Wicked Musical West End LondonI’ve been listening to one CD for seven years, and last night my man friend took me to see it live. Holy emerald smoke, guys. Wicked is amazing.

For the ones who are unaware, the musical is based on “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire; a parallel novel published in 1995. The book is a revisionist look at the land and characters of Oz, best known from L. Frank Baum‘s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” – the one that made us all lust after sequined red heels.Wicked Musical London

I am a musical junkie. I spent my high school years in show choir and musicals, can never leave the house without my Zune, and rate my movie tastes primarily on soundtrack. With that said, it is actually quite impossible to describe how emotional, entertaining and extraordinary this musical is. It’s hilarious and heart-breaking, making you feel helplessly invested in the munchkins, monkeys and madness of the Land of Oz .Wicked Musical London

Without giving too much away, I have to comment of the costumes and set-design. When you go, brace yourself for the eye candy also known as the Emerald City. It is like an explosion of green glamour. On the far left of the photo above (click to enlarge) you will find a resident of Oz dressed in the most intricate European chic costume you will ever see. Galinda slash Glinda also has many whimsical Chanel-like ensembles to add to your musical must-haves. The costume designer, Susan Hilferty, deserves thirty pairs of sequined stilettos.

Go see it if you’re anywhere between the ages of five and ninety-five. You won’t regret it.

Barclays Cycle Hire LondonConsidering I sometimes spend over £100 a month in travel, London’s newest travel scheme has me pedalling for joy. Paris got the Velib, Montreal got the Bixi and London got the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme (A+ for originality, guys).

As of today, for just £45 a YEAR (roughly 1/24th of my current costs) I now have access to over 6000 bikes across my beloved city. With this comes new Barclays-blue cycle lanes called “Barclays Cycle Superhighways”, two of which recently opened – with another ten to come before the Olympics – that give safe and direct routes from the city suburbs to the centre. The first 30 minutes are always free, with the fee rising from £1 after the first hour. Basically, as long as you dock your bike and then pick up a new one if you are riding for more than thirty minutes, you get incredibly cheap travel and fitness in one.

Hooray being able to put hundreds of your saved £ towards some new clothes, and having a healthier body to show them off.

P.S. Feel free to check out more London love at Smitten by Britain where I have guest-posted this week on the Carnaval del Pueblo!

Lula Magazine Spread With Cintia

Favorite Lula spread

Lula might be my favourite fashion magazine (though they kill it with music and art showcases as well). With an eternally retro feel combined with all of the most incredible and interesting talent of recent years, every issue is a visual delight. There is something almost friendly about the writing, styling, photography, and illustrations that are splattered across the 3lb-in-weight issues. It’s what every young girl dreams she finds to stick on her bedroom wall.

In celebration of their fifth birthday, Fiona Leahy designed a celebratory pop-up shop in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge that opens today! They’re giving away Chanel goodies with every purchase, and definitely giving you reasons to purchase with Erdem, Miu Miu, Rodarte, Sonia Rykiel and Charles Anastase exclusives.

Fourth Floor. 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ.

A white russian under the microscope. Amazing.

A white russian under the microscope. Amazing.

Since I was snacking on yogurt puffs I have been kind of obsessed with the Science Museum. Growing up in both London and various US states, every other museum I was fortunate enough to visit seemed to pale in comparison. Not giant dinosaurs, not infamous works of art, and not even wax figures of my idols could rival five floors that catered to my every love (life, psychology, the meaning of the world, blah blah blah).

After moving back to London six months ago, I came across a monthly event that would rule my world once a month: Science Museum Lates. An adults-only event, they present you with oodles to do that pertain to a different category month-by-month.  This month is you. Literally. It’s all interactive with plenty to participate in (ie. pub quiz, live actors, talent exhibit, silent discos and much, much more.)

To top it all off – it’s free. Click for more info.

See you Wednesday ;)