Cast Blog: #FASHIONHUNTERS

So Not Over It

Peace and Plaid

What The Water Gave Me

We Are Family

El Final Feliz

Cuff Love

True Value

Respect the Guidelines

Lou Lou Louboutin

Accustomed to Customs

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Officially Thrift

Little White Exaggeration

Role Models

Her Little Blackbook

Tara Muscarella New York

Judging a Book by Its Raincoat

The Green of Fashion

Laughing Stock

Twirl Tracker

Green Goddesses

Some Party

Closet Cases

Phone Home

Off the Rack

Something for Everyone

Art Appreciation

On the Road Again

Fun Fun Fun

Be Bold

It's a Sickness

Hamptons Style

Lauren Bagcall

The Price is Right

Feet First

Out of the Bag

Guilty As Charged

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Domo Arigato Mr. Mugatu

The Ex Factor

Ex-Boyfriends Happen

Fakes and Leather

So Not Over It

Ambria shares how STA is helping her move through her breakup, one Christian Dior bracelet at a time.

I really loved the Issey Miyake mystery. The 2-piece outfit looked to me like an outfit Lady Gaga would have custom made for her tour or a press event. The fact that the piece was made so many years ago goes to show how revolutionary Mr. Miyake was. You can always tell couture by its construction, and this piece was no different. The construction of it alone was a mystery in itself -- I mean, how was this thing made!?! I was almost in disbelief that these two women wanted to give it up. It seemed to me like something they'd throw on to go get coffee!

Simon Doonan's expertise combined with his humor saved from getting more tense than it already was. From the first sight we could tell this suit was special, but to research it all the way back to its lineage, only to discover that this was a "missing" piece, put the women in an awkward position. Tara and I have definitely dealt with situations like this before. In re-sale there aren't a lot of rules. You never really know how the owner of the item came to have it. Some consignors have lots of items with tags on them, and sometimes your mind can wander. . .We always try to be as diplomatic as possible. Many times people who have stolen something end up not consigning because they want the cash up front. However, we could tell these women have just been toiling around fashion for so long, they apparently did have connections -- and not "Chinatown fake" connections -- actual connections to legit people who might have just been on an amazing photo shoot in Japan and decided to lift an original Miyake. . .it happens. But it's not often that these things resurface, and especially on national TV. . .

I was, as always, sad to lose the piece for the store, but glad that the piece would find it's rightful home – providing the ladies did, in fact, decide to give it to a museum and not keep it in their closet!

Going to Heide's apartment was fun, not only because she had the most amazing apartment and a Christian Dior gold bracelet, but because she actually helped me turn a corner. It's true I have not been open to moving on from my last relationship as much as I claim to be. I pretend like I'm okay so my friends and family don't worry, but all I need is a phone call to show how not over it I am. I am beyond sorry that I even took that call in the first place; I had no idea it would spiral into the arch of an episode but reality TV is good at making you look at yourself the way you really are sometimes and that was a situation I needed to get over! In life we all fall down and get broken-hearted -- that's what I had been dealing with for the last year and I had been picking up the pieces while I worked at STA. Between the amazing support from Tara and Karina, and even our consignors I was working on moving on -- but maybe a little too slowly. After I spoke to Heide, I was ready to get to that bracelet. It was everything I had hoped it was, and all I wished was that I could have slept with it on a couple of nights!

Karen is one of the most un-conventional women I know, she has impeccable taste, and always brings me goodies. When she comes in its inevitable that she will give me a hard time but I love her like an aunt. I have a soft spot for women like her, and the clothes she brings in. I never, ever like to price things too high because shoppers come in and they think we have no idea what we are talking about. But every so often someone can fall in love with an item and they do not care how much it costs. It happens too, sometimes, with items like this one -- even though it's a simple black dress, it has something special about it. So I make little deals like I did with Karen to keep her happy and keep her consigning, while not taking too much of a loss by overpricing something for a long time. If it hits a shopper the right way and they have the cash, Karen might just get lucky. But I'm not willing to risk Second Time Around's reputation by leaving it on the rack at that price for too long.

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.