After I lost my fabulous food contributor, Arielle, I hit up the Internet in search of a replacement for the monthly column. I found Giovanna Garcia of A Purified Life through Yelp of all places! She’s a nutritionist and certified natural chef living in San Francisco (you can read more about her here) with such an infectious passion toward health and wellness. I’m so excited to have her join the Drifter & the Gypsy team as a monthly contributor. Without further ado, Giovanna, take it away…
Summer is probably my favorite time of the year. The amazing colors and flavors just blow me away. Not to mention the nutrient value of these colorful foods. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and hydrating properties to get us through the hot days. Nature truly knows best, so it’s important to eat seasonally to get the nourishment our bodies need at any given time of the year.
This simple mango salad is beautiful, delicious, and a no-brainer to make. It makes for a perfect summer meal or snack. My suggestions is to serve it with a side of homemade seed crackers (recipe here) or throw a handful of nuts on top for some extra crunch (& protein!), but that’s entirely optional.
SUMMER MANGO SALAD
- 1 large mango, diced
- 1/4 red onion or 1/2 cup radishes, sliced or diced
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1 cucumber or zucchini, cut in half and sliced
- Small handful of chopped fresh mint
- Juice of 1 lime
- Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon
- Pinch of chili flakes
- Pinch of sea salt
Place all ingredients in a medium-large bowl and mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve on a bed of greens or as is along with a side of seed crackers.
I spent the last few days with my friend Katrina shooting some videos. Katrina is an incredibly talented videographer from the Philippines who was visiting San Francisco to shoot a wedding. The last time she was in SF, we shot this video (which is still one of my favorites!!).
This time we were pretty ambitious and shot in multiple locations: Alamo Square, Ocean Beach, Rockridge (a neighborhood of Oakland), my bedroom and my (newly redecorated!) office.
It will be a few months until I get to see the final videos, but until then, here are a few of my favorite outtakes (you may have already seen some if you follow me on Instagram).
Our day started out at The Mill, a cafe in San Francisco that specializes in fancy toast (such a San Francisco thing to specialize in!). The light in that place is just gorgeous.
This photo was not staged at all;)
Then we walked over to Alamo Square to shoot by the Painted Ladies. They were lookin’ mightyyy fine that day.
I really love this part of San Francisco because it’s high up on a hill and when you look out, you can see the whole beautiful city.
We spent the afternoon at my house where we shot in my bedroom and office.
Look at that cheese ball!
Where the blogging magic happens:
The next day, we shot at Ocean Beach, but we were running short on time, so unfortunately, we didn’t get too many stills. You guys will just have to wait for the video to come out! You can see some pictures from that day on my Instagram account here and here.
Thanks for a fun few days, Katrina! I can’t wait till next year when we get to do it again!
You know what I sometimes do for fun? Sometimes I browse airbnb for fun. I always end up finding the most wonderfully homey/unique/exotic places. My favorite dwelling as of late is this treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia.
The treehouse was built by Peter Bahouth, who, like most kids, always wanted to have a treehouse when he was growing up. In the late ’90s, Peter purchased a lot of land and by 2000, with the help of builder Nick Hobbs, he decided to build a few treehouses on that spot.
The three final houses are furnished with flea market finds, thus making a warm & cozy welcome to all who enter.
I always thought it would be the neatest thing to wake up in the trees.
A few weeks ago, I cat sat my next door neighbor’s cat, Casper, while they were away in France for two weeks (jealous). Casper made his debut guest appearance on the blog here and you may recognize him from this Instagram post too.
Let me start off with saying I’m not much of a cat person (sorry guys). I grew up around two cats until they passed away when I was very young and I’ve had dogs ever since. I think if I grew up around cats, I’d be more of a cat person, but it’s all about what you’re exposed to when you’re young I suppose.
Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical about looking after Casper. But I thought why not! How bad can a white cat named Casper be anyway? At first, he hid from me every time I went over, but after a few days, he started making little appearances here and there in my presence. By the end of the week, he was snuggling up with me on the couch while I worked on my laptop. Of course I had to do a little photo shoot with my newfound friend!
Our mini photo session involved a little furniture-rearranging (just don’t tell the neighbors!).
If you’re in SF, there’s a super cool event this Thursday you need to know about: Score. Score is a pop-up shop that started in Brooklyn in 2009. Since then, it’s expanded and is taking place in San Francisco this Thursday, August 21st at the SOMA StrEat Food Park.
Here’s how the event works: you bring your old clothes, accessories (shoes, jewelry, bags, etc), books, art supplies, housewares or vinyl records and pay an entrance fee. Once inside, everyone drops off their old items at curated departments and then takes whatever they like! For FREE! How amazing is that?! In addition to the free shopping, there will be DJs, food truck drinks & eats, screen printing, nail art, photo booths and more.
Here’s a video of the Brooklyn Score event to give you an idea of what it looks like. Proceeds from ticket sales go to Hack the Hood, an organization that provides design and technical training to low-income youth.
I’m happy to be partnering up with Score as one of their style partners, so I’ll be there and I’d love to meet some of my readers! You can buy your tickets here. Will I’ll see you there?
Hey Drifter & the Gypsy readers! Melanie from The Tia Fox here with my second DIY Beauty tutorial for you guys. Today we’re talking about one of my favorites!
Eyeliner is one of my personal favorite makeup items. It can create a dramatic look in seconds without much time or effort.
BEFORE YOU APPLY EYELINER
If you are a beginner at makeup, the many types of eyeliners out there may overwhelm you. Depending on the look you want to achieve, different eyeliners will give you different results.
The type of eyeliner you use is purely a personal preference. Each has its pros and cons. Here is what you need to know before heading out to the shops:
1. Liquid eyeliner: This gives you the most dramatic result and is my personal favorite. This will give you a very defined and precise line. Look for liquid eyeliner with a thin and fine point or felt-tip. You will need a very steady hand and lots of patience. It will take time to master. If you make a mistake, remove it with a cotton swab (rather than your fingers). If you find the eyeliner to be stubborn and not coming off, dab the swab in makeup remover and try again.
2. Gel eyeliner: This will also give you a dramatic look like the liquid eyeliner. It is great for people with oily eyelids or for use in humid weather because this eyeliner will really last! My main issue with this form of eyeliner is that you have to wash the brush applicator every time after use to prevent the gel hardening on the brush hairs. When you’re in a hurry, this isn’t ideal!
3. Pencil eyeliner: This is the most commonly used eyeliner. It will give you a very wearable everyday look. It is easy to apply and control. Keep in mind if you want crisp lines; make sure you sharpen the pencil well! The downside of the pencil eyeliner is that they tend to smear and smudge easily. I would suggest applying eye primer all over the eyelids first. The eye primer will help your eyeliner to last longer and prevent it from smudging.
4. Powder eyeliner: Using eyeshadow as eyeliner is the fastest and easiest way to line your lashes. You will need a stiff angled brush for application. Be sure to tap off any excess power before applying to your lashes. This will minimize the need to clean up grains of eyeshadow on your cheeks after. Powder eyeliner will give you the softest look compared to the other types of eyeliners. It is great for a subtle daytime look. I strongly recommend you not to use this on your waterline. It will not stay and it will irritate your eyes.
HOW TO APPLY EYELINER
1. Start from the middle of your eyes. Begin by drawing a short dash along your lash line and extending this slightly past the outer corner of your eyes.
2. Draw the outline of you wing. Think about it if you are sketching the outline of a tick.
3. Go back to the center of your eye and paint short strokes until you reach your tear ducts.
4. To finish the look, fill in the outline you have drawn. Be sure to let the liner dry before fully opening your eyes to prevent the ink from transferring onto the crease of your eyelids.
TIPS AND TRICKS
1. Apply eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible. Make sure you fill in any gaps between every lash. It will add more depths and make your lashes appear thicker.
2. To begin with, keep your line as thin as possible. Build up the thickness progressively. It is much easier to add liner than remove what is already there.
3. If the outer corners of your eyes droop, draw your line with a slight upturn. This will create a more youthful look.
4. Eyeliner doesn’t have to be black or brown. Go for purple, blue or even pink! One eyeliner trick I love is to pair my eyeshadow with my colored eyeliner and colored mascara to make my eyes pop!
Now get out there and experiment! That’s what makeup is all about anyway: experimenting and discovering what works for you. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these tricks OR if you have any tips & techniques of your own to share in the comments below!
Maybe I’m crazy, but in another life, I think it would be cool to own a restaurant. If I had my own restaurant, it would most definitely look like this one. Lolita is a dessert restaurant and cafe located in Ljubljanica, Slovenia.
Lolita occupies the former warehouse in the central historic palace of the city. It was the project of architectural firm Trije Arhitekti. The concept was to marry traditional luxurious roots with modern conveniences. That mural on the ceiling is incredible! And I love the floor-to-ceiling windows (I love any floor-to-ceiling windows, really).