Fab Friend Amanda Sunday, June 14, 2015

I met Fab Friend Amanda on Halloween night 2001. Amanda was working at Frederic Fekkai in Beverly Hills with my fab friend and roommate Dana. We had been invited to a party at our friend Kaitren's house. Dana dressed up as a cowgirl and I dressed up as a skier. Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, however Dana and I did our best to create costumes with items in our closets. I wore an orange ski sweater I had purchased at the Gap, nylon pants, puffy vest and a pair of Dolce and Gabbana chrome wrap-around sunglasses. I thought I pulled off the ski look quite well, however true skiers might disagree. Dana put together a cowgirl outfit with a pair of overalls she found in her closet, one of my Western shirts and a straw hat I owned. We were now ready for Halloween. Dana informed me that her friend and co-worker Amanda wanted to drive with us and we were soon on our way to Amanda's apartment. When we arrived Cruella de Vil was waiting outside and that is when I met Amanda.

Making best friends is similar to falling in love and with Amanda it was definitely love at first sight. We quickly identified we had similar taste in music, shared the same sense of humor and both had a passion for life. Before long we were playfully making fun at each other. She wasn't buying my Ski Costume and told everyone at the party that I was a Raver. Her interpretation of my costume was more spot on than my original efforts and we ended up having an epic night.  Our crew is pretty tight and we are not always looking for new recruits, however Amanda soon became a part of our fab posse. It is difficult to find people that mesh with all of your friends, however Amanda quickly won everyone over.

At the time, Amanda and I were both single and living in West Hollywood. We were both extremely social and loved trying new spots. Lucky for us there is no shortage of Hot Spots in Los Angeles and Amanda and I were determined to always be at the hottest spot in town, regardless of whether or not we were on a list. We were out most nights, laughing, dancing, drinking and of course fabliving. We have had epic nights, incredible experiences and have created some of the most amazing memories together. We have traveled the world (Maui, New York City, Nantucket, Napa, San Francisco, Palm Springs, San Diego, Portland, Tulum) and have been together through some of the most important moments of our lives. She is one of my most favorite people and one of the best recruits this group has ever had. Thank you Dana.

Amanda now lives in Portland with her fab husband, Nate and two gorgeous daughters, Leighton and Fiona. We unfortunately, don't get to see each other as often as we would like, however when we do, it is as if no time has passed. Today is Amanda's birthday and although we are in different states I wish her the most fabulous of birthdays and look forward to a belated celebration soon. Happy Birthday Amanda. Loving you is easy my sweet friend and former partner in crime!! Can't wait to see what crazy shenanigans we get ourselves into next!!!