Shaped by Style: Psychedelic 60’s

Psychedelic 60's and Self Love |

“I think many people today misunderstand love to mean total and complete acceptance no matter what, and forget that sometimes love — even unconditional love — means acknowledging and improving (or helping to improve) flaws. The more you love someone, the more you are willing to be the first person who steps out and says “hey, I think you need some help in this area” if they’re doing something wrong. And that goes for my body too, in a different kind of body-positive light.”

I’m over on Shaped by Style today, sharing a little bit about what I think true body-positivity is. Hop over to read the rest!


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Maternity Style: Floral dress with a cutout back

Maternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back | www.eccentricowl.comMaternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back |

I have been working hard on my Etsy shop these days, and one of the things that I really miss about listing things on Etsy is styling the garments. Most of my Etsy finds are pretty average sizes, with the exception of the haul sent to me by a kind woman who wanted someone to get some use or money out of her things, so I’m usually able to style them for a photo or two. But being pregnant hinders that. I have been listing things like crazy, and there are so many garments I wish I could style not only because they would look SO much better on a person, but also because it’s just fun to style things that you don’t have to keep. Which sounds weird, but if you have a vintage Etsy shop you’ll understand (Emily?).

Maternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back |

And this dress is one that I had actually wanted to style right when I bought it and was not very pregnant, but somehow I never quite made it work. Which is odd, because it’s such a pretty dress and the bows and cutouts in the back are to die for! But I think part of why I could never wear it before is that it’s a plus size dress, and when I’m not pregnant I just don’t have the curves to fill it out properly. Some day I hope some fabulous woman buys this and shows it off how it’s meant to be filled out!

Maternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back | Maternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back |

I very nearly decided, when I bought it, to alter it to fit me, but since I will probably be pregnant or nursing for the next… who knows how many years (we want five kids, so… a lot of years), I don’t think it would be a practical addition to my wardrobe. I can’t wear it while nursing because there’s no flex or buttons at the neck, and I can’t wear it while pregnant because it’s a natural waist with a slight vee, and… that just doesn’t work on pregnant people.

Maternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back | Maternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back |

I very nearly didn’t make it styling wise today at all, because after I put on the dress and started to do my hair and makeup, I realized that I had a massive zit in a very obvious place next to my lip. And it was one of those that I couldn’t just, you know, leave alone. So my solution? Wear bright pink lipstick and pose with my hands covering the zit in as many ways as possible. It reminded me of that one ANTM episode where one of the former model judges blew away the contestant’s excuse about not feeling it in the face because she had a blemish with “when I had a zit, I covered it with my hair, with my hands, with a prop, whatever, you can still work it!”

And then I just started to make ridiculous model faces.

Maternity Style: Floral dress, cutout back |

Dress, vintage available here | sandals, Target | belt and scarf, thrifted | earrings, vintage | glasses, c/o Firmoo

So now I feel a bit better about modeling my Etsy shop items (although I’m looking forward to being un-pregnant and styling things, too). But confession time: as soon as I was done with this photo session, I changed right back into my pajama shorts and a tank top.

And I plan to pretty much sit and eat otter pops all day. Pregnant mom life, you guys. 😉

I  hope you are all having a good week! Tomorrow, we visit the midwife and she’ll check to see if I am dilated at all. I don’t really expect to be, but I will be so happy if I am! Anything to indicate that baby girl is getting ready to arrive is good with me.

Thanks to Skye for mentioning and reminding me: if you would like to guest post for me while I take a two week leave from my blog after the baby is born (so, probably the first two weeks of September), please let me know! I would love to have a few people to cover for me while I’m gone, and I’d especially love it if your post was somehow pink or girl themed. 😉 (comment below, or email marabird (at) eccentricowl (dot) com)

Happy Wednesday!


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His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles

His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles |

When my husband finished getting dressed today, one of the first things he said to me after noting that it might be our last chance to get dressed up pre-baby was “don’t you want to blog about me?”

I had to laugh. Because when he walked out in these vintage plaid pants and the vintage suit jacket/vest that I bought him (that jacket and vest? I found them, together, for ONE DOLLAR. Fifty cents a piece, you guys. I can’t even.) the first thing I thought was “he should just start his own mens fashion blog.” Or maybe I should start one for him. I’ve never desired for my blog to become a His&Hers type blog, even though I love the bloggers like Kelsey Bang who show off their own types of style together. It’s just not a viable way for me to blog. My husband only ever gets dressed up on the weekends, since his day job is woodworking.

But hey, when he looks good, he looks good and I think I should document it more often. His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.comHis&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles |

While I was shooting his look, I was reminded of one of my favorite blogs, Go Fug Yourself, which has a risky name according to my mom, but which I have loved for YEARS. If you’re not acquainted with GFY, it’s basically a celebrity fashion fail (mostly) and win (occasionally) site, and the women who run it are hilarious! They often mention that 1. everyone looks hotter in sunglasses, 2. one of them cannot resist pictures of celebrities doing finger guns, and 3. the man-unbuttoning-jacket shot is always necessary.

And going through his pictures, I just laughed because he’s covered all three. So, GFY girls, this one is for you.

His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles |

As for me, I very nearly didn’t have him take my outfit photos yesterday because I just feel overtly pregnant (which, hey, 12 days left I guess I’m allowed) and I didn’t make much of an effort. The only thing I did was brush my hair after I showered, which hasn’t happened in way too long. #realmomconfessions, guys. Brushing hair is not a high priority in my life these days.

But I still felt nice, and we matched, even down to what Asa was wearing, so I had to snap shots of all three of us. If only I had thought to grab the tripod for family pictures!

His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.comHis&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles |

This necklace is from Rocksbox, which I have been seeing quite a few bloggers post about lately. I had actually gotten contacted by a representative to do a review, but it was right around the time we moved and I’m ashamed to say I never responded. Partially because we had no internet and two weeks went by, and partially because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to continue the subscription past a free month. But when RyaPie posted saying she needed a few people to sign up for a free month, I decided… well, at least I’d try it once, and then in the future maybe I’ll get a subscription.

Because the sparkles. Who doesn’t like getting a box full of sparkly things? I might actually do a more in-depth review of just the few things I know along with pictures of what my first (and probably only) box contained, because there is one ring that I adore and wish I had the money to buy. It’s just a simple tri-band gold ring, where the rings all entwine a bit but are all three separate (like this, only the bands are all thinner), but there’s something about it that really appeals to me.

His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.comHis&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles |

Sooo pregnant. I am looking forward to having this baby girl and sharing HER style on the blog. Because obviously frilly little girl style needs to be shared. Possibly to excess. His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.comAnd then of course Asa, much like any little boy, was not interested in posing because he had more important things to do. Namely, grabbing all the dirt and flinging it as  high as he could. Which is currently no higher than his head, but just high enough to stick to his hair and face.

His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles |

On him: Vintage jacket and vest, thrifted | vintage pants, Petticoats Plus | Shoes, Famous Footwear | Shirt, tie, and belt, old
On me: Dress and shoes, thrifted | necklace, Rocksbox | glasses, c/o Firmoo
On Asa: Vest, handmade | shoes, Fred Meyer | shirt and pants, hand-me-down

I think that might be the most I have ever listed for a style post on what we’re all wearing.

Today, I have a long list of things to get done before baby girl gets here, and I’m hoping I can finish the list! It’s all relatively easy to do — list a hoard of dresses on Etsy, make nursing baskets for the bedroom and living room, make padsicles, grocery shop, tidy up the house — and my mother-in-law took Asa so that I can stay on task easier, but you know. Being heavily pregnant sometimes impedes how productive I am.

Which I know is a very valid reason not to do things. It’s rough when you feel like nesting but your belly forces you to not get too busy. I’m hoping that by some miracle I can get the above things done and then finish up some sewing projects I’ve been waiting to complete forever. I have a quilt to finish (just need to sew on the backing and it’s done!), a table runner to hem, a baby outfit to make, a super secret project gift for someone to whip out, hot pads to sew up, several skirts to hem… the list never ends. Which I am starting to love! Who knew I would convert into a sewing lover after all the years in my youth of emotional breakdowns over failed sewing projects?

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday! Let’s all get stuff done! Or, you know, not. It is Monday, after all.


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Maternity Style: All the Pretty Little Horses

Maternity Style: All the Pretty Little Horses |

There are some items of clothing in my wardrobe that seem to magically work no matter what stage my body is going through. When I’m not pregnant, when I am just a few weeks in, or when I’m only 17 days away from my due date… it doesn’t matter. This dress always does right by me and I’m not surprised that it’s being snapped up by my fellow Shaped By Style blogging gals! Emily styled it with lots of other colors which I LOVED, and now it’s on its way to Hannah and I cannot wait to see how she pulls it off! Maternity Style: All the Pretty Little Horses | www.eccentricowl.comMaternity Style: All the Pretty Little Horses |

I have spent half the day trying to finish up this blog post, because it has been one of those days. Right as I decided to rearrange our living room, which is still missing key pieces of furniture — namely, bookcases — my mother-in-law showed up and helped me re-situate the furniture and get all of the book boxes (there’s twelve) moved to a less obvious spot. Which was fantastic, but then meant that the rest of the house needed to be cleaned too, now that the living room is orderly! And then shortly after Asa went down for his nap, my own mom showed up to visit, and then Asa woke up right as she was leaving.

It should be a day that feels good to me, because I’ve gotten lots of organizing and cleaning done and I love seeing my mother-in-law and my mom, but I think I’m at the point of pregnancy where I’m just done. Done with summer, done with being pregnant, done with not being able to eat certain foods because of heartburn (onions, I miss you)… so everything is bothering me. I need to make bread because yesterday’s loaf was a failure (I’m usually good with bread, but uh… not the recipe I tried yesterday), and Asa is in a mood where he wants to play WITH me instead of playing by himself like usual, and I’ve got to think about starting dinner, and… well, y’know. Life happens.

Maternity Style: All the Pretty Little Horses | Maternity Style: All the Pretty Little Horses |

Usually I love it when Asa wants to play with me, and I love baking, and even cooking dinner is nice, but I just feel too pregnant to deal.

But, soon I’ll be holding a little baby in my arms (and doing my best to cope with a toddler and a baby, that’s a new world entirely!) and it’ll be a little bit easier to do things myself. Well, physically. I don’t know about the fact that I’ll have TWO babies to take care of, if Asa still counts as a baby. We’ll manage, somehow.

Maternity Style: All the Pretty Little Horses |

Dress (vintage), brooch (vintage), and scarf, thrifted | belt, came on a skirt | shoes, Modcloth | glasses c/o Firmoo

I didn’t mean to end this post on such a negative note, but hey… we all need to let out those feelings sometimes, right? I think I just need a nap. And also food that I didn’t have to cook. Every mom’s wish. Haha!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday! If you haven’t already, today is your last day to enter that bohemian dress giveaway, and I’ll try to announce the winner by Friday.


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Maternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss)

Maternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) | www.eccentricowl.comMaternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) |

Every once in a while when I am thrifting, I come across garments or patterns that really bring me back to a place of nostalgia. Whether it’s a jacket that I totally remember wearing in the snow (oh, the bright puffy 80’s-ness!) or turtlenecks that take me back to my really nerdy multicolored Harry-Potter-esque glasses days (although I didn’t know about HP at the time), I love sorting through racks of clothes and being reminded of those years. Most of the time, those things make me laugh.

But here and there I come across a piece that is nostalgic in the best way. This dress is one of them. It reminds me of those days when I was five and I felt like a princess in the floral confections my mom would make me for Easter and Christmas and every other holiday where a little girl needs a pretty new dress. I am pretty sure my love for florals started back then, and never died.Maternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) | So of course, as soon as I saw this fabric — which is from the 80’s or 90’s, my baby- and childhood era — I couldn’t resist. I knew I would buy it before I even pulled it entirely out of the plethora of spaghetti strap Forever21 dresses that surrounded it. I held it up to myself and felt the urge to twirl just as I would have all those years ago. And when I tried it on, the love story was complete. It was mine, and it was going into my already-stuffed-with-florals closet to stay. Maternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) | www.eccentricowl.comMaternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) | I joked to my husband that if today’s thrifting trip had a hashtag, it would be #nopatternleftbehind. I bought a polka dot dress, a gingham dress, polka dot curtains, plaid toddler shorts, a floral dress, and a floral belt. And if today’s outfit was a movie, that would be its title. Sequins, stripes, florals, houndstooth, and gingham in one outfit?

While sequins technically aren’t patterns, I feel as though they qualify enough as one more thing added to the mix. Someone asked me once to teach them my ways, or to write a post on how to mix patterns, but if I was honest, my “ways” involve tossing every pattern I have onto my bed and deciding to heck with it. I wear what I want. I clash whatever patterns I choose to clash. There really isn’t much of a method, it’s just whatever strikes me as fun that day.Maternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) | Maternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) |

But, I have noticed lately that the rhythm of my pattern mixing often rests in mixing black and white patterns together, and maybe adding one color in. (I may have overdone it with all the links just then. So sue me, I mix patterns a lot, okay?) Keeping a color scheme overall definitely helps the outfit feel more cohesive and less as though there are a cacophony of patterns all vying for attention.

That, and wearing a belt. Belts fix everything, as I have said many times before.Maternity Style: How to Mix Patterns (like a boss) |

Dress (vintage), shoes, and belt, thrifted | shirt, Walmart maternity | headscarf, Modcloth | glasses, Firmoo

And I think that’s the glue that holds my style aesthetic together — I’ve never stuck to just one era, and I’ve always struggled to define myself as a fashion blogger, but maybe we can just title my style as… the Wear All The Patterns style. It’s what makes me happiest. And if the contents of my closet are any evidence at all, that’s the overarching theme of what I wear. Heck, even my first pair of glasses had patterned rims! If you can call abstract mottled rainbow dot colors a pattern, that is.

What does that say about me as a person? I don’t really know, but I’d be fascinated to hear your theories. And what is the overall theme of your style, if you can’t stick to just one era or aesthetic?

Happy (very late) Friday!


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