Berry Breakfast Bars

berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
I must admit that when it comes to breakfast, I often default to a handful of go-tos. These go-tos involve one of two things: oatmeal or a smoothie. There’s nothing wrong with these go-tos (they are my favorite breakfasts!), but sometimes I want to try something new. I usually achieve this by changing up the toppings in my oatmeal or the fruit and veggies in my smoothies. But still, sometimes I want something entirely different. It’s not that I lack creativity, it’s that I lack the time. These berry breakfast bars can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to three days.

And don’t get caught up in the fact that these are ‘breakfast’ bars. They can totally be eaten as a snack or for dessert as well!

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BERRY BREAKFAST BARS

Makes 6-8 bars

Ingredients:

– 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
– ½ cup gluten-free oats
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds or nut/seed of choice
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– Juice of ½ lemon
– Pinch of sea salt
– 1 cup mixed fresh berries, chopped

Procedure:

1. Place all ingredients in food processor fresh berries. Process until ingredients are well combined and mixture sticks together when pressed with fingers.

2. Transfer to a parchment lined dish such as a pyrex or cake tin. Press mixture down into pan to flatten out. Here you can decide what thickness of bars you want. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes.

3. While bottom layer is setting, place mixed berries in food processor and pulse a few times to chop them up. You may leave a few out for decoration. Spread over date mixture and slice into bars.

berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
The thing I love about these bars is that the toppings are so open-ended. Blueberries and raspberries instead of strawberries and blackberries? Sure! Peaches and plums or apples and kiwis? Why not? Don’t worry about staying within the berry family at all! Experiment!

berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Dates High in fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium. Regulates digestive system, provides energy, healthy sweetener, boost the nervous system.
Gluten-free Oats stabilize blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, contains antioxidants
Sunflower Seeds Anti-inflammatory (high in Vitamin E), nerve calming, vegetarian protein, supports detox, good source of healthy fats.
Berries High in antioxidants, low in sugar/balance blood sugar, boost brain function, anti-aging.

berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Where would you live?

where would you live? - drifter and the gypsy blog
It’s a long weekend here in the US because of Memorial Day being on Monday, which marks the unofficial kickstart of the summer season. (Although it’s been so cloudy and overcast lately it feels more like winter in San Francisco!) School ends officially next Thursday, although I’m taking a summer class to keep my scholastic momentum going, so that’s that. I’ve been working on finishing (errr starting… oops) my final school projects, creating a new online portfolio (I finished my Behance portfolio, just have to update my current portfolio), listening to this awesome podcast series from Real Simple and creating content for this blog (always). It somewhat kills me I haven’t had as much time to post on this blog lately but I have to remind myself that quality always > quantity.

My dad recently returned from a business trip to New York City, which brought up the discussion of “If we could live in any city what would it be and why?” Which got me thinking, I LOVE San Francisco in all its beautiful pastel Victorian home glory, but is there any other city I could picture myself living in? I grew up in Connecticut, just outside of NYC and moved to the Bay Area when I was 13. I never thought I’d adjust to this area, but now I feel comfortable here. I like it here. I sometimes wonder if I would feel just as comfortable if I moved back to the East Coast? Or what would it be like to adjust to an entirely NEW city? I feel like moving is a whole lot easier now with social media because everyone is connected worldwide. What city would YOU live in if you had your choice? Don’t get me wrong: I’m not moving anywhere. Just some food for thought.;)

The above photograph is from my Instagram feed. You can’t beat a red door and a brick wall. You just can’t. It’s a classic.

Tulle

tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
I think the last time I wore a tulle skirt was when I was four and taking ballet lessons. (Not a lot of tulle on the market for grownups to wear these days. Quite unfortunate.) Here’s a little throwback Thursday for you:

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I remember my dad taking me down to the convenience store to see my mugshot in one of the local newspapers. I was so proud of being in the newspaper for ballet. That was the first and last time I was in the newspaper for ballet.;)

I got this super feminine Alexandra Grecco skirt from Samantha over at Crossroads Trading. I ‘met’ Alexandra when I first began blogging in 2008 before she started her first collection. She’s most well-known for her fabulous tulle skirts and bridal wear.

tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
These metallic tattoos are from Flash Tattoos. I love Flash Tattoos because the tattoos are understated but add a little bit of bling to your outfit–like jewelry but without any cumbersome clasps and chains. I expected the tattoos to rub off in the shower, but no! They stayed on for 4 days.

tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love the way my hair looks like it’s in a French braid at first glance. But it’s not! It’s actually a combination of 3 ponytails. See the tutorial here.

tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
tulle - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shirt Anthropologie
Skirt Alexandra Grecco c/o Crossroads Trading Co.
Shoes Crossroads Trading Co.
Tattoos c/o Flash Tattoos
Hair & Makeup Danika Lamb
Prop Styling Alexzandria Jade

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Fall into Flowers

fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
People tend to look down on clichés, but I’ve always believed clichés are clichés for a reason. Take for example the theme of flowers. I know flowers are done a lot–some may argue flowers in pictures has been overdone, but I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a picture of flowers I didn’t like.

Tell me you don’t like these photographs by Zhang Jingna for Phuong My‘s Spring Summer 2015 collection and the Overgrowth project by Parker Fitzgerald and Riley Messina. Both sets of photographs deal with flowers as their central focus, but they are so different in their treatment of colors, composition and overall tone. That’s why I don’t think anyone should ever look down on clichés. There are always an infinite amount of possibilities in every creative endeavor.

How to care for vintage clothing


how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
I don’t wear vintage clothing all the time, but I DO own quite a few vintage pieces that need special care when it comes to cleaning. Vintage clothing is decades old which means it is very fragile. I’ve learned the best way to clean vintage clothing is to wash it by hand. Easy enough? Good. BUT… the problem with vintage garments is that they are often stained with age or wear. You don’t want to use anything too harsh on them but at the same time, you do want those armpit stains to come out because pit stains are just gross.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
When method invited me to use their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, I readily excepted. I’ve been a fan and user of method home products ever since I was suckered in by their pretty package design years ago. The laundry detergent is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and one of the few detergents I can actually use. (I am highly gluten intolerant and believe it or not, even though most household cleaning agents don’t contain gluten PER SE, they are commonly cross-contaminated with gluten.) method’s laundry detergent is powerful enough to get the stains out of vintage items but gentle enough not to ruin that awesome ’60s shift dress you thrifted last week.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
In line with the ’60s, let’s talk about the ’60s for a bit. One of my favorite fashion eras is the 1960s. I often draw inspiration from vintage babes Twiggy, Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton. I did a photo shoot at the LightGrid with ’60s vintage garments. It’s so fun to wear the mod patterns and bright colors associated with the era.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
I often try to imagine who wore the vintage clothing before me. What were their lives like? Where did they live? How many lives has the garment had before me?

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
method teamed up with clothing brand ASOS to create method x ASOS, a SS15 curated collection, that is available until June 30th. (Read more about it here.)

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photography Austin Heppler
Hair & Makeup Shana Astrachan (Fox & Doll)
Art Direction Micaela Hoo (Drifter & the Gypsy)
Shot at The LightGrid

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Faux Shibori Dyed Napkins

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
Have you heard of Shibori dying? In the crafting world it seems to have become the ‘in’ version of the good old fashioned tie-dying that had a resurgence in the ’90s. In reality, originating in Japan, Shibori is one of the earliest examples of cloth dying. Known for the striking deep blue and indigo hues, it’s little wonder it has become so popular in recent years.

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
The best thing about this kind of dying process is there are infinite ways you can fold, twist, knot and clamp your cloth and each will create a wholly unique pattern. There is something immensely satisfying about unwrapping your dyed piece to reveal the hidden pattern. It’s perfect for those less crafty because there is no precision required. Just: Tie. Dye. Reveal! So easy! The downside of Shibori is that if you are using the proper powder, it can be a little pricey. But with a little sneaky short cut, you can get a similar result for a fraction of the price!

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

– Powder Dye in Indigo or hues of dark blue

– Plain white cotton or linen napkins (pre-washed)

– Rubber bands of various sizes and thicknesses

– Various flat objects to clamp around the napkins

– Plastic bucket

– Plastic gloves

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Prepare an area to complete the dyeing. Your napkins will drip and splash so doing this outside is recommended. If you have pavement or flooring you are worried about coloring, make sure to put down drop sheets to catch the dye (preferably plastic).

2. Take each napkin, one at a time and fold, scrunch, wrap into shapes of your choice and tie rubber bands tightly around the napkins to secure. This is how you will get different patterns.

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
• Try folding into squares or triangles and securing in between two blocks of wood/firm Tupperware lids (using the plastic bands) for a more geometric pattern. The most inside folds will stay the whitest with the outside folds getting darker.

• Take a napkin from the middle and pull into a long ‘tee-pee’ shape. Rubber band along the length of the napkin to create rings from the center out.

• Rubber band sections at random and then tie the whole napkin into a firm knot.

TIP: Make sure your rubber bands are as tight as you can tie them and make sure you have thick areas of the napkins tied off. Use numerous rubber bands on one tie to ensure that you get some areas that the dye doesn’t reach. Remember the dye will seep under the bands in some areas so err on the side of ‘too many’ ties until you get the hang of the process.

3. Thoroughly soak your prepared napkins in water before starting. Your napkins should be completely wet.

4. Following the instructions on the dye packets, mix together the dye powder and water. Most dyes will require warm or hot water, so wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to prevent burning your hands in the hot water.

Mix together in a bucket or container large enough to fit your napkins. Ensure to use plastic or stainless steel containers so they don’t become stained.

The trick to mimicking the deep indigo color of shibori is to mix dye colors. Aim for purples and dark blues (denim blue is always good). You want to get a nice dark shade of blue/purple. Remember, your fabric will come out lighter than the dye once it dries.

5. Submerge each napkin into your dye and allow to soak according to the packet directions. The longer you soak the darker your color will be. Remember: it will be lighter than it looks when it dries.

6. Remove the napkins from the dye and rinse under a cool running tap until the water runs clear. Check the depth of color. If it looks too light, place it back in the dye for longer to achieve a deeper shade.

7. Remove the rubber bands to reveal your patterns and hang out to dry.

8. Machine wash and iron (as they will be very crinkled from the bands) before using.

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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Dear Suzy

dear suzy - drifter and the gypsy blog
A few weeks ago I blogged a photo shoot I helped style and model for. Here is the second set of photos. Eleisha had the perfect Suzy Bishop-esque dress that was SO SHORT but so cute in the pictures. I’m certain I gave a few passersby quite a show when I bent down. But oh well. If only the dress were longer though. #dresswoes

dear suzy - drifter and the gypsy blog
dear suzy - drifter and the gypsy blog
dear suzy - drifter and the gypsy blog
dear suzy - drifter and the gypsy blog
dear suzy - drifter and the gypsy blog
dear suzy - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dress Dangerfield
Knee High Socks Vintage
Headscarf Vintage
Bracelet Vintage
Shoes Steve Madden
Backpack Herschel

Photography Elle Daniels
Styling Eleisha Caripis and Micaela Hoo

(see the first set of photos here)

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