Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy

Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy | www.eccentricowl.comRetro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy | (note, popped collar for humorous effect because I was feeling… fly…?)

This shirt might be the best $10 decision I ever made at Goodwill. Normally, because it’s used clothing, I don’t like spending over, say, $7 ish for a garment (unless it’s really amazing vintage), because… guys, it’s used. I mean, I have nothing against purchasing previously loved garments, but the entire reason anything is at a thrift store is that it’s no longer new. Aka, you can’t return it to the store you bought it from, cuz you’ve worn it too much and it’s lost some value. But that rant about Goodwill’s ridiculous Fashion Focus section where you can find obviously pre-worn dresses for $50 or more is for another time.

Back to this shirt. I tried it on and loved it. But my policy about not getting too spendy on one garment settled in, and it sat in my cart to deliberate for the full two hours that I was there trying on every crazy vintage thing I could find (including a plethora of floor-length Hawaiian Muumuus that I very nearly bought.) I very nearly put it back when my purchases started climbing higher than I am used to (most of it for Etsy).

But then I remembered Marlen’s article on Bustle about dressing emotionally, and realized… through all the deliberation I just couldn’t get this shirt out of my head. It pulled at my heartstrings and just… made me happy.    Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy | So into my closet it came. With the added reasoning that I also need some good shirts to wear over this belly of mine that are not tees or tank tops. I love a good tee, but I’m going to try to up my summer style game this year, pregnant and all, and a loose blouse like this looks so much more put-together over shorts than a plain tank top. (and it has room for air flow. Win win.)

I’m so glad that Marlen more or less convinced me; I feel good today, and the lady at my local farm stand told me I looked sassy. Which is the best compliment I could have hoped for. Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy | Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy | It might be odd to some people that I’m over here deliberating over spending $10 on a shirt when the internet hails budget fashion bloggers as women who spend upwards of $200 on one outfit, but hey: I’ll be blunt. I grew up poor. I didn’t realize it as a kid, but once I started working at 16, that money was precious and budgeted and I was so used to thrift store prices that even though we’re living in a time of plenty at the moment, I’m still shocked anyone would spend over $20 on a shirt like this and call that normal.

No judgement if you do — you can be a smart shopper on a budget and drop $100 on a purse, if that’s your budget — but this girl could probably pull an outfit from her closet that cost her less than half of what most people spend on a single garment. It’s the way I roll. Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy | Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy | I am planning to put Marlen’s emotional dressing into action in my own life and go through my closet to thin out what I have — because I have much more than I probably should admit to. As she said in her article, I want my closet to be full of emotion, and not just “oh, that’s cute.” I want to get rid of the “eh” stuff and move into just cultivating a wardrobe that I’m head-over-heels for.

She has a few other articles I’m using, too (here, and here) and hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have weeded out the garments that I like but don’t actually love.

Retro Maternity Wear: Black and White and Sassy |

Top and headscarf, thrifted | maternity leggings and boots, Target | lipstick, wet’n’wild Purty Persimmon

What do you do to keep your wardrobe full of things you only love and can actually wear? Or are you like me, and just so fascinated by crazy vintage that you end up with a lot you don’t actually adore, and only had a minor crush on for looks?

Happy Wednesday!


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A wee Etsy Update

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Well, I have finally updated my Etsy shop with a few more goods! I’ve been so bad lately about keeping up with posting new things every week, as was my goal, but today I had a really great vintage-hunting run that reminded me to update with more listings. And these are all things that I would keep if they fit. Seriously. That Peter-Pan collar dress is like… so cute, and stretchy, and just adorable in every way, and I wish it fit me. Same goes for the blue floral blouse, and that red skirt! Also, the green dress? Gorgeous. 100% silk. It feels so rich and luxurious I could die.

So, if you’re feeling like doing a bit of vintage hunting yourself, pop over to Owl and the Boy! There might be something there for you!

I’ll be doing my best in the next few weeks to actually post everything in the three overflowing bins of vintage I have to sell… because it all needs to go to a good home, and it’s all so fantastic. And my husband won’t let me add any more to my closet until I get rid of a few things.

Happy Tuesday!


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Retro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950’s makeup

Retro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950's makeup | www.eccentricowl.comRetro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950's makeup | Any time I research anything like “1950’s style” or “1950’s makeup/hair looks”, I’m always overwhelmed and bored by how many people think that the equation for a 50’s look is just victory rolls + red lips + cat eye + fluffy skirt. And a lot of pearls. I’ve tried looking for authentic 1950’s makeup or hair tutorials in hopes that someone might stray from this standard, but to no avail. And I just want to shout “you guys, come ON. Have you ever even watched a movie from the fifties???”

Sure, sometimes they wore red lipstick. Sometimes they did victory rolls. Sometimes they had fluffy skirts held out by petticoats. But watching a movie or searching street style from that era, there was so much more. And very few cat-eye looks, I should point out. I feel as though more often, it was pink or orange or even neutral lipsticks, soft brown shadows (or, hello, blue shadow), liner that was pretty subtle (it was all about the lip shape back then), fantastic brows, and hair that was fluffed and curled to glamorous volume. Retro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950's makeup | Retro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950's makeup | Hair was parted down the middle, given that special wave to one side, pulled back, worn up, tied back with ribbons, tied up in a headscarf, and even worn straight and flippy at the ends. Along with those puffy dresses were skirts that had subtle volume and flowed with the body, tied-up shirts, wide lapels, smart slacks and neck scarves, short shorts, and slinky, body-hugging cocktail dresses. And so many button up blouses, my goodness, the button up blouses.Retro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950's makeup | Retro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950's makeup |

So today, I wanted nothing more than to present a really authentic 1950’s makeup and hair (and outfit) look, but I was running short on time and I really want to research this more before I present a tutorial. There won’t be any cat eye-liner  in it, and probably no bright red lips, either. My hair isn’t going to be in victory rolls. And um… no fake lashes, either.

Today’s look was inspired by the 50’s, though; I used this makeup ad as a somewhat guide, and was originally going to use orange lips (as advertised) but… the 50’s women did like to match, and this skirt is pink. Retro floral skirt, polka dots, and 1950's makeup |

skirt, Tara Starlet | shirt and sandals, Target | earrings, vintage/grandma’s | headscarf, thrifted

And once I had done with my makeup, I didn’t have time to get to my hair much more than pulling it back. It will most likely end up in a ponytail by the end of the day, because it’s going to be a hot day and I’m a pregnant woman.

I’ve also realized that I have absolutely no plain button up blouses in my closet (at ALL.) so that is a thing I must rectify before I can properly pinpoint a true 1950’s style look. I’ve noticed that a large reason I love vintage looks is the history, the research, and getting something just perfectly right. It’s the perfect subject for my nerd side and my fashion side.

What do you guys notice most about retro looks? Is there a historic era that you think people get wrong all the time?

(P.S. This is not to say that people can’t dress in a retro way inspired by vintage instead of being historically accurate — even I, with my love for being authentic, do not want to be a perfect vintage reproduction all the time. I’m just saying those who do present tutorials as “authentic” while falling back on the three hugely popular things from that era (victory rolls, cat eye makeup, red lips) should rethink their authenticity.)

And lastly, isn’t this skirt glorious?! Thank you, Marlen, for that post about 7 ways to wear a checkered print, or I would never have been aware of Tara Starlet and her gorgeous line.

Happy Monday!


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Boho Maternity Wear and a Thrift Haul

Boho Maternity Wear and a Thrift Haul | Boho Maternity Wear and a Thrift Haul |

I mentioned it on Instagram, but if you don’t have Instagram… now you know: I went through with it and cut my hair. On the day I wrote the blog post, because my husband told me I should just do it, and I’m SO glad I did! My hair looks and feels so much thicker and healthier now that all of the dead and damaged ends are gone, and I feel so much more retro! I even feel like I can still be a hippie even though I’ve got shorter hair. Also, I don’t have to brush it very much. And that’s a huge plus.

You guys can file this under “reasons I always try things on with a belt.” Or, “furthering my addiction to florals.” Or even “who cares about rules, I wear what I want.” Because had I not belted this in the thrift store, I wouldn’t have gotten it, and because this means probably about 75% of my wardrobe is floral now, and also pregnant women with big hips shouldn’t wear dresses that are basically muumuus.

But I am a rule breaker. Sometimes. Yeah. I don’t follow recipes or patterns either, because I’m cool like that. (But no, I will not break work rules or home rules or most rules set by other people because that’s just rude.)Boho Maternity Wear and a Thrift Haul | Yesterday, I left my flu-ridden child at home with grandma and went thrifting.

Okay, so it wasn’t actually that heartless: I had to meet with a couple to discuss what they wanted for their wedding photography, and the place that I met them was literally 2 minutes away from my favorite thrift store… so I took advantage and had a quick run through. I felt slightly bad for not getting home ASAP to my sick baby, but I don’t get the car without the baby very often, and really I was only there for 30 minutes or so. Sometimes, mama’s gotta do what mama’s gotta do to get sane. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Of course, as soon as I got home all of my attention was given to Asa, who hurled four or five times, had the runs and filled more diapers than I care to count, and was up much too late due to his upset stomach and runny poops. Real mom blog talk: I was barfed and pooped on a lot yesterday, but the hardest part was not the mess. The hardest part was listening to my sunshine boy scream  because he was so miserable at night. Boho Maternity Wear and a Thrift Haul | Boho Maternity Wear and a Thrift Haul | Thankfully, he woke up feeling much better this morning, if quite tired from the long night, and I’m hoping that it’s over and that we don’t get it. I’ll be going on an overnight trip to Oregon this weekend with my sister-in-law and soon-to-be sister-in-law for our collective birthdays (we all turned or turn 27 this year) and I do not want to be sick and miss it.

I also do not want to have a sick baby again for a while. It’s too sad.

Boho Maternity Wear and a Thrift Haul |

Dress, heels, and scarf, thrifted | belt, came with a skirt | ring, Target | glasses c/o Firmoo

I had a lot of luck at the thrift store, so I thought I’d do a thrift haul video full of yesterday’s thrifting and also the things I got from Goodwill the week before. I have to warn you: it’s totally disorganized and kind of spacey because I can’t think of words and I didn’t have everything with me. I didn’t edit that out, though, because… real life, yo.

And also I don’t know why I suddenly got gangsta at the mention of Macklemore. It happens.


I forgot to mention in the video: total spent at St Vincent = $11 for 3 belts, 2 baby things, 1 jumpsuit, 2 dresses, a skirt, 4 headscarves, and a pair of shoes. Total spent at Goodwill: $17 for 1 dress and 3 shirts.

Happy Wednesday!


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