Jill Heller’s PureThread Pop-Up Shop ……..Leni Penn!

23 Nov

purethreadJill Heller, a Fashion entrepreneur, sustainable stylist and founder of PureThread that works effortlessly and passionately in introducing the best in a healthier way.

Jill Heller, Pure Thread (middle)

Jill Heller, Pure Thread (m.)

One of the ways, is having a Jill Heller PureThread Pop-Up shop!

So a few weeks ago, I’d attended one in Bedford NY, Westchester County.

PureThread gives the platforms and the opportunity to find great brands, but actually meet face to face and engage about an owner’s passion in their work!  About 20 different international and local brands were showcased.

I told Jill, this was like I was in on a secret clue; that led me to great treasure finds and landing with such excitement to be there!  This is where I also met two beautiful ladies, Brit and Susie Ankari!  Mother and daughter team, who are the owners of Leni Penn.

Brit Ankari (l.), Susie Ankari (r.)

Brit Ankari (l.), Susie Ankari (r.) ; Leni Penn


Leni Penn specializes in making vegan/vegetarian friendly faux leather tote bags, as well as high end vintage pieces that have been recreated and modernized.  American made and more importantly, for every tote bag sold – a backpack is donated for a child in need or a purse for a working mother in need!

Every woman needs a go to bag, which can hold everything that you need and yet be stylish. Everything! There could not be a color, style or design you could not find in Leni Penn’s collection.  So I opted to do something different, not the typical selection of a brown, black or even tan!  I decided to be daring and fell in love with Metallic Silver Python tote bag!  Yes, I know – so different for me but I went for it!

Unfortunately the style was not available at the The PureThread Pop-Up shop – it had to be ordered.  Waiting anxiously; it just arrived a couple of days ago and said now I can show and tell; it’s absolutely beautiful!  Roomy in side and is going to be used definitely for this weekend, then again and again!  I LOVE it!

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

To Jill, this opportunity was the best!  And thanks…….Leni Penn!

For my readers, if you are interested in knowing more about Jill Heller, PureThread’s Brand Directory; which features Leni Penn – info is below!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design   Letia :)

Jill Heller’s project The PureThread is a consulting company with expertise in designer and sustainable fashion committed to inspiring posititve change in the fashion industry! www.thepurethread.com    www.lenipenn.com




Photos of Jill Heller and Pure Thread logo belong to Pure Thread®.  Leni Penn photo courtesy of Leni Penn Instagram.  Leni Penn tote bag photo, courtesy of Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®   



Naomi! I’ve learned…….

17 Nov

“It’s all about personality. Boy, have I learned that during my career! Over the years, my personality has most likely caused me to miss out on some jobs and opportunities, but I also know that my strong personality has helped me secure a spot on some of the biggest runways in Paris, land major magazine covers, get hired for international advertising campaigns, and experience lots of firsts as a black model. It’s my personality that has set me apart from other models and land big campaigns — everything from Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to Dunkin’ Donuts and Milk.”


The beautiful Naomi Campbell was the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, French Vogue and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. The runway was her domain as she showcased the collections of top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior and Versace. http://www.naomicampbell.com

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

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Fun Vintage Barware!

14 Nov

The 70’s!  Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and Pink Floyd were playing on the radio! M*A*S*H was the popular TV series and Love Story was  also playing in the movies.   Also back in the 70’s barware was a cool way for liquor companies to advertise and bartenders to show their signature drinks!

A couple of weeks ago, I was cleaning out the garage at the old house; where I found a barrel full of vintage bar glasses.  A lot of the glasses were damaged, but I was able to salvage just a few.

Here are the bar glasses I’d found and let’s say it was so much fun looking up the history behind the drinks and vintage glasses!

 BarWareRedeyeRed Eye Drink with a shot of Tabasco Sauce (1972)

Pour vodka into a beer glass one half to three-quarters filled with beer. Top with tomato juice, and serve.


HawkShotHawk Shot (1970)

Stir 2oz Smirnoff 100 into a mug of steaming beef bouillon then season with lemon juice!  Ouch!





redbaron Seagram’s Gin Red Baron (1975)

  • 1 1/2 oz. Seagram’s Gin
  • 1 1/2 oz. Orange Juice
  • A dash of Grenandine to taste
  • Lime Wedge






Then I found these mini Booth’s Vintage Shakers!  Love  Them!






I also managed to save one Cutty Sark Whisky glass – so cool!  A range of blended Scotch whisky produced by Edrington plc of Glasgow, whose main office is less than 10 miles from the birthplace of the famous clipper ship of the same name.

Did you know the whisky was created on March 23, 1923 as a product of Berry Brothers & Rudd, with the home of the blend considered to be at The Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland.



These beautiful Carlsberg Beer glasses! Carlsberg is a Danish brewing company founded in 1847 by J. C. Jacobsen with headquarters located in Copenhagen, Denmark.


How about these lager glass bottles by Grolsch!  A Dutch brewery founded in 1615 by Willem Neerfeldt in Groenlo. In 1895 the de Groen family bought the brewery. They had started their own brewery in Cuijk the Netherlands in early 1800.

MoreMogul_99_9 Grolsch










The PussyCat glasses were produced in the 70’s as a promotional item from Early Times liquor. If you mailed in the “proof of purchase” plus a certain amount of money, you would receive a Pussycat glass in the mail.

The powered drink mix packet included instructions on what kind of alcohol, soda, juice…etc. to mix with the powered packet to make a Pussycat drink!




MoscowMule Smirnoff Moscow Mule mugs in copper! A Moscow mule is a buck or mule cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime served in a copper mug garnished with a sprig of mint.

It became popular during the vodka craze in the United States during the 1950s. The name refers to the popular perception of vodka as a Russian product.


Lastly, I tried to research this bar glass, Formula 1.  No luck!   If you know the background on this one; please send me a comment…I would love to know more about it!
Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design


It was a shame that I could not salvage more!  But it was much fun, brought back so much memories growing up of the infamous bar that my Uncle Alvin had!  Cheers!

Letia :)


Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®


“I feel like whatever I’m supposed to do or get or achieve …

2 Nov
“I feel like whatever I’m supposed to do or get or achieve will happen, and what’s not mine is not mine to have. My grandfather used to tell me when I was a kid, ‘Nobody can take anything away from you that is yours.’ He also used to say, ‘the best is yet to come.’”   Lenny Kravitz
I too believe the same thing!  You know how you are always asked…go paperless!  How about…go fearless!   Be positive….for the best is yet to come!
Quote taken from Uptown Magazine Oct/Nov issue.  Lenny Kravitz is currently on his world-wide STRUT tour!  My favorite single, New York City of course!
Letia :)

Being Burned Out, High Blood Pressure and A Pause Vacation Needed!!!

9 Oct

ws_Relax_1280x800Alarm clock rings, you know you didn’t get enough sleep and you are in the bathroom staring in the mirror!  Tired as hell and you pull out the Spinbrush and begin to brush your teeth, only to find out that you mistaken your face primer as toothpaste!

With a dramatic reaction, you immediately rinse your mouth, use mouthwash and do it the right way!

You haven’t even gotten in the shower yet and already the telephone is ringing…to tell you that the appointment has been cancelled!  This was the reason that you were up so doggone early in the first place!

So now, you decide you can have a little breakfast and decide to make oatmeal!

Only to forget about it while you’re upstairs ironing!  The smell and popping known as burning, would be a clue!  I tried to save it (so like my mother!!), but it was ruin.

You’re dressed and get in the car to get the day going! You are still tired and roll down the windows for some air to make you feel better, and you do!

The only thing, this tired feeling was the same every day!  You convinced yourself that you need to get some more sleep or you shouldn’t have eaten so late.  Then you noticed that you were a little bit fustrated, still saying that you were tired.

This is a case of BURNED OUT!  If you can guess, I am talking about myself!!!

So I made an appointment to see my doctor!  The problem was identified within ten minutes! My blood pressure was too high!  While I was there, it was still rising in the doctors office!  Yikes! My body was working overtime and the signs were all there.

The more blood your heart pumps, and the narrower your arteries, the greater your blood pressure will be. When it becomes higher than the level recommended for good health, it’s called high blood pressure!

So with a delicate conversation that it could be regulated, I was placed on medication and scheduled for 2 to 3 additional blood pressure check ups to make it sure it was not elevated!

After three days, I cannot tell you how better I felt.  By being regulated, I had more energy and wanted to know how I could possibly get off the medicine!  So I started watching what I eat and doing more walks with my pooch!  Within the past month, 10 lbs. gone!

So I am going to continue the process in order to feel better and under doctor’s care determine if the medication will not be required.  Nevertheless, I still will continue doing these key things to help.

So I booked a PAUSE vacation!  What’s that? Stop everything and concentrate on yourself! Was this hard! You bet! You come to find out the world still turns and goes on, so within a few days – with me stopping I am totally relaxed!

I’m sleeping everyday past 8am! Taking a morning walk, then swimming in the late afternoon and getting enough sun! Enjoying my surroundings and going back to bed for a true 8 hrs of sleep! Feeling great!

You may not be able to take a PAUSE vacation, but a PAUSE hour or moment for yourself!  If you are not feeling well, pay attention!  Now, I not saying that you may have high blood pressure.  But I will say if you are not feeling yourself or know you need a check-up for any reason…go see your doctor.  You are important to YOU!

Well let me get ready for my walk!  I still have a few more days before returning home! Thanks for all the e-mails on your concerns on where AM I!  It means so much!  I am doing great!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

Mayo Clinic’s information on high blood pressure, click here.

Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer

28 Sep
pink ribbon

Pink Ribbon

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design’s blog site has gone PINK to show the much-needed support!

If you would to support a love one or friend, by all means write your thoughts in the comment box and share!  We have made strides, but we still have a long way to go to find a cure.

Do a daily click free and help aid in mammogram funding, at the Breast Cancer Site. Please click this link www.theBreastCancerSite.com and you will be brought to the site and CLICK the button!!!!!


Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Lee :)

73 Questions, Answered by Anna Wintour!

10 Sep

anna wintourAnna Wintour is the name you should be interested in; during NY Fashion Week!  Are you interested in what she thinks is important?  Here is a candid view of the icon answering questions that are quick and funny – as she is working!  She is so delightful!

Oh, I’m going to wear my shades while I’m in the office tomorrow!!!!


The beautiful Anna Wintour is the daughter of Charles Wintour, former Editor of the Evening Standard. She started her career in 1970, working in the fashion department at Harpers & Queen in London.  Six years later, she joined its sister New York publication Harper’s Bazaar as its Fashion Editor.   After a stint as Senior Editor at New York magazine, controlling the title’s fashion and lifestyle coverage, Wintour was named Creative Director of American Vogue in 1983.  British Vogue hired her back as Editor in Chief for two years. In 1988, she rejoined American Vogue as Editor-in-Chief and in that capacity, has helped raise over $10 million for AIDS charities since 1990.

Enjoy Fashion Week!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

Youtube video by Vogue®

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