Nasty Gals Party Harder: Meet Mercedes

We tapped some of our fave London ladies for lessons on how to kill it this party season.

Nasty Gal Studio Maya Velvet Dress.

Party season is officially heating up–and in its honor, we got the 411 from some of London’s best and babeliest on how to survive. We catch up with Mercedes Benson on Real Housewives, party hacks, the best thing that happens at the end of a wild night (ahem, McDonald’s).


26 (forever 21)

Self portrait using only emojis: 


A bit about you in one sentence:

That one friend that can’t keep still when Nelly’s Hot in Here coms on.

Celebrity doppelgänger:

SZA with a mix of Ashanti 

Most awkward fashion moment:

Wearing a Jeremy Scott prison outfit at NYFW in 2014.

If you look through my bag at any given party, you would find:

Matte lipstick and make up stained headphones. 

Best party outfit?

A sparkly playsuit

Worst party outfit?

Anything that involves midi skirts/midi dress. I feel so restricted. 

Best hangover cure:

Water and the Bible.

The best nights always end with….


Vintage shopping hack? 

Push all the clothes to one side of the rack and skim through for your life. 

Finish this sentence: The first time I…

Danced with a boy I cried straight after. I thought I had sinned, haha.

Finish this sentence: That one time I..

Bunked off school my mum ended up on the same bus as me–epic fail.

What’s your poison:


Favorite party hack:

I can DJ .. it’s a great Hack!!!

Would you rather give up your phone or caffeine?


Hidden Talent: 

A part of me still thinks I can sing like Beyonce. 

GOAT party moment:

Art Basel 2014. We went to a party that had a skating rink in the basement and obviously Partynextdoor turns up. 

Best advice I’ve ever gotten:

Purpose over Popularity. Focus on your bigger picture and nobody else’s. 

Currently binge watching:

Real Housewives of Atlanta 

Favorite vice:

I don’t have one. I’m a lovely person 🙂 

My last purchase was: An oversized puffer jacket. Think Missy Elliot I – Supa Dupa Fly

One thing I would never wear:

Pedal pushers

Who parties harder: LA or the UK? Be honest! 


Photography by Renee Carey

Styling by Keely Murphy