Thursday, February 28, 2019

Another Brand of Happiness

I do not remember a time when I was not a dreamer.  From my earliest memory, everything I saw had life and noises were full of wonder and mystery.  I was a weird child.  Luckily enough I did have amazing friends that tolerated my strange obsession with fantasy-thinking and loved me for who I was. (Thank you Krystle, Jenny G, Glo, Jenny B, Ashlee, and Kae)

Good thing about weird children is that they grow up to be eccentric adults.  Truth be told, we are just really fun know we are. 😂  There was a magic all around me, and I can still feel it today.  A feeling that starts in your chest and moves's a calm excitement that has phantom tingles as it travels.  I believe the words that have been circulating around recently are..."spark joy".

In my earlier post about our Minimalism transition, I talked about this a little bit.  You can read about it here.  I want to talk about what happens when all you wear, everyday, are things that create this feeling of joy.  An amazing thing happens...

You feel it.

It is another brand of happiness (a more expensive and well made version), and it shares space with confidence.  I believe this happens because you are connecting to artistic reflections of yourself, granted you've got to do a bit of soul searching at the beginning (hardest but most rewarding part).  There is more to this than just connecting to a article of clothing, its the creativity that helped design it, the skills that made it...a creative-designed-skill that connects you to its Beauty.  It's the same force that keeps us silent starting into each sunrise and sunset.  It's the same pull that draws us to stillness on each beach crashing with gentle waves.  I believe with everything that I am, this is an attribute of God that we are uniting to.  It's something that He wants us to remember about Him.  Like a thank you note that was sent to us, or a sign that leads us back to Himself.

With that said...imagine your life putting on something that genuinely sparks joy for you...everyday.  Think about how your days would start and end differently knowing that you would carry this feeling about you...All Day.  Realize that big things would happen from one small act.  That is why creating an environment around you that carries these 'joy-messages' to you actually changes your life because it transcends created things to the One that Created Everything.  💓

Now, enough of this deep speech.  I LOVE THIS SWEATER!  PomPoms spark joy for me, so do natural colors, and the color white.  Leather and blue jeans will always be a staple in my wardrobe.  Also, something you might not notice is that I do not own a top that has a sharp collar on it.  Those bring me the opposite of joy. 😂  I don't know why, I've never liked them. To be fair, I have cut the collar off of this I have on all of my sharp collared shirts.  I make them all mandarin collars.  True story.  Peter Pan collars are fine with me, I just don't own any.

Like I said...Eccentric.  😏

So...what are you waiting for?  Maybe take some time to go through your closet or home and evaluate the items that connect you to something/Someone much greater.  💗

Jeans and white button down are from H&M, sweater is from T.J. Maxx, belt from Banana Republic, watch band from Amazon.  

Tan MakeSense Foundation, Bronze BlushSense, Toasted Rose BlushSense, Copper Rose ShadowSense, Rustic Brown ShadowSense, Onyx ShadowSense, Sandstone Pearl Shimmer ShadowSense, Black LashSense VolumeIntense Mascara, Praline Rose LipSense, Red Glitter Gloss

📷 Iron & Oak

As Always Admire Our Image

Monday, February 25, 2019

Separating Self from Stuff

My husband and I were recently having a long in-depth conversation about life (which I love talking to him 😍 in such ways), and I was asked… "who do you want to be”.  I knew I had more issues when all that came to mind were things I felt I wanted, or maybe what I wanted to look like. I had a mental social media feed of everyone else and what they have. That's a problem.

Being the processor I am, it took a couple of days for me to come up with something real and tangible. 

Then when I wrote down what that looked like, I realized that I didn’t have one-single-physical look, but that these qualities would mirror my style, they would reflect on what I gravitated toward, but they were not a single item or look.  I felt more freed from this exercise, and more able to make style choices knowing these were what I wanted, this is what I wanted to imitate.

  • Lead by Jesus/Submitted to God
  • Natural/Real/Honest/Meek
  • Kind/Encouraging/Happy/Loving
  • Emotional/Artistic/Deep/Creative
  • Wise/Discerning/Understanding/Relatable/Helpful
  • Beautiful/Comfortable/Confident
  • Warm/Full of Light & Life/Reflect Creation/Wild

When I looked at my closet, makeup, bedding, decor, books, and such…it now made since and each piece fit closer to me than it had before.  Style comes from Self…self should not come from your style.  Maybe take time to write down who you want to be, then look at what you love and see how it all makes sense…think about donating the things that do not belong or that don’t make you happy.

I start to lose myself when I focus on style, clothes, makeup, ‘things’, and not start with self.   It looks like this… I am scrolling social media and I see a person or company that captures my attention and appears to have so much going for them, and in such a beautifully documented way!  I attach their style to who I want to be because of the beauty they have displayed.  I start yearning for their beauty-life for myself, instead of seeing the beauty they have reflected, admiring it, and be inspired by it instead of wanting to become it.  Don’t be afraid to produce your own personal beauty through being inspired by someone else’s.  Take courage, work hard, and create your own Beauty through the stimulation of your social media feed.  Can you image how much greater our feed will become if we take in the beauty that we see and create our own personal version?

📷 by Iron & Oak 

Sweater from Simply Southern - Leggings & Glove/s from Target - Hat from C.C. Beanie - Boots are Vintage 1970s Thom McAn - Bag is Vintage Gun Club Sportswear 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New Kind of Valentine's Day

I thought of something while driving today.  My very wise, beautiful, hilarious, fun, and successful friend recently posted  her & her husbands’ thoughts about Valentine's Day.  She said “If your significant other is nice to you each day and treats you right on a daily basis, you shouldn't need a box of chocolates or a forced gift to make you feel special once a year. So if you don't get a card...diamond necklace....or over-sized stuffed animal tomorrow, don't feel like you aren't loved.”

Their business is amazing btw (this is not an affiliated ad or anything like that)…you should check it out and follow them: Spruce Homes

That got me thinking (because I love Valentines Day) what is a the best way to show love on Valentine's Day?  

Commitment…that is a better way to show love.
Daily ins and outs of selflessness…that is a better way to show love. 
Doing something that your partner likes (even if you don’t) everyday…that is a better way to show love. 

So, I decided each year I’m going to make a new commitment to Austin.  Something small, something attainable, something that will truly make him happy and make him know that I love him every day…not just on Valentine's Day.

I can easily write, so a post on social media that has me gushing on and on tells my husband I can write well sometimes.  😂  Action that goes with these words is something he can stand on, something he can remember, something he can treasure. 

Don't get me wrong, we still gave gifts...kinda-sorta.   When we were grocery shopping last night at Aldi's, I received my favorite 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bars and he received his favorite Carmel Coconut Fudge Cookies. 🍫🍪💕  I wanted to share some older pictures (2011-2016) that I keep on my phone because I seriously love them! Our love story is so amazing, and these pictures just help me remember it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Vaca Style - Part Two

The only good thing about waiting 2 weeks to post is that looking at these pictures warms me up from the chilly winter weather we are currently enduring in the Midwest.  #TakeMeBack to the beach is all up in my brain, but these pictures are so special to me.  Not just the outfits 😉. 

Even though my closet is ¼ the size it was, I am still finding so many ways to wear items I already have!  It’s not a lie that I’ve got more spring/summer clothes than fall/winter but having the right sweater can much such a difference.  I can’t wait to continue to share all the different ways to wear a minimal closet!  So much fun! Let me know if you'd like to see certain outfits or styles!

This sweater was originally the only sweater I kept from our minimalism haul.  It’s from Aerie, and I’ve always loved the open neckline and the natural/oatmeal color that goes with black and jean well.  I was able to purchase some more sweaters at TJMaxx while I was on vacation, and I’m waiting for my Instagram feed to showcase these first before I blog about them @meekandwildbeauty .  I wore a simple white tank since the sweater has such open knits.  Shorts are Levi’s from Amazon which are currently the only jean shorts I own and will probably stay that way.  The cute sandals are from Charming Charlie and were a gift from my Daddy.  Austin isn’t such a huge fan of these sandals, but I love them. 

True story about this sleeveless top is that our friend literally texted Austin about it…they knew I would love it.  At our next trip to Target (which was probably that night) it was in our cart.  I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Austin TX (yet), but I love the name Austin, so I knew this needed to belong in my wardrobe.  This sweater is extra special to me, and I’m sorry to say isn’t available in stores because my Dad purchased this for my mother in 1985.  I have loved this sweater many years and love it even more because it was my mothers.  It’s a treasure of mine for sure!  These cute Converse shoes are from JCPenney, kid sized of course.  They are a complete staple in my closet.  I usually wear them without socks or at least no show socks…but I am notorious for not wearing socks.  Last but not least my favorite jeans from Loft…. you will see much more from Loft in posts to come!

You’ve seen this shirt before on my blog.  Man-O-Man I love this sleeveless shirt.  It’s so soft and feels like those tees that have been worn for 30 years.  Even with the high neckline I still love how it shows the outside of my collar bones.  Of course, the saying is about coffee…which I think is a love language of mine.  The sweater and watch band were Amazon finds.  This sweater was the only item of clothing that I kept that has a snag in it.  It’s on my elbow and an easy fix.  I am always bumping into everything (super clumsy) so it was inevitable.  I am loving Amazon more and more! Beautiful dark jeans from H&M that fit perfectly, and even have a bit of flair at the bottom.  Converse like the picture above are a kid’s size from JCPenney. 

Ryne loved the sand.  This was from the warmest day we were at the beach.  I just keep staring at these pictures hoping I can soak up some of these good vitamins and warmth.  Also, how cool is this starfish!  This was the first time I had seen one alive and well, and although I didn't have the courage to touch it I loved taking in the beauty of it.  Hoping spring is around the corner so we can get more outside time, but until then pictures will do just fine. 💖