Hi there!  I’m Micaela Hoo, an 18-year-old photographer, graphic designer, and blogger behind Drifter & the Gypsy.  I like old movies, Sunday mornings, crunchy apples, books, running, summertime, and all things creative.  Welcome to my blog!  Do take a seat (perhaps boil a cup of tea) and stay a while, will you?

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my mom, dad, and dog Aubrey.  I love it here and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I am currently a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design working toward my BFA in Graphic Design and minoring in Photography.

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During my freshman year in high school, I experienced many changes in life: moving 3,000 miles away from home in Connecticut, starting high school, and adjusting to a new environment. I was overwhelmed, needing an outlet for self-expression. This led me to start Drifter & the Gypsy, which enabled me to cope with the anxieties of change.  Through this medium of communication, I was able to connect with others in similar situations and thereby harness our talents to accomplish something positive, while promoting a healthful lifestyle.

I get much satisfaction touching the lives and sensibilities of young women that I may not have otherwise met.  I continually challenge myself to find the positives in my everyday environment.  Not only does this encourage me, but it also gives me an exhilarating feeling when I’m able to effectively communicate these findings to others.  My challenge never ends.  There is an infinite amount of positive things in art; that in itself is a beautiful thing.

As an artist, I endeavor to find beauty in my community and exhibit it to others. In this sense, I can inspire others to create for themselves while at the same time being motivated to create as well.


Drifter & the Gypsy features a wide range of contributors weekly.  Their columns form the core of this blog; these are posts you can count on on certain given days, while my posts work around the columns.  Every Monday features the This or That column, by The Nimbus Factory.  Every Wednesday features Imaginary Outfits for Imaginary Days, by Rodelle Bas.  Every Thursday features a different type of DIY: DIY Hair by Emily Theobald, DIY Sew by Esther Boller, DIY Craft by Holly Casto, and DIY Food.  The last Tuesday of every month is Career Day, featuring a different artist every month.


The Nimbus Factory, This or That:
Multi-disciplinary design boutique focusing on quality and sustainability with a touch of charm. Brings a unique voice to the stationery world with a focus on illustration and product innovation. Composed of two designers and two illustrators, holding degrees from Ringling School of Art and Design, SCAD, University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Emily Theobald, DIY Hair:
24-year-old blogger based out of Brooklyn who writes a blog called It Girl Rag Doll about her own personal style and the stories behind where she finds her clothes.  Mostly inspired by other bloggers and people with real style and no apologies for the way they dress.  Loves bright colors, bold prints, interesting silhouettes and using different elements from all decades from the past.  Collector of vintage dresses, old glass bottles, old found photos and vintage Playboys.  But mostly she just like old hats and cats.
Esther Boller, DIY Sew:
17-year-old dreamer living in the sticks of Indiana, who hopes to one day become a fashion designer.  Loves sewing, knitting, crocheting, drawing, running, math, the smell of freshly cut grass, the feel of fall, stuffing her face with freshly made chocolate chip cookies, light bouncing off her skin, the feel of the wind, and most of all just being 17.  Find Esther on her blog here.
Holly Casto, DIY Craft:
24-year-old blogger and designer living in Nashville with her husband and goldendoodle. Works from home, running a stationery and paper goods business, Holly Would Press. Also writes the blog, Holly Would, which focuses on style, decor, and DIY projects. Loves dancing, painting, decorating, organizing, reading, watching Friends reruns, and eating at local restaurants. Like most Nashvillians, she loves live music, good food, and friendly people.
Rodellee Bas, Imaginary Outfits:
Vintage shop owner of Adored Vintage and living in a 1920s brownstone apartment in Los Angeles, CA. Loves old movies, farmer’s markets, antiquing with her beau, and dancing around her atelier wearing sequined ballet flats and silk kimonos. You can read her vintage thoughts at her vintage blog.
Amy Moore, selected blog post layouts:
Graphic designer and artist based in Seattle, WA.  Spends her free time blogging at Amy Moore Studio and working on freelance design projects.  Enjoys painting, cooking, hiking with her boyfriend and dog, and collecting treasures for the home.