This month we’re focusing on how friendships contribute to making you the best and healthiest version of yourself. We spoke to three sets of best friends and discussed how their relationships have influenced their lives for the better. Check out what NYC-bloggers and entrepreneurs Julia Dzafic and Kat Tanita had to say!
photo courtesy of Julia + Kat
Name: Julia Dzafic + Kat Tanita
Occupation: Founder of Lemon Stripes Store and blogger at Lemon Stripes.//Blogger at With Love from Kat and Social Media Consultant
Hometown: Hanover, NH//Scottsdale, Arizona
What are your individual stories and how did you two first meet?
JD: I quit my full time job in March to blog and run my boutique full time. I met Kat last May at an event that C.Wonder threw in the Hamptons. We sat near each other on the bus to East Hampton and have been besties ever since!
KT: I started With Love From Kat after graduating from college with a degree in design. I found myself missing the creative outlet that my assignments provided me. After moving to NYC, my blog really took off and I now write it full time. Julia and I were lucky enough to meet through blogging! We instantly hit it off - she is one of the sweetest people I know!
What do you consider something unique about your friendship?
JD: We have the same profession and similar goals but we’re not competitive with each other. Kat has been extremely successful with her blog and I am trying to move my focus onto my store so even though we’re both fashion bloggers, we don’t get jealous when the other person has an amazing opportunity. Also because we’re in the same field, it’s almost like having a coworker to vent to about similar problems which is nice since we both work from home.
KT: Although Julia and I are both in the same industry, we aren’t competitive against one another. We embrace our different styles and support each other. It’s so refreshing to have met someone who can be genuinely happy for my success and vice versa
In general, how do you think friendships help you become a better version of yourself? How has knowing one another personally affected your life and outlook on life?
JD: I spend a lot of time alone to run my business. When we take a few hours out to shoot outfits, go to a press preview, or have a lunch together, it inspires me to do new and different things. Kat is so supportive of my business and encourages me to push myself harder. She is so overwhelmingly positive that it makes me happy and positive too. I’m lucky to have her as a friend!
KT: Friendships are so important to me. I rely on my friends for support, love and advice. It’s been so fun becoming friends with Julia this year! We go to blogger events together, but we also get together outside of the blogging world. We love getting dinner with our significant others and grabbing lunch on a random weekday. It’s great because we can relate to each other in so many ways. We both work from home, run our blogs full time, live on the Upper East Side, and have similar goals/values.