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Spill It!: Alyssa Coscarelli

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How did you land in New York City?
I wanted to live in NYC ever since I visited for the first time at the age of 10. So as soon as I graduated high school, I moved to the Big Apple to attend LIM College, a small university here in Manhattan dedicated to the business side of fashion.

How has your personal style developed over the past few years?
It changes every year and every day. I’d say it’s gotten a little more minimal and a lot more practical than when I first moved here.

What are your go-to wardrobe staples?

Currently, it’s turtlenecks, vintage Levi’s, berets, and oversized outerwear.

There must be tons of different product and brands that comes through the refinery29 offices, how   much of it gets integrated into your personal style?
A good amount! Luckily my style aligns really closely with the R29 brand. I love discovering new brands on both a personal and professional level, and I do end up wearing the brands I cover on the site quite often.

Tips and tricks for women trying to make it work in New York? Or dreaming of coming here one day?
Save your money, be bold, stay true to you, work hard and be nice to people.

What was the first handbag you ever owned?
I think it was a quilted velvet Juicy Couture hobo bag. I thought I was so cool. LOL.

How many bags do you currently own?
More than I’d like to admit! I have this thing where I can’t resist buying vintage minibags or basket bags whenever I see them at vintage shops or flea markets, so I’ve racked up a ton between that habit and other more practical, every day bags that I buy, too.

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What makes a bag obsession worthy?
A bag is obsession worthy to me when it feels special, unique, and like no one else has it.

What’s the one item you always have in your bag?
Minty gum.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever toted around for far too long?
A lip stain that’s actually shaped like a mini bottle of wine.

Embroidered jean trend…yes or no?
Yes!

Are you riding on Alessandro Michele’s high speed Gucci train
Hate to admit that I am.

Spill It: Most embarrassing moment this year?
I embarrass myself on the daily, so it’s hard to pinpoint just one time.

Spill It: Who is your girl crush?
Alexa Chung (so cliché but true).

Spill It: How social media obsessed are you?
I’m SUCH a millennial. I’m addicted, and it’s the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing I look at at night.

Spill It: What is the last fib you told on social media?
I really don’t lie too much on social media! But, I guess I fib by omitting the non-glamorous parts of my life. Haha.

Spill It: Can we look inside your bag right now?
I wouldn’t advise it. It’s a black hole. But if you insist!

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