Style Roundup: Postpartum Outfit Dreaming

Being in the final days of pregnancy has me really looking forward to unpacking the parts of my wardrobe that I’ve boxed up. There are a lot of things I can’t wait for outside of possibly dressing baby girl and myself to match (and my husband and Asa will probably also match us — side note, am I the only person who always finds it weird to call my husband by his name, whether on the blog OR in real life? We’ve always had nicknames for each other, and using full names is just weird.), and perhaps it seems a bit vapid to think about the clothes I’ll be able to wear again when I’m so close to having a new baby… but we like what we like.

Obviously I’m thrilled to have a baby and I cannot WAIT for her to be born. But I’m so impatient I’m trying to think about other things, and clothes are a good distraction during this “all I can do is sit and wait” period!

So I thought I’d do a little roundup of a few things I cannot WAIT to wear again.

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Fit and Flare Dresses

Oh my, I feel like it’s been ages since I have worn any of these dresses, but I still own them all and I cannot wait to work them back into my life somehow. They may be a-few-hours-of-wear only, since I’ll be breastfeeding and none of these dresses allow easy access for that, but I will still wear them. Even if it’s just for a quick  date with my main man. That yellow dress with those coral shoes remains one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever worn; I wish I still had those shoes! But they gave up the ghost a long time ago.

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Flowy Skirts + Belts

If there’s a running theme so far, it’s the fact that I really miss my waist. I miss having a twirly skirt and adding a fun belt — a thing that’s pretty hard to do when you pass about 6 months pregnant. Your “waist” becomes more like “right under your boobs” and wearing twirly skirts starts to make you feel huge anytime you catch a look at yourself from the side. It could just be my personal experience, but even knowing that the bulk is caused by a pregnant belly and not an unwanted body shape doesn’t help much. When I’m pregnant I definitely prefer fitted garments, to avoid the “oh look, now I’m a whale!” syndrome. 😉 Besides which, all of these skirts have waists that are too small for my pregnant self, even if I do allow them to ride up. I always heard from Style Guru’s (looking at you, What Not To Wear) that the smallest part of someone’s body is right under their ribs where an empire waist would fit, but that’s not true for me. My natural waist has always been 28-30″, while the empire-waist spot is 32-34″. So, you know. Proving that theory wrong.

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Plaid Skirts

I have such a soft spot for a good plaid skirt. And this has a bit to do with fall, too — which I have avoided talking about because let’s face it: every blogger raves about fall. And pumpkin spice lattes. And pumpkin everything. So while I am looking forward to it since I’ve been pregnant and SO FREAKING HOT for most of this year, I’ll just stop there — but mostly because fall means I can pull out these beauties and actually wear them without dying of heat! All of my plaid skirts have smaller waistlines, so we might get more towards winter before I can really wear them comfortably again. And if that happens, I might have to go thrifting to find myself some good plaid skirts with bigger waistlines to allow for the waist that follows pregnancy that doesn’t bounce back right away (which is okay!). Because… plaid.

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Colorful Tights

Okay, technically I was pregnant in one of those outfits, and I did wear tights through my pregnancy with Asa. But it is so much easier to wear a pair of tights when you don’t have belly to contend with! There’s less tugging and struggling going on — you know, tugging the tights up because technically they’re not maternity items (why don’t they sell good colorful MATERNITY tights?), struggling to get them on comfortably because… they’re not maternity… I tend to try to make everything work as much as I can through pregnancy, but this time around I’ve been pregnant all through the summer, so tights have not been on the roster! And now that we’ve had a few days of cool weather, I’m hoping it holds so I can have colorful legs again (not to mention, you don’t have to shave as much if you wear tights all the time.)

 And a few outfits I can’t wait to try and recreate with what I have in my closet:

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Looking at all of these old outfits of mine and style inspirations, it’s pretty obvious I have a type. One peek at my Style Inspiration Pinterest board would tell you that. I do love a good flared skirt! And I am excited to make good use of my overabundant skirt wardrobe after the baby is born!

And I might also be making a few more skirts, and attempting my first DRESS. Which is intimidating, but I have nine yards of thrifted fabric to work with so if I don’t get it right the first time… I’ll have enough to try again.

What are you looking forward to wearing as seasons change, or as your life changes, or just… you want to try to recreate outfits?

Happy Wednesday!

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Six Easy Retro Ways to Wear a Headscarf

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So I don’t think any of these are particularly creative, but I am constantly being asked how I tied a headscarf, how I got my hair to do that, how I keep them on, what my favorite ways are to wear headscarves, and pretty much any other question you could ask about the thing on my head. Most of these are just simple variations of ties with the same hair, but still I present: six easy retro ways to wear a headscarf.

I don’t think any of the styles are too complicated, but in case you’re a read-learner instead of a visual one, I’ll include step-by-step instructions below. I hope this helps you add a little bit of retro scarf wearing to your day!

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I started out with the easiest ones, because seriously this is a four step process at most.

  1. If desired, part your hair down the middle (I find it looks better this way, but I have lots of hair to contend with, so if it’s all parted on one side that side tends to be in the way all. the. time.)
  2. Fold a large square scarf into a triangle, and then roll or fold down into a long rectangle (it should be big enough to go around your head twice.)
  3. Center the middle of the scarf at the back of your head, pull the sides forward, twist it once around itself, and wrap back around to tie behind your head.
  4. Adjust hair as needed. 😉

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Again, I doubt you need instructions. BUT. For the sake of continuity and satisfying my OCD blogger tendencies…

  1. To make the tying process easier, tie the scarf OVER your hair and knot it at the back.
  2. Remove your glasses because otherwise a mess will happen (aka, your scarf will get stuck on them.)
  3. Pull the scarf down to your neck, get all your hair OVER the scarf, and push it back up like a headband.
  4. Adjust as you like.

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Victory rolls seem to be baffling to most people. But once you get the knack, it’s SO easy.

  1. Keeping a fairly large section of front hair out, pull your hair back into a ponytail.
  2. Roll the front section of hair around two fingers — you can do this upward for a roll that will pull back from your forehead as I did, or downward (starting the hair on top of your fingers instead of underneath) for a roll that will act more like bangs and look like this. — and pin in place, being sure to pin inside the roll as you secure it.
  3. Tame away any random ends. If your hair is damp, or more textured, you won’t have wonky ends like I do. My hair is just a bit too straight and slippery to always work perfectly.
  4. Corral the rest of your hair into a bun as messy or neat as you like.
  5. Fold up a non-silky headscarf (it stays better) into a triangle and then a long rectangle.
  6. Center the scarf at the back of your head, and tie in a bow behind your victory roll (this also helps keep the roll in place if you have slick hair like me.).
  7. Pin either side of the bow on the inside with a pin to help keep the scarf in place.

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One of the three variations I do with a victory roll. For my face shape, I find that my head just looks odd when I don’t have a victory roll or some sort of sideswept bangs in front of my headscarves. And if tying bows is not your thing, this is another easy way to add interest to your scarf! And since this is just the victory roll + bun with the hippie twist tied behind the victory roll, I won’t write instructions.

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This way of tying scarves always reminds me of Carmen Miranda and I’m not sure why. At any rate, it’s a GREAT option for when your hair is dirty and you don’t want to deal with unruly strands!

  1. Style your bangs/victory roll as desired (or not at all) and pin your hair into a flat messy bun.
  2. Using a large square scarf folded into a triangle, settle the center of the scarf at the back of your head and tie the two ends behind your bangs/at the top of your head just once.
  3. Bring the point of the triangle forward and lay it over the tied portion of the scarf, then knot the other ends over it.
  4. Pull the point forward to flatten out/tighten up the rest of the scarf (the puffier you want your scarf to end up, the less you need to tug the point through.), and lay it back over the knotted section.
  5. Tie the other points over it once again.
  6. Tuck all three ends into the rest of the scarf, and adjust as needed.

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This is one of my favorite ways to do a headscarf, although I don’t do it nearly enough! I think many people are intimidated by trying to do a beehive, because nobody REALLY wants to rat their hair. But you don’t HAVE to rat your hair to get some oomph to your beehive! So, you’re welcome for that. (And I know, I did it fairly messily in the video. Usually I fuss more.)

  1. With your bangs/front part of your hair in a victory roll (or not: if you skip that, your beehive will look like this.), take half of your hair back as if you were going to put it in a half-up ponytail.
  2. Twirl the ends of that chunk of hair into a roll, and then keep rolling towards your head.
  3. Push the roll as forward as you like — the further forward, the more volume it will allow you — and pin in place, not worrying too much about how dorky or messy it looks at the moment.
  4. Twirl the rest of your hair into a semi-twist on the back of your head, and pin in place.
  5. Tie your headscarf up in a knot or bow behind your bangs.
  6. Smooth down any areas that you don’t want to be… hived… (ha!). This might take a bit of practice before you can get your beehive to behave, but I promise: once you’ve figured out how your hair works with this method, it’s easy to whip it into shape. Pull out any hair that’s too flat for the hive, and ideally… hairspray with a fury.

And there you have it! Hopefully these easy retro ways to wear a headscarf will inspire you to wear more scarves. Because scarves are too pretty an accessory to pass up!

P.S. Since I am vastly pregnant (six days left when I shot this, four days left by the time you read it) , this may be my last post before I have my baby and take two weeks of maternity leave from blogging. Don’t despair, though; I have a ton of REALLY fantastic bloggers who have volunteered to contribute posts while I’m gone, and you’re going to love them all!

Have a wonderful week! (or few weeks while I’m gone!)

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Shaped by Style: Psychedelic 60’s

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“I think many people today misunderstand love to mean total and complete acceptance no matter what, and forget that sometimes love — even unconditional love — means acknowledging and improving (or helping to improve) flaws. The more you love someone, the more you are willing to be the first person who steps out and says “hey, I think you need some help in this area” if they’re doing something wrong. And that goes for my body too, in a different kind of body-positive light.”

I’m over on Shaped by Style today, sharing a little bit about what I think true body-positivity is. Hop over to read the rest!

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Maternity Style: Floral dress with a cutout back

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I have been working hard on my Etsy shop these days, and one of the things that I really miss about listing things on Etsy is styling the garments. Most of my Etsy finds are pretty average sizes, with the exception of the haul sent to me by a kind woman who wanted someone to get some use or money out of her things, so I’m usually able to style them for a photo or two. But being pregnant hinders that. I have been listing things like crazy, and there are so many garments I wish I could style not only because they would look SO much better on a person, but also because it’s just fun to style things that you don’t have to keep. Which sounds weird, but if you have a vintage Etsy shop you’ll understand (Emily?).

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And this dress is one that I had actually wanted to style right when I bought it and was not very pregnant, but somehow I never quite made it work. Which is odd, because it’s such a pretty dress and the bows and cutouts in the back are to die for! But I think part of why I could never wear it before is that it’s a plus size dress, and when I’m not pregnant I just don’t have the curves to fill it out properly. Some day I hope some fabulous woman buys this and shows it off how it’s meant to be filled out!

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I very nearly decided, when I bought it, to alter it to fit me, but since I will probably be pregnant or nursing for the next… who knows how many years (we want five kids, so… a lot of years), I don’t think it would be a practical addition to my wardrobe. I can’t wear it while nursing because there’s no flex or buttons at the neck, and I can’t wear it while pregnant because it’s a natural waist with a slight vee, and… that just doesn’t work on pregnant people.

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I very nearly didn’t make it styling wise today at all, because after I put on the dress and started to do my hair and makeup, I realized that I had a massive zit in a very obvious place next to my lip. And it was one of those that I couldn’t just, you know, leave alone. So my solution? Wear bright pink lipstick and pose with my hands covering the zit in as many ways as possible. It reminded me of that one ANTM episode where one of the former model judges blew away the contestant’s excuse about not feeling it in the face because she had a blemish with “when I had a zit, I covered it with my hair, with my hands, with a prop, whatever, you can still work it!”

And then I just started to make ridiculous model faces.

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Dress, vintage available here | sandals, Target | belt and scarf, thrifted | earrings, vintage | glasses, c/o Firmoo

So now I feel a bit better about modeling my Etsy shop items (although I’m looking forward to being un-pregnant and styling things, too). But confession time: as soon as I was done with this photo session, I changed right back into my pajama shorts and a tank top.

And I plan to pretty much sit and eat otter pops all day. Pregnant mom life, you guys. 😉

I  hope you are all having a good week! Tomorrow, we visit the midwife and she’ll check to see if I am dilated at all. I don’t really expect to be, but I will be so happy if I am! Anything to indicate that baby girl is getting ready to arrive is good with me.

Thanks to Skye for mentioning and reminding me: if you would like to guest post for me while I take a two week leave from my blog after the baby is born (so, probably the first two weeks of September), please let me know! I would love to have a few people to cover for me while I’m gone, and I’d especially love it if your post was somehow pink or girl themed. 😉 (comment below, or email marabird (at) eccentricowl (dot) com)

Happy Wednesday!

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His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles

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When my husband finished getting dressed today, one of the first things he said to me after noting that it might be our last chance to get dressed up pre-baby was “don’t you want to blog about me?”

I had to laugh. Because when he walked out in these vintage plaid pants and the vintage suit jacket/vest that I bought him (that jacket and vest? I found them, together, for ONE DOLLAR. Fifty cents a piece, you guys. I can’t even.) the first thing I thought was “he should just start his own mens fashion blog.” Or maybe I should start one for him. I’ve never desired for my blog to become a His&Hers type blog, even though I love the bloggers like Kelsey Bang who show off their own types of style together. It’s just not a viable way for me to blog. My husband only ever gets dressed up on the weekends, since his day job is woodworking.

But hey, when he looks good, he looks good and I think I should document it more often. His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.comHis&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.com

While I was shooting his look, I was reminded of one of my favorite blogs, Go Fug Yourself, which has a risky name according to my mom, but which I have loved for YEARS. If you’re not acquainted with GFY, it’s basically a celebrity fashion fail (mostly) and win (occasionally) site, and the women who run it are hilarious! They often mention that 1. everyone looks hotter in sunglasses, 2. one of them cannot resist pictures of celebrities doing finger guns, and 3. the man-unbuttoning-jacket shot is always necessary.

And going through his pictures, I just laughed because he’s covered all three. So, GFY girls, this one is for you.

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As for me, I very nearly didn’t have him take my outfit photos yesterday because I just feel overtly pregnant (which, hey, 12 days left I guess I’m allowed) and I didn’t make much of an effort. The only thing I did was brush my hair after I showered, which hasn’t happened in way too long. #realmomconfessions, guys. Brushing hair is not a high priority in my life these days.

But I still felt nice, and we matched, even down to what Asa was wearing, so I had to snap shots of all three of us. If only I had thought to grab the tripod for family pictures!

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This necklace is from Rocksbox, which I have been seeing quite a few bloggers post about lately. I had actually gotten contacted by a representative to do a review, but it was right around the time we moved and I’m ashamed to say I never responded. Partially because we had no internet and two weeks went by, and partially because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to continue the subscription past a free month. But when RyaPie posted saying she needed a few people to sign up for a free month, I decided… well, at least I’d try it once, and then in the future maybe I’ll get a subscription.

Because the sparkles. Who doesn’t like getting a box full of sparkly things? I might actually do a more in-depth review of just the few things I know along with pictures of what my first (and probably only) box contained, because there is one ring that I adore and wish I had the money to buy. It’s just a simple tri-band gold ring, where the rings all entwine a bit but are all three separate (like this, only the bands are all thinner), but there’s something about it that really appeals to me.

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Sooo pregnant. I am looking forward to having this baby girl and sharing HER style on the blog. Because obviously frilly little girl style needs to be shared. Possibly to excess. His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.com His&Hers: Vintage plaid and modern sparkles | www.eccentricowl.comAnd then of course Asa, much like any little boy, was not interested in posing because he had more important things to do. Namely, grabbing all the dirt and flinging it as  high as he could. Which is currently no higher than his head, but just high enough to stick to his hair and face.

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On him: Vintage jacket and vest, thrifted | vintage pants, Petticoats Plus | Shoes, Famous Footwear | Shirt, tie, and belt, old
On me: Dress and shoes, thrifted | necklace, Rocksbox | glasses, c/o Firmoo
On Asa: Vest, handmade | shoes, Fred Meyer | shirt and pants, hand-me-down

I think that might be the most I have ever listed for a style post on what we’re all wearing.

Today, I have a long list of things to get done before baby girl gets here, and I’m hoping I can finish the list! It’s all relatively easy to do — list a hoard of dresses on Etsy, make nursing baskets for the bedroom and living room, make padsicles, grocery shop, tidy up the house — and my mother-in-law took Asa so that I can stay on task easier, but you know. Being heavily pregnant sometimes impedes how productive I am.

Which I know is a very valid reason not to do things. It’s rough when you feel like nesting but your belly forces you to not get too busy. I’m hoping that by some miracle I can get the above things done and then finish up some sewing projects I’ve been waiting to complete forever. I have a quilt to finish (just need to sew on the backing and it’s done!), a table runner to hem, a baby outfit to make, a super secret project gift for someone to whip out, hot pads to sew up, several skirts to hem… the list never ends. Which I am starting to love! Who knew I would convert into a sewing lover after all the years in my youth of emotional breakdowns over failed sewing projects?

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday! Let’s all get stuff done! Or, you know, not. It is Monday, after all.

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