Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fall Festival

Hey! Last Saturday my family and I took an hour or two and attended the Arts and Ag festival. It was chilly, but delightfully fun, and with two families of friends with booths, it proved to be enjoyable. :) This is what I wore:

  • After getting my hair styled, having to drive home in the truck. 60mph+ half-down window= byebye hairdo. So, I held my hair tight with my right hand as I drove with my left, which had the splint for my cut. Oh so classy in our wrecked truck. :P
  • The attention I get when I drive the truck with the completely smashed front-end. 
  • Just snuggling under the covers on a cool fall night, and your sister in a rushed voice, "Oh, remind me to duct tape my knee tomorrow!" 
  • Misty morning, hauling scraps into the woods for the pigs. Suddenly, I hear a very distinct duck quack. "Quack quack QuAck"... what in the world? We don't usually have ducks around here... turn around... no duck.... oh. It's my 7:15 alarm on my phone in my back pocket. 
  • Things my 14 year old sister says:  Me: They are only the most awesome high culture cookie currently in vogue! Willa: Where's Vogue? Me to computer: Taylor does Viva la Vida?! Willa: Isn't that a kind of cheese? 
  • Spotting some super impressive almost-painted-on eyebrows on a lady in a parking lot and losing yourself in laughter over them, thankfully not in a way that she knew. 
  • Standing outside the mall waiting on your mom to pick you up with your sister, and she steps into the grass and sinks in mud. People stared as she tried to clean the mud off with nothing more than the wet grass. :P 
  • Shopping the clearance section of Walmart, happy as can be. Suddenly realize you're singing along with "That's What Makes You Beautiful" at the top of your lungs. :)
  • Needing to pick up something from an Amish family for a friend, but not having been to the specific home before, you accidentally creep around the wrong Amish home looking for the thing because the sign on the door said everyone was out at a funeral. Thankfully I don't think I have to worry about being caught by security cameras.  
  • Biking 2 miles in your slippers. 
  • Driving down the driveway at night, and noticing deer in the front yard. Realizing 45 seconds later as you re-enter the driveway that you just chased deer out of your yard with a passenger van, totally without thinking. 
  • Out to lunch with friends, and realizing an hour later that you still had the remains of parmesan wild wings in your teeth. 
  • Neighbor stopping you and thanking you for driving so slow past his house because road dust is as bad for your lungs as second hand smoke, apparently. 
  • Spontaneously hopping in a truck bed with nearly a dozen of your good friends to drive around admiring the amazingly gorgeous fall colors.
  • Webster's 1828 definition of  DISCRETION, n. 1. Prudence, or knowledge and prudence; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution; nice discernment and judgment, directed by circumspection, and primarily regarding ones own conduct. // Applying that to Proverbs 11:22: "As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion." Now apply that to dressing.
  • Discovering via Instagram and the power of iPhones that you and three friends are all "in the city" so you meet up for coffee. Because you can.
  • Playing "air hockey" with your mom at your table at Whole Foods with the lid of your bacon/brussel sprouts side dish. 
  • Reformation Day at our church a couple weekends ago. Was so encouraging, and so nice to just spend two full day hanging out with church family. 
  • Going out to lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday with her family and another, then being treated to Pinkberry. On 45 minutes of notice. :)
  • Remembering. Funny to think over what you were doing on this day last year. What's changed, what's the same. How much has happened, but what hasn't.
  • How patient y'all are with me when I don't email you back promptly at all. :)
  • This is my 200th post!
Shirt: Walmart (I'm aware its tightish, sorry)
Skirt: Made by me
Boots: Amazon
Necklace: Droplette
Socks: no idea

How have y'all been? I've been spending a lot of time outside these days, enjoying the amazing weather while it's still warmish. Walking, biking, driving, anything where I can see leaves. :)
What's been awkward or awesome about your week?

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  1. Lovely outfit! Green is such a good color on you!
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  2. Super cute outfit! I love how versatile denim skirts are.(:

    Hehe, I love that note about your neighbor who thanked you for not damaging his lungs by driving too fast! :P


  3. I love your yellow tank!!! It pops so much! :D
    Now, I only wish I had denim to make a skirt...


  4. Very cute outfit! The scenery behind you is really pretty, even if it is just a parking lot?!

  5. You made the skirt? That's awesome! You really do look very pretty in green. Just out of curiosity, are you presbyterian? I noticed you mentioned reformation day in your post. I ask because I'm presbyterian and we just had reformation sunday, too.

    1. Thank you! Yes, we're reformed Presbyterian. :)

    2. What's a "reformed Presbyterian"? Only, if it doesn't take to much of your time to answer, that is :)

    3. We had Reformation Day Wednesday night at my church. We're part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Is that anything like Reformed Presbyterian?

  6. I like that outfit ! Very fall-ish, with a little touch of yellow, super cute !
    For me, this week was fall break. What was awkaward about it was to have to vacuum twice my bedroom because of sewing corduroy (it makes a terrible mess all my room was covered in little grey stuff...) and what was awesome was to get 2 skirts done, and planning to do a maternity skirt for my sister (who's due for April 5th) this weekend !
    Have a great Friday and hope to read from you soon !
    PS : do you currently have some sewing projects going on ? I check your sewing blog regurlarly and nothing is up :(

    1. Haha, I totally understand about the vacuuming!
      I have a few (okay, quite a few unfinished) projects going on, but most are for my ebook, so I've spent my time writing the book instead of blogging about them. :-/ I think I need another me. :P

  7. I'd feel like a legit country girl driving a truck with a completely smashed front-end. I think you're lucky to do it. ;)

    1. Ahahahaha! You always crack me up and make me think my life is perfect for a second. :P I'm thankful, but its still hilarious.

      Oh! I forgot to put in this post that I was parked out front of the auto parts store and an overweight guy in overalls tells me through my open window, "Ur tiar needs ayir". I said, "Haha, yeah" and promptly forgot about it because the tire is always low, but it ended up going flat later in the day. :P Guess Gus was right. ;P

  8. Cute outfit! I wouldn't worry about the shirt, I think it looks fine.
    Awesome: 95% on my first music 101 quiz and 100% on my second!

  9. Love this outfit... So Fall-ish :) Your rain(?)/cowboy boots are adorable! I wish I had a pair! I live (literally) in cowboy boots except for when it is super muddy or raining out so I wear muck boots. Boots like that would be perfect for me.:) haha.

    Loved the awk about creeping around an amish house. lol..... very funny!

    Awesome: Getting a new horse tomorrow
    Awkward: Going to a fall festival at your church and discovering a group of guys have "taken over" part of the table your mom already claimed, and so you walk back and forth and back and forth from your table pretending to get things you "need" until your mom comes back to the table to avoid being the only girl (ok my 4 and 2 y/o sisters were there but they don't count) at a table full of guys. Running out of things to get you so you keep on going back to put more sugar in your tea.:)
    A while after afore mentioned awk one of the 7 y/o sisters of some of the guys comes over and says "you were siting by L_____!" (insert shocked expression and tone of little girl)

  10. "Spotting some super impressive almost-painted-on eyebrows on a lady in a parking lot and completely losing yourself in laughter over them."

    I hope this is listed under awkward because you realized that isn't Christ-like behavior.

    1. thought the same thing, i`m not christian but i think it`s mean to do stuff like this..

    2. I didn't mean it in a way that was mean to her, I'm sure she was very nice. I laughed in the same way I would have laughed at the crazy hair-dos on runways or the totally awfully wacky dresses that come out. They weren't her natural eyebrows... and they scared me when I saw them out of the corner of my eye, which was what I was mostly laughing over. But, y'all are right. It wasn't very nice of me. Sorry for the bad example.

    3. Thank you for posting my comment and for the apology. Not a lot of Christian bloggers admit mistakes or let contrary comments through. I appreciate your humility.

  11. Webster's 1828 definition of DISCRETION, n. 1. Prudence, or knowledge and prudence; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution; nice discernment and judgment, directed by circumspection, and primarily regarding ones own conduct. // Applying that to Proverbs 11:22: "As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion." Now apply that to laughing at someone's eyebrows.

  12. Love your outfit! Those boots just go with everything, don't they? :)

  13. Haha! I think your awkwards are getting better by the week. They make me laugh all the time. And by the way, what did your sister mean by reminding her to duct tape her knee?
    What's been really awkward with me this week is having a guy I know talk to me about the "Anne of Green Gables" movie that he just recently watched. Turned out, that it's the same one I watch and love! We had a very good discussion about it with some of the other teens in our homeschool group and I think we're planning on all getting together some time and watching it. :P
    The most awesome thing that has happened this week is that my parents have decided that we are going on vacation (SOON!). You know we haven't had a vacation in almost two years? I think it's really wearing on us and we're all tired of looking at the same four walls in our house. A vacation sound blissful at this moment!

    1. Haha! Not sure if more awkward by the week is a good thing or not... :P My sister was going to try to coax a wart off with the duct tape. :)
      Nice awkward! One of my best guy friends through high school's favorite book series was Anne of Green Gables. He also loved Pride and Prejudice, and his mom organized a P&P ball! It was a lot of fun. :) Guess its not too weird for a guy to enjoy that.
      Yay for vacations! Blessings!

    2. As soon as you said one of your best guy friends through high school's favorite book series was Anne of Green Gables, I knew exactly who you meant! I didn't even need to read the rest to know who you were talking about!

  14. Goodness, now "Anonymous" is just being rude. Cut it out, please.

    Anyways! I love your posts, Olivia. :) You look lovely in green, I love your skirts and your style, and I just love your wonderful example - you seem like such a wonderful girl, and I would love to meet you one day. :)


    p.s. This is quite random, but I am reformed Presbyterian, too. ;)

    1. Try to understand that rebuking is not rudeness. I was trying to point out that, as Christians, we should diligently guard our witness so that non-Christians don't see us acting the same way they do, and then think there is no need to be saved or that Christ lacks the power to change us. We are called to be a peculiar people. I just think Christians need to be more sensitive to the way we portray Christ.

      Webster 1812 Dictionary:
      RUDE, a. [L. rudis. The sense is probably rough, broken, and this word may be allied to raw and crude.]

      1. rough; uneven; rugged; unformed by art; as rude workmanship, that is, roughly finished; rude and unpolished stones.

      2. Rough; of coarse manners; unpolished; uncivil; clownish; rustic; as a rude countryman; rude behavior; rude treatment; a rude attack.

      Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch.

      3. Violent; tumultuous; boisterous; turbulent; as rude winds; the rude agitation of the sea.

      4. violent; fierce; impetuous; as the rude shock of armies.

      5. Harsh; inclement; as the rude winter.

      6. Ignorant; untaught; savage; barbarous; as the rude natives of America or of New Holland; the rude ancestors of the Greeks.

      7. Raw; untaught; ignorant; not skilled or practiced; as rude in speech; rude in arms.

      8. Artless; inelegant; not polished; as a rude translation of Virgil.

    2. Ladies, let us remember Jesus's words in Matthew 7:5: "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Let us be quick to remove sin from our own life and slow to judge others! I believe it is possible for iron to strengthen iron without having a judgmental or self-defensive spirit. =) Blessings!

  15. I love your awk & awe posts, Olivia, and I check your blog allll day on Thursdays to see if it's up. =) Here's a link to mine yesterday:

    Awkward: When you're talking to a guy friend you admire, and a 15 or 16 year old guy (who's rather immature, I might add) comes over and starts to talk about love languages! That was the epitome of awkward right there! His topics also included brands of shampoo, the fact that a lot of girls have "time" as their love language, and that a woman's water only breaks while giving birth to her first child. (Totally false btw... what would he know?!) Yeah - awwwwkward.

    Awesome: Getting to spend a weekend at a family retreat in northern MN at my favorite camp! It was such a blessing. =)

    Hope you're having a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Annie, this is Alison...I comment on your blog fairly often. I just searched your blog to see if you had responded to my last comment and your blog didn't show up. Is everything alright? I'm concerned because your blog has been such a blessing to me!

  16. I love long sleeve shirts like that :) I don't think it's too tight, I loved it from the minute I saw it!


  17. Love it Olivia! You are such an encouragement to me!!
    -Anna Rose

  18. Gorgeous outfit Olivia! I need to shop at Walmart more. You always find the most awesome clothing there! I love your blog, awkward/awesome Thursday posts. You are such an encouragement.

  19. I know I've commented twice on this post but I keep forgetting to tell you that your hair is beautiful! I love the new cut. I've been noticing you don't curl it as often as you used to... is there a reason, or do you just like it straight better? It's lovely both ways. =)

    1. Thanks so much, Annie! Unfortunately the season of life I'm in hasn't allowed me time to curl my hair lately, and that's actually one of the reasons I got it cut. I haven't tried curling the new cut yet... maybe I'll take the time this Lord's Day. :) Thanks again!

  20. Hi Olivia! I've been following your blog for about two weeks now and really love your ask and awe posts! I too wait every Thursday for you to post them :). Oh I'm one of Willa's friends, you might remember being @ your house a lot the last few days before you moved :). Oh you commented earlier on someone who loved Anne of Green Gables... yep I remember him too :). Anyway, wanted to say your blog is really inspiring and thank you Olivia for posting on it. (I follow a lot that don't post very often, and it's frustrating) .

  21. I know it's a little late but my awkward this week was, trying to get a noodle(homemade i might add) onto a spoon from a boiling pan and burning my finger and my lips in doing so flipping it on to are lazy susan utencil thing and not being able to find it!!
    now with my burnt finger i know now how you felt when you cut your's oliva, meaning my hand is wraped with baking soda and a muslin cloth typing one handed :) ~ sadie

  22. Not to resurrect an already complicate and blown-out-of-proportion debate...but 1) I'd have laughed too if I'd reacted that way to someone's choice of eye-brow decor, so you're cool, especially as your willingness to be corrected (as unwarranted as it might have been) by someone who hid their identity and saved face by being anonymous was very evident (kudos for humility!) and 2) you're shirt is fine; dress as you feel is modest, not by what you readers might think. Modesty is wearing what God calls you to wear, not what others think you should wear (which includes the purple dress of a few months back). Blog to glorify God, not appease your many readers with varying degrees of modesty standards. :)


Fresh Modesty is fashion blog which encourages girls to "Dress outside your box, but inside His Book!" I allow anonymous comments so those without accounts can comment, but I would really appreciate it if you would identify yourself by some form of a name. :) Thank you for taking the time to comment!