Keys, birds, and leopard print.

I know you’re probably waiting in suspense to find out where I went this weekend, but I have some photo-editing I want to do before I tell you, and I haven’t done an outfit post in WAY too long. I miss it.

I found this dress today at a little (slowly-getting-seedy) thrift store for four dollars. And as you all probably know by now (or should), I can’t resist a good twirly skirt (as evidenced by about half the pictures I took today).

It’s also perfect for the weather we’re having (it was 83 degrees today! I half miss the rainy cold weather, half like the heat), because it’s light and airy (and very easy to twirl in. Did I mention?)

I also found this scarf for fifty cents, and while it doesn’t really go with the outfit (and I didn’t wear it but for the pictures), I loved it too much to leave it out. (is it just me, or am I using the parentheses excessively?)

It’s a wonder I didn’t fall over, all the twirling that went on during today’s photoshoot. I’d forgotten how fun it is to take pictures, since I haven’t done a realΒ outfit post in… two weeks? I have my comfort spot for pictures, that’s for sure. I get more animated at home.

(See, it looks better without the scarf. I think my neck is justΒ on the too-short-to-wear-neck scarves side. Not that that stops me…)

Isn’t it one of the most amazing scarves you’ve ever seen? It has no tag, so I don’t know what it’s made of… but… silk, I’m guessing. I love it to pieces. I’ve been grabbing scarves like crazy whenever I see interesting ones, because I really want to integrate them into my wardrobe come fall.

And this may just be my new favorite necklace. My darling Arathi sent me a package in the mail (for my birthday, although that was a few months ago), and this was amongst the beautiful things she sent. I adore it to no end! It’s perfect. Speaking of Arathi, you all should go over and give her some love. She’s just started doing outfit posts, and she’s SO lovely. (Actually, scratch that. She’s downright gorgeous.)

Am I the only one who longs for fall weather? I’ve been seeing some of my favorite bloggers do fall wishlists, and it makes me wish that days like yesterday, which were rainy and gray, would stay around. Of course, they’ll soon be here and it’ll feel like forever (Washington’s rain is notoriously gloomy and everlasting, so they say), and I’ll be wishing for summer again.

I really miss wearing tights, and being able to layer without feeling stifled, and wearing scarves without getting a sweaty neck. I can’t wait for fall to settle in!

Oh! I suppose I ought to mention that my new keyboard arrived in the mail a few days ago. No more on-screen typing! I can finally buckle down and answer all of your lovely comments, respond to emails, comment on other blogs, and generally go about my business without wanting to smash my entire computer.

The new keyboard was designed to be spill-resistant. It’s perfect for me. πŸ˜‰

As a somewhat of a side-note, I Β might have to cut to three or four posts a week, simply because work and life in general has been absolutely crazy, and I no longer have all day to get my posts done. I’ll do my best to post as much as I can, but you might be seeing less of me in the future.

I hope you are all having a beautifulΒ week!

Dress($4), scarf($0.50), and belt($0.99), thrifted; shoes($8 ish), Target; necklace, gift. Approximate outfit cost:$13.49


  • Jamie Rose

    That key print scarf is so cool and so is your new necklace. I love how twirly your thrifted dress is too. I’m definitely ready for fall weather too. It’s so so hot outside!

    • Mara

      Isn’t it fun? I wore this dress two days in a row because I love it so much. The twirl gets me every time.
      Oh, I bet it’s even hotter where you live! Fall will be SO nice.

    • Mara

      Hehe, you do indeed! I don’t think I’ll ever take off the bird necklace. It’s going to be another signature piece with me. We DO need to chat soon!

  • Demy

    Hi!! You look amazing in this outfit! I too missed your outfit posts πŸ™‚ The dress is awesome! How come you find all these perfect items? I’m jealous! And personally I think it looks better with the scarf. Maybe the colors don’t suit (or don’t fit? I always confuse these two :(), but still it looks amazing, it’s a beautiful piece πŸ™‚ And the little bird is SO cuuuute <3 I have a thing for animal necklaces lately. Yesterday I wore a spider one and I freaked out every human being MUAHAHA! πŸ˜›
    Speaking of animals, I too want fall to come! Being allergic to bees, I kind of hate summer, but I love it at the same way. If that makes sense πŸ˜›
    And it's ok that you'll post less. Life can be too demanding at times. Maybe I'll be absent on commenting as well, because I just came home from holidays and I have to start studying and catching up with ll my friends πŸ™‚
    P.S. YAY for the new keyboard! Your life is so much better now lol πŸ˜›

    • Mara

      I had forgotten how fun outfit posts are! πŸ˜€
      Yeah, I like the pop of color with the scarf, I just think that it’s more flattering without the scarf. I’m trying to think of other ways to style a scarf without having it around my neck, so we’ll see. I also can’t wait for fall so that scarves will be easier to wear without holding in unwanted heat!
      Haha! I think I would love your spider necklace, even though I hate spiders!

      Life is way better with a working keyboard, that’s for sure. πŸ˜€

  • Asia Morela

    I love your twirly skirt! The scarf adds a nice touch to it. (I really like green.) Lovely birdy too! πŸ˜‰

    Over here (Montreal) it already feels like summer’s slowly going away… And I like it! I also have trouble with the really hot weather. But fall means we’re heading into five months of snow, which is a slightly scary prospect as well… Montreal, or the city where the weather is never right (too extreme), ha ha.

    • Mara

      I really like green, too. Thank you!

      I’m jealous! Summer hasn’t left us yet, which is really weird for this part of Washington, and I’m so tired of the warmth. I want tights and sweaters weather!

  • Marsha Torres

    Yeah, maybe if you had taken the picture at a better location, I could have seen the look you were trying to acheive! I could only focuse on the grease work shop area that you were standing in!! Not sure if what-that I was seeing, animal print shoes or part of the grease wall and floor!!! Wow what a back drop behind you!!! You look like a pretty girl, but next time take a picture at a better location, like the bathroom next to a toilet! Just kidding! Pick a pretty location and you and our outfit will be a statement and you will look beauitful!!!

    Just amazing

    • Eccentric Owl

      You do realize that this post is nearly five years old, right? Your criticism I pretty much void by now since I’ve changed quite a lot since then. I agree that it wasn’t the best location but it was all I could do at the time, being that I had to photograph around my house and th garage provided a blank space to photograph by and am easy way to focus my point and shoot camera.

      Take a look at my recent posts and you might realize the I no longer pose in front of dirty garage doors and you might not be so bothered.