Boss Babes: Meet Olivia Perez

Photo via Vanessa Granda

In every group of friends, there’s usually that one that knows everything and anything that is happening around them. Whether it’s the latest in fashion, travel, beauty, or food, they somehow know it all. Thankfully, today’s Boss Babe is the friend you’ve been looking for to help keep you up to date with everything you could image — and some.

Olivia, or as her friends call her, Liv, is a super star when it comes to staying in the know. As the creator of the lifestyle website, Friend of a Friend, it’s her job to explore cities and introduce new places and events to her readers. Her determination and dedication has made Friend of a Friend rise to the top since its inception in 2015 and with a pop-up shop already underneath her belt, it’s no surprise to see why the site is exploding all over the place. While this it-girl (read: besties with the Hadid and other LA heavyhitters) is going to graduate in the spring from NYU Gallatin, her future is already set due to her work ethic and humble personality. She’s just getting started and we are excited to see what she’s going to do next.

We got to hang with Liv (we are friends with her now) at Butcher’s Daughter where we got to chat about her future plans, what her go-to underrated restaurant is, and how she stays motivated. Meet your new BFF 4 eva, Olivia Perez.


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Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Hometown:

Los Angeles

Current Location:

New York City

Birth Sign:

Aquarius

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Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

12 hours in NYC, where would you go?

Straight to wherever my best friends are, then to Bar Pitti for a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine.

An underrated NYC restaurant that you love:

I Sodi

A TV show you are binging at the moment:

Suits

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

A beauty product that automatically makes you feel confident?

Glossier Moon Mask. It always makes my skin absolutely gorgeous!

Pizza or burger:

I can’t believe you’re making me choose….

Dream travel destination?

Maldives and Brazil

Current fashion trend you can’t stand?

I’m always open-minded when it comes to fashion trends. Fashion is really personal and I think if you own what you’re wearing, you can pull off anything.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came up with A Friend of a Friend?

I grew up in LA and moved to NYC to attend NYU Gallatin. I’ll be graduating in the spring! I started Friend of a Friend as a catalyst for new dialogue and a reason for me, my friends, and our readers to be more adventurous with how they spend their every day lives and not fall into a routine.

What is your secret when discovering new places?

Walking! I think it’s really important to be out of your comfort zone. New York has gems on every corner so there’s endless inspiration.

Describe your personal style in three words:

Vintage, eclectic, simple.

Being from LA are there some things you miss from the West Coast that you wish the East Coast would have?

In N Out, palm trees, and my family.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

What inspires you to go out and stay motivated especially in such a competitive city like NYC?

I’ve always been really driven and disciplined. I studied ballet for 17 years growing up and those ethics stuck with me. I also have an amazing group of driven and talented friends that always push me to be better.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

A talent you wish you had:

Singing.

If you can have a drink with anyone, anywhere, where and who would that be?

Nina Simone at any place with a microphone.

Do you have a life motto that you always try to follow?

Staying grounded and always being humble.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Where do you see A Friend of a Friend in the next 5 years?

I think Friend of a Friend online is just the first step to wherever we’re going. 8 months after launching we did our first ever pop-up in NYC. I loved being able to take our community offline and into the store, and I feel that’s where we make the most impact. The pop-up was something I never planned or even thought was in our range of capabilities. Imagine what we can do as we grow!  

Any advice for future Boss Babes, especially ones that are trying to start their own business?

There’s no such thing as “that’s not my job.” Always be open to new experiences – it will make you a more well-rounded and understanding leader.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda


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