Fun Fun Fun

Karina loved the gang's trip to the Hamptons, even if she had to fight to take some pieces home.

Fun fun fun!!!

A Hamptons weekend is what we all needed. Having Tara roll up behind the wheel of an SUV was simply hilarious. . .and it was all the more special to experience Wilson's first time out east with him.

So we headed Jackie Rodgers house. She has history beyond history with "Mademoiselle" Chanel. OMG, I could have just spent my whole weekend having tea with her, since she is such an important part of fashion history.

Next we were off to Pierre's for lunch with my old friend Amy. The truth is it is sometimes hard to part with things, but if you haven't worn it two years, chances are you never will. . .and that's what I was trying to explain with regards to the Alberta Ferretti skirt. In any event, we got to see Wilson do a twirl. That's Twirl Number 2 for those who are counting!

The Chateau home was inspirational. Sometimes it shocks me what people have tucked away and then have issues parting with. The Dolce coat is a perfect example, as it sat in her closet but she still insisted on keeping it "to wear in the south of France." Oh well. . .

Lastly we stopped off at a favorite spot of mine. -- Wolford winery where we enjoyed my favorite rosé wine. . .and then proceeded to shop (yay!). The StyleLiner -- wow, what a great idea. I just love the way Joey had everything set up and her pieces were simply delectable. Too tempting to buy, as I found a few special items for the collezione. Haha.

P.S.: Sported a DVF on the way out there.

P.P.S.: I love the free flow of fabrics when I'm on the beach. Also, check out CrushworthyMoms.com. I had a great time on Halloween and you can see the pix there.

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.