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.”
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.
ALC Design Studios 380 S. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
Are you guys ready for summer? This is the last week of school for my kiddies. I’ve been lying low, dealing with some health issues, + taking a break from social media among other things. I haven’t been able to get to the studio regularly so I’ve been working from home a lot. I posted the picture above to remind myself that dreams really do come true. For years I dreamt of having my own space to work from and I just realized that in a few short months I will have been at the studio for a year! It sounds crazy, I swear this has been the fastest year of my life! God is so good. I just have to give thanks.!!! Anyway, I’m excited about summer’s swift approach. I’m looking forward to our schedules relaxing a little as far as drop offs + pick ups go, and I’m excited about lazy summer evenings and beach sunsets. How about you? Do you have any trips planned? What are you looking forward to this summer?
Summer is here!! | The City Bruncher Coin Purse in Sage
I’ve been adding new items to the shop and have a few more fun things coming soon. One of my favorites is the City Bruncher Coin purse in Sage. The perfect color for summer, and the perfect size to grab + go!
Bringing sexy back . . .
Been working on new colors for the Bee Keyper fringe tassels/keychains. I love the movement + interest they create when used as handbag tassels. These tassels are a great way to add a dramatic edge to bags, especially when you choose a contrasting colored tassel or one with a metallic finished leather, like the Liquid Gold color above. What are some colors you would like to see the Bee Keyper available in for summer?
Do tell . . . !
All Pre-Ordered Cheetah Day Date Zip Pouches have shipped, but it’s not too late to grab one for yourself or a friend. Click here to order for immediate delivery, or visit www.ayannalistenbeecollection.com for more handcrafted luxury!
Hey guys, wanted to let you know that this little beauty is available for pre-order. The first shipment will be shipping out to this Tuesday. Visit www.ayannalistenbee.com to purchase or email me @ [email protected] and I will send you a Paypal invoice to secure your pouch in this first shipment!
Behind the scenes work for a private client . . .
Feeling like I might be ready for Spring . . .
Happy Hump Day! How is this Wednesday treating you? I’ve definitely got enough work to keep me busy, but I realize that even with keeping myself busy, my heart is just hurting. I know that death is something that takes time to get over, but sometimes I just wish I could turn my off my brain + emotions and be a robot, LOL. I realize it could be so much worse, but nevertheless, I am in it and I know I just have to go through it. I’m super thankful for work and the new projects I am working on though! GATHER South is swiftly approaching and the RSVP’s are flowing in. I’m excited to come together with other entrepreneurs in support of each other and our businesses!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!
I’m from the camp that love should be celebrated everyday, so holidays like Valentine’s Day don’t mean much to me. I think it’s so important to celebrate love in the smallest things. Bouquet’s of flowers are great, candy is nice, but the words that actually let people know you love and care about them are the most important thing. This past week I lost two people who meant a lot to me. Grieving is a funny thing, you never know exactly how you will be effected by losing a loved one. Unfortunately, losing someone close to you highlights the fact that it’s important to celebrate life + the love you have for each other when and wherever possible. Last week I decorated the studio windows with a subtle tribute to the spirit of love, which you can never have enough of . . . unless it’s a crazy, obsessed, overbearing kind of love . . but I think that is a subject for a different blog post. 😳 Carry on! ;)
Happy Love Day!
New City Flair Fur Keychain/bag charms just in!
New limited edition colors of the City Flair Fur Keychain have just been added to the online shop today! Click here to grab one of your very own! Next week I’ll be sharing how great these soft beauties are for adding a pop of color or texture to an existing outfit. In the meantime, Have a fabulous week!
Happy Birthday, Dr. King. Thank you for all the work you’ve done. Sadly, we still have so much more work to do.