Juneteenth 2020: Radical Honesty.

Atlanta, family, Lifestyle, mental health, momlife, Wellness

My Juneteenth celebration yesterday. Beauty, bellies, booties, & black women. My liberation came in the form of radical honesty. I sat in that pool yesterday and shed real tears and let it wash over me.

Often times as women and/or mothers, we try to keep it all together. We’ve been conditioned to. The concept of being a “strong black woman” can be very destructive and isolating. Not to mention, it takes mental energy and resources that can be better spent. I’m pledging to let it all go, practice compassion, and ask for the help that I need.

Open. Release. Shed. Love. Grow. Thankful for my tribe.

Celebrating self love. If you’re reading this, know that you are worthy and you are loved. You are beautiful and joy is your birthright.

Happy Juneteenth.

Take care,

Leslie Anne

Black Lives Matter

Art, Atlanta, Lifestyle
Atlanta. Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Protesting police abuse and the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been to a lot of protests in the past, but this was by far the most racially inclusive and it made an impact. Racism isn’t just some problem to be solved by those that are being oppressed, it’s everyone’s problem. I’m happy that people are finally realizing that and taking accountability. On another note, I love my people. Black people. Always have. Always will. We’ll get through this too. ❤️

Check out my views from the protest below.

Peace,

Leslie Anne

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

Quarantine & Chill and Take Care of Yourself

Lifestyle, ootd


I’m here for all of the fun, love, and cool shit that’s been showing up on social media. (The memes have been taking me out 😂 . I just find it interesting that we’re having virtual parties now. I was at DJ D-Nice’s Homeschool party yesterday with apparently 100k other people feeling like a whole cool kid. 💁🏽 Wow. The times.

Even though we’re physically distant, people have really been getting creative with new resources and access online like never before. If you find something cool to do online, send it my way. Gimme dat.

Im taking this time of isolation to reevaluate things in my life, to prioritize things that nurture me, to practice better self care, and to continue to connect with self and God.

Find your fucking peace. I’m trying my best but to be honest, mugs are trying me. It be the ones. And also, send me all the funny tings and resources. Thanks. | 😘

I’ll be sharing a list soon of the resources that I have found to be helpful in some way.

P.S. 2020 is really out here, ain’t it? 😳

COVID-19/ God is Dope

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What a time to be alive. I’m really over here wrapping my head around the fact that the world is where it is right now. COVID-19 came through and singlehandedly bodied 2020…and its only March. Many are isolating or self-quarantining and travel is restricted. No large groups. People can’t work. Schools closed. Grocery stores are strug. Black market hand sanitizer. This life is wild, yo. Im just pondering. And sending my love.

I’m really wondering if life will ever go back to the norm as we knew it before. Will these more contagious and aggressive viruses start popping up more often? Will the US government use their mishandling of this pandemic as an opportunity to learn, grow, and be more prepared for next time? I’m curious.

Times are stressful, so I’m trying to find the silver lining in all of this. It’s always there if you’re open to seeing it. Leaning on my faith. God is Dope.

Furry Coat Love.

Atlanta, Lifestyle, nightlife, ootd

Greetings and Happy New Year. It also happens to be Black History Month so theres that as well. Plenty to be grateful for. 2020 has been pretty illuminating already. I cleaned up my eating and I’ve been way more consistent with my spiritual practice. Meditation makes a difference, man.

My friend had a gender reveal/ birthday party at Ra Sushi. My first time there and I definitely have to go back for a full dinner. My look reflected a classy lady of the night in a Blaxploitation film. I think it’s the coat, lol. Funny enough, I found this coat while shopping at Sam’s. Some of the gems be where you least expect it.

Much love,

Leslie Anne

God Bless the Ratchets.

Atlanta, Music, nightlife

Hey, hey! I hit up the Saint Jhn concert in Atlanta recently. I was excited for the show because Saint Jhn’s music is dope. His tone, the vibes, and the general aesthetic is fire. He has 2 compilations on Apple Music. I recommend you check them out. If you take a listen, drop me a comment about what you think.

I was overall happy with the show, but something was definitely amiss during the performance because you could see it on Jhn’s face. My guess is that something was off with the sound. After the first verse of a lot of the songs, he would cut the music to do an a cappella thing. Idk about that, but regardless, it was still a fun show because the songs go hard. Atlanta was the second stop of the tour, so if Saint Jhn is in your city, swing through. I fucks with it.

And as you can see, I switched up my look. Hey girl! The blonde is gone and these bundles have arrived, lol. I rocked long straight hair for a decent amount of my life, so I miss it sometimes. The weather was letting me live my best style life too so I was not mad. Let me know if you’re digging the look in the comments.

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

AFROPUNK Atlanta 2019

Atlanta, Lifestyle, Music

AFROPUNK Atlanta 2019. Yowza.

I’m not even exaggerating when I say that this was by far the best AFROPUNK I’ve ever been too. Atlanta clowned. The people were BEAUTIFUL. Everyone. Not just some folks, but all. Vibes everywhere. I’m honestly still on cloud 9. I’m so in awe of how AFROPUNK leveled alllllll the way the fuck up this year. So many sponsorships and cool interactive art installations. The overall scale was just grander. It was beautiful.

Now for the tunes:

Lucky Daye. Anderson Paak. Smino. Masego. Mahalia. Brittany Howard. Fever 333.

Lucky Daye has been one of my favorites for a while and this was my first time seeing him in concert. His live show is amazing. I would have been satisfied if I went home after his set. But then I get to see Smino, a fellow STLien. And end the night with Anderson Paak who did a tribute to Mac Miller. Shawty is mad content. I am shawty.

I’m excited for how AFROPUNK Atlanta is evolving. If you were at the festival, drop me a comment! What was your favorite experience at AFROPUNK this year?

Peace,

Leslie Anne

Music: Afrobeats Concert @ the A3C Festival

Atlanta, Music, nightlife, ootd

Hey! I was at the A3C Afrobashment show at the Tabernacle. I’m a big fan of Afrobeats at this point so I was pretty excited to check out a good show. Initially, this show had: Afro B, Mr Eazi, Koffee, Tiwa Savage, and Burna Boy. As it got closer to the show date, Tiwa and Burna Boy were removed from the lineup. How? I was super dissapointed, but I still went out to see Mr. Eazi, Afro B, & Koffee. I tell you one thing, Afrobeats music is the truth. So “feed-good”, so swaggy, just everything. And Koffee and her band were super talented.

Did anybody else check out this show or see these artists recently? Thoughts? Who’s your favorite Afrobeats artist? I’m really digging Burna Boy, Wizkid, & Juls right now.

Anyway, this is what I wore. Pants from H&M, a (quintessential Atlanta) men’s sequins t-shirt that says “The Plug”, and creepers for good measure. It is spooky season, right?