Monday, July 6, 2009

Meet my BFFs: Maria & Britt

Britt, me, and Maria celebrating our birthdays

I am so excited to introduce you to my NYC BFFs.  
Brittany is a southern darling.  She's always got a piece of southern advice to pass along for any occasion.  She's the adorable girly girl that can hang with the guys.  She's an amazing cook, and one of the most compassionate, generous, and thoughtful friends I've ever had.
Maria is brilliant.  She spells success in every way possible.  She is wise beyond her years, and doesn't sweat the small stuff.  Truly an old soul.  She's the most level headed girl I've ever known.  She keeps me grounded, and inspires me to just be better.  
Both of these girls are always down for everything.  I can always depend on them and they never let me down.
They are my go-to girls, the top of my Fave 5, and anything and everything a girl needs.  They have been so supportive through so much, and I can honestly say I'm a better person for having them both in my life.  They have inspired me, lifted me up, cried with me, and made me laugh until I was on the floor in hysterics.  I can always count on them for anything I need, whether it's a shoulder to cry on, a friend to go out to eat with, or someone to keep me in check when I'm contemplating a bad decision.  (Or push me over the edge when I'm considering a pricey new gift for myself.)  
If I'm thinking of going out with an ex, I'll get the famous line, "What would be the point of that?"  If I'm considering buying an ugly dress, I'll get, "I don't like that."  If it's a date I'm rehashing that didn't go so well, or I'm wondering about something a guy said, there's no hesitation with, "That's weird."  They'll call me out when I'm being ridiculous, and carry me when I'm feeling low.  Never in my life have I had friends that can be so honest, in such a non threatening way.  I truly feel safe with these girls.  (Even when I try to escape the city and keep it a secret, they can always figure me out, and never get mad at me.)  :)  
They are my truest friends here, that really just get me.  They're angels in my life.  
In so many ways they are so opposite, but they go together like peanut butter and chocolate, which is why it made perfect sense to write their post together.  If you don't know these girls you need to get to know them.  I laughed and cried while reading their answers.  They are so SO Maria and Britt.
I love you so much darlings!

What do you do in the city?
B: I work in the fashion office at Macy's.
M: I work too much most of the time.  I eat a lot too.

Where's your favorite place to go in the city?
B: Bryant Park
M: The temple-cheesy I know, but it is the truth.
(If you want a sweet story, ask Britt why.)

What would you do if you randomly had the day off work?
B: Go to brunch, shopping and then to a baseball game.
M: Sleep and then go to a matinee Broadway show.
(I think we need to arrange a day off sometime ladies.)

Living in NYC on a budget is tough; what's something on which you're willing to splurge?
B: Throwing parties and dinners for friends. Your friends really become your family here.
M: I have splurging problems.  I don't want to answer this.  :)  Whatever it is, it would cost $10,000.00.
(So true.  SO TRUE.  Hahahaha.)

If I could give you front row tickets to any concert, what would you pick?
B: Upgrade me to front row at B. Spears and I'll be your bff forever!
M: Coldplay-I totally got screwed out of tickets once, so I feel like I deserve to see them and get really awesome seats.
(B, I'm working on it.  And Maria's story?  I've heard it.  She does deserve them.)

If you only had time to watch one tv show a week, which would you choose?
B: 24.  Jack Bauer is hot!
M: How I Met Your Mother.  Love that show.
(B-Indeed!  M-Still never seen an epi.  Perhaps once we're roomies again?)

What makes for a perfect date?
B: Preparation and conversation that leads to laughing.
M: If he genuinely makes me laugh AND I'm attracted to him.  I'm easy to please.
(Guys, are you taking notes?)

What's something people would be surprised to know about you?
B: I change clothes at least 5 times a day.
M: I'm kinda sensitive.

When you've had a really bad day what makes you feel better?
B: Dancing and Ben and Jerry's coffee heath bar crunch ice cream.
M: Hearing my mom's voice.

Who's your celebrity crush?
B: Older- Daniel Craig
Younger- Shia Labeouf
M: I'm lame-I don't have crushes.  I'm not lying.  I can never answer this question and I hate it that I can't answer.
(Maria, I so knew this would be your answer.  When we find you that guy that makes you twitterpaited we'll know he's the one.)

What are your dating pet peeves?
B: Vague-ness... use your words, men.
M: When the guy thinks he is smarter than me...he has been wrong every time...every time.
(Seriously guys....did I mention she's brilliant?)

What beauty product can you not live without?
B: Urban Decay eyeliner. It stays on forever!
M: Moisturizer

If you could change one thing about the male race what would it be?
B: Nothing. I like them the way they are.  I just wish I could understand their thought process.
M: I would make it so they could actually use complete sentences when conversations get serious.

What's your favorite comfort food?
B: Any kind of southern cookin': mashed potatoes, fried okra, BBQ...
M: Mac & Cheese

What is one trend you just never quite understood?
B: Black nail polish
M: Capris-even though I gave in a little bit myself.

What's your favorite restaurant in the city?
B: Kittichai on Thompson St. Great atmosphere for dinner.
M: Shake Shack-lame but true.

What book are you currently reading?
B: The Alchemist and Girls in Trucks
M: Dandeline Wine

You've got two round trip tickets anywhere in the world. Where do you go and who do you take?
B: Egypt (I've been dying to go!), and taking Shia Labeouf...duh.
M: I would take my sister to Greece-she has always wanted to go.

What three possessions do you value most?
B: My journals, my music, my pearl earrings
M: Laptop, bed, iPod

Who is someone who has changed or shaped your life for the better?
B: Ms. Folsom, for instilling in me a love for music and all performance art.
M: Mr. Perkins, a high school teacher of mine that supported my decision to go to college at the age of 15.  He gave the best advice.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
B: Life is not a race, so stop and smell the roses.
M: Don't stop dancing.  You are actually quite good.  It will be your only regret.  Oh yeah, and you will get kinda fat when you stop.  True statement.
(So NOT a true statement!!)

In your opinion, what is the most overrated thing about the city?
B: The nightlife. Going out can be fun, but 9 times out of 10, clubs are ghetto and shady.
M: so many things. food in the world....notsomuch.
(B, SO true!)

What is a piece of modern technology that you could not live without?
B: My iPod
M: Phone

What do you know to be absolutely positively true?
B: "Kindness and compassion are never out of date or out of style."
M: I am a daughter of God.  He knows me, He loves me.

Where is the most beautiful place you've ever been?
B: Venice, Italy.
M: Hawaii-on a mountain top with my family, looking at the ocean.

What book should be required reading for every American?
B: The Travels of a T-shit in a Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
M: To Kill a Mockingbird

What are you looking forward to?
B: Graduating 
M: Vacationing in Europe!
(Britt is not only full time employed, she's also a student at the prestigious FIT.)

What are three things on your "bucket list"?
B: Learn to make a Hawaiian quilt, travel to every continent, live a life that will inspire others.
M: Run a marathon, take a safari trip to South Africa, kiss all my grandkids' chubby baby cheeks.  I still want to be around to meet them all.
(B, you can check off number three.  M, I'll help you next year with number two.  And perhaps we can help each other with number one?  It's on my list as well.)


Ang said...

Sweet post Rach. Very sweet of you. Looks like you have some great friends in the big city. I'm glad you don't have to ever feel too alone.

Maria said...

Rachel! Thank you for posting this. You are so sweet. I am so glad we are friends!!!

Chelsie said...

This is such a sweet post, Rae!

Britt, I'm slightly offended by your book recommendation.