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I was Interviewed by Seeing Beauty Blog!


Hey guys! I’m excited to announce that I was recently interviewed by my friends Karina + Shaleah of Seeing Beauty Blog. I met Karina when I attended the Blogcademy workshop in San Francisco a few years back and then Karina put me in touch with Shaleah, whom I had the pleasure of meeting when she came to visit this past summer. Karina + Shaleah run Seeing Beauty, where they offer usable business tips and courses for creative entrepreneurs. BTW, for any of my camera-shy, introverted readers, who may also be business owners, I can’t speak highly enough of their new course, “Change Your Lens” (2 weeks to better business photos). I took this class and it was a great help in showing you how to photograph yourself in ways that are natural to you. In fact, all of the photos of me used in the interview came from me taking their course!! Anyway, do check it out. In the meantime, here is a snippet from my interview::

When effortless grace, uncompromising values, fierce attention to detail and inspirational style come together you probably just encountered Ayanna Listenbee. Completely wowed by her designs and charmed by her humility, we recently met with this ageless beauty in Pasadena, California to talk about her work and to find out how she does it all and makes it look so easy…

Why did you start designing?

Designing has been a passion of mine since the beginning. But early on in my college years, I was just unwilling to embrace it, because I didn’t think I could make a living for myself in fashion. Thankfully I got past that belief! Designing is kind of like a natural state for me and when I am not doing it, I don’t feel as alive. I started doing custom clothing while I was working for Liz Claiborne Swimwear, just after college. That lead to creating my own capsule clothing line. Then, with the impending birth of my first child in 2005, I began creating leather handbags and from that, the Ayanna Listenbee Collection was born.

Read the full interview here

Click here for more information about Seeing Beauty,  and here to see more of the fabulous courses they offer.


Press | Closetpiece Interview . . .

Images from my ClosetPiece Interview . . .

Images from my interview with ClosetPiece.com . . .

Hey guys! I was recently featured as the first entrepreneur interview over on Closetpiece.com for their new “Yeah, She Werkin’ ” series which features women who have turned their passion into a business. Here is a snippet from my interview::

What is it you do that puts the “werk” in “Yeah, She Werkin”?

“I’ve had some major setbacks during the course of my business, and some of them took a while to bounce back from. So I would say my daily persistence and dedication toward seeing the vision for my business, that God has blessed me with, come through to fruition is what puts the work in “Yeah, She Werkin”. For me, it’s a daily, minutely, second-by-second commitment to myself that I am going to persist, regardless of what the circumstances may look like on the outside.”

Please visit Closetpiece.com to check out the full interview and support the other fabulous women that Closetpiece is featuring on their site!


I’m Featured Artist of the Month over at VogueBinge.com!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset image details:: photo by Earthtone Photography | handhag:: Ayanna Listenbee | Dress:: Cathexis by Ayanna Listenbee | Silver cuff:: Cathexis by Ayanna Listenbee

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I wanted to let you guys know about my featured Artist of the Month interview over on voguebinge.com. I was recently interviewed by the lovely and talented Ashley Goode who runs the blog. It’s so great to collaborate with other creatives. It really feeds my soul. While you are there, check out some of the other wonderful ladies she has featured over the months as well. There are some wonderful women doing great things in this world!

My schedule has suddenly gotten super hectic! This Friday I am headed back to one of my favorite places in the world, San Francisco, to get schooled at the Blogcademy workshop which is headed up by the fabulous graphic designer, Shauna Haider of The Nubby Twiglet blog, the ever encouraging and “radical self lover,” Gala Darling of the self titled blog Gala Darling and the ultimate wedding blogger, Kat Williams of Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride. These 3 women have taken their passions and created full fledged businesses out of them. Needless to say I am really excited about this weekend . . . but I digress, as I sit here typing this post, my “un-fun” a.k.a. “real” work pile just keeps growing, so I am off to lessen the load. Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for this new week of life. Make the most of it!




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