Lauren Bagcall

Episode 4:'s Associate Editor ponders the places she could go with new LV and Chanel bags.


The ladies' trip to the Podiatrist to the stars palace was pretty amazing. It's interesting to think about each profession having the best of fashions of their field. Do ophthalmologists have legions of incredible eye glasses? Do pulmonary specialists have loads of incredible vests and jackets? Who knows, who cares -- this woman has shoes an f'n plenty.

Particularly of interest to me was this pair of stunners. You might recognize these beauts from Sex and the City as the pair of shoes Carrie is mugged for, and I can totally understand why. If I was going to take to a life of crime, taking these would be near the top of my list. Though for $195 at STA, I guess I don't have to.


I'm not sure who's pricing strategy was correct, but what's more disconcerting to me is why would Lauren Bacall ever part with this luggage? It's monogrammed LV! Why!?! It's the ultimate in traveling chic. It must have had some Humphrey Bogart baggage. 

I don't know what to say except that every garage sale I've ever been to was wrong. Why have I not been to a garage sale where real life Chanel bags were stacked amongst the tchotkes. I'm going to start really hitting these Brooklyn stoop sales hard. 

As amazing as it was to fathom picking things like this up from a sale, it was even more mind-blowing to hear Nylon editor Dani Stahl (I have adored her since she started her "Factory Girl" column) discuss how to spot a fake. I wouldn't have known that the interior is stamped, or that Chanel hardware is gold. Some things to keep in mind when i'm elbowing old ladies next Sunday morning.

Next week the STA crew hits the road to find deals in the Hamptons (if they are to be had). Let me know which item you coveted most in the comments.

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.