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: 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

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?

Around Atlanta: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Fox

Art, Atlanta, Lifestyle, momlife, ootd

Ronald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was playing at the Fox Theatre. So the fam and I (minus little Josephine) went to see it. Yep, we took Langston on a mommy/daddy date, which never happens, and I’m happy we did.

Even before we went, I was excited for Langston to be introduced to the story and songs. I mean, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a straight classic. He loved the Oompa Loompas and all the singing and dancing. He was asking me hella questions the entire time. But there were definitely parts that confused and/or scared him (i.e. ripping that one girl apart and those black squirrels). Keep in mind, Langston just turned 3. He really enjoyed it overall though and so did I.

Sunday Funday.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it” – Willy Wonka


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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Lemon head.

Atlanta, nightlife, ootd

Dress: Papaya; Shoes: GoJane.com

I was having a real yellow moment when I visited Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta a couple weeks ago for a networking event. Hair, skin tone, dress, bag….all of it.

So naturally I became curious about the psychology and meaning of the color yellow. This is the quick version of what I found:

Yellow: Uplifting, happy, fun, hopeful, practical thinker, networker, the mind, intellect.

Whew chile, the alignment.

Let’s Talk Self-Care

ootd, Work Clothes

Blazer: Goodwill; T-Shirt: F21; Pants: H&M; Shoes: GoJane; Necklace/ring: Alex and Ani

I’m not feeling 100 this week. I was actually just sent home from my internship for looking/sounding so crappy. My supervisor told me she was whipping the Lysol out as soon as I left, lol. It be like that sometimes. But she asked me an interesting question while I was there: “Why didn’t you just call out today?” My response: “Because this is what I do. I just fight through it.”

But why is that? I seem to think that showing up with a runny nose, coughing all crazy, with a Barry White voice is going to show them that I’m all “dedicated and dependable.” But what am I really telling myself about myself? Why do we, as women or mothers or whatever, just fight through whatever we’re going through when we know what we really need is some good rest or some good laughter or to drink some more damn water? There’s no simple answer to that question, but I do know that  I’m going to try to check in with myself more. And question those false stories that we all made up at some point that are still allowed to dictate our behaviors. Take care of youself. You’re worth the self-care.

What self-care keeps you feeling at your best?

Let’s talk style for a sec. Blazers are definitely on trend right now. I found this one at the Goodwill, aka The Spot, and thought it would be cool for work but also cool to jazz up with a graphic tee. As you probably already figured, this look is for work. Made it more playful with the skinny pants and metallic sneakers. I’m working in an elementary school this semester, so this look is kid friendly yet still professional. We out here. 

Song of the day: Smino: Klink