Lisa a la Mode: http://lisaalamode.com/
2017 – Lisa is of Haitian descent, mother of Jackson Blaise “JB” and she lives for fashion and makeup. Journalist by trade, Lisa a la mode’s blog is about everything a woman would need to have a stylish and confident life. From beauty and style posts to content with her own perceptions and the viewpoint of a Black feminist.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role as a fashion inspiration:
Fashion is a part of what I do, and it’s partly how I started 5 years ago. I create fashion and beauty content. But to be completely honest, it is only a fraction of what I do. I’m a writer so I write about content that speaks to me and speaks to my audience. For example, two years ago, I wrote an article for Black Girl Long Hair about Haiti fashion designers.
2. What got you started?
I started creating content five years ago, when I moved from NY back to Massachusetts. I was between jobs, newly married, and I didn’t have a family yet. So It was kind of a hobby for me, while I was in searching for work. But even when I found a new job I couldn’t let this go. I continued to create content part-time. In 2015 I left my fulltime job, and have since then transitioned into creating fashion, beauty and pop culture content. I’m not sure how all happened but since my background is in Journalism and Creative writing, but I’m here.
I have a dual degree in English and journalism and I have a master in fine arts and creative writing.
4. Do you consider yourself as a fashion icon and a Youtuber?
Yes, I create content in Youtube but I do it for fun. It’s not where is my blog, but I do it when I have time.
5. Tell us about your blog and your section #realtalk
I do this every once in awhile. I sit down and film a video about whatever is on my mind that day, from mental health, to pop culture, to personal issues.
6. Who is your biggest inspiration?
I actually don’t have someone specific. I have so many women I look up to such as Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama,Audre Lorde, and Toni Morrison. I feel most inspired by the writings of Audre Lorde. She’s a truthspeaker and I lean on her words when I’m afraid of speaking my truth
7. What one or two things do you currently do to keep up with fashion trends?
Honestly, the internet is saturated with tons of information. But every time I need to know what is really going on with new trends I just go to Forever21 website or the store. I love to shop there, so whatever Forever 21 is carrying in terms of style pieces, because they are always on trend, generally tends be what every store or retailer is carrying. And of course I always catch recaps about the New York fashion week.
8. What a typical day looks like in the life of Lisa Jean-Francois?
I wake up and get myself a cup of coffee. I get JB ready for preschool. After I drop him off, I get home and I work as much as I can. I usually take some calls during that time. Then, I pick him up and we have lunch. But after that I’m always creating and writing content. Most of the traffic to my website is generated by pop culture so I try to focus on that content. I also have a small team of writers who pitch in from time to time.
9. Have you ever considered having your own brand?
Yes, I’ve considered it. I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a lipstick line, but right now I feel that everything has been done, so if I do do it, I would have to come with a new idea or something different. Right now, my focus is my blog.
10. Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
I know this is going to sound cliche but this is something I always say: “Let the universe guide you.” I have always found that if you intervene with fear, worry and questions you’ll always have fear and worry, but if you just kind of release it, life happens the way it was meant to. Just go with it, with your destiny. There is no glory without risk.
11. Do you feel that you are representing the Haitian Community? How does it feel?
I try to do it to the best of my ability. My parents raised me with Haitian culture, so I try to connect with my culture as much as possible.
12. What do you think about fashion in Haiti? Do you have any tips for fashion designers living in Haiti?
I don’t see to much of it to be honest. I would really love to know more about them. I met a Haitian designer and she is amazing. Her website is I am Kreyol and her designs are beautiful. I still feel that Haitian designers and their culture are still unknown. So this was a great opportunity to show the world about their potential.
13. Do you have any advice for Haitian kids or Haitian descendants that want to be a blogger?
Honestly, I’m just a girl who writes a blog, but I will say never get discouraged. Immerse yourself in whatever you want to do and do it well.
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