I never knew how much I relied on her until I realized that if something is wrong in my life, I can just call her and unload. No matter how busy she is, she will come to the rescue. When Harper’s Bazaar folded magazine in 2020, it was hard because [as the magazine’s fashion editor] it was a big part of my identity. Alyce was the first person I spoke to, and she just said, “We have this. You will do this and that, I will contact X, Y and Z. I was not afraid because I knew I had Alyce.
I feel like Alyce respects me more professionally now that I’m older. She asks my opinion and follows my advice. And I respect her more emotionally. I always call her and want to do things with her.
We do everything together. We are so in each other’s pockets. We just like to lay on his bed and scroll through our phones together. I hate to admit it, but she’s my best friend.
Alicia: Caroline was the cutest little girl. Everyone loved her – she was very easygoing and always said funny things. We didn’t express a lot of emotions growing up, we didn’t hug. When she was four or five, she charged me for hugs. If I did something nice for her, she’d say, “You can have 100 hugs now.” She still doesn’t show much emotion, so when she does, it feels really good. Once a year I get a nice birthday card, saying nice things about what I’ve accomplished and thanking me for being his sister. I like this. I kept them all.
“I don’t do this often but, if I text ‘SOS’, she’ll call me right back no matter who she’s with.”
We have the same core values of family, work ethic and fairness. But I’m very well organized, whereas Caroline can sweep things under the rug. She is self-employed now and sometimes she forgets to bill clients, so she has no money. Sometimes she is like a child, not taking responsibility for the realities of life. She forgot to pay for her car registration and got pulled over and had to leave her car on the side of the road. She called me and I said, “I don’t have time for that. Take an Uber.
I know Caroline appreciates my advice, but sometimes she doesn’t want to be told what to do. I once told her something about having to go the extra mile to get the next job. Then she said, “It’s so hard to live in your shadow.” It upset me because I said to myself, “You don’t live in my shadow. Everyone is obsessed with you.
I try to protect her from things. When I was recently involved in litigation, it was the worst time of my life. [Alyce was sued by Tania Liu, her business partner at fashion brand The Daily Edited, for allegedly misusing company funds, which Alyce denied. In May last year, Alyce sold her stake in the company to her former friend. That confidential deal effectively ended the dispute.] It was stressful for our whole family as our parents were helping with the legal bills, but I didn’t talk to Caroline about it because I didn’t want her to have to worry about it.
I lean on her for emotional support. I don’t do this often, but if I text saying “SOS” she’ll call me right back no matter who she’s with. I did when I broke up with my last boyfriend. I just know she’s still there; you can’t rely on your friends the same way. I also know that I will always get absolute honesty from him. With an ex-boyfriend, she said to me, “That’s a bad idea. You don’t need to. You don’t need to adjust. While the friends were just like, “Oh yeah, he’s nice.”
I never tire of her. I could have it with me all the time. I think everything she does is fun. She packs snacks for work in beautiful little jars; who do this ? He is the cutest person I have ever met – the main fun and excitement of my life. My boyfriend knows that if I talk to him and Caroline calls, I hang up and take his call. I know that I will only have one child and I feel sad for this child, that they will not have this person to amuse them like I did.
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