The Stomach Diaries: Part I

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I think it’s about time I talk to you about my health. I’ve alluded to my sensitive tummy issues here and there and you may notice that my recipes are always gluten free and vegan. Though I’m not vegan–I’ll eat eggs, honey, & drink bone broth every once and a while and I take daily fish oil supplements–I naturally gravitate towards a diet filled with fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, nuts & seeds. I’m also lactose-intolerant, so that’s that. I haven’t eaten meat or fish in seven years as a personal choice due to animal cruelty and to lessen my environmental impact on the world.

My entire life I’ve had eczema. Really bad. As in I remember coming home from preschool one day with bloody, oozy rug-burned hands because the eczema on my hands was so itchy I was started rubbing them on the rug. My mom would take me to the pediatrician and the doctor would write me a prescription for heavy duty steroid-laden ointments. The doctor would tell me, “Don’t use the ointment for more than two consecutive weeks.” Otherwise the steroids in the ointment would thin my skin and my body would develop an immunity to the prescription. The ointment would usually work its magic, but my eczema always found its way back: on my legs, behind my knees, on my arms, behind my ears, on my neck, on my hands, inside the crooks of my elbows… My mom would take me back to the pediatrician and the doctor would prescribe another ointment for me to use. It was an endless cycle.

Every now and then, well-meaning friends would cringe at my sore, rashy skin and ask me if I had ever tried a gluten-free diet. I scoffed at the idea. Maybe it was because being gluten-free wasn’t much of a ‘thing’ at the time or maybe it just wasn’t on my radar but I ate anything and everything and I felt fine… or at least so I thought. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had issues with bloating. When I was super young (around 4 years old), I thought that was just the way my body digested food. I thought my stomach was naturally shaped like the underside of a bowl. It made me self-conscious, yes, but that was life and I sure loved food. My mom fed me wholesome food, like chicken and bread and rice and vegetables and fruit and milk. I loved it all. I saw how picky my peers were with eating. I saw how they would take three bites of a sandwich and be “full.” I thought that maybe my problem was I loved food too much; maybe I was a glutton and my body was punishing me for eating so much.

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DIY Money Jars

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If you’re anything like me, you are forever finding loose change everywhere: In the bottom of your bag, under the bed, down the back of the couch, in your pockets, etc. Just think how much money you would have if you actually saved all those coins and put them to good use. (And no, buying a latté on your way to lunch is not putting it to good use!)

In an effort to save my pennies more efficiently, I am here to share with you a quick DIY for those of us who need a little motivation when we save. We all have those things we are saving for but never seem to make any headway. Maybe you need a vacation. Perhaps you have been eyeing off some new additions to your wardrobe? These money jars not only remind you what you are saving for, but because they are clear you can keep an eye on how you are tracking. Make a few for different purposes and see which one fills up the fastest! Happy Saving!

Materials:

• Glass jars (preferably with cork or thin metal lids)
• Adhesive vinyl or colored sheets
• Printer & paper
• Masking tape
• Sharp scissors and a craft knife

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Steps:

1. Start by selecting what you are saving for and select one (or two) words that sum up that goal: ‘Vacation,’ ‘Wardrobe fund,’ or even just general ‘Savings.’

2. In a word document type out the word(s) you are using, choosing a font that can be cut out easily. Block fonts in capital letters work best, but if you are feeling patient, feel free to experiment with cursive or more detailed fonts.

3. Print the words out onto plan printing paper–it’s a good idea to print the words in a few different sizes so you may choose the one that best fits your jars.

4. Cut around the words leaving a centimeter or two around the letters. Place the paper onto the jar to check the letter sizing. Once you are happy, cut out a piece of adhesive vinyl/colored sheets the same size as your paper and tape the printed words onto the sheet (taping onto the ‘front’ of the vinyl).

5. Using a very sharp craft knife or a pair of scissors, start to cut out the letters from the paper/vinyl. The printer letters will serve as a guide and you can separate them from the vinyl as you cut them out. If you find the paper is slipping when you try to cut, secure it with some more tape until you can cut through both sheets easily. The choice between cutting with a knife or scissors is up to you. I find it easier to work with scissors and then use the knife for the trickier bits, but experiment to find what you are most comfortable with.

6. Once the letters are cut out, discard the paper and left over vinyl and lay out the letters in the correct order.

7. Wipe your glass jar over with a dry cloth to ensure there is no dust on the surface.

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8. Take a strip of masking tape and run it along the jar just below where you want to display your words. The tape will serve as a guide to keep your letters straight, so take the time to apply it exactly right. (Use a ruler if you don’t feel comfortable applying this free hand.)

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9. Take each letter, remove the backing paper and carefully apply to the glass so that the base of the letter is sitting flush on the tape. This part can be a little fiddly, so it is best to only lightly stick the letters to the glass until you have them all down, so you can move or adjust them before pressing down firmly to secure.

10. Remove the masking tape. (Repeat steps 7 – 9 if you have more than one line of letters.)

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11. Optional Step: if you would like your jars to be more like traditional money boxes, cut a large slit in the jar lid using your craft knife (approximately 1 inch in length).

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money jars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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Victory Rolls Hair Tutorial

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Victory rolls are such a classic look from the 1940s. Tell me you’ve never seen a picture of Betty Grable being all babe-like and wished you had voluminous victory rolls sitting pretty in your hair. Today’s your lucky day because you’ll be off to old Hollywood babeland in no time if you follow these few steps…

If you’re like me, you’ve always loved the look of victory rolls but were totally oblivious to how they got their name. Victory rolls became popular in the 1940s and were meant to celebrate the soldiers in World War II returning home. Depending on how upright the rolls sit, they can mimic the shape of the letter V.

Materials:

• Teasing brush
• 2 1/2″ curling wand
• Bobby pins
Living Proof No Frizz Collection
• Boar bristle brush

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Steps:

1. Start with hair curled with a 2 1/2″ curling wand. Back comb at the crown to create a bouffant and pin.

2. For the victory rolls, you’re going to section off a triangle starting from the middle of the top of the ear up. Pull the section up and back comb with your teasing brush spray. Smooth with your boar bristle brush. (Make sure to gently smooth to avoid flattening out the section you just teased.)

3. Take your section and roll the hair in towards your face while still keeping it elevated. Depending on the length of the hair it’s easier to hold the hair section in the middle and then roll down.

4. Now pin your roll in two different spots. One on the inside of the roll and then pull the back of the roll down to basically close the back so there is no gap and pin. Now repeat on the other side. Violà!!

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victory rolls - drifter and the gypsy blog
During World War II, many women achieved this look by using pipe cleaners since the metal needed to manufacture bobby pins had to go to the war effort.

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Hairstyle by Caysi Jean for Drifter & the Gypsy.

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New York Dreamer

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new york dreamer - drifter and the gypsy blog
new york dreamer - drifter and the gypsy blog
new york dreamer - drifter and the gypsy blog

new york dreamer - drifter and the gypsy blog
new york dreamer - drifter and the gypsy blog
new york dreamer - drifter and the gypsy blog
new york dreamer - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hey guys. I’m kind of dying over these photographs taken by Hana Haley for Mod Dolly’s Summer 2015 campaign. Since Mod Dolly is based in London but the photographs were shot in New York City, the shoot is about a girl who is wandering around NYC while missing home in London. I feel like these photos perfectly embody nostalgia and sweet summer days. You can shop all the looks in these photographs right over here. Apparently their next shoot might take place in Canada?! I’m excited to see the outcome of that.

Summer Fruit 101

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We’re a few weeks into summer which means that summer fruit is at its peak season. Which means that I am doing happy dances through the produce isles of the grocery store because I don’t know about you but summer fruit is my absolute favorite.

Summer fruit is so jam-packed with so many health benefits that I’ve put together a little guide to these juicy little gems.

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APRICOTS / PLUMS / PLUOTS

Apricots look like mini peaches due to their small size and fuzzy skin. They contain a high percentage of vitamins A, B3, C, K, E and potassium. Apricots originated on the Russian-Chinese border and later made their way into the Persian Empire & the Mediterranean. Spanish explorers introduced the fruit to the New World when they planted apricots in the gardens of Spanish missions in California. Turkey is the world’s largest producer of apricots.

Plums are a small stone fruit related peaches and cherries. They tend to have a sweet and tart taste. Plums are rich in dietary in sorbitol and isatin which helps regulate smooth functioning of the digestive system. Plums are also full of minerals potassium, fluoride and iron. Plums are native in China, America and Europe.

Floyd Zaiger of Zaiger Genetics first bred and trademarked the pluot in 1989. Pluots are a hybrid of plums and apricots, featuring a 70% / 30% ratio of plum to apricot.  Because a pluot is mostly plum, it looks & tastes more like a plum than an apricot. Pluots contain high amounts of vitamins A and C which support eyesight, cell growth and immune system health.

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WATERMELONS

Is there anything more quintessential to the summertime than a big ol’ juicy watermelon? Watermelons contain nearly 92% water making it a refreshing choice when the summer heat sets in. I love to blend watermelon up with fresh herbs like basil or mint to make watermelon water. Watermelons contain high levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene and antioxidants. Watermelons are also rich in an amino acid called L-citrulline, which the body converts to L-arginine, an essential amino acid that helps relax blood vessels and improve circulation. Fun fact: Did you know there’s a yellow flesh watermelon called Yellow Crimson? (Though I have yet to see it in real life.)

CLICK THROUGH FOR THE REST OF THE GUIDE & VIDEO AT THE END.

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It’s in the hair

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Confession: I went through a 3-month stint when I wore my hair in a high side ponytail when I was 7 years old. (Proof here.) Maybe it was a result of watching too much Full House, but I just thought a high side ponytail was the coolest thing ever. (#coolkid4lyfe #canttouchthis)

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it's in the hair - drifter and the gypsy blog
I found this sequin dress and these glitter flats at Crossroads on the same day, so of course I had to do something ’80s with it.

it's in the hair - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's in the hair - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's in the hair - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's in the hair - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dress & shoes Crossroads Trading Co.
Tights Hue
Bracelet Hand-me-down from my aunt

Now I’m off to watch Sixteen Candles! Or Pretty in Pink! Or Clueless! Or any other ’80s movie. I’ll take more ’80s movies recommendations too. :)

PS. Who else had that quote from Mean Girls, “That’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets” in their head when they read the title of this post? Anyone, anyone? Or just me?

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Color Pop

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color pop - drifter and the gypsy blog
color pop - drifter and the gypsy blog
color pop - drifter and the gypsy blog
color pop - drifter and the gypsy blog
Anyone who has followed this blog or my Instagram for some time knows that I have a love affair with color. I’m someone whose mood is very influenced by color. (My mood is also very influenced by the weather, but that’s besides the point.) This photo shoot collaboration between photographer Joanna Henderson and interior prop stylist Charlotte Love for Heart Home Magazine is so wonderfully cheery I thought it apropos to share at the beginning of the week.

I hope your week is going swimmingly and if it’s not you still have three more days to turn it around!

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