The Streets of Rome

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Photographer Guy Aroch has this soft, muted-hue quality about his work that makes it easy for me to identify his photographs before confirming they’re his for sure. When the folks at Free People sent me a preview of their February 2015 campaign, I was really excited to see Guy Aroch shot the photos! The beautiful photography and clothes along with the backdrop of Rome (hello new place I want to visit!) are pretty easy on the eyes to say the least.

the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
Everything about this outfit. Yes.

the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
Obsessed with this dress.

the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
The closest I’ve ever been to Rome is watching the movie Eat Pray Love, so this definitely stirs up the wanderlust in my heart.

the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photographer: Guy Aroch
Hair: Amy Farid
Make-Up: Deanna Hagan
Model: Karmen Pedaru
Shot In: Rome, Italy

Images courtesy of Free People

Looking back on: December ’14 / January ’15

I took a little bloggy break during the last part of December, so I didn’t have an opportunity to do my Looking Back post, but I’m back now with 2 months in 1!

The last part of December was really quite wonderful. I love the time right before the new year because things slow down and it’s refreshing not to feel like you have to run in place to keep up all the time.

So far 2015 has been treating me well! January was off to a great start and I really feel positive about this year. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I had a bit of a (minor) setback last week when I got an infection in my thumb (hi 7 hours spent at the ER!), but it healed very quickly and all I have is a band aid now. My thumb was only out of commission for about 1 week. So that wasn’t fun, but it could have been worse. (Like I could have been out of commission for more than 1 week.)

I think that’s going to be my motto in 2015: It could be worse. It could always be better, but it could always be worse. It puts a different spin on matters, don’t you think? But enough about talking about how it could be worse. I have high hopes for 2015 and the future in general. I really do.

looking back on december '14 / january '15
I saw one of Emily Proud‘s moonrises in the wild.

Two new plants (orchids!) that came home with me one afternoon. I’m not very knowledgeable on the subject of plant-keeping. Do you have any tips for taking care of orchids?

Enjoying my citrus cream tart as an evening treat. (Are those babies photogenic or WHAT?)

I’ve made it a goal to keep a gratitude journal indefinitely. Everyday I write at least one thing I’m grateful for. It helps me focus on the positive rather than the negative.

As wintry as it gets in San Francisco. So pretty.

My ideal Saturday morning. (Or Friday night!)

Atelier Dion‘s beautiful rainbow mug display at West Coast Craft. (Recap of the event can be found here.)

My submission to #WHPoutofplace. Oddly enough, Aubrey didn’t seem to mind.

How I spent my last days of 2014: Reading a book by the fire with a cup of tea. Perfection.

And how are YOU doing, my dears? Tell me what you’ve been up to. Did your new year start off like you had expected or did it go better? Or worse? Remember, if it went worse than you had expected: It could be worse.

Stay up-to-date with my daily happenings on Instagram. (I won’t be posting my Instagram photos to my Facebook page anymore, so the only way you’ll see them is if you join me on the ‘gram!)

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Happy Camper

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What makes me a happy camper? The fact that sweatpants are in style right now. Though I’ve been wearing sweatpants (at home) long before they became popular; does that make me a trendsetter? (Okay, so my old sweatpants with a stretched out waistband and my high school emblem weren’t up to par with the athleisure on the market now, but that’s beside the point–I got new pretty sweatpants, it’s all good.) The point is this: The fact I can go out in public and basically wear my PJs and not only be considered socially acceptable but trendy too? Beyond me. Fashion is wonderful sometimes. I don’t know how long this trend will last (and maybe I’ll look back on these days and cringe… what was I thinking wearing sweatpants out in public?!), but right now I’m riding the wave 100%.

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Take for example a day like this: I was out running errands all day, then went for a walk in the late afternoon with my mom. Easy peasy transition from errand-running to walking in the woods. I didn’t even have to change my clothes. (I could even go to bed in this outfit too, but I wouldn’t do that because that would be kind of gross–ya gotta draw the line somewhere.) Perhaps something like that doesn’t matter to you, but it matters to me.

happy camper - drifter and the gypsy blog
happy camper - drifter and the gypsy blog
I found these awesome New Balance sneakers at Crossroads. I’d been looking for a pair just like them and then voilà, Crossroads comes through! There was another girl eyeing this pair when I was there, but I quickly swooped in and snatched them up before she did because those suckers were MINE. (I’m fierce when I shop.)

happy camper - drifter and the gypsy blog
happy camper - drifter and the gypsy blog
It never gets really cold in California, but I happened to take these pictures when we were having a cold spell. (a.k.a. it didn’t get above 50 degrees the entire day… brrr.) I’ll take any excuse to wear a hat and gloves; it’s so rare I get the opportunity to dress warmly.

happy camper - drifter and the gypsy blog
happy camper - drifter and the gypsy blog
happy camper - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shirt: Happy Camper Slouchy Pullover c/o Camp Brand Goods
Sweatpants: Gap
Sneakers: New Balance via Crossroads
Hat & gloves: Old / no idea

What makes YOU a happy camper?

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Starfish girls

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One of my very favorite photographers is Michal Pudelka. I first discovered his work on Flickr years ago and I am amazed by how far he has come since then.

starfish girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
starfish girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
Michal recently shot the Valentino S/S 2015 campaign and it’s safe to say I’m in love. There is so much visual tension and story telling in Michal’s work that traces all the way back to early Flickr photographs. It’s interesting how his work has evolved yet so much of it is the same.

starfish girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
starfish girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
These photographs have sort of a Greek mythological Siren quality about them. One of my favorite things about Michal is he always has multiple models in his shoots. I think it adds so much to the story without being overly chaotic.

starfish girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
starfish girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
Excuse me while I find a tree to rest my head…

Photography: Michal Pudelka
Director: Riccardo Ruini
Stylist: Karl Templer
Hair: Tomo Jidai
Makeup: Petros Petrohilos
Models: Vanessa Moody, Hedvig Palm, Maartje Verhoef, Grace Simmons and Clementine Deraedt

Citrus Cream Tarts

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I am a firm believer that pretty food tastes better: Vibrant green smoothies, colorful salads… nature’s candy, right? These little tarts get bonus points for being pretty AND cute.

citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog

CITRUS CREAM TARTS

Makes 3 tarts

Ingredients:

Crust
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
– 15 soft medjool dates
– ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Citrus Cream
– 1 cup coconut cream
– 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar
– ½ teaspoon vanilla
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt
– Zest of ½ lemon
– Zest of ½ orange
– Juice of ½-1 lemon

citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
Procedure:

1. To make crust: Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until mixture holds together when pressed with fingers. Line a small pie pan or 3-individual size pie pans with parchment paper and press mixture into bottom and sides of pan. Place in the refrigerator while you make filling.

2. To make filling: Place all citrus cream ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed. Pour cream over crust and place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes, until filling has set.

3. Once tart cream has set, garnish with desired toppings and slice to serve.

citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Medjool Dates – high in fiber, provides energy, good source of B6, potassium, manganese and copper.

Coconut Milk – provides quick energy, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, great source of good quality fat.

Citrus – high in vitamin C (antioxidant), alkalizing, aid detox, anti-inflammatory.

citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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A little girl’s room

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Coury’s blog, Fancy Treehouse, is one of my go-to places when I’m in need of a fashion fix. Seriously, this girl’s personal style is off the charts. (Check it out for yourself.)

She has an adorable daughter, Goldie (who quite often appears in her outfit posts). One day while mindlessly scrolling, I found Goldie’s bedroom. The little girl’s room I wish I had. That’s all.

a little girl's room - drifter and the gypsy blog
There’s only a small window of opportunity for being able to get away with that much pink; probably ages 0 to 7. But come on guys, can we just talk about the cuteness factor? My heart is filled with too much love this Monday. ♥

a little girl's room - drifter and the gypsy blog
a little girl's room - drifter and the gypsy blog

Wood and Copper Blocked Letters

wood and copper blocked letters - drifter and the gypsy blog
I really like decorating with short sayings and phrases so for this month’s DIY build I really wanted to make some letters. I started experimenting with a few options and ended up really liking this combination of wood and copper. I am–just like almost all bloggers–still on a copper kick! And because I don’t have a miter saw or really any good place to do real carpentry I used balsa wood. It requires no saw or special supplies so anyone can quickly whip up these letters.

wood and copper blocked letters - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

– Balsa Wood (I used 1/16” balsa wood I found on Amazon)
– Copper contact paper
– x-acto knife
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Pen/pencil

wood and copper blocked letters - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Trace your letters on the balsa wood. I used a ruler on this step just to ensure that each letter was the same size (I made them 5” in height).
2. Cut each letter out using an x-acto knife.
3. Place some of the contact paper on each letter. I picked random placed to place the paper so I would have a good assortment of copper placement on the final saying.
4. Hang up the letters!
wood and copper blocked letters - drifter and the gypsy blog
wood and copper blocked letters - drifter and the gypsy blog

The letters are super light so you can hang then up with double-sided tape or command strips. No need to use a hammer or anything.
wood and copper blocked letters - drifter and the gypsy blog
wood and copper blocked letters - drifter and the gypsy blog
Malissa (Build Contributor)

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