Anna wears our Blossom Mini Dress
Birdsong Stories :: Beautiful Mama Boheme, Anna Tyrrell
Welcome to the second story in our series of KICK ASS BIRDSONG BABES // this is the story of beautiful mama boheme fashionista Anna @gypsysfind a wifey, mama to two beautiful boys, a creative soul with a gypsy heart.
When I first ‘virtually’ met Anna she was living in Bendigo and was about to have bub number two, now Anna and her family of four are in steamy Darwin. We adore Anna’s style, attitude and sense of humour and feel honoured to call her one of our Birdsong babes. So grab a wine and have a read of Anna’s story, be inspired and if you’re like me realise that we’re all in this together. Each and everyone of us unique yet the same.
Tell us a little bit about your story – where are you & how did you get there?
I’m in Darwin with my husband and two bubs living a steamy sweaty two under two life style surrounded by palms and ocean (which you can’t swim in) just doing our thing. We’re bits of gypsies, we’ve done a decade in Melbourne, then a few years back in our home town of Mildura, a short stint in Bendigo where our second bub was born, and now we’re here. My husband works in finance and we’re following his career around in this season of our lives; I’m the Mumma bear, the cook, the cleaner, the art teacher, the coffee consumer and collaborating creatively wherever I go.
You recently moved to Darwin, what had surprised you about living there?
I think the biggest suprise about Darwin is that I actually feel quite at home here. We’ve moved enough now to know that there is a honeymoon holiday period, then the daily grind kicks in and you either love or hate a place, you feel yourself or you dont. Darwin, we have fallen in love with, it is incredibly kid friendly (once you work out how to roll with the weather) and the tropical weather feels right. It’s also bigger than I thought.
We absolutely love your style, can you describe it?
I’m a very “un-done” kinda girl. Boho-vintage-minimal-luxe is that a thing? It can totally be a thing. I am drawn to colour, trinkets, embroidery, texture, silver, gold, prints and patterns but equally, I am drawn to earthy palettes, simple shapes and bare fabrics. I have an eclectic taste but like to curate things harmoniously and simply. I feel claustrophobic if I’m wearing too many layers or too much fuss, which is why I prefer warm weather and no bra.
What are your hottest tips for fashion in 2018?
Haha. When I was buying the womenswear for a store down south, I could give you a really sophisticated insightful answer, however I’m a little out of the loop with what’s going on (hello, #mumlife) but I’m feeling this late 80’s early 90’s vibe in a soft-luxe way coming through, lots of linens and subtle stripes, simple one piece shapes for summer, a return to culottes and yoked skirts (if I may), coin pendants, scrunchies, hair scarves, embellished backpacks, I don’t think the Moroccan trend is going anywhere which is awesome…loads of delicate camisoles which I’m so excited about as I always had to buy vintage! I can’t answer for winter though, winter doesn’t exist here in Darwin so for me it will be linen, camisoles, and a touch of bohemia all the way!
Has your style changed since becoming a mother?
Kind of, but not really. I think my style has remained true to its roots but the fabrics have changed. I used to wear a lot of silk, it’s now washable rayons and cottons. My tops get spew on them every day, despite the burp cloths, so they are constantly being hand washed and I have a few favourites on high rotation that I wear with my One Teaspoon shorts. I still pile on my favourite jewellery and haven’t come to any grief yet…yet. No make up, wet hair and tired eyes are just a given!
Anna is wearing our Edie Gypsy Hoops
You are a mother, fashion designer, photographer, stylist, wife & so much more – what advice would you give other new mothers on managing a creative career and family?
Balance. I’m not sure I’m the right person to be handing out advice as sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in everything I do; my mothering is chaotic, we moved cities when Santo was 6 months old, then we moved cities again when Matija was 8 weeks old. It’s just been go go go which is what I am used to, and why I take on so much and almost need to do that to feel like myself. I like to put myself out there, meet creatives in a new place and jump in head first – which is great to have an outlet, but I think being balanced is key. I’m learning this more each day. Being a freelancer suits me best, I have the boys in daycare two days a week and I can be fully present with my work commitments and get into a creative headspace.I also use this time to walk, swim or do yoga and catch up on anything else that needs doing (hello, scrubbing showers mainly). When the boys are home it means I can focus on them, have fun, play, be fully present as a mother.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you get a moment to yourself?
Read a book, on my big fluffy pillows, on the patch of light that hits my bed. I find this therapeutic. Or paint, I love painting pastel abstracts in oils.
What is your favourite thing about being a mother?
Seeing your child’s face light up. The sleepy cuddles. Their amazing skin. The words, the hilarious expressions, the “I love you”, the pure wonder of it all. The feeling of pride and protection of being someones mother. Its actually hard to put into words.
What inspires you?
Colours in nature, distant places, eastern architecture, ceramics, culture, paintings, India, Morocco, Greece, Spain, books, flowers, music, a feelting glimpse of someones style in the street.
Who are you style icons?
Jade Jagger, Helena Christensen, Margharita Missoni, Miroslava Duma.
Beautiful Mumma Bump in our Rivoli Dress in Pearl
What is your favourite thing to do on the weekends with your family?
Pile into the car, head for coffee, take a drive, see something new, watch the ocean, ride the train at the wildlife park and see some new animals, sing terribly to Fleetwood Mac.
What makes your heart sing?
My family eating ginger pancakes on the deck. Fresh flowers at a market. A glass of wine. Watching the sunset. Discovering new music. Belly laughs with my sister. Cuddles with my boys.
What gets you’re goat?
Bad customer service. Just smile and say hello. It’s really not that hard and it makes the world of difference to a Mum who has juggled two kids, bags, keys and dodged the dogs down the stairs into the car, out of the car, through the cafe door to order one small latte. It makes a huge difference.
With her second babe in our Onyx Rivoli Dress
How do you like to reset and recharge?
A walk by the ocean, the lull of the waves, the sea air and those beautiful tones that change with the weather! Cleaning my desk, rearranging my space and organising my diary helps me feel on top of my game. Having a cup of green tea with Brett once the kids are in bed and there’s only the toys left to put away is our nightly ritual to help recharge. If money and time was limitless I’d also throw in an Indian head massage, reflexology and hot stone massage.
Eek, I’m terrible recalling movies. I bloody loved Bridesmaids I just find it hilarious. 1000 foot Journey, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Chocolate. Anything set in India or France, let’s be honest.
Finally what are your words to live by?
You are exactly where you need to be. I’m someone that has suffered with anxiety for the last ten years, and still battle it from time to time. I find repeating mantras like this to myself super helpful and calming as living in this age of technology and needing to be switched on all the time, added to the general demands of motherhood and working for yourself can sometimes get too much and you feel you’re not keeping up, or quite authentic enough.
I hope you enjoyed this story from our Beautiful Boheme Mama. Now go and follow Anna over to her Instagram @gypsysfind or her blog, her latest Peace, Love + Smiles…let’s just say yup I’m feeling ya sister!
Until next time, peace out✌🏼 Edwina xx