If you find yourself tossed around on the latest fashion trends of the day or overwhelmed with your options on every shopping trip, it’s a good sign you haven’t yet settled on your own signature style. How exactly does one achieve their own signature look? My style journey involved a […]

My Top 5 Style Secrets to Creating Your Signature Look

The combination of weather and everyday heat styling had left my hair dry and unmanageable. Jamie Alexander, star of Blindspot, serves up some serious messy bob inspiration so I took a few pins of her into my local Aveda salon and consulted with my colorist and stylist to see if […]

Messy Bob

Luke and I got all dressed up for Erin’s wedding. Luckily that meant we only had to go as far as digging into the backs of our closets.  It’s pretty funny when “all dressed up” constitutes jeans and a button down shirt but if you only knew how hard it […]

All Dressed Up

On Saturday I attended the Beauty Trend Show at Nordstrom Topanga, in Canoga Park, CA. They have this event annually, but this was the first time I was able to actually attend. It was the perfect mini-personal-day because it started early (8am) and ended by 9:30. Then you were able […]

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

We finally got some much needed rain last week here in Los Angeles. Of course it had to come on the day we had to drive downtown for the Lakers Game, which meant the typical one hour drive took us two hours. To repel the rain, I wore these simple […]

Rainy Day Wear

[Nailstream] is a company that brings manicures and pedicures to your office- genius, right?  Last week they paid a visit to AOL and I happened to be in the office that day so was able to experience one of their manicures.  I was impressed by the way they set up […]


I have a weak spot for high-waisted flares so imagine my delight when they started showing up in stores again. I scooped up this pair at [Madewell] prior to my trip to Puerto Rico and they turned out to be the most comfortable jeans in the world.  I’m now convinced […]

High Waisted Flares

Sometimes on a beautiful LA day you just have to step outside your office for a photo shoot. Such was the case last week when I wore this Floral Skirt and Crimson Lip combination.  Thanks to my lovely friend Noaa [seen previously here] who was kind enough to take the […]

Floral Skirt & Crimson Lip

I found this striped fit and flare skirt at Target last month and asked for it for Christmas.  The weather was so warm on Sunday that I could wear it bare-legged with pointy toe sandals which was a nice departure from my recent uniform carousel of sweaters, skinny jeans and […]

Fit and Flare Skirt

I would say that spontaneity is one of the dangers of being married to a thrill-seeking-surfer-type. Whenever I tell my husband to “pick something for the family to do and I will follow”, I run the risk of not being dressed appropriately. As was the case for our hike last […]

Casual Countryside

2014 was a beautiful year that flew by faster than I imagined. In reviewing my posts to round up the year’s best, I was reminded of how much we really did together this year, as a family, as a couple, as a church and as a company at AOL.  God’s grace […]

2014 Round-Up

I have been planning to do a “Shop Lisa’s Closet” post for a while now. A lot of friends have asked me what I do with my clothes when I’m done with them and typically I give them to Good Will or to Helping Hands, a local organization that helps survivors […]

Shop Lisa’s Closet

In 110° heat, the last thing you really want to think about is putting on clothes, so keeping it casual is the key to happiness. That means, leaving your jewelry at home and keeping lots of cotton blends on hand. Sunglasses and a hat are really the only accessories you […]

Desert Casual

I love Target for many reasons, probably the best being that I can buy my shampoo, my son’s school snacks, my husband’s t-shirts and designer clothes for myself -all in the same place at a great price! I bought this Phillip Lim for Target skirt a while back but forgot […]

Phillip Lim for Target

I grew up in the country in New Hampshire where every Fall we’d have to cut the trees down on our property and stack the wood to heat our house in the Winter. Suffice it to say, I have had my fair share of the great outdoors.  I tried to […]

The Great Outdoors

If you’re wondering what to wear to Outside Lands, please take the San Francisco microclimates into consideration prior to picking your outfit. While you may envision wearing the typical Summer music festival attire of a flowy sundress with boots and a floppy hat, you would be painfully mistaken to wear […]

Outside Lands Fashion Guide

I will be going from one weather extreme to another this week with a trip to Vegas followed right behind by a trip to San Francisco.  Extreme temps are forecasted to span from 100 at the high to 40 at the low.  Only a trip to San Francisco could require […]

Packing for Extreme Temps

I fell for this Peter Som striped romper the first time I previewed it in his collection for Kohls. I love it when designers make their creations affordable for the masses. I wore it with wedges and an elastic belt but my husband was by far my favorite accessory. You […]

Peter Som Striped Romper

I gravitate toward shift dresses because they combine comfort and elegance. Traditionally they hang loose from the shoulders with little or no definition in the waist making them the perfect thing to wear on vacation since the last you thing you want to worry about on vacation is watching your […]

White Shift

I think I was fifteen the first time I sported a pair of cutoff denim shorts. I remember being inspired by Cindy Crawford’s Shape Your Body Workout Video so I cut the legs out of a pair of old jeans. Not bothering to measure, one leg was longer than the […]

Frayed Denim Cutoffs

I can remember my mother emphasizing modesty growing up. She did so in a way that was a bit unconventional in that she sat me down and explained that men were visual beings and how the sight of a woman’s body could have actual physical effects on a man. I […]

Modest Summer Swimsuit

It is nearly mid-Summer everywhere in the U.S. with the exception of course for San Francisco which boast some of the coldest temperatures I’ve ever experienced in Summer. The temperatures within the city itself can vary as much as 20 degrees from one part of town to the other, prompting […]

SF Summer Fashion

Last week, my favorite fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni, of The Blonde Salad, happened to be hosting a Fashion For Breakfast LA event at Cecconi’s, not far from my office so I stopped by.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to stay for breakfast because I had a meeting to get to, but […]

Fashion for Breakfast

Have you ever worn something and felt like people kept complimenting your outfit but you didn’t understand why? I have often felt that way and over the last few years since I’ve been documenting my outfits for my own future reference, I’ve figured out a pattern for planning outfits that […]

Fashion Deconstruction- White Black & Gray

Last week I received a welcome surprise in the mail, a complimentary copy of the May-June issue of British Airways’ in-flight magazine, which features one of my California palm trees photos as the backdrop for one of their stories.  They reached out to me a month or so ago asking […]

AllThingsGraceful In-Flight

I had been searching for a black jumpsuit for some time but the ones I found were either too tapered or too low cut or too expensive or too something.  I happened to remember that Peter Som had just debuted his collection for Kohls so I clicked on over to […]

Peter Som Jumpsuit

{Faux Fur Coat, H&M, Black Derek Lam Sandals, Nola Black Satin Gypsy Pants, Black Sheer sleeved blouse, Naked Zebra} Jeff’s New Year’s resolution was to take me on 50 dates this year. He’s off to a bit of a slow start but we did manage to go on date three- […]

Sandals with a Fur

I was in NY this week for the AOL Newfront (if you’re unfamiliar with advertising jargon you can read more about what a Newfront is here).  This year it was hosted in Brooklyn because of the historical significance of the first Ad that ever ran on television, which was for […]

AOL Newfront 2014

{Pink Jacket and Skirt, White House Black Market, Nude Pumps, Julianne Hough for Sole Society, Ray Ban Sunglasses} One of my style icons is Jackie Kennedy so I am always on the lookout for something 60’s inspired that she might have worn.  I spotted this pink tweed suit in the window […]

Fashion Inspiration- Jackie Kennedy

Coachella is a music festival that happens in Palm Springs every Spring. It has been going on since 1999 and has gained such popularity that they’ve broken it up into back to back weekend experiences in recent years to fulfill the demand. We took a last minute trip to Palm […]

Fashion Inspiration- Coachella

I spent the first half of this week at my favorite conference of the year, SXSW.  There are a few reasons I love SX (pronounced South-By).  First of all its in Austin, Texas and I love Texas.  Secondly, it brings 30,000 of the most creative influencers in the world together […]

SXSW- What to Wear

On my trip to Santa Barbara last week, I wore all gray, both days.  I always pack based on outfits, but this trip I packed based on comfort since we would be touring wineries.  It just so happened all of my most comfortable clothing happens to be gray.  Including shoes. […]

Into the Gray

Distressed Jeans, American Eagle + Forever 21 Tattered Lion Tank + Ralph Lauren Pumps + Grey H&M Cardigan I had been searching for the perfect pair of distressed jeans forever and finally stumbled upon these at American Eagle.  They’re so comfortable I want to live in them! I paired them […]

Lion Cross

{white jeans, Zara, Nude Ankle Strap pointed toe pumps, Julianne Hough for Sole Society, gray cowl neck sweater, Vince Camuto, Halogen tan leather satchel, Retrospecs} I can’t believe this is my first fashion post of the year and it’s February 10th already!  I am so sad about this because one […]

Gray and White

{Faux Fur coat, H&M, Creme Linen Pants, Tory Burch, Vintage Orange Silk Shirt & Gold Sandals, Black Crossbody bag, Michael Kors} Having a job in advertising is exciting and comes with lots of perks, not the least of which is getting to go to swanky hotels for networking events, like […]

ThinkLA Mixer

This weekend we trimmed the tree in gold and for the first time in my adult life I actually cut my hair more than the typical two inches. I was inspired by [this photo], minus the bangs of course, and decided to go with the clavicle cut, (named such because […]

Christmas Trimmings

Jeff and I are attending our denomination’s regional Pastor’s conference in Ventura this week. We are staying at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort in Oxnard. I love this hotel because it holds a special family memory for us. The last time we were here was 6 years ago, over 4th […]

Mandalay Bay

Have I mentioned how hot it has been in the valley? I have found more ways to wear this peach spaghetti strap tank top in the last two weeks than I ever anticipated. The fabric is so light and airy that it makes me wish I had bought it in […]

Peach Spaghetti Strap Tank

As mentioned here and here, when I am not blogging, being a Children’s Ministry Director, a Pastor’s Wife and a Mom, I am making a living selling advertising for AOL.  I love my job. This month we launched a custom video series on Huffpost Style, presented by Wells Fargo, called […]

United States in Style

{Gray faded skinny jeans, Zara, Gray Tank, Vince, Halogen Bag, Sam Edelman Sandals, Ray Ban Sunglasses} I found these Sam Edelman sandals on my birthday and have basically been living in them ever since. They’re versatile enough to wear with skirts, shorts or skinny jeans and their muted colors lend […]

Shades of Gray

{Orange ankle length jeans, Current Elliott, similar here, Pink Lace top, Kirna Zabete for Target, Nine West Booties} Wearing this orange and pink outfit last week, I stumbled upon the lucky opportunity for an impromptu fashion shoot with my friend Clay Ariail at lunch.  He is an incredibly creative and […]

Orange and Pink

I celebrated another year of health and strength this weekend and stopping to reflect on God’s grace in my life, I was overcome by emotion. I do not fit the mold of a Pastor’s Wife, and yet I am blessed to have the most wonderful husband and be able to […]

Birthday Weekend

If you’ve ever tried to blow dry your own hair straight, then you understand the reason you would want someone to do it for you.  Let’s be honest, our visits to the salon are much less about the cut itself and more about the way we feel when we step […]


I really love our getaways to the desert, perhaps it’s because Palm Springs is the only place hotter than the valley where I live, so coming home feels so refreshing. I picked up this black cotton scoop neck maxi dress from H&M prior to our trip. It went from a […]

Black Maxi

This polka dot skirt has become one of the best additions to my Spring wardrobe this season. First of all, it’s yellow, which equates to happiness. Second- it’s comfortable with large pockets and a weighty zipper in the back that keeps it from blowing up in a strong breeze, I […]

Yellow & White Polka Dots

I never understood doilies. I remember my Great Grandmother used to have lacey ones under all of her lamps and it seemed such a strange use for them in my opinion. This top with its lacey doily design won me over instantly though. The figure flattering peplum compliments it perfectly. […]

Green Lace Peplum

My husband calls me a “zine-a-holic” because I have magazines everywhere. Magazines on the ottoman, magazines on the kitchen table, magazines in the breakfast nook, etc, etc. In true addict fashion, I turned these simple Pier 1 picture frame stands into magazine racks.  In case you are wondering if you […]

Magazine Addict

I love the old look of metallic gold sandals on black stockings so I was excited to pair them with this little black dress and a simple metallic silver clutch the other night.  My plans fell through and left me all dressed up with no place to go.  I soon […]

Black & Metallic

When in doubt, wear stripes.  This is precisely the opposite philosophy I embraced growing up because I heard once that horizontal stripes make you look bigger, so like any wise young woman, I avoided wearing stripes ever.  Turns out stripes make you look chic, not fat, which has been a […]

Casual Chic

In fourth grade I had a silky lavender jacket that made me feel like one of the pink ladies from Grease every time I wore it. That was back when purple was my favorite color, even down to my shoes- purple high top Kangaroos complete with zipper pockets on the […]

The Color Purple

The best part of Winter is the chance to layer outfits with a variety of different fabrics- cashmere and corduroy being two of my favorites. I added a black faux leather jacket to this gray mid-drift cashmere sweater which hit just the top of my favorite high waisted corduroy pants, […]

Black & Tan

It’s been an incredibly full year. We traveled to the Mountains and the Sea from Malibu to Park City to Miami to Charleston to Jerusalem to NYC to San Francisco to Austin to San Diego to Napa to Palm Springs. We witnessed God’s hand in our community. We celebrated a […]

2012 Roundup

When I was a little girl I would dance around my living room to the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace on 8 Track.  What’s amazing to me is that I still remember all of the lyrics.   My husband surprised me with this dress when I came home from work one day […]

Chantilly Lace

Once in a while you come upon an everyday dress that just makes you feel like a lady.  For me, that usually happens to be a Calvin Klein.  This dress is a classic with its slightly pleated shoulders, simple collar, tiny buttons and A-line cut.  The slim patent belt is […]

Calvin Klein Everyday

While it has still not cooled to acceptable Fall temperatures here in Southern California, it did get down to a respectable 75 degrees yesterday which allowed me to pair a sheer sleeved blouse and tank top with my new Isabel Marant lookalike booties.  I first saw these booties on Chiara […]

Sheer Bliss

Dressing Kate Garden Party by lisa-35 featuring stiletto heels I am now officially obsessed with Polyvore.  I chose for my first set to be a tribute to Kate the Great.  I’m still figuring out how the site works but having a ton of fun in the process.  It allows you […]

Dressing Kate Garden Party

Packing for a vacation to a place I’ve never been before is always a daunting task for me, especially for places like Charleston, where the weather is rather unpredictable, to put it mildly.  One of the ways I simplify the process is by packing in outfits (including shoes and accessories). […]

Black and Blue

Nestled in the mountains of the quaint “Farm to Table” town of Asheville, North Carolina is an American treasure known as Biltmore House.  It is an amazing mansion built in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt.  He was inspired to design it as a self sustaining estate, similar to those he […]

Biltmore House

Last week I was in Napa and the weather was gorgeous so I paired this black and white striped t-shirt with white jeans and ballet flats for a casual but still classic look.  I’ll show more photos from Napa later this week so you’ll see this outfit a lot.  My […]

Black & White

When I saw this mint blouse at Zara a few weeks ago it reminded me of the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012  Ad Campaign which graced the pages of so many magazines earlier this year.  It was interesting to me, being in the advertising business myself, that I not only recognized […]

Mint Condition

I had a lunch meeting today at The Lab Antimall, a collection of indoor/outdoor shops & restaurants that brings a touch of Melrose Place to the OC.  We ate a this great little Cuban spot called Habana.  The only downer was that the restrooms were outside in another building, but I was […]

Fruit Stripe

Taking the day off is difficult for me. I’m always connected to my work, if not by my Blackberry then by my thoughts which constantly find their way back to trying to solve work problems. That said, I took the day off and spent it with my best friend last week.  We went to the Nordstrom […]

Moms Unplugged

I love wearing white pants in the summertime.  There’s something about the way the summer sun seems to reflect off of them that makes them seem even brighter.   I paired these white skinny jeans with a peach gossamer top and cream blazer which made the day feel extra summery. […]

Peaches and Cream

I married a surfer and my son would live in shorts year round if I let him, so it is a rare occasion that I get to see my boys in dress clothes.  This weekend we attended a 25th wedding anniversary for a couple in our church, so the dress […]

Men of Style

The weekend was filled with birthday parties, mini road trips, a church potluck and a great read.  Add to that perfect Southern California weather and the fact I was able to sandwich in a nap on Sunday, and you have the makings of a perfectly balanced weekend.  Now if only […]

Fashion Inspiration: Jacqueline Kennedy

{Vintage Plum dress, Christian Louboutin black classic pumps, Orange bag, Bloomsbury} Few things bring me more happiness than cupcakes and few cupcakeries do it better than Sprinkles.  Their frosting is so good they sell it in shots, sans cupcake.  Last week I stopped in to their Beverly Hills location to […]

Plum Sprinkled

I traditionally adore capped sleeves for the feminine touch they add to a blouse and cuffed pants are a wardrobe staple, but I’m not a huge fan of shorts.  These cuffed shorts, however, presented an acceptable option when paired with a capped sleeve blouse for a look less Daisy Duke and more Marilyn Monroe. […]

Capped and Cuffed

We planned this vacation to Palm Springs last November on a special offer with Westin Villas and I was a bit concerned about what we would do for 5 days in the desert in the middle of May besides lay like broccoli by the pool.  I tried to really allow […]

Desert Butterfly

With Mother’s Day and my corresponding desert family vacation around the corner, I’m compiling a wishlist.  Here are a few things I’ve got my eye on in preparation for both.  I hope they inspire you! {Epiphanie “Clover” bag in Turquoise.  A camera bag that also fits my laptop and is […]

Summer Wishlist

Wrap dresses are on my shortlist of go-to items for casual wear.  They are comfortable enough to lounge in while still allowing you to look pulled together.  Bright colors are definitely a new thing for me but I spotted this little find at NY&Co last week and liked it so much […]

Wrapped in Green

With Spring upon us, I felt the need to brighten things up a bit so I paired a clementine silk top with some wool salt and pepper sailor pants.  The pop of color provided just the antidote for what would have otherwise been drab meeting attire. {Little details like the buttons […]

Pop of Color

I went to The Farm of Beverly Hills for lunch with friends yesterday and as we were leaving I asked one of them to take a photo of me.  After a few minutes of struggling to figure out how to focus my camera, my friend gladly handed it over to a man who […]

Personal Paparazzi

I met an Israeli woman in the gym a few weeks ago who lit up when I mentioned I was planning a trip there. “Oh! Do you like Fashion?” she said.  I have no clue how she gathered that from my greasy ponytail and baggy sweatpants but when I nodded she […]

Israeli Fashion

 There are so many things to love about this dress.  From the intricate details of the sewn-in pattern that goes up the front and continues over the shoulder blades in the back, to the heavy duty flower buttons, it’s a fun find.  Perhaps what I like most about it though […]

Victorian Shift

The unique opportunity flew across my desk this week to allow my son to color a few pages from The Fashion Coloring Book, by Carol Chu and Lulu Chang of Lulu and Your Mom, to be published on Stylist.  He started accessorizing his wardrobe with belts and ties by the age of 3 […]

The Fashion Coloring Book

Contrary to popular belief, shopping is actually not at the top of my list of the most fun things to do, unless I’m with my best friend. I am easily overwhelmed by hoards of beautiful clothes and end up either being unable to make a decision after hours of trying […]

Shopping Day

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a lifestyle where you could stop for “Tea Time” in the middle of the day.  It seems like such a nice way to slow the pace of what is otherwise my very fast-forward life.  This little “tea nook” was one […]

Tea Time

There is no shortage of sleeveless blouses in my wardrobe.  I love them because they’re perfect for layering under blazers and sweaters which makes for a comfortable transition from typically freezing cubical lands to sunny warm lunch breaks and back.  I especially like the 60’s feel of this sleeveless blouse […]

Brazen Necktie

I really do not understand my gravitation toward neutrals, since typically neutral colors wash out my complexion leaving me looking dull and pale which is especially frowned upon in Winter.  However, when mixed together properly neutrals can create a clean look, for which Winter serves as a wonderful backdrop.  Mixing […]

Neutrals with a Touch of Black

Inspired by this photo spread in Vogue this month,  I coaxed my boys into doing a photo shoot with me.  Orcutt Ranch, the site of our wedding reception and one of the Valley’s best kept secrets, served as the perfect backdrop.  On the way, I coached my husband: “Luke and I will be […]

Orcutt Ranch

Prior to seeing the movie My Week with Marilyn I was fascinated with the Michelle Williams photo spread in Vogue’s October Issue.  Michelle has gracefully risen out of the ashes of grief and that was even more inspiring than the outfits. {My son took the photo of me above, not […]

Fashion Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to make an outfit look classic and pulled together is to wear the same color throughout, otherwise known as “monochromatic”.   I wore this to a client meeting at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach a few weeks ago. {Silver Jacket with bows, H&M} {Silver Cutout Sheath Dress, Bloomsbury} […]


In sixth grade we spent a brief stint in Farmington, New Hampshire, living in an apartment above the retirement home owned by my Great Aunt.  My mother managed the home in exchange for room and board and I often helped entertain the ladies.  One in particular named Bunny was a […]

Pin Curls

I have been very lucky to have found a hairstylist I love, so I’ve stuck with her for 10 years.  Her name is Ann Le and I rarely trust my hair to anyone else.  When my self-color attempts go wrong, she fixes them for me.  When I need a blowout […]

Haircuts at Home

Red is hardly a color I wear often, but I when I do make an attempt it’s always fun especially this time of year.  I wore this last week to a Holiday Luncheon at Charlie Palmer in South Coast Plaza.  It added just the right festive touch to my day.  […]

Bus Stop

I have had a love affair with high waisted pants since college.  In fact I still wear a pair that I bought back in college.  My husband hates high waisted pants on the other hand which I will never understand because, apart from giving you legs for miles, they also […]


It’s a bit crazy that it’s December 21st and I’m just now sitting down to make my Christmas list so that I can start my shopping.  Inevitably, I can never remember what I want for Christmas  but as soon as I start shopping for others, it all comes back to […]

Christmas Wishlist

Its rare we get a night out but we were able to steal away for a date, which masqueraded as my company holiday party.  We have so much fun together whatever we’re doing but it was nice to be able to relax and enjoy good food and friends.  It also didn’t […]

Date Night!

While I love to browse the pages of Vogue and various blogs that highlight all the hottest Fashion trends, I can rarely pull trendy off, so I’ve learned to stick with the classics.  It helps to have classic style icons in my mind when I’m shopping then I ask myself questions […]

Fashion Inspiration: Kate Middleton