Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

Not en vogue: human props.


I understand the thrill of traveling, particularly for a photoshoot. Even moreso if that photoshoot is somewhere exotic, new, and unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. When you have a strong bond with the photographer- which I definitely appreciate because many of my best friends are photographers-  it makes everything even more fun: the locations, the wardrobe, the styling, the props!

But the props…the props I’m noticing more and more in fashion are actual humans. Not like “here we’re posing together for this campaign, lookbook, or magazine” but “let’s use these kids or this withered man in the shot because they add such local flavor!”


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Art, Cambodia, Expat, lifestyle, Phnom Penh, Travel

ithinkasia: The Who, Part One

Photo: ithinkasia

Photo: ithinkasia

This past year I had the delight and honor to meet with some of the team at ithinkasia: a fresh, innovative, fun, and impactful pre and post production house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Getting to know the business was one brilliant thing (I still couldn’t even begin to explain the ins and outs of a production house, but getting to know the team behind the name was an even bigger treat.

Not only does ithinkasia use the skills they have to add benefit a growing and emerging market- but they do it with heart. Meet Lee, one of the awesome guys I met when diving into their world of animation, drawing, and storytelling.

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Cambodia, Expat, lifestyle, Personal, Phnom Penh

An update.

Photo credit: Jesse Morrow

All may seem quiet on the Southeast Asian front in the life of Anna- however it’s anything but. Hence my lack of blog posts. Nothing exorbitantly exciting (other than some freelance work based things that I am actually really chomping at the bit about) has happened since the out-of-towners left but I’ve managed to stay busy with various things- photoshoots, designing, working on collaborations, freelancing, networking, working, etc etc etc.

This post will be short, since I literally don’t have much to say about my own personal life, well- at least that I want on the internet. Have to keep some of the mystery alive, eh?

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Cambodia, Expat, lifestyle, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

The Best Coast.


I’m sitting at my wonderful desk with my Panpuri diffuser wafting lemongrass into the air, the kittens are making their rounds about the apartment- mewing here and pawing there- and rapid fire video game noises and cliché phrases are overtaking the living room thanks to Call of Duty. There isn’t anything all that out of the ordinary. The smells are the same, the sounds are generally the same (although the headphones are about to go on for some Lana for some, you guessed it, West Coast)- but the general aura is different. How come?

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Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Time for Slime.

Here you go, Phnom Penher’s trapped inside your homes due to the masses of people cramming the streets for Water Festival! If you’re brave (or haven’t stocked up on the essentials…) maybe slide over to your closest beauty shop or pharmacy and try to track down a snail mucous mask. Yeees. From WUPP!‘s November issue, Highlight & Gloss. unnamed Or read on: Continue reading

Beauty, Cambodia, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh, Travel

“Jewels of war”

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Mondays can be merde. A lot of people like to use the term “It’s not Mondays you hate, it’s your job” or something along those lines. I don’t necessarily think that’s true, I don’t hate my job, but I really dislike Mondays- but oh well; call me Garfield and give me some lasagna. This Monday though was pretty exciting.

Particularly because of the article that featured TEMPER as one of their eco-friendly brands on BBC; what an honor! We couldn’t be doing these things without a wonderful team and workshop here in Phnom Penh, amazing customers around the globe, a fabulous support team from sea to shining sea, and an amazing business partner (here’s lookin’ at you Jesse!), and the wonderful back story of our collection.

Take a peek HERE, if you’re keen!