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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Christmas Cocktail Party | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | See more of the outfit after the jump! Continue reading “Christmas Cocktail Party: Get Ready With Me!”

The End of Summer

913 Lately I have been thinking about restructuring  my blog, both posts and design and content. Now that I’ve sort of finally settled into a life routine, I would love to start scheduling posts and get a blog routine going, too. If you hadn’t noticed, there haven’t been many outfit posts lately because… well lots of reasons. But mostly because I haven’t been planning very well! I’ve really missed doing actual outfit posts — those remain my favorite.

But I’d like to  have a rotation of posts going — baby, DIY/food, makeup, weekly roundups/writing videos, and outfits — and right now I’m just trying to figure out what works best so far as scheduling goes.  5

Part of the blog reworking is that I’m trying really hard to pick and choose photos I post. It’s hard when my husband is such a great photographer, haha! But I get so set in the routine of always posting a certain amount of pictures with each post, and when I don’t have as many good ones to share, I realized I tend to try to make up for it by posting the ones that aren’t as good, too, to keep the posts all flowing the same.
61810 I also really want to redesign the blog. I want it to be simpler; I love the header I have now, but I think I want to do away with the scalloped edges, and perhaps change up the theme. I’ve always toyed with having someone else design my blog for me, but I just can’t afford it right now, and I enjoy doing it myself. 14 19 2017

Selective Potential and A Beautiful Mess both recently posted about getting dressed up every day, and they have inspired me to do the same! It was the perfect timing, since I just went through my closet and got rid of a ton of stuff I never wear, plus I’ve been lazy recently. One of the biggest reasons I haven’t been posting outfit photos is that during the week, my uniform has been yoga pants and a tank top. I tend to use the excuse that it’s just the easiest with nursing a baby, but really… I have a lot of non-lazy-clothes that work just fine with a baby! So yesterday was my first day of dressing up in a while (without having to go anywhere) and I basically wore the dress equivalent of yoga pants and a tank top.

But hey, it looks nice and I felt good about it, and that’s what counts, right? I’ve decided to treat my days as if I am still working in an office, and I have to wear actual clothes to work. Hopefully it will get me out of this funk I’ve been in where style is concerned!124

Cardigan (similar) c/o Oasap | belt and dress (Romy), thrifted | necklace, gift | boots, JC Penney

But I just realized that I am totally ready for fall and fall fashion! This is the first outfit that I’ve been inspired by in a long, long time, and it’s so fall-ish! I love it.

Are you all excited for fall? I cannot wait for baking pies, blackberry picking, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, tights, wool skirts, cool mornings… ah… yeah. Somewhere in the last week, I just got super happy that our weather is sort of turning into fall weather!

So, back on the topic of blog redesign, are there any posts you want to see that I didn’t mention? (Outfits, makeup/hair, DIY/Food, baby, weekly links/writing videos) I’ll be keeping the Saturday Sweets, which are Asa pictures, although I might turn those posts into parenting/general baby talk posts as well as pictures… and I know I really, really want to do more outfit pictures because I miss it. I don’t know that I will keep posting my photography. I love it, but it doesn’t quite flow with what I want my blog to be. So most likely, I’ll link to my Facebook Albums any time I’ve done a new session.

And, what blog designs do you like the most? I sort of know what I want to do, but I also want to make it visually appealing to you, because you’re the one who sees it the most!

Thank you for your help, in advance, and have a wonderful, wonderful Wednesday!

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