The Stomach Diaries: Part III

This post is a continuation from my health story Part I and Part II where I wrote about the stomach issues I’ve had my entire life. In this post, I go into detail about my follow up nutritionist visits, subsequent food tests and what I’m doing with my diet right now.

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My first follow-up visit with the nutritionist was one month after my initial visit. For that month, I was eating only foods I didn’t test positive for. Although I was on a strict diet, I had eaten plant-based, gluten-free and dairy-free on my own for the past three years, so I didn’t need to make huge shifts in what I ate. Avoiding the arbitrary foods my body was sensitive to–such as carrots, watermelon, rice, oranges, etc.–was a minor inconvenience, if nothing else. I swapped rice for buckwheat, oatmeal for green smoothies, oranges for grapefruit and then just avoided any other of my ‘trigger’ foods. I also took a bunch of vitamins & supplements to make sure I was getting enough nutrients.

Within the first two weeks, my acne cleared, my stomach felt less bloated and my nails got stronger. I was feeling good! The first month went by, I got skin prick tested for food allergies again and a lot of the foods that came back positive during my first visit now came back negative–exactly as the nutritionist had anticipated.

After my second visit, my nutritionist said she wanted to see me in three months to check up on me. During those three months, my job was to start re-introducing all the once positive foods that now tested negative–like rice, carrots, watermelon, etc.–one at a time, so I could pay attention to the way they made me feel. Since the nutritionist shares her office with an acupuncturist, she also suggested I get acupuncture treatment to speed up the healing process of rebuilding my gut. I was feeling good enough on my own that I decided to wait on the acupuncture. (These medical expenses aren’t cheap!) I started re-introducing food and my body seemed more accepting to the food I fed it. I wasn’t bouncing-off-the-walls great, I wasn’t nearly healed, but I felt better than I had ever felt on my own. Everything was moving in the right direction for once!… Until October.

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Click through to read what happened to me in October!

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Smoothies with Style: Please Eat the Daisies

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Welcome to the second installment of Smoothies with Style! I’m really having fun developing recipes AND color combinations with this new series. I’ve also started a #smoothieswithstyle hashtag on Instagram so you can share your beauteous smoothie creations too. (Who knows, maaaaybe just maybe I’ll feature yours! But you gotta tag them so I can see ’em!)

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smoothies with style: please eat the daisies - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’ll let you in on a little secret: Daisy petals are completely edible–sorry Doris Day. Don’t tell me you don’t think that’s crazy ’cause I know you do. (I did when I first found out!) Daisy petals are closely related to artichokes and are high in Vitamin C. They also help relieve headaches! I plucked a few daisies from a patch near my house and put ’em in a smoothie.

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PLEASE EAT THE DAISIES SMOOTHIE

(makes one 16 oz serving)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 large frozen banana
Petals of 2-3 daisies (not too many because they are bitter!)
1/4-1/2 cup parsley (depending on how strong ya like it)
1/2 cup water

Procedure:

1. Place all ingredients in high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Drink it all down!

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**Optional: Get fancy and add a daisy for garnish. These would make such a cute addition to a brunch party if you put them in small juice glasses and garnished each one with a daisy.

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smoothies with style: please eat the daisies - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe by Drifter & the Gypsy
Dress is via Crossroads Trading Co.

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SF Dear Creatures Summer 2015 Sample Sale

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SF folks, listen up! There are few events that get me as stoked as the bi-annual Dear Creatures Sample Sale at ASMBLY Hall in San Francisco.

If you haven’t heard of Dear Creatures, it’s a vintage-inspired clothing label based in LA that also happens to have the prettiest lookbooks. I know by now you’re probably used to going to boutique sample sales and being disappointed by the fact everything is only marked down like $5. But this sample sale is actually a good’un.

Everything starts at $5 and nothing is over $50. I really really want to get my hands on this dressShopping time!

ASMBLY HALL
Address: 1850 Fillmore Street, SF, 94115 (cross streets: Sutter & Bush)
Dates: Saturday August 1st, 11am-7pm AND Sunday, August 2nd, 12-6pm
Sizes XS-XL, prices are from $5-50

(Faux) Hanging Book Shelves

I think this is my favorite tutorial to-date from D&G’s build contributor, Machelle. I love the added embellishment of the pink rope. Unrelated to the actual tutorial, I’m also seriously loving the two-tone walls (genius!) and may or may not want to try that in my bedroom at some point!

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I thought a lot about what I wanted for shelving in my daughter’s room. I love the book ledges look and I definitely wanted a place for books to go and be on display but I also wanted some normal shelves for housing decorations: vases, knickknacks, prints, etc.

My solution was to combine the two-in-one shelving system with a regular shelf at the top with book ledges hanging down from them. However, having a one-year-old who pulls everything off of shelves and would soon be big enough to do that with these shelves, I knew they couldn’t really be hanging free. So these ledges were already attached to the wall and the rope is really just there for aesthetics! I love it!

(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
It’s the perfect solution I was looking for. I didn’t build any of the shelves myself which made for a much easier project! There are tons of tutorials available out there for making these kind of book/picture ledges but my rule for DIY is if I can find the same thing for a decent price, I’m not going to make it from scratch. My homemade version would never look as good as these do and buying wood, paint, primer, sandpaper, tools, etc. would probably end up costing close to the same amount, plus, your time is worth money too! I think these were a great investment but feel free to make your own if that appeals to you.

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Materials

Picture ledges
Floating shelf
• Drill and ¼ bit
• Level
• Rope
• Acrylic paint in choice of color
• Pencil and ruler

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Steps:

1. Begin by installing your selves according to the enclosed directions. I spaced mine about 12” apart on the wall. The ledges are slightly longer than the floating shelf so I took that into account when placing them so they’d all be centered.

2. Measure to the center of your ledges on the short end and then measure in about 1 ¾”. Make a mark.

3. Drill a hole through this mark. As soon as your feel your bit coming through the bottom, flip it over and drill in from that side. This will make it so the paint doesn’t chip off around the hole.

4. Do the same thing on the other end and on your other ledge/s.

5. Make a mark at the same location on both ends and the bottom your floating shelf. (Be sure you make the marks at the back of the shelf, not the front.)

6. Drill a hole here as well. Because this shelf is hollow, you will definitely want to drill in from the top and the bottom.

7. Hang on your wall.

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8. Cut two long pieces of rope, at least a foot longer than your shelving system, just to be sure. Tape one end tightly and do a big knot at the other end.

9. Guide the taped end through your shelf hole till it gets to the knot.

10. Guide it through the next ledge hole and then tie a knot underneath it. Do the same for remaining ledges.

11. Cut off excess rope.

12. I wanted pink rope and I really wanted the look of a painted rope rather than one I bought that way so I didn’t even search for pink rope. I simply chose a color of pink acrylic paint and painted all the visible rope. Do this step at the end for ease and to avoid paint getting rubbed off while guiding through the holes.

(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
Machelle (Build Contributor)

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The Stomach Diaries: Part II

This post is a continuation from my health story last week where I wrote about the stomach issues I’ve had my entire life. In this post, I go into detail about my initial visit to my nutritionist.

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Four years ago, I was a sophomore in high school and I really wasn’t taking care of my body: Staying up too late, not exercising, not eating well, working too much, not getting enough sleep, etc. It was two years after I started this blog, I was just getting into fashion photography and I felt invincible: Fueled by passion. However, my body started giving me signs that it was time to start taking better care of myself. These signs came in the form of anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, terrible bloating and acne. Granted, yes, I was a teenager and yes, a lot of these symptoms are typically associated with the hormonal changes one goes through during puberty, but I knew something more was going on. I did my own research and tried going gluten-free and dairy-free. I’d like to say it was a miraculous recovery and I immediately felt better than I ever had in my life, but that wasn’t the case. I felt better but I still wasn’t close to being healed. Although my eczema hadn’t flared up since I was 13 and my acne subsided, I still felt bloated and anxious. But I slept like a stone, which gave me enough energy to keep on trucking for three more years.

In late 2013 / early 2014, my body went through another iteration of ailments. Some of them were the same, but some of them were new: achey muscles, perpetual coldness, brittle nails, constant thirst and the overall feeling of weakness. I loved to run, but after a while, pounding my poor, achey muscles on the pavement felt more like torture than anything else. There is a good family friend of ours that has MS and I got really scared that I might have MS too. I did online research (hello, WebMD!) and diagnosed myself with a myriad of possibilities: hypothyriodism, Crohn’s disease, IBS, MS, adrenal fatigue and Hashimoto disease, amongst many others.

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I made my first appointment to see a nutritionist in July of 2014. I also started seeing a chiropractor that same month to help alleviate my tight and achey muscles. My body was badly out of alignment.

I was so nervous the day of my first visit with the nutritionist. A friend recommended me to see her. She had good Yelp reviews, but I still didn’t know what her personality would be like. In my quest to eat healthier, I was very drawn to the raw vegan high carb low fat diet. I loved the idea of eating as close to nature as possible and being able to eat in large quantities, but I knew the criticism my type of diet got: Where are you getting your protein? Where are you getting your fat? It’s not balanced to eat that much fruit, etc. My ultimate fear was the nutritionist would tell me I needed to start eating meat. The notion that maybe my body wasn’t liking my 99% vegan (I still ate eggs) diet always lingered in the dark corridors of my mind. But I knew I needed to take care of myself and I needed to see the nutritionist no matter what the outcome would be. My mom came with me for support.

Click through to read the outcome of my first visit.

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The vintage-lover’s guide to modern sunglasses

I think at this point it’s common knowledge that I love anything with a vintage flair. And sunglasses are such a great way to give a nod to decades past. Aviators! Cat eye! Round! Wayfarer! Pink! Yellow! Tortoise! White! Okay you get the point. When Avenue 32 asked me to share a few of my favorite sunglasses, I had trouble narrowing down, but I tried my best. 😉

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Shop my favorites (from left to right, top to bottom): Prism Red Cat Eye // Lucy Folk Defo Juicy JSJ // Wunderkind Purple Tweed Cat-Eye // Lucy Folk Our Apple Sweet N Low // Vivetta Pink Acetate // Cutler and Gross Burnt Orange Round // Sunday Somewhere Marble Laura  // Wunderkind Mosaic Cat-Eye

I am a 100% believer that sunglasses make you look cooler than you actually are. Put on some sunnies and bam! you look like a million bucks. They’re also awesome when you don’t feel like wearing eye makeup yet don’t want to feel naked. Or if you’re like me and your eyes get irritated from the wind. Oh yeah and they protect your eyes from the sun, which is pretty useful too!

What I love about our current sunglass situation is that vintage-inspired looks are in. For me, they’re always ‘in’ but it seems like they’re really trending at the moment. Cat-eyes and wayfarers will forever be my favorites.

Here’s a guide to help you find the best sunglasses to frame your pretty lil’ face according to face shape. (Not sure what your face shape is? Go here and follow these 3 steps.)

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Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom): Prism Red Cat Eye // Zanzan Rose Erzulie // Vivetta Pink Acetate // Lucy Folk Our Apple Sweet N Low // Illesteva Tortoise Leonard II // Taylor Morris Blue Mirror Voyageur

the vintage-lover's guide to modern sunglasses - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom): Karen Walker Tortoise Northern Lights // Oliver Peoples Black Jack Huston VFX //Prism White Mirror Brasilia // rel=”nofollow” Cutler and Gross Two Tone Glitter Cat-Eye // Prism Black Moscow Mirror // Wunderkind Purple Tweed Cat-Eye

the vintage-lover's guide to modern sunglasses - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom):Zanzan Multi Erzulie // Prism Red Cat Eye // Wunderkind Monochrome Cat-Eye // Prism Black Moscow Mirror // Wunderkind Mosaic Cat-Eye // Prism Two Tone Calvi Cat-Eye

the vintage-lover's guide to modern sunglasses - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom): Karen Walker Black Northern Lights // Illesteva Red Leonard II //  Lucy Folk Defo Juicy JSJ // Karen Walker Navy Khaki Flowerpatch // Cutler and Gross Red Gold Petal // Cutler and Gross Two Tone Glitter Cat-Eye

I thinnnnk I’m between a round-shaped and heart-shaped face (the width of my forehead, cheekbones and jaw are all equal, but I definitely have a teeny bit of a narrow chin) which is perfect because my favorite style sunglasses (cat-eye and wayfarer) are the most optimal for my face type. I’m following the fashion rules for my face type without even knowing it! Yay! My absolute two favorites from Avenue 32 are the Vivetta Pink Acetate Round Sunglasses and the Wunderkind Purple Tweed Cat-Eye.

What types of sunglasses are your favorites? Do your favorite sunglass styles match up with the best options for your face type? Which are your favorites from Avenue 32?

Cover image source here // layout by me // face type illustrations via she knows

This post is sponsored by Avenue 32. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make Drifter & the Gypsy possible.

Orange Lace Blue Polka

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Oh the joys of when your bangs get uncomfortably long. I’ve tried trimming my own bangs before (how hard can it be if all you have to do is cut in a straight line?!) but it just didn’t work out well. It wasn’t terrible (no horror stories here) but it still wasn’t great. I have a habit of putting off my bang trims until the last possible moment (like when my bangs completely cover my eyes), so for now I’ve semi-swept them to the side. (I actually think I kind of like it when my bangs get super long that I have to think of other ways to style them.)

orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
One of the things about styling your bangs differently is they always want to fall the way you usually style them! Forever brushing my bangs to the side.

orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
I bought this American Apparel lace dress a few months ago when they were having a huge 90% off sale. The dress is COMPLETELY see-through, but that’s okay because I really like the look of it layered over this blue polka dot dress I stole from my mom (shhh!!!… actually it doesn’t really matter because she’s the one who takes most all of my pictures so she knows 😉).

orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
PS. Thanks so much for your kind words & support about my health post. I am fairly private of a person and talking about personal things doesn’t come naturally to me. One thing I’ve come to realize is that we’re all dealing with something. If it’s not health-related, it’s money-related. If it’s not money-related, it’s relationship-related or job-related or style-related or pet-related or I-don’t-know-what-related. I truly believe in the power of opening up because doing so creates a safe space for others to open their hearts as well. I loved reading your personal food intolerance / wacky immune system stories. (Not that those are fun to deal with at all but it’s just nice knowing there are people dealing with the same issues: a community.)

Lace dress American Apparel
Polka dot dress Gap
Shoes Rachel Comey for Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses RAEN Volant in Coral Crystal
Honeycomb Necklace chloe + isabel

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