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".

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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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".

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".

The Only Thing You'll Ever Need

Velvet Everything

One of the things I noticed about Nashville when I first moved here was the trend of "staying in." Not that people don't get together, it's just that rather than going to a bar (very New Orleans, or New York for that matter) to get together, people gather at home. There's often a fire pit and a blanket pile and lots of people cozying up while some super hip band guy strums guitar.

My friend Lauren and I talked about it quite a bit when we each moved here: are we the type to arrive at a party, kick off our shoes and sit cross-legged in a circle with people we've never met?

Ben and I went to a New Year's party... it was 100% THAT. We weren't quite ready to dive in, so we took a seat on a sofa off to the side of the room and slowly worked our way into the conversation.  

And then lately, the more I follow along with what's happening in the wellness circles - staying in, drinking tea instead of champagne all night, listening to records on a cozy sofa versus dancing in 6 inch heels at a club... well the hipness of that is on the rise. 

I was reading this post on Well & Good a few days ago and thought, well, there - my thoughts on this are validated. I would rather spend a night at home with a detox mask and 9 hours of sleep versus spend a night party hopping until I fall into bed at 4 a.m. And trust me, I did my fair share of that in my twenties. As my girlfriends and I get a little older I wonder if it's that we truly are more invested in our health and wellness or is it just that we've been there, done that? Or truly, is it that everything we need is right there in front of us?

What do you guys think? 

Either way, I'm finding because it's less often that I do go out into the world I'm having fun with fashion in a new way. Lately I've been doing velvet everything. I've decided if there was one fabric that I had to spend the rest of my days in it would be this one. I'm back on a seventies style kick with a vengeance.

Bells & big lashes. Velvet & high-waists.

In the meantime, hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Whether you're out at the shows until the sun comes up or tucked in with a good book and bundle of sage, enjoy it to it's fullest. 

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".

Fire in the Sky

Fire in your heart, fire in the sky 

This sequin jacket is what dreams are made of!

Nights like these are truly the best!

The full moon came roaring into Leo last night (I am a Leo through & through and am a serious Susan Miller follower, sometimes I seriously wonder how she knows me so well).  

For my Nashville friends did y'all catch that sunset!?

I had a Galentine's date with my best girls - Keiko is in from NY, so she, Lauren, Keiko's bf Bobby and I had a lengthy dinner catch up in Germantown. When Ben's away it's easy for me to tuck in at home and never leave. It's truly so wonderful to have girlfriends here to spend hours talking life with.

No matter what your Valentine's plans are, whether you're spending it with a loved one or caring for yourself at home let that Leo moon brighten you from the inside. Lunar Eclipses are a special, deeply transformative time - an opportunity to let go of the past and illuminate something new in your life. 

Here's a full moon ritual and some ideas on how to harness the power of the Leo eclipse. 


For Valentine's Day I've partnered with Boohoo - the gals there offered to send over something fun for the weekend and I love the lingerie inspired look we came up with. A little peek-a-boo lace to spice it up paired with this velvet bodysuit and this jacket that's become a serious favorite... it's all giving me a little rock star confidence.

The lip color is Cherry Blossom by AVEDA (favorite of all the things as always for those that asked on instagram! ) and I'm using their Pure Abundance and Damage Remedy Collection too, I'm definitely due for a haircut! AH! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Weekend!

xoxo!

Andi

Thanks to Lauren for snapping these photos! 

 

 

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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".

Conscious Consumerism

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Conscious Consumerism

Something that's been on my mind more this last few weeks than ever: conscious consumerism. Every time we decide to spend our dollars we're making a statement. A statement that we support that company's values, ethics and mission.

In my travels I'm always on the hunt for trinkets to take home to remind me of those travels. I've always been mindful of shopping local, supporting local artisans, avoiding fast fashion... and lately I've adopted a rule of adding pieces to my collection that come from brands doing things to give back.
 
A good shopping tip to adhere to before buying something new: stop for a moment and ask - where was this made, whose hands assembled it? As you guys know, I'm also a vintage and thrift lover - pairing repurposed clothing with ethically crafted designs truly tell a fashion story I can get behind.

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Over on instagram I'm running a little contest this week in partnership with Jimani Collections. Each  pieces is handcrafted with love from Kenya! Empowering women and artisans, creating sustainable societies, it's a part of their mission, and I hope you'll share their message with a friend over on my page!

photos: my sweet Ben, who just put out a little punk noise grunge protest EP over on his site. It's a good listen to get a little rage out. 😬 🎸

Here's a few other pieces from brands I'm loving with a commitment to values that align with mine.

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".

Stones and Strands

Lately I've been extra obsessed with stones and strands. You know, the jewels that take an outfit to the next level. I've always been a vintage lover (as you all know!) and I typically only pick up new gems when I'm out traveling. Wearing something special is a good way to have a little reminder of the places you've been... 

Separately, I've had my ears pierced with 3 holes on either side since I was a preteen, I added a 4th hole while listening to black metal when I was like 16... REBEL! 

However, my latest addition, this sweet little ear cuff is the variety that doesn't require any new piercings. LOVE THAT PART (I'm definitely not that same wild child I was at 16). 

Anyways, thought I'd share these little beauties with you guys, in case you might be looking for something similar. I've got a special code at the jewelry house Stone & Strand (where I found this cuff) for 15% off. The code is ANDI15. Advanced apologies (or perhaps a you're welcome) when you decide you love everything on the site. 

Another rule for me when hunting for new pieces is to shop local markets for indie designer brands that have a story and - secondly - to shop makers that are doing something special to give back. The other pieces I'm wearing here are from Blue Annie, a brand that caters to my modern bohemian style. Each of the pieces is made with such attention to details and with each piece sold a portion of the proceeds goes back to organizations that support women. Big win all around!

I've always been of the mindset that you can't go wrong layering on a few extra jewels. Sweet little baubles turn even the gloomiest days around. (And of course, Ann Bancroft's character, Miss Dinsmore, in Great Expectations has always been my style icon, so, well.... that surely explains something).

xoxo,

Andi

Here's a few more ear cuffs I'm loving too. Definitely want every single one!

 

 

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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".

3 Holiday Ensembles For (My Imaginary) Holiday Parties

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As the sun goes down on another winter day (it was 4:18 as I started to type this) I find myself leaving my desk a little early, cozying up with a hot toddy and scrolling through the instagrams admiring my beautiful friends attending the most glamorous holiday parties. Le sigh. 

With a week to go before Christmas Eve, and New Year's a minute behind that I'm finally starting to feel the itch to join in the festivities. Maybe it was getting our tree up (that's me up there, tree shopping earlier this week) or maybe it's the Yule Log that's on repeat on our Amazon Prime, but up to this point I've been content to live vicariously through those photos, you know, imaginary party attendance basically. 

If I had it my way I'd convince myself that leaving the house when it's below 60 degrees is bad for one's health and therefore I'd absolutely never, ever make it to a holiday soirée. The good news however, is that I have friends and a bf that fare at least slightly better in the below freezing temperatures and order me to leave the house. 

This week I've finally gotten out - I've attended two holiday parties and in each case as I took a little time to get ready for the night (i.e. peel off the pajamas that have become my home office attire) I was reminded that fashion was actually my first love! And, if I'm not going to be out glamping on a beach for the holidays (by the way, anyone want to send an RV to pick me up?!) then at least I can get in the game and dress things up a bit.

In all honesty, half the reason I've committed to party attendance is this beret and my new velvet booties. I found both on WOZNOW. I went a little overboard so pretty much every outfit I'm wearing centers on one of these two pretties or something I found in scrolling their hat or boot category.

In the spirit of the season I've put together 3 ensembles that are perfect for sipping egg nog while Mariah or Cee-Lo rock out the Christmas jams. 

 As a recovering thrift store junkie and die hard vintage lover when I don't have time to deep dive into those racks I prefer the sale section on the sites of my favorite brands. And, honestly, I'm not a girl to hunt too hard so this site has been my go-to this season in planning my holiday outfits. 

Outfit 1

I told you. The beret is pretty magical. And no one else is going to have it. (Unless you tell them, so shhhh). And ever since Gucci brought the pussy bow out in full force I can't stop, won't stop.  

Outfit 2

Look 2 is one part harajuku one part ugly Christmas sweater, because we're all going to that type of party at least once right? If not, we should be. 

Outfit 3

Since I've returned from Paris I've been in a serious all black errrthing mode. Or maybe it's because half the girls in Nashville channel the female version of Johnny Cash so well. Either way, here's look 3, and possibly the easiest to pull together in a rush.

Alright, that's it for today. And it's 5:44 as I wrap this thing. Sun's wayyyy down, toddy's coming wayyyyy up.

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".