El Final Feliz

Wilson shares his experiences in Haiti and his sadness over the season ending.

Wow this episode was so fabulous and meant so much to us that I just won't get tired of watching it over and over. How Amazing was Kelly Killoren Bensimon's apartment! I would die for her closet space. I didn't get a chance to meet her but Ambria and Karina said she was such a doll and I think we can all see that in the camera.

I did get to hang in Alexa Ray Joel's apt with Tara! Alexa was so welcoming and attentive to us at her home. She has the most eclectic and cozy apartment ever. I need to visit her soon for some tea, haha. I knew Alexa's pieces would sell really fast in the auction since she is such an icon. I mean the daughter of Billy Joel? One would be silly to not own a piece or two of her closet! Plus, she does have a good taste.

This auction meant so much to me in particular, since the money that we raised would go to the charity Generosity Water to help build a well for thousands of people in Haiti, which is my neighbor country. I remember being 10 years old and going on a school trip to visit the boarder of Dominican Republic and Haiti. I was completely heartbroken to see so many kids my age drinking water from a river that was so dirty, with their mothers washing clothes right next to them. I was baffled by those children's poverty and the living situation. Therefore raising that money for the charity was very important to me, and the girls as well. And we did!! We just received the pictures about a week ago of the well and the people making lines to drink and use the clean water. It was such a great feeling for all of us, and I am certain we would do it all over again!

El Final Feliz (the happy ending)! No! we want more Fashion Hunters! Haha! As we all know everything has to come to and end and our Season 1 finale couldn't have a better ending! Great consigners, Karina's pricing perfection, Ambria opening to find love, and finally the mysterious cuff that "belonged" to my mother Chanel! And it's story revealed in the one and only Elle magazine accessory closet! Ugh I would have died in there!

Although there was so much other unseen footage that we would have loved that had made it to the show such as a fashion show, my own photoshoot, along with a GQ photoshoot! (Editor's Note: see the fashion show below.)

I will say that I am pleased with how everything came along and feel very grateful for being part of such amazing show. I also want to thank the girls for teaching the business and being so patient with my over-the-top comments at times. Our journey will go on as we continue to hunt fabulous people's closets. And who knows maybe you ll see us back sooner than you expect!

Hasta la vista baby! (In Arnold's accent.)

What The Water Gave Me

Ambria discusses the team's work with Generosity Water and how proud she is of Tara's progress.

I loved going to Kelly Killoren Bensimon's closet. Aside from Keni Valenti and Eva Lorenzotti's closets, Kelly's was my definite favorite. Handbags, shoes, dresses, suits, an entire Missoni shelf. . .seriously? I aspire to have that closet. On top of the clothing, the bags, the ridiculous apartment and Kelly's down-to-earth friendliness was her charitable demeanor. She knows she has been fortunate, and she makes it a point to give back in her life, which is such an admirable quality. Generosity Water is her pet charity, and I see why. You see the direct results of the funds you send, which is not always the case with charities.

I have always wanted to get involved with charities but I've never been in a position to do so. Working at Second Time Around gives me opportunities to be around clientele who have plenty of clothing and plenty of money. Linking Generosity Water with our clients to build a well in Haiti was finally my opportunity to be a hands-on part of something extremely beneficial. I knew being the one to auction everything would be a challenge -- I've never done that before in my life! I figured because I knew a lot of the women, and we had those amazing items from Peter Som, Kelly Bensimon, Rachel Roy, and Alexa Ray Joel it would be a walk in the park. I was secretly hoping to raise enough money for two or three wells. I was totally wrong. These women did not come ready to give their money away. . It was a real fight to even get a paddle raised. Luckily Wilson came to my rescue with that deep, masculine voice that commanded those women a bit more than mine. Wilson has such positive energy and he definitely added a richer dimension to the party.

Persistence pays off, though, and after a few glasses of champagne the women began bidding. It wasn't the triumphant, over-the-top success I had wanted, but that one well does give water to a thousand people. So I guess I'll just give us four a congratulations for getting that far. Water is something that we take for granted; I can't imagine taking a sip of water and worrying that it's contaminated. This was by far the most rewarding thing I've done in a long time.

I was soooo hoping that Colin's bracelet actually belonged to Coco Chanel. Obviously Coco was one of the most influential women in fashion, so I got really excited. It was a let down to find out it wasn't. Visiting the Elle accessories closet was a nice little band-aid. You didn't even really get to see how much stuff was actually in there! I only wished Karina could have been there to fulfill her fantasy of accessories.

I am proud of Tara for sharing about her alcoholism. Everyone has different past experiences which leads them into certain circumstances they would rather not have to deal with it; I definitely have my own. It hasn't always been easy to watch her go through the motions at work. It's the type of situation that there is nothing you can do but be supportive. She has handled herself with dignity and grace, and I believe her sharing is quite inspirational for others who have similar demons.