New Wave

new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love these two sets of photographs photographer Brandon Long took of vintage shop owner Eleisha Caripis. Brandon shoots solely in Polaroids and he is so so good (not to mention Eleisha has killer vintage style–see for yourself).

new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
The color photographs have a beautiful golden drenched-in-summer feel to them that is pulling at my heartstrings. Summer is truly my favorite season of them all. ♥

new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love this photograph. I think she looks like Anna Karina here, non?

new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
new wave - drifter and the gypsy blog
See more photos from this series on Eleisha’s blog here and here.

How to pick the right mascara wand

how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Most women probably agree that a good mascara is essential to any beauty regime. I will let you in on a little secret, mascara wands are just as important as the formula inside the tube. Each type of mascara serves a different purpose. Here I share how to pick the right mascara wand to achieve your desired lashes.

FOR LENGTHENING: 


Long, comb-like brushes with evenly spaced bristles are a great choice to separate and lengthen lashes. They do not add much volume, perfect for those with already full lashes.

TO CURL LASHES: 


A curved brush lifts and curls the lashes better than a straight brush. It is the way to go for those with poker straight lashes. Make sure to use the wand so that the curve faces upwards and the lashes sit into the curve.

FOR THICKENING
:

Go for a large, round wand with densely packed bristles. Generally if there are a lot of bristles, then the lashes will pull closer together and gives the effect of fuller lashes.

FOR PRECISION APPLICATION:

Spherical brush can deliver mascara to each individual lash, from tiny inner lashes to large outer ones. It is more time consuming to apply compared to the other wands.

how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog

APPLICATION TIPS:

1. Curl the lashes really well, then apply mascara from the roots of the top lashes, wiggle the wand side to side then upwards toward the tip of the lashes.

2. For even application, dip the wand in the mascara tube before applying the second eye.

3. Wipe off excess mascara on a tissue to prevent clumps.

4. To avoid flaking, avoid over applying a thin formula mascara to try and build up volume. Instead use a small amount of volume formula mascara.

5. Applying mascara to the bottom lashes will make your eyes look bigger.

6. Layer waterproof mascara on top of your normal formula. This makes your mascara last longer and easier to remove at the end of the day.

7. Use a cotton swab over dried mascara mistakes to remove the spot without ruining your eye makeup.

how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (Makeup Contributor)

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You Gotta Have Summer

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I wholeheartedly agree with this statement from Zara‘s Spring Summer 2015 lookbook/campaign.

you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
Many moons after I went through my Abercrombie-loving tween phase did I discover the world of Zara. To be honest, it wasn’t love at first sight. It took some time for me to understand what all this hype was about (in my mind) a glorified H&M. But now I understand. Oh boy do I understand.

you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
Oh hello pretty jumpsuit and bird print shirt.

you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
zarass15_1you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love the way Zara combined architectural details with the clothing to create a truly minimalist experience. Already I have a few favorites from the new collection. (Everything listed here is pretty much bee’s knees material.) Zara just does a really good job making me want everything in general.

you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
Even though the collection has a strong prairie girl/’70s influence, it’s very tastefully done and not over the top.

I could definitely picture myself in this cheery yellow number:

you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
I don’t wear a lot of geometric prints, but this one is beautiful:

you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
And what’s life without more Peter Pan collars?

you gotta have summer - drifter and the gypsy blog
Blouse with contrasting collar.

View the Zara Spring Summer 2015 campaign images here and lookbook images here.

Me by Ariel

me by ariel - drifter and the gypsy blog
me by ariel - drifter and the gypsy blog
Right before the end of last year, I was photographed by photographer Ariel Tzu-Chi for her final project for school. Her project was centered around local Bay Area bloggers and their style. We spent the afternoon at one of my favorite spots in San Francisco: The Palace of the Legion of Honor. The architecture of and surrounding the museum is just beautiful. There’s a hiking trail nearby that goes down to the beach too. On a clear day, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge from the beach, but neither Ariel nor I felt like hiking to the beach that day, ha.

me by ariel - drifter and the gypsy blog
me by ariel - drifter and the gypsy blog
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February is Boring

february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog
february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog
Actually February is quite exciting. Hints of spring are popping up ’round these parts. The Grammys were this past weekend. The Oscars are in two weeks. BUT February Is Boring is just the name of this cute lil’ video Hello Holiday released last week. And sometimes boring is best.

february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog
february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog
february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog

Videography: Amy Lynn Straub
Styling: Hello Holiday
Hair and makeup: Rebecca Forsyth
Model: Tara Jean
Featuring designers Tuesday Bassen, Flunk Life and Stay Home Club
Music by: Icky Blossoms

february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog
february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog
february is boring - drifter and the gypsy blog

The Jealous Curator at the Bedford Gallery

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the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’ve been following Danielle Krysa’s blog, The Jealous Curator, ever since its inception in 2009. Have you heard of it? Danielle started The Jealous Curator as a place to share artwork she thought was so good it crushed her soul. In her mind, her talent could never ever measure up to the talent of the artists she featured.

However, Danielle worked through her emotions and now chooses to be inspired by these artists rather than torn down. As someone who spends a lot of time viewing other people’s work (both for school and to feature on the blog), I can definitely relate to her slogan, “I wish I thought of that.” I love how Danielle channels her jealousy into something positive, something of admiration as opposed to envy.

In February of 2014, Danielle came out with her first book, Creative Block. I was excited to hear about her bringing her book to life in the form of a gallery show at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. The show featured 20 of the 50 artists in her book. I didn’t make it out there till the VERY last weekend of the show, but I’m glad I did. I was impressed by the clean layout, colors (hello pastels!) and beautiful artwork, of course. I recognized a few artists I know from blogging.

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
San Francisco artist Chloe Fleury‘s whimsical paper creations are so cute. I think these would look lovely in a children’s room.

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ceramic artist Amanda Smith.

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
One of my favorite still life and portraiture artists, Holly Farrell. (I featured her on my blog here.)

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
A close-up of Lisa Golightly‘s paintings.

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
They had a special area set aside for both children and adults to create self-portraits to hang on the wall. I love how the exhibit was interactive and encouraged creative expression on all levels.

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love these collages by The Jealous Curator herself, Danielle Krysa. She’s from Summerland, BC, Canada. I’m amazed a place called Summerland exists! #takemethere

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
Art by Hollie Chastain.

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
Since I did fashion photography for a few years, it always has a place in my heart. These retro style photographs by Stephanie Vovas = new photography love.

the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
the jealous curator at the bedford gallery - drifter and the gypsy blog
Did you have any favorite artists who exhibited here?

PS. Read Danielle’s recap of the show here and watch a little behind the scenes video here.

The early bird catches the worm.

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I’ve always been an early bird and a fan of getting things done early. Even when I was a child, I’d wake my mother at 5:00 am to read me stories. (Morning stories I guess, since you couldn’t call them bedtime stories!) The best thing that ever happened to my mother was when I learned to read. Then I could entertain myself during the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her. I would arouse at 5:00 or 5:30 am and read by myself for 2 hours, then have breakfast with my parents when they woke up. (I’m an only child and have always loved my own solitude.)

All through my teenage years, I hated staying up late, never needed a curfew and thrived on the peace of the early morning stillness. Even now, I see the early bird lifestyle firmly rooting itself in my life. I naturally get up early (I never use an alarm clock), I exercise in the early morning and get most of my work done all before lunchtime. (Okay so it’s usually not all before lunchtime. More like dinnertime. I don’t like working after dinner.) Case in point: I am currently writing this blog post at 5:50 on Thursday morning.

Although my early bird tendencies put me at odd with my peers all through middle school and high school, you know what? I like being an early bird. I like starting and ending my day early. I wear a million hats and have a hectic schedule that requires careful planning. People often ask me how I get it all done. And sometimes I don’t know how I manage to get it all done. But I can tell you this much: I don’t think I’d be as organized if I wasn’t an early bird. That’s just me.

I know tons of people who are very organized and work best at night, but it’s just not for me. What about you? Are you an early bird or a night owl? Are you quick to get work done or do you tend to procrastinate?

(Photograph of June Letters Studio via my Instagram)

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