DIY Food: Dark Chocolate

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When life is as unpredictable as a box of chocolates, there isn’t much as comforting as a box of chocolates themselves. Why? Because chocolate always tastes good, that’s why.
diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
When Giovanna told me she was making her own chocolates (available to order online soon!), I imagined it being a super intensive and laborious process. But–as most things in life–this chocolate only LOOKS harder to make than it is.

diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
DARK CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

– ½ cup raw cacao powder
– ½ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
– 1-2 Tablespoons raw honey or grade B maple syrup
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.
2. Line a tray or flat plate with parchment paper and pour mixture over it. Spread out evenly to about ¼ inch thickness.
3. Place in refrigerator until firm, about 20 minutes. Break up into pieces and enjoy.

diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Raw cacao: High in antioxidants, magnesium, and iron. Aids in balancing blood sugar, boosts energy, balances mood and fights stress.

Raw honey: Antimicrobial and antibacterial. Supports the immune system.

Extra virgin coconut oil: Anti inflammatory, antibacterial, high in healthy fats, supports brain function, supports skin health and aids in weight loss by keeping us full longer.

diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
Try this recipe for the next time you have a gathering. I bet you’ll impress every one of your guests! And they won’t even have to know it was a cinch to make. (Our lips are sealed).

Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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Rustic

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In partnership with Zappos, last month I styled a pair of Paige jeans and Freebird boots in a fall look. Today I’m coming back at you with the same jeans and boots restyled in a winter look! It’s been pretty rainy ’round these parts lately and these Freebird boots are perfect for traversing puddles and soggy wet leaves. Freebird by Steven boots are inspired by vintage Americana and constructed using traditional Goodyear technique to give them an authentic classic flair.

rustic - drifter and the gypsy blog
rustic - drifter and the gypsy blog
rustic - drifter and the gypsy blog
My feet are always cold, so I wore some thick wool socks underneath to keep them niiiice and toasty.

I really love online shopping. A lot. Dangerously a lot. I understand the desire to go to a brick and mortar store and to actually get to try on the clothes and to feel the fabric before you make your purchase, but there’s just no beating being able to shop in your PJs. Really. I ordered my jeans and boots from Zappos and the clothes came two days later. And shipping was free. Bam.

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Down vests are pretty awesome. When I lived in Connecticut 7+ years ago, it was either too hot or too cold to wear down vests. San Francisco has this beautiful in-between weather which makes it perfect for layering and wearing other in-between clothing that would otherwise be rendered unless (ie: short sleeved sweaters, crop pants, etc.). Oh and gloves! To be honest, I don’t really wear gloves that much. They actually really itch and irritate my hands. But I liked the color (robin’s egg blue = the fastest way to my heart) and I thought they looked pretty with this outfit, so on the gloves went!

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Two months in and I’m still obsessed with these Paige jeans. Paige makes the perfect live-in jeans to dress up or dress down and wear from morning to moonlight.

rustic - drifter and the gypsy blog
Also, I don’t know why I’m wearing my hair in a side ponytail in two outfit posts in a row. I hardly ever wear a side ponytail. Just happens I guess.

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Which look did you like best: fall or winter? Which season do you like dressing for more: fall or winter?

paige hoxton high-rise ankle in zoe jeans and freebird charlie boots c/o zappos

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

DIY Craft: Customized Notebooks

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I like to carry a notebook with me where ever I go. You never know when you are going to need to jot down a note or cross something off of your to-do list. Rather than carrying around lots of scraps of paper that always seem to get lost in the abyss that is the bottom of my handbag, I have started making my own notebooks to keep my thoughts in order. It’s so fun and easy to do, I’d be selfish not to share the process with you! As is the case with most craft projects, the beauty of this one is that you can tailor each book to your own taste AND it will cost you a fraction of what you would pay for a boring old store bought version!

Materials:

– Notebooks (ie: moleskine books)
– A4 Adhesive sheets
– Paints & paintbrush
– Masking or washi tape
– Ruler

diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. First things first: download this template for the title words or make your own using a outlined font and Microsoft Word or Photoshop.

2. Print your words onto a sheet of A4 adhesive sticker paper, you should be able to find this at your local stationery store.

3. Using a variety of colors, paint each letter using watercolor or acrylic paints. Experiment with paint daubs, lines, spots or even messy splashes of color for each set of words. Allow to dry completely.

4. Carefully cut your letters out and set aside.

5. Using a ruler as a guide, tape straight lines across the cover of your notebook, allowing room for the height of your letters.

6. Remove the backing from your letters one by one, sticking them along the taped lines–the lines will keep your letters straight.

7. Once all of the letters are stuck down, remove the tape and enjoy your new notebooks!

diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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Stargazer

stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
I got these star lanterns from Chinatown a few years ago for a photo shoot of mine and to this day, they remain one of my smartest purchases. (I think I’m going to buy some more the next time I’m in Chinatown!) Funny how you get attached to random items. Do you have any items you’re randomly attached to?

stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
My dear talented friend Rossella of RossLab has started making these gorgeous bow necklaces. As if I needed any more excuse to swoon over her creations!

stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
stargazer - drifter and the gypsy blog
dress c/o crossroads trading co., white & gold bow necklace c/o rosslab and tights are hue.

DIY Hair: Fishtail Milkmaid Braids

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My hair is finally getting long enough to put in milkmaid braids, which makes me very happy. Danika came up with this clever variation on the classic milkmaid braid by simply using fishtail braids instead of regular braids and I photographed the process. Here are milkmaid braids à la fishtail style!

Materials:

– 2 clear hair elastics
– Bobby pins
– Hairspray

diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start by sectioning each side and braid each into a fishtail. Secure each end with a clear elastic. (Not sure how to fishtail? Watch this video to learn how).

2. Separate each braid to make it appear softer and “fatter.”

3. Wrap one braid over the other and secure with bobby pins. (Be sure to tuck and hide each bobby pin under the braids…it will look much prettier this way).

4. Soften the look by gently pulling small pieces of hair out around the front.

5. Finish this style off with just a tad of hairspray for extra staying power. Don’t spray too much though since this look is soft and carefree.

diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup by Danika Lamb // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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Camp Themed Giveaway – CLOSED

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One thing I noticed when I moved from Connecticut to California is that camping is really popular in the Pacific Northwest. My first reaction was, “Man, these people sure like the outdoors.” Is the rest of the world really big on camping? I don’t know (feel free to let me know if the rest of the world camps too if you happen to live somewhere other than the Pacific Northwest). But I DO know that I LOVE the idea of surrounding yourself with nature. Connecting with nature purifies the mind.

In celebration of Cyber Monday and the great outdoors, I’ve teamed up with a few of my favorite shops for a camp themed giveaway.

INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY:

1. Happy Camper Slouchy Pullover from Camp Brand Goods in grey or navy
2. Pine to the Pacific Rucksack from Alite in beige or grey
3. Campfire 7.5 oz Soy Candle from P.F. Candle Co.
4. 3 sets of 5 cards of your choice from Girl Chewing Gum

TO ENTER:

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**Open to all readers, international included, so anyone can enter!**

I will draw a winner via random.org Wednesday, December 10th.

UPDATE: Winner is comment #10: Nicole. Congrats! I will be in contact with you shortly.

header photograph by julia manchik

Looking back on: November 2014

Last week I finished up school for the quarter which means I won’t have to go back until the beginning of January. It’s pretty exciting to have such a long break, but if you know me you know I never have an empty plate, so I’m already on to new projects! I’m excited to shift my focus back to full time on the blog (it’s so hard to have my time divided between the blog and school).

I find that November/beginning of December is so busy trying to cram everything in before people take off for the holidays, it’s like the storm BEFORE the calm. Keep hanging in there, folks!

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Homemade pho with zucchini noodles and an unintentional play on words with a Madewell catalog.

Arielle took me to Paxton Gate for the first time. It’s the oddest/most interesting/but still weird store I’ve ever been to.  SF peeps, have you ever been?

I photographed Jess‘s winter collection. Her shop will be opening up next week.

Pretty stoked about my new Nixon watch.

One word: fog.

A print from Megan Isabella: something I need to tell myself alllllll the time.

Aubrey looked so small on the unmade bed.

Remnants of a DIY party with Shutterfly.

What I wore to a little soirée. The theme was black & gold, but of course I had to add a splash of color.

Stay up-to-date with my daily happenings on Instagram.

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