Hi There! My name is Lisa, and I want to thank you so much for taking the time to not only visit my blog, but to also read a little bit about my life. I hope after reading my “about me” you’ll gain a better idea of what you’ll find on this blog and feel closer to who I am outside of my blogging life.
As you know by now, my name is Lisa, and I grew up in a small town right outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Both of my parents were born in Haiti, so I grew up in a strict, but loving West Indian household. After graduating high school, I was hell bent on leaving the state, so I went a whopping two hours away to the University of Connecticut. I majored in English and Journalism and performed in Poetry slams and competitions throughout my four years there. I was all tortured and emo (usually over some silly boy), and fancied myself some kind of artist. By the time I was graduating I convinced myself I was to become the next Sarah Jessica Parker, and moved my naive butt to good old New York City.
Once I arrived in New York, I realized pretty quickly that my SJP fantasies, were just that, and resigned myself to a career in academics. I worked in education as an administrator in a for-profit-education center, and as a teacher and tutor part-time (I’m West-Indian, we always have at least two jobs). While in New York, I also met and fell in love with my now husband, Andre.
Our “love story” isn’t this big romance, sorry! We met in Midtown Manhattan, on the street! I was about 21 years old, and this cutie approached me and offered me a peach. I was naive and without the “stranger danger” reflex I developed in my subsequent years in NYC. Needless to say, I took the peach, we walked to Bryant park and hung out talking and flirting for a few hours. The rest is history. We were married 7 years later in the beautiful Negril, Jamaica (my husband’s family is Jamaican.) Oh, and while living in NYC, I received my Master of Fine Arts in Creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
Today I live in a small town in Massachusetts. Last year I decided to leave my full-time career in Higher Education to pursue my dreams of being an entrepreneur. Having been making youtube videos and blogging for over 3 years I know a thing or two about online branding and how to use your online presence to win people over. I get emails all the time from women who want to go into business for themselves but don’t know the first thing about online marketing and what sells, but I do! So I launched Lisa Jean Francois Consulting in July of 2015 and I haven’t looked back. You can learn more about my journey as an entrepreneur Here.
Outside of being an entrepreneur, I’m a mom! Jackson-Blaise is three years old and the light of my life.
Lisa à la mode started as a creative outlet, but now it has become so much more than that. When I re-branded and redesigned this blog in March of 2014 I committed myself to making sure that every single post would be something I’d be proud of. It has taken me two years of trying to blog, but I think I finally “get it.” So far, I hope I’m not disappointing any of you! When you visit this site you’ll find a mix of content from celebrity hot topics, to beauty reviews, to fashion, to my perspective on anything and everything.
In addition to this blog, I also post YouTube videos every Tuesday and Saturday so if you’re interested in seeing me live, click here.
Thanks again for reading this post, and again, for visiting my blog. I hope you stay a while!