This past weekend, I uncovered some film I got developed but never shared on the 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:
This day was the same day with Kate and AnnaI 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.
PS. To see pictures of Rockridge homes, click here.
As someone who spends countless hours browsing the web, I come across a lot of things I bookmark. Sometimes homes, sometimes food, but lately it’s outfits & style. I haven’t done a roundup of my favorite things in a while, so I thought why not share?
I’ve always been an early bird and a fan of getting things done early. Even when I was a child, I’d wake my mother at 5:00 am to read me stories. (Morning stories I guess, since you couldn’t call them bedtime stories!) The best thing that ever happened to my mother was when I learned to read. Then I could entertain myself during the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her. I would arouse at 5:00 or 5:30 am and read by myself for 2 hours, then have breakfast with my parents when they woke up. (I’m an only child and have always loved my own solitude.)
All through my teenage years, I hated staying up late, never needed a curfew and thrived on the peace of the early morning stillness. Even now, I see the early bird lifestyle firmly rooting itself in my life. I naturally get up early (I never use an alarm clock), I exercise in the early morning and get most of my work done all before lunchtime. (Okay so it’s usually not all before lunchtime. More like dinnertime. I don’t like working after dinner.) Case in point: I am currently writing this blog post at 5:50 on Thursday morning.
Although my early bird tendencies put me at odd with my peers all through middle school and high school, you know what? I like being an early bird. I like starting and ending my day early. I wear a million hats and have a hectic schedule that requires careful planning. People often ask me how I get it all done. And sometimes I don’t know how I manage to get it all done. But I can tell you this much: I don’t think I’d be as organized if I wasn’t an early bird. That’s just me.
I know tons of people who are very organized and work best at night, but it’s just not for me. What about you? Are you an early bird or a night owl? Are you quick to get work done or do you tend to procrastinate?
It’s amazing to me how I’ve lived in the Bay Area for nearly 8 years (in July!) but still have not yet seen all the parts of San Francisco. Billy Goat Hill Park has been on my list of places to visit ever since I found out about the famous rope swing.
On one day my dad had off from work, we all took a trip to the park.
The stairs leading down to the vista point.
It was a really clear day and you could see the city for miles.
A swing with a view.
I’m floating through the sky!
JK. The ground was like three feet beneath me. But still! It was a really high swing.
Of course I had to throw a cliché heart up in the air for the city I love.
San Francisco friends (or those who have visited), have you ever been to Billy Goat Hill Park? If not, I definitely recommend it. There’s not much to do there, but if you’re looking for a great KodakInstagram moment, you’ve found the right place.
I’d like to introduce you to the newest venture of my dear friend, Katrina: The Daykeeper. Okay so it’s not completely new–I actually wrote about the datebook’s 2014 inception (which was a HUGE success) here. BUT I feel like this year was an even BIGGER success for The Daykeeper (complete with a beautiful launch party) because it sold out before I even had time to write this blog post! I promise I’ll be more timely in writing about the Daykeeper 2016 (2016 whaattt??!!) edition so you guys can get your hands on a copy of THAT loveliness before it’s all sold out.
The beautiful manifesto was hand lettered by Abbey Sy.
The Daykeeper comes with postcards you can send to your loved ones while you are away on your adventures. It also comes with a small pocket for storing little paper souvenirs you collect from your trips.
Katrina made an incredible video to accompany the Daykeeper. I highly suggest you watch it. You may find a few clips of yours truly here and there;)
2015: Amazing things will happen. ♥
Do you keep a planner too?
Photos 1, 4, 5, 7 & 8 are by Katrina, the rest are by me.
One of my favorite parts of a new year is getting a new calendar. Nothing beats a completely blank calendar waiting to be filled up with memos and events. Sticky9 sent me over their newest product: the Magnet Calendar to take for a spin this new year. It comes with 12 calendar magnets (January – December 2015), 6 photo magnets (photos from your Instagram feed) and 1 magnetic display box. The magnets are perforated, so you can mix and match any month with any photograph. (I just chose to keep the magnets in strips for myself!) Although you can’t write on this calendar, it’s a cute little desk accessory that can double as a storage container.
If cute calendars are your thing, well, you’re in luck! Sticky9 is also offering three 2015 Magnet Calendars to three Drifter & the Gypsy readers!
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Hi guys and welcome to 2015 on the grand ol’ blog. (Spoiler alert: It pretty much looks the same.) Time goes by so fast. Too fast, but we all know that by now. I’ve actually stopped counting time in terms of years. I don’t measure success or goals or resolutions by the year. I believe if you want to change something, do something, accomplish something, you can resolve do it ANYTIME of the year (although the start of a new year is a good time for reflections, fresh beginnings and a clean slate).
Since I believe life changes can be made at anytime, I don’t always plan out formal resolutions and goals for myself with the start of each new year. BUT this year I felt in the goal-making kind of mood, so I made myself some goals for 2015.
1. Read more. I used to be a voracious reader, but I sadly did not read one book in 2014. Sure, I had intentions of reading–I have a list of books I want to read that goes about a mile long. But life. Need I say more? For 2015, I was originally going to try to read a book a month, but I have a lot on my plate right now and a book a month is really ambitious for me. So I’m just going to try to read more. I’m reading The Book Thief right now and I’m thinking of reading The Goldfinch after that. I’ll do a more in-depth blog post about reading/my favorite books/books I want to read/etc. soon.
2. Do more fashion photography. I know I’ve said this already, but I’ve gotten away from photographing fashion, which makes me really sad. I’m planning a photo shoot in the spring and I really hope it comes to fruition. Because trust me, this is gonna be a good one. (I’ve had this particular shoot idea stuck in my head for at least 2 years!)
3. Make a year in review video. I’ve seen lots of year in review videos and I want to make my own. I bring my camera with me most places I go, so it won’t be too far of a stretch for me to film some video clips of my travels and adventures throughout the year and then piece it all together at the end of 2015.
4. Watch more foreign and old films. I used to be really into foreign and old films during high school. (I was that nerd who discussed French films with my high school French teacher after class.) I don’t actually watch TV much anymore (now I’m a professional procrastinator on Instagram), BUT I recently watched a foreign film and was reminded of how much passion I have for cinema. Foreign and old films are full of so much meaning and inspire me to no end–not that new movies are no good, they’re just different–I’m excited to reintroduce them into my life.
5. Be gentle on myself. I don’t need to do everything and I don’t need to be the best at everything. (Repeat as many times as needed.)
6. Live more. This is a big one for me. I tend to so easily get caught up in a self-sabotaging spiral of overthinking, over worrying and just stressing out in general–a classic Type A Personality. When I take a step back and look at the big picture, I realize I’m freaking out over something so incredibly insignificant why am I wasting my brain cells? Even when I’m not working, my mind is constantly on. I need to learn to turn off and just do something for the fun of it. Who’s with me here?
Tell me, do you make New Years resolutions and goals? If so, do share!