Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.comPoison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.com So I am definitely not happy with today’s post, other than the makeup. But then, considering that this character is usually REALLY… uh… slutty… well. It’s the best I could do. Makeup-wise, I took inspiration from this picture, the purple flower in her hair, and… of course, lots of green. Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.com I would have loved to have done a more fitted dress, or perhaps green pants and a tee, or to have been covered in vines and leaves, but oh well! Next time, when I have more time and energy and costume material.   Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.com I am mostly happy with how the makeup turned out, though! I think I also want to try doing Uma Thurman’s version of the makeup here, because it is super gorgeous!Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.comPoison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.com Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.com While I was out taking pictures, I stumbled upon this little guy, out for a scoot. I love caterpillars, they’re so fuzzy and cute! We always called these Fuzzy Wuzzys.  Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.com Anyway. I have one more red-haired character-inspired outfit to figure out for tomorrow, and I think I know who I want to do… but we’ll see if I actually have the clothing items to do her with! And then on Friday, I’ll either be a princess or Red Riding Hood. I’m voting Red Riding Hood, but we found this adorable frog costume for Asa to wear trick-or-treating, and how cute would it be to go as the Princess and the Frog?

Yeah. I don’t know what Mr. Owl would be though; the prince after he’s been kissed? Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress, c/o Pink Blush Maternity | Target heels | thrifted/vintage brooches.

I’m sorry I don’t have much to say today! I have been working on getting the house clean because somehow over the weekend a bomb of baby toys and clothes and dishes went off all over the place, so I’ve got to pick up the aftermath. Haha!

I hope you are all having a good week so far! The sun is out and I’m hoping it stays that way.

Happy Wednesday!

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The Impossible Astronaut

The Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.comThe Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.com Today’s character-inspired outfit isn’t as perfect as yesterday’s, but I still like it. And hey, it’s the best I could do considering this is the only plaid shirt I own, it’s raining, and I have a photoshoot to do today. In the rain.

And I still really like this outfit, which is surprising considering I’m wearing jeans. And I’m not a fan of jeans on me. The Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.com

So weird story: a few months ago I got this email from some guy asking if I would wear a plaid shirt for him, because apparently he has a collection on Flickr of photos of women wearing plaid shirts for him.The Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.com

I didn’t reply, because when I get creeper emails I just ignore them, but I was really tempted to shoot back an email saying all sorts of things about how firstly, I’m married so there is no way on earth I would be complying to another man’s requests for my clothing choices, and secondly, it’s inappropriate to ask a complete stranger to fulfill your fetishes online, and thirdly, NO. I just… sigh.  It still gives me the creeps, and I almost didn’t want to share the outfit today  because of it. But you know what? I like plaid shirts. And I’m not going to let some random stranger on the internet control what I post. The Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.comThe Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.comSo… here we are.

How would you guys have dealt with that email? I’m really not a confrontational person, so unless I get something overtly inappropriate, like borderline harassment, I generally  ignore it all.The Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.com But on to other things! I am a little bit nervous about today’s photoshoot, because I’ll have to wrangle the camera while holding an umbrella (and I may use the tripod to help out) aand… I still get nervous about doing family shoots.

I shouldn’t, though. I didn’t get to share my last one with you guys: it’s my brother and his family, and I LOVED the way it turned out! They are so cute. I have a few ideas for today; we’re definitely going to utilize the barn, and the wooded area (hopefully the light isn’t too bad there), and umbrellas. I’ve been doing a mad search on Pinterest all morning for ideas! Ah. I hope they turn out, and I hope the family likes them!The Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.comThe Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.com We’ve decided to take Asa trick-or-treating this year, even though he’s totally not old enough for candy (we’re just going to.. you know… eat it all) because his cousins are going and it will just be really fun to do! The Impossible Astronaut | www.eccentricowl.com

Thrifted shirt | Target jeans | JC Penney boots

And I’d better go, because the munchkin is awake from his nap, and I’ve got 15 minutes to prepare myself (like, you know, eat breakfast) before the family gets here for our shoot!

Happy Tuesday!

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Kiss the Girl

Kiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.comKiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.com I have a post from this weekend that I WILL post sometime next week, but since Halloween is on Friday and I can’t go to any of the costume parties I was invited to (which are all on Saturday), I thought I’d do a few character-inspired outfits this week! And when I dyed my hair even redder red yesterday, I knew I had to do Ariel.

Thing is, I don’t own a purple shell bra and I’ve never had a green fin. I don’t even have a purple shirt, guys. Although I do have a green skirt, so I could have used that. But then my friend Kristi went to an event perfectly replicating Ariel’s Kiss the Girl outfit, and I thought… hey, I can do that!Kiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.com Especially after finding this top at Marshall’s for $6. So I whipped up a little outfit with what I had in my closet, and here we are! It’s not perfect colors, but I’m not really going for exact, just… similar enough that you get who it is.

I am hoping to do all redheaded characters this week… except Red Riding Hood doesn’t have red hair, but uh… we’ll see. On my list of possibilities are Poison Ivy, Jessica Rabbit, Amy Pond (not this color of red, but I don’t care), Jean Grey, Mary Jane Watson, Lucy Ricardo, Anna from Frozen, and Batgirl (depending on which cartoon you look at.) I’m only using clothes that I actually wear, so we’ll see how it goes.Kiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.com I have to admit, the bow was an afterthought; I didn’t realize I had this blue scarf with me until halfway through pictures. So a few of them… I’m not wearing it. But it’s the perfect addition, isn’t it? Kiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.com Growing up, we never ever celebrated Halloween. When that day came around, we’d turn off all the lights and watch a movie, and I was so disappointed. As a little girl who loved dressing up, I had ALWAYS wanted to go trick-or-treating just so that I could wear a princess costume. I didn’t even care about the candy, just the clothes.

And we still don’t celebrate it, but I still want to go trick-or-treating. When Asa is old enough to snag candy, you can bet we will be out there with him… and then we’ll probably eat half of what he gets. Because we’ll be good parents like that. Kiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.comKiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.com Kiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.com  Do you guys have any plans for Halloween? What are your costumes? I can’t WAIT to see what everyone does and wears! Kiss the Girl | www.eccentricowl.com

Marshall’s shirt | Vintage skirt | thrifted belt, brooch, booties, and scarf | Target tights

I can’t get over my hair. I love it so much, and I may never, ever go back to brown. I have been wanting to do this color for years and years, but I was never brave enough. Plus, I didn’t want to pay upwards of $60 just to get it dyed, so I gave up the dream. And then when I tried the first red two months ago and it worked, I knew this would be my next color! It’s definitely my spirit haircolor, if there is such a thing! Ha!

Happy Monday!

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Little Things: Third Edition + Cardigan Giveaway Winner!

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First things first, the winner of the Oasap Cardigan giveaway! I was so excited when we broke 50, because I love love love Oasap’s cardigans and I really wanted someone to get one for free! And our winner is comment #22, Kelli Gill! Congratulations, Kelli!

And on to our Little Things this week – I thought I wouldn’t have as much to share because I’ve been on the computer less, but apparently one can be productive online in less time… because it’s a long list.

DIY Things

  • These woodland masks from A Beautiful Mess are SO CUTE. I need one. For me.
  • I am so wanting to decorate for fall, and these ideas are all SO pretty!

Nerdy Things

Musical Things

  • How “All About That Bass” would sound in the 40’s. Much classier. It’s still stuck in my head from last week, though.

Creepy Things

Travel Things

Pretty Things

Other Things

  • I love this list ranking all of the Darcy’s from worst to best. OBVIOUSLY the best one is… well, you can read it for yourself.
  • Are you one of those moms who is more snap-happy than your husband? I am. Kristen nails it again with her musings on photographing family and feeling invisible!
  • After yesterday, my niece linked to this great post breaking down the practical applications of the Proverbs 31 woman; these are good even if you aren’t married. The one that hits me the most is getting up early, because I am so not a morning person. I need to work on that!

Well, that’s it for this week! I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday!

 

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Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox

Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.com Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.com

These past few days, I have not been feeling great about myself. About my body, about my abilities as a housewife, about my mothering… you know those moments, when there isn’t anything particularly bad about life, but it still just feels off to you? I’m going through one of those moments. And I am not crying out for comments that I don’t need to lose weight or I must be a great mother or whatever… I just want to talk about it.

There are a lot of fashion bloggers who happen to be moms, but I don’t think many of them talk about life as a mom, and how it has really affected them, and the struggles and the insignificant emotional problems, and the life-after-the-birthing-story life, you know? And that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of really amazing mom-bloggers out there who just blog about mom-life (Kristen is my all-time favorite, she constantly knocks it out of the park with her honesty and posts!) , but… I feel like with fashion blogging, you constantly see the pretty side, not the emotional or tired or frustrated or insecure one.

Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.com But I’ve been having a weird phase. A phase where I feel sort of… in-between. In between figuring out routines and settling into this new and ever-changing time of life, figuring out how to balance the mom part of me with the wife part and the blogger part and the writer part. I think it’s making me feel perhaps a little bit lost; I want to give the most of myself to each part, but that just doesn’t work, so some days I give more to blogging and less to wife-and-house-and-baby-ing, and some days I don’t blog and give more time to life.

And I’m not going to lie: the days when I spend less time on the computer are, usually, the better days. The days where the house is cleaner and Asa is happier and I am more settled. The days where I spend less time waiting on internet comments and more time playing, creating, mom-ing. I have never been very diligent about keeping up the house, and I’ve always had “reasons” for why not (being pregnant, having a job, being a tired new mom, etc.) but… the last few weeks (excluding this one) I was spending very little time on the house and more time blogging, and my husband asked how I have time for the latter and not the former — not being accusatory, only rightly wondering why I wasn’t doing my job, so to say — and I didn’t have excuses. Simply put, in my own words (and not his; seriously guys, he was being as kind and gentle as he could) I was being selfish and lazy, and there’s no reason other than that.

Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.com So then I wonder… well, if these non-blogged days are better, should I give up blogging? Should I end this thing I’ve been doing for five years, and move on to another phase of life? Would it be better? Would I be better?

But I don’t want to give up blogging. It might be ridiculous to say, but thinking about quitting this blog is almost as sad to me as the time I had to give up my cat. It’s a part of who I am. A part of my creativity, a part of sharing with friends, making new friends, feeling beautiful, feeling talented, journaling life and God and family. It’s part of my hobbies, something I do that is fun, a way to relax and enjoy myself. Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.comMama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.com But I definitely need to work on priorities and schedules. Because some days, I blog and then I get distracted on  other (beautiful) blogs, and then I realize that I haven’t been spending a lot of time with Asa — who, granted, has been happily playing with his toys the entire time — and I don’t remember much of the day other than what I’ve been doing on the internet. And some days, I crave more attention from internet friends and Facebook comments than I do from my husband, which isn’t healthy.

And then, in the scheme of motherhood, I wonder if I’m really doing everything I should be doing for Asa. Sometimes I honestly don’t know what to do with him; I am new at this motherhood thing, and what sort of games does one play with a nine-month-old who is obsessed with eating hair off the floor and hasn’t quite figured out forward motion yet? I don’t have a huge imagination when it comes to playing games with him, so I sit there and just wonder… shouldn’t I be doing more?  And then I get insecure about my mothering abilities. Or rather, I wonder if they’re lazy abilities, as in, perhaps there are more games I should be playing with him, more books I should be reading, more things I should be doing to help him grow and develop.Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.comMama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.comAnd then there’s this body of mine. Look, I know I’m not horribly overweight, and I have an okay figure and all… but I don’t want to settle for “okay.” It’s a completely external thing, but I want to be happy with my body, and not just okay with it.

I’ve been eating relatively healthy, not binging on anything, avoiding the foods that affect me badly, paying attention to my eating habits, but I continue to stick at the weight that I don’t want to be at. I’m not gaining, but I’m not losing. I am continually aware of the jiggly bits that I’ve never liked. I was actually not going to share one of the photos in this post solely based on my insecurities, but my body is such a small thing in the scheme of life, and I refuse, even in insecurities, to withhold pictures that express my love for my child.

But please don’t think because of all of this that I am depressed or constantly down on myself. It’s not something I’m constantly beating myself up for, or always feeling. It’s just some moments are not as good as others. Eventually I will figure out the best ratio of all the parts of myself and where they should go in everyday life. Mama+baby style: the cat and the fox | www.eccentricowl.com

Target dress and tights | thrifted shirt (originally H&M) | thrifted belt | JC Penney boots
Asa: hat c/o Janelle’s Creations | hand-me-down overalls (Baby Gap) and shirt | gift moccasins.

It’s just a transitional time, with Asa getting more and more interactive and more in need of my full attention, with the sadness of letting breastfeeding go as he gets more independent and more interested in feeding himself a bottle rather than nursing off me, with not working now but knowing that I will be going back to my shifts soon (and partly dreading it), and feeling much more creative in the blogging/photography area but not having as much time.

And, trying to lose weight. I’ve always struggled with my weight, and for the past two years was fairly confident with who I am, although I have always wanted to lose about 20lbs. I think weight can be the roughest thing on a girl’s emotions, no matter whether she’s wanting to gain it or lose it (I know people wanting to do both!).

You guys, I’m sorry these last few posts haven’t been as happy as normal! I really am not a depressed person, but I want to always be honest here. I want to talk about things that I don’t see other fashion-moms talk about. Motherhood is a fantastic, crazy, amazing, hard thing, and if you’re feeling the same… I want you to know you’re not alone!

I have been feeling particularly encouraged, inspired, and convicted by Proverbs 31. I want to be that woman.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, and a very happy weekend!

And by the way, this is the LAST day to enter my cardigan giveaway, so hop to it if you haven’t already!

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