The Girl Friday: Caroline


Caroline, 23

My best friend Caroline is essentially the coolest person in the world. We're spirit twins with a hive mind and a similar sense of arrogant humor that can only be shared between the two of us. All of this is not even to mention the fact that she's a true intellectual and has a keen sense of observation and self-awareness which I think are completely evident in her answers below.

Modern Swan 

What She Does
She is in her clinical year of graduate school currently working as a therapist at a mental health care clinic where she counsels uninsured individuals with symptoms of depression or anxiety with co-occurring medical conditions. You can read about similar clinics here.

Where She Is
Winter Park, Florida

Her Aesthetic
"I suppose I'm still figuring that out as a blogger! For most of my life, I bucked my preppy roots because of what they represented in a grander social and political sense. Now, I feel I embrace more of a prep style as an adult because I can appreciate the ethos: simplicity, quality over trend, a love for what is classic, and choosing a look because it enhances natural beauty rather than forcing oneself to fit into the fad du jour. But, my rebelliousness and early exposure to urban, European style prevent me from unequivocally placing myself in the prep category. I believe in being provocative but not trying too hard, which I suppose is a very French sentiment. I guess my aesthetic is Sofia Coppola walking around the set of Marie Antoinette in something very casual yet chic. I'd revel in make-believe court life at Versailles but I'd also be very happy to not be in a corset."

Astrological Sign
"...which I used to think was the most boring sign and a mismatch for my personality. However, I am learning that I'm a total workaholic and a bit of a power/achievement junkie...which is very Capricorn! But, I was born on the cusp of Aquarius, which I think accounts for my quirkier qualities."

Girl Crushes
Carine Roitfeld and the late Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.

Boy Crushes
Miles Teller.
"I've heard he's a douche (and that unfortunate blonde hair episode did him no favors) but for some reason, I find him so charming."

Favorite Scent
Le Labo Thé Noir 29, Elizabeth and James White Nirvana, and Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume.

Favorite Film
Lately, I've been in love with The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). Steve McQueen is dreamy and that chess scene makes me swoon.


Favorite Book
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.
"But I also adore The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Can anyone have a single favorite book?"

The best city is....
"I'm constantly torn between Manhattan and London. London reigns supreme if for no other reason than the Tube. I would marry the Tube."

Favorite Restaurant
The Clocktower at The New York Edition.

Go-To Workout
ModelFit for strength and any kind of dancing for cardio.

Favorite Beauty Brands
Klorane, Glossier, Serge Normant, Tarte, Davines

What podcasts are you listening to?
You Must Remember This and Monocycle.

Favorite Indulgences
"My Mason Pearson hairbrush. I've had one since I was six and I can't live without it."

Go-To Snack
English Breakfast Tea and blackberries.

Favorite Piece in Your Wardrobe
My black wrap dress.

In an alternate universe, what career would you pursue?
"I don't like to say I'd be anything in an alternate universe because I I'd like to do it all in this universe! I know I'll be a multi-career gal. Eventually, I'd like to get my doctorate in literature and pop-culture so I can teach but I'd still like to be a therapist and open my own free mental health clinic one day. I still dream about doing something in the film industry, but I recognize that this is outlandish. I guess in a very alternate universe, I'd be a casting director like Marion Dougherty!"

Who are your five ideal celebrity dinner party guests?
Dennis Freedman, Gloria Swanson, Anna Freud, Camille Paglia, and Anna Nicole Smith. 

Who is your wellness idol?
Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise at Sakara Life.

Most Recent Binge Watch
The Crown
"I'm a huge fan of the royals. Claire Foy has done an exceptional job as the Queen."

Top 3 Places on Your Current Travel List
Tokyo, Chamonix, St. Barth's.

This post is part of an ongoing series in which I feature some of the coolest girls I know.