August Favorites

Hey Y'all!

August is my bday month (Virgo Sun, Leo Moon, Taurus Rising over here) and I really try to take the time to relax and enjoy the final days of summer. This year for my bday I'll be spending a could of days at an off-the-grid cabin in the Hudson River Valley....and I'm not bringing my phone!  I'm excited to have a real proper break, but also terrified because I am so dependent on my phone for literally everything.  I'll let you know how my little experiment goes when I return.  Until then enjoy some of my favorite links from this month below. 

XX, E

How to Style a Modern Gallery Wall

Thanks for watching my first YouTube tutorial video: How to Style a Modern Gallery Wall.  I'm looking forward to learning how to make beautiful, inspiring videos for you all sharing the bits and pieces I've accumulated over my career (and also, how to stop saying UM a million times ;) I also promise to loosen up a bit once I get used to having a camera in my face. Maybe I'll even crack some jokes ;)

If you are local to Providence, RI and need some help zhuzhing your home and walls you can reach out at wanderluxejewelry@gmail.com

Many of these items in this video come from local shops in Providence, RI, USA. I shout out the spots where I found these treasures below: .

Wanderluxe Prism wall hanging: http://www.wanderluxedesign.com/shop/...

Snake Print: http://shopesqueleto.com

Blue Lady portrait: https://riantiquesmall.com

Vintage Buoy: https://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com

Wooden hand hanger: https://shop-palomino.com

Picasso lithograph: http://www.whitestarantiques.com

Zebra head: https://www.target.com/p/zebra-head-w...

Racoon print: http://thorneater.tumblr.com

Brass triangle bell: https://www.facebook.com/whitebuffalo... 

Please post your questions below and I'll do my best to get you the answers!

Xo, Erin

Daily Rituals...

This past August I took the plunge and started doing Wanderluxe full-time without any other projects/freelance/side hustles.  And, while working for yourself is super rewarding and challenging, the lack of structure kind of threw me for a loop the first few months of being in it. 

I realized I needed to create a structure for myself with some daily rituals and self care.  I now schedule about 20 minutes in the morning and evening for meditation. This little ritual helps me ground and create the mood for my day and at night it helps me wind down and quiet my brain. I like to burn a little copal incense from Incausa to set the mood and plug in my headphones for a deprivation chamber effect.

Here are some links to my favorite apps/meditation videos:
    Guru Jagat-Magnificence Meditation
    Mindbliss-esoteric meditation app for when you're ready to get weird
    Calm-app with great meditations and adult bedtime stories

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Do you have any daily rituals that help you feel grounded? Share them in the comments below.

XO, Erin

Eclectic Minimalism...

Last week I showed you how I would style an Abundance altar here. I want to continue to discuss little ways that I am creating space for myself amidst the chaos of our modern world.  In 2018, my goal is to take a deep dive into creating a solid self care practice and to share my findings with you. 
Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert! If you have nuggets of wisdom, books, practices, blogs, podcasts, ANYTHING! please share by replying to this email.  I would love to start a conversation and community around this with you all.  
My hope is to provide value in these weekly newsletters instead of just updating you on my show schedules and events (although I'll be sharing that kind of stuff, too). If there's anything you've particularly enjoyed from these emails that you would like to hear and see more of, let me know.

This week let's chat about a hot topic over the last few years: minimalism.
For a long time when I thought of minimalism, I would get this futuristic, sparse image in my brain. I wanted to have less, need less, clean less, have a smaller burden, but I am by nature a collector.  It comes with the territory of being a maker and an appreciator of art and handmade goods, I think.  It wasn't until recently that I realized that minimalism looks different on everyone and that it's more about your state of mind.
The photo above is a shot of my new studio space with @saintsomething. I think it really embraces the vibe of less is more.  I'm really enjoying this space right now because of its openness and abundance of light.  I'm looking forward to continuing to share how we tackle the constant challenge of maintaining a minimal work space.

Xo,
Erin

P.S.  If you are a buyer, designer or maker come visit me in the Emerging Maker section of NY Now, Booth 1421.  Grab your tickets here...