Close to eight years ago, I was a stranger in a new town, wandering aimlessly around each day, trying out a fresh start. I had just moved from Harlem, NYC to Winston-Salem, NC and while I was ready for a big change, it wasn’t washing away all the apprehension, doubts and fears rattling around in my mind. To calm my nerves, I decided to focus on the task of furnishing my small bungalow and as one does, I started scouring Craigslist in search of reclaimed, vintage and refurbished pieces…that’s when the universe sent me a wink that would drastically change my North Carolina life for the better.
You see, I made an inquiry for some charming old timey wooden chairs and a lovely woman, Faith said they were available and she needed to get rid of them due to a move, so we arranged a time. I headed her way, purchased the chairs and then we spent two hours talking and laughing. It was splendid and during our impromptu hang, she said she would introduce me to a friend of hers that would enjoy meeting me and hearing about Loyale. A few weeks later Faith moved to England and I met Sara at a funky coffee shop; we immediately clicked and had an absurdly good time. I can’t deny, I was anxious to make new friends, but when I met her, I knew I was in the presence of a good egg, a light up the room kind of gal. It was a pinch myself moment because I couldn’t believe I was going to be that lucky - girl moves to a strange town and meets her new best friend in the first month - but this was indeed the case.
As the years have progressed with moves, breakups, job changes and losing loved ones, our friendship has held steadfast due greatly in part to Sara’s gracious, kind, patient and magical spirit. Periodic hangs have morphed into daily messaging, essential weekly meet-ups and important artistic collaborations. È scritto nelle stelle (it was written in the stars) is the only way to explain our coming together and subsequent kinship. I couldn’t be more grateful to Sara for being the wonderful, talented person that she is or more thankful to the universe for choreographing our meeting.
We've made a little behind the scenes film that shows off some of that light Sara effortlessly throws off to those fortunate enough to be around her...
Photo credit: Anna Routh Photography