How was your holiday? Did you celebrate with friends and family? Did you eat good food? Did you spend time alone, rejuvenating your mind and body? I hope that however you spent it, it was good for you. I spent mine with lots of family, laughter and food . . . and then I promptly got sick for 2 days. So did my daughter. Today is the first day I am out of bed and feeling bettah. Now it’s time to gear up for New Year’s Celebrations. Do you have plans for the eve? Plans for the day? Either way, make it a safe one! There’s a new year upon us. It’s exciting to think that there are 365 days ahead of us to craft into what we want. Here’s to the New Year and making it the best yet!
When I was younger I never got excited about clutches. I always hated the idea of being forced to carry my bag in my hand. The option of having my hands free has always appealed to me + honestly it still does (which is why most of my handheld styles include a removable strap). However, I have really come to appreciate the beauty of a clutch in my latter years. I am drawn to minimalistic style, and clutches are a great way to channel a minimalist vibe. A clutch can really streamline your look. These days I own my share of clutches, and I love designing them. However, because big bags are where my heart lies, and typically, that’s what I am carrying most days, I have found that clutches and pouches are a great way to compartmentalize things in my bigger bags. Lately, I’ve been working on a new collection of raw edged clutches and pouches. My love of texture and simplicity has lead me to keep a lot of these styles raw, letting the beauty of the leather and minimal hardware speak for itself. I’ll be adding these new clutches + pouches to the shop soon. Stay tuned!
::UPDATE:: Raw Collection now available here.
As I grow older I realize just how much I am my mother’s daughter. I have vague memories of watching my mother get dressed when I was younger. She was always quite fashionable and she had a penchant for scarves. I remember there being a brilliant array of colored and patterned scarves on hand in her closet. They weren’t that appealing to me then, and I marveled at how many scarves one woman could own. Well, flash forward a few decades, and now I am the one with the closet overrun with scarves. I LOVE scarves. I wear scarves even in the summer time. I love how they can add a little pop of color, or subtle texture to an outfit. And since I get cold so easily, I find they are easier to have on hand than a jacket sometimes. Scarves are a truly versatile accessory. There’s so much you can do with a scarf; they can double as shawls, be draped into different shapes, belted @ the waist or wrapped loosely a few times about the neck for warmth. They also make great gifts. I’ve added a few limited edition raw edged scarves to the shop. Click here to shop the selection!
So, the past few weeks I’ve been working on revamping the blog and website. In the coming months you will begin to notice a few changes to the website. The shop is now under it’s new name AYANNA LISTENBEE COLLECTION, which you can access by clicking the ‘SHOP’ button above (you can also type ayannalistenbeecollection.com into your browser and reach the shop as well). You SHOULD also be able to access the site by typing in ayannalistenbee.com . . . or at least that was the plan . . .
I’ve owned ayannalistenbee.com for years now. I even had a website set up at that address that sat empty for years while I focused on my blog and produced short runs of bags + accessories. But I realized it was time to “move back home” and put the shop under it’s rightful name. Sounds simple right? Well, when I started working with my web developer to get the site’s name changed over, we discovered that the company hosting the domain has no telephone number and no real customer service, except for an email address (which they apparently do not deem important enough to check or respond to). Needless to say, this process is taking a helluva lot longer than it should, and this isn’t even the big stuff. This is just pointing the site to a different domain name! I guess I should look at this as a mere test of my patience, but it’s frustrating when the simplest things turn into long, drawn out projects. Especially since I recently attended an industry event with a stack of unusable business cards because all the info on them directs people to a site that is in internet purgatory. What do you do when you have a stack of business cards with the wrong info on them and you simultaneously harbor a deep-rooted pet peeve of handing out business cards with information scratched out and handwritten in? . . . ugh . . .
Sometimes you just gotta laugh.
Do you ever feel like you are walking blindly, or moving forward on a path that is unclear? As a reformed semi-control-freak, I find myself working to be at peace with this feeling often. In fact, I have been working through this feeling for the last few weeks. Most especially where it relates to my business. I tend to like to have a plan, a written list or thought map to follow. But what happens when your plan, list or thought map is interrupted by real life? What happens if you find yourself bombarded with so many ideas and no clear direction on which way to proceed? In times like these I have found it helpful to seek peace and quiet . . . a moment of regrouping if you will. It just so happens that my sister from another mister, Ashley Wilson of Sacred Rebel, has just created a free 3 Day Spirit Detox and a super dope post on why creative quiet time is a productivity booster + a definite necessity. (I love the timing of life sometimes.) I have already downloaded her Spirit Detox and and am setting aside the time to jump right in. Ashley covers a lot of key points about why it is important to detox, and best practices for doing so in her post. You can read more amazing brand strategy + content marketing tips at sacredrebel.co or click here for the full post. Ashley is amazing at what she does, and I know you will come away more knowledgeable than you were when you first visited her site!