Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Livin La Vida Gyaru in Chicago

Lisha's... Luxury life?

Casual Cute

So, I get to do quite a bit of stuff here in Chicago. I do a bunch of stuff not only because I like to keep busy, but to get funds for shopping or traveling and to keep from being bored. I am doing a bit of freelance photography/graphic design/blogging/clerical in Chicago to gain funds for shopping and also traveling and such.
I personally do not feel like my life is "luxurious" perse, but, I get to (try) to live as much of a gal life as possible, especially on a budget that includes living expenses... And boy oh boy, do I know about living on a budget!


I choose not to eat out a lot, or try not to spend money on take out, but sometimes I do treat myself to something pretty tasty. I prefer to eat fish or chicken over beef and pork, and I prefer not so greasy foods as well. I also get to drink a bit with my coworkers instead of going out, especially when it was cold! When it comes to food, I tend to not go over 25$, and that is I am really hungry. Most dinners, especially including tip, goes up to 20$, which includes a drink and maybe an appetizer or two.

Lishamisha22, lishamisha22
 Fine dining on a budget. Wonton soup with added udon noodles, and kung pao shrimp

  • Cheers! at work. 


 I also just found a place with the help of Phil, near the Blue line. This picture does not capture the beauty of the neighborhood so much, but I love walking out side and looking at nature and also the houses around me. Also, my part of the rent does not exceed 500$.


Whenever I go shopping, I look hardcore for deals, and usually head to the clearance and sales racks. I shop at The Magnificent Mile and sometimes at the WaterTower in Downtown Chicago (Wetseal, Charlotte Russe, F21, etc) and I also hit up thrift stores and second hand shops. If I have the time to, I customize old clothes, or make scarves, or a purse or two if I am feeling ambitious! I have not done a lot lately, but I might make something again.
Cross necklace by TheSevenology
 I also got this necklace from Keisha Howard of Sugar Gamers. I later gave it to my mom for a mother's day gift. :) 

Magazine Gifts for my collection! 

I also buy gyaru mags or items/clothes that I know I will want if I choose to buy them, and I try to buy things I will actually use quite a few times, than just once or twice, and tossing it. I try to spend wisely if I need to spend, and also save for important things. Some gal mags have gifts from popular brands. It is a nice way to get something cool and useful, and you also get more bang for your buck! 

Steve Madden purse for about 40$


  1. I didn't know you did Graphic Design and Photography!! I'll be going to school for that this Fall, OMG why don't you talk about it more? LOL, but it sounds like you're doing good with life and I'm glad for you because I'm still trying to find a job in the crappy town I live in >__<

    1. Yea, i do a bit of everything :D I am trying to break out my art here more. I few people have seen my work (paintings), but I will prolly have links to some new stuff that I have done!

      And, I try lol. Chicago kind of sucks for jobs. Some places expect you to have like 2-5 years of experience for waitressing, retail, or fast food! So if you are not yet 21 trying to work, it can SUCK hardcore!! Try hard to find something, and if you have to , make volunteer work sound awesome etc.

  2. Living that Gal life! Looks like you're living it to the fullest! The neighborhood you live in looks gorgeous though~ its so green<3 I wish i had a job to fund my closet and other gal related expenses. Forever relying on my parents XD

    1. I try so hard! Its one of the things that makes me happy! :D
      I am not sure if your school has it, but maybe find summer job programs in your area? I did some summer job programs to make cash back in high school. It was a nice lil boost in gal funds!
      I couldnt really rely on my parents all too much, so I had to make or customize clothes or save up and buy them cheap!!


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