Life After Life | BBRBF Book Club

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Welcome to the third edition of the BBRBF book club! This month, Sara, Noelle, and I are reviewing Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson. I struggled a bit with this book. But before I get into that, as always, here’s the synopsis via Goodreads:

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.

For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history has plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.”

Life After Life | www.eccentricowl.com Much as the synopsis suggests, Life After Life begins with the death and birth of Ursula Todd. On the same night she dies, and she is  born. Throughout Ursula’s many different lives, she makes minute choices that affect the fate of her existence. She is married, abused, raped, becomes a mother, lives as a spinster, works in the war effort, lives in Germany, and many, many other intricately crafted lives that all differ because of a few little decisions made early in life.

In the beginning of the  book, Ursula dies so much that it is a guessing game to figure out what will be her next demise. I struggled a lot with the first third (or perhaps even the first half) of the story. It was slow and sometimes dragged on and on as Ursula was born — her birth told through the eyes of her mother, her father, the midwife, the doctor, the kitchen maid, the cook, and so on — and died (falling to her death, influenza, stillbirth, infection from a forced abortion, etc), and it felt like there would never be a plot. As Ursula slowly gets older, she becomes aware of the fact that her sense of things having already happened is not just an illusion. While she never firmly grasps the realization that she has lived life hundreds of times over until the end of the book, she begins to act upon “the imminence” of feeling as though she needs to do something differently when hazard presents itself.

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In all honesty, after struggling through the first part of the book, I left it to rest unread in my pile of to-read books until Monday, when I realized that I had to finish the book for this review. If it were on my list of books to read only for myself, I most likely never would have finished, and never would have mentioned it here. But since we’re all reviewing it for the BBRBF Book Club, I had to! And, I am so glad that I did. It’s a shame that the beginning of the book was (to me) so slow and sluggish, because the second half of the book picks up and I was riveted nearly to the end.

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Ursula, now a woman, finds herself injured on the pavement and assisted to her feet (with a broken nose) by a gentleman who she later marries. But through the months his facade of niceties fades away, and it is revealed that he is truly a villain. Out of all of the characters in the book, I hated Ursula’s first husband the most. He was truly vile, constantly wearing Ursula down, beating her, taking advantage of her in the night, and in the end — inevitably — killing her. But of course, she lives again, and small acts of defiance she implements on her sixteenth birthday change the course of this life, and that marriage never comes into play again.

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I found it quite fascinating how Atkinson continually kept Ursula’s general character the same while making changes to her life and her actions that molded and shaped who she became. Through the book, she changes from a meek and abused girl wondering if there’s something about her that attracts the wrong men to a confident and defiant woman who sets boundaries as to how she should be treated. Minute differences in her childhood and teenage years mean that her fortune changes from that of a rape victim to the unwilling wife of an abuser to the happily unmarried working woman to a brave soul actively working in the war effort. Her fortune in each life marginally improves as her gut tells her that doom is about to happen, and not only do her actions affect her own life, but also the lives (and deaths) of those around her.

Yet, through all of the different changes in her life and personality, Ursula’s core character stays the same, and that is a feat! Life After Life | www.eccentricowl.comLife After Life | www.eccentricowl.com As the book goes on, the plot very slowly becomes clear. There will be spoilers ahead as to what I think becomes Ursula’s purpose, so if you don’t want it spoiled… stop reading here.

For those of you who don’t care about spoilers, or who have already read the book, though, here are my thoughts on the plot development and Ursula’s eventual useage of her seemingly unending lives. Life After Life | www.eccentricowl.com Ursula has four siblings — Maurice, Pamela, Teddy, and (late in the book) Jimmy. Of the four, Teddy is her favorite and in the most intense bout of deaths in her childhood — and the most endless, it seemed — she and Teddy die again and again from influenza. Were it only herself, Ursula seemingly would have been fine with dying of influenza. But Teddy being her favorite, she attempts many different times to bring him away from the death and finally succeeds after about 10 deaths. (And so on, as the author says at the end of one death)

As well, in their childhood, Teddy has a sweet heart for a local girl, Nancy, who is killed a few times (and whose death is prevented a few times) by a tramp.

For a while, her love for Teddy doesn’t really come into play. She keeps tabs on him, but he lives through most of the book so she is preoccupied with keeping herself alive. Towards the last third of the book, however, he dies in the war. After a few different scenarios in which she dies, Maurice (her least favorite brother) tells her the unfortunate news, and I think this is when she begins to realize with more confidence that she can change things (whereas before, it’s just been a gut feeling and a sense of deja vu).

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So, in the very last few scenarios, she saves both Nancy in her childhood and Teddy in his adulthood, and the book comes to an (almost) end with Nancy and Teddy both alive after the war, reunited and seeming to imply that this is Ursula’s chosen purpose in life. To keep the pure, sweet love between her brother and his childhood sweetheart alive, and to keep them from dying in her various lives. This plot wasn’t really apparent through most of the book until the end when Teddy comes home from war, Nancy runs to meet him in a euphoria, and Ursula stands still, hoping beyond hope that this isn’t one of her “hallucinations” of seeing another one of her lives.   Life After Life | www.eccentricowl.comLife After Life | www.eccentricowl.com

I was not 100% happy with the ending or the overall plot; it would have been nice to have something a bit more solid about Ursula knowing she had lived several lives, instead of her only realizing at the very last her purpose in life, and I would have liked for her to have a purpose for her own life instead of her purpose being to keep her brother alive. However, overall it was a fascinating book and I really enjoyed seeing all of the differences that  Ursula made in order to further her life and keep everyone around her alive.

I will say, my favorite character was Ursula’s father, Hugh. There was something romantic and solid and lovable about him. Ursula was his favorite child, and that endeared him as a character; he was a man who was loyal to his family, who loved babies, who took people under his wing and who loved his wife even though she may not have loved him back. Sylvie, Ursula’s mother, was deeply flawed and as the book went on she devolved in a way from a sweet country housewife to a woman worn down by the cares of her life. I liked that about the book, that each character gained or lost something in some way every time Ursula lived again.

And stealing from a conversation I’m having with Noelle at this moment, there are hints that perhaps other characters — Sylvie included — have also lived and died before and are aware of this. Which, perhaps, is why Sylvie’s character so subtly changes from a woman in love with her life to a woman worn down and ready for things to settle. However, somewhere in the middle of the book it is revealed that Sylvie takes Ursula to a psychiatrist for her “hallucinations, dreams, and fancies” which makes me think that Sylvie doesn’t really know she’s living multiple lives, and perhaps her readiness in the very end is just another change of Ursula’s constant rebirth. Sylvie has, after all, already had two children.

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Overall, I give the book a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was a really interesting concept, and everything was very well written down to the smallest details… but it dragged on so long, and so many parts were too easy to skip over as you knew that Ursula would probably just die again at the end of it all. As well, the implication that Ursula could change the fate of civilization in the summary? Only ever touched on at one point, when she decides she’s going to try to kill Hitler. After that, so far as I can tell, nothing she does in her lives actually changes the fate of the war.

For the outfit, it’s obvious that I had to wear my rose skirt, even though I have worn it for another review. There was simply nothing else in my closet that could compliment this book cover so much as this skirt! With this off-the-shoulder top, the beehive, and the headscarf, I feel a bit like Sophia Lauren, and very much fit in the later eras of Ursula’s life.

If you want to join us next month, we will be reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and sharing our reviews on either the third or fourth Thursday of the month (given we can all obtain and read it in that time!). And if you read Life After Life, what did you think?

Happy Thursday!

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Pastel Bettie Page | Outfit

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A few months ago, Noelle wore a gorgeous vivid cobalt dress with these amazing pleats around the bottom. It fit her beautifully, the color was glorious, and all of the little details — the lace around the neck, the pleats, the flow — were perfection. I saw that dress on her and I had this little wish that I could have a dress that amazing.

Fast forward to last month. Hannah sent me a late birthday package… that included this dress. It is the lavender twin of Noelle’s dress, literally. The same thing, just a different color. How incredible is that?! When I pulled it out of the box — actually when Hannah posted and asked if I wanted it (UM YES) — I was giddy. The color is so, so beautiful, the pleats are just as awesome as I had imagined, and everything about it is just perfect.

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I had this outfit all put together with the exception of the shoes for quit some time, but kept putting off wearing it. I wasn’t sure what to do with my hair at the time — it being very long, and patchy in color, and not quite that dreamy hot pink I so loved at first — so I let the dress hang until I could figure out what I wanted to do with my head. As well, none of my shoes quite fit the bill to style with this delicate color.

And then in the same week, I chopped off my lengthly hair and dyed it black, and found these gorgeous maroon heels — unworn!!! — at Goodwill.

Pastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.comI didn’t make mention of why I made so drastic a change in my hair in my last post, and a few of you asked why I didn’t go back to pink. Simply, we had a wedding to shoot the next day and I didn’t want to risk anything going wrong with the color. As well, being a wedding photographer means being somewhat invisible, and hot pink hair is quite the opposite of that.

But in all reality, I love changing my hair color. While I had visions of long, dreamy hair, I just can’t keep up with that while raising babies, and the upkeep of pink hair is a bit too much right now. Someday, I’ll go back to pink. I have to. But right now I am quite enjoying this inky hair! It allows me to do so much more in terms of having retro hair, and I can now wear things like this gorgeous hat and it feels right. Pastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.comPastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.comPastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.com

And of course, every vintage girl has to try Bettie Page bangs once in her life, especially if her hair is this dark. It took me far, far too long to get these bangs to stay; one side of my hair always rolls looser than the other side, no matter what I do, so I end up with lopsided bangs. I finally gave up getting them perfect and just cheated with pins to make it look like they were behaving.  Pastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.com

Whenever I dress in completely vintage styles, I find that my posture has to change. I attempted a few relaxed poses that I would normally do in a more modern dress, but when I reviewed them in my camera viewfinder, I noticed that it just looked off. I find it so interesting that older garments seemed to be cut for posture. You feel so different wearing a vintage dress — so much straighter, so much more prone to keeping straight shoulders and a chin held high.

Perhaps it’s because there is not quite as much movement in an older bodice. The shape is cut to be more fitted, or to be worn with a stay and specific undergarments. Even though this dress is from the 1970’s, it has the feel of something from much earlier. And of course, the style looks very much 1940’s.

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The more I posed and thought about how different expectations of a woman were in terms of dress and posture back then, the more I really wanted to find true vintage garments to wear with my vintage clothing. Give me all the stays, petticoats, slips, and bullet bras! And corsets, of course; I would gladly wear a corset daily. There’s something about wearing a garment that holds you accountable for a straight spine that just appeals to me.

I wore my grandmother’s earrings to complete the look, even though I rarely wear earrings any more. My vintage clip-on collection keeps growing and growing, and I desperately need to begin styling them all! But, these are my favorite. Whether it’s that they belonged to my grandma, or that they’re so pretty and delicate, I don’t know. But they seem to go with everything. Pastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.comPastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.com

Along with this dress, my vintage (or perhaps antique!) veil, this vintage pastoral purse, and the gorgeous antique grapes brooch I found last year, this entire outfit is probably one of my new favorites. Sadly, the camera malfunctioned towards the end of this shoot and I wasn’t able to get a better photo of my heels, or a good picture of this purse. Pastel Bettie Page | www.eccentricowl.com

Dress, vintage from Hannah | brooch, antique | hat, vintage | belt and heels, thrifted | earrings, grandma’s | purse, vintage/thrifted

I hope you are all having a good week!

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Retro on a Budget | Outfit

Retro on a Budget | www.eccentricowl.comRetro on a Budget | www.eccentricowl.com I don’t know if I have mentioned it much before, but my husband and I are on a very tight budget. Some weeks, even a trip to Goodwill is out of the question. And it’s not for lack of budgeting or trying to earn more, that’s just the way it is. Things have changed at my husband’s job and he took a pay cut equal to the sum of our utility bills in the winter months. So we don’t have the luxury of purchasing whatever we want whenever we please. I laugh when I see “budget friendly” picks or “budget conscious” outfits in magazines and on blogs when the chosen item is $49.99 or the outfit is altogether more than our weekly grocery bill.

For a while I despaired of ever dressing like the vintage vixen I hoped to become. I read blogs like Miss Victory Violet and Southern California Belle and dreamed of having my own beautiful vintage/reproduction closet, but the price tags were too high for our modest bank account. And then I realized: you can dress retro on a budget. You just have to have patience, persistence, and a little bit of luck. So today I thought I would share my tips for dressing retro on a budget!

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One: Thrift Consistently

Obviously, if you read my blog regularly, you know. I am addicted to thrift shopping. Over the years I have found many vintage and reproduction styles at my local favorite thrift haunts, and it still brings me a thrill when I enter Goodwill and find that perfect item.

But many people say to me “I never find the things you find!” or “I’m just not that lucky at thrifting!” and as soon as I ask them how often they thrift, or whether they have a method while thrifting, I know their problem. When you’re thrifting for vintage or reproduction garments, you can’t just waltz into a thrift store every six months, spend five minutes looking, and come out with an armful of goods. It has taken me six or seven years to build up my arsenal of dresses, and I still have holes in my closet. When I plan to go to the thrift store, I plan myself at least thirty minutes (but usually go an hour). I start in the section of the garments I most want or need to find, and I give a cursory sweep of any other sections just to ensure I’m not leaving behind something on my mental list.

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And I go thrifting at least once a month, and at most every week. Consistency and persistence are key. Flexibility in what you hope to find is also paramount. You may go in hoping for a dress an instead come out with a fantastic pair of heels! In fact, the heels in this post were thrifted last week after I ran through the entire dress and skirt section and decided to give the “last chance” section of the store a once-over. They look perhaps once-worn, no wear on the inside, very very minimal (as in, a bit of dust) wear on the soles. And they were 99 cents.

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Two: Learn Retro Hair and Makeup

If you can’t afford to shop and add more pieces to your closet, you can definitely always style your head to suit your vintage dreams. I am a firm believer that hair and makeup are the most important when you’re attempting to achieve a pinup look. When your hair is done and your lips are on, almost anything looks retro — even a modern tee and jeans. So when your bank account says “no more shopping”, turn to your curlers and get your hair glammed up! For my hair today I used this tutorial and it was by far the most effective retro hair tutorial I’ve ever tried!

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This should be obvious if you’re on a budget, but it’s seriously so true. The dress I’m wearing was originally a $50 dress that I just didn’t have money for when I originally spotted it. So I passed it by and hoped that perhaps one day I’d see it on sale somewhere… and my dreams came true! perhaps a month later, someone mentioned that a sale was on at Lindybop, and I snagged this beauty for a grand total of $13 (plus shipping, of course.)  Totally worth the wait, and I am so glad that I didn’t splurge on it at its original price because the lowest button popped of on my first wear. It’s an easy fix, and was aggravated by the belt I’m wearing, but still. Buttons on a $50 dress should most definitely stay put.

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This isn’t always going to be the case, but often you can find niche or kitchy retro items handmade on Etsy for an inexpensive price, while on sites like Modcloth the similar equivalents are 3-4 times the price. My camera brooch is from the shop CircaAd, and was ten dollars. It was an accidental purchase, but one that I adore and I will definitely be going back to purchase more! I also got a brain in a jar brooch from the shop for five dollars, and love it! Retro on a Budget | www.eccentricowl.com

Five: Compromise on Era

I know. You ideally want everything from the forties and fifties, but they’re so expensive. What do you do? Search instead for 70’s-does-40’s, or 80’s-does-50’s! Every era has an era that it loved to emulate. In the seventies, they often created dresses that mimicked the soft flow of the forties, like this pretty blue floral dress for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a true 40’s style.  And in the eighties, of course, there were plenty of full-skirted beauties that could easily be taken for a retro housewife’s dress.

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Six: Let People Know You Love Vintage.

Obviously not all of your friends are going to give you their grandma’s finest, but sometimes you get lucky! Don’t hide your vintage-loving self. Don’t be afraid to wear head-to-toe retro looks on a daily basis. Wear them to the grocery store. Wear them to church. Wear them to parties, to friends’ houses, to the park with your kids (and yes, you can look vintage while being practical. Just go knee-length, washable cotton, and a little retro hair or makeup (or headscarf) and you’re good!) When people see you wearing vintage and retro garments, they’ll remember. I’ve been lucky enough to have five or six people hand me off vintage garments (though not all of them fit) , and I have friends who have gotten incredible hauls because they’re not afraid to let their vintage selves free. The earrings I’m wearing were given to me, along with a TON of others, by a friend’s mom whose own mother was moving and needed to downsize.

The more I wear retro/vintage outfits, the more people give me their grandma’s hand-me-downs. And, to paraphrase Macklemore, I will wear your grandma’s clothes, and I do look incredible.

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Dress, Lindybop – $13 | Shoes, thrifted – $0.99 | Earrings, vintage gift | Belt, thrifted (unknown price) | Brooch, CircaAd – $10
Entire outfit cost: approximately $25

What tips do you have for dressing retro on a budget?

Bonus: I nearly decided to make this a coats-and-gloves-and-hat outfit, but when I stepped outside the cold weather of the morning had changed to a good warmth, so I lost the extras.

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The extras: coat was a gift. Hat, vintage/thrifted – $8 | purse, vintage/thrifted $5.99 | gloves, vintage $6-7?

So there you have it! Now you know how to be retro on a budget, so go be a vintage goddess no matter what your spending allowance is!

Happy Monday!

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Retro Photographer’s Guide to Dressing | Outfit

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As you know, my husband and I are photographers. This weekend we have our first wedding of the year, and I was brainstorming for a long time what I should wear as a photographer while also wanting to keep my personal style in it. The regular old black-pants-and-shirt just didn’t appeal to me, and I think representing myself as a brand for this blog as well as a brand for our photographer is an important thing to get. So how does one put together a retro photographer outfit?

Easy! This Lindybop fit-and-flare button up dress is absolutely the perfect retro photographer dress. It has pockets — a must for carrying lists on my phone, lens caps, lenses, and all the other odds and ends I’m constantly using throughout the day — a flared knee length skirt that is easy to move in and won’t flip up or be embarrassingly short at any time through the day, a higher neckline that won’t budge as I bend and move (don’t want to flash anyone at a wedding, thanks!), and the perfect little details to its classic navy-and-white design that keep it from being too boring.

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The one caveat is for those of you who have muscular arms, as I do, you may not be able to raise your hands any further than your shoulders. Which isn’t a problem for me, as my husband and I work in-tandem and he’ll be doing most of the work. But, it’s stretchy, so I’m sure in time it will settle and fit me just right.

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To complete the look I actually purchased a vintage camera pin that is in the same style as these adorable glasses, and I plan to wear my most comfortable wedges instead of stiletto heels for practicality’s sake. Retro photographer outfit achieved! I’m so, so pleased with this and my two other Lindybop dresses that I’ve acquired in the last month! While the fit is a little varied, they all zip and button and I’m quite happy with the quality!

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I am so looking forward to this weekend and the wedding! Wedding photography is one of my favorite things to shoot — along with newborns — and I am excited to capture this very special day for our couple! We will have to orchestrate things a bit as I’ll be bringing Evie with me (approved by the bride, of course!) but hopefully she will be happy with grandma as I snap away! Retro Photographer's Guide to Dressing | www.eccentricowl.comRetro Photographer's Guide to Dressing | www.eccentricowl.com

To change subject a bit, I am hoping to cut my hair soon! I’ve had long mermaid hair for about as long as I can stand, and it’s just too heavy and not layered enough to hold the retro hairstyles I really want to master. So, armed with a few inspiration pictures (hello, Miss Victory Violet!) and my newfound knowledge of what cuts to get for a retro hairstyle, I’ll be going in for a much-needed cut and layer. And then hopeully re-dye my hair to its previous fuchsia color, and I’ll feel like a quirky retro housewife again!

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Dress, Lindybop Dorothy | shoes, belt, brooch, and scarf, thrifted

I hope you are all having a beautiful week! How do you infuse your work outfits with your own personal style? Any other retro photographers out there?

Happy Thursday!

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Bohemian Wanderer | Twinning with Hannah!

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Today, Hannah and I are twinning! When I was watching a video of hers, I realized that we have really similar boho dresses, so I suggested we should style them in our own ways and see what we came up with. While you all know I am a total retro housewife girl at heart, sometimes the boho spirit calls to me and I have to go full-on hippie for a day. These photos came about a bit differently than I had hoped, but I love them all the same!

My husband and I had planned to do this shoot while camping on Memorial Day weekend. We were at Kalaloch (which I have shared before, here) and the beach there would have been phenomenal for shooting some moody, sweeping bohemian photos. But the second camping day, we woke up to torrential rain, ankle deep puddles, and two snotty babies. So we decided to go home, and instead shot on a local rocky beach with slightly different results.

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And even though the results are different from what I had imagined and planned for, I love them! I am working on getting more editorial with my photos. For a long time I have been stuck in a rut of shooting everything the same way, and doing a quick one-two with my photoshoots. Get outside, shoot full body, detail, headshot, and done! And that’s totally a fine way to do photos for a fashion blog. It is, after all, about the fashion, right?

But Noelle has really been inspiring me lately with her blog photos and I want to get a little more intentional with my shots! Plus, now that I’m only posting twice a week, it’s a bit easier to do planned shoots and know that on a certain day I need to really bring it for photos.

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret, too: I had my hair in braids for three days to achieve this mermaid hair look. Like. I was not going to let that hair get away from me for anything! Thankfully, I showered right before I put them in plaits, so I had clean mermaid hair.

And if I wasn’t planning to give this dress to a dear friend of mine, I would have waded into the water with it. But, I want to give it to her all in one piece, so I refrained. Gypsy Wanderer | www.eccentricowl.com Gypsy Wanderer | www.eccentricowl.com Gypsy Wanderer | www.eccentricowl.com

While we were shooting the photos on the swing, a few dogs ran over snarling and I thought we might get attacked. I kid you not, one of them had his hackles raised and I had the thought “I’m going to die on a swing.”

Luckily, they were just curious and calmed down after giving us both a good once-over and assuring themselves we were harmless.

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Dress, Vintage | belt, old | rings, thrifted, gifts | scarf, grandma’s

I hope you all are having a great start to your week! Don’t forget to visit Hannah’s blog to see how she styled her dress!

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