Goyagoya, a Women’s Designer Store in Frankfurt

On my recent trip to Frankfurt I had  a few new stores on my list to explore. Frankfurt is growing its design scene and exiting stuff is happening. One of the stores on my list was Goyagoya, a women’s clothing design store. I’m happy to tell you, it did not disappoint. Swiss designer Elena Zenora Hock informs her designs from her upbringing in Italy: timeless, elegant, yet whimsical and fun.


I tried the dresses below on to the left. Oh my goodness, the colors were so flattering, and the dress as comfortable as a T-shirt, yet so elegant and tailored. This might have been my first time trying designer clothes for adults (if you have been reading this blog you’ll know I mostly write about children’s designers), and I’m hooked. The quality is just that much better. The dresses pictured were in the $200 range, not exactly in my budget. But there was a huge sale section under $100. My friend ended up getting the cutest skirt, and she wasn’t even shopping that day._mg_6304karsten-und-katharina-2img_6067karsten-und-katharina_mg_6307karsten-und-katharina

My friend bought the grey and white striped skirt pictured above (to the left),  which looked so elegant on her.  I was more drawn to the polk a dot skirts. The staff was so patient and helpful. I really felt at home.

If you are in Frankfurt, do cross the bridge to Sachsenhausen. Brueckenstrasse is right near the bridge Eisener Steg and has several interesting designer stores. You can spend all day there.

Have a lovely day,


All pictures taken by me with a Canon 5d Mark ll, with a 50mm f/1.2 lens.  


Goyagoya, a Women’s Designer Store in Frankfurt

Handmade in New Mexico- A Gift Guide


Last weekend I heard of two large Holiday Markets in New Mexico (I’m sure there were more), one in Albuquerque and one in Santa Fe. I went to the one in Albuquerque and I was struck how may talented creatives we have here. It prompted me to start a gift guide of the ones I have been admiring through Instagram for some time now. Take a look and consider buying from these makers for your Christmas shopping.

  1. Cynthia Jones Jewelry: I got to meet Cynthia Jones in person last weekend, and she is so easy to talk to, which I find helpful when shopping for Jewelry. I have been wanting to buy a small but beautiful necklace for everyday. And she had just the thing. Her stacking rings are next on my list to buy.
  2. Quail Studio: Designer Emily Howe makes beautiful wool felt objects for the home. I would love one of her baskets to catch all my nicknacks.
  3. Modern Folkware:Studio potter Jennie Johnsrud makes these beautiful housewares. These are the kind of dishes you will keep forever.

    4. Barro by Lucrecia: I have seen her pottery in person in various places and they look as good as on the pictures. If you don’t like the modern look above you might appreciate her fun whimsical style.


    Do you have any favorite makers in New Mexico? Happy Christmas shopping. Buy less but better.


Handmade in New Mexico- A Gift Guide

The Perfect Homeschool Room



this post is about what would be a dream come true for me: a designer helping a home-school mom to design a room where she can teach her kids. Can you imagine?? Edie from Lifeingrace had the good fortune to do just that. That is after her  previous house burned down and they had lost everything. So don’t be too jealous. Take a look.



Here is what Edie says about her room:” The multitasking type of room has long been a dream of mine.   A room that’s like me—–that reads and does laundry and blogs and dabbles in paints and maps and printing and child-rearing and bird watching.  We’ve only lived here two weeks but I can’t even  count the hours we’ve already spent in here.”

updatedworkroom3A place for everything, even the works of Luther. Love it.



Here comes the surprise. Not only is this room a school room but also a laundry room!!! This makes total sense to me, since that is what my days are all about: schooling, blogging, and laundry.workroom5


Edie assures her readers that her room is NEVER this clean and organized. The green table for example gets cleaned about 27 times a day only to be cluttered with new projects again. The family spends their whole day in this room, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Friends, this rooms speaks to me on so many levels. When you are home with children all day you want it to be a happy and aesthetic place, and one that functions well. We use our front room as a library/school/play room. Now I need to work harder in making it look prettier. However the washer/dryer will stay in the laundry room…

How about you, is your space working for you? Is it pretty enough where you want to spend all day in it? I know most of us can’t afford a designer, still the smallest changes like drapes, pillows, and a couch cover can make a big difference.

Happy decorating!


The Perfect Homeschool Room