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Friendship: Dos and Don’ts

Be a Best Friend to have a Best Friend!
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(Thank you to my fabulous best friends for modeling a few of my pieces!)

My best friends might live hundreds of miles away from me now, but as soon as i step back into our old town- things go right back to where they left off. I’m so thankful for the time (even though short) that I got to spend with these girls this week and all that they have become and are becoming!

Friends are just such an important part of our lives. I’ve been blessed to have wonderful friends come into my life through the years. Some have remained and others have drifted away- I haven’t always been the best friend, but I’ve learned a lot of lessons and hopefully have gotten better over the years.

Here are a few things I’ve come to realize about how to stay close, even through life changes, phases and stages!

Dos!

If she tells you a secret, keep it a secret! Don’t be THAT friend.

Respect her choices- This doesn’t mean you support everything they do or every choice they make, but you HAVE to make your friend understand that you support her through everything. That you appreciate them and what they stand for- even the things you aren’t so proud of.

Be honest BUT timely. If you don’t think her outfit is a good choice tell her before she buys it or before she leaves the house. Leaning over in the while walking into the restaurant and saying ‘What were you thinking?!’ is never a good move!

Discuss issues before they become problems- Sometimes the things we love most about people also drive us a little crazy. This is completely normal! We all need our own unique flavor to add to the mix.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Return what you borrow- Once again, don’t be THAT friend.

Give honest advice- Honesty is always key!

Accept your limitations – you’re not Dr. Phil. Shoulder to cry on or a listening ear – yes. In-depth psychological assistance – be careful and direct her elsewhere if necessary.

Never forget the value of a true friend. Priceless. Take good care of her and she will last you a lifetime, there’s not much else that can say that.

Don’ts!

Never gossip about your friend! Ever. Never ever.

If your friend doesn’t want to talk about something, respect their privacy.

Don’t knock her choices, be it handbags or boyfriends.

When she speaks badly about her husband/boyfriend/partner – neither agree nor disagree. Shrug your shoulders, nod, and leave it at that.

Don’t be devious, tricky or sneaky.

Don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Don’t be a Behavior Monitor (even if she asks you). It is her responsibility to know when she’s had enough biscuits or beer.

Don’t judge.

If you honestly feel a friendship is past its sell-by-date then end it – don’t drag it on.

Don’t lie to your friend – ever. Not to protect her, nor to protect yourself. Once the trust is broken it will never be the same.

MOST IMPORTANTLY

Grow with them
A friendship is a living breathing thing. It won’t always look the same or fall into the same patterns. If you really value your friend, let the relationship grow through all stages of life.

Laugh
The central theme of most of my dearest friendships is laughter. Being able to laugh together about ourselves is medicine for the soul.

Bare your soul
If you find a true friend, you’re so fortunate. Be your authentic self around them and give them permission to do the same. Even if there are difficult things that come up!

Be Grateful
So many people in the world are lonely. If you have a friend whose heart is connected to yours, be grateful for them and show them that gratitude.

Remember- Everybody isn’t meant to be best friends with everybody else (that’s the worst misconception I have ever had), but when you do find those people you are fortunate enough to call your “Best Friends”, it’s so important to hold onto them!

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CLASSIC KENTUCKY MINT JULEP: Even if your at home, the derby festivities must go on!

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(Special thanks to my fiancé, Isaac for being such a great model! )

It’s finally here! The Kentucky Derby- when ladies and gentlemen gather at Churchill Downs to place their bets on the finest horses in the country. I still haven’t been to this race (definitely on my bucket list), but i usually manage to put on a great hat and find a fun place to attend in town. Turns out that the best Derby Day traditions is on you can stir up for yourself right at home: the classic Kentucky mint juleps. Traditionally served in a chilled silver cup,this simple bourbon cocktail packs a lot of a punch.

*Note- We recommend going heavy on the crushed ice, which will slightly dilute the drink as it melts.

CLASSIC KENTUCKY MINT JULEP

Ingredients

-2.5 ounces bourbon

-25-30 mint leaves

-ice cubes

-crushed ice

Syrup

-1/2 cup sugar

-1/2 water

-1 large bunch of mint leaves

Instructions

1. First, you’ll make the simple syrup. Combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Place the bunch of mint leaves in an old mason jar (or a heatproof container) and pour the syrup over the leaves. Place the jar in the fridge and let the leaves steep in the syrup for at least one hour. Strain the leaves from the liquid and set the syrup aside.

2.Place you 25-30 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and pour in the 2.5 ounces of bourbon as well as one ounce of your syrup. Top with a few ice cubes and stir. Fill your chilled cup with ice about halfway. Strain the liquid from the cocktail shaker into the cup. Pack crushed ice on top of the liquid to top off the glass. Garnish the drink with a sprig of mint leaves and a straw

3. Place you bets and enjoy your drink!

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BIG news

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The past couple months have been a whirlwind for me and LB Collections. We are so excited to announce that we will now be selling “baubles”! With a tremendous amount of support from friends,family and our dearest followers, we have been able to create and fall in love with these beautiful new pieces! We love that they are elegant, yet versatile enough to run errands in. Have some fun adding a little color, stacking them up or wearing them individually!

Sophistication, elegance and a *pop* of color

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Our bracelets are currently sold on LBCollections.bigcartel.com, and our Instagram page @shopLBCollections. If you have any questions or suggestions, or are interested in a custom piece, please contact us at shoplissette@gmail.com.

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