Today’s Friday Feature is a classic beauty, Lisa. Lisa and I both started working at the same school a couple of years ago. Although we only worked together for a year, we have remained friends and ironically we work at the same school district now, but in different buildings.
Lisa is one of the most kind-hearted people I know and really down to earth. She’s also newly engaged! Lisa likes sharing where she gets her inspiration on her blog, Mbrace the Day Read more about Lisa’s style inspiration below.
5 Minutes With Lisa
HAMR: What is your occupation?
Lisa: I am a school psychologist at a middle school in Naperville. I love my job, and I feel like it’s different every day. I counsel some really great kids, teach classwide social-emotional skills lessons, work with teachers to build in supports for students, work with our significantly disabled student population, and help gather data on student performance (academic, behavioral, and social). My job definitely keeps me busy, but at the end of the day, I always feel like it was worth the effort.
HAMR: Describe your style?
Lisa: I would say my style is best described as classic with a twist. I gravitate toward pieces that I can wear with almost everything (e.g. classic tees, good jeans, neutral colors), but I also like adding pieces that are a little off-beat or have a little edge. I think my style is pretty much in line with my mom’s. We’re not wearing the same outfits or anything, but growing up, she taught me that a classic look will never go out of style.
HAMR: What’s your go-to accessory?
Lisa: I love a good statement necklace, and I think it’s one of the best ways to elevate a look. And I know it’s not technically an accessory, but my face is never without Benefit’s Gimme Brow Gel. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, and that little tube always takes me from looking like I need another cup of coffee to looking like I actually had a decent amount of sleep.
HAMR: What’s in your bag currently?
Lisa: Once you wade through all the discarded receipts and miscellaneous papers, you would find 2-3 kinds of lip balm (eos is a fav), my Coach wallet, a few pens, a couple pairs of earrings (you never know when you need to change your look!), and my Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Balm in Mega Melon.
HAMR: What’s your favorite Chicago spot?
Lisa: It’s hard to name a favorite! Lately, I’ve been spending a good amount of time in Wicker Park. I can see The Allis at Soho House becoming one of my favorite hangouts, and I’ll always make time for Pops for Champagne and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Express: High-Waisted Skinny Jeans
Steve Madden: Slip-On Sneakers
Tart Collections via EVEREVE: Blazer
Handbag: Loft (similar)
American Eagle Outfitters: Necklace (similar)
This week it’s all about the ankle booties. I officially declare October through April tights season and since it’s obviously the last day of September what better way to prep for colder weather with ankle booties. Right now it’s the perfect accessory to wear especially with some of these statement booties. They’re perfect to wear with skinny jeans, skirts and dresses. I like to save my taller boots for the “real” winter and since I feel like I wear them for months on end, it’s really nice to get in my ankle booties now. It’s really hard to pick just only a few because I’m definitely loving all of these ankle booties.
1. BC Footwear / 2. Nine West / 3. Report / 4. Report / 5. INC International Concepts / 6. Coach / 7. H by Hudson / 8. Steve Madden / 9. The Flexx / 10. Madewell / 11. Nina Originals / 12. Tory Burch