Do you keep a capture journal?

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I recently listened to a Creative Live class in which the instructor talked about keeping what he called a ‘capture journal.’ It kind of struck me. Even as a child, I’ve always had some sort of journal to scribble down notes, to-dos and all other fleeting thoughts that traveled into my stream of consciousness.

I keep my journal next to my bed for when ideas come to me in the middle of the night (which they quite often do). I’ve got piles and piles of journals; records of the musings of my mind.

I never stopped to think that others might do the same as me, which is why the whole concept of a ‘capture journal’ caught my attention. A capture journal is a place to record thoughts, goals, lists and really anything else that comes to your mind. It doesn’t really serve just one purpose… it’s just a place to write down whatever you want whenever you want, all in one convenient place.

I suppose a lot of other creative people have active brains, full of ideas, hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations and inspirations, just waiting to be recorded before they are lost outside the boundaries of memory.

Tell me friends, do you keep a capture journal?

photograph from my instagram

Native

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In partnership with Zappos, I styled Paige jeans and Freebird boots for an autumn-inspired look. Next month, I’ll be restyling my jeans and boots in a winter-inspired look. But for now, we’re allllll about autumn.

In California, we don’t get much of an autumn, but the weather DOES get cooler. And when the weather gets cooler, I dress in layers. Since the weather isn’t absolutely FREEZING yet (although when does it actually get freezing in California? I heard Boston got its first snowfall last week. Brrr!), I didn’t need to bundle up too much. I layered a gingham button down shirt under a light tribal print sweater.

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I purchased my Paige jeans and Freebird boots through Zappos, which I remember when it used to be just a shoe retailer. I think I’ve been living in a hole because now they’ve got everything from shoes, clothing, accessories and more. It’s pretty cool.

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native - drifter and the gypsy blog
These Freebird by Steven boots are perfect for tromping around piles of leaves and other fall messes. They are made using Goodyear construction, which is an old process in which tacks of leather are hammered together and carefully stitched to create a virtually indestructible sole. These boots are SOLID man.

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native - drifter and the gypsy blog
I have really narrow hips, so I often have trouble finding jeans that fit. Paige Brand jeans continually fit me the best. I’ve been buying Paige Brand Jeans long before I was even contacted for this campaign, so don’t think I’m just talking Paige up for this campaign. Just sayin’. Paige Adams-Geller, the founder of Paige, is the only female founder in the denim industry.

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native - drifter and the gypsy blog
native - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

Weekend.

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weekend. - drifter and the gypsy blog
Happy Friday people! This week went by super fast. I’ve been busy working on a big project for school, which (thank goodness) is almost done and shooting an outfit for a campaign that will go live on the blog on Monday (which I still have to write, heh). I’m really happy it’s the weekend and things are winding down now.

How amazing are these photographs by Chloe Aftel? New favorites of mine. I love how the film grain in the upper lefthand corner of the second photograph looks like fairy dust. Magic.

PS. Thanks for your kind words about my Warby Parker images & video. I really had fun putting the shoot together and hope to make more videos soon!

Take it easy now. xx – Micaela

Drifter & the Gypsy + Warby Parker

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I recently teamed up with Warby Parker to try out eyeglasses in their Home Try-On program. Have you heard of it? It’s pretty cool. You pick out 5 frames for 5 days and Warby Parker ships them to you for free both ways. It’s a great way to test out a variety of frames & get opinions from friends to find which ones suit your pretty little face the best (if you don’t trust your friends, they even have the hashtag #warbyparkerhometryon you can use on Instagram to get opinions from those who work at WP and other strangers!). I chose Chandler Ti in Striped Pacific, Coley in Crystal, Annette in Petal Tortoise, Durand in Saddle Russet and Baxter Ti in Whiskey Tortoise.

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drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
Chandler Ti in Striped Pacific

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Picking eyeglass frames is such a personal matter and it is most certainly not one to be rushed. Getting to choose 5 different frames allowed me to get more adventurous with bolder frames & colors I would have ordinarily shied away from. And guess what? I liked the crystal frames the best! Who would’ve known? I certainly wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the Home Try-On program. On the other hand, I didn’t like the way Annette looked on me at all, so that immediately got nixed from the group (nothing personal to Annette, they were actually my mom’s favorite glasses for herself!).

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Durand in Saddle Russet

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drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
drifter & the gypsy + warby parker - drifter and the gypsy blog
Coley in Crystal

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Personality is what makes good glasses great, so of course I had to have a little photo shoot fun with my 4 favorites from the group! I got together with a few of my favorite creative people and we shot a little (retro) something something (and video!) for you guys!

Shana of Fox & Doll did hair & makeup and Nadia of Nadinoo provided garments from her collection, Play By Numbers. The video was shot in the LightGrid. You may remember the last time I shot in the LightGrid over the summer. This was the first video I made with them! Always fun working with those guys. We’re planning on making more videos in the future, so stay tuned for that my friends.

Until then, enjoy the video!


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Baxter Ti in Whiskey Tortoise

Which eyeglasses are your favorite from Warby Parker?

Happy eyeglass shopping!

PS. The song in the video is “Ain’t She Sweet.”

DIY Hair: Wraparound Braids

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Danika originally created this hairstyle for a bridal shoot, but I loved it so much, I had her recreate it in this simple tutorial. The ‘do is easy peasy, but the braids add a little bit of a feminine flair. Wear it casually or dress it up!

Materials:

– 1 inch curling iron
– 2 hair elastics
– Bobby pins
– Hairspray

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Steps:

1. Start by adding a few loose waves to hair with a one inch curling iron.

2. Take two sections of hair on each side and braid them back. Secure with a clear elastic or ones that match hair.

3. Use bobby pins that match hair to slowly secure the first braid back.

4. Next, weave the second braid into the first (wrap and tuck however looks and feels best) and secure with bobby pins.

5. Use a bit of hairspray to finish it off and tame any stray hairs.

6. Tada! You’ve just created a beautiful romantic and bohemian style!

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

Model is Lizzie Gunst.

click here for more diy hair.

Looking back on: October 2014

October is typically a pretty transitional month. Transitional in the sense that summer is finally gone and a new season has begun. In San Francisco, September can be just as hot— if not hotter—than in the summer. Indian summers. But by the end of October, all semblance of Indian summer is gone.

It rained on Friday. Which, to you, may not seem like a big deal. And to most it’s not. But to us it is. We don’t get rain often at all—only during the fall/winter—except we’ve been in a serious drought these past few years. The cold mornings and nights have warranted turning on the heat and extra blankets when sleeping.

Here’s October 2014 in ‘grams:

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A good day for a picnic.

My mom with the flowers my dad bought her for their wedding anniversary (October 1st).

Aubrey came with Mom and me to The Mill! She couldn’t go in though.

An inspiration wall at Jess‘s studio.

I finally made it to Ampersand SF, a new floral shop in the Mission. It is even dreamier in person than in photographs!

Three pretty blue doors in San Francisco.

I’ve been experimenting with making nut/seed milk lately. I roasted three spaghetti squashes and didn’t know what to do with the seeds. And then I had a epiphany. Spaghetti squash seed milk! It was really really good.

Sad that peach season is over. I bought peaches from the farmers’ market and they tasted HORRIBLE!

Autumn foraging findings (and two Black Eyed Susans who couldn’t let go of summer).

Are you sad that summer is officially over? Or perhaps you’re more of an autumn/winter person? OR perhaps you live in the Southern Hemisphere where the summer is just beginning?! What plans do you have for the coming months of the season?

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

click here to view the previous months’ roundups.

Career Day: Shark Pig

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October’s Career Day speaker is Brian Morrow of Shark Pig. Shark Pig is a full service company/digital agency based in Los Angeles.

If you missed Brian’s intro a few weeks ago, click here to get filled in. You all asked great questions for Brian. Now here are the answers…

In your intro, you mentioned you have done “a million weird gigs.” How did you break free from the odd jobs and hone in on your craft of choice-in this case, videography? (that’s what you do, right?). Did you have to do the awkward balancing your day job with your passion until you were able to quit your day job and go full time with Shark Pig?

It was basically on accident. I thought that I was giving up on my dream of becoming a filmmaker because I quit working as a crew guy in film/TV, and started shooting wedding videos. Wedding videos aren’t really respected by that community, although it’s too bad because the people I met in the wedding biz are some of the most intrepid, creative, ambitious hustlers I know. It was my new connection to those people paired with my previous connections to the film world that opened a lot of doors for me. There was and still is a feeling of trying to balance my day job with my passion, though. I still want to do weird funny projects for free, but I also have to try and keep the lights on in this joint! I don’t think that ever really ends.

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When was the moment you realized you were able to stop taking your day rates and start Shark Pig?

The only way to stop taking a certain kind of work in my opinion is to get too busy doing the new work. Luckily that happened to me pretty quickly after jumping into weddings. The funny and unexpected thing was that one of my wedding videos was playing in someone’s office in New York, and a creative director happened to see over her shoulder. That is what led to us getting our first advertising gig, which led to a lot of other opportunities.

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Why the name Shark Pig?

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