I know it may not seem like it because I keep things lighthearted here on the blog, but I put a lot of pressure on myself. A LOT. I felt a climax of that pressure develop over the summer. Since I had time off from school, I immediately became absorbed with Drifter & the Gypsy. Constantly taking pictures, posting at least 5 times a week, brainstorming ideas for posts, reaching out to companies, writing emails, networking, planning photo shoots, etc. My mind was always ON and I was burning out. I’d beat myself up if pictures I took weren’t up to my standards or if a post on Instagram didn’t get a lot of likes. Not good or healthy at all. I was genuinely scared about starting school again in September because I didn’t know how I’d ever keep up with my schoolwork if I felt like I was running just to stay in place on my school break. (more…)
You’re at the thrift store looking for a great wool hat, and the only thing you can find are flowery hats that belonged to Blossom fans in the ’90s. If Blossom hats aren’t your thing, it’s actually pretty easy to give life to an old wool hat by simplifying and trimming it – all without sewing and finished in 10 minutes.
1. Remove sashes, flowers, etc. Be extra careful with this step because sometimes the sash can be glued on pretty tight. Use a pair of sharp scissors or a seam ripper to remove extra details (and *gently* scrape away the glue with your scissors) until you have a plain wool hat. *If you still have lots of excess glue and it isn’t coming off, I recommend covering it up with a strip of leather – form a band around the crown and hot glue it in place.*
2. Trim the brim. To be safe, I recommend marking all the way around in advance with fabric chalk, and always start by trimming a small amount first if you’re in doubt. I trimmed about 5/8 inch around the brim. When you’ve got your desired brim width, trim any jagged edges for a smooth, round brim.
The beauty of felted wool is it doesn’t fray, so after you cut the brim, it’s all set for wear – no hemming or finishing.
3. My hat was looking a little wrinkly and misshapen, so I decided to reshape it using steam. Steam your hat – as the steam hits the hat, gently remold the wool using your hands. When finished, lay the hat upside down (on the crown) to dry. This serves as a great hat refresher.
With the weather turning cooler, foraging fashion gets cozier. It’s time to trade in the linen dresses and open-toed sandals for a more menswear-inspired look. Fall, for me, inspires that classic take on everyday wear. Maybe it’s from years of collared button-up shirts and crisp white sneakers in private school, but autumn translates into clean lines, mixed with chunky knit beanies and tops in season-appropriate neutrals, cropped for a modern take.
A subtle navy-print tote is perfect for stowing fallen leafy branches and street side blooms plucked during evening walks with my husband. Pretty patterned notebooks in black and white marble are essential for jotting down botanical sketches or pressing flowers into. What keeps it transitional from summer to fall is the high-top converse–in leather so it doesn’t get as dirty foraging on mountain hikes, or cliffside treks by the beach. Top it off with a lightweight trench with a swingy shape and pockets to hold bonsai scissors for easy snipping of stems.
Well let me tell you a funny story. I had been eyeing this indigo shibori skirt (included in the roundup) from Madewell for a few weeks months (side note: the skirt is on sale right now! get it while it’s cheap, folks). One day a package from Madewell came to the house. It was the indigo shibori skirt! It turns out my mom ordered the same exact skirt without even knowing I’d been wanting it. Great minds think alike, eh? The best part is we wear the same size, so she was nice enough to let me take the skirt for a spin (and pictures) one afternoon.
I am someone who can never seem to find a piece of paper when I need one. You know what it’s like: you’re on the phone and you need to write down some details, and suddenly it is as if every pen and paper in your house has disappeared! ARGH! So annoying! So let’s fix this – Let’s get organized with a super fly geometric note board for your home! Tailor it to your liking with whatever colors you like! I love this bright version, but pastels would also look lovely!
1. Start by drawing three overlapping triangles (using a ruler) from the bottom of the clipboard to about 1/3 of the board. Don’t worry about making them the same size, alternate the width and height of each triangle. Then draw a diagonal line from the inside corner of each end triangle to its nearest side. You should have 9 intersecting shapes.
2. Run a line of tape around one of the shapes, making sure that the tape is perfectly aligned with the drawn lines. I like to start with the center and two outer shapes and work my way in.
3. Fill each tape lined shape in a different color of paint. Keep your coats thin to reduce any paint bleeding under the tape and try to keep your brush strokes all going in one direction to ensure a smooth finish. Paint as many coats as you need to achieve the depth of color you desire. Allow to dry completely before proceeding.
4. Once the previous shapes are totally dry, remove the tape and repeat steps 2 and 3 with the rest of the shapes. You will probably need to do three separate sets of painting to get all the shapes colored in. Remember to ensure that the tape is perfectly aligned, so that there are no gaps between the colored areas.
5. Once you have painted all the shapes and all have dried completely, remove the tape and using a small brush, touch up any mistakes.
6. OPTIONAL STEP: To really make your shapes POP, go over the lines with a permanent marker.
Slip some small sheets of paper under the clip and you are ready to use your geometric clipboard! To always have something to write with, tie a pen to the board by knotting some string around the metal clip.
This past Monday may have been National Coffee Day, but this past weekend, Instagram’s weekend hashtag project was all about tea (#WHPteatime). Which is extremely exciting for a tea fanatic like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to participate, but I’ve loved browsing through some of the submissions (people get so creative on Instagram!). You can see Instagram’s top picks here (and also view all the submissions here), but here are a few of my favorites:
“From the preparation and pouring of the tea to the surroundings, company and conversation, many elements make up the ritual of teatime. Bring the elements of those rituals together and capture the moment through video. For photos, seek out soft window light, spend time arranging the details of your table and explore different angles as you shoot. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Get dressed up and stage a tea party somewhere unexpected, unearth vintage tea cups in a thrift store and let your caffeine-fueled creativity run wild.”
Are you a tea drinker too? If so, what’s your favorite tea? I’m personally a fan of Chamomile (sometimes when I feel like getting fancy, I’ll put lavender in it). Oh and I love fruity teas like Hibiscus tea too. But let’s face it: I love allllllll tea.