I don’t know about you, but my cords get tangled all the time. Are you feelin’ me Drifter & the Gypsy readers? Fear not, this month I have possibly the most useful craft project I have ever shared: Taco-Folded Cord Cases.
This craft takes 5 minutes and when you’re done, you will never have to worry about your cords getting tangled ever again!
1. Using a lead pencil or chalk, trace a circle onto the underside of the leather approximately 3 inches (8 cm) in diameter. I used a glass as a guide.
2. With very sharp scissors, cut around the line you drew
3. Fold the circle in half so that the two sides line up. Then measure about 1/2 inch (1 cm) from the top edge and mark a spot on the leather.
4. If you have a small hole punch (3 mm) use it to punch a hole over the mark you just made. If you don’t have a hole punch use you scissors to carefully snip a 3 mm ‘x’ into the fabric instead. Fold the fabric over again and use the hole as a guide to mark the other side. Punch a second hole over the second mark, this will ensure the two line up.
5. Following the directions on the press studs packet, thread the pieces through the first hole and using the tool provided, hammer to secure. Repeat with the opposite side.
To use, simply wind your cords around three fingers to loop neatly. Place the wrapped up cords in the center of the case and clip together to secure. Now say goodbye to the annoyance of untangling any cords!
One of my favorite ways to start the weekend is with a trip to the farmers’ market. It’s a great way for me to stock up on healthy food for the week while supporting my local farmers. When heading out to collect my bounty, I like to keep things easy by throwing on a simple cotton dress with flats & skipping the makeup. Though, if I’m feeling a bit on the tired side, I’ll add a touch of highlighter to my cheek bones to brighten things up a bit. Then I’m set to grab a nice, large tote to fill with fruits, veggies & flowers to keep me healthy & happy throughout the week.
With my three outfits inspired by LÄRABAR flavors shot, edited & published, I thought I’d post some of the outtakes from the fun collab.
I’ve never posted the outtakes of any of my photo shoots before, so I thought this time I’d share them with you for a few laughs. Be prepared for some pretty unglamorous shots and to see how not everything always goes according to plan…
I always try a lot of poses, but some come out looking completely awkward, like this:
What am I doing with my hand??
Setting up the LÄRABARs:
Awkward in-between poses faces:
Some pictures I like, but not enough to include in the final post:
Some pictures I like, but they don’t fit in with the mood of the others, so I edit them out:
The Cherry Pie LÄRABAR pictures were at taken at the BEST possible location I could ever dream of. The way the flowers were growing up the house was crazy and they matched perfectly with my outfit! Madeline over at CODE Salon agreed to put some curls into my hair to make these pictures extra special.
I checked the weather a few days in advance and saw it was going to be a cloudy morning. For those of you who are into photography, you’ll know that cloudy days are best for taking pictures (cloudy days = even lighting). I was excited that it would be cloudy because I wouldn’t have to worry about the sun making the pictures super blown out and contrasty. I lined up my hair appointment early in the morning, right before my mom and I would take the pictures.
The hair appointment took longer than usual, and I could see the sun peeking out through the clouds. I hoped it would still be cloudy in the neighborhood where we were going to take the pictures (San Francisco has these weird microclimates where it can be sunny in one place and then cloudy in another place). But much to my dismay, by the time we got to the location, it was super sunny and bright. Way too bright to take pictures. I took some test shots anyway, just to see if I could try to make the pictures work, even with the sun shining brightly.
Way too bright:
The sun would only get stronger as the day went on, so my mom and I didn’t have much choice but to go back later that day. (A wee tangent: To make matters worse, my camera stopped randomly stopped working a few minutes later. I had to take it to the camera store ASAP. I was all dressed up like I was going to prom and the camera store was in a bad neighborhood of San Francisco. It was quite a sight. Fortunately, my camera troubles were an easy fix and my camera was back to working in no time!).
With going back later in the day, I was afraid we would miss the golden hour, so my mom and I returned to the location about an hour before the sun would start setting. Or so we thought. An hour went by and the sun was still way too bright for pictures. Rats. My mom and I drove around the neighborhood to try to kill time. We drove through the center of town (which took about 5 minutes). We drove into a park and people-watched. We drove around some more. It was so boring sitting there because we literally had NOTHING to do. I mean, I had a MILLION things to do at home, but I couldn’t do anything in the car.
And then…. AT LONG LAST! The sun starting setting another hour later. We hurried back to the house with the flowers and saw a HUGE BIG RED TRUCK parked right in front of the house. Oh my goodness could this day get any worse? I knew I would just have to make it work though. The light was still a little too bright, so my mom and I circled around the neighborhood for a few more minutes until the sun went down lower.
We returned to the house a few minutes later and like a miracle, the truck was no longer there! And the lighting was PERFECT! Picture-taking was going all fine and well until these huge gusts of wind came out of nowhere, making my hair blow around like crazy! My mom ended up taking a few hundred pictures of me because my hair was blowing in my face in so many shots. BUT we made it work! I didn’t get home until after 8 pm (we got to the location at 4:30 pm!) and I was starving because I hadn’t eaten yet. But I’d was say it was worth it. Completely worth it.
The wind would NOT let up!
My mom took this RIGHT before I was about to jump:
Can I just tell you how hard it is to jump in heels AND make a normal face AND make sure your hair isn’t in your face?
I hope that gave you a wee peek into what goes into these outfit shoots for the blog. Just remember, things don’t always go according to plan, even for me:)
See all three of my LÄRABAR flavor-inspired outfits here. Which outfit was YOUR favorite?
I’ve had this gardening bag lying around the house for quite some time. My family and I don’t have a backyard (we just have a deck), so I don’t have many opportunities to put my green thumb to good use. My gardening bag has (sadly) been collecting dust in a corner of my room, which isn’t useful at all! I’ve been thinking of ways to recycle the poor bag and thought about turning it into a gift bag.
I contacted a few of my favorite shops and vendors and put together a pretty awesome gift package if I do say so myself. And since this is a GIFT bag after all, I’m going to GIVE AWAY the bag & all its swag to one of you dear readers! Are you excited? I’m excited and I don’t even get to keep it! I can’t think of a better way to give my gardening bag a new life!
I’ve been wanting to add beauty/makeup tutorials to Drifter & the Gypsy for quite some time, but I just never found someone who was the right fit. About a month ago, I found Melanie of The Tia Fox and instantly knew she would be perfect for the column. A few emails later and I had secured a new D&tG contributor! Melanie will be contributing one makeup tutorial a month. I can’t wait to pick up a few tips and tricks from this column!
First up: How to Contour & Highlight. Let’s everyone welcome Melanie to the D&tG team…
Naturally chiseled cheekbones and structured jawline can be hard to come by, but by contouring and highlighting, you can enhance your best features. Using dark shades (detract light) and light shades (reflect light) of makeup will instantly bring out your cheekbones, slim your nose and sculpt your face.
Here are front and side photos of me with only foundation and eye makeup. I have no concealer, bronzer, highlighting powder or blush on my face.
As you can see, especially from the side photo my face looks almost two-dimensional and my cheekbones look nearly non-existent, but fear not! This can easily be fixed with contouring!
In the photos below, I used dark brown lines to mark out which areas to contour. Different contour lines enhance and focus on different features. For example, contouring just below your cheek bones will give you the appearance of more pronounced cheekbones. Contouring the forehead and along the hair line will help to create the appearance of a smaller forehead. This is great to do in particular on occasions when you have your hair up. Adding dark contouring to the outside of the bridge of your nose and under the tip will make your nose appear more narrow.
When contouring your cheekbones, the easiest way to know where to contour is to suck in your cheeks and then work from the top of the hollows inwards and shade along just beneath the sunken area. Make sure you stop an inch from the corner of your mouth and blend well. I like to use a contouring brush for this. For a slimmer nose, blend two lines of the shading powder from the start of your brows down the sides of the bridge of your nose. I like to use a smaller eyeshadow brush to do this.
It is also important to keep your face shape in mind. If you have a round face, contour under your cheekbones. This will make your face look smaller. But if you have a narrow face, it would make your face look even longer. Instead, shade along the top of your forehead and a bit on the chin. This will soften angular features and give a more rounded effect.
Blending is key! I like to run a fluffy brush such as a foundation brush over the finished look in a circular buffing motion. It is important to hold your brush very softly. A tip is to hold the brush towards the end of the handle. This will give you a softer and more seamless finish.
Highlighting is especially important when you are contouring because it brings the light back to into your face. At the same time make sure you don’t over do it. You don’t want a glittery and shiny face.
I like to use a tapered brush for application along the top of my cheek bones. Then I dab whatever’s left over on my brow bones, center of my chin and top of my nose. Make sure you use a light hand when applying highlighting powder so hold the brush at the tip for light application.
To cover the dark circles underneath my eyes, I like to use a cream concealer. I prefer to use my fingers over a brush because the heat from my fingers helps to warm up the product and the concealer transfers seamlessly onto my skin.
THE FINISHED LOOK
You can see subtle changes such as more pronounced cheekbones, narrower nose, smaller forehead and less visible dark circles under my eyes.
The changes are not meant to be drastic, contouring and highlighting techniques are there to enhance the features you already have.
And here we are! The last LÄRABAR flavor-inspired outfit: Cherry Pie. Cherry Pie is one of my favorite LÄRABAR flavors, so of course I needed to do a little something something extra special for this one. I wanted the final outfit to be something fancy and something extravagant. A grande finale if you will.
When Beth showed me this dress she found at Crossroads Trading, I expected it to be the masterwork of a famous designer or a coveted label, but it’s actually from the Target collection of some random designer I’ve never heard of. Go figure. But seriously. What a dress.
Before we took these pictures, Madeline over at CODE Salon SF dolled me up with some curls in my hair and I felt like a total prima ballerina!
I found this amazing location through the modern convenience of social media: Instagram. It’s pretty common in San Francisco to see flowers growing up people’s houses, but these flowers were seriously outta control!
When I saw lanaheartbear post a picture of these flowers on Instagram, I immediately contacted her to track down where they were located. And huzzah! The location for Cherry Pie was settled.