There’s Always Time For You… and a Retreat / 3 Retreats to Try Now

by Oui We Contributor Sam Spahr

We have finally passed through the end of January, into month two of the year, however it’s not too late to take advantage of the New Year. In my opinion, it’s always a good time to start a different routine or to jolt “your” new year again (time is arbitrary and man-made my friends!)

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Feel like maybe you’ve already hit a rut in 2018 or can’t seem to ditch the stress you wanted to? Then sis, a wellness retreat could be on your next horizon. These rejuvenating getaways have been shapeshifting in recent years - to the point where you can find one to fit almost any aspect of your needs. Whether you’re game for an intense meditative experience or really need some pampering and digital detox, there is a retreat waiting for you. Two nights in the mountains, two weeks in the jungle, even a DIY a worry-free weekend with your ladies, the options are abundant. Dipping your toe into the wellness spring can be a little intimidating but there’s no need to be a yogi or total guru to tap into your self-care.

So what’s right for you?

Who hasn’t uttered “new year, new me” at least once (if even ironically). We instinctively know the best place to start is form the inside out - not just spiritually, but with our food and physical practices.

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico reads like the most relaxing summer-camp-for-adults to exist. They boast several all-inclusive packages as well as à la carte options to completely customize your time there. Not to mention nearly perfect weather year round means you can be surrounded in the beautiful glow of the southwestern landscape (squeal)!

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A unique feature of this Santa Fe paradise is the culinary experience. With so many of us experiencing an enlightenment toward how we nourish our bodies, Sunset Springs boasts there own farm and opportunities to deepen your knowledge about food in every sense - think culinary classes, menu planning, sourcing your food, and social dinners.

Even more, their Sunrise Glow Cleanse package offers a deeply personal detoxifying retreat. With the help of a nutritionist and focused sessions, you’ll be guided toward your total health goals - mind, body, and spirit. You may also find yourself attracted to their art activities, hiking, or meditative spaces, but don’t skip over Puppy Play - yes, it’s what you think it is, excuse me, I’m still swooning…

This is it - me time. I set my space, settle down to meditate, and 45 seconds later I am mentally compiling my next to-do list or wondering if my fan has always been that loud. You too? Stay with me.

Shambhala Mountain Center of Red Feather Lakes, CO was made for people like us. We have the best intentions! I know! Luckily this mountain nestled retreat understands offering weekends workshops like Learn to Mediate or The Art of Being Human and longer immersive experiences for those who so desire. Shambhala seeks to help you look inward and truly supports your internal healing and growth.

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They have tapped the healing art of Qi Gong to help their visitors do just this. Qi Gong is gentle movement based meditation (yay! fellow wigglers unite!) It’s rooted in Chinese medicine and allows those who practice to reach a greater sense of self awareness as they connect to the meaning of Qi Gong, “life energy.” A series of coordinated poses, deep breathing, and intentional focus will move you toward true holistic balance.

And sometimes the calendar year shifts and nothing has changed. Be honest, I’ve done it - or more accurately I have done nothing to change my situation. It’s okay. Repeat. It is okay…

Force yourself to slow down. Take yourself out of your environment in every way. Come away to the jungle; you just need some R+R. The Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico provides the ultimate unplugged experience for anyone looking to completely disconnect from the norm and reconnect with the world. Electricity is found in the restaurant and yoga studios only, and yes cell service is limited, but take one look at the lush jungle around you, and I promise your digital woes will quickly be a thing of the past. Imagine waking up under a thatched roof open-air room with vibrant green views at almost every turn. Once you find the will to leave this dreamy space, you’ll find an spa menu to quench your relaxation needs. The spa is proud to source their products as locally and sustainably as possible using many traditional and botanical techniques from head to toe.

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Let’s not forget, Haramara is in Mexico, and what’s Mexico without a gorgeous beach. The resort provides a private beach for its visitors as well as a stunning infinity pool to keep the relaxed vibes a-flowing. And when the time calls for a little adventure, Haramara provides chances to go whale watching, hiking, surfing, and so much more. Just be sure to work in a yoga class at one of their open-air studios before you head on home totally rejuvenated.

Cant getaway at the moment? No need. DIY an amazing Wellness Weekend for you and your gals with out having to check out of town. See my tips here.

 

Sam Spahr is an artist-educator who gets her kicks sharing the magic of the arts with kids and adults alike. She has a penchant for ancient artworks and helping others find the connections between now and then. When not inside a studio or bookshop, you can find her paddling out somewhere with her hubs and pup. She loves experimenting in the kitchen, but loves eating even more, especially in new cities and cultures.
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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".

Fresh Habits for the Beauty on a Budget

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I wrote a post the other day about beauty habits I've acquired from gorgeous ladies I've met out on my travels. Spending the majority of 2016 out in the world either road tripping or jetting off to far away places really gave me an opportunity to learn some new ways. On my travels I was researching style and beauty tricks to feature in my coming book and so I made it my mission to comb through the beauty bags of the girls who seem to have that enviable ability to look like a star no matter where they are. Whether it's hiking in a national forest or dancing all night under the glow of city lights they're the types that just, well, have it. 

As a bohemian at heart, I like to keep things sunny and simple. Glowing skin, warm and nostalgic aromas, those are the things that make me feel beautiful. 

As I was packing for a recent trip, one that would be fairly lengthy, I considered my beauty bag, as I do just about anytime I'm taking off for a new adventure. It occurred to me: in regards to products, much of what I consider to be necessities are pretty spectacular, budget friendly finds. (Oui!) And! The habits that I've acquired, are often things that are uncomplicated routine additions that anyone can do without spending a fortune.

For me, since I'm traveling so much, there's always a chance I could accidentally leave a product behind in a hotel. The optimist in me says surely that would never happen! but last month I accidentally left my smoothie cup at a hotel, not a big deal I suppose, but I often travel with a cooler of fruits and veggies so I can make smoothies wherever I go. I do it because it's so much cheaper than buying a $9 smoothie at a juice shop every morning. So leaving that cup behind was a bummer for my wallet. There's also the chance I  could have to discard a few things to keep my bag under the weight limit (especially on my way home if I've picked up extra trinkets for gifts) and so knowing all of that I don't want my beauty bag teeming with high price items.

This rundown includes 3 beauty habits and/or products I'm living by and even better, habits that are budget friendly!

1. Artful Aromas 

In regards to body care: I've personally become obsessed with one of France's biggest beauty secrets: Le Petit Marseillais™. My French bff regularly shop at the drugstores for her beauty buys and this product is the #1 body wash brand in France (and say Bonjour!) it's finally available here in America so it's a fabulous way to create a little nostalgia at home.  
Hand Cream

The artful combinations of scents inspired by nature are designed to transport you to the south of France. The mandarin & sweet almond oil are enough to have me skip my usual go to essential oil application. The hand cream never leaves my bag and sometimes a signature aroma is all a girl really needs to feel her best. 

2. The Eyes Have It

They say the eyes are the window to the soul right? So, for me, if I'm keeping my makeup simple I'll focus on my eyes, and specifically my lashes and my brows. In regards to brows: you may have heard of micro-blading or permanent brow makeup, and truly it's not something I've considered. However, I am, like so many of us, interested in having eyebrows that are standout without having to spend hours in a salon.

I've tried much of it: threading, waxing, pencils, however - as the trend moves toward fuller brows I've found Stencil Kits (win!) at the drugstore and Walmart too for a just a few dollars. You can pack them right down in your beauty bag and they work with shadow, gel or powder, just choose the color that suits your skin tone. 

I also love a good eye mask for sleeping, eye gels for plane rides, preservative free eye drops and a thickening mascara to keep my lashes full. If there's nothing else makeup wise in my beauty bag, these things are my essentials. 

3. Dry Brushing 

When I was shopping for Le Petit Marseillais - located in the specialty bath & body aisle, where loofahs are sold, I came across a fantastic selection of dry brushing products. It got me thinking about a tip from a friend who's spent so many of her days jetting back and forth across the Atlantic. The thing she full on swears by: dry brushing. It's the first thing she does when she checks in to a hotel or when she arrives home. Why? Well one, it just feels good, two, it's incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine and three, it's so energizing too! I have a mini one I found in that same aisle that I use for my face. It's the first thing I do before mixing up my morning smoothie: brush, apply oil, and then by the time I finish my smoothie and check a few emails it's time to rinse the oil. Voila! 

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It was so much fun to put this post together in partnership with Les Petit Marseillais. If you're interested in incorporating a little bit of the south of France into your own life you can do it without having to jet across the ocean.

The carefully-curated collection includes an assortment of eight body/hand moisturizers, two liquid hand soaps, six body washes and a bar soap with prices ranging from $3.99 - $7.97. 

The complete line is newly available and features 17 products, it's available online at Walmart.com too. My personal favorites are these three: 
Le Petit Marseillais

 

  1. Le Petit Marseillais™ Mandarin & Lime Extra Gentle Shower Gel
  2. Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Body Milk Lotion
  3. Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Hand Cream

I'm so glad you girls are loving these travel meets beauty posts! I'll be back out in California at the end of this month and will certainly be taking notes from the Venice beach beauties while I'm there. 

p.s. we're launching a new column over here this weekend: it'll be printable checklists, full of styling and beauty tips, packing lists, and more. I cannot wait to share that so come back by soon!

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".

5 Beauty Habits I've Learned From French Women

Parisian Style

When I started this blog I envisioned a few of my favorite French fashion icons, Anna Karina and Jane Birkin, with their effortless glow and imperfectly (yet so perfectly) tousled locks and thought: if there were ever a style that was so me, well, oui! it's that of the French women.

I visited Paris for the first time when I was just starting college. My dad was working for a French company - he traveled there often (still does) - and I would be joining him for a week or so. We'd stay in a boutique French hotel and have sunny carefree adventures. We'd do the tourist things, like taking a boat ride on the Seine after too many bubbles from the night before, spend hours combing the museums and gardens, and then we'd take a train out to the countryside for a few days. That particular trip changed my approach to fashion & beauty forever. 

Many years later I started this blog: with the intention of incorporating travel and style inspiration from the girls I'd meet while traipsing around the world collecting perspective. I'd channel their fashion sense and put their beauty tips to the test too. Fast forward a bit: years later the French approach to beauty: breezy and low maintenance, optimistically glamorous, with clever signature accents - it's a style I can't look away from.

My best friend moved to Paris a few years ago and I finally was able to spend time there like a real Parisian girl when I visited her. I combed through her beauty cabinet and wardrobe and studied the girls we spent days at the cafés with and here's 5 lessons I learned from those joyful bon vivants:

Luxembourg Garden Blogger

1. Skip the blowout:

French women are brilliantly uncomplicated. They go to the salon for haircuts, sometimes to enhance their hair color, however, they never go to get that stick straight blowout or even the perfect waves. They embrace their natural texture and know that second (and even third) day hair just slightly mussed up by combing their fingers through it is the best approach. On my travels I found myself either wrapping my hair in a low chignon during the day and then shaking it out at night for a bit of volume, or tying it up in loose braids and then doing the same shake out for evening va-voom. A sprinkle of hair powder was truly the only product I needed. 

Luxembourg Garden Flowers

2. Avoid the sun worship: 

French girls all seem to have a creamy sun-kissed glow, it's subtle (and most definitely from a bottle). They're rarely caught luxuriating beneath the UV rays. If they're traveling to the Riviera they're packing the widest brimmed hats, and oversized sunnies, scarves and SPF. They understand the reality of what sun damage can do and besides, a glowing complexion was something they were hip to maybe even before the wellness gurus of LA. 

French girls love Vitamin D, but they don't get it by basking in the rays.

Sunny French days

3. Skincare as makeup:

Mornings are unfussy.  The routine is a splash of water on the face (French girls love water!), followed by a BB cream or moisturizer, a cheek tint to give that look as if you've just come from hot yoga, plus an application of mascara and a rose-flavored lip balm. As the day turns to evening add a bright red lip to polish up the look.

Nars Lipcolor

4. Speaking of signatures:

Whether it's a lip color, a statement accessory or the way her eyelids glow at night, French girls have a je ne sais quoi way of pulling things together. I remember standing outside of a café while some of the loveliest girls I'd seen made their way to a table. Each had one standout feature: one had her hair piled on top of her head and tied loosely with a vintage ribbon, another had the dewiest eye makeup application: it was as if she'd taken glitter and mixed it with her kohl liner and then dabbed it on without a mirror (somehow it worked!), the third had the most beautiful red lip color that just barely settled in as she sipped her espresso. Now as I get ready in the mornings I think: what's my signature for today?

Cafe Culture Paris

5. Find delight in your own confidence: 

In my last few days on my visit to Paris I realized that one thing that had NEVER happened for the duration of my time there: no self deprecation! Literally every girl I be-friended had an air of innate confidence and exuded graceful celebration. When we ordered a cheese plate no one said a thing about needing to hit the gym or that she just really shouldn't. When we stayed out a tad late the next day over coffee, everyone laughed and swapped stories, but no one commented on their under eye circles. Think of how often we sit around as American women commenting on all the things that are wrong with us! Try it even for a day: no negative words about yourself (or anyone else for that matter) and see how it feels!

I'd love to hear from you girls! What's your favorite beauty tip from your own travels? Or what's one tip you'll adopt from this little lesson! Share with me in the comments below.

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 Road to a Healthy Heart

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As a girl that intends to spend as much of the New Year as possible out adventuring, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that are important to me when creating that inevitable resolution list. I’m not the type to create a list without a strategy behind it. I also don’t typically introduce new routines or plans into my life that I know I just won’t stick to.

For example: I was a swimmer as a child. Like, the kind of swimmer whose mother drove her to 5 a.m. practice before school every day and had meets every weekend. As much as I know that swimming is incredibly good for my health, as someone whose life involves planes, trains and automobiles on the regular, it’s just not realistic that I’ll go find a pool in each new city I visit.

On the other hand, it’s not an option for me to skip days of wellness. I’m fully committed to self care, so no matter where I am in my travels - there are some absolute musts on my daily routine. Here’s one reason why: about 5 years ago I had a little scare with my heart. I experienced premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), which was incredibly frightening in the moment. I visited a cardiologist, wore a heart monitor for a week and the report back was to get focused on preventative care.

I reduced my caffeine intake (so hard, but necessary!), increased anxiety reducing exercises (swimming would be perfect, but yoga was more realistic), introduced heart healthy smoothies into my morning routine and I added Qunol Ultra CoQ10 into my supplement regime.

Each of these commitments are completely doable for me (ok sometimes not going for the second cup of coffee is hard), so in the New Year, rather than creating resolutions, my focus is to continue on a path of preventative care and introduce more of the things that are working for me, here, for you!

Read on.


Yoga for Travelers:

As a traveler, hours in the car (or on a plane for that matter) can result in stiffness in your neck and shoulders (especially if you’re the driver) and tightness in your legs and back. My recommendation is to practice yoga before, during, and after your drive, working the energy through your body while traveling.

Before you get in the car consider spinal flexes, on stops along the way practice sun salutations, wide leg stances, and forward bends. After you’ve made it to your final destination bridge pose will release lower back tension.  

If you’re a yoga beginner, visit a studio near your home and ask for guidance on basic poses.

Heart Healthy Smoothies:

I make a smoothie every single morning. If you follow along on Instastories you see this recipe and quite a few others makes an appearance fairly regularly. The measurements aren’t exact, and sometimes I’ll sub in fresh veggies or fruits that happen to be available in the moment.

Coconut Milk (unsweetened)
1 peeled Clementine
½ Banana (frozen)
A handful of Spinach
1 scoop Almond Butter
Frozen pineapple chunks
½ Avocado
Oats (handful)
Flaxseeds (just a shake)
Ginger (a few shavings)
Then fill up with filtered water

My smoothie is packed with heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C and can be made anywhere (I travel with a small smoothie blender). The spinach contains lutein (so does kale, both are great options), oats act like a magnet to bad cholesterol, flaxseeds are high in omega 3’s and fresh ginger is excellent for digestion! The almond butter and avocado have healthy fats which will keep you full until lunchtime.

CoQ10 Supplement

I first heard about CoQ10 in that conversation with my cardiologist all those years ago. Since then it’s been a part of my supplement regime. I take Qunol Ultra CoQ10, and pick mine up at my local Walgreens.
CoQ10

Here’s the reasons I like this particular brand:

  • 3 Times Better Absorption than regular* CoQ10

  • 100% Water and Fat Soluble

  • #1 Cardiologist Recommended form** of CoQ10

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I hope these tips are helpful to each of you! I would love to hear from you guys on topics you’d like to hear more of this year. And as a reminder, my wanderlusters newsletter comes out twice a month with all sorts of tips and ideas for new adventures and ways to stay healthy (in mind and body) while doing it!

xoxo,

Andi

*Regular CoQ10 refers to unsolubilized Ubiquinone in oil suspensions in softgels and/or powder filled capsules/tablets.

**Form refers to Water and Fat soluble CoQ10. Source: AlphaImpactRx ProVoice Survey 2016

 

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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".