One Hair Scarf / Three Ways

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Hair scarves are a fabulous way to boost your hair game to the next level. I personally don’t wear many hair scarves, but will definitely try to incorporate these ‘dos more often into my daily routine, ESPECIALLY after I realized how easy these tutorials are. The best part is you technically don’t even need a hair scarf; you can use any scarf you own as long as it isn’t too thick and has enough length to wrap around your head.

These tutorials show how you can wear the same hair scarf in three variations. Keep it super simple and stop at the first down & natural ‘do or follow the rest of the steps all the way through to the twisted chignon!


• Scarf
• Teasing brush
• Bobby pins
• 2 1/2″ curling wand

One hair scarf / three ways - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Use a 2 1/2″ curling wand to add a few beach waves.

2. Back comb the crown area for extra height using a teasing brush.

3. Take your scarf of choice and fold it like an accordion. Fold everything in so the point of the triangle is the part that will be against your head.

4. Flip your head over while holding the two ends of the scarf and tie. You can end tying it however you choose: to the side, in the middle… loose knots are fun too-just make sure to tuck the ends. We went with a off-centered bow!

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End-of-summer picnic

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I hate to call it the end of summer since we still have a good few weeks left, although I will admit we ARE well past the midway point and into the latter part of the season. But let’s not dwell on the negative, shall we?

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Summer, of course, is picnic season, so I figured a little end-of-summer picnic was in order. (I’ll probably try to sneak in at least one more picnic before the end of the season, but let’s be real: It probably won’t be as cute as this one, so enjoy!)

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end of summer picnic - drifter and the gypsy blog
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Gingham girl

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Gingham skirt & blouse: c/o Crossroads Trading Co. // Peep Toe Super High Clogs: Swedish Hasbeens

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You know the glorious moment you see an item of clothing at a store and you know you already own something perfect to match with it? When I first laid eyes on this gingham skirt, it just spoke to me: “Please match me with that blouse in your closet you haven’t worn for months because you have nothing to wear with it.” And they lived happily (matched) ever after.

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On changing names

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Hi! Hello! So the cat’s out of the bag: If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’m changing blog names.

I had contemplated changing names for the past few YEARS actually. (I touch on this in these two blog posts I wrote last year.) And while for years I’ve trucked along with Drifter & the Gypsy (a name that people have continually told me is an AWESOME name which makes me so happy to hear–thanks guys!) I was not happy with the name. I started my blog in 2008 when I was 14. I had just started high school. As with most teenagers of that age, I felt lost. I over-romanticized about life. I felt like a drifter. I wanted another word that would make an alliteration. I came up with gypsy. I liked that name. It was dreamy, ethereal. It had an aura of mystery to it. I pictured forest fairies basking in moody dappled sunlight. (Maybe not the last sentence, but you catch my drift… okay I’ll stop now ;).)

The older I got, the more comfortable in my skin I felt and the less I found myself identifying with Drifter & the Gypsy. People would ask me, “Who ARE Drifter & the Gypsy?” And really, I had nothing to say. (I actually wrote a children’s book a few years ago about a drifter and a gypsy to try to answer that question, but it didn’t seem right. It felt so contrived, like I was forcing the name to work.)

I’m still a drifter, but not in the same sense I was before. I’m a drifter in the sense I have SO MANY passions. I’m a drifter in the sense I don’t have just ONE job. I constantly have my hands in EVERYTHING possibly creative. I’m not completely fulfilled unless I’m doing A MILLION things at once. And even then I wonder, Should I start another project? But gypsy? Naw, not really. It was a phase I had simply outgrown.

What do you do when you outgrow your business name? The question plagued me for days, weeks, months and years. Surely it was all in my head since people kept complimenting me on my name. Even so, I didn’t feel right with the name. The only thing holding me back from changing my name was sheer terror. I know that seems an irrational exaggeration, but really I was terrified. Does it show a sign of weakness if the business name I chose for myself didn’t sustain me when I grew? I was afraid people would be angry, I was afraid of losing readers, losing followers, losing credibility, losing, losing, losing.

I talked to a few good blog friends about my desire to/but ultimate fear of changing my blog name and they helped me snap out of my funk. They told me if I wanted to change my blog name, change it. Don’t lose sleep over it, don’t let it occupy every waking moment of your day. People will catch on to the new name, people will adapt.

There’s a laundry list of other reasons why I wanted to change my blog name but in the interest of keeping this post as short and sweet as possible (especially since yesterday’s post was pretty heavy), I’ll touch on that another time.

Since I’m changing my blog name, within the coming months, I’m also changing my logo, blog layout, domain and social media usernames to reflect the name change.

If the domain/logo/blog layout change isn’t happening for a few months, why did I change my Facebook page name so quickly? Well, my friends, I heard changing Facebook page names is a really extensively long arduous process that can take MONTHS to propagate and in the end, it’s up to Facebook to decide whether or not they approve of the name change. It’s not unheard of for Facebook to not grant a name change request, leaving you stuck with the old name unless you have some sort of magical contact at Facebook who can pull some serious strings for you. I figured my request would take a few weeks, perhaps months to be filed & acknowledged, so I applied for a name change today.

You can imagine the HEART ATTACK I had when literally two minutes later, my new name was approved. You can only change Facebook page names once, so the secret’s out and there’s no turning back now! Perhaps the unprecedented ease of me changing page names on Facebook is a sign that this name change is the right thing to do.

There will be a bit of change going on here over the next few months but the content will. not. change. one. bit! Please please PLEASE don’t for a second think the quality will somehow take a dive for the worst and make that a reason to stop reading! My sincerest hope is that you continue on this journey with me. I’ll still be the same person, same wit, same style, just with a different name and a swanky new layout. (And really, it’s not that big of a name change!) It’ll be FUN!

Curious as to what my new name is? Gotta check out the Facebook page. 😉


The Stomach Diaries: Part III

This post is a continuation from my health story Part I and Part II where I wrote about the stomach issues I’ve had my entire life. In this post, I go into detail about my follow up nutritionist visits, subsequent food tests and what I’m doing with my diet right now.

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My first follow-up visit with the nutritionist was one month after my initial visit. For that month, I was eating only foods I didn’t test positive for. Although I was on a strict diet, I had eaten plant-based, gluten-free and dairy-free on my own for the past three years, so I didn’t need to make huge shifts in what I ate. Avoiding the arbitrary foods my body was sensitive to–such as carrots, watermelon, rice, oranges, etc.–was a minor inconvenience, if nothing else. I swapped rice for buckwheat, oatmeal for green smoothies, oranges for grapefruit and then just avoided any other of my ‘trigger’ foods. I also took a bunch of vitamins & supplements to make sure I was getting enough nutrients.

Within the first two weeks, my acne cleared, my stomach felt less bloated and my nails got stronger. I was feeling good! The first month went by, I got skin prick tested for food allergies again and a lot of the foods that came back positive during my first visit now came back negative–exactly as the nutritionist had anticipated.

After my second visit, my nutritionist said she wanted to see me in three months to check up on me. During those three months, my job was to start re-introducing all the once positive foods that now tested negative–like rice, carrots, watermelon, etc.–one at a time, so I could pay attention to the way they made me feel. Since the nutritionist shares her office with an acupuncturist, she also suggested I get acupuncture treatment to speed up the healing process of rebuilding my gut. I was feeling good enough on my own that I decided to wait on the acupuncture. (These medical expenses aren’t cheap!) I started re-introducing food and my body seemed more accepting to the food I fed it. I wasn’t bouncing-off-the-walls great, I wasn’t nearly healed, but I felt better than I had ever felt on my own. Everything was moving in the right direction for once!… Until October.

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Click through to read what happened to me in October!


Smoothies with Style: Please Eat the Daisies

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Welcome to the second installment of Smoothies with Style! I’m really having fun developing recipes AND color combinations with this new series. I’ve also started a #smoothieswithstyle hashtag on Instagram so you can share your beauteous smoothie creations too. (Who knows, maaaaybe just maybe I’ll feature yours! But you gotta tag them so I can see ’em!)

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smoothies with style: please eat the daisies - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’ll let you in on a little secret: Daisy petals are completely edible–sorry Doris Day. Don’t tell me you don’t think that’s crazy ’cause I know you do. (I did when I first found out!) Daisy petals are closely related to artichokes and are high in Vitamin C. They also help relieve headaches! I plucked a few daisies from a patch near my house and put ’em in a smoothie.

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(makes one 16 oz serving)


3/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 large frozen banana
Petals of 2-3 daisies (not too many because they are bitter!)
1/4-1/2 cup parsley (depending on how strong ya like it)
1/2 cup water


1. Place all ingredients in high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Drink it all down!

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**Optional: Get fancy and add a daisy for garnish. These would make such a cute addition to a brunch party if you put them in small juice glasses and garnished each one with a daisy.

smoothies with style: please eat the daisies - drifter and the gypsy blog
smoothies with style: please eat the daisies - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe by Drifter & the Gypsy
Dress is via Crossroads Trading Co.

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SF Dear Creatures Summer 2015 Sample Sale

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SF folks, listen up! There are few events that get me as stoked as the bi-annual Dear Creatures Sample Sale at ASMBLY Hall in San Francisco.

If you haven’t heard of Dear Creatures, it’s a vintage-inspired clothing label based in LA that also happens to have the prettiest lookbooks. I know by now you’re probably used to going to boutique sample sales and being disappointed by the fact everything is only marked down like $5. But this sample sale is actually a good’un.

Everything starts at $5 and nothing is over $50. I really really want to get my hands on this dressShopping time!

Address: 1850 Fillmore Street, SF, 94115 (cross streets: Sutter & Bush)
Dates: Saturday August 1st, 11am-7pm AND Sunday, August 2nd, 12-6pm
Sizes XS-XL, prices are from $5-50

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