#Shopsmall on Small Business Saturday!

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I am extremely grateful to be able to own and operate a small business. It has afforded me so many little pleasures in the form of challenges to grow through as well as triumphs to celebrate. I hope you will join me in supporting #smallbusinesssaturday by participating in the #shopsmall movement today and every day. I’ve listed just a few of my favorite small businesses below!

xo,
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Join Me @ the Studio for our Holiday Celebration on December 3rd!

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Hi guys! Wanted to pop in and tell you about the holiday mixer that I am taking part in at the studio! It’s happening December 3rd from 12 noon -5pm. The shop above me is called Classie Nailcare Salon and together we are putting on a holiday celebration and would love for you to join us! There will be new styles and holiday gifts to shop as well as a great mani/pedi/facial package for you to take advantage of. There will even be gift certificates available, as well as hors d’oeuvres + dessert! R.S.V.P. by November 30th to [email protected] Looking forward to seeing you there!

xx,
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New Styles on Deck!

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Hey guys! I’ve created a few new styles for Holiday that I am excited to share with you. They are being added to the shop this week!  In the meantime, I am gearing up for my trip to San Francisco this weekend, where Lori and I will be GATHERING with a few amazing small business owners to support, encourage and discuss issues related to our businesses. If you are interested in joining us, we’d love to have you. Email your RSVP to [email protected] and we’ll send you over the deets! In the meantime, Have a fabulous Wednesday!!

xo,
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Join Me in San Francisco this Saturday, Nov. 19th!

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Hey guys, this coming Saturday, Lori Christensen of Carde Blanche + One-Per_Week and I are hosting a meet up in San Francisco at 11:30am. Join us for GATHER (the Give And Take of Honest Evaluation + Resources) a no frills intimate gathering for women business owners + solopreneurs who are looking for honest dialogue and open conversation about life as a small business owner. Join us for a no-host lunch and conversation amongst ourselves, offering support, encouragement and dissection of issues we may be facing as we aim to grow our businesses for 2017. RSVP by emailing [email protected] Hope to see you there!

xo,
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I was Interviewed by Seeing Beauty Blog!

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Hey guys! I’m excited to announce that I was recently interviewed by my friends Karina + Shaleah of Seeing Beauty Blog. I met Karina when I attended the Blogcademy workshop in San Francisco a few years back and then Karina put me in touch with Shaleah, whom I had the pleasure of meeting when she came to visit this past summer. Karina + Shaleah run Seeing Beauty, where they offer usable business tips and courses for creative entrepreneurs. BTW, for any of my camera-shy, introverted readers, who may also be business owners, I can’t speak highly enough of their new course, “Change Your Lens” (2 weeks to better business photos). I took this class and it was a great help in showing you how to photograph yourself in ways that are natural to you. In fact, all of the photos of me used in the interview came from me taking their course!! Anyway, do check it out. In the meantime, here is a snippet from my interview::

When effortless grace, uncompromising values, fierce attention to detail and inspirational style come together you probably just encountered Ayanna Listenbee. Completely wowed by her designs and charmed by her humility, we recently met with this ageless beauty in Pasadena, California to talk about her work and to find out how she does it all and makes it look so easy…

Why did you start designing?

Designing has been a passion of mine since the beginning. But early on in my college years, I was just unwilling to embrace it, because I didn’t think I could make a living for myself in fashion. Thankfully I got past that belief! Designing is kind of like a natural state for me and when I am not doing it, I don’t feel as alive. I started doing custom clothing while I was working for Liz Claiborne Swimwear, just after college. That lead to creating my own capsule clothing line. Then, with the impending birth of my first child in 2005, I began creating leather handbags and from that, the Ayanna Listenbee Collection was born.

Read the full interview here

Click here for more information about Seeing Beauty,  and here to see more of the fabulous courses they offer.

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Field Trip:: MOOD Fabrics

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Stacks on stacks on stacks in the leather aisle . . .

Fabric stores are like playgrounds for me . . .

Fabric stores are like playgrounds for me . . .

Neutrals . . .

Neutrals . . .

An expanse of color, texture + drape . . .

An expanse of color, texture + drape . . .

Thanks Diana for introducing me to Mood!

Thanks Diana for introducing me to Mood!

Are you familiar with Mood Fabrics? If you’ve ever watched Project Runway, you might recognize Mood as the fabric store the designers usually go to to get fabric and trims for their projects. That particular Mood is in New York, but we have had a Mood store here in Cali since 2007. Until last weekend I had never been there. My friend Diana decided enough is enough and dragged me kicking and screamin- . . . . okay, not true, she did decide enough was enough, but I definitely was not dragged, and any screams that may have been overheard can definitely be attributed to squeals of delight.  The leather aisle had a nice selection of colors and textures. I fell in love with a tie dye lambskin that I actually forgot to take a photo of. (At the moment I am limited to taking photos of leather because I can get carried away with purchasing fabrics and since I am heading into production, the only leather I need to be buying are the ones I need for production #designerdilemas). Anyway, there was definitely a lot of eye candy, and inspiration abounds for me when surrounded by bolts of fabric. It’s definitely worth checking out.
If you are interested in visiting MOOD fabric they are located at: 645 S. LaBrea Av. Los Angeles, CA 90036 | T:323.653.3663 | M-F 9-7 Sat: 10-5 Sun: CLOSED

xx,
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Life in Pictures:: Week of 10.2.16

My friend D came to visit me @ the studio and we snuck off to enjoy a happy hour treat in celebration of our latest accomplishments!

Last week my friend D came to visit me @ the studio and we snuck off to enjoy a happy hour treat in celebration of our latest accomplishments!

Participated in a super fun photo shoot for the launch of a friend's wonderful new business on Tuesday. Can't wait to share!

Participated in a super fun photo shoot for the launch of a friend’s wonderful new business on Tuesday. Check out these gold boots I wore for the shoot!! Too fabulous!

After the shoot I was treated to my veryfirs (definitely not the last) Umami Burger... so. freakin. good.

After the shoot I was treated to my very first (definitely not the last) Umami Burger… so. freakin. good.

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On Friday, my friend Diana + I explored the Arts District Co Op, where I became an awkward angel and once again exerted my dis-ease in front of the camera . . .

Here is the interior of the Arts District Co Op . . . such a beautiful creative space with lots of goodies to spend your $$ on . . .

Here is the interior of the Arts District Co Op . . . such a beautiful creative space with lots of goodies to spend your $$ on . . .

My love affairs with doors + exteriors continues . . . and downtown LA is full of inspiration and photo worthy imagery . . .

My love affairs with doors + exteriors continues . . . and downtown LA is full of inspiration and photo worthy imagery . . .

The studio is coming along nicely. I have to put decorating on hold while I focus on production. As badly as I want to finish fixing it up, I've found it's much more productive to actually have products to sell LOL!

The studio is coming along nicely. However, I have to put decorating on hold while I focus on production. As badly as I want to finish fixing it up, I’ve found it’s much more productive to actually have products to sell LOL!

How was your week? Did you see or do anything  interesting or do anything out of your comfort zone this week? :)
xx,

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Workspace Wednesday :: Life in General . . .

swatches_design_tools_ayanna_listenbee_thelookbookhilosophy.com Hey guys how’s your Wednesday going? I am writing this to you from my new studio. It’s a mess as things are still getting settled, but progress is being made. It’s painted and I have my desk, bright natural light, a sunny disposition + a thankful heart so it’s all good! What are you up to today? Yesterday I worked on a fun project for a friend of mine and we also did a photoshoot for the bags. Today it’s back to reality though. I’m working on the new items I will have for the holiday season. Can you believe it’s already October???? Time is flying by, but this is my absolute favorite time of year so you’ll get no complaining from moi! However, for now it’s back to work. I hope you are all having a fabulous day. Do something today for yourself or your business that you have been putting off. I promise, It will make you feel soooo good!

xx
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Keys to the Kingdom . . .

Excitement abounds!! Got the keys to my new workspace!!

Excitement abounds!! Got the keys to my new workspace!!

Picked up the keys to my studio! After school yesterday the kids and I drove out to pick up the keys and do a little bit of last minute measuring. I’m so excited I could pop! This weekend will be filled with painting and moving. It’s definitely an answered prayer. God is so good. I’ve been gradually checking off things from my vision board in the last few years and it feels so amazing! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend, but most of all I hope you are all reaching for your dreams. Just know that no matter how far away they may seem, they are still within reach.

Do you have a working vision board or a book that you put your dreams + goals in? 

xx
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