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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.

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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.

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2014: A Year in Review

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I’m trying to resist the urge to say something super cliché, like 2014 was a whirlwind of a year, but seriously, it was. Maybe even a double whirlwind (okay that makes no sense, but you get my point). In 2014, I added the DIY Build and DIY Beauty columns to the blog. I also started collaborating with Giovanna Garcia to develop and photograph original recipes AND Danika Lamb to create and photograph original hairstyles for Drifter & the Gypsy. Phew!

It’s crazy to think this little corner of the Internet I started in 2008 is becoming a full-time job. MY full-time job. I put my heart and soul into D&tG in 2014. At times, my plate is so full that my mind is spinning and I can’t think straight and it feels like I’m repeatedly banging my head up against a wall. Sometimes I wonder what it feels like to have a regular “9-5” when I have a “When I open my eyes to when I close my eyes,” (and even then sometimes I get random blog post ideas in the middle of the night) but deep down inside, I have this deep deep-seated passion for what I do and I am so grateful to have found my calling.

Last month, I created the Drifter & the Gypsy Reader Survey to gauge where your interests lay to get a sense of what I could do to make reading this blog more enjoyable. Your responses were very much aligned with what I believe, which was a relief to know that we are on the same page! Be on the lookout for more lifestyle/around the house/around town/shots of my day posts as well as outfit posts AND every once and a special while, my own fashion photography. (I took a little hiatus from fashion photography when school took priority, but I really missed it and I’m going to make some photo shoots happen this year)! I have some fun things already lined up for 2015. (One of them is a VERY exciting new venture that I can hopefully talk about more in a few months. Let’s just say I bought the domain for it a few days ago and that’s all I can disclose. I love teasing you, I really do! *wink*)

Here are my favorite posts of 2014. I’m looking forward to making more magic in 2015.

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I collaborated with LÄRABAR and Beth Jones to create 3 flavor-inspired looks using clothing found at Crossroads Trading. (See the posts here, here and here.)

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This 5-minute DIY Dark Chocolate was pretty epic.

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I used out Warby Parker‘s Home Try-On program and made a video about it! (See the post here.)

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One of my favorite DIY Crafts.

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The beauty of a capture journal.

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Looking back on: November 2014

Last week I finished up school for the quarter which means I won’t have to go back until the beginning of January. It’s pretty exciting to have such a long break, but if you know me you know I never have an empty plate, so I’m already on to new projects! I’m excited to shift my focus back to full time on the blog (it’s so hard to have my time divided between the blog and school).

I find that November/beginning of December is so busy trying to cram everything in before people take off for the holidays, it’s like the storm BEFORE the calm. Keep hanging in there, folks!

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Homemade pho with zucchini noodles and an unintentional play on words with a Madewell catalog.

Arielle took me to Paxton Gate for the first time. It’s the oddest/most interesting/but still weird store I’ve ever been to.  SF peeps, have you ever been?

I photographed Jess‘s winter collection. Her shop will be opening up next week.

Pretty stoked about my new Nixon watch.

One word: fog.

A print from Megan Isabella: something I need to tell myself alllllll the time.

Aubrey looked so small on the unmade bed.

Remnants of a DIY party with Shutterfly.

What I wore to a little soirée. The theme was black & gold, but of course I had to add a splash of color.

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Looking back on: October 2014

October is typically a pretty transitional month. Transitional in the sense that summer is finally gone and a new season has begun. In San Francisco, September can be just as hot— if not hotter—than in the summer. Indian summers. But by the end of October, all semblance of Indian summer is gone.

It rained on Friday. Which, to you, may not seem like a big deal. And to most it’s not. But to us it is. We don’t get rain often at all—only during the fall/winter—except we’ve been in a serious drought these past few years. The cold mornings and nights have warranted turning on the heat and extra blankets when sleeping.

Here’s October 2014 in ‘grams:

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A good day for a picnic.

My mom with the flowers my dad bought her for their wedding anniversary (October 1st).

Aubrey came with Mom and me to The Mill! She couldn’t go in though.

An inspiration wall at Jess‘s studio.

I finally made it to Ampersand SF, a new floral shop in the Mission. It is even dreamier in person than in photographs!

Three pretty blue doors in San Francisco.

I’ve been experimenting with making nut/seed milk lately. I roasted three spaghetti squashes and didn’t know what to do with the seeds. And then I had a epiphany. Spaghetti squash seed milk! It was really really good.

Sad that peach season is over. I bought peaches from the farmers’ market and they tasted HORRIBLE!

Autumn foraging findings (and two Black Eyed Susans who couldn’t let go of summer).

Are you sad that summer is officially over? Or perhaps you’re more of an autumn/winter person? OR perhaps you live in the Southern Hemisphere where the summer is just beginning?! What plans do you have for the coming months of the season?

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Looking back on: September 2014

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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Looking back on: August 2014

To me, September has always marked the official end of summer. In San Francisco, it’s hard to believe that summer is ending since the weather is still hot hot hot! But the kids have gone back to school and I go back to SCAD in two weeks, so it’s time to switch gears and get into fall mode. In August, my grandmother visited from Florida and I shot videos with Katrina. Here’s a look at the month through Instagram:

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I went to The Mill for the first time ever. Ummm hello gorgeous natural light!

I can’t blame this guy for enjoying the view.

I’m going to miss wandering around my favorite parts of San Francisco with Katrina.

Rachel‘s new pup Wanda is the cutest. I think we’re besties.

I love it when my desk is organized. I can’t stop staring at it now.

My mom and grandma went to a chocolate-making class! My favorites are the tuxedo strawberries.

My bedroom when my grandma was visiting. It feels so good to sleep in my own bed now!

A little behind the scenes of our Summer Mango Salad. What until you guys see what we have in store for you next month!

Did you guys catch the supermoon? It was gorgeous. The next one is supposed to be September 28, 2015.

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Looking back on: July 2014

Somehow we’ve managed to pass over the hump of summer and now we’re in August. Go figure. In a few weeks, my grandmother is visiting my family and me from sunny Florida (who am I kidding it’s sunny in California too). Also exciting is my friend Katrina is visiting from the Philippines, so I’m excited to shoot some videos with her. Last time she was here, we shot this and this.

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I discovered Jessica Wertz’s ceramics at Renegade Craft Fair SF and I’m pretty much in love.

These two beauts came home with me from the Dear Creatures Sample Sale. I can’t wait to style them in an outfit post!

The plants are taking over and I don’t mind one bit.

A new hair tutorial coming your way next week!

I cat sat for my next door neighbors and of course I had to do a little photo sesh with him. Everyone, meet Casper.

New favorite pastime: walking through areas of San Francisco I could never afford.

Slowly but surely I’m working on revamping my office. It’s not perfect yet, but I’ve made progress! I kinda sorta really want to paint the walls white, but I dunno.

A quick trip to Chinatown to pick up some tea.

This lovely lady was visiting SF from New Zealand, so we spent a sunny afternoon together.

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