Coco Videla

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I think this picture says it all: this girl likes to have fun, she always has time for a laugh (and a friend) and is the bomb. She’s also Latin (by way of Venezuela) to her core – something I love in a lady (might be why little Beba is so dear to me). If you’re lucky you might meet her when you pop in: she’ll be the one with five tiny puppies trailing behind her. I told you she’s awesome.

Photo by John von Pamer

Favorite recipe?
I’m terrible with recipes (and instructions, and rules in general), but I do make a mean omelet with basically whatever’s in season.

Last great book you read?
50 Shades…

Summer drink of choice?
Oban is a favorite all year-round, but on a warm summer day nothing beats a Billecart-Salmon Rosé (perhaps while reading 50 Shades).

Your Animals-names and breeds?
My dog Kika got knocked up by a Venezuelan hottie on New Year’s Eve, and now I’ve got 5 little rascals running around my house: Pepe, Manolo, Lola, Jagger and Benicio. Puppies anyone?

Do you exercise? What do you do, if so?
I wander for hours- that counts, right? And I love dancing (alone, on the dance floor, in the gym, on the streets….anything goes).

Salty or sweet?
I ask myself this question every day.

Who inspires you and why?
Everything I needed to know about being a woman I learned from my grandmother’s red lipstick and the click of my mother’s heels.  One inspired me to embrace my femininity and rejoice in all things beautiful, and the other taught me that as long as I had brains in my head and feet in those heels I could get to wherever I wanted to go.

Pool or ocean?
A bubble bath, preferably overlooking the ocean.

Favorite city?
New York is my soul mate. Paris, my lover.

Last great vacation?
No matter where in the world I go, a great trip for me involves a road-trip, getting lost, meeting fabulous strangers, connecting with old friends, laughing lots and dancing plenty. Brownie points if I get to sing to Chavela Vargas (or any song, really) off the top of my lungs.

Favorite tv show?
Right now I’m loving “Girls” on HBO

Weirdest job you’ve ever had?
When I was an interpreter, many, many moons ago, every job was an adventure. Once I spent 3 days with a Spanish biologist dissecting sturgeons and learning the correct method of extracting caviar. Another time a radio station hired me to interview Mike Piazza and Rey Ordóñez in the old Shea Stadium…what I didn’t realize is that the interview would take place inside the men’s locker room, while the players were getting changed. Priceless.

Favorite restaurant?
L’Artusi on W10th. Crazy good.

Favorite object in your home?
My bright-pink chaise longue next to my old Simon Says.

Favorite piece of clothing?
A beautiful Mary Katrantzou dress. Just looking at it makes me happy.

Favorite blog or website?

Something you’re scared of?
Monsters under the bed.

Favorite record?
@50songsofgrey by Kerrilynn & John.  So sexy.

Favorite popsong?
Billy Idol’s Dancing with myself. Talk about dancing like no one’s watching!

Your Ideal day?
I think it was Charlie Chaplin that said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” He was onto something.

Favorite gift you’ve ever received?
I might be getting it this week. I hear every woman should have one.

Favorite flower?
The Flower of My Secret (a film by Pedro Almodovar).

Favorite scent (perfume)
My only scent, Jasmin 17

Astrological sign?

What do you do for a living?
I work in advertising with a bunch of mad men.

Where do you live?
West Village

Your lucky number?
I’m always doodling the number 8 so it must be lucky? Or extremely hypnotic.

What piece of art would you buy if you had ab
There’s a fantastic photograph of Rossy de Palma wearing a Louboutin stiletto on her head as a fascinator. That would be fun to look at every day.
Also, anything by Yoshitomo Nara.

What do you like most about yourself?
I laugh often and much…



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