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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!

TO ENTER:

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.

what i do all day (and a computer giveaway) - drifter and the gypsy blog
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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
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

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

Fashion things I’m loving lately

fashion things i'm loving lately - drifter and the gypsy blog
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?

fashion things i'm loving lately - drifter and the gypsy blog
Minnie of The Stylish Wanderer’s Parisian outfit.

fashion things i'm loving lately - drifter and the gypsy blog
American Apparel‘s Lace Chiffon Dress. (It’s on sale right now!!!) I just got it in Lilac.

fashion things i'm loving lately - drifter and the gypsy blog
Everything about this outfit from American Apparel. (I’ve been on a real American Apparel kick as of late. Perhaps it’s because they’re having a really awesome sale right now?)

fashion things i'm loving lately - drifter and the gypsy blog
This creative shoot by Tahereh of We Still Write in Cursive.

fashion things i'm loving lately - drifter and the gypsy blog
Neutral bridesmaid dresses.

fashion things i'm loving lately - drifter and the gypsy blog
Orla Kiely‘s Autumn Winter ’15 Presentation.

What have you been loving lately? Is it interiors, fashion, food, crafts, or something else?

The early bird catches the worm.

the early bird catches the worm - drifter and the gypsy blog
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?

(Photograph of June Letters Studio via my Instagram)

Billy Goat Hill Park

billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
The stairs leading down to the vista point.

billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
It was a really clear day and you could see the city for miles.

billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
A swing with a view.

billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’m floating through the sky!

billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
JK. The ground was like three feet beneath me. But still! It was a really high swing.

billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
billy goat hill park - drifter and the gypsy blog
Of course I had to throw a cliché heart up in the air for the city I love.

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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 Kodak Instagram moment, you’ve found the right place.

The Daykeeper: Your Year in Moments (2015)

the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
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 daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
The beautiful manifesto was hand lettered by Abbey Sy.

the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
Do you recognize the title page from my outing with Katrina over the summer?

the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
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;)

the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the daykeeper datebook 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

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