Striped shirt, polka dot skirt, and lots of bows

Stripes, polka dots, and bows | Stripes, polka dots, and bows | This is what I wore for my birthday lunch date with my mama (and these are the flowers my husband brought me). I’ve been wanting to mix these three items for quite a while, but an outfit like this deserves an actual place gone to (unlike most days, where I get dressed for… uh… Asa… and my husband when he gets home…) and not just getting dressed for the sake of blogging. Which, yes, sometimes I do that. Posting a blog post is motivation for getting dressed some days.

One of my goals for this year is to get dressed daily even if I am not going anywhere. Honestly, being a stay-at-home mom has its perks, such as the fact that it is totally acceptable to wear yoga pants, a sports bra, and a tank top all day every day for a week… but that means I have a wardrobe that doesn’t get used. And I’ve always been really determined not to fall into the habit of most moms (which I SO get) which is to wear jeans and a tee or yoga pants and a tank every day of the week

Stripes, polka dots, and bows | Stripes, polka dots, and bows |

Obviously practicality plays into it, and I can’t wear white often (so this skirt is out for daily wear), but there are cute ways to be dressed and still be able to chase a kid around. So, I’m on a mission to find those ways, and to not be so afraid to get messes on my clothes. Clothes are washable. Most stains come out.

(And, I’m not saying moms shouldn’t wear comfy clothes — that is a must for me! I’m just saying… I fall into a rut of yoga pants or maternity pants + my coziest (most stained) tee, and I don’t want to stay in that rut.)

Stripes, polka dots, and bows | Stripes, polka dots, and bows |

And, you know, it’s not a bad thing to be pretty for my husband when he gets home, either. With this pregnancy, I’ve been less inclined to look pretty for him because I haven’t been in a romantic mood… ever… due to hormones, but I’m finally over that (thank goodness) and I know he appreciates it when I’m actually wearing clothes and not pajamas.

Speaking of hormones, I know other women have experienced that hormonal change of just not wanting to be touched during pregnancy, and I would like to address just how annoying that is. To me, to feel that way, I mean. I am normally a really affectionate person, but any type of cuddling just made me grumpy. And then I felt mean, and then I would get more annoyed with myself, and less open to cuddles, and it was just a bad circle of hormones and emotions. Stripes, polka dots, and bows | Stripes, polka dots, and bows |

Top and belt, thrifted | skirt, Modcloth | shoes, Kohl’s | earrings, vintage/grandma’s | lipstick, Milani matte Diva

Pregnancies can bring about such strange things. I’m still waiting for the weird cravings, but so far… nothing.

Although, I did discover that kombucha helps tremendously on those days when I suffer from queasiness! Apparently the good bacteria in kombucha counteracts the bad bacteria that causes morning sickness (as do the bacterias in other fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and pickles) and sometimes negates the queasiness entirely. Which, for me, it has! So if you’re in the throes of morning sickness, try some kombucha, or fermented pickles, or sauerkraut. All pregnancy safe, all potentially likely to kill off most of your sickness.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far! I’m working on keeping up with my birthday goals, which I will talk more about later, and editing photos for the first style swap post over at Shaped By Style.

Speaking of which, have you read all of the bloggers’ introductions yet? I am really loving getting to know all of these women more!

Happy Tuesday!


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  • skye

    Woah, there’s an actual reason why pregnant women crave pickles? I thought that was just one of those weird tropes.

    Count me incredibly jealous that your leaves and flowers are out already! Here in Vermont we’ve got little springs of green, but nothing so lush. The lilacs don’t come out until my birthday (the end of May). So I’m loving the bouquet, and especially your grandma’s earrings on top of them. I hope her presence yesterday was loving and palpable.

    • Eccentric Owl

      Apparently! I never knew. But only the actual fermented pickles help, not regular vinegar ones. They say actually usually whenever you crave something, your body needs something in it (there’s a cravings decoder online somewhere that I see on Pinterest all the time), so… cravings are not always just for kicks!

      Oh, you should see our yard. Our apple trees are blooming, the lilac bush is full of flowers, there are apple blossoms all over the ground… Washington is good in the spring. If a bit rainy. But good.

      Isn’t the bouquet pretty? My husband finally realized I’m very typical and I love flowers and chocolate, haha! He gets off easy. 😉 It was a good day and I had lots of reminiscing moments remembering her.

    • Eccentric Owl

      Thank you Sabrina!

      Yes, kombucha is safe for pregnant women — the amount of alcohol from fermentation is so trace that it doesn’t affect your body (or baby) at all, as long as you keep it refrigerated! If left out in the sun, any alcohol can multiply since it continues to ferment when it’s warm. So, like any other drink that would go bad when left out, you just keep it in the fridge. 🙂

      I did a lot of research on kombucha when I was pregnant the first time, since it was a drink I loved and knew had many health benefits. I drank it all through my first pregnancy and nursing with no bad side effects.

      The only caution is for women who have never had kombucha before, as a very small amount of people can have a bad reaction to the drink, so it’s recommended that pregnant (or any) women start off slowly if they’ve never had it.

  • Emily

    I love this outfit! I am such a baby with print mixing that whenever I do it, I tend to stick with black and white, and I just love how they play off each other in this look.

    I have often wondered how my wardrobe/style would change if I did not work outside the home, which of course gives me an excuse to buy more “formal”/dressy clothes. I think it’s an interesting challenge and one that I know a lot of women struggle with.

    I drank a TON of kombucha when I was pregnant – it was one of the few “cravings” I ever had. Maybe that’s why I didn’t have much nausea!


  • Lyndsey M

    You looked absolutely adorable for your birthday dinner! The print mixing is phenomenal. I’d so wear this everyday of the week if I could, but hey, I am SO in the same boat with you when it comes to only getting dressed for your husband or the blog! I for one do not own any children at the moment (:P) so I have to blame my pajama strike on full blown laziness haha. I honestly do think they really appreciate it when we dress up – we’re meant to be their hot wives amirite?


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