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Where would you live?

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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.

a revelation and some behind the scenes - drifter and the gypsy blog
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


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
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

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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

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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?

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