The early bird catches the worm.

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I’ve always been an early bird and a fan of getting things done early. Even when I was a child, I’d wake my mother at 5:00 am to read me stories. (Morning stories I guess, since you couldn’t call them bedtime stories!) The best thing that ever happened to my mother was when I learned to read. Then I could entertain myself during the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her. I would arouse at 5:00 or 5:30 am and read by myself for 2 hours, then have breakfast with my parents when they woke up. (I’m an only child and have always loved my own solitude.)

All through my teenage years, I hated staying up late, never needed a curfew and thrived on the peace of the early morning stillness. Even now, I see the early bird lifestyle firmly rooting itself in my life. I naturally get up early (I never use an alarm clock), I exercise in the early morning and get most of my work done all before lunchtime. (Okay so it’s usually not all before lunchtime. More like dinnertime. I don’t like working after dinner.) Case in point: I am currently writing this blog post at 5:50 on Thursday morning.

Although my early bird tendencies put me at odd with my peers all through middle school and high school, you know what? I like being an early bird. I like starting and ending my day early. I wear a million hats and have a hectic schedule that requires careful planning. People often ask me how I get it all done. And sometimes I don’t know how I manage to get it all done. But I can tell you this much: I don’t think I’d be as organized if I wasn’t an early bird. That’s just me.

I know tons of people who are very organized and work best at night, but it’s just not for me. What about you? Are you an early bird or a night owl? Are you quick to get work done or do you tend to procrastinate?

(Photograph of June Letters Studio via my Instagram)

Wooden Polaroid Photos

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I’m sure most of you, like me, have a well-stocked gallery of images on your Instagram feed. Instagram is so much fun to post and share your images with the world, but I always find myself wanting to display the images around my home. There are many printers and services you can purchase to get your pictures into hard copy, but I’m here to share a craftier option for those of you who are looking for something a little more personal.

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These wooden polaroids are cheap and easy to make, and with the addition of a mini canvas easel, you have an adorable way to display your photos. Of course, if you can’t find these easels, or you want to display a whole bunch of photos at once; these little guys are lightweight enough you can put them just about anywhere! Pop some double sided tape on the back and hang them on the wall, punch a hole in the top and string them onto a garland, be as creative as you’d like!

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Materials:

– Miniature canvas easels (available from craft stores)
– 1 sheet of 3mm Balsa Wood
– Paper & Printer
– Instagram photos
– Exacto knife
– Ruler
– White acrylic paint
– Craft glue

wooden polaroids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Take the balsa wood and measure out 2.5 x  3″ rectangles, one for each image you are making. Using the exacto knife, cut out the rectangles. The balsa wood is quite thin and will easily break without a knife, so cut gently and try to cut along the grain as much as you can, it will make it easier.

2. Once you have cut out the wood rectangles, cut away any rough edges or splinters and then wipe down with a cloth to remove any dust.

3. Give the wood pieces a coat of white acrylic paint. If you want a more rustic look, only do one thin coat. For a more opaque look, add on a few coats until you have achieved the depth of color you are looking for. Allow to dry in between coats.

4. Print and cut out the photos you would like to use: Instagram photos are best for this because they are already cropped to square shapes. The easiest way to do this is to copy the images and paste them into a word document for easy printing. The images should be 2 x 2″ in size.

5. Once the paint has dried, you can simply glue your images onto each wooden piece. Center your images 1/3″ from the top, left and right sides, leaving extra room underneath the image to mimic the shape of a real polaroid photo.

6. Place the wooden photos onto the miniature canvas easels and display around your home.

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wooden polaroids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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Dollface

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I think this is the first time I’m wearing sheer black tights on the blog and I don’t know why. I love my colored tights, but sheer black tights have never been in my bag of tricks. I tend to shy away from the color black because I love my other colors (ahem, pastels), but this outfit proves to myself that I can still be girly and wear black (even though these tights are super sheer and hardly a solid color black just stay with me here…).

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The fine folks over at Urban Outfitters sent me this Matt & Nat x UO Crossbody Bag, which really is a seamless transition from my beloved vintage Coach bag that I wear all the time.

In terms of purses, I like to travel lightly–gotta make room for the huge camera I usually have strapped over my shoulder and this Max & Nat bag definitely fits the bill. Plus it’s made with vegan leather and cruelty free which floats this gluten-free vegan’s boat.

dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
Imaginary jump rope? Don’t know what this pose was all about…

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dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
dollface - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dress & shoes: Crossroads Trading Co.
Jacket: Zara
Bag: c/o Urban Outfitters
Tights: Hue
Necklace: Handmade by a friend

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A lovely kitchen

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Hi guys! I hope your week is going swimmingly. I’m dying a little inside right now over Lauren of A Lovely Lark‘s kitchen.

a lovely kitchen - drifter and the gypsy blog
a lovely kitchen - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love how everything is color coordinated right down to the recipe box (!).

a lovely kitchen - drifter and the gypsy blog
Sometimes I get torn between what color scheme I like in homes. I love an all white neutral palette à la Millay Vintage, but I also love me some good colorful (pastel) accents too. What about you? Do you lean more toward muted or bold and bright colors?

Head over to A Lovely Lark for a full list of furniture & decor sources.

Peekaboo Scarf

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SPRING IS HERE! Well not quite. But almost! February is one of my favorite months because we (in the Northern Hemisphere) start to see the end of the (winter) tunnel. Especially in California, when things bloom early (the Cherry Blossoms and Daffodils are already in bloom!), it’s easy to start dreaming of spring. This patterned scarf hairdo serves a dual purpose: to add a bit of style to a not-so-great hair day and to add a bit of spring color to your outfit. Who knows, maybe your vibrant colors will encourage the sun to come out and the groundhog won’t see his shadow this year!

(EDIT: Apparently today IS Groundhog Day–coincidence–and the groundhog saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. I never believed the groundhog anyway.)

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Materials:

– 1 or 1 1/2 inch curling iron
– Comb
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray
– Scarf

peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Quickly add a bit of texture to the hair by wrapping a few sections around a 1 or 1 1/2 inch curling iron. You want to create a few soft waves here and there. This does not need to be perfect and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.

2. Tease the hair at the crown and secure back with two bobbi pins. Lightly spray with a bit of hairspray.

3. Choose your scarf (I love ones with a pretty pattern or fun color) and tie in the back or off to the side.

peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup: Danika Lamb
Intro & Photography: Micaela Hoo

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The Streets of Rome

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Photographer Guy Aroch has this soft, muted-hue quality about his work that makes it easy for me to identify his photographs before confirming they’re his for sure. When the folks at Free People sent me a preview of their February 2015 campaign, I was really excited to see Guy Aroch shot the photos! The beautiful photography and clothes along with the backdrop of Rome (hello new place I want to visit!) are pretty easy on the eyes to say the least.

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the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
Everything about this outfit. Yes.

the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
Obsessed with this dress.

the streets of rome - drifter and the gypsy blog
The closest I’ve ever been to Rome is watching the movie Eat Pray Love, so this definitely stirs up the wanderlust in my heart.

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Photographer: Guy Aroch
Hair: Amy Farid
Make-Up: Deanna Hagan
Model: Karmen Pedaru
Shot In: Rome, Italy

Images courtesy of Free People

Looking back on: December ’14 / January ’15

I took a little bloggy break during the last part of December, so I didn’t have an opportunity to do my Looking Back post, but I’m back now with 2 months in 1!

The last part of December was really quite wonderful. I love the time right before the new year because things slow down and it’s refreshing not to feel like you have to run in place to keep up all the time.

So far 2015 has been treating me well! January was off to a great start and I really feel positive about this year. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I had a bit of a (minor) setback last week when I got an infection in my thumb (hi 7 hours spent at the ER!), but it healed very quickly and all I have is a band aid now. My thumb was only out of commission for about 1 week. So that wasn’t fun, but it could have been worse. (Like I could have been out of commission for more than 1 week.)

I think that’s going to be my motto in 2015: It could be worse. It could always be better, but it could always be worse. It puts a different spin on matters, don’t you think? But enough about talking about how it could be worse. I have high hopes for 2015 and the future in general. I really do.

looking back on december '14 / january '15
I saw one of Emily Proud‘s moonrises in the wild.

Two new plants (orchids!) that came home with me one afternoon. I’m not very knowledgeable on the subject of plant-keeping. Do you have any tips for taking care of orchids?

Enjoying my citrus cream tart as an evening treat. (Are those babies photogenic or WHAT?)

I’ve made it a goal to keep a gratitude journal indefinitely. Everyday I write at least one thing I’m grateful for. It helps me focus on the positive rather than the negative.

As wintry as it gets in San Francisco. So pretty.

My ideal Saturday morning. (Or Friday night!)

Atelier Dion‘s beautiful rainbow mug display at West Coast Craft. (Recap of the event can be found here.)

My submission to #WHPoutofplace. Oddly enough, Aubrey didn’t seem to mind.

How I spent my last days of 2014: Reading a book by the fire with a cup of tea. Perfection.

And how are YOU doing, my dears? Tell me what you’ve been up to. Did your new year start off like you had expected or did it go better? Or worse? Remember, if it went worse than you had expected: It could be worse.

Stay up-to-date with my daily happenings on Instagram. (I won’t be posting my Instagram photos to my Facebook page anymore, so the only way you’ll see them is if you join me on the ‘gram!)

click here to view the previous months’ roundups.

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