Fall Brights

Fall Brights | www.eccentricowl.com You know those days when you don’t feel like making an effort? I think this sweater was made for days like that. I seriously feel like being the laziest bum ever, but I also wanted to take outfit pictures to show this sweater off, so pop on jeans and boots, throw my hair up into a messy bun, and… the end.

To be honest, I think I forgot my yoga pants when we moved to the house we’re living in, and that’s the only reason I have real pants on. The last few days have felt super lazy for me, because I’ve been able to enjoy some time off, in a new, clean house, and I’m just… y’know… lazy. Fall Brights | www.eccentricowl.com I have also been lost down the YouTube hole, and I’ve been binge-watching Bunny’s videos. I love her; have any of you ever watched her? She’s so loud and crazy and fun and it’s just the best! I think I feel a little bit sassier just watching her videos. And it’s been inspiring me to make my own videos, although they’ll be more life-vlogs. I’m thinking instead of writing videos, which I’ve been having a hard time getting myself to make, I’ll try doing a once-a-week what’s happening video, and just… talk.  Fall Brights | www.eccentricowl.com Is it weird that that’s my favorite picture from today? It’s blurry but I love it. That’s me trying to do a great jumping picture and totally failing. Haha! Well, except for the ones where I haven’t even jumped when the camera goes off. Those are gold. Fall Brights | www.eccentricowl.com

Asa is fussing for his breakfast, though, so this post has to be short! Fall Brights | www.eccentricowl.com Fall Brights | www.eccentricowl.comFall Brights | www.eccentricowl.com

Thrifted sweater | JC Penny boots | Target (?) jeans and ring | Gifted earrings

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

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August/September Thrifting Haul

So it’s been forever since I’ve done a video, and with a recent thrifting trip done, I thought it would be fun to start doing some haul videos! Enjoy! (and I apologize in advance for the rambling. There’s a lot of it.)

Outfit links:

I ramble a lot. But here’s what I’ve thrifted in the last month or so!
Links to outfits:
Giraffe shirt + tan heels
Black hippie top
White textured tank top (and here) and you can get similar Modcloth red shoes here
Sparkly tank, and mentioned diamond skirt
(iPhone case, in case you liked it)

I hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!

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{Photography: A Family Session}

Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography I think I mentioned before that I wasn’t going to post my photography on my blog, but after Desarae commented about it, and because it IS a part of my life, I decided… why not? Especially after a shoot like this!

Last wednesday I had what I feel like was my first “real” family shoot– a photoshoot with people I don’t know that well (I think I’ve only ever met the daughters once, although we do have a lot of common friends.) It was a lot of fun, and I’m so, so pleased with how all of the pictures turned out! Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography The parents had just had their 25th wedding anniversary, which is so awesome, and I loved seeing the family dynamics between them all! You can really see the love in the family through these pictures!Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography I was so nervous to shoot for them, since I don’t know them well, but these pictures turned out even better than I had hoped! It’s given me some confidence for any future shoots; I had to remind myself that obviously they liked what they saw on my photography page or they wouldn’t have contacted me! It’s a good thing to tell yourself when you’re doing photoshoots for people you’ve never met- they aren’t even judging you on their liking of you as a person, they’re only judging what they’ve seen you do, which is awesome! Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography

It didn’t hurt that the location, the park where I have always wanted to get married (so much for that, haha!) is a gorgeous place! It has so many interesting spots for photos, you’re never lacking for a good backdrop. While we were there, we saw a couple getting engagement photos done. Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography

Haha, and their brother had to get a “hipster” photo with his beanie. It was pretty hilarious! They were definitely all super friendly and fun, and it really helped me to feel more comfortable and not like I was going to ruin the shoot. Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography Family Portrait Session -Storybook Photography

The above are definitely my favorite shots of the day. Their little guy was such a  good sport up until the very last shot, and then he decided he’d had enough!

If you want to see even more, hop on over to the album on my Storybook Photography page! (And hey, live in the area? Now is a great time to get Christmas pictures done. Just sayin’!)

Happy Monday!

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Little Red

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Since I’ve been on a sort of roll with my Doctor Who Inspired outfits, I have been really wanting to do some Fairytale inspired outfits, too, and this marks my first one. If you hadn’t guessed by the cape and the title and the basket, I decided to start up with Little Red Riding Hood. I saw this cape on Oasap, and HAD to have it! It looked so cozy and retro and perfect for fall, and when it arrived yesterday I was definitely not disappointed. It’s so soft! I can’t wait to style it other ways!Little Red |  www.eccentricowl.comLittle Red |  www.eccentricowl.com As I posted earlier today (two posts in one day! Why not?), I’ve narrowed down my closet to all of my fall/winter clothes, and I’m getting anxious to move, get them all put away, and see how well it works to have simplified the color scheme. This skirt is one that I’ve got listed for sale in my shop, and if  it doesn’t sell soon I will probably (yet again) keep it. I love the colors, and it’s a nice length, and wooly, and tartan… what’s not to love?  Little Red |  www.eccentricowl.comLittle Red |  www.eccentricowl.comLittle Red |  www.eccentricowl.com One thing I will be working hard on this month is promoting and selling (hopefully!) all of the vintage I have stacked up in a box. I am considering moving over to Etsy, since it’s much more known than Storenvy, to see if the shop is a little more successful there.

Since I posted on Wednesday about feeling a bit overwhelmed, my boss gave me a call and said that since I was stressed and work was extremely slow, I could take the month off and come back to work in October when it ramps up again. I am so, so relieved! It will be nice to have a little breather, and to be able to work on things that I have been wanting to get to for ages. Like the little vintage adventure I’ve embarked on. I would absolutely LOVE to sell vintage regularly, because I see so many things that need that perfect someone to buy and wear them, and my husband has forbidden me from buying anything else until I actually sell a few of the pieces I have listed. Little Red |  www.eccentricowl.comLittle Red |  www.eccentricowl.com I went on a thrift-store trip all by myself (well, with Asa) yesterday, and it was heavenly! One thing I just realized I could do is thrift-haul posts, with video. Yesterday was such a great day for thrifting; I found so many things (including this tee and these shoes), and it was my lucky day for finding tag-sale items, so I think it’d be a lot of fun to film a little haul video.

Maybe I’ll do a monthly haul video; since we’re moving, I won’t be as close to the thrift store and who knows how often I’ll get to go (unless the vintage business picks up exponentially, and then I have a good reason to tell my husband we have to go, haha!), plus I get things from Oasap quite often, as well as Target and a few other places. Little Red |  www.eccentricowl.com Little Red |  www.eccentricowl.comLittle Red |  www.eccentricowl.com  But you guys… I cannot get over this cape!  I can’t get over how absolutely perfect it is! I definitely stand by what I’ve said before about Oasap’s outerwear– of any place I shop, they make my favorite cardigans, and now capes, and I’m betting their outerwear is really nice, too!Little Red |  www.eccentricowl.comLittle Red |  www.eccentricowl.com I also need to get back to doing makeup tutorials and writing videos! Now that we’re moving away, I won’t feel so self-conscious doing either one, since no one but Asa will be home to see me do it!Little Red |  www.eccentricowl.comLittle Red |  www.eccentricowl.com

Cape, sunglasses, ring, and earrings c/o Oasap | tee and shoes, thrifted | vintage skirt, for sale here

I hope you are all having a great week, and have a fun weekend!

Happy Friday!

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How to Pack for a Six Month Stay

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So as I have mentioned, my husband and I are moving out to a friend’s house to house-sit for six months, starting today. We’ll be there until February, during the coldest months of the year, and I didn’t want to bring my entire wardrobe with me (okay, it’s more like my husband would have killed me if I did…) so last night I spent a few hours going through my closet and dresser, and pulling out everything to asses whether it should come or stay. I had only one criteria: it had to be fall/winter in colors and style (warmth). My first step, after I had thrown everything on the bed that I thought I wanted to bring, was to organize it all by garment, and see if it all went. This happened on the bed, as you can see!

Next, I pulled out anything that didn’t flow with the color scheme of red, yellow, navy, brown, and black, and it went back into the closet.

And then, I went through each garment category to see what I had.

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Sleeveless tops: Four (one not shown) tank tops/camis for layering.

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Short-sleeve tops: Three graphic tees; one textured peplum top; three printed tees; six gray, black, or yellow plain tee shirts (one with lace at the shoulders, one more of a sweater material)

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Long-sleeve tops: Three printed mid-sleeve tops; two printed sweaters, one plain sweater, and one long-sleeve tee; four patterned blouses.

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Cardigans: Three printed cardigans; five plain cardigans; one fringe kimono/vest, one cropped printed cardigan, one vintage bolero (I think that’s what it is).

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Outerwear: One knitted cape, one leather coat, one printed coat, one short jacket

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Pants: one pair skinny jeans, one pair printed skinnies, one pair bootcut jeans

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Dresses: fourteen floral dresses (one not shown); two plain and two lace dresses; three printed dresses

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Skirts: Seven printed skirts (three not strictly “fall/winter” simply because I love them!); three plain wool skirts; four plain cotton/other fabric skirts; eleven wool gingham/tartan/plaid/whatever other patterns those are skirts

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Shoes: one pair boots, one pair flats, one pair sandals (for the end of the summery days); one pair booties; three pair Mary-Jane-esque heels; five pairs stiletto heels.

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And, of course, tights: three pair red, three pair yellow (my favorite colors to wear, so they rip fast); one pair plum; one pair grey; four pairs printed (hearts, two dots, one diamond); one pair sweater tights; three pair black tights.

I also plan to go through my belts and jewelry and only take things that go with the colors, but I didn’t get to that last night.

So, what do you all think? If you were packing up to stay somewhere for half a year, what would you bring?

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