#gaplove

I'm excited to be a part of the #gaplove campaign! Being an early riser hasn't always been my thing, I so love sleeping in you guys. But on this particular morning it was so much fun to get up early, go catch the morning light with Ben to shoot photos for the campaign. Sometimes the early hours, while everyone else is still sleeping is somehow refreshing!

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The outerwear pieces and cozy knitwear from Gap is perfect for this cold-one-day-not-so-much-the-next-day weather. I'm planning for another few days of travels after being back in New Orleans for the weekend - these goodies are perfect for the trip!

There's a few more of the things I'm loving from the collection below. What's in your travel bag right now you guys?

And p.s. see more over on the Gap insta

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".

Holiday Road Trip Essentials: Preparing for a Stress Free Day on the Road

This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallforPennzoil #CollectiveBias

Hi guys!

This is the last post in a series over the last week on essentials for traveling.

As I started writing my book that's coming out next year on how to road trip in style I really did my research. I decided to study my most stylish bohemian friends that live their lives traveling and somehow do it with that je ne sais quoi ease to figure out the kind of things real girls need for the perfect stylish road trips.

I set out and made a few of my wanderful friends the subjects of an in-depth anthropological study. I excavated the beauty products at the bottoms of their makeup bags. I deconstructed their closets to analyze their aesthetic. I watched them pack up art supplies, photo equipment, and musical instruments. And at the end, I discovered essentials for perfect travels.

I've shared what to pack, glamping essentials, desert necessities, the beauty must haves, and how to stay healthy while traveling. And now, this post is about the fun things when you'll be spending a day in the car! 

I'll be traveling from Nashville to New Orleans for the holidays, I do that drive a lot - and here's my necessities for stress free and enjoyable travel!

1. The Music

I feel like it's such a given but truly, it's the first thing I think about when preparing for a road trip. What's the soundtrack for the trip going to be? The playlist is so important to creating a memorable trip! If I'm traveling with Ben we typically chose something that's a bit more rock 'n' roll, when traveling with my girlfriends we go for melodic indie tracks and sing-a-long female anthems!

2. The Stops

One of my favorite things to do when planning for a long day on the road is to pre-determine a roadside stop or two. Maybe there's a little museum that could be fun to tour or a roadside nature attraction. Is there a farm or a place to see a garden? It doesn't have to be a lengthy stop, but getting out of the car to stretch your legs will rejuvenate you for the rest of the ride.

My friend Keiko and I traveled through Maine by car earlier this year. We stopped to pick strawberries which made for a lovely little treat once we finally arrived at our destination.

My friend Keiko and I traveled through Maine by car earlier this year. We stopped to pick strawberries which made for a lovely little treat once we finally arrived at our destination.

3. The Decor

I know this sounds kind of crazy...what decor, you ask, we're in a car?! But seriously, I find it's more fun to travel when you're surrounded by things that make you happy: a little charm hanging on the rearview mirror... flowers on the dashboard... it doesn't have to be complicated, just bring a few things that feel special along for the ride. 

On a trip through Montana with Ben and my friend Allister we hung dream catchers and beads on the rearview mirror and added little things we collected along the road. 

On a trip through Montana with Ben and my friend Allister we hung dream catchers and beads on the rearview mirror and added little things we collected along the road. 

Most importantly, for your travels to go smoothly from point A to B be sure your car is in tip top shape, get an oil change, check your tires and be sure to pack your car care kit. 

Here's the kit I never travel without:

Jumper cables

Tire patch kit

Flash lights and batteries

First aid kit

Gallons of water

Washer fluid

Trash bags

Hand sanitizer

Paper towels and wipes

Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology keeps your engine cleaner than any leading synthetic oil, which is super important to me to extend the life of my car that's on the road so much. 

I'm partnering with Pennzoil to get my car ready for my holiday road trip. If you live in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee you can now get Pennzoil at your local Walmart Automotive Care Center, along with the rest of the country. Through the holidays they're offering that rollback to $44.88 on the oil change, so save a little extra money for fun travel things or holiday gifts!

Have so much fun traveling over the holidays you guys! I hope this series has been so helpful in getting you ready for the roads!

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".

Paris Travel Diary: Part 2 | Amélie's Paris

Amélie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It's a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her. - from Amélie (2001) 

Gosh I just love that movie...

I mean, c'mon what girl doesn't want to spend her days in the streets of Montmartre like Amélie?

A painting of Sacré-Cœur, the big beautiful basilica, and the Montmartre neighborhood behind it hung on my wall as a child. The painting was a gift from my dad, he's traveled to Paris often having worked here and in several other French cities over the last 20 or so years. It's a place I've dreamed of since my first childhood visit.

I woke up the other morning and decided it was the day I would visit a few of my favorite destinations, and well, those that were so beautifully depicted in the film as well. 

I took the Metro to the Rue Des Abbesses station and wandered behind Sacré-Cœur to the cobblestone street in which the bluebottle buzzes along as the film opens. From there I made my way down to Le Grenier à Pain, the 2015 winner of "Best Baguette" in Paris. I loaded up my bag with a salmon and spinach quiche, and a baguette (of course) and ventured along to have a little morning picnic on the hilltop in front of the cathedral. 

A bit later in the afternoon I asked the girls to meet me at another of Amélie's spots: Canal Saint-Martin. In the film she skips stones from the Canal bridge as Yann Tiersen's soundtrack plays in the background... It's a truly gorgeous scene. 

Chelle and Hailee met me and we walked all along the Canal, watched a ship named Sandra work all the way down the locks, and then bought a bottle of rosé to toast to another amazing Parisian day. 

It's been so nice keeping notes about these days to share with you guys. I've got museums and cemeteries to share, and a few other special little secret spots too. Thanks for reading you, it truly means the world to me! Bisous!

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".