Melissa JohnsonCEO & Creative DirectorClick to learn more about Melissa A little about Melissa ROLE AT BFFF: I am a multi-passionate entrepreneur & brand builder at heart. From creatively directing our parties to developing easy recipes, there is never a dull moment at BFFF. I love what I do, and it’s still a pinch me moment that I get to call this my job! FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY: Blasting my favorite song, with the sunroof open and grabbing my go-to drink at Starbucks! FAVORITE BLOG POST ON BFFF: Hands down, Charlie’s 9th birthday at Target TYPICAL STARBUCKS ORDER: Venti soy chai, no water, with 2 pumps of vanilla with whipped cream…and in the Fall it’s a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte with 2 pumps of White Mocha with whipped cream! ;) FAVORITE HAPPY QUOTE: “Enjoy the little things as one day you might look back and realize those were the big things.” RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I was a semi-finalist during casting for a host role on the Game Show Network 10 years ago. I can also touch my nose with my tongue. Molly AllenEditorial DirectorCLick to learn more about Molly A little about Molly ROLE AT BFFF: I’m all about words! I run the editorial operations behind the scenes, editing posts and making sure we’re all on task and on time! FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY: Ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles! FAVORITE RECIPE / BLOG POST ON BFFF: Apple Crisp – I’m such a sucker for a good fall dessert TYPICAL STARBUCKS ORDER: Grande Iced Americano with caramel sauce and a tiny bit of room. FAVORITE HAPPY QUOTE: “Work hard until you no longer have to introduce yourself.” RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I’m a Canadian, who grew up in the Sonoran Desert, now living in the Pacific Northwest! Kim AlcalaPROJECT DEVELOPER & STYLISTCLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Kim A little about Kim ROLE AT BFFF: My role includes choosing props and accessories and preparing them for photoshoots. I work closely with Melissa to bring an idea from concept to completed construction. FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY: Fresh flowers in my house are a must. Buy flowers for yourself or someone else to make their day brighter! FAVORITE RECIPE / BLOG POST ON BFFF: Draper James Christmas – styling for BFFF X Draper James was a dream come true. TYPICAL STARBUCKS ORDER: Grande Black Cold Brew with Cold Foam. No sweetener. FAVORITE HAPPY QUOTE “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I’ve lived in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Andy JohnsonPHOTOGRAPHER & FOOD PROP STYLISTCLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Andy A little about Andy ROLE AT BFFF: I work behind the scenes at BFFF, shooting content, tackling graphic design projects and remodeling our mid-century modern home. FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY: Eating potato chips and watching TV FAVORITE RECIPE / BLOG POST ON BFFF: Grilled Salmon Skewers TYPICAL STARBUCKS ORDER: Venti Black Coffee FAVORITE HAPPY QUOTE: “Dance when no one is watching.” RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I’m really really tall. Like 6’5” tall. Janessa Dela CruzMarketing & Public Relations AssistantCLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Janessa A little about Janessa ROLE AT BFFF: I work closely with Melissa in finding amazing brands to partner with and assist in pitching. I also assist with sharing content with everyone on our social media platforms! FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE THE EVERYDAY: Cuddling and spending time with my dog. I love seeing her sunbathe, and when she runs around, seeing her floppy ears absolutely makes my day! FAVORITE RECIPE / BLOG POST ON BFFF: Falafel – I love Greek foods! Make a big batch to snack on or throw in a salad throughout the week. TYPICAL STARBUCKS ORDER: Grande Iced White Chocolate Mocha with almond milk, an extra shot of espresso, and no whipped cream! FAVORITE HAPPY QUOTE: “Don’t stress over things you can’t control!”RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I used to be a photographer! I would take all my friend’s senior photos and cover events/concerts. When I lived in San Francisco, I helped direct shoots for local businesses. Carol Anne PerkinsCopywriterCLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Carol A little about Carol ROLE AT BFFF: I assist with writing and behind-the-scenes editorial tasks. FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY: Long car rides and watching the waves at the beach! FAVORITE RECIPE / BLOG POST ON BFFF: Sprinkle Pancakes – These always make me happy! TYPICAL STARBUCKS ORDER: Grande Iced Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew FAVORITE HAPPY QUOTE: “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine!” RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I previously interned for The Maury Povich Show. I go to the beach almost every day. It’s so peaceful, and it’s one of my favorite places to read and write! Gina FornitoSocial Media AssistantCLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Gina A little about Gina ROLE AT BFFF: I assist with our social media strategy to make it feel like a branded experience that is fun & inspiring! FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY: A latte with whipped cream! FAVORITE RECIPE / BLOG POST ON BFFF: Sheet-Pan Chicken Quesadilla – I love any kind of quesadilla! TYPICAL STARBUCKS ORDER: Grande Caramel Macchiato, blonde roast FAVORITE HAPPY QUOTE: “There is power in kindness.” RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I was a figure skater for 10 years and opened a portrait photography business at 16 years old!