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.

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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.

Three Layer Pony

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This hairstyle starts off with three ponytails… and then it gets intense. You make these random loopy things and loop each pony through the loops. (I’m so articulate, aren’t I?) But it’s actually quite easy! The end result is something super feminine and bridal-inspired. The loops make the hairstyle very secure (you don’t even need bobby pins unless you finish off the ponytail)–the perfect option for getting your hair out of the way when you’re on the go.

Materials:

– Paddle brush
– Hair elastics
– Bobby pins
– Hairspray

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Steps:

1. Start by making a pony with the very front section of hair.

2. Do another pony underneath and then one last pony at the bottom.

3. Loop each pony through (some refer to this as a piggy pony or a topsy tail).

4. Wrap a small piece of hair from each pony around each elastic and secure underneath with a bobby pin. This looks much nicer and creates a more “finished” look rather than leaving the elastics on display.

5. Finish with a bit of hairspray.

three layer pony - drifter and the gypsy blog
three layer pony - drifter and the gypsy blog
three layer pony - drifter and the gypsy blog
three layer pony - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hairstyle by Danika Lamb for Drifter & the Gypsy.

Betty Robe by Doie Lounge.

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In the Pink

in the pink - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hi guys! I wasn’t going to post anymore this week, but I stumbled upon this fashion editorial and wanted to share it with you guys ASAP. I love spur of the moment unplanned blog posts… talking off the cuff. Seems more personal. That’s exactly what this blog is, after all: A capsule of thoughts, inspiration and imagery. A diary of sorts.

in the pink - drifter and the gypsy blog
in the pink - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love the model’s bored and youthful expressions. Such a coming-of-age story, don’t you think? Reminds me of the movie Pretty in Pink (although I’ve shamefully never seen the movie! I think I must see it soon!).

in the pink - drifter and the gypsy blog
in the pink - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photographer Saskia Wilson
Stylist Bree McDonald
Hair and Makeup Corinna Wilmshurst for YSL
Model Teresa @ The Agency
via Fashion Gone Rogue

The importance of lazy days

the importance of lazy days - drifter and the gypsy blog
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?

Asparagus and Beet Salad

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One of my favorite things about the springtime is that asparagus comes into season. Asparagus season is very brief–lasting only from late February/early March till about mid-May–so I am always sure to take advantage of the few weeks asparagus is on the shelves and at farmers’ markets. I love asparagus in any kind of flavor situation: Grilled, sauteed, steamed, roasted… Apparently you can pickle asparagus too, but I’ve never tried that (somehow it doesn’t sound too appetizing, I don’t know, that’s just me).

This particular recipe has steamed asparagus–which alone may sound kind of boring–but combined with beets, mint, lemon and balsamic vinegar creates a five-way marriage of awesomeness.

asparagus - drifter and the gypsy blog
ASPARAGUS AND BEET SALAD

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

– 1 pound beets, peeled and sliced
– 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
– 2 Tablespoons chopped mint leaves
– 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– Splash of lemon juice
– Sea salt and black pepper

Procedure:

1. Place beets in a steamer and steam for 10-15 minutes, until tender.

2. Remove beets and add asparagus to steam for about 8 minutes, until tender. (You may steam these together if you don’t mind the asparagus getting stained by the beets.)

3. Place steamed vegetables in a bowl and toss with remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

4. Serve over mixed greens or grains.

asparagus - drifter and the gypsy blog
asparagus - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Asparagus – High in vitamin K (which prevents blood clots and supports bone health), high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports digestion and regulates blood sugar

Beets – Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and aid detoxification. Red beets support the heart and blood.

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Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Dots on dots

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As I get older, I find myself reverting more and more to whimsical prints I would have thought were way too girly when I was little. As an old lady, I imagine myself still wearing pigtails and braids and dresses and pink. A bit of a Benjamin Button in terms of fashion I suppose!

I love this polkadot number from Hello Holiday for just that: it’s fun, lively and twirly. Hello Holiday really has the best clothes if you’re looking for something cute and girly. Their dresses section is pretty incredible.

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Madeline over at Geography 541 sent me this gorgeous necklace. It’s really unique in that it combines brass with weaving. All of her jewelry is inspired by travel and this particular piece is from her SS15 Lusa Collection, which was inspired by Bali. I’d like to go to Bali someday.

dots on dots - drifter and the gypsy blog
dots on dots - drifter and the gypsy blog
You may be asking yourselves, where did she get that cat?! This is actually my neighbors’ cat. His name is Toby. My neighbors went away for a week and left me in charge of taking care of Toby and their dog, Finley. Of course I had to do a sneaky photo shoot with Toby before my neighbors returned home. I would have taken pictures with the dog too, but he was too big for the backdrop.

dots on dots - drifter and the gypsy blog
dots on dots - drifter and the gypsy blog
Now the story about this silver bow is kind of odd. You see, I never bought this bow. I found it at the bottom of one of my grocery shopping bags while emptying my groceries. I have no idea how it got there, but I’m going to take it as a good sign about something.

dots on dots - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dress Hello Holiday
Tights J.Crew
Peep Toe Super High Clogs Swedish Hasbeens
Indah Collar c/o Geography 541

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A (virtual) room of my own

a (virtual) room of my own - drifter and the gypsy blog
If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly redecorating the rooms in your home. Maybe not physically redecorating, but obsessively pinning interior inspiration and imagining how you would redecorate your space if you were going to redecorate. My mind often wanders: If I were to paint my bedroom another color, what color would it be? If I were to replace my night table, would I go with shabby chic or mid-century modern? And then I have to remind myself that I like the color of my bedroom and I’m not planning on changing it anytime soon and, well, actually I am in the market for a new night table, but that’s beside the point.

a (virtual) room of my own - drifter and the gypsy blog
myWebRoom allows you to create as many virtual rooms as you’d like. The items with which you can decorate are currently sold in stores. If you click on the item’s dropdown arrow you can see where to purchase the product. (I’m kind of dying over this sofa.) And if you want to make the room super custom, you can upload an item for myWebRoom to add to your room.

The rooms are themed by mood, movies/TV shows & celebrities, such as the artist’s room, Mad Men and Audrey Hepburn. One of their newest rooms is the myWebRoom Fashion Showroom, which has over 300 links to online boutiques (ie: ASOSModCloth, Free People, etc.), fashion sites (ie: Refinery29, POPSUGAR Fashion, etc.) and other resources for fashion lovers. In any of the rooms, you can click on various pieces of decor and furniture to access the different bookmark folders.

a (virtual) room of my own - drifter and the gypsy blog
a (virtual) room of my own - drifter and the gypsy blog
First you choose a room you like and then decorate it as you desire. I waffled between choosing a few urban lofts until I settled on the Audrey Hepburn room because I’m a girl. You can change your room anytime you’d like. If you need a little inspiration, you can visit myWebRoom’s inspired collections for ideas.

a (virtual) room of my own - drifter and the gypsy blog
In my fantasy world, I’d have a pet deer and I was so happy to find a baby deer in their pets section. When you’re done decorating, you can add your favorite bookmarks to each item. (ie: favorite news sites to the magazine rack, your favorite videos to the TV, etc.) It’s a really fun thing to do to unwind from the day–a therapy of sorts (although you do need a desktop computer for this; the site cannot be used on mobile devices). Here’s the link to my room. After you complete your room, you can share it to the style gallery. I’m @drifterandthegypsy on myWebRoom, so if you’re on there, let’s be friends!

a (virtual) room of my own - drifter and the gypsy blog
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