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Event Planner AJ Williams Hates Drama, Wishes It Were the 80s

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Welcome to Into It, where, we chat with Boston's movers, shakers, and candlestick makers (okay not really) about how style fits into their lives.


Photo by Eric Levin, courtesy of AJ Williams

What makes Boston great? It's the plethora of interesting people doing interesting things. Though not always falling in the fashion realm, we think they deserve some notice. Today, we're featuring AJ Williams. She is arguably the city's most stylish event planner, and her work speaks for itself. If you've ever been able to snag an invite to one of the legendary parties, you'll know the guest list reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry from national names like Bill Clinton, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, and Wyclef Jean, to local icons Linda Holliday and Bill Belichick. Here, she details her must-shop spots in Boston, her aversion to drama, and killer '80s style.—Heather C. White

1. Describe your style.
Fashionably conservative and elegant unless I am ready to play. Then add bold earrings, fab shoes and a short skirt. I don't believe in day and evening makeup. I love lots of color on the eyes at anytime.

2. How does work influence your style?
My style actually influences my work. Like my style, I like to add conversational elements into my design.

3. Favorite places to shop in Boston?
Intermix, Cotelac, Neiman's for earrings, the Barneys shoe department and Saks.

4. Places you don't shop in Boston?
Anywhere I have to dig in a pile for clothes, sorry not my thing.

5. Describe Boston's fashion sense in three words.
Boring. Safe. Elegant.

6. What's the one thing you can't live without?
Music and dancing.

7. And the one you can't live with?
Negative drama. I love drama but the girly drama—no thanks—take it away, I want no part of that!

8. What is your biggest indulgence?
Showcase earrings and hazelnut praline.

9. If you could only exist in one moment in time, what would it be?
The 80s in NYC, when people were more adventurous and there were less peanut allergies and gluten free products.

10. And what would you be wearing?
Gosh, where to begin? So many styles in the 80s—well I guess black spandex and vibrant color. Extra large earrings with my big hairdo!
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