Festival Packing List: 10 Things You Need to Stay Cool

Hi loves!

I'm finishing packing up for a weekend down at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I've been to this festival many times, some of my favorite memories of times with friends have happened at this fest. I'm doing this year a little differently, however. I'll be staying at a beautifulllll b'n'b about 30 miles away, and taking notes on things to do for the female adventurer too. (Come back for that post, and follow along on my IG stories to get an inside look at our b'n'b starting tomorrow!)

I've always loved festivals on the beach and to be honest, I JUST checked the line up and am kinda wayyyyy excited: Phoenix, Band of Horses, MGMT and Mutemath are topping my list. It's my first beach weekend of the year, and as a girl that's always happiest by the water it feels like it's the perfect kick off to the summer. 

Wildfox Swimwear at the Lake
Festival Ferris Wheel and Sunset
Wildfox Monokini Evil Eye

I took a last minute road trip this past weekend to Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta (and wow, it was a good one! Two weekends in a row of Phoenix, my faveeee, and omg I'm a happy camper.) One of the things I love most about a good road trip is the excitement of jumping in the car and just, well - going for it.

VW Bus on the Levee

Festival Packing

I'm truly thinking through my festival packing list this go round since it's a three day deal. I'll be meeting up with a group of travel & style bloggers in partnership with Subway (yummy salads and "green room" accommodations at the fest, yes please!), and there's two things I'm thinking about as I get my trunk loaded up:

1. Festivals give us the perfect opportunity to rock out our most adventurous bohemian summer fashions (I mean, c'mon whether we like it or not Coachella seems to be the new Fashion Week). 

and, well...

2. I don't want to look like a "fest girl wannabe." At all. And you shouldn't either. Be your best you, and maybe funk it up a bit and you'll have the best time. 

So here's what I'm packing and a little of the prep I'm doing before road tripping to the beach tomorrow. 

So there we have it loves. I'll catch you guys at the top of the ferris wheel and I hope you guys will follow along this weekend on insta. I'll definitely be sharing a post festival recap. Share your thoughts on my packing list in the comments. Anything I'm missing?! What's your festival style?

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".

Making A Statement in New York City

These streets will make you feel brand new....

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I just returned home from a week in New York. 

There are so many ways to fill time in that brilliant city — New York shines in the warmer months, there’s something uniquely magical about New York spring days. Jay-Z wasn't lying, you guys. I knew I'd be in for a treat this past week, and truly, as expected the city delivered. 

Soho View

We'd be staying in the NOMO, it's a hotel I found myself complimenting each time someone asked -  btw - I highly recommend it - we were tucked away from the madness up in our 19th floor light filled room and the service was stellar every day. (🙌🏽 to the gentlemen that gave me a free coffee as I rushed to an early morning meeting at my publisher's office after a 3 AM rock show night - who does that to themselves you guys?!) 

On the list of favorites of this trip: VBar & Cafe (French cafe vibes with a Smashing Pumpkins playlist), and While We Were Young (they gave us gummy bears with our check! and you'll want to instagram every corner of the glossier pink space) both are in the West Village, and then Bô Cà Phé in Soho (cheap French wine & Vietnamese noodle bowls, I went twice). 

On this trip I scheduled almost every hour ... days filled with meetings and catch up coffee and wine dates with girlfriends and then Ben had 2 shows and a Colbert show appearance (!!!). 

 Oui We, STAY

NOMO Soho: 9 Crosby St. NYC

Oui We, DRINK & DINE

VBar & Cafe: 225 Sullivan St. NYC

While We Were Young: 183 W 10th St. NYC

Bô Cà Phé: 222 Lafayette St. NYC

NOMO Kitchen: 9 Crosby St. NYC


As I was preparing for this trip, as I always do, I contemplated what I could fit into 1 carry-on and 1 big backpack. And it occurred to me... I truly never feel quite myself when dressing in NYC. I regularly advise to pack a few vintage dresses and all the basics whenever asked for a packing strategy ... yet somehow, I always feel that I'm missing something when I pack that way for New York.

So on this trip I asked myself - what's usually missing? Why don't I feel my chicest...? (Or what am I having to steal out of my fashionista friends' closets while there, PERKS of having fashionable friends) and here's what occurred to me - in New York, more than anywhere else, statement pieces make a big difference.

So this go round I approached things a bit differently. I still considered vintage, but rather than my standard day dresses, I opted for high waisted pieces, coupled with kitchsy T's by day for example, and things with a bit of flare and sparkle at night ... I chose things that in any other city might toe the line in regards to the drama of the piece... I have a sequin jacket that's literally been a game changer (who doesn't feel on fire in sequins?!) and a velvet one too and I added those to my nightly ensemble and felt immediately dressed up. I added a vintage beret and oversized sunnies by day, and this time, even when running around from meeting to afternoon coffee date (like I am in these shots) I felt I had my style back. 

Oui We, Wear in New York

The city look is effortlessly chic in a refined way. A jacket layered over slim separates with a statement bag and dark shades is always a good way to go. From Topshop to Opening Ceremony, there are so many brands that embody the city girl spirit (and so many places to shop in the city, of course).

For me however, on a writer's budget I'm not so interested in shopping, but rather repurposing things I have. So a t-shirt with a fun message or story, paired with high waisted flowy pants in a bold pattern can totally have a girl standing out. Honestly - the day I wore this outfit, I was stopped 3 times by people with cameras to snap a photo of my outfit - hey that in itself is a confidence booster 👋🏼. Funny how that works, it's not an expensive outfit or one that was tricky to put together, just something a bit bolder than my usual running around options.

New York Street Style
High Waist Striped Pants

Here's a few versions of the same type of look, mix & match any of the t-shirts with the printed pants:

What About The Shoes? 

New York is a place where everyone walks. It's imperative to pack the right shoes to be able to cover miles in a day: lace up flats, an elevated pair of sneakers, or wedges are all good choices. Right before my trip I received these wingtips from Johnston & Murphy and I have to say, I wore them day in and day out. I took a look at a few of the other options J&M have, and truly they've got the city style down. 

Wing Tips in the City

And the Bag

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I've mentioned quite a few times before, I've been wearing my leather backpacks pretty much everywhere I go, and I typically choose one that will fit down inside my carry-on to make room for an extra bag for my laptop and things. If I've got meetings it's good to have something a teeny bit larger to keep a notebook, camera, etc inside. I've never been a designer bag girl, however, spending just a little bit more on a well-made bag is so worth it. 

New York Street Style 3

Btw! Our next Cheat Sheet is coming this week. Here's the first one if you missed it! I've got mine up on my mood board in my office, make sure to get on our email list to get those and our astro reports too. 

Talk again soon babes.

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

*photos by Christine 

**shoes in photos provided by Johnston & Murphy
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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".

Long Haul Flight Essentials: Beauty Must Haves to Look Your Best While Traveling

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Rise and shine you guys. I've been home from my most recent trip for about a week now and it's been a wild ride of a week to say the least. Traveling can take a serious toll on our bodies, and so can the general stresses of life (helllloooo, election anxiety). As I shared with you guys earlier this week - on my most recent trip to Paris I vowed to never stray from my wellness routine again.

I shared my packing list, my day trip list and today I'm sharing a few essentials for looking and feeling your best on long distance travels. 

Before I took off for Paris I chatted with a few of my makeup artist friends. Knowing that I'd be spending 8+ hours on a plane, and then fighting the jet lag with lots of coffee and forced early wake up times to get adjusted I wanted some ideas about how to look fresh and rested even after that dreaded overnight read eye flight.

And as importantly: I wanted to know - what should I do while on the plane to ensure I'm not a tired looking mess once I arrive at my destination! With so many of us going on long distance trips for the holidays, I hope this helps you prepare to be your most beautiful self after even the longest of trips. 

Here's my list of recommendations gathered from my favorite makeup gurus, and the checklist of products I swear by too. This list honestly applies even if you aren't traveling and just aren't quite getting enough of your nightly beauty rest.

On the Plane

1. Sanitize.

Once you've boarded be sure to sanitize all the things you might be touching for the next hours:  the TV screen in your seat, your window and seat arm rests, it's all carrying germs. Wiping it all down will keep you from getting sick after the flight or introducing bacteria into your skin and eyes. Next: clean your face. A basic skin care wipe will do the trick. Definitely don't travel with a full face of makeup - allow your skin to breathe. 

2. Hydrate.

Apply a full face moisturizer, mine is oil based to protect from the harsh cabin air, and then add an eye cream as well. If you plan to sleep on the plane sleep with moisturizing eye pads and an eye mask (you can do this at home too) to eliminate puffiness and dark circles. For continued hydration carry a misting spray in a TSA-approved bottle and mist throughout the flight. Drink lots of water in the air too, it's critical to keeping your skin fresh!

I like to use a preservative free eye drop as soon as I wake up, at home and on flights too. (Preservatives are added into eye drops to make sure no bacteria grow inside the bottle. The problem is preservatives don’t help with dryness and redness, and in my case I'm sensitive to them).

It's formulated with Sodium Hyalouronate, a form of Hyaluronic Acid that's found in lots of natural moisturizers for 12 hours of soothing comfort. There's a built-in purifying filter that keeps out bacteria in this particular version.

Once you've arrived at your destination here's a few tips to look awake after a long haul flight.

For your skin:

Facial massage. Apply your favorite essential oil to your pressure points, temples, then forehead and cheeks and give yourself a little massage to invigorate your skin. You can also use a brush and work it in a sweeping motion from forehead down to your decollate. Tired skin looks exceptionally dull so after the massage use an illuminating cream to add a little extra fresh faced glow. 

For your eyes: 

Keep the eye makeup to a minimum. It feels normal to want to cover up with a smoky eye, however dark circles are only accentuated by adding extra makeup. Choose nude tones and a lash lengthening mascara to open up tired eyes. 

For your lips: 

Choose a shade that's just a little bit deeper than your natural lip color. Dark colors can age us and aren't especially flattering when we're tired. Your natural coloring accentuated is what you want to go for here. A clear gloss is always a nice touch to add a plumpness too.

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Product Checklist for long haul flights:

Antibacterial Gel or Wipes

Facial Cleansing Wipe

Skin Moisturizer

Moisturizing Eye Mask

Eye Mask for Sleeping

Facial Brush and Oil for Massage

 Eye Drops

Brightening Products or Illuminator

Rosy-Hued Lip and Cheek Color

I stock up on my long haul flight supplies at Target. 

I hope this series of packing lists and checklists gets you all holiday travel ready! I've got one more coming on how to best prepare for long days on the road!  

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".