Mountain Chic

Reflections and observations on culture, food, style and travel

Cullen_10My name is Lissa, and I created Mountain Chic as a fun, creative outlet to explore the things I love most: fashion, beauty, travel and ideas.  I live in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies with my husband and toddler son, and I like to prove that being stylish and mountain living do not need to be mutually exclusive!

I remember when I was 11 years old, and received my first copy of Seventeen.  I’d demonstrated an unusual passion for fashion since before I could even dress myself, and this inauguration into the world of style magazines is one of my more vivid childhood memories.  That particular issue of the magazine made an impact in another way, too.  The edition featured groups of teenage girls from around the United States, highlighting their different styles and how those styles reflected the places where they lived.  I was so excited to see a group of girls from Colorado, my home, featured; and then I was instantly crestfallen as I read the piece, which described how Colorado was full of rodeo girls who couldn’t care less about fashion – cowboy boots, Levi’s, and no makeup were the style in these parts.  I was horrified!  And offended.  Nobody told me I was growing up in a fashion wasteland!  This disappointing news did not stop me from maintaining a lifelong obsession with style and beauty, and surprisingly, I’ve never actually pursued a career in either industry.  Now, after leaving a 13-year career in education to stay at home and raise my son, I’m indulging my loves – along with my interest in chic ideas, design, travel and living – at long last on these pages.  Though it can still be a challenge to marry city style and mountain practicality, I’m determined to do so – to show Mountain Chic living from my home in the Colorado Rockies to places beyond.

I’m inspired by…

Magazines: VogueConde Nast TravelerNew York Times Magazine, Porter

Blogs: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Cup of Jo, Into the Gloss, Le Postcard

Chic Women: Jenna Lyons, Jessica de Ruiter, Minnie Mortimer

My Favorite Places:Antigua, Guatemala; Rome; London; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Mal País/Santa Teresa, Costa Rica (where we own a house)

My Favorite Writers: Wallace Stegner, James Salter

I love…

Shopping:Shopbop, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom

Working Out: Telemark skiing, running, Pilates

Reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the best book I’ve read in 2015

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Sarena says:

    Lissa, I love this! I’m excited to follow!


  2. Sandi Freeman says:

    Yay! I’m now a subscriber.


  3. Luisa says:

    How exciting! Congratulations!


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