Hey, haaaave you met Lacée?

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Miss Lacée De Grasse is one of the best people I have met in a while. Is that rude to say out loud? Oh pish posh, I’m saying it anyways.

This pretty lady has a wanderlust soul and a heart of gold. She is also an artist, and a fashion icon. You heard me, fashION iCON! She is always wearing the best things. I truly admire someone who can take a basic look and make it their own. …Someone who knows when to buy a staple, or a trend, and how to make them work together… Like her italian brogues for example, which she bought, yes, in Italy. An investment to last a lifetime! A breath of fresh-air in this fast-fashion lifestyle I so often witness people becoming victim to. Buy the clothes, make them your own… Amen sista! (And shout out to all my sistas who know what’s good!)

Recently Lacée’s artwork was displayed at an art gallery in Hollywood!!! You can view some of her latest pieces here AND you should definitely follow her blog here.

Lacee De Grassee Original Art  | lacee-degrasse.squarespace.com/

 

Isn’t it marvelous? Great use of color in this skeletor, if you ask me…

It was only about a year ago when we first met, we were bopping around Long Beach and had mutual friends. Then she galavanted across Europe for her final semesters of college, then I moved to LA. There was not much time left in between those months to become friends, but that’s the funny thing about life… thanks to social media… you might never see someone, but they’re still a part of your everyday. They’re still liking your posts, and supporting you from afar. I mean, aren’t we all? #positivevibes #inittowinit

Her M.O. …

Love Always Wins.

 …because it does guys, because it does.

If you like what you see on this spread, I think you should totally support her! Give Lacée a shout out over on her INSTAGRAM, and BUY HER ART! I can’t wait to see her work blow up AND all of the other amazing things she has yet to do in this blessed life.

We’ve got a big world ahead of us, so long as we keep on creating with our hands, loving with our hearts, and living with our entire souls, than something truly magnificent is bound to happen.

>> Recognize this girl? Read more about our adventures here! <<

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Thanks for tuning in – I really do hope you check Lacée’s stuff out! She is an amazing woman and deserves nothing but the best in life.XOXXOOXOXO – LL

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Cause I Am An American Girl | As Seen on DIYREADY.com

Guys, not sure if I’ve mentioned it enough times yet, but I am a blogger over at DiyReady.comWhat’s that!? Yes, DIYREADY.COMWell for the fourth I was inspired to DIY my own little getup. So I begged my bosses to let me my bosses begged me to craft this little post for our loyal readers. CLICK IT:

make your own 4th of July Hat with @itsa_Lisa of itsaLisa.com | DiyReady.com

When it comes to dressing up for the holidays I like to keep it low key: thematic, but not over the top. So I opted for 2 classic American looks, and topped them with a sun-hat covered in an American Flag Scarf to pull the look together

Look 1: (above) I am wearing a LBD with a fancy ruffled slip. My “southern” or “at the races” look, if you will. (Now where’s my Mint Julep, Y’ALL!?)

Look 2: (below) A plain white tank, denim cutoffs, bikini top, and artfully placed aviators. My “west coast” look. You’re welcome.

 

make your own 4th of July Hat with @itsa_Lisa of itsaLisa.com

And WHERE oh WHERE did I get this FABULOUS AMERICAN FLAG SCARF!?!? Scarves.com, that’s where!

>> Shop their own RED RUSTIC AMERICAN FLAG SCARF HERE!!! <<

This is not an ad, I really do love this scarf! It’s giant, it’s soft, and it’s beautiful – what more could you ask for in a scarf? I will probably wear it every year on the fourth in one creative way or another until I die. #AMERICA #CHALLENGEACCEPTED

The problem with sun-hats is they always blow off, so to prevent this from happening I took the scarf and crafted my own technique, which is….

Ha! You thought I was going to tell you.

>>  Must CLICK HERE to find out! ;) <<

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It ended up being a beautiful sunny Independence Day. I walked probably 6 miles total and had a blast drinking American beer on American rooftops under the American sun and watching the American fireworks from good ol’ Huntington Beach under the American moon.

♪ ♫ Cause we are living in an American world and I am an American Girl ♫ ♪

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God Bless America. And you actually read my blog, so God Bless You. XOXOXOXO

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Thoughts on Love: to the Moon, AND BEYOND

I love you to the moon and BEYOND | itsaLisa.com

Maybe you’ve heard this quote, or seen it printed on all the accessories at your favorite local boutique…

I love you to the MOON and BACK!

But WHY? Why stop at the moon? I mean I get it, it’s like a cute way of saying “I like you a whole bunch” or whatever. What I can’t stand is how there is a stopping point. Love is eternal, love goes on forever.  I’m not in love, as I’ve mentioned before, so I am no expert on the matter, but I’d like to think that is true.

Besides, the moon is like the closest thing to earth. Of all the things to pick why did they pick THE MOON? I mean common, if you want to stick to something feasible within this galaxy at least choose PLUTO!

I’m sorry, but I just can’t hop on board this moon-and-back band wagon. I hope that once I do find love it doesn’t stop after 477,000 miles. What we should be saying is “I love you to the moon, and beyond.”

Let’s try this again. Repin my image and remind the world that LOVE is FOREVER. Love has no end.

XOXO, the hopeless romantic, Lisa Loperfido

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Fabulous Fashion that does not compromise Form and Function – The Summer Design Series Event

An event featuring women, design, fashion, AND a healthy lifestyle? Don’t mind if I do!

Tuesday night I had the honor of attending Ron Robinson and Summer Design Series event, held at his shared Fred Segal’s Melrose location.

Ron Robinson Summer Design Series | itsaLisa.com

Fred Segal’s shop is simply fabulous,

both on the outside and the inside. From their famous vine-clad exterior walls that line the front to around back where you find Mauro’s italian cafe with punchy chairs and a buzzworthy crowd. (No Kanye this time). Then you step inside through a maze of boutique collections merchandised by the just-as-fab crew. Ok maybe I’m being overzealous, I just moved to LA and haven’t hung out in this “LA scene” much, or maybe it’s because my coworkers are all straight… Either way, can’t you tell I need this atmosphere of eccentricity back in my life?

fred segal | as told by itsaLisa.com

The event offered free vegetable juice, and free vegetable crackers dipped in a vegetable sauce, oh, and free veggie pizza! Mmmm. Disclaimer: the crust definitely tasted like cardstock, so I can confirm the menu was Gluten Free. *clink* Bottoms up!

watermelon tomato juice at fred segal | Cheers @ itsaLisa.com

So while balancing all things vegetable, and iPhone, in my 2 hands, I managed to snag some photos of the merch and the friendly designers who were sporting their goods. (AND I didn’t get tomato on anything.)

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Designers and friends, Robyn Berkley of Live the Process (@livetheprocess) and Simone de la Rue of Body by Simone (@bodybysimone),

sport their own chic activewear lines while representing how a healthy lifestyle can still mean a luxurious one. Want the secrets to Simone’s own rockin’ bod? Get started here.

Also, I am in love with this Live The Process Hooded Cape.  live the process hooded cape | more on itsaLisa.com Anybody want to help a poor girl out?

Nesh NYC at Fred Segal | itsaLisa.com

Next up we have Bree Chambers of Nesh NYC (@neshnyc) and friend Nicole Sciacca of Hustle & Flow Fitness (@hustleflowfit).

Nesh NYC was definitely my favorite line of the night. Chambers flawlessly forms monochrome tones into sleek sporty shapes that perfectly hug and drape the body in an effortlessly chic way. Perfect for yogis going straight from asante-sana-squash-banana to nya-seven-ya. Or you know, for me, the girl who walks to work and lives in DTLA. Also, this is a thing: #NESHING. #loveit

Here’s one of me eyeing that silvery silver leotard. But I mean, just look at my own outfit… I belong in these clothes, no?

lifestyle blogger Lisa Loperfido eyes the Nesh NYC sporty chic apparel at Fred Segal Melrose | itsaLisa.com

We, the designers and I, discussed the difference of East Coast and West Coast style. Out here activewear is part of our wardrobe staples. What I am wearing is perfectly acceptable for work garb, granted I might need to throw on a chic blazer for a board meeting. While this is the norm for us socal-locals, those glammed out New Yorkers are just starting to adopt our laid-back trend way of life. Here’s a little hint upper-east-siders: well-cut leggings + effortlessly draped silhouettes + simple accessories = YES PUHLEASE. You can thank me later.

To cap off the event,

here’s a photo of Lauren and I being typical girls Social Media Girls. (Aka an excuse to be on your phone during events.) #sorryboutit. As captain of my own fashion blog, I do have a legit excuse ;).  And Lauren Machernis (@LaurenMarlene) PRs for Ron Robinson (@RonRobinson) and promptly posted on his SMs throughout the affair – which you should totally check out! Read more from her side of the event here on Ron Robinson’s blog: stylObjects.com.

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Thanks for Reading! There are even more fashion events coming soon – so stay tuned. <3 You know you love me. XOXO LL ;) …Now who wants to go play soccer?

SOCCER IS FASHION | itsaLisa.com

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INSTA-FAMOUS!

Ok, I’m not instagram famous. Or anywhere near being instagram famous… BUT, recently a few of my posts WERE FEATURED on other sites! For example…

ON BUZZFEED!!!!

This Buzzfeed article: 28 Drool-Worthy Junk Food Treats to Eat in L.A. featured my #onthetable shot from Wurstkuche. Buzzfeed gets most of their photos from instagram, so it’s not like mine was anything special. But hey, I’m still flattered. :)

ON SURF CITY USA

My childhood hometown of Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, has an Instagram Account, (of course… #tourists). So sometimes they reblog photos taken in the city with the tag #SURFCITYUSA. Well they regrammed MY PHOTO, and it received over 700 likes!! That is more likes than the quantity of followers I have, so that’s cool, right? Showing here: (originally here)

ON DIYREADY

DiyReady is just my employer, no big deal, and I have given them the liberty of regramming any of my work related photos. However, I am particularly proud of this one. (originally found here). I took this shot from our “meet the team” photoshoot, and added the headline with the OVER app. We don’t have a notable amount of followers yet, but hey, it’s still nice to see my work reposted!

Anyways…

It’s not like these photos were life-altering moments. I don’t even think their being featured got me any more followers, maybe some more likes… but that’s not what I’m here for anyways. :P I just like to use Instagram because it’s a way to artfully express what you’re all about to like-minded individuals.

With all that being said, this is also a boast-post to document a step on my stairway to stardom. #follow4follow just kidding. #sorrynotsorry

LOVE YOU! XOXO

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Homemade and Healthy Cowboy Salsa

a healthy homemade recipe for cowboy caviar - america's favorite salsa | recipe on itsaLisa.com

So I’m kind of obsessed with salsa. If you asked me what my favorite food is, the answer would be salsa. Actually that’s a lie, it’s ceviche, but that’s basically salsa of the sea, right?  My point is: how does one consume mass quantities of salsa on a budget?

You make it yourself!

Not from scratch silly… that’s too much work. Instead, go to the store and grab some jars and cans of your favorite ingredients.

This time around I went for the cowboy combo, you might recognize it from the Trader Joe’s version. It’s so filling, but the jars are so tiny that 1 could barely get me through the day. So instead, go make it for yourself! Mine filled a medium-sized mixing bowl, and only cost $4 total.

Here’s what you’ll need for your own “homemade” Cowboy Caviar:

  • a can of corn
  • a can of beans
  • a big jar of salsa

Now pour them all together! Be sure to drain the cans first so you only have solids going into your salsa or else it will be gross and watery. Add salt and pepper to taste. That’s it! Now you’ll have a twice the amount of salsa you started with, and it’s going to taste just like that cowboy caviar.

Other delicious ingredients that you can add to your DIY HOMEMADE SALSA include:

  • canned pineapple
  • fresh pico de gallo
  • canned mango
  • jarred jalapenos
  • and more…

Try those combos with different store-bought salsas too. Or replace the salsa with a can of diced tomatoes.

cucumber chips with salsa

Cool as a Cucumber

One more thing, observe how I’m eating it with cucumber slices. If you have never done this before you have got to try it! Just slice open a cold crisp cuke. They make for the perfect bite size summer snack, and if you play on any of the gluten-free, vegan, raw, vegetarian, or simply health-conscious teams, than cucumber slices in leu of chips are the treat for you! :)

I hope everything goes well for you at home in your own kitchen, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Share pics with me via @itsa_Lisa on twitter or instagram – or leave comments below. Happy salsa-ing!

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Indefinite Permanence – To Making it Count

Today I start my next big journey. I’m finally moving somewhere where there is no end in sight. For the first time in my life I will have no plans and no future obligations. Instead I will have permanence.

All I know is I have 1 job and 1 apartment; this could last months, years, or just a few days. Hey, you never know. What I do know is what I am doing at this very moment. For that matter, as this post goes live, I should be in a U-Haul transporting all of my earthly belongings, including my scooter, to my new apartment in Downtown LA, with the help of some dear friends.

Whatever happens next is yet to be written.

This spot of time in my life parallels one of my favorite moments in cinema. A moment performed by none other than the great Di Caprio as the young Jack Dawson in Titanic, of course.

His toast:

Well, right now my address is the RMS Titanic. After that, I’m on God’s good humor.  . . . I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. So I won’t. Cheers!

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