Hey y’all! It’s finally time for Awk+Awe!! These posts are a lot of fun to write (although it takes me a while to try to remember my week!) and I love the chance to share the not-so-glamorous side of my life, as well as the blessings I’m thankful for. Alright, let’s get started!

  • Using a gift card to order whisks, wall hooks, and hair color. Just seemed very adult.
  • Being a fashion blogger but hardly getting dressed before noon most days.
  • When your sister brings up in normal conversation the summer you shaved your eyebrows almost completely off… like, can we just forget that?
  • Getting an email saying you should do a post on how to emulate Leonardo DiCaprio’s style. O.o
  • Being super duper psyched to earn $12 in UP+ Rewards at Rite Aid… and nobody you told caring about it.
  • Needing to go to the regional UPS distribution office to mail a package for Fresh Apparel and after asking directions, getting kinda lost, and discovering the skating rink, you arrive at the office…. and it turns out to be a trailer in a gravel parking lot. Just so typically classy for our area.
  • Deciding to say goodbye to your childhood hobby- pretending you were an interior designer- and instead of just throwing the materials you used away, you figure it would be so much more final to burn them. It looked awfully dramatic to be taking pictures of things and then throwing them sadly into the burn barrel.
  • The really random stuff you find yourself carrying between your house and your guest house, which is a couple hundred feet down the road. Chicken Pad Thai, pie crust, rolling pin, sewing supplies, pudding cups, heavy packages, bowls of noodles… basically a lot of food.
  • Driving 9 hours round-trip to buy a Sunlighten infrared sauna from someone on Craigslist and bringing it home in a pig trailer with old mattresses as padding. We earned our redneck card that day.
  • Taking outfit pictures outside a cigar shop, where they have a crowded sitting area right inside the great big window.
  • When you’re too tired to talk but are in a situation where you need to be friendly and bubbly.
  • Eating spaghetti in a group. Slurp slurp.
  • Annoying people by talking about something too much because you’re just so excited about it.
  • When you’re stalking someone on Facebook but your app crashes and you have to decide if it’s worth finding where you were again or if you should just stop being nosy.
  • Your car door breaking so to keep it closed you have to use a ratchet strap looped around the handle and then attached (across your lap) to the parking break. And it has to be undone every time you stop to do an errand.

  • This quote: “Live by design, not by default.”
  • Finally placing the purchase order with L.C.King to make the Errand #17 skirts!
  • Attending the Remembering WWII event in Linden, TN! My, oh wow, was it done well! Most folks were in costume, the reenactment was such fun to watch (and powerful to think about), and the music provided by the Boyer Family Singers was incredible! 
  • When your friends from one group and your friends from a different group end up together and you all have a fabulous time and nobody wants to call it a night. 
  • Being inspired by your hard-working church family to keep going when you feel like quitting. It’s been such a rough season for me health-wise but seeing friends push through their struggles as well is so humbling. 
  • That ThredUP is having their Semi-Annual sale! I ordered some things last night and it said, “You just saved $1,174!” O.o It ends tonight. 
  • Meeting a couple Fresh Modesty readers in Linden. <3
  • The Morning & Evening app. It is Spurgeon’s devotional book in a super easy-to-keep-up-with app. It’s blessed me so much. 
  • Friends who joyfully come over and do your dishes, mop your floors, and clean the bathroom when things are out of control. 
  • My new laptop! I finally broke down and bought a really nice computer so that I’m able to do FM/FA wherever I need to. You’d think I’d be able to keep up with my posting schedule…
  • That two of the three pregnant women in our church are my age/younger. 
  • Chicken pot pie. 
  • This article about how it feels to have a chronic illness. The article’s author has Lupus, but it feels just like this to have Lyme Disease. I’m behind in blogging because honestly, I run out of spoons just doing things like showering and fixing lunch. 
  • Working with a farmer the other night and noticing he was wearing Pointer Brand overalls. They looked well-used and I’m sure the Errand #17 skirts will be just as durable, coming from the same factory!
  • Suds By The Sea! They mailed me some soaps and lip balm several months ago and I’ve been using it all ever since! Totally addicted to their Orange Cream Lip Balm. Awesome prices to boot. 

I know, I’m posting yet another outfit with jeans. I wore this when I took my siblings out to Franklin for errands a few weeks ago. We decided to go last minute, so I had to throw on something easy, CC friendly (gun’s on my hip), that covered most of my legs since I hadn’t gotten to shower… thus, my fall-back tunic look. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

// outfit details //
Tunic: ThredUp?
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: ThredUP
Flip Flops: Sears
Purse: JustFab
Sunglasses: Ann Taylor
Earrings: Walmart
Thank you all so much for all the comments on last week’s make-up post! Now, I am so ready to hear what’s been awkward and awesome about your week/month! 

49 thoughts on “Awk+Awe | White Jeans”

  1. Those colors are adorable on you. <3 My awkward for the week was returning the expensive family coffeemaker to the store without a receipt or knowing why/how/when it broke. Fun. But hey, we drink quite a bit of coffee and I was determined to have coffee at breakfast the next morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I just want to say thank you for sharing the article about having a chronic illness. It's easy for me to take my family's health for granted, and also not fully realize what some people have to deal with on a day to day basis. I honestly had no clue that Lyme Disease was something that "sticks around" that long and has that strong of an affect. I will try to remember you more often in prayer. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  3. Oh Olivia! It was so fun reading these (especially since I think I know where some of these took place, haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ And that thing you said about spaghetti… yeah… Mutual awkwardness going on right there ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Okey Doke! On to the awkward:

    *Eating spaghetti in a group, like you said.
    *Having to constantly re-apply your lipstick since you chose an organic brand that doesn't last very long at all… and it's just that noticeable ๐Ÿ˜›
    *How many times my sisters and I were asked to stop for pictures by complete strangers at the WWII Event (because we were dressed up in 1940s garb), and then finding one of those photos on FB of you three posing with a young man re-enacting a sailor, and the other man who took the picture and posted it calling him a "1940s Chic Magnet" ๐Ÿ˜›
    *Attempting to watch a film from the 1930s in which the sound is very uneven, so you are having to ask your mom to turn it up and down and up and down time after time. Even then, you still can't hardly understand what the actors are saying ๐Ÿ˜›
    *Long car rides home in the middle of the night.
    *Being in a group photo in which you have to make a funny face, and all you can think to do is stick out your tongue. Epic.
    *Wind constantly blowing your hair around as you drive down the winding roads of backwoods TN in a 1920s convertible roadster. It was still completely awesome at the same time, though ๐Ÿ˜€
    *Your ears being to small to comfortably hold the typical iPhone earphones, so they constantly fall off as you attempt to do school. Thus, you have to resort to your Dad's giant ones that cover the entire ear, and must remove your huge stud earrings to wear comfortably.

    *The Remembering WWII event!! Just too good for words ๐Ÿ˜€
    *Getting to meet SO MANY incredible young ladies this past weekend in TN (including you! :D), and receive so much love and support for your and your sister's singing career. God is so, so good ๐Ÿ˜€
    *Looking back at photos from this past weekend, and your face and mind are stretched with smiles and happy memories.
    *Meeting so many blog readers & fellow bloggers at the Remembering WWII event.
    *Mondays that feel like Saturdays
    *Getting to ride in [the] classic 1940s Gangster car ๐Ÿ˜€
    *Stopping for dinner at a small mexican restaurant on the drive home from TN, and your waiter being a complete WWII geek, and your family being able to share the Gospel with him.
    *Having so many awesomes, that I can't recall them all ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. It was awesome to meet you, Charlotte! I laughed out loud at the chic magnet comment. ๐Ÿ˜€
      The spaghetti was interesting, but I didn't think much of it until Lucas called it a "socially awkward food" when it was announced that y'all would be having leftovers. hahaha

      Come back soon!

  4. You are SO beautiful Olivia! That outfit is super cute on you.
    You said you bought hair color, do you have to re-color it regularly? Do you plan on going back to your natural blonde any time soon? Just being a fellow nosy person. ๐Ÿ™‚
    How serious is your Lyme Disease? I have a friend who has it, but I'm pretty sure it's not as common here in CA as it is there.
    SO excited for the skirts! can't wait to get mine.
    Sorry for all the questions! Love you Awk/Awe posts, they always make me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! I'm not planning on re-coloring my hair, and this is the first I've done it. It's fading pretty naturally and should go back to less-red in 6 weeks or so. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Well, I've had Lyme for a year, and have been getting treatment the whole time, so mine isn't as bad as a lot of folks I know. My sister's been in bed for about 3 years with it. So, it's hard to say how serious it is. It's not something you can ever be completely cured from, which is discouraging, but I can get my immune system to be able to handle it eventually I hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Oh wow, I didn't know it was that temporary! You look beautiful in red or blonde. ๐Ÿ™‚
      My friend (our retired senior pastor's grand-daughter) with Lymes has had it for several years now. She's on the uphill side of it, but there's still a long way to go. She used to have to wear a mask in public because she would have really bad allergic reactions to certain perfumes and stuff, but she doesn't have to any more, praise the Lord! She is still in a wheelchair because she can't keep her balance, but she's doing better.
      Wow, you and your sister are so strong! Praying for you, her, and your entire family. Hope you get through it soon.

  5. How about–

    Feeling super organized as you get to the store (it's Saturday morning, after all, and you're up with the early birds for once). You go into the store, and realize you forgot your list. You go back out and take your cart with you (because it's Aldi). After retrieving your list, you head back to the store. Once in, you realize that you forgot the cooler in the car (because it's a hot day, and also because it's Aldi you thought you could save yourself a trip to the car with the cart :P). You go back, unlock the car , notice the same people are still sitting in the car parked beside you (lucky them–they can take all the time they need). Grab your cooler, turn your cart, and finally. head. in.

    Fortunately, that was the first stop and the only one like that. The rest went better.

    Krista ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I had a feeling you were a little on the tired side that night at dinner, Olivia, but I am glad you pulled through and joined in the conversation! We all love you so much! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    One of the things I wanted to tell you, but kept forgetting was the fact that we actually met your Dad without knowing it on our first trip down to Tennessee a few years ago, and all the while we girls were following your blog!!! It took us a whole year to realize you were so closely related! Ha ha! Every time I think of this hilarious instance I always chuckle. So silly! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also wanted to ask you about your health while we were so near you, but was afraid it might be a rather tricky topic. Thank you for updating us on your blog. I will keep you in mind and in my prayers.

    So excited, and still cant believe we met you and a fraction of your wonderful family this past weekend. I will never forget your sweet smile when we looked into each others faces for the first time.

    God bless you my dear!

    Love in Christ,

    The eldest sister & singer

  7. Aww! Thanks Olivia for the compliment! It was so Awesome meeting you and your sister Emma in person! Hmm, since I have an awesome, I suppose I should add an awkward, which is also slightly awesome: Crying as I said goodbye to some of the lovely folks we met in Linden when we left on Sunday. Awkward, but awesome too!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  8. I totally get the whole "telling people something WAY too many times because you are so excited about it!!" I have a tendancy to talk about things over and over and over!!
    I also get being to tired to talk but still having to be bubbly and happy. I feel so fake…:)
    Keep up the awesome blog!!!

    Typing someones name soo many times, to the point where autocorrect changes words TO it.
    When autocorrect changes a word to misspelled word becuase you've spelled that word wrong too many times.
    using a MINIMAL amount of hand-sanitzer and everyone around you starts gagging because it smells so strong.
    Watering eyes. No I'm not crying……

    Chocolate milk
    Finding awesome deals on adorable clothes and shoes. It feel amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Weddings. I was at one this weekend and it was BEAUTIFUL
    Little kids. They crack me up. They are so funny and adorable.
    Watching a little girl get the hang of walking. It's sooo cute!


  9. This outfit is so gorgeous and feminine, and I love the curly-bangs-red hair look! It suits you perfectly. Some awkward's/awesome's from my week/month:

    -Being totally out of it when doing the blocking for my play, and my director having to re-explain your already-done blocking.
    -Art lessons with senior adults… a bit interesting/strange, but I'm still learning something and it's fun to paint.
    -Thrift shopping with very limited time and no dressing rooms and having to guesstimate which skirts would fit and which wouldn't. In the end, we barely bought our items before they closed, but it was worth it for what I got and the half-off sale. ๐Ÿ˜›
    -Watching my peers completely rocking violin/guitar pieces and performing incredible songs they've written when I don't even know how to play the piano. xD
    -Playing soccer and half the time not knowing which team you're on/trying to get the ball from a person who's on the same team/not kicking it hard enough/not kicking it when you need to.

    -Learning to paint with watercolors. Only done three paintings so far, but my favorite is a farm scene.
    -The auditions going extremely well for your homeschooling group's high school fall play and receiving a primary role in it. ๐Ÿ˜€
    -Playing soccer and Ultimate Frisbee and actually sort of knowing what you're doing, and thus making it SO much more fun.
    -Loving the school you're doing this year. It keeps me busy and challenges me, but I can still (usually) get it all done by the end of the week.
    -Watching Doctor Who. It is so quirky/weird/difficult (scratch that; often impossible) to comprehend, but in the end it really is such a great show. Wouldn't exactly give myself the "Whovian" title, though. ;D
    -Friends who keep you laughing and smiling, whether it's through their love, humor, talents, what-have-you.
    -New skirts and flats.
    -Open Mic Friday at our homeschooling group. So much fun hearing everyone perform their singing/guitar/violin/drum-playing talents.
    -Feeling God's love and presence.
    -Mothers who randomly buy you cookie Martha Stewart cooking books off Amazon as a surprise for no apparent reason other than to celebrate autumn. ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Siblings who keep me laughing. They make me want to pull my hair out half the time, but the other? We're a great big hooligan team.
    -Running every morning before school in the gorgeous autumnal weather. Also, can we please have a moment of silence for the marvelous word "autumnal?" And how about "autumnal equinox?"
    -Beautifully-colored trademark New England foliage.
    -Finding time to read for fun during the weekends despite my high school load/other stuff going on.
    -Your parents buying a wood stove! CANNOT wait to curl up next to it on the chilly, cozy winter days with a blanket and read a book, and actually have all the wood-hauling we all did pay off. xD
    -Baking pumpkin bread. And bars. It's officially fall, y'all. ๐Ÿ˜€ And discovering the pumpkin bar recipe which is super easy to make.
    -New "neighbor" newly-weds who live a bit farther away to really call them neighbors but live about five minutes away and share our religion who have a positively adorable six-month-old with the largest, most beautiful blue eyes; and meeting up with them to have dinner twice. I'm going to babysit her tonight; my sister is going to help me, so it's kind of unofficial, but I believe it's the first time I'm babysitting for someone other than my family, so wish me luck!

    Okay, I think I've done enough. xD It's been a while, though, and life is pretty amazing, and doing this has helped me to remember that. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, thank you! Haha.

  10. Awkward:
    *Forgetting to watch the clock, and not calling a friend at the time I'd told her I would. Then when she called to ask if we were still planning on catching up or if I needed to re-schedule, I pressed the wrong button and hung up instead of answered. Oops.
    *Waking up in the wee hours of the morning to your little sister asking you why your little brother is in the bed you share with her. What was awkward about that, was that I didn't investigate before telling her that she was just dreaming it. Haha!
    *Asking a friend what "ILYSM" meant, because you truly had never so much as seen it until reading her Facebook page that evening.

    *Getting projects done that you have been needing to do for months!
    *Getting ready for a trip to SC to see my Mom's family AND my Dad's family, plus several friends, in three days :)! In between now and then, we have two birthdays to celebrate, a doctor's check up for a couple of my siblings, a sewing project that has to be done, pet sitting for the neighbor, and all the packing and cleaning that naturally has to be done! Busy, fun, wacky week! The only drawback is that my Dad can't make it with us :(.
    *A study on the Fruits of the Spirit that a friend challenged me to last week. It was a real blessing :)!

    Blessing in our Lord and Savior,

    Bri, 17 year old blogger of "Forget Not His Benefits", a blog on Thankfulness, Family, and Following God :).

  11. So lovely Olivia! Thank you for doing this blog, I've been helped tremendously with my limited wardrobe by seeing how you dress.

    Recently the owner of Bulk Herb Store http://www.bulkherbstore.com/, Shoshanna Easling, was diagnosed with Lymes. She has written a couple articles on her journey back to health that you may find interesting to read in all your spare time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Article 1: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/articles/my-journey-back-to-health

    Article 2: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/articles/my-journey-back-to-health-part-2

    Praying that your body will be made completely whole and strong to continue His work.

    Resting in my trustworthy Savior,

  12. Ooh, this is a lovely outfit, Olivia! Beautiful!

    I've been fighting Lyme Disease for four years now, and every time you write an update about it, I think "hey, that's me! I totally understand that!" Laundry baskets are my nemesis…and I'm not the only one who knows what it's like to be too tired to talk? Crazy!

    I'm praying for you, dear. You'll make it!

    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie. I'm sorry you're dealing with it as well. I know all about the laundry… I literally cannot do two loads without having to be in bed the next day. It feels so ridiculous. <3

  13. Love! your hair:). Although I enjoy seeing people with their natural color that God gave them. I have red hair, and I will go all over the place and people tell me 'never color that hair!!' Not that I want to anyway, but I'm glad that I have been raised to love it, and that I don't need anybody else's opinion to determine what I want for myself. That's also an awesome post for me this week especially. I love your blog, Olivia. Thanks! ~ Kelly M.

  14. Cute outfit and post! how many siblings do you have? I've only seen about two on your blog. I have 11. ๐Ÿ™‚ and two nieces. and two nephews.:)
    awesome; my large family (family gatherings are SUCH a fun hassle!)
    listening to an 8, 11 and 13 year old take violin lessons for the very first time.
    giving the bride (my sister) her bouquet at the wrong time, and having the pastor try to *silently* tell you it was the wrong time!
    singing by myself for the first time in front of people I have never seen before.
    trying on a dress that's too small.
    dreams, that's all I have to say!

  15. Thanks so much for mentioning the Thred-Up sale!!! I found the PERFECT winter coat for the best price I've seen anywhere. Gotta love Thred-Up!!

  16. Awesome:
    -Sitting out under a tree reading to my kids – we've had the most amazing weather lately here in Kentucky
    – Going out for a fun coffee run with friends for National Coffee Day!
    – Watching my son's awesome curls as he swings.
    – Asking my 20 month old daughter if she likes shoes, and she says, "yes," – she really is obsessed!

    – morning sickness nausea at times throughout the day, and extreme hunger when hungry! But so happy to be pregnant again!

    I love your outfit Olivia! So bright and colorful!

  17. Awk going to lunch with my niece ,and when we get there she put's up her feet on the window take's off her boot's,peels off her sock's,wiggles her toes Then pads off to say Hi to stranger's and twirl around .Me sitting there very tense, but she's only two,sigh

  18. Love your blouse Olivia!
    My Awesome would be:
    -Three more days until the family vacation! Whoo hoo! Vancouver!
    -I finally got this letter in the mail that I have been waiting for for weeks, I can finally vacation peacefully:)
    -Painting cute designs on your nails and getting compliments on them.
    -Having your Daddy give you a big hug because he said you look so pretty.
    -Reading to your two year old cousin.
    -Searching like a crazy person for something sweet in the pantry, and discovering on the top shelf a pack of chocolate chips that has only a 1/4 cup, and I ate the whole thing.
    -Looking at graduation gowns online and knowing that the day to wear them will be soon,
    -That nervous yet exciting feeling that you will be thousands of feet up in the air on a plane soon.
    -And finally, looking forward to taking pictures of new memories with you family.

    Now for Awkward.
    -Walking in a store and almost tripping over a small child. *sorry*
    -Wearing high heels and then giving your daddy a hug and you are taller than him, so you have to shrink down a little.
    -The embarrassing things your grandparents say. They think you don't understand those Spanish words, but you do ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    -Looking at allergy medicine at the store and when your mom asks what you feel you say,"I don't know really, my head hurts but I don't feel sick. But I have that feeling like your head is getting bigger." Your mom gives you a blank look, and also the older lady next to her. *let me look at feet now*
    -When the people at the grocery who bag the food don't put the milk, the juice, the detergent, or the toilet paper in a bag. How am I supposed to carry all this?

    Alright that is enough. I always have awkward stuff happen to me so I could go on and on:) But the awesome stuff are Awesome, lol.

  19. Hi, Olivia! I'm a long time reader, first time commenter ๐Ÿ™‚ I was at Remembering WWII on Saturday, and I'm so disappointed I missed you ๐Ÿ™
    Love your outfit! And I'm still laughing about almost shaving your eyebrows off as I've had an eyebrow incident or two myself ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Thank you for getting the word out about the 'spoons' theory. One of the most difficult things to deal with in having a chronic illness is people who don't understand. You don't blame them, yet you really wish they would take the time to learn what we are going through! It's not easy. I have had CFS/ME for over 16 months. Thankfully with biofeedback treatments it seems to be improving, and I can get out of bed more often and actually get some necessary things done!

  21. Awk cleaning the basement that's O.K but then you find a baby snake!!!!!!!!!!!!! So you start screaming for your mother ,she's on the phone sooo you scream for your older sister who when come screams for your 6year old brother but then you think what if it's piosinus turn's out it was so mom come's and kill's it with a shovel. Ah life in Iowa

  22. Hello! Wow, this outfit is super cute! I love how you do your hair as well. I'm sorry about not commenting for so long…been so busy moving and all the else that entails school. ๐Ÿ™ Whew! There's nothing wrong with being a funny redneck….those moments add colour to life. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a blessed day Olivia!

  23. Hi Olivia,

    Just wondering why you have Popcherry sponsering you and have their ad on your sidebar. They sell some extremely immodest clothing and their main picture especially is one that I am extremely surprised you support.
    Just a thought. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I just love your blog for inspiration. This looks so adorable! The pants have such a nice and flattering amount of ease, and the tunic top reminds me to sport this more often. I'm always worried with my long torso and short legs that I will look funny yet my long torso is flattered by long tops, so although I know you don't have a long torso, this outfit reminds me there is a good chance that this very kind of outfit will look very nice on me too. Yeah! Thanks!

    Tonight I was up late late late to put together a mess that began with cleaning out the car last week, then proceeded to clutter up my laundry room when I put our "car kit" stuff there, and so finally I got through switching out the kid's summer to winter clothes and updating the car kit with bigger clothes and updates for the new baby (the car kit has jackets, socks, undwear, pants, water…and has saved our bacon on many a time)

    I wanted to check a friend's blog but then since I have your button on my blog, couldn't help but take a peek. But I'm going to regret it tomorrow in fatigue. So its bedtime for me.

  25. Hey Olivia! I love your outfit, and always enjoy the awkward awesome posts. I was wondering; do you conceal carry when you wear skirts, and if so, how? I wear skirts a lot, even though I wear pants too, and was wondering if there were any tricks. Blessings! Grace

  26. Awkward: Getting some ice from the fridge, and as you turn your head to talk to your brother, trying to open the refrigerator and accidentally opening the freezer, bumping the door against your bruised/scraped knee and turning off the ice machine. ;P

  27. Hey Olivia!

    I love you outfits! So chic, modest and feminine! Way to go!

    If you don't mind me asking, what do you use to dye your hair? ๐Ÿ˜› Thinking about taking the plunge…..just torn between deciding to dye my hair red or blonde (I'm naturally a brunette). ๐Ÿ™‚


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