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".

Moonstone Magic

Most boho loving girls have a bit of a devil-may-care attitude when it comes to dressing and I, most definitely have taken that approach since as long as I was old enough to dress myself. 

 Pattern mixes and handmade textiles, I love to wear clothing that reflects a laissez faire lifestyle. In regards to accessories - sentimental pieces, and jewels a plenty are my go-to. I've never been into designer bags or the shoe of the moment, on the other hand, my wardrobe is filled with gemstones, sun-charged crystals, oversized wooden beads, pendants and charms.

In collaboration with a new Moon child favorite of mine (https://www.moonstoneshop.com/), a brand dedicated to a gem that's known to enhance physic ability, intuition and sensitivity and one that serves as a protector too (it's truly my favorite, one I've always been drawn to) I created a little video reflective of the magic of the gem and the sun-drenched hills here in Tennessee. Learn more about the gem and some moonstone rituals below!  

wearing: Aurora, Mystic Moon & Oceana ring from Moonstone Magic, heart sunnies, straw hat, Heartloom romper


Moonstone Rituals

(adapted from the Moonstone Magic blog)

Moonstone for Cleansing

A full moon bath cleanses the mind, body, and spirit. As you wash the dirt away, you’ll also cleanse the negative energies you're holding on to. Become synced with the moon’s feminine energy by experiencing a quiet moon bath - add the gem to the water and follow with fragrant oils and Himalayan salt. Moonstone will purify your thoughts and emotions, while Himalayan salt will release toxins and add minerals into your body at the same time. Add candles and sip on an herbal tea for a sacred moment.
 

Moonstone for New Beginnings

We may not be able to re-do the past, but we can look forward to new beginnings. During the full moon, go outside with the Moonstone in your hand. Close your eyes and think of the things you want to change, choose a mantra like "Mother Moon, take these trials away from me." Repeat the phrase every night by your window until the new moon comes. On the night of the new moon, take your gem away from your home and bury it (or, if you reside near a body of water - send it down the river). Leave it there without looking back knowing that those past constraints are released.


Moonstone’s powers are in full spectrum on a full moon. Whatever ritual you choose, the most important thing is to throw your inhibitions away and be genuine. Trusting that the moon is infinitely nestled inside us and these Moonstone rituals will boost your innate power as a child of the moon.

☾∙✦∙☾ 

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

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #Chardonnation #NotableSummer #CollectiveBias

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".

Décor bohème: Simple Ideas for stylish living - Laundry Room Sneak Peek

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Lately the STYLE category of Oui We is becoming as much about the bohemian style we're applying to our home, as it is wardrobe and personal style. It's been a total treat to be in our house, and to take the time to really design a space that feels so us. I mentioned in the progress report post that we'd be having the house photographed, and that deadline is creeping up. And, real talk: like just about every other woman I know that moves into a new home (and plenty of guys too) I've been a bit pinterest board crazy... crazy to the point of having one of my brilliant interns specifically calling out that we needed to add a new category over there: "Décor Bohème" of all the things that I was saving. 

Small Laundry Redo LED Sign

With that said, as I spend hours upon hours scrolling those boards gaining inspiration to finish up each room it's also worth mentioning that I'm most definitely not your typical DIY gal - I'm up for an occasional project, however, I'm as up for hiring the right help when it's necessary.

Let's be honest though, there's only so many hours in the day, aaaand on the flip, there's only so many dollars in the budget. So as much as I'd like to hire out everything when I partnered up with Purex® Crystals to share an update on our laundry room design, I decided this one was all on me.

As I started preparing to organize our laundry room, I came across 3 questions:

1. Is the space so small it will only accommodate laundry and associated supplies?

2. Is there enough storage to include cleaning and utility items as well as laundry?

3. Does the room also serve as a mudroom?

Our laundry room can barely even be called that, it truly is a mudroom leading out to our backyard - it's the space for all of our gardening and outdoor tools and equipment, our cleaning supplies, and where extra paint cans and renovation supplies live (so yes to #2 and #3 above). Right now it's also home to the piles of boxes from packages Ben and I get - those boxes seem to hibernate there until we finally break them down and remove them. If I do this right it should be where our mail, pocket change and all those little things that can so easily pile up get collected and sorted through in an organized fashion. 

Also, since Ben and I both travel so much, when we return home, there's literally that pile of packages (before they're opened), our Sunday paper and our mail all on the dining room table. That kinda makes me crazy. I'd rather have a place in the laundry room where things can live until their dealt with. Another thing that makes me crazy? All the laundry supplies that were piling up in every little corner of our laundry / mudroom room.

I probably should have taken a before picture of this little nook, but in reality it was freaking awful, and I was like nope, no one will ever be allowed to see this. 

So, in an effort to reduce my insanity (and because, hey Purex called and was like - let's pretty this place up basically) 💁🏼I spent a few hours the other day getting this room in shape.

Here's what I did, and some budget notes too.


1. Clean, Declutter and Actually Get Through the Laundry

It seems obvious, I know. But the reality is in our laundry room we had several 1/2 used bottles of detergents, lots of samples stashed in multiple drawers and then a basket of items that required special laundering that I just hadn't dealt with. I strung a little twine in the window and added clothes pins so those little unmentionables that I never seem to deal with could be quickly hand washed and hung to dry. Before doing anything else I washed everything so we didn't have a back log. 

Clothesline Laundry Room

2. Create Simple Homes for All of the Supplies

Laundry Room Organization

I poured all the remaining detergents into a few glass mason jars. I also gathered up mending supplies, and all the pocket change that was kind of lying all around and gave those things a jar too. We already had a ton of jars from a coffee shop that I go to that sells their ice coffee that way, so, so far, budget impact: net zero.

Next up, I took a drive to the recycling center, got rid of all those plastic bottles, and the many empty cardboard shipping boxes and just getting rid of all of that stuff made a big difference.

On my drive to the recycling center I decided to make a pit stop at my local bargain center. I picked up a shelf that I could easily install (we had none at all in this room), a few wire baskets and the little LED "OK" sign that I found in a clearance bin.

Airy Laundry Room

I hung the shelf (cost $12), the sign (cost $16) and put the samples and the remaining things that didn't have a home in one of the wire baskets, I brought a plant from our porch in for a touch of green and this little section was feeling good. I love the color of the Purex Crystals (I picked up mine at Kroger by the way and there's more detail on the product at the end of this post) - I think they look so pretty in the jars (no more plastic bottle eye sores)!

Plus when I did that remaining laundry I was pretty blown away by how fresh it all smelled.

I snipped a little corner of the label from each detergent and taped it to the back of each jar so I'd know what product was in each jar. I tied a little decorative bead I'd received on a gift box around the jars to dress them up a bit and voila, we're looking pretty fancy huh?!

Laundry Reno DIY
Laundry Crystals DIY

3. Making the Mudroom Tidy

So if you're facing the laundry cove (maybe that's what we should call it) directly behind is the area that was collecting, well everything. This is the true mudroom space. To tidy things up just a bit more I hung a clip board and a simple pin board on the wall. Wedding announcements, bills that need to be paid or just little keepsakes can go here. I have some iron patches that I need to get to so I hung those up too. 

I added a few more wire baskets (these were $2 / each) to toss in the things that get used all the time, and then directly out of view I added a few simple hooks for tools and cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, etc). 

Laundry Room Organization

That's pretty much it you guys. That's the sneak peek, and I know it may seem small but for us this room feels so much better. Even our little cat Chicken was thrilled that the mudroom bench was hers again. She climbed immediately into the window to bird watch, and I swear she esp'd me a "good job lady." 😺

Kitty in the Window

Want to learn more about Purex Crystals? 

A great scent at an awesome price they provide 12 Weeks of Freshness. I choose the following aromas, one from the classic collection and one from the NEW Botanicals, with no dyes. 

Purex Crystals, available at Kroger

Purex Crystals, available at Kroger

  • Fresh Spring Waters: Freshen your wardrobe with the shimmering light of Fresh Spring Waters to brighten your everyday.
  • Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla: Bring the finishing touch on your laundry with a blend of Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla. The natral mineral based formula, without dyes and with essential oils, delivers long lasting freshness.

I can't wait to share more of what's happening in our home! As always thanks for following along!

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".

A Noteworthy Housewarming Party Checklist

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #Chardonnation #SpringWine #CollectiveBias

I shared a progress report on our new home in Nashville a few months back. As much as we travel it's always so incredible to be able to come home to a place that feels fully, well, us. In that post I shared what we'd done so far, what we still had remaining and ways you could incorporate similar ideas. 

Since then we've decided it's time to truly start sharing our space with friends. It will be a year in August since we bought this house, and it's my intention to finally have a house warming party before that year anniversary. I've started working on the plans. Music is such a big part of our lives so we're considering a music theme of course 💁🏼 maybe come dressed as your favorite musician or something like that... themes are always so much fun right (and it's a good excuse to wear a Grand Ol' Opry style get up or go full rockstar right!?).

Outdoor picnic with Notable Wine
For our party we've partnered with Notable Wines, you can learn all about the brand at the close of this post, btw! I was thrilled to partner with Notable, I'm a wine lover, and it's a brand that's refined, expressive and accessible too - perfect for a musician x boho style girl's house warming. 😊

As someone who loves to create checklists, as we plan our event I thought I'd share with you guys the step by step for creating your dream house warming party, and honestly, this list applies to any party you might be having in your home! So here we go:

1. The Plan

Determine what type of party you're going to have, and communicate the details in the invite. Is it a day party? A wine and cheese night? Are you having a sit down dinner in which the guests should all arrive at a specific time. The size and scope of the event will determine how far in advance you need to start planning and likely, your level of stress will depend on that too. We'll be having an afternoon party that will spill from the indoors to out. We've got a big yard at our house and we want to take advantage of that.

2. The Invites

Here's your opportunity to really specify what's happening. I went to a party this week in which the invite was sent via text message, it was a funny little meme sort of thing. The invite made it clear that the event would be casual and maybe get a little wild even. I loved it.

If you're having a sit down dinner perhaps, a formal invite is likely the route, and there are plenty of online services in which you can create a custom mailable invite that feels formal too. For our party we're intending on the event to be drop by - to have the party flow along throughout the afternoon and we will be keeping it casual. Our house isn't very large, so we don't want to cram everyone in all at once. We'll reserve our sit down dinner nights for smaller groups. 

3. Prep Your Space

Stock up on things you could possibly run out of. Wine (obviously), ice, toilet paper, napkins, and when you think you've got plenty, maybe buy a little bit extra. Other things to consider, if it's raining, where will you host the guests, and what will you need if that's the case? If it's summer, what's the bug situation? Perhaps get a few extra citronella candles and bug spray if you'll have your guests outdoors. 

Amelia's Flower Truck Nashville
Hanging Bohemian Chair
notable wines party

At our house we'll definitely be bringing the outdoors in, and vice versa. For our party I'll be making a stop at my favorite flower truck and the garden center to fill every corner with beautiful blooms and succulents. 

4. Create Seating Arrangements

Bohemian Home Ideas

If you're having a dinner party be sure to have a few extra chairs in case extra guests arrive (who knew your bf's bestie was bringing his new girl?! Yep, I've definitely had that happen). If you're having a more casual event, little seating vignettes will make it comfortable for people to settle in to conversation wherever they are throughout your house. 

Bohemian Home Ideas

5. Service Strategy

No matter which type of party you're having you'll likely serve food and drink in courses, or maybe you'll give your guests the option of self serving. If there's a specific area of your house you'd like to show off that's where you want the beverage cart, for example. If you're going to have a seated meal, perhaps appetizers are served on your porch to show off the view. Think about where you'd like the guests to congregate and set up there.

Musician's Living Room

6. Set the Mood with Music

I'm obviously a music lover, and as I mentioned for our party there will be a music theme, however no matter the theme be sure to have a playlist! We love vinyl records, and they're a ton of fun, however, someone will need to be in charge of flipping the records if you intend to go that route. You might have a friend that likes that job and if so, go for it. I always like to have a back up playlist for a variety of moods just in case. 

7. Give the Grand Tour

For your housewarming, or even if it's just the first time guests have been over, give them a look around when they arrive. Like I said, our house is small, however, rather than guests feeling as if they need to peak around and sleuth out the bathroom, give a little tour and perhaps show off what you've done to the place already. In our case, we still have renovations to complete, so on our tours I'll share the big vision too... nothing wrong with sharing what's to come!

8. Document The Details

Obviously everyone loves a good instagram moment so go ahead and set those up, and then perhaps place a few disposable cameras around for guests to snap photos too. It's funny how taking photos can get people in a festive mood, and it'll create memories. At our house we have a little bowl where we stash our photos, and looking back through them always makes me smile.
Instax Photos

9. Share Your Gratitude

It goes without saying, if someone brings a gift, be sure to send a note! An extra little touch: scan some of the photos from the event and send those in your thank you card. 

So there we have it! That's my checklist! If you're interested in learning a bit more about Notable read on! Big thank you to the brand for sharing these beautiful Chardonnays with me!


Notable is the 1st and only wine that highlights the flavor profiles on the front of the bottle, helping make the wine aisle a less confusing place.

What I loved about Notable Chardonnay is the label detail. Wines vary in style, region and taste of course, the Notable label describes the flavor notes elegantly, so you know what you're getting. I brought a bottle to a friend's party the other night, and she commented that she loves a crisp & fruity white, and specifically citrus flavors, so voila! She immediately knew she'd like this one - the label specified that exactly! When Ben and I tried the other tasting profile, he preferred the oaky & buttery profile of the California Chardonnay. We paired it with a vegetable pasta dish and it was divinely perfect.  


I can't wait to finally put this list in action, I'll let you all know how the party goes, and of course, follow along on instagram

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".

Work in Progress: Creating Our Bohemian Abode on A Budget

Hi wanderful friends! 

As most of you know Ben and I moved into our new house in Nashville at the end of 2016. The story of finding this little home was kind of wild. Ben was out on tour, I was in New Orleans finishing writing my book that's coming this fall and between all of that we each had a limited window of time to actually be in Nashville to find our new home. 

Our realtor was a dream. Juliana, referred to us by a musician friend of Bens, totally understood our lives. She went above and beyond, doing house tours with us over FaceTime, riding on the back of her husband's motorcycle while filming the whole neighborhood to show us the area, and making sure we'd find a place with enough space for Ben to have a music studio, me to have a quiet writing space, plus a yard for a garden and a porch for dining al fresco.

We wanted a place that was a bit remote, so we could feel that we were checking out a bit when we're home. Not an easy feat, however, she pulled it off.

So many of you have sent sweet emails as well as notes through instagram (I've shared quite a bit of our space on my stories) - and quite a few of you have asked for a little tour of our home. Honestly, I'm not intending to share that until later this summer - we're having the house photographed then, and we have SO much to do to truly feel like it's finished (is it ever really though?!). 

HOWEVER! I decided this week that I'd go ahead and share what we've done so far! This is a serious work in progress. 

Full disclosure (that means no judging me!): all of these photos were snapped on my iPhone, and like I said, we still have so much to do! 

I'm sharing 3 rooms here. Our bathroom is about to undergo a serious renovation and the music room is Ben's man cave (i.e. it's literally covered in music gear and you don't want to see it yet I promise)!

I've got notes about ways to create each space on a budget, what we've done so far and what's remaining. I've also included links to items that will help you create a similar vibe for each room if you're interested (and for the most part I've sourced things that are truly budget friendly)! 

Room 1: The Gathering Room

In a normal setting this would be the dining room. The reality for us is that there's just two of us and when we have friends over for meals it's more about throwing cushions on the floor, gathering around the farm table, with lots of music playing from either the record player or the upright piano and guitars.

What we've done: Ben had so many music posters from his tours, and I've got trinkets from travels so this room felt like the perfect place to combine our passions. On the left side of the room is an area for hanging out, including Ben's upright piano with memorabilia from shows and travels. 

On the right side is our dining area. We found a farm table at a local antique mall and loaded up the shelf on the right with the cameras we both collect. 

What we need to do: We still need to complete this space with window treatments and we're committed to updating further with a comfy and chic sofa that friends can truly all pile in on. We're adding plants to every room on the regular too, it's a cheap way to warm a space up and is good for you too!

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Of course, we had to include little touches of New Orleans throughout our home. In the hallway leading into the kitchen I've framed a few of my photos and included this map of New Orleans. The print is on museum-quality matte paper, and the company has so many location options!

I personally have a serious map obsession, I've got vintage maps that will be going in our living room and old atlases piled there too. 

The designers at Modern Map Art clearly have that same obsession. 

Budget tip: I still need to have this print framed (I have soooooo much framing to do) however, in the meantime I've used these little skeleton binder clips to hang mine. I've done that in several rooms where I've got art that hasn't yet been framed. 

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Room 2: The Meditation Room (i.e. our Bedroom!)

Ben and I agreed that we wanted our bedroom to feel serene and dreamy. (Well maybe I used those words however, he agreed with the idea!). We also wanted it to feel worldly and needed a bit of extra space for my wardrobe. We're lucky to have lots of real estate in this room. We LOVE the fireplaces we have throughout this house and often I turn this room into my own little meditation sanctuary too. 

What we've done: The walls are filled with hats we've each collected, an old clothing rolling rack from my wardrobe styling days works as extra closet space and I decided to invest about $500 for pillows for this room and the living room and am so glad that I did!

What we need to do: This is another room where the windows need some love, and I truly hung this gallery wall in about 5 minutes. We've got photographs we've taken on our travels that need to be framed and hung with a bit more intention than my first go at it! To further the sanctuary vibes theres some touches that need to be expanded on too.

Budget tip: If you don't have a headboard (which we didn't have when I snapped these photos): pile on the pillows. We've got 8 pillows that live on this bed (and you can get them for much less than what I spent), with the largest in the back acting as a pseudo-headboard. 

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Room 3: The Living Room

This room is truly my favorite! Most of the furniture was sourced at local antique shops, and much of the art came from my home in New Orleans.

What we've done: Loads of antique-ing! I love the idea of super modern art paired with antique-y finds. The green velvet couch was less than $1000 at a local antique mall. The Bill Murray (which we get asked about all the time!) is from Baton Rouge artist TJ Black.

What we need to do: We still need to hang drapes in this room too, there's actually a large window facing our porch that's not pictured that needs some love, and we're on the hunt for a larger coffee table and better end tables. In the meantime however, it's truly a space that makes me smile everyday. 

Budget tip: The bar cart is actually a Costa Rican flower cart, and we found it for just at $100, it's something you could DIY to get a similar look! 

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this little tour! I promise to share the "real" photos once we finish everything. I love having a space that combines my interests and Ben's. I also wanted our home to feel livable and inviting. I feel like we're well on the way to accomplishing that!

Have a beautiful weekend! 

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".