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A survey

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Hello friends and happy Thursday! I’m popping in to ask you to take 5-7 minutes of your time to complete the Drifter & the Gypsy Reader Survey so I can get your feedback on what you think of the blog in its current state.

You can answer anonymously or leave your contact info; whatever you prefer. If you have any further comments, questions, suggestions, concerns, etc. feel free to email me at as well!

Thanks in advance; I really appreciate your input in making the blog an enjoyable place for you to rest your eyes!

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Do you keep a capture journal?

do you keep a capture journal - drifter and the gypsy blog
I recently listened to a Creative Live class in which the instructor talked about keeping what he called a ‘capture journal.’ It kind of struck me. Even as a child, I’ve always had some sort of journal to scribble down notes, to-dos and all other fleeting thoughts that traveled into my stream of consciousness.

I keep my journal next to my bed for when ideas come to me in the middle of the night (which they quite often do). I’ve got piles and piles of journals; records of the musings of my mind.

I never stopped to think that others might do the same as me, which is why the whole concept of a ‘capture journal’ caught my attention. A capture journal is a place to record thoughts, goals, lists and really anything else that comes to your mind. It doesn’t really serve just one purpose… it’s just a place to write down whatever you want whenever you want, all in one convenient place.

I suppose a lot of other creative people have active brains, full of ideas, hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations and inspirations, just waiting to be recorded before they are lost outside the boundaries of memory.

Tell me friends, do you keep a capture journal?

photograph from my instagram


weekend. - drifter and the gypsy blog
weekend. - drifter and the gypsy blog
Happy Friday people! This week went by super fast. I’ve been busy working on a big project for school, which (thank goodness) is almost done and shooting an outfit for a campaign that will go live on the blog on Monday (which I still have to write, heh). I’m really happy it’s the weekend and things are winding down now.

How amazing are these photographs by Chloe Aftel? New favorites of mine. I love how the film grain in the upper lefthand corner of the second photograph looks like fairy dust. Magic.

PS. Thanks for your kind words about my Warby Parker images & video. I really had fun putting the shoot together and hope to make more videos soon!

Take it easy now. xx – Micaela

Less pressure, more love.

less pressure, more love. - drifter and the gypsy blog
I know it may not seem like it because I keep things lighthearted here on the blog, but I put a lot of pressure on myself. A LOT. I felt a climax of that pressure develop over the summer. Since I had time off from school, I immediately became absorbed with Drifter & the Gypsy. Constantly taking pictures, posting at least 5 times a week, brainstorming ideas for posts, reaching out to companies, writing emails, networking, planning photo shoots, etc. My mind was always ON and I was burning out. I’d beat myself up if pictures I took weren’t up to my standards or if a post on Instagram didn’t get a lot of likes. Not good or healthy at all. I was genuinely scared about starting school again in September because I didn’t know how I’d ever keep up with my schoolwork if I felt like I was running just to stay in place on my school break. (more…)

A Postcard from Ocean Beach (video!)

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I’m excited to share with you guys this video I made with my dear friend Katrina. We filmed in late August at Ocean Beach in San Francisco while she was visiting from her home in the Philippines. The talent of my friends blows me away sometimes. I am really blessed. I wish Katrina didn’t live halfway across the world, but she loves to travel and she loves San Francisco, so she visits fairly often, which is good.

a postcard from ocean beach - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’ve been super inspired by seeing companies embrace film as of late (have you seen Free People’s YouTube channel? Incredible. I could get lost in it for hours…). It adds a whole new viewing experience that photography cannot offer. Which is part of the reason why I was really in the mood to create a video instead of taking outfit pictures or doing something else more standard this time.

PS. I highly recommend you watch that video full screen. I’m just sayin';)

a postcard from ocean beach - drifter and the gypsy blog
a postcard from ocean beach - drifter and the gypsy blog
nouveau butterfly dress c/o free people (shop more dresses here) and shoes are from urban outfitters.

music in the video is fresh pair of eyes by brooke waggoner.

Old movies

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Some of my favorite movies are old movies. My parents made sure to expose me to a wide variety of films at an early age, so I gained an appreciation for old movies. You don’t have to worry about uncomfortable scenes or any foul language or violence; they’re the perfect films to watch with the family (and with friends or by yourself too!). Whenever, really. Here are some of my faves:


old movies - drifter and the gypsy blog
Super cliché, I know. But has there ever been a creature as gorgeous as Audrey Hepburn? I think not. I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times and I’d watch it again in a heartbeat. At one point, I had most of the lines memorized. (I even did a photo shoot inspired by the film a few years back). I love the bustling of old New York City, the fashion, the classic love story and of course, Audrey Hepburn.

Here is my favorite scene from the movie (and quite arguably one of the loveliest movie scenes ever):


old movies - drifter and the gypsy blog
Before I saw this movie, I always thought of Jane Fonda as that woman who does yoga and used to act and is still really famous but hasn’t really been in movies lately. But MAN. The Jane Fonda in this movie is a BABE. No wait… make that a MAJOR BABE. Material for the next Girl’s Got Style? Perhaps. But aside from girl crushing on Jane Fonda (and Robert Redford ain’t too bad looking himself), the story’s about two mismatched newlyweds living in a NYC apartment the size of a shoebox and it’s super sweet and light-hearted and whimsical and you should just go watch it now already.


old movies - drifter and the gypsy blog
The first time I watched this movie I was in absolute HYSTERICS. I love Katharine Hepburn’s quirk and spontaneity. She and Cary Grant have the best chemistry together.


old movies - drifter and the gypsy blog
I watched this movie randomly with the family one night when we all felt in the mood to watch a movie. It was one of those let’s-just-pick-something-that’s-available-to-stream-on-Netflix-really-quickly and we didn’t put much thought into it all. I was surprised the movie was so good since we basically picked whatever was most convenient on our streaming queue. The best kind of surprise!

old movies - drifter and the gypsy blog
Do you watch old movies too? If so, are any of your favorites on this list or do you have more to add?

last photo via the red list, all other photos are screenshots of the respective films.

Handwritten cards

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I feel like one of the best ways you can make someone feel special is by giving them a handwritten card. It’s a shame the world we live in is so fast-paced that quite often handwriting ANYTHING gets overlooked. Nothing beats a handwritten card. Seriously.

Shutterfly has given the traditional paper card a little facelift with their Mix & Match Stationery Sets. There are 7 different stationary sets to choose from and within those stationery sets, there are 15 card designs. After you pick a stationery set, YOU pick & choose how many cards (up to 12) of each design you would like within the set.

handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’m completely indecisive and went for 1 of 12 of my favorite designs from the Everyday Expressions set to get the most designs in my package. It has cute, everyday sayings for a variety of situations which come in handy for the casual user. I’m going to use one for my parents’ wedding anniversary (coming up in less than a month!), a thinking of you card for a dear friend who recently had surgery and a thank you card for a designer who lent me some clothes for a photo shoot for the blog.

handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
handwritten cards - drifter and the gypsy blog
Tell me, do you handwrite cards? If not, make it a goal to handwrite at least 1 card a month! You will make someone feel really special, I guarantee it. ♥

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