Shot on location at Lisa’s home in Wicker Park
Note: this was shot in October 2013
What are you working on right now?
The holidays! This is the only time of year when I let my inner
Martha Stewart come out. I love buying gifts for people and
planning the little details - like table settings for Thanksgiving
and craft projects to do with my kids.
What are you working on next?
Starting in January I’m taking a new job - my first official foray
into the media world. So I will be working on learning everything
and anything there is to know about the media business. I plan
to be a total sponge.
How would you describe your style?
My style is a mix of classic and a little downtown edgy. It has
evolved over the years. Growing up I was a total prep. And I still
have a soft spot for stripes and navy blazers. But years of living in
downtown New York City and traveling for work has given me a
little more edge. I love clothes with amazing little details. Lately
I’ve been on a crazy costume jewelry kick. I generally keep the
colors pretty neutral but will add something edgy or colorful through
jewelry and accessories.
What are you favorite stores or cities to shop?
I am a diehard online shopper. I would say 80% of my wardrobe
is bought online. My standbys are Shopbop and Net-A-Porter -
and I’m starting to get into Farfetch. When I have the time to shop
in person I still love New York. I spent many years living in SoHo
and Nolita and miss a great stroll around the Lower East Side.
And Paris is just amazing. My favorite shopping city by far. Even
my husband will gladly shop with me in Paris! In Chicago, I love
Luxury Garage Sale for the treasure hunt.
read them voraciously since I can remember. I even used to
keep stacks of old magazines in my closet growing up because
I thought I’d pass them to my daughter someday. I have 2 boys
so I might have been ahead of myself on that one :)
In terms of people, the women in my family have had a big
influence. My great-grandmother owned a dress shop in Chicago
long before I was born. I never met her but I know her clothes
and her style definitely influenced my mother and grandmother
and they influenced me. It is amazing how genes play such a role
in your style sense! I grew up on the East Coast but somehow I
made my way back to Chicago a few years ago! Kind of full circle
with my great-grandmother.
My dad was big into Bauhaus architecture and our house was very
modern. My husband is an architect and he’s had a tremendous
influence on the way I see the world. Mies van der Rohe is probably
my #1. But I also love Santiago Calatrava and Renzo Piano. I like
modern art and edgy artists like Damien Hirst, Claus Olderberg and
others. My absolute favorite artist, however, is my son Gus. He is
3 1/2 and ALWAYS has a pen in his hand and is drawing.
bands like Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Currently,
music-wise I like Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons.
So going back to my roots my favorite is Top Gun (which is a running
joke amongst my family) and then probably sappy John Hughes films.
I like documentaries too.
didn’t know what to call it. In high school I did my American History
paper on “Women in Advertising in the 1950’s and Gender Stereotypes” -
little did I know! But for a while I always thought I would be a lawyer.
After taking a few marketing classes in college, I decided to make
the jump. I love the balance of the creative and the analytical that
comes with marketing. It is part art and part science. And that’s how
my brain works. I will read data and love facts and numbers. I like
things to be rational and explained. But I also need a creative outlet
and love the process of developing new ideas.
I feel like I have had a free pass to be creative with my clothes.
I see style as an expression of creativity and individuality. It is one
area where people get to say “look at me” and “this is who I am.”
A lot of women like to have an unofficial uniform because it makes it easier
to get dressed everyday. Which makes sense. But I look forward to
choosing what to wear. With the demands of kids and a full time job,
I often feel like I am at my most creative self when I am getting dressed
in the morning. It is truly the one time of day when I get to focus how I
am feeling and who I want to be - just for me and not for anyone else.
You have a wonderful family, home, successful career it looks like you’ve achieved a balanced, healthy life!
How do you make it work? Keep it balanced? Do you have words of wisdom for drivenwomen out there who want it all?
Ha! Thank you. Balance is a word I think all women are seeking :)
Anne-Marie Slaughter have brought this topic back to the forefront
of conversation. I am such a huge proponent of strong women.
But a balanced life is really hard for women to achieve. And I find it
woman has to make them. And you have to be comfortable with
your choices even as friends, family members or others may judge
your decisions. I have chosen to be very career focused even with
young kids. And to continue to push my career forward.
Does this mean I never see my kids or my husband? Of course not!
I make sure to set ground rules - like showing up for key school
events, putting my kids to bed every night when I am home, etc.
But there are days when I feel like I am sacrificing too much. And I
know those come and go. The important thing is to stay true to
yourself and who you really are. No one else is going to make
decisions for you.