Plan Your Own Mystical Slumber Party

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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

 

 

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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".

In The Neighborhood

Good morning my wanderful friends! 

After spending just about 2 weeks back in New Orleans I'm home in Nashville. In New Orleans I spent the first week with two of my best girls in from NY (yes!) and then celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday catching up with friends and family. 

On our long drive home the other afternoon (9 hours, whew!) I was reminded of how gorgeous the Tennessee hills can be. The colors, that winding rocky drive - it's truly a beautiful time of year to be here. On drives that long I focus on settling in with a good audio book and enjoying the scenery. Ben takes off again this weekend for a new tour (he's going to Australia and Japan, ahem not jealous at all over here!) however once he's back we've got several weekend adventures planned. There's so many places that are within an hour drive of our new home.

A few other spots that are on the winter road trip list: Florence (my friend Lauren, who just moved to Nashville too, has been several times and loves it - I'm way overdue in visiting!), Gatlinburg (I just learned about the wildfires there this morning, hoping for a quick recovery there) and the Great Smoky Mountains of course. If you guys have recommendations for outdoor adventures I'd love to hear them! 

We took a walk around our neighborhood yesterday afternoon and snapped a few photos. We comment to each other regularly on how peaceful it is here. I'm often reminded of how we all change with time... I was such a city girl for so many years, and the quiet I find here now is so refreshing. 

I'm finally breaking out the winter wardrobe, btw. I've always loved little accents like this faux fur scarf from Banana Republic. I said to Ben that I feel like I'm dressed a bit like my Grandmother would on a winter afternoon... of course she's the most fabulous woman I ever met, so that's a really good thing. 

With my travels calming down for the next little while I'm looking forward to staying put and sharing more of my new home with you guys. As always, thanks for being here!

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".

Brands I Love: Revival NOLA

When it comes to jewelry I have a pretty serious rule. It's an unwritten one, but I've found myself looking in one of two places when I'm adding jewelry to my collection - first, to local markets for indie designer brands that have a story of creating jewelry from unique finds and - secondly - to those makers that are doing something special to give back to their own community.

For example, I love designers that either repurposed vintage pieces (I'm always wearing things like that) and I love those that create pieces that somehow support the community in which they're made. 

On this most recent trip to New Orleans I've been introduced to Revival NOLA. Revival NOLA is a brand that completely speaks to my serious passion for this city. Their mission is to create jewelry from a place of commitment and care for the local community. Their goal is for the wearer to connect with and cherish the place each piece represents. 

As beautiful as the city that the line is inspired by, is Revival NOLA's dedication to giving back: with the sale of each piece a portion of the proceeds are donated directly to a local New Orleans non-profit. 

I'm wearing the limited edition Double Shotgun and the Jester Hat above! 

What do you guys look for when you're adding to your jewelry collection? For you New Orleans lovers (aren't most of us?!) I know you'll love this line as much as I do. 

xoxo,

Andi

This post was in collaboration with Revival NOLA and FiftyTwo45; as always styling, creative direction and opinions are my own.

 

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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".