Meet Alyssa Beltempo, the stylish voice behind www.msbeltempo.com. This Ottawa-based stylist is one that I have been following for a long time. One of the top bloggers in my city, Ms. Beltempo’s style is beyond compare. Every time I see her, she looks like she was plucked straight from the streets of Paris. Basically, Alyssa is the girl who treasures a camel-coloured, high quality cashmere sweater that will be a lifetime classic while I’m the girl trying to figure out how to buy a $600 hot pink, faux fur coat that looks like a skinned Muppet.
She is both elegant and cool, incredibly friendly and you can tell after only a few minutes of talking with her that she applies her effortless chic to all parts of her life. Yeah – I basically want to be her.
Alyssa is currently in the midst of overhauling her blog to have a strong focus on sustainable and ethical fashion. She offers fashion survival tips on how to build a great capsule wardrobe, discusses how to style vintage, and how to freshen up classic pieces in order to wear them in new ways.
So, today, I’m taking the time to get to know what makes the fashionable Ms. Beltempo tick…
If you could spend three months anywhere, where would it be?
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Classic, sometimes with a twist!
What is your favourite cocktail?
Does a wine spritzer count?
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Put on my gym clothes.
What is your favourite dessert?
What’s one skill you wish you had?
How to code – or just not be completely inept with technology.
Do you have a nickname?
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
What one thing in your closet have you recently re-introduced to your wardrobe?
A thick black belt…I think they’re coming back…
If you could raid one woman’s closet, whose would it be?
Argh…it’s a toss up between Olivia Palermo or Emmanuelle Alt.
Who is your fashion icon?
What’s your kryptonite?
Nutella and vintage. Not necessarily together.
What’s your daily ritual?
Hmmm…it changes every day, but these are daily occurrences; some sort of work out, a cup of tea, some type of work, lots of unnecessary worry, then I cook dinner.
What styling tip is quintessentially “Ms. Beltempo”?
Rolling sleeves up…ideally to showcase something long-sleeved underneath.
What’s your secret talent?
I can sing…but I think some people might already know that.
What’s the best fashion secret you’ve ever learned?
…that confidence will make you more stylish than fashion ever will.
If you could wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jeans and a men’s button down, barefoot.
What are three things you always have in your bag?
My wallet, a pair of sunnies, and a tampon, or like, 10…because I worry.
What’s your favourite vacation spot?
Anywhere I haven’t been yet.
What country would you like to visit that you’ve never been to?