Alyssa Julya Smith Talks About Her Must-Have Holiday Accessory, Dream Vacay and the BEST Things About Being a Model

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Do models get to keep all the clothes after a fashion shoot? Can an Alexander Wang bag save an entire outfit? Would Balmain design the perfect Christmas tree? Los Angeles-based model and actress Alyssa Julya Smith gives answers to all these burning hot questions, and offers some solid fashion advice for this Christmas Special Q&A.

Hi Alyssa, Christmas is here! Do you have an ‘it’ fashion item that you are planning to wear for this year’s holidays?

My new druzy geode and gold-plated earrings by Heather Hawkins.

What has been the best present you have received? And the one you would rather forget about? 

The best present I received was my dog back in 2006! Now that is the gift that keeps on giving!

Growing up, the worst presents always came from my older brother, Blake. He would take things I already owned, wrap them and put them under the tree as a prank. But I guess that’s what brothers are for!

What would be your dream holiday destination? Would you prefer Santa’s village or someplace warm and sunny?  

Maui! I would choose the beach over the snow any day. Mele Kalikimaka!

Which film puts you in the spirit of Christmas?

The Christmas Story.

What are your favourite tunes for the festive season?

“Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon, “Blue Christmas” by Elvis and “Last Christmas” by Wham!

What is the one thing that you can’t have enough of during Christmas? On the contrary, what is the one thing that you absolutely can’t stand anymore? 

I can’t have enough eggnog, hot toddies and gingerbread. I can’t stand the Chipmunk Christmas song or the crowds.

Dolce & Gabbana were the designers behind the famous Claridge’s Christmas tree in London. Who would you choose to design it and why?

When I was in London two Christmases ago, one of my favorite designers, Lanvin, had designed the Claridge’s tree. It was spectacular. But if I had to choose someone new to design the tree, it would be Balmain. The glitz and glitter of their designs would translate perfectly for the holiday season.

What type of Christmas tree would you be?

I would be a classic Douglas fir decorated with pinecones, blue jays and poinsettias. Simple and traditional.

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