ Oily Shoes thing at The Park for the last time this Frocktober.

img_3994As the donations via my page steadily climb past $3000, I want to thank you all for sticking with me this far into Frocktober, and ask that if you haven’t yet been inspired to donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, feel free to tell me what it would take, frock-wise, to inspire you and I’ll see what I can do. I never shy away from a challenge!



something about the way you drive me up the wall

On Day 20 I tarted up this tartan Hell Bunny frock with my Chocolatica platforms and a cardi.

After a day in the office we were back out on the local footpaths so the mini-photographer could practice her cycling.

She’s a total champ at it now and she was speeding around the track like you would expect from someone with such strong cycling genes.

I’ll tell you who else is a total champ, and that’s Clare, who made a generous donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation on Day 20. If you’d like to join Clare in being a champ, just visit my donation page and leave a little something-something there for all the ovary-owners of the world.


this wrinkle in time, can’t give it no credit

Day 19 was a low-effort day from me, and still it somehow attracted donations for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and compliments on my frock – sweet and bewildering!

Thank you to Nat for her donation and for always being such a great pal in the parenting journey and for having great style. And thank you to Sylvia for her donation and for agreeing to have her photo appear on my blog at the start of the month and for her patience with my PMF learning!

img_3807I knew I was going to spend all day on Day 19 in a training room, so I just wanted comfort and ease, which is why I wore this very old second-hand Katie’s frock which came from an op shop at some historical point in my life. It’s old and pilled and held together in one place by a safety pin, and I wore it with daggy clunky old brown op shop shoes. But somehow every single time I wear this frock, I receive compliments. So thank you to those people who saw some semblance of pretty where I just saw comfort.


Yesterday’s donations nudged me over the $3000 point (amazing! thank you!) and we’re still climbing towards $4500 for the Frock This Town Team. Every donation is welcome and very much appreciated.

i’m singing for you and i hope that you’re singing for me

Day 18 was a hot one! Not only weather-wise, but for donations too!

Today the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation received a donation from Jan who evidently thought my Lady in Red attempt wasn’t too girly. Thanks Jan for always being such a great supporter!

I also had a lovely surprise donation arrive from Frisky Librarian who I’ve followed on Twitter and Instagram over the years. It’s always a bit of a surprise when you realise that someone you “know” from online is a real person and cares enough to take an interest in your self-indulgent selfies. Thank you Jayne! I accessorised with a rather ridiculous pink glittery bow and a Love is Love pin.

I ditched the pretty white bow around my waist after the first photo and enjoyed the breeziness of this frock for the rest of the day.Right through until 10pm on my evening dog walk.

Did I mention that my Frocktober is part of a team effort this year? I knew it was an impossible task to try and raise $4600 again on my own, but if I teamed up maybe it would be possible. So on my team are Tamara and Kylie, and they are doing great. As a team we’ve almost hit $4000, and I reckon it might just be possible to beat my total from last year. Would you like to try and help us get there?  Just click here.


the sun’ll come out

On Day 16, the lovely Jan commented that she waiting for a Lady in Red look from me, so on Day 17 I reached towards the red end of my wardrobe (yes, I hang my frocks arranged by colour) and found this little number.

When I wore this last year, I felt like I was channelling Orphan Annie.

And a couple of people made that comparison this year – Hi Di! Hi Nat!

But I had a weird feeling that by adding the black belt and with the green hair and wall, I might be looking more Mrs Claus than Annie.

And you know that when I got this frock, I really wanted to look like Justine Clarke.

So I’m not sure if any of those looks really meet Jan’s Lady in Red hopes. I’m not sure I’ve made Chris de Burgh proud.

But I’ll tell you who’s made me proud: Bethia! I’m delighted that one of the ultimate ladies in red (hair) has made a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation via my donation page. Will you join her?

Today’s pin says “Look on the Bright Side” but I pretended it said “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow”.


just like the ones i used to know

On Day 16 of Frocktober I couldn’t resist this Lindy Bop frock which I can’t help but think of as a Christmas frock, especially when I wear it with my red and white BAIT Ione shoes.

img_3709But as the clever and always-lateral-thinking Emma pointed out when she made a generous contribution to OCRF on my donation page, it doesn’t have to be a Christmas dress… it may just be a Swiss dress! Of course, she’s thinking that because she’s in Lucerne right now. I’m happy for my frocks to be interpreted in any way that inspires a donation. So Swiss it is… thanks Emma!

Thanks also to Michelle for affirming my “Stylish Eilis” self-descriptor. Your support is much appreciated, not only by me but by the far more interesting Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and all who benefit from their important work.

img_3726My day definitely had some “tell me why I don’t like Mondays” moments and I was very tempted to hide from the world for a bit. But I’m glad I got back up again and went outside with the mini-photographer because the next thing I did in my frock was this:

img_3728Running up and down the street holding the back of her new bike while she figured out how to ride. It really wasn’t long before I wasn’t needed and this is what happened:

Girls rock! Especially this one! She had a huge burst of achievement and pride, and I got such a mood boost from seeing her finally master this elusive skill.

So hooray for mini-photographers and hooray for ovarian cancer researchers (and heck, all the other medical scientists out there) and hooray for frocks that can be interpreted in any way that makes you happy. Go team!

That link again, for anyone feeling the love and wanting to send a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is Tell the world! Share it with your friends! Or just discreetly visit it yourself, I don’t mind.


hit that perfect beat

On Day 15 we had a visit from two of my biggest supporters, Mum and Dad.

img_3673Once again, it was the perfect weather to be out and about in, so we cruised the streets of Wezza with them and enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Mondell’s.

img_3696Then in the afternoon we took ourselves across town to the Melbourne Marching Girls reunion/relaunch/reboot.

img_3698Just like on Day 14, I was wearing a favourite op shop dress. This one came from Vinnies. In the afternoon I wore it with my Wonder Woman socks that Kristen got for me. I just thought the outfit wasn’t busy enough without the socks and sandals. And the colours go perfectly.

At the Marching Girls meet-up, we got a preview of our costume for next year’s Mardi Gras, which unfortunately does not feature frocks.

But we also had the chance to reminisce about frocks we have worn and loved to Mardi Gras past.

A generous donation arrived in the virtual donation jar today. Lots of love to you, Bernie, for always being such an enthusiastic supporter of my ridiculousness.

If anyone else would like to enthusiastically support my ridiculousness, my donation jar is clickable right here. We’re hurtling towards the $3000 figure. Can we do it?

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑