August 1, 2012

Revealed: The Big News is You Are My Celebrity

December 27, 2007: this is life in austin enters the world with a post talking about how I don’t like blogging. Hrmph.

Little did I know how many amazing opportunities would come my way as the result of a little blog I was once ambiguous about all grown up. Countless friends, business deals, free things, and clients would come my way via this is life in austin (and aspen)! I hope you’ll stay with me on the next step of the journey: You Are My Celebrity.

you are my celebrity

You Are My Celebrity celebrates glitz, glam, and the gym like a celeb. Celebrities take care of themselves—it is their job after all—and we could all take a page from their book of putting themselves first. This blog is still about enjoying life, doing awesome things, loving whatever it is you’re doing, and being grateful for it all—without being location centric.

Click on over to for all the deets. + will redirect to next week, so update your bookmarks, RSS feeds, or memories now!

July 31, 2012


August 1, 2012 is one month before my 28th birthday. Big changes are brewing here at this is life in austin & aspen. Stay tuned tomorrow for the big news.

July 30, 2012

Flash-Sale Shopping from JP Selects

How cool is this? An eco-friendly flash-sale site I’ve been loving called LovingEco joined forces with a website called JP Selects, which was founded by sometime Austinite, entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria. John Paul DeJoria is the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Spirits.

John Paul and his wife, Eloise, believe that each of us has a daily responsibility to make the world a better place. With the philosophy that “Success Unshared is Failure”, John Paul has launched JP Selects, a site that will bring a multitude of ethically-concious brands to public attention. Every brand on JP Selects is vetted and tested by their team to ensure the quality of their products and the sustainability of their production. To further help emerging brands reach a broader audience, JP Selects also provides support with global distribution and logistics.

They’ve even created a handy guide to help you see what the products supports!

eco icons


With all the Good Shopping options out there—Give + Get, Pure Citizen, Cause-PoweredEco-Awesome, or Fair Trade—I’m thrilled to share with you all a close-to-homegrown place for goodies! Sale durations vary, so it’s a little different than traditional flash-sales, but it’s a great resource for good stuff!


July 27, 2012

Feel Good Friday 072712

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Tragus/targus piercing, celebrated by Cook’s champagne at the kayak park, a 60-cent canister of salt and 25-cent Starbucks cup, and Dale/dial soap.
  • “Let’s go play basketball” turns into foot massages and shopping …
  • Rainy-day porch-sitting where I traded two bottles of wine for a flat-screen TV
  • Long catch-up phone call with a bestie!
  • Some of my favorite things: sushi (and sushi while driving), g-free beer, coffee, and sand volleyball!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 21, 2012

Summer Anthem

As I’ve now facebooked, tweeted, and posted this, it may be overkill. But this is undoubtedly the Summer 2012 anthem, and marines cutting loose to it is too great to ignore.

July 20, 2012

Austin: Breaking News, H&M is coming!!

h&MBut not ’til this fall so you don’t actually get to purchase the teeny bikini shown here. Hennes & Mauritz, or H&M, or “achay y emmeh” as it will always be known to me as my first H&M visit was in Madrid where I was living, will open its 24,000-square-foot outpost in the Domain in the fall, offering women’s, men’s, children’s (newborn to 8), accessories, maternity, and lingerie.

There are 6 H&Ms within the state of Texas and more than 2,500 stores in 44 markets around the world.

This announcement simply confirms the rumors that have long swirled around the city. While I do advocate good shopping by shopping locally, resale, and all that Austin-y stuff, it is nice to have access to affordable, trendy pieces—and there are some great designer collabs coming up! Get excited!

More info:

July 20, 2012

Feel Good Friday 072012

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Happy wedding to Scott & Rhianna!
  • Got to do almost everything on my ambitious Austin list, including some things not on the list: rock climbing with my baby bro, Barton Springs, and a hilarious dinner party at my parents’ house.
  • New opportunities? Big decisions ahead, always exciting/terrifying!
  • … last-minute trip to the beach! Toes in the sand. Body in the Pacific.❤ beach hair.
    pacific ocean
  • I’m grateful for my puppy dog and all the friends who help take care of her, run/bike with her, and bring her (and me!) treats.
  • Finally made it to Thursday free concert in Snowmass! Also got to scarf Venga Venga’s delicious nachos and mezcal margaritas.

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 16, 2012

Summer Fashion Updates

I just updated the sidebar (yes, I realize we’re already halfway into summer) with summer fashion nays and yays.

Fashion Sticky Notes … actual hideous things I see people wearing, and how to remedy the problems they present

+ Why are people STILL doing this?! Despite my warnings, people are still slapping skinny belts onto a dress—or worse, a shirt. Do not understand. If your waist isn’t your skinniest feature, why would you highlight it??

+ Crop tops. Srsly, didn’t everyone in the ’90s heave a collective sigh of relief when they went out?

+ Peep-toe booties. 1. WTF 2. It’s summer, you don’t need booties. 3. WTF 4. Why bother wearing a foot-covering shoe if your toes are going to stick out? It looks really weird.

+ Mustache jewelry. I dig funny mustaches on dudes, but mustache jewelry has had its moment and even that lasted too long.

+ Suede shoes in summer. Suede = winter. Not up for discussion.

Things I like … and you should too, because I knew about jellies shoes way before they were cool

*the resurgence of friendship bracelets
*layered jewelry
*open-knit sweaters
*funky manis (loving sea green personally)
*sequins all the time
*big, bold stripes
*rainbow denim cut-offs and skinnies
*chambray shirts

Currently pinning things I love here.

July 13, 2012

Feel Good Friday 071312

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Sunday TAD (Typical Aspen Day): King Yoga Flow + Ute Hike with 2 pups + Sunbathing at the Sky Pool
  • Serendipitously booking the same flight to Austin as my bestie in Denver … drinks and giggles on the plane!
  • Austin. Seriously, it’s always busy and I can never see everyone I want to, but I love coming home.
  • Two great workouts with two awesome girls!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 11, 2012

Austin: My Ambitious Austin Weekend

Waaaaaay back in 2009, I wrote a post called Top Ten Things to Do in Austin … the list still stands as an excellent guide, but as I spend a wedding long weekend in town with locals and not, I thought I’d make a list of things I want to do this weekend. To be clear, this is not a definitive Austin list like the last, it’s a what-hasn’t-Lyssa-seen-yet list!


Workout at The Combine Strength & Conditioning

Hot yoga at Pure Bikram Yoga with my parents

CrossFit Games are this week, so watching my pals compete while eating sweet potato fries and drinking Texas beers (Shiner Ruby Redbird I love you so very much and hope to find you on tap) with other pals at Cuatro’s

Always love running/mostly people watching at Town Lake


Round Rock Express game with wedding crew

Lounging poolside at WET at the W … sure to be similar to the Sky Hotel Aspen scene (Vegas-like).

Sand Volleyball at Zilker

Will I have time to find The Narrows?

Fishing with my dad and playing with my new camera lenses


Tried and loved Easy Tiger and Lick!, now it’s time to make it at least to Elizabeth Street Cafe and hopefully more …


Must visit a craft store or five for supplies for all my recent crafternoons!

Possible massage with Christopher

Always have to hit up Nordstrom Rack with the mama

… we’ll see what else I have time for! I can’t wait!


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