OOTD: Midwest Shawty.

At Home, Lookbook, ootd

I’m not sure what it is about this outfit…maybe it’s the skirt, maybe it’s the hat, but I just feel like this embodies a midwest vibe. Maybe I just called myself country, I don’t know, lol. But I like it.

Shout out to all of St. Louis.

I just finished up my first year of classes for my clinical psychology program and it’s going really well. It’s been a wild ride already and it’s a lot of work. But I’m really growing.

Even though I’m still sheltering in place at home, I needed to get cute and be creative. I figure if I have a couple weeks without classes, I may as well use it to have some fun and feel good. And I love creating outfits and taking pictures so it’s a win.

I’m also on TikTok now *inserts Megan thee Stallion “ehh”*, so please find me on there so we can connect.

Toodles,
Leslie Anne

*Outfit details at the end of post

Outfit details:
Skirt: Forever 21
Cropped top: H&M
Pants: AP Blue
Shoes: Nine West
Earrings/ Necklaces: Alex and Ani
Straw hat: Thrifted

OOTD: Backwards Day

At Home, Atlanta, Lifestyle, ootd

Hey guys.

I’m back with another outfit of the day, quarantine edition. My family is doing a Spirit Week at the crib, so this was “Backwards Day.” My kids loved the whole idea of wearing their clothes backwards and they did so the entire day, lol. I wore my shirt backwards and ended up really liking the look. Might have to keep that in mind for future looks.

Interesting thing is, my entire outfit is from Walmart. This whole look probably cost me $20. I say that to say, you don’t have to have a lot of money to look good or stylish. You just have to have an vision for an outfit. And an eye for quality fabrics, especially when you’re at second hand stores (which are my favorites). I was completely comfortable in this outfit while in classes remotely and while being an active mom. Walmart had more pants in this style with different designs. They cost an entire $7. I know physical distancing is in place, but if you find yourself at Walmart, peruse the clothing section for these pants. SO cute & comfortable.

And also, Walmart been the lick for statement tee’s. If you don’t know, now you know. Look in the men’s section.

Adios.

-Leslie Anne

It’s Easter, and We Out Here.

Atlanta, family, Lifestyle, momlife, ootd

“Out here” meaning “in the house” of course, lol.

Sometimes Easter goes by and I don’t really trip off it. It feels more like a general holiday. It embodies a certain time of the year where everything is coming alive and it’s warming up, so that’s cool. You get to dress up and look cute plus the food that day is usually hella delicious. But Easter felt much more personal this year. The story of Jesus: his life, his death, the resurrection. The timing is impeccable. I feel like as a collective, we’re all going through some form of death and rebirth right now. Our reality has never looked like it does right now and people are adjusting. It was the death of life as we had known it and now it’s something new. It’s interesting.

So to celebrate, I got Easter baskets for my kids, we did an Easter egg hunt inside the house, and I got my kiddos all dressed up for virtual church. I found a company called Bailey’s Blossoms that sells “mommy and me” clothes. Since my daughter is still so young, I thought it would be cute if we wore matching black and white printed dresses. Langston’s outfit is a mix of Target, Carter’s, and Osh Kosh. Since I love photography, I took pictures of us outside the house and they turned out really good. I’ve shared some of them below.

-Leslie Anne

OOTD: You Can Hear Me Coming.

At Home, family, Lookbook, ootd

Hey yal.

This was me at the house a couple of weeks ago. I had these swishy pants that I found at a thrfit store a while back and this color blocking organza top. They’re among many statement pieces that I buy and then figure out what to do with later. This extended time at home seemed like a great time to build some new fun outfits.

Getting dressed and styling myself is like a tiny therapy session. I get to express. Plus Josie was being cute so I snapped a few pictures in her room after her nap.

I hope you all are doing well. If not, find a little bit of peace each day and hold onto it. Things will turn around.

Peace.

-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

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

Staycation with me.

Atlanta, nightlife

I celebrated 5 years in the marriage game last weekend. It honestly stuns me that I have been married for 5 years already. Life just keeps moving right along. Marriage is challenging at times but it’s also a lot of fun, especially when you’re raising a family together. Here’s to loving, listening, lots of fun, and continued personal growth.

Amanze (the hub) and I did a staycation at the W Atlanta- Midtown. The room was super cute. Then we ate at Chops Lobster Bar. Fiye. I had salmon and Amanze had a seafood trio….it was seriously delicious. Afterwards, we hit up Wiskey Mistress where they played early ’00’s tunes and oldies for not got-damn reason, but it was funny. The ambiance in that place is real cool though.

Where do yal like to go out in Atlanta?

Peace,

-Leslie

Around Atlanta: The Beacon.

Atlanta, Lookbook, ootd

Greetings! I’m so happy to have a minute to sit down and write. Life has been hectic lately and I’ve just been trying to cope. Cope with psychology school, motherhood, marriage, and expressing myself. I’m in the middle of midterms too, so every minute is especially important.

I stopped by The Beacon for the first time earlier this month. I used to live around Grant Park so I was caught off guard to see that whole area had been created where there was basically nothing. Lowkey salty that I don’t live over there anymore but I’m not gonna sit over here feeling sorry for myself. Mmkay? Anyway.

I met my husband for a lunch date at Patria Cocina. The tacos there are super tasty. I recommend the fried avocado and fried fish tacos. Soo good. They also have this passionfruit mango frozen margarita….!….?…! That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

I got a chance to explore some of the shops at The Beacon. Cynthia Bailey Wine Cellar is there, which is really cute. Apparently it pops on Friday and Saturday nights. I think it would be cool to check that out one day, maybe with a couple friends. Then there is A Haute Cookie which is FIRE. It’s owned by Shiana White, who was super sweet to us and highly adorable. And her cookies are straight flames. I bought a dozen of them. I recommend the strawberry shortcake and chocolate chip cookies. A Haute Cookie also makes different flavors of edible cookie dough. I tried it. I felt fancy while doing it. So is life.

The other two shops I checked out were Cultural Accents and INNO Medicinals. Come to find out, both shops are owned by african women: one Senegalese and one Nigerian. So off tops, I’m all for it. Plus both shop owners were kind and informative. Cultural Accents has beautiful jewelry, handmade drums, baskets, fabrics, and more that the owner has collected from her travels throughout Africa. She also has another shop in Little Five Points. INNO Medicinals specializes in CBD products ranging from moisturizers, bath bombs, oils, and gum, to things like tea and dog products. I bought the Burnout mist from Mary’s Nutritionals. It is supposed to be helpful in treating eczema, which my daughter has. If anyone has experience with this product/ company or generally treating eczema, let me know in the comments. 🙂

I think The Beacon has a lot of potential, especially once all of the store fronts are occupied and open for business.

What I’m wearing:
Turban: The Wrap Life; Top: Peachy Girl;  Pants: Success of Uomo, Shoes: Anne Klein

Lately I’ve been finding all kinds of goodies at second hand stores. My pants and shoes are some of my more recent finds. That’s all I got! You all have a wonderful day.

Peace.


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Retro Vibes in Norfolk, Va.

ootd, travel

Ya girl was on the East Coast this past week for Spring Break. My last Spring Break as a counseling student, might I add. Graduation creeping up too quick and I cannot wait.

So the fam and I traveled to Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, and Washington DC. I lived in Cville for 5 years so it was nice to get back to VA & DC. Threw this look together in Norfolk for dinner the night before we left for Atlanta.

I also happened to be standing next to an oasis, so there’s that. My top and bottoms are thrifted, and it even looks like someone sewed the pants by hand….a 1 of 1. I dig.

Who else made the most of their Spring Break?