Photo Preview: Wanderful! Pacific Coast Highway to the Beaches of 30A

Hi wanderful friends,

So this week I'm spending some time decompressing out in the magic of the Rocky Mountains for a few days... it's a quick little respite before the whirlwind of my book launch gets fully underway. 

If you haven't yet pre-ordered you've got a few more days to do so!

I've started to schedule my first round book events and as soon as things are finalized I'll give you all the details. I can tell you this so far: if you'll be in New York City I'll be speaking on September 19th and New Orleans friends, save the date for an event at Martine Chaisson Gallery on September 16th! Yay! 

In the meantime, here's a little photo preview and a couple of outtakes from the first two road trips featured: The Pacific Coast Highway and a jaunt from Miami to the beaches of 30A.

Enjoy!

The PCH

Miami to 30A

photo credits: (1, 2, 3, 7) Allister Ann, (4, 5, 6) David Donelson & Amanda Bjorn, (8, 9) Hunter Holder, (10) Hello Miss Lovely c/o Kaylyn Weir

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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".

Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide To Traveling In Style | Cover!

Time. It's a surreal thing, tumbling by on occasion and slowing to a halt on others... As I prepared to share this post: the reveal of the cover of my new book - "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemians Guide To Traveling In Style" I ruminated back on the last several years. I reflected back to the summer of 2014, road tripping through a foreign country - eyes ablaze - taking in new places everyday. Then fast forwarded to the summer of 2015, back home in America contemplating what wonderment my home country might hold for me. 

I came across a post I wrote then, August '15 - here's a little note from that post:

A year after finishing my first book, I'm so excited (and a little nervous) to share that I'm underway with book number two (eeee!). With an open heart, I'm ready to tell you at least this much -- this little story will be a girl's guide to the best road trip of her life...

It'll include road trip necessities, routes for weekend travelers and those who are planning a bit more time on the road. There will be picnic baskets (the kind that'll chill champagne for late nights camp side), piles of woven blankets to keep cozy in the cool desert air, and Polaroid snapshots along the way. Of course, it'll have music selections for long winding nights behind the wheel and a library of road trip reads for the bibliophiles like me. 

And here, a year and a half later I'm having for real, a moment of straight up euphoria in sharing this with you. I truly feel that THAT is exactly what we've created with this book! 


I'm often asked, 'how does one decide to take on writing a book?' and, then 'what's the process like?' - especially when it's a book that covers 9 road trips across America. I felt prepared going into this, I mean, hey - I've written a book before, and understood the joy and pain (and trust me there's much of both) even though this concept and approach would be so seriously different. 

However what I couldn't have prepared for was the beautiful travelers I'd meet along the way, the friendships I'd develop and those that would deepen from doing this sort of traveling. I couldn't have prepared for the genuine thrill of exploring my own creativity in a new way while concepting this book... the delight in seeing ideas come to life through photographs, and my own romance with the world at large that would expand with each passing hour on the road.

So without dragging this on any longer, I'm happy to share a bit more about the book, this is an excerpt from my publisher's site: 

"A girl with a love for off-the-beaten-path destinations, Andi Eaton found herself putting aside the Lonely Planet and Condé Nast Traveler guides and, instead, looking to bohemians and artists for travel and style inspiration: What do the flower children wear on their excur­sions? Where are the creatives’ favorite vintage shops? And where do the musicians go late-night dancing after the last encore? The dreamer in her wanted more than what a standard travel guide could offer, so she decided to create her own.

Wanderful is a stylish lookbook and travelogue for the adven­turous and nomadic at heart. Follow in Andi’s footsteps as she travels the United States to discover some of its most effort­lessly chic destinations—and the fashionable free spirits and wanderers who live there. Nine intimate and exciting road trip routes explore cities, forests, and in between, and will make you feel like you’re traipsing the country with your best, and best-dressed, girlfriends by your side." 


The book comes out on September 12th, so we've got a little ways to go, however you can pre-order now, and I will truly love those of you who do forever! And! In the meantime, I'll be sharing little peeks and behind the scenes stories every month leading up to the release.

Here's a bit more about the cover!

The cover features Photographer & Musician Amanda Bjorn. Each chapter features locals and wanderlusting road trippers that I met along the way. When I took off for my own Big Sur road trip I thought about Amanda. She had traveled the PCH with her boyfriend (and creative partner) and an old school Super 8 camera creating film footage for their band's newly released EP "Young and Restless."

Amanda was my muse for this route. She is the ultimate wanderful girl. 

Outtakes from Amanda's journey up Highway 1

Outtakes from Amanda's journey up Highway 1

As Allister (who photographed much of the Pacific Coast Highway chapter) and I pulled into Big Sur, I envisioned Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac and Joan Didion perched high on the rugged cliff’s edge in their writer’s retreats. What it must have been like for them when they first laid eyes on this place. I wanted to emulate their stories, and Amanda clearly had done the same.

Btw, in Big Sur, people make plans a different way. It’s old school; the mystics and mountain men, healers and musicians flow along without any need or want for the outside world’s static. I fell in love instantly. Big Sur was a highlight of my first road trip and embodied an energy and a feeling that would stay with me for the remainder of these wanderful travels. 

Without giving anything away, I've shared a few behind the scenes images and outtakes below, these photos capture the spirit of this sort of travel (I think)! Enjoy!

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I can't wait to share more with you, and truly hope you all love it and are inspired to get out there in the world. 

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

outtake photo credits (from top, and l to r): Allister Ann 1, 3-5, 7, 8, 10 | Hunter Holder 2, 6 | Keiko Lynn 9

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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".

Wanderful!

photo: Hunter Holder | outtake from Wanderful

photo: Hunter Holder | outtake from Wanderful

Hi wanderful friends!

I'm so excited to share with you a quick little update on my book. First, "Wanderful: A Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style" is finished! After 5 months on the road, hundreds (maybe thousands?!) of photographs, 40,000+ written words and rounds and rounds of edits, it is finally FINISHED!

Next steps are sales and marketing and all of that takes a bit of time, so in the meantime, I'll be sharing a story each month leading up to the release on the making of the book (there were 9 total road trips, so trust me, there's lots to share!) and tips and style lessons we learned from the girls we met along the road. 

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list so that you don't miss a thing!

Thanks for following along - and I'll be back with a pre-sale link (so you can buy in advance) soon!

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".

Get Out Of Your Element

It's that end of summer mountain magic.

Growing up I was a beach girl, and a city girl ... these road trips to the National Parks have my synapses firing differently. It's good to change it up.

Often it's so easy to do the things we've done before, we get comfortable with the "known." Even when it comes to travels and vacations it's our human nature to pick the places we have a familiarity with.

Get curious about newness. 

Traveling is meant to free the spirit and reduce the overwhelm ya know? However, when we get out of our element often that's when that uncertainty can set in. That thing about me being a beach girl... well it meant that given the opportunity and the choice, I often chose my travel destinations based on my norm. Not anymore.

This year as I took on the responsibility that came with writing a book about traveling it meant getting out of my element. And what happened when I decided to do that? I fell fully in love with places I wasn't expecting.

Mountain hikes can be tough, btw. The air is thin, temperatures change with the elevation, there's an edge I'd never quite felt roaming my usual seaside haunts. And - as that edge begins to wear off, that's when the magic shows up. As we wrapped this hike, we turned the corner to begin our journey home and all of a sudden, directly ahead through the forest clearing: a rainbow bigger than I'd ever seen and papa moose less than 5 feet in front of us.

I truly encourage you guys to get out of your comfort zone when choosing your next travel destination. There's so much to see and feel out there.

Big thanks to Banana Republic for dressing me for this particular day in the Rockies. On this hike Ben and I were huffing and puffing all the way up the mountainside. The quality of the fabrics make for a big difference when the climate changes by the hour and, I'm pretty obsessed with this particular denim jacket. It's perfect for outdoor adventures and transitions perfectly for city nights too.

xoxo,

Andi

Banana Republic compensated me for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Wanderful Life Photo Preview: Wanderful Girls on the Road

This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and HP. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithHP #CollectiveBias

This week has been one for the books. Or at least, about a book.

After traveling all year creating the content for A Wanderful Life (the book I'm releasing next Spring if you're new here!) I'm finally back in my home office getting this baby underway. My big submission, 35,000+ words and hundreds and hundreds of photos, went off to my editor on Monday.

My three traveling partners on the book's 9 trips:

Allister Ann: A music and fashion photographer by day, an ethereal wildflower of a girl by night.
Keiko Lynn: My makeup maven and indie fashion loving friend with the swoon worthiest closet on planet earth.
T’Ben Alleman: My tour bus living bf with an electric cowboy style. A mariachi jacket layered over tie dye? It’s his grocery store attire.

I'm forever grateful to the three of them for being my soul mate travelin' crew. One of the best parts of these trips has been experiencing each destination with each of them.

Big advanced thank you to Hunter too, who shot the photos for both the Florida road trip and the Southern swamplands trek as well.

There's still so many photos in edits, however, I was way too excited to not at least give you guys a little peak at a few of my favorites Wanderful girls photographed on the road.

So here we go!

Jasmine of the blog Alice & Lennon playing dress up with Allister and I at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA. photo: Allister Ann

Jasmine of the blog Alice & Lennon playing dress up with Allister and I at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA. photo: Allister Ann

Kate & Alexis being mega babes in Grayton Beach, Florida. photo: Hunter Holder

Kate & Alexis being mega babes in Grayton Beach, Florida. photo: Hunter Holder

One of my favorite girls (Ashley!) and locations (the 66 diner)! on our Route 66 trip. photo: Allister Ann

One of my favorite girls (Ashley!) and locations (the 66 diner)! on our Route 66 trip. photo: Allister Ann

Mardi Gras mask shopping with Gabrielle in New Orleans. photo: Hunter Holder

Mardi Gras mask shopping with Gabrielle in New Orleans. photo: Hunter Holder

Horsing around with Bullet, one of the sweet horses at Camatta Ranch. photo: Allister Ann

Horsing around with Bullet, one of the sweet horses at Camatta Ranch. photo: Allister Ann

Wanderful Guide, Amanda Born, on her Pacific Coast Highway roadtrip to make her latest music video! Photo: David Donaldson

Wanderful Guide, Amanda Born, on her Pacific Coast Highway roadtrip to make her latest music video! Photo: David Donaldson

Me. Climbing on things I probably shouldn't on our Pacific Northwest travels. Photo: Allister Ann

Me. Climbing on things I probably shouldn't on our Pacific Northwest travels. Photo: Allister Ann

We had such a blast along the way and I can't believe it's finally time to lay everything out. Over the last several weeks my intern crew and I have been pulling our favorite photos to start narrowing down what will make the book. The process of going from idea to concept to finished product requires so much pre-planning!


One of the things I find to be important when I have new interns on our team is a quick lesson on how to build the mood boards, and the importance of creating a shot list.

Here's how we do it:

1. Pinterest Boards: We start with a basic Pinterest board that everyone on the team can pitch in ideas to.

2. Once we've created the board, I go back through the pins and create a shot list. It's important to know exactly how many photos we're intending to get in each set up, what the model will be wearing for each shot and if we require props, certain lighting, etc that needs to be noted as well.

3. I create the shot list with detailed notes of what our intended outcome. For example: if we want photos to tell a story that takes place over several days, we need to change wardrobe, hair, makeup and sometimes lighting and location too. As we work through the shoot it's important to check back and ensure no detail is missed. I use Go Moodboard, here's an example from our Route 66 Shoot. I can add the notes and organize the mood photos according to the shot list.

4. After the shoot, I like to select the photos that will best fit the story and then print them to get a perspective of what we have from each shoot. It's super helpful when working with the photo editor to have everything in front of you when making final selections!

Big thanks to HP for showing up fairy godmother style. We were in serious need of an affordable, high-quality printer for the office, something with high-yield ink cartridges that would print hundreds of photos without killing the cartridges (and the piggy bank). The printer we picked up prints twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges. I'm blown away by the quality and speed in which this thing gets work done.

Once we got the printer set up, which took a whole 2 minutes, we were able to print wirelessly from each device in the office - laptops, smartphones and tablets. We're also able to scan illustrations, memorabilia and all that fun stuff from the trips.

Can't wait to share more with you guys! What do you think so far?

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".