Wanderful Interview: Jessie De Lowe

The Wanderful Girl

The “Wanderful Girl” is a modern bohemian. She’s a nomadic bon vivant collecting perspective and style inspiration around the globe. - from "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style."

Meet Jessie De Lowe, a yoga teacher, art therapist, and the mother to one adorable baby girl. She’s also the co-founder of “How You Glow” - a site full of amazing advice and tips for healing, stress relief, travel, beauty, and delicious healthy recipes. Here she dives into some effective ways to bring wellness and peace to our busy lives. Just by reading her interview, I immediately felt a great sense of calm and haven’t been able to stop following her tips online!

Jessie DeLowe for Oui We

Interview: Jessie De Lowe

Susanna for Oui We: Tell us a little bit about How You Glow. When, and why, did you start the company?

Jessie: How You Glow is a lifestyle site and brand with a mission to inspire people and celebrate people, products, places and anything that will elevate one’s life and bring positivity, joy and pleasure. I started the site 4 1/2 years ago with my business partner, Tara. We wanted to open a beautiful wellness / lifestyle space but realized we could reach more people (and have way less overhead) if we created an online destination.

via How You Glow

via How You Glow

OW: Your “Elements of Glow” tips are a perfect example of adding wellness to your life. What are one or two tips you’d suggest for those looking to add some happiness to their lives?

JD: Start/end your day technology free and use that time to simply breathe / meditate / create a gratitude list.

Consistently set intentions. (I am now offering Manifesting Sessions to help people create crystal clear, super charged intentions).

Make sure the 5 people you spend most of your time with are lifting you up and inspiring you, rather than depleting you.

Practice yoga!!!

via How You Glow

via How You Glow

Spend more time in nature. We thrive when we are in our natural environment interacting with the earth.

OW: We're loving these tips, every single one! What's your “go to” for a peaceful night's sleep?

JD: A warm bath. A few drops of lavender essential oil on my pillow. A cozy cup of tea and a good book.

OW: You have some delicious looking meals on your blog, what’s one of your best dishes to make?

JD: I love making a simple, healthy dinner of soy grilled salmon, fried brown rice, roasted Japanese sweet potatoes and kale salad.  

OW: Give us your “go to” tip to escape a stressful moment?

JD: Breathe!! If you have some essential oils, use those to shift your head space. Take a walk outside and get some fresh air. Visualize water if you can’t be near it.

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Can we talk for a second about how adorable Jessie's family is?!
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OW: What's a piece of advice you received and took to heart that you'd love to share with our readers?

JD: You create your own reality.

Favorites:

Favorite app for Instagram edits?: VSCO cam

Favorite season?: FALL! and Spring.

Favorite holiday?: Thanksgiving

Favorite healthy snack?: Dried mangoes

Favorite piece of art you own?: The Kettubah from my wedding

Favorite childhood game?: Spin the bottle :)

Favorite spot in your hometown? (Or current town?): The beach by my house in Santa Monica

Three of your favorite apps?: Instagram, Yelp, Audible

Favorite can't miss tv show?: Handmaid’s Tale

Favorite book you keep on your nightstand?: Anything by Murakami

Favorite inspirational quote?: "What you think, you create. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you become."


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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 Interview: Michaela d'Artois | Vérité Woman

The Wanderful Girl

The “Wanderful Girl” is a modern bohemian. She’s a nomadic bon vivant collecting perspective and style inspiration around the globe. - from "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style."

Today's featured girl personifies the digital Glenda the good witch, with a little femme fatale twist. Her online publication covers everything from new age philosophies and stylish wanderings to stories about how women and girls can (and are changing) the world. She dives into the taboo on occasion and shares regular stories about how to heal yourself naturally ... and everything she does is with a serious cool girl vibe. After re-reading her interview as I prepared to post this I was seriously in tears.... I absolute adore her and everything thing she stands for. Besides, from one witchy woman romance lover to another, she's clearly a Oui We soul sista. 

p.s. if you really want to do Cyber Monday right - shop artists, designers and magic makers: AND if you really want to do a travel wardrobe right, everything in Michaela's collection is perfection. 

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Interview: Michaela d'Artois

Andi for Oui We: We’ve been inspired by the mantra of Verite (WELCOME HOME, FREE THINKING WOMAN. EMPOWER YOUR STYLE & LIBERATE YOUR MIND. #FEMMESOFVERITE) since the first moment we were introduced to you through our mutual friend (and serious babe Allister Ann).

Verite’s philosophy of empowering women and creating community has been your core mission before the women’s movement took center stage this year, tell us about the background of the publication, and how it all came to be.

Michaela: I think I was just sensing a movement was upon us when I started Vérité in 2015. I mean I didn’t invent the women’s movement by any means but I really wanted to open a conversation to girls about empowering each other to pursue any kind of lifestyle they wanted! It all started when I was working in house at a magazine and realized we weren’t giving girls the right materials to educate, and empower their life choices. We were only feeding the feeling of inadequacy. So I flipped open my laptop, bought a web domain and got to work. It’s still very much a work in progress, but I’m learning things right alongside our readers!

Michaela for Oui We

AE: You’re the creative director, writer, photographer and often the star of Verite features too - how do you do it all?

MD: Well, I have some really wonderful contributors and endless amounts of support from my loved ones who I couldn’t do it without. We launched a shopping portion to the site last January so that’s been a whole other beast to tame but I really enjoy doing this and I feel very privileged that all the tasks on my to-do list are things I am really passionate about! But speaking of to-do lists, I wouldn’t be able to do it without those either — they keep me sane and accountable!

AE: After spending these past 2 years traveling America for Wanderful, our 2018 will be dedicated to exploring international destinations - and you’ve covered sooo many, let’s talk about your life as a traveler. I want all your recommendations!

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MD: Oooh, this is my favorite topic to cover. I love being able to give people recommendations more than anything! My mom is actually an international flight attendant so I sort of had this nomad blood in me from the very beginning — our whole family is like this. I’ve gone months living out of my duffle bag. It is really important to me to feel a sense of freedom in my work and my life, and travel has been my best form of education! My recommendation to be able to live a travel based life is to say “yes!” - move the life stuff around and make time for it. This is the advice I give all my girlfriends: you will never regret taking that trip, maybe spending a bit of that savings to go, but you will definitely regret not going.

My best destination recs would be Morocco, and the Amalfi Coast. Morocco really fed my soul with their food, colors, and textiles. I felt like I had made that place up in my head! Amalfi is a classic, plus I fell in love there so it’s really dear to my heart!

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AE: What was the earliest trip that inspired you?

MD: When I was little we used to go to Mexico every winter (I grew up in Canada so it was a natural migration). Much like Morocco, the festiveness of the culture really stuck with me. Also this is where I cultivated a strong connection to the ocean. It was this lush, exotic place with amazingly welcoming people that really stuck with me and to this day.

AE: What cheats do you have for looking good while spending days traveling?

MD: Don’t set people’s expectations high to begin with? Just kidding! Like I said I travel really light no matter how long I’m gone (I only just recently invested in luggage with wheels). I hate checking a bag, and you never know what kind of train, bumpy plane, or boat you might have to toss your bag on to! To do so, I’ve created sort of a capsule wardrobe that can go from day to night, and place to place, this wardrobe is essentially what the Vérité shop is made up of! Aside from my day-to-day shoes (slip ons are best for travel days and TSA), I only bring one pair of Prada heels that I always know will be comfortable and look chic! And I forego products except an SPF, night cream, and sea salt spray (I like to see what local specialty products I can stock up on). Oh, and I almost only wear black — that way everything always matches!

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AE: Tell us about a person you met on your travels that you know you’ll never forget?

MD: That’s a loaded question! I actually met my boyfriend on a blind date in the JFK airport to go to Italy together. Yes, we are both total crazy people. Luckily for us it worked out, and I wouldn’t be able to forget him if I tried because two years later we live together in LA.

AE: What’s one clothing item you always take with you on your travels?

MD: Those trusty Prada shoes. They have a chunky heel so I’ve done everything in them, including bike around cobblestone streets!

AE: Favorite souvenir?

MD: Boyfriend? Haha… I think probably my photos.

AE: You write odes to self love, share insta tarot readings & offer a guide to feng shui-ing your bedroom - we’re obsessed with allll of this — how did you get started on this path to mysticism, and even mysticism with a romantic twist?

MD: Actually I’ve always been pretty witchy. Probably another family heirloom. I’ve always turned to my pantry before the Doctor to cure something, or find a remedy, and it extends into my views on spirituality as well. I guess it’s just part of my philosophical journey to attaching meaning to life. There are elements all around us that I don’t think you can write off as “hippie shit,” it’s just way too real! Our periods being synched to the moon for example! I’ve always felt a crazy attachment to the moon to the point of worship, now it all makes sense! Things like Tarot, and mysticism are just ways to connect back to these ancient rituals and learn from those who studied spirituality before us.

In our content it’s just another way for us to open the conversation and say “Hey, maybe what your parents believed in isn’t right for you and that’s ok” In regards to the self love part: who is better to worship than yourself? We focus so much of our time as mankind dedicating to these higher powers, we forget how amazing we are, and it makes us feel insignificant when we can’t part the sea with our bare hands! As for the romantic twist — I can literally romanticize anything… I cry in Subaru commercials.

AE: For someone interested in becoming more involved in a mystical life, how do you suggest they begin?

MD: I’m definitely not an expert but I think giving yourself space to feel out what’s right for you is the best place to start. I wasn’t raised with one set religion so I feel like I had the freedom for a young age to figure out what felt right for me. Mine all kind of started with these moon bathing ceremonies that I do on my own every full moon. It’s just time for me to take some quiet moments, take note of what I’m grateful for, and say thank you. Then I realized this was my version of worship and it grew from there based in the natural world. This all led to me creating tiny altars around my house that are dedicated to nature and the divine feminine (possibly one in the same) — I put crystals, little notes, and fresh flowers on them.

Once I realized how much magic the world can give us, I researched deeper and found Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Meditation — all practices rooted in Earth. Okay… I need to stop myself now I’m starting to sound like I drink my own pee! Just like any kind of belief, it’s not right for everyone and no, I can’t tell you that Tarot works but those cards have always set me on the right path!

AE: We’ve just returned from Mallorca, and you have a swimsuit named after the island(!) - tell us about the Verite collection.

MD: Stop, you should have packed me in your suitcase! Yes, we do have The Mallorca Bikini! The collection is essentially just my wardrobe, online, for sale. I was always getting asked how I travelled so light, or how I always had such a strong sense of personal style, and the secret’s in simplicity. So I put it online! Everything right now is under $100, and they are just good staples. I wanted our shoppers to know It’s not necessarily about buying the most expensive thing, or shopping every trend every season but just having curated basics that could literally take us everywhere!

AE: The line seems to have a bit of a rebellious vibe, tell us something bad you did growing up that your parents never caught you doing?

MD: I mean they probably already know this by now but I used to have a fake ID that said I was 26 when I was like 16 that I would use to go clubbing. When boys would hit on me I would be like, “I’m almost 30, I could be your mom!” and show them my ID.

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AE: What’s on your favorites list:

The book on your nightstand: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, it’s my favorite book and my mom  just gifted me a beautiful copy so I’ve been re-reading it.

Camera you shoot blog or insta photos with: Fujifilm X30 or iPhone 8

The app you can’t live without: The Podcasts app!

An object or charm you keep with you? A ring that’s been passed down to me

A film quote that inspires you? “When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other” from Godard’s Breathless.

The drink you order when on a date? / when out with your girlfriends? An extra dirty martini with extra olives. 

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AE: Lastly: tell us about a moment you knew that magic was real.

MD: I think when the things I had daydreamed about when I was little started to come to life — but I think these days we call that Manifesting.

AE: Anything else you want to share?!

MD: This is literally the most fun interview I’ve ever done!


Well girl, we totally feel the same way! xo!

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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 Interview: Stephanie Triebe

The Wanderful Girl

The “Wanderful Girl” is a modern bohemian. She’s a nomadic bon vivant collecting perspective and style inspiration around the globe. - from "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style."


Meet Stephanie Triebe, a fashion and lifestyle blogger based in Los Angeles (and soon moving to Nashville!). Constantly documenting her many adventures, you can’t help but feel inspired to hit the road dressed in one of her amazing hats (she wrote a whole post about it by the way). This cactus and wildflower lover creates a boho western feel mixed in with a little desert landscape in the background, creating that kind of magical imagery we love getting lost in.

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Interview: Stephanie Triebe

Susanna for Oui We: Your love for fashion and mixing styles clearly shows through your blog. What’s one of your favorite “go to” outfits?

Stephanie: Mixing styles really helps make an outfit for me. It's a constant inspiration to push the limits of fashion. My all time favorite “go to” outfit right now is my black panama hat, an oversized t-shirt, my busted knee jeans, and my western style ankle boots for sure!

OW: Your style is enviable! Where are some of your favorite places to shop?

ST: My favorite places to shop are Free People, Urban Outfitters, Madewell, and ROOLEE. These are always my go to! I also love to go to flea markets because I can grab some unique staple pieces!

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OW: What are 5 must have wardrobe items you would recommend to our readers?

ST: The 5 things I can't live without in my wardrobe that I recommend is a great panama hat, ankle boots that can dress up any outfit, a great pair of jeans, a denim jacket, and of course- an amazing oversized t-shirt for tucking in!

OW: What’s the most daring fashion choice you’ve ever made and loved it?

ST: I bought myself a brown suede bomber jacket and it was the best decision. I'm not really a suede girl, but this jacket has made so many of my outfits pop. I still wear it to this day!

OW: A fashion trend you tried and hated?

ST: Birkenstocks with the lace socks. I felt like I could do it but I honestly just hated it and I’m so glad it has come and gone.

OW: You said you like to mix fashion trends from the past with more modern trends...what would you say is your favorite style decade to grab from?

ST: I would say 100% from the 70's and early 80's! That era was so freeing and they really brought that floral print and fringe to life! Not to mention my girl Stevie Nicks killed the style game!

OW: What’s one clothing item you always take with you on your travels?

ST: I actually take two things! My hat and my denim jacket! I feel it makes my outfit stylish without much effort. Especially when I have to pack light!

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OW: You have the whole day to yourself, no work, what do you do?

ST: Most of the time I am out scouting some awesome places for my next shoot. If I'm not doing that, I'm at Disneyland!

OW: You have some exciting changes coming up, what drew you to Nashville?

ST: Oh man, Nashville is just a gem of a city. We love how it's a growing city and small businesses thrive here. They have everything I could want: great scenery, seasons, beautiful destinations, and food. Lots and lots of food!

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Favorites:

Favorite camera for photos?

Right now I am using my Sony Alpha 6000! It's a small camera that is great for on the go!

Favorite filter for Instagram edits?

My go to would be "cascade" from the app "Afterlight". It gives a great pop to colors, especially in nature! My other go to is the "Minimalist" package in VSCO!

Favorite coffee drink?

An amazing lavender latte!

Favorite piece of art you own?

My favorite piece of art I have is a cactus print from the lovely @_studiorose_! She is a local artist based out of Nashville and she has beautiful pieces!

Favorite dish your mom (or grandma) cooks?

Greenbean casserole! I look forward to Thanksgiving every year!

Two favorite apps?

Liketoknowit because it lets me shop my favorite style influencers wardrobe! My other is Pinterest because it lets me pin a dream home without buying! (Haha!)

Last favorite book you read?

I'm honestly not a big reader. The last book I did finish was The Hunger Games series a few years back and I loved it!

Favorite piece of advice you've ever received?

I would say the best piece of advice I ever received was about control. This person told me that when you decide to take control of what you actually can control in life, the things that you once tried to control will have already fallen into place one way or another.


Well that's some advice, and some style we can get behind. Thanks Stephanie for joining us!

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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".