DIY Hair: When in Doubt, Add a Bow

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I’m pretty sure the last time I wore a ribbon in my hair was in 3rd grade for school picture day or something like that. Which is a shame because who says ribbons aren’t for grownups? No one. And sometimes you want to do a little something something extra to do to your hair. When in doubt, add a bow.

diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog

Materials:

- 1 inch curling iron
- 1 clear hair elastic
- 1 ribbon

diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps:

1. Start by sectioning the hair and curling with a 1 inch curling iron.

2. Once finished curling, tease the crown to add a bit of “oomph.”

3. Pull your hair half up and secure with a clear elastic.

4. Tie a pretty ribbon (the one shown is from Michaels) around the clear elastic. Voilà! A chic and feminine style that is easy and fun.

Now go on and admire that ‘do, girl!

diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hairstyle by Danika Lamb // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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One Shoe, Two Looks: Soft Florals

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Anyone who knows me knows I love a good floral pattern. Even when the summer’s ending, my floral game’s still going strong. Florals all year ’round!

one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
When Free People sent me their Desert Gold Clogs to style, I gave myself the personal challenge of styling the shoe two different ways: one look with a dress and one look with pants.

one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’m definitely looking forward to wearing these with socks during the wintertime. An added benefit with these guys is because they are a closed-toe shoe, I can be super lazy and not have my toenails polished all the time (which I usually don’t).

one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
outfit one: h&m patterned dressdesert gold clogs c/o free people and venus flytrap earrings c/o stephanie simek

outfit two: shirt and pants from h&m, desert gold clogs c/o free people and necklace by consider the wldflwrs

one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
one shoe two ways: soft florals - drifter and the gypsy blog
When styling myself, I tend to gravitate toward dresses, but this gave me an opportunity to delve into the world of pants. These clogs are so versatile, I think they look good with most any outfit. Which look is YOUR favorite?

PS. Browse more shoes from Free People here.

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DIY Build: Hanging Vases

diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hello again! Machelle from A Joyful Riot here with another project for you lovelies. And I must say, I think this project IS just lovely! A fun little way to display your flowers because who needs simple glass vases anymore?! This project is pretty, there are so many variations possible, and best of all, it’s simple! So let’s do it!

diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog
Supplies:

- 1/4 x 3-4 ft oak board
- Table saw
- Wood glue
- Drill
- Twine
- 3-6 small vases
- Scissors
- Level
- Paint or stain

diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps:

1. Collect some small vases. Many options would work, but after I searched many stores, I decided on simple salt & pepper shakers. They were just the size I was looking for and the screw threads were going to be perfect for holding on to my twine. At Target they were $1.99 for a pair.

2. Cut your wood board into four pieces. I chose my frame to be 23 x 14″ and I just had the nice men at Home Depot cut mine for me before I left so having your own table saw isn’t totally necessary.

3. Figure out the spacing between each of your vases. In my case, I found the middle at 11.5″, I made a mark and then measured out 5.75″ in both directions, made a mark and did that same thing one more time.

4. Use a drill to make a hole on each of your 5 marks.

5. Using your wood glue, apply a line to the edge of one of your long pieces and stick a short piece onto it. I used a level standing up next to it to support it as well as make sure I was getting my frame perfectly straight. Do the same on the other end of your long bottom piece and set the other short side.

6. Apply wood glue along the top of your short sides and set the other long piece atop them. Use a cloth to clean up the excess wood glue and then set something with some weight to it on the top corners. Allow your glue to dry for about 8 hours.

7. After you’ve waited for the glue to dry, your frame is ready to be painted! This frame would look lovely with a warm stain but I just can’t stay away from color and I have a special weakness for turquoise so turquoise it became!

8. While waiting for your paint/stain to dry, prepare your vases for hanging. Cut pieces of twine about 2 feet long and tie it around the neck of your vases. I wrapped my twine around the neck about 1.5 times and then tucked it around itself 3 times so that the remaining twine hanged exactly across from the other end of twine. In order to get my twine through my holes, I used a tiny bit of tape to keep the twine from un-winding.

9. Decide how long you’d like each vase to hang and then tie the twine in a knot that’s too big to fall through your hole and cut the excess twine.

10. Now fill your lovely hanging vase with pretty little flowers and admire your handy work!

diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog
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diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: hanging vase - drifter and the gypsy blog
I hope you’ve enjoyed this hanging vase tutorial, I had so much fun creating it and I’m going to have infinite more fun ogling my flower-filled vases on the daily! Malissa and I look forward to being back next month, xoxo!

- Machelle (DIY Build Contributor)

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DIY Food: Summer Mango Salad

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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…

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
SUMMER MANGO SALAD

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

- 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

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
Procedure:

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.

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe by Giovanna Garcia // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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Shooting Videos

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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).

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
This photo was not staged at all;)

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
Then we walked over to Alamo Square to shoot by the Painted Ladies. They were lookin’ mightyyy fine that day.

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
We spent the afternoon at my house where we shot in my bedroom and office.

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
Look at that cheese ball!

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
Where the blogging magic happens:

shooting videos - drifter and the gypsy blog
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!

photos by katrina and my instagram

PS. I’m wearing a Dear Creatures dress (similar) and Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High Clogs

Treehouse dwelling

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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.

treehouse dwelling - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

treehouse dwelling - drifter and the gypsy blog
The three final houses are furnished with flea market finds, thus making a warm & cozy welcome to all who enter.

treehouse dwelling - drifter and the gypsy blog
treehouse dwelling - drifter and the gypsy blog
treehouse dwelling - drifter and the gypsy blog
I always thought it would be the neatest thing to wake up in the trees.

treehouse dwelling - drifter and the gypsy blog
treehouse dwelling - drifter and the gypsy blog

photos via hgtv

A cat named Casper

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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.

casper - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

casper - drifter and the gypsy blog
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!

casper - drifter and the gypsy blog
casper - drifter and the gypsy blog
Our mini photo session involved a little furniture-rearranging (just don’t tell the neighbors!).

casper - drifter and the gypsy blog
casper - drifter and the gypsy blog
casper - drifter and the gypsy blog

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