Monthly Archives: February 2015

Life in Pictures | Week of 2.22.15

Life in Pictures_thelookbookphilosophy.com One of my besties introduced me to Augie’s | À La Minute last week  and I had my first ever vanilla lavender latte. The best. Can’t wait to return to try À La Minute’s liquid nitrogen ice cream! Have you tried it?

FreeCity_thelookbookphilosophy.com Loved the colors and free spirited flow outside of the Free City store in Hollywood on Friday . . .

Life_in_Pictures_thelookbookphilosophy.com Celebrated a dear friend’s birthday while wine tasting in Murietta on Saturday. The view was amazing and the wine (believe it or not) was even better!!!

Life_in_Pictures_thelookbookphilosophy.com My son finally got his wish, he prays for rain almost everyday on the way to school. On Sunday + Monday we were blessed with huge drops of rain from big, grey ominous clouds. ☁☂☁

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Life_in_Pictures_thelookbookphilosophy.com Spotted these modern crisp cacti at the Louis Vuitton Series 2 exhibit . . . simple + clean ♡

Life in Pictures | The LookBook Philosophy Feeling like a grown up . . . I hated sparkling water for so long . . . now I’m kinda feelin’ it . . .

Life In Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Loved the complementary colors of  orange and green next to each other on a cloudy day in Santa Monica . . .

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Was able to share a cup of coffee with my mom earlier this week. There’s nothing better than a cloudy day, and a cuppa joe with someone you love . . . ♡

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY I started drawing my characters again! It’s been a long time, but they have been begging to come out and play . . .

TGIF! Hope you all had a great week. Got any fun weekend plans?

xx

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Werkspace Wednesdays . . . Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board . . . | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

sketchbooks and sunlight, today is a good day . . .

I can not believe how much creative energy I have had lately. It’s almost like my brain has been in hibernation mode for the past 9 months and now it is waking up from a deep slumber, ready to produce. I have had an overwhelming urge to draw since January. Lately, I have had such a deep desire to start painting and creating art again, and I am just starting to give into it. I can’t help but stop and ask myself . . . Why has it taken me so long? The urge has been relentless!! I can only equate it to the feeling of knowing you have to go pee, and not wanting to stop what you are doing so that you can go do it, but once you finally do, you feel amazing and ask yourself what took you so long, and what were you waiting for? Please tell me I am not the only one who puts off bathroom breaks . . . tmi? Ok, I digress, but seriously, I have found it hard to get started on some of the projects that have been rumbling around in my head. I have ideas jotted down in my sketchbooks, and Pinterest boards full of ideas that have sparked ideas, but it has been only recently that I have actually begun to sit down and bring these ideas to fruition.

Which brings me to an important question . . .

Can you pinpoint the walls in your life?

I am asking this question because I see myself struggling sometimes against the walls that I have seemingly created for myself. Let me be more clear . . . It’s really as simple as this::

My soul says:: “I want to paint”

My brain says:: “But you need space, a big desk and bright light to paint. You don’t have anywhere where you can spread out and really paint.”

My soul says:: “But I want to paint!”

My brain says:: “Just wait, you don’t have anywhere to do it, so just work on something else.” Don’t worry, you’ll be able to paint soon . . .

9 Months Later . . .

STILL AINT NO PAINTIN’ GOIN’ ON!!!

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I AM NOW 9 MONTHS OLDER . . . (jussayin)

Now, let me tell you about ☝that conversation☝that I’ve had going on in my head for the last 9 months . . . IT’S A BUNCH OF MALARKEY!!!! Sorry guys. Plain and simple.  The only way to get to the next step is to take the first one. I believe that many of the urges and promptings we are given are to help us birth ideas that God wants us to put out into the universe. I also believe they are indicators to our happiness, that they point the way to things that can bring us joy. . .  in a way, they point us toward using our gifts which, in turn, helps to add value to our lives because we are then actually using the gifts that we have been blessed with. In contrast, when we ignore them, we are ignoring a core part of our psyche, and that can lead to depression, anxiety and even stress!

So, it’s back to the drawing board for me, literally. I will be sharing more sketches around these parts in the coming weeks. I know that some of you have even been asking for “The Worn Identity” to return. I can’t promise a full return yet, but I will say there will be more personal style posts of that nature hitting the blog in the near future.

And now, I will leave you with these simple words:: FEED YOUR SOUL.

xx

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Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibition | A Recap . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com This past week I had the pleasure of attending the Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit in Hollywood. The self guided exhibit was held in a beautiful building with a maze of rooms housing different interactive references of video, clothing and images from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 runway show. The free exhibit allowed visitors a glimpse into the vision of LV designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, and the process behind the Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear line (the actual runway show was held during Paris Fashion Week last October).

Upon entering, we were greeted with a huge 3D LV logo made of parallel standing, bright red neon lights in glass panels. The logo is modeled after the monogrammed seals used on the original LV steamer trunks of old . . .

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LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The next room held large scale holograms of models from the show. The large scale presentation in these first two initial rooms was really magnificent and modern . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com There were references and images of some of the muses of the collection as well as models and actresses wearing the collection . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com In the middle of the exhibit there was a large screening room with ongoing video footage on both sides of the room showing the actual crafting of Louis Vuitton handbags and clothing, The full video was about an hour long and the wall showed a digital clock in Paris time . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The accessories gallery was housed in a stark white room, where everything was white, including the mannequins . . . a perfect background to display the new collection’s shoes and bags as well as a few vintage steamer trunks and a monogrammed sales register containing all the orders placed by customers of Louis Vuitton in the year 1927 . . .

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LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit was very well done with a modern, cool vibe to it. I love that they chose LA as their first stop, and that photos were allowed (what better way to spread the word in this day and age of social media). The exhibit allowed visitors a much more personal interaction with the collection than one would normally achieve, unless they were in attendance at the actual runway show. As an added bonus, there was even a poster room, offering free posters and fun, modern stickers (reminiscent of the kind you stick on steamer trunks and luggage) to guests. LV Series 2 is off to Beijing this week for it’s second stop on the tour.

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A Simple Plan . . .

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am an avid list maker. I might be bordering on a slight obsession, but, I LOVE lists. Lists are like a perfect outline to the day. They help to keep me on track, and focused (which lately, has seemed harder and harder for me to do.) Lists really speak to my personality as well. I’ve realized that I don’t like a lot of small talk. I like to get right to the point and cut out the fluff. Lists help me to do that. They easily pull out the meat, and leave the fluff behind.

At the start of the New Year I began journaling again. I used to journal regularly in my teenage/ young adult life. I still have my first diary (and years of subsequent diaries that followed). My first diary was a gift given to me in the 5th grade and it really started my love of writing and working out life’s problems with words, so it feels really good to be back at it again. I can’t tell you how therapeutic it is for me to take pen to paper and create. Be it with words, pictures, sketches or doodles. My journal has it all. The best thing about it is that it has become a place of dialogue between God and I. In my younger years, I did a lot of recording of things that were going on in my life. There were quite a few pleadings to God about certain boy crushes, or items of clothing I wanted as well. But journaling in my later years has taken on such a different quality. I ask a lot of questions in my journal, and the best part about it . . . I get answers! Sometimes I ask the same questions over and over, until the answer is very clear. But quite often, the answers just come, and I just know. The reason I am sharing all of this with you is because today I got a late start and only had a few minutes to spend in my journal. I’ve been wrestling with working on a few different projects and feeling overwhelmed with what to tackle first and how. Today when I sat down with my journal, I was given a plan. This plan may not be for everyone, but I do think it is relevant and something that we can all keep as a guide when working on projects that have been placed before us. Especially in times of overwhelment (is that a word? If not, I’m making it one:)

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Here is the simple 3 step plan I was given::

1.  Continue to do the things that have been placed before you. Daily move toward your goals. Doing your part, leaves room for Him to do His part.  Remember, baby steps are still steps!

2. Bring every thought captive. Who is the author of your thoughts? Is it good? Is it in love? Is it beneficial? Immediately discard the thoughts that do not fit in these categories.

3. Walk boldly up to the things you feel challenged by. You will find they are nothing more than empty fears, easily conquered with the Father at your side. In other words, face your empty fears!

And at the end of my 3 step plan God reminded me of one of my favorite scriptures::

Remember:

I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me. | Phil. 4:13

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Change Your Mind! | New T’s Added to the Shop . . .

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TLBP Change Your Mind Ts, Tanks and sweatshirts available now! Click the image or the shop link above . . .

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share my latest endeavor with you!

I’ve been designing T shirts for myself and some of my friends for a few years now. With their encouragement, I have decided to make them available to you as well! I have just added two different designs to the shop, and I will be adding more designs regularly. Getting these designs into the shop, and getting the shop up and running has been something that has been carried over from To Do list to To Do list for some time now (um, like at least a year now . . . jussayin) It’s been rolling around in the back of my head for so long, and it feels good to release it out into the world.

Birthing ideas has never been an easy breezy process for me. The ideas come to me relatively easily, but my perfectionist tendencies sometimes keep me from progressing at the speed I would like. I always want things to be just right . . . I want the shop to look a certain way, I want to have a shop stocked with lots of designs, I want the designs just so… but this past year has taught me a valuable lesson that I think I have shared with you before . . .

START WHERE YOU ARE, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.

And so, I have.

I created the “change your mind” T as a way to remind myself that much of what we experience in life is filtered by our personal experiences. Sometimes the filter is good and sometimes it’s not so good. Really, its just a matter of changing our minds about the way we approach situations. It all depends on what we are filling our minds with daily. It’s a process for me, so I welcome little reminders here and there. I was inspired to create this shirt after spending some time studying Romans 12:2. It’s a powerful scripture that has really helped me to keep my thinking on track. Changing your mind is a process. But I love this phrase because it’s a two fold sentence that makes it sound so simple. It really is just a matter of changing your mind . . . over and over again until you train it. 

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My vision is clear and I am on the path to realizing it, I’m so glad you guys are along for the ride. In the meantime, you can visit the shop by clicking here or the “shop” button on the menu above to snag yourself a sweatshirt, T or tank.

Bee

Harlem’s Fashion Row Comes to Los Angeles!

HFR_thelookbookphilosophy.com HFR Location This Friday I had the pleasure of attending Harlem’s Fashion Row’s first LA Fashion Week showing here in LA. Harlem’s Fashion Row is an arts and entertainment movement that promotes diversity in the fashion industry. I remember discovering this organization when I was in college and really wanting to be a part of it, but they are based in NYC, and most of the opportunities available at that time catered to NYC and local East Coast talent. Flash forward to 2015, and here they are, branching out to the West Coast! HFR held  their first inaugural shows at a private estate in Beverly Park. There was a great turn out of approximately 250 guests with a solid mix of celebrities and local talent.  Four African American designers showed their wares on the poolside catwalk:: Kevan Hall, Kimberly Goldson, Joseph Bethune and Waraire Boswell. Prior to the fashion show, HFR founder, Brandice Henderson-Daniel had a sit down talk with the infamous Kevan Hall about supporting designers of color and how he has achieved his successes in the industry. All in all it was a great event, and I look forward to attending next season.

hfrday_thelookbookphilosophy.com clockwise from top:: Brandice Henderson-Daniel + Kevan Hall | Front view of one of Kevan Hall’s luxurious gowns | Back view of Kevan Hall’s gown | show program

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