Looks like I’ll be rockin’ it in 2016! I’m excited to see what this year will bring! I’ve set up a couple of goals for myself and hopefully I can stick to them. I’m really just trying to do things that make me happy and to explore more of our lovely planet. I also have a few trips planned already, so with that, let’s do this 2016!
Calvin Klein: Coat (this year’s version) // Express: Pleather Leggings (option) // Steve Madden: Shoes // Shirt: Forever 21 // Ray-Ban: Sunglasses // Nordstrom: Beanie
Photography: Samantha Kramer
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)
With the chillier weather rapidly approaching, my go to layering piece is my anorak jacket. I actually got a blue camouflage one back in June when I was in New York. I knew that it’d be a staple piece for fall and I couldn’t beat the $50 price tag (it’ll be making it’s debut soon). Most anorak jackets are lightweight and have a hood as a bonus. They’re perfect for those crisp fall days and have enough room for all your other layers.
1. Express / 2. Ali Ro / 3. Ali Ro / 4. BCBGMaxAzria / 5. Pacific Sunwear / 6. C. Wonder / 7. Nasty Gal / 8. Tibi / 9. Jack by BB Dakota / 10. Style & Co.