FRIENDS OF BRIE LEON - NERIDAH TWIST
In Conversation with Creative, Neridah Twist
Above: Bonita Bead Necklace & Frida Choker
Describe what you do for a living? What does a typical day look like for you?
I guess technically I am a creative consultant/ stylist but I don’t really like to limit myself to just those roles. I work primarily for Hirshleifers, it’s 100+ year old specialty store here in New York and I do everything from styling to going on buying trips, to social media and everything in between. In my spare time I do freelance styling and creative work and I’m also working on my own project right now which has been taking up most of my free time! My days always start with me making a smoothie and walking to get coffee, the work day varies day-to-day but I always end my night with a long walk. Being from Australia and living in a city I crave nature so I usually walk to the river on the west side highway. It’s not the Bondi to Bronte walk but I’ll take it!
Above: Bonita Bead Necklace, Frida Choker & 925 Lila Pearl Pendant
Favourite NYC restaurant?
My favourite restaurant in New York used to be Flora Bar on the Upper East Side. It was one of Ignacio Mattos' restaurants and it was inside the Met Breuer. The food was insane and the mix of people was always super eclectic. It sadly closed last year during the lockdowns. Via Carrota which has always been a close second would be my new #1. It’s a really delicious Italian restaurant in the West Village. Impossible to get a res though.
Above: The Everyday Slouch Bucket Bag
What’s your favourite Brie Leon piece for NYC Summer?
I am obsessed with the Bonita bead necklace in chocolate. I love chocolate brown at the moment, it’s so rich feeling and I’ve been wearing it nonstop this summer. The Everyday Slouch bucket bag in croc has also changed my life. I used to always carry tote bags I’d picked up from stores and never really used a proper grown up work bag so I feel very put together whenever I commute with it.
What are you reading, listening to and watching at the moment?
I kind of hate to admit it but I'm a huge HGTV enthusiast. I love watching renovation shows and it’s pretty much all my boyfriend and I watch at the moment.
I’m re-reading a book called Any Ordinary Day, it’s by an Australian journalist and she interviews people who have been in the public eye during huge life traumas they’ve faced during their life and how they’ve navigated through them. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It really grounds me. I read it first when I was diagnosed with Cancer in 2019 and it really set the tone for how I got through my journey and my life after that. The people she interviews truly have gone through hell and are so graceful and strong. It’s incredible.
I was recently in LA and hiking past a huge house in one of the canyons and it was blasting old Bryson Tiller and Jeremih so that’s all I’ve been listening to since.
Above: Bonita Bead Necklace in Chocolate
What inspired your creative style?
The Australian lifestyle. I think the way I dress and even how I work is hugely inspired by how I grew up and that slower way of life. It’s crazy because I live in New York now, which is such a busy, energetic place to live but I really gravitate towards a beachy, laid back lifestyle in how I dress and how I style. Case in point: I always feel like bare feet look the best when I style and I can still remember my mum always yelling at my siblings and I to put shoes on when we were going anywhere growing up. I love being barefoot and I love dressing myself in Summer. I’ve lived in New York for 5 years now and I’m still trying to work out how to dress during the Winter. Not sure I ever will.
Thank you Neridah! @neridahtwist