My name’s Baker, but you can call me ShakenBake!~ I’m a born and bred southern bell living the life of a thrill seeking gypsy. I want to encourage and help everyone to travel and explore more. Whether it’s short term, long term, permanent, solo, or with friends, get out there and do it! This is where I’ve been and what I’ve done. If a diva like me can do it, you can do it.
It’s a big spectacular world out there, and we all need to experience it, appreciate it, and celebrate it as much as we can. When I travel it’s typically for one of three things: adventure, music, or to party. This section will highlight destinations, events, activities, and loads of other pics, flicks, tips, and tricks, to help you plan your next adventure.
The Champagne Campaign is a photo documentary of many of the destinations I’ve been around the world. I’m on a never ending campaign to celebrate life, in as many places as possible, with as many people as possible. Find the beauty in the world, surround yourself with it, and pop a bottle!
Slang w/a Twang
This is a dictionary I’m putting together as I learn new words and phrases throughout my travels. When experiencing new cultures, you should always embrace the lifestyle of the locals and try to make friends with them, they’ll show you a good time! You don’t have to try to learn a whole new language, just learn some slang! In fact due to my ghetto southern roots, my “twanglish” is so thick that have to start each blog post with a list of slang words I’ve used to help you understand me.
As a health conscious diva who likes to party, I’m constantly looking for ways to stay balanced and fit, physically and spiritually. This section will focus on useful techniques I’ve discovered and tested personally, pertaining to nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness. I hope it will help or inspire anyone else who’s looking for ways to elevate their state.
I’m actively recruiting cool chicks to come to cool shit with me. An increasing amount of resources and products that enable safe, affordable, comfortable, and efficient travel are becoming available to us millennial gals. Traveling is becoming so easy, even a complete diva like me can do it. If you love to travel, party, work hard, and play hard, but you can still hold it down and make steezy look easy… Consider yourself a ~*GyPsY DiVa*~ Bring it on, let’s go!
I love taking pictures and videos when I do fun things. Also, I’m a firm believer that almost everything’s better with music. This section will feature quick flicks, pics, and sick mixes to help move you and groove you into action!
This section will be loaded with useful info for divas planning their next adventure. It will include recommended packing lists, reviews, tips and tricks, books, podcasts, and other crucial information to help you rage responsibly, have a well-balanced bender, and maintain some elegance while out in the elements.
More About Me
Past – Present
This post is a more detailed account of my life. This is how I evolved into the thrill-seeking gypsy diva that I am today. HoLLa atcha girl!
After graduating from the College of Charleston in 2010, I had made up my mind that I wanted to immerse myself in as many unique experiences as possible. These are the places that I’ve spent a substantial amount of time over the years. Also check out the “Wake of Bake,” for my more recent adventures, and my “Champagne Campaign,” for more places I’ve traveled in the past.
Columbia, South Carolina 1987-2005
This is the oh- so ghetto fabulous city where I grew up. My parents divorced when I was really young and my siblings and I lived with our dad most of the time. I have 4 siblings, and my mom has been married 4 times. Between going to my Mom’s house every other weekend and also playing on a traveling soccer team, I was always on the road, and living out of a suitcase. We had a happy and eventful childhood, running around town, shakin’ things up… By the time I moved to Charleston for college, it was clear that my friends and I were prone to mischief and mayhem. Unfortunately throughout those years my dad was diagnosed with cancer and eventually passed away. <3 <3
My Mom’s side of the family + friends, celebrating the life of my Papa who had just passed away.
Charleston, South Carolina 2005-2010
I lived here for 4 years while attending College of Charleston. This is where I became a professional beach bum, and complete diva. This is also where I fell in love with live music. I started going to lots of shows and music festivals, and my inner gypsy really blossomed. I managed to graduate with a decent GPA, although the real education started after college.
Breckenridge, Colorado 2010-2011
Right after college I wanted to see what it was like to live in a winter wonderland so I moved to Breck, and learned how to snowboard. I also learned that people in mountain towns love to rage. Drinking hard liquor in high altitudes is a fast track to black out, so I started drinking lots of champagne. I partied way harder after college than I ever did during college, and it started to show. I gained 15-20 pounds out there and spent the next couple of years learning about nutrition, fitness, and getting back into shape.
Party bus on the way to STS9 @ Red Rocks My softball team in Breck, the “Speedballers.” Showing up to every game with 2 bottles of champagne was my signature move. I had already moved to Argentina when they took this picture, but the Champagne Campaign raged on in Colorado!
My roommates and I, my last night in town before moving to Argentina. We had a “tight and bright” theme party to send me off. As you can see, here is the fatter version of me… Lawd’!
Buenos Aires, Argentina 2011-2012
After a year in Colorado I decided to switch it up, so my friend Erin and I moved to Argentina to learn Spanish, and teach English. We got our TEFL certification, did some traveling, and posted up in Buenos Aires. Besides teaching, I also worked for the Buenos Aires Pub Crawl, where we would bring large groups of international travelers bar hopping. I lived in a big house in Palermo Soho with a bunch of hilarious Europeans. Experiencing life in a 3rd world spanish speaking country was great for gaining independance and street smarts, and a huge appreciation for how good we have it in America.
Erin and I, about to go paragliding in Bariloche… Still drunk from the night before. We decided it was a good occasion to dress like idiots. My hilarious roommates/familia in Argentina at our Epic Disco Party
Champagne Campaigning in Buenos Aires right before Masa Critica a huge bikeride through the city with hundreds of people.. so fun!
Walking through the Rocinha Favela in Brazil, a very humbling, eye opening experience. To witness poverty at this level really makes you appreciate what a privileged life we live…
Lake Tahoe, California 2012-2013
After 8 months in Argentina, I really needed my “America Fix,” so I headed back to the states and decided that I wanted to check out Lake Tahoe, California so that I could live in the mountains AND on a lake. Although it was lacking in snow, Tahoe was sick, there is so much to do, and I had an amazing time there. I also landed a job as a waitress on “The Tahoe Gal,” which is a restaurant/boat that cruises around the lake. This is where I met Captain Lee, who introduced me to the yachting industry…
Mountain Biking The Flume Trail– EPIC views of Lake Tahoe Celebrating Pirate Day by rafting the Truckee River in our Pirate Garb, with some rum and a Keg 🙂 Bass Heavy Floatopia Party, DJ’s spinning on boats, surrounded by floats. Free Music every Sunday @ Commons Beach in Tahoe City. This park was literally my front yard, you can see my house in this pic. Such a sweet spot and fun summer!
Captain Bake on the Tahoe Gal, boating around Lake Tahoe!
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2013 (4 months)
My friend Captain Lee told me what it was like to work on a yacht, and that I could easily get a job. From that moment on I started to make moves to make that happen. So I moved to Ft. Lauderdale, the yachting mecca of the world, and took the necessary steps towards getting hired. Within a few months I was working and living full time on a 130 ft motor yacht that bounced around the Bahamas, and up and down the East Coast.
Firefighter Training, part of the 5 day STCW course that you pretty much have to take before you can get hired to work on a yacht as a US citizen. Fire fighting is intense! Mad respect… Captain Bake holdin’ it down!
Maxin’ n relaxin in Harbor Island Bahamas
Newport News, Virginia 2013 (6 months)
The boat I worked on was stationed in Virginia for 6 months. We would have ventured up to New England for a month or two if the boat hadn’t gotten struck by lightning while we were docked at the marina. Yes, that can happen, and it sucks. All of the electronics got fried, and we spent months under repair.
This is the tiny flagpole at the very front end of the boat, you can see a burn mark where the lightning bolt hit, and went through the entire electric system of the yacht.Although it’s a beautiful pic, we are in a shitty yard in Norfolk, VA where we spent several weeks in repair… Ugh… Champagne Campaignin’ @ the Tiki Bar in the Chesepeake
More pics in the yard…Hulled out!
Bahamas 2014 (4 months)
I got to spend several glorious months in the Bahamas while working on the boat. We spent a majority of time in the Abacos, and around Nassau, on the water, all day. When we weren’t working we were out wakeboarding, snorkeling, fishing, island and bar hopping, biking, and lookin’ for trouble. One day we were a mile off shore at a reef about to go surfing when a rogue wave flipped our boat over with 5 people in it. We had to paddle in on surfboards, it was crazy! I also met Ali here and he is the person who introduced me to the bulletproof diet, and podcasts, which has greatly improved my life. Alilujieah!
Champagne Campaignin’ @ Hole in the Wall, Bahamas. Fishin for the big daddies 🙂 Conchin’ and spearfishing in The Abacos after work Playing paddle ball on shell island outside of Baker’s Bay @ Guana Cay.
Paddle Boarding in Marsh Harbour
Charleston, South Carolina 2014-2015
After living and working on the boat full time for over a year, I decided it was time to take a break. One drawback of being a wandering gypsy is that you neglect your friends and family. I’ve been here for about a year now, teaching zumba classes, among other things. I also took a couple of months off to travel to Costa Rica and Peru which was pretty amazing.
The best Zumba students ever. Costumes and champagne make everything better My siblings! Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, while volunteering as an English Teacher for Proyecto Santa Teresa Machu Picchu, Peru after doing the Lares Trek
Taquile, Peru. A beautiful Island in Lake Titicaca
By July 1st (my 28th bday~) I will be up in Newport, Rhode Island. I’m going to spend a few months living there, in an RV I just bought, while working on a sailboat. I have no clue how to drive an RV and I barely know anything about sailing, but I guess I’m about to learn! Follow me on my blog, as I stumble and swerve my way through this next adventure. As I mentioned before, I’m a very absent minded gypsy diva, I’m always trying to recruit cool chicks to come do cool stuff with me. Bring it on! The Sailboat I’m working on for the summer
My summer home 🙂
You can see the sailboat and my RV in this pic…