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Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen . . .

Beauty in the everyday . . .

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

-Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I love this wonderful description of beautiful people. It is a written testament to my personal philosophy. I’ve always felt that true beauty comes from experiences, imperfect actions, trying, failing and trying again, humility, pain + happiness, growth and loss . . . in other words true beauty surfaces when life is lived. I think in this world of social media we have a tendency to focus on beauty in an unhealthy way. Surface beauty, made up beauty, photoshopped beauty and perfected beauty. I yearn for the day that our society appreciates + recognizes beauty in the imperfect as a whole, but until the world catches up, that’s where I will continue to reside. It’s much more interesting there.

 

xoxo,

 

I was Included in This List of 67 Phenomenal Brown Girl Boss Owned Businesses to Support in 2017 & Beyond!

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Hey guys! Yesterday I awoke to find that I had been included on this phenomenal list of Brown Girl Businesses. Thank you to MyBrownBox.com for including me, and with such great company! Click here to check out + support these brown girl boss businesses!

xo,
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Hold Fast to Dreams . . .

a rainy day studio flat lay . . .

a rainy day studio flat lay . . .

I received my inaugural issue of Hannah Magazine in the mail last week. I haven’t had a chance to really delve into the articles, but it’s a visually beautiful magazine. I love the fact that I was able to be a part of it in some way by supporting the Kickstarter program to bring this baby to life, which means that I was able to contribute in some way to someone’s dream becoming a reality. And you know, I am all about that. It makes having this magazine in my hands that much more special. So on this Friday, I’m sending a shout out to all you dreamers. Hold fast to your dreams. Keep walking towards them, baby steps and all. It’s the only way to make them become a reality!

xo,
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#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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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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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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