As a fellow journalist, Kelly Talamas de Rilliet‘s name has popped up countless times over conversations. At the tender age of 34, Kelly’s resumé is utterly enviable — she’s the former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Mexico and is currently working on a soon-to-launch fashion app. Nowadays, she’s a freelance editor, influencer, creative director and bona fide bon vivant. I recently had the pleasure of spending two days with the fashion tour de force where I fell in love (#GirlCrush) with her bright eyes, warm nature, killer style and keen intellect. Naturally, I begged Kelly for an interview for you guys (because I’m nosey like that and you all just looooove my IT Girl posts) and she kindly obliged because she’s a girl’s girl. Born and raised in Coral Gables, I chat up the Bogota-based beauty on her lusts, musts, John Stamos (um, yeah) and more…
Favorite app? Instagram
Last person you texted? My sister
Thoughts on social media? Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.
Childhood crush? Uncle Jesse from Full House and Danny Zukko (John Travolta) in Grease.
Sneakers or dress shoes? Flat sandals
Go-to workout? Pilates
Album you could listen on repeat? This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
Favorite person to follow on Instagram? Leandra Cohen from Manrepeller
What inspires you? Travel. I’ve never been somewhere I didn’t like.
Go-to pajama brand? Piu Lifestyle
Your “can’t live without” beauty product: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Favorite vacation spot? Australia
What do you steal from your hotel room? The Q-tips and shower caps. They come in so handy when traveling.
What would you do for a career in the next life? Photography
Do you collect anything? Postcards, I buy one in every country I travel to.
Most recent purchase: Calvin Klein underwear
The piece you love but never wear? A lace dress from one of Alessandro Michele’s first collections for Gucci
Go-to bag of the day? My Hunting Season black trunk (a fellow Miami girl)
Biggest fashion faux pas? Overly ripped jeans
Favorite watch? A Rolex given to me by my father-in-law before our wedding
Favorite piece of jewelry? An Italian cameo ring and a Me & Ro necklace, both gifts from my mother
Favorite designers? Difficult to name just one since I’m always discovering new designers and buying pieces that inspire me. I particularly love supporting Latin talent and emerging designers.
Go-to outfit? Khaite jeans, a body suit, Manolo slingbacks and gold hoops.
Favorite store? The Apartment by The Line in NYC, The Webster on Collins in Miami and ST. Dom in Bogota.
Your all-time Hollywood crush? Ryan Gosling
If you could chose a superpower, what would it be? To stop time.
Greatest indulgence? Full-body spa massages
Favorite face mask? Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
Best beauty tip? Drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. It cleanses the system and resets your body for a new day.
Do you wear shoes inside your house? Yes, but slippers because it’s cold in Bogota.
Favorite season? Summer
Favorite family heirloom? A gold locket that belonged to my grandmother with a picture of her and my grandfather inside.
Best host gift to give? Personalized candles from Le Labo.
Do you have pets? No, but not by personal choice (Ahem, Guillaume)
Your guilty pleasure? Spending all weekend indoors binging on Netflix.
Describe your experience at Vogue Mexico in one word: Enlightening