In 1995, I started working for Guess at South Coast Plaza in Orange County. At the time Guess
was one of the hottest labels around. Think Claudia Shiffer, young Anna Nicole Smith, very young Drew Barrymore, Laetitia Casta (pre SI or VS) and Valeria Mazza. The store was also one of the most popular shopping spots at the legendary SCP (South Coast Plaza
) where it lived in the best wing of the mall. It was a great store and I was stoked to be working there. During my time at Guess I met some amazing people and formed some incredible friendships. It's funny how you end up losing touch with certain people who are instrumental in introducing you to a life-long friends. Such is the case with my Fab Friend Bhavna.
I officially met Bhavna in 1998 after returning home from a semester abroad. We shared a mutual friend, Alicia who for years had been trying to introduce us. Our friend Alicia used to work with me at Guess and went to Chapman University with Bhavna. After returning from Paris we finally met at BCBG MaxAzria
where I worked at the time. We soon made the connection that we were each friends with Alicia and quickly became good friends. About a year later Bhavna moved to LA and when I moved to LA in January 2000 she was one of my very first friends in town.
Bhavna and I have always had a great deal in common. Our nights out are always exciting and entertaining as we both love a good adventure and a good laugh. When we both lived in LA in our twenties we were out all the time. Thursday nights we typically went to Club Sugar in Santa Monica to watch and dance to the amazing Jason Bentley (@thejasonbentley
) who was the resident DJ on Thursday nights. On Fridays we always treated ourselves to a fancy dinner at whatever the hot new restaurant in town was and Saturdays typically consisted of house parties or industry events. We were definitely #fabliving, before hashtags were even created.
We've lost touch a few times throughout our almost 20 years of friendship, however whenever we see each other it always feels as though no time has passed. Today is my dear friend Bhavna's Birthday and I wish her nothing but the best today and always. I, unfortunately will not be able to celebrate with her tonight as I am out of town (I'm in Tulum!!), but we have already planned a fab celebration for next weekend when I'm back in town. Happy Birthday Fab Friend Bhavna!!! I love you friend!!