Thursday, 31 January 2013
Favourite Places-Vjera's LondonCategory: England, lifestyle & food, london, united kingdom, vjera vilicnik
And so...behold a new blog series "Favourite Places". *grin*
The person I'm featuring today is young fashion designer Vjera Vilicnik and her favourite place in London "Navarros" restaurant.
I first met Vjera on a photo shoot for the Croatian magazine "Gloria" and she blew me away both with her designs and her personality. And since this is first and foremost a fashion blog, I thought it fitting that a fashion designer is kickstarting my new blog series.
Vjera, please, introduce yourself:
This is a tough one...a 26 years old fashion designer based in London. I'm a girl, a girl in love. I am a happy person. I try to be a good student of life, I love dirty pink colour, I love rogalach, I enjoy wild life documentaries. I am just me...trying to dance when I'm dancing and work when I'm working.
Where do you live in London?
For a long time I was a resident of East London; and once you spend so much time in the East, the roots are hard to pull out. It is still where I feel the most excited and most at home at the same time.
London is changing daily and it is an unbelievable privilege to see how neighbourhoods evolve. Life took me to Central London now, where I can see ducks from my window and where I am discovering a new London "isle" of this wonderful and weird city...
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I wish there were many "me" so I could live out different scenarios.
One of me would live in the mountains, grow tomatoes and raise Coco the sheep as a pet...
One of me would move back home to Croatia and learn to bake and drive in the snow...
One of me would travel the world learning new languages and ancient history...
But to be honest, I am almost goofy happy with my life here in London, equally excited about now and about the future. Bring it on, life!
Earliest London memory?
I was visiting my sister who moved to London a few years before me and she walked me to Old St. tube station, explained how to get to the V&A museum and off I went-alone in London. I felt so proud and scared at the same time. And once I got to the V&A, I fell head over heels with the place.
Tell us about your favourite place in London?
One of them is Navarros, the Spanish tapas restaurant and the other one is Columbia Rd. flower market, magical at 5am when all the vendors start arriving and very poetic in the afternoon when the leftover flowers are being sold for pennies.
I went on a date there and the date turned into a love story...
I also love, love, love Spain and the Spanish language.
I would also like to buy all the furniture in the restaurant...hand painted chairs and tables and big colourful dishes. The restaurant itself is small and it feels authentic. The waitresses wear red flowers in their hair! Beautiful! ...oh!...and I never leave hungry. ;)
What's your favourite dish on their menu?
Pan con tomato. A simple dish, but a firework of flavours.
First Passover dinner in Tel Aviv, Sunday breakfast at my Grandma's and "Chez Ilan" aka our kitchen at home...
Any advice for the visitors to London?
Patience and...save sleeping for the flight back home. ;)
At the moment you are...?
Answering these questions, thinking about dinner, embellishing a belt, calculating fabric usage for the new maxi, questioning my decision to go for the lime green lace...kaboom!!! That's how it feels like inside my soul most of the time.
There you have it. I hope you like the new series. Please let me know either way. I would love to hear some feedback and suggestions on this.
Vjera is wearing: Vjera Vilicnik
Photos were done by me and the delicious food (seriously) by Navarros. :D