From interviewing A-listers such as Brad Pitt, Oprah, Eli Manning and Anna Wintour for E! News to covering the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for MSNBC to bringing updates to the Today Show Alicia Quarles is the girl you want advice from. Needless to say, Lapalme online is pretty stoked to have the Alicia Quarles in a new regular segment “Ask Alicia” where Alicia will be answering our reader’s pressing fashion, beauty & life questions.
This week we’re talking about what to wear to the Boom Boom room, Valentine’s dates and perfect gifts.
Lapalme: Girl, I love your Instagram! It looks to me like you are doing it all. #GirlOnTheGrind. Do you prefer being on the red carpet attending events as a guest, interviewing celebrities at said events or being behind the scenes doing press for fashion week?
Alicia Quarles: I definitely get to experience the best of all worlds. I much prefer walking red carpets to working them/interviewing celebrities on them. Covering carpets (unless it’s a major award show such as the Grammys or Academy Awards) is not glamorous. All of the crews are tightly-packed together and you wait hours for five-minute interviews. The winner of my favorite event to cover is Fashion Week. From sitting front row, to interviewing and supporting the designers who have become my friends, to eyeing looks on the runway my stylist will pull soon after for me to wear . . . it’s a phenomenal experience.
LP: You were born outside of Los Angeles, moved all over the states, attended USC and even lived in Japan. Why is it that you have chosen to settle down in New York City?
AQ: I moved to New York from Los Angeles because of a job promotion and I’ve never looked back. Growing up I lived throughout the United States and internationally, so I immediately felt right at home in NYC. I love that the city is a melting pot of ethnicities, gender and culture. In the words of Alicia Keys, this really is the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of. . . there’s nothing you can’t do.”
LAPALME READER QUESTIONS:
Reader: In the most recent issue of LaPalme magazine you mentioned you love the Boom Boom Room in Manhattan. If you were going there for GNO, what would you wear?
AQ: I would go for a full-on Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City moment mixing wild looks, beautiful shoes, and couture which equals a whole lot of fun. For me, that means rocking Louboutin stilettos (I know Carrie was a Manolo girl, but still . . .), my Badgley Mischka tulle skirt, a jean jacket from American Eagle and a white cotton tee from Rag and Bone.
Reader: I recently started dating a guy that works for the same company as I do. He is taking me out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. I want to make sure I still look professional but also want to blow him away.. What should I wear?
AQ: Sky-high stilettos, your favorite pair of jeans that hug in all of the right places and a great leather jacket, plus a few accessories: rings, bracelets, a necklace or earrings.
Reader: My boyfriend of 6 months and I have plans for Valentine’s Day. Since this is a new relationship, I do not know what to expect or what I should get him. Could you give me an idea of what a good gift might be for him?
AQ: If you live in a cold-weather region, a nice scarf is always a great idea. Plus they can be budget-friendly or if you want to go high-end, Lanvin has great scarfs that are sure to make all of his friends envious. Another cool idea is the Mr. Porter Paperback: The Manual for a Stylish Life. If you guy has taste, he will love this gift. –
Have a question for Alicia? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject “Ask Alicia”. Alicia could answer your pressing fashion, beauty and girl(or guy)-on-the-go questions next!
Alicia could answer your pressing fashion, beauty and girl(or guy)-on-the-go questions next!