28 Things I Love About You

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Today is your 28th birthday. And I don’t even know what to say. Or, correction, I don’t really know where to start. I have so many things bubbling up in my heart that itch to express through the tips of my fingers and into this post, but it’s such a chaotic mass of mush that I can’t extract coherent paragraphs. So instead, I thought I’d make a list of the 28 reasons I love you. And believe me, there are a lot more reasons than what I write down, but these are the things that come to mind first.

  1. You complete me. Where I am emotional, you are logical. When I am overwhelmed, you are solid and reassuring. When I am uninspired, you are creative. When I am afraid, you are my shelter. Everything I need, it’s you.
  2. You make me laugh. You loosen me up when I’m being a little too serious. You don’t let life get heavy.
  3. You encourage me to utilize my talents. To the point where sometimes I get annoyed because I just want to be lazy (but that’s a good thing). You won’t let me give up on my writing even when I feel like it’s useless.
  4. You think I’m funny. And I mean, that’s sort of about me, too, but there’s something about having the person you love most think you’re hilarious that just makes me love you more. Especially when nobody else would think it was that funny.
  5. You will not miss church. Not unless you’re 100% dying (or I’m 100% dying) of sickness. I would sometimes all to easily let myself give up and stay at home, but even if we’re going to be shamefully late, you still make me go. And it keeps me in line.
  6. You love kids. Do you have any idea how much I love that you tend to be the one playing with the kids at family gatherings? I mean. Not to mention when you play with your own kid. And I can’t wait to watch you become a father again.
  7. Not once have you ever been NOT talkative to me. (except for that one month at church when you wouldn’t even look at me, before we dated) With strangers, you stop up. With me, you’re always open. It’s like night and day, and I feel special to be the one you chose to open up to.
  8. That gray streak in your hair. Never cover it. It is amazing.
  9. You work hard to provide for us. You aren’t afraid to do what you need to do to make sure we are taken care of.
  10. Your love of Lord of the Rings. I mean, it’s kind of what brought us together, how could I not love it? And your willingness to actually get all costumed up as a character. I love that.
  11. How passionate you get over the things you love. Writing. Filmmaking. LOTR. Woodworking. You know what you like and you’re not afraid to be a little bit obsessed.
  12. You’re nerdy. Worse than me. You love Doctor Who and LOTR and Star Wars like nobody’s business and you know more about them than anyone I know.
  13. You think I’m beautiful, and you make me feel it.
  14. You are so talented, and you are always striving to be even better at what you do. You make such beautiful things, and such awesome films, yet you push yourself constantly to be better. When I would say that’s as good as it’s going to get, you find ways to improve.
  15. You’re always ready to GO. To explore, to have fun, to be outside, to just discover new things. There’s always an adventure waiting, and every adventure is the best when it’s with you.
  16. You protect me. You’re always willing to stand up for me when someone makes me upset (even though most of the time I’m probably just being too sensitive.) You make sure nobody bullies me. You would willingly have it out with anyone who makes me cry.
  17. Well, you know, you’re hot. I had to say it.
  18. You are someone who people never have bad things to say about. Everyone esteems you as a good, hardworking, talented person. I’ve never met one person who didn’t like you, one person who said something negative about you. Ever.
  19. You know what you believe, and you’re not afraid to state it. You say what you think, even if sometimes it makes me cringe or sometimes I disagree, you’re not afraid to stick to your guns. And you make my “I want to love everyone” side realize that sometimes it’s more worth it to stick to my beliefs than it is to try to get along with every single person alive.
  20. You put up with my emotional side. Sometimes you also point out why I’m being illogical, but most of the time you just let me cry like I need to so that I can get over it and move on. And you’re not even tired of me yet.
  21. You’ve made me a better person. I am less emotional, stronger in my faith, and much tidier around the house because of you.
  22. You will never ridicule me. I can be a complete idiot in front of you and I know you’ll never bring it up to others, because that’s just not who you are. You’ll never use it to make someone else laugh if you know it would embarrass me.
  23. You are tenderhearted. You don’t like April Fools or teasing or pranks because it humiliates other people, so you don’t do them or participate in them. You are more understanding towards Asa and I when we’ve had bad days and just need cuddles. You won’t put people through unnecessary embarrassment just for a good laugh.
  24. I never want to complain about you. I never feel the need. You don’t deserve it, and you don’t give me reasons to complain, either. You make me so thankful for YOU when I am around other married women who begin to bring up all of their husbands’ faults. Because I honestly cannot relate to them. You’re not faultless, but your faults are small and inconsequential and I don’t feel the need to bring them up… because you’re better than that.
  25. You make me feel 100% okay with being myself. Nobody I have ever known has done that, not even my best girl friends. (well, maybe Sarah… but…) I didn’t realize it until I got married, but even when I thought I was being open and totally me with others, I wasn’t. I feel the need to transform just a little bit for different friends to fit in and relate, but with you? I can be me, and know that you’re not going to reject me for that.
  26. You make me excited for our future. Even if all we do is have a bunch of kids and live our lives without doing anything else, it will be fun with you.
  27. With you I have no bad memories. The negative moments don’t stick out, because they are so few and far between, and so mild in comparison to the happy ones.
  28. You have always been consistent, and I know you always will be. I can always count on you, no matter what. You are my home. No matter where we are or what is happening, you are my safe place. And you always will be.

IMG_2915I love you always.

Love, me.

Authentic 1930’s makeup tutorial

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I am SO excited to share this tutorial with all of you! First of all, because I finally decided to start filming with the nice camera and not my laptop, which means more work in editing and setting up, but way nicer sound and quality (obviously.) Secondly, because I have done the 1920’s, and meant to make this a series of tutorials but of course it took me over a year to do the next one. And third, because I  love doing really makeup replica looks, and am never impressed by the tutorials I find online for certain eras. So here I present to you, an authentic 1930’s makeup tutorial!

I wanted to share the three main images I based this look on. When I start researching for makeup looks, instead of just Googling “1930’s makeup look” I prefer to look at actresses who were prominent at the time, and makeup ads. I’ve discovered Vintage Ad Browser, which is really fantastic because you can see makeup and hygiene ads anywhere from 1800-2000, and you know they’re actual representations of the ideal for that time.How to: Authentic 1930's Makeup | www.eccentricowl.com A lot of times, though, I find the images I base my looks on from a simple Google image search. These three (source for bottom two, source for top) seemed to represent the 30’s best overall as I went through to find inspiration. I hugely based this look on the top one, but with some additions from the lower two (cheeks, lip shape, brow shape).

When I decided to start an era-to-era tutorial series, I was a little bit afraid that the 20’s and 30’s wouldn’t be very different. Usually when I am tutorial-hopping for those two eras, the makeup looks are really similar and to my eye… a lot of times there is no difference.

But as I did more research through vintage ads and 30’s starlets, I started to notice that there are differences most people skip over, and pretty big ones at that.

In the 30’s, the brow shape started to change (which I think I mention in the video) from being long and narrow on both ends but fuller towards the arch to being a more natural narrow on the outer end and fuller towards the nose.While they’re still high, long, and thin, the arch becomes a tiny bit more of an angle instead of a curve, and those really subtle changes really alter the look overall.

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Lips also began to morph from tiny and pursed to wider and fuller, in a shape that most people would associate with the 1940’s. The cupid’s bow moved out, and now instead of under-drawing my lip shape to make it narrower, I had to overdraw my top lip to make it fuller.

And lastly, the eyes became lighter and simpler. Instead of dark, smoky colors, there were more golden and pink tones, and sometimes little to no shadow at all. So to recreate a really authentic 1930’s makeup look, keep all of those little changes in mind! The overall shape of lips and brows can really impact how your finished face will look.How to: Authentic 1930's Makeup | www.eccentricowl.com

And that’s that! I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial; I had a lot of fun making it, despite it taking about two hours with filming and setup and all of that great stuff (plus, editing afterwards, man…) and I also made a blooper reel for this video, because as evidenced by this screenshot:

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I am not a serious person. And I totally meant to edit all of those moments from the video but somehow I missed this one. Oops! Bonus, I guess. Haha!

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Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf

Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf | www.eccentricowl.com Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf | www.eccentricowl.com

After working with eShakti to promote their new lines of Bohemian, pants, shorts, and all of that fun stuff, I started searching their site in hopes I could find something that would work as maternity style. And you guys… I am so in love with this dress. I mean. I saw it, and I knew right away that I needed it. This was definitely a splurge for me, even though I had a gift card and coupon to make it nearly free — I tend to try choosing less expensive items regardless of how I pay for them. But you guys. Can you blame me?Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf | www.eccentricowl.com Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf | www.eccentricowl.comThis week has been a crazy one; on Saturday my husband and I shot a wedding, as I mentioned (and um… this couple may be way too pretty for words), and Sunday was father’s day, then all of this week I have been working crazy hard to finish a gift for my husband. I decided on Sunday evening to make him something that is kind of big (I don’t think he reads my blog, but if he does… well, you’ll all see what it is later) and I’m starting to wish I’d had this idea two or three weeks ago.

But I do work best under pressure, and as long as I can get it mostly done by Sunday, I’ll be happy.Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf | www.eccentricowl.com Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf | www.eccentricowl.com I had to take a break this morning though to take pictures of this dress, obviously, and also to run to the store for a few things I’ll need for my husband’s birthday party. And now, it’s time to get back to work!

It’s funny, my maternity style “uniform” usually changes throughout the day — this morning and for errands, it was this dress. Now that I’m home, I’ve put on black leggings and a gray tank top (because this mama is hot all. the. time.), and later I’ll most likely wear something else if we go out to a concert at church.Maternity style: bohemian maxi dress and a headscarf | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress, eShakti (bought with gift card) – sold out! Similar here | headscarf, gift | shoes, Modcloth

Please tell me I’m not the only pregnant mom (or woman in general) who does this?

I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday!

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Budget Whole30: week one recap + money saving tips

Budget Whole30: week one recap + money saving tips | www.eccentricowl.comWell, I’m through my first week on the Whole30, and I thought it’d be a great time to talk about budget Whole30 tips. Since I am all about saving money and making dollars stretch, plus I feel as though there might be a stigma around eating Paleo so far as grocery bills go — mainly that it’s super expensive and possibly a bit snobbish — and I’d love to make it more approachable for people who are like me. As in, people who literally cannot afford to buy organic food like… ever.

But first, let’s go through a recap of the week!Whole30 on a budget: week one recap + money saving tips | www.eccentricowl.com

I think I may have picked the worst thirty days ever to do a Whole30. Not only are there two weddings that we are photographing/attending (friends, and family), but also my husband’s birthday is in the 30 days, as is July 4th and also, you know, today, which is a family day to get together and eat all the desserts on both sides of my family. But in a sense, it might also be the best 30 days because just in the first week I’ve had two events to prove my dedication. You guys, I had to say no to Krispy Kreme Donuts. (In retrospect, I don’t actually care for them, but… y’know. It was a small sacrifice.)

Day One: woke up groggy, stuffy nose, hip hurting, parched. Had mild heartburn after lunch lasting until dinner, tired after 2pm until bedtime.

The first day of my Whole30 was a little bit scattered; I wasn’t able to do a real grocery trip until the second day. I did, however, get the chance to grab a diary wherein I am writing down how I feel when I wake up and how I feel throughout the day, plus everything I eat and what times I’m eating. That has been a tremendous  help in seeing whether things are improving or whether my body is purging (often the first week or two can make you feel worse as your body gets used to eating differently), and also tracking my eating habits better. I also felt like I broke a rule of the Whole30, because I had no protien sources in my fridge (meats) to eat, and I can’t do eggs, so I had a banana and some almond butter. Surprisingly, that kept me well satisfied until lunch which was a much more “proper” homemade meat spaghetti atop spaghetti squash.

And judging by Asa’s face as he ate, I can say that lunch was a definite success. Spaghetti is one of my current favorite things to whip up for the Whole30. While the squash in no way replaces noodles (different texture, taste, look, everything), it’s still delicious as a substitute!Budget Whole30: week one recap + money saving tips | www.eccentricowl.comBudget Whole30: week one recap + money saving tips | www.eccentricowl.comFor dinner I went with salad, which I have been loving lately thanks to the awesome dressing recipes in Primal Cravings, which I would highly suggest to anyone looking for a Paleo cookbook! (or, they have a blog where you can find a great list of recipes available.) Not all the recipes in the book are Whole30 approved (being subs for desserts, or including grass fed butter or cheese which is out for 30 days), but I adore every single recipe I’ve tried and their dressings literally cannot be beat.

Day Two: woke up groggy and “sniffy”, my hip still hurt, tired by 5pm but had more energy after dinner, and totally ready for bedtime at 9:30pm.

The second day I was able to cook up some pork for breakfast that I’d grabbed Monday night on my “just the necessary things” store run, and I attempted to make an apple-pork type breakfast sausage dish that didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. Because I wasn’t following recipes and had no idea as to what went into normal sausage, I decided to do an apple, 1.5 pounds of pork, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. And let me tell you… that cinnamon, man. I added way too much. The first day, it wasn’t too great. The second day, it started to taste better (although the smell was weird), and further on in the week I started to really like it.

And then we got some watermelon, and… pretty much watermelon was my staple all week. I know. Stereotypical pregnant woman. (For lunch, leftover spaghetti squash; for dinner, salad, hamburgers (no buns, obviously) and baked homemade fries with homemade ranch dressing (also from Primal Cravings).

Day Three: still waking up stuffy, and I was so tired ALL day. My back might have been worse this day, plus I wasn’t very hungry for actual meals and ate way too much fruit. Pretty sure my body was trying to get sugar energy instead of burning fat like it should.

I had a banana and nut butter (cashew this time) for breakfast again, which kept me satisfied until lunch. And then, we enter my favorite lunch of the week: 5oz of tilapia baked under lemon and olive oil, topped with a bit of leftover homemade ranch, sided with baked butternut squash chunks (SO FREAKING GOOD — cut squash into chunks, toss with olive oil and salt, and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes), and some strawberries. Budget Whole30: week one recap + money saving tips | www.eccentricowl.com

Oh man. I love this food. Horribly, though, that was the most nutritious meal of my day, as we somehow got super busy and I ended up eating another banana and cashew butter for dinner. And then raspberries for a snack.

Day Four: still waking up stuffy, but not as exhausted as usual and my back is getting better!

Day four, I feel like I started to get into it a bit more. I ate leftover pork/apple sausage for breakfast, had a delicious chicken salad that Asa also LOVED (recipe below) for lunch, and made salmon and salad for dinner. But, I did have two cups of regular coffee and one cup of decaf throughout the day, which isn’t optimal. Budget Whole30: week one recap + money saving tips | www.eccentricowl.com

Recipe for the best mayo you will ever taste, here.

Day Five: woke up stuffy and felt like I would throw up until I ate. Felt more habitual and motivated this day!

Day five was probably the worst wake up experience, because I literally thought I was going to hurl. Thank goodness kombucha exists — it has helped every time I’ve woken up feeling this way when anything else I tried putting in my stomach just went bleh (and yes, I have researched the safety of drinking kombucha during pregnancy IT IS SAFE thanks) and it’s saved me from so many morning vomit sessions. By day five I was looking forward to that apple-pork sausage I thought was a total failure, but terribly, on day five I completely and totally forgot to eat lunch. I fed Asa a PB&H sandwich out of laziness, ate some cucumber dipped in homemade ranch, and blanked once I got him down for a nap. So between 7am and 5:30pm, all I had was coffee and cucumbers. Oops!

But this is the day I started to notice that I was not hungry at all between mealtimes, and not feeling the need to snack out of hunger as I have been for the last… who knows how long.

Day Six: woke up tired and stuffy and slightly queasy again. But I felt so good ALL DAY despite shooting a wedding that had us away from home and me on my feet for nearly ten hours straight.

Day six was the first real test of whether I truly wanted to commit to thirty days. We shot the wedding of one of my dear friends, and I had the forethought to pack a lunch beforehand as well as a good bunch of snacks and some herbal iced tea. For breakfast I had the usual pork/apple sausage, coffee, and some kombucha, and that held me so well! While all of the bridal party moaned about hunger around 11:15am, I was only barely starting to feel the earliest grumbles of hunger. And it’s a good thing I brought my own food, because what they had provided was bagels, cheese, donuts, muffins, and maybe a fruit platter.

It was during the lunch break session that I realized how much I was starting to appreciate Whole30 food. I knew that unlike the grains-and-sugar based foods provided, the food I brought (lettuce+tomato+avocado salad with chicken and homemade Paleo Caesar dressing) would not make me feel tired, fuzzy, or groggy; I would not get heartburn; I would not have a sugar crash; I would not lose energy in any way whatsoever, and I would probably stay full and feel satisfied much longer than anyone else. It was a revelation for me to realize that, because I thought for sure I’d be feeling sorry for myself to have to pass up the treats offered! Instead, I was extra thankful for what I was eating and the knowledge that it was purely fueling and supporting my body, and not taking anything away that I needed to get through the day.

And after the ceremony, around 2:30pm during the reception several people asked if I had eaten yet, but I was honestly not even hungry. I grabbed some salami, prosciutto, and fruit+veggies from the trays anyway since I knew I’d need good fuel for another few hours, but… yes. Day six was a good day.

Day Seven: woke up tired, sore, but not feeling sick and had good energy as soon as I got out of bed.

And now we’re caught up! Yesterday was another tester day, since it was father’s day. I made my husband and Asa waffles and bacon for breakfast (can’t have either!), and my husband’s family got together for a barbecue and there was no shortage of chips, chocolate, ice cream, or dessert. I chose to go and just eat what I could (hamburgers, pickles, watermelon) rather than bring my own food, since… I wanted to rest.

But other than eating a copious amount of watermelon, I stuck to it, and was only marginally jealous that everyone else got to eat the coconut macaroons my husband chose to bring for dessert.

Every Day I also Had: 1-2 cups of coffee with Whole30 approved almond milk (they sell some at my local Fred Meyer, but it’s also super easy to make), 1/2 to 1 bottle of GT Dave’s Kombucha (as long as there is no sugar added, kombucha is a-ok for your Whole30), and at least one bottle of water.

The Week Overall:

Other than having eaten what I think might be a bit too much fruit (only because I know sometimes it’s a substitute for eating sugar, which is a habit I need to break), I am encouraged to have made it through the week going strong. Obviously the first week might seem like the easiest one, and at the end of next week I might be anxious to get through it all. But there are little things already improving in my body that I hope will keep me going:

  • My hip, which has been hurting for nearly a month now even after being adjusted, is finally starting to feel better.
  • My energy levels are much more consistent and starting to last all day.
  • I quit feeling like I needed a nap in the afternoon.
  • Food has become an energy source and makes me happy, rather than a craving source that puts me in a bad mood (literally, chocolate makes me grumpy and whiny.)
  • I’ve started to sleep better.
  • I feel less paranoid that I will gain a million pounds in the last trimester of pregnancy (even though I’ve only gained 20lbs overall thus far.)

I can’t wait to see what this next week brings! Having a diary to detail how I’m feeling is super helpful, and I recommend that if you’re going to do a Whole30, you should get a diary to at least write down how you feel every day, whether it’s better OR worse. There are little things that will change in your body that you might not remember unless you write them down. Like me and not feeling groggy in the afternoons.

Budget Whole30: week one recap + money saving tips | www.eccentricowl.com

And now, let’s get to something I’ve wanted to talk about: a budget Whole30. And I’ll even be upfront with you dollar wise, so you know exactly what my budget is like and what I spend most on.

My total weekly grocery budget: $100
Total spent on produce per week: $30-40
Total spent on meat per week: $20-30 (if I need to restock, it’s higher)
Total left for canned goods, non-30 items (husband and kid): $30-50

I am doing a Whole30, but no one else in my family is. This means that on top of what I buy for myself, I also budget for my husband’s non-30 meals — usually just his breakfast and lunch — and a few things that I feed Asa out of pure need because I am pregnant and I totally cannot cook three meals a day for all three of us all the time. We always eat Whole30 meals for dinner, since… it’s ridiculous to cook two separate dinners… and I don’t know if this helps or hurts my budget, but it is what it is! At any rate, though, I am doing everything I can to cut my grocery bill down to just what we need, and I’m here to tell you that doing the Whole30 on a budget is totally doable.

Here are my top 5 “Budget Whole30″ tricks:

1. Be willing to eat a lot of repeat meats. On a regular basis, my freezer contains 5lbs of ground beef, a bag of salmon and a bag of tilapia (I snag a bag of pre-proportioned frozen fillets when I find them for cheap), and maybe a pound of steak meat if I can find it inexpensively or we can afford it. I also have a pack of canned chicken from Costco in my pantry, and IF our store happens to have any other ground meat on sale (pork, turkey, etc), I’ll grab some to make breakfast sausage. But I don’t buy all of these meats every week — the freezer meats last me two weeks, usually, and the canned chicken lasts a month — and generally I only need to “refill” my meats little bits at a time.

2. Buy ingredients that will create you the most meals. This goes with the above — I buy ground beef and fish primarily because they are the meats that I can do the most with for the cheapest. Ground beef gets me: spaghetti, taco salad, tacos, hamburgers, meatballs, chili, goulash, meatloaf, beef-and-veggie soups… I could probably go on, but you get the picture. And fish tends to be the easiest to whip up for quick lunches or dinners, and can be put in salads, topped with virtually anything, and, you know, just… who doesn’t like salmon? Personally, I don’t like chicken that much but if you buy a whole chicken you can use the meat for any number of things and save the bones for chicken stock and bone broth.

3. Keep it simple. Meal planning is great. But overplanning your week with a ton of great new recipes will not only kill your budget, it will also overwhelm you and tire you out. Weekly, I have an overall idea of what’s in my freezer and fridge that I can use up, what types of meals I might make that week (by “meals” I mean “dinners”), and what I need to refill. I only ever choose one or two new recipes to try, to keep it fun, and then I note what I’ve actually eaten from the week before, and what I probably shouldn’t buy again because it’s still sitting in my fridge.

Buy foods that are simple to prepare and don’t take a lot of fanfare to get tasting good. My favorite veggies to always have in stock are: butternut squash (mash it, bake it in cubes, put it in a soup — yes, I am mimicking Samwise Gamgee right now), zucchini or yellow squash (make zoodles, fry the rounds, shred it into things), spaghetti squash (great under chili, spaghetti sauces, with eggs in the morning; takes on flavors well), iceberg + romaine lettuce (I prefer the taste of iceberg in salads, and romaine is great for sandwich or taco wraps), tomatoes, cucumbers (again, use in salads, eat with a Whole30-approved dip as a lunch side, put in sandwich rollups), and avocados. I keep a lot more in my pantry, but those are definitely the ones I always return to.

4. Buy it canned, buy it frozen, buy it in season, buy it local. These are probably things you might have heard before, but really: canned and frozen veggies are cheaper, in-season fruits are usually priced lower, and some local farm stands sell veggies, eggs, and meat for cheaper than grocery stores. Keep an eye out for farms that might have meat-or-eggs-for-sale signs out. Frozen broccoli and cauliflower are my favorite because I can use them as a side dish OR make soups out of them. Just beware of canned foods that have added sugar, and frozen veggie mixes with corn or beans added (as those two things aren’t Whole30 approved.)

5. You don’t HAVE to buy organic/grass fed/cage free. So this one… okay, I feel as though Paleo and Whole30 lifestyle people are ALWAYS plugging the organic thing, and it makes everyone feel like that’s the only way you can do this. And you’re a bad person if you don’t get organic/grass fed/cage free. And I get it. Less pesticides, better nutrition in the animal equals better meat, better for the environment and all of that. I really am not against organic foods at all. And I say if you CAN afford it, do it! But here’s the thing: I literally cannot afford anything organic like… ever. Even fruits and veggies, unless I get them from our local farmstand or grow them myself, I get the cheapest stuff which is not usually organic stuff. I’ve never been able to afford grass fed meat or cage free eggs. It’s just not plausible. So don’t feel bad if you avoid the organic section to save a few bucks, because I do it too. And to me, it’s more important to first get my body in track and THEN move on to more fine-tuned and specific elimination such as getting pesticide-free fruits and veggies onto my table and only grass fed cage free meats in my fridge.

So that’s it for this week’s Whole30 recap and planning! If you have any questions about the Whole30, anything you want to hear about in next week’s recap, let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to include!

Happy Monday!

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Gingham circle skirt, ice cream print, and a cherry on top

Gingham circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.comGingham circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.com I shared little snippets on Instagram when I was making this gingham circle skirt, and I have been dying to actually do an outfit post with it, because I love it. Even though I made a few mistakes and it’s kind of imperfect, I don’t care. It’s everything I hoped it would be!

This skirt was a test run for a circle skirt I plan to make from T.A.R.D.I.S. fabric I found at Joann’s (also I just saw this fabric, and now I need it too), because I really didn’t want to jump right in on expensive fabric, and I didn’t follow any online tutorials for making a circle skirt. I’m not a pattern follower, what can I say? I break rules.

Gingham circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.comGingham circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.com I haven’t decided whether I will be re-shooting the tutorial I shot as I made this skirt; since it was a test run, and since I didn’t follow any patterns, there were a few things I forgot to do (or didn’t do when I should have) that I’d like to rectify in the tutorial. Such as adding a pocket in the side where it buttons up, the order in which I sewed a few seams, and my choice of buttons for the side. They’re all small things that I’m really glad I discovered this time around so that my T.A.R.D.I.S. skirt can be perfect.

But even with mistakes, who doesn’t love a good gingham circle skirt? It is everything a girl could want in her retro wardrobe: twirly, doubles as a tablecloth (I have heard that joke SO MUCH ALREADY), has lace. I even added a somewhat twee heart pocket on the outside because… why not?Gingham circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.com

I might be addicted to making myself circle skirts now, though; now that I know how to make them and know that I don’t have to follow the rules online, which all tell me that you can’t actually make a knee length (to me) circle skirt on any width fabric because you have to keep the fabric folded and… I broke that rule.

And now that I know that pockets are not as scary as I thought they were, and that I can do things other than adding a zipper (which I hate) for closure options, I’m excited to make a few more!

Gingham circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.com Gingham circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.com

My posts might be sparse in the next week or two, though; about two weeks ago (I think I mentioned in my fitness post) I had what I thought was just a pulled muscle, but it turned out that my hips were so misaligned that my right leg was an inch shorter than my left. I dealt with the pain for two weeks, thinking it would just get better (muscle pain usually does, with stretching and massaging) but… no such luck. So I finally visited the chiropractor and got my out-of-place hip adjusted, but I still have some pretty messed up muscles in my hip. Which means I have to not walk around or lift or do anything that would stress those muscles as much as possible until they heal.DIY circle skirt, ice cream print tee, and a cherry on top | www.eccentricowl.com

Gingham circle skirt, self-made | top, c/o Oasap (old) | shoes, Modcloth | glasses, c/o Firmoo | headscarf, thrifted

I got in semi-trouble from my husband for even photographing this outfit. He is infinitely more concerned about my hip than I am (which is a good thing) and suggested that perhaps I shouldn’t do things to stress the muscles. Translated: no more outfit shoots until my hip is better. Which is good advice.

So, until I can walk without muscle pain, I’ll be limited to posting the tutorial I have ready, and Whole30/fitness (well, not fitness right now) updates.

I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far! It’s almost Friday!

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