A story about my 16th birthday

Sunday, December 5

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Boots: Famous Footwear, Tights: Target, Top: F21, Skirt: H&M, Belt: Thrifted, Scarf: Taylor House
The very first date I ever had, happened to be on my 16th birthday. I was extremely excited about it and my parents told me that they had arranged a surprise blind date to take me out and celebrate my night with. I had bought a new fancy outfit and had spent most of the afternoon getting all dolled up, pretty sure that my date was this cutie pie I'd had a crush on for a while.
7:00 rolls around and I'm waiting in the living room just shaking to bits with nerves. Gaw, my first date! I was sure that 16 was going to be the start of my golden years. {And then I found out that high school stinks hard core and those dreams flew right out the window. But anyway.} The knock comes on the door, and I open it. Standing on the front porch with a big bouquet of flowers ... is my Dad. And he tells me how pretty I look.
I've gotta be honest. My initial reaction was slight disappointment. I was after all, 16. And 16 yr olds can be punks sometimes. But then we went out. And he opened my doors and pulled out my chairs and we talked about life and how I should only date boys who acted like gentlemen and treated me like a lady. It was one of the funnest times I've ever had with my dad. Plus we ate at Macaroni Grill, which is one of my faves. But maybe just for the sole reason that we ate there that night.
Until today at church, I had forgotten about that first date. And I wanted to remember.
So there you go. Happy Sunday night friends :)

Oh wait! I have to tell you something! Don't you just love love love that cowl? I tell you, I am scoring in that department. Notice it doubles. As a vest -- Nifty nifty. It's from Taylor House, the etsy shop run by the incredibly talented Chaucee. Who, by the way, loves you guys so much that she's giving us all 10% of her entire shop this whole week. Wowza. So you should go check it out. Because I would love to be twinsies with you in this fabulous Olivia Oatmeal Cowl. Enter the code DAYBOOK at checkout and you'll be golden. Ends Friday, so hurry and get your Christmas shopping ON. Deal? Deal.

90 comments:

Kaydee said...

What a precious thing for your dad to do! So sweet :)

Oh and of course you look gorgeous as always! LOVE that cowl!

eleanor said...

That is the sweetest story :)
And I adore this outfit - the black, white and brown, your gorgeous boots and that amazing scarf! You look beautiful, as always.

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Kristen said...

Ok, that story about your dad seriously made me tear up. Aren't dads the best? What an awesome 16th birthday/first date.

And love how creative you're getting with the cowl - very cute!

Hayley said...

I just remember my parents telling me I wasn't getting any presents that year just a party then out of nowhere under the couch cushion I was sitting on, something started ringing! my sneaky parents had gotten me my first cellphone! man, I was stoked. I felt like I was the only person without one at the time. It was a lovely purple nokia (like with an antenna and black and white screen!)

Elaine said...

Such a DARLING story. You should never forget stories like that.

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Best Foot Forward said...

I'm a new follower of your blog and a fellow remixer, and I just wanted to let you know that I love it! Your 30 for 30 outfits have been totally inspiring. And I'm loving that cowl scarf...I keep trying to do the scarf-tucked-into-the-belt look but just can't seem to get it right, but it looks great on you! I'm definitely going to have to try it again :)

Katie Aman said...

Girl, you look so CHIC! And that date sounds fun...you're dad sounds sweet! haha, I didn't have my first date until I was like 20..soooo..:D

krisandkel said...

That was SUCH a great story!! Definitely a great way to remember your father for years to come!

And I must say that cowl looks soooo adorable on you. Love how you doubled it as a vest!


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Marie said...

I loved that story about your dad :) And your blog is great! Love the pics! and you're outfits are fun and fabulous.

ching said...

awwww how sweet of your dad.

Kayla said...

You are way too precious!

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Jen Hammer said...

Oh my goodness, that is SUCH a sweet story. There is something special about a relationship between a man and his daughter, because as the daughter grows up, it's more than likely she will be attracted to men who have the same qualities her dad does. And your dad sounds like such a great person. Thanks for sharing :)

And I love your outfit! I never would have thought to tuck a scarf into a belt like that. It looks cute!

erin m. said...

I wish more dads did that with their daughters!! So many girls settle for being treated horribly! I hope you gave him a great big thank you today after remembering that night!!

Annie-Staten said...

Make sure you write that story down in your journal (well, at least you have it written in your blog I guess...I keep both...) so that you never forget it again, and your great great grand babies will be able to read about it!

I think it's so important for dad's to help teach their daughters the important things to look for in a guy and how a lady should be treated! Props to your sweet dad!

You look beautiful!

Human Sparkler ♥ said...

Cute cute outfit today! I really do love the cowl! I made one myself a little white ago and it was so fast and easy!

Melissa said...

Cutest story every.

I'm a Daddy's girl so I loved it :)

I love this outfit btw

Melissa

CessOviedo said...

Date with you Dad was so sweet from him!... Think all Daddies should do that for their girls, you know show them how to be well treated and expect nothing less, That must've been so special! Btw cowl scarf great!

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Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

What a sweet and super cute story! Your dad and family sounds wonderful! Oh and yes, that cowl is lovely!

Liesl :)

Meredith said...

in my fam the older sib takes out the younger one on their 16th, cuz we go girl/boy/girl/boy all the way down the line (my mom can so control everything you see. even gender order. wow. annnyway). so all of my sibs got to participate in this lovely tradish BUT me. my dead beat older brother was busy on my 16th. thanks for reminding me, cry! jk, i'm so over it ... eye twitch! sweet story and i hope your dad remembers it with fondness too. :)
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Ahn said...

that is hilarious. i am not going to lie, i would have been pissed. but my first date was when i was 17, so what do i know?

Sophie said...

That scarf is amazing!!
And I think I may have to give in and try belting a scarf. :P

kelly ann said...

i adore chaucee, she's a sweet friend and so talented. and YOU, lady, are a doll! i stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and holy moly, i love it! :)

xo.

Dr. Da said...

That skirt is fabulous, but doesn't shine as much as that story!

five foot something said...

Oh man, if those cowls were just a bit cheaper and fit into my budget, I would be all over that. It is so beautiful.

And that is the greatest story ever. Every Dad should do that with his daughter so they don't end up dating... well, those guys that nobody should be dating. But honestly, that is the sweetest.

- Patricia
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genevieve, sandbox romance said...

Eeep. You've totally been rocking the most gorgeous hand-knit scarves lately! Totally in love with this one. Why must everything I knit always look so... not awesome.

Anyways. I adore your story about you and your dad going on a date! That is so sweet, and so cute that you remember. From the looks of things, you followed his advice well.

Noelle said...

I knew you were going to write about this when you shared it today! It is such a touching story... I told Zak he has to do that for Emrie!

Love that you are now obsessed with M to the Hollow! :)

The Pantry Drawer said...

love that scarf! especially with the belt - very cute outfit!

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Pam S said...

He gave you excellent advice, it was a very sweet story.

The scarf/vest look is great, it looks so warm!

Lauren said...

You always dress so well, such an inspiration :-)

The story about your first date is wonderful. You're so lucky to have fantastic parents like that in your life, what a great thing for your dad to do!

Petchie said...

That date story with your dad was the cutest thing ever! It was such a unique way for your parents to try to tell you how you should be treated by a gentleman!

xoxo
Petchie

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Emy said...

Such a great post. Sound like you have a great dad!
xx

Emy


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monster cakes said...

Oatmeal is one of my favorite colors! And That skirt is too cute. Thank the Lord for good daddies. ( :

LahTeaDah said...

Cutest! Story! Ever!

Wow - how sweet is that - Not that I am anywhere near having a 16 year old daughter in my house - however when we do - you have inspired me to make sure my husband does JUST THIS.

So Sweet!

And of course... as always - Fabulous Outfit!

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{eleise} said...

I want to be wearing this outfit!!! It's so great!

Holly said...

I love you for posting this outfit. Which is an awkward reason to love someone. (Awesome/Awkward Thursday? I think so.) Anyway, it's because you paired that fabulous striped skirt with brown boots. I have had a black & White striped skirt hanging in my closet for about two months because I don't know how to wear it yet. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

heidiluxe said...

love the winter neutrals.
and that story is GREAT. blogging has made me a better rememberer. i wore a darth vader t-shirt on my first day. and we went to a kansas city wiz soccer game and my date kept standing up and yelling "let's go wiz!". true love at 16. and i was the only girl and with a bunch of his lame friends.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

this is the sweetest story! your papa sounds about as darling as you are.
and goodness, get me hooked up with all your woolen things--i'm cold over here!!

O O N A said...

when i turned sixteen we went to this castle fork we had onan island and i slipped into the water. best part? it totally got recorded.
ha ha but anyways. i really like the new desigmn of your blog. or the header and colors? whatever

Janeen said...

That's such a nice date story. Awww... :)

I know at 16 you can't truly appreciate it, but its great.

Another cute outfit. I'm wearing my scarf almost like this right now. ;)

nikki-lynn said...

that was quite possibly the cutest story i've ever read :) your dad sounds so sweet!
hope you're having a marvelous monday!

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Ashley J said...

That is a really, really sweet story!!! You look great in that outfit....love the pics (as usual)

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jayde said...

cute ensemble:)
i'm into stripes right now too!
i agree, chaucee is such a talented one:)

Miranda said...

A-mazing outfit. so well done!

BTW I'm hosting a giveaway: http://www.indcfashion.com/2010/12/my-first-giveaway.html

Miss K said...

such a wonderful story, thanks for sharing! that scarf is gorg! thanks for the discount, i'm checking out her shop now!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

What a sweet story. Love your oufit- checking out that etsy shop now!

Dylana Suarez said...

The striped skirt is so wonderful!

xoxo,

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Sandy a la Mode said...

awww that is soo sweet that your dad took you out and taught you how a real man should treat a lady!! :) btw, i LOVE that cowl and the fact it doubles as a vest, bonus!!! :D

escapetheblaze said...

That is the cutest thing I've ever heard of!

Roxanne said...

This is such a sweet story, Sydney! I absolutely love your outfit, too. xo

Miyan said...

This wins Cutest Story Award. Every dad should do this! Every woman deserves a true gentleman and who better to set the example? Thanks for sharing this little heartwarming story!!

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Shallow Mallow said...

Such a sweet story and a most lovely cowl :)

Amber said...

That's such a sweet story! I was a complete brat on my 16th birthday - I remember my parents had gone to all this effort to make it nice for me, but I was convinced sixteen was REALLY OLD (lol!), so I managed to ruin it, and now I feel horrible every time I think about it. So I'm glad you had a nicer time :)

On another note, every time I see you wear that skirt I make a mental note to seek out one like it - it looks so fantastic on you!

Marie Cotrel said...

Nice dress and cool look! Kiss
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Dallin and Ashley said...

That is the cutest story ever! I have so many fun memories of my dad too. Dad's are the best. :) Love your outfit, it's so cute! And you're actually making me miss Rexburg, I have to admit. I know, you think it's impossible to miss the place, but just wait til you leave. You actually do end up missing it a little. :) (I just realized I said the word "miss" a lot, sorry. :))

Sarah loves it all said...

I officially had a tear reading that story. I have to admit, it reminded me of a real life "Family, isn't it about...TIME." commercial. I always cry in those.

Randa said...

Such a cute thing to do! You seem to have amazing parents. :0]]

Kenziefaith said...

That story is so so sweet! Ah.

I love your outfit - Stylish as always!

KF x

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That is a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it.

And I love your outfit today. Great stripes and cowl. I wore stripes today too.

Ms_SyllyBee said...

i love this look! wish i could wear horizontal stripes on bottom but that would never work via pencil skirt! you look too cute! :)

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Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

What an adorable story, and what a DELIGHTFUL outfit! :)

Annelie said...

cute story :-)

Heather Marlene said...

That is such a cute story. And it makes it a 1st date that you will always remember as being awesome, it would suck to have a horrible first date and never want to remember it. Thanks for putting a smile on my face today!

hayley said...

Such a cute story! I had a pretty terrible first date and I wish my dad had taken me out instead! You're a lucky girl :) adorable outfit btw!

Hayley

Isabella Kiss said...

that is really cute. :) I spent my with my dad too, in Ireland. One of my best memories. :)

Erica said...

My parents would always take us out on dates. They didn't make it my first date, but we'd eat dinner together at a restaurant of my choice and then watch a movie, also of my choice. In the end, those dates are more special and affected me more than most other dates I went on, except for dates with my husband of course.

P.S. How do you take pictures in the snow?!?! Maybe since I'm a Southern girl, I can't go outside in snow like that without 12 layers, but you look great!

Katie W said...

What a nice thing to be able to look back on... Maybe you didn't appreciate it so much then, but how sweet is your dad!

PS - LOVE that cowl as a vest!

A La Mode et Plus! said...

That is the sweetest story! And I adore your cowl :)

Amy said...

i just started reading your blog like a week or so again and haven't commented- but i HAVE to comment on this! because my first date was on my 16th birthday with my dad. and it is definitely one of the best memories i have with him and it was so wonderful to read someone else's similar story. i've already told my husband if we have a girl (and we're at two boys right now) he is doing the same thing with her.

love the outfits and you inspire me to try a little harder!

Jamie Pilgrim said...

Awwww! That is SOOOOO SWEET :)

I THINK EVERY FATHER SHOULD BE THAT WAY. YOU ARE A LUCKY SCHMUCK!

myedit said...

That is one of my favourite stories ever ( and I have been reading blogs for too long so I know lots of stories now).
Also... I tried a Sydney-ish bun this last weekend. Too bad it wasn't my hair... ahaha, a sloppy extension bun but good enoguh for me!

curatingcuteness said...

That's a beautiful story. All (well, most) dads will tell their little girls to date only gentlemen at one point of another, your father actually showed you how you should be treated, that's just lovely.

brittni said...

That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard of. You dad is a smart man! Setting a good example like that is probably how you managed to find such a studmuffin like Tys! haha

anna said...

great story! i'm going to do the same with my daughter when she turns 16. tell you dad thanks for the idea!!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i would have been pissed, too, at that age. :) i think this is so adorable, though! and i have to say that i just spent WAY too much time reading your formspring Q&A. i had no idea what formspring was, actually. but i have to say that as a Christian (although, not Mormon), i found your repsonses to be totally uplifting, inspiring and just downright honest. your blog is just the cutest (as are you). :)

Mon said...

What a sweet story! Amazing Dads who care that much about their daughters are truly blessings in the world!

Days Gone Design Blog said...

So sweet. I bet your old man cried about your wedding too...just like mine did:)

Ashley Rae said...

I shared this story with my hubbs and we both agreed that if we ever have a daughter, he will do the same thing. It's such a great way to set the tone for our daughter's perception of how relationships should be. Your dad seems like a great man, and our earthly fathers are an example of our Heavenly Father. :)

whenlifehandsyouapear said...

Such a great story, and a brilliant idea too!

I love this outfit! There's just something about the stripes and the chunky knit combination!

Lissette said...

That's such an adorable story!

Ashley Rae said...

I shared this story with my hubbs and we both agreed that if we ever have a daughter, he will do the same thing. It's such a great way to set the tone for our daughter's perception of how relationships should be. Your dad seems like a great man, and our earthly fathers are an example of our Heavenly Father. :)

anna said...

great story! i'm going to do the same with my daughter when she turns 16. tell you dad thanks for the idea!!

Erica said...

My parents would always take us out on dates. They didn't make it my first date, but we'd eat dinner together at a restaurant of my choice and then watch a movie, also of my choice. In the end, those dates are more special and affected me more than most other dates I went on, except for dates with my husband of course.

P.S. How do you take pictures in the snow?!?! Maybe since I'm a Southern girl, I can't go outside in snow like that without 12 layers, but you look great!

Jamie Pilgrim said...

Awwww! That is SOOOOO SWEET :)

I THINK EVERY FATHER SHOULD BE THAT WAY. YOU ARE A LUCKY SCHMUCK!

Dr. Da said...

That skirt is fabulous, but doesn't shine as much as that story!

Ahn said...

that is hilarious. i am not going to lie, i would have been pissed. but my first date was when i was 17, so what do i know?

CessOviedo said...

Date with you Dad was so sweet from him!... Think all Daddies should do that for their girls, you know show them how to be well treated and expect nothing less, That must've been so special! Btw cowl scarf great!

http://blog.cessoviedo.com

Marie said...

I loved that story about your dad :) And your blog is great! Love the pics! and you're outfits are fun and fabulous.

Elaine said...

Such a DARLING story. You should never forget stories like that.

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eleanor said...

That is the sweetest story :)
And I adore this outfit - the black, white and brown, your gorgeous boots and that amazing scarf! You look beautiful, as always.

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