No guts, no glory − Alexis Benefield’s favorite motto aptly sums up her belief in fashion. It was a laid back Sunday evening in San Francisco; everyone on the street was dressed in shorts and baggy t-shirts under the melting heat. That was when I saw Benefield carrying a chalkboard menu and went into Trou Normand Bar and Restaurant. Her clothing style caught my eye in an instant; I quickly followed her inside the bar. The charming lady was kind enough to stop and share her story.
Q: Hi, I am Marisa from Academy of Art University. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Would you mind telling more about yourself?
A: Sure, I am Alexis Benefield. This year I am turning 24 and I work here at Trou Normand as a hostess.
Q: It is a really nice bar here I should say. Do you work here full time?
A: I am working five days a week. But I also go to FIDM, it’s the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Union Square. It is two-year program and I am there doing visual communication.
Q: So you are a student as well, that is really cool. Where are you from originally? Do you live in this city?
A: I am from San Francisco. I did live in the city but I just moved to Oakland. I am commuting at this moment.
Q: What do you think is the best thing to do in this city on the weekend?
A: The Dolores Park or the Biergarten. There is a beer garden on Octavia – the area is nice outside and you drink beers. It’s definitely a good way to spend time when the weather is good like today.
Q: I saw you from outside earlier and I love your outfit! Tell me about what you are wearing today.
A: Oh, thank you. I am wearing high waisted black pants with black sheer crop top – both are from H&M. This necklace is from the Philippines and it is made out of can tabs.
Q: It is very unique; I just noticed the tabs after you mentioned it.
A: Yea, I got the necklace when I went there (Philippines) for my brother’s wedding. I am half Filipino so he is my half brother.
Q: You have a very cool tattoo on your arm. Does it have meaning?
A: It is a beetle. In ancient Egypt the Scarab beetle was the symbol of life, so yea [sic] I got that when I studied Art history in junior college.
Q: How will you describe your personal style?
A: My style is casual, comfortable and I like patterns. I am not wearing any except for these shoes but I like patterns. I am petite; I am short so I always look for clothes that compliment my figure. Smaller women have different style you know, like these long pants, they fits my body and make me look taller.
Q: What is your signature look?
A: Probably my hair, it is very short on the side and I gel up [sic] the middle.
Q: Who is your icon that inspires your fashion choice? Is there anyone that you look up to?
A: Demi Lovato, she does have unique hair [sic]. Indie Arie as well, her taste is unique and I love her music.
Q: Do you have favorite fashion designer? Do you have particular brand or store that you like?
A: Not really, no. A lot of stuff that I like I can’t afford, like the All Saints. I do a lot of shopping at Buffalo Exchange; it’s like a thrift store.
Q: What is the most favorite piece of clothing or accessory that you have?
A: It’s my heels. They are from Forever 21, black with pump heels and silver buckles.
Q: Please name a thing that you think every girl must have in her closet?
A: Boyfriend’s jeans.
Q: That is a good answer. If everything has to be in one color, what would it be?
A: Black, of course.
Q: What is your morning routine to dress up before you go out from the house?
A: I think about what I’m gonna [sic] wear the night before when I’m lying in bed. I wake up, I take shower, I put on my clothes and then I do my make up and I also do my hair. It will take like an hour for me to get ready in the morning.
Q: My last question. Can you pick one movie genre that describes your life right now?
A: If I have to pick a movie genre, it would be romantic comedy. My girlfriend and I, we are like crazy in love at this moment.