A Postcard from Ocean Beach (video!)

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I’m excited to share with you guys this video I made with my dear friend Katrina. We filmed in late August at Ocean Beach in San Francisco while she was visiting from her home in the Philippines. The talent of my friends blows me away sometimes. I am really blessed. I wish Katrina didn’t live halfway across the world, but she loves to travel and she loves San Francisco, so she visits fairly often, which is good.

a postcard from ocean beach - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’ve been super inspired by seeing companies embrace film as of late (have you seen Free People’s YouTube channel? Incredible. I could get lost in it for hours…). It adds a whole new viewing experience that photography cannot offer. Which is part of the reason why I was really in the mood to create a video instead of taking outfit pictures or doing something else more standard this time.

PS. I highly recommend you watch that video full screen. I’m just sayin';)

a postcard from ocean beach - drifter and the gypsy blog
a postcard from ocean beach - drifter and the gypsy blog
nouveau butterfly dress c/o free people (shop more dresses here) and shoes are from urban outfitters.

music in the video is fresh pair of eyes by brooke waggoner.

A pretty bedroom.

a pretty bedroom - drifter and the gypsy blog
a pretty bedroom - drifter and the gypsy blog
I don’t know about you, but this week has me wiped out already. And it’s only Tuesday! Uh oh. I’d love to spend the rest of the day relaxing in Jacquelyn’s bedroom. Aren’t the colors so soothing? I love that blue. Oh for it to be the weekend again…

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I asked the lovely lady herself for a few words about her bedroom:

“When it comes to interior design, I’m of the belief that contrast is king! I wanted our bedroom to feel calm and serene, with an unexpected hint of glamour. The linen bedding feels lived in and loved, which I adore. But by incorporating some gold-dipped toss cushions and a sequined throw, I ended up with a subtle yet welcome contrast, and just the right amount of interest!”

a pretty bedroom - drifter and the gypsy blog
Check out more photos of Jacquelyn’s bedroom here.  I’m also super excited for Jacquelyn because she just launched her own interior design business! Any Toronto people reading this blog? Be sure to hit Jacquelyn up for your designing, arranging and re-arranging needs!

Judging from the looks of her bedroom, I wouldn’t mind having her help decorate MY space!

Looking back on: September

This month I started my 3rd year at SCAD. It’s really scary to think 2 years of college have already gone by, but I’m actually doing the 4-year eLearning program in 5 years (which enables me to work on my blog & business), so I have a teeny little bit more time in school than if I graduated in 4 years. (Side note: A few of you have asked what I’m studying in school. I’m getting my BFA in Graphic Design, which totally goes hand in hand with what I do here on Drifter & the Gypsy and my photography).

Before school started (in typical me manner) I loaded up my plate and squeezed in as many creative collaborations/business opportunities as I could conceivably handle.

The weekend before school started, I volunteered at Brit + Co.’s Re:Make Conference and Festival, which was extremely interesting. It dealt with the Maker Revolution and how the Millenials are choosing quality over quantity. More people are making their own everyday items instead of buying something from the nearest Walmart, which to me is amazing.

Brit has a book coming out early next year about how our digital advancements are creating a new generation of homemakers. Pretty cool stuff.

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This month I…

Ate my weight in watermelon. Watermelon is going to be out of season soon, so I’ve been compulsively buying watermelon to savor summer’s last sweetness.

Heard rain for the first time in months.

Enjoyed a beautiful brunch with beautiful friends. I’m so proud of my pal Giovanna for hosting her first community brunch in this gorgeous space. Here’s to many more brunches to come!

Did a really really exciting photo & video shoot collaboration with one of my favorite brands (this was the inspiration). The photos & final video should go live in early November.

Took pictures of my friend Molly‘s office space.

Went to Urban Air Market with my mom. So much fun. The next market is at Lower Haight in SF. You’re in San Francisco, you should go!

Discovered I love crystal frames. Too bad my eyesight is perfect.

Left the Re:Make Festival feeling inspired, uplifted and rejuvenated.

Made a yummy watermelon smoothie concoction (yes, watermelon again. I’m obsessed).

What did the month of September look like to you? Did you start school (or is this your first year out of school?), start a new job, go on a trip, see a good movie? I’d love to hear what you did!

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DIY Build: Hairpin Leg Entryway Table

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Hello again! Malissa here to walk you through another DIY build! This time we are building some simple furniture and I’m so excited because this piece is exactly what my living/dining room needed. In fact, I think this will become my dedicated seasonal décor table. For this entryway/console table, you need super minimal woodworking skills and a few supplies so it is a great project to tackle if you are new to DIY furniture.

Materials:

– 3 wood boards 6” x 6’ (I used this one)
– 3-4 wood pieces between ½” to ¼ wide and 12” in length
– Drill
– Screws
– Wood glue
– Sandpaper or a sanding sponge
Satin gloss
– Paint brush
– 26” hairpin legs (I purchased mine from eBay)

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Steps:

1. Measure the space you want the final table to be to figure out the best length. For me, it was 62” so I needed 3 wood boards but you may only need 2.

2. Take each wood board and use a saw to cut it the wood into the length you want the final table to be. Or do what I did and have Home Depot cut the wood for you! I had each of my 3 boards cut 62” in length.

3. Lay down each wood board side by side to make sure everything lines up correctly.

4. Take one board and use wood glue to line the side of the board with glue. Place it down right next to the middle board. Repeat with the last board and place on the end. (If you have clamps, use the clamps to snug the boards tightly together. I don’t have clamps, so instead we just used books and other heavy objects and placed them on top of the boards. We did this to ensure the boards were even while drying).

5. Wait at least 24 hours for the glue to dry.

6. Once the glue is dry, use the drill and screws to secure the 3 smaller wood pieces at even intervals on the board.

7. Attach the hairpin legs at each corner of the board using screws.

8. Turn the table over and sand the top and sides. I used a sanding sponge, which is easier for me to use than sandpaper. I did 2 rounds of sanding.

9. Coat in clear varnish. I would do 2-3 coats. If you want to stain the wood, do that now and then wait for the stain to dry. Then coat. The final product is a little bit less than 18” wide and 62” long and fits perfectly between this little wall alcove in my dining/living room!

diy build: hairpin leg entryway table - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: hairpin leg entryway table - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: hairpin leg entryway table - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: hairpin leg entryway table - drifter and the gypsy blog
Malissa (DIY Build Contributor)

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Orla Kiely Spring Summer ’15

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orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’ll be honest and say I don’t reallllyyy follow fashion week much. At all. I’m vaguely aware that Paris Fashion Week is going on this week, but that’s about it. I don’t follow designers, I don’t follow trends and I don’t know what color is in for the season. But one designer I DO follow is Orla Kiely.

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I love these photographs Ale shot of Orla Kiely‘s Spring Summer 2015 show at London Fashion Week.

orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla kiely spring summer 15 - drifter and the gypsy blog
Check out more of Ale’s photos here. She even got a picture next to the designer herself! What a stud.

Old movies

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Some of my favorite movies are old movies. My parents made sure to expose me to a wide variety of films at an early age, so I gained an appreciation for old movies. You don’t have to worry about uncomfortable scenes or any foul language or violence; they’re the perfect films to watch with the family (and with friends or by yourself too!). Whenever, really. Here are some of my faves:

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S:

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Super cliché, I know. But has there ever been a creature as gorgeous as Audrey Hepburn? I think not. I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times and I’d watch it again in a heartbeat. At one point, I had most of the lines memorized. (I even did a photo shoot inspired by the film a few years back). I love the bustling of old New York City, the fashion, the classic love story and of course, Audrey Hepburn.

Here is my favorite scene from the movie (and quite arguably one of the loveliest movie scenes ever):

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK:

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Before I saw this movie, I always thought of Jane Fonda as that woman who does yoga and used to act and is still really famous but hasn’t really been in movies lately. But MAN. The Jane Fonda in this movie is a BABE. No wait… make that a MAJOR BABE. Material for the next Girl’s Got Style? Perhaps. But aside from girl crushing on Jane Fonda (and Robert Redford ain’t too bad looking himself), the story’s about two mismatched newlyweds living in a NYC apartment the size of a shoebox and it’s super sweet and light-hearted and whimsical and you should just go watch it now already.

BRINGING UP BABY:

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The first time I watched this movie I was in absolute HYSTERICS. I love Katharine Hepburn’s quirk and spontaneity. She and Cary Grant have the best chemistry together.

SEND ME NO FLOWERS:

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I watched this movie randomly with the family one night when we all felt in the mood to watch a movie. It was one of those let’s-just-pick-something-that’s-available-to-stream-on-Netflix-really-quickly and we didn’t put much thought into it all. I was surprised the movie was so good since we basically picked whatever was most convenient on our streaming queue. The best kind of surprise!

old movies - drifter and the gypsy blog
Do you watch old movies too? If so, are any of your favorites on this list or do you have more to add?

last photo via the red list, all other photos are screenshots of the respective films.

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