Alyssa: Is your style similar to Payson Keeler? Are you influenced by your character's fashion on the show at all?
Ayla: Payson wears a lot of jeans and tshirts. It's a casual fresh elegance about her. I generally prefer to wear skirts more, but I do love the idea of not-trying-cute. Something about it looking like you just threw it together and creating the idea that you look that put together everyday...even if you lived in your sweatpants the day before.
Alyssa: Because you spend your life in the public eye, you are constantly under scrutiny: how would you advise other women to deal with judgement of others?
Ayla: Absolutely. It's a hard row whenever you have to deal with judgement from anybody, whether it's in the work place or your social life- girls can be vicious. Whenever I hear anything like that, I always try to focus on something about myself that I do like. Like you can say my legs are too big (which it's just muscle), I just think about how much I work on my waistline and how I feel confident when I put a belt on. Forget what other people have to say, we all have our problems. Healthy is happy- therefore I'm happy!
A: What's your ultimate must have in fashion?
Ayla: My must have fashion item is a good pencil skirt. It's something you can dress up or down depending how your feeling. A band shirt and a blazer, or a nice blouse and a leather jacket, or even a flannel and a sweater... so multi functional.
Ayla: I love to shop vintage and flea markets then invest in taking them to a seamstress and get them to fit like a brand new piece. It's nice to have something new to mix and match with your vintage pieces. I do love to shop at Ruche and ModCloth onilne, and finding small local boutiques to buy interesting stuff.
A: What are some of your beauty must haves?
Ayla: I love to have accessories for my hair to match in my lip color or my shoe color. I'm big on a natural made up look. Using a natural pinky blush, with a nude to brown/slight purple tinted shadow (helps bring the green out in my eyes), a light brown eyeliner, and natural looking mascara and I'm done. Not too much fuss, not too made up, but still done.
A: Any fashion faux pas from your past that you'd like to share with my readers?
Ayla: I've always dressed kinda out there with my love for vintage...that's more a question for my mom than me. She probably has a hit list of my sweaters and dresses that went "missing" through out the years. Who does she think she is? Calling my clothes "grandma muu muus". But I've gotten better...
A: Any celebrities style you admire or are inspired by?
Ayla: I adore Michelle William's style. Freida Pinto also had a wonderful unique style. I just like when it looks like they are being true to themselves and wearing something that looks refined while still having an element of surprise.
A: Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for my blog Le Petit Monde Ayla!