wanderlove : the near & far life of a nashville mama
a blog by jessa anderson

Moorea Seal 

Minimalist Disk Pendant // Avery Sunglasses // Woodland Wide Brim Hat 

I recently made my first order from online retailer Moorea Seal, and I'm pretty sure my face looks like the emoji with hearts for eyes whenever I browse the shop. I narrowed down my immensely long inspiration/wish list and chose a few accessories, all of which I love and have to restrain myself from wearing nonstop. These are my picks, but the shop is full of accessories, housewares, stationary, and more. It's the stuff dreams are made of (dreams about material goods anyway). I love the styling of the site, and that the shop offers options at all price points. Free shipping is included with orders $50 and up, which is always a plus when ordering online! This is all-around one of my favorite online shops, and I find it admirable that 7% of all proceeds benefit various social causes. You can even filter your shop results by cause if there's a particular non-profit you'd like your funds to go toward. 

Are you an online shopper? I used to think it would be such a hassle, but a few years back I joined the online shopping crowd starting with the Honest Company and it was life changing! That may sound overly dramatic, but with a busy travel schedule, two little ones who still need nap/rest times, and a to-do list that seems never-ending, being able to order things online has been such a help! I'd love to know who your favorite online retailers are! 
The Honest Company link above is a personal referral link. We love and use Honest Co products in our home and if you're interested in creating a new account I'd love for you to use it! :)

how to be cool (an accidental discovery) 

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I've made an accidental discovery.

Two-toned ankle boots make you cool. I know, it's crazy! But hear me out. Last January I pinned these boots after seeing them on the Athropologie website. In a stroke of luck, I found them for a much more reasonable price on Amazon. Now, I love me some boots, so I'm usually rotating through a few different pairs. I promise you, every single time I wear the "cool-girl boots" someone compliments me on them. Every. Single. Time. At the hair salon, the studio, in the Target parking lot, everywhere! So much so that when I wear other boots, I can practically hear that black and gold pair whispering to me that I would be so much cooler looking if I wore them instead. So much so that I ordered a second pair (at an even better price on Amazon!) after I wore mine into the ground.

I decided to round up a few of my favorites from around the internet for inspiration. I'm happy to report that the black and gold pair is on further sale, making them a total steal! They fit true to size for me, but I'll warn you that they are not the epitome of comfort until you sufficiently break them in. The toe is narrow, but I've found that after a few good wears they loosen up considerably. I took the extra time to put a coat of protectant spray on my second pair, since I managed to totally scuff and mangle the leather on the first ones, and so far it seems to have helped. So, here I present to you my one and only tip on being cool.

I'd love to know what your cool-girl standbys are! I feel like I'm always dangerously close to frazzled mom territory, so I need all the help I can get! ;)


Look! It's a blog post!

As we ushered in the new year with friends in Indianapolis, I couldn't help but think back on previous New Year's Eve celebrations. Rarely do we go "out", but we've spent the last few years surrounded by our dearest friends and family in various parts of the country, and last night I went to bed with a full heart thinking about the community we have. 2014 was a great year for our family, and it slipped by incredibly quickly. This year, 2015, my hope is to slow down just a bit and get better at taking it all in. I can't wait to see what the year holds!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

It's FALL! 

*cue little happy dance*

Although I start celebrating fall around, oh, September 1st, last night at 9:29 it became official!

Maybe it's the fact that I turned 29 a few weeks ago, but for some reason I'm feeling hyper-aware of the passing of time and the preciousness of each moment. This past weekend Jordan and I flew out to Boulder Creek, CA for a women's retreat where Margaret Feinberg was the speaker. I didn't know all that much about her or her story prior to the event, but I was delighted to have the chance to sit in on each session. We ended up doing a little book/CD swap before we went our separate ways, and when I asked her which book she thought I would enjoy, she instantly answered Wonderstruck. With 4+ hours on a plane the following day, I decided Wonderstruck was where I should start. At one point, Jordan leaned over and asked me, "How much of that are you planning on reading exactly?". As it turns out, I felt so tuned in to Margaret's words that I finished the whole thing, including the footnotes, before we landed in Chicago for our layover.

I have always loved to read, but somewhere along the way life got so full of babies and laundry and grocery shopping and car rides that I shelved much of my deeper content in favor of easy, short interval reads. Blogs, headlines, and flipping through magazines crowded out the stories and truths that take effort and time to consume. Humorous anecdotes that only require a percentage of my attention piled up, while the soul-satisfying words that need time to marinate and require my wide-eyed presence in order to take them in fully were gathering dust. Earlier this year I stopped to ask myself when the last time I finished a book was, and I couldn't even remember. Feeling embarrassed, if only in my own sight, I decided to make a concerted effort to read less of the frivolous and more of the full. I'm slowly making good on that promise to myself, and while reading Wonderstruck, my soul seemed to lighten with each page.

You see, in all of these short intervals, this mental game of ping pong I've been playing has been making me restless. I sit down to work and can't remember the task at hand. I intend to check in on a friend but by the time I've clicked on this or that, I forget to send the text or email that sent me to the screen. I make a shopping list only to realize I've left items on the shelf. I lay in bed at night with the nagging feeling I am missing something, wondering why the day wasn't more productive. As I read Margaret's words, I found they were exactly what I needed to hear. Wonderstruck, at the heart, is about restoring the vibrancy of faith at the very heart of our lives as Christ followers. I'm looking forward to digging in to the challenges that follow the book, which offer 30 days of guidance as you seek to live life wonderstruck.

Have any of you read Wonderstruck? I'd love to hear your thoughts and how you've responded to the call to live wonderstruck!

I would highly encourage you to pick up a copy here if you haven't read it.

Going Back To College (kinda) 

Calling all college students:

Today marks the start of my fall college bonanza! Okay, technically we've got some late summer/early winter dates in there too. Hope to be on your campus soon! 

Visit jessaanderson.com/tour for more details