Growing up: at 28


Getting older, I don't mind it. Not yet anyway. 

Growing up, it means more freedom and more responsibility. Dominik (my husband) says I've really changed. I am just as motivated and able to relax as ever, but Dom says there are a few small things that have changed drastically since he met me at 17 years old. I think responsibility and freedom are the two things that have influenced these little changes. 

He says I've cleaned up a lot. haha. I am much more punctual and tidy. My clothing, the spaces I live and work in, have all become more neat. 

I have changed. Those of you that knew me just 7 years ago are probably nodding your heads right now. I was dressed super raggedy. At that time I was volunteer at a homeless youth center, and one day one of the street kids asked me, "Hey Anna, are you one of the volunteers or clients here?" It was pretty clear that I looked like I lived on the streets. I had always worn what I wanted, regardless of what others around me were wearing. I wore the same thing almost every day. In college, my clothes said, "I don't care." 

One year after that, I was done with my masters in teaching, wearing pencil skirts, and granny blouses. Growing up to me at 24 meant dressing like an old lady. Teaching was the first time in my life that I was in charge, fully in charge (responsibility). This is when getting places on time and dressing a bit more presentable became necessary. My punctuality and appearance reflected me, and making a good impression with my appearance mattered, for what felt like the first time. I remember it being really uncomfortable to dress a certain way for others. It plagued me, almost morally. 

Growing up at 28 is embracing freedom and responsibility, in turn, doing what's right for me, but ready to put others above myself. I think I'm finding a healthier balance in myself, and in my style. I dress presentably. I try to wear things that are multifunctional, that I can wear teaching, playing music, or travel in. Having the freedom to do all these wonderful things comes with a lot of responsibility. I love growing up!

It's interesting, looking at the superficial changes that have been happening in my 20s. It's fun to try and find out what was and is motivating me to dress and act the way I do.

Superficial changes usually indicate inner changes. Agree or disagree?


P.S. I turn 29 on Wednesday. We'll see what growing up to me means at 29...



This weekend we are enjoying tunes at Maifeld Derby in Mannheim. I have asked to go to this festival the past two years as my birthday present from Dominik (he doesn't mind at all). They have a great lineup and it is super close to our house. We can even take the train home at night and sleep in our own beds which is super luxurious compared to most festival experiences. haha. 

This year's draws for me have been Jose Gonzalez and Musee Mecanique!

I can't help but share all the wonderful acts at Maifeld Derby Festival on Instagram. Follow along if you like!  



Shop Update: Spring 2015

My sister-in-law Jessie and I worked on a little shop update this past two weeks. We listed some treasures that have been hiding in my secret collection for quite some time. I haven't worked on my vintage shop in a long time! But I'd really like to regularly update it this spring and summer!

Check out this wicked two piece dress!

It's finally time to debut some lovely models that I have recruited over the years. My delightful friend Patricia looked bomb in this two piece dress!

Apart from this floral summer look, here are some wicked rocker leather pants!

and this is my friend Caro; isn't she super pretty and cute!

Last but not least my lovely sister-in-law Jessie, isn't she a looker.

To check out other vintage shop items, you are welcome to visit my online shop or visit me locally at Frohmarkt at Action House on June 14th!

I feel really inspired to get work done, to follow my passions. I usually feel overwhelmed by my long list of hobbies and creative tasks. But this spring, I am ready to do what I can. I can create when I can, make, write, design when I can and that's as much as I can do. There's no pressure to do all of it but I am trying to be intentional about scheduling time to do some of these things I have really been wanting to do, like work on my shop and post some new things!

Thanks for reading lovelies!



Frohmarkt: June 14th 2015


SO 14. June 11:00 am

Action House Frohmarkt is happening for the second time. This time it's all about spring and early summer. There will be plants, vintage clothing, designer jewelry, and healthy and delicious snacks. Additionally, there will be live music, a few workshops, and maybe even a couple of local chickens. 

If you are interested in selling something at this green market please write an email to You are welcome to sell plants, fashion or other handmade things. 

Registration deadline:
June 3, 2015
Price : 8 , - / m and a delicious cake
June 14, 2015
11-16 clock


S0  14. Juni 11:00 Uhr

Der Frohmarkt geht in die zweite Runde. Diesmal ganz im Zeichen des Frühlings.
Es gibt Pflanzen, Vintagemode, Designerschmuck und gesunde Snacks. Dazu live Musik und ein Workshop-Programm (u.A. auch Kinderkunst) und zwei echte Hennen.
bitte per Mail an, bitte Kategorie angeben (Pflanzen, Mode oder Handgearbeitetes). Du hast den Stand fest, sobald wir dir Rückmeldung geben.

3. Juni 2015
Preis: 8,-/m und einen leckeren Kuchen für den Barverkauf.
14. Juni 2015
11-16 Uhr

I'd love to see you therer!!



This Last Week: Getting Shit Done


A bit of a change in life and I can focus and really spend my time doing what feels good. 

I am proud of my accomplishments this last week! Dominik was away on an extended field trip with students and I lived the single life. I missed him a lot, and I love life with him much more, don't get me wrong. But, I guess it helps to get stuff done when you have a week more or less to yourself. When reflecting back on it, I began counting the hours and seeing why I felt really good about how I spent my time last week.

Out of the 168 hours in a week, last week I clocked (give or take a few hours):
- 6 working on my online vintage shop
- 53 sleeping
- 9 eating
- 3 planning for my business and events
- 1.5 driving
- 4 reading
- 6 watching "Friends"
- 32 working at school
- 1 talking on the phone
- 15 making art
- 15 hanging out with friends
- 2,5 cleaning the house
- 7 working in the garden
- 2 shopping for groceries and plants
- 3 blogging
- 6 surfing the web
- 4 cooking
- 0 quality time with my husband : (

Finallly working in the garden. 

Keeping house.

Hanging out with my little friend Theo. 

Screen-printing with my students.

Painting still-lives in the art class I am taking, and not teaching!

Are you really doing the things you want to be doing? Or just going through the motions?



Nesting: Garden Makeover Inspiration


1. Shirley Kurata, 2. 3. 4.

I'm hoping that our outdoor spaces will be cozy, comfy and welcoming. These inspirational spaces have nice lighting, inviting seating, rugs, and color. These spaces capture the essence of what I am hoping for!

To see more of my inspiration you can follow my Garden pin-board on

Wish me luck!