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Camila Alves McConaughey may be a famous person, but she still appreciates a bargain every now and then. The super-sweet Brazilian model, who has three children with husband and actor Matthew McConaughey, is the brand ambassador for Macy's I.N.C. International Concepts and was in LA from Austin this week to talk about the line. We caught up with the brunette beauty to find out about her go-to LA spots, her favorite fashion career moment and the styles she's feeling right now.
You spent some time in LA before you made it big as a model. Where do you like to go when you're back in the city?
"I was in the South Bay area—Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach. Now we live in Malibu but when we come back I still like to go down there. They still have my favorite Goodwill and Salvation Army. And this is going to sound funny, but they have the best 99 cent store there. They have nice stuff, seriously. My favorite Mexican restaurant is in Hermosa Beach. I worked there and gosh, I can't remember the name right now because I have baby brain. [ed note: Maybe it's this spot?]."
How did you get started with Macy's?
"This is my second year being the brand ambassador for them. They approached me and wanted to have a meeting with me and I needed to go to New York to have the meeting. And I said, you know what, if we are going to get into this, it is going to be a lot of your time and a lot of my time. I said, why don't you come to our home in Austin? That's the best way to see who I am, to come to my home. And they came down, we had a very long meeting and afterwards, I got to cook for them. I knew right then that it was a great fit for me.
If women hear that something is good [from me] it's because I did try it, I did test it. It's not just because of money, I really take my time with these things. And when I learned that they cover all bases, that they go from plus-size to petite, and it's very affordable, the quality is great, and they really include everybody with this brand [I was sold]. That's my kind of philosophy."
People seem to really care about what women in the public eye wear during their pregnancies. What did you find the most flattering?
"Every pregnancy is different. With my first pregnancy, I was very bohemian, lots of flowy dresses and jewelry. With my last pregnancy, I could not put a flowy dress on. It made me look twice as big as I was. I tried an I.N.C. dress, a bandage dress, and it worked better. For me, that was a go-to. They're not Hervé Léger, they're actually very stretchy and very comfortable. Find one silhouette that works for you and stick with it."
What trends are you liking for spring?
"Well, peplums for one. And it's spring, it's time to start wearing color. Blues, and in the collection you see a lot of coral. I have a yellow leather peplum top that is beautiful. I love eyelet lace."
How would you describe your style?
"I'm trying to have fun right now. Bohemian and chic and sophisticated."
What was one of your favorite fashion moments?
"Well, I had this experience in Paris. We flew into Paris, Matthew and I, for an event with Dolce & Gabbana. We get there and my suitcase is lost. We had all these commitments and the people from Dolce & Gabbana took me to their store and let me pick out what I wanted, from sunglasses to shoes to outfits. And I was like, can I just lose my suitcase every time I fly? It was very, very special and kind of them. I'm a big fan of theirs, they are great. That was a nice moment for me."