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My sister and I have been told many times over that we have a bond that’s very rare. And I actually do believe this to be true. My sister Natalie is my best friend. My mind reader. The beginning and end to my laughs. My third arm basically. So many of my life experiences have been alongside her, and before I tell anyone anything it usually goes through her first. With Natalie, I always feel endless love and camaraderie. This quote sums it all up:
Usually there aren’t many people in your life that you can say you’ve been through every single up
and down with and still love them unconditionally throughout and after it all. A person you are alongside every single step of the way, no matter how hard, how aggravating, how worrisome it is. It’s a special kind of sister bond, that’s what it is.
Not all sisters call each other their best friend, but Natalie and I slowly worked towards something that is exactly that. We work together because we love it and we bounce the best ideas between each other. We have the same friend group because we appreciate the same sort if personalities in others. We laugh about everything because we grew up surrounded by the same senses of humor and have taken them to make our own. But at the end of the day, we each are still are our own person separate from each other and we are able to appreciate each other for that. We have our own separate experiences that we have experienced outside of each other, but have always shared with each other. Because of that, we are complementary in the most perfect sort of way.
But like every sort of sibling, it’s not always easy being around someone who knows you so well for such a long period of time. There have been endless times (and endless times to come) where we have told each other to shut the f**k up, aggravated each other to the bone, and just flat out felt like we wanted to kill the other. Moments like this are fleeting because we can resolve issues with just a few words of reason that make sense to us both after calming down. And these are the moments that help us grow up the most. By having our faults, fixing and working on them, and being better people not just when we are together but around others.
On top of just having a best friend from birth, having a sister comes along with a whole lot of perks. Like a shared closet. Always someone to be your plus 1 if that guy doesn’t happen to cancel. A shoulder to always cry on at any time of the day or night when that guy happens to break your heart. Someone to get all your inside jokes. Someone who just totally gets it when mom and dad start to get really annoying. Someone to tell you how your butt really looks like in those new jeans. Someone you can be your complete and total self around with no judgment involved. Natalie and I have have revealed all our imperfections and all of our best parts to each other. The freedom to be yourself when around a sister is the ultimate perk. No matter all the fights. No matter all the laughs. No matter all the cries. It’s the most real.
I love you so much Natalie. It’s been so exciting and amazing to watch you grow, and to look forward to all the adventures to come with you! Love you my little funky, funny babe 🙂 Proud to be your big sister! xo
Meet the next featured Cleobella Girl, Mia Colona! Mia lives in the West Village, and thoroughly enjoys the charming quirks of her NYC neighborhood. Originally from Pennsylvania, we first bonded over living and working in Philadelphia. Always smiling, always ready for a good time and always looking for something creative to dig her hands into, Mia is something special. I always noticed how bohemian her personal style was . . . long maxi dresses, rugged boots, a brimmed hat on her head, hair as long as can be. That is why I chose her to be a part of this project and to showcase this significant side of her even more with the beautiful clothing Cleobella offered.
What do you love about living in NYC, and what first drove you to the city?
Hey what’s up ya’ll? Still trying to get that Adele song out of your head? I thought so! hehe. I’m trying to fit in as many things as I can before Thanksgiving. I’ll be in the city doing an unconventional Thanksgiving this year helping serve meals to those in need. It always feels good to give back during times like this. You can be sure that I’ll definitely still be eating a lot throughout the end of the week, with a few post-Thanksgiving Friendsgivings set on the calendar. You can count on that! Good thing I got my crop top action in BEFORE digging into that Thanksgiving turkey. This look was shot at home in my beloved Souther California. No place beams brighter at a time where everywhere else is cold as heck. I can always rely on that when I am home visiting. Things at home always seem so much simpler. The sunshine. The warmth. The front porch of my parent’s house that I always find myself reading on. Long drives and endless Coca Colas for the road. Runs up my the hilly streets of my hometown. These are just a few of the things that keep me feeling happy in California. It’s always the same whenever I go back. Every childhood memory in place for me to be relived as soon as I land home. It’s so special because of that. So different from where I live now. Sometimes it makes me sad to think about what I have turned me back on when I left for the east coast. But I really never turned my back on anything, because it always welcomes me with open arms every time I return. California to me now is like the cozy security blanket I never had as a kid. Even just the memories make every grueling subway ride in NYC feel loads better. I’m excited to go home for Christmas and feel that sunshine on me skin again.
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