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

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Create Your Own Big Easy Music Inspired Care Package

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This story is a bit different from what I typically share. It starts with Ben and I moving into our new home in a little country town a little outside of Nashville. We are absolutely in love with it - as two people that are literally on planes (or sometimes a tour bus in Ben's case) every week it feels so incredibly comforting to come home to a quiet place where everyone is genuinely neighborly.

On our first weekend here we went antique shopping, something that's become a regular thing when we're home together. Upon arriving at the first shop on our list we met another couple that share that same routine. Their names: Nathan and Jean.

Like me, Nathan's a writer, and like Ben, Jean's a musician (that's her up in the photo above).

We chatted a bit that day at the antique shop and in that convo learned that Ben and Nathan shared a few other commonalities: Ben spent time as a little babe living in San Miguel de Allende, Nathan has a home there (and loves it!) now. Jean on the other hand has been traveling to New Orleans for years - it inspires her music and her home decor, and of course it's where Ben and I come from! Ben and Nathan bonded over their love of Mexican art and culture, Jean and I bonded over tales of French Quarter fun, and truly Nathan's become a fabulous friend to Ben.

After a few visits with one another Nathan brought Ben to a local assisted living home to meet a fellow piano player - a resident of the home who happens to have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame (read the whole story on Ben's insta post).

Fast forward a bit, Ben and I have been discussing ways we can get involved in our little community and it occurred to us! With the holidays approaching what a perfect time to spend a little more time sharing Ben's music with the residents at the home.

Music's Healing Harmonies

There's so many studies showing the positive effects of music on the quality of life for older adults, especially those living with forms of dementia. It has the power to boost mood, fill the spirit and calm the mind. Music transports us all to joyful times, and for older adults it can evoke beautiful memories from the youth. The more we researched we learned that music has become a staple in assisted living and nursing homes.

We decided to work together to create care packages for the residents that Ben's visited, and then to get dressed up in our New Orlean's best and visit the home for Ben to play music. We'll be going throughout the holidays and of course, because everyone is always so enthralled with our New Orleans background we're giving the packages a little Big Easy flair too.

The timing was perfect in more ways than one - once the idea struck I partnered with the Sam's Club Family Caregiving program. I checked in to see what the club offers and here's what I found:

In addition: they're a one-stop destination for their members for caregiving needs, including prescription refills, personal care products, and free health screenings.

We took advantage of the club's program and stocked our care packages with the following to make for the perfect New Orleans inspired package:

Mardi Gras colored party beads (perfect for the residents to wear when Ben is playing Al Johnson's "Carnival Time" or Dr. John's "Going Back to New Orleans'.)

A New Orlean's Inspired Scarf and A Musical Note Themed Scarf

Journals with pages to jot down favorite songs or write notes for family and friends

A copy of my book "New Orleans Style"

Socks with Louisiana themed print

Toiletries (our list included combs, bath sponges, mini shampoos and bath products in delicate aromas, Poise and Depend products)

A handwritten note from us

Want to create your own package and not sure what to get?

When you download the Digimarc Discovery app (a barcode scanning app used by lots of retailers) you can scan anywhere on the Depend package and it will send you to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website. There's a full list of items that are perfect for care packages there.

I specifically packed the Poise® Liners - Light Absorbency (2 dot) into our package, designed for Light Bladder Leakage, Poise® incontinence liners stay 3x drier than leading period-only liners. There's also a Depend® FIT-FLEX® Underwear for Women a soft, breathable slip on with a smooth, close-to-body fit.

I'm so glad to have the partnership with Sam's! The caregiver program truly brought our care packages to life! I'd love to hear from you guys - what are you doing that's extra special in your own communities for the holidays? Leave me a note in the comments below!

xoxo,

Andi

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".