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

OOTD: Warm Earth Tones

Lifestyle, ootd, Wellness

Hey everyone! How are things? …it’s been a lot, right? I’ve been mostly focused on being a mom and a graduate student right now. And trust me, that is plenty. Overflow. When I first found out that my graduate program was transitioning to online learning, I really thought I was gonna show up to classes (on Zoom) in my “house clothes.” Nah playa. The devil is a lie. See I like to dress. I like to style clothes. AKA my closet is my playground.

So as long as I’m home based, I’m gonna get up and get dressed for the day and so will my kids. We gon be comfy but cute. Pajamas all day was fun for a little while but nah. We off that.

Then we can feel good and look good when we go on walks around the neighborhood. How are you and your family settling in at home?

-Leslie Anne

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.

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.