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March on Instagram

Is it just me or did the month of March go by really fast? Like extremely scary fast? I don’t know how it’s spring already, but I’m excited. It’s staying light outside later now which I love and I’m in my last quarter at SCAD before summer break! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at life outside of the blog.

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The rainy day that never was

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the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog

A few weeks ago, my mom was in Florida visiting her mom, so my dad and I took a little father-daughter day on Saturday. We did our favorite past time: exploring impossibly beautiful neighborhoods full of impossibly beautiful houses and take pictures. It was supposed to rain that day, so I wore my rain boots and had my umbrella in tow, but oddly enough, the entire morning was nothing but clear blue skies.

i’m wearing: dress c/o ruche, sweater is from ann taylor, tights are hue and umbrella is totes

the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog

It’s a tradition of ours to go out for Japanese food while my mom is away and this time was no different! We tried a new place and hit up Shimizu Sushi for lunch. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall type place, but it gets super crowded! They didn’t have many vegetarian options for me, but it’s the quality time together that counts, right?

the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog

And with all the sunshine in the morning, ironically it didn’t start raining until the drive back home. Go figure!

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Planning a photo shoot with Bing

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planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I do fashion photography on the side. Fashion photography was one of my first ventures into the creative field, right after I started Drifter & the Gypsy (it was actually born out of my being inspired by the photography I would post here on the ol’ bloggity blog). And it’s been a part of me ever since!

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

Lately I haven’t been able to shoot as much as I’d like to with my focus being geared toward school, but I try to do at least one photo shoot during every school break I have. During winter break I shot Guardian and you bet I’m already planning a shoot for the summer!

One of the most important aspects of conceptualizing a photo shoot is research. “I LOVE doing research!” said no one ever, right? I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my idea that I forget to start off basic and build from there. By starting off basic I usually come up with a few keywords that speak to the aesthetic I want to shine through in my photographs (you can read more about how I organize photo shoots here and here). The last shoot I did was inspired by the Alanis Morissette song Guardian (don’t judge). From there I came up with a few words that related to guardian: child, protector, fantasy, friend, mother, etc.

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog
planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

Enter Bing: my newest way to do online research. I got an email about Bing Rewards right when I was planning my photo shoot. Bing is easy to use like any other search engine, except it’s better because when you join Bing Rewards (for free!) you can earn gift cards to places like amazon.comStarbucks and Sephora just for for using the search engine.

Since I needed to do research for my photo shoot, I thought why not give Bing a try? Bing is also available for all web browsers and Apple iOS and Android products, which I love (ain’t nothing as cozy as doing research on your iPad from your bed).

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

After I brainstorm keywords and phrases, I create a mood board of images I feel embodies the look I am trying to achieve. I generally use a variety of websites for this part, but this time I used Bing to search for photos to include in my mood board. One noticeable difference? I was able to pin directly to Pinterest from the search results, making it incredibly easy to create my mood board.

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

Thanks, Bing, for helping me do research for my photo shoot. It was a success! Even the model said it was one of the most organized shoots she’s ever been on. You can check out the full series on my website here. All in all I will definitely continue to use Bing to rack up points for gift cards and for its pin-from-search-results feature.

A few of the final images from my photo shoot…
planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog
planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

This post was sponsored by Bing. All my opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who help make Drifter & the Gypsy possible!

PS. My Great Gatsby t-shirt is c/o Out of Print clothing.

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Life update

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This week it’s my spring break and I’m using it to catch up on everything I’ve neglected while in school (ie: cleaning my bathroom, dusting my shelves, organizing photos/files on my computer, taking pictures for the blog, etc.). I feel busier than when I am in school! Does anyone else feel that way?

Well it’s almost Wednesday and I haven’t been out of the house once and I’m okay with that. Sometimes it’s important to have a catch up week to putter around the house and check things off your to-do list.

Anyway that’s just me checking in. I hope this week’s been treating you well. Just remember: we’re past the hump now!

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Market Fresh Bistro

market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog

One of our favorite restaurants in Maui is Market Fresh Bistro. We happened upon it by accident the first time we were in Maui and fell in love with the fresh local ingredients and many vegetarian options it offered. This past time it was on our top list of places to go.

market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog

The menu is seasonal, so they didn’t have what I ordered last time, but this time I got the Upcountry Vegetable Salad with a side of Wailuku tofu. After that, we walked around Makawao, went back to the hotel and lounged by the pool. The perfect day.

market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
i’m wearing: h&m dress, shirt is from crossroads tradinglobamba sunglasses c/o toms and saltwater sandals

market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog
market fresh bistro - drifter and the gypsy blog

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Guardian

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Earlier this week I showed you my outfit and now I’m showing you something I did behind the camera.

I had this photo shoot idea in my head for a few months now and finally got to execute it on my last school break, right before the new year (which oh my gosh seems so long ago!!). The two young girls are not models; they are just some (pretty) girls of family friends whose mothers so graciously allowed me to borrow their kids for the day. I am really pleased with the result and that I was able to do something creatively for myself before school started again. The shoot was loosely inspired by the song Guardian by Alanis Morisette, which I don’t really like that much (heh), I just liked the idea of a protector/mother figure over a child and wanted to translate the concept to photography.

guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog

photography: me
styling: savana scarlett
hair and makeup: janet mariscal
models are caitlin at cast images, myla and arine
shot on location at studio e

More from this series on my website.

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Wreath Making at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog
wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

On our second to last day in Hawaii, my mom and I took a wreath-making class at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm (my dad took the pictures; he’s not really an artsy crafty kind of guy, although he did glue one flower to the wreath, so I guess you can say he contributed).

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

The lavender farm is way up on the top of a mountain where you can see rolling hills and houses and ranches for miles and miles. It wasn’t the most ‘touristy’ thing to do, but it was a really great way to recharge and unwind after being on the go so much the entire week.

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog
wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

My mom used to make these crazily complex topiary trees back in the day, so this was definitely a throwback to when I was younger and would help her.

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

I was so afraid the wreath would get crushed on the plane ride home, but I’m pleased to report that it made it back safe and sound. Our wreath now happily sits at the entryway of our home.

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog
wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

Handmade home decor really is the best ♥

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