The Way I See it . . .


Hey guys, How are you holding up?  I just want to say, I am so thankful for all of the first responders, nurses, doctors, grocery store checkers, store employees and people who are out there daily doing their jobs, working hard during these crazy times.

I feel blessed that there has not been much upheaval in our normal routines yet. It helps that I am homebody as well. Home is my happy place and the quarantine has given me  a weird kind of “permission” to do some things that I typically don’t allow myself to do or feel guilty about doing when I do. In between the low motivation and high levels of creativity, I have been sorting through some of my phone photos and they really have been giving me joy.  Especially since I can’t get out and do a road trip like I want to. I have to find ways to satiate the part of me that so often needs a change of scenery. Right now I’m getting that through photos, books + movies.

Many of you know how much I love photographing places + things. I decided to put a lot the photos that are just sitting on my phone somewhere I can just go look at them when I want to. So I started a new instagram. It’s mostly for personal inspiration, but if you’d like to join me, my handle is @vision_runner. I’ll also be documenting #quarantinelife here and there. I’m not good about promoting myself, which is probably why I haven’t told anyone about it except my mom, LOL. But I’d love to have you come along for the journey!

Until next time, be safe + well!


It’s getting Steamy in here . . .

We are loving this steam treatment by Naturalri . . .

Just wanted to pop in and share something we have been doing to combat allergies and Covid. Every morning I pretty much have a 3-5 minute sneeze attack, which if you have experienced this, can be really annoying. I have been reading up on information about the virus, and viruses in general, and how they typically do not respond well to heat. A lot of information I have come across says that heat can actually kill the bacteria that cause the virus to spread. A few people have recommended doing steams as a way to keep ‘Rona at bay. So naturally I hit up my girl Sharisse, of Natural-Ri by Sharisse, to stock up on her herbal steam. I love this steam, it works great and it is beautiful as well, as are all her products. She even has natural hand sanitizer, which I keep at my desk in the living room, so do check that out too.

Directions for the steam are as follows::
add 1/4 cup of the herbal steam into a bowl and pour hot water over the herbs into the bowl. Place your head over the bowl and cover your head with a towel to keep in the heat for 10-15 minutes.

Purchase your steam, hand sanitizer or other natural body products directly from NaturalRi by Sharisse at her website here.

Be safe + well.

So This is Different! 😳 . . .

How are you guys doing?

So this is different! A nationwide pandemic and lockdown . . . . I hope you and your loved ones are all well. The last week has been  . . .  in a word, different . . . seeing as none of us have ever experienced anything like this before I thought I would check in with you.

I do want to let you know that your health and safety are important to me. As the current Covid-19 situation continues to change, I want you to know that I’m following the updates regarding safety recommendations and will continue to follow recommendations from the World Health Organization as well.

So you are aware, all AYANNA LISTENBEE COLLECTION products are processed, packaged and shipped by me, personally. I will continue to employ the highest levels of disinfecting standards relative to hands and surfaces at all times to ensure your orders are shipped safely.

The next few months will be an interesting time for us all. It’s just as important to protect our mental health + mindset as well as our physical health. I thought I would share a few ways I’m working on keeping a healthy mindset that may work for you as well.

Below are 5 ways you can do that::

1. Take the necessary precautions, but limit your news intake, and rely on sources you trust.

2. Focus on things you do have control over. Are there any projects or health goals you can work on during this time?

3. Take an online class or finish an online class you’ve previously purchased. (I just finished an online art journaling course. It was so much fun!!) Mindful Art Studio has some fun doodling prompts here.

4. If you are a creative, create! There’s nothing like getting lost in a project while doing something you love. Since the beginning of the year I’ve had a lot of creative energy and paint has been calling me. I’ve already started painting again and it feels great.

5. Read/Write/Netflix and Chill. Utilize your downtime to relax. If the opportunity arises, take advantage of downtime with your family. Finding a good book or movie to dive into never hurt anyone .. . . . just beware of the never-ending black hole of binge watching… I’m currently coming out of one… just finishing up the final season of Sneaky Pete. ;) Btw, Universal is offering some of it’s new movies that are currently in theaters now for online rental. Read more here.

I’m thankful for your continued support as we all continue to navigate these ever changing times. Rest assured, I will continue to keep your safety at the forefront of my business practices. Be safe + well, friends.

Love + Blessings,

Holding Patterns . . .

corner office views . . .

Ok, so the last time I posted it was January . . . and now it’s February . . . I really gotta get back into the groove with this blogging thing!  I hope you are all well. I’ve been feeling super creative lately, but simultaneously unmotivated in my business. Not sure why or what that means. It’s definitely not the first time it’s happened, but this time feels different. Just taking it one day at a time at this point and doing a lot of journaling. Have you ever been stuck in a rut with your business or projects? How did you handle it?


It’s Been a Long Time . . . Welcome Back!!

fashion illustration

I forgot how much drawing relaxes me . . .

Hey There! Happy 2020!!

Considering that I’ve been locked out of my blog for the last 6+ months, I’d say welcome back to you and me!! How has life been treating you? It’s a whole new decade and I’m excited about it. The other day my daughter insisted on “Family Drawing Time.” She wanted us all to get together around the table and draw. There were no rules, we could draw whatever we wished. I realized just how much I enjoyed it + missed it! It’s been ages since I sat down to draw for fun at my leisure. Over the last few years my drawings have consisted of quick sketches and details for my designs. It got me thinking, and I decided that one thing I’d like to incorporate more of this year is more time dedicated to hobbies. Do you have hobbies? If not, what are some things you’d like to do more of for fun this year? How will you intentionally set aside time for those things in the coming months?

Think about it and then DO IT!!


Last Nine 3/9/19-3/20/19

Welcome to Spring! Can you believe it’s March already? It’s been a minute since I popped in. Things have been  busy as usual, but going well.  I’ve been slowly adjusting to working from home. All I can say is that God is working on strengthening my patience. I set up a tiny desk right next to the kids desks (pray for me!).

Last 9 from left to right::

  • met up with a like minded creative i’ve been following on IG for the last 3 or 4 years. So fun finding out you have so much in common with others! We met for a bite to eat in Venice @ Great White. Lovely decor + vibe.
  • Large Bali Tassel in Orchid. Not available on website. Email for purchase. Limited quantities.
  • Saturday Zip Pouch in Oyster with new short Cheetah Solana Strap
  • I love this quote about growth from Jay Shetty, he’s always droppin’ gems.
  • started journaling again. I decided not to put pressure on myself. Some days it’s only one word, some days its a phrase, and some days its a paragraph. Learning to let it go + let it flow ;)
  • The Bali Tassel + Mini Bali keychain in black pebble shiny. The mini in black pebble shiny sold out the day after I posted it!
  • The Prosperer Duffle is going live on the site next week for those of you who’ve been asking!
  • Mini Bali Keychains in orchid, black + white snake and gunmetal. Limited quantity available.
  • Sitting in traffic @ rush hour; I love the architecture and character of the old brick buildings in DTLA. At least there’s always something interesting to look at… (the upside of street traffic?)

Hope you are all adjusting to the time change!


ALC x EMBODE Holiday Pop Up!

Hey guys, I hope life is treating you well!  I’m popping into your in boxes to invite you to a holiday pop up I’m doing with one of my nearest and dearest friends from college. Khrys and I will be at the W HOTEL, Saturday, Dec 15th and Sunday December 16th. Khrys is bringing her beautifully handcrafted jewelry collection all the way from Washington, DC to share with you at our two day Pop-Up event. I’ll have limited edition styles from my Holiday Collection, and there will be light bites and sips for all! You can check out more of Khrys’ work on IG and online @ . Come out to shop with us! Can’t wait to see your smiling faces and give you all hugs!!!


Photo Shoot Behind the Scenes . . .

Hey guys! Its been a long time. I’ve wanted to post more regularly, but life has gotten kinda hectic between homeschooling and growing the business. Things are even more hectic since I moved out of the studio. I definitely need a larger space, and I am eager to move my office back out of my home, but in the meantime I have been blessed to find a really cool co-working space that I love. Earlier this week I did a quick photo shoot there for the recent production we received. I still have to get more product and lifestyle shots, but it felt good to get the interim shoot done. I’m gearing up for a holiday pop-up next month so the schedule wont slow down until after the holidays, and that’s fine, I’m enjoying the process. I’ll pop back in with more deets soon. For now you can peep some #bts (behind the scenes) imagery from the shoot below! xo

New Dallengere Tassels + Dally Mini Keychains

I really need to work on my core muscles . . .

Some of the new colors + prints . . .

Paying attention to details . . .

A pull back shot of the shoot . . .

One of the final images . . .



Floor Boarding . . . A Quick Inspiration Grab

working with muted pastels, rich amber tones + icy blues . . .

A few things inspiring me right now:: 

  • amber
  • earthy, muted pastels
  • icy blues
  • soft gold
  • signatures in blotchy ink
  • classic patterns with a nod to nature; like tortoise shell
  • the beauty of dark skin

What’s inspiring you?

Happy Thursday peops!


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