Appearances can be deceiving, particularly when it comes to this week’s
Instagram style star Kayley France (www.instagram.com/kayleyfrance). The 23-year-old Allston receptionist and cigar model (I’ll explain that shortly) has a closet full of black clothes, but a sunny attitude. She has a knack for sniffing out deals at the Closet and Oonas, but also has a taste for luxury designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Wang, Prada, Miu Miu, Helmut Lang, Louis Vuitton, and Ferragamo. Though she spends her days in the office in pencil skirts and tweedy blazers, she can be found around town occasionally sporting a bouffant and checking out new music.
Q. At my age, which is a mature 29, please educate me on what the kids are listening to these days. A woman who wears a bouffant always has good taste, in my book.
A. I consider my taste in music to be pretty eclectic. Some of my all-time favorites include the XX, Horse the Band, Fever Ray, La Dispute, Dipset, the Fugees, Simon & Garfunkel, and Beenie Man. I’ve also been on a huge R&B kick this summer. I’m constantly on the hunt for good local music. Slothrust, a three-piece from Brooklyn, N.Y., are one of the better bands to come around recently.
Q. You work as a promotional model for a cigar company. Three very important questions: How on earth did you end up doing this? What does a promotional model do? Do you smoke cigars?
A. I have been interested in promo work for a while, but was apprehensive because of the stigma that usually comes along with it. Gina Cigar upholds a certain level of professionalism. I do, of course, enjoy the occasional smoke. Especially on the job.
Q. Aside from Prosecco, one of my favorite things is hearing embarrassing stories about high school wardrobe disasters. Can you fill me in on one of your worst moments?
A. I was adamant about wearing heels every day, even though I always looked ridiculously out of place. One morning I broke the heel straight off my shoe and was sent home to change. Walking down to the main office with uneven shoes is the epitome of my high school career.
Q. Your best Salvation Army find of all time?
A. A vintage Cartier wallet that I found mixed in a bucket of men’s ties. The cashier only charged me $2.50 for it.
Q. Fill in the blank. If I could only shop at one thrift store in Boston, it would be . . .
A. I seem to have great luck at the Garment District. The trick is finding out what day they put new stock on the floor. Plenty of treasures to be found upstairs, but prepare to dig for a good find. Just stay far away during Halloween.
Q. It’s 10 p.m. on a Saturday: Where are you and what are you wearing?
Q. Where do you find your receptionist power suits?
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