Hello, I’m Lise Grendene….

Why did I start this blog? I don’t know if there is one answer. I love discovering things, sharing things, finding inspiration… It’s a creative outlet, too. And I love meeting new people, exchanging ideas and having fun along the way. And I wanted a place to really get into my passion for everything green (but more on that later).

So let’s get started…

But first, let me tell you a little about me. I was born and raised in Rio, but grew up all over — England (boarding school), Florida (exchange student), back to Brazil (college, studying theater and philosophy), Paris (call it a time out) and Milan (getting a masters in fashion). Now, I live in London. I initially came here to work at Vivienne Westwood and… just never left.

I love traveling. I picked that up from my mother, who took me by the hand and brought me all over. She’s the one who gave me this gypsy mind. I don’t mind moving around, changing places… I can adapt really easily — new cities, new situations, new everything. I really enjoy it. I’m very gypsy at heart.

What you’ll find here, part one…

Fashion, of course! I get that love of fashion from my mom too. And a little from my dad. He’s behind Melissa shoes — so fashion was always present in my life — but my mom was a big, big inspiration. She was extremely stylish and had amazing taste: very feminine, very sexy, very Monica Bellucci and La Dolce Vita, even though she’s not Italian (although I am on my father’s side!).

Growing up, my mother took me to ateliers and fashion shows in Brazil. When I was 13, I even modeled in one! It was quite funny because I was so short compared to all the other girls. They thought I was this crazy kid in the line…

My style today is mostly classic, simple, comfortable. I’m a bit more tomboyish compared to my mom. But it really changes depending on my mood. One day, I’ll feel hippie; another day I’ll wake up feeling like a rock-star girlfriend and I’ll go wild with my looks, you know?

What you’ll find here, part two…

I could never stop at just fashion; I like too many things. I love art — going to exhibits and museums is one of my big passions. (My favorite one? The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam because I love the story of Van Gogh’s life as much as his art.) I just started building my own art collection and am a Young Patron at the Tate, too — more on that to come! I love theater, cinema, acting… I love literature, poetry… I love writing…

I just like the idea of being able to go into this fantasy world, which all of these let you do. Fashion does that too; it can take you  somewhere else and transport you.

What else…

Travel, definitely — you’re going to come around the world with me.

Last but definitely not least...

Like I mentioned (way, way up there), I’m very passionate about sustainable and eco living. I wasn’t always like this — I didn’t grow up in that sort of environment — but I guess it was somehow inside of me. I remember being very, very little and telling my mother I wouldn't eat anything from an animal! I was five, six, seven? Little. 

Today, being eco-minded isn't an option. It's the future; after all, there's a limit to our resources. But I want people to understand that you can be stylish and fashionable and still live responsibly. We don't have to be aggressive toward nature. It sounds like a cliché but, really, we can all do our part, and that's what I want to do — to spotlight great people, great designs, great collaborations…

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Fun facts…

Sometimes, I style in my dream. Actually, right before I go to sleep, I put together outfits in my mind, like something I saw in a magazine or the street or in my closet and mix them together. It's funny — it calms me down and I fall asleep!  

Yes, I majored in philosophy! I really liked reading Nietzsche when I was younger — he lived his life according to himself, which is very rare. He kept on believe in himself. You make who you are — I liked that. 

I’m vegetarian.

Best advice from my mom: Chase your dreams and dream big. Go for it.

Best advice from my dad: Look, don't dream that big. If it happens, good; if it doesn't, don't get frustrated. Just work and eventually things will come together.