This or That: Cooking or Baking?

this or that: cooking or baking?

I love cooking! Unless it’s something I’ve never made before, I usually don’t follow a recipe and wing it. Baking generally requires a little more precision. I love the challenge of figuring out what to make from what I have in my fridge, and then I feel so resourceful when I throw something together that tastes delicious!

What about you, would you rather cook or bake?Emily

this or that is a weekly column brought to you every monday by emily proud.  to view the archives, click here.

Find my response in the comments section of this post – Micaela

A giveaway from Secret Holiday Co – CLOSED

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I’m pleased to announce today’s giveaway comes from Secret Holiday. You may have seen the It’s OK Banners circulating around some blogs as they are pretty popular amongst bloggers. I have the It’s OK banner hanging up in my room and I love looking at it when I need a gentle reminder to take a breath and slow down because guess what? it’s ok:)

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a giveaway from secret holiday - drifter and the gypsy blog

Today, Secret Holiday is giving away one banner of your choice to one winner.

Here’s Aubrey modeling next to her It’s OK banner:

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TO ENTER:
- Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)

BONUS ENTRIES:
- Follow Secret Holiday on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
- Follow Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
- Tweet about the giveaway @drifterandgypsy and/or @secretholidayco & leave a separate comment w/ link to the Twitter status (up to 2 bonus entries)

Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed both Drifter & the Gypsy AND Secret Holiday on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, you would get 6 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 7 entries.

A winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email next Friday, November 15th. This giveaway is open to everyone, international readers included, so anyone can enter!

Winner is comment #84: Jules. Congrats, friend! I will be in touch with you via email shortly.

Thank you all for entering! If you didn’t win, don’t fret! Secret Holiday is offering 15% off any purchase with the code GYPSY15 to all Drifter & the Gypsy readers! The code will be valid for the next few weeks to allow ample time for you to take advantage of the discount, so you can still have a banner of your very own.

Red on top, stripes on bottom

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red on top, stripes on bottom - drifter and the gypsy blog

To me, stripes have always been for summer. You know they kind of go with the whole nautical boat scene thing… so it wasn’t my first inclination to pair this striped dress with this autumnish cardigan sweater. But you know what? I quite like the juxtaposition, the clash of two wardrobe staples of two different seasons. I feel like I should have had binoculars to go with my outfit á la Moonrise Kingdom, but I don’t have any! I actually saw a bunch of binoculars at a garage sale this past weekend (the homeowners were avid bird watchers, I think), I would have bought them, but I didn’t think I’d ever need them! Haha.

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As a side note, where are my eyes?! I think I need a bang trim.

red on top, stripes on bottom - drifter and the gypsy blog
red on top, stripes on bottom - drifter and the gypsy blog
red on top, stripes on bottom - drifter and the gypsy blog

dress and sweater is from crossroads trading company, hat is from urban outfitters, backpack is from hummingbird vintage, necklace is from oh, hello friend, and shoes are vintage.

Saving Those NO GOOD Curls

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Hey everyone! Aya from Strawberry Koi here. I’ve got a wild head of hair and just recently cut my mop. Sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, but that doesn’t stop me from being creative with my shorter locks. Anyway, often our curls go awry, but when you are about to go to work or are out and about town, it can become a serious problem! Here is a little guide for those as unfortunate as myself, and how you can salvage those curls and still come out with a beautiful ‘do.

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1. Here we are with our base. As for myself, I slept overnight on ill-set pin curls. By the way, pin curls are an awesome way to curl your hair without heat, and I’ve already made a video which you can find here. The turban covers the pin curls and keeps them from unrolling during the night, perfect for rollers or rag curls or whatever.

2. Here is a closer look at the pin curls. They are too large, and why my curls aren’t going to be the best. They SHOULD be small sections of hair rolled up and pinned in place. If you pin curled, rag-curled, or hot-rolled your hair (etc. etc.), begin to undo the curls now to see what you got to work with.

3. As you carefully unroll your curls, they may be damp (you should ideally let them continue drying now, but…), use a blow-dryer on low heat and dry the curls some more with out brushing/combing them out yet.

4. Delicately comb your curls with your fingers. Actually, the hair curls in the direction you guide it to, while combing it out. For example, the front section is most flattering to lift up and away from your face, because it will obtain nice volume and sweep around the sides of your face rather than down into it flat.

5. Gently use your fingers to uncoil the hair around the sides of your face too. I like to shape the hair at the sides to curl in-towards my face, as a more natural touch and contrasting against the top layer – creating nice texture.

6. Boost the back of your crown up to build volume. This is an excellent time to tease that bit of hair or use volumizing spray to add a little extra oomph into your life!

7. Oh dear. And here is where you see what we need to FIX. The pin curls I set were simply too large, so now the top layers of my curls are limp. The great thing is though, with a base of waves and ringlets, I wont have to use AS MUCH heat, and it still wont take as much time getting ready in the morning with what I have here.

8. Use a flat iron or curling iron to fix the booboos. Usually the top layers of curls-gone-bad are really the only ones you need to focus on. With your hair parted where you like, take small sections of your hair, and curl them going away from your face. This creates an elegant sweep, and what they call a “Marcel Wave” back in the good ol’ days. Comb them with your fingers again, and blend in with your other locks.

9. Do this on both sides of your hair, and wherever else as needed. Top with a fine mist of hairspray, and gently “crunch” your curls with your fingers to set them in place and hold the volume.

10. DONE. So easy, right? So the next time your curls seem ruined, don’t tie those babies back in a frumpy ponytail, just work with what ya got.

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Aya (DIY Hair Contributor)

click here for more diy hair!

Rosaspina Vintage Autumn Winter 2013

rosaspina vintage autumn winter 2013 - drifter and the gypsy blog
rosaspina vintage autumn winter 2013 - drifter and the gypsy blog
rosaspina vintage autumn winter 2013 - drifter and the gypsy blog
rosaspina vintage autumn winter 2013 - drifter and the gypsy blog
rosaspina vintage autumn winter 2013 - drifter and the gypsy blog

The lovely Ale of Rosaspina Vintage just released her Autumn Winter 2013 line. Inspired by the early ’60s and her favorite childhood fairytales, the collection features frocks and capes and skirts and shorts, all painted in warm autumn hues. Ale refers to it as her ideal winter wardrobe, and I guess you can call it mine too! You can shop the collection here.

A pretty wedding

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Oh how I do love weddings, though I’ve only been to a handful of them in my life. So perhaps I should revise that to I like to look at pictures of weddings. And how pretty pretty is this wedding photographed by Paco and Betty? So much happiness. I’m in love with that little cottage house (and that pink striped room!). The location is Nestldown in Los Gatos, which isn’t actually toooooo far away from me. Perhaps I shall check it out sometime for a little day trip. Too many precious gems of places to explore, wouldn’t you agree?

This or That: Coffee or Tea?

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I love coffee, perhaps a little too much. I wasn’t sleeping very well, so I stopped drinking coffee a week ago and replaced it with tea. Even though tea still has caffeine, it seems to have less of a jittery affect on me. I’m happy to say I’ve been sleeping much better so far!

What about you? Do you need to have that cup of joe first thing in the morning, or is tea more your thing? – Emily

this or that is a weekly column brought to you every monday by emily proud.  to view the archives, click here.

Find my response in the comments section of this post – Micaela

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