Around Atlanta: IWI Fresh Spa

Atlanta, Lifestyle, mental health, momlife, Wellness

 

People! What’s good?

Earlier this month, I got a facial and massage at IWI Fresh. I have had a few different spa experiences in Atlanta, but this is the first time that I had been to a natural spa to this degree. They advertise themselves as farm to skin, meaning that they grow the products and create the products that they use. I’m talking about oils, face sprays, scrubs….all smelled super delicious as well. My services were really great. The music throughout the place was a whole vibe, it’s decorated cute, and it was filled with black people. Plus there is a facial/ massage combo on Groupon. Need I say more?

I know that most people are at home right now. Not only is social distancing in full effect but you damn sure aren’t about to get a massage. BUT when the time does come, check out IWI Fresh. I was really happy with my time there.

I hope yal are doing well. Stay safe & protect your energy.

-Leslie Anne

The Colors, Duke.

Atlanta, momlife

I’m a child of the 90’s. Whenever I see colorful things, my brain jumps to the Popsicle commercial where the kid says “The colors Duke, the colors” to his colorblind dog. That’s the end of my story.

Enjoy these magical ass photos of me and my kids embodying joy. We discovered a trampoline park South of Atlanta and it has hella activities plus great lighting in the evening. Here we are in the ball pit. Had to jump in because the kids immediately started sinking and I wasn’t having that. It was fun.

Peace,

Leslie Anne 

A Little Lip Service in Atlanta

Atlanta, Lifestyle, nightlife

Hey hey!

Angela Yee, 1/3 of the Breakfast Club, had a live show of her podcast “Lip Service” in Atlanta last Wednesday night. It was at the Buckhead Theatre. I had never actually heard Lip Service but I was excited to experience a live Podcast. The crowd was relatively small but it was still cool. The special guests were Trouble, YFN Luchi, and Tokyo Jets. I loved how candid the discussions were. They talked about sex, relationships, cheating, monogamy, and all kinds of other foolishness. It was fun, low key, and intimate. I think the overall conversation about relationships and sex and just real shit is definitely beneficial to the collective, whether people end up agreeing or not.

Now I’m thinking about seeing The Friend Zone live in Atlanta (bc that’s my show).

Yal ever been to a live Podcast? How was it?

Peace and blessings,

LA

Print Master/ Shorties at an Art Show.

Art, Atlanta, nightlife, ootd


Hey loves!

How is life? I feel like I’ve been going through it but I’m still moving in the right direction so all is good. Focusing on gratitude, right?

When things get really chaotic or stressful, it’s important to check in with yourself and put that self-care/self-love on 100. Taking time to be mindful, breathing deeply, eating healthier, disengaging from interactions that don’t bring joy into my life, laughing…all of those things are so crucial for me.

What do you all do as self-care when things get tough?

Part of my self-care included going to an art show at Octane Saturday night with the homies. Mama needs her time too. 20 local artists showcased work. I love seeing art and being a part of an art community. Plus Bar Taco was next door….ya girl was plantained up and so happy. Had a mini photo shoot on the streets too. Tis life. I am not mad.

Vintage plaid blazer, leopard pants, a graphic tank, and creepers on my feet. Style.

If you want to comment on this look, the art showcase, or whatever, hit me in the comments below. Until next time.

Peace.

Feeling Blue at The High

Art, Atlanta, ootd

I went to Jazz Night at the High Museum last Friday night…it was so cute yal. The last time I was at the High was for Infinity Mirrors and that was an awesome experience too. I really need to start using my lil membership more.

I went out to celebrate my friend’s birthday. It was girl power to the 10th degree and I was not mad at all. That feminine energy is powerful yal. Great vibes, conversations about real shit, looks for days, and a multitude of pictures. Sums it right on up.

I’m back with winter layers that will treat you just right. I can’t get enough of skirts/dresses over pants. Other than my tube top, this outfit is either thrifted or vintage.

And my hair is grey and blue. What a time to be alive.

My 2018 Self Portrait “Rise”

Art, Atlanta

“Rise” by Leslie Anne Ikpe

Strolled right into 2019 finishing this piece up….the perfect energy.

Each year, for the past 4 years now, I’ve painted and revealed a self portrait on or around the time of my birthday. It feels like the perfect time to do something intentionally creative and to track my growth as an artist. It really is cool being able to look back from year to year and see how my skill has developed.

To all my fellow artists and creatives out there: You are amazing. The world needs your creative energy. Take care of yourselves and make this place better.

Hope you can appreciate something about this piece.

All my fellow artists say what up.


5 Tips if You’re Going to Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors”

Art, Atlanta, Lifestyle, ootd

Infinity Mirrors aka “dot on dots on dots”

When I heard Yayoi Kusama was exhibiting work at the High Museum here in Atlanta, I was geeked. I bought tickets for Friday night, figuring it would be a cute date night. I was totally right (as usual/always.)

I’m an artist and I really enjoy seeing other artists’ work. Not only is this show totally interesting and unique, but it really gives you a peak into Kusama’s mind, which is on a whole ‘nother frequency.

Tickets sold out months ago, but the High Museum is still selling 100 tickets a day at the door. First come first served. So you still have an option if you want to go. *starts chanting “do it! do it!” The show runs through February 17.

For anyone that plans to see this exhibit, here are 5 tips that may help:

1. Don’t start at Room 1.

You may be asking yourself, “What do that mean?” Let me elaborate. There are 7 Infinity Rooms in the show. (You’ll get a map). Most people will go right to Room 1 and wait in that line for a hot minute. Just skip that room and circle back to it later. This was awesome advice that we got from one of the attendants at the show. It worked like a charm.

2. If you want to get pictures, have your phone ready before you get in the rooms.

You’re getting anywhere from 20-45 seconds in each room (most likely 30 seconds.) Use that time wisely. If you want to get some shots in the infinity rooms, have your camera open and ready before you walk in. It will be over before you know it so don’t waste any time.

3. It may be less crowded if you go late night or early in the day.

Apparently it’s been popping during the day at Infinity Mirrors. If you have a choice when you get the walk-up tickets, choose the later or earliest time slot. I picked 8:00pm for our time. By the end of the night, there were only small groups of people there and we were able to go in every room at least twice. Which gets into my next point…

4. Repeat rooms if possible.

This seems obvious but some people see each room once and then bounce. Maybe it’s the artist in me, or the frugal person that resides right next to the artist, but I’m gonna see as much as I can. And get my moneys worth. 30 seconds isn’t a long time to soak it all up, so do yourself a favor and try to see the rooms more than once.

5. Pay attention to the details.

Kusama is meticulous in her work. Dot after dot after dot. It’s pretty amazing when you really take the time to study her art. Get up close with her sculptures and paintings. Notice the brush strokes and variations in shape and color….be present with all of that.

Overall, I had a great night. Had some fun, got inspired, met some cool people. I was not mad.

Have you seen Infinity Mirrors? If so, what did you think?

What visual artists are you excited about right now?