Low Bohemian Updo

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I have to say, I really like this hairdo. It’s a little fancier than wraparound braids or adding a bow and requires a few more steps than usual, but it’s worth it. Trust me. Wear this for a night out, special event or just the occasion of life. I’m attending a wedding later this month and I might try this hairdo out on myself!

Materials:

– 1 or 1 1/2 inch curling iron, curling wand, or anything else that will give your hair a nice curl
– 2 butterfly clips
– Hair elastic
– Paddle brush
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray

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Steps:

1. Start with hair that has been slightly curled. You can use a curling iron/curling wand for this OR sleep with your hair in braids overnight for a nice soft wave.

2. Take two sections in the front (one on each side) and secure with clips.

3. Make a ponytail with the rest of the hair.

4. Make an opening with your thumb above the hair elastic and loop the ponytail through.

5. Tease the ponytail with a paddle brush to add a bit of volume and texture.

6. Roll up and tuck the hair, securing into place with bobbi pins.

7. Create a three strand braid with the two hair sections in front. Be sure to braid back so that it will nice and smooth.

8. Once finished braiding, overlap them two loosely over each other and pin into place.

9. Finish with a little bit of hairspray.

low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup: Danika Lamb
Intro & Photography: Micaela Hoo

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Picture Puzzle Postcards

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puzzle picture postcards - drifter and the gypsy blog
In this day and age, physical mail has become a bit of a treat! Tell me, (apart from your grandma) when was the last time someone sent you an actual letter in the mail? I live interstate from my friends and family, and to show my love, I have decided to try to keep in touch the old fashioned way: through snail mail!

If writing a whole letter seems daunting, don’t even worry – I’ve gotcha covered! Instead of sending one big letter, I came up with a nifty project you can do yourself: send separate postcards, that when joined together make up a full image!

Materials:

– A4 adhesive paper
– A4 card
– Printer & computer
– Craft knife and ruler
– Photoshop (optional)
– Postcard templates

Steps:

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1. (If you do not have access to Photoshop you can skip to Step 2 and use our pre-made templates–succulents: front and back and flowers: front and back.) Open in Photoshop the blank template provided. Paste in the picture that you want to use for your postcards and resize it so that the top of the image fits to the width of the top rectangle. Using the Marquee tool – cut the rest of the image off of the bottom and move down to fit into the second rectangle. Portrait photos are best for this. If your image is big enough you can make it big enough to fit over 3 or 4 postcards, it will just take a little trial and error to resize your images accordingly.

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2. Print out your images onto the adhesive paper – if you are using our templates you can download the succulent images HERE or the flower images HERE.

3. OPTIONAL: Print the back postcard template onto another sheet of adhesive paper. You can of course draw out these lines manually, or forego them altogether! Just remember to leave room for the address and stamp, as well as your message!

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4. Remove the backing paper from the adhesive paper you printed your image on and carefully line up with the edges of the A4 card and smooth down. Start from one corner and smooth to the opposite side to avoid air bubbles.

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5. Using the knife and ruler, cut out the postcards along the edges and discard the scrap card. Cut out the backing postcard templates and remove from the adhesive backing paper to stick down on the other side of the postcards (if you are using the backing template). Trim away any rough edges.

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6. Write your message and send to your family and friends!

puzzle picture postcards - drifter and the gypsy blog
I like to stagger when I send the postcards so your family and friends get to gradually make the full picture! You can make these postcards with photos of your family and friends, but I also like to use photos that are a little more abstract (like floral arrangements or patterns) so that there is a little bit of mystery around what the final image will be! Happy Mailing!

Dani (Craft contributor)

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Betsy

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The last project for my Typography class before spring break was to design a magazine. This, by far, was the hardest project (helllooo learning InDesign on the spot), but also the most fun for me. The requirements for the project were loose and open-ended: We could choose any topic of our choice, use any pictures (as long as they were our own), etc. just make it look good. Even better if it looked great.

betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
I named my magazine Betsy because I picture a girl named Betsy as someone who likes fashion, but doesn’t take it seriously. (Like me.) Also, the name Betsy is old and I am highly influenced and inspired by vintage style. You probably recognize all of these pictures from Drifter & the Gypsy! I chose to use pictures from my Warby Parker shoot as well as Summer of ’63.

betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
betsy - drifter and the gypsy blog
Let me know if you’re interested in seeing the digital files of the entire magazine and I can post those sometime soon too!

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Dress: Crossroads Trading Co.
Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Tights: Hue
Shoes: American Apparel

Blue Houses of San Francisco

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blue houses of san francisco - drifter and the gypsy blog
blue houses of san francisco - drifter and the gypsy blog
blue houses of san francisco - drifter and the gypsy blog
blue houses of san francisco - drifter and the gypsy blog
The beauty of San Francisco’s architecture never ceases to put me in complete awe. Since I spent the latter part of my childhood growing up in the Bay Area, I never had much appreciation for the city until I got into photography years ago. And then I realized San Francisco’s homes are really photogenic. Like really. As in people take trips to visit San Francisco just to see the homes. It’s funny how your appreciation for an area grows over time. Do you find that with the place you grew up in? I love this series of blue San Francisco houses tinged in blue. Oh San Francisco, I love you.

Spices 101

If you’re like me, you have a ton of spices in my spice cabinet that you hardly ever use. They were probably for recipes I wanted to try and either made them once or didn’t make them at all. For this month’s food post with Giovanna Garcia we decided to make a little ‘Spices 101′ guide. There are so many health benefits packed into each teeny grain, I figured it was time to give the little guys some credit.

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We underestimate the power of spices. In my journey to health and in helping others reach their optimal health, I’ve learned to incorporate spices in every dish to enhance health benefits, but also for their amazing flavor. Spices have been used medicinally and therapeutically for many years. Each spice provides it’s unique flavor, color, and healing properties. Get creative with these beautiful offerings nature provides us with and enjoy the wonderful benefits.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a delicious naturally sweet and warming spice that has been used for thousands of years for it’s medicinal properties. It helps balance blood sugar, it’s high in antioxidants, improves risk of heart disease, anti-microbial, anti-clotting and the scent boosts brain function. Cinnamon is most often used in sweet dishes, but also goes well in savory dishes. Use in smoothies, chia pudding, desserts, porridge, tea such as homemade chai, soups, sautées and on roasted vegetables.

CAYENNE

Cayenne is used for it’s therapeutic properties in many populations. It packs a punch of benefits and has been commonly used in America for detox and helping the body become less acidic. Cayenne pepper is anti-inflammatory, eases pain, anti-cold and anti-flu, anti-fungal, aids digestion, reduces blood clots, and promotes heart health. It can be used in all types of cooking such as sauteing, roasting, salads, dressings, dips, sauces, teas, and even chocolate desserts. I love adding it to my superfood hot chocolate drink for a nice kick.

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CUMIN

Cumin is a delicious spice with a nutty and peppery flavor. It is commonly used in Mexican, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. It also contains some important nutrients such as iron, manganese, copper and calcium. Cumin supports the immune system, aids digestion and is cancer preventative. It can be used in soups, stews, as meat and vegetable seasoning and dips and sauces such as hummus and pesto.

PAPRIKA

Paprika is a spice a spice made by drying and grinding up fruits that come from the chili family. It is used in many cuisines to season and add color to rice, soups and stews. Paprika is high in antioxidants, vitamin E and iron and is anti-inflammatory. It is often used to garnish dishes, but it’s benefits actually increase when lightly heated. Use paprika in soups, stews, to season vegetables and meats, in rice and salads.

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TURMERIC

Turmeric has a bitter and peppery flavor. It has an orange color and resembles ginger root. It is one of the main ingredients in curry, which is what gives it the orange-yellow color. Turmeric packs a punch of nutrition as well as adds an earthy flavor to dishes. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, cancer preventative, aids circulation, high in antioxidants, supports the immune system, eases pain, anti-bacterial, supports detox, speeds up wound healing and protects against flu and cold symptoms. It is mostly used in savory dishes, but can also be incorporated into sweet foods. Use turmeric to season vegetables and meats (it combines great with cinnamon), smoothies, curries, stews, soups, drinks such as hot chocolate or smoothies and chocolate treats.

NUTMEG

Nutmeg is a spice used to add flavor and aroma to dishes. It can be used in sweet and savory cooking. We commonly see it in dishes related to the holidays. Besides it’s delicious flavor, it has many health properties. It is anti-inflammatory properties, aids digestion, supports the immune system, relieve pain, boost skin health, aids detox, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, and improve blood circulation. Use nutmeg in porridge, smoothies such as this awesome pumpkin spice smoothie, desserts (especially chocolate), pesto, to season vegetables and meats and sauces.

spices 101 - drifter and the gypsy blog
spices 101 - drifter and the gypsy blog
By Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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Gifts for all you girls

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gifts for all you girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
gifts for all you girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
gifts for all you girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
gifts for all you girls - drifter and the gypsy blog
gifts for all you girls - drifter and the gypsy blog

I’m super behind the times just now discovering this campaign video Jimmy Marble made for Kate Spade Saturday in December of last year, but it’s not toooo wintry-ish, so I thought I’d share it even though it’s a few months after the video was released. It’s a fun video too, so it’s almost springlike to me. Sharing a video from December in March = justified.

Do you ever get so absolutely inspired by something you can hardly think straight? That’s how I feel after looking at these pictures and watching this video. Those color combinations! And the styling! And pretty much everything about this video is so awkwardly, quirkily and whimsically perfect. Does that make any sense? I don’t know. I’m in visual heaven. *swoon*

PS. I know, I know, I’ve been on a major pastel kick as of late; I can’t help myself!

Birds of a feather

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I don’t know if you guys know this, but my mom usually takes my outfit pictures. She started off taking my pictures purely for the convenience factor (we live together), but then we ended up liking our picture-taking outings. A lot. We started location scouting, conceptualizing shots and matching outfits with locations. For us, it’s a way to spend time together, bond, laugh and of course make art.

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birds of a feather - drifter and the gypsy blog
This time I decided to try my hand at self-portraits. I’ve taken self-portraits before and all too often they’ve ended in blurry, out-of-focus pictures and a lot of disappointment. I recently got myself a wireless remote so I don’t have to constantly run back and forth from the camera. It makes a big difference!

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