Birds of a feather

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I don’t know if you guys know this, but my mom usually takes my outfit pictures. She started off taking my pictures purely for the convenience factor (we live together), but then we ended up liking our picture-taking outings. A lot. We started location scouting, conceptualizing shots and matching outfits with locations. For us, it’s a way to spend time together, bond, laugh and of course make art.

birds of a feather - drifter and the gypsy blog
birds of a feather - drifter and the gypsy blog
This time I decided to try my hand at self-portraits. I’ve taken self-portraits before and all too often they’ve ended in blurry, out-of-focus pictures and a lot of disappointment. I recently got myself a wireless remote so I don’t have to constantly run back and forth from the camera. It makes a big difference!

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Beachy Keen

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I’ve admittedly never loved the beach. Perhaps that’s not the popular opinion, but that’s just the way it is. Sure, it can be really nice to go there and bask out in the sun for a few hours, but by the end of the day, you’re still sandy, salty and in need of a shower. None of which I enjoy. (Except for the shower. Showers are wonderful, but I just don’t like being grimy in general I guess!) What I DO enjoy are pictures of the beach. Bonus points if they involve retro fashion and cute models. And these photographs by photographer duo Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg definitely fit all criterions.

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beachy keen - drifter and the gypsy blog
beachy keen - drifter and the gypsy blog
beachy keen - drifter and the gypsy blog
Do you love physically being at the beach or do you prefer vicariously beach-going through photographs?

See the full series of images here.

Copper Pipe Shelves

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copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
Malissa here with this month’s DIY build! And surprise, surprise there is copper in this project! I have been eyeing the beautiful industrial pipe shelves that have been floating around. So I finally got around to building them myself, although instead of using all iron pipe I used mostly copper which is a lot lighter. The weight is an important factor for me since there are no studs in my walls. Plus, it fits in well with my other copper projects.

Instead of getting wood cut to size, I went the easy route and bought plain white shelves from Home Depot. However, you can easily buy wood and stain or paint it to match whatever style you’re going for.

Materials:

– 2-3 shelves (I used these ones)

1/2” copper pipe

Pipe cutter

Flanges (2 per shelf)

Copper male adapter (2 per shelf)

– Screws (8 per shelf)

– Drill

Copper tube cap (2 per shelf)

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Steps:

1. Cut your copper pipe using the pipe cutter. You will want to cut two pieces for each shelf in the length of the shelf width (so for me this was 10”).

2. Measure on the wall where you want your shelf or shelves to be. I bought a 48” shelf so I measured 48” along the wall where I wanted the first shelf to be and then a little below that I measured another 48” for the second shelf.

3. Mark dots about 6 inches from both edges. This is where the pipe will go.

4. Use a drill to screw in your flanges on the dots.

5. Screw in a male adapter to each flange.

6. Place one pipe piece inside the male adapter.

7. Repeat on the other side and for any other shelves.

8. Place your shelf on top of the two pipe pieces.

9. Optional: Add a tube cap to the end of the pipe pieces to create a more finished look.

10. Decorate your new shelves.

copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
I am really hoping these shelves stay up but I am so excited to finally have shelves because I have wanted them for ages. If you’re worried about the stability of the shelves use gorilla glue to secure the pipe to the male adapter. This helps create a stronger connection, almost like you are welding them together.

Malissa (Build Contributor)

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Rockridge with Kate and Anna

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rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
This past weekend, I uncovered some film I got developed but never shared on the blog.

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Perhaps it’s because the weather is getting warmer and the summer season seems just a breath away, but I got really nostalgic for these pictures. I don’t take film pictures nearly as much as I’d like to these days–digital photography is just so much easier–so I treasure moments like these captured perfectly on a beautiful roll of film.

With analog photography, even accidental shots like this are dreamy:

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
This day was the same day with Kate and Anna I blogged about 1.5 years ago; I just never shared my own pictures from the day, so here you go. I’ve said this before, but I love the little neighborhood where we took these pictures: Rockridge. It’s part of the city of Oakland but so full of shops, restaurants and pretty homes, it could be should be a city of its own. I was recently talking to someone who said they like Oakland better than San Francisco. I still think I’d rather live in a charming San Francisco Victorian home, but this is quite lovely as well.

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
PS. To see pictures of Rockridge homes, click here.

Pink and blue

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pink and blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
Just a color combination I’ve been really into recently. There’s something about the way the two colors interact that is so delightfully fresh. And utterly girly. And all other sorts of wonderful. One can never go wrong with pastels. I’m really into simple geometric shapes as of late too. It balances out the feminine aesthetic with a clean & modern vibe.

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pink and blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
pink and blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
pink and blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
pink and blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
sources: one & two: here + here // three // four // five // six // seven

Colenimo Spring Summer 2015

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I tend to go colorful with my outfits, but sometimes I appreciate a limited color palette. These browns, tans and other earth tones in Colenimo’s Spring Summer 2015 collection are simplicity at its finest.

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The collection was inspired by explorer and filmmaker Osa Johnson. She and her husband, Martin, were photographers, naturalists, explorers, and authors who studied the wildlife and peoples in faraway lands.

colenimo spring summer 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
colenimo spring summer 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
colenimo spring summer 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
colenimo spring summer 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
colenimo spring summer 2015 - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photographer: Masami Naruo
Makeup Artist: Maria Papadopoulou with ELLIS FAAS
Hair Artist: Tomomi Roppongi
Photography Assistant: Michiyo Yanagihara

Watermelon Tights


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I never realized how relative personal style is to your environment until I moved. Growing up in New England (Connecticut), life was very preppy. My favorite color combination was pink and green and I owned more polo shirts than I’d care to admit. The biggest shock I experienced when moving to California was the diversity in style. Being in middle school at the time, my biggest concern was fitting in. I immediately traded in popped collars and nautical prints for a more relaxed West Coast style. And now I find myself in the middle. I still gravitate toward preppy styles. I still like plaid. And pink. And green. (Just not pink and green together.) I guess I’m a combination of both coasts.

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watermelon tights - drifter and the gypsy blog
watermelon tights - drifter and the gypsy blog
Here I am, nearly a decade later, wearing my childhood sneaker, Sperry. You probably know Sperry for the boat shoes they’ve been making since 1935. It’s really cool to see Sperry expanding its style as well; rocking the boat if you will. (Cheesy pun definitely intended.) Style is ever-evolving and Sperry’s got some fresh spring colors and patterns. My Authentic Original Washed Canvas 2-Eye in Turquoise are casual enough I can wear with jeans or wear them with a lace dress, like I’m wearing here. I also love their canvas sneakers. (The coral color is my fave.)

watermelon tights - drifter and the gypsy blog
watermelon tights - drifter and the gypsy blog
watermelon tights - drifter and the gypsy blog
Tell me, were Sperrys a part of your childhood too?

Dress: Crossroads Trading Co.
Tights: Gap
Authentic Original Washed Canvas 2-Eye in Turquoise c/o Sperry

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sperry through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Sperry, all opinions are my own.

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