3 Wanderlust Inspired Brands Winning Me Over

No matter where in the world I am, considering what will make it in my suitcase is something I think about days in advance before departing for a trip. Having outfits that make getting dressed in the morning fun give me a little spiritual boost.  

Flower Child in East Nashville

I read a quote from Vivienne Westwood the other day... it was something along the lines of playing with the many facets of your personality when choosing what to wear - the dark side and the light - and I personally like to combine the two when making wardrobe decisions. I never want to feel too sweet, but I'm not exactly a goth girl either.

This particular outfit was for a day of running errands at home and the brands I'm wearing here all seem to have that wanderlust meets street style luxe vibe down to a science. Read a bit more about 3 brands on my radar at the end of the post!

Flower Child in East Nashville
Tobi Stripes & Suede
Stripes and Color
Flower Child in East Nashville

Tobi

Why I love them: Every piece is easy-to-wear and feels like something the most adorable instagram jetsetters would fill their suitcases with. I look to Tobi everytime I'm needing to add to my travel wardrobe and always love every single piece from the rompers to the maxis to the separates and basics too.

Xinh & Co:

Why I love them: from the brand website - "Xinh" /sinh/ means cute & pretty in Vietnamese; not the kind of beauty that is striking and bold, but a more charming, subtle, quiet beauty that requires observance and presence to fully understand. When I came across this brand at a local market in Nashville I was immediately obsessed, each bag is so uniquely special.

Eric Javitz:

Why I love them: the down to earth glamour is so Oui We! The hats are all breezy, boho-chic summer vibes. In the 90's he made a hat that could be rolled up for travel and then spring back to its original shape undamaged. Now that's a guy that gets wanderlusting!

What brands are you guys swooning over lately? Anything special I should know about?!

xoxo!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

photos by Amber Ulmer


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Plan Your Own Mystical Slumber Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #Chardonnation #NotableSummer #CollectiveBias

I shared a cheat sheet last week before the full moon and had so much feedback on how much you guys love the idea of adult slumber partying! Yay, I LOVE the idea too and kinda want to spend the rest of the summer hosting grown up sleepovers. I thought it would be fun to expand this a little bit and give you guys some additional ideas for your own mystical night in. In true Oui We style today's post is all about living out your fullest bohemian fantasies! It's truly the perfect way to spend these slow, magical summer nights.

For this party checklist (and because no good mystical slumber party is complete without wine) I've partnered with Notable Wines.

I worked with Notable to create my House Warming Party Checklist and am happy to work with them again on this post! I'm definitely in a Chardonnay summer mood lately and this brand is refined, expressive and accessible too - perfect for a mystical slumber party. So let's get started, here's how to host your own mystical magical (grownup) sleepover.

1. The Mystical Mama Wardrobe:

To get started, you've got to dress the part. Since this is a slumber party make sure you and your guests are dressed in comfy PJs or other gypsy style attire. Colorful silk pajamas, oversized sleep shirts, and mumus are totally welcomed. On your invitation include a note about what to wear. 

Flower Child

Another fun option would be to make a trip to your favorite local thrift shop and stock up on oversized vintage dresses so everyone can play dress up throughout the night. Hang the dresses on a rolling rack and instruct the guests to choose their own attire when they arrive. 

Boho Closet

2. Set the Mood

The next step is to create that I Dream Of Jeannie ambiance. Set up camp in your living room with plenty of floor pillows, colorful blankets and tapestries to get cozy in, and then light up the sage and palo santo! Get your old lava lamp out and throw a scarf over a lampshade for extra enchantment points.

Sage and Crystals

3. Wine Time

Now that you’re dressed and the vibe is set, its time for some spirit in the form of wine! Wines vary in style, region, and taste, yet most labels don’t define the delightful flavor you’re about to sip. What I love about Notable (besides how yummy it is!) is how elegantly the bottle showcases the taste on the label, all you have to do is follow the flavor notes (it makes the wine aisle much less confusing I think!)! I love the fruity and crisp variety, and there's an oaky and buttery option too - for my party I'll have both available. 

Wine Time with Notable
Wine Time with Notable

Bonus tip: If you're hosting your party on the night of the full moon party make a moon inspired cheese tray to start with - everyone knows the moon is made of cheese … isn't it? 🌝  Pair the cheese with circular-cut meats and round "full moon" crackers and then serve classic moon pies for desert.

Moon Pies

4. Spiritual Entertainment

Your mystical slumber party would be totally incomplete without some sort of spiritual entertainment. Read each other's astrological birth charts, or play with a deck of Tarot Cards and pull out your fortune telling book for fun (I've been sharing mine on my instastories, I'm obsessed with it!). It’s time to see what the future holds!

Create a playlist and pile your records up and and let your guests DJ to inspire them to groove to the beat of their inner free spirit. 

5. Dreamy DIYs

On the evening itinerary make time for DIY dream catchers or flower crowns for everyone to take home as a souvenir from the night. Dreamcatchers can be crafted from excess fabric, beads, feathers etc. and will prolong the good vibes! Flower crowns are easy too - either pick up fresh flowers or faux works fine - just add a wire and hot glue gun.


I hope you guys have enjoyed this! Definitely share your own magical slumber parties with me! I can't wait host my own, and of course, follow along on instagram to see the behind the scenes. xo!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

 

 

Décor bohème: Simple Ideas for stylish living - Laundry Room Sneak Peek

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurexCrystalFresh #CollectiveBias

Lately the STYLE category of Oui We is becoming as much about the bohemian style we're applying to our home, as it is wardrobe and personal style. It's been a total treat to be in our house, and to take the time to really design a space that feels so us. I mentioned in the progress report post that we'd be having the house photographed, and that deadline is creeping up. And, real talk: like just about every other woman I know that moves into a new home (and plenty of guys too) I've been a bit pinterest board crazy... crazy to the point of having one of my brilliant interns specifically calling out that we needed to add a new category over there: "Décor Bohème" of all the things that I was saving. 

Small Laundry Redo LED Sign

With that said, as I spend hours upon hours scrolling those boards gaining inspiration to finish up each room it's also worth mentioning that I'm most definitely not your typical DIY gal - I'm up for an occasional project, however, I'm as up for hiring the right help when it's necessary.

Let's be honest though, there's only so many hours in the day, aaaand on the flip, there's only so many dollars in the budget. So as much as I'd like to hire out everything when I partnered up with Purex® Crystals to share an update on our laundry room design, I decided this one was all on me.

As I started preparing to organize our laundry room, I came across 3 questions:

1. Is the space so small it will only accommodate laundry and associated supplies?

2. Is there enough storage to include cleaning and utility items as well as laundry?

3. Does the room also serve as a mudroom?

Our laundry room can barely even be called that, it truly is a mudroom leading out to our backyard - it's the space for all of our gardening and outdoor tools and equipment, our cleaning supplies, and where extra paint cans and renovation supplies live (so yes to #2 and #3 above). Right now it's also home to the piles of boxes from packages Ben and I get - those boxes seem to hibernate there until we finally break them down and remove them. If I do this right it should be where our mail, pocket change and all those little things that can so easily pile up get collected and sorted through in an organized fashion. 

Also, since Ben and I both travel so much, when we return home, there's literally that pile of packages (before they're opened), our Sunday paper and our mail all on the dining room table. That kinda makes me crazy. I'd rather have a place in the laundry room where things can live until their dealt with. Another thing that makes me crazy? All the laundry supplies that were piling up in every little corner of our laundry / mudroom room.

I probably should have taken a before picture of this little nook, but in reality it was freaking awful, and I was like nope, no one will ever be allowed to see this. 

So, in an effort to reduce my insanity (and because, hey Purex called and was like - let's pretty this place up basically) 💁🏼I spent a few hours the other day getting this room in shape.

Here's what I did, and some budget notes too.


1. Clean, Declutter and Actually Get Through the Laundry

It seems obvious, I know. But the reality is in our laundry room we had several 1/2 used bottles of detergents, lots of samples stashed in multiple drawers and then a basket of items that required special laundering that I just hadn't dealt with. I strung a little twine in the window and added clothes pins so those little unmentionables that I never seem to deal with could be quickly hand washed and hung to dry. Before doing anything else I washed everything so we didn't have a back log. 

Clothesline Laundry Room

2. Create Simple Homes for All of the Supplies

Laundry Room Organization

I poured all the remaining detergents into a few glass mason jars. I also gathered up mending supplies, and all the pocket change that was kind of lying all around and gave those things a jar too. We already had a ton of jars from a coffee shop that I go to that sells their ice coffee that way, so, so far, budget impact: net zero.

Next up, I took a drive to the recycling center, got rid of all those plastic bottles, and the many empty cardboard shipping boxes and just getting rid of all of that stuff made a big difference.

On my drive to the recycling center I decided to make a pit stop at my local bargain center. I picked up a shelf that I could easily install (we had none at all in this room), a few wire baskets and the little LED "OK" sign that I found in a clearance bin.

Airy Laundry Room

I hung the shelf (cost $12), the sign (cost $16) and put the samples and the remaining things that didn't have a home in one of the wire baskets, I brought a plant from our porch in for a touch of green and this little section was feeling good. I love the color of the Purex Crystals (I picked up mine at Kroger by the way and there's more detail on the product at the end of this post) - I think they look so pretty in the jars (no more plastic bottle eye sores)!

Plus when I did that remaining laundry I was pretty blown away by how fresh it all smelled.

I snipped a little corner of the label from each detergent and taped it to the back of each jar so I'd know what product was in each jar. I tied a little decorative bead I'd received on a gift box around the jars to dress them up a bit and voila, we're looking pretty fancy huh?!

Laundry Reno DIY
Laundry Crystals DIY

3. Making the Mudroom Tidy

So if you're facing the laundry cove (maybe that's what we should call it) directly behind is the area that was collecting, well everything. This is the true mudroom space. To tidy things up just a bit more I hung a clip board and a simple pin board on the wall. Wedding announcements, bills that need to be paid or just little keepsakes can go here. I have some iron patches that I need to get to so I hung those up too. 

I added a few more wire baskets (these were $2 / each) to toss in the things that get used all the time, and then directly out of view I added a few simple hooks for tools and cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, etc). 

Laundry Room Organization

That's pretty much it you guys. That's the sneak peek, and I know it may seem small but for us this room feels so much better. Even our little cat Chicken was thrilled that the mudroom bench was hers again. She climbed immediately into the window to bird watch, and I swear she esp'd me a "good job lady." 😺

Kitty in the Window

Want to learn more about Purex Crystals? 

A great scent at an awesome price they provide 12 Weeks of Freshness. I choose the following aromas, one from the classic collection and one from the NEW Botanicals, with no dyes. 

Purex Crystals, available at Kroger

Purex Crystals, available at Kroger

  • Fresh Spring Waters: Freshen your wardrobe with the shimmering light of Fresh Spring Waters to brighten your everyday.
  • Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla: Bring the finishing touch on your laundry with a blend of Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla. The natral mineral based formula, without dyes and with essential oils, delivers long lasting freshness.

I can't wait to share more of what's happening in our home! As always thanks for following along!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi