10 Women You Should Be Hanging Out With

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Where would any of us be without our girlfriends? We don’t need an excuse to celebrate the leading ladies in our lives, but it is #NationalGirlfriendDay – so we’ll take it!

Today, give a shoutout to the women who support you through the good, the bad and the ugly – and then check out the Top 10 Girl Crushes we’re dying to add to our BFF list!


The BFF Who Does Your Makeup: Samantha Maria


London-based style guru Samantha Maria is a total sweetheart, and we want to friend her ASAP. In a series of engaging YouTube posts, this bubbly Brit shares her techniques for killer makeup, hair, clothes, accessories and more. Her tips are not only original and easy to replicate, but also lovingly personal as she opens up about her life and experiences. Watch her videos to up your glam while keeping up with Samantha! (P.S. Congrats to Sammi on her recent pregnancy!)

Meet Samantha on Instagram and Twitter.


The BFF Who Kills it in the Kitchen: Hilah Johnson


For those of us who could stand to learn a few things about cooking, meet our new girl crush, Hilah Johnson! This sassy, potty-mouth Texan’s approach is simple – have fun while teaching  practical recipes to people who don’t, well, get around the kitchen much. In addition to cooking up great Tex Mex, Hilah is pretty dang funny. Grab your apron and your laptop, and get cooking with Hilah! 


The BFF Who Lets You Raid Her Closet: Kate Young


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Celebrity stylist Kate Young SLAYS the wardrobe game, outfitting stars like Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, Selena Gomez, Natalie Portman and more. She opts for classic styles with some bite, creating sleek silhouettes in stunning color.

Along with glamorous snaps of her A-list clientele, Kate posts incredible fashion finds, from bedazzled Alexander McQueen clutches to bold fabrics. What crew wouldn’t want a girl like Kate to keep everyone looking red carpet ready? (Why We’re Crazy for Off-The-Shoulder)

Check out her work on Insta!


The BFF Who Keeps You Laughing: Elle Meadows


One of the best qualities of friendship is making each other laugh, so we’re recruiting British YouTuber Elle Meadows for our BFF wish list!

Fresh-faced and hilarious, Elle posts sketches about  relatable stuff, from overanalyzing texts to getting through awkward social situations. We feel like Elle would be the girl to call when you’re in need of a good laugh!

Start watching Elle on YouTube!


The BFF Who Inspires You: Lizzie Velasquez



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Born with a rare inability to gain weight, Lizzie Velasquez decided to use her unique looks as a platform for motivating others to be compassionate and reach their goals.

If that doesn’t define what we should all look for in a BFF, then we don’t know what does.  You inspire us, Lizzie – keep doing you!


The BFF Who Sings in the Shower: Alex G


Strumming her guitar and belting out original songs in her soulful voice, singer Alex Gronlund or “Alex G” is the ultimate songbird we’d want to roll with.

Maybe she’d even write a song for us! Not only is Colorado-born Alex talented at singing covers of popular songs, but she also writes many of her own. Listen to her latest song, “Showing Up,” on her channel – we love it! Open invite to join our crew, Alex.


The BFF You Call for Life Advice: Demetria Lucas D’Oyley


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There’s no better feeling than pouring out your heart to a good friend. We’d love to have coffee or wine with writer Demetria Lucas D’Oyley, a witty Brooklynite who got her start writing a blog about making it as a single girl in New York.

A dating and relationship expert who has appeared on shows such as “Access Hollywood” and “Good Morning America,” Demetria sounds like quite the friend catch – we could definitely use her advice on love and life. Call us, Demetria! (5 Signs You’re in a Relationship)


The Super Creative BFF: Heather Day


Somebody paid attention in art class! We would love to add Hawaiian-raised, San Fran-living visual artist Heather Day to our awesome group of gals.

Heather’s lifelong love of and connection to nature inspires her stunning paintings and murals, which you can check out on her Instagram. Having such a creative pal would be hitting the friend jackpot! 


The BFF Who Sweats With You: Neghar Fonooni 


We want a best friend who will encourage us to push ourselves to stay healthy and fit – and L.A.-based Neghar Fonooni is just the woman for the job. Neghar is a fitness motivator, life coach, and U.S. Air Force veteran who preaches body positivity.

We think Neghar looks amazing, and we’d love to hit the gym with her sometime! (5 Fitness Tips to Get You Back on Track)


The BFF Who Takes You Backpacking: Kate McCulley


We must have travel blogger Kate McCulley as a BFF! When she was only 26, “Adventurous Kate” quit her day job and made a career out of traveling the world and writing about it – from the angle of helping women plan safe and adventurous international trips on their own. We love Kate’s independence!

She just came back from South Africa; keep up with her by reading her blog or following her on Insta. (10 Summer Date Ideas)

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