I was very proud of the beautiful party Sonja In The City put together for international jet setter, Janna Bullock, who is known worldwide for throwing the best parties and putting together the chicest crow!
Of course, never fail, there is an upset. As it was I was pressured because last minute we could not throw this party at Janna's home. So. . .thank goodness for my dear friend R. Couri Hay who reciprocated to both Janna and I and lent his gorgeous townhome designed by our friend Campion Platt. That is what friends do!
He made sure everything was according to Janna and my specifications and was gracious throughout the whole creative process. There is always a glitch. You plan for that, and have to roll with it. Ramona donated the wine, and as usual Sonja in The City kicked in the rest with Couri and Janna. Thank goodness for tradeouts. What did you think of my gorgeous servers??? I thought they were fantastic at Aviva's when last minute they were required to serve a three course meal on trays since it was too cramped to be seated!!! Thank you all around for the generosity and gracious behavior in pulling off another event. #TeamSonjaInTheCity
As for the drama, I was surprised Heather told Mario that Ramona was crazy because she doesn't name call (that I know of). The thing I respect about my relationship with Heather is we may have our creative back-and-forth banter and tug of wars (because we are both strong minded) but she never personally insults me. She understands I am fighting for my vision and I feel I need to get Sonja In The City and Sonja Home off the ground in the right fashion. She, being a designer and a creative as well, has her vision. I still feel I know my client base and potential investors better. I also have had extensive talks with shopping networks and retailers. I just want to be careful. I also need tons of pictures for the website, promotions, and demonstrations.
Ramona was so cute when she was standing behind Heather listening in to Heather talking about people talking behind other people's backs. The fact is Ramona confronted Jacques. I confronted Heather with my ideas and stuck with them. I never complained. I thanked her many times, and she knows. James agreed to two set ups. This is his expertise. So I don't see the problem. . .
Dr. Sharon Giese is the one to go to! She really is one-stop shop and she is in my neighborhood. She is pleasant and easy to talk to and she makes it painless, more or less. Ramona looks incredible!!! Who looks like that in a swimsuit at any age? Dr. Giese has all these different procedures to tighten up loose, aging skin and has a great aesthetic eye, while being conservative, so she therefore uses alternatives to plastic surgery as well (DrSharonGiese.com). Also, Ramona plays a lot of tennis and eats well. She works hard and plays hard. That keeps her young.
I was very happy to see LuAnn and Ramona getting along while shopping. The tension was getting old already. I hope they have moved on. I enjoy them both and would love to be able to share a meal with them together without agita!
I am so happy Aviva is getting involved with the One Step Ahead Foundation and bringing awareness to it through new friends. Its founder Amy Palmiero-Winters is also a beautiful mom who is an amputee. She has broken many marathon world records and sets an example for children through sports, helping them with their self esteem. It's a perfect fit for Aviva! If you go to their photos you can see the sports trips Amy takes and she visits the kids.
In fact, that's why I introduced Aviva to a charity I support, Rusk Institute of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. I especially like their therapeutic recreation. They have art, cooking, and music. Being a creative type I gravitate towards this kind of rehab.
Aviva told me it's where she rehabilitated when she lost her leg, so it is the perfect place to give back. At the event we raised over $340,000 in tickets and the Intimate Apparel Square Club has raised over $6 million so far. I am sure Aviva will inspire many more ticket sales!!!
Ramona is always very generous and wrote a check to One Step Ahead to support the children who need prosthetics. She puts her money where her mouth is. I have several charities that I budget for each year and find it so hard to say no to the rest. Sometimes saying no to just sharing my time is hard, so. . . I don't! Then I find myself stretched too far, but in the end it's all worth it to see the happiness on a kids face when doing the simplest of things with them -- an animal placed with a family, an artist supported, or a homeless LGBT youth protected from bullies and possible suicide!
Regarding Aviva's outburst, it wasn't nice to yell at Ramona in her home. People try to come to your charities, and then sometimes things come up. As I said she must not be a dog person. I was dressed and ready to go, but Millou has been at my side for 18 years. He slept in my bed, and had been from Turkey to Russia and everywhere else with me. He's protected me, my daughter, my ex-husband, and all my other loved ones. He had an unbelievable personality and was loved by all. In fact, just before he passed away he was nominated for a Golden Collar Award in Hollywood and walked the Red Carpet with Uggie from The Artist, Arnold from Entourage, and many other fine dogs.
He is irreplaceable family to me. He gave me no trouble EVER and these devastating foreshadowing incidences where he would lose all bodily function started in February. I lost him March 25th, at 2:22 am. May he rest in peace.
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