40 Facts...

19.3.15

  • I love plants but don't care for them well (yet).
  • I wear the most lovely sheepskin slippers every moment I'm at home. 
  • Frequently I can't sleep.
  • My husband and I do almost everything together, play in a band, work at the same school, sleep, etc...
  • I've only made love to one man.
  • I haven't picked my favorite art form yet. 
  • This house is the only place I can really call my home. The other places I've lived were all home but not MY HOME (I've moved a lot).
  • Summer is my most favoritest season. 
  • I invite people over to our place mostly so that I don't have to leave our home. 
  • I'm not a morning person, no matter how much I want to be. 
  • I have 10 childrens' names already picked out, but only plan on having 2-3 kids.
  • My first CD was Lauryn Hill's Misseducation. 
  • I learned to draw when I was 19 years old and then studied art in University. 
  • Buying lamps is one of my weaknesses.
  • I haven't found a food that I like to eat within an hour of waking up. 
  • Recently more often than not, I am waiting for a package from amazon.com
  • Showering is a bi-weekly thing for me in winter.
  • I play music with my husband (Dominik Baer) in his band. (oh I already mentioned this).
  • I make up songs and dances just for fun, but also to make my husband laugh.
  • Printmaking is a process I will always love!
  • I married a man that grew up moving every 2 years. At times I secretly want to stay in one place forever. 
  • Spicy instant-noodles are my favorite midnight snack. 
  • I got to know some of my best friends on msn messenger in the late 90s. 
  • I have cried at every wedding I've ever been to, even if I don't know the couple. 
  • I cry often. Shedding tears left and right, more often happy than sad.
  • People say I'm a good communicator, though I feel as if I can't speak any language properly. 
  • I wasn't a picky eater until I moved to Germany at 24 years old. 
  • My favorite hobby is learning how to do something new. I'm most interested when I'm constantly learning new things about a subject or skill. 
  • I was a vegetarian for 4 years. Now I eat everything. 
  • Teaching art at a school both sucks up all my creativity and inspires me to create at the same time. I give away too many good ideas to my students.
  • I love watching good movies again and again.
  • I will never be a minimalist. 
  • I smoked my first cigarette all alone, when I was 13. I got the spins and had to lie down. 
  • One of my friends growing up once said to me "Anna, we're the cool kids at school." That day I  realized she wasn't that cool. 
  • Nights alone at home are my favorite.
  • At times I wish the world had one universal language that was a combination of the best words in every language. Feierabend = party evening, after work, in german, graeng jai = apologetic about inconveniencing someone, in Thai, and gizmo= meaning gadget in English, etc...
  • I can't remember the last time I was bored. 
  • I chemically straightened my hair when I was in grade 8. It didn't work at all.
  • Loving myself has always been a struggle of mine.
  • Loving others has come easy to me. I have only hated being around a hand-full of people in the duration of my life.
Thanks for reading lovelies. 

Cheers,

Anna

#40facts4thehive

I'm going to The Hive

18.3.15

The Hive is a blogger conference, this year being held in Berlin. I am delighted and excited to join up with and hear from a number of online story-tellers. I'm heading to the capital city in two weeks. Dominik is going to play a number of shows while we are there!

Image from Cocorrina, one of the speakers at the conference. Check out her design work. It's wicked!

I'm spending my spring break playing music, making art, and learning more about digital story-telling, what are you doing?

Cheers,

Anna

Amsterdam Shop Window: HutSpot

4.3.15

Hutspot was one of the shop / cafes I wanted to visit while in Amsterdam. It is an independent stylish hipster mall. They have a barbershop, a home-wares and clothing shopping section, a cafe and then at night they have a bar.




























Photo courtesy of Hutspot.com all other photos by me. 


It's a lovely place to peruse around and be inspired.




Hutspot has a lot to offer.  Next time you're in Amsterdam be sure to drop by and get your hair cut, a yummy fresh juice, some new ethically made clothes, or a cocktail at the bar. 

Have you ever been to Amsterdam, where are your favorite places to visit?

Thanks for reading lovelies, have a good day. 

Cheers,

Anna

Here are a few of my other favorite spots in Amsterdam. Six & Sons, Restored, Latei.  


ps.  If you are wondering.  click below.

Amsterdam Influx

2.3.15

This time visiting Amsterdam, I really wanted to move there. The museums, the architecture, the bikes, the interior and fashion design, this little city has so much to offer.  It really feels like a place I could see Dominik and I living in the future. It is touristy, like heidelberg, but I can live with that. Maybe one day when I go on to get my masters in fine arts or if we get teaching jobs there.

One thing's for sure, is that every time I visit Amsterdam, I have an influx of ideas and inspiration. I feel the great desire to make my dreams happen and be creative.


I think what draws me most to Amsterdam is how small everything is. It's not about quantity, it's about quality. The art museums are manageable, the streets are narrow, littered with interesting specialty shops, and peoples' well decorated apartments. The city is easily explored on bike, or on foot. It's a lot but not too much. "Klein aber fein," as the Germans would say. 




 *My good friends, Amy, Julian and Anne came along for the adventure which was a real treat.


We visited the Rijksmuseum, saw some of the Dutch Masters. I felt very privileged.

* These two little guys, were REAL KIDS. Dominik an I saw them playing in a park and we asked to take their photo.  They still have imagination and were playing outside. I hope our children will still do this! Who are their parents I want to talk to them...



If I lived in Amsterdam would you visit me?

Cheers,

Anna

We Are Young...

1.3.15

Or so I thought...

Life is short. I can't believe how fast the years are passing. This summer will be 10 years since I graduated from high school. I always say, "We are young, we have all the time in the world to do all the things we'd like to do."

I'm nearly 30, my lady doctor told me just the other day that the clock is ticking. What? My biological clock is ticking? I can remember the day I became a woman, like it was yesterday.

I'm a generally content person. I enjoy life, I take life in slow, delightful strides. My nature is to make life work and take opportunities as they come.

It turns out I don't have much time here on earth and I need to focus on the few things I would like to do and do them! I don't mean I'm not going to go out and make a baby (don't get too excited mom). But at 28 almost 29 years old, I really need to take some time to really think about what I want to do with my years here on earth.

There just aren't as many years left, as I thought.


Continuing My Ethical Clothing Journey pt. 1

19.2.15

I began my ethical clothing journey, without even knowing about the terrible factory conditions and environmental pollution garment production can cause.

I bought second-hand because it was cheap, unique and often better quality than new garments at my price point. I thought, there are so many great pieces of clothing and accessories that already exist, why need to buy only new items. I have had a love for vintage for years and I opened a vintage shop because I found so many splendid pieces and wanted others to own them.



Recently I've been moved to research further into fair and ethical clothing. In order to even begin acting on it, I've needed to learn more about the subject. There are horrifying numbers and stories of garment makers working conditions and the millions of gallons of clean water is being polluted by toxins, the stories go on and on.

I began by reading a bit about my favorite local brands like Vera Moda and Mango are doing about it. Which isn't much,(H&M at least have a conscious line of clothes.)


Then, I ordered Greta Eagan's book Wear No Evil. It's a great resource published last year about the situation. It gives a break down of which ethical issues are presented when garments are made, and finally a great list of companies/brands that are making a stand in some of the regards.

My top concerns are...
  • fair-wages for garment makers
  • garments are made with natural materials / organic when possible
  • company transparency 


I'm overwhelmed with the topic and I can't help but talk about it.

I don't want you to feel guilty and I don't want to feel guilty. I just want to be more conscious with my purchases and really buy things that I love and that will last.

Thanks for reading.

Do you have any thoughts or resources about where to start in a ethical fashion journey?

Cheers,

Anna