wanderlust

A BOHO BABE’S VISUAL TOUR OF EUREKA SPRINGS

Recently my husband and I got out of the city for a little road trip to experience the beautiful Ozarks and see a town we’ve wanted to visit for a long time. Unfortunately, due to lack of rain and cold, most of the trees haven’t dressed for Autumn yet. Still, the winding streets of Eureka Springs were so fun to wander through! Some of them made my heart race because they were so steep and curvy; at one point I felt as if our car was nearly vertical as our tires squeaked and squealed uphill. 

The streets were lined with all kinds of little boutiques filled with local artisans. One of my favorite shops was Crescent Moon Beads where I found some lovely amethyst and bone beads to bring home with me.

When a boho-girl arrives in Eureka Springs ...


Hillary Rain is a wanderess who writes at SpiritSoulEarth.com.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WATER

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”— Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Hillary Rain writes about sensuality, spirituality, and the shadowed nuances of her creative life at spiritsoulearth.com.

ADORN // NOLA + DYLAN

 
Leah Hoffman via The Bohemian Collective
Leah Hoffman via The Bohemian Collective
Leah Hoffman via The Bohemian Collective
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Leah Hoffman via The Bohemian Collective
Leah Hoffman via The Bohemian Collective
Leah Hoffman via The Bohemian Collective

I fell in love with NOLA.  New Orleans, Louisiana is by far one of the most magical places I've ever been to.  The sheer historic quality is enough to make you fall, but mixed with the incredible European style architecture, and the eerie voodoo + ghost presence, and all the amazing locals that have so much story to tell.... thats what sparked the full on love affair I now have with Nola.  

What I loved most about the buildings in New Orleans were the bright contrasting walls (well also the balconies, and the balcony flowers, and the big strong orginal lines- ok, everything!) So it's fitting that my first outfit post is in front of this wall.  It was the first thing i noticed while pulling into the French Quarter in our cab, and I knew I had to photoshoot in front of it.  Thanks to my amazing and always willing sweet husband for putting his drink down to be my photographer. 

DYLAN TEE // SKYLINE FEVER

NECKLACE // CHILD OF WILD

SKIRT // NOVELLA ROYALE

SANDALS // FREE PEOPLE

BAG // STREETLEVEL BAGS

SOLAR ALTAR

My Solar Altar. This was a lot harder to create than the others. I did not realize how disconnected I am to my solar chakra, the sun, and the yang masculine energy. However I love how it all came together and it reminds me a lot of the desert, which I am very fond of. Pyrite, citrine, yellow calcite, and aragonite star cluster connect you to your inner fire and the Sun card of the tarot reflects this energy perfectly. I was sure to include items you burn like the yellow candle, sage and palo santo sticks. I love the painted agate with the cacti.... I found it thrifting! 

Right now I am in the Arizona desert, my souland, and I am so happy to share the altar with you now. Perfect timing! I am excited to crystal hunt, thrift over here, and commune with the red rocks of Sedona. I brought a lot of crystals with me I will be cleansing and blessing in a vortex at Sedona! This is a rare and very healing experience! I will be selling the stones when I get back, but you can pre-order a very special set, the Healing Warrior, including a meditation in the desert and yellow, blue, and red Tiger's eye!

For more info about this limited rare set read here

And you can pre-order here.


Blessings from the Desert,

Marissa Moondaughter

moon my compass // intuition my voice // crystals my companions

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A WANDERER'S MANIFESTO ☽

 by hillary rain | spiritsoulearth.com

by hillary rain | spiritsoulearth.com

I WILL WANDER.

A few years ago I commissioned my friend Mandy Steward to design a tattoo for me. I described what I wanted: a curvy bohemian gypsy girl unlike any we've ever seen who I could place on my chest or back or arm. When I received the finished piece my entire body burst into goosebumps, or what I call soul shivers, because in a small banner within the design Mandy had added three determined words: I will wander.

It's hard for me to describe the paradox I find myself in constantly: a hunger to root down and yet this wanderlust which forbids me to grow complacent for very long. And so I've created a promise for myself. It's the kind of manifesto you might find scrawled along the edges of books, pressed into skin with indigo ink, blurted into being over absinthe and coffee. I call it my wanderer's manifesto.

I will see to this insatiable longing that my blood speaks to me. I won't ignore the siren call of my soul or the ravenous hunger which keeps me always seeking more, more, more. I allow my soul to embody herself however she desires and invite the guides of childlike curiosity and wonder and faith to move me. I will not forget that I Am: I am life, I am love, I am home. I will live my days with beauty, truth, compassion, and joy so that everywhere I go I will bring a remembrance of home with me. I will embrace mystery. I will love both my roots and my wild. I will wander. I will dwell. I will love. Wherever I am, there I will be free.

xo, Hillary Rain


What would your wanderer's manifesto say? I would love to know. xo.

Finding Home in that which is hidden. Sensing the Sacred in everything. Wandering into the Wild. All is magic. All is Mystery. All is grace.— The Wild Mystics

You can wander with Mandy and me starting this Sunday. We go dark for a shadowy night in the shadowlands of the soul and there is room for you, love.

 

A JOURNEY TO PERU WITH CATIE // PART 1

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I’d like to take you on a journey with me, to a place that is dear to my heart…..

Peru is a country of warmth and color. The food is spicy, the people friendly, the scenery breathtaking.

A cross-country trip will take you from glaciers high in the Andes to astounding expanses of desert, from the colorful Amazon jungle to sandy beaches dotted with palm trees. Here in Peru, ancient history and indigenous culture rub shoulders with modern cities and the metropolis of Lima.

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There are fifty one different indigenous peoples in Peru and the country’s history dates back thousands of years. Incan and pre-Incan ruins can still be found just outside many of the major cities and the land seems to vibrate with ancient energy.

Deep in the jungle and high in the Andes, the indigenous communities continue to live close to the land, in harmony with nature. Art, ceremony, medicine, and healing practices all are rooted in a deep respect for the Pachamama…our mother earth. Shamans and healers from many of Peru’s indigenous communities use plant medicines (such as Ayahuasca and San Pedro), vision work, and other ancient practices to heal heart, body, and spirit.

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Despite its rich culture and history, Peru struggles with poverty, pollution, and deforestation. The indigenous people constantly fight against the mining, gas, and forestry companies to keep their land, resources, and way of life.

My own history with Peru began when I traveled to Latin America at the age of 18.  7,000 feet in the Andes, I found myself falling in love—with a culture, a country, and a man who would later become my husband. I’m grateful to consider Peru my second home and to have the opportunity to spend time there each year. The country and its people have opened my heart and taught me some of the deepest life lessons……

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Guest post by Catie of Spirit Y Sol.