Friday, February 7, 2014

Awk+Awe | Art Museum

Hey y'all! I trust you're having a good day! Sharing an outfit I wore a few weeks ago to visit the Frist Center in Nashville and to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit with friends. I tried to wear something nice, black, causal and most importantly, comfortable. 

 Awkward:

  • Sitting in the Pharmacy drive-thru and watching a kid drive his 4-wheeler around you. Country and civilization have no separation around here. 
  • Having the same answer every time a friend asks you where you got your new item of clothing. 
  • The feeling when you're getting to know someone and it seems like they've been everywhere and done everything and you're sitting there like, "Oh, you backpack the desert every year? Well... I climbed higher in a tree than my dad could reach once when I was 10..." 
  • Finding the road totally covered with water for several hundred feet, so you plow into it... and halfway through realize that was a stupid idea and you really hope you get out alive. 
  • "Modern Art"
  • Arriving home from a friend's house at midnight and being starving... but the microwave is broken so you use a skillet to heat up your sweet potatoes, peas, and coconut cream chicken... and then eat right out of the skillet at the computer. 
  • That lull after the crazy person at the party leaves. 
  • Seeing a formal dress in a store and thinking it looked like what goes on inside a microwave. 
  • Browsing at Bath and Body Works, smelling all the men's fragrances and having an employee come tell you that if your partner wears Midnight Madness and you wear Forever Midnight, then a strong physical attraction will come between you. Awesome would be joking with friends about that the rest of the day. 
  • Being mistaken for a director that everyone knows while in a thrift store. 
  • The "Family Fun" question cards we used at fellowship the other night. "Describe how you would use the bathroom or brush your teeth if you only had one arm." :P 
  • Getting the mail from the mailbox in big cars or trucks. You have to unbuckle, leeeeeeeean out the window, and sometimes go back for more because you couldn't get it all the first time. Very ungraceful. 
  • When you rescue an armadillo from the dogs and release it to the wild... and then have to shoot it anyway when you realize it's sick. 
  • Being pretty much the only girl tenor in the whole church. And only on some songs.

Awesome: 
  • Going gown and bridesmaid dress shopping with my best friends for my friend's wedding! We had such a blast and loved looking and laughing at so many dresses.
  • That getting stuck in the mud is normal around here. And that I made it across the creek and didn't float away in a Subaru on Tuesday night. Or pop a tire on the log I rammed. 
  • Watching the Bill Nye/ Ken Ham debate at our pastor's house on the big screen. Did any of y'all tune in? 
  • Finishing my doxycycline meds! I'm already feeling much better now that the antibiotic isn't taxing my system and I'm doing things like dishes! and.... dishes. 
  • Friends who bless you just by being themselves. 
  • All the awesome sponsors I have coming up to share with y'all! 
  • Getting my palazzo pants in the mail! I loooOOOve them! Can't wait to craft an outfit so I can share them with y'all. :D
  • The orange dreamsicle coconut milk AIP diet friendly ice cream my sister's been making for our dessert. I have never had such completely delightful ice cream. Only thing that would make it better is if I could put sprinkles on top. 
  • Gold metal and clear white sparkly diamonds together. I am totally obsessed with this combination right now. 
  • Friends who make you special drinks that fit your diet just because they love you and it earns the rank of tastiest coffee you've had in a long, long time. 
  • Encouraging family meetings that result in plans of action. 
  • iPhones and Pinterest. I seriously don't know what we would have done without them while planning and shopping for dresses. 
  • The french fries spandex that SpandexHouse.com has for sale. 
  • Knowing that the Lord is sovereign, even when you hear of heartbreaking tragedies.
  • The Norman Rockwell exhibit! It was really, really awesome to be able to see his paintings up close and to learn more about his life and to talk to friends we don't see often enough, who are knowledgeable about him. 


Dress: ThredUP: Free w/credit
Cardigan: Forever21: $10
Leggings: Forever21: $4
Sperry's: Shoe Carnival: $85 (best. investment. ever.)
Earrings: ?? 

I hope y'all have a great day! What's been awkward or awesome about your week? 



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  1. Hey Olivia! First things first, I love the Awkward and Awesome posts! :] Secondly, I noticed that when you list something as being from ThredUP, lately you've listed it as being purchased with free credit. How do you get all that free credit?
    keep up the good work! ,Precious

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    1. Thanks! ThredUP has a great referral program. For every person that uses my link, they get $10 free towards their first purchase and I get a $10 credit! :)

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    2. Where is the link? I've seen some really cheep things on there, namely the boots!
      ~Charis

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    3. Oh wait! never mind I figured it out. Sorry!
      ~Charis

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  2. Really, really looking forward to seeing your new palazzo pants! Could you give us a heads up and tells us where you got them? (would love to make/purchase a pair myself!)
    Thanks!

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    1. I bought these ones: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Women-Zig-Zag-Printed-Palazzo-Pants-W-Fitted-Waist-Wide-Legs-S-M-L-Rust/300953483169?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4670441068028548993%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D291035610335
      Woah long url lol. I looked all over for a print I liked, and this was my favorite, so I spent a little bit more for it. :)

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  3. I love the outfit, and I love your Awk + Awe posts! I did watch the Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate. It was very good.

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  4. "Modern art" = I am right there with you. Contemporary art trends just generally baffle me a bit. I even spent four years in art school, for goodness' sake, and had modern art shoved down my throat as the only TRUE way to make art and it just... I kinda shrug? SOme of it's okay. Some of it is literally just a blue square and I don't see the fuss.

    I did NOT watch the debate; I've heard since that it was actually pretty friendly, though! Which I didn't really expect, but am kind of glad to hear. I'm not a Young Earth Creationist, personally, (more like Old Earth Creationism... is that a thing? I don't even know if that's a thing) and I grew up with Bill Nye in a big way so I just couldn't make myself do it. I've read some awesome quotes from it since, though.

    I follow you on Pinterest and have seen your palazzo pant obsession taking shape, haha. Did you end up ordering any that you had pinned on Pinterest or from a completely different place? I'm excited to see it!

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    1. I ended up finding this pair on eBay and buying them: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/186899453260267505/ :D :D

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  5. Yes, I tuned in to the debate! Very good, very challenging. It definitely encouraged critical thinking! :)

    Awkward about my week:
    - dreams. 'Nuff said.
    - thinking up a wardrobe combination that looks like a watermelon. It's really pretty, actually, but the colors just kinda make me laugh!
    - watching my dad dance around to a song. while sitting down. Dads... ;)

    Awesome:
    - the Lord blessing me with a new computer! I am loving it!
    - a friend's baby boy arriving safe and healthy.
    - a new ministry opportunity!

    Blessings to you, Olivia!
    So enjoyed this post. :)
    Alison

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  6. The tenor part is the best! I have a low vocal range for a girl (I think), and sometimes the alto part strains my voice a bit... >_>

    I don't know if you've answered this question before, but in your opinion, what type of footwear (besides boots, heels, or sandals/flipflops) looks best with different lengths of skirts? I've never tried Sperry's before, but they seem to match your outfit nicely. I wore Converse with a maxi skirt once, but I don't think I pulled off the look too well. It was pretty awkward, actually. Do you have any other suggestions?

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    1. Hey Sarah! I'm hoping to do a post about what shoes to wear with different skirts at some point in the next month or two, because it can be really tricky. I invested in these Sperry's because I personally don't like the converse with skirts look (although some people can pull it off... not this shortie) but I needed a pair of comfortable walking shoes for winter. They look really good with a maxi skirt, too, and are soooo comfortable. :)

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    2. Awesome! That would be super helpful. Thank you!

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    3. Oooo! Just to add my input, I would love a post on what shoes to wear with what skirts! It is tricky, and I'm all the time trying to work on that. :)

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    4. Would also love a post like that and would really benefit from it! :D

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    5. I personally don't like the Converse with skirts look, either. I was also wondering, Olivia, if you could consider doing a post on how to tie headbands/headscarfs and tips on that, since you seem to wear them regularly -something I'm working towards this year. :)
      This blog is and remains to be, my favorite! Keep it up!

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  7. "Country and civilization have no separation around here. . ."

    yep. I need to move to Tennessee. =P

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  8. Wow, it's so cool that you're a tenor! I would never guess because you look very petite! Also, I watched part of the debate and it was super awesome!

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  9. Awkward:
    when I don't put makeup on for a day and people ask me if I am sick or they tell me I look tired
    Awesome:
    My 16th birthday today!
    Finding out from my parents that I will be taking drivers ed with a friend next month!
    -Hannah

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    1. Happy Birthday, Hannah! I had the same experience with make-up this past week-- my 6 year old sister said I looked funny in my eyes lol.

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  10. Olivia! I went crazy when I first saw this outfit! SO insanely cute! Oh my goodness....I just love it so much! What a wonderful way to make something "less modest" completely beautiful! <3

    Ashley
    www.likenootherfashion.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm the only girl tenor in our church choir too:) our last cantata by Mike Speck, the tenor was written pretty high, so I had no problem hitting most of it. I haven't watched the debate yet, but I really want to.

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  12. Awkward:
    -Going to a crochet class at your library and finding that it's mostly nine- and ten-year-olds. :P Ah well, never too late to learn! Can't wait to actually make something. :D
    -Shaking the bottle of apple juice you brought to bed with you (I was terribly sick and knew I needed to replenish myself throughout the night), then it sprinkles all over your covers because it wasn't screwed on tight enough and you try to wipe it up with tissues furiously.
    -Your mom telling you to ask a next-door-neighbor if her daughter is available to play with your little sister, you go over there, find that he's talking on the phone, so you awkwardly stand there in your snowsuit (I was shoveling snow at the time, boy did we get whomped!) until he's done, then by the end of it figuring out that she's not. ;P He was super nice though.
    -Coming down with a fever at Church and trying not to faint. :P

    Awesome:
    -The anticipation of a wonderful, packed weekend ahead! Homeschooling group meeting today, witnessing outside an abortion clinic early tomorrow morning, childhood movie & snack pajama party with friends tomorrow night, and going to see a movie with the fam Sunday morning :) Now, I just have to stay healthy through it all ;)
    -Making valentines for your friends in a different way than usual. So much fun.
    -The care my mom gives me when I'm not feeling well. <3
    -Indulging in chocolate. You know, 'cause it's Valentine's Day in a week, mine as well celebrate. ;)
    -Relaxing with a book and tea when you're sick.

    Adorable outfit!

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  13. love the shoes! I have been wanting to purchase some sperrys FOREVER...but cant seem to come up with money/time to do so:( *one day*:)
    I watched the Bil Nye/ Ken Ham debate....it was great! praying for Nye and his salvation and that the Lord will open his eyes to see the awesomeness of studying the world through a creationist view so that Christ and God the creator can be glorified even more.
    happy friday everyone!
    ~aubrey

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  14. My favorite was "ModernArt"! ;)

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  15. I just ordered my first dress from thredup! I'm so excited. Getting packages in the mail is awesome :)
    Totally agree with Modern art being awkward :P It is ridiculous what some people call art these days!

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  16. I was at the Norman Rockwell exhibit as well, with the Botkins giving us an amazing tour :D It was really neat to learn about his paintings as well!

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    1. Y'all must have been in the first group, or I was totally oblivious to your presence 'cause we were in the second one. :) ;)

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  17. Haha . . . that you put as one of your "awkward" bullet points simply "Modern Art" :)

    I did watch the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate--or most of it. I was trying to do schoolwork and feed the animals whilst it was on, however, so I didn't pay attention to all of it.

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  18. Hi Katie, Old Earth Creationism is a thing I understand growing up watching Nye on his programs and usuming that he has all the right answers. I didnt know about the problems with the Gap or Day-Age theory until a friend of mine introduced me into the subject. He was also big on evolution until the Lord saved him. during the debate Ken Ham asked a few questions to Bill Nye and Nye was very evasive to each one. He was also sarcastic and disrespectful of Ham and he referred to the Creation account and Noahs Flood as "Hen Ham's model" or "Ken Ham's thing". It was an interesting debate and i reccomend that you watch it. I'm not pointing out that you're wrong or being rude. I simply want people to know the truth. There is a book series called The Answers Books. You can order at answersingenisis.com God Bless you

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  19. Excited to see your new pants...especially since I have no idea what palazoo pants are ! Lol! ;)
    Natasha
    A modest fashion blog: www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  20. hey Olivia, I soooo watched the debate w/ mom and dad and 2 younger bros. put the other 5 siblings in the bedroom w/ Netflix so we could actually hear it! it almost made me cry when I thought about what great Bill Nye could be doing for the creation ministries. I hope and pray he has an experience with The LORD our God . totally loved the cardigan- I love cardigans.

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  21. Aw, you're so pretty. :) And the Bath and Body Works thing is hysterical. xD

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  22. I loved the Ham/Nye debate!! I was disappointed with how a few of the issues were handled but Dr. Ham did a great job giving the gospel to so many people...Praise the Lord.

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  23. Hi Olivia! Every time you post a new blog I always love how your hair is fixed! I was wondering what all you use. I love your blog!

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  24. Hi! Cute blog. I too am a Christian homeschool graduate third-oldest of 12...I find it encouraging to see other young ladies striving to dress modestly in a world that puts so much emphasis on looking like the rest of the planet. Check out my (very new) blog, Elkhorn Mountain Saints. Tess
    p.s. my seventeen year old sister's name is Olivia!!

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  25. Cute outfit! Like the stripes.:) Ok the fragrance awkward has to be my favorite. Too funny!

    Awesome:
    -Reading poetry with your parents and a friend and laughing over all the odd, famous poems by odd famous poets.:) Ever hear "Love in the Asylum"? Neither have we... Decided to skip over that one.:) Had a good laugh over the title though.

    Awkward:
    -Having your material cut by a guy who works at Jo-Ann.:/ You couldn't find a more manly job??
    -Your younger sister naming a guy she is going to "match you up with" in front of someone outside of your family, who also knows the guy, and has the same idea about you and said guy.
    -Your sister continuing to vocally pair your name with said guy because you are choosing to ignore her comments. Apparently she wasn't getting the reaction she wanted.

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    1. Haha! Knowing your little sisters, I can only imagine the awkwardness, Maria! :D

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  26. Oh, and I can't wait to see your new pants! Saw some of the pins you had for them and really like the look!

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  27. I hear you on the big rig/country mailbox awkwardness! And I'm still laughing about the fragrances/perfumes story! :D

    I watched the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate at our church. Our sound guy set it up so we could watch the live stream on the large projector screen. It was awesome! I enjoyed the debate very much.

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  28. I love it! The cardigan is so cute. Your shoes are amazing as well. :)))))

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  29. Love this outfit! It looks so comfortable, but it is really cute. :D Smiling at your Awe&Awe.

    Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you exceedingly!
    Olivia

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  30. Girl tenors!!! Yes!

    ~Keri

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  31. I have a question. Why don't you wear pants? I tried once to do all skirts and I was not very successful. Now I am back pants and skirts. But I was just wondering what someone else's opinion on the matter was.

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  32. Hey Olivia! I really liked your hair in this post. What did you do?

    ~Beth

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  33. Yes I did! (btw love the outfit..) I thought Ken Ham did an amazing job and was right on target the whole time, I guess a few christians and even a radio station said that Bill Nye one? There's now way! Ken Ham distroyed Bill Bye's foundation on the matter before Bill Nye even spoke! So, I don't know where they get their information!

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  34. I love Awk+Awe so much!! :) The fragrance awkward is such a hilarity!
    Visiting the exhibit of Norman Rockwell's work would be fabulous! We are big fans of his!

    We did not tune in live for the Nye/Ham debate but have already watched some of it- so great!

    I loved Emma's outfit so much from the last post! The heels and hat combo was so fabulous! Loved it!
    Can't wait to see your pants- thought that you might get some since you have pinned so many different prints lately!
    Cassie

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  35. Those are possibly the best shoes ever. You've worn them before, and I recognized them in this post! Lol!

    Awk: recognizing a pair of shoes like they're a person...lol

    Awe: salvation. No kidding, it surprises me each time I ponder it...:o Jesus is awesome.

    -Miriam

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  36. I love your awkward/awesome posts!!!

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  37. Basically Ken Ham is amazing, I've been watching his dvds and those of John Mackay for years and both those guys are doing such great work.

    My dream is to travel to America and visit the Creation museum in Kentucky as reward for when I finish my PhD :D

    ~Esther

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