Crossroads Camp was held at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. There’s really no way to perfectly describe the ranch. It has gardens and farmers and animals, but it’s also a conference center with meeting rooms, etc. I know it sounds like mixing two completely different genres (which it is), but somehow it works. The ranch even has cabins to stay overnight. It really felt like camp… only better.
I mean who wouldn’t want to stay in a cabin like this??
The evening started off with a panel where we talked about trends, Crossroads Trading and where we thought the fashion industry was headed. Then there was a wine & cheese reception.
We had a huuuge family-style dinner. Since the ranch has its own gardens and farmers, everything the cooks prepared was as farm-to-table as you can get. I was in heaven.
The Style Council gals that attended. Thanks for a fun time, Crossroads Trading! I can’t wait for next year already!
all photos by me, except for the last photo, which is by seeking style. view more of the photos I took at crossroads camp 2014 on crossroads trading’s company culture page here.
If there’s anything more heavenly than a French babe, it’s a French babe with style. And cute bangs. That’s exactly what Léa Seydoux is to me.
I first discovered her a few years ago when I watched the movie Midnight in Paris (one of my absolute favorites!). She has such an awesome, laid back style. I can’t pull off the sans-makeup-still-chic look, but man this girl can rock it!
As someone with a truckload of sensitive tummy issues who eats (primarily) gluten free and vegan, it’s hard for me to find snacks that fit my dietary requirements. LÄRABARs are one of my favorite go-to snacks that I eat on a regular basis. Each of their flavors contain no more than 2 to 9 ingredients and they’re gluten free, grain free, non-GMO, soy free, dairy free and kosher (phew!) buuuut most definitely not taste free!
I recently collaborated with LÄRABAR® to create 3 LÄRABAR flavor-inspired looks. Beth Jones used her super styling talents and helped me co-style each outfit using items she found at Crossroads Trading. For the next 3 weeks, I’ll be releasing one of these outfits a week. The week after that, I’ll post all the outtakes. Sound good? Good.
First up:Cappuccino. For the Cappuccino flavor, I wanted a mood that was light, airy and flowy. Beth pulled this gorgeous BCBGMaxazria dress that was spot-on with my aesthetic.
Shooting in the Daylight Studio was pretty easy for me since I work with all-natural light 99% of the time. I must admit I was a bit nervous to shoot in the LightGrid Studio as my knowledge of studio lighting is extremely limited, but the way that it’s engineered, all you do is choose what type of lighting you’d like on an iPad; no manual setup necessary! It made it so easy. If you’re in need of a studio in SF, definitely check this place out.
I’ve learned the most successful photographers tell a story with their work. And let me tell you, Sasha Frolova tells a million stories. My favorite of hers is her Recess series, which was inspired by “…the changes and similarities between [her] childhood and [her] adolescence.” It reminds me of this series by Michal Pudelka, another one of my favorites.
I always feel busier in the summertime than any other time. I think it’s because it stays light outside so late, I’m always inspired to create more (more daylight = more time to create, amirite, overachievers? ;)).
In June, I attended a few lovely events (including a little trip to Sonoma with the Crossroads Trading Style Council & team members… full recap will be on the blog next week) and I met some very talented creative people (the amount of talent in the Bay Area continually blows me away!).
My pal Victoria opened up her first brick & mortar shop, Wallflower, in the Mission District of San Francisco (2391 Mission St. if you’re in SF). I am so excited for this gorgeous gal and her new creative ventures.
Cards from friends are my favorite. Especially when they have pretty quotes on them like this one.
Don’t forget you can follow along the daily fun with me @drifterandthegypsy on Instagram. I’m taking off tomorrow for the long weekend we have here in the states, so I’ll see you all back here on Monday!
With summer in full swing, I’ve got thoughts of backyard BBQ’s dancing through my head and beach day planning in the mix. It’s time to get outside & have some good old-fashioned American fun.
With the good fortune of being coastal, it has become a tradition in my circle of friends and family to spend our summer days at the beach. During the day, the boys surf while the girls play in the sand and lounge around, followed by sharing a meal at someone’s home. Being in the San Francisco Bay Area, we aren’t always guaranteed to have a warm & sunny beach day, so I’m always equipped with a warm blanket & cozy sweater in case the fog decides to roll in. This doesn’t mean I’ll ever skip out on the sunscreen though!
Pieces like a simple cotton tank & denim cut-offs can easily transition from the beach to beyond and sandals that easily slip on and off are a must. Every so often, we will be treated with a beach day that is warm & sunny enough to hang out in your bathing suit, so it’s always nice to have one on just in case.