How beautiful does our RUBY Casa Blanca Dress look in the latest Cleo Magazine?
I currently live in London and right now I'm involved in a fashion start-up called Days & Days as well as working for Dazed & Confused and AnOther magazine , which is great and would also thrill my Wanganui-based, 14year old self. I moved to London, from Auckland, about two years ago and I love that you can do really whatever you want here. There are so many options for work and fun, it's ridiculous. The downside being that I'd never really experienced true F.O.M.O until I lived here. The city is really just a collection of villages and each area is quite unique. I've spent most of my time living in Dalston, but I'm just about to move and looking forward to finding what my new neighbourhood has to offer.
Viva! is a small and cozy restaurant, in Dalston, serving tapas and classic Mexican bebidas. Relaxed, super cheap and the best Mexican I've found in London. It has a 90's vibe in the original sense and there's a 99% chance Sublime will be part of the soundtrack to your visit.
London is old. Like, insanely old, and it's easy to romanticise, especially walking through the old Victorian streets around Arnold Circus. It used to be the site of London's most notorious slum, then cleared for social housing, and it's now the location of some great cafes. Including my favourite Rochelle Canteen which is housed in the former bike shed of a Victorian school.
Finding a decent haircut in London is notoriously difficult, so it was a huge relief to my wallet and everyone who has to look at me, to find Glasshouse. It's owned by the super talented Olivia Crighton and located in a beautiful space designed by fellow Victoria University graduates, Lauren Van Uden & Tim Rundle.
The Barbican Estate
Some people might use the words 'hideous monstrosity' to describe the Barbican, but I love it. I love it's grey brutalist architecture and how you can see its completely overbearing towers from almost anywhere in the city. It's worth a visit in both summer & winter and if you venture into its heart there is some amazing landscape design and always somewhere quiet to escape to.
We spent a lively, five hour, eight course Christmas meal here last year and it was amazing. It's hidden away down a desolate East end street but inside it's a cool hangout complete with cheery decorations by local fashion designer Louise Gray.
You don't come to London for the weather. But when the sun comes out, Londoners try and deal the best they can. This usually means wearing a bikini in a public park (I'm not joking). A nicer option is to head to the swimming ponds at Hampstead Heath.
There are a ton of amazing galleries and exhibitions in London, but one of the best (purely for people-watching) is the Frieze Art Fair. Held in a huge white tent in Regent's Park and hosting booths from galleries all over the world, I swear there were more jackets draped over shoulders here than at Fashion Week.
The Prince George
I love a specially crafted cocktail in a white-tiled, lampshade-free environment as much as the next guy, but London is the land of the pub. There are a lack of good bars and everyone needs to have a local to fill the hours before clubs are any good at around 3am. Mine is The Prince George. It's horribly lit, with an old jukebox as the only form of music and smells of 30 year-old tobacco. This is England.
I haven't really been taken with the shopping in London but Goodhood is a jewel amongst all of the High St chains, of which there are an abundance. Beautifully styled product and a casual atmosphere with lovely staff. They throw great parties and even stock a few Australasian designers.
There are so many landmarks and architectural wonders in London but all of them are are 4 billion times better covered in snow. Nothing shouts foreigner like making a snow angel, but I love it. Mulled wine and then walking home from a night out because all the public transport has stopped. Thoroughly uncool but amazing.