True to You

In April 2019, Polish, Stuff by Raleigh MagazineLeave a Comment

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Alysha Totemwongs has spent the last decade as a sales and marketing executive for aesthetic and medical devices. In her job, she supports innovative technologies and believes in helping patients increase their confidence and self-esteem through plastic and reconstructive surgery. A UC Irvine and Duke alum, Totemwongs is passionate about supporting the greater community of women, entrepreneurs, arts and local businesses. Catch her at Midtown Yoga, FlowCorps or FlyWheel, or spending time with her fiancé, Tyler, and goldendoodle puppy, Leo. 

Hometown: I grew up in a small town in Orange County, California. Fullerton to be exact. Five minutes to Disneyland, 15 minutes to the beach and always sunny. 

Your neighborhood: I’ve always dreamt of renovating a ranch and was able to do so a few years ago in Longview Gardens. I love the feeling of being close to downtown—I’m about 1 mile away—but not in the hustle and bustle of everything.

What you love most about Raleigh: The people. It’s a
vibrant and growing community of responsible businesses, new restaurants and arts, woven together by people who are supportive and offer respect for culture and diverse ideas. Lucky to be a part of this unique social fabric that is Raleigh.

Currently reading: Oh, I love books! Currently I’m reading “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou and “The Source of Self Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations” by Toni Morrison. 

Currently listening to: The goop Podcast, Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, How I Built This with Guy Raz.

Style mantra: Stay true to you. Your personal style is just that: personal. It’s your identity and a form of self-expression, so it’s important to maintain that sense of self. Get inspired from influencers and the like but remember to be yourself. Your own interpretation is what makes “personal” style real, relatable, but also admirable.

Favorite clothing labels: I love mixing high-low—Balenciaga, Ganni, Shrimps, Ulla Johnson, Reformation, Zara, Target. I’m in athleisure a good bit so shout-out to Lululemon for getting me through my days. 

Flats vs. Heels: Flats Heels. I’m a fan of this. Also, I’ve been living in mules and sneakers so you could say I’m heavy leaning flats. 

Local go-to shop: Father and Son for vintage, Edge of Urge for quirky and eclectic finds and Vermillion for when I’m feeling fancy. I love supporting local businesses when I can. 

Last great lunch: Happy + Hale. 

Go-to piece: The white button down. In cotton or silk, tailored or relaxed, balloon sleeved or boxed, etc. My favorite one is the old Versace I stole from my dad. It’s such a versatile and classic piece to dress up or down. Invest in a good one
(or seven). 

Favorite bling: My engagement ring from my dearest betrothed.

Travel dream: Japan. It’s a country steeped in tradition and culture, not to mention the Harajuku fashion scene is next-level. I’ve visited before but it would be such a different experience today.

How you stay fit: Yoga, pilates, running, cycling and boxing. I travel a lot for work so I’ll try to get in, at minimum, any variation of those three during the week.  

Favorite drink: An Old Fashioned

Style secret: Opposites attract. I love mixing masculine and feminine pieces—a vintage tee and a ruffle skirt, a silk top and boxy blazer, a slip dress and combat boots. You’d be surprised what you can find in the men’s section! I think I’m more daring now and not afraid to mix expensive with street wear and play around with styles and gender more than ever before. 

Moment/event in your life that inspired your style: My parents made me work for every dollar growing up. I remember begging my dad to take me thrifting on Melrose Avenue in LA to stretch my allowance. It forced me to be more creative with less and not give in to trends. I’d say that my personal style evolution has been gradual. It’s the sum of where I’ve lived, where I’ve traveled, what I’ve seen and who I spend time with—it’s layered, just like me. 

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