DIY Food: Chai Chia Pops

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diy food: chai chia pops - drifter and the gypsy blog

Making a healthy, filling, and delicious dessert doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the kitchen. These creamy, heavenly-spiced popsicles are a cinch to create and only require a bit of patience in the freezer before you indulge.

The coconut milk in these pops provide a helping of good-for-you fats while the chia seeds lend omega-3 fatty acids and fiber to keep you satiated long after you’ve had your dessert. I’m a huge fan of aromatic herbs and spices, like this chai spice mixture. It gives a pop of flavor without extra calories and actually helps to boost your immune system and other body functions. Amazing Mother Nature!

diy food: chai chia pops - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: chai chia pops - drifter and the gypsy blog

Chai Chia Pops

Makes 10 Popsicles

– 1 (13.5 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk
– 1 c. water
– ⅓ c. maple syrup
– ¼ c. chia seeds
– 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
– 2 tsp. cinnamon
– 2 tsp. turmeric
– 1 tsp. cardamom
– 1 tsp. ground ginger
– ½ tsp. ground cloves
– Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes until the chia seeds have expanded and stir again. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and let them set in the freezer for at least 4 hours. Enjoy!

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– Arielle (DIY Food Contributor)

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Bohemian Roots

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When I was in the 6th grade, I went through a painfully bohemian phase of dressing. I use the word ‘painfully’ because looking back at pictures of myself just makes me cringe (does ANYONE like the way they looked in 6th grade?). I wore long skirts, braided my hair to the side and purposely slouched because I thought it made me look cool.

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bohemian roots - drifter and the gypsy blog

Thankfully, I’ve since then refined my look! When Free People sent me this simple white tee shirt to style, I revisited my bohemian roots.

bohemian roots - drifter and the gypsy blog
bohemian roots - drifter and the gypsy blog
bohemian roots - drifter and the gypsy blog

I love plain white tee shirts because you can dress them up however you want. In this particular look, I paired the tee with a handmade skirt my mother found in Sonoma last summer. But I was also thinking it would look awesome with a pair of high-waisted vintage jeans.

The beauty of plain white tees is their chameleon-like quality. Which is why I love Free People‘s newest trend celebrating the ever-classic ‘Little White Tee’.


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bohemian roots - drifter and the gypsy blog
bohemian roots - drifter and the gypsy blog
bohemian roots - drifter and the gypsy blog

we the free you so fancy tee is c/o free people, skirt is borrowed from my mother, necklace is c/o crossroads trading co, bracelet is from urban outfitters, head piece is from lennebelle and shoes are swedish hasbeens peep toe super high clogs

Office Lady

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office lady - drifter and the gypsy blog

In another life, I imagine myself as a character from Mad Men, all dressed up for the office, so chic and well-organized. In reality, I can’t stand offices and cubicles and being stuck inside all day. But I DO love Té Chichi‘s Spring 2014 collection. It’s ’60s mod with the perfect girly flare.

office lady - drifter and the gypsy blog
office lady - drifter and the gypsy blog
office lady - drifter and the gypsy blog
office lady - drifter and the gypsy blog

The rainy day that never was

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the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog

A few weeks ago, my mom was in Florida visiting her mom, so my dad and I took a little father-daughter day on Saturday. We did our favorite past time: exploring impossibly beautiful neighborhoods full of impossibly beautiful houses and take pictures. It was supposed to rain that day, so I wore my rain boots and had my umbrella in tow, but oddly enough, the entire morning was nothing but clear blue skies.

i’m wearing: dress c/o ruche, sweater is from ann taylor, tights are hue and umbrella is totes

the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog

It’s a tradition of ours to go out for Japanese food while my mom is away and this time was no different! We tried a new place and hit up Shimizu Sushi for lunch. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall type place, but it gets super crowded! They didn’t have many vegetarian options for me, but it’s the quality time together that counts, right?

the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog
the rainy day that never was - drifter and the gypsy blog

And with all the sunshine in the morning, ironically it didn’t start raining until the drive back home. Go figure!

Planning a photo shoot with Bing

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planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I do fashion photography on the side. Fashion photography was one of my first ventures into the creative field, right after I started Drifter & the Gypsy (it was actually born out of my being inspired by the photography I would post here on the ol’ bloggity blog). And it’s been a part of me ever since!

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

Lately I haven’t been able to shoot as much as I’d like to with my focus being geared toward school, but I try to do at least one photo shoot during every school break I have. During winter break I shot Guardian and you bet I’m already planning a shoot for the summer!

One of the most important aspects of conceptualizing a photo shoot is research. “I LOVE doing research!” said no one ever, right? I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my idea that I forget to start off basic and build from there. By starting off basic I usually come up with a few keywords that speak to the aesthetic I want to shine through in my photographs (you can read more about how I organize photo shoots here and here). The last shoot I did was inspired by the Alanis Morissette song Guardian (don’t judge). From there I came up with a few words that related to guardian: child, protector, fantasy, friend, mother, etc.

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog
planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

Enter Bing: my newest way to do online research. I got an email about Bing Rewards right when I was planning my photo shoot. Bing is easy to use like any other search engine, except it’s better because when you join Bing Rewards (for free!) you can earn gift cards to places like amazon.comStarbucks and Sephora just for for using the search engine.

Since I needed to do research for my photo shoot, I thought why not give Bing a try? Bing is also available for all web browsers and Apple iOS and Android products, which I love (ain’t nothing as cozy as doing research on your iPad from your bed).

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

After I brainstorm keywords and phrases, I create a mood board of images I feel embodies the look I am trying to achieve. I generally use a variety of websites for this part, but this time I used Bing to search for photos to include in my mood board. One noticeable difference? I was able to pin directly to Pinterest from the search results, making it incredibly easy to create my mood board.

planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog

Thanks, Bing, for helping me do research for my photo shoot. It was a success! Even the model said it was one of the most organized shoots she’s ever been on. You can check out the full series on my website here. All in all I will definitely continue to use Bing to rack up points for gift cards and for its pin-from-search-results feature.

A few of the final images from my photo shoot…
planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog
planning a photo shoot with bing - drifter and the gypsy blog


I’m required to disclose a sponsored partnership between Drifter & the Gypsy and Bing. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of payment, product or experiences. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Drifter & the Gypsy possible!

PS. My Great Gatsby t-shirt is c/o Out of Print clothing.

DIY Craft: Patterned coasters

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diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hi there lovely Drifter & the Gypsy readers. Dani of High Walls here. I’m back again to share a new craft DIY with you!

Way back when, my very first DIY project for Micaela was some painted citrus coasters. Adorable as they are (and they are super cute!) sometimes you want something a little more understated. As a lover of both spots and vibrant colors I came up with this great project to make some pretty patterned coasters in any color that catches your fancy!

You’re going to need a sheet of felt; you want to get the type that is fairly stiff, kind of like cardboard. You also need nail polish in a different color, a wooden skewer and some scissors.

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1. Take the wooden skewer and dip the flat end it into the nail polish so that the top is coated completely. Starting from one corner, stamp the end onto the felt to create small colored dots on the fabric. Alternate dot positions as you go, and continue to dip the skewer into the nail polish as it runs out. You may want to practice on a scrap piece of fabric first if you aren’t feeling confident. Don’t worry about making the dots evenly spaced, just stamp them freely so each coaster will be unique.

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

2. After allowing too dry for an hour, check your dots to see if they are dark enough for your liking. If you want to make them stand out more, carefully stamp over each dot again to deepen the color. You can even add a second or third color if you want to have different colors. I chose to stick with white on yellow.

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

3. Once it has completely dried, turn the felt over and lightly mark out two rows of squares on the back. With my piece of felt I was able to twelve 4 in x 4 in coasters. Carefully cut along the marked lines and discard any off cuts and you’re ready to go!

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

4. Use them straight away or tie the whole stack together with a piece of twine or ribbon and give them as a gift! How easy is that!

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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A Spring Morning at the Farmer’s Market

Hi there! I’m Mary, I run the online vintage boutique Millay Vintage, and I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the talented Drifter and the Gypsy crew where I’ll be taking over this “Imaginary Outfits” column for a six-part series over the next few months. So let’s jump right in, shall we?

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With the official start of spring right around the corner, I’ve got morning markets on the mind. Something about them engenders a sense of romance and creativity as you walk through the aisles meeting local vendors and artisans, picking out new potted herbs, flowers, and some produce for the week. That said, an outfit that makes one feel both lovely and comfortable is necessary…and a spring morning— where its not quite hot but not quite cold anymore either— seems the perfect time to sport the enduring jumpsuit.

This one from Elizabeth Suzann looks divine, and the Elizabeth and James blouse layered over and left unbuttoned subtly wards off the slight chill in the air while also adding that ethereal je ne sais quoi to the outfit. And let’s not forget a market tote to throw all the goods in while walking about!

So I’ll meet you at the market loves, where I’ll be waiting with a coffee and croissant in hand ready to mosey around with you. First stop, the flower stand: do we agree on that?

sources: hat // blouse // locket necklace // jumpsuit // bag // sandals // belt // floral photo

Mary (Imaginary Outfits contributor)

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