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Join Me in San Francisco this Saturday, Nov. 19th!


Hey guys, this coming Saturday, Lori Christensen of Carde Blanche + One-Per_Week and I are hosting a meet up in San Francisco at 11:30am. Join us for GATHER (the Give And Take of Honest Evaluation + Resources) a no frills intimate gathering for women business owners + solopreneurs who are looking for honest dialogue and open conversation about life as a small business owner. Join us for a no-host lunch and conversation amongst ourselves, offering support, encouragement and dissection of issues we may be facing as we aim to grow our businesses for 2017. RSVP by emailing ayanna@ayannlistenbee.com. Hope to see you there!


Feeling Thankful . . .


Lunching at The Rotunda with the Renaissance Crossbody . . .

Soooo, it’s Thanksgiving week, already!! I just got back from spending 4 days in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. While I was there I got to meet up with one of my insta buddies, Lori Christensen of Carde Blanche. I met Lori via Instagram and last year when I was in San Francisco for my birthday we had an impromptu coffee + lunch meet up after discovering that our birthdays are only 1 day apart. This year we did it again. It was, as it was last year, a highlight of my trip. Being able to connect with likeminded, funny, creatives whom I may never have met if it were not for social media, has become a wonderful little byproduct of social media that I am really thankful for.  I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving and are able to give thanks + spend time with those you love.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Frisco in Pictures . . . May 2014

Frisco Collage_thelookbookphilosophy.com SFCollage2_thelookbookphilosophy As always, my trip to San Francisco was a blast. There isn’t much I don’t love about this city (aside from how expensive it is and the cost of parking when we bring our car). This particular trip allowed me to explore some areas that I had not visited on prior trips. My blogging workshop was located in an area called Hayes Valley which is just under a mile from Union Square where we were staying.  It’s such a fun, colorful place! There were food trucks:: Casey’s Pizzeria truck and The Juice Shop truck and great little restaurants all around. We spent a lot of time in a little square where people were sitting on blankets and benches, some were eating and some playing with their dogs. Just a really cool place to hang and be outdoors. There was a little side street we walked down that had a lot of pretty graffiti and painted walls. I forgot the name of the street, but it is right behind where the food trucks are parked. We stopped to take a few selfies . . . or “ussies” as I like to call them. ☺ I can’t wait to go back for my birthday trip in November.


I can’t believe the end of May is nigh. This month went by so fast!  I feel like I am saying that more and more often these days! Do you guys have any weekend plans? I’ve got events planned for both Saturday and Sunday, so I will be pushing the limits of introversion this weekend. Lol! But what’s life without a challenge right? ☺ Have you set any challenges or goals for yourself this weekend? If not, give yourself one or two. It always feels so good to be able to do things with purpose and knowingly accomplish something.

Have a fabulous weekend!


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Travel Diary | Hayes Valley, San Francisco . . .

LaBoulangerie_thelookbookphilosophy.com Octavia+Hayes_thelookbookphilosophy.com La Boulange Cafe + Bakery on the corner of Octavia and Hayes . . . I love the colors and outside seating.

Octavia2_ Amazing juices from the Juice Shop truck . . . Love the colors and retro vibe of this truck! Did you notice the Aether store located behind the juice truck? It is made from shipping containers! You can see more of it’s super cool design here. Love it. 

Hayes1_thelookbookphilosophy.com I love this graffiti covered brick wall . . . ♡

Octavia+Hayes1_thelookbookphilosophy.com Have you ever had pizza from a pizza truck? I love the look of the truck, and of course the chic color choice of gray and white. I should have checked to see if they had gluten free pizza! (although that would kinda take the fun outta eating pizza from a truck!)

Hayes3_thelookbookphilosophy.com More graffiti-art covered walls . . . the purple flowers are so beautiful against the black, gray and creme of the walls . . .

Makeshift2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The Makeshift Society co-working space on Gough + Hickory . . . This building had so many great details! Ceramic tiled exterior, decorative paned windows and amazing geometric ironwork at the bay windows. Much love for this . . .

FriscoScape2_thelookbookphilosophy.com An early morning view from the St. Francis, overlooking Union Square . . .  

Frisco1 Can you spot the gold leafed base of the small terrace above a window? #details

FriscoScape1_thelookbookphilosophy.com An evening view from our hotel room . . .

Lookout2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The view from Look Out Point off the I5 on the drive back home . . .

If you are planning to visit San Francisco, check out Hayes Valley while you are there. If you enjoy people watching and cute restaurants, It won’t disappoint. You can see more pics of my Frisco trip here.


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The Blogcademy San Francisco : A Recap!

MakeshiftSF_thelookbookphilosophy.com So by now you all know my fav city on the West Coast is San Francisco. I look for and jump on any opportunity to peruse the streets of Frisco and live out my not so secret dream of moving back East. Frisco is the only city out west where I feel even remotely close to the east coast . . . but I digress. When I found out that Gala, Shauna and Kat of the Blogcademy were going to be hosting their first workshop of 2014 in my fav city, I jumped at the chance to attend and learn from them. We spent 2 information packed days at The Makeshift Society, a really cute co-working space in Hayes Valley, which was just under a mile from our hotel @ the St. Francis in Union Square.

BlogcademyB_thelookbookphilosophy.com I think co-working spaces are amazing. I wish we had one here in Pomona . . .

Blogcademy Headmistressesinaction Here are our headmistresses Kat, Gala and Shauna droppin’ mad blogging knowledge . . .

One of the things I loved about the Blogcademy, was the emphasis on remaining uniquely you, yet challenging yourself to step outside of your comfort box. I loved the energy the girls brought to the workshop. I also love the fact that these three women bonded over blogging, became best friends and are now traveling the world together and sharing their knowledge! Throughout the weekend there was a lot of laughter and best of all a chance to wear sparkly kitty ears!!! . . . sadly, this is something I had never considered before the Blogcademy, but I have successfully incorporated the wearing of said ears into my weekly blogging sessions. I keep my kitty ears at my desk and adorn my fro whenever I sit to write a post. The ears were put into our gift bags as a reminder to do something different, and find a way to stand out in a crowd. I love them so much I am planning an outfit around them . . . and it isn’t a costume!!!

EarsOn_thelookbookphilosophy.com Put your learning ears on girls! Get ready to stand out in a crowd . . . 

Here I am working in my ears . . . The Blogcademy has forever changed my life with regard to blog-at-home-head-adornment . . .


BTW the Cheez-It’s are not mine! They are my daughter’s. She always visits me while I’m working and leaves things behind . . . mostly hugs, but this time, cheez-its . . .

Vivian+Paige_thelookbookphilosophy.com Another really cool thing about the Blogcademy is that you can volunteer to help out and thereby have access to the info in exchange for your services. This is Vivian and Paige, they attended the Blogcademy in Los Angeles last year and volunteered to help at this one. They both contributed some great tips during the session as well.

Blogcadettes_thelookbookphilosophy.com I loved how colorful everyone was. The vibe in the workshop was really laid back.  It felt like we were just sitting down with a couple of friends chatting about blogging and what worked for them and what didn’t. During a few of our blogging exercises they even played Michael Jackson. Now that will really get your creative juices flowing!

HeadmistressesLaughter Lots of funny stories were shared, I wish I could remember what was being said when this photo was shot, but it looks like it may have been as story shared at Shauna’s expense! Lol.

At the end of day one we were given report cards based on our blog that showed what we needed work on. On day two, we had one-on-one sessions with the girls to go over their suggestions, ask questions and discuss things they thought we could do differently . . .

Katsadvice_thelookbookphilosophy.com Here is Kat droppin’ some blogging wisdom to Angela who runs a pastry blog called Goldenrod Pasteries! Yum! Don’t you just love her sparkly polka dot tulle skirt!!!

A highlight for me was getting to do my one-on-one with Shauna Haider. Shauna is a graphic designer who owns a boutique design firm called Branch. She does all the branding and logo design for the Blogcademy. I am a big fan of her work (and her personal style, she always wears such amazing dresses!) When we sat together she basically redesigned my header and brought me out of tagline purgatory in just a few short minutes! I can’t wait to implement the changes we discussed. I swear, I could have sat and talked with Shauna about typefaces, whitespace and personal inspirations for the rest of the day!

BlogcadettesComparingnotes Throughout the day we were given short assignments to help us hone in on our goals and blogging practices. During activity time there was a lot of idea sharing and networking. On day two I sat next to Alyson (in the green jacket). She runs an eco lifestyle blog called Simply Alyson.

BlogcademyNotetaking Needless to say, there was ALOT of note taking going on. I pretty much used up my whole notebook. I should have started with an empty one, but I later switched to my ipad…. don’t know why I didn’t start with that in the first place!

Me+Erin_Blogcademy Erin was my seat mate on day two. She has a sewing blog called Seamstress Erin, and she told me she had just completed her PHD (she’s a scientist!) and was gearing up to give her exit talk that Friday! To top it all off, she was also in the midst of planning her wedding! I loved Erin’s energy and her bright smile! What an exciting time in her life!

PerusingtheMacaroons Here we are perusing a selection of macaroons the Headmistresses brought in! I had never had a macaroon before the Blogcademy! I’d seen pictures and thought they were so cute! But Ohhhh, to taste one!! I had Almond Amaretto. They were amazing! So yummy that I had two. The macaroons were from Chantal Guillon. Since they are local, I will definitely be paying them a visit on my next SF trip!

BlogcademyFunnyFaces Here is our class picture! We took two. This is my fav, it’s the one where we all made crazy faces. I think our true personalities came out in this one. So much more fun than giving “cute face!!”

BlogcademyGoodFaces But I do like this one too . . . We were a pretty bunch, If I do say so myself!

Giveaways_thelookboookphilosophy.com After lunch we had more learning and then giveaways! There were prizes for most tweets and best instagram images of specific things. Aren’t the gifts purty?  Theresa was one of the winners. I LOVED her pink hair. She was also the Blogcademy scholarship winner! That’s another way you can attend the Blogcademy, by winning a scholarship. Theresa has a travel blog called Tremendous Times.

BlogcademyTheresa2 Overall, my Blogcademy experience was amazing. Kat, Shauna and Gala shared a lot of valuable information that I have already begun to implement. I loved meeting the women in attendance and hearing about their blogging journeys. There were so many different types of blogs represented at this workshop ie: travel, baking, sewing, photography, self love, the list goes on . . . We are all on our own path, and it’s so wonderful to meet and share along the way. Blogging can be very isolating, which is one of the reasons I have really been working hard to get out more and meet more people!

Me + Headmistresses! I just bought a frame this week and I plan to put my photo with the Headmistresses up at my desk as a reminder to continue working hard and pursuing my blogging goals with passion and color!!!!

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images by Ingrid Chang of Jerry Yoon Photographers | jerryyoon.com

Destination: San Francisco!

Hello friends!! It’s my last day here in San Franciso and we have had a ball!!! We took a 2 year hiatus from our yearly Frisco trips and boy have I missed this place!!! Rob + I drove up this past Friday for our anniversary get away. This city is so beautiful to me. I never get tired of it!! My dream is to one day own a home here. Im posting this from my phone, so I hope it works. I just wanted to share some of the beauty I’ve captured through my lens during my time here. Meanwhile, I hope you are all having marvelous Mondays! Go forth and prosper!!!

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