Marvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses

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Hello lovelies!

Today I am working on what feels like a massive Etsy update, tackling the boxes I have yet to delve into and posting some of my most treasured finds (wedding dresses! 1960’s wiggle dress! 60’s and 70’s slips/sheer robes! 1970’s maxi dresses!) which is hard. All of the things I got through photographing today are things I’ve been hoarding because… pretty. Even though they don’t fit me, or they wouldn’t fit my style/life at all. Having an Etsy shop is really good for me, because it forces me to break my hoard-all-the-pretty-vintage habits and share what I’ve found with someone else who can actually wear the garments and enjoy them.Marvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses | Marvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses |

As you’ll notice, I’m not pregnant in these pictures. Don’t worry, baby girl is just fine! I’m just too ensconced in Etsy updating to do my own outfit photoshoot today, so I’m sharing these pictures instead, which somehow never got used and are from August of last year!

I don’t know how that happened; usually I’m over-eager to share my outfits with you all, and end up posting the same day that I’ve shot an outfit. But somehow, as I scrolled through my files of outfits for different ways I’ve styled this skirt, I discovered I never posted this one. So here we are!Marvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses | www.eccentricowl.comMarvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses | And now looking at the images, I have to say: I miss those shoes terribly. They were my first shoe purchase from Modcloth, and I literally wore them to pieces. Literally. The bottoms cracked, and they split across the sole into two. So much for that. But I had them for two years, and wore them excessively, so I’d say they were a pretty good buy.  Marvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses | Marvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses |

Now to replace them. My mustard T-straps will probably be the next to go, since they’re a sort-of replacement shoe for these, being wedges and strappy, but I still need a good pair of red wedges. And… just more pregnancy-friendly shoes in general. I have been banned from wearing high heels of any sort (low wedges like these are okay) from now until baby girl gets here (side note: I am so ready for her to arrive so that I can actually use her name) because the other week I slipped on loose gravel and took a slow fall to my knees, effectively scaring my husband. I wasn’t even wearing heels, but he banned me anyway. Haha!

And we’re all okay, though my scabby knees might argue otherwise.Marvel skirt, red tank top, and retro sunglasses |

Tank, Target | skirt, self-made | belt, thrifted | shoes, sunglasses, and headband, Modcloth

I hope you are all having a lovely week! It’s been gloriously sunny and warm this week, for which I am extremely thankful! Lots of walks to the beach are in order.

Be sure to check my Etsy shop later for some gorgeous updates (or, you can wait until I get everything posted and do a massive Etsy update/thrift haul combo, because that’s going to happen. And as always, use OWLREADER for 15% off!)

Happy Wednesday!


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Mixing polka dots and florals… again.

Mixing polka dots and florals... again | Mixing polka dots and florals... again |

Yesterday morning, Asa woke up hysterically crying and clingy.

This is really unusual for him (I’ve heard some kids just always wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but he usually wakes up chirping “hi! hi! hi!”), so I knew right away that he was sick and expected a day full of runny poops and barfing. All day, though, he just remained lethargic, barely ate, drank lots of water, and only wanted to sleep and cuddle. Throughout the day his temperature stayed around 98 degrees, so I wasn’t too worried. But last night, before my husband and I clocked out for the night, we went in for one more check on him as is our custom, and discovered he was so feverish that he was actually red all over, and the thermometer informed us frantically that he was pushing a 103 fever. Mixing polka dots and florals... again | Now, we only have a thermometer that takes underarm or under tongue temperatures, and since it’s pretty impossible to get a crying toddler to keep a thermometer under his tongue, we were only able to take underarm, which is the least accurate of the bunch. After sponging him down and giving him water and generally just calming him from the hysteria that erupted when we picked him up (he had just been laying there looking at the ceiling, making not a peep until we touched him with our comparatively cold hands), we re-took his temperature and it was a slightly less alarming (but still very worrying) 102.

So, for the first time in his life, Asa slept with us in our bed. It was past midnight by the time we had him all settled down, and after a failed attempt by my husband to take him back to his own bed (Asa kept handing over his blankie and wanting up, which is usually a sign that he wants his crib), little boy fell into a fitful sleep on my husband’s chest, and we were able to gently deposit him into the middle of the bed. It’s amazing how such a little body can hog so much space; my husband and I both assumed the other had lots of room because we both slept on the very edge — Asa’s head was at my husband’s chest, and his feet were somewhere around my stomach. He knows how to get the most space for himself, I tell ya.  Mixing polka dots and florals... again | Mixing polka dots and florals... again | We spent most of the night alternatively checking his head and underarms for temperature changes, knowing that if his fever didn’t subside he’d need a doctor’s visit in the morning, and by 6am when my husband’s alarm went off, Asa’s fever was down to 100. He promptly sat up as soon as the alarm went off, said “hi”, tapped my back (I can’t stay in one position too long right now, so had my  back turned), dropped his pacifier, said “uh oh!” (his current favorite phrase), and, after a little bit of “talking”, handed my husband his blankie, reached out his arms to be picked up, and waved goodbye to me.

This time, he did want to be taken to his own bed, where he slept sporadically until 9:30am. I wish I could say that I slept too, but I’ve discovered recently that if I attempt to go back to sleep after having woken up past 6, I get up feeling groggy and queasy and more miserable than when I just do without sleep.

Thankfully, when Asa finally woke up for good (well, temporarily; he was only up for two hours before he asked for a nap), his fever was completely gone and he was merely a toned down version of his usual silly self — staying put on the carpet where I deposited him to change a diaper for nearly 15 minutes after I’d finished and gone to grab a few things, only truly waking up after he ate a banana, halfheartedly piping up “uh oh” whenever he dropped a toy or a binkie — and I’m pretty sure he’s on the mend. Whatever bug got him yesterday was short lived, and now I’m just hoping my husband and I don’t get it, too. Mixing polka dots and florals... again |

Shirt, Target | skirt and belt, thrifted | shoes, Modcloth

So today, you get pictures that are nearly a week old now, from a day when I threw on this shirt and skirt and said “why not?” once again — my outfit mantra now when I try on things that are perhaps more bold than I was thinking that day, or more outlandish than I normally wear. I seem to pair this shirt with florals (or patterns in general) much more often than I realized, and it is definitely one of my staple closet basics.

I’m becoming very glad that I’ve shot a few double outfits in the last few weeks, on days when I had extra time and had a few things I wanted to style, because on days like these, when there’s very little chance I’ll get dressed, it’s nice to have a backup plan.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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Vintage floral dress, Thrift Haul #4, and an Etsy shop update!

Vintage floral dress, Thrift Haul #4, and an Etsy shop update | So, Monday and yesterday I did a MASSIVE amount of work listing all of the things I’ve gotten for Etsy, and now… I obviously have to share them with you! I thought this would also be a good time to share yet another thrift haul, because my husband and I went to several garage sales, my cousin sent me some estate sale vintage, and its becoming a habit to visit Goodwill on $1.49 Monday.

And, of course, I had to try on this pretty 1970’s dress because it’s floral and it came with a belt and a matching detachable neck ruffle (which you can see here) and I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to sell it. In the end, though, I adore it but I don’t think I’d wear it often enough to justify keeping it, so some other lucky gal gets to enjoy the print, the pleats, the matching belt, and the ruffly neck (which I can’t pull off, my neck is too short!) Vintage floral dress, Thrift Haul #4, and an Etsy shop update | www.eccentricowl.comVintage floral dress, Thrift Haul #4, and an Etsy shop update |

Looking at these pictures, I am having second thoughts about listing it. It’s so light and airy and dreamy, isn’t it? It would be perfect for spring. And you could wear a multitude of grays, pinks, or browns (or even reds) to match the colors in the pattern.I wish it was easier to capture the delicate gray print behind the roses on the dress; it’s so, so pretty, and it looks like lace.

Vintage floral dress, Thrift Haul #4, and an Etsy shop update | www.eccentricowl.comVintage floral dress, Thrift Haul #4, and an Etsy shop update |

It’s a good thing I already listed it, because I’m totally talking myself into keeping it, but putting it up for sale feels too permanent to change. The one issue I had was that the button over my chest wanted to pop open, but um… I’ve grown (thanks, pregnancy) in that area, and I was stretching its capacity. Anyone an inch or two smaller than me wouldn’t have that issue, I think. And if they did, it’s easy to take in a stitch or two for that buttonhole to keep it from opening again.

Vintage floral dress, Thrift Haul #4, and an Etsy shop update |

Vintage dress and belt, available here | heels and ring, thrifted | flower crown, c/o Choies (similar)

How would you style this dress? My mom loves it, and was the one who convinced me to buy it, and doesn’t want me to sell it. Haha!

Speaking of selling, let’s get to the Etsy update! I am so excited about this, because I’ve finally gotten my listings up past 40 (and my goal is to get them up past 50 by the end of the week), and I also just love the way the shop looks now. So many patterns and colors and fun garments (that I would totally keep if I didn’t already have a massive amount of clothes.)

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I have finally added so many dresses to the shop! And I am just dying over the prints, you guys. Obviously there are a lot of florals, because… that’s what I love, so that’s what I put in the shop, and it is SO hard to let them go! I am also excited that quite a few of them are my size or larger (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9 are all me-sized or bigger), so my shop is officially all-sizes friendly! It’s been my goal to get lots and lots of sizes available so that nobody browses and gets frustrated that nothing would fit them.

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I also added jumpsuits that I’ve been hoarding (I don’t know, am I the only one who cannot resist a jumpsuit even though they’ll never look good on me? Because I love them.), and a mod cat dress that is kind of crazy but also adorable that I’ve had for AGES (I cleaned out my closet), and some really fantastic blouses. Surprisingly, I only had two skirts to add — I’m usually a skirt fiend and I have boxes of vintage skirts I need to put up, but this latest listing run was all about dresses and shirts, apparently. I was especially excited to find that paisley skirt — the other paisley skirt I have listed is the #1 most favorited item in my shop, but the 26″ waist is not adjustable at all, so it hasn’t sold. This one, though, has an elastic band that makes it stretch from 27″ to 31″, so it is definitely more versatile!

I am so, so happy with how my shop looks right now, and especially with all of the sizes now available. I have everything from an extra small to a size 20, and I’m excited to keep adding more items and more sizes as I work on the piles I have in my vintage boxes. Also, rearranging the items into a rainbow was incredibly satisfying. It’s the little things.

Last of all, the thrift haul video!

I hope you all made it through this massive post. Thank you for reading, and watching, and perusing, and whatever you do! And as always, if you like something on Etsy, don’t forget to use OWLREADER for 15% off!

Happy Wednesday!


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Polka dots, red lips, and real mom confessions

Polka dots, red lips, and mom confessions | Polka dots, red lips, and mom confessions |

I always wonder how the lives of other mom bloggers go. What do they do day-to-day; what is their routine like; do they actually get dressed for all day???

Because I have a confession: I am usually not dressed until Asa goes down for his nap. Which these days is around 1pm. I don’t generally feel like putting pretty things on, doing my makeup, wearing shoes, or getting hair all done for most of the morning, when there are two meals to be had that could potentially stain clothes, a toddler to be chased, and no clear sightline to the living room from anywhere in the house. And when you’ve got a 16 month old climber who can get up onto pretty much anything by himself, it’s risky to leave the room. Even if you can hear him.

Polka dots, red lips, and mom confessions | www.eccentricowl.comI always wonder how other mothers do it. Up early before the baby to get ready? Do they wait like I do for naptimes to get things done (or clothes on)? Given, living with people who are remodeling makes it harder; if it was my own house, I’d probably be able to multitask, as we’d only have one floor and no construction areas for curious little fingers to get into. Polka dots, red lips, and mom confessions | But naptime comes around and I usually have time to clean myself up, put on real clothes, throw on my usual makeup, and take outfit pictures before Asa wakes up. It’s a nice little reprieve from watching him and attempting to do what housework I can. (And yes, I do wear the clothes I post for the rest of the day after I’ve gotten them on.)

Although, I still haven’t figured out how to get a shower in there. Which is confession #2: I don’t shave daily unless it’s a really fancy date and people might care if my legs have 3 day old stubble. Not to mention armpits. And with the body hair movement going on right now (which, by the way, is pretty great; I don’t think any woman should feel she has to shave uless she wants to. I generally want to. My body hair is not soft.) I’m pretty sure nobody cares anyway. Polka dots, red lips, and mom confessions | Polka dots, red lips, and mom confessions | Which brings me to confession #3: I am not an active go-to-the-park, teach all the time, play with the baby type of mom. I know I’m not the only one – I have seen a rash of blog posts about moms who have felt the pressure to be the “fun” mom but just aren’t – and I do play with Asa, and always make a point to put down my phone or computer if he comes up with a book or wants to cuddle or comes over with toys for me — but I have a hard time figuring out what to actually do with a baby this age. Stacking blocks and spreading Duplos around the room and holding paper down so he can learn to scribble with Crayons is only entertaining for so long, and who doesn’t get tired of reading the same book 50 times in a row?

Don’t get me wrong: I love motherhood. Asa is happy and easy and funny and so, so busy all the time, and he’s so efficient at entertaining himself that… I suppose I don’t feel I have to engage him constantly. And of course, being pregnant does give me excuses for not being super active, but still. Mostly, this confession is for those moms out there who are like me, because… it’s okay. Not all moms are super moms. I’m guessing most moms probably aren’t play-with-the-kids-all-the-time moms.

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Dress, headscarf, and earrings thrifted | belt, from this skirt and heels (similar), Modcloth | glasses, c/o Firmoo

I see a lot of pictures of blog moms who are dressed beautifully and post pictures interacting with their children, and I always wonder: is that real life, or is that staged? I certainly don’t have time to take pictures of myself playing with Asa (I tried, it’s hard) but as well on any given day I am either cleaning house or on the couch in my yoga pants while he plays by himself and explores his limited area of reach. (We also go outside when it’s nice, where he explores the yard and climbs toys and I watch and ensure he doesn’t damage himself.) Maybe when he gets older and more communicative, I will play with him more. Or maybe I’m going to be one of those moms who lets her kids play and imagine and entertain themselves as long as they’re not breaking stuff or beating up other kids.

I don’t know. I just know I’m much more laid back as a parent than I thought I would be, and I think it’s okay. And I want other moms to know… hey, it’s okay if you’re not playing with your kid 24/7. They need to discover and learn for themselves sometimes. It’s okay if you don’t get dressed until 2pm when the baby is sleeping and you finally have 30 minutes to yourself. It’s okay if you don’t shower all week, or shave, either. You’re a mom. Do what you need (and WANT) to do to survive.

What are your mom confessions?


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