Hello everyone! I'm Lisa and I blog over at Lala Faux Bois, where I share some personal style, vintage & thrifting love, crafting trials & tribulations, and some travels. I'm happy to be guest posting for Elana while she's spring-breaking in her home state of California -- which is one of my favorite places to visit. In fact, we recently spent a few days in Joshua Tree exploring the desert side of Cali. Like most of the Internet, I'm a cat-loving lady, and since Elana's last name is Katz (lucky, right??), I figured this would be the perfect occasion to wear my cat print dress. I'm a fan of Leah Goren's illustrations and definitely have coveted one of her prints for years. I drooled over this number when it hit the Anthropologie catalog, but just made it mine a couple of months ago with a screaming deal on eBay.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that only one thing mattered for me this past weekend: The Academy Awards. I know that award shows are lame, but I've just always had a strong love for the Oscars. I grew up watching it with my family, and I've grown to love texting my mom and best friend Whitney during the entire show while in Illinois. As a huge movie lover and obsessive reader of entertainment websites (in case you're wondering, Vulture is my favorite and I read it religiously), the biggest day of the year for film will forever have a place in my heart. I was pretty happy with this year's fairly laid-back ceremony and even though the awards were some of the most predictable ones in recent memory (not really a single shocker), I still couldn't complain about any of them. I had seen three of the Best Picture nominees already ("Her," "American Hustle," and "The Wolf of Wall Street") and I spent all of Saturday in bed watching three more ("Dallas Buyers Club," "Nebraska," and "Gravity"). Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see "12 Years a Slave," but I'll get to it eventually. Also if you follow me on Twitter, you know that my favorite film of the year was "Her," which means that the highlight of the show for me was Spike Jonze winning Best Original Screenplay. That and John Travolta's misproununciation of Idina Menzel's name. So. Funny.
Friday, February 28, 2014
I'm still feeling the winter blues, so I decided I need this yellow dress and white sweater to brighten things up for me yesterday. With only a little more than a week left until spring break, though, I can't say that I needed it much. Knowing that home is so close is enough to get me through the day. I can almost taste the In N' Out burgers.
Honestly though, things have been pretty stressful lately, but what else is new? I've been applying for jobs and internships like crazy, but I've yet to hear back from anyone. I know it's still pretty early, but I probably won't stop freaking out about it until I find something. The good news is (and you've seen these if you follow me on Instagram), I finally got around to putting some effort into making creative resumes and I now have three pretty ones that hopefully will catch employers' attentions. I'm way too excited about designing resumes. You guys have no idea.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Well, I'm back from Chicago and back to the daily grind. It was a fantastic trip, but far too short for my liking. I'm fortunate to to work with a staff of my close friends, so every time we get to go on a trip like this is loads of fun. It was just three days straight of us making fun of each other and telling jokes, which is my kind of trip. Plus, there was plenty of Starbucks and deep dish pizza involved (we did Giordano's this time. I'm not from Chicago so I can't comment as to which pizza place is best, but I can say that I've pretty much loved every pizza place I've gone to in the city). We also all spent the afternoon in Lincoln Park our first day, where a few friends and I scoured the Urban Outfitters surplus store and where I picked up this dress for $10. I'll forever for be grateful to Marlen for introducing it to me a year or so ago, and I feel awful that I had to bail on meeting up with her. That just means I'll have to go back.
In case you missed my last post, I was in the Chicago for the Illinois College Press Association Conference with my university newspaper staff. The conference itself was great, but after you've been to a couple of these things, it's difficult to feel like you're learning new information at the sessions. I did really enjoy listening to Andy Boyle of the Chicago Tribune speak, though, and it was pretty insightful to attend a panel of students talking about how their newspapers utilize social media. The best part of the trip though? Our paper won eight awards. I'll be honest, I was pretty bummed that a feature I wrote and was really proud of didn't win anything, but an editorial I helped write took home an award and I was just over the moon for my staff. I was especially excited for Mary (blog photographer extraordinaire), who won first place in a photography competition that took place at the conference, and three of my friends who put hours of work into creating a basketball insert and won second place for sports layout for it. I work with some pretty damn talented people.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
By the time you read this, I'll be soaking up the wind (get it?) in Chicago. I'm at the Illinois College Press Association conference, where I'm attending sessions on journalism and hopefully seeing my newspaper win some awards tomorrow. The best part? The whole trip is paid for by the school. My staff got to take the train in, get to stay at a hotel right in the city, and we even get money for food. Sweet deal, right? Even better, we got in yesterday morning, but the conference doesn't start until this afternoon. That means we got a whole day to just spend in the city. Of course, I'm writing this before we left so I can't really say anything about the trip so far, but let's just assume that it's wonderful. Being a west coast girl, I still get giddy every time I get to visit Chicago, and this time is no exception. I live about four to five hours away, so it's not a difficult trip to make (especially on the train), but it's not something I get to do all that often. Knowing that this could be my last time in the city for a while (or at least my last free trip), I'm hoping to make the most out of this one. I'm also hoping to have plenty of photos to share, so look out for those soon. Plus, I get a couple of days to bond my friends and surround myself with journalists. You can't even imagine how much love getting to be a building full of people who love to talk about ledes and AP Style as much as I do.