Feet First

Ambria address her "field hand" feet and why Chanel bags can spell trouble.

I'm going to leave my field hand feet for last. OK, no, I'll just get it over with now. I've always had wider feet, but honestly living in New York has made it worse. I walk all over the city. I love it, but I moved here with a size 9 shoe -- I am now a very generous 10. I was excited to see if she would be able to do anything to my feet, but really in the end, short of having major surgery, there is nothing I can do except wear high arched shoes.

Dr. Levine's shoe collection was pure insanity. The main thing I want you to know is that the shoes that she had out in her living room and against her wall were not all of her shoes! I had a sneak peek at her closet and there were a couple of hundred more… Wow this woman had the ideal Carrie Bradshaw closet. Unfortunately, she was not willing to part with many. . .which made me sad. I'm still hopeful, though, that Dr. Levine will let me pick some shoes up from her doorman from time to time and put them in the store!

Having a Chanel bag walk in is always a major thing. . .but to have the girl who brought it have gotten it from a YARD SALE?! What?! Things like that happen, though, and it's just our job to make sure that we get our hands on these items and sell them for the consignor as quickly as we can. Obviously Chanel bags are duplicated often and that can spell danger for us. To have fake Chanel bags would be detrimental to our reputation (just like having a fake Birkin at my party is detrimental to my reputation!). So to learn about exactly what to look for by Dani Stahl was an incredible treat. She is the real deal as far as accessories go. She knows their history, their value and whether they are real or not. I will hunt another Chanel bag especially for Karina next season!

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.