BEHIND THE BLOG:
Hi there! I’m Micaela Hoo, an 19-year-old photographer, graphic designer, and blogger behind Drifter & the Gypsy. I like old movies, Sunday mornings, crunchy apples, books, running, summertime, and all things creative. Welcome to my blog! Do take a seat (perhaps boil a cup of tea) and stay a while, will you?
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my mom, dad, and dog Aubrey. I love it here and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
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ABOUT THE BLOG:
During my freshman year in high school, I experienced many changes in life: moving 3,000 miles away from home in Connecticut, starting high school, and adjusting to a new environment. I was overwhelmed, needing an outlet for self-expression. This led me to start Drifter & the Gypsy, which enabled me to cope with the anxieties of change. Through this medium of communication, I was able to connect with others in similar situations and thereby harness our talents to accomplish something positive, while promoting a healthful lifestyle.
I get much satisfaction touching the lives and sensibilities of young women that I may not have otherwise met. I continually challenge myself to find the positives in my everyday environment. Not only does this encourage me, but it also gives me an exhilarating feeling when I’m able to effectively communicate these findings to others. My challenge never ends. There is an infinite amount of positive things in art; that in itself is a beautiful thing.
As an artist, I endeavor to find beauty in my community and exhibit it to others. In this sense, I can inspire others to create for themselves while at the same time being motivated to create as well.
Drifter & the Gypsy features a wide range of contributors weekly. Their columns form the core of this blog; these are posts you can count on on certain given days, while my posts work around the columns. Every Monday features the This or That column, by Asia Pietrzyk. Every Wednesday features Imaginary Outfits by Rodellee Bas. Every Thursday features a different type of DIY: DIY Hair by Zoe Deluge, DIY Sew by Lauren Winter, DIY Craft by Danielle Judith, and DIY Food by Ann Whittaker. The last Tuesday of every month is Career Day, featuring a different artist every month.
Asia Pietrzyk, This or That:
Born & raised in Poland but currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. Designs and illustrates but also enjoys blogging and would like to open (hopefully soon!) a little online paper shop. In her free time she studies Swedish, watches Woody Allen’s movies with her better half, and bakes yummy chocolate cakes. Find Asia on her corner of the web right here.
Zoe Deluge, DIY Hair:
Model, stylist, blogger, cosplayer, video game nerd, manga artist, designer, and just an obsessive person in general. Zoe encourages young girls to get out there, accomplish their dreams, and always stick to being themselves. Her blog is about her exploits in fashion, nerdom, and frugal spending. Heavily inspired by French films and Japanese cosplay, Zoe’s style is a marriage of the two. She spends most her days working, patterning up with her photographer boyfriend, Scott, and cuddling her sweet dog, Dexter.
Lauren Winter, DIY Sew:
Nashville-based blogger who frequently shares her style, sewing, and travels on Blooming Leopold. Besides her passion for craft and DIY, she is hooked on modern art, video games, old films, and living in the South.
Danielle Judith, DIY Craft:
A blogger and wanna-be photographer living in Australia with three crazy housemates and an even crazier cat. She spends most of her spare time coming up with new craft and recipe ideas of her blog kittenbear. She loves style and design, Etsy window shopping, real life window shopping, actual shopping and watching cheesy television programs. She hopes to one day grow up, but it’s looking unlikely. Catch Danielle on her blog here.
Ann Whittaker, DIY Food:
A writer, photographer, graphic designer, English Literature grad student, and an entrepreneur. Passionate about getting women into the outdoors, she started a women’s group, Into The Woods, where she organizes monthly outings for all experience levels. Traveled the world, and recently collaborated with other creative artists designing an online travelogue, Voyage Magazine. When not at her day job, you can find her teaching piano lessons, analyzing poetry, practicing the violin, or planning road trips with her husband. Find updates of all her adventures on her blog, Age Old Tree.
Rodellee Bas, Imaginary Outfits:
Vintage shop owner of Adored Vintage and living in a 1920s brownstone apartment in Los Angeles, CA. Loves old movies, farmer’s markets, antiquing with her beau, and dancing around her atelier wearing sequined ballet flats and silk kimonos. You can read her vintage thoughts at her vintage blog.