BIG NEWS! | Announcing Wholehearted

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We are so excited to kick off the New Year with you! Keeping in line with our goal of connecting more with our readers, we’re so thrilled to share our newsletter, Wholehearted, with you. Our newsletter will be a little bit deeper than the blog, giving you first dibs on spots at our upcoming gatherings + some insider perks! We hope you enjoy this piece of our heart landing in your inbox throughout the year!

 

Our first year was full of trial and error, hustle and heart. We started building this blog last May and launched in August. It was wonderful to work with Aubrey Kinch on the design of our site. As we worked diligently to build relationships with our readers, we hosted 4 gatherings in 5 months. These were exhausting and so life-giving all at the same time. We loved hearing how much you ladies enjoyed a stress-free evening with girlfriends!

 

For years, we would read blogs and swoon over all the creative opportunities and community-building activities these ladies had influence over. It would be intimidating to see perfectly-curated lives fill the tiny squares of our Instagram feeds and read the words shared on their blog. We just never felt that our words could speak life into a community of women like theirs did… UNTIL… we put the “what if’s” aside and jumped in with both feet! It has felt so good to pursue this passion of ours. And we are here to tell you: you have more influence than you think and your words do matter. If you have a calling in your heart to share, encourage, or give… there is room for you, too!    

 

One thing we really hope to do is give women with this same dream in their hearts a platform to share + get their start. We were so thrilled bring Allison Marie on as our beauty contributor in 2015. We are always looking for people with something to share! So if its DIY, motherhood, style, faith or something else– we would love to hear from you! 

 

We look forward to continuing to bring you ladies conversations centered around subjects you wanna hear about. Below you will find links to our top viewed posts of 2015. We would love for you to share with us what you want more (or less) of in 2016!? Chat with us on IG, Facebook, and on the blog!

The Wild Revival’s top posts of 2015:

 

Holiday Makeup Look | Allison Marie

Christmas and New Year’s are just days away! Whether you’re celebrating by throwing parties with coworkers, family members, or having a night out with friends, you definitely need a go-to holiday makeup look that would work with a scarf and booties or a fancy dress and heels. It is the busiest time of year and I’ve got a makeup look that is perfect to add a little more glam to your look! 

These special occasions tend to be in the evening and more formal. So, you want your makeup to be more on the bold side.  When I hear “Holiday glam” I think smoky eyes, red lips, and even glitter…don’t you?!
First, I always start with the basics such as moisturizer and face primer. Then, I use my go-to foundation, the Tarte Amazon Clay liquid foundation, followed by under eye and blemish concealer.

Secondly, it’s time for contouring and highlighting. I like to use my Lorac Pro Palette and Pro Contour brush (see my post on Highlighting + Contouring HERE)

Blush is next. I really like “Dirty Plum” matte powder blush by MAC. It’s a berry color that pairs perfect with a red, berry, or mauve lip.

Then, we have the most important step: the smoky eye. Always begin with eyelid primer to prevent creasing. Also, it will keep your eyeshadows in place.

For this next part I will be using the Smashbox DoubleExposure Palette:

The colors above are perfect for a smoky eye. It comes with a dual ended brush. You can even wet the brush and dip it in the eyeshadows to make them more pigmented. Start with the light sand color all over from lid to brow. Then, apply the chocolate brown shade to the crease and dark brown to the far corner. Blending in with your brush. Please do not use your fingers…brushes work so much better! ; )

Eyeliner is a must! As I said, I wear black winged eyeliner every day. To smoke it out, apply black eyeshadow over top of the wing you just created and more to the far end. Tightline the bottom lashes with black liner. You can use white to tightline to make your eyes look brighter. 

Now it’s time to glitter it up! Take silver or gold glitter and apply it to the eyelid and inner corner. Follow with silver or gold eyeshadow over top, then touch up eyeliner as needed.
You are almost finished with the eye; all you have left is mascara. My favorite is TooFaced Better than Sex. Fake eyelashes are optional. I am a huge fan of the Vegas Nay Lashes from Ulta Beauty. I also really like Ardell’s “Wispies” lashes.

Definitely fill in those brows, girl! I only use Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products. I use the Brow Wiz first followed by her DIPBROW Pomade. 

I save the lip color for last; I went with a berry lip for this look. I know they say if the eye is overdone to downplay the lip, but this is not always the case! For the holidays, you want to glam it up. And don’t forget lip liner since bright colors tend to bleed out. Sometimes I put lip liner all over my lips then the lip color on top. You can also set it with some powder when you are finished and apply another layer of red lip color over top. 

Set makeup with a spritz or two of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water or Urban Decay AllNighter makeup setting spray. Setting spray will help your makeup last all night.

Finish with red, silver, or gold nail polish, a cute outfit, heels or boots, jewelry, and a cute hairstyle. Now, your look is complete and you are ready to party the night away!

Christmas Tree Farm

Last month when we were talking about all the festive things we wanted to do this Christmas, we reserved the first Saturday in December for the Christmas Tree Farm! 

Here’s a look into our Saturday afternoon picking out the perfect trees! 


We could not have asked for better weather! And we are so glad our guys joined us so we snapped a few photos while we were there! (of course we did) ; )

Restful November | Digging Deeper


Since we started our #RestfulNovember series, we’ve intentionally mentioned that “resting is part of the doing.” Today, I’ll be digging a little deeper into that and telling you why Amanda and I feel so strongly about it. We struggle with the demands of life, with ourselves and with the expectations and obligations set by others. We have all heard the expression about people being wells…. and I think we can all agree that when our well is dry, our soul aches for more and our life suffers because of it. There are lots of ways to empty a well, and there are also lots of ways to fill it.  
It’s so easy to get hooked on the traditional definitions of “rest” — a nap, a spa day, or propping our feet up and binge-watching our favorite show. While those are great forms of rest, we tend to forget that doing the things that bring us joy are restful, too! Let me share a couple examples…  

One Sunday afternoon in October, I was just so ready to crash on the couch, because weekends don’t feel much like weekends after crossing off all the to-do’s (can I get an Amen?!) Anyway, just as I plopped onto the couch, Matt came up from the basement and stuck his head in and asked me to go for a drive. West Virginia is beautiful in the fall, and long drives with no true direction is something we used to do a lot in our dating years. I mean, I did wanna see the changing leaves, but UGH! I was tired and just wanted to be lazy and lay around in my sweats… I had that internal conversation with myself that probably went on for far too long. Even with all that, I still just wanted to sit and watch Netflix. But after some persuasion from him, I got up, got dressed and we went.  After a few hours of driving, scenic views, + some great conversation, I realized saying yes to my husband’s offer was a far better form of rest than what I would have chosen. (sometimes I hate admitting he was right 🙂 ) 
The few hours we spent driving around in silence, listening to music, laughing and talking… it’s moments like that, that allow me to get through the hard times in my life. Essentially, we were doing nothing in the best possible way. But the difference was there was no mental clutter, no Pinterest, Facebook, no e-mailing or laundry… and it was all still there when I got back. That’s what I want more of in my life… a rested spirit that allows me to be non-fragmented and totally in it, regardless of what I’m doing. 
The week we spend at The Outerbanks in the summer is a social-media-free one for those very reasons I just mentioned. There’s no posting the play-by-play of our trip, and limited phone calls and texts to our friends and family back home. It’s a vacation. And to me, they’re made for fun and rest, respectively. It’s easier for me to allow myself to be completely present when I’m surrounded by gorgeous pink sunsets and the sound of waves crashing along the shore. It’s intentional for me: I set boundaries within myself so that I can get what I know in my heart I need out of something. 
We have many wells within our hearts, and when we feel depleted, we can’t just limit ourselves to one way of filling back up.  Stop and ask yourself what part is feeling depleted. Asking ourselves to define how we are feeling can offer insight to what we need most. Lonely? Staying in bed is not the answer; call a friend for coffee, ask your partner to go have a night date. Restless? Go for a walk or run, just get out and move your body… Think outside the box. Ask yourself what part of you needs the rest?
My creative side, my spiritual side, and the side of me that craves connection + unity… those are big ones for me that constantly need refilled. There are so many different ways to feel a little more put-together, a little more “me” and I am learning about what works and what doesn’t. When was the last time you evaluated how your heart was doing? It’s something I’ve started doing more and more of and it’s been a game-changer.  

A few things Amanda and I do together (and also with our groups of girlfriends) is get together and paint, or invite some of our friends over to make + decorate cupcakes or maybe just sit around, eat pizza + chips and salsa and catch up. Those things are restful, too. They just fulfill different parts of us. Amanda told me that spending quiet time doing a devotional early in the morning before her husband and son wake up is how she gets time in for herself and encouragement for her busy day. I love the concept of taking a few minutes to refill yourself before your life starts for the day.

Realistically though, sometimes you just really really need to shut off the world and take a nap. And that’s okay. 

We hope you’re joining us for #RestfulNovember as we prepare our minds and bodies for the busy Christmas season. Let us know what you’re doing to “rest” in the comments below or give us a shout out on social media. We LOVE to hear from our readers!

Autumn Evening | Fall Dinner Party

When we started The Wild Revival, we had this vision of holding gatherings. Our purpose behind it all is to bring together a community of women who can honestly share in life experiences with one another, have a little fun, and forget about the stresses of life for a while. We said we wanted to create a space for women to feel comfortable, accepted, and worthy of good things. We knew we wanted the table to be the focal point of these gatherings. And now, after hosting 3 of them in 8 weeks, we can truly say that magic is happening, and it’s happening around the table.

Our love and passion for life around the table didn’t start with The Wild Revival; it started with our families and the many traditions we had growing up. Sunday dinners, birthday parties, impromptu get-togethers…they all took place around someone’s table. Tables that likely had scratches, dents, imperfections, mismatched chairs and dishes, and were always overflowing with amazing recipes passed down from older generations. What we remember most when we recall our upbringings though, isn’t necessarily the food. It was the people, the conversations, the hugs, the peptalks, and the roaring sounds of laughter. No matter what was going on in our lives or in our families’ lives, we all put EVERYTHING on pause to be together. That sense of unity we felt when gathered around a table was our safe zone. And we are striving to recreate it in our adult lives… and we want you to be a part of it.

Something happens when you invite someone into a space where all they have to do is be present. A place they can just show up to and sit down; where they can stop running around like crazy, bouncing from thing to thing, and just be. We live in a society that glorifies busy, better, faster. But sitting at that table, eating and taking in the simplicity of life in that very moment is both nourishment for the body + the soul, and it revives something in us that feels lost at times. The table, we feel, is when walls tend to come down, the masks come off, and the conversations start to flow. And when the people at the table don’t all necessarily know each other, we’re dedicated to finding that common ground among a group women. 

Earlier this month, we held a private dinner party for a small group of our girlfriends. This night is one that we would like to relive over and over. It was a great evening filled with women we love. This night made us think about the stories we are all writing and telling with our lives. We are women who are chasing + building dreams, women who are busy, struggling, and loving on others through it all. Seeing it all come together was kinda magical. But was it the food that made it magical? The outfits we had on? The table setting? Yes and no to all of those things on some level. But what really made it so special was the people we had there, laughing, and telling stories as the sun went down and the cool fall breeze crept in. Those things make moments like this so much more magical than all of the perfectly planned out details ever could. 

*** And now for our big news! . . .


In November, we will be releasing our very FIRST eBook, entitled “Hosting with Heart.”  It will be a curated guide to life around the table, and will include recipes, tips + stories of how we intentionally host our guests with a lot of heart + soul. We hope you will download it, print it out, and use it during the holiday season to create an atmosphere of connection around your tables. We can’t wait for you to see it! 


Here’s a peek into our ‘Autumn Evening’ gathering: