Hello! My name is Gala Darling. I’m a New Zealander living in New York City with my husband, Mike, & our two dogs, Hank & Dolly. They are the lights of my life. I love being an international playgirl (read: obsessive travelling!), taking lots of pictures, & really big shoes!
I started galadarling.com in 2006. Initially I intended for it to be a fashion blog, but it has grown to be so much more than that! My passion is teaching women how to fall in love with themselves… & how to have fun at the same time!
I believe in searching for the magic in every day. Once you’ve trained your eye, you can’t help but delight in seeing the small & extraordinary things that surround us. Enthusiastic gratitude & appreciation for the present moment are part of my essential practices. I chronicle these moments in my weekly Things I Love Thursday column.
“Gala Darling has the sexiest combination of style, high-life & heart that’s out there. I don’t know of another international playgirl preaching radical self love from such a sizeable digital pulpit, with as much glitter & as much sincere care…” (Danielle LaPorte)
I am one of the headmistresses at The Blogcademy. Simply put, we travel the world teaching bloggers how to be better! You can see which events are coming up soon. We’d love to have you… Remember to #BYOE (bring your own ears)!
My monthly column, Hello, Darling!, appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times & WA Today. It’s about women, happiness & health. I post excerpts here but if you just can’t wait, you can read the archives!
In a past life, I was the Beauty & Style Editor for xoJane, Fashion Editor for Red Bull’s (now sadly defunct) cultural magazine, ChinaShop, & a fashion columnist for Cosmopolitan Australia.
If you’re new to galadarling.com, start here! My “official” bio is below!
Gala Darling’s unrelenting devotion to positivity & magic has earned her cult celebrity status & rabid fans all over the globe, from India to Sweden.
From the massive number of hits her website garners on a monthly basis to her legendary Things I Love Thursday lists, this writer, nomad & international playgirl easily transfers her enthusiasm for life into the written word.
Described in the New York Times as “a Web-tethered gadabout”, she was recently named one of the 10 most influential style bloggers in the world (Fashionista). She has been described as “a tattooed Miss Manners” (The Bargain Queen), a “downtown Carrie Bradshaw” (Elle) & a “New York City society gal” (Filament). Celebrity stylist & icon Rachel Zoe says Gala & her site are “très chic”.
Gala has been featured prominently in The New York Times, New Zealand Herald, Teen Vogue, New York Post, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time Out New York, Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, Next, Cleo, Girlfriend, The Age, Sunday Herald Sun, The Dominion Post, Inked magazine, Glasgow Guardian & on CBS & ABC News, among (many) others.
Gala is an accomplished & enthusiastic public speaker, having spoken to audiences of thousands at South By South West Interactive & Evolving Influence, & is frequently invited to make guest appearances on specialty panels about fashion & the internet. Her radical self love workshops are a runaway success. She has spoken to many audiences about entrepreneurship & making business out of the arts.
Gala believes in pink lingerie, sequins, stardust & candy-coloured Cadillacs. She believes in making mischief & the triumph of magic over the brute. She believes in short skirts & lip gloss & bringing about the radical self love revolution. She believes life doesn’t have to be serious, that you create your own reality & that beauty is all around us.
This was a feature on TVNZ’s Sunday programme.
Let’s make magic together!
Collaborating is one of my favourite things. Over the past few years, I’ve worked with companies like Estee Lauder, Juicy Couture, Coach, Olsenboye, JCPenney, Ralph Lauren, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks, Art.com, Betsey Johnson, Solestruck, Lomography, MANGO, T.J. Maxx & many others (including plenty of small independent companies!). I love fun, creative projects. Get in touch.