As a woman, finding friendship after college can be difficult. After you join the ranks of mom, it gets even harder. It often seems that the only thing you have in common with the women you meet is that you’re all moms. You talk about your kids. Everyone commiserates over how little sleep they’re getting. You talk about the best pediatricians, child diets, and schedules. The one thing you never seem to talk about is yourself! Before you know it, the person you were fades and you become so-and-so’s mom. We’ve all been referred to as such many times. So where do young, hip moms meet equally fun friends to connect with? You join playgroups, hit up the local playground, stroll your neighborhood and hope that you meet a fabulous mom with great style who loves coffee and cusses as much as you do. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were millions of amazing, hilarious women in one place? Oh wait- there is. Enter Facebook.Shop Kristin’s Look: Skirt | Loft $40 Necklace | Stella and Dot $59 T-shirt | Loft $25 Block Heel Sandal | Target $24.99 Straw bag | Target $20
When we get together (along with a fourth bestie who wasn’t interested in blogging but is equally awesome, hey Kels!), we get a lot of questions about how we met. The answer, which sometimes garners a confused look, is that we met on the internet! It was a Facebook group for buying and selling children’s clothing, to be exact. Trading our boys’ clothing evolved into real conversations where we talked about more than our kids for hours on end. We did this every single day. These were the mom friendships we had all been looking for. We talked like this for months before we decided to meet. When we finally met “IRL,” it was like we had been old pals who hadn’t seen each other in a while. As the saying goes, the rest is history.
We are so lucky that we are the type of friends who are able to work together and remain productive, while also maintaining our friendship. We encourage each other, we critique each other, we bounce ideas off one another, and, somehow, despite the miles between us, we work like a well oiled machine. What makes Bestie Dressed a little bit different from other style blogs is that it is truly a collaboration between the three of us. We decided that instead of each of us having a specific job, we’d each have a voice in all aspects of this project. Our stories are all so different. We each have a unique style, different body shapes, different backgrounds, and different budgets. The goal at Bestie Dressed is to inspire the everyday woman to try on something new! We want our reader to step outside of her comfort zone, to rock her confidence, to treat herself to something she loves. We want every woman to know how beautiful she is.
Recently, we got together in Cincinnati to get this blog up and running. Emily lives near Cincinnati, and it is a midpoint for Lauren in Pittsburgh and Kristin in Alabama.
We got dolled up at Alba Beauty Studio. If you ever have a chance to go there, we highly recommend it. I mean, just check out the pics above- they worked some magic, y’all. They use all natural products, which we love. The Cincy Style Bar was perfect for giving us amazing blowouts for our photoshoot later that afternoon. The ambiance couldn’t have been more inviting. They have an amazing mixed drinks menu that would satisfy any girls’ spa day thirst. All three of our stylists listened to what we wanted, made our hair dreams come true, AND showed US how to do it ourselves. We love supporting other businesses built and led by girlfriends (or in their case, sisters), and would love for you to drop by if you’re local. Tell them a bestie sent you!
We had an amazing photoshoot with Olivia Hatfield Photography. We adore her style because she gives photographs that dreamy bright-and-airy look. She also happens to be the cutest person on the planet. While we mostly focused on blog work, we were sure to get in some quality girlfriend time. We stayed at ALOFT on the Levee and enjoyed spacious rooms. They have a great lounge, perfect for sipping Prosecco with your Besties. We ate at some amazing restaurants, and did some serious shopping. We even tried on matching overalls! It was the perfect working Bestie’s trip, and we’re so looking forward to our next trip together in July.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for supporting us up to this point. We are excited to bring you fresh content, new ideas, and the latest in affordable fashion. We are excited to help you feel confident! And, if you ever connect with a woman who seems super cool on the internet- someone you who makes you think “if only we lived closer,” take the chance on that friendship. We promise it will be worth it.