National Best Friends Week: Chaloea & Melanie

They say if you’ve been friends for at least seven years, chances are, you’re in it for the long haul.

In honor of National Best Friends Day (June 8), we’re highlighting an ultimate Trill duo: Chaloea & Melanie. These badass females show that friendship and a healthy lifestyle not only go hand in hand but might be the key to a long-lasting friendship.

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How did you meet?

Chaloea: We met at an orientation for law students of color at BU Law. I immediately knew I wanted to be Mel’s friend. Her positive energy was infectious and filled the room; she was incredibly on point regarding the law’s impact on society, and, of course, her fashion sense was GOALS. However, it wasn’t until an incredible lunch in the BU cafe that I realized she was going to be one of my best friends.

Mel: The feeling was totally mutually (re: Chaloea’s positive energy/legal knowledge/fashion sense, etc.) and I remember trying to figure out how to initiate a friendship. Finally one of us got the courage to ask the other to lunch, and I remember just feeling like I found one of my forever friends. We’ve been tight ever since that epic lunch. 

What’s your favorite work out or class to do together?

We have been working out together since law school; it’s how we survived studying for the bar exam. But finding TrillFit was a game changer. We LIVE for all things Melissa and the cardio grind she serves up on Thursdays and Sunday morning.

What is your favorite memory together?

We are lucky to have so many amazing memories together.

Chaloea: This is a really hard one, but the top five has to include shopping for Mel’s wedding dress at an incredible woman of color owned and body positive boutique in Brooklyn, where Mel was surrounded by her closet friends (who are all deep beasts in their own right), her lovely and superhero cousin Jillian, and her Aunt Mimi who brought so much love and light. When Mel walked out in “THE DRESS,” which was coincidentally also called Mimi, everyone in the room had a moment. Mel gives so much of her time and loves uplifting others, so it was beautiful to have the opportunity to return even a little of that love on the most special of occasions.

Mel: That is obviously one of my favorite memories; Chaloea has been an amazing friend (more like a sister) and was a wonderful bridesmaid. One of my random favorite memories was one night during the summer of our 2L year of law school, Chaloea and I went out just the two of us. We ended up stumbling on this free party at the Liberty Hotel and just kind of let the night take us where it would. Law school was a stressful time, but whenever Chaloea and I got together, that stress just dissipated.

Her positive energy was infectious and filled the room

What song best describes your friendship?

Super tough. Anything Beyoncé but Who Run the World and Schoolin’ Life are up there.

What is the best piece of advice you have received from each other?

Chaloea: Mel consistently reminds me to believe in myself and to always remember that I am worthy and nothing or no one can take that from me. That advice has come back to me on several occasions along my journey, and I’m better for it.

Mel: Chaloea is my go-to person for reminders that I can handle anything thrown at me. I remember when we were interviewing for jobs during law school I was feeling a little overwhelmed and Chaloea gave me some interview tips that I still share with my mentees. Chaloea is one of those people who wants the people around her to be great, so I know I can count on her for guidance on how to be my best self, from something as big as an interview to as small as advice on what nail color I should pick for an upcoming event. 


Catch these lovely ladies celebrating National Best Friends Day all week with Trillfit and be sure to check us out on Instagram ( Enter our contest and you could win a free yearlong membership! 



Natalie Novak