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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...

Central Park

Experiencing new places is like nothing else. I feel uncertain, trying to grasp where things are directionally, while enjoying the new sights and smells. One gets a heightened sensitivity to things. Buildings, plants, and people look different. The first day is usually the one where I notice all the differences to home. Our journey began in NYC which was  a great transition stop for us from our home in Europe. It was easy to get around on public transport, a big city, lots of variety in food, cultures, and activities. 

While traveling I've noticed the importance of versatile clothing. This year, I have found the most perfect, summer, travel dress. It's light weight, flowy, and chic. It can easily be dressed up or down. I could wear it to a wedding or to the park. It's wrinkly out of the suitcase but that's just the life of a low budget traveler.

The trip has been a delight so far.

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Have a great beginning to august!



3 things I noticed about my closet: #3 says I practice what I preach
Sifting through my closet last week, really gave me a better understanding of my style and the state of my closet.

1. My favourite pieces are summer/spring items. Growing up in Thailand has really influenced my style and my wardrobe. I struggle to buy truly warm clothes, or pieces that only work in winter. I like being able to wear shoes, dresses, and pants that work in every season.  I have made it work using cardigans, and lots of wool socks, but I rarely have anything that is actually winter appropriate. Buying coats and boots is so foreign to me and I never think they suit me.

2. I need some new neutral clothing.  I have a lot of colourful pieces, which sometimes makes it difficult to make outfits, because combined they are easily too much! I may talk to my husband and see if we can adjust our budget a bit the next few months to get some subdued, neutral staples to mix with my great colourful vintage pieces.

3. Vintage is very prevalent in my wardrobe. Many of my go-to pieces are over 20 years old and still in great shape. These staples are colourful or white blouses, pencil/circle skies and summer shorts. I love wearing vintage. It often lasts much longer, even if it is washed 10s of times. Vintage items are often cheaper than quality new clothes and accessories. That's why my closet has become primarily second-hand. New items of good quality are very expensive. Often worth it, but our budget only has one pricy piece a year calculated into it (again, Dominik we need to chat).

Anyways the moral of the story is, I learned a lot about my style and my clothes and am inspired to curate my closet and really keep it filled with the pieces that I love. I was also delighted to see that my closet has a lot of vintage pieces in it and that I practice what I preach when it comes to vintage.

What pieces are staples in your closet?



P.S. Have you ever used WaNeLo (WantNeedLove), it's an online shopping hub to collect wishlists and keep track of products you love.