Oui, We Love: A Season of Change

Oui We Loves: Unicorn Magic

I expected to go into this Solar Eclipse with feelings of change pressing hard against me. That's what happens with eclipses you know! My sister said to me the other night that she was considering staying in and hiding from the coming eclipse, my response? It doesn't matter if you hide away, it's already in motion and will be what it is no matter where you choose to be. Right? Right. 

As Susan Miller says "eclipses are wild cards", some of the most dramatic tools to get us to pay attention to areas of our lives that need change. 

Man is that feeling real right now. With the current events of the world continuing to unfold as they do, everyday brings new feelings... real human feelings with a serious amount of depth, and I for one agree with Gala Darling, who wrote in her last email newsletter "you are not insane if you're feeling afraid, anxious, nauseous, or mad as hell... If you're feeling that way, you know what? Your moral compass is intact.

My hope is that this coming Solar Eclipse will create bigger movement. I hope it will give rise to monumental events that will really move those that have been sedentary through this political unrest. I expect it will force us to confront our issues, and I hope that it will move us into conversations of peace and love. Optimistic? Maybe. And there's surely days when I'm not. But when I step back and remind myself that living for the possibility of an inspired future, well it's really the only way I can operate.

So in the meantime, let's demonstrate compassion and care for everyone around us and be vigilant in not allowing darkness to rise up. It's up to each of us, and - as we've all been reminded this last week, doing nothing is doing something and I for one don't want to be on the side of that. 

Here's 5 things inspiring love and happiness over my way in the meantime.

The August Meteor shower! If you missed the peak this past weekend, there's still some viewing to be done leading up to the Eclipse. It's a good prelude for what's to come on Monday, so take a blanket and a little wine outside and stare at the sky. 

The Goddess Provisions subscription box. August's box is Unicorn themed and packed full of meditative goodness. I had my chakras cleansed on my birthday (what an amazing gift, love you Ben!) and while today was the last day to order this box every month offers high vibe goodness.

Insecure on HBO. Because laughter isn't called 'the best medicine' for nothing, and watching Issa Rae create personal raps about her life is kind of way awesome. Also, we should all have a Molly / Issa friendship in our lives. 

This version of Tainted Love. By Gloria Jones. How did I not know that this was the original?! Well, after a rainy attempt at a concert outing tonight I caught this on the way home and am soooo glad I did. 

Gold Coast Dreaming. Okay I might be biased, but I'm so incredibly proud of Ben and his band mates on this new project. By the way, the guys in the band have all been long time friends of both Ben's and mine too - but separately from each other... like before we even knew each other!? Wild right. 

Okay. That's it for now. Love you all for being here. 

Follow along on insta on Monday as I host my Eclipse Party and first Wanderful book event! Yay!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

Moonstone Magic

Most boho loving girls have a bit of a devil-may-care attitude when it comes to dressing and I, most definitely have taken that approach since as long as I was old enough to dress myself. 

 Pattern mixes and handmade textiles, I love to wear clothing that reflects a laissez faire lifestyle. In regards to accessories - sentimental pieces, and jewels a plenty are my go-to. I've never been into designer bags or the shoe of the moment, on the other hand, my wardrobe is filled with gemstones, sun-charged crystals, oversized wooden beads, pendants and charms.

In collaboration with a new Moon child favorite of mine (https://www.moonstoneshop.com/), a brand dedicated to a gem that's known to enhance physic ability, intuition and sensitivity and one that serves as a protector too (it's truly my favorite, one I've always been drawn to) I created a little video reflective of the magic of the gem and the sun-drenched hills here in Tennessee. Learn more about the gem and some moonstone rituals below!  

wearing: Aurora, Mystic Moon & Oceana ring from Moonstone Magic, heart sunnies, straw hat, Heartloom romper


Moonstone Rituals

(adapted from the Moonstone Magic blog)

Moonstone for Cleansing

A full moon bath cleanses the mind, body, and spirit. As you wash the dirt away, you’ll also cleanse the negative energies you're holding on to. Become synced with the moon’s feminine energy by experiencing a quiet moon bath - add the gem to the water and follow with fragrant oils and Himalayan salt. Moonstone will purify your thoughts and emotions, while Himalayan salt will release toxins and add minerals into your body at the same time. Add candles and sip on an herbal tea for a sacred moment.
 

Moonstone for New Beginnings

We may not be able to re-do the past, but we can look forward to new beginnings. During the full moon, go outside with the Moonstone in your hand. Close your eyes and think of the things you want to change, choose a mantra like "Mother Moon, take these trials away from me." Repeat the phrase every night by your window until the new moon comes. On the night of the new moon, take your gem away from your home and bury it (or, if you reside near a body of water - send it down the river). Leave it there without looking back knowing that those past constraints are released.


Moonstone’s powers are in full spectrum on a full moon. Whatever ritual you choose, the most important thing is to throw your inhibitions away and be genuine. Trusting that the moon is infinitely nestled inside us and these Moonstone rituals will boost your innate power as a child of the moon.

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Wanderfully yours,

Andi

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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