My Summer Season Capsule Wardrobe

Summer days don't officially begin for a few more weeks according to the calendar, however, for me, the second the temperature rises above 70 degrees my wardrobe is full on summa summa summa time. When I'm home in New Orleans that's the temperature all year except Summer of course, however, daily temperatures in Nashville have been hovering around 85 degrees or more on some days so I see no reason to not just call it like it is: it's vaca state of mind season! 

I've been making a commitment to buy less each season, and focus on the capsule wardrobe approach, for this Summer it's dresses, breezy separates, and lightweight jeans. I've added a few new swimsuits too, two totes, and pair of white sneakers too.

I've partnered with Banana Republic to do my Summer shopping, here's a few of the pieces I've picked up recently below and scroll down below to shop my current picks for the season!

Oui We x Banana Republic

For city nights I absolutely love a one-piece jumpsuit or romper. These pieces make getting dressed so incredibly easy.

Oui We x Banana Republic

For day time exploring (and lounging around at home too) I'm obsessed with Banana's girlfriend denim. 

Oui We x Banana Republic
Oui We x Banana Republic
Oui We x Banana Republic

What's on your wish list my girls? Share with me in the comments below!

xoxo,

Andi


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Thrifting for Good

If I’m fully reflective about my personal style it’s had an interesting evolution. I’m an obvious lover of vintage and thrift finds - I take pride in seeking out independent designers and having an observational eye.

Here’s how that started: I was the first child of fairly young parents - they provided what we needed but were certainly not interested in shopping for designer clothing or keeping up with the proverbial Joneses. I, however, went to a high school with girls whose families had country club style, Kate Spade bags and Gap denim. First world problems, I know.

Seems funny to think now, that anyone would actually care about that stuff. But the 14 year old version of me, ohhhh man, I cared. So I learned then that if I couldn’t afford the mall jeans and the purse of the moment what I could do was create a style of my own.

Oui We Andi Eaton at Catahoula Hotel

I started shopping thrift before I could even drive. I’d get dropped off at Goodwill and dig for hours - I truly never turned back. From my personal experience, I discovered the more creativity I put into an outfit the more creativity radiated from me. A good learning for a wide-eyed teenage girl and something that’s never left me.

Now of course, there are so many more reasons I shop thrift. I thrift for creativity still of course, but I also thrift for good. There's an environmental impact and often a social good component too.

So fast forward - this month I was invited to spend time with Goodwill SELA and asked to create 3 looks for a variety of occasions through local Goodwill finds. I was delighted to receive this assignment and here’s the outcome!

Btw - each Goodwill store keeps in it’s shops the donations in which it receives. So that means if you’re a traveler like me, stopping off at the Goodwill in a western town, for example - will result in vastly different finds than one in Southern California or here in New Orleans. Total thrift shopping hack if you ask me.

Look 1: Cocktail Date Night

Oui We Andi Eaton Catahoula Hotel
Oui We Andi Eaton at Catahoula Hotel
Oui We Andi Eaton at Catahoula Hotel

This look styled for a cocktail date night at the Catahoula Hotel is obsession worthy. I paired a 50’s era pleated skirt with this jade striped top that was definitely custom made -- I love how it can be worn off the shoulder. I paired a vibrant green silk scarf and voila! Ready for an evening out.

Oui We Andi Eaton at Catahoula Hotel


Look  2: Festival Season Style

Oui We Andi Eaton Magazine St Mural
Oui We Andi Eaton Uptown New Orleans
Oui We Andi Eaton Uptown New Orleans

On this particular afternoon I bounced along the sunny, art-filled streets en route to a day at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.  This dress is another 50’s designer find, the bag is a 70’s leather duffle, and the boots are current and would be $300 in boutiques! I added the hat and some beautiful little jewels and I’m ready to dance the day away.

Look 3: Weekend on Frenchmen

Oui We Andi Eaton Frenchmen Street
Oui We Frenchmen St
Oui We Frenchmen Street
Oui We on Frenchmen St
Oui We Frenchmen Street

This was the first look I found on my Goodwill shopping day, and truly it’s so cute! A totally ironic t-shirt -- a cat riding a unicorn over a rainbow, (yes please!) paired with an 80’s era Esprit corduroy skirt and this "best day ever" tote bag!


There’s so many ways to refresh your wardrobe while keeping sustainability and people’s lives in mind. See more details below about how how shopping second hand makes a positive change. 🌎👗🌿

Stats on Goodwill of Southeastern Louisiana:

People helped:

  • 283 people placed in jobs
  • 2,049 people served by Goodwill’s various services
  • 20 veterans provided housing and case management services
  • Employment Services for formerly incarcerated individuals, teens aging out of foster care, and anyone with a social, mental, or physical disadvantage
  • 33% of the Goodwill workforce has a disability
  • 75% of workforce training participants received an industry certification

On my shopping day I learned about a young woman named Akiva; she’s a Goodwill facilitator for teenagers aging out of the foster care system - she herself was supported by the same program. After 11 years moving between 3 states and being separated from her siblings she placed a call to Goodwill who arranged care for her, training and employment in the job she has now as a Peer Coordinator in New Orleans.

Sustainability:

  • 28 million pounds of clothing and textiles diverted from landfills
  • 1.29 million retail transactions
  • 344,600 donated goods

5 years after the Bangladesh factory collapse, it’s more important than ever to consider where your clothing is coming from. I love fashion, but don’t want my clothes to come at the cost of people or our planet.

Thanks for following along on this project you guys! And let me know, which style is your favorite? Thrill of the thrift for life!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

**This post was written in partnership with Goodwill of Southeastern Louisiana.


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Boho on a Budget: Bedroom Tour

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Hi guys!

Earlier this week I shared our domino mag home tour, if you haven't had a chance to check it go do that first and then come back here, I'll wait for you. .... I'm still so freaking excited about it! Alright, so now, after the tour went up on domino page I got lots of emails and DMs asking about specific rooms. In the interview I talked about our bedroom being my favorite room in the house:

There’s a fireplace in one corner that we’ve lined with books and crystals and there’s beautiful light in the room, too. While my tendency is towards lots of layers, we kept this room fairly minimal. We used lighter colors and added wooden touches like the antique trunks, which we use as nightstands. The trunks are family heirlooms, a great-great aunt of Ben’s traveled the Orient in the ‘30s, bought the trunks and shipped them home (and they were antiques then!). They’ve been passed down since.  

I love gallery walls, however in this room, I chose single pieces that have a bit of a muse-like quality. I absolutely love the vibe of the girl in the black and white photograph sitting above my dresser. This room has become a quiet retreat for relaxation and meditative moments. In the evenings I’ll light up some palo santo and sage and spend the final hour of the day winding down.
— from domino!

So since it is my favorite room I thought I'd give you a bit of a fuller look at the space and share some ideas about how you can incorporate bohemian touches into your own bedroom, while keeping things budget friendly!

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Fabric, Texture and Hats!

In the domino interview we chatted about the rack of clothing in "my corner" of the room. While we did this for space reasons (our house is old, with teeny closets) it also adds an interesting touch, vibrant layers and allows for beautiful things I already own to take center stage. My rack is one I bought at a movie set flash sale, however, this one will work just as well. Make sure you go with one that's made of metal so it doesn't sag in the center and then hang your favorite dresses and flowy things. I sort mine by color, keeping a favorite dress at the front and then sorting from light to dark the rest of the way through.

The wall of hats is something that's super easy to do too. Both my hats and Ben's are hung here. I didn't really measure when hanging them, I just eye-balled it, but hanging them like 4-6 inches apart looks good. 

I kept our bedding pretty neutral: a simple white quilt, textured black and white accent pillows and a turkish woven blanket. At the end of our bed I added a faux fur throw as a rug! I do believe that investing in your linens is a good idea - there's nothing more luxurious than sleep right?! So treat yourself there!

 Books, Crystals & Plants

As I mentioned in the interview this room is where we spend our meditative time. Sometimes I'll set up my yoga mat in front of the fireplace and totally zen out before going to bed. Several corners of this room have little zen touches, and I lined the fireplace with books, crystals and plants to create the vibe. To create this feeling pick books that you already have that have a cosmic vibe, and then add incense, crystals and travel inspired touches. We have a pipe and a rattle Ben found at a Native American trading post in Montana. We love bringing things home from our travels to remind us of the people and places we've experienced. 

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The eucalyptus hanging between the windows was leftover from a flower bouquet - I love drying herbs and flowers and using them as decor through our house. Bringing nature inside gives me a feeling of groundedness. 

Andi Eaton Bedroom Tour
Andi Eaton Bedroom Tour
Andi Eaton Bedroom Tour

Let Your Art Be Your Muse

In this room I chose just a few pieces of art to finish things off. The black and white photo is one I found rummaging through an estate sale. I've had it forever! I added two pieces from southern painter Blayne Macauley and paired both on one side of the room. The initial thought was to place one on either side of the bed, however, I love the hat wall so much and the two pieces together seemed to work. The pastel colors in Blayne's pieces enhance that soothing feeling I was going for!

Andi Eaton home tour

So there we have it! I hope you guys are enjoying seeing a peek inside our home! More to come over the next few months. I'll share deeper looks at each room and hope it's inspiring you to create a travel inspired, bohemian abode of your own!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi


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