Some Party

Wilson wishes party prep could have been more fun, but he does regret some of his comments to Tara.

I loved, loved those Gucci ankle strap shoes. The heels were super high, but it also had a thicker platform in the front making it easier for woman to walk in. We offered the consignor a 50/50 deal, which is something that we normally don't do, but there are those occasions that we make exceptions.

Karina and I loved the consignor with the Just Cavalli gold studded jacket, and we were certainly sad to let that great jacket walk out the store. But you know what -- sometimes consignors come in thinking that they will get tons of money for their items, and, as much as we would love for our clients to make a lot of money, we also need to run a business and price things reasonably. Our formula for pricing is a third to a quarter of the price of retail and that is something that I cannot change specially without Tara's or the home office authorization. But something tells me that this consignor will be back soon!

Tara's eco-party for Earth Day was a great idea. Unfourtunately things did not go so smooth during the prep but the party overall was a success.

All I have to say is that day Tara was very stressed out for reasons that I could not understand. We really had all under control, and everyone contributed to make everything happen. It was such a small event that there was really no need or reason to be stressed out. Since Tara is the manager, whenever she is in a certain mood it affects all of us, and I just had to say something. I never thought it would have escalated to the point it did, but I guess it was good for Tara to release some of her stress talking to me. Of course, I do regret saying certain things, which I thought were innapropiate such as the "go home" comment. I guess next time I'll choose my words carefully. Prepping for the party should have being a fun process, and it wasn't.

FYI: I crakcked my iPhone screen the night before digging into dirty trash cans in the bodegas's uptown looking for "green" bottles. I was not stressed out because I don't let such minor thing get to me. And we are talking about an iPhone! Hello!

Another FYI: Ambria's Cuban sandwiches were delicious!

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.