I escaped to Los Angeles a few weeks ago for a brief work trip, but also had the chance to pay my best friend of over fifteen years a visit. If you glanced at our wardrobes, you’d think we were drastically different. Uyen is a tiny Asian girl with piercings and tattoos who once toured the US with a gritty metal band, has the softest voice when she speaks but can belt a ballad that will move you to tears, tears up the LA street art scene, is a respected art director, and still manages to cook for an army. She is a rare breed of female with a strong sense of self and compassionate to the core. Truth be told, our vast differences make for a very ying-yang synergy. Carrie had Samantha and I have Uyen.
If I could wish any kind of friendship for my future daughter and for you, it would be to have a friendship like this. The kind that will save you when you’ve lost all hope in humanity, the kind that doesn’t need anything from you but your company, the kind that is an effortless two-way street. But, most importantly, the kind that will teach you how to be the best version of yourself.
1. Found Greece in LA on a solo date at the Griffith Observatory | 2. Our choice of patterns says it all | 3. No colors were harmed in the making of the biff's closet | 4. A very basic travel outfit | 5. Morning cup of Joe at Alfred Coffee | 6. LA, you're beautiful.