We are ambassadors. Whether we realize it or not, the way we speak, act, and dress all show those we come in contact with Who or what we serve and represent. When I walk out of the house, I represent not only myself, but my family, my church, and most especially my Lord. Because of this, I believe it is important to embrace this inescapable aspect of our lives and craft our wardrobes to honor God.
Modesty is a heart attitude of serving and thinking of others as more important than ourselves. It is considering our brothers in Christ. It is choosing beauty over sensual. It is choosing the Lord’s ways over the world’s ways. It is living by design, not by default.
Fresh Modesty? What kind of name is that? It means just what it says. Modesty. Fresh Modesty. I absolutely love the definition of "Fresh" from the dictionary:
FRESH: 1. newly made or obtained. 2. recently arrived; just come. 3. new; not previously known, met with, etc.; novel: to uncover fresh facts. 4. additional or further: fresh supplies. 5. not salty, as water. 6.retaining the original properties. not stale or spoiled. 7. not tired or fatigued; brisk; vigorous.8. not faded, worn, obliterated, etc.: fresh paint; a fresh appearance. 9. looking youthful and healthy: a fresh beauty that we all admired. 10. pure, cool, or refreshing, as air. 11. clean, crisp, and uncomplicated. 12. exciting. appealing. informed. up-to-date.
Oftentimes once a Christian girl has convictions on modesty, she falls into a rut about what to wear or not to wear. Eventually we become discouraged, uninspired, and lack-luster. Let's bolster our resources and keep our convictions! Modesty is not defined by the culture around us, but rather by the Word of God.
In trying to encourage girls towards being cute but covered, I've developed two eBooks to aid in the creation of wearable, versatile pieces for your wardrobe and now am working to create a ready-made clothing line as well. I blog regularly to provide continued encouragement that dressing with fresh, renewed vision consistently is a joy.
2006: Olivia embraced God-honoring womanhood
2007: Olivia learned to sew.
2008: Olivia began to encourage others to honor the Lord through a bi-monthly magazine she produced with friends.
2009: The Howards moved to Tennessee and Olivia had to learn to deal with chickens. Magazine ended.
2010: Olivia made her first denim skirt.
2011: Creating Custom Swimwear was published and Olivia began blogging more regularly.
2012: Blogging really picked up and Olivia wrote How To Sew Denim.
2013: Fresh Modesty had a booth at the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Nashville and requests for ready-made denim skirts began to pour in. Click here to read the 2013 Year In Review, featuring the top posts and most exciting moments.
2014: Blogging regularly continues. Research and development of Fresh Apparel Denim Co began in earnest in February and in June, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to raise the capital needed to fund that endeavor. The campaign raised $14,700 in just 10 days indicating that this is a product worth producing. Click here if you would like to read further about the progress of FA.