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Randomocities . . . It’s Been a Minute!

St. Francis Clutch | Ayanna Listenbee Collection

St. Francis Clutch | Ayanna Listenbee Collection

Whew!! July has been a whirlwind so far! I have been off the blogging grid for a minute, so I thank you for sticking with me! We spent 10 days in Austin, TX with my brother and sister, helping out with the annual sports camp that they put on with their church every summer. I always come back feeling like I can do more in my own surroundings after helping out with the camp.  You wouldn’t believe all the effort and love that goes into putting on a free, 4 day camp for kids. I love them for that.

Since yesterday was my first day back in the swing of things, I still feel like I am getting my sea legs. Sometimes switching gears is hard to do . . . especially when the rest of the family is still on vacation! But filling orders is good for that, and thankfully, there have been plenty to fill! I love seeing which bags customers are drawn to. The St. Francis clutch has been in demand as of late. This is a fabulous clutch, if I do say so myself. ;) It holds quite a bit, and it is sleek and minimal. I love how the bee logo looks nestled in the corner. That little bee is probably just a logo to you guys, but it is a reminder to me that progress is being made, every time I see it. It is a reminder to me that I am still here, making, creating and doing what I love to do. And after 8 years as an entrepreneur with many ups and downs, there’s a lot to be said for that.

Have a great Tuesday, friends.

Randomocities | On Progress . . .

Haight Fringe Clutch | Ayanna Listenbee

Haight Fringe Clutch | Ayanna Listenbee

Sometimes it’s hard to see how far you’ve come, when you are looking at the big picture. It’s easy to focus on the day to day minuscule things. The things that are not working, or that someone forgot to take care of, or that didn’t get crossed off the To Do list. It’s especially hard when you are the one responsible for everything. I mean really, there is only so much one human can do in a day. Well, today I had to stop and remind myself of that, yet again. So I just wanted to share my “note to self” with you::

Go easy on yourself peops! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Eventually you will reach your destination!

Happy Thursday!


Life in Pictures | Week of 3.22.15


#ihavethisthingwithfloors | #ihavethisthingwithtiles

I love interesting floors and tiles. It’s amazing how  happy a great floor can make me. Did you know there are a few instagram accounts dedicated to floors and tiles? Check out two of my favorites: @ihavethisthingwithfloors + @ihavethisthingwithtiles for more flooring magnificence  . . .

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY So this happened . . . we hung out in WeHo with my brother and sister and tried a new pizza place. Somehow we made the mistake of each ordering our own pizza without considering that they were not personal sized pizzas . . . a total of 7 whole pizzas. Fun was had by all.

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Spotted this old beauty on an impromptu walk to the pizza joint. Such great lines!

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Are you familiar with Bunch Magazine? Its a great magazine that features creatives+ influencers in different industries. I got my first copy and loved it. I’m so glad to have discovered it. One can never have too many goodies to read + draw inspiration from. You can check them out here.

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY I ♡ taking walks through unfamiliar neighborhoods. I can’t wait to live in an area where it is more conducive to walk to things. I love looking at the exteriors and landscaping in different neighborhoods. Spotted this ivy + red door on our same walk to the pizza spot last week.

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY More work in progress taking place in the design lab . . . Sometimes I wish I could just push a fast forward button. It’s amazing how long things take to complete when it’s just you doing a million things, but slow and steady wins the race, and progress is steadily happening, so I’m thankful for it.

Hope you had an amazing week! Have a fabulous weekend + Happy Easter in advance!!


Life in Pictures: May Days . . .


Hola Amigas!!! So much going on this month! We’ve been everywhere, from the mountains to the ocean. Part of the reason I love California is that you can experience those two extremes in the same day. Over the course of this month we have been blessed to spend time with lots of friends and family. The weekend before last we went to Legoland with some good friends of ours. It was our first trip with another family with kids. Such a blast!!! It’s great to have another family you can travel with without any drama!!! Kids had a ball, and Nadiya even experienced her first roller coaster ride!!! Thank God for Dads. Coasters are NOT my thing. Rob gets major points for that one!  Speaking of Rob, he started off the holiday weekend with a fab performance @ The Gate in Encino. It really was an amazing show. He brought the house down and left us wanting more!!! For Memorial Day we spent time with my bro and his fam @ the beach. Good food, ocean breezes and loved ones. A combination that can’t be beat. I hope your holiday weekend was amazing. I’ve got great things brewing on the business homefront!! I’m so excited, can’t wait to share! #itsgettingcloser

Have a wonderful Tonday!!

(Feels like Monday but it’s actually Tuesday!!! YAY!!!!)

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Thankful Thursdays | A Yummy Start to the Day

My favorite morning smoothie. This ALWAYS makes me happy in the morning. Why don’t I make these more often??

Hello friends, long time no post! I hope everything is wonderful in your world. I haven’t forgotten about you. I just had to take a break from the rat race to give thanks and touch base with you all. We have all been recovering from colds in our household. Nevertheless, things are good. My business is moving forward, and we have placed the order for our first samples! YAY!!! I’ve been working closely with the factory to get our logo and nameplates finalized. Earlier this week I received a few hardware samples and will post soon to show you. In the meantime and in between time, I just wanted to take a minute to give thanks for this beautiful day. Another day of life, to try harder, grow more, get better, give more, do more, be kinder, listen more, love more, smile more, laugh more, and be more gracious.

Happy Thursday yall!

Thankful Thursdays: Natural Progression

Life in Pictures | April 2012

Good morning friends, Happy Thursday! This month is proving to be another busy one! Great things are happening with my business, and I am readying my line for an August/September launch. I am very excited, but there is still much work to be done. The next two weeks I will be deep in the depths of research and product development. I hope you will be patient with me. Of course I have every intention of keeping my regular (or should I say semi-regular) blogging schedule, although . . . you know what they say about good intentions!!!☺ Anyway, I am thankful today for  baby steps. Putting one foot in front of the other in spite of any apprehension or uneasiness I may be feeling . . . Keeping it short and sweet today guys. Make it a fabulous one!! xo

What are you thankful for today?

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