Madrid, Spain
Javier, 33
Stylist & Fashion Editor at Neo2 Magazine
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a bit about Javier

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a freelance fashion stylist and Fashion Editor for Neo2 Magazine, it's a independent magazine from Spain. I've loved fashion since I was a child I love to create different outfits, thinking up different stories for each model. Fashion is a very beautiful way of art.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I love the heartbreak songs. One of my favorites is "All by myself " from Celine Dion. I have a latin soul and I love the drama songs from the latin singers like "No me enseñaste" from Thalia. And the most important thing is to sing very loud!

What are the best TV shows of all time?

From the past "Beverly Hills 90210" I grew up with that and it will always be in my heart! But now I love "American Horror Story" and "Black Mirror". And my fashion side "Sex and the city," but this is so obvious.

Name some spots in Madrid that are good for a Tinder date.

The light in Madrid is so special so everywhere is very romantic but the most beautiful place is "the glass palace" in the Retiro park. So magical.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Thank you so much in advance! I love to buy in second hand shops, I think now we have a lot of clothes, more than we need, so we can find amazing clothes in vintage shops. Then of course I buy some clothes in Asos, Urban Outfitters and I love Adidas Originals.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Cuatro Caminos. I don't like this part of the city.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love to sit in a terrace at a cafe and see the people who walk in the city, I love to imagine their lives.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Madrid and where did you get it?

It's very typical in Madrid to eat casque. It tastes great but it's so gross.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Madrid? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I've visit a lot of expensive places because of my job, I'm so lucky because I don't have to pay for it. You have the Ritz or the Palace Hotel, you can pay 40€ for a cup of tea. Or Zalacain Restaurant, it's a mythical place in Madrid, very traditional, if you're a man you need to wear blazer and tie to go in.

What restaurant in Madrid looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Puerto Rico, it's a very hip place, near Puerta del Sol, and you can eat very good typical Spanish food, just like homemade.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Madrid? Which one do you like?

I love two places. The first, The Cock Bar. It's a very cool place and you will enjoy a lot of their drinks. And the other is Dry Martini Bar. I love the classic Dry Martini.

Where would you take your partner in Madrid if you wanted to really pamper them?

I love the roof of the Principal Hotel Madrid. Amazing views of the city.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Tapas are from Spain and you can go to La Latina neighborhood to enjoy them!

What are the Madrid spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

There's a lot of places. El Templo de Debod, The Cerralbo Museum, The Prado Museum, El Matadero, The Royal Palace, el Retiro Park.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Madrid. How do you spend it?

I'd start the day with a very good breakfast in Carmencita Bar in Malasaña. Then visit Conde Duque and take a stop for some shopping at Mini Shop. Walk the Gran Via for the last time and go to La Central in Callao to buy some books. I'd eat a typical squid sandwich in El Imparcial. And walk to Plaza Santa Ana and go to the roof of the Me Hotel and take a drink and see the sunset.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I love Mexico, I lived there for one year. But I also love Italy so much! My dream vacation will be a road trip in Italy from the north to the south, eating pasta and visiting all the small villages and shopping folk crafts.

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