Vintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses

Vintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.comVintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.com

Do you know what I love best about big sunglasses? The fact that they allow me to completely forgo my usual makeup routine and just throw on some red lipstick and be done with it. I am all for going makeup free, but I do always feel like I’m cheating y’all if I’m that lazy while cooking up a blog post, so I rarely go makeup free in pictures. Plus, admit it: it does look better to be waring a bit of foundation (if you need your skin evened out like I do) and some mascara. Photographs are not always kind.

But today, I had to run out the door first thing this morning to do grocery shopping, so I didn’t shower OR put on makeup, and this afternoon when I saw what a gorgeous day it was, I had to take advantage of the sun before my child woke up from his nap, so… red lipstick and sunglasses it is! Vintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.comVintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.com  And in full honesty, I did not wear this grocery shopping; I’m not good at putting together outfits before I’ve even had my coffee. But the sun inspired me to put something fun on after I got back, and also the fact that this dress is related to something I want to get started — a clothing swap group (akin to Flock Together) for normal/plus-sized girls.

Speaking of which, if you’re in the fashion blogging game, are a more curvaceous size, and want to get involved in said clothing swap group, please do let me know! I know four bloggers who are interested for sure, one who might be, and I’m thinking it’d be good to have maybe… I don’t know, between six and ten girls who can swap between each other. I would like to keep us in the US, though, to keep the shipping costs and times down.

(if you’re curious sizing wise, we go from size 10 to size 20, but we all have clothes in that range that can be swapped! So if you’re somewhere in there and have clothes you think would suit several sizes, down or up, feel free to shoot me an email!)

Vintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.comVintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.com Vintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.com

And once I get a good group together who want to participate, we then have to make decisions like… start a group blog, or simply link to and feature the other looks with that garment on our own blog? Pick a name for the group, or not? I’m leaning more towards picking a group name and starting a group blog, but we’ll see!

And you guys, I have no idea where to even start with this whole group thing. I’m hoping to start it up within the next month, because I’ve been tentatively thinking about this for at least a year (ever since I became aware of Flock Together). I think even if it only ends up being myself and the four others who I know are interested, it will still be fun. We all have fairly unique styles, so seeing how we integrate the same garment into our own closets will be so interesting!Vintage cherry print dress and heart shaped glasses | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress and belt, thrifted | sunglasses and earrings (sold out, but same here), c/o Oasap | boots, Kohl’s

And also, coming up with basic rules (like, how long to keep garments, whether there should be photography standards, stuff like that)… it’s all new to me! But I’m excited to get started on this and get more involved with my fellow bloggers!

I hope you are all having a good Monday! I’m off to deal with my baby, who has been cranky since he woke up, because he’s getting new teeth.

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Striped maternity dress and a flower in my hair

Striped maternity dress and a flower in my hair | www.eccentricowl.com Striped maternity dress and a flower in my hair | www.eccentricowl.com Confession: I may never change out of this maternity dress. It is that comfortable. In fact, I never did change out of my maternity jeans between pregnancies; I prefer them to any other pair of jeans I’ve ever had. Mostly because, you know, stretchy belly band means no tight waistband that digs into my belly fat or gappy waistband that shows off my underpants when I sit. Why can’t all clothes be made as comfortable as maternity clothes? Striped maternity dress and a flower in my hair | www.eccentricowl.com Striped maternity dress and a flower in my hair | www.eccentricowl.com My hair is inspired by my friend Sarah’s awesome braid, but my hair isn’t quite cooperative enough to do what hers did. I have short pieces of bangs that like to escape. I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out though, and it may become my daily go-to while my bangs continue to grow. Did I ever mention that it was a mistake to cut them? Because it was.  Striped maternity dress and a flower in my hair | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress and sandals, Target | belt, thrifted | flower, from a potpourri bag. Ha!

And that is all I have to report for today, other than the fact that getting dressed today might have been in vain, because my husband arrived home sick and we might not go out as planned. So, I may only wear this for like two hours of today. But I tried, anyway!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Afternoon cuteness

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Yesterday and today have been unusually warm (around 70-75 yesterday, and 65ish today), so I’ve been trying to take advantage and get both of us outside. Yesterday I made the mistake of walking to the beach, which was fine on the way there, but on the way back there is one very, very long hill up to our house (I’m talking, like 1/2 a mile of a hill, which is a lot when you’re 18 weeks pregnant, have to pee, it’s 75 degrees out, and you’re pushing a stroller with a 25lb toddler in it). I also made the mistake of telling my parents I was good to walk back up and they could go off to the store. And my husband wasn’t home yet. Halfway up the hill, I sorely regretted that decision.

So today I elected to play in our yard instead, in spite of the slightly damp grass and the slugs that love our moss and dandelions. Asa learned to climb this little toy all by himself, and he was very proud. I’m looking forward to the summer, when we will go camping and swimming and have days full of running and long nights of sleep. If he learns to walk by then, anyway. This kid, I tell ya. 14 months old and while he stands perfectly by himself, walking…  not so much. Then again, I didn’t learn to walk until I was 16 months old, so we’ll see. So long as he beats me!

I hope your week has gone well! Happy Friday!

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Vintage plaid and a flower crown

Vintage plaid and a flower crown | www.eccentricowl.comVintage plaid and a flower crown | www.eccentricowl.com I have been wanting to wear this pretty plaid dress from Stranger Bird Vintage ever since I got it (along with this gorgeous bohemian dress), but it needs a little bit of tailoring. Which I knew when I chose it, but uh… girl should have known better. I’m SO bad at fixing the clothing I get right away, and I’ll admit that I’ve had skirts sit in my “hem” pile for six months. Hemming literally takes like ten minutes.

So I’m quite glad that being pregnant has helped fill the dress out a little more, along with this belt, because I’m not sure where my sewing machine is any more and today was the perfect day for a vintage plaid dress. The sun is shining, my flower crown was calling, and I decided I could just make this work without tailoring it for now. Vintage plaid and a flower crown | www.eccentricowl.com  Lately I’ve been feeling like I really need to step it up with eating healthy and taking (easy) walks every day that I can. It’s crazy how even in accepting the changes in my body, this pregnancy is super different from the last one. I did start out 10lbs heavier this time around, which makes it harder. Starting out 10lbs heavier and then having gained 10lbs during the last 17 weeks means I’m already nearing the max weight of my first pregnancy. I don’t feel like I look any heavier than I did last time, but the numbers and the way my pants fit are telling me I am.

The thing I have the hardest time with is breakfast and lunch. By the time I get Asa fed, I’m far too lazy to make myself food as well, and I really, really need to just find meals to put together that will feed both of us instead of two separate things for him and for me. I also go the easy route these days feeding him — there’s been a lot of oatmeal for his breakfast lately, which I can’t eat.

Vintage plaid and a flower crown | www.eccentricowl.com Vintage plaid and a flower crown | www.eccentricowl.com I know part of it is just laziness — however excusable that is, being pregnant and chasing around a 14 month old — but the other part is truly the fact that I still have a LOT of food aversions and on a day to day basis, my stomach’s preferences change. Some days, veggies and fruits sound fantastic. Other days, they make me queasy. I swear, if this child is not a girl, I will be shocked.

So I think I will try focusing more on getting myself moving on a daily basis, whether by taking a walk in the sun or by doing a good prenatal yoga routine on the rainy days, and limiting the “bad” foods to an actual serving size instead of, you know, the entire bag of M&M’s. (Okay, I haven’t done that yet. But it sounds really good.)Vintage plaid and a flower crown | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress, c/o Stranger Bird Vintage | flower crown, self-made | belt and shoes, thrifted

I definitely don’t think being pregnant gives me the “right” (or whatever you want to call it) to eat whatever I want. I mean, we don’t suddenly become garbage disposals once we’re gestating. But with food aversions and cravings, I believe it’s definitely okay to give yourself some leeway while pregnant; when you actually cannot stomach anything but ice cream, it’s better to just eat the ice cream than starve, you know?

Mental health is important, too.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Happy Thursday!

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Striped maternity dress and red cardigan

Striped maternity dress and red cardigan | www.eccentricowl.comStriped maternity dress and red cardigan | www.eccentricowl.com   In eight days, we will find out what the gender of this baby is. I am SO excited, and very curious to see if my gut feeling and all of the old midwives tales are true. I already automatically refer to the baby as the gender my gut tells me it is, even though there’s a 50% chance I’m totally wrong, and when I accidentally referred to it as that specific gender, my husband went “Oh, really?”

He refuses to guess, because he doesn’t want to get his hopes up either way. Striped maternity dress and red cardigan | www.eccentricowl.com Striped maternity dress and red cardigan | www.eccentricowl.com My guess is a girl, though. This pregnancy has been so very different from Asa’s that I’m hoping my instincts are right. I still can’t stand overly meaty dishes; I still get gaggy and occasionally have to throw up in the morning, I crave sugar all the time… I can’t drink water or talk in the mornings due to that pesky gag reflex… it’s interesting. I also feel like the baby might be sitting lower this time, which is usually normal since it’s baby 2 and muscle are all more relaxed. Striped maternity dress and red cardigan | www.eccentricowl.com

Maternity dress, earrings, and cardigan, Target | shoes, Modcloth | belt, thrifted | Glasses, c/o Firmoo

We will see on April 1st whether I’m right or wrong! Meanwhile, I will be researching fun ways to reveal the gender to our families. If you have any good ideas, let me know!

Happy Tuesday!

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