While it is no secret that I love New York, a large reason for my reoccurring trips is to visit Brooklyn dweller, fellow Italian suburban expat and best lady pal Julia.
Julia's beauty lies in her compassion for others. This past year she lopped off her hair for cancer, and travelled to Rwanda to conduct eye exams. She's incredibly smart, (occupation: optometrist) but also street smart (read: a Jedi master of the New York City transit system). If you meet her in person she'll either squeeze you with a hug, or excitedly shake your hand - all while welcoming you into her space.
On a physical level, her smile makes you feel like you should try smiling more in case you look that good by association; while her short do accentuates her delicate features and cheekbones, without a lick of makeup. She's like a pint of champagne - all effervescent and bubbly, without the ornamental stemware.
Besides, she prefers to ask what's on tap anyways.