Your Guide To A High Minded Lifestyle
Anja Charbonneau
Anja Charbonneau

  • Occupation
  • Founder of Broccoli magazine
  • Birthplace
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Zodiac
  • Scorpio

What do you actually do all day?
Walk to the office, puff on a Quill vape, write a billion emails, dig around in my book collection.

Why do you live in Portland?
I love plants, and Portland is incredibly green. It’s also helpful for my job that weed is recreationally legal here.

If you had one day left in Portland, what would you do?
In my fantasy version of this day, I get to wander the rose gardens while they are totally empty. Sensory overload for one.

My motto is…
Be nice and be chill.

My alter ego is…
Bananya, “the kitty who lives in a banana.”

My secret crush is…
A secret.

What was your first job?
I worked at a sandwich shop on Granville Island’s market in Vancouver, and I got fired.

What is your favorite travel destination?
I’m giving a psychic answer, which is that it will be Japan when I finally get myself there in 2019.

What is your favorite work of art?
My heart belongs to some personal pieces, like some paintings my Grandpa did, or a one-off Japanese print of chubby blue birds and peach trees that I found at Goodwill, but in terms of artists other people can find I’m really enjoying Hilma af Klimt, a Swedish mystic and painter who we profiled in our first issue of Broccoli. She painted works for the future, they were never meant to be shown until way after her death.

Favorite song growing up?
I have a distinct memory of hearing the “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John at a dance recital when I was super young and I thought it was so cool, and that the “la la la la la’s” sounded like a chorus of signing frogs, but I had no idea what it was until much later.

  • Elton John

    Elton John

  • Hilma af Klimt

    Hilma af Klimt

If you could be taken on a guided tour of anywhere in the world where would it be ?
The onsens of Japan, with my BFF leading the way. There is nothing better in the world than a hot spring followed by a multi-faceted meal while wearing slippers.

Favorite snack to munch on?
Apples with peanut butter.

What was the last thing you Googled?
The lyrics to Crocodile Rock.

What is a secret talent you have that people would be surprised to know?
My competitive spirit is kind of a talent, and it’s a secret unless you know me well.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People with bad intentions.

Who is your style icon?
Sailor Moon.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Never mind about that,” says a pair of socks my friend just gave me that she bought in Seoul. It’s my 2019 motto.

What are you most proud of?
Leaving a bad marriage after 11 years and reclaiming the important parts of myself.

Do you collect anything?
Houseplants, and glass orb paperweights.

  • Swimming
  • Favorite
  • Workout
    • Swimming

  • Steven Universe
  • Favorite
  • TV Shows
    • Steven Universe

    • Buffy

  • Labyrinth
  • Favorite
  • Movies
    • Labyrinth

    • Valerie

    • Her Week of Wonders

  • Empress Of
  • Favorite
  • Singers
    • Joni Mitchell

    • Empress Of

    • Bjork

  • @aleia
  • Favorite
  • People to Follow on Social Media