Career Day: Shark Pig

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October’s Career Day speaker is Brian Morrow of Shark Pig. Shark Pig is a full service company/digital agency based in Los Angeles.

If you missed Brian’s intro a few weeks ago, click here to get filled in. You all asked great questions for Brian. Now here are the answers…

In your intro, you mentioned you have done “a million weird gigs.” How did you break free from the odd jobs and hone in on your craft of choice-in this case, videography? (that’s what you do, right?). Did you have to do the awkward balancing your day job with your passion until you were able to quit your day job and go full time with Shark Pig?

It was basically on accident. I thought that I was giving up on my dream of becoming a filmmaker because I quit working as a crew guy in film/TV, and started shooting wedding videos. Wedding videos aren’t really respected by that community, although it’s too bad because the people I met in the wedding biz are some of the most intrepid, creative, ambitious hustlers I know. It was my new connection to those people paired with my previous connections to the film world that opened a lot of doors for me. There was and still is a feeling of trying to balance my day job with my passion, though. I still want to do weird funny projects for free, but I also have to try and keep the lights on in this joint! I don’t think that ever really ends.

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When was the moment you realized you were able to stop taking your day rates and start Shark Pig?

The only way to stop taking a certain kind of work in my opinion is to get too busy doing the new work. Luckily that happened to me pretty quickly after jumping into weddings. The funny and unexpected thing was that one of my wedding videos was playing in someone’s office in New York, and a creative director happened to see over her shoulder. That is what led to us getting our first advertising gig, which led to a lot of other opportunities.

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Why the name Shark Pig?

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Captured Nina

captured nina - drifter and the gypsy blog
captured nina - drifter and the gypsy blog
captured nina - drifter and the gypsy blog
captured nina - drifter and the gypsy blog
One thing I love about Instagram is that it is becoming a platform for people to visually create. I use my Instagram account to share behind the scenes peeks and everyday snapshots, but some people get really fine art with their Instagram accounts. Remember when Flickr used to be THE place to be if you were a photographer? Instagram is kind of becoming the new Flickr. It’s pretty cool.

Captured Nina on Instagram is a new account I follow. She’s a 15-year-old student from Slovakia. I’m really impressed by how expressive her photographs are.

Who are your favorite Instagrammers to follow?

Sweet Potato & Zucchini Gratin with Tahini Cream

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and the undeniable autumn chill is in the air. Which means it’s time to start cooking some comfort food. Except comfort food usually comes in the form of rich, heavy foods that leave you feeling bloated and bleh. And who likes to feel like that?

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Gratin is typically an oven-baked dish that has a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg and/or butter. Noooot exactly the healthiest choice. Plus, I recently found out I’m both lactose and gluten intolerant, so a dish like this would put me into whatever’s the stomach’s equivalent to cardiac arrest.

I teamed up with my pal Giovanna to bring you a gluten free and vegan take on the traditional gratin. This dish is still rich & hearty, except you’ll want to do a dance party after eating it instead of taking a nap.

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. They help regulate blood sugar and immune support.

Zucchini is hydrating, anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant support and helps blood sugar regulation.

Tahini is rich in beneficial minerals that support bone health, vascular and respiratory health, arthritis, PMS, migraines and helps lower cholesterol.

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
SWEET POTATO & ZUCCHINI GRATIN WITH TAHINI CREAM

Serves 6

Ingredients:

Filling

– 1 large sweet potato, thinly sliced by hand or using a mandolin
– 2 zucchinis, thinly sliced by hand or using a mandolin
– 2 cups spinach
– 1 onion, thinly sliced
– 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Tahini Cream

– ½ cup tahini
– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2 cloves garlic
– 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
– Juice of 1-2 lemons
– Pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Topping

– 4 slices gluten-free bread, chopped
– 2 Tablespoons melted ghee or coconut oil
– Pinch of sea salt

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Prepare filling: chop vegetables as directed and set aside in a large bowl.

3. Prepare tahini cream: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If cream is too thick, add a bit of water.

4. Prepare topping: Place bread pieces in food processor and pulse until they reach consistency of crumbs. Add melted ghee or coconut oil and sea salt to taste and pulse once more.

5. Assemble: Add tahini cream and half of topping to vegetables. Toss to coat well and spread out evenly in a baking dish. Top with remaining topping.

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are cooked through and the top has browned.

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Words & photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Build: Treat Stand

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Malissa and I recently threw an outdoor dinner party with our family. We created this decoupaged wood crate display stand for our desserts to sit on. This treat stand doesn’t necessarily have to be a treat stand; it could house dainty little hors d’oeuvres or display jewelry at a jewelry party OR you can use this as your display if you sell at a craft fair. It is perfect for any special occasion. Be creative with it!

I could not adore World Market more and their decorative papers have the most gorgeous designs as well as a wonderful thickness that is just perfect for decoupaging! This stand was not only easy to create, transport and set up, it also has a glamour-meets-nature look to it from the mix of wood, paper and metallics that is perfect for any get together.

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Materials:

– Wood crates
– Wood stakes
– Zip ties
– Long piece of lightweight craft wood
– Hot glue
– Mod Podge
– Paintbrush
– Gift wrap (I purchased mine from World Market)
– Cardboard
– Paint

diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Roll out your chosen paper, place your wood crate atop it (I bought my wood crates at Michaels and used and a 50% off coupon on every one so they ended up about $7.50 each) and trace a line under the first wood slat. You can choose to simply trace all the lines now but if you want the look of a continued pattern like mine then you’ll have to painstakingly trace, cut a strip and place your paper back under your crate to do it for all the other slats. But I really think the end result is worth it.

2. After all strips are cut, apply Mod Podge liberally to your crate slats and then smooth your paper strips on. Repeat with all crates.

3. When your glue is dried, you’re ready to assemble your stand. Stack the crates a top one another in two columns and then use your zip ties to latch them firmly together through the slats and through the handles.

4. To make a sign for your table, cover a long piece of lightweight craft wood (or cardboard) with your paper using the steps given above.

5. Cut letters out of cardboard. I printed out a font I liked and traced them onto my cardboard then used an X-acto knife to cut them out.

6. Spray paint your a matching color and use hot glue to attach to the board.

7. Glue the board to the front of your wood stakes and then adhere your wood stakes to the back edge of the top crates after they are all assembled. What I love about this table is that since it’s made from crates, you can not only use them to transport your supplies to your party site but you can also store your sweets in them during your party for easy refilling! And then at the end, the table comes easily apart so it fits through any doorway and in any car. There really is no loosing with this simple stand.

diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Machelle (DIY Build Contributor)

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Girl’s Got Style: Bye Bye Birdie

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girl's got style: bye bye birdie - drifter and the gypsy blog
This Girl’s Got Style isn’t focused on one particular girl, but the movie Bye Bye Birdie as a whole. I watched the film for the first time last week and although I didn’t care much for the story, I absolutely fell in love with the choreography and cinematography. The colors in this scene? Amazing.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bye Bye Birdie, it’s about a VERY popular rockstar, Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) who’s been drafted to the army. Aspiring chemist/song writer, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), and his girlfriend, Rosie (Janet Leigh), develop a plan to get Conrad on The Ed Sullivan Show and kiss a high school girl (Ann-Margret) goodbye.

Bye Bye Birdie (Comedy/Musical)

Year: 1963

Director: George Sidney

Writers: Michael Stewart (book) and Irving Brecher (screen play)

Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh (full cast and crew here)

girl's got style: bye bye birdie - drifter and the gypsy blog
Have you ever seen Bye Bye Birdie? If not (or if you want to watch it again!), you can watch the entire movie on YouTube (for free!) here.

film stills via dreams are what le cinema are for and dr. macro’s high quality movie scans

Silhouettes

silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
Silhouettes is a hand lettering series by graphic designer Hannah Reynolds. I love how the letters are somewhat hard to read so it requires more concentration to focus on the quote; I tend to skim things really fast, so this forces me to slow down and let the words sink in.

DIY Beauty: How to Wear Glitter Eye Shadow

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I recently attended Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and I was so inspired by the runway makeup I decided to do this tutorial. One of my particular favorite looks was created using the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow.

I remember wearing glitter makeup in my teens. The older I get, the scarier glitter eye makeup becomes. A trend I have noticed from major cosmetic brands this season is the roll out of shimmery/glittery makeup products. Despite my reservations, I took up the challenge of creating a grown-up glittery eye makeup look.

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
My golden rules on glitter eye makeup:

1. Less is more. For a modern and sexy take, use the less is more approach. To ensure you don’t go overboard, build up the sparkle slowly. Sticky tape is definitely a handy tool to have to take care of any fallout.

2. Go for neutrals. To create balance, neutral shades are the perfect counterpart to glitter. It compliments it without being over powering. Pair glitter shadow with matte shadow to give your look dimension and definition.

3. Choose your glitter. If you are starting out with glitter eye makeup, ultra fine glitter is a good way to incorporate sparkle. Products with more subtle glitter offer more glitz and glamour without looking flashy.

Steps:

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
1. Prepare your eyes

Just like any other eye shadow, glitter shadow should be applied after eye foundation/concealer and eye shadow primer for maximum staying power. For depth and definition, apply your normal eye shadow colors first before applying glitter shadow.

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
2. Apply glitter eye shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow comes in many different shades. The one I am using is Kitten (nude pink sheen). It also comes with a mini liquid eye primer and mixing tray. I still like to use my own primer beforehand to ensure long lasting adhesion.

There are two ways of wearing the Stila eye shadow. The first is applying the shadow without the liquid primer (see top line of my hand swatch). The second is mixing the liquid primer (use half a drop, one drop is way too much!) with and the eye shadow (see bottom line of my hand swatch). You can see how pigmented the eye shadow becomes after adding the liquid primer! To apply, I used my ring finger to spread and dab it onto my eyelids slowly to make sure it’s even and smooth.

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
3. Eyeliner and Mascara

Apply eyeliner and mascara as normal. If you want to create more drama, try a pair of fake eyelashes to complete the eye makeup look.

4. The rest of your face

Let your eyes steal the spotlight. This isn’t the time to wear your statement lip. Keep your lips (wear lip balm or clear lip gloss) and cheeks natural (add bronzer to give your face some color).

The finished look:

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

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