Monday, February 26, 2018

(PHOTO VIA: Roxane Baines)

Play at romance, we slow dance
In the living room, but all that a stranger would see
Is one girl swaying alone
Stroking her cheek
I have noticed myself pulling and pulling back from posting on here. I don't even know where the passion has gone for Mostly Lisa, to be honest. Life has taken me in so many different directions and paths for the past seven months that the passion, along with the motivation, within me has been truly just spread too thin. My brain can't handle so much dedication at once! For the most part, I have really enjoyed having other things to be creative and interested in. The new career I am in has given me a lot, however, there are times where I really want to have the motivation back to keep this blog up. This all probably sounds like a broken record for the people who have stuck with me these past seven years, but you all know that this is how I process different things. So I've come to a decision that I'll pause the repetitiveness and come back here and there, with less pressure on myself to constantly have to update. When I do come back, hopefully the content will be better than if I was updating every single day or week. Please enjoy these links that I've rounded up for the month of February!

  • This Lorde song has been stuck in my head for the past month. What a beautiful, melodic song to make you feel so many different emotions. I finally caved in and am going to see her next month at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul! Hopefully this song will be just as gorgeous in person.
  • Speaking of concerts, I am also seeing Kate Nash for the first time in the next couple months. Her new album is fire. 
  • Dua Lipa - I'll see you in June! 
  • Spring is just around the corner and Eloquii is killing it with their new arrivals. These Luna Printed Cylinder Heels are unexpectedly a must for me. 
  • Oh hey, it's me in t-shirt form! 
  • A current obsession of mine? Embroidered faux leather jackets - they are amazing. Tough and feminine, the perfect duo. 
  • With spring and summer arriving very soon, I am on the hunt for a good pair of prescription sunglasses. I've had no luck finding a pair in my price range but then I instantly remembered BonLook and their amazing pricing. This pair may be just what the eye doctor ordered. 
  • If you haven't seen 'Annilihation', do not read this article. My long-time friend, Lindsey Romain, is a fantastic journalist and wrote this spectacular piece on Natalie Portman and the incredibly beautiful movie she is now in. Natalie brings her all in this masterpiece and I highly recommend that everyone goes to see it in the cinema. 
  • I also thoroughly enjoyed this article about a relatively unknown horror show called 'Channel Zero' on SyFy. It is not a show that I would have ever imagined myself enjoying, however once it sinks its teeth into you - you are hooked. If you have ever read a Creepypasta story, this show is for you. It's incredibly well made and builds so well on the suspense. The last episode for this season literally made my skin crawl.
  • These street style looks from NYFW are INSPIRING.
  • I enjoy reading my horoscope for the year - this is what mine says for 2018. 
  • So you're all watching This Is Us, right? Go ahead and watch this fanvid and be ready to cry your eyes out. It is the perfect roundup of everything that has happened up to the last episode. It's insanely beautiful.
  • This Instagram feed by Luke Abrahams is the perfect travel inspiration for the England area.
  • Kristen Wiig x James Corden trying to duet 'Hallelujah' is definitely greatest thing to make me laugh in awhile.
  • All the stunning F/W '18 collections! 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Anyone watch the SAG Awards on Sunday? Yeah, neither did I! I actually didn't even have the chance to watch the red carpet while it was happening, however, it was fun to be able to find all my favorite looks at the same time afterwards. While the Golden Globes had the amazing and inspiring #TimesUp movement with every celebrity wearing black on the red carpet, the SAG Awards this year found itself hosting a wide variety of colors, prints and embellishments. I guess you could say it was back to business for the celebrities to bring their A-game?! It was nice to see the one-in-a-few celebrity still supporting the movement with the adorning button, I wish I could have seen a bit more though. If you're going to make a bold statement, an award show is a good place to start. Please see below for ten of my favorite looks!
1. Natalia Dyer in Dior Couture

Why I love it: What is not to love? I had to make her my BEST DRESSED of the entire night. The intergalactic print, paired with a lace bodice makes for the perfect silhouette on Natalia's petite frame. It also speaks highly of her personal taste and style, which I think has improved over the past year or so.
2. Vanessa Kirby in Valentino

Why I love it: For one of the first major award show red carpets I've seen her on, Vanessa did not hesitate to wow the crowd in this gorgeous floral sleeveless gown. I love everything about this - from the makeup to the accessories. Definitely makes me feel like it's spring already.
3. Susan Kelechi Watson in Rubin Singer

Why I love it: Channeling Old Hollywood, in one of three cobalt blue dresses on this list! Can you believe her and the other leading women of 'This Is Us' all showed up in this beautiful color? Serendipity, baby! This color is absolutely stunning on her and matches perfectly with her hairstyle, which I am obsessed with as well, that pulls the entire look together.
4. Brie Larson in Gucci

Why I love it: Look closer at her makeup and you'll see the main reason Brie is number four on this list. That blue eyeshadow has me reminiscing about the early 2000's and I am here for it! The sequin and crystallized Gucci gown doesn't hurt either, making for her to channel her inner femininity.
5. Chrissy Metz in kate spade new york

Why I love it: The second cobalt dress on this list! FYI: I am going to always support Chrissy on the red carpet. She has been killing it lately in regards to getting custom gowns made perfectly for her body. Did you see the custom Eloquii  dress she wore to the Critics Choice Awards? It is so inspiring to see plus-size fashion worn so eloquently and flattering on someone in the entertainment industry. She is unapologetic on the way she looks, she is fierce and funny as hell. Love you, Chrissy!
6. Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo Couture

Why I love it: Can you gush over a white gown with a matching cape? I think you can when the daughter of Diana Ross is wearing it.
7. Daniel Kaluuya in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture

Why I love it: You can always expect the classic men's tux to hit the red carpet during award show season, however, there is always that one stand out guy that switches it up. Daniel is that person for me during the SAG Awards this year. The velvet loafers, the detailing on the suit jacket, even down to the jewelry! 👌
8. Mandy Moore in Ralph Lauren

Why I love it: A vision in blue! The third and final cobalt dress on this list features an actress that I have loved for quite a long time. Mandy looks like a shimmering glitter goddess in this ultra-slimming gown that must have been designed and fitted just for her. It's a pretty straightforward look but it obviously made a statement since she is glowing in every photo that was taken of her on Sunday night.
9. Saoirse Ronan in Louis Vuitton

Why I love it: All that glitters is pink for Saoirse, in this floor length, sleeved gown. I particularly like that this pink is such a breath of fresh air. It feels light and perfect for an event like this award show.
10. Kelly Marie Tran in Mary Katrantzou


Who was your favorite this year?

Mostly Lisa


Friday, December 8, 2017
The time has finally arrived, you guys! The last installment of this year's Mostly Lisa Gift Guide series is here and I am beyond amazed at how quickly this week has flown by. I feel like this happens every year, and when this last day hits - everything goes full speed. I am so excited that I decided to do this again this year and I did not let any hesitation get in the way of creating content that I enjoy. All of this being said, I wanted to continue in the tradition of last year's final gift guide and focus on items that can easily fit into your stockings. You can easily check off everyone on your list with these ideas, they're that amazing. The best part of all of these? You will not have to feel rushed purchasing any of these or feel the hassle of going to a shopping mall, they are perfectly accessible by purchasing online! 

Once you have perused all the stocking stuffer ideas above, it's time to get ready to enter the fifth annual Mostly Lisa Gift Guide Giveaway! Can you believe it has been five years?! I have to say.. this giveaway even tops last year (which my absolutely favorite) and I think everyone is really going to love the brands that are included. I want to give a HUGE shout out to each brand that is participating this year, there are even more than last year, and make sure to check them out after you have entered. You will also find a few small gifts from me that are again, quintessentially #mostlylisaholiday! Read on for an in-depth description of all the gifts included in the giveaway, the rules and then make sure to enter through the Rafflecopter portal and tell all your friends + family to enter as well. Good luck to all of you, and thank you so much for participating! xoxo

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Mostly Lisa


Thursday, December 7, 2017
I have to be honest with everyone... beauty and skincare has officially taken over my life. Whether it's foundation, primer, eyeshadow or even fragrance - I am a woman obsessed! Instead of clothes now, finding the best products for my skin have become a necessity when I go shopping. It's becoming a problem, but who wants it to stop? Not me! With so many lovely beauty brands out there, it's like Christmas morning when I stumble upon a new one I've never heard of before. It is my goal to incorporate all cruelty-free brands into my daily routine and I highly suggest that everyone does the same! 

From luxury to affordable, the products I found were for someone who is just starting out in makeup (the Love Contours All Palette from NYX Cosmetics + The Power Pair from Sigma Beauty) to the pros (the Blurring Primer from Becca Cosmetics + the Setting Powder from Cover FX.) I may be a little biased when it comes to some of these gift options, however, I put ideas that I think are really amazing and worth checking out. The best part of all of this? I really trust all of these brands and the products they make. Shop all the ideas below and let me know which products you use on a daily basis! 
1. The Power Pair
2. Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub
3. Velvet Blurring Primer
4. Rose Face Mask
5. Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
6. Perfect Setting Powder
8. Buttercup by Drybar
9. Flower Pots Powder Blush
10. Love Contours All Palette
11. Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
13. Moondrop Facial Oil
14. MON PARIS Eau de Parfum
15. Velvet Rose & Oud Dry Body Oil
16. 4-Pc. Fragrance Treasures Gift Set
17. color splash hydrating lipstick

Mostly Lisa