Borough/Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Profession: Adjunct Professor/Writer
Originally from suburban Detroit, Alison moved to NYC in 2000. Alison took a year off from college, in search of adventures and trouble that she could later use as material for her novel (still a work in progress). After finishing college at NYU, Alison worked briefly in publishing and then got her MFA in poetry at Hunter College where she now teaches. Alison is getting ready to marry a sweet and intense jazz guitarist on August 21st!
How would you define your personal style?
Kind of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby meets Diane Keaton in Annie Hall meets Diane Weist in Hannah and Her Sisters. I like feminine, vintage-y, sweet, but I like to pair those items with things that are simple, clean and a little more unisex, like jeans and boots. I think I rely mostly on interesting accessories to pull my outfits together–many of which my mom and grandmother gave me, or that I’ve found in vintage shops. I love to wear a loose, button-down white shirt with some sexy, beaten up jeans, and pull it together with a vintage-y blazer, a belt with some personality, and a scarf.
Favorite item in you closet?
The gold locket my grandmother gave me. It has an old picture of my great-grandmother in it from about 1921.
Are there any trends that you wish would just go away already?
Tights worn as pants.
Favorite Five: What are your favorite stores in any of the five boroughs (to buy make-up, or fashion)?
- I’m a make-up/perfume junkie. One of my favorite make-up stores is Michael Angelo’s Wonderland.
- I also love Creed Boutique on Madison Ave–the perfume is expensive, but the staff will spend a lot of time with you choosing your perfect scent!
- I love Flying A because they have unique, one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories, plus vintage!
- Purdy Girl has a cute aesthetic and lots and lots of dresses!!
- Though it’s obviously not native to NY, I’m devoted to Anthropologie. One of my friends quoted me as saying “All good things come from Anthropologie” so it would be remiss not to include them!