Travel Diary: Joshua Tree | A Metaphysical Adventure

The journey to the metaphysical mecca of Joshua Tree, deep in the Mojave desert is a spiritual one. There’s a connectedness and a solitary easeful feeling that arises passing through those gnarled trees that give this area its name. 

Joshua Tree At Night
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Joshua Tree at Sunset Oui We Girl

To get prepared for any adventure I like to get the vibe going at home first. I have my own little bohemian traveler library and there's a full list in my book for every single chapter and destination. I've pulled a few favorites from the "Way Out West" chapter to get you in the desert head space!

Movies to watch: Stones For Ibarra (1988), Lo Sound Desert (2015), Bagdad Cafe (1987), Young Guns (1988), Tiger Eyes (Judy Blume), The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Books to read: Wind, Sand and Stars (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), Joshua Tree (Rudy Vanderlans), A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Rebecca Solnit), Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey), Complete Astrology: The Classic Guide to Modern Astrology (Alan Oken)

Bands to set the tone: U2, Queens of the Stone Age, Emmy Lou Harris, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Best Coast, Wavves, Eagles of Death Metal


Joshua Tree Airbnb
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Painters, writers, poets and musicians have been making the pilgrimage to Joshua Tree for decades. John Lennon famously recorded “Imagine” and Come Together” from The Joshua Tree Tapes here. There’s a love story to enlightenment transcending from these rare landscapes.  

There’s a ghost of melancholy romance in the atmosphere.

Gram Parsons of the Byrds and the Rolling Stones, who died suddenly in room Number Eight at the Joshua Tree Inn, spent time there. He had a deep chemistry with Emmy Lou Harris - and while the two never quite solidified their love affair, the cosmic cowboy sound they created is reflective of the electricity between them. Outlaw artists of the early 70’s went for wide open spaces, psychedelic enlightenment, in an outpost surrounded by monumental rock formations, mojave yucca, juniper and sage. 

Joshua Tree at Sunset
Andi Eaton | Joshua Tree

What to pack for a trip to Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree girl hangs with friends channeling the proper 70s-era rocker. She dresses in glamorous maxi gowns or in leather, fringe and concert tees. In Joshua tree she blooms. She’s a delicate cactus flower, stylish by nature mixing high end designer finds with hand-me-downs vintage beauties from her grandmother’s closet. 

Where to stay 

There’s so many Airbnb options, from tree houses to homestead cabins each offering a unique experience and a shift in perspective. On my most recent visit we chose the Cozy Dezert Retreat - for less than about $100/night there's 2 bedrooms, an outdoor firepit, jacuzzi tub and scenic views abound.

Another (super instagrammable option) is the Dome in the Desert. An 80’s era geodesic dome, stocked with books on palm reading and fortune telling and all sorts of knick knacks you’ll want to find for your house back home. Light up the palo santo here and allow your inner creativity to be unhinged.

Joshua Tree Sunset

Can't Miss Joshua Tree:

FOR THE SPIRITUALIST: Schedule a visit to the Integratron for a chakra alignment and sound bath. The Integratron is an energy machine built on a geomagnetic vortex in Landers, California, twenty miles north of Joshua Tree. According to the creator, the wooden dome was built utilizing the design of Moses’s Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla, and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. Mmmhm, not quite sure who ET contacted but interesting right?!

According to the website, “The structure is designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel.” You’ll float out the door afterward.

FOR THE FASHIONISTA: Throughout Joshua Tree and the neighboring Yucca Valley are several boutiques and bohemian-chic vintage shops. Ricochet Vintage Wears (packed with groovy printed frocks), the End (curated by a Hollywood costume designer), Hoof & the Horn (full of Americana styles), Funky & Darn Near New (for leather, fringe, and cowboy boots), and Trailer Trash (stocked with handmade art, clothing, and music memorabilia) are all worth an afternoon of deep rack diving. 

FOR THE MUSIC LOVER: Ease into Joshua Tree local life at the Joshua Tree Saloon for karaoke under a disco ball. Give the crowd your best Jagger and settle in for a night of cheap beer and deep conversations.

It's not a full trip without a visit to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneer Palace, so make sure to put it on your list. Standing on the site of an Old West Frontier Town movie set built by Hollywood investors including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers this place is a roadside dream. Known for its’ mesquite barbecue and mac and cheese Pappy & Harriet’s offers raucous good times and intimate music shows with bands like Best Coast, Vampire Weekend and the Pixies.

Joshua Tree Sunset

As you leave Joshua Tree, gaze up into the ethereal California sky, feel the heaviness of the air, and take off into the dreamscape, knowing you’ll never forget the out-of-body experience this whole trip has been. 

I can't wait to see what you find on your own adventures. Be sure to tag #AWanderfulLife so we can all follow along together.

Wanderfully yours,

Andi


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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".

DIY Road Trip Car Care Kit

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You know how you can just feel the fall coming? Even when it's still warm, and you're sure summer will never leave you... and then slowly, those blue-sky early-September days give just a hint of what's to come. There's a subtle breeze and all of a sudden it's time to get outside and feel that autumn euphoria. Of course, around here the only way to celebrate the change of season is with a road trip! Windows down drives to find a place where the mountain air gives you that little shiver of excitement for cooler weather. 

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As we celebrate the new season (and the release of Wanderful, today!) I've partnered up with Pennzoil to share another road trip checklist. This one is good for all seasons, and is especially good for those of us who tend to do all of our shopping online. 🙋🏼 When it's time to hit the trails I'm definitely one to place those orders and then get out there.
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This list is all the necessities to build your own road trip car care kit (right in time for those steep mountain drives and hilly terrains you'll experience on those upcoming fall travels!) Plus, as a girl who travels with her touring musician partner often, I've got a special concert giveaway at the close of the post! (hint, hint, my favorite music video ever is November Rain... can you guess what the giveaway is?!)

Andi and Ben on the Mountain

Read on for more, and at the close of the post learn all about why Pennzoil is my oil of choice.

Road Trip Car Care Checklist

Road Trip Car Kit
  • Paper Maps
  • Motor Oil
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tire Patch Kit
  • Water Jug 
  • First Aid Kit
  • Work Gloves
  • Bungee Cords & Zip Ties
  • Lighter 
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Rain Poncho
  • Blanket
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Utility Knife
DIY Pick Up

The fabulous thing about this list, truly truly, you guys - is that it's all available for online ordering. We get our cars serviced at our local Walmart, and they've made serious improvements in their online shopping experience lately. Pickup options now include (1) delivery, (2) in-store pickup and (3) curbside pickup. I, for one, NEVER ever want to go brave the checkout line, so ordering online is my go-to. On those days I realize I forgot that one thing that I just can't travel without I chose the curb-side assistance. You just provide your name and the time you'll be there to pick it up, and a Walmart employee will bring your items to you. 🙌🏽

Keep reading to learn about my oil of choice and then find the details on that contest I mentioned above (have you guessed what it is yet?!)


More about Pennzoil:

Order Pennzoil Online

Pennzoil High Mileage  – This is what we choose for Ben's SUV, it's for vehicles with 75K+ miles (and we put tons of miles on that car). We also buy the Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic High Mileage for my car (it's just approaching the 75k mark. This product includes a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into pure synthetic base oil. Combining it with high performance additives means it's proven to deliver less oil burn off than conventional motor oils made from crude oil (and that's important to me!). It keeps pistons up to 20% cleaner than the toughest industry standards to help keep the engines running clean and performing strong. These oils are made with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.

We get our oil changed and then order the 5QT High Mileage for our car care kit.

Okay! Now about that contest!

Enter to win tickets to the Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" tour (and you better take me if you win 😉). The sweepstakes includes the show in Los Angeles, 2 VIP passes, roundtrip airfare, and $200 cash.

You'll also receive $10 Ticketmaster Ticket Cash with the purchase any 2 qualifying Pennzoil Motor oil (in-store or online) by uploading your receipt. 


I can't wait to see where you all are traveling this fall, be sure to keep tagging me when you're sharing on insta! #AWanderfulLife! And keep following along, I've got lots of fun adventures to share with you guys this fall!

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Andi


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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".

Photo Preview: Wanderful! Route 66 and The Western Deserts

We're a day away from the "Wanderful" release! I'm over here with the biggest butterflies ever. I promised final previews of the remaining chapters. So here we go!

Chapter 5 is Route 66 and 6 is the western deserts of White Sands and Joshua Tree! I'll share the final three chapters next (featuring New Orleans, Savannah, Nashville and my favorite little towns in Montana) and if I haven't convinced you yet to get that pre-ordered copy or hit your local bookshop I don't know what will! 😉  Photos for these two chapters were shot by Allister, Keiko and Ben shot much of the desert chapter too (Allister's are the Route 66 chapter and the first one in the Desert chapter, Keiko shot the photo of Allister and then Ben's photos are the last 3 here!) 

Much love for riding this wave with me, celebration commences tomorrow!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

Route 66

Way Out West

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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".

Photo Preview: Wanderful! Eastern Seaboard & The Texas Hideaways

Hi hi,

I'm back with another little photo preview. As I mentioned last week we're a few days away from release; you can still pre-ordered or go ahead and camp out at your local bookshop, or Barnes, Borders, Urban, etc to get your hands on one of the first copies of Wanderful! If you do decide to camp out holla at me and I'll come meet you 😉 !

Another little reminder: I'll be in New York City speaking on September 19th at Rizzoli and New Orleans friends, save the date for an event at Martine Chaisson Gallery on September 16th! Yay! 

Here's another round of photos, from two places that couldn't be more different! Chapter 3 covers the Eastern Seaboard of Maine, and 4 is Austin, Marfa and Terlingua! 

I'll share a preview of chapters 5 - 9 tomorrow and Monday and release day is Tuesday so then we party, ya know!?

Enjoy!

The Eastern Seaboard with Keiko Lynn

The Texas Hideaways with Aza & Char

I'll be back again tomorrow with Route 66 & a road trip through the electric desert of New Mexico all the way to Joshua Tree, CA!

Wanderfully yours!

Andi


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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".

Finding Beauty in Fairhope, AL: Susanna's Guide to Her Hometown

A note from Andi:

Earlier this year I had an opportunity to travel to Fairhope, AL on a bit of a whim. I'd been writing a bit about solo travel and intended to take a drive to a new place to spend a little more time out on my own; as soon as the plan was made, however I was invited to cover a festival further down on the Alabama coast. I've gotten pretty good at going with the flow so I called my sister, invited her to meet me, and what started as a solo road trip turned into something seriously special. 

Fairhope AL Coast
Gull at Mobile Bay

Chelle and I stayed for the weekend at the Seaglass Inn. The place drips with relaxation. Deb, the Proprietor, has considered every detail from the luxurious linens to the locally made essential oil bath bombs. The Inn, a historically registered Mission style cottage, is on the bluff by the Mobile Bay and is perhaps one of the dreamiest b&b's anywhere. Each morning Deb prepared a breakfast full of local ingredients and in the evenings we enjoyed wine and cheese followed by steam baths and a retreat style soaking tub. 

Breakfast at the Seaglass Inn

Susanna's hometown is Fairhope, AL, so of course I had to ask her for the full list of her favorite places! Between The Seaglass Inn and Susanna's recommendations below, when it's time for your next solo getaway, a weekend with your best girls, or even if you're planning a romantic weekend trip, Fairhope should be high on your list!

Enjoy Susanna's guide below!


Susanna's Guide to Fairhope, AL 

Sometimes you have to step away from home to realize how beautiful it truly is. While I always knew Fairhope, AL was something special (a town that was founded by nudists, artists, and all around free spirits), I never really saw the beauty and particular charm until I came back as an adult with a fresh view. So if you’re visiting for the first time, or interested in taking a trip to an alluring little city on the bay, let me share a few must see spots us locals think you should put on your list.

Fairhope Florals
Canoe in Fairhope

The French Quarter:

Yes, we have our very own teeny tiny French Quarter that must be visited. Nestled between shops, a small cobblestone path leads back to a New Orleans-style courtyard filled with unique shops and savory dining spots. At the super popular Panini Pete's, people love to sit outside by the large fountain listening to New Orleans' jazz and eating some of Pete's delicious beignets (which I may be biased, but they're some of the best I've had). Another shop inside is The Bay Candle, with hand poured candles that are inspired by different areas of the city. Orange Street Pier, which smells exactly like oranges, and Fairhope Float, which is the best float found at Mr. Gene's Beans, are two of the most amazing candles you’ll ever purchase!

Fairhope French Quarter

Mr. Gene's Beans:

This ice cream and candy shop has been around as long as I can remember. It used to be the place we would love to go to as kids, and I still go there whenever I'm in town. A small white cottage in the middle of downtown, this has always been a favorite place of the locals. Ice cream, candy, coffee, and like I mentioned above - The Fairhope Float, a coffee float that can be topped with cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, or nutmeg - is absolutely delicious! The same owner, Gene Leighty, has been running the place for over 20 years.

The Windmill Market:

A once abandoned 1960s car dealership, The Windmill Market is now a community for food, music, and all things local. Powered by a windmill that runs on collected rainwater and solar power, this marketplace is filled with all kinds of unique, healthy restaurants, with gardens of vegetables being grown on the premises. Fridays and Saturdays local bands hold concerts. Mary Ann's Deli, a longtime local favorite with some of the best sandwiches around resides there. Tom Jones Pottery has a small shop inside with tons of gorgeous pottery made from local Fairhope clay. (His actual shop is further out in Fairhope and a great place to buy all kinds of gifts- especially at Halloween when he makes clay jack-o-lanterns and witches).

The Fairhope Pier/Orange St. Pier:

This large pier is surrounded by parks and fishing boats and is gorgeous to walk on - especially at sunset. You can always find people fishing off the side, families heading down to the restaurant at the end to eat seafood, and couples just taking a walk. The parks and trails that go off down the beach are filled with running paths and dog parks. Overlooking the pier and the long stretch of beach are numerous parks along the bluff where the Baldwin Pops will put on Sunday night concerts for free in the summer. Stroll along and you’ll find access to other piers, such as Orange St. Pier, smaller, but just as beautiful a spot to enjoy the view.

Fairhope Pier

Page and Palette:

This long time book store has been around since 1968 and hosts book signings and events. They also just opened a bar inside called The Book Cellar. Each drink has a literary name like Tequila Mockingbird, Rum Forrest Rum, The Old Man and the Seagram, etc. Who wouldn’t want to shop for books while sipping on a Gin Eyre?  

Pinzone's:

What started out as an upscale Italian restaurant soon transformed an entire alleyway into a little piece of Italy. If you walk down this stretch of Fairhope, the cobblestone streets, the flickering lamps, outdoor tables, Italian music playing throughout, and themed buildings - for a few minutes it would look exactly like you were walking through Italy.

Pinzone's Fairhope

Art Galleries:

Fairhope is big on their art. Like other cities, the first Friday of every month is Art Walk night. On any given day though, you're bound to walk past artists set up on the side of the street or down on the bluffs overlooking the bay with their easels and watercolors. There are several galleries that are popular, but probably the oldest and best known for everyone in the city is Lyons Share. This large and beautiful two story gallery always features local and regional artists. Arts & Crafts is a huge event that happens one weekend every March. The whole downtown area is closed off and tents are put up with local and regional creations. Over the years it has grown with musical guests and plenty of food and parties.

Oak Hollow Farm:

A giant barn that's used for concerts (indoors and outdoors), horseback riding, and weddings. Surrounded by massive old oak trees, this place makes for a beautiful wedding venue. Bunk rooms are rented for anyone that wants to stay, and hayrides are given all over the farm. Visit this hidden gem and you’ll be able to capture some stunning images.


Susanna Williams is a creative writer in a variety of media. Spending years in the independent film industry in Los Angeles, she worked in screenwriting before becoming a distributor of festival winning films. When she's not working with her start up production company in New Orleans, she writes fiction and raises orphaned baby wildlife. 🐒🐻🐱 She's a huge travel enthusiast with a love for art, fashion, and beauty. (p.s. she wore baby blue velvet booties to her ouiwegirl.com interview. so between that and the baby animal love, clearly, she wins at life.)

All photos in Susanna's guide are her own.

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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".

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".

3 Destinations for A Southern Summer Road Trip

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If you haven't already started it this summer, it's time to take a moment and get your summer bucket list underway. I've been inspired to finally do so after seeing so many of my girlfriends creating beautiful memories with their friends and families (and on solo adventures too!) already this summer!

Miami on Film by Ben Alleman

As my book release date draws closer and closer I'm personally traveling a little bit less - just a teeny bit less really, but still - considering last year around this time I was on the 7th of 9 road trips around the US, I'm considering weekend getaways to be easy ways to keep that wanderlust spirit alive.

Today I'm sharing 3 destinations for Southern Summer Road Trips - each of these are included in the pages of the book - plus I'm including a few more outtakes from Wanderful, and a couple of photos that will be featured too! I'm also including a few reminders of how to have a successful summer road trip, I mention the necessities often here - and truly making sure you're prepared before you hit the highway is so important!

What's on my preparation list?

Music, snacks and cute outfits of course, however - as important? Jumper cables, a tire patch kit, water, hand sanitizer and essential oil aromoas to keep the car smelling fresh. I also always take our SUV in for service before long haul road trips: have your tires checked, fluids topped and certainly get your oil changed if your nearing the mileage mark for that (more on that at the close of the post!). 

Oui We On the Beach

Once you've gotten the essentials checked off your list it's time to hit the road! So here we go, 3 destinations for a southern summer road trip:

Rosemary Beach

Vibe: Old World European village meets small town hospitality. The silhouettes in the town center are inspired by the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston style architecture. Deep eaves, high ceilings, gardens, and fountain-filled courtyards pepper the community. Most 30A (that's the name of the stretch of highway running along these coastal beaches) first timers comment that they never knew America had such beaches -  they’d maybe traveled to Hawaii or to the Southern Caribbean thinking that’s the only place they’d find white sandscapes and emerald waters like these.

What to Wear: A monochromatic or floral romper, maybe pack one of each, a new bikini and a flowy caftan for the evening out.

Hang outs: Rent a bike, grab a beach ball and go play on the sprawling green lawn. Strolling around the town center, you’ll find there’s a little of everything, candy and coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. At sunset the sky in Rosemary is a tapestry of colors making it an artist's delight.

Rosemary Beach Town Hall

Miami

Vibe: Nostalgic and energizing, with shiny chrome and faded pastels filling your eye. Miami is cleverly referred to as the “American Riviera.”

What to Wear: I like to imagine a 1940’s Rita Hayworth double dating with Orson Welles, their crew fully dressed to the nines. It's a place to summon your inner bombshell. Throw on a sheer printed mini shirt dress over your crocheted monokini, add shiny sandals and statement jewelry and you’re set! 

Hang outs: The beach of course, however there's the Art-Deco District, with properties ranging from some of the finest hotels in the world to luxury hostels, with summer camp vibes; there's the Wynwood Art District comprised of art complexes, eclectic restaurants and cafes and one of the largest open-air mural installations in the world and Little Havana, where fruit stands, coffee windows (or ventanitas), art galleries and cuban-afro beat music keep things lively.

Miami on Film By Ben Alleman

Seaside Beach

Vibe: Like Rosemary Beach, Seaside sits along Highway 30A; the vibe is Truman Show (it was filmed in and around the area) meets Airstream party and picket-fence perfectness.

What to Wear: Seaside caters to the girl that always has a towel stashed in her jeep, sunscreen in her glovebox and a bikini in her bag.

Hang outs: There’s really three places to hang out in Seaside: the beach, for all the same reasons we talked about above; the town center, which is the central hub of all of 30A, and then the Ruskin Place Artist colony, which originated as a workshop district with artisans living above their workspaces surrounding sculpture-filled Fairy Park. 

The Beauty of 30A

I can't wait to see where you guys are adventuring to this summer! Be sure to leave a comment below to share your #summerbucketlist dreams!

When it comes to summer road trips, I've got quite a few checklists so be sure to take a look at those if you need a packing list, if you're going glamping, need a beauty must have list or might be spending time in the deserts out west.  

I'm sharing this post in partnership with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle®. There's a rollback happening now, high mileage is $4 off (39.88 to 35.88) - the link above includes those details and a store finder to find an Automotive Care Center near you. Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil helps clean out the sludge lesser oils leave behind, while reducing leaks and oil consumption. It’s specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.
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The SUV we take on road trips has over 150k miles - and we've driven it all over the country. We drop our car off for the DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) oil change service with Pennzoil specifically from the Walmart ACC while we grab everything else on our travel essentials checklist. There's nothing worse than getting stuck somewhere from a car breakdown, it's so important to keep your car running well while out on the road!


Thanks for following along my wanderful friends!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

photos 1 & 4 Ben via 35mm, photos 2, 3, 5 Hunter Holder for Wanderful. 


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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".

Weekend Things: A Music & Vintage Tour of Nashville

In my coming book there's a whole chapter on what I've nicknamed the rock n’ roll highway; it features quite a few backstage beauties that live and hang along the route from Nashville to Florence, AL to Athens, GA.

The backstage beauty is the type of girl that knows the words to every Rolling Stones song, and lives on a weekend diet of cheap beer and diner food (we can all have a cheat weekend now and then right?!). She throws the best house parties and she and all her friends are right on the brink of discovery. She’s always the most laid-back, glamorous girl in the room in her vintage band T-shirt.

Since I moved to Nashville I've been asked A LOT to share a list of where that type of girl shops and hangs here ... last summer I shared this where to hang for 24-48 hours list (and I stand by it still) so this is the expanded list of venues and shops that made it into my book.

This little tour today is where to get your music fix and find the most fabulous vintage gems all around town. So here we go: a music & vintage tour of Nashville.

East Nashville Shopping Tour

Can’t Miss Nashville

For the Music Lover:

Most visitors to Nashville come for the music because there’s truly so much to see and hear. Here are a few favorite spots, and trust me... there's SO many more:

Grimey’s New & Pre-Loved Music: Catch touring bands hosting intimate in-store shows and then go downstairs to the Basement, a small rock club known for it’s free “New Faces” night. 

The 5 Spot: What I love about this place is that you can catch a killer early show on a weekend night (I saw my friend Andrew Duhon play to a packed house on a Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) or go on a Monday night for the Motown Monday dance party. SO. MUCH. F'N. FUN.

Robert's Western World: If you’re ready to spend the night two-stepping the real deal, Honky Tonk is Robert’s Western World. Fried bologna sandwiches, dancing cowboys, and cheap beer make for a wild night down on the Broadway strip.

Roberts Western World
Elvis on Broadway

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: A world famous historic watering hole, legend has it that Tootsie kept IOUs behind the counter for the hungry musicians. At the end of the year, the Grand Ol’ Opry guys would pay off the IOUs for the up-and-comers to make sure Tootsie stayed in business.

The Ryman Auditorium: The Ryman Auditorium is the birthplace of the Grand Ole Opry. Not only have the famous feet of Elvis and Johnny Cash graced the stage of this stunning gothic auditorium, but the acoustics make it one of the best places in the country to see live music. Recently Phoenix was there (my fave) and I'm planning to see Father John Misty in September. 

The Grand Ole Opry: “The show that made country music famous” continues to feature a broad spectrum of country styles nightly. Take the backstage tour and gaze into the mirrors where gals like Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood get dressed before their shows.

Grand Ol Opry

For the Vintage Devotee:

An entire week could be spent diving into the vintage shops of East Nashville. On my personal best-of list: 

Opium Vintage: by appointment only - stocked with a vibrantly obscure collection, including Japanese vintage sourced by owner Laura Citron. It's my favorite of the entire list.

The Vintage Western Sancho Boots available at High Class Hillbilly

The Vintage Western Sancho Boots available at High Class Hillbilly

Hip Zipper: great for well-priced denim and accessories. 

Starstruck Vintage: gorgeous winter coats for under $100. 

Local Honey: hand-dyed vintage by Magness Collection, and this is where I get my hair done... super hip salon and good vintage shopping, win win.

High Class Hillbilly: the place for authentic cowboy goodies and western wear.

Custom needlepoint from Old Made Good

Custom needlepoint from Old Made Good

Goodbuy Girls: located in the Idea Hatchery (a test kitchen shopping center for new brands) this shop is great for graphic T’s and loads of fringe. 

Old Made Good (OMG): Just north of the East Nashville neighborhood is this kitschy vintage shop with a glitter covered floor and adorably charming handmade goods.  

Savant Vintage: Over in 12 South, find this favorite of Vogue magazine, photographers, rock stars, and stylists—Savant has an extensive collection of highly curated pieces. Be prepared to spend a little more for the tremendous quality of the jackets, dresses, ponchos, and hats filling its racks. 


East Nashville Shopping

Hope you guys put this list to good use, and if you haven't pre-ordered my book I would LOVE for you to do so now! Let me know how you love Nashville!

xoxo!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi