Fangirl: The BBRBF Book Club | outfit

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Fangirl

Welcome to another installment of the BBRBF Book Club! This month, we read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl,  which in my opinion needed a girly, sweet outfit to go with it. Lucky for me, this gorgeous Grace Karin dress arrived just in time!

Don’t forget to check out Sara, Lyndsey, and Noelle as my fellow BBRBF members, and welcome Helene and Katherine as our two newest members!

Fangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.comAs always, here’s the synopsis via Goodreads:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?” Fangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.comFangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.com I will start this out by saying I am not a big fan of YA novels. I get a bit tired of the problems and love stories and crushes in YA fiction, because when I was a teen and college-age girl, I didn’t act the way most YA heroines act. I was an old soul in most ways, less interested in boys and more interested in writing.

So in that way, I could connect with Cath. I appreciated that she was actually a sensible young woman, for once. I appreciated that her eventual love interest was not just the run-of-the-mill “he’s a really hot guy who broods.” Fangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.com But there is an overall tone with YA novels that just doesn’t appeal to me, so I had a hard time reading Fangirl. I skipped the insertion of Simon and Baz’s storyline completely. It didn’t interest me to learn more about the book within the book, and in my opinion the story would have been just fine without the excerpts from Cath’s fanfiction writing and the fictional author Gemma T. Leslie’s books about Simon and Baz. They didn’t really relate to the story for me, and were frivolous additions that I wish would have been cut out.

As well, I was a little annoyed that the Simon world seemed to be based loosely on Harry Potter and the whole book was loosely based on Harry Potter fans.

The relationship between Cath and Levi, though, was heartwarming and unexpected. I loved the way it built up, and I loved the way they worked together, and I enjoyed how they worked together as a couple. Perhaps because they remind me a bit of myself and my husband in some ways. She a writer, he always trying to make everyone happy and making everyone feel loved. She a bit lost in her internet world, he always bringing her back to earth. Fangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.com

I wish I had more to say about the book, but YA fiction is just not my thing. I love Rainbow Rowell and Landline sits on my mantle as one of my favorite books, and I look forward to reading more of her novels. But perhaps not any others that are meant for a younger audience. Fangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.comFangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.com

But can we talk about this Grace Karin dress?

Evie will be turning one in September, and I want to do a photoshoot with her. So I ordered a dress from Le Bomb Shop, thinking that it would match a dress I got for her perfectly, and it wasn’t until after I had ordered that I realized the dress I ordered was a junior’s cut. Their junior’s cuts are slimmer through the waist and bust, and have seaming beneath the chest that make the bodice sit higher. When I tried it on, it did not fit me correctly. Either the seams hit about two inches above where my breast naturally falls, or things were just busting out the top.

Sadly, I started a process to return it, and then realized that not only do you have to pay return shipping, but they also charge a $6 restocking fee. After unsuccessfully listing it on a BST page, I shipped it back to Le Bomb Shop and I’ll end up ten dollars short of what I paid.  Fangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.comLuckily, a girl in the BST group suggested this brand of dresses from Amazon. She owns another style from the same shop, and she loved the quality and fit. Since Amazon offers free returns, I quickly placed an order for this. It is perfect. It was a full $20 less than the Le Bomb Shop dress, plus the fit is absolutely spot on, and the quality is better. Le Bomb Shop dresses have good quality, but I found the one I ordered to be a bit too flimsy for my preferences and what I had paid.Fangirl review and a Grace Karin Dress | eyreeffect.com

I am so happy with this dress, and in the future I will definitely be grabbing a few more colors from this line!

And yesterday proved to be my lucky day, as I also found not only these beautiful unworn, tags-still-attached flats for $5, but a shoe rack that was half off!

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Have you read Fangirl? What did you think? I would recommend it if you are a YA fan; it was well written and the characters were all multifaceted and had endearing flaws. However, if you are not into YA, I would recommend checking out Landline or another of Rowell’s adult fiction books instead!

And if you’re looking for really great quality and affordable dresses, definitely check out the Grace Karin line on Amazon! I’ve got my eye on this lemon print next.

Happy Thursday!
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Hearts and Roses of London dress, retro heels, and Jane Eyre

The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com Welcome To The Eyre Effect!

  I am incredibly excited to introduce you all to this new-and-improved space, and what better way to start a revamped blogging experience than with the story of how it all came to me, and this impossibly perfect Hearts and Roses of London dress?

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Why I Chose “The Eyre Effect.”

When I first named my blog, quite a few of my top favorite blogs had two-word quirky titles, usually with an animal or object in them. I wasn’t really sure what my blog was going to be other than a fashion blog (and previous to fashion, it was just a journal of sorts), and I didn’t know what my personal style was at all. So I sat down, and I thought “what do I like, and what is unique?” I did some arbitrary google searches to see what people were choosing as their blog names, I chose one of my favorite animals, and I opened up thesaurus.com to start brainstorming some good synonyms. “Eccentric Owl” took no more than five minutes to come up with.

I didn’t consider how it would grow with me as a blogger, or even if it had any relation to my style at all. It didn’t mean much. I liked the name, and that was good enough. And that’s totally okay! If you’re beginning as a blogger, don’t stress over the name. Eventually, you’ll settle on one that means something to you and your blog, but it doesn’t have to be perfect right away. For myself, I didn’t ever think blogging would become a big thing for me. It was (and still is, in most ways) just a fun hobby.

The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.comThe Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com But blogging grew into something so much more meaningful than I had ever expected it to, and in the last year or so “Eccentric Owl” had felt wrong. I looked at the name in itself, and it didn’t mean anything. It didn’t represent who I am as a blogger or what I wanted my blog to evoke. It was just a silly nonsensical label I’d slapped onto my work as a placeholder until I knew what I was doing. So when I finally decided to rebrand, I knew I wanted to delve into my blog title and give it real meaning.

I opened up a document and wrote down all of the things I wanted to blog about, the things I like, who I am inspired by, words I liked, patterns I liked; anything that had relevance to my blog is written in that document. Then I jotted down anything that I thought would be good in the title. Vintage. Novels. Elegance. Thrifty. Alliterated or rhyming phrases.

I even wrote down that I specifically wanted no more than three words, or a phrase that was set up “The (enter word) of (enter word).” The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com

 From there, I started to put together titles. The first one that really stood out to me as one I might use was “Novelty Vintage.” It was both a play on novelty prints, which are huge in the vintage blogging world, and my love for novels and book reviews. It didn’t quite resonate with me, but it worked. I went to bed thinking about what I could use as a title, and just as I was about to fall asleep I had a Eureka! moment.

There is one book I love more than any other, and have loved for nearly my entire life. It’s a book that has influenced how I write, what I love to read, how I judge many other books.

Jane Eyre.

I’ve always loved the book for its dark Gothic romance, and I love Jane Eyre herself for her quiet, yet passionate character. She is a woman who knows right and wrong, who stands up for herself, who will not give up doing what is right even if the wrong choice is a compelling one. She makes a life for herself even after the harshest heartbreak, and is wise even in her youthfulness. She is practical but knows how to appreciate beauty. She is artistic and loves knowledge. The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com

I think she is a character to greatly be admired, and as soon as I knew I wanted the book to somehow be in my title, The Eyre Effect came to me like a firework. It refers to my writing and book reviews in that it is named after a novel, to my character as a person who is gentle but stubborn when trying to make the right decisions, and even to my style in that I prefer practicality in my pretty garments. And it works perfectly with the subtitle of the blog: practical fashion with a novel twist.

Perhaps at first glance, most people will assume I chose the name simply because Jane Eyre is my favorite book. And that’s okay. If that’s all that people can take away from it, it’s good enough! The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.comThe Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com

At least even then, it means something.

I feel so relieved to have finally found a name that suits me in so many ways, and that really truly has a great meaning. I have always loved name meanings, and to have a title that was frivolous just didn’t sit well.

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Will Anything Change?

And now that I have a new name, someone might wonder if my blog will go in a new direction, too.

I can confidently say both “yes” AND “no.” I’m still a vintage and retro fashion blogger with a penchant for practical garments and budget-friendly choices. I’ll still be sharing my daily wears, my book reviews, and my outfits to match novel covers.

But I will be reintroducing makeup posts and hair posts. I will be posting a wishlist every once in a while. I may become more active with affiliate links to fund my dress addiction. And, I will likely begin pursuing sponsorships and sponsored posts – only about things I like and choose – once again.

And my photo quality will improve, as you can see. It’s about time I started using the nice lens!The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com

Hearts and Roses of London

And let’s talk about this dress for a moment! Lately, I have been finding so many gems at my local thrift store. I live in a richer-ish community where people often donate things that are unworn, or that they don’t care to process a return for. This dress still had the original tags on it and was priced for ten dollars! After a quick search, I found that it’s from a company called Hearts and Roses of London and their dresses range around $50 or so. I had already decided to get the dress, but that made it all the more sweet!

The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com The Eyre Effect | eyreeffect.com Everything about this dress fits me perfectly; even the sleeves sit well on my body, which is unusual for a cap sleeve style. I immediately thought how good a date night dress it would make with the peekaboo sweetheart neckline, which is modest enough for me but still flirty enough to woo my husband. Ha! The quality is also really nice; the dress has a bit of stretch, so a size 8 (US) fits me really well where in a non-stretchy dress I might be a 10 or even a 12US. And can we talk about the flared skirt? I need more twirly dresses.

Wearing it for this post was a no-brainer. It goes perfectly with my leatherbound edition of Jane Eyre, and I love having a new dress to debut with my new blogging space.

Thank you all for your support while I switched everything over! If you are subscribed via email or bloglovin’, don’t worry: you’re still following me! All of my subscribers have been transferred over. The only social media you’ll need to refollow is Snapchat, where I can’t change my username. So go find “theeyreeffect” there, because Snapchat gets to see lots of little previews! And also my kids.

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Peaches and Cream | Outfit

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Lately, I have been thinking about what it might be like to re-brand my blog. I’ve had the name Eccentric Owl for so long that I’m afraid to change it, but for quite some time it just hasn’t felt right. It’s been at least a year since I’ve considered renaming this space. If you look at the title of my blog and have no knowledge of what I do here, it could be about anything. Perhaps it’s an animal blog, or a quirky teen trying to stand out. It could be a journal. And so often I am called THE Eccentric Owl as a title, which, small a word as “the” is, bothers me. Misnomers always do. It’s similar to my childhood and having everyone misspell my nickname because “Kristi” was so unusual at the time and there are so many combinations to choose from (Christy/Christi/Kristie/Christie/Cristy/Kristy… you get the picture.) Peaches and Cream | www.eccentricowl.com When I chose my blog name, I only wanted to combine a feeling of uniqueness with my favorite animal at the time. I had previously named this space “A Day In the Life” as I was young and too lazy to think of something better, and I didn’t really think I would go anywhere with the blog. It was my journal for my thoughts and nothing more. Then, when I realized I wanted to move into fashion blogging, I noted that I needed a standout name. What did I love? Owls. Quirky style. I was only just getting into a retro/vintage feel, but it was much more reproduction and quirk then, and it’s so much more about elegance and a true vintage look now. Perhaps I’m not ever going to commit to only wearing vintage, but I at least want to always look like a girl who knows what vintage truly is. Peaches and Cream | www.eccentricowl.com I don’t know if “Eccentric Owl” is really right any more, or if it ever really was something that truly resonated with my wishes. It’s a quick thesaurus search and an animal that I love.

I’ve heard stories of how rebranding can be difficult, scary, that you lose followers, you lose people who are interested, etc; for me, the name is the only thing that would change. My style isn’t going to change with it. If anything, I may start feeling even more into my style if I change my blog name to reflect what I’m all about here. I write book reviews and wear vintage clothes. I love makeup, I’m a mother, I’m a retro housewife, I’m a writer. None of those things are truly reflected in my blog’s name.   Peaches and Cream | www.eccentricowl.com My mind always wants everything to fit perfectly, to be organized just-so, to be categorized into the exact place, to be written eloquently and understood effortlessly. So at this crossroad, where I am considering changing something that is so much associated with who I am, it’s a bit scary and confusing. It’s just a name,  but it’s a name that has been with me for over seven years! The only thing I’ve owned longer than that was my cat. Peaches and Cream | www.eccentricowl.com

So, the name of this space might change sometime in the future. The essence will be the same, and perhaps get even better when I feel the look and name has been perfected. I won’t be changing. My love for blogging won’t be going anywhere. I won’t suddenly become a mom blog, or a lifestyle blog, or something along those veins, that I always admire but that I most decidedly am not.

And I know, some people are attached to my blog name. I’m attached to it, in a fond way. It launched me into fashion, and it’s become synonymous with my self. It’s a lovely name. Peaches and Cream | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress, vintage | heels and belt, thrifted | lips, Milani Matte Darling | Flower crown, old, c/o Choies | Strawberry brooch, gift from Noelle

But sometimes, even good things need to change.

So bear with me as I brainstorm, possibly complain, and, I hope, finally settle on the perfect name.

I hope you’re all having a good start to your week!

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Purple Rain | Makeup & Beauty

Heads up! I use affiliate links in this post, which means if you grab those items with my links, you’re helping to support my blog! This post is not sponsored, and I bought all these lipsticks with my own money. Purple Rain | www.eccentricowl.comHappy Thursday! Today I thought it would be fun to reintroduce makeup posts to my blog.I’ve been wanting to ressurect my YouTube channel for a LONG time but I kept thinking I needed things to make it perfect. Well, forget that. If I wait to have great lighting or the right camera or the microphone I (obviously) need, I’ll never do it! So I decided to just start by reviewing all the purple and plum lipsticks I have. I’m on a huge purple craze right now, and I’ve snatched up all the vibrant purples I can find, plus I have a few pretty plums! Enjoy!

Lipstick List: Maybelline Color Jolt – Violet Rebel | NYX Liquid Suede – Sway | Nyx Liquid Suede – Amethyst | NYX Lip Cream – Bewitching | Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick – Vivid Violet | Maybelline The Loaded Bolds Lip Color – Violet Vixen | MILANI Matte Lipstick – Matte Glam | MILANI – Sangria | Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Shine – Berry Couture | Revlon Lipstick – Plum Velour | Jessie’s Girl Matte Finish Lip Color – Feisty | Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Chianti

I hope you have a fantastic Thursday!

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Lady in Red | Outfit

Heads up! I use some affiliate links in this post, so if you click through and buy the things, I get a little percentage which helps support my blog! Thank you for helping me keep this space alive!Final-9Lady in Red | www.eccentricowl.com Lately I have been making a point to purchase garments that fit me as my body is now. I’m actively trying to lose weight (and mostly succeeding), but I don’t want to be stuck in the land of clothing that doesn’t fit. That does nothing for how I’m feeling about all the changes motherhood has brought to my body.

So after purchasing a few dresses online with some extra money I’d made from selling old dresses that just don’t work on me, I went to Goodwill and hit the motherlode. My Goodwill seems to hoard all the good dresses until prom season, and then they bust out a million things that I want to buy. I found this dress while combing through the extra racks they’d put out, and immediately wanted it.

Lady in Red | www.eccentricowl.com It’s a different fit than I usually gravitate towards; the waistline is less fitted, the hem is shorter, and the skirt isn’t a full circle. But it’s so comfortable, and it makes me feel so good. I don’t have to fuss and pull at any seams; it’s not super tight, and I can breastfeed in it.

Plus, my husband said “it looks good” and gave me a thumbs up. Which is a very high compliment coming from him. Lady in Red | www.eccentricowl.com Lady in Red | www.eccentricowl.com Now that we are getting close to Evie’s first birthday, I’m starting to feel like I want to be done with breastfeeding. I didn’t think I’d feel this way; Asa started to wean himself to a bottle at six months and I was devastated. But, he also slept through the night by 8 or 9 months, whereas she still wakes 2-5x a night (depending on what I eat.)

Having not slept through the night for a year really makes a girl miss sleep, you know? And I miss being able to wear certain items of clothing for more than 2 hours. A certain baby refuses bottles almost all of the time, which means I can’t go anywhere without her for more than two hours. I miss clothing freedom, you know? But we will see how it goes. Lady in Red | www.eccentricowl.com This summer has been the weirdest one we’ve had in a while. It doesn’t quite feel like summer yet, which could be another reason why I’m thrown off in my daily style and blogging; some days are really hot, other days I wake up to clouds. I don’t know what to do with myself. I could almost wear tights some days, and other days I don’t want to wear anything. Lady in Red | www.eccentricowl.com Thank goodness for comfortable dresses and amazing shoes, right?

What carries you through your least favorite season style wise? Lady in Red | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress, thrifted (similar for only $11!) | Lips, Rimmel Provocalips in Kiss Me You Fool | Shoes, thrifted | Earrings, old

I hope you’re all having a great start to your week!

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