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Meeting up for a juice is the LA equivalent of meeting up for coffee anywhere else. It's just what we do. To explore our city's many fresh-pressed, well-blended options (and as an excuse to get out of the office), we're juicing it up with some of our talented friends—and asking them delightfully random questions in the process. This is A Juice With.

Donna Lisa is the marketing manager of Wasteland, one of Los Angeles' favorite places to shop. She left her own vintage boutique in Miami three years ago to move west and landed at the store's Melrose location. When she found out that Wasteland was planning to expand to online sales, Lisa wrote a marketing proposal that helped her nab her current position.

Wasteland sells a combination of vintage and new clothing to shoppers that range from Rockabillies to hippies. "I feel like Wasteland is such a diverse community of fashion-obsessed people," she explained of the store's "eclectic group of customers." And while her job description includes developing collaborations and handling social media accounts, perhaps one of her favorite tasks is marketing collections and watching the designers' success. "Some of my favorite independent designers have gotten their start at Wasteland," she says.

Over juices at Café Gratitude, we quizzed Lisa about all sorts of stuff both fashion and non-fashion related. She even answered their question of the day! Read on for her favorite flick, the outfit she'd want to be buried in and much, much more.—Catherine Wright

What are you drinking today?
"I am drinking the 'I am healthy' at Café Gratitude, which is kale, celery and cucumber, and I added apple to it."

Café Gratitude's "Question of the Day" is: What do you have faith in? Your answer?

What is your favorite trend?
"Right now, '90s-inspired overalls and boyfriend jeans."

What was the last movie you saw?
"I just saw one the other night, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's so amazing and changed my life! It's beautiful; I think everyone should see it."

What is your favorite coffee table book?
"I found one of my favorites at the Rose Bowl. It goes through Oscar fashions from the show's inception through the early '90s. It's an old book but it's really interesting."

And now, the speed round.

Splurge or save?
"Save. I'm lying, splurge! That's what I would want to say, but absolutely not true. It's not me."

What would be on your life's soundtrack?
"A variation of tracks but a few that would definitely be included are Morrissey, The Cure, Goldroom, College, Grimes and Lana Del Ray. Or I can easy claim the entire Garden State soundtrack as my own."

What outfit would you want to be buried in?
"I'd probably want to be buried in a black vintage lace dress I have and my favorite motorcycle jacket from Stolen Girlfriends Club. I wear it all the time."

What is your go-to look?
"Definitely that jacket, a vintage tee and jeans."

If you could spend time with anyone, who would it be and where would you go?
"My dad in Havana circa 1950 (yea, I'd time travel too) and my grandfather—we'd go to Paris and spend the entire day at the Louvre."

What is your worst habit?
"I think I'm really hard on myself. The pressure is always self-inflicted."

Dressy or casual?

Describe the perfect Sunday.
"My perfect Sunday would be hiking through Griffith Park (it's one of my favorite areas), going to my cardio bar class and getting a juice; so, very relaxing."
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