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Fun things to do in SF this weekend

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There are always fun things to do in San Francisco, but this weekend there seems to be more than usual:

- Dear Creatures is having a sample sale over at Asmbly Hall (1850 Filmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115) Saturday the 19th: 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday the 20th: 12 pm – 6 pm. I’m usually not a huuuuuge fan of sample sales because it seems like the clothing is never marked down quite enough (okay maybe it’s just me. I’m extremely thrifty), but I went to their SF sample sale last year and snagged some pretty cute items at dirt-cheap prices even for this frugal gal!

- Renegade Craft Fair SF is this Saturday and Sunday – July 19th & 20th – at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 11 am – 6 pm both days. My friends Rachel & Dani will be selling there, along with a crazy awesomely long list of other vendors. I always leave Renegade Craft Fair feeling inspired with a few laundry list of new favorite artists.

- BellJar is having an exhibition featuring new work from weavers Tehya Shea & Janelle Pietrzak Friday, July 18th from 6 – 9 pm: 3187 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

- I’ve curated an online shop with Crossroads Trading Co. showcasing 12 of my favorite picks. You can shop my picks here and this weekend only you can get free shipping with the code MICAELA.

- Talking about Crossroads, they just launched a new sell-by-mail option. All you have to do is request a bag (with pre-paid postage!) from the website here, fill it with your gently used in-season clothes and drop it in the mail. You can choose either cash or trade credit good at any of the Crossroads locations. You can have Crossroads donate whatever they don’t buy, or get those pieces shipped back to you for $8.

- Half Hitch Goods is holding a pop-up shop, Haus of Half Hitch, inside the Birch floral shop in Hayes Valley (564 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94133). The pop-up is not exclusive to this weekend, but it’s actually open for the entire month of July, so make sure you visit by July 31st! Leslie of Spotted SF did a wonderful write-up of Haus of Half Hitch here and Jeanine of The Coveted did a lovely write-up of the shop here.

Let me know if there are any more awesome things going on in SF this weekend I should include in this roundup. I’ll be at the BellJar exhibition on Friday, the Dear Creatures sample sale on Saturday and Renegade Craft Fair on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll see you at one of these events!

Crossroads Camp 2014

crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
Every year, Crossroads Trading Co. holds a retreat, Crossroads Camp, for all its store managers. The Style Council gets to attend part of the camp, so this year I took a trip with a few other blogger babes.

crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
Pit stop in the middle of nowhere on the ride up.

crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
Crossroads Camp was held at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. There’s really no way to perfectly describe the ranch. It has gardens and farmers and animals, but it’s also a conference center with meeting rooms, etc. I know it sounds like mixing two completely different genres (which it is), but somehow it works. The ranch even has cabins to stay overnight. It really felt like camp… only better.

crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
I mean who wouldn’t want to stay in a cabin like this??

crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
The evening started off with a panel where we talked about trends, Crossroads Trading and where we thought the fashion industry was headed. Then there was a wine & cheese reception.

crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
We had a huuuge family-style dinner. Since the ranch has its own gardens and farmers, everything the cooks prepared was as farm-to-table as you can get. I was in heaven.

crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
crossroads camp 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
The Style Council gals that attended. Thanks for a fun time, Crossroads Trading! I can’t wait for next year already!

all photos by me, except for the last photo, which is by seeking style. view more of the photos I took at crossroads camp 2014 on crossroads trading’s company culture page here.

Gal pals

gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog

I had a gal date with my friend Rachel this past weekend. We’ve known each other online for numerous years and we only live about 30 minutes away from each other, but can you believe this is only the 2nd time we’ve met in real life?! Crazy!

gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog
gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog
gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog
gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog

i’m wearing: shirt from urban outfitters, vintage skirt via swapdomswedish hasbeens peep toe super high clogs and necklace borrowed from rachel

gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog

Rachel is going to be taking over the Imaginary Outfits column on D&tG and I’m excited to bring some local Bay Area talent to the blog. Since we live so close to each other, Rachel suggested the idea of ‘gal dates.’ Every few weeks, we’re going to meet up and do something fun!

With blogging, email and social media, a huge amount of my interaction with other people is done online. It’s a nice change of pace to meet up with a friend face-to-face. This past weekend, I visited her after work at Mira Mira and we took some outfit pictures in the neighborhood.

gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog
gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog
gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog
gal pals - drifter and the gypsy blog

rachel’s wearing: vintage/thrifted dress, vintage levis jacket, raen sunglasses via mira mira, vintage/gifted jewelry, sam edelman petty boots and hue tights

Looking back on: May

Somehow the first day of June came and went and then the first week of June came and went and I totally forgot to do a ‘Looking back’ roundup!

So… the month of May. Let’s start with the weather because everyone talks about the weather first. The weather was really crazy in May. We had a heat wave, then unseasonably cool weather, then another heat wave followed by unseasonably cool weather. My closet was in shambles torn between winter and summer clothes! And now it’s pretty hot and it seems like the hot weather is here to stay. Not complaining, I love summer!

looking back on may - drifter and the gypsy blog

A hot dog on a hot day.

Garden game going strong.

A new iPad case from The Snugg. I REALLY love this case. They have lots and lots of pretty colors, but in the end I chose pink. I just like pink a lot, alright?

Watermelon + mint + ice. The best combo ever!

Writing an essay about the symbolism in the film Vertigo and having fun with it. Oh yeah.

FINALLY got around to framing some of my drawings.

My friend Lisa‘s paintings hanging up at Marion & Rose.

Smoothies in a bowl for two.

Photobombed by the cutest little photobomber (beep beep!)

… Other than that, I didn’t really do much besides blog and school (I’m a huge bore). I had school finals and final projects and other final submissions, but now I’m done with it all and I finished my second year at SCAD! Woop woop! 3 more years to go.

How did YOUR May look? What plans do you have coming up in June?

Already June is looking pretttyyy mighty busy. Some seriously fun stuff coming my way (and yours too because I blog about it all!). Don’t forget you can follow along the daily fun with me @drifterandthegypsy on Instagram!

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That’s groovy

thats groovy - drifter and the gypsy blog
thats groovy - drifter and the gypsy blog
thats groovy - drifter and the gypsy blog

With school ending for the summer last week, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite projects I did for my Color Theory class. I posted a preview of it on Instagram, but I thought I’d get more nitty gritty with you here. The object of the project was to create three hand painted designs featuring three different color schemes. These color schemes were to be based off of the colors and mood of three photographs of our choice. I thought it would be fun and more personal to use my own photographs and I really love the result. The first thing my dad said when he saw my project? “That’s groovy.”

thats groovy - drifter and the gypsy blog

For my first collage, I chose to use an analogous color scheme of red and yellow. The curves were really hard to hand paint and I had to do about a million touch-ups on this painting. Needless to say, I will not be hand painting anything like this again soon. You can see the original photograph here.

thats groovy - drifter and the gypsy blog

For my second collage, I chose to use a triadic color scheme of blue, red and yellow. I made the shapes larger and easier to paint based on how difficult the first painting was! You can see the original photograph here.

thats groovy - drifter and the gypsy blog

For my last collage, I chose to use a complementary color scheme of blue and orange. By this time, I was so sick of curves that I chose a much simpler design of lines I sectioned off with tape. You can see the original photograph here.

Eventually I want to get these framed and display them on my bookcase. Or else in my office. Here’s how they look on my bookcase right now.

thats groovy - drifter and the gypsy blog

color wheels and definitions are from tiger color.

SF Blogshop

sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog

Last month, I had the privilege of interning for Blogshop. If you’re not familiar with Blogshop, you should really check it out. Co-founded by Bri Emery and Angela Kohler, Blogshop is a 2-day intensive class that teaches Photoshop for bloggers. It’s a great way to help you build your blog, online presence and and brand. Bri and Angela have taught Blogshop workshops all over the world, including Paris, Sydney, NYC, LA, and San Francisco.

sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog

I had a blast working with two other interns (hey Molly and Natalie!) in helping set up the space and answering the students’ questions while they worked. I was nervous someone was going to ask me a Photoshop question I didn’t know the answer to, but (thankfully) most of their questions were basic. Huzzah!

sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog

If you’ve never touched Photoshop or are just looking for a good way to brush-up on your skills, I highly recommend taking Blogshop. I already knew quite a bit about Photoshop, but this class taught me a ton of tricks and timesavers I never knew about. You can see what cities they are headed to next or even take Blogshop in the comforts of your home.

sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf blogshop - drifter and the gypsy blog

photos by angela kohler via designlovefest (except photo photo six which is from my Instagram feed)

Looking back on: April

Well HI GUYS! That was a much longer break than intended. Last week was a LONG week. Drifter & the Gypsy had server issues that were a huge headache to deal with (and made me pretty much never want to go into web design ever). In the end, I had to switch server providers, but I won’t get into the nitty gritty. Since I migrated Drifter & the Gypsy to another server over the weekend, it may take a few hours/days for the site to work properly without any hiccups. If you encounter any glitches, please let me know at hello@drifterandthegypsy.com or leave a comment below if you are able to.

april on instagram - drifter and the gypsy blog

Ironically, a forced break was kind of what I needed. Taking one week off from blogging allowed me to rest and rejuvenate (when I was freaking out about this site being down) since my mind wasn’t focused on writing blog posts 24/7.

This week on the blog I have a lot of goodies lined up including an outfit post, DIY Hair and a pretty awesome giveaway. Stay tuned folks, stay tuned.

April was a really great month. I found the dollhouse of my dreams, interned at Blogshop and attended a brunch DIY party hosted by Wedding Paper Divas. I also found this really pretty fairy house that (unfortunately) had a mean owner and stumbled upon a field of poppies. See more of how my April looked on my Instagram feed.

I can’t believe it’s May already and in one month, I will have finished my second year at SCAD?!?!

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