Wonder Woman Wednesday: Ali Levine

I am so excited to share this interview with you because Ali Levine is incredibly informed and well-rounded when it comes to the fashion industry. We studied Merchandising together at Northern Arizona University; after which she began her career working for Target and went on to design for some of the biggest names in the industry including Coach. She transitioned to a career as a celebrity stylist in 2010 and has been working on all sorts of shows, ranging from working with Shia LeBeouf on ‘Wall Street Money Never Sleeps’ to Kanye West’s ‘World Throne’ Tour. She now lives in LA with her husband and two shockingly fashionable cats named Dolce and Ferragamo. Check out her blog where she spills about it all.

How did you get started as a stylist?
I got started as a stylist by working as a PA on movies and television. I was fortunate to work with some of the best people in this business and learn from them.

What is the best part about your job?
There are so many parts of my job I love. But the best is what I call my “stylist moment” – when everything comes together and I can see the confidence & happiness on my client’s face.

Do you have any advice for other women hoping to become stylists?
My advice for other women looking to get into this business: Work hard. This business is extremely tough, and you have to really want it. Learn from every job, and don’t turn down any opportunity.

What would you be if you were not styling celebs for shoots and the red carpet?
If I was not styling 24/7, I think I would be designing a line.  I used to design in the corporate world, I think I’d have fun doing that for a career as well!

Who were your favorite celebs to style?
My shoot with Bachelorette & mom Emily Maynard was so much fun and she is just the sweetest! I also just worked with Toks Olagundoye of ‘The Neighbors’ – that woman is fierce and so much fun to style on set! 
Jesse McCartney is so talented and down to earth. The new Mad Men copywriter, Kit Williamson, is so nice and quite the character!

If we stopped you on the street, what would you be wearing?
If you stopped me on the street right this minute, chances are you’d catch me with one of my many faux furs, a dress, Michael Kors strappy heels or BCBG peep toes, layers of jewelry and most likely my aviators.

How would you describe your style?
My style really can’t be put into one category. I love mixing all elements and making it all work together! There are days you will see me in bright colors and floral, total girly girl, and then there are moments where I’m wearing my studded moto jacket, boots & leather leggings with my faux fur.

What is in your bag right now?
‘Everything but the kitchen sink’ really rings true for me here! I just never know what I might need or, fashion emergency, who I may run into! Pins, velcro, seam ripper, thread, anti bacterial, shout wipes, make up, and more. Put it this way ladies: For my bridal shower, I won the game for who has the most in their purse! 

Okay, now spill. What bag are you carrying?
Right now, I am carrying a Marc Jacobs navy & black bag (my new favorite in the handbag world). Although, I have been switching it up lately for spring with my purple leopard D&G tote.

What is one thing not many people know about you?
This crazy red hair is actually my natural hair color. Oh, and I hate vegetables. 

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