Artist, designer, woman of change, and amazing light of creativity, CHELSEA LEIFKEN, joins Krista + Linds this week in the #Almost30Lounge, and it's as real as it gets, people. If you don't know who Chelsea is, YOU SHOULD/GET ON IT. Not only is she one of LA's coolest designers, but she's the creator of fabulous lines of leather goods, hand painted by her with love and the most inspirational messages. After studying at FIDM and working the 9-5 lifestyle in the tremulous fashion industry, Chelsea realized she was meant for something greater. That she had more to give to the world as an artist. Battling depression, anxiety, and the challenges of starting your own business, she's the badass we all need more of. Talk about a motivational episode right? SIDE NOTE: There's A LOT of laughs in this one. Some hot points in this one include... high school BS learning about, understanding, and knowing yourself the power of LISTS part-time Starbucks employees have bomb health insurance?!?! Chelsea's journey as a designer, from her first trade show to manufacturing her designs all of the tools in Chelsea's toolbox for HAPPINESS the importance of giving back dating through the phone ie. Tinder, Bumble, etc.
I was recently commissioned to paint both leather and denim jackets with poet Max Ritvo's words. His family will adorn them in his memory. The most beautiful collaboration. We both know Max's spirit is jumping in joy.
Love Your Body Event!! Los Angeles — I will be speaking at a beautifuuuuul event this Saturday hosted by Almost 30 Podcast + Joriki. THESE UH-mazing women will be speaking there as well → Danika BryshaBe Well by KellyDanielle Pascente-Hall — The Love Your Body Event will be an interactive style workshop → moving meditation + chatting all the feels + sipping all the dranks. — It is this Saturday, June 24th from 3:00 - 7:00pm at an oh so beautiful home in Beverly Hills. — Non-profit love → 100% of the proceeds will go to Awaken Arts + Movemeant Foundation.
i found this picture - got all up in my feelings + had to share my thoughts.
dear 22 year old chelsea, i know you feel SO crazy lost. you graduated with a business degree and chose to move back in with mom to find yourself, your voice, your passion, your purpose. in 6 years you'll be making a living painting you're feelings on everything. and believe it or not - one day you'll decide to shave all your hair off [you never identified with it anyway] you'll learn to drop your ego. you'll work nanny jobs and barista gigs for the next 3 years and learn more lessons than you ever could at school. you'll have 842882 panic attacks, make 827 new friends and have 5838 more feelings. some doors won't open for you - but girl, you'll realize later they weren't your doors. you'll get involved with @awakenarts and work with girls whose lives reflect yours. you’re going to find yourself - fall in love with yourself and finally put chelsea first. you’ll realize you don’t have to be completely healed to help people — but by helping people, you will heal completely. it's gonna be a wild journey girl - but i promise, you gon kill it. don't stop shining that light. head high. love, 28 year old chelsea #chelseawrites [whip cream explosion at @starbucks, 2011]