Let’s Pretend

Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysLet's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.com Do you ever imagine what it might be like if you were a celebrity?

I do. Often, even though I can’t act worth beans and I don’t actually think I would like the life of fame, I imagine walking the red carpet and being interviewed; and mostly, it’s because of the clothes. I would love to be a woman who had access to sweeping gowns made by brilliant designers, to be fitted perfectly to my body; I would love to have someone professionally touch up my makeup — or learn how to do it myself, since I have a thing against other people touching my face — and fix my hair.

It would be an interesting and fun experience, to live that glamorously if only for a day. Of course, as with any profession, there are challenges and hardships. But, you know, it would still be fun!

Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.com Today I felt like a movie star. This dress makes me feel every bit as glamorous as if I’d had professional hair and makeup done and was styled by a famous designer.

I think, based on one of my favorite fashion-of-the-stars website, I would probably be one of the few celebrities who actually wore nonstop color and pattern. I might be one of those stars who occasionally steps into the world of kookiness with a crazy 1970’s caftan or 80’s dress, but at least I’d be having fun! I’ve always noticed that people in the public eye tend to dress in neutrals, reds, or dark colors, (as well as the crazy-revealing, or those garments that can’t really be classified as “clothing”) and you don’t see a lot of pattern. I don’t know if this is a modern trend, or if they go for simple because they’re told it’s more flattering… I don’t know. But I always appreciate people like Emily Blunt or Zooey Deschanel or Mindy Kaling who wear interesting and beautiful and colorful clothes; people who aren’t caught in the world of nude shoes and black dresses. Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.comLet's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.com Obviously there is a practical side to being clothed, but also… why not have fun with it?

I think I was asked once or saw the question once a long time ago whether Christianity/modesty and fashion blogging are at war with each other; whether it goes against a Christian’s call to be modest to photograph one’s self quite often in order to post those pictures on the internet and garner fans ans followers. (And when you put it that way, maybe it does sound vain.) But the thing is… I don’t do this for attention. It’s nice to get comments, yes, although I appreciate those more for the friendships I have made.

But at the core, fashion blogging is just… fun. I love wearing pretty things and I always have; I love creating something that is beautiful to the eye, whether it be a painting, a sketch, a photograph, an outfit, and sharing it with others in hopes they might share the joy.  I love creating outfits that are physically modest but also truly fashionable to encourage other women who want to dress modestly that you can wear attractive outfits that are decent without having to look like a homeschooler (you know what I’m talking about. And I can say that; I was homeschooled.)Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.com Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.com I believe that fashion blogging and modesty — of attitude, pocket, and appearance — are not necessarily mutually exclusive concepts. My brother-in-law pointed out once that when it speaks of women being called to be modest in the church in the Bible in one instance, its’ not even talking about modesty of clothing in the sense of being revealing; it’s talking about the fact that these women were dressing outlandishly and elaborately and going to church in order to get attention for themselves, instead of coming to church to worship God.  Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.com Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.com So really, it depends on why I do this. If I were blogging only to shout to the world “look how beautiful I am, look at me, I’m so fashionable, I’m so thrifty, I’m so fantastic!” (which, sadly, one or two of my posts have been misread that way) then yes, I would not be blogging in a very modest way. But I do this as a hobby; it’s fun, I like creating art — and clothing can be a form of art –, I love to meet new people, I hope to encourage others, and blogging is my way to journal life. Since I was never very good at keeping a paper journal. Let's Pretend | www.eccentricowl.comBelt and vintage dress, thrifted | heels, Kohl’s | earrings, c/o Oasap | bracelet, Target

And also sometimes I think people in the religious world can get really legalistic with what you can and cannot do, which can go overboard. Obviously I believe there should be limits, as with anything in life; too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. (Hello, chocolate.) But I also believe that you should use your talents to encourage others, which is what I hope I am doing!

What are your thoughts on fashion blogging, vanity, and modesty (of the heart)?

P.S. If you are wondering whether this dress is possibly that bright in real life… the answer is yes. It is. I LOVE IT. Happy Sunday!
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Stripes and Beehives

Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysStripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.com  Happy Saturday! You guys! Five days until Christmas!!! AH!

Today we are going to a family Christmas party at my dad’s cousin’s house. I don’t know how many people will be there, but it’s always fun to gather with my dad’s side of the family; they’re a very food-centric family, so I know there will be a wealth of delicious foods to eat. Which is always a plus. This season I’ve sort of given up being healthy just for the holidays. Because it’s the holidays.

This is how people end up five (or ten) pounds heavier by the end of the year, haha! So many cookies. Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comStripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comI’ve been thinking about some resolutions for the new year — I don’t normally really care about resolutions, but I already have some goals I would like to meet and I think starting them off in the new year is a great way to have a fresh beginning. Some things, like eating healthier and exercising, and pretty much a given; everyone makes those resolutions in the new year. Did you know that only around 88% of people who make these resolutions fail by the end of the year?

I think that the biggest reason for this is probably lack of planning, and not going back to your list of resolutions on a regular basis to remind yourself of what you hope to achieve. Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comStripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.com I’ll be writing a more detailed resolutions post at the end of the year, but as far as health goes, my main hope is to have a better schedule and more consistency. I want to be able to go on hikes with my husband and not be exhausted halfway through; to look and feel better overall; to eliminate sugar cravings and just… be healthy. I am probably moderately healthy right now, but there is a lot to improve.  Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comStripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.com Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comI saw this little guy on our doorstep today as I went outside to take pictures; he’s got itty bitty little droplets of water all over him since it’s rainy today. We call these caterpillars Fuzzy Wuzzies, and I don’t know if that’s just a family thing, a regional thing, or… I don’t know! What do you call fuzzy black and orange caterpillars? Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.com Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.com I am continuing my run of dressing from the past, as you can see, with this sixties inspired look. Funny enough, though, it’s all modern with the exception of the headscarf. I think what really  makes an outfit look more retro or modern really is what you do with your head. Imagine this sans the beehive; it would immediately look like it was from this era.

Another one of my New Year’s resolutions will be to stick with this retro style for at least six months, and weed out any clothes that don’t fit the theme. I plan to just box up anything that isn’t working with the style I’m going for (anything from 1940-1970), and commit to a real vintage/retro fashion run for a while, to see if it really suits me as much as I suspect it does. I’ve been afraid to really commit to a set style for a while because I’m afraid I’ll get bored of it,  but every time I go more retro, I’m immediately happier. Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comDress and tights, Target | boots, JC Penney | headscarf, thrifted | belt, ??? | earrings, c/o Oasap | glasses, c/o Firmoo

Do you guys have any resolutions?

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Happy almost Christmas!
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Glamour | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysGlamour | www.eccentricowl.com I have been waiting and waiting to debut this vintage 60’s faux fur coat for quite a while. My friend Sarah gave it to me along with these two vest/cape/whatever things from her grandmother’s closet, and I adore it. But it takes a little bit of bravery (for me) to sport a coat with this much personality, and it just needed the perfect dress to go with it.

And then Romé from Sunday Millie asked if I wanted to choose a dress to feature for the Dressember Campaign, since she’s doing it but she’s camera-shy, and I saw this and… here we are. Today I am pretending to be a 1940’s film star in a 1960’s fur coat, a 1970’s dress, modern heels, and who knows what era this veil is from. I’m not good at dating hats. Glamour | www.eccentricowl.comI think yesterday’s dress has spurred me into a vintage vixen phase. My new go-to hairstyle is now a beehive and a headscarf, which was surprisingly easier to get done than I had imagined, and I’ve started using my lipsticks more often, and… yeah. I’ll just live in the past, if you don’t mind.

I also liked a few of these pictures better as black and white, so I’m hoping it’s not too weird to have color and black and white in the same post. I just think certain pictures look so much more striking colorless, especially with outfits like these!Glamour | www.eccentricowl.comGlamour | www.eccentricowl.com Isn’t this dress glorious, though? The colors and the pleating and the floral… it’s a dream dress. I just can’t get over how beautiful it is. And it works well for a lot of different era of styles; I’m already imagining a few more ways to style it (boots and beehive, for one) to make it wearable regardless of what era you like to dress in. Glamour | www.eccentricowl.com I cannot believe that Christmas is next week. We only just got our tree last weekend, and I finally completed decorating it yesterday, plus I had to make us stockings to hang since we couldn’t find ours, and I finished those on Wednesday. I feel like I am only just getting into the Christmas spirit. And here it is, one week away. At least I’m done with my Christmas shopping! Wrapping… well… that’s another story. Glamour | www.eccentricowl.com Glamour | www.eccentricowl.com So on a completely different tangent, is anyone else really annoyed that Facebook now forces you to crop your profile picture square? I would have been using the below picture, but with the new forced crop feature, it either crops out my lips or my hat, and… ugh. I’m annoyed. I’ve never been one of those “I hate Facebook I’m quitting!” people, because… it’s just a media site, and it’s useful to me having so many friends and family members who live far away. But I like my pictures full sized, thank you very much, and unless you’re Instagram, square is not cool.  Glamour | www.eccentricowl.com I hope they change that soon.

Well, tomorrow we have a family Christmas party at the home of my dad’s cousin, and it should be a lot of fun! I haven’t decided what dress to wear yet; I either have this fantastic tangerine dress that I thrifted the other day, or I could wear something a little more low-key… but I like dressing up.

If you couldn’t tell.Glamour | www.eccentricowl.com Glamour | www.eccentricowl.com I hope you are all having a good week! I forgot to mention what I thought of The Battle of Five Armies! And mostly, I liked it. I am not fond of all the attempt-to-make-it-trippy stuff that Peter Jackson does with making the Necromancer-turning-into-Sauron flashy and all, but other than that I enjoyed it. I like the movies better than my husband does, which is not surprising. My husband loves Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but he’s also very critical of film in general because he likes to make film, and if he thinks he could do it better, he doesn’t like it. Or something like that. I’m the same with books. Glamour | www.eccentricowl.comDress c/o Sunday Millie | vintage coat, gift | vintage hat, antique store | shoes, Target | vintage suitcase, gift | ring, Forever21 | belt, thrifted

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Happy Friday!
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The Perfect Dress

The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysThe Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.comI currently have a small stash of dresses never before worn on the blog sitting in my room. Some of them, I have had for a while. Some of them, like this dress, I found on my most recent thrifting trip when I had a little bit of extra spending money in my pocket. A very little bit. And one of them was kindly sent over to me from Sunday Millie in support of the Dressember Campaign; hopefully I’ll be wearing that one tomorrow. Wait till you see it; it is gorgeous!

When I pulled this dress off the rack yesterday, I knew it HAD to be mine. This is such a gorgeous dress, and possibly one of the most amazing finds I’ve ever come across at Goodwill! It’s a 1950’s dress, and judging from the oft-let-down sleeves and the seams that have been let out along with Davina’s comment that she has the same one, it’s most likely a school uniform. (Speaking of Davina, you need to check out her and the band. They’re kind of amazing. We went to see them a year or two ago when they were in town, and I was immediately obsessed. I’m constantly starstruck that she follows my style.)The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.com I think because of Dressember I am quickly discovering in more solid terms what I do and don’t like with fashion. Yesterday’s outfit was not me. It was cute, and I like that dress and that shirt, but I’m not sure if I want to keep the dress. I feel most myself in outfits like this one, or the quirky shirt over a floral dress, the cherry print + polka dots, the horse-print 60’s shift, or the mushroom dress. Things with a little bit of quirky and a lot of retro. Of course, today I didn’t style it with anything quirky. Just a whole lotta fifties style.The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.comThe Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.com The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.comI always have trouble styling my hair in the 50’s way, though. It’s so long now that it doesn’t want to hold a curl, and even when it does I just never quite get it high enough, curled enough, retro enough… whatever. I’m working on it, though, because I LOVED how my hair was when I started pictures. By the end the shoot, when I realized I preferred the outfit with my glasses and re-shot most of the pictures, the hair was already falling. It happens. I really should do pin-curls or soft curlers instead, to reduce heat damage and for better holding abilities.  The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.comThe Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.com I would really like to get a routine at night going of putting my hair in some sort of no-heat curl to make life easier, but… right now it’s low priority. Especially with a baby around, where most of the time my hair ends up in a bun anyway. After I came in from pictures, I tried my first-ever beehive in an effort to not always do a ponytail or a bun, and it actually worked quite well. I also had to change my dress, because the seams on the back of this one at the arm are so old they started popping. Thankfully, a very easy fix!  The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.com So you’ll be seeing another dress from today later (I don’t know, I could double-post or I could save it for a rainy day), since… I liked that one too.

And I just realized that I’ve made this entire post about fashion. Which I suppose is not a bad thing. I think sometimes I feel as though I should write about much more intelligent or creative things, but then I remember that this is really just my online journal. I write about what I’m thinking in the moment, because… that’s who I am. I like to share my thoughts and my life with you no matter if it’s frivolous or deep. And I have to keep reminding myself that I shouldn’t apologize for whatever it is that I write (unless, of course, it’s a horrible thing) even if some days it is rather mindless. The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.comThe Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.com I’m thinking about going back to brown hair, after three (or four?) months of the red. After I dyed my hair red, at least four other women I know followed suit. Some because of me, some because it was fall. So now that there’s a gaggle of bottle-redheads around, I feel like… I want to be different again. Obviously it’s not going to be that different– apparently everyone goes red in the autumn, dark in the winter, who knows what in spring, and blonde in the summer. I went red because I wanted to, not because it was a seasonal fad. I’m going back to dark because my husband likes it better and I can’t make up my mind. The Perfect Dress | www.eccentricowl.comBelt and vintage 1950’s dress, thrifted | heels, Target | brooch, antique | earrings and necklace, gift | glasses, c/o Firmoo

It’s funny, previous to these frames, I always preferred myself without glasses. I never liked to take pictures with glasses on, or go anywhere with spectacles on my face; I always hid them in my purse and only pulled them out when I had to drive or in the darkness of a movie theater or amongst people I knew really well. But then I got these, and suddenly I much prefer myself with glasses. I feel much more confident in these frames. Not to mention, it’s much easier to emote when you can see.

Someday I might get contacts. But for now, I think glasses add so much more character to a person… and these look very retro to me, which is probably why I love them.

I hope you are all having a good day! I think I’m going to go bake some Christmas cookies, find a way to hang our stockings (which I made last night because we couldn’t find our stockings from last year), and probably eat too many of those cookies I’m going to make. (Christmas is exactly a week away. I don’t know how I feel about that.)

Happy Thursday!
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What Would a Hobbit Wear?

What Would a Hobbit Wear?  | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysWhat Would a Hobbit Wear?  | www.eccentricowl.com  It’s finally Hobbit day! Today is kind of feeling bittersweet for me; I am so excited to go see The Battle of Five Armies, but I really, really don’t want Middle Earth to end. And it hit me the other day that this is probably the very last Tolkien movie to come out. At least, for a long, long time. My husband has said that the Tolkien estates won’t sell the rights to any of his other works, so… as far as we know, this is it.

And I’m sad. But, you know, I would be happier if someone decided to make a trilogy (or… double trilogy) of Gormenghast. I love the TV miniseries they did, but MAN there is so much in the books that isn’t in the miniseries!What Would a Hobbit Wear?  | www.eccentricowl.comWhat Would a Hobbit Wear?  | www.eccentricowl.com Since we never got to dress as Hobbits or Elves for any of the movies, I decided the next best thing would be this dress. It’s always been a very Hobbit dress to me because of the bright colors and the patterns. The trees remind me of Middle Earth trees, and I think if a Hobbit came to modern times in this world, this would probably be a dress she’d wear.

My only problem styling it for winter is that I don’t really like the way my yellow cardigan looks with it, and I don’t have any others that I’d like to pair with the dress. So I figured that a modern-day Hobbit would also be very farmy (obviously) and that this plaid shirt, which reminds me of a farm girl, would work instead. What Would a Hobbit Wear?  | www.eccentricowl.com What Would a Hobbit Wear?  | www.eccentricowl.com And you guys, I have been trying REALLY hard not to keep repeating the same two pairs of shoes with every outfit… but these boots (worn here, here, here, and here) go with everything. Same for the yellow T-strap wedges (here, here, here, here, here, and here… and in one outfit I haven’t even posted yet ). They hold up well, they’re waterproof, they’re comfortable, and they match every single thing in my closet.

And I originally had different shoes on, less practical ones, but I’m going adventuring with a friend today, so… boots it is. I really need to amp up my practical shoe game.What Would a Hobbit Wear?  | www.eccentricowl.comShirt, thrifted | dress, Romy | tights, Target | boots, JC Penney | necklace, gift from husband | glasses, c/o Firmoo

I hope you all have a wonderful day! I am hoping sometime today after our adventures to make Mr. Owl and myself some Christmas stockings, because we can’t find ours from last year… and… we can’t afford to buy new ones. This Christmas really is the Christmas of handmade everything. I kind of love it, actually!

Happy Wednesday!

(Why the heck do movies premier in the middle of the week???)

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