DIY Food: Strawberry-Matcha Sorbet

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Whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, the summer season is on your mind. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re bidding summer your last goodbyes (side note: today is the last day of summer!!) and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re getting ready for the warmer weather to come.

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San Francisco is pretty weird in that we get our warmest weather during the months of September and October. Our famous Indian Summer means that we get to hold on to our sandals and sunnies a little while longer before the crisp air of autumn takes over.

diy food: strawberry-matcha sorbet - drifter and the gypsy blog
Today’s recipe features strawberries, dates and matcha green tea.

diy food: strawberry-matcha sorbet - drifter and the gypsy blog
Strawberries are definitely a superfood. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, anti-cancer benefits and anti-inflammatory. Strawberries contain the lowest in sugar of all fruits, which keeps blood sugar stable.

Matcha green tea is another food that offers a lot. It’s also rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports metabolism, provides energy, regulates blood sugar, supports longevity, cancer-preventive, boosts metabolism and aids detoxification.

This sorbet is naturally sweetened with fresh dates to keep it free of refined sugars.

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STRAWBERRY-MATCHA SORBET

Serves 2

Ingredients:

– 1 cup frozen strawberries
– 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
– 1-2 medjool dates
– 1/3 cup coconut water
– Juice of 1/2 lemon
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. You might need to stop blender and use a spatula to push ingredients down from time to time (if using a Vitamix, just use the tamper to keep things moving).

2. Once smooth, place in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up, sprinkle on your favorite toppings (we used coconut flakes), then enjoy!

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Recipe by Giovanna Garcia // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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Handwritten cards

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I feel like one of the best ways you can make someone feel special is by giving them a handwritten card. It’s a shame the world we live in is so fast-paced that quite often handwriting ANYTHING gets overlooked. Nothing beats a handwritten card. Seriously.

Shutterfly has given the traditional paper card a little facelift with their Mix & Match Stationery Sets. There are 7 different stationary sets to choose from and within those stationery sets, there are 15 card designs. After you pick a stationery set, YOU pick & choose how many cards (up to 12) of each design you would like within the set.

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handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’m completely indecisive and went for 1 of 12 of my favorite designs from the Everyday Expressions set to get the most designs in my package. It has cute, everyday sayings for a variety of situations which come in handy for the casual user. I’m going to use one for my parents’ wedding anniversary (coming up in less than a month!), a thinking of you card for a dear friend who recently had surgery and a thank you card for a designer who lent me some clothes for a photo shoot for the blog.

handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
Tell me, do you handwrite cards? If not, make it a goal to handwrite at least 1 card a month! You will make someone feel really special, I guarantee it. ♥

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make Drifter & the Gypsy possible.

Outfit: Lace on lace

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lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
I wore this outfit to the Katie Dean Jewelry party at BellJar back in June. It was my first time meeting the jeweler herself and what a cutie she is! Katie moved from a small town in the midwest to Los Angeles to pursue her passion of making jewelry two years ago and her business has really taken of in that short amount of time!

Speaking of pursuing your passions, have you seen this BuzzFeed article about 11 people who quit their desk jobs to do something amazing? Soooo inspiring.

lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
Anywho, Katie is just about as sweet as pie, so lace on lace seemed appropriate to wear to the occasion. I also put a bow on my bun because when in doubt, add a bow, ya know?

lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
lace on lace - drifter and the gypsy blog
dress, sweater, necklace and earrings c/o crossroads trading co., bow from h&m and shoes from free people

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DIY Beauty: How to wear red lipstick

If I had to pick one makeup item from my makeup bag that is face-brightening and mood-altering in seconds, it would have to be red lipstick. It’s the fastest way to transform and lift your look (and not to mention a instant teeth whitener!).

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How to pick a shade of red:

1. To test what color red best suits you, try a test patch on the top of your index finger. The color on your index finger will be a closer shade to your natural lip tone rather than testing the color on the back of your hands.

2. Consider the lighting. If you are going to be outdoors, pick a softer or sheerer shade. For evening, where there will be flash photography, go bolder so the flash doesn’t wash out your lipstick color.

3. If you have thin lips, avoid deep reds. They will make your lips look smaller.

4. Don’t throw out red lipstick in a shade that doesn’t work for you. It can still be wearable with a touch of lipgloss. Top it with a gold glass to warm and soften it. To take the red to a bluer shade, add a pink gloss.

The rest of your face:

1. Keep your lips as the focus, don’t play up your eyes. Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye make up. A little mascara, eyeliner and neutral eye shadow will go a long way.

2. When it comes to blush, it depends on the color and depth of the lipstick. If it is a bright coral, either soft coral, peach or warm pink blush works well. For deeper reds and berries, go for neutral beiges, browns and pinks as they add a little color but not too much. They tend to be more defining rather than add a pop.

3. Coordinate your look. Dot a tiny amount of lipstick on the apples of your cheeks. Then blend in with your fingers.

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diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
My top picks:

1. Before applying lipstick, make sure your lips are semi hydrated by using a lip balm. This will make the application smoother.

2. Be precise. Whether you are applying red lipstick with a brush or straight from the tube, never do it in a moving vehicle. The results will not be pretty.

3. Applying lip linter will give your lipstick more staying power and more definition to your lips. Always use a red lip liner shade that matches your lipstick color. If it doesn’t match perfectly you will end up with a two-tone effect. Otherwise, find a lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color and use it to outline your lips.

4. To prevent “bleeding,” apply a little concealer around the edge of your mouth.

5. To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, after applying lipstick, put your finger in your mouth. Purse your lips around it and then slowly pull your fingers out to remove the excess lipstick color.

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diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
The finished look:

diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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Golly!

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golly - drifter and the gypsy blog
A few of my favorite gal pals (Editor-in-chief Roxanne Fequiere, creative director Allison O’Shea and their team of creatives) are working on a magazine called Golly. Pretttyyy much the magazine had me at its awesome logo* (hey, I AM a graphic designer after all!), but it’s much more than that. It’s a quirky/whimsical/minimalistic/colorful/color-blocked magazine that celebrates a new approach to the modern magazine world. And dang the girls behind the mag really know how to style a spread! I love that they’re not over-the-top highly polished with the styling; it’s a bit rough around the edges & unfinished, but in the best way possible. It’s real.

golly - drifter and the gypsy blog
golly - drifter and the gypsy blog
golly - drifter and the gypsy blog
They released Golly Magazine’s first issue this past summer, but they now have a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to continue on (and with only a few more days to go, they’re almost at their goal!). Check it out & contribute if the spirit moves you to do so!

golly - drifter and the gypsy blog
golly - drifter and the gypsy blog
golly - drifter and the gypsy blog
photos courtesy of golly magazine

*logo designed by Reptiles and Rainbows

DIY Sew: Macrame Wall Hanging (for beginners!)

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With only two varieties of knots and 23 knots altogether, this wall hanging is a great way to introduce yourself to macrame. The finished hanging measures 16 inches wide by 38 inches long and is low-key and minimalist.

Materials:

– 10 pieces of 3mm cotton macrame cord – each piece 9 feet (3 yards) long

– 1 piece of wood or dowel rod around a foot long for hanging

diy sew: macrame wall hanging (for beginners!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Attach rope to stick by looping the rope over the stick, then feeding the other end of the rope evenly through the loop. Pull tight.

diy sew: macrame wall hanging (for beginners!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
2. Using rope in pairs (two strands per piece, four strands per knot total) and starting a couple inches from the top, tie the carrick bend knot. Begin by making a loop with the left rope, then weave the right side rope through, alternating over and under each bit of rope (follow steps of photo from left to right). Shape the knot evenly.

3. 4 inches beneath your completed carrick bend knots, tie the overhand knot. Skip the rope pieces on both outer edges, and working from left to right, start with the rope piece next to the furthest most left piece. Knot it together with its rope companion the right. Tie 4 overhand knots in this row.

4. Move 4 inches down again and start the 3rd row of knots. This time, begin from the outer edge and tie overhand knots again. You should have 5 overhand knots in this row.

5. Row 4, tie 4 overhand knots in the same way as step 3.

6. Finish with carrick bend knots in a V shape. Working left to right, begin at the outer edge about four inches down and tie your first carrick bend. The next carrick bend knot should be a couple inches lower than this one, and the next (which is in the center) should be a couple inches lower than that one. Work your way upward again on the right side.

diy sew: macrame wall hanging (for beginners!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
7. Knot the ends of the rope, straighten out your knots and hang!

diy sew: macrame wall hanging (for beginners!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy sew: macrame wall hanging (for beginners!) - drifter and the gypsy blog

*Tips: Work on a flat surface. Always keep your cord even and flat when working – this ensures proper knotting. If you’re having issues forming knots evenly, try taping your knots down as you work, or tracing a completed knot on a piece of paper so you can refer to this outline when creating matching knots.

diy sew: macrame wall hanging (for beginners!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy sew: macrame wall hanging (for beginners!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
*Plant hanging baskets by Rhiannon Tyndell

Lauren (DIY Sew Contributor)

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Giveaway: RossLab – CLOSED

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This week’s giveaway comes from RossLab. I discovered Rossella’s beautiful ceramics on Etsy a few years ago and ran into her in person at Renegade Craft Fair SF. She was so sweet in agreeing to do a giveaway for you guys.

You have your choice of this teal heart-patterned mug OR a this garden planter. I really don’t know which one I would pick. They’re both so cute!

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giveaway: ross lab - drifter and the gypsy blog
TO ENTER:
– Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)

BONUS ENTRIES:
– Follow RossLab on TwitterFacebook and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Follow Drifter & the Gypsy on TwitterFacebook and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Tweet about the giveaway @drifterandgypsy and/or @ross_lab and leave a separate comment w/ link to the Twitter status (up to 2 bonus entries)

Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, AND followed With RossLab on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you would get 6 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 7 entries.

**Open to all readers, international included, so anyone can enter!**

A winner will be drawn via random.org Tuesday, September 16th, 10 am PDT.

UPDATE: Winner is comment #19: Sadie. Congrats girl! I will be in contact with you shortly.

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