Posts tagged fashion
Pesky Persistence
I'm a reader now, I have been for about 5 years. I recently read this great chart called The Life of a Project from Austin Kleon's book Steal Like an Artist. It depicts the life of a creative project perfectly. I identified with it so much! I have to share it. I often get stuck in the "This is gonna take some time" phase. Then, at times, I get bored.


I have a million projects going. Making my own clothes, beauty products, creating artworks, blogging, vintage vending and writing a book. I love the initial phase of a project. Great ideas, learning all kinds of new things. But sticking to any of it is tough.

What do you do to carry on with motivation in a project?

Cheers,

Anna
Continuing My Ethical Clothing Journey pt. 1
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
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?

Cheers,

Anna


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


Fashion Show: Anne Gorke
When traveling to Berlin, I was most excited about Anne Gorke's fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  Her collection was called Artichoke.  Here are a few impressions of it.  


The green in her collection is very much like my favorite color!  :) 


This coat is a great cut, and I am a big fan of her styling.  The braids and the footwear were a nice match for the clothes.


After the show we had the pleasure of attending the party at a design firm in Berlin Mitte.  We could look at the collection up close and it was just wonderful.  Such great material and color palette.  The materials Anne used were lush and lovely to touch.

  It was great to have a chance to chat with Ms. Gorke and her friends and acquaintances.  You could really tell that her partner and friends were very involved and a great support to Anne.

 Naturally as a snack the caterers served artichokes.

Thank you Anne Gorke for creating and presenting such an inspiring and admirable collection. And thank you for the invitation to the show and the after party.

Cheers,

Anna

P.S.  I'm just waiting until the collection is being produced then I'm going to save up and buy a piece so I can have a Gorke. 


Berlin: Kreuzberg







As I said yesterday, my good friend Patricia and I ventured to Berlin for fashion week this summer.  We stayed in the Hipster neighborhood called Kreuzberg. We stayed at Tina's place from AirBnb.

 Kreuzberg is a wonderful place filled with texture and party.  We're not much of the partiers, but we did enjoy the occasional beverage at the many delightful hole in the wall bars in Kreuzberg.

If you're ever planning on visiting Berlin, let me know.  I love it and can recommend a few places.

One I'll share later this week.

Anna
Swapped
 Last sunday, I had a pleasure of joining some local ladies for a clothing swap.  There were yummy drinks, baked goods, clothing, and fun folks.  People have been putting on some great events at Action House









The swap was also a charity event.  Half of the clothes that each attendant brought was set aside for a local charity. The other half was organized by size and then hung or displayed for folks to look through and take home.  Whatever was left at the end, was also donated.  Kudos to the planners of the event!  It was a fantastic time and for a good cause.

 Action House is really booming these days. They have creative writing classes, sewing courses, song writing and recording, clothing swaps, concerts and many more fantastic things happening.   I am also selling my vintage delights there at every show in fall and winter.  More about that tomorrow.  

Have you ever been to a clothing swap? This was my first one!  I had a great time and would recommend it. 

Anna


Talk Shop: my styling go-tos
I love talking shop.

Today I wanted to share two of my favorite items I use for styling my shop outfits.

There are two items which I use in almost every photo shoot.  These heels by Laura and this vintage leather belt.

These two accessories encompass my natural, simplistic styling aesthetic.  I am not a very glittery lady.  As you may have noticed.  These two items jazz up outfits just the right amount.


This belt is from my own closet.  I don't ever plan to abandon it.  It is a great quality vintage piece that I will wear until it dies (or I die). 

These pumps on the other hand were bought as a business investment.  I rarely wear heels of any sort in real life.  But I needed a "wow" shoe to accompany some of my "wow" items in the shop.  

One thing I really love about these shoes is the 70s thick heel. I have only worn these shoes twice in real life.  Once, to my fashion show, where I presented Olive Green Vintage items.  The other time was a date night which luckily only required 30 minutes total of walking and standing.  Otherwise it has only been in my photo shoots. 




Well, I love talking shop

Do any of you have any other shop related questions.  I would love to answer any that may pop into your head.

cheers,

Anna


Shirt to Dress Restyle

I have been waiting to share this project with you for some time now.  I am super proud of it because I am just a beginner in sewing.  And this dress turned out just great.

 It is currently my favorite dress and if I could, I would wear it everyday.


 I bought this vintage shirt.  It is 4 sizes too big for me but I could see that it could become a fantastic dress.  So, I took it to my friends at Action House and asked the Naehkoenigin for help.  They gave me some tips about how to execute it.  They were a wonderful resource.

Like I said, a few months ago I love shirt-dresses and I am so excited to have one in this lovely floral pattern.

 I took the sleeves off, took the sides in and added the sleeves to the bottom for some extra length.









Have you been sewing anything these days? I am really loving getting back into it!

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna

I have also shortened a few pieces for the shop which turned out fantastically!  Hurray for sewing.
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Ladies and Gentlemen!
I've been stocking my shop with both women's and men's items.  And I noticed that they would make great pairs.  

All of these looks can be found in the shop.  1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.

I am just loving having designated work days for my shop!   There are new items in my shop daily now!

Which look is your favorite?  I know it is hard to choose...

Anna
Fantastic Fashion Show
Steven Tai caught my eye at Capsule the fashion showroom.  I asked him about his work and he told me the story of this nerdy woman.  His work is incredibly detailed and fascinating.  They were fantastic to touch.  The multiple layers and interesting silhouettes kept me intrigued and inspired.

Steven then invited me to his show the following day.  I gladly accepted and here are some of my favorite looks in the show.



 To see a video about this wicked tunic click here.








As you can see in this final look he used hundreds of layers of this fantastic thick raw cotton.  It is gorgeous to look at and to feel.

The show was great.  It was an honor to be there.  It was my first ever fashion show at fashion week.  I had a blast!

Thank you Steven for such a fantastic show and for creating such inspiring work!

Thanks for reading, lovelies.

Anna
Capsule Berlin 2012
While I was in berlin I was able to attend some great fashion events.  It was fashion week and I attended Capsule a showroom exhibiting fantastic contemporary streetwear designers' work.



Many of the pieces there were Spring Summer collections for 2013.  So, I couldn't photograph them, however they are definitely something to look forward to.

There was a fantastic mix of work, some crazies and some for the common.  Here are a few of the labels that really caught my eye.

Steven Tai: 


 Franks swimwear: Those green ones were fantastic!


 Oddities Clothing and the illustration work by Susie Wright.


 Gram:  I think these shoes might have been the favorite thing I saw all day!



 Shwood eyewear

Bergnerschmidt:  jewelry made out of concrete.  photo from website
A Kind of Guisephoto from website


I was incredibly inspired by the whole show and could not wait to share it with you.

These folks are living their dreams and creating fantastic work.

Thank you all of you who showed at Capsule in Berlin this year.

Thank you lovelies for reading.

Anna