Brunch Babes: A Celebration of Female Friendships

Former United States Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright once said, “there is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” That is something that has definitely stuck with me.

This past weekend was a reminder of the value–not a monetary, ‘what can these people do for me’ value,’ but one of sentimentality—of having good, genuine friends in my circle. This perspective on friendships and working relationships was discussed in great detail while I attended the USC ‘Own It’ conference for women. I was blown away by the keynote speakers and breakout sessions speakers’ willingness to ‘pay it forward’ for women who were interested in their line of work. They preached a really important mantra deeply rooted in their generosity: “there’s enough room for all of us at the top,” and man is it true!

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Kicking off my last semester with my close friends in my journalism graduate program at USC was another celebration of strong womanhood this weekend. Friendships aren’t just about taking cute pictures for Instagram (even though my friends and I here do take very aesthetically pleasing pictures, lol, but it’s definitely the cherry on top of our friendships). Friendships aren’t at all about the currency of social status. Friendships are about loyalty, support, and being there for one another in the best of times or the worst of times. Sometimes I wonder if that narrative gets lost in such a social media-centric world that birthed FOMO and an incessant need to do all the cute things possible and take as many pictures as you can to look like you’re having a good time with people.

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This is me not condemning doing adorable things with your friends. This is just a reminder for a digital generation and a self reminder that it’s okay todo  cute things with your friends. It’s okay to be Instagram-worthy with your girl gang—but beyond all of that, it’s crucial to make sure that when all of those pretty images go away, the people that are in those images or off-camera are wholesome people that support and love you and vice versa. I feel blessed to have those people in my life.

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Soap box aside, I enjoy having meaningful conversations with my gals, but don’t mind doing so in a fashion-forward setting! I have brunched at the Beverly Hills Hotel once before, but spent more time inside the Polo Lounge. This last Sunday, my brunch babes and I sat in the Cabana Café on palm leaf printed cushions lined with Millennial pink. Like my last visit to the hotel, I ate French toast topped with berries and banana compote and drowned it in lots and lots of syrup! It was an effort not to scarf down the stuff and spill it all over my form-fitting little black dress edged with tulle and a white flower.

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And thank God for the outdoor heaters because the only somewhat warm thing I had on was a white and black tweed jacket that I draped over my shoulders. I accessorized with my black tip, nude Coach heels and some gold jewelry accents. The gold framed cameo broach on my jacket added some contrast to the look and matched well with my pearl and gold hoop earrings, also accentuating the gold-plate logo on my pumps. But the best accessories at brunch? My lovely friends! I cannot think of a better way to go into the New Year than a promise of genuine people who love and support me by my side.

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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