Who’s That Girl? Anna of Branch and Birdie

At 18 I ran as quickly as I could from my two stoplight town, to New York City where I dabbled in the fashion and modeling industry.

At 19 I tried out Los Angeles and motherhood all at once. Three years later my daughter and I headed back to the Big Apple in search of something more. What I did find was my soul mate, and we moved out West together to bask in a few of San Diego’s rays. Sunny yes! Creativity and culture? Not so much!

So a Medical Assistant Certification, a marriage and one more baby later my little family of four and I trudged to the rainy town of Portland, OR. Now at 25 years old here I am.

My life has already started, it’s in process and I knew I would not ever be content without creating and decorating.

I had always dreamed of having a little boutique full of local artist’s goods, but I never would have imagined that I would be able to become that local artist. I had sold some of my handmade jewelry in stores before, but did I have the motivation to start up my own empire? Then I discovered Etsy! Fantastic! Phenomenal! A mecca of beauty and vision! With a few click clicks on my computer keyboard, and some design help from my genius filmmaker husband (owner of Two Penguins Productions) I plunged forward and started up Branch and Birdie.

I find my inspiration in nature, scavenging through thrift stores and watching my daughters draw and play! As women we are being profiled from birth, directed to become the celestial being of beauty- but don’t you think that it’s time we take charge? Diaper in one hand, courage and confidence in the other? So good bye NYC glamour and hello PDX basement! I’ve traded my Louboutins in for a sewing machine, and couldn’t be happier.

Shrinking Violet is Funky-Free in the UK

Shrinking Violet, the unique clothing shop in Bristol, has quite an adorable miseducated team and message. They have fun wherever they go and the gorgeous clothes they sell and wear have to add tons of extra smiles to the day. When I’m wearing something extremely cute I feel like I radiate rainbows and maybe that impacts the world around you!

“Shrinking Violet is a shop created because of the lack of braveness in the alternative fashion scene, we started it because everything that was “alternative” just looked the same to us and we wanted to be different! We want people to feel happy and bright in there clothes because we believe that wearing something fabulous puts you in a great mood :)! Most of our clothes are handmade and fair trade and designed by us! Don’t be afraid to be different girls and boys! The world needs more people like you!!”

xxx, Shrinking Violet to Miseducated ladies

ride your bike

the shop

a world of their own

Of course the girls of Shrinking Violet have colorful, loud and lovely personal spaces!~ Miseducated mayhem!

All photos by Shrinking Violet, designed and manipulated by Amber Renee.