The Owl


Hi there! My name is Kristina Suko. I’m a writer, mother, and wife living on the coast of Washington state.

Five years ago, I had very little style sense at all, and was most often found in baggy jeans and ill-fitted tee shirts because of my insecurity with my figure, and a fear of standing out. But then I lost a few pounds and discovered fashion blogging, and I’ve gradually settled into a zone of style that is distinctly retro-vintage-feminine, with occasional forays into the land of could-be-a-crazy-60-year-old-cat-lady. Much to my husband’s dismay, I rarely pass up the crazy vintage garments.


Don’t know where to start?

Here are my top ten most-viewed and shared posts:

  1. Labor and Postpartum tips for First-Time Moms-To-Be
  2. Perspective
  3. The Power of Modesty
  4. The Whole30: What to Read, How to Cook, and What to Keep in your Kitchen
  5. How To: Authentic 1920’s Flapper Makeup
  6. Birth
  7. How to Survive Your Newborn
  8. A Sort of DIY Marvel A-Line Skirt
  9. DIY Chalkboard
  10. How To Dye Dark Hair Red Without Pre-Bleaching

FAQ plus Collage

How old are you?

  • I was born in 1988. Do the math. :)

Who takes your outfit pictures?

  • Sometimes myself and the tripod, sometimes Mr. Owl. He’s this fantastic photographer I know… who also happens to be my main squeeze.
    And no, “Mr. Owl” is not his real name.

What is Mr. Owl’s real name?

  • Nehemiah

What kind of camera do you use?

  • … a very fancy one. I have to admit, I have no idea. Except that it’s a Canon and I usually use a 55mm lens

What is Paleo, and why do you do it?.

  • I eat Paleo 85% of the time not because I’m a health nut, but because while pregnant I discovered just how intolerant my body is to dairy, grains, sugars, and legumes. But because of that, I’m so much more aware of how food affects the body, the skin, the emotions… everything. I guess that saying “you are what you eat” is kind of true. And occasionally, I want to be a Reeses Peanut Butter cup.
  • You can read all about what Paleo actually is here, which includes why I eat this way.
  • Also, read this post if you’re interested in trying the Paleo diet.
  • And here’s a few recipes while you’re at it.
  • Or you can browse the Paleo tag and read all about my history with Paleo.

How did you find clothes to wear during pregnancy?

  • Short answer: I’m stubborn and poor, so I have to be creative.
  • Long answer: the sales racks are my BEST friends, and I shop a lot at my local thrift stores! I don’t get stuck wearing maternity only, because lots of regular clothing works so long as you size up, it’s stretchy, or it has an empire waist. Get creative!

How do I subscribe? 

Why are your older posts signed “Mara”?

  • That’s sort of a long story. Since I’m not going to go through 300+ posts to change the signature, you should probably just go read this post. It explains a lot.

If you want to know anything at all, you can email me at: marabird (at) eccentricowl (dot) comIMG_1321
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