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Lucky Listens: Alisa Xayalith of The Naked and Famous

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New Zealand electro-rockers The Naked and Famous have held a permanent spot on our most-listened playlist all year long. After laying down one of the best tracks of 2010 with "Young Blood"—check out the tune's equally cool video below—they followed up the single's release with an all-around strong album, Passive Me, Aggressive You.

Stunning brunette Alisa Xayalith is one of the indie outfit's lead vocalists, and in between penning lyrics and dancing up a storm onstage, she's made bold floral prints and slick leather separates her style signature. A minimalist at heart, she also knows you don't have to spend a fortune to build a great wardrobe. We recently got a chance to chat with Alisa about her fashion tastes, travel must-haves and fuss-free beauty routine. Click through the slideshow to read more and to shop some Alisa-approved finds.


You spend so much of your time on the road these days. With such limited suitcase space, what's your packing strategy?

I don't even know how I manage to do it myself. I've always been good at traveling and packing the minimal amount of my belongings—and I've made it easier on myself by sticking mainly to pieces in black and white. When it comes to stumbling upon more clothes I love, I just say, "If it fits in the case, it's coming with me!"


What items do you always take along when your touring?

Black boots, a leather jacket, oversized shirts, my favorite mohair cardigan and a good pair of black jeans are my essentials.


We know you're a sucker for a good pair of Docs. How did you first get into them?

David, our bass player, has worn Doc Martens for as long as I've known him and inspired me to try them out. I bought my first pair in London and wore them to death at the beginning of the year—and as soon as they died, I picked up a new pair. The only problem is that they take up a lot of suitcase space! So my rule is that I can only buy one pair at a time.


Your hair always looks amazing. Any styling tips or tricks you can share?

Ha—thank you! You know, having long hair is so low-maintenance. It may sound terrible, but I really don't do much with it. I like rolling out of bed and running my fingers through it—that's it. I can't live without dry shampoo, though. Bumble and Bumble does a great one.


How would you describe your personal style in a single sentence?

Keep it simple, stupid!


Can you let us in on a few of your favorite stores and shopping sites?

I like browsing at Acne, ASOS, and Nasty Gal.

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