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.
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Like many of us, I was introduced to Ilana Glazer through the genius of Broad City, a show that she and pal Abbi Jacobson created and starred in. So when Ilana came to our Fort Greene shop last fall, we just about lost it! We shared that this year is Kordal's ten year anniversary and it would be such an honor to feature her in our Lived in Series to mark the occasion. Fast forward a few months later and Ilana is rolling up to set in Crown Heights on her bike, and yes, she's just as cool and kind as you'd expect. She's generous with her time, has everyone cracking up and looks incredible in our knits - even on a humid 90 degree day. We got a chance to talk about pregnancy and healthcare, how styling informs her characters, and finding levity amidst existential challenges.