Autumn Evening | Fall Dinner Party

When we started The Wild Revival, we had this vision of holding gatherings. Hosting an Autumn Evening has been on our heart for awhile. 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:

 

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Autumn Evening
 

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Fall Makeup Looks | by Allison Marie

 
Hey ladies! I don’t know about you, but when life becomes
stale with running errands, working, the family, and everything else that everyday
life brings, a change always picks me up.
Even the smallest re-invention of myself makes me excited again! Maybe I’ll get a new outfit or I’ll even change my hair cut or color.  Being an aesthetician, I love makeup and I feel I can provoke the same feelings of ‘newness’ with it.  
 
If you’re reading this, you’re already
a fan of the women behind The Wild Revival. Well, I gave Amanda + Marrissa a makeover this past weekend and arrived at two distinct looks that fit their personalities perfectly. 
 Keep reading…

 

 

 

Fall Makeup Looks
First up, we have Amanda! She is an earthy girl who likes a more natural and neutral makeup approach. In light of the change in weather, I chased after a fall-inspired look to pair with a cozy sweater and boots.  I used warm-toned, matte colors on her eyes to achieve an understated look.  I went with rust and burgundy to compliment her brown eyes and hair. Then I used a berry gloss on her lips.  All of these colors make perfect sense with each other, Amanda’s face, and the changing leaves!
 
 
Could you love these fall shades anymore?!
Fall Makeup Looks
Fall Makeup Looks
The finished look made her brown eyes pop! 
Fall Makeup Looks
Fall Makeup Looks
For Amanda’s look, I used the following products:
5.
Pure Cosmetic Professional brush set
11.
Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ finishing spray

12. MAC Pro Blush in Dirty Plum (discontinued)
Fall Makeup Looks
Next, is Marrissa! Her look is a tad sexy and Carrie
Underwood-esque, so we went glam with strip lashes!  I used the NYX eyeshadow trio to make a
shimmery copper/brown smokey eye.  This
against her skin color, along with Ardell’s false lashes made for a very dramatic
look that draws one to her.  I completed
her transformation by filling in her eyebrows, outlining her lips and applying
a light pink gloss. This look is great for any special event or
night out on the town. 
Fall Makeup Looks
Fall Makeup Looks
Fall Makeup Looks
Fall Makeup Looks
The finished look… these shades worked so well together!
Fall Makeup Looks
Fall Makeup Looks
Products used for Marrissa’s Carrie Underwood-inspired look:
 
Fall Makeup Looks
I really had a lot of fun playing around with these beauties! Their looks were just an enhancement to what was already there! 
Fall Makeup Looks
Stay tuned to learn about the techniques I used in this post and lots more! Leave me a comment below on something you’d like to know about skincare, makeup, or beauty tips and tricks!

Road Trippin’ | Deep Creek

Summer is over; the vacation memories are fading away and chilly weather is officially in full force here in the mountain state.
A few weeks ago, we decided to make a bucket list to hold ourselves accountable for accomplishing all the things we said we’d really like to do this fall. We’re doing well with crossing things off our list and we hope you are, too!
Being that there is a limited amount of time to check out the changing leaves, we decided to go for it two weekends ago! We were itching to get outside and take in some fall foliage. We knew we wanted to head north to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. We checked the forecast (a LOT) all week and were bummed when it was looking like rain. But we decided to go anyway and just make the best of it. We got there in under two hours and were greeted with sunshine + blue skies!
On our way into town, we stopped at a really neat shop called Schoolhouse Earth that sells home decor items, jewelry, candles, furniture, and specialty food items, just to name a few. (We could have stayed in that store for hours, and had it not been for our husbands, we probably would have!)
After that, we stopped at a roadside market that sold pumpkins, mums, and fresh fruits + veggies. The pumpkin patch was behind the market, and had it not been so rainy during the week, we would’ve been able to pick our own. Maybe next time! Before we left though, we made sure to grab some small-ish pumpkins to paint at our fall gathering, as well as a few pumpkins to decorate our homes with.
How neat are these heirloom pumpkins?
 Next up on our list was exploring Swallow Falls! We walked through the woods on a dirt path, sunlight peeking through the trees, and the sound of rushing water as we got closer to the falls.

 

And then came the steps down into the falls. . .
We made it to the falls! What a pretty view to look down and see!

 

 

After we finished up at Swallow Falls, we were starving! It just so happened that there was a football game on (let’s go Mountaineers!!) We went to Mountain State Brewing Co. and settled on a couple different pizzas to try, along with some warm, gooey spinach dip + roasted red pepper hummus with flatbread dough pita chips.
There is nothing better than a Margherita pizza, when it’s good 😉
We left the guys at the restaurant in front of the big screens watching football (because where else would they rather be when their team is on?) and we headed out to visit a few more local shops. Deep Creek reminds us of a quaint little town you’d see at the beach, only it’s situated in the mountains. And instead of the ocean, it’s surrounded by a beautiful lake and features so many fun things to do year-round. It’s home to the well-known ski resort called Wisp.

What a view! We loved that the trees were just beginning to change!

Road Trippin'

After we finished shopping, we went back to Mountain State Brewing Co. to pick up our husbands and then we headed home. It was a great day trip for us to see some sights we hadn’t seen before! We would definitely recommend it!

Here are a few of our tips for exploring Deep Creek:

  1. Dress in layers! It can get chilly as the afternoon progresses into evening.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes; the hiking is easy but very rocky at times.
  3. Make sure to visit all the local shops– there are some great finds.
  4. Take time to stop and enjoy the view of the lake!
Go have an adventure! Let us know what you’re favorite road trip spot is?!

Backyard Bonfire | Inspiration Board

What did we do before Pinterest?! We’ve found so many great ideas, and that made us want to come up with an inspiration board! We want to bring our guests something special every time they attend a Wild Revival hosted event, and we have some fun things in store for this outdoor gathering! We had to give some credit below to the wonderful ladies who inspired our Backyard Bonfire. Check out these links to get a taste of what our gathering will be like! We’re looking forward to adding putting our own spin on what we feel makes the perfect fall gathering! Throw on your favorite plaid shirt and join in on the fun!

 

Backyard Bonfire | Fall Gathering

 
Backyard Bonfire
 
Hey, tribe! Sweater weather is upon us and that means it’s time for The Wild Revival’s fall gathering! 
 
We want to bring you all together for a little bit of creativity + connection. 
 
Pumpkin carving is fun but… anytime you get a bunch of girlfriends together with paint, tons of glitter, pumpkins, and yummy food– it’s a party! We’ll be painting pumpkins, having a chili bar, and roasting s’mores over a bonfire! 
 
Cost for the event will be $20. We have 25 spots and we’ll be filling them on a first-come, first-serve basis! 
 
Once you register + pay, we’ll send you an e-mail with directions to our event location.
This is going to be a lot of fun! We hope you’ll join us at our Backyard Bonfire! 
 
**Don’t forget to bring your pumpkin! You’re welcome to bring your own paints/supplies. We will have limited supplies available!**
 
Click the link below to register for Backyard Bonfire!
 
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