This is Sydney Townsend from LA. She’s 21 and currently lives in London, where she’s studying for an MA is Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. When I noticed that faboverfifty.com had been featured in a blog called Blank Canvas, I checked out the author and found Sydney’s impressive resume. Her photography has been recognized internationally, she’s won numerous awards, volunteered for homeless shelters, run in marathons and even is a certified bartender.
I immediately sent Sydney an email:
I am so impressed that you are only 21 and have done so much with your life. By the time you are fifty you will be running the world. I found you because you put something about my website on your blog. What made you do that? Send me a photo of yourself and I will write about you in my blog.
I love your photos and will add your blog to the list of blogs I love.
Geri Brin, NYC
Sydney responded right away:
Thank you so much!! What a lovely email to receive; made my day!
I came across your website via Joanna Goddard’s Cup of Jo blog,* and being a girl who went to an all-girls school from 7th-12th grade I love all things that point out how awesome women are – of any age. A great idea!
I shared your email with my dad, who I cc’d on this email, and he said that if you are interested, to see if you would like to come by for drinks tonight in NYC. He and a bunch of his friends/colleagues/etc are having a 50th bday– about 50 of them turning or turned 50. Something along those lines…so, you are more than welcome. 7pm Locanda Verde
Anyway, thanks again for the compliments and have a safe, fun, and healthy holiday season!
Hysterical, I thought.
I did go to the restaurant to meet Sydney’s dad, Michael, who was in New York for a real estate conference and for a surprise fiftieth for his friend Beth.
I stayed for five minutes, but made sure to give Michael a pack of Fab Over Fifty cards to hand out to his Fab Over Fifty friends.
WELCOME TO FOF, BETH. MICHAEL PROMISED HE’D INTRODUCE US.
* Joanna is a friend and former employee, which makes the world seem even smaller.