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From the moment she came onto our screens on season 7 of Australian Idol in 2004, it was clear Ricki-Lee Coulter was destined to become a singing sensation. Now, with four albums under her belt, multiple ARIA nominations and her song ‘Can’t Touch It’ featured on the film soundtrack of Sex and the City 2, Ricki-Lee is living the high life in LA, working on brand new music with some of the industry’s best. Façon caught up with Ricki-Lee to talk fashion, LA and if she still calls Australia home…

What is life like in LA?

Wake up, meditate, gym, drive to the studio, write and record all day, eat healthy food… repeat. Except on weekends…haha

Do you prefer LA over Australia?

Never! Australia is the greatest place in the world! Every time I get on a flight back home I’m like a little kid on Christmas morning! I get so excited!

Favorite place to go in LA?

Madeo in Beverly Hills is my favourite restarant…the Spaghetti Bolognese is unbelievable!

Least favorite place to go in LA?

Anywhere in traffic…but luckily with what I do I rarely have to sit in peak hour traffic! I count that as my biggest blessing in life! haha

You’ve had great success since Australian Idol, do you still like to watch talent shows like X Factor and the Voice?

I watch it whenever I can – I love that there is a platform like that for people to be discovered, especially when they don’t even realize how good they are!

Top fashion picks in LA?

Barneys New York in Beverly Hills is everything you could possibly want under one roof…bottom floor is all the shoes, bags and accessories you could ever want…second floor is Givenchy and The Row and Balenciaga etc then everyday casual cool kinda stuff like jeans and tees and jackets on the third floor. It’s literally a one stop shop, head to toe – whatever you want – whatever you need kinda place!

Top fashion picks in Australia?

I always seem to get lucky at Westfield in the city, and I love popping up to one of the restaurants for a cheeky champagne between stores. Otherwise I love shopping in Paddington – places like Desordre are great little boutiques with a great collection of designers!

Any famous encounters during your time in LA? 

Last week I was on the spin bike next to Daniel Craig…aka James Bond. While The Rock was behind me on the stepper! He is HUGE!

Advice for aspiring singers?

Work on your craft – every single day. Then go and work HARDER.

If you weren’t a singer, what would you be?

Maybe a Chef…I wouldn’t mind being Neil Perry’s sidekick!

Who are your top 3 fashion icons?

Victoria Beckham. Elle MacPherson. Kim Kardashian.