Stripes and Beehives

Stripes and Beehives | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysStripes and Beehives |  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 | 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 | 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 | Stripes and Beehives | 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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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Cheshire Garden

Cheshire Garden | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysCheshire Garden | www.eccentricowl.comToday, my brain has gone blank. I feel that sort of cloud-induced grogginess that one feels when the weather is overcast, the house is very warm, there’s been a good amount of food, and everything is quiet. Asa and I just got back from a baby play place with one of my friends and her baby, and the activities has worn both of us out!

That, and the fact that he got his very first fat lip this morning while standing up to the coffee table in order to get food. Only his foot slipped on a toy, and instead of a good mouthful of banana, he got a bite of the table and his own lip. There was a lot of blood, since his teeth took chunks from the inside of his lip and the table took a slice from the outside of his lip, but he only cried for about a minute.  Cheshire Garden | www.eccentricowl.comCheshire Garden | In true little boy fashion, after crying a bit and telling me in his worried voice all about it (which he frequently does after a bump/scare), he was ready to get down and play. Thankfully, I am not a worrier; I did call my mom right away because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with a little boy who’d just bit it for the first time (baby Tylenol? Ice?) and I initially thought that he’d bitten through his lip. But, he hadn’t, and after checking his mouth to be sure he hadn’t broken or jarred any teeth, we both relaxed a bit. And I may have started laughing at him.  Cheshire Garden |  I’ve realized that laughing in the face of a scare is becoming my go-to emotion. It’s either laugh or cry these days, and I’d much rather laugh! My husband and I agreed that we should probably never attend a funeral together, because we are the people who will begin laughing at the most inappropriate times, and then not be able to quit laughing.

I remember one time in church, we were sitting behind a row that was taken up by a family who had six kids. The youngest of their boys, who was probably about four or five at the time, announced quietly enough that he needed to use the restroom. He was let out, and he toddled off to get his business done… but five minutes later he was back, doing a dance, and announced a little bit more loudly something like “I can’t poop all by myself!”

Cheshire Garden | www.eccentricowl.comCheshire Garden | www.eccentricowl.comCheshire Garden | And of course, this was right before prayer. So there we stood, trying and failing miserably not to completely lose it while everyone else was behaving and being utterly quiet. Yeah. We’re adults.

I hope we never lose our senses of humor. The other day as we were browsing Target, I saw that someone had rearranged some letter ornaments to spell “FART” right above the display of snowflakes and beside the Santa and Snowman figurines. And like the grown-up that I am, I giggled and then I Instagrammed it. I blame my brothers and my husband for my growing appreciation for toilet humor.  Cheshire Garden | www.eccentricowl.comI know. My hair is three different colors right now. I’m having a hard time deciding which color to go with. So we’ll pretend I meant to have it look like upside-down fire on coals.  Cheshire Garden | So I am not usually one to wear the buttoned-up-to-the-neck styles, but today while I was trying to figure out how to winterize this dress a little bit, I decided that my Alice in Wonderland shirt would work quite nicely as an over layer. I had the collar of the dress unbuttoned, but somehow it just doesn’t work quite as well. And surprisingly, because I don’t like the look of super-covered necks usually, I like the way it works.

Also, this dress is my favorite ever. I’ve started to realize lately that my favorite florals are bright flowers on a dark or black background. I’m not as fond of white/light dresses with flowers on them, and I’m not sure why. Perhaps I just like the drama of a black dress with bright flowers on it. At any rate, this dress combines quite a few of my favorite colors, and I LOVE the way it looks with these tights and shoes!Cheshire Garden | www.eccentricowl.comVintage dress and belt, thrifted | Target tights | Modcloth wedges | Alice in Wonderland shirt c/o Choies | glasses c/o Firmoo

If you notice that I’m not wearing my wedding ring in these pictures, don’t worry. I just forgot to put it back on last night after I washed the dishes, and somehow spaced out about putting it on (all day; I still don’t have it on) this morning. It’s funny how you get so used to wearing a ring that suddenly when you don’t have it, you can feel its absence! Currently I have another ring in its place.

Can you believe December is half over already? As the year is coming to a close, I’ve been thinking about maybe starting off my blog in the new year with a slightly different schedule and more than just fashion. I don’t know, though; part of me really loves doing daily fashion with weekend baby pictures, but the other part of me wants to get more into lifestyle-type posts. It’s hard for me to do lifestyle posts, though, because we live in a house that isn’t ours, and doesn’t reflect my style at all, and has kind of bad lighting.

And I promise you I haven’t forgotten about making videos — I had polled Facebook for an idea of what types of videos you guys want to see most, and all two (yay) comments said makeup/hair. However, I filmed a video and had a TON of issues cutting it together and getting it exported, and eventually got sick of looking at myself, so… we’ll try again in the new year. Let me know if there’s a particular subject (makeup, hair, rambling, writing, mom stuff, outfit video, thrift hauls, whatever) you’re most interested in and I’ll try my best to figure out the whole video thing and get something going.

I hope you’re all having a good week so far! I’m off to start some laundry and then maybe take a nap.

Happy Tuesday!

(P.S. I have yesterday’s dress all ready to go, but it’s a book review outfit and I didn’t feel like doing a book review today, so it’s going to go up somewhere out of order.)

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Owl Always Love You

Owl Always Love You | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysOwl Always Love You | Whenever my husband takes pictures with me, I inevitably get silly and forget how to pose. I think that even though I’ve been blogging for somewhere around four years now (well, fashion blogging; I blogged about other things long before that), I still feel awkward when people I know in real life know about it. Or talk to me about it. Or ask how many followers I have (no idea, honestly! I rarely look) or whether something I’m wearing is from a sponsor, or make a big deal out of a package I’ve gotten from someone because of blogging…

Owl Always Love You | www.eccentricowl.comOwl Always Love You | It just feels odd. I think because my online presence — writing, blogging, youtube-ing — had been my little secret for years, and nobody outside of my parents and siblings had really known about my blog. And then I got brave and started posting outfit pictures to a personal Facebook album, and then people started telling me I should have a fashion blog and I had to respond “well… I already do…” and now everyone knows. But for quite a while, it was just my thing.

Owl Always Love You | I was shy to tell other people, because I’ve always felt  like an outsider a little bit. We moved around a lot when I was young, and I feel as though I grew up away from the social cliques that had formed by the time I moved back at thirteen. I was at the cusp of being aware that I did not really fit the mold of the people around me. I felt awkward and I talked too much; I was curvier than my friends;  I had chubby cheeks and small lips; I liked to act out scenes from my head in the woods, and write out stories that I was sure nobody would ever read. I didn’t care about cute boys or swoon over Orlando Bloom. I cared about Lord of the Rings and Gormenghast, library trips and climbing trees, and pretending to be a princess who could take care of herself or a weird pirate whose skin was green.

I only ever had a few close friends. I wasn’t like the other girls, who had their circle of friends, who linked arms in pictures and laughed with each other in their groups. And while I loved them, and still do, I just wasn’t… in. Owl Always Love You | Owl Always Love You | And then I found this world of other girls like me online, who blogged about their lives and fashion and it didn’t matter what size they were or whether they had the perfect features or an immaculate life or a million friends; they were beautiful and fun and I’d finally found a place where I had a niche. But to tell people in real life about it? That was scary. I thought people would find my posing and posting my outfits to be vain, or weird, or stupid.

I’m still getting over that. People ask me to tell them about blogging, or to give them advice, or just in general what it’s all about, and I trip over myself. I don’t see myself as being a proficient or professional blogger. I’m just… me. I take pictures of my outfits because it’s fun and it’s part of creating beautiful things as an artist, and I write about my life because it’s my way of keeping a journal. Owl Always Love You | It still amazes me that companies or Etsy shop owners out there think that this thing I do is good enough to want to work with me. Not because I have some idea that my blog is just horrible, but because I never thought I’d be in a place where people were that interested. It’s crazy how far this blog has come in the last four years. It’s crazy how many people online and in my personal life are genuinely interested in what I wear and post and talk about.  Owl Always Love You | Because I’m just me. A girl who grew up on a farm and lives in the country, who does not possess a perfect figure or face, who lives a mundane (but beautiful) life with her husband and admittedly internet-worthy baby in a house they don’t even own. Every moment of my life is not photo-perfect. I don’t wear designer clothes. I don’t have amazing adventures.  Owl Always Love You | And perhaps that is part of the fascination of it: the voyeurism of peering into another person’s mundane, normal, beautiful, everyday moments. Of seeing how another person lives their life, as simple as it may be. Those are certainly  my favorite blogs to read.  Owl Always Love You | Owl Always Love You | So, thank you for reading about me and my life. Thank you for liking this blog, what I wear, what I say, whatever it is I do. I’ve grown so much as a person because of all of you, friends that I know because of this blog, all of whom I so wish I could meet someday! I’ve grown in confidence, in conviction, in ability… all because you support this blog with your comments and emails and clicks and love. You guys truly are wonderful!Owl Always Love You | www.eccentricowl.comDress c/o Oasap | boots, JC Penney | tights, Target | scarf, husband-made | brooch, gift | glasses c/o Firmoo

And I have no good transition into this but I wanted to share it: we finally got our Christmas tree yesterday, and Asa was pretty excited.I posted a short clip on Instagram, but I also took a video with my computer as we were setting it up.

He thinks it’s pretty great. I can already see we’re going to have a hard time keeping him from it! But y’know. It’s cute, so… oh well.

P.S. This outfit was from Saturday. And my hair is starting to fade and look like fire. I should probably fix it.

Happy Monday!

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like…

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I’m feeling much better about today’s outfit! I wanted to wear something very Christmassy because we’re going to get our Christmas tree and Gingerbread ingredients today, but I don’t have a lot of green in my closet. At the last minute, I spotted this scarf I’ve just gotten from Oasap, and voila! The perfect finishing touch.

And in a brilliant shot of inspiration, I decided to cut some live greenery and pin a few evergreen branches to my head for a nice wintery crown. It all went well until I picked up one that had a suspicious hanging little speck on it. Before I could pull it away from my head, I realized that suddenly, there was a spider in my hair. The worst thing, though? I swiped at it in a panic, and I don’t know where it went. So I could still have a spider on my person. It’s not a comforting thought. It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | www.eccentricowl.comIt's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | I suppose it’s worth the prettiness of the evergreen crown, though!

Today I am excited to share the newest addition to my jewelry wardrobe with you: this gorgeous Anjolee bridal set ring. It’s made to add to your wedding ring, but can also be worn solo it’s so pretty!

It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | I really love wearing rings, but I’m quite particular about how they look, and it’s always hard for me to find things that are delicate enough to wear on my ring-finger hand. When Anjolee contacted me to do a review and offered up this one for me to choose, I knew it would be the perfect addition! It’s a great match for my wedding ring, and is now the only other piece of jewelry I wear daily! I love that it goes well on my ring hand or my other hand, and it’s so pretty and delicate!

Anjolee is such a great place to look if you’re ring-searching; they are highly customizable, and you can even design your own jewelry! Plus,w hat girl doesn’t like a little sparkle! Aside from rings, they also have earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. There’s so much to choose from!

Plus, their shipping is super fast! I think I got the ring about three or four days after I got the notification that it had shipped. It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | www.eccentricowl.comIt's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | Today, we are going to finally get our Christmas tree, and also get ingredients to make Gingerbread. I’m SO excited; I wasn’t sure if we would be getting a tree this year, since we’re house-sitting and we have nothing with us, but I think I’m going to try to DIY some Christmas ornaments, and we’re going to pop and string popcorn on the tree. It’ll be super simple this year, but that’s okay! This year is the year of everything handmade.  It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | www.eccentricowl.comIt's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | I was feeling a little bit sad for us since it’s Asa’s first Christmas, and I wanted to make it super special but since I quit my job we’re a lot poorer (in the bank account)… but then I realized it’s still going to be fun. Actually, I’m having more fun this Christmas so far than I have in a while, and I think it’s because I have to get more creative and because we have to make everything. My heart is going into the things I’m doing this year much more than other years where I’ve had money to spare and just bought everything instead of getting creative.

So, armed with some cardboard, yarn, popcorn, paint, fabric, and glitter… I’ll see what I can do. We might buy a small thing of glass bulbs just to add a little more substance to the decor on the tree, but I’m going to try to make as many ornaments by hand as I can, with what I have laying around at this house! It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | And I’m actually pretty excited about it!

Are you DIY-ing anything this year? It’s funny because on at least three blogs, if not more, I’ve seen the whole brown paper+ribbon/yarn/twine/whatever for wrapping paper this year, and I totally did that last year. You guys, I am so ahead of the trends. Haha!It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like... | www.eccentricowl.comThrifted dress and belt | Target tights and cardigan | brooch and scarf c/o Oasap | Modcloth shoes | circle ring c/o Anjolee | glasses, c/o Firmoo

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season! I haven’t felt Christmassy yet, but I think it’s because we have no tree. I’m so excited to get started with more decorating once the tree is here!

Happy Friday!

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