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

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

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

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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Travel: Tybee Island

momlife, travel

I feel rejuvenated. Like something has changed on a cellular level. Like healing has occurred. I talked about my spiritual journey recently on my Facebook page and I was super surprised by the feedback that I got. It helped me to realize that there is the opportunity to create community and connection by being more open and vulnerable, especially about the things that many of us can relate to.

I’ll be including more talks of spiritual practices and metaphysics on this site in the future. I hope we can share and grow together in that.

I visited Tybee Island, an adorable little island close to Savannah, Georgia. My family and I spent a relaxing day at the beach and it felt like a hard reset. It felt soo good. We got to the beach late Sunday morning. It wasn’t crowded at all, the weather was great, and the ocean water was nice and warm. If you’re in the Atlanta area or in this general part of the country, I would recommend taking a weekend trip to Tybee Island. More from my day below:

Peace❤️

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?