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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After spending the last two years traveling America's most beautiful routes I feel confident in saying I've mastered the art of the road trip. How to pack your bags, your car, beauty tips while traveling, how to make it out of sticky situations in one piece and I'm in love with how good it feels to connect with the deeply routed people all over this big badass country. 

I ended this year with a trip back to the country that spurred my interest in writing my book Wanderful to begin with - Spain - and here's the short version of how all of that came to be:

I spent the summer of 2014 finishing up my first book New Orleans Style. Here I was, given an opportunity to create something that would become my calling card as an author and in the spirit of my wanderluster Grandmother I studied the constellations, put my luck on a full moon and booked a one-way flight to the Mediterranean coast.

As I took off it occurred to me: every time I’d taken a trip I’d sought out a guide. Usually that came in the form of a book, or a magazine, and lots of google searching for travel blog posts on my intended destination - there were lots of lists of the best restaurants and bars, the museums to visit, and the tours to take - but what I hadn't found was a guide for the fashion loving bohemian types like me! Those interested in slow, experiential travel. So, I set out to make just that. Wanderful became the American road trip version of that, and what I wish for the readers is that they get out and see the wonderment that America has to offer. 

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2018 Dream Destination List

So now, 3 years later, it's the end of 2017 and I'm thinking where to next.?! I'm starting to brainstorm ideas for next projects and certainly intend to cover more international travel in 2018, and so to end the year Ben and I spent a few weeks in Spain - it's truly a country that sparks my inspiration like no other. 

I've been poring through the Expedia blog to get ideas for 2018 travels and here's 5 destinations I'm adding to the list, and some of my magical girlfriends lending to that inspiration.

p.s. even if you're only planning one adventure this year, let these glorious destinations & ladies inspire the wanderlust in you.

Santorini

My darling friend Keiko (yes the one that's alllll over my book) visited Santorini this year and every photo was a pure dream. I researched a bit and then this article grabbed me - romance? oui, please!

 photo via Keiko Lynn

photo via Keiko Lynn

Glamorous seascapes, glittering horizons and white washed hillsides... I don't know what I'd do first: sample the local wines (the vines grow deep into the island’s ancient volcanic soil enhancing the flavors), swim in the Aegean Sea or rent a car to venture out to the blue umbrella-topped Red Beach and Oia.

Florence

Michaela has become a digital friend and every "Wanderess" post on her site inspires new ideas for travel.

 photo via Verite Woman

photo via Verite Woman

This particular post on Italy has me wanting to spend weeks exploring the country but MIchaela's photos coupled with her the notes on Florence: a quaint apartment within walking distance of all one’s favorite gelato shops, tucked away restaurants with local fare of house-cured meats, and expertly curated cheeses and wonderfully stylish locals have me wanting to make Florence my first Italian destination. 

Byron Bay

Krystal is another one of my travel loving friends and my oh my does she ever make traveling look like an ethereal delight. Her blog is one of the most beautiful out there. Between she and Jasmine (my Aussie friend who's currently living life as a New Yorker) these two have given me a serious lust for Australia. 

 photo via This Time Tomorrow

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Krystal spent this holiday season traversing Australia, go take a look at her instagram to get some serious Australian summer inspiration, and in her recent post on Byron Bay she describes it like this: A coastal town, Byron Bay is located in the southeastern corner of New South Wales and offers all the sea-faring charm you’d expect it to — think Santa Cruz meets Montauk, with a dash of Venice Beach — where surfers live to surf [and] where families live in the most adorable beach-facing homes, shopping at the local farmer’s markets every Sunday." I want to go for the views (of course), the seaside meet jungle hikes and the bohemian inspired shopping throughout the area. 

Cuba

 photo via Amanda Bjorn

photo via Amanda Bjorn

Amanda, who's gorgeousness graced the cover of my book (and who's also seen on lots of pages in the Pacific Coast Highway chapter), makes living the life of a world traveling photographer look incredibly connecting. This winter & spring she's leading Photo & Art tours and I'm fingers crossed, going to make one of these happen by end of Spring. Her Cuba tour includes balcony breakfasts, ocean swims, visits to artists collectives, and convertible rides. Si, si si!

Lisbon 

 photo via Ana Linares

photo via Ana Linares

Ana has been on a world traveling whirlwind this year. Go scroll through her 'gram for just a sec and you'll be hard pressed to actually decide which destination she makes look the best.

She visited Lisbon this year after discovering her grandmother's family originated there, and she shared her experience on "meadering" through Lisbon in this post. I researched a bit more, found this 48 hour guide to Lisbon, and coupled with the inspiration from Ana's photos - Lisbon climbed (easily) onto this list. 


I can't wait to get the planning underway. I've got some good tools I've been using for booking too - so I'll be back to share those soon! In the meantime, any places you think I need to add to the list? Tell me, tell me, tell me!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

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Books to read: The Vacationers (Emma Straub), A Winter in Majorca (George Sand), Wild Olives: Life in Majorca with Robert Graves (William Graves), Turning Up at Dawn (Tomas Graves), The Rocks (Peter Nichols), Living in Style Mallorca (Christine von Auersperg)

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9 am: the sun's starting to pour through the curtains and there's 3 things on my mind: a café solo from the coffee man we've started calling "our coffee man", a sugary sweet ensaimada from the bakery one door over from him (it's similar to a beignet I suppose and a delicacy in Mallorca), and the beach, of course. After we wander along through the sleepy streets of Arta, inevitably we'll decide which beach on this island will be ours for the day.

I peer out of the window, and as expected, the sun's waves are dancing upwards and calling me out, I push open the shutters and the sounds of the village are just starting to join in on what the sun's started: the zip zip and then zooooom of our neighbors moped, the children down the alley being hustled along to school and I settle back into the thinking of "oui, si, oh yes, I could live here - like this - forever."  

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This trip is different for me, technically - we're on vacation. We drink rosé with lunch, a local red with the late afternoon tapas, and we share a bottle more at night with whatever seafood dinner we're having. One day in and we were fully settled: food + wine, morning trips to the market and seaside drives, long soaks in our oversized bathtub at night: and we've said to each other over and over "vacaciones con mi amor!

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I thought quite a bit about what to share with you here, and truly, a trip to Mallorca in the off season means we had the beaches often to ourselves, we hiked Torrent de Parreis (plan a day for it) with just a few others, and our trips into the Serra de Tramuntana involved us, a few cyclists and locals, and only the occasional tour bus hair pinning up the winding roads directly at us. 

I won't give you a "must see" list - the island is a bit more than that - however here's a few things I'll add to your list if you visit: 

The Markets: Arta on Tuesdays, Sineu on Wednesdays, there on the weekend? Check around, you'll find one

The Beaches: Cala Gat at Cala Ratjada, Cala d'Or, Cala Pi, Cala Banyalbufar, Cala Deia, Sa Calobra and honestly I could go on and on (and on)

The Beach Towns & Villages: Arta (we stayed in an Airbnb that was an absolutely dream home),  Deia, Fornalutx, Pollenca, Sineu, Santanyi, Valldemossa, & Port de Soller

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One day we sat on our rooftop all afternoon - at sunset I looked down into the alley ways, the smoke rising as the neighbors lit their evening fires and commented: "there is something very Jim Jarmusch about this place..." a while later I opened another jar of olives and came across this quote: "if anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far way from them as possible, both physically and philosophically."

In that moment, I pulled myself closer into Ben, the sun bounced down over the hazy mountain and then fireworks lit up the sky - we found ourselves running into the plaza to see what it was all about. We trailed along to find a wedding party second lining through the village! And right there in our small town of Arta ... tears fell from my eyes, a mix of wine and wonder and because this world offers so much. Love and celebration: that stuff happens everywhere, and today it was all ours and each of these lovers sharing this little island with us.  

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These travel diaries are often the hardest to write, why? because they're mine... no one else to photograph or interview or get local stories from... it's just me (and Ben, usually) out there experiencing the world and hoping to share the best of what we've found and experienced (even when we're on vacation) with you. 

Gracias, always, for being here.

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

*wardrobe for this trip was provided by Ophelia Swimwear. Shop their collection at their newly launched online storefront