I try not to have any overlap between this blog and my HerRochester blog, but this post is very important to me.

The next week has temperatures ranging from 30 to 55 degrees in Rochester, but I’ll be wearing a dress every day.

I found out about this kind of late in the game, but this month is Frocktober, an event based in Australia with this challenge: wear a dress every day to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research.

Here is my day 1 look:

Frocktober, day 1

It began back in 2007 when some Australian ladies wanted to do something fun and interesting to raise funds for women’s health. They went out to a local pub, each donning a dress, and raised $200.

In 2010 they raised $112,000 AUD for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and they are well on their way this year, currently at $78,504.34 AUD.

This cause is very close to my heart. My mother passed away in March at the young age of 58, only one year and nine months after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. When she learned of her diagnosis she was likely in stage three or four, with four being the highest stage of ovarian cancer.

Me and my mom, preparing holiday goodies for the homeless.

While this may sound like an unusual case, it’s not. Most patients are diagnosed at advanced stages, and less than 50 percent of women survive longer than five years after diagnosis, according to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

This is a cause worth fighting for. Please consider donating and learning more about ovarian cancer on the OCRF website.

Also, why not join me in celebrating the last week of Frocktober. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate:

Wear a dress.
Even if it’s only for one day, wear it proudly. Post a picture of yourself on Facebook and link to the OCRF website.

Host a Frock Swap.
Dig up the dresses you don’t wear anymore, and swap them for new (to you) ones with your friends.

Plan an event.
Host a dinner, evening cocktail outing, or afternoon tea. Ask attendees to wear their best frocks.

How to dress up your frock for the cold Rochester weather:

Keep your legs covered.
Throw on a pair of knit tights, skinny pants or legwarmers under your frock.

Layer, layer, layer.
Start with a long-sleeved shirt, add a sweater or vest on top and consider wearing a slip (yes, they still make these) underneath.

Accessorize.
Tall boots, a knit hat, and a colorful scarf are just a few ways to add to your look and keep yourself warm at the same time.

For more fundraising ideas and to learn more about this event, visit the Frocktober website. For more information about ovarian cancer and to donate, visit the OCRF website.

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