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Fall into Flowers

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fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
fall into flowers - drifter and the gypsy blog
People tend to look down on clichés, but I’ve always believed clichés are clichés for a reason. Take for example the theme of flowers. I know flowers are done a lot–some may argue flowers in pictures has been overdone, but I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a picture of flowers I didn’t like.

Tell me you don’t like these photographs by Zhang Jingna for Phuong My‘s Spring Summer 2015 collection and the Overgrowth project by Parker Fitzgerald and Riley Messina. Both sets of photographs deal with flowers as their central focus, but they are so different in their treatment of colors, composition and overall tone. That’s why I don’t think anyone should ever look down on clichés. There are always an infinite amount of possibilities in every creative endeavor.

How to care for vintage clothing


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how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
I don’t wear vintage clothing all the time, but I DO own quite a few vintage pieces that need special care when it comes to cleaning. Vintage clothing is decades old which means it is very fragile. I’ve learned the best way to clean vintage clothing is to wash it by hand. Easy enough? Good. BUT… the problem with vintage garments is that they are often stained with age or wear. You don’t want to use anything too harsh on them but at the same time, you do want those armpit stains to come out because pit stains are just gross.

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When method invited me to use their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, I readily excepted. I’ve been a fan and user of method home products ever since I was suckered in by their pretty package design years ago. The laundry detergent is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and one of the few detergents I can actually use. (I am highly gluten intolerant and believe it or not, even though most household cleaning agents don’t contain gluten PER SE, they are commonly cross-contaminated with gluten.) method’s laundry detergent is powerful enough to get the stains out of vintage items but gentle enough not to ruin that awesome ’60s shift dress you thrifted last week.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
In line with the ’60s, let’s talk about the ’60s for a bit. One of my favorite fashion eras is the 1960s. I often draw inspiration from vintage babes Twiggy, Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton. I did a photo shoot at the LightGrid with ’60s vintage garments. It’s so fun to wear the mod patterns and bright colors associated with the era.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
I often try to imagine who wore the vintage clothing before me. What were their lives like? Where did they live? How many lives has the garment had before me?

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
method teamed up with clothing brand ASOS to create method x ASOS, a SS15 curated collection, that is available until June 30th. (Read more about it here.)

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photography Austin Heppler
Hair & Makeup Shana Astrachan (Fox & Doll)
Art Direction Micaela Hoo (Drifter & the Gypsy)
Shot at The LightGrid

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

Faux Shibori Dyed Napkins

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Have you heard of Shibori dying? In the crafting world it seems to have become the ‘in’ version of the good old fashioned tie-dying that had a resurgence in the ’90s. In reality, originating in Japan, Shibori is one of the earliest examples of cloth dying. Known for the striking deep blue and indigo hues, it’s little wonder it has become so popular in recent years.

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The best thing about this kind of dying process is there are infinite ways you can fold, twist, knot and clamp your cloth and each will create a wholly unique pattern. There is something immensely satisfying about unwrapping your dyed piece to reveal the hidden pattern. It’s perfect for those less crafty because there is no precision required. Just: Tie. Dye. Reveal! So easy! The downside of Shibori is that if you are using the proper powder, it can be a little pricey. But with a little sneaky short cut, you can get a similar result for a fraction of the price!

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

– Powder Dye in Indigo or hues of dark blue

– Plain white cotton or linen napkins (pre-washed)

– Rubber bands of various sizes and thicknesses

– Various flat objects to clamp around the napkins

– Plastic bucket

– Plastic gloves

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Prepare an area to complete the dyeing. Your napkins will drip and splash so doing this outside is recommended. If you have pavement or flooring you are worried about coloring, make sure to put down drop sheets to catch the dye (preferably plastic).

2. Take each napkin, one at a time and fold, scrunch, wrap into shapes of your choice and tie rubber bands tightly around the napkins to secure. This is how you will get different patterns.

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
• Try folding into squares or triangles and securing in between two blocks of wood/firm Tupperware lids (using the plastic bands) for a more geometric pattern. The most inside folds will stay the whitest with the outside folds getting darker.

• Take a napkin from the middle and pull into a long ‘tee-pee’ shape. Rubber band along the length of the napkin to create rings from the center out.

• Rubber band sections at random and then tie the whole napkin into a firm knot.

TIP: Make sure your rubber bands are as tight as you can tie them and make sure you have thick areas of the napkins tied off. Use numerous rubber bands on one tie to ensure that you get some areas that the dye doesn’t reach. Remember the dye will seep under the bands in some areas so err on the side of ‘too many’ ties until you get the hang of the process.

3. Thoroughly soak your prepared napkins in water before starting. Your napkins should be completely wet.

4. Following the instructions on the dye packets, mix together the dye powder and water. Most dyes will require warm or hot water, so wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to prevent burning your hands in the hot water.

Mix together in a bucket or container large enough to fit your napkins. Ensure to use plastic or stainless steel containers so they don’t become stained.

The trick to mimicking the deep indigo color of shibori is to mix dye colors. Aim for purples and dark blues (denim blue is always good). You want to get a nice dark shade of blue/purple. Remember, your fabric will come out lighter than the dye once it dries.

5. Submerge each napkin into your dye and allow to soak according to the packet directions. The longer you soak the darker your color will be. Remember: it will be lighter than it looks when it dries.

6. Remove the napkins from the dye and rinse under a cool running tap until the water runs clear. Check the depth of color. If it looks too light, place it back in the dye for longer to achieve a deeper shade.

7. Remove the rubber bands to reveal your patterns and hang out to dry.

8. Machine wash and iron (as they will be very crinkled from the bands) before using.

faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
faux shibori dyed napkins - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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Sponsor Drifter & the Gypsy!

Spring (or autumn depending on where you live) is now upon us. A new season is beginning. What does this mean? A new season means a fresh start and what better way to kick off the season than sponsoring Drifter & the Gypsy? Drifter & the Gypsy is read daily by artists, designers and people who like pretty things. We currently have 5 contributors writing regular columns and we are growing!

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Sponsoring Drifter & the Gypsy is a great way to promote your business/blog/etc. and get the new season started off right! Since its inception in 2008, Drifter & the Gypsy has amassed a following of likeminded artists and has partnered with such companies as Bing, Toms, Modcloth, Crossroads TradingHarrods, Ruche and Free People, amongst other independent artists and Etsy shops.

Most recently, Drifter & the Gypsy was featured as an ‘up and coming blog’ at Altitude Summit 2013. At age 19, Micaela Hoo is the youngest blogger to be featured at Altitude Design Summit.

What exactly is sponsorship? There are a few ways to sponsor Drifter & the Gypsy:

1. Ad banner sponsorship – your ad banner + link to your site is displayed on my right sidebar for the world to see! It’s a great way to get people to click over to your site and perhaps become loyal followers of you too! This spot is monthly (although multiple month packages are available) and the month starts whenever your payment goes through.
2. Outfit posts collaborations – for all owners/purveyors of clothing labels/vintage shops/boutiques/Etsy shops/etc. who want to see me style + wear/feature their items in one of my outfit posts; a fun and creative way to collaborate!
3. Product reviews – for those who have an awesome product they want me to feature/review in a blog post; a great way attract hype about your product/brand.
4. Giveaways – for those interested in giving away a product from their shop/company/etc. in a giveaway post; another great way attract hype about your product/brand.

Read more info about press and advertising over here.

For ad banner sponsorship inquiries, email me at: ads@drifterandthegypsy.com for my ad rates and more details regarding ad banner sponsoring on Drifter & the Gypsy.

For all other sponsorship/collaboration opportunities (I’m always up for creative and innovative ideas!), please email me at hello@drifterandthegypsy.com.

I look forward to hearing from you! Let’s be in touch!

xx Micaela

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Sponsor in September

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September is almost upon us, the kids are back in school, and a new season is beginning. What does this mean for the blog? Ad spots on Drifter & the Gypsy are open to reserve for the month of September!  A new season means a fresh start and what better way to kick off the season than advertising on Drifter & the Gypsy? Drifter & the Gypsy is read daily by artists, designers, and people who like pretty things in general.

Sponsoring on Drifter & the Gypsy is a great way to promote your business/blog/etc. and get your new year started off right! Since its inception in 2008, Drifter & the Gypsy has amassed a following of likeminded artists and has partnered with such companies as ModclothAnthropologieFree People, and Toms.

Most recently, Drifter & the Gypsy was featured as an ‘up and coming blog’ at Altitude Summit 2013. At age 19, Micaela Hoo is the youngest blogger to be featured at Altitude Design Summit.

Read more info about press and advertising over here.

Email me at: ads@drifterandthegypsy.com for my ad rates and more details regarding advertising on Drifter & the Gypsy.

Sponsor in August

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Ad spots on Drifter & the Gypsy are open to reserve for the month of August!  Drifter & the Gypsy is read daily by artists, designers, and people who like pretty things in general.

Sponsoring on Drifter & the Gypsy is a great way to promote your business/blog/etc. and get your new year started off right! Since its inception in 2008, Drifter & the Gypsy has amassed a following of likeminded artists and has partnered with such companies as ModclothAnthropologieFree People, and Toms.

Most recently, Drifter & the Gypsy was featured as an ‘up and coming blog’ at Altitude Summit 2013.

Read more info about press and advertising over here.

Email me at: ads@drifterandthegypsy.com for my ad rates and more details regarding advertising on Drifter & the Gypsy.

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Sponsor in July

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Ad spots on Drifter & the Gypsy are open to reserve for the month of July!  Drifter & the Gypsy is read daily by artists, designers, and people who like pretty things in general.

Sponsoring on Drifter & the Gypsy is a great way to promote your business/blog/etc. and get your new year started off right! Since its inception in 2008, Drifter & the Gypsy has amassed a following of likeminded artists and has partnered with such companies as ModclothAnthropologieFree People, and Toms.

Most recently, Drifter & the Gypsy was featured as an ‘up and coming blog’ at Altitude Summit 2013.

Read more info about press and advertising over here.

Email me at: ads@drifterandthegypsy.com for my ad rates and more details regarding advertising on Drifter & the Gypsy.

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