Lately

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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.)

Cilantro Green Smoothie

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This smoothie is quite a deceptive little guy. Its color is far from green, yet it’s jam-packed with so much green goodness. Spinach and kale are often the default greens for smoothies these days, but this smoothie features Swiss chard and cilantro for a fun and healthy twist. (Seriously, just check out the health benefits of these two rockstars at the end of the post.)

I feel like in life there are two kinds of people: Cilantro lovers and cilantro haters. I happen to be a cilantro lover. If you happen to be of the latter persuasion, try swapping out cilantro for another herb you like, such as mint or parsley. Or keep it simple and don’t use any herbs at all!

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CILANTRO GREEN SMOOTHIE

(serves 1-2)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup mixed frozen berries
– 1 cup cilantro
– 2 Swiss chard leaves
– 1 ½ cups coconut milk
– ½ Granny Smith apple
– 2 tablespoons almond butter
– Splash of lemon juice
– Sea salt

Procedure:

Place all ingredients and blender and blend until smooth.

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Ingredient Highlights:

Berries High in antioxidants, low in sugar/balance blood sugar, boost brain function, anti-aging
Cilantro Anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, aids detox, balances blood sugar
Swiss chard Excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, vitamin E and iron.
Coconut Milk Hydrating, good source of healthy fats, anti-inflammatory, supports skin health
Apples High in fiber, good source of antioxidants, supports cardiovascular health

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Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Feels like home

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A pretty bohemian rustic bedroom.

One of my favorite pass times is browsing through interior inspiration on Pinterest. I’ll click on the pretty pictures and often end up on some Scandinavian website that’s not in English. Which is really testimony to the fact that Scandinavian design is the best. There’s something so distinctively sophisticated about their design yet it’s so cozy and completely down-to-earth at the same time. Here are a few Nordic and Nordic-inspired homes that have caught my eye lately.

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DIY marble kitchen shelf. (Would be perfect for a bedroom / bathroom / any other room too.)

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Pretty wardrobe situation. 🙌

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The pattern (wallpaper?) on the dishwasher?!! 😱 I die.

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PATTERNS! AND A HUGE TUB!

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This muted color palette makes me feel so calm and serene.

photo sources one // two // three // four & five // six

PS. Catch my own bedroom tour here.

American Sweetheart

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This is one of those shoots that was created purely out of inspiration and wasn’t sponsored by a company or anything like that. Austin asked me if I wanted to do a shoot in the LightGrid that concentrated on dramatic and directional lighting. I do the whimsical quirky style a lot, so it was nice to take a break from my usual style and to try something different.

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american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
At the time I was conceptualizing, styling & directing the shoot, I was watching a lot of I Love Lucy on Amazon.com Instant Video. I see the influence pouring into the way I styled the overall looks. Gotta love classic America in the 1940s and ’50s.

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I pulled the outfit above from Wallflower which if you live in San Francisco you neeeed to check out. I’ve known Victoria & Lindsey, the owners, for a few years and have so much respect for them chasing their dream of opening a vintage boutique and just going for it. These gals aren’t afraid of anything. (This is what the space looked like when they just bought it.)

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Part of the reason I like working with Shana so much is not only does she do gorgeous retro hair and makeup, but she also has an incredible collection of vintage clothing. (And we’re the same size… see where I’m going here?) The other two dresses are borrowed from Shana’s repertoire of vintage. Shana loves seeing her own clothes come to life in a photo shoot and I love styling her vintage beauties.

american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
american sweetheart - drifter and the gypsy blog
american sweetheart - 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

PS. See some behind the scenes pictures of this photo shoot here.

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ACT THREE. Autumn Winter 2015

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act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
A few months ago, my pal Alexandra posted some behind the scenes pictures of a lookbook she styled & modeled in. I got super excited to see the final photographs and several months later, here they are! The photos were the Autumn Winter 2015 lookbook for new Toronto-based apparel line called ACT THREE. The line is comprised of vintage-inspired dresses which are specially fit for petite women 5’4″ and under.

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act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
The Autumn Winter 2015 collection is ACT THREE’s first collection and is inspired by French New Wave films from the 1960s. It is particularly influenced by the style of fashion icon, Anna Karina. Each dress is dubbed the first name of the fashion icon it was inspired by. Some of the names of the dresses are Francoise, Margot, Penelope, Sylvie, etc. It’s really fun to look at the style of the dresses and try to guess which fashion icon it corresponds with.

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act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
This season, the line will be sold exclusively in Canadian boutiques Victoire and Coal Miner’s Daughter. Sarah, the owner, hopes to expand further into other areas of Canada and the United States as well as open our own online boutique in upcoming seasons. View more photos in the catalog here.

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act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
act three autumn winter 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photography Danielle Suzanne
Model, Stylist, Hair & Makeup Alexandra Spence
Dresses ACT THREE.
Accessories Stylist’s own

Something fun

Happy Friday! Here’s a fun video for Fuji Instax I found the other day. I’ve always loved stop motion videos and this one just hits it out of the park. Daniel Castro, the photographer who shot the video, was also the mastermind behind this shoot. I really love the imagination he pours into his work.

I hope you have a great weekend and have some fun activities lined up to do. Today I’m showing Lauren–who’s visiting from Savannah, GA–around SF, Saturday I’m helping Giovanna prepare her (ALL CHOCOLATE!) brunch and Sunday I’m going to West Coast Craft. I don’t usually have something planned every. single. day. of the weekend, but this time it just worked out that way. Let me know if you have any fun plans this weekend!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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