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 Emily Proud. Every Wednesday features Imaginary Outfits by Rodellee Bas. Every Thursday features a different type of DIY: DIY Hair by Aya Smith, DIY Sew by Lauren Winter, DIY Craft by Danielle Judith, and DIY Food by Arielle Mandelberg. The last Tuesday of every month is Career Day, featuring a different artist every month.
Emily Proud, This or That:
Watercolor artist & illustrator based in San Francisco, California. She is inspired by nature, botanical painting, and fresh produce. When she is not painting in her studio, she can be spotted at the farmers market or at home reading in bed with a cup of tea. See more of Emily’s work here.
Aya Smith, DIY Hair:
Owner and co-operator (along with her husband) of Strawberry Koi, the love-child between fashion and photography, with emphasis on vintage style and inspiration. Strawberry Koi started out as a simple fashion blog in 2008, and now offers an array of services and covers a variety of topics.
Cat, DIY Craft #1:
Lives a double life. For five sevenths of the week she is a lawyer in the City of London, working on large-scale disputes and mostly defending companies who have managed to get themselves into a pickle. For the other two sevenths of the week, she is a ukulele-playing photographer / vintage hoarder and shares her adventures on her blog, Take Courage.
Danielle Judith, DIY Craft #2:
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 High Walls. 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.
Arielle Mandelberg, DIY Food:
San Francisco-based (mostly) vegan food blogger and founder of Arielle Likes to Cook. Passionate about healthy, plant-based living for the body, mind, and environment with a love of world travel, great books, fluffy animals, good movies, and a nice glass of wine.
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.