New Year’s Day

New Year's Day | www.eccentricowl.com New Year's Day | www.eccentricowl.com  The first day of a new year is such a strange and wonderful thing. It feels almost like any other day, but you know that it has begun an entire new set of events that have yet to happen. You look forward with anticipation, hope, resolve, and perhaps even a little bit of fear, yet you also look back with memory, fondness, sadness, and bittersweet longing for things that will never be again.

You feel as though you should do something to begin the year with a head start, but on such a day as this, when there are so many resolutions made and so many things to move into, where do you begin?

New Year's Day | www.eccentricowl.com New Year's Day | www.eccentricowl.comFor me, the first day of the new year doesn’t really have the fanfare and excitement of other holidays. There are no presents to open, no chocolates or flowers, no church service to attend at dawn; we’ve never had a tradition for this day. It just begins, like any other day, with a quiet sunrise, and suddenly it’s a fresh year that will inevitably fill up before I know where my days went.

This year, though, I am trying to begin my new year in the spirit of improvement, and I am already living a few of my resolutions out. I think perhaps even if there is no huge celebration for the first day of a new year, simply choosing one thing to better yourself that day, and all of the following days, is the perfect way to celebrate the blank slate of the coming days.

New Year's Day | www.eccentricowl.comNew Year's Day | www.eccentricowl.com Today I am living out a few of my resolutions already; I am already amidst the first week of a Whole30; I’m wearing lipstick; I’m dressed in the retro/vintage look I hope to stick with for at least six months, and I’ve also carried out a resolution I didn’t add to my list: this year, I plan to give over control of the photography in my outfit posts to my husband.

It’s hard for me to admit that he takes better pictures of me than I do, because I have quite the independent streak. But even if you all don’t notice, I see such a huge difference in the photography when he takes the camera over. Of course, a person will likely always take better photos than a tripod and a self-timer, but somehow I felt as though I had to do it by myself. Which is silly, considering most bloggers out there tend to prefer another human to photograph them versus having to take their own pictures.New Year's Day | www.eccentricowl.comCardigan, skirt, and belt, thrifted | shirt, tights, and shoes, Target | glasses, c/o Firmoo | headband, modcloth | earrings, gift

And in letting him take over my outfit photography, I am in turn also working on cultivating our relationship. I always feel as though it must be a bother to him whenever I ask him to take my outfit photos, but time and time again he tells me that he likes to do it.

This month I am excited to add to my cultivation of relationships by meeting Myranda, a fellow mama who, funny enough, I only know through my blog (and also Facebook) although I’ve met and known all of her siblings over the last ten years or so. I am so excited to finally meet her. And I’m very excited to finally have a car, so that I can do things like this again!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and have a wonderful New Year’s Day! Our celebration was incredibly low key (aka, we watched Doctor Who, played Mario, and barely made it past midnight), but today we plan to go out for lunch and see a movie. What are you all doing for the New Year?

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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Bohemian Lace

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Let me preface this by saying: the more I look at this outfit, the less I like it. I like the pieces in and of themselves, but all together… eh. Oh well. You can’t always hit the mark perfectly, especially when you’re blogging every day!

Today is a day for laziness, for cuddling up on the couch with my coziest blanket and my squishiest baby and watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries all afternoon. Asa is quite sleepy today, which is odd because he slept an hour longer than normal and took one good nap this morning. But, it’s dark and rainy outside, and he’s growing and teething, so I’m sure he needs the sleep!Bohemian Lace | www.eccentricowl.com Bohemian Lace | www.eccentricowl.comI feel quite bohemian with this lace top. It arrived in the mail for me on Friday, and I am so in love with it! I plan to wear it to the Christmas Eve service for my one planned break from Dressember — well, a few hours of a break, anyway. I got it to be paired with this skirt. I am on the lookout for inexpensive glittery heels, and I still need to get a white tank top to go beneath it as it isn’t lined, but overall I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll be wearing. And for the rest of the day I will be wearing a dress.Bohemian Lace | www.eccentricowl.com Bohemian Lace | www.eccentricowl.com

These last few Dressember outfit posts have been some of the shortest self-shot outfit photo sessions I’ve ever done, thanks to the rain! I am determined to get daily outfit photos, though, no matter the weather. If it’s too rainy for the camera to come outdoors, I can take pictures on our deck, with the camera tucked safely just inside the sliding door. I get a little wet, but oh well! It’s worth it, and I’ve done far crazier things (strapless ball gown in snow) for outfit photos.

Bohemian Lace | www.eccentricowl.comLace top c/o Oasap | dress, earrings and tights, Target | shoes, Modcloth | scarf, husband-made | glasses, c/o Firmoo

I have nearly all of my Christmas presents done! I did a few from the list of DIY gifts I made, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! How are you all doing with your gift shopping?

I’m off to make good on that whole cozy cuddles while watching Netflix thing. I hope you all have a lovely Monday!

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Winter Brights

Winter Brights | www.eccentricowl.comDressember DaysWinter Brights | www.eccentricowl.com In favor of posting a daily dress to the best of my ability, l am putting weekend links on hold (and also I have very few links to share, so… there’s that) but I would like to share this one,which is very important: if you can, I would highly encourage you to check out/pray for/donate to this fund.

A longtime family friend of ours’ daughter has had a brain tumor for years that they had previously been told was inoperable, but a few weeks ago a neurosurgeon called to tell them that he believes he can safely remove her tumor before any more damage is done. This tumor has caused her seizures from a very young age, and so far as I know, there was never expected to be a complete cure for it!

However, due to the nature of the tumor, they must act quickly and need to raise a bout $11,000 for food, lodging, their part of the surgery that insurance doesn’t cover, plane tickets, and vehicle rental by the time they need to leave, which is in about a week. So, if you can, please consider donating to help them with the immense cost of the trip and the surgery! Winter Brights | www.eccentricowl.comWinter Brights | www.eccentricowl.com I can’t believe the first week of December is nearly over already! Tonight and tomorrow night, Nehemiah, Asa, and I will be in our church’s yearly Living Nativity as Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. If you live in the Gig Harbor/Tacoma/Port Orchard area, you should come! It’s completely free including parking, and every year it gets better and better! There are live animals, Angels, snacks… what more could you want?

Haha! No, really, it’s pretty awesome. You get to walk right through as though you’re part of the street stalls and sellers with their wares, you can experience the three Kings telling of their quest to seek the newborn Babe, you can walk past Mary and Joseph cuddling their child in the manger… it’s pretty cool. And every year it garners more attention; last year I think there were upwards of 3,000 people who walked through. Winter Brights | www.eccentricowl.comWinter Brights | www.eccentricowl.com Because of the Living Nativity, I went light with my makeup today because you aren’t supposed to look like you’re wearing makeup (or maybe you aren’t supposed to wear makeup, I don’t remember!) so I went incredibly minimal with everything and just added lipstick I can wipe off later.

And, because of Dressember, I thought these “hope” earrings would be perfect! Well, perfect for many things — the hope Dressember gives to women who are abused and sexually enslaved, hope for Christmas, hope for Hannah as she and her family prepare for her brain surgery… so many things!Winter Brights | www.eccentricowl.com Winter Brights | www.eccentricowl.comWinter Brights | www.eccentricowl.com Fun fact: this dress used to be a really kind of ugly romper. Well… the cut was horrendous. But I couldn’t pass up the print, and while I’m still not sold on the sleeves, I like it well enough. I think I generally like it better on me when I’m pregnant. So, next time I’m pregnant I’ll probably wear it a lot more.  Winter Brights | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress, heels, headscarf, and belt, Thrifted | tights and cardigan, Target | earrings, gift | glasses, c/o Firmoo

Well! I hope you are all having a good Saturday! I’m off to watch a few extras from the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug before we prepare for the Living Nativity.

Happy weekend!

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P.S. Not to be annoying about it, but the Firmoo Blogger contest is still going! I don’t expect to win anything, but hey… I might as well try, if you want to keep voting every day!

Transitioning

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One of the reasons I try to blog every day is so that I actually get dressed every day. I’m not going to lie: if you don’t see a blog post, that means I’m spending the day in my yoga pants and this tee shirt. But recently, my husband jokingly said “One of these days, I’m going to throw away your yoga pants” and I realized it’s nice for him to see me actually dressed every day… and it’s good for me, too. Transitioning | www.eccentricowl.com When I’m dressed, I feel a little bit more motivated to do things around the house; tidy up, get dinner ready on time, be generally more productive… but sans real clothes, I just feel lazy. Like I’m sick and can bum around on the couch while Asa plays on the floor.

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Before the baby, I vowed I would never be a mom who got caught in the trap of comfy pants and boring tees every day; I would, I told myself, make the effort to get dressed even if I didn’t feel like it. Even if I gained a lot of weight, or was tired, or whatever reason I might get for not wanting to get dressed. For myself, for my husband, for my kids when they began to remember, I was going to be a well-dressed (but practically dressed) mom.

But then I had the baby, and for the first few weeks I really couldn’t wear anything else due to discomfort and general tiredness. And then it became routine. Get up, put on tee and yoga pants, go about my day, and before you know it, my husband is home and I haven’t even washed my face.Transitioning | www.eccentricowl.com

Transitioning | www.eccentricowl.com The problem with daily blogging, though, is that I don’t always have anything good to say to go along with a post.

So you might be seeing more blog posts with less words (and probably less pictures. I’ll admit, I’m a picture junkie. I think it has to do with being a photographer. That’s what we’ll pretend, anyway.) Unless you guys have subjects you want me to talk about. More stories of my past (which is not that crazy, but it’s interesting sometimes) or things I deal with in being a mom… I don’t know. Tell me something to blog about, and I’ll blog about it. Transitioning | www.eccentricowl.comTransitioning | www.eccentricowl.com In other news, I found a dead owl in the driveway, and now I am sad. I’ve never seen one outside of the zoo, so to find one prostrate on the pavement… sigh. Is it weird that part of me was like “Oh, I could take it to a taxidermist!”?

Yeah. I would totally love a taxidermy owl in my house. Not going to lie.Transitioning | www.eccentricowl.com Transitioning | www.eccentricowl.com Transitioning | www.eccentricowl.com

Vintage skirt, available here | shirt, belt, brooch, scarf, and shoes, thrifted | sunglasses, vintage | tights, Target

I hope you are all having a good week! So far it’s rained, it’s been hot, and it’s been misty, and I don’t even know how to get dressed most days. I’m borrowing from my Etsy shop as you can see, because I love this skirt and I wish it fit me perfectly. But my hips are just slightly too wide for it– if yours are less than 42″, it would be perfect on you.

Happy Thursday!

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