I Wanna Be Your J. Lo

Epsidoe 1: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor ponders Jenny from the block's fashion choices and Bluemarine shoes.

Hello my fellow bargain gatherers (I'm a passive soul), and welcome to a little show I lovingly refer to as "Now if you'll excuse me I've got to get down to Mott Street and buy that item." I plan on watching each episode with an eye on my Googling finger so I can procure a few of these duds myself, hence I'll use this recaps as a place to highlight the fashion porn (aside: the folks on this show have delightfully filthy mouths when it comes to speaking sartorially -- I love that). Let us begin.

"J. Lo is the S--t Right Now"
It's true. Her American Idol, husband-tossing ways align perfectly to the time to get top dollar for a dress she wore to an awards show, and what a dress it was.

Not only does this dress have the cache of having been worn on the 6 train at the Latin Grammys, it's also a Thierry Mugler -- who has a few other pop stars connection. He's dressed Rihanna on multiple occasions and Lady Gaga has scored his fashion shows (one song was the basis of "Scheiße," one of my favorite non-sensical songs of all time). Basically, that's a lot of cache for a dress. Granted the gown itself isn't my most favorite, however, Ambria looked pretty fly in it, and if I had the $6K, I'd probably twirl in it to. Then I could sing the song that gave this blog its title (by CSS) and drink champange. (In this scenrio, I'm rich enough to not have a job.)Sunshine Strip

So let's talk about that Carolina Herrera dress. Don't let this image fool you. I would wear this non-stop, from gala events to eating gala apples on my couch. It was a steal. I probably would have bribed Simon Doonan (love you Doons) to authenticate the others so this delight wouldn't have been left behind. Yes, after her sketchy dresses were unprovable, consigner Jessica took her perfectly-engineered treasure off into the wind, never to be heard from again, which is a real shame. That dress was something a sophisticated ribbon dancer would wear to her first night at the opera with her banker husband. She would twirl and everyone would know she was different, just a little more special than the rest of society.

I'm sorry, just had a moment there. With you now.

Closet Case

Shut up with these shoes, and the entire closet of Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti. Eva's living the dream. Filling her closet with incredible items, filling her belly with champagne, and her walls with really fun art. So why not have some gal pals over and sell them your delights? My personal must have were these BluMarine shoes. BluMarine gets are not easy to come by, reserved for the Italian elite. The house was described by The Guardian as "for that brand of Italian miss for whom no dress is too small nor any diamond too big." I don't usually consider myself in that class, but for these leopard/cow print heels, I'd let you call me "Pizza." The CB's they managed to convince her to sell weren't too shabby either.

So, that's what I coveted. What about you? What finds did you want to find most in your own closet?

Next week it's a Birkin bag showdown, when one lady might find hers to be faux. Stay tuned chickees.

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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.

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