Mexican Holiday: 10 Days of Outfits

Travel ignites me in every single way. Exploring new cultures and meeting people keeping their traditions alive is so, so special. We just returned from almost 3 weeks in Mexico and San Miguel de Allende has become a new favorite destination. We had a little connection before going - Ben lived there for a while as a little one so he couldn't wait to show me around the places he loved as a child.

Oui We Style in San Miguel

 After writing Wanderful I started getting more packing and travel capsule wardrobe questions than ever before. I wrote this post on packing for 10 days in Paris quite a while back and not much has changed when it comes to a few things: 1 - I still can get 10+ days of clothing into one roller bag 2 - my toiletries are still minimal, my must haves: multi-use oils, sunscreen, lip tint and mascara and 3 - I'm traveling with gear (laptop, cameras, a tripod, etc) so all of that has to fit somewhere. Besides that, packing for 10+ days in Mexico was quite different in every other way!

What I've noticed that I'm doing very differently when it comes to packing now is this: I've learned that keeping my outfit selections along one particularly color theme allows for lots of mixing and matching and also means there's way less time spent on getting dressed and way MORE time spent on exploring. I've also started focusing more on luxe looking dresses and tops - dresses make things super easy of course, and a few gorgeous tops can be mixed with lots of different bottoms - and I've always loved a good pattern mix!

Oui We Style in San Miguel

You'll notice in the outfits below that there's really only a few pairs of shoes featured: I live in my birkenstocks, a good pair of white sneakers and 1-2 additional sandals is really all I need in Mexico. I actually never pack heels anymore - and in San Miguel de Allende the hills and streets are cobblestone and heels would have been totally useless. 

I've also become a girl that travels with hats (hats tie outfits together and protect my skin from the sun, and that's important to me!), and when traveling I simple pack them in a tote bag and just carry them on the plane. Easy. 

Below are my favorite outfits of the trip, and you'll see how I mixed and matched so many pieces in the photos at the end! I'll be back with the full travel diary to SMA soon, are any of you going?! Send me a note on instagram and I'll share all my favorites with you!


My go to day time look: a top with a deep v, layers of crystals and charms, an oversized sun hat (I love the string tied under the chin - you can drape it over your shoulders when you're indoors - it looks surprisingly chic and effortless that way!) and a fanny pack for all my valuables. (For each outfit you can scroll through and shop via the images directly below!). The belt was a last minute purchase, so inexpensive and I think it really makes the outfit!

Oui We Style in San Miguel

For days that lead to long winding evenings: I mentioned packing luxe tops, I love big sleeves and florals and tops that tie too, this skirt is from my friend's shop in New Orleans and it was perfect for a night of dancing!

Oui We Style in San Miguel

So, the heat index is pushing 90? Yes, it's been a hot summer everywhere - and days in Mexico are no exception! A breezy cotton dress looks elegant but still feels super comfy. Mine is a thrift find, however, there's a super adorable version linked below. 

San Miguel Style - Oui We Girl

For the days you'd prefer to sunbathe... on one particular afternoon we took to the rooftop and enjoyed the luxury of having an apartment with a view. I spent the whole day in my bikini - and honestly, I layered the bandeau top on several other days under my tie front crop tops!

Oui We Style in San Miguel

For trips to the market: we spent lots of time visiting the markets in Mexico, for those visits, I pulled on an oversized sweater (the mornings were cool!), some cut-off denim shorts and I was ready to go!

Oui We Style in San Miguel

Here's some additional images, and some mixing and matching too. The full capsule wardrobe is below too so you can shop to create your own holiday style! I hope this helps when you're packing for your own holiday travels! Be back soon with the complete SMA guide!

Oui We Style in San Miguel
Oui We Style in San Miguel
Oui We Girl San Miguel de Allende
Oui We Style in San Miguel
Oui We Style in San Miguel
Oui We Style in San Miguel
Oui We Style in San Miguel
Oui We Style in San Miguel
Oui We Style in San Miguel

Wanderfully yours,

Andi


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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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