(Faux) Hanging Book Shelves

I think this is my favorite tutorial to-date from D&G’s build contributor, Machelle. I love the added embellishment of the pink rope. Unrelated to the actual tutorial, I’m also seriously loving the two-tone walls (genius!) and may or may not want to try that in my bedroom at some point!

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I thought a lot about what I wanted for shelving in my daughter’s room. I love the book ledges look and I definitely wanted a place for books to go and be on display but I also wanted some normal shelves for housing decorations: vases, knickknacks, prints, etc.

My solution was to combine the two-in-one shelving system with a regular shelf at the top with book ledges hanging down from them. However, having a one-year-old who pulls everything off of shelves and would soon be big enough to do that with these shelves, I knew they couldn’t really be hanging free. So these ledges were already attached to the wall and the rope is really just there for aesthetics! I love it!

(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
It’s the perfect solution I was looking for. I didn’t build any of the shelves myself which made for a much easier project! There are tons of tutorials available out there for making these kind of book/picture ledges but my rule for DIY is if I can find the same thing for a decent price, I’m not going to make it from scratch. My homemade version would never look as good as these do and buying wood, paint, primer, sandpaper, tools, etc. would probably end up costing close to the same amount, plus, your time is worth money too! I think these were a great investment but feel free to make your own if that appeals to you.

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Picture ledges
Floating shelf
• Drill and ¼ bit
• Level
• Rope
• Acrylic paint in choice of color
• Pencil and ruler

(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Begin by installing your selves according to the enclosed directions. I spaced mine about 12” apart on the wall. The ledges are slightly longer than the floating shelf so I took that into account when placing them so they’d all be centered.

2. Measure to the center of your ledges on the short end and then measure in about 1 ¾”. Make a mark.

3. Drill a hole through this mark. As soon as your feel your bit coming through the bottom, flip it over and drill in from that side. This will make it so the paint doesn’t chip off around the hole.

4. Do the same thing on the other end and on your other ledge/s.

5. Make a mark at the same location on both ends and the bottom your floating shelf. (Be sure you make the marks at the back of the shelf, not the front.)

6. Drill a hole here as well. Because this shelf is hollow, you will definitely want to drill in from the top and the bottom.

7. Hang on your wall.

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8. Cut two long pieces of rope, at least a foot longer than your shelving system, just to be sure. Tape one end tightly and do a big knot at the other end.

9. Guide the taped end through your shelf hole till it gets to the knot.

10. Guide it through the next ledge hole and then tie a knot underneath it. Do the same for remaining ledges.

11. Cut off excess rope.

12. I wanted pink rope and I really wanted the look of a painted rope rather than one I bought that way so I didn’t even search for pink rope. I simply chose a color of pink acrylic paint and painted all the visible rope. Do this step at the end for ease and to avoid paint getting rubbed off while guiding through the holes.

(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
(faux) hanging bookshelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
Machelle (Build Contributor)

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The Stomach Diaries: Part II

This post is a continuation from my health story last week where I wrote about the stomach issues I’ve had my entire life. In this post, I go into detail about my initial visit to my nutritionist.

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Four years ago, I was a sophomore in high school and I really wasn’t taking care of my body: Staying up too late, not exercising, not eating well, working too much, not getting enough sleep, etc. It was two years after I started this blog, I was just getting into fashion photography and I felt invincible: Fueled by passion. However, my body started giving me signs that it was time to start taking better care of myself. These signs came in the form of anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, terrible bloating and acne. Granted, yes, I was a teenager and yes, a lot of these symptoms are typically associated with the hormonal changes one goes through during puberty, but I knew something more was going on. I did my own research and tried going gluten-free and dairy-free. I’d like to say it was a miraculous recovery and I immediately felt better than I ever had in my life, but that wasn’t the case. I felt better but I still wasn’t close to being healed. Although my eczema hadn’t flared up since I was 13 and my acne subsided, I still felt bloated and anxious. But I slept like a stone, which gave me enough energy to keep on trucking for three more years.

In late 2013 / early 2014, my body went through another iteration of ailments. Some of them were the same, but some of them were new: achey muscles, perpetual coldness, brittle nails, constant thirst and the overall feeling of weakness. I loved to run, but after a while, pounding my poor, achey muscles on the pavement felt more like torture than anything else. There is a good family friend of ours that has MS and I got really scared that I might have MS too. I did online research (hello, WebMD!) and diagnosed myself with a myriad of possibilities: hypothyriodism, Crohn’s disease, IBS, MS, adrenal fatigue and Hashimoto disease, amongst many others.

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I made my first appointment to see a nutritionist in July of 2014. I also started seeing a chiropractor that same month to help alleviate my tight and achey muscles. My body was badly out of alignment.

I was so nervous the day of my first visit with the nutritionist. A friend recommended me to see her. She had good Yelp reviews, but I still didn’t know what her personality would be like. In my quest to eat healthier, I was very drawn to the raw vegan high carb low fat diet. I loved the idea of eating as close to nature as possible and being able to eat in large quantities, but I knew the criticism my type of diet got: Where are you getting your protein? Where are you getting your fat? It’s not balanced to eat that much fruit, etc. My ultimate fear was the nutritionist would tell me I needed to start eating meat. The notion that maybe my body wasn’t liking my 99% vegan (I still ate eggs) diet always lingered in the dark corridors of my mind. But I knew I needed to take care of myself and I needed to see the nutritionist no matter what the outcome would be. My mom came with me for support.

Click through to read the outcome of my first visit.


The vintage-lover’s guide to modern sunglasses

I think at this point it’s common knowledge that I love anything with a vintage flair. And sunglasses are such a great way to give a nod to decades past. Aviators! Cat eye! Round! Wayfarer! Pink! Yellow! Tortoise! White! Okay you get the point. When Avenue 32 asked me to share a few of my favorite sunglasses, I had trouble narrowing down, but I tried my best. 😉

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Shop my favorites (from left to right, top to bottom): Prism Red Cat Eye // Lucy Folk Defo Juicy JSJ // Wunderkind Purple Tweed Cat-Eye // Lucy Folk Our Apple Sweet N Low // Vivetta Pink Acetate // Cutler and Gross Burnt Orange Round // Sunday Somewhere Marble Laura  // Wunderkind Mosaic Cat-Eye

I am a 100% believer that sunglasses make you look cooler than you actually are. Put on some sunnies and bam! you look like a million bucks. They’re also awesome when you don’t feel like wearing eye makeup yet don’t want to feel naked. Or if you’re like me and your eyes get irritated from the wind. Oh yeah and they protect your eyes from the sun, which is pretty useful too!

What I love about our current sunglass situation is that vintage-inspired looks are in. For me, they’re always ‘in’ but it seems like they’re really trending at the moment. Cat-eyes and wayfarers will forever be my favorites.

Here’s a guide to help you find the best sunglasses to frame your pretty lil’ face according to face shape. (Not sure what your face shape is? Go here and follow these 3 steps.)

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Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom): Prism Red Cat Eye // Zanzan Rose Erzulie // Vivetta Pink Acetate // Lucy Folk Our Apple Sweet N Low // Illesteva Tortoise Leonard II // Taylor Morris Blue Mirror Voyageur

the vintage-lover's guide to modern sunglasses - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom): Karen Walker Tortoise Northern Lights // Oliver Peoples Black Jack Huston VFX //Prism White Mirror Brasilia // rel=”nofollow” Cutler and Gross Two Tone Glitter Cat-Eye // Prism Black Moscow Mirror // Wunderkind Purple Tweed Cat-Eye

the vintage-lover's guide to modern sunglasses - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom):Zanzan Multi Erzulie // Prism Red Cat Eye // Wunderkind Monochrome Cat-Eye // Prism Black Moscow Mirror // Wunderkind Mosaic Cat-Eye // Prism Two Tone Calvi Cat-Eye

the vintage-lover's guide to modern sunglasses - drifter and the gypsy blog
Shop these looks (from left to right, top to bottom): Karen Walker Black Northern Lights // Illesteva Red Leonard II //  Lucy Folk Defo Juicy JSJ // Karen Walker Navy Khaki Flowerpatch // Cutler and Gross Red Gold Petal // Cutler and Gross Two Tone Glitter Cat-Eye

I thinnnnk I’m between a round-shaped and heart-shaped face (the width of my forehead, cheekbones and jaw are all equal, but I definitely have a teeny bit of a narrow chin) which is perfect because my favorite style sunglasses (cat-eye and wayfarer) are the most optimal for my face type. I’m following the fashion rules for my face type without even knowing it! Yay! My absolute two favorites from Avenue 32 are the Vivetta Pink Acetate Round Sunglasses and the Wunderkind Purple Tweed Cat-Eye.

What types of sunglasses are your favorites? Do your favorite sunglass styles match up with the best options for your face type? Which are your favorites from Avenue 32?

Cover image source here // layout by me // face type illustrations via she knows

This post is sponsored by Avenue 32. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make Drifter & the Gypsy possible.

Orange Lace Blue Polka

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Oh the joys of when your bangs get uncomfortably long. I’ve tried trimming my own bangs before (how hard can it be if all you have to do is cut in a straight line?!) but it just didn’t work out well. It wasn’t terrible (no horror stories here) but it still wasn’t great. I have a habit of putting off my bang trims until the last possible moment (like when my bangs completely cover my eyes), so for now I’ve semi-swept them to the side. (I actually think I kind of like it when my bangs get super long that I have to think of other ways to style them.)

orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
One of the things about styling your bangs differently is they always want to fall the way you usually style them! Forever brushing my bangs to the side.

orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
I bought this American Apparel lace dress a few months ago when they were having a huge 90% off sale. The dress is COMPLETELY see-through, but that’s okay because I really like the look of it layered over this blue polka dot dress I stole from my mom (shhh!!!… actually it doesn’t really matter because she’s the one who takes most all of my pictures so she knows 😉).

orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
orange lace blue polka - drifter and the gypsy blog
PS. Thanks so much for your kind words & support about my health post. I am fairly private of a person and talking about personal things doesn’t come naturally to me. One thing I’ve come to realize is that we’re all dealing with something. If it’s not health-related, it’s money-related. If it’s not money-related, it’s relationship-related or job-related or style-related or pet-related or I-don’t-know-what-related. I truly believe in the power of opening up because doing so creates a safe space for others to open their hearts as well. I loved reading your personal food intolerance / wacky immune system stories. (Not that those are fun to deal with at all but it’s just nice knowing there are people dealing with the same issues: a community.)

Lace dress American Apparel
Polka dot dress Gap
Shoes Rachel Comey for Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses RAEN Volant in Coral Crystal
Honeycomb Necklace chloe + isabel

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The Stomach Diaries: Part I

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I think it’s about time I talk to you about my health. I’ve alluded to my sensitive tummy issues here and there and you may notice that my recipes are always gluten free and vegan. Though I’m not vegan–I’ll eat eggs, honey, & drink bone broth every once and a while and I take daily fish oil supplements–I naturally gravitate towards a diet filled with fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, nuts & seeds. I’m also lactose-intolerant, so that’s that. I haven’t eaten meat or fish in seven years as a personal choice due to animal cruelty and to lessen my environmental impact on the world.

My entire life I’ve had eczema. Really bad. As in I remember coming home from preschool one day with bloody, oozy rug-burned hands because the eczema on my hands was so itchy I was started rubbing them on the rug. My mom would take me to the pediatrician and the doctor would write me a prescription for heavy duty steroid-laden ointments. The doctor would tell me, “Don’t use the ointment for more than two consecutive weeks.” Otherwise the steroids in the ointment would thin my skin and my body would develop an immunity to the prescription. The ointment would usually work its magic, but my eczema always found its way back: on my legs, behind my knees, on my arms, behind my ears, on my neck, on my hands, inside the crooks of my elbows… My mom would take me back to the pediatrician and the doctor would prescribe another ointment for me to use. It was an endless cycle.

Every now and then, well-meaning friends would cringe at my sore, rashy skin and ask me if I had ever tried a gluten-free diet. I scoffed at the idea. Maybe it was because being gluten-free wasn’t much of a ‘thing’ at the time or maybe it just wasn’t on my radar but I ate anything and everything and I felt fine… or at least so I thought. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had issues with bloating. When I was super young (around 4 years old), I thought that was just the way my body digested food. I thought my stomach was naturally shaped like the underside of a bowl. It made me self-conscious, yes, but that was life and I sure loved food. My mom fed me wholesome food, like chicken and bread and rice and vegetables and fruit and milk. I loved it all. I saw how picky my peers were with eating. I saw how they would take three bites of a sandwich and be “full.” I thought that maybe my problem was I loved food too much; maybe I was a glutton and my body was punishing me for eating so much.


DIY Money Jars

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If you’re anything like me, you are forever finding loose change everywhere: In the bottom of your bag, under the bed, down the back of the couch, in your pockets, etc. Just think how much money you would have if you actually saved all those coins and put them to good use. (And no, buying a latté on your way to lunch is not putting it to good use!)

In an effort to save my pennies more efficiently, I am here to share with you a quick DIY for those of us who need a little motivation when we save. We all have those things we are saving for but never seem to make any headway. Maybe you need a vacation. Perhaps you have been eyeing off some new additions to your wardrobe? These money jars not only remind you what you are saving for, but because they are clear you can keep an eye on how you are tracking. Make a few for different purposes and see which one fills up the fastest! Happy Saving!


• Glass jars (preferably with cork or thin metal lids)
• Adhesive vinyl or colored sheets
• Printer & paper
• Masking tape
• Sharp scissors and a craft knife

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1. Start by selecting what you are saving for and select one (or two) words that sum up that goal: ‘Vacation,’ ‘Wardrobe fund,’ or even just general ‘Savings.’

2. In a word document type out the word(s) you are using, choosing a font that can be cut out easily. Block fonts in capital letters work best, but if you are feeling patient, feel free to experiment with cursive or more detailed fonts.

3. Print the words out onto plan printing paper–it’s a good idea to print the words in a few different sizes so you may choose the one that best fits your jars.

4. Cut around the words leaving a centimeter or two around the letters. Place the paper onto the jar to check the letter sizing. Once you are happy, cut out a piece of adhesive vinyl/colored sheets the same size as your paper and tape the printed words onto the sheet (taping onto the ‘front’ of the vinyl).

5. Using a very sharp craft knife or a pair of scissors, start to cut out the letters from the paper/vinyl. The printer letters will serve as a guide and you can separate them from the vinyl as you cut them out. If you find the paper is slipping when you try to cut, secure it with some more tape until you can cut through both sheets easily. The choice between cutting with a knife or scissors is up to you. I find it easier to work with scissors and then use the knife for the trickier bits, but experiment to find what you are most comfortable with.

6. Once the letters are cut out, discard the paper and left over vinyl and lay out the letters in the correct order.

7. Wipe your glass jar over with a dry cloth to ensure there is no dust on the surface.

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8. Take a strip of masking tape and run it along the jar just below where you want to display your words. The tape will serve as a guide to keep your letters straight, so take the time to apply it exactly right. (Use a ruler if you don’t feel comfortable applying this free hand.)

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9. Take each letter, remove the backing paper and carefully apply to the glass so that the base of the letter is sitting flush on the tape. This part can be a little fiddly, so it is best to only lightly stick the letters to the glass until you have them all down, so you can move or adjust them before pressing down firmly to secure.

10. Remove the masking tape. (Repeat steps 7 – 9 if you have more than one line of letters.)

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11. Optional Step: if you would like your jars to be more like traditional money boxes, cut a large slit in the jar lid using your craft knife (approximately 1 inch in length).

money jars - drifter and the gypsy blog
money jars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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Victory Rolls Hair Tutorial

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Victory rolls are such a classic look from the 1940s. Tell me you’ve never seen a picture of Betty Grable being all babe-like and wished you had voluminous victory rolls sitting pretty in your hair. Today’s your lucky day because you’ll be off to old Hollywood babeland in no time if you follow these few steps…

If you’re like me, you’ve always loved the look of victory rolls but were totally oblivious to how they got their name. Victory rolls became popular in the 1940s and were meant to celebrate the soldiers in World War II returning home. Depending on how upright the rolls sit, they can mimic the shape of the letter V.


• Teasing brush
• 2 1/2″ curling wand
• Bobby pins
Living Proof No Frizz Collection
• Boar bristle brush

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1. Start with hair curled with a 2 1/2″ curling wand. Back comb at the crown to create a bouffant and pin.

2. For the victory rolls, you’re going to section off a triangle starting from the middle of the top of the ear up. Pull the section up and back comb with your teasing brush spray. Smooth with your boar bristle brush. (Make sure to gently smooth to avoid flattening out the section you just teased.)

3. Take your section and roll the hair in towards your face while still keeping it elevated. Depending on the length of the hair it’s easier to hold the hair section in the middle and then roll down.

4. Now pin your roll in two different spots. One on the inside of the roll and then pull the back of the roll down to basically close the back so there is no gap and pin. Now repeat on the other side. Violà!!

victory rolls - drifter and the gypsy blog
victory rolls - drifter and the gypsy blog
During World War II, many women achieved this look by using pipe cleaners since the metal needed to manufacture bobby pins had to go to the war effort.

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Hairstyle by Caysi Jean for Drifter & the Gypsy.

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