From must-try miznon to up-and-coming fashion brand Aeliza to irresistible jewelry maker July Child, here are the Wonderland team’s current obsessions.
Liv – online editor
CENTER: @accidentalinfluencer and @double3xposure
As someone completely disinterested in cooking/cutting and food in general, I’m always up for a restaurant. Run by Israeli chef Eyal Shanai, Miznon specializes in overflowing, Tel Aviv-inspired pitas and hectic vibes. I visited the Paris branch a few months ago and despite the same no-frills approach, the new Notting Hill branch was a tranquil experience by comparison – the chorus of garbled shouts and French accents was noticeably absent from the streets of West London.
The menu is a bit stressful — printed in comic sans and riddled with jokes — but the food is that magical combination of things — fast, tasty, and affordable. Particular highlights include the whole roasted cauliflower (a signature thing seen all over Instagram) and whatever magical concoction was in the fried banana caramel bowl of goodness. A special shout out must also go to the chicken pita. Was it tahini? Was it tzatziki? I have no idea, but it certainly beat the wilting zucchini and soup box waiting in my fridge.
LOVING: Seung Jin Yang
To further fuel my current obsession with indoors, Instagram Explore recently served up a dose of tactile bubblegum pink perfection in the form of Seungjin Yang’s balloon chair. The Seoul-based artist specializes in sculptural seating that really scratches that Barbie girl itch in my brain and pulls me back into a state of childish wonder. While I’d love to have one in each color, it’s the Peptobismal Pink iteration that really caught my eye. A girl can dream…
FOLLOWING: @acidentalinfluencer and @double3xposure
Two Atlanta twins, Molly and Reese, post the perfect trifecta of fashion, food and interiors. There’s plenty of mid-length skirts and mid-century furniture paired with a dissociative pout, and I seem to save every single one of her posts. Aside from being influencers (coincidental or not), they recently walked Gucci’s twins extravaganza and seem to be sporting chic outfits, taking photos with Margiela bags and eating perfectly fried eggs by the day. Sign me up.
MITTE: My year of rest and relaxation
WEAR AND TEAR: Aeliza
This week I’m spotlighting the latest collection from fashion brand Aeliza, whose latest mission statement encourages us to ‘think more’. With front-facing logos and individual-centric campaigns, Aeliza creates long-lasting pieces that encourage us to wear our individuality on our chests. With the encouragement of owning clothing that creates a personal connection to you, the pieces are guaranteed to be kept for a long time and worn again and again. I just got my hands on a black hoodie and I know it’s going to be in my regular rotation for a while.
TO READ: My year of rest and relaxation
If you’re looking for a book to get you out of a reading slump, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Set in 2000 New York City, the unnamed protagonist devotes a year to sleeping through her life, and I just finished the entire book in just two days.
USE: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes! mascara
A wonderland love wouldn’t be complete without a grail beauty product. I can’t leave without screaming the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! brown mascara if you want to change up your beauty routine.
Andrew – Editor of Man About Town
Wear and tear: ATIKA vintage
Living near Brick Lane means escaping the charms of a vintage purchase or two is a daily struggle for my soul. However, few shops in this vintage mecca draw me in like ATIKA. The 6,000-square-foot, five-room, two-story store is a playground for anyone looking to fill a hole in their wardrobe with a vintage must-have I’ve recently succumbed to to ease those pesky January blues. I grabbed a pair of classic black combat trousers and a classic Sergio Tacchini t-shirt, both already worn to the office as the week unraveled. Luckily, my vintage cravings are adequately satisfied, although I might not be able to resist the temptation to return to ATIKA on Sunday afternoon.
Listen: Celebrity Memoir Book Club
We live in a podcast-saturated society in 2023, and sifting through the endless mediocre options can be grueling. As a result, very few make it into my regular audio rotation. However, the sound of New York comedians Claire Parker and Ashley Hamilton aka Celebrity Memoir Bookclub has become an integral part of my listening habits, with their witty, incisive discussion of all things celebrity memoir-related now a natural accompaniment to my evenings relaxation routine. all off The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Garcelle Beauvais, island of love‘s Molly-Mae and acting titan Will Smith have had their written works scrutinized by Parker and Hamilton, and their opinions are never lacking.
Izzy – Producer
WEAR AND TEAR: July child
I love wearing fun jewelry to spice up an outfit. My July Child rings go with almost every outfit I wear. I always scroll through their New In pages to see their latest designs and I’m never disappointed.
USE: Rose Inc blushes
I feel like nobody talks enough about Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s beauty brand, Rose Inc. I bought one of her blushes on the recommendation of a makeup artist and it’s just amazing. It gives my skin such a beautiful natural glow which is essential to looking less like a corpse during the winter months.
VISIT: Saatchi Gallery
I was recently at the Saatchi Gallery for their latest exhibition, The New Black Vanguard, which features some of the most amazing contemporary black fashion photographers. The photography is incredible ranging from high fashion to family portraits and it was so refreshing to see such young creatives being celebrated. Something to see!
Ema – Editorial Assistant
Scroll: Lara Violetta
I always find new cool girls to obsess over and a mainstay of my obsession has been Lara Violetta. She conveys her ultra-chic style via YouTube as well as her impeccable Instagram feed, delivering look after look. Her YouTube videos chronicle her envious Parisian life, flitting from exhibitions to fancy dinners in the dreamiest of designer suits. One ensemble of hers I’ve stumbled across recently consists of crushed silver tabi boots and a fluffy Margiela bag. I’m no criminal, but Lara Violetta is definitely on my heist list.
Consumption: Nymphet Alumni
The Nymphet Alumni Podcast is a real podcast for those who are always online. But that’s exactly why I can’t help but put my headphones on as soon as I see a new episode comes out. Fusing fashion and the internet – two of my favorite domains – Nymphet Alumni Girls unveil trends like “Blokette” and “Russian Bimbocore” through the lens of cultural criticism. I really enjoy thinking about all these microtrends in a more academic way, but maybe that’s just because I want to put my art degree to good use.
Listen: The Cranberries – Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t we?
The Cranberries album from 1993 Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t we? was an instant classic when it was released, and this week I listened to it like there was no tomorrow. The other day I came across a TikTok — which is my frame of reference for most things — that explored the vocal technique used by lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. It is called “keening” – a loud lament for the dead in the Gaelic-Celtic tradition. I’ve always found tunes like “Linger” and “Sunday” to be searingly melancholic – and this information opened my eyes to why. spray it!