Chic Talk with Nigel Barker!

May 27th we, The Chics, interviewed former model and celebrity photographer Mr. Nigel Barker, of America’s Next Top Model fame, as he made a stop at Macy’s San Francisco to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to promote his latest book, Models of Influence!

Here’s where I have a confession to make. Up until Michele informed me that we’d be interviewing Nigel, I had no idea who he was! The closest I’ve gotten to watching reality TV, is HGTV as I’m drawn to anything and everything real estate, design and remodeling. Yes, this means that I have never watched America’s Next Top Model… nor have I ever watched The Face… or any reality TV show for that matter, aside from Betsey Johnson’s short-lived reality TV stint on the now-defunct Style Channel because DUH, anything and everything Betsey Johnson is a MUST! But I digress.

So, a few days pre-interview I had to google Nigel’s name to see what I had missed out on and to say that I was blown away by the man is an understatement. His prolific body of work and his contagious passion and zest for life speak for themselves but, being the romantic geek that I am, what truly moved me was Nigel’s deep love for his wife and children, and for their family and friends. I was, and still am, particularly taken in by Nigel’s Instagram page. Seriously, check it out. Nigel has a unique way of viewing the world. He turns even the most casual of outings into picturesque moments of inspired existence where he takes the time to share his thoughts and to wax poetic on life, on his experiences and, more frequently, on his deep appreciation for what he has manifested and what he is living. There we are privy to his travels both alone and with his family, their latest adventures and discoveries, the deep bond his wife shares with her twin sister, the deep love and appreciation that Nigel has for said bond, and so much more, all captured ever so artistically and shared with the world at large.

So yes, we met Nigel Barker, THE Nigel Barker, the celebrity you all know and love. But more substantially, we also met Nigel Barker the man, the kind, sweet, charming, intelligent, polite, handsome-inside-and-out lovely human being that he is and THAT is what thrilled me the most.

And so without further ado, here you go, a motha of a post because not only do we have one video of Nigel, we have THREE! Delve on in, watch, love and share! Here we are with Nigel in our latest installment of Chic Talk!

After our interview, Nigel was ready for his Macy’s San Francisco talk and Q&A and we caught it all on tape for your viewing pleasure, thanks to our lovely Team Chic videographer Nancy Ericsson! Enjoy!

And last, but definitely not least, here’s a little side chat I had with Nigel, dedicated to my high school Sri Lankan friend Sasha, filmed both by Nancy and by me.

How’s that for some Nigel Barker fabulosity? Good? You’re welcome!


Chic Talk with Justin Fichelson!

May 11th saw us, The Chics, in the company of Justin Fichelson, San Francisco native and one of the stars of the upcoming reality TV show, Million Dollar Listing San Francisco!

Michele was under the weather but gracefully showed up for moral support and in solidarity with me as I went at it alone and interviewed Justin at one of our favorite San Francisco stores, Wonderland SF.

Having initially reached out to Justin on Facebook, Michele and I were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with warmth and humor by this local social butterfly and reality-TV-star-in-the-making. Justin was sweet and kind online and even more so offline, as well as down-to-earth, funny and charming. We can attest to the fact that whatever diva-ish stories may surround most reality TV stars, we will never believe such potential future claims about Justin! We think his Bravo profile says it all!

A native San Franciscan, Justin Fichelson is one of the Bay Area’s top luxury brokers at Climb Real Estate. He is the true embodiment of a real estate shark and credits his success to his exclusive roster of clients and unparalleled knowledge of the market. Fichelson is a master networker, and not only knows the key venture capitalists, angel investors and founders of Silicon Valley’s most successful and innovative companies, but is personally friends with them. His circle also includes the Getty and Hilton families.

Voted “Most Likely to Become a Millionaire” in high school, he sat side-by-side to many of the up-and-coming tech superstars and works hard to ensure he’s their first call when buying property. A constant in the San Francisco society pages, Fichelson knows the importance of making the rounds and can frequently be seen attending charity galas and serving on the boards of various committees. From his colorful suits to his unconventional living situation, he embodies the eccentric persona of a true native San Franciscan and is always working his social network to land his next big listing.

So, without any further ado, here is our Chic Talk with Justin Fichelson himself! Though I must say, “unconventional living situation”?!? Why was THAT not brought up in our interview Justin? WHY? Perhaps a follow-up is in order!

Thank you Justin for a fun interview and thank you Irene Hernandez-Feiks for welcoming us all into your incredible world that is Wonderland SF with open arms! And to you Chicsters we say, remember to tune in to the premier of Million Dollar Listing San Francisco on July 8th! Congratulations Justin!