We were first introduced to Alexandra Elle back in January when she released her book "Today I Affirm - A Journal that Nurtures Self-Care." We were so honored and thrilled to see her wearing head to toe Kordal at her latest book signing and love that she is creating an outlet for others to to find support, comfort and strength through writing. A true beauty inside and out.
In her journal "Today I Affirm" Alex's opening note reads "Affirmations create space for us to relax, reflect, reset, and rearrange our personal narratives. When we slow down and settle into ourselves, positive self-affirmations can help build a home within by laying the foundation of self-awareness, introspection, and understanding."
For this month's Lived in Series we asked Alex to share some advice on integrating self care, writing, and reflection into a daily practice. We're so thrilled this interview lines up with Mother's Day as Alex is pregnant with her third child and beautifully shares her thoughts on motherhood, partnership, and how to style clothing for maternity and beyond! :)
(Photos by Erika Layne @erikalaynephoto ~ Alex wearing Eva Cardigan)
Motherhood has taught me how to be free in my unfolding, how to honor and hold space for gratitude in my body, and has encouraged me to be a student each new day that I’m blessed with.
I started writing in my pre-teen years, it was my outlet. At that point in my life, no one influenced me. Writing allowed me to be myself and use my voice in ways that were healthy and helpful to my overall growth.
Writing in motherhood has helped me remember the moments that are fleeting. It’s served as comfort when I feel that time is moving too fast.
My podcast came to be on accident two years ago. Since then, it’s grown into a community of sisterhood through storytelling. What started as me reading an essay, morphed into a show that intentionally makes space for community. I haven’t had any shocking conversations, they all blow me away in their own unique ways.
The most challenging, not having enough time in the day (or so it seems). The least challenging, watching and learning from my kids.
I make time for work and I make time for my family, individually. Each day looks different since I am a self-employed person. I am learning how to harmonize my life in ways that honor career and mothering. Some days that feels more accessible than others. The two blend together and inform each other in ever-changing ways. It’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing because both are essential to how I move through the world.
The Joanna Jumpsuit, named after one of our good friends at The New Denim Project, is an update to our favorite Utility Jumpsuit from Fall 2018. Created in a new fabrication from recycled cotton at The New Denim Project, it has a softer hand feel and looser weave giving the jumpsuit a bit more drape.
This season we followed the same tried and true fit for maximum versatility and comfort, updating a few design details like the adjustable button closure at the waist for size customization! As an ever growing and learning brand (and as with many things in life), there were a couple of lessons learned along the way. We'd like to share a few of those insights with you here. Read below for our thoughts on fit, fabric shrinkage and wash & care instructions!
Being invited into Kiva's home and studio is a bit like entering a dream. Sunlight pours into the space, bringing to life the mosaics of color that fill the room. She offers us tea and makes us instantly feel at home. In a gentle and intentional tone she tell us about her upcoming shows, travels and the history of her studio. Originally the home of her parents in the 1960s, her mother a modern dancer and father a painter, it's clear that creativity is the heart of this home.
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