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American Sweetheart

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This is one of those shoots that was created purely out of inspiration and wasn’t sponsored by a company or anything like that. Austin asked me if I wanted to do a shoot in the LightGrid that concentrated on dramatic and directional lighting. I do the whimsical quirky style a lot, so it was nice to take a break from my usual style and to try something different.

american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
At the time I was conceptualizing, styling & directing the shoot, I was watching a lot of I Love Lucy on Amazon.com Instant Video. I see the influence pouring into the way I styled the overall looks. Gotta love classic America in the 1940s and ’50s.

american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
I pulled the outfit above from Wallflower which if you live in San Francisco you neeeed to check out. I’ve known Victoria & Lindsey, the owners, for a few years and have so much respect for them chasing their dream of opening a vintage boutique and just going for it. These gals aren’t afraid of anything. (This is what the space looked like when they just bought it.)

american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
Part of the reason I like working with Shana so much is not only does she do gorgeous retro hair and makeup, but she also has an incredible collection of vintage clothing. (And we’re the same size… see where I’m going here?) The other two dresses are borrowed from Shana’s repertoire of vintage. Shana loves seeing her own clothes come to life in a photo shoot and I love styling her vintage beauties.

american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
american sweetheart - 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

PS. See some behind the scenes pictures of this photo shoot here.

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Updated Bedroom Tour

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I live at home with my parents (and Aubrey) and I really like it. We’ve always gotten along / had a good relationship, so I have no problem living at home while I go to school. With that being said, I can’t girlify the entire house, but my bedroom is the one thing I can decorate how I please. I actually did a tour of my bedroom two years ago, but I’ve since freshened things up so I thought it was high time for an updated bedroom tour. Y’all ready for this?

Step inside…

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I love my It’s OK banner from Secret Holiday & Co. I got it when I decorated my bedroom for my first room tour and this was definitely something that stayed when I redecorated. Ashley says, “It feels good to walk into a room and see this reassuring you that it’s OK, whatever you may be questioning or worrying about” and I completely agree.

updated bedroom tour - drifter and the gypsy blog
My favorite part of my bedroom is my bed area. It faces directly opposite a huge window and gets amazing natural light in the late afternoon. Although I’m not a fan of my blinds (I’d rather have curtains!), I do admit they create beautiful lines and patterns when the sunlight filters through.

updated bedroom tour - drifter and the gypsy blog
The fine folks at Zana sent me the the Turn Down for What banner I blogged about a few months ago. At first I thought it would clash with my It’s OK banner since they both have such different messages, but now I call them my yin and yang. I tend to have a perfectionist / go-getter personality (Turn Down for What), but I need to balance it out with the mantra It’s OK.

The two bottom photographs above my bed are analog film shots I took when I was just getting interested in photography. The top left wall hanging is a watercolor drawing my friend made for me based off of the photograph below it. The top right photograph is a Polaroid by one of my favorite photographers, Chloe Aftel.

updated bedroom tour - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love this area to read / blog / watch YouTube videos / etc. It’s such a cozy little nook, but I’ll be honest with you: This chair is often buried underneath piles of clothes and I don’t get to sit in it as much as I’d like to! My Stop and Smell the Roses art print from Megan Isabella is the bees knees. It takes up half my wall and is a really great reminder for me to never forget to appreciate life for what it is.

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Futura poster

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I wasn’t going to share this with you at first because I thought it was a bit… shall I say boring / art school assignment-looking, but in the interest of keeping you up to speed on what I’ve been working on lately, here is one of my recent projects from my typography class. (Wow, was that a run-on sentence or WHAT?) The assignment was to create a poster advertising a typeface using only the letters, numbers and other symbols from that specific typeface.

The professor assigned all of us students a typeface on which to base our poster. I got Futura, which I’m a huge fan of / love the way it looks, so I was really happy with my assigned typeface.

As always, the first step in the creative process is to sketch out ideas. You always want to explore all possible ideas. I find that just when I think I’ve exhausted every. single. conceivable. idea, I’ve only scratched the surface. One thing art school has taught me is to never be satisfied with just a handful preliminary sketches. My best ideas come with that final push of sketching more. Sometimes my classes require me to create 50+ initial sketches.

Just for fun, here are some of my initial sketches. In my head, I really thought lowercase letters would look cool and mid century modern-esque, but on paper it just wasn’t working. That’s why you always sketch things out first!

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After my initial sketches, I created a color palette. Paul Renner–the inventor of Futura–drew inspiration from the Bauhaus and their modern, geometric approach to design. I was also really inspired by Saul Bass‘s minimal-style posters and wanted to do something in the same manner using a limited color scheme.

Even though I’m an eLearning student at SCAD, every online class still holds critique sessions. There’s an online forum where we post our work for peer and professor review. We do online critiques after every iteration of drafts.

After I sketched out some preliminary ideas, established my color palette and received peer feedback, I created a few computer drafts.

futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
After my computer drafts, I created more drafts and then a few more drafts and then revisions of the drafts and then refined revisions and then refined revisions of the refined revisions, but for the sake of time we’ll fast-forward to the end.

futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
Anywho, that’s some non-blogginess I’ve been up to lately. I don’t know if my schoolwork is terribly boring for you or if you’re interested, so let me know if you want to see more schoolwork of mine / my creative process in the future! Also, let me know if you have any questions for me about online schooling.

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Betsy Magazine Digitals

betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy magazine digitals - drifter and the gypsy blog
The other week, I shared a few pictures of Betsy Magazine, my final project for my Typography class. A lot of you requested I post the full digital version, so here it is!

I wanted to create a magazine with the aesthetic of Drifter & the Gypsy: Fun, whimsical and feminine. Looking back at the magazine, I realize how much PINK is almost in every. single. spread. I find this funny because as a child, I avoided pink since it was so stereotypically girly. However, as I get older, I find myself gravitating toward the color pink more and more. Making up for all my anti-pink years I s’pose!

A classmate of mine told me Betsy Magazine reminded her of the quirky girl version of Seventeen Magazine. Mission accomplished!

All photographs that appear in the magazine were taken from Drifter & the Gypsy: here, here, here and here.

Betsy

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The last project for my Typography class before spring break was to design a magazine. This, by far, was the hardest project (helllooo learning InDesign on the spot), but also the most fun for me. The requirements for the project were loose and open-ended: We could choose any topic of our choice, use any pictures (as long as they were our own), etc. just make it look good. Even better if it looked great.

betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
I named my magazine Betsy because I picture a girl named Betsy as someone who likes fashion, but doesn’t take it seriously. (Like me.) Also, the name Betsy is old and I am highly influenced and inspired by vintage style. You probably recognize all of these pictures from Drifter & the Gypsy! I chose to use pictures from my Warby Parker shoot as well as Summer of ’63.

betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
Let me know if you’re interested in seeing the digital files of the entire magazine and I can post those sometime soon too!

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Dress: Crossroads Trading Co.
Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Tights: Hue
Shoes: American Apparel

Rockridge with Kate and Anna

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rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
This past weekend, I uncovered some film I got developed but never shared on the blog.

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
Perhaps it’s because the weather is getting warmer and the summer season seems just a breath away, but I got really nostalgic for these pictures. I don’t take film pictures nearly as much as I’d like to these days–digital photography is just so much easier–so I treasure moments like these captured perfectly on a beautiful roll of film.

With analog photography, even accidental shots like this are dreamy:

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
This day was the same day with Kate and Anna I blogged about 1.5 years ago; I just never shared my own pictures from the day, so here you go. I’ve said this before, but I love the little neighborhood where we took these pictures: Rockridge. It’s part of the city of Oakland but so full of shops, restaurants and pretty homes, it could be should be a city of its own. I was recently talking to someone who said they like Oakland better than San Francisco. I still think I’d rather live in a charming San Francisco Victorian home, but this is quite lovely as well.

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
PS. To see pictures of Rockridge homes, click here.

Guardian

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Earlier this week I showed you my outfit and now I’m showing you something I did behind the camera.

I had this photo shoot idea in my head for a few months now and finally got to execute it on my last school break, right before the new year (which oh my gosh seems so long ago!!). The two young girls are not models; they are just some (pretty) girls of family friends whose mothers so graciously allowed me to borrow their kids for the day. I am really pleased with the result and that I was able to do something creatively for myself before school started again. The shoot was loosely inspired by the song Guardian by Alanis Morisette, which I don’t really like that much (heh), I just liked the idea of a protector/mother figure over a child and wanted to translate the concept to photography.

guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog

photography: me
styling: savana scarlett
hair and makeup: janet mariscal
models are caitlin at cast images, myla and arine
shot on location at studio e

More from this series on my website.

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