She’s the Bop

Friday, August 9th 2013

She’s the Bop: Laura Zapata

For me, multitasking is watching Pitch Perfect while trying to drink kale. For Laura Zapata, not so much. The Texas native (and former competitive cheerleader) is Cosmo Latina's new style editor, and the creator of The Future of Fashion, a monthly mega-event in downtown Manhattan that connects designers and stylists with technology companies and emerging digital platforms. She's done projects with Calvin Klein and Jill Stuart, and sometimes, she picks out clothes for celebs like Christina Milian and—shh!—a pop star who rhymes with Wiley.

After bribing Laura with the classic overachiever cocktail—a double iced espresso, no milk—I finally lured her into The Shopbop Inquisition. I think you'll agree, it was worth it...

FARAN KRENTCIL: We all have to start somewhere. What was your first official job in fashion?
LAURA ZAPATA: After college, I was working in the fashion closet of Latina magazine.

FK: For those who only have The Devil Wears Prada for reference, what do fashion assistants actually wear?
LZ: It was in the middle of an incredibly hot summer, so I opted for plaid shorts (not too short, of course), a striped collared shirt, and a mini cardigan to fight off the office's blasting AC. I finished my look with some suede booties, an updo, and cute jewelry.

FK: You're an Austin native. What's your favorite part of the city?
LZ: One thing that I miss the MOST is the live music scene. It's literally live music all day, every day. You could be having brunch with friends, shopping on South Congress, grabbing a low-key cocktail, and there will always be a live performance—and we're talking quality music, I might add! When I moved to New York, it was all about big shows and big venues. I really miss the intimacy and spontaneity of Austin.

FK: Humble brag: Once, you introduced me to Chace Crawford at a Calvin Klein party. After I ran away squealing, you told me he was a Texas native too, and that he had "a quarterback name."
LZ: He does!

FK: For those of us not raised in the Friday Night Lights region, what is "a quarterback name"? 
LZ: Football is LIFE in Texas. That said, many parents consciously name their children with these superheroic names, in hopes that they will one day be hugely successful football stars—or the ultimate goal—the star quarterback of their football team! I call it a nature AND nurture strategy. Here are some hints you have a quarterback name: Everyone refers to you by both your first and last name, no one else in the world has your name, either your first or last name is an adjective or a verb. To drive the point on home, here are some examples: Colt McCoy, Vince Young, Major Applewhite, Lance Harbor, Reggie Bush, Tim Riggins.

FK: Tim Riggins. Sigh. So, you were a competitive cheerleader, and now you're something of a workout connoisseur—with clothes to match.
LZ: True. I'm proud to say I've built an activewear wardrobe that's ready for any trendy fitness phenomenon that New York can throw at me. I wouldn't necessarily call my workout clothes cute, but it's definitely my platform for experimenting with neons.

FK: What if you're not going to Scuba Soul Cycle?
LZ: That's a thing?

FK: I don't think so. Maybe. Probably. Anyway. What if you're just going to the gym?  
LZ: The trick to dressing for the gym is balancing equal parts of fashion, function, and flash. The fashion could consist of the trendy fitness brand everyone's wearing or a bold color or print. For the function, it's important to wear clothing that follows the fitness dress code. And for the flash, give everyone a peek at that body part you're the most proud of—show it off!

FK: Cosmopolitan for Latinas just launched, but it's already getting a lot of buzz. What makes it different from the "regular" Cosmo?  
LZ: It follows the same fun and fearless attitude as Cosmo, although our content is geared toward a Latina reader, with a tailored focus on culture, beauty, and fashion. It's an English-language publication, but you'll catch the occasional "Spanglish" phrases. CFL also loves to feature emerging Latin designers, so I'm always on the hunt for promising new talent. And one of the best things about my job: styling fashion pages that embrace the sensuality and beauty of a woman—it's just so natural to Latinas.

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "sorbet."  
LZ: My personal style is colorful and sweet, just like raspberry sorbet!

FK: Now I'm hungry.
LZ: Me too...


Friday, July 26th 2013

She’s The Bop: Charli XCX

Charli XCX. Photo by Dan Curwin.

Do you know Charlotte Aitchison? No, but you probably know her alter ego, Charli XCX. The rising pop star is currently on tour, all over the radio, and plastered across various fashion inspiration boards. She's also a new face of Max Factor in London, and it's only a matter of time before American beauty brands catch up. (The real question: are there more Charli XCX fan pages on Tumblr or more remixes of "I Don't Care," her hit song with Icona Pop?)

It's hard being a rock n' roll style darling, but we still managed to snag the very busy Brit in between face time with screaming crowds.

FARAN KRENTCIL: Do you remember what you wore to your first concert?
CHARLI XCX: I don't remember the exact outfit, but it was probably something terrible. I started first going to gigs when I was in my Avril Lavigne phase, so I probably wore some trouser/skirt combo with lots of belts. I reckon I probably wore a tie too, and everything was probably from Claire's Accessories. Yeah, good times.

FK: Name the most random place you've ever heard one of your songs playing.
CX: I heard one of my songs being played in a pub toilet once. That was glamorous.

FK: Very. You're friends with another one of our style crushes, Marina Diamandis from Marina and the Diamonds. How did you first meet?
CX: We met at a few parties, but we properly started hanging out when we were on tour with Coldplay together.

FK: Do you ever steal clothes from each other?
CX: We have very different styles, so we tend not to swap clothes too much, [but] she did give me a cute crop top once.

FK: Your eye makeup is always epic, but how do you keep it on for an entire concert?! There must be a secret.
CX: Haha, I don't know! I apply everything quite heavy around my eyes. I love liquid liner. Usually, I'll use the Dior art pen. And then the trick is lots of mascara. I use Max Factor's Wild Mega mascara. It's so good.

FK: What movie or TV show do you watch constantly on your tour bus?
CX: I watch a lot of Daria on the road and also Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David is my dream man.

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "bubble."
CX: Ummmm, ok... School girl meets cherry cola bubble gum cheerleader grunge princess. Yeah, that.


Go see Charli XCX on tour.

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Friday, July 12th 2013

She’s The Bop: Shruti Ganguly

So far, we've bopped with modelsrock stars, and more than a few fashion-world celebrities. But what's it like being an independent film director and having a crazy day job at MTV? We're about to find out, thanks to international movie maker Shruti Ganguly. Born in India and raised in Oman, the creative force behind MTV Desi went to Northwestern University before moving to New York City for film school. Now she writes, produces, and directs features with James Franco. (And she knows all the best underground Dim Sum restaurants in town.)   

Let's see what the IMDB fixture and street-style star has to say about her most recent adventures.

FARAN KRENTCIL: Shruti, you might be the busiest girl in New York City. Please describe your job at MTV.
SHRUTI GANGULY: I'm a senior producer at MTV Desi, which is a digital platform for content surrounding South Asian youth culture. I develop and produce series and ideas for MTV, which range from video to art/illustration to editorial. In any given week, we may have shoots happening in Lahore or Dhaka, and we'll be following musicians and pop culture fixtures from Mumbai to New York to San Francisco.

FK: And then there's your movie job. Please describe your current film projects.
SG: I've worked with James Franco over the last few years, collaborating with and producing movies for his company, Rabbit Bandini. We made a movie called Tar, a biopic on the poet C.K. Williams with Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and Zach Braff. Tar premieres in New York on August 7, and now we are in post-production on Black Dog, Red Dog with Olivia Wilde and Chloe Sevigny. Next, we have a series of movies being made from James's book Palo Alto, and of those, I'm focused on the feature Yosemite, written and directed by Gabrielle Demeestere. I'm also working with Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia on a feature called H.

FK: You seem to have a signature look: draped pants, print blouses, and a great heel. How much of your look now comes from what you learned in India about style?
SG: Indian women get a lot of stuff tailored! When I went to boarding school in the Himalayas, I would get all my pants tailored. In India, it was cheaper to do that than buy a pair of branded jeans. Obviously, things are different when you're shopping in New York!

FK: Tell us a style secret from women in Oman?
SG: In Oman, where I grew up, we would always go to the Muttrah Souq (Market) to tiny shops in search of accessories. Turquoise, coral, and silver are very popular, and I'd say that every woman [in Oman] has a statement necklace made from some combination of those materials.

FK: Tell us a Dim Sum secret in New York City?
SG: Go to the Golden Unicorn on East Broadway. Everything is amazing.

FK: You may or may not have a series of gorgeous tattoos.  Please select one item on that's ideal for hiding tattoos from your parents? 
SG: I love the 3.1 Phillip Lim Phoenix Bomber Jacket.

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "ocean."
SG: My personal style is... Annie Hall, lazing on a boat in the Indian Ocean.


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Friday, June 28th 2013

She’s The Bop: Harley Viera-Newton

Harley Viera-Newton has spun records for Beyonce, played guitar for Phillip Lim, posed for DKNY and Dior Beauty, and—most recently—mastered the art of making a rainbow cake. (She's also a certified friend of Shopbop, even helping us host the Brit Awards party in London!) Now the DJ, musician, model, and Egyptologist (seriously, that's her degree from NYU) takes a break from her busy summer fashion schedule to enter the legendary Shopbop Inquisition. Is she ready? (Can anyone ever be?)

FARAN KRENTCIL: You grew up playing guitar, but when did you actually start DJing?
HARLEY VIERA-NEWTON: Seven years ago, when I was eighteen. It was my freshman year in college. I was throwing a party with my friend, who was also called Harley. It was a gimmick, like "Harley and Harley." He was an actual DJ, but since I'm an annoying girl, halfway through the party, I was like, "I want to pick the songs. I want to be the DJ!" The party kind of did well so we opened up the downstairs floor of the club, and I was allowed to DJ there. There were less people down there, so I learned along the way and kept messing around until I found what worked for me. The other Harley kind of showed me the ropes.

FK: Now that "Call Me Maybe" is so 2012, is there a song of the summer?
HVN: I love "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and Pharrell.

FK: What would you have named Kim and Kanye's baby?
HVN: You know, I think I must have known it subconsciously, because before they announced the name, I said to my boyfriend, "Really, it should just be North. How funny would that be?" And then it was. But I'm not mad at North West. I think it's the perfect name for a Kim and Kanye union. Anything else would have been disappointing.

FK: So you're psychic.
HVN: Not about the important stuff. I can't help anyone win the lottery.

FK: Personal style blogs are full of your red carpet photos, but do you dress differently when you DJ?
HVN: Yes, I actually try to wear something comfortable since I'm usually standing around for quite a long time. It's not the time to experiment with new shoes!

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "record."
HVN: That's impossible! Record?! What have other people's words been?

FK: Balloon, bubble, sandwich, pony... Yours definitely isn't the hardest one!
HVN: Oh, I have it! Okay. I can get ready for anything in the morning in record time because I have a go-to uniform of mini dresses!


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Friday, June 21st 2013

She’s the Bop: Chloe Lonsdale

For London-native Chloe Lonsdale, jeans are in her genes. Her father imported some of the first denim to London, and her mom modeled them in ads. Now Chloe’s chic and crisp staples belong to Gwyneth, Kate Middleton…and Shopboppers!

FARAN KRENTCIL: How do London girls wear their jeans?
CHLOE LONSDALE: London girls really go for it. They’re not afraid to take their style to the next level, whether it’s taking a look directly from the runway and recreating it full-out, or digging through vintage record collections or magazines for inspiration. Denim is an ideal base for every look, so their jeans are the one basic, classic item that all their fashion choices can revolve around. You can really pile it on when you’re wearing a great pair of jeans.

FK: What about American girls?
CL: In general, I feel like American girls are a little more conservative with their style, and they usually wear jeans with a T-shirt and trainers, or a blazer and heels. It’s not as wild as what happens in London, but it’s very “American cool.”

FK: Denim in the office: discuss.
CL: I think it’s great. Denim is my uniform, obviously, but with a clean white shirt, a nice jacket, great shoes, it’s a very smart, modern look. Do it!

FK: What record is the soundtrack to your closet?
CL: Mine? I’m a classics girl. I love the Rolling Stones, I love real vinyl records, but I do love One Direction. They seem genuinely nice and like they’re having fun. And they wore MiH Jeans (and looked great)!

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word “sandwich.”
CL: My style is a sandwich with three ingredients: a crisp white shirt, fantastic jeans, and ballet slippers.


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Friday, June 14th 2013

She’s The Bop: Julia Frakes

You've probably seen Julia Frakes peeking out from the pages of Vogue, Teen Vogue, Paper, Love, and Lula, but few models are also writers, at least ones who get published in real papers. Such is the life of this Pennsylvania pixie, who juggles political science classes and magazine deadlines with the occasional Marc Jacobs encounter. (She also has a Tumblr. She also loves bunnies.) As you can imagine, Julia Frakes is a very busy girl, but much like vitamins, meditation, and Mad Men, one can always make time for Bopping, right? (This is the part where you smile and nod, kids.)

FARAN KRENTCIL: What is the first piece of designer clothing you ever bought yourself?
JULIA FRAKES: I'm not sure whether it's "designer" per se, but I did swap my savings for a pair of paisley Oilily overalls and a knobby blue sweater, which looked quite like the one that Cory [Liv Tyler] from Empire Records wore, minus the midriff. I sprang for a Judy Funnie beret the same day. This anticipated my first real "fashion" purchase years later: a grey Miu Miu schoolgirl cardigan, the same shade of grey as the sweater Rosemary Ferguson wore in a dreamy '90s Miu Miu campaign photographed by Corinne Day. I cherish that cardigan, and it remains a closet staple, even if it has seen better days.

FK: When and how did you become a bunny fanatic?
JF: I daydreamed away my elementary school years. Butterscotch the guinea pig, whose cage bedecked a sturdy windowsill in Mrs. A.'s first grade classroom, had these tiny ears that struck me as an unfair complement to his otherwise rotund proportions. I'll glaze over the somber bits of the backstory, but in a nutshell, that particular school year was marked by a rather sad string of events. So I ferreted out a happy place, gazing at Butterscotch for hours on end, sort of extending his ears and transposing his mundane snoozing-and-hamster-wheeling routine out of the class cage and alongside Peter Rabbit in the Hill Top Farm gardens of the Lake District. For show-and-tell, I brought a Gund rabbit named Nutmeg and introduced her as Butterscotch's second cousin from Sawrey. My schoolmates called me Julesbunny, probably tauntingly, but I didn't really mind. It sort of stuck.

FK: You are a redhead. Do you think your hair comes with magical powers?
JF: I think King David's psalms are quite mystical, and he was a "ruddy" redhead. Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, Florence Welch, James Joyce, Fern Arable, Mary Magdalene, Rupert Grint, Tom Wolfe, Vincent Van Gogh, Winston Churchill, Sylvia Plath, Ron Howard, Alice Lane, Ezra Pound, David Bowie, Grace Coddington, Thomas Jefferson, Conan O'Brien, D.H. Lawrence, and Antonio Vivaldi all exude various sorts of magical powers in my book. But I'd contend that the whole of humanity is magic. I put stock in Roald Dahl's wisdom: “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. … Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

FK: At Fashion Week, you're literally chased by bloggers with cameras. What's the most fun and the most scary thing about being mobbed by street style photographers?
JF: Most fun? Hopping into old friends—who just happen to be super talented—like Phil, Tommy, Mark, Hanneli, Garance, Maya, Candice, Natalie, and Mr. Cunningham. If you try to wear your heart on your sleeve, and said sleeve somehow lands in Vogue or The New York Times, it's always a surprise—an affirming, perplexing, and gratifying honor. Most scary? Well, when it's not at an event where you might expect photographers...

FK: As anyone who follows you on Twitter knows, you are a hard news junkie. What do you read when you first wake up in the morning?
JF: The New York Times, The Washington Post's politics and opinions columns online, and I subscribe to The Nation, The New Yorker, and Foreign Policy, so they're always on my bedside table. I try to gradually wade through them before the next issues arrive. ( is my browser homepage, and fashion folks, Consider Elizabeth Cline's "The Good Closet" column at The Nation a weekly essential.) Also, the diversity and breadth of Vice's media outlets and platforms is a major game-changer, and frankly all-around genius. Their video production team is like our generation's reigning champion; Vice's shows, documentary series, and interviews, albeit not all "hard news," are incomparable. The kids are alright.

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "full moon."
JF: Kate Bush interpretive dancing under Utagawa Hiroshige's "Full Moon at Takanawa," or while collecting stones on the ol' space highway with Astronaut Jones.*
*Astronaut Jones, written by Tracy Morgan. Directed by Tracy Morgan. Hair and makeup by Tracy Morgan. Produced by Tracy Morgan and Melvin Goldfarb.


Friday, May 24th 2013

She’s The Bop: Britt Aboutaleb of Who What Wear Beauty

She knows what's inside Ashley Olsen's makeup bag. She's tried Amanda Seyfried's favorite mascara. And she's been to dinner with Gwen Stefani--in Cannes, no less. 

Boppers, meet Britt Aboutaleb, the Beauty Editor for one of my favorite websites, Who What Wear Daily. As LA's resident Young and Cool Expert, she's tested every cult product from Beverly Hills to Laurel Canyon... and she gets to have In-N-Out Burger whenever she wants, too.

Life may not be fair, but at least it's bloggable--which is why I asked Britt to endure our weekly style inquisition.  Enjoy...

FARAN KRENTCIL: You moved from New York City to Los Angeles when you joined the Who What Wear Team.  How has your style changed?
BRITT ABOUTALEB: I’d say the main difference is that I’m free to wear heels all day everyday since I’m driving instead of running around the city and up and down subway stairs (this is also why I’ve gained ten pounds). So I’m physically able to dress the way I wish I could have in New York—jeans and t-shirts with sky-high stilettos, and pencil skirts have finally made their way into my closet. (I’ve loved them from afar forever, but heels are a must.) The most dramatic difference comes on the weekend, where denim cut-offs, vintage t-shirts, and Converse constitute an outfit. When everyone else is wearing Lululemon, it’s not hard to look pulled together. I guess a better question would be how hasn’t it changed? I still only wear black, navy, white, and grey!

FK: Your parents like in Qatar, and you often get to travel through the Middle East.  What's the most fashionable place you've visited there?
BA: Beirut. The Lebanese love beautiful things and the city’s full of spectacular shops, both designer, like Celine and Vivienne Westwood, and boutique.  I’d move there in a heartbeat (not just because of the clothes). I suspect the Qatari women are quite fashionable, I just can’t see anything underneath their robes! Judging from their shoes, bags, and the brands—from Proenza Schouler to J.W. Anderson—in their stores, they know what’s up. Of course fashionable in the Middle East is quite different from New York—more is definitely better there.

FK: Do you see clothing differently now that you're a beauty editor?
BA: Totally. More because I’m not a fashion editor than because I’m a beauty editor, if that makes sense. I still look at the shows on and I'm lucky enough to see the New York collections backstage, but I’m not bombarded with images the way I was, so there isn’t that constant thirst for something new. I think I’ve also reached an age where I know exactly what I like—I’m no longer buying colorful prints because I’m supposed to like colorful prints. I like black and navy, and that’s OK. My whole life changed last year—from New York to LA, from fashion to beauty, from mid-to-late 20s—so I kind of see everything differently!

FK: What's the one beauty thing that most women ignore, but shouldn't?
BA: Their hands! They’re such an afterthought and yet so abused during the day. I used to just rub extra product on them at the end of the day, but now I actually slather face cream on them before bed and put SPF on the back of each hand everyday. In LA (ok, Beverly Hills) everyone’s face looks one age, but their hands are singing a very different tune.

FK: Matching your lipstick to your nails: Good idea or bad idea?
BA: I don’t really believe in rules. If you want to match your nails to your lipstick, go for it! Want to wear a smoky eye and a bold lip? Cara Delevingne just showed you how at Cannes. Just commit to the look, hold your head high, and maybe tone down your outfit.


Thursday, May 16th 2013

She’s the Bop: Hayley Williams of Paramore

If you're trying to make it to Friday, desperately needing a wish right now... wish right now... wish right now... don't panic. Today's Bop Star is Hayley Williams, the rock princess of Paramore whose sparkle-bomb personality and Pixie Stix voice seems to lift everyone out of their weekday funks. Now on tour with her band to promote their new self-titled album, Hayley took a few minutes to talk about her personal style, her new collaboration with M.A.C, and old-school Nickelodeon shows. (Because anyone who can reference The Secret World of Alex Mack is worship-worthy in our book.)

FARAN KRENTCIL: You've been performing with Paramore for almost a decade. How has your personal style changed from your last album, Brand New Eyes, until now? 
Brand New Eyes was a pretty heavy time for me as a person. I was usually wearing a tee shirt and jeans and my overall style didn't really reflect a person who was trying new things and experimenting with her own self-expression. Where I'm at now is a far cry from those days. For the most part, I'm still a T-shirt and jeans girl, but I feel more colorful, I feel braver, and I like myself a bit more than I did back then. Even if I'm completely off-trend (and, usually, I am!), I would rather be true to myself than anyone else.

FK: How has your musical style changed from then?
HW: Ever since Taylor [York, Paramore's new guitarist] stepped in and started writing music for our band, I've found myself in a much freer place as a lyricist. His rhythms and tones are incredibly inspiring to me. My melodies are more fun to sing, and the words I write are more telling of my personality than ever. To put it simply, I really think it's more fun. That's the best way I know to describe it.

Hayley Williams and the members of Paramore. Photos provided by Paramore.

FK: Your hair is almost neon red. Does having a bright hair color preclude you from choosing certain colors in your clothes? 
HW: No. Should it?

FK: No! And speaking of bright colors, tell us about your M.A.C Cosmetics line! 
I am still in shock about this whole thing. Honestly, it feels so cool to have this collaboration out there. The whole process was exciting and made me think about makeup in a whole new way—as complete self-expression. The best part is seeing all the photos from fans and people who've bought the products. I know orange sounds like a tricky color to pull off, but the "Sounds Like Noise" lipstick looks gorgeous on everybody.

FK: What song best describes your personal style?
HW: Of our own? Probably "Be Alone." It may sound hard to believe, but when we're not traveling the world playing big rock shows, I am really just a nerd who loves her quiet time at home with a cup of tea and TeVo'd episodes of Dexter. If I had to pick another, it's "Anklebiters," which is a song about self-love and self-acceptance. We all need a lesson in that every now and then.

FK: What game show would you win and why? 
HW: I always, always wanted to win Nickelodeon's GUTS. I grew up in the '90s—what do you expect?! Break me off a piece of that Agrocrag!


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Friday, May 10th 2013

She’s the Bop: Marissa Montgomery

When you first meet Marissa Montgomery, you may think she has wings. Not only does the TV personality and fashion designer have the sparkly disposition of a Disney fairy, but the London native seems to pop up absolutely everywhere—New York, Los Angeles, St. Tropez, Istanbul, Tokyo—in the time it takes most of us to compose a tweet. (Seriously, if I got as much of a workout every month as her passport, I'd be an Olympic athlete.) I managed to pin the blondie down for a brief minute, but at least it was enough time for an interview!

FARAN KRENTCIL: You travel all the time. What's your go-to airplane movie? 
MARISSA MONTGOMERY: I mostly sleep all the way! For turbulant flights, I always have Clueless or Zoolander ready to go. Also, I just discovered Homeland (very late, I know) and I am obsessed with it. 

FK: Your dad is a rock-and-roll photographer. How has that shaped your personal style?
MM: He finds beauty in everything and has taught me to appreciate all styles. I grew up on-set with him, playing dress-up with the wardrobe department, so fashion has always been fun for me. He and my mother love Nashville and Santa Fe and all things country and western, and that has definately rubbed off on me .

FK: You have hosted pieces for America's Next Top Model and NYLON TV, along with a million programs in the UK. What's your best advice for someone who wants to host TV shows like you do?
MM: Have fun and be relaxed. Sometimes you just have to go with the interview and see where it takes you!

FK: Wearing heels to a rock concert: good idea or bad idea?
MM: BAD!!!

FK: All caps. Oookay. So. You have gotten me addicted to these special New York cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar called Birthday Truffles. So what's the best way to work them off?
MM: I just became the US health and beauty correspondent for British beauty site Get the Gloss, which means I now try out all the latest fitness trends, everything from SLT pilates to the best new trainers. So I'm hoping that can compensate for our little habit. (Speaking of which, I have also found the marshmallow cereal cookie at Milk Bar to be quite addictive.

FK: Now you're just being mean.
MM: Okay. I also like to have dance parties to shake those birthday bites off! All you need is an iTunes playlist and a friend!

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the phrase "full moon."
MM: Stevie Nicks dancing under a full moon and a sky full of stars.


Friday, May 3rd 2013

She’s The Bop: Alexi Wasser

If you're looking at Alexi Wasser's picture and saying, "Wait, I know her!" it's because you do.

The California native appears on TV more often than Law & Order marathons, thanks to her fulltime gig as "That Girl From That Commercial." (She's currently starring in spots for Secret deoderant, York Peppermint Patties, and Sears.) But in L.A., Wasser's also known as an unlikely relationship guru, thanks to Boycrazy Radio, her online radio show that gets thousands of lovelorn hipsters calling and texting the actress for advice every week.

Is it easier to fall in love with a handbag than it is to deal with a boyfriend? I go back and forth, so I figured I'd better ask Alexi herself.

FARAN KRENTCIL: Hey Alexi, when did you know you wanted to be an actress?
ALEXI WASSER: Oh my goodness. I think at an early age. But also, I've always known that I'm happiest when I'm writing. So now, being a writer, blogger, actress, and having my podcast Boycrazy Radio (every Wednesday at 9pm PSTtune in!) it fills all voids and it's really fufilling. If I were just an actress, I'd feel so out of control—relying on everyone to make a decision about me, relying on a performance and what I look like. I feel so much more in control when I'm writing.

FK: How many times a day do people say, "Wait, aren't you the girl from that commercial?"
AW: Maybe a few times a day. The Peppermint Patty commercial is just one big close-up of my head, so that was very intense and people recognize me from that. It's funny.

FK: What have you learned about boys from your "Boycrazy" radio show? 
Hmm. Well, I've learned a lot about people in general. I've learned that people are really bad at communicating, and that usually the answer to any problem is right in front of you or inside of you. All you have to do is listen to the quiet voice at your core: your intuition.

FK: You played Mary-Kate Olsen's little sister in Factory Girl. What was the set like? What was it like working with her? 
She was really sweet with great style. We even got matching tattoos. Oh wait. That last part was a lie.

FK: You also played the only girl ever to be in a happy relationship on HBO's Girls. Are you coming back at all for Season 3?
AW: Not that i know of, but I would love that. Tweet to Lena Dunham and tell her to bring me back!

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must involve the word "fro-yo."  
AW: Ha! Lately, my style has been kinda "schoolgirl preppy..." This is already more than one sentence. S***!  Also, I love fro-yo. Specifically, Yogurtland fro-yo. Even more specifically, anything peanut butter flavored.


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