Imaginary Outfits: Early Fall Foraging

imaginary outfits: early fall foraging - drifter and the gypsy blog
swing trench from everlane // vril chunky tote from hendrik lou // easy circle tote from pine & boon for moorea seal // elizabeth suzann linn sweater // elizabeth suzann lyd trouser // leather chuck taylor high-top all-stars from converse via urban outfitters // blank marble notebooks from poketo // mini bouquet from peaches & mint // header photo by melissa sonico

With the weather turning cooler, foraging fashion gets cozier. It’s time to trade in the linen dresses and open-toed sandals for a more menswear-inspired look. Fall, for me, inspires that classic take on everyday wear. Maybe it’s from years of collared button-up shirts and crisp white sneakers in private school, but autumn translates into clean lines, mixed with chunky knit beanies and tops in season-appropriate neutrals, cropped for a modern take.

A subtle navy-print tote is perfect for stowing fallen leafy branches and street side blooms plucked during evening walks with my husband. Pretty patterned notebooks in black and white marble are essential for jotting down botanical sketches or pressing flowers into. What keeps it transitional from summer to fall is the high-top converse–in leather so it doesn’t get as dirty foraging on mountain hikes, or cliffside treks by the beach. Top it off with a lightweight trench with a swingy shape and pockets to hold bonsai scissors for easy snipping of stems.

Curated by Melissa Sonico // Layout by Micaela Hoo

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Great minds think alike.

great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog
You may remember my roundup of my favorite shibori items from a few months ago.

great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog
great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog
Well let me tell you a funny story. I had been eyeing this indigo shibori skirt (included in the roundup) from Madewell for a few weeks months (side note: the skirt is on sale right now! get it while it’s cheap, folks). One day a package from Madewell came to the house. It was the indigo shibori skirt! It turns out my mom ordered the same exact skirt without even knowing I’d been wanting it. Great minds think alike, eh? The best part is we wear the same size, so she was nice enough to let me take the skirt for a spin (and pictures) one afternoon.

great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog
great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog
great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog
great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog
great minds think alike - drifter and the gypsy blog

shirt & shoes are from crossroads trading co.indigo shibori skirt is from madewell, necklace is by consider the wldflwrs and hat is borrowed from my dad

photography by rachel combs

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DIY Craft: Geometric Clipboard

diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
I am someone who can never seem to find a piece of paper when I need one. You know what it’s like: you’re on the phone and you need to write down some details, and suddenly it is as if every pen and paper in your house has disappeared! ARGH! So annoying! So let’s fix this – Let’s get organized with a super fly geometric note board for your home! Tailor it to your liking with whatever colors you like! I love this bright version, but pastels would also look lovely!

Materials:

– 1 Small wooden clipboard
– 1 Ruler
– 1 Pencil
– 1 Masking or painters tape
– 1 Acrylic paint (various colors)
– 1 Permanent marker (optional)

diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start by drawing three overlapping triangles (using a ruler) from the bottom of the clipboard to about 1/3 of the board. Don’t worry about making them the same size, alternate the width and height of each triangle. Then draw a diagonal line from the inside corner of each end triangle to its nearest side. You should have 9 intersecting shapes.

2. Run a line of tape around one of the shapes, making sure that the tape is perfectly aligned with the drawn lines. I like to start with the center and two outer shapes and work my way in.

3. Fill each tape lined shape in a different color of paint. Keep your coats thin to reduce any paint bleeding under the tape and try to keep your brush strokes all going in one direction to ensure a smooth finish. Paint as many coats as you need to achieve the depth of color you desire. Allow to dry completely before proceeding.

4. Once the previous shapes are totally dry, remove the tape and repeat steps 2 and 3 with the rest of the shapes. You will probably need to do three separate sets of painting to get all the shapes colored in. Remember to ensure that the tape is perfectly aligned, so that there are no gaps between the colored areas.

diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
5. Once you have painted all the shapes and all have dried completely, remove the tape and using a small brush, touch up any mistakes.

6. OPTIONAL STEP: To really make your shapes POP, go over the lines with a permanent marker.
diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
Slip some small sheets of paper under the clip and you are ready to use your geometric clipboard! To always have something to write with, tie a pen to the board by knotting some string around the metal clip.

diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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Weekend Hashtag Project: Teatime

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1. @nikky_viky 2. @trukhan_olga 3. @dear_tt 4. @dokuzuncukat

This past Monday may have been National Coffee Day, but this past weekend, Instagram’s weekend hashtag project was all about tea (#WHPteatime). Which is extremely exciting for a tea fanatic like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to participate, but I’ve loved browsing through some of the submissions (people get so creative on Instagram!). You can see Instagram’s top picks here (and also view all the submissions here), but here are a few of my favorites:

weekend hashtag project: teatime - drifter and the gypsy blog
@littlelofts

“From the preparation and pouring of the tea to the surroundings, company and conversation, many elements make up the ritual of teatime. Bring the elements of those rituals together and capture the moment through video. For photos, seek out soft window light, spend time arranging the details of your table and explore different angles as you shoot. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Get dressed up and stage a tea party somewhere unexpected, unearth vintage tea cups in a thrift store and let your caffeine-fueled creativity run wild.”

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@lizballmaier

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1. @lepetitmacaronn 2. @vainnglory 3. @gabrielleassaf 4. @rroommama

weekend hashtag project: teatime - drifter and the gypsy blog
@irenekly

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1. @annaremarchuk 2. @ananya.ray 3. @shima.1216 4. @mymycotton

weekend hashtag project: teatime - drifter and the gypsy blog
@dear_tt

Are you a tea drinker too? If so, what’s your favorite tea? I’m personally a fan of Chamomile (sometimes when I feel like getting fancy, I’ll put lavender in it). Oh and I love fruity teas like Hibiscus tea too. But let’s face it: I love allllllll tea.

A Postcard from Ocean Beach (video!)

a postcard from ocean beach - drifter and the gypsy blog

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…

a pretty bedroom - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

looking back on september - drifter and the gypsy blog
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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