Portrait of a Quiet Girl

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You know that feeling where you look at a piece of art and think, “Man, I wish I made that”? That’s exactly how I feel about this photo essay shot by Chrissie White (in collaboration with Elvia Carreon) for The Photographic Journal. Such a well-thought out series. Such great tension. A little bit of quirk. I really am blown away.

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“Hours go past so slowly and a curious behavior exposes itself in the face of solitude. The true nature of our being emerges when absorbed in the comfort of familiarity and home. It is within this space, that we feel compelled to play.”

portrait of a quiet girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
I was talking to a friend last week and she told me how good visual art is like a massage for your eyes. A funny statement? Yes, but I totally understand what she means. Do you get that feeling too, friends?

portrait of a quiet girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
portrait of a quiet girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’d really like to know how Chrissie got this shot:

portrait of a quiet girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
portrait of a quiet girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
View the entire photo essay here.

Photography: Chrissie White
Wardrobe styling: Elvia Carreon
for The Photographic Journal

Geometric Marbled Tumblers

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I hope your 2015 is off to a great start, Drifter & the Gypsy readers! My first craft post for 2015 is to keep that marbling trend of 2014 going well into the new year! Today I’m going to show you how to make some sweet and stylish Geometric Marbled Tumblers. It’s a bit messy and takes a bit of patience to get the hang of it, but once you do, you’ll suddenly be marbling everything insight! So don’t blame me if your significant other gets annoyed when you marble all their kitchenware!

Materials:

– 1 set of glass tumblers
– 1 plastic container
– Paper masking tape
– Nail polish in three similar colors
– Clear top coat polish
– Nail Polish Remover
– Cotton balls/cotton buds

marbled tumblers - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start with clean dry glass tumblers. Cut three strips of masking tape and stick onto your first glass in the shape of a triangle. If you are using tall tumblers you may want to use a ruler to mark out where your tape is going to go so that all the triangles are aligned. When you are happy with the shape and placement, firmly press down on the shape ensuring that the tape is secure.

2. Fill a plastic container with room temperature water. The container should be big enough to lie the tumbler on its side comfortably.

3. Choose three similar shades of nail polish to marble with, shake well and prep by removing the lid and brush and setting aside on a piece of paper. You will need to complete the next few steps as quickly as possible.

4. Slowly and carefully pour a small amount of nail polish onto the surface of the water – pouring from a low height from the surface. The polish should spread across the top of the water. (If a few drops sink to the bottom don’t worry). Immediately pour the next color onto the polish you just poured and repeat again with a third color. With each pour the polish will spread less and less as it gathers on the surface.

5. Take a toothpick and dip it into the water and polish and swirl around until the polish starts to marble and mix together. You will need to do this as soon as possible after pouring the nail polish as it will start to form into a skin and you will not be able to mix it if you are too slow. If you find it is setting too quickly try again with slightly warmer water.

6. Take your prepared glass and gently roll it across the surface of the water so that the polish adheres to the taped area. These steps may take a couple of practice runs so be patient!

7. Remove from the water and set aside to dry. Do not attempt to pat dry or else you will smudge the polish.

8. Once the polish is dry enough to touch you can gently lay a sheet of tissue onto the marbled area to soak up any droplets. If there are any corners that missed the marbling, you can paint on some color by hand using the lighter color polish. Finish the marbled area with a coat of clear top-coat.

9. Once dry, carefully remove the masking tape and using a cotton ball or cotton bud, remove any excess polish with nail polish remover.

10. Wash thoroughly before washing–but please remember to be gentle! These glasses may not stand up to dishwashing or rough sponges.

11. Repeat with the whole set of tumblers. You can do them all in matching colors or keep it fun with a whole rainbow of shades!

marbled tumblers - drifter and the gypsy blog
marbled tumblers - drifter and the gypsy blog
marbled tumblers - drifter and the gypsy blog
marbled tumblers - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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Stolen Chance

stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
It’s a rare occasion to see my bangs so short. This was right after I got my bangs trimmed. I don’t get my bangs trimmed too often, so I like to get as much time as I can until I need to get ‘em cut again, which means SHORT bangs. Can I just say how good it feels to be able to SEE again? Just in time for school to start and for me to hit the textbooks. Oh school. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with ya.

stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
I’ve had the song Stolen Dance by Milky Chance stuck in my head for the past few days. Except I always get mixed up and call it Stolen Chance by Milky Dance, hence the title of this blog post.

stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
I found these floral high-waisted pants at Urban Outfitters. It was during their extra 50% off all sale items sale and I ended up snagging these guys for $5. What a steal. (No pun intended with stolen chance.)

stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
stolen chance - drifter and the gypsy blog
Crop top sweater: LOFT
Floral high-waisted pants & clogs: Urban Outfitters
Necklaces: haej.co & oh hello friend
Backpack & belt: Vintage

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Sticky9 Magnet Calendar (and giveaway!) – CLOSED

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sticky9 magnet calendar (and giveaway!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
One of my favorite parts of a new year is getting a new calendar. Nothing beats a completely blank calendar waiting to be filled up with memos and events. Sticky9 sent me over their newest product: the Magnet Calendar to take for a spin this new year. It comes with 12 calendar magnets (January – December 2015), 6 photo magnets (photos from your Instagram feed) and 1 magnetic display box. The magnets are perforated, so you can mix and match any month with any photograph. (I just chose to keep the magnets in strips for myself!) Although you can’t write on this calendar, it’s a cute little desk accessory that can double as a storage container.

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sticky9 magnet calendar (and giveaway!) - drifter and the gypsy blog
If cute calendars are your thing, well, you’re in luck! Sticky9 is also offering three 2015 Magnet Calendars to three Drifter & the Gypsy readers!

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TO ENTER:
– Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)

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Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, AND followed Sticky9 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you would get 6 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 7 entries.

**Open to all readers, international included, so anyone can enter!**

A winner will be drawn via random.org Tuesday, January 13th, 10 am PDT.

UPDATE: Winners are: #10: Carolina, #22: Nikki and #16: Kathleen. Congrats girls! I will be in contact with you shortly.

Bumped Up Ponytail

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I don’t think I’m alone when I say I always feel inspired to work hard at the start of a new year. Hustle, if you will. When I get really involved in a project, I can’t stand having my hair in my face. I’ll usually throw my hair up in a messy bun. Although I do love the bed head look, sometimes I want to look a little more refined when I’m in hustle mode. Regardless of if you have bangs, this bumped up ponytail is an awesome vintage-inspired way to get your hair out of your face.

Materials:

– 2 Butterfly clips
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray
– Hairbrush
– Comb
– 1 Hair elastic
– 1 inch curling iron or curling wand

bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start with the hair down and section off two areas of hair on each side of the head. Secure (temporarily) with butterfly clips.

2. Next, take the section at the crown and tease it. Secure in place with two bobbi pins.

3. Use a hair elastic to put the remaining hair in a ponytail.

4. Take the two sections that you previously sectioned off and wrap each one around the ponytail elastic. Use a bobbi pin to hold into place once finished wrapping each side around. You can also tuck the wrapped hair under the elastic if you don’t want to use a bobbi pin.

5. Use a 1 inch curling iron or curling wand to curl the ponytail. Finger through the hair once finished curling to soften the overall look.

6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup: Danika Lamb
Intro & Photography: Micaela Hoo
Retouching: Kailey Flyte

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Hello 2015 / Talking about goals

Hi guys and welcome to 2015 on the grand ol’ blog. (Spoiler alert: It pretty much looks the same.) Time goes by so fast. Too fast, but we all know that by now. I’ve actually stopped counting time in terms of years. I don’t measure success or goals or resolutions by the year. I believe if you want to change something, do something, accomplish something, you can resolve do it ANYTIME of the year (although the start of a new year is a good time for reflections, fresh beginnings and a clean slate).

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Since I believe life changes can be made at anytime, I don’t always plan out formal resolutions and goals for myself with the start of each new year. BUT this year I felt in the goal-making kind of mood, so I made myself some goals for 2015.

1. Read more. I used to be a voracious reader, but I sadly did not read one book in 2014. Sure, I had intentions of reading–I have a list of books I want to read that goes about a mile long. But life. Need I say more? For 2015, I was originally going to try to read a book a month, but I have a lot on my plate right now and a book a month is really ambitious for me. So I’m just going to try to read more. I’m reading The Book Thief right now and I’m thinking of reading The Goldfinch after that. I’ll do a more in-depth blog post about reading/my favorite books/books I want to read/etc. soon.

2. Do more fashion photography. I know I’ve said this already, but I’ve gotten away from photographing fashion, which makes me really sad. I’m planning a photo shoot in the spring and I really hope it comes to fruition. Because trust me, this is gonna be a good one. (I’ve had this particular shoot idea stuck in my head for at least 2 years!)

3. Make a year in review video. I’ve seen lots of year in review videos and I want to make my own. I bring my camera with me most places I go, so it won’t be too far of a stretch for me to film some video clips of my travels and adventures throughout the year and then piece it all together at the end of 2015.

4. Watch more foreign and old films. I used to be really into foreign and old films during high school. (I was that nerd who discussed French films with my high school French teacher after class.) I don’t actually watch TV much anymore (now I’m a professional procrastinator on Instagram), BUT I recently watched a foreign film and was reminded of how much passion I have for cinema. Foreign and old films are full of so much meaning and inspire me to no end–not that new movies are no good, they’re just different–I’m excited to reintroduce them into my life.

5. Be gentle on myself. I don’t need to do everything and I don’t need to be the best at everything. (Repeat as many times as needed.)

6. Live more. This is a big one for me. I tend to so easily get caught up in a self-sabotaging spiral of overthinking, over worrying and just stressing out in general–a classic Type A Personality. When I take a step back and look at the big picture, I realize I’m freaking out over something so incredibly insignificant why am I wasting my brain cells? Even when I’m not working, my mind is constantly on. I need to learn to turn off and just do something for the fun of it. Who’s with me here?

Tell me, do you make New Years resolutions and goals? If so, do share!

photo from my instagram.

My heart is made of glitter

my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
There is nothing that makes my heart beat faster than a lace dress. A cream lace dress and my heart is doing dances. This dress from Free People is so fun to dress up in, especially if you have a fancy occasion to wear it. (It would be so lovely for a winter soirée!) If not, just dress up in it for the sake of looking pretty! I definitely take every opportunity to wear a fancy dress. And this dress is a cream lace dream. The perfect little fairy dress if you will (unless you’re more into the dark and mysterious, in which case they also have the dress available in black… you can be a fairy noir!). But me? I’m more of a floaty and ethereal kind of gal.

my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
My friend Hana Haley took these photos of me one lovely little San Francisco afternoon. (See the last photo shoot we did together here.) I’ll be so sad when she moves to New York City this coming April. But let’s not dwell on the negative.

my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
I love the raw edges and beaded embellishments of this dress. I paired it with a pair of bold lacey heels I found at Crossroads Trading.

my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
Do you like to get dolled up just for the sake of getting dolled up? It’s kind of a therapy for me. It reminds me of back in the ’50s–and earlier–when people would get dressed up just to go to the grocery store or something. It’s crazy how much the world has changed since then. But then again, I don’t know how much I’d like having the obligation of getting dolled up EVERYDAY. (You better believe there are days I don’t wear makeup or change out of my sweatpants or style my bangs.) That’s the beauty of playing dress up; you only do it when the spirit moves you.

my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
my heart is made of glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photographs by Hana Haley

fp one gemma dress c/o free people (more party dresses here) and shoes are via crossroads trading

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