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Boss Sisters Who Brunch | A Day of Sharing + Connecting

A wonderful day of inspirational stories, sharing + connecting . . .

I shared my story to a packed house!

I was blessed to share the stage with these beautifully inspiring women . . .

So thankful for the friends who came out to support . . .

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the 2nd Annual Boss Sister’s Entrepreneur Empowerment Brunch held in Long Beach CA, at The Grand. I can’t tell you how much this event blessed me, and from what I hear, it blessed all the women in attendance that day. I was able to share the stage with some amazing women. I was encouraged, and inspired and left the event with a full spirit. It was truly a day of female empowerment. I wanted to quickly share with you how this came about, as many of you know I am not a public speaker although I am quite an excellent public listener.  ;)

At the beginning of 2018 I was thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in the new year. I decided to choose one word for the new year, that would help me to remain focused and keep my tasks and projects in alignment with my word. Well, during quiet time one morning God gave me the word to focus on. He said He wanted me to be more visible.

Visibility. Ugh.

This word was definitely from God, because visibility is not a word I like to use in relation to myself, however, I am smart enough to know that one can only remain invisible for so long.  I also know that to do the things He has called me to do, I must be visible in some way. So, I chose the word VISIBILITY for 2018.

Fast forward to this past April . . . Deanna Lewis, co-creator of Boss Sisters Who Brunch, reached out to me to ask me to be a speaker at the event. She said The Lord had put it on her heart to ask me to participate early one morning while she was still in bed. Isn’t it amazing how God works? I automatically accepted, knowing that I could not possibly say no, even though I was semi-cringing inside. I asked her what she wanted me to speak about and her words were very simple: “Just share your story. ” Well that’s what I did, in a nutshell.  Click the video below to peep if you like, and be on the lookout, I hear Deanna is planning on hosting another event in the Fall. :)


Boss Sister’s Entrepreneur Empowerment Brunch :: I’m a Speaker Yall!

Hey guys! I’m honored to have been asked to share my story at the 2nd Annual Boss Sister’s Entrepreneur + Empowerment Brunch! I’ll be sharing the stage with 5 other amazing women on Saturday, June 2nd at The Grand in Long Beach. Click here or on the link below to secure tickets for yourself and a friend! www.brownpapertickets/bosssisterswhobrunch

(p.s. pray for me yall!!! this is a definite step out of my comfort zone! ;)


Haight Fringe Clutch now available at Taylor Jay Collection . . .


As of this month, select pieces of Ayanna Listenbee Collection, including the Haight Fringe Crossbody Clutch, are now available at Taylor Jay Collection. Taylor Jay Collection is located at 3843 MacArthur Blvd, in the Laurel District of Oakland, CA. Check them out if you happen to be in the area! Taylor has her own eponymous collection of beautiful jersey separates that you will definitely want to adopt into your wardrobe as well!

It’s Wednesday! Only 2 more days until the weekend!!


Note: pom sold separately. Pom’s will be available on the ayannalistenbee.com website next month. :)

Life in Pictures | Week of 10.6.14

LifeInPictures_Odylyne.thelookbookhilosophy.com TGIF!!!  It’s been a busy week around these parts! The LA Fashion Council kicked off LA Fashion Week with shows at Maker City in downtown Los Angeles this week. So far, my favorite of the shows I attended was Odylyne. I’ll be reviewing the line on the blog next week. But for now, here’s a behind the scenes sneak peak of a few of the pieces . . . .

LifeInPictures_Odylyne_thelookbookphilosohy.com LifeInPictures_Odylyne_thelookbookphilosophy.com LifeInPictures_Odylyne_thelookbookphilosophy.com Last weekend we drove up to Central California, Hanford, to be exact, to spend the weekend with Reston’s best friend + family who recently moved there. It’s an agricultural town, lots of dairies and farms, which I love. Fun fact: Hanford is well known for their ice cream, the brand is called Superior and it’s made locally and packaged right there in Hanford. Of course I loved the pink box and old school typography so I had to snap a shot. They have an ice creamery in town, but there was a Renaissance Fair going on and streets were blocked off so we opted for the take home kind. It was delish!!!

SuperiorIceCream_thelookbookphilosophy.com The plan was to stay over at our friend’s house and drive up to Sequoia National Park on Sunday. But I underestimated my dog allergies -they have two little doggies and I was equally allergic to both, even though they were being kept away from me in different rooms :( So after they treated us to dinner at Harris Ranch Restaurant, we opted to stay over at the adjoining Harris Ranch Inn. BTW, did you know that Harris Ranch is California’s largest source of beef, and the largest ranch on the West Coast? I don’t eat much beef, but the steak was good and the loaded baked potato was AWESOME!!!!!

HarrisRanch_thelookbookphilosophy.com HarrisRanch_thelookbookphilosophy.com Peops are serious about their cows in these parts. The lobby was decorated in full dude ranch style. Cowhide sofas and longhorn chairs . . . Yee Haaaah!

The next morning we headed out on the open road to Sequoia. Along the way we stopped at Pinky’s Produce, a roadside fruit stand, for some freshly squeezed orange juice. I’m told it is the best around. Of course, I loved the signage and pink lettering . . .

PinkysProduce_thelookbookphilosophy.com Pinkys_Produce_thelookbookphilosophy.com Pumpkins_thelookbookphilosophy.com Then it was time to hit the road again. It was a beautiful drive, especially once we got into the forest. I LOVE trees, and there were tons of them. Beautiful tall redwoods and lots of cool fresh air. A nice break from those heatwave temps we’ve become accustomed to.

Sequoia_thelookbookphilosophy.com telephone_thelookbookphilosophy.com NoPets_thelookbookphilosophy.com Our goal was to do a cave tour, but we found out that the one we wanted was sold out. While we were waiting, the kids discovered an old relic known as a “pay phone.” They were fascinated by the buttons and attached cord. I realized that it had been a while since I had seen one myself! The park rangers told us about another cave tour that was 2 hours up the mountain, and everyone was game so we headed back out. On the way, we stopped to see General Sherman, a giant Sequoia tree. By volume, General Sherman is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. And he was massive. You can see him below . . .

Sherman_Tree_Trail_thelookbookphilosophy.com General_Sherman_thelookbookphilosophy.com Sherman1_thelookbookphilosophy.com This photo will give you a better perspective. You can see how tiny we look standing at the base of this tree. Now that’s some serious trunkage, wouldn’t you agree?

Sequoia_National_Park_thelookbookphilosophy.com We ended our trip with a really cool cave tour at Boyden Cavern in Kings Canyon. It was both fun and informative. I will share more about it later, but if you are ever in Sequoia National Park, I recommend you go. Our guide was great and it was very beautiful, both inside the cave and out.

Bodyen_Cavern_thelookbookphilosophy.com Boyden_Cavern_thelookbookphilosophy.com Happy Friday!! I hope you all have a fab weekend. I’ll be covering the CONCEPT Fashion shows this Saturday, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of the goodies on hand for S/S ’15 next week.



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