LISA GREGUSSON: On my first day in Milan I had two castings after seeing the agency for the first time. The castings were far away (at least for a new girl!), and I got sooo lost. I literally walked in the wrong direction for 10 minutes before realizing, and when I asked for help, it seemed as nobody spoke English. Everything was a mess, I was so upset, and got to the castings very late. But the people at castings were very nice, and by the end of the day I was able to go to bed without being too upset about what kind of strange, unfamiliar and non-English-speaking-city I had gotten myself into.
It’s very smart to find the way to your destination on a map before leaving the house, don’t count on Italians to understand enough English to get your question.
Best gelato in Milan: ”Chocolate” in Via Boccaccio 9, close to Cadorna. Mmmmmm! And so nice with the free chocolate on the counter, it’s sooooo good.
Natura 8+ near Duomo has super good smoothies and juices. Not too expensive either.
“Normal coffee” (what non-Italians would call an espresso shot) at Jazz Café with lots of sugar is tasty even for me. And I don’t normally like coffee.
The yoghurts here in Italy are delicious. They have big pieces of fruit, and our fridge shows that all the girls in my apartment love them!
When it comes to getting around, I prefer walking. I only take the metro, bus or tram when it’s absolutely necessary, because I don’t mind walking 20-40 minutes to get to a casting (of course I don’t have the time to walk all the time, but when I canJ). My Nike Shox may make me look like a tourist, but I don’t care - they are essential!
For groceries I go to the supermarket near my apartment. Don’t know why, but I’ve always liked grocery shopping, and it was especially funny when I went with my roommate Neelia. It was her first time shopping alone (in a foreign country she says, I’m not sure if she’d ever been grocery shopping hahahaJ). The Italians must have thought we were crazy, running around looking for salt and oil and laughing and taking pictures.
My favorite Italian food is olive bread. The best olive bread in all of Milan (based on experience by at least three models) you’ll find in Via Lombardini. They’re long, thin, salty and with big olives – perfect!
I haven’t tried so many different cafés, mainly because I stock up on olive bread, apples and fill up my water bottle before I leave the apartment in the morning. But Jazz Café in Corso Sempione has a really good seafood salad called “Greta”.
My normal italian lunch is either olive bread, yoghurt, fruit, water (and i'm gonna start with the Jazz café macciato, because that's the one coffee in this world that i like (so far, that is!)). Or I have the Greta salad at jazz café, with lots of shrimps, crab sticks and tuna. mmmmm!
And also special stories take place near Duomo:
I wanted to try the Italian way of Happy Hour, which is: buy a drink, and eat as much as you like of their buffet. I was passing by a restaurant at Duomo and asked the waiter how much Happy Hour was. He turned to his elderly colleague, they discussed in Italian for a couple of minutes before turning to me and saying: ”too expensive, too expensive”.
Polaroid by Paul Rowland
CLUBBING IN MILAN
I’ve been out clubbing a couple of times, and think that Armani Privée is a nice place. Enough room for dancing, and always an available seat in the sofa if you’re tired.
Because of overweight luggage, I couldn’t bring any books. And Italian bookstores don’t really bother to have English books. So when my roommate Ewelina told me about La Feltrinelli Internationale close to Giardini Pubblici and I found “A Thousand Splendid Suns” I knew my stay here in Milan was saved. When I needed another book, my booker told me about a bookstore with English books in Via Marghera. So far these two stores are my favorite places to go shopping in Milan!
Milan City Guide with Fashion Model Lisa Gregusson is original work by Pony Ryder.
Via Amelia @ TFS / Modelwire
LONDON CITY GUIDE
Pinkie is with NEXT (Worldwide).
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PONY RYDER: Where do you hang out while you are in London?
PINKIE: I hang out with my friends. We are going to the museums or theater. Or we just stay home making some diner and watching movies. I'm a big fun of movies.
PONY RYDER: What movie would you recommend us to watch?
PINKIE: If you are happy or sad. If you are with friends or by yourself. If you watch any movie with Audrey Hepburn…. it will always make your day so much happier. My favorite ones are «My Fair Lady» and “Funny Face”.
PONY RYDER: So True! London again! Where is the best place to eat there?
PINKIE: GBK(gourmet burger kitchen). I did’t like burgers before. I tried veggie one(even though I’m not vegetarian)….and it’s so yummy!
PONY RYDER: And best place to have an “afternoon” tea?
PINKIE: No matter where u going to have your tea in London it's going to be good. English people know how to make tea you'll enjoy.
Via Amelia @ TFS / Modelwire
London City Guide with fashion model Pinkie is original work by Pony Ryder.
EMMA MACLAREN: New York
EMMA MACLAREN: Central Park, on a sunny day
EMMA MACLAREN: Starbucks
EMMA MACLAREN: New York’s subway – it is fast, easy to use and inexpensive.
PONY RYDER: Where do you get lost most often?
EMMA MACLAREN: Funnily enough, using New York’s subway! I sometimes get out via the wrong exit and then walk in the wrong direction. At least I get lots of exercise!
PONY RYDER: We hear that you are one of the nicest models in the industry! You can’t be nice all the time :) Do you ever get annoyed???SIRI TOLLEROD: hehe, I do..
PONY RYDER: How does that look like?SIRI TOLLEROD: I just count or sing inside or think of something else....
PONY RYDER: I mean: you Siri, are doing several shows each day! How do you rush from one show to another?SIRI TOLLEROD: I take taxis or subway, and I use my feet alot:)
PONY RYDER: Yes, but how do your organize your time during the busiest seasons?SIRI TOLLEROD: I take one thing at a time. I sometimes wish it was a few more hours to put in some more sleep, but nothing I can really do about that!
PONY RYDER: So is 24 hours enough?
SIRI TOLLEROD: hehe, So 24 hours simply needs to be enough..
PONY RYDER: Did you experience this 2009, the year of crisis, as well? Or the situation didn’t really affect you directly?SIRI TOLLEROD: The crisis hit almost everyone I suppose... I saw it mostly on budget cuts.
PONY RYDER: You did an editorial with Toni Garrn, shot by Karl Lagerfeld! Did you went to casting for that editorial or you where called directly?SIRI TOLLEROD: I didn´t go to casting, it was a direct booking.
PONY RYDER: Where was the shooting? The location looks a bit cold!SIRI TOLLEROD: We were in the north of Germany in a place called Rügen. It was last summer so it wasn´t cold as I remember... That is actually one of my favorite stories!
PONY RYDER: Yeah? As well as Toni's. How about your favorite cover?SIRI TOLLEROD: I really love my MUSE cover shot by Hans Feurer. I think it is really beautiful and calm, but still very interesting at the same time!
PONY RYDER: Who are you best friends in fashion anyway?SIRI TOLLEROD: Charlotte De Calypso, Kasia Stuss, Sheila Marquez, and Heloise Guerin.
PONY RYDER: Why?
SIRI TOLLEROD: They are all great girls:)
PONY RYDER: Hm.. :) From all of them, who would you say has the best style?SIRI TOLLEROD: Sheila Marqez
PONY RYDER: Where do you shop for your clothes? Still in H & M like you did when you where scouted?
SIRI TOLLEROD: Not anywhere particularly. I am more a person who buys it when I see it....
SIRI TOLLEROD: I have one pair by Acne that is really comfortable, and another one by Prada Sport.
PONY RYDER: What brand of eyewear do you like?
PONY RYDER: You have her music as a ring tone? What is your cell phone ring tone at the moment?SIRI TOLLEROD: haha it´s one of the tunes that were already on my blackberry!
SIRI TOLLEROD: I haven´t really been to alot of festivals, but the Quart festival is a great rock festival in my home town every summer, so I have had some nice experiences there:)
PONY RYDER: I was at the Royksopp gig this summer, and I really dig their music! How about you? What are your music choices?SIRI TOLLEROD: Röyksopp is great!!! I also love Michael Jackson, Annie Lennox, Mew, Muse etc. I like Rock music...
PONY RYDER: Really??? And what do you do to take care of the environment?SIRI TOLLEROD: I use my feet or a bike or public transortation. I recycle, do not leave water running, keep my lights off when i don´t need them, simple stuff, that we all can do!
PONY RYDER: What did you learn about beauty routine while modeling?SIRI TOLLEROD: I have always been good to take care of my skin, but after I started modeling I have become more concious about using sun block, and I never go to sleep without taking my make-up off and cleaning my face!
SIRI TOLLEROD: Dermalogica, Biotherm and Bliss are my favourites!
PONY RYDER: What brand of moisturizer do you use?SIRI TOLLEROD: Embryolisse or Dermalogica
PONY RYDER: Do you use under eye cream?
SIRI TOLLEROD: I do, and right now I am using Bliss
SIRI TOLLEROD: Chanel and/or Bioderma
PONY RYDER: What is in your makeup bag?SIRI TOLLEROD: Chanel or Clinique Mascara, consealer from Guerlain, lipbalm from Elisabeth Arden and Lancomé, Dior Pouder.
PONY RYDER: How do you stay in shape? What type of sport do you do?
SIRI TOLLEROD: I walk a lot. When I´m home I love to go hiking in the mountains and I go skiing in the winter.
PONY RYDER: What products do you use for nourishing your body?SIRI TOLLEROD: I love Biotherm body lotion!
PONY RYDER: How does your breakfast look like?
SIRI TOLLEROD: Greek Youghurt with müesli and cinnamon and honey, and an apple
PONY RYDER: Is there a place where you enjoy drinking your coffee while in New York?
SIRI TOLLEROD: For coffee I like MUD in the east Village. And I am a big tea drinker! I love my tea:)
PONY RYDER: Which restaurant is your favorite?SIRI TOLLEROD: Souen! The one on 13th street! :)
Interview with fashion model Siri Tollerod is original work by Pony Ryder.