All Ways are the Queen’s Ways

All Ways are the Queen's Ways | www.eccentricowl.comAll Ways are the Queen's Ways | OH MY GOODNESS YOU GUYS. FAVORITE. COSTUME. EVER.

Sorry for the all-caps, but seriously. I didn’t expect this to come out as good as it did; I was really struggling with what to wear from my collection of red things — this, or this, or this, or this – and I finally decided the lace dress worked the best with these tights. But I still wasn’t that enthralled with it; I’m kind of over the shorter length of dresses on me with heels… and I was also missing some pattern to tie in the black shoes and black belt. And I thought… you know, this skirt has always reminded me of cards, so why not try it over the dress?

And it just… was so perfect.

All Ways are the Queen's Ways | www.eccentricowl.comAll Ways are the Queen's Ways | www.eccentricowl.comIf we didn’t have to walk all over the place for trick-or-treating, I would so wear this tomorrow. Also, it’s not that warm of an outfit, so… that’s also against it for trick-or-treating. Otherwise, though… man, I wish I could make it to those costume parties!   All Ways are the Queen's Ways | www.eccentricowl.comThe makeup and hair are the real key to this costume for sure; without them, it would be a normal outfit to wear wherever. And I’m so, so glad the hair worked out the way I hoped it would! It was super easy to get up; if you’ve got long hair, all you have to do is part down the middle, and do two victory rolls on the top of your head.  Short hair would be harder, since all the little wispy pieces won’t want to roll.  All Ways are the Queen's Ways | www.eccentricowl.comAll Ways are the Queen's Ways | And makeup-wise, I wanted it to all look a little bit doll-like. Perfect skin, very round blush on the apples of my cheeks, very un-blended shadow. And lots of bottom lashes. Again, all really easy to do! I nearly didn’t draw the line into my brows, but at the last minute I thought… it might work! I’m glad I did; there was something missing in the makeup before the brows were on. If I had a stick of glue and a good powder, I might have blanked out my own brows first, but eh. I kind of like this look; it’s very… foppish. If a woman can be a fop. All Ways are the Queen's Ways |   Now I just really want to go somewhere! To the store; I wouldn’t even get weird looks right now because it’s almost Halloween and people would just assume I’m going to a party. Actually, my husband wants to go to the store to pick up a few bits and bobs for his costume tomorrow (his work is having a costume contest) so I’ll probably just wear this all day and to the store with him. We’ll see what people think!All Ways are the Queen's Ways | I very nearly didn’t get to take pictures of this outfit, either; it’s been raining hard ALL morning, and I was resigning myself to possibly having to do indoor photographs, which I hate… but right as I was finishing up my  makeup, the rain stopped. And then Asa woke up hungry. So I gave him a bottle, ran outside, and… here we are! Right as I came back inside, it started to rain again. All Ways are the Queen's Ways | I’ve got to make this post a quick one; Asa is getting tired of playing on the floor, and he’s also finding all these little hairs to eat. I just vacuumed yesterday; I don’t know how he always manages to find hair on the floor! Ugh. Babies and their propensity to shove every single thing into their mouths. The hair thing grosses me out big time!All Ways are the Queen's Ways | www.eccentricowl.comAll Ways are the Queen's Ways | www.eccentricowl.comAll Ways are the Queen's Ways |

Modcloth dress | thrifted belt, skirt, and shoes | Marshall’s tights | Target earrings

I hope you are all having a fantastic week! I’ve had so much fun this week trying to create costumes from my closet. Do y’all have any other suggestions? I might continue the character-inspired outfits into the next week if I can!

Happy Thursday!

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy | www.eccentricowl.comPoison Ivy | 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 | 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 | 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 | Poison Ivy | 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 | 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 |

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 | 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 |

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 |

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 | 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 | 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 |

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Kiss the Girl |  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 |

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!

Little Things: Third Edition |

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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