Workspace Wednesday | You Don’t Have to Love it All . . .

I have a serious love-hate relationship with my phone , , ,

I have a serious love-hate relationship with my phone . . .

Currently inspired by this beautiful, super soft blue leather . . .

Currently inspired by this beautiful, super soft blue leather . . .

Hey guys, I hope your Wednesday is going well. I’ve been out of the office a lot these past few weeks, I feel like there are so many things that are falling by the wayside! It’s definitely a juggling act, and I’m hoping to get the balancing act back on track soon . . .  or not. Lol. In the meantime, I have been working to add some new pieces to the collection for Summer. I’m really excited (as I always am when working on the design portion of my job). This is the part that gives me life. Last Friday I spent the day at Wisdom Elementary, participating in Career Day. One of my best friends is a 4th grade teacher there, and she invited me to come and speak to a few of the classrooms. The children had a lot of great questions and one of the questions that I kept getting was “What is your dream job?”  It actually was funny to me, because I had the same answer every time I was asked: THIS!!! THIS IS MY DREAM JOB!!! I am doing exactly what I want to be doing, and No, I do not like every aspect of it. In fact, there are parts of it that I hate! (babysitting contractors to get me my s*&%! before my delivery dates, revising styles to fit within the allotted costs for the line, selling, and tracking down pricing for materials and pretty much anything having to do with a phone or making phone calls to name a few) but there is always some aspect of what we do that may not hold the most pleasure for us. Perhaps those are the parts we need to grow in, or become stronger in. Regardless, I’m happy to say that the good, and the fulfillment of my job outweighs the bad.

PS. is there anything in particular you would like to see added to the collection, made from that beautiful blue leather above? Share with me in the comments section below!

xx,
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Career Day!

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Career Day 2016 with Mrs. Glenn’s 4th grade class . . .

Hey guys! Yesterday I spent the day at Wisdom Elementary in South Central LA, participating in Career Day. One of my oldest and bestests teaches there and invited me to come and speak to a few of the classrooms, about what I do, as a way to introduce the children to different career opportunities that are available to them. It’s so important for children to know they have options. It’s even more important to expose them to different opportunities, ideas and paths, so that they can truly discover what makes them happy and where their skills and passions lie. Typically, I am definitely one to shy away from public speaking, but I just loved talking to the children. They had so many great questions and so much enthusiasm. It was truly an experience that blessed me. This is the second time I’ve participated in career day and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.

Keep moving forward, you never know who you are inspiring!
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Behind the Scenes . . .

The Magic Corner . . .

The magic corner in my bedroom studio . . . or “bedudio” as I like to call it . . .

I recently had lunch with a few creatives and we got to talking about the ins and outs of running a fashion business. We talked a lot about social media, and how it is playing a crucial role in our businesses in different ways. One of the women in the group asked me who takes the photos for my instagram account. I kind of chuckled when she asked me, because at the moment, having someone else photograph + curate my Instagram account is not something I can do, but I was flattered that she thought the images were something I was outsourcing. I explained to her the reality of my photography set up which usually consists of the following . . .
1. bedroom floor
2. window (I use natural light only)
3. products and
4. cell phone to snap the shot.
I dream of the day when I am able to shoot my collection in a studio, with light boxes, backdrops and props, but for now this is what I have and I make the best of it, and thats what a lot of creatives are doing. The thing is, we usually just see the end result… the perfectly staged photo or scene. We don’t always see what it takes to get the shot. Since I am usually shooting when the kids and Rob are at school, theres no one to take a pic of me balancing on the edge of my bed and shooting down on top of the bags, or crouching down to get the shot while trying to keep my feet and knees from making a guest appearance in the corners of the image. It’s pretty amazing what we can create with our phones and laptops these days. It’s also amazing to see how it’s done. I’ll be sharing a little more of the behind the scenes process in the coming months.

Have a fab Thursday, peops!

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Leaving the Fear Behind. . .

The Helene Mailer + Boston Mini . . .

The Helene Mailer + Boston Mini . . .

We are well into May . . . well 4 days in to be exact. I have been doing some serious evaluating of my business and business practices the last few weeks. I’ve been working with a wonderful coach, Natalie Gouche, who is helping me put together social media + marketing strategies (among other things) for my business. Last week, we met for an all day intensive, and honestly, it felt more like a therapy session than anything else. I recognized some of my behavior for what it actually was. I’ve spoken about fear before, but I had an epiphany about how I was letting fear dictate my moves and limit my potential. That opened my brain and my senses as to how I was literally letting fear stop me, and honestly, it took a week of sitting with that knowledge to really get the full grasp of it!  I tell you guys, if you don’t have a skill, or you are floundering in your business or even your life, seek out someone who can help you. Seek out someone to either teach you how to get over those hang ups or coach you through it. If you think you may need someone for business, please check out Natalie. She is amazing at what she does. I still have a lot of learning to do, social media is definitely not my strong point… I mean, the word itself says it’s “social,” which is not a word I would necessarily use to describe myself LOL. However, if you want to be in the game, you have to learn how to play it, no? Let me leave you with this thought::

Put fear in the back seat and take the wheel! . . . Better yet, kick fear to the curb, take the wheel, let the top down and fly!!
xx
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Mood Board Monday:: The Palette of Life

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I love the tonal neutrals that were staring back at me from my desk . . .

 

palette_of_life_thelookbookhilosophy.com Happy Monday! It is the start of another week. I spent a great deal of time cleaning off my desk + work area yesterday. Feels like months since I actually sat at it. Sometimes I like to move my workspaces… especially when my desk is piled with bag samples, clothes and papers… but I digress. This Mood Board Monday I decided to do something a little different. Instead of creating an actual mood board, I decided to select colors from real life, and what was right in front of my eyes. I was sipping coffee as I worked and realized I loved the color combination that this little corner of my life was creating. It’s neutral, and soft while at the same time contrasting in a subtle way. Perhaps it is a palette you can incorporate into your life or wardrobe in some way?

Cheers to a great week ahead! Be productive and don’t forget to have fun!!
xx
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Lazy Saturdaze . . .

Essentials for a lazy Saturday . . .

Essentials for a lazy Saturday . . .

The close of Spring Break is slowly approaching for our household. We thoroughly enjoyed the time off… at least I know I did. Not having to wake up at the butt-crack of dawn every morning + force the little ones out of bed has been a treat in itself. We celebrated Reston’s 11th birthday with a trip to San Diego @ the top of the week. Legoland + Sea World were our destinations. Everyone had a great time, and of course, I relished the time away, along with the change of scenery. The kids were sick for 2 days, and there were school projects to complete, but things have settled back down and it’s Saturday. I’ve got tons of stuff to do, but I plan to ease into it. I hope you all have a fab Saturday, and are able to spend time doing something you love.

xx
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A Quick Guide To Creating Edgy Spring Looks

 

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The Eros Day bag = edgy sophistication for Spring . . .

edgy_spring_palette_ayanna_listenbee It seems Spring is definitely upon us in some parts of the country. This is one of my favorite seasons but the colors that usually represent springtime in fashion are not typically colors that I wear or am drawn to. In other words, pastels just ain’t my thing. However, I find them palatable in small doses, especially when paired with edgier pieces and colors. So for those of you who tend to lean more toward darker color palettes year round,  read on for a few tips . . . 

A QUICK GUIDE TO CREATING EDGY SPRING LOOKS

  1. Choose a lighter tone of a color in your palette to use as an accent. For instance, the green scarf above pulls from the dark green on the shoe.
  2. Keep your accessories edgy: a shoe, a bag, or a hat with studs will give you that downtown look, and can also pack double punch when you reach for these pieces in softer colors.
  3. Black always ads an edge. It also grounds the other colors. So if you start with black as your base, you can add lighter colors in little pops here and there without looking like a sherbet sundae. I chose to add color with the orange on the skirt, the pop of green in the sandal, a coral lip + red framed sunnies.

It’s not a traditional Spring palette, but it’s a great way to add more color to your Spring transitional wardrobe!

Would you wear this look?
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Where to Find::  pinstripe kimono top: Free People | Aneta Asymmetrical skirt by Peter Pilotto on sale here | Fantasia Iris pumps here | Rockstud Trilby hat by Valentino Garavani here | Multi Skull scarf by Alexander McQueen | Eros Day Bag by Ayanna Listenbee Collection | Miu Miu cat eye spectacles here  | Nars semi-matte lipstick in Jungle here.

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Sharing a little inspiration + the new #BossmomNation “badges of honor.” Check them out for yourselves and join the awesome group of women that make up this “nation!”

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