Founder of lifestyle, fashion and beauty blog, Friend Of A Friend, NYC'S it-girl Olivia Perez tells us her beauty secrets and the go to manhattan hot-shops she hits up with her best gal pals.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START FRIEND OF A FRIEND?
I started Friend of a Friend as a catalyst for new dialogue, as a way to introduce people to things that they wouldn't discover. We want to inspire people to go out and explore uncharted territory and create their own trends and make new friends. It’s truly a platform where our readers have candid access to tastemakers, and discover new things in an intimate and meaningful way.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I really try to not forecast my life. Since starting the site, I’ve been given so many opportunities that I never thought would be possible, and every day has brought a different triumph or challenge. I love being spontaneous and open minded, so I try to apply that to my life as much as possible. So for now, I just want to focus on being happy.
ON YOUR DAY OFF:
Lunch and a long walk with my best friends, and then crawling into bed to binge watch Scandal.
YOUR EVERY DAY BEAUTY ROUTINE:
Is extremely long… I’m a beauty freak! I love One Love Organics’ Vitamin B Cleanser and Eve Hansen’s Tea Tree Oil to cleanse and clean my skin, and then I top it off with Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer and IMAGE Skincare’s SPF 50. For makeup, I use Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer and Lancôme Mascara. I always go for a fresh and dewy look when it comes to skincare.
YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE:
I grew up doing ballet 6 days a week, so I’ve always had a strict workout routine. I really believe that a good workout helps clear your mind and drive you. I go to Soul Cycle twice a week and love Pilates, but I always make an effort to try new workouts. I always have an off day if I haven’t gotten a work out in.
IN YOUR BAG:
iPhone, Keys, wallet, headphones and an external charger (a must in NYC!), a vintage planner my mom gave me for my 19th birthday (I have to write everything down…), IMAGE skincare eye cream, Glossier balm dotcom, Naturopathica soothing spray, Mason Pearson hair brush, Secret deodorant, Pssst dry shampoo… my friends always call me the walking pharmacy!
YOUR BEST SKIN-CARE/BEAUTY ADVICE:
Keep it natural! Your authentic self is enough.
YOUR FEEL GOOD INDULGENCE:
Rigatoni Pitti from Bar Pitti, Cacio Pepe from I Sodi, or Vodka Pizza from Rubirosa. Gets me every time.
FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION OR HOT SPOTS:
I’m obsessed with Anguilla! I’ve been lucky enough to go a couple of times in the past 2 years and totally fell in love with the people and culture… not to mention the white sand and clear waters.
WHAT DOES BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU?
Not conforming to what the world thinks is beautiful and embracing your natural beauty.
WOMEN YOU LOOK UP TO:
My four sisters. Each of them is so different in their own way and I feel inspired by them every day.
FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS:
@patriciamanfield, @natgeo, @styledumonde, @jfisherjewelry, @infatuation, @mansurgavriel,
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