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All Dress August

This month I am doing a fun All Dress August challenge with some internet friends of a BST group on Facebook, and I decided to also throw in a color challenge. Since I just organized all of my dresses by color, I thought it would be fun to do the ABC’s of color again, like I did YEARS ago. Yesterday, of course, was the first day, and I wore almond (a dress that needs to be altered, so I didn’t take photos.) Today, obviously, is black. But also, it’s Wednesday Addams-inspired on a Wednesday, which is a pun I didn’t even realize I made until I sat down to write this post.

I am going to try hard to blog every day this month, so some days may just be one quick photo, and some posts will probably be longer.

Being me, I just try to pile on all the challenges at once, so I might try to make each color inspired by a book or movie character. I was inspired by Anastasia yesterday, but it wasn’t enough that you could tell. It should be fun to challenge myself to pull little character-inspired outfits as I go through the colors and try to wear a dress or skirt every day!  

This is a good way to get me out of my yoga-pants-mom rut.

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Sunday Sweet | Mother-Daughter Outfits

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Happy Sunday! Yesterday I had dressed Evie up to take some pictures of her at the park, and realized that I had an outfit that coordinated. So in a way, she decided what I was going to wear today (although we took pictures of the outfits yesterday.) She and I rarely match, because I actually don’t have that much pink in my wardrobe (surprised?) and her wardrobe is almost ALL pink.

Since it’s Sunday and it’s my “off” day, I’ll just leave you to enjoy the photos. Have a restful day!

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I know. So many pictures of Evie. #sorrynotsorry. 😉

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My outfit: entirely thrifted | Evie’s outfit: top, thrifted; headband, Babies R Us; tutu, gift/Marshall’s; socks, gift.
Photos: Suko Photography

I hope your Sunday is sweet!

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Book Review/Inspired Outfit: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

2Collage 2 I meant to do a book review with this outfit, obviously, but I put it off so long that I don’t feel I can accurately review The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate any longer. When I finished the book, I really enjoyed it but I also felt so-so upon closing the last page; it was entertaining and definitely worth a read, but didn’t leave me moved in any one direction.

Which isn’t as helpful when I’m trying to review it; I want a book that captures my emotions and keeps me thinking about it for days afterward — whether it be with love or with sadness. The best books impart lingering emotions, I think. 4 The best I can give you is a little synopsis of the characters.

Calpurnia Tate is a girl growing up in a household of boys, who realizes as the year passes that she is expected to essentially become her mother — a woman tasked with the endless job of caring for a house. Day in and day out, her mother’s jobs are never done. But Calpurnia, having befriended her Grandaddy (an eccentric gentleman obsessed with science and creating alcohol from pecans (or walnuts…?)), has had her mind opened to the world and all of its possibilities, and she becomes dissatisfied with what is expected of her. She wants to be more than just a housewife. 5 14 So, she balks at her duties and runs off with Grandaddy every day to discover the world around her, and is scolded for her negligence when she comes home. Her mind expands and her character grows as the book progresses until by the end, she begins to entertain thoughts of going to college. Which is basically where it ends.

It’s a fairly simple premise, but the characters themselves fill it with interest and hilarity, and I really enjoyed Calpurnia’s journey from a naive young girl to a young lady thirsting for more and more knowledge. 69 I’ve been realizing as I read more and more books… I really do judge a book by its cover. Perhaps it’s the artist in me, but if a book has a horrible cover, I am less inclined to read it. I will obviously give the first few chapters a go, but I’m much more drawn to good covers, like this one. It’s quite aesthetically pleasing!

So, you know. I like this book for its cover, too. Does anyone else really hate how the trend now is to put actors on the covers of books their movies are based on now? That is my biggest cover pet peeve. Ugh.

8 Collage 1 So this brooch was made and sent to me by Courtney, aka Some Call me Q (Instagram, blog) some time ago, and I JUST remembered that I had it! I’ve worn in a few times, but I feel as though I only wear pins in the fall and winter. I really love how unique this is; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brooch made out of zippers before.

But the fact that it was made by an internet friend for me makes me love it SO much more than my other brooches (hopefully they don’t get jealous.) So, thank you Courtney!

And also, she’s having a baby. Which is awesome. 7Dress, thrifted | cardigan, Target | tights, Nordstrom rack | shoes, Modcloth

(Above, cue me cracking up because I can’t take myself faking reading a book.)

Well, this is my last outfit post of the year! What a crazy thought; I can’t remember which Dressember day this was, hence no banner, but if you still want to donate please do. I’m not sure if I’ll be participating next year, but I will definitely be supporting others in their Dressember campaigns. And I’m so sorry I never did a roundup of my favorite Dressember posts! I’ve been stalking all of you who have said you’ve been doing it, but I’m really… a procrastinator. Leave your favorite Dressember post in the comments (of your own) so we can all see how wonderfully this cause is supported! (Or, in the case of Skye, your favorite un-Dressember post.)

Happy Monday!

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Christmas Day

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Well, my friends, it’s nearly 2015, and I’ve decided to take a little breather between now and the new year. I have three posts scheduled — a look back at my favorite outfits/posts this year, and a post of resolutions, and a book review outfit that I never shared — before January first, but other than that, I’m off until the New Year!

I hadn’t planned to take a break, but this morning I woke up and realized that I’ve never, ever taken a break from blogging other than right around the time that Asa was born. I’ve got a lot of plans in the works for this blog next year, a lot of scheduling and planning to do, a lot of little life changes I’d like to get set in motion,  and I think I need a few days to just focus on all of that.

If you haven’t already, please take a few seconds to fill out my blog improvement survey! (By the way, I can’t figure out how to make”something else” a choice instead of a comment box on question number six, so if you don’t like the answers, just let me know in the comment box). I’ve been enjoying gathering information from all of you, seeing what you guys love and would like to see more of; and, funny enough, most of the things you want to see more of or less of align pretty much with what I want to post about more, or less. Which is great!

I will still be on Instagram and Facebook posting pictures of Asa and my daily dresses for the rest of Dressember, so if you want to keep up on the last bits of this year, just head over to either place.

And, most of all, have a wonderful rest of your year!
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Christmas Cocktail Party: Get Ready With Me!

First of all, please take this survey as I am striving to improve the blog in the new year and would love to know what you’d like to see more of, what you think could improve, and any other feedback you might have!Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com I gotta warn you guys, today’s post is going to be very photo-heavy. But since there are only a few days until Christmas, I thought I’d do at least one Christmas-themed outfit/makeup post.

A few weekends ago, one of our friends hosted a Christmas party that was Cocktail-dress required, and I didn’t realize that until we were almost to the party. So I didn’t get to go full cocktail; my husband and I ran to Target on the way and grabbed the maroon peplum dress I’m wearing in this post and some silver flats, and I had to make do with a few bobby pins I found in my purse… and that was it. I actually changed in the car. Yeah. That really happens.

So today I thought I’d do the outfit proper, with what I would have looked like if I had realized beforehand that it was a cocktail party. I shot a photo tutorial for some fun makeup, showed you how I did a quick and easy holiday hairstyle, AND photographed my outfit, all for one post.

Ready? Yes? Yay!

First up, makeup. We’ll call this look Sugarplums Dancing. Because you’ll see why. As always, begin with a clean, moisturized face. I’ll admit I slept in my makeup last night and only washed it off right before this picture, but uh… pretend I woke up with a fresh face, ok?Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Apply your regular routine of foundation, blush, and powder, applying a bit of extra powder beneath your eyes as this will make it easier to brush away any falldown eyeshadow later.  Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com I prefer to do my brows before I apply eyeshadow, but this is because I use the same brush for dark liner shadows as I do for my brows, so… if you’re lazy about changing brushes like me, fill in your brows as you please.  Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Next, taking a shimmery shadow that is a few shades lighter than your skin, apply it to your browbone and the inner corner of your eye to catch all that light from the Christmas tree. Then with a light gold shadow, cover your lid from your lash line to just above your crease. Use the same gold shadow all the way beneath your lower lash line. Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Taking a dark plum shadow (and now you see where the makeup name came from), create a vee shape from mid-lash line, up and out to the crease, and inwards again. Apply the same shadow on the outer half of your lower lash line.  Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com With a dark brown shadow, deepen the plum color only on the outer edges of your eye, and apply dark brown just at the very outside of your lower lash line. And then, with a darker gold shadow, pop some color on the middle of your lid. Just for fun.  Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Blend it all because that’s how they say you should. (I’m feeling facetious today, can you tell?)Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.comWith dark brown or black liner, create a cat-eye shape (or whatever liner shape suits you the best. I like cat-eye because it’s a bit retro and universally flattering.) If you like, set the liner with shadow in the same color.  Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Now for some fun! With a wet shadow brush, grab yourself some straight gold glitter and dab it on wherever you want. I applied it just above the liner line from the inner corner out to where the darker shadow begins.   Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Curl your lashes, if you need to (I have to because otherwise they hit my glasses.), and add a few layers of mascara. My current favorite is L’oreal Original Voluminous. It’s kind of amazing stuff. Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com Now, with some plummy liner, line your lips to prevent feathered edges, and first apply a plum-colored lipstick, followed by a pinkish-red lipstick. Mixing lip colors adds dimension and also creates custom colors; this made my lips match the dress I’m going to wear.  Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.comNow your face is pretty. (Well, it probably was before. Now it’s… more pretty.)

Next up, the easiest, laziest fancy hairstyle known to woman. Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.comCurl your hair loosely (or as curly as you like, actually). I took pretty large sections of hair and was done in about five minutes because I hate spending hours on my hair. Be sure your hair is parted on one side or the other.

Then, taking a large section on the side that your hair is parted away from, pull your hair straight out from your head and curl it under with your fingers, from halfway down the shaft of your hair. This will create some volume instead of slickly-pulled-back-hair. Pin the rest of your hair on that side up in the back, so that you’ve got all the hair to one side of your head. On the other side, loosely bring your hair back from your face in a small section, and pin it back over the hair that’s already tumbling over your shoulder. And… you’re done.

Get yourself into a pretty holiday outfit, and go party!Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.com See more of the outfit after the jump! Continue reading “Christmas Cocktail Party: Get Ready With Me!”