I have to say, I have been blessed with an amazing group of friends that I can count on for absolutely anything. These ladies are inspiring, strong, and the perfect amount of crazy to keep you entertained for a lifetime. A bag of an assorted selection of chocolates, like Lindt HELLO Chocolate Minis, can accurately describe the variety of personalities and flavors that sprinkle my life each and every day. However, today, I’ll share with you the stories of the ladies that more than a friend have become family… I’m talking those “you can crash my couch for however long you need”, “come meet my family”, “spend the holidays here”, “here’s this gift for no reason”, “I haven’t talked with you in two hours… I miss you!” kind of friends. Meet Caroll, Elisa and Aminta.
Caroll and I met back in Puerto Rico when we were both in 7th grade. Our friendship was a serendipitous thing… You see, both our parents weren’t the most punctual when having to pick us up after school. So, when there was no more clubs, people, library or soul to keep us entertained while we waited; we sort of gravitated towards each other. Our long afternoons were spent underneath a tree talking about school and life. By 9th grade we were inseparable, and the rest is history. We know each other’s moods, quirks, and we’ve seen each other go through a couple of relationships, moves, graduations, career growth… I mean, pretty much a lifetime of events (we’ve known each other for 19 years!). Nowadays we connect over endless talks on the phone and the knowledge that we both get periodical withdrawal symptoms when we fail to talk for a while. She is sweet and classic like Lindt HELLO Chocolate in Strawberry Cheesecake.
Elisa was another welcomed universal match made in Jersey heaven. We had been within the same circle of friends and events for a bit, but never got to talking. One magical Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day parade at a friend’s apartment we got to hang out and immediately bonded over green outfits, cocktails and brownies. I remember even sitting on the same chair together, just talking and laughing. That night, she left her leprechaun hat, and I made it my mission to save it for her. The next time we saw each other for a night of drinks and pool playing, I gave it back to her, and that gesture initiated our bond. We connected over our love for good food, cocktails and culture. We’ve spent way too many days together doing absolutely nothing or way too much. Sometimes our relationship resembles that of a couple that is extremely comfortable around each other… which reminds me that I still need to give her a set of keys to my apartment. She is fun and exciting like Lindt HELLO Chocolate in Crunchy Nougat.
Aminta you might already know from lots of fashion event pictures on my Instagram. This lady was definitely an answer to my prayers. I feel like every fashion blogger needs a sidekick to navigate the list of events that you get invited to attend and cover. Our relationship started through our blogs, we commented on each other’s posts, tweeted at each other and I’m pretty sure a fashion website where we both shared our outfit pics was the responsible for this connection. The first big memory that I have of our interactions was when she nominated me for a Blogger Liebster Award. I remember reading her answers and thinking… Oh my God, we have so many things in common! That was in November 2012, and it wasn’t until we ran into each other at a fashion show in February 2013 when we finally got to meet in person. You could say our relationship was strong from the beginning, but it took a bit to take off and fly. After learning our mutual love for music, dancing and experiencing a magical NYE together we were no longer fashion blogger friends, or just friends, we became sisters from another mister! She is lively and flavorful like Lindt HELLO Chocolate in Brownie Caramel.
All these relationships started with a hello and a spark. We were able to see a person we could trust and rely on, not only to keep us company and have fun, but to grow and lean on when life gets tough. I love these ladies with all of my heart, and just like a piece of Lindt HELLO chocolate can be one of the best treats to celebrate with or find comfort in, each one of them fill my life with flavor, love and smiles.
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