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Mid-Year Reader Check-In

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Hi guys! Happy weekend! And happy loooong weekend to those who live in the US! Is anyone else eating copious amounts of watermelon like I am?

We’re a few days into the month of July, which means we are officially halfway through the year. I made a brief little mid-year reader check-in that I would so appreciate if you could take 1-2 minutes to fill out. I know surveys aren’t fun (I actually checked the thesaurus to see if there was any other word I could possibly use besides survey) but I tried to make this one as quick & painless as possible. You don’t have to answer every question & most questions are multiple choice.

I cover a variety of different topics on the blog and it’s really helpful for me to check in with you guys & hear feedback on what you’re liking, what you’re meh so/so liking and what you’re REALLY not liking/not interested in.

Go here to complete the survey. Have a fun weekend doing something you love!


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Hey guys! I hope your summer is going swimmingly thus far (pun intended). This week would have been the first week of summer classes for me at SCAD, but my adviser–who I was consulting with as to what classes I should take in the summer–ended up taking an unexpected leave of office, so I decided to not take a summer course and instead concentrate more on developing content for and growing this blog. (I’m secretly happy it worked out this way. More blogging time = happy Micaela.)

I’m taking Hilary Rushford’s Instagram with Intention class as well as working my way through Food Photography School from Minimalist Baker. Both classes are amazing thus far–I find learning the science of / business behind creative entrepreneurialism fascinating, but that’s just me. #nerdalert

I’ve been working through some not-so-fun food sensitivity elimination diet stuff (well actually this has been life-long venture I’ve really concentrated on more seriously this past year), but I’ll save the details for a future post.

In other news, next week is July 1st, which marks the halfway point of 2015 (ahhhhh!). I’ll be making a mid-year mini survey to check in with you and see what content you’re liking on Drifter & the Gypsy, what you’re not liking, what you want to see more of, etc.

Anyway, I felt like I haven’t checked in with you guys in a while and just wanted to give you a little update on my life. I hope all is well with you loves!

(All photographs above from my Instagram.)

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.

Click through to see more! (more…)

Where would you live?

where would you live? - drifter and the gypsy blog
It’s a long weekend here in the US because of Memorial Day being on Monday, which marks the unofficial kickstart of the summer season. (Although it’s been so cloudy and overcast lately it feels more like winter in San Francisco!) School ends officially next Thursday, although I’m taking a summer class to keep my scholastic momentum going, so that’s that. I’ve been working on finishing (errr starting… oops) my final school projects, creating a new online portfolio (I finished my Behance portfolio, just have to update my current portfolio), listening to this awesome podcast series from Real Simple and creating content for this blog (always). It somewhat kills me I haven’t had as much time to post on this blog lately but I have to remind myself that quality always > quantity.

My dad recently returned from a business trip to New York City, which brought up the discussion of “If we could live in any city what would it be and why?” Which got me thinking, I LOVE San Francisco in all its beautiful pastel Victorian home glory, but is there any other city I could picture myself living in? I grew up in Connecticut, just outside of NYC and moved to the Bay Area when I was 13. I never thought I’d adjust to this area, but now I feel comfortable here. I like it here. I sometimes wonder if I would feel just as comfortable if I moved back to the East Coast? Or what would it be like to adjust to an entirely NEW city? I feel like moving is a whole lot easier now with social media because everyone is connected worldwide. What city would YOU live in if you had your choice? Don’t get me wrong: I’m not moving anywhere. Just some food for thought.;)

The above photograph is from my Instagram feed. You can’t beat a red door and a brick wall. You just can’t. It’s a classic.

A revelation and some behind the scenes

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I used to shoot more fashion photography. Way more. I’ve slowly but surely drifted away from fashion photography (it’s been over a year since my last formal photo shoot!) and to be honest, that made me sad. I thought I had allowed life to get in the way of what I enjoyed doing: A victim of busyness.

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BUT I recently had a bit of a revelation. Sure, I haven’t been formally photographing fashion shoots with professional models and the whole shebang, but if you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been conceptualizing, styling, collaborating, modeling and designing (mainly for the blog). It took me a while to realize that I haven’t given up my passions at all. I’ve just found another way to channel my creativity. Since I wear so many hats, it’s difficult for me to sum it all up in two or three words. I’ve floated between blogger, photographer, stylist, model, director, designer, etc. and I’ve finally landed on a phrase that encompasses it all: Content creator. I just like to collaborate with talented people with awesome ideas to create rocking solid content.

a revelation and some behind the scenes - drifter and the gypsy blog
Within the next few months, I’ll be updating my website to reflect the work I’ve been doing lately. It will still contain my photography, but it will also include graphic design, directing and styling. (Annnnd I’m currently working on something SUPER exciting that will go live within the next few months–depending on how fast things move along–but I’m going to leave you hanging for now.)

a revelation and some behind the scenes - drifter and the gypsy blog
a revelation and some behind the scenes - drifter and the gypsy blog
Maybe what I liked about photo shoots wasn’t the actual shooting process, but it was more of the conceptualizing, location scouting and directing that went behind it. Narrowing down your passions is allllll a learning process, that’s for sure! With that being said, hit me up if you’re involved in a project that needs some direction!

Behind the scenes photos from a recent shoot I did at The LightGrid are by Austin Heppler and Shana Astrachan.

The importance of lazy days

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Let me preface this post by saying I have a strong aversion to lazy days. It’s not that I don’t like the idea of a lazy day, it’s just that I don’t like the idea of letting work and emails and projects pile up for the next day. For that reason, I hardly ever take a lazy day.

Yesterday was different. I caught a 24 hour stomach bug, which forced me to be bedridden for most of the day. At first I was extremely anxious with not being able to conquer my to-do list for the day. I considered crawling into bed with my laptop so I could still get at least some work done, but I was just tooooo tired. So you know what I did? I let myself rest. I took a bath and watched daytime TV and hardly got up from the couch the entire day. And you know what? It felt reeeealllyyyy good. Which reminded me that lazy days aren’t a sign of weakness. They’re not something to avoid like the plague. They can actually be really really healthy and rejuvenating. And even though I took yesterday completely off, I’m not too terribly behind with my to-do list at all. I realized that a few lazy days here and there aren’t going to set me so far back to the point of no return. I definitely fear falling behind on my work more than I actually will–Type A personality indeed. Your body talks to you in sensations. Sometimes your body needs to rest and you just have to listen.

Do you, my friends, have trouble taking lazy days?

What I do all day (and a computer giveaway!) – CLOSED

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what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
As a blogger, I often get asked the question by non-bloggers, “What do you DO all day?” To be honest, there’s no real short answer to that question. I wear a lot of hats. I conceptualize, I plan, I collaborate, I direct, I produce, I photograph, I style, I write, I edit, I retouch, I blog and the list goes on.

When it comes to a laptop, I need something that’s as flexible as my schedule. The Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro is (literally) just that: It’s a laptop, tent, stand and tablet. Which means I can use it for writing blog posts, browsing the web, doing YOGA (pun intended), reading books, watching movies and pretty much anything else I please. (I’m still waiting for the day it will do my work for me, but yeah…) I bring my laptop with me everywhere I go and it’s nice not having to carry with me a bunch of electronics; the YOGA 3 Pro is my all-in-one.

what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
The laptop comes in 3 colors: Clementine orange, brushed gold and light silver.

what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
Here’s a video on how the Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro adapts to my needs and lifestyle throughout the day:

what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
At Drifter & the Gypsy, I’m all about inspiration. I blog about a wide range of topics, but my ultimate goal is to leave my readers (YOU) feeling inspired. Creativity is contagious. If I can impart any nuggets of inspiration for you to create something for yourself, then I’ve done my job. Here’s to the doers! That’s exactly what Lenovo is: For those who DO.

what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
I know you all are doers too, so Lenovo is offering 1 YOGA 3 Pro (ARV $1,499.99) to 1 reader!


Leave a comment on this post. (That’s it!) This giveaway is extra fun because you can enter as many times as you’d like to increase your chances of winning! (More info here.)

A winner will be drawn at random Friday, April 24th 6 pm Pacific Time.

UPDATE: Winner is Vero M. Congrats! I have sent you an email.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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