We met Alyssa Shapiro at her Los Angeles apartment. The founder of One Joint With, started out her career as a fashion/beauty writer for the likes of Bustle, Glamour and The Sartorialist, and has since launched the aforementioned website. On One Joint With, Alyssa shares a joint (obviously) with some of the most interesting creators in the game. Our favourite was influencer Caroline Vreeland. Her apartment is bright and airy and shared with her dog Theo. It’s crammed with books and has touches of Maison Louis Marie candles and Manolo Blahnik slides casually in the corner. We felt like we were home.
How do you start your day off?
I just got into the idea of trying to read poetry in bed before I move onto e-mails or start my day. So I’ve been trying to read even a couple lines just to get my mind clear.
What’s going on in the background when you are getting ready?
I play music sometimes, and sometimes, because there’s always music at my office, I listen to the birds.
You never leave home without…
A giant water bottle. I also try to bring a book with me and I always have my recorder with me in case I have an interview. If I’m carrying a big bag, then I’ll bring my Polaroid with me.
What are your closet essentials?
Vintage denim for sure. I wear my Chanel flats to death, so I buy a new pair once every 10 years.
What is your biggest fashion regret?
Not experimenting more when I lived in New York. I wore a lot of black, which suited my personality and aesthetic at the time, but it’s so much fun to dress in New York. I wish I got a little more out there.
You always splurge on, and you always save on…
I spend a fortune on books. I save on clothes. I try to buy a lot of my clothes on consignment or vintage. I love looking for good designer pieces that I know will last me. I don’t believe in fast fashion and I don’t want to spend money on new production, if I can avoid it.
What is one piece of clothing you wish you could steal from your 16 year old self?
I was a little younger than 16, but I want those Delia’s dresses and t-shirts.
What inspires your style most?
I like to feel like myself in my clothes, so I tend to wear pieces that are simple, but have great fabric. To be able to live in my clothes and feel like myself and not have my clothes speak for me is important.
Your #1 style tip is…
When you are dressed right, people should be looking at your face and not your clothes.
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