Hey y’all! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! 
This is what I wore to two parties last night. I was very overdressed, but I am unapologetic on New Years Eve about wearing outlandish sequins. 😀 
It was a chilly evening and both parties were in barns, so I layered for warmth. 
I concealed carried my new M&P Shield in a compression-style holster I made; that was my first layer. Over that was a long-sleeved Halftee, a burgundy tank from JCPenny’s, my fabulous sequin cardigan I bought on ThredUP just for this holiday season, and an elastic/leather belt I found in the closet. I think my skirt is a hand-me-down from a neighbor. I settled for comfort and wore my brown HushPuppies brand boots. And F21 leggings, because Tennessee finally decided it’s winter now. 

I’ve gotten away from wearing waist-defining belts just as a personal style preference, but it really worked this evening to reign in the floppy sequin thing. I braided a section of my hair and tied a gold sparkly fern to it for even more fun. It looks weird/super obvious in the pictures but it wasn’t in person.
I’m super excited about what 2016 is going to hold. I’ve been in a funk the last few months, but something clicked this week and I think I’m finally coming out of it. 🙂 
How did you ring in the New Year? Do you dress up? Did you get anything super awesome you’re just dying to tell everyone about for Christmas?! haha update me ladies! 
{p.s. I’ll be sharing more about the holster I made once I’ve had a chance to test it/train with it/etc, so hang tight on the concealed carry questions. I’m just recently renewing my resolve to carry daily.)

27 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Happy New Year!! Yes, one of my Christmas presents was an Indian silk, two-tone scarf that I'd found at a genuine, small scale imports store across the country earlier this year. I'm soooooo excited about it!! 😉

  2. Hey Olivia,
    We spent the evening with good friends playing games and talking. Lots of fun!
    My mom bought me a beautiful recipe card box made of acacia wood. I have been wanting one but I hadn't even asked since my birthday in September. It was a wonderful surprise.
    Hope you have a wonderful year!
    Emily
    Teen for the Lord

  3. Olivia, when you said that you'd been in a "funk" the past few months, but that something had clicked this week and you were coming out of it, I realized that you pretty much just summed up my life lately too. 🙂 I felt unusually un-Christmas-y (not bad, just not the normal Christmas I'm used to) this season, and with my school work halted for vacation, my weird schedule was kind of leaving me confused and unproductive. But now that I have my school planned out and a handful of other projects/short-term goals, I'm feeling more productive and I think it's helping my overall mood. 🙂
    For New Year's we went to the house of some friends from church, just a casual, church family gathering full of board games, ping-pong, and food. 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for you this year!
    Joyfully His,
    ~Abby

  4. I love your outfit! Usually I'm not big into sequined outfits, but I think you balance it out quite nicely with the halftee and plainer skirt. Super cute! Haha one of the most awesome Christmas presents I received was a Batman bathrobe, which I have been wearing around the apartment almost nonstop over my Christmas dresses and everyday clothes 🙂

  5. I laughed when you wrote you are unapologetic about those sequins- so am I, except I'm usually like that regardless of whether it's NYE or not, haha. I love your beautiful outfit- classically pretty 🙂

    Happy New Year!
    And glad you are coming out of your funk, those are hard to get out of sometimes 😉

    Blessings!
    Jazzmin

  6. I spent New Years Eve with one of my close friends and her family, it was wonderful to get to see all of them! I rang in the new year wearing a light blue t-shirt (because winter hasn't arrived here yet), jeans, and a silver sparkly scarf and simple minimalist silver earrings from Charming Charlie. My outfit wasn't one of my best ever, but I got tons of compliments on my scarf!

  7. Dear Olivia, Your outfit looks so good on you! I hope you had a wonderful time at your New Years parties. love your post. Blessings, Stephanie Means

    1. Williamsburg is my hometown! I actually went to elementary school right in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg. I'm so glad you loved it!

  8. I got the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, which I am very excited about, and new workout clothes! I didn't look very festive for NYE, but we watched the ball drop on TV, and toasted each other with sparkling grape juice! It was fun! Happy New Year!

    -Hannah

  9. Oh Olivia!!! I can totally relate to the "funk" you've been in! this past year was *hard*, I don't know why. But I have never felt such a fresh "start" at the beginning of the year as I did this year! It's actually been pretty awesome the past week, and I'm so grateful!!!
    We celebrated the New Year by roasting marshmallows over a fire, and then praying in the New Year :).
    I got a journaling bible :D!!!! LifeWay is going to have a bible journaling class next week that I hope to go to, and then I'll start dabbling in that during the next bible study I do (just finished the one I was doing with some friends this morning… I'm kind of sad!). I am really excited, I've been looking into that for several months now, and can't wait to start in :D!
    Blessings,
    Bri 🙂

  10. I luv the outfits that you post!! And I think that's it's AWESOME that you conceal carry!! I can hardly wait until I turn 21 so I can open and conceal carry!!!!!! Luv your blog!!

    #unashamed

  11. That's so cool that u conceal carry??????!!!!!!!!!! LADIES AND GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    #unashamed

    thisredeemedgirl.blogspot.com

  12. Hi Olivia,
    Your blog is full of such nice, modest dressing ideas. Thanks! It's actually been a few months since I've checked your blog regularly (my reading list was just getting way too full:) but I was reminded of you while reading another blog called The Keeper of the Homestead by Erin Harrison. Her husband has had Lyme's Disease and they found something that helped him so much. Anyway, here's he link to her post. Sorry it's a bit long. But I just had to pass this on to you as something you might want to read. 🙂
    Love in Christ,
    Rachel
    http://www.keeperofthehomestead.com/blog/a-healthier-family

  13. Hi Olivia,
    That is an awesome outfit! It looks beautiful on you! I also really like the fact that you found a way to carry a gun discreetly. The only question that I have is why did you think that you would need it? 😉
    I have been missing your posts! When are you going to blog again? Do you post outfits on facebook or instagram? I dont have any sort of social media account, so I feel like I may be a little bit behind!:)
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    God bless,
    Emma

  14. I was thrilled to "hear" that you carry…I carry a M&P Shield as well and am still on the hunt for a holster that I"m happy with. I try and carry everyday too but find the outfits difficult to conceal properly without printing 😉

    Very much looking forward to hearing about how you made your holster. I would like to make one similar to this and see how it works… http://lethallace.com/collections/womens-holsters

  15. Olivia, I can't remember the post I read of yours that mentioned clothing is not neutral. It's a force to be reckoned with. A glory. And we should use it as such. Beauty is powerful and meaningful. I think oftentimes we fall back on modesty as a restraint instead of an empowerment. I don't feel under law to have my skirts a certain length, but I recognize that femininity and modesty vibrantly displayed are more powerful, more purposeful. Especially in a world that is at war with femininity. As my father always said, "There's nothing like a girl in a dress." Don't underestimate beauty and submission on display. The world hates them both. Don't you feel that when you don a dress and a hat you spurn the course of the world? And laugh. 😉 Anyways, I thought you would like a few of blog posts I wrote about dress. It seems I don't often find people who meet in the middle. So many think it doesn't matter what we wear, and others know exactly what we HAVE to wear. But I think they both miss the force of it. The kick.

    http://tinyurl.com/gv5q2kp

    http://tinyurl.com/hfcefd7

    http://tinyurl.com/jsuy7eq

    Also, I've been training with my M&P Shield as well. Except I ONLY wear dresses, not skirts, and I have no idea where to conceal carry. But I do have a really cool leather holster if I want to open carry. 😉 I was thinking purse carry, but it doesn't seem safe with six kids. What are your thoughts on open carry? On one hand I don't want to be setting myself up as the authority in possible volatile situations. On the other, I would love to use it as an opportunity to force people to reconsider their stereotypes about people who have guns. Because I'm pretty sure if they saw you wearing yours they would say Amen. But Bubba wouldn't produce a similar effect. Just some thoughts.

    Thanks*M

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