What is important?
We kick off tonight’s show with a cocktail party I hosted at my friend's beautiful downtown store, jewelry designer Karen Karch. Jon and I bought our wedding bands from Karen (which is how we met her) and have been friends ever since.
As weddings, babies, and anniversaries have come and gone, my friendship with Karen has grown so much, that she was inspired to design a capsule collection based on our friendship, our struggles, and her desire to give back. A percentage of the profits from the capsule collection benefit The Kellner Pediatric Liver Foundation, a charity I co-founded. I urge you all to go on the Kellner site and learn more!
Packed to the hilt, the event brings a full house to Karen Karch and I'm so happy you get to see the beautiful pieces she designed. They are extraordinary. All the girls are out to support the cause and Ramona practically came straight off the plane from Africa -- I am so grateful to see her that I give her a big hug and kiss. I am delighted Ramona and I are finding our way and truly becoming friends. I bring her up to speed on the Aviva issues and she seems to understand and agree that Aviva just goes in too hard and too deep. The pattern I see with Aviva concerns me, and I have to be honest about my feelings. We are not in a good place because the hard hooks I continually see her throw at people are recurring and something we all recognize.
The next scene finds Kristen, Carole and I on location in NYC at the spring photo-shoot for Yummie by Heather Thomson. This is not the first time we have used Kristen to model and she always delivers. The first time I hired Kristen years ago, she and Josh had just moved back to NY and I didn't even connect the dots that she was Josh's wife! She won us over on her own merit! Kristen is gorgeous and such a great representative for Yummie. She loves my leggings and I'm glad you get to see her rock them! Of course, everything looks great on Kristen -- but my leggings are a favorite and it feels good that she not only models for me but genuinely loves my products. I feel the same about Josh's EBOOST-- it’s the real deal. Carole often pops in on my photo shoots. It's always good to have her around. I am so happy Radz and Kristen are developing a genuine bond of their own.
While we are taking a break, as if on cue, I get a call from Ramona who is now suddenly dead set on forcing a peace between Aviva and me. And it certainly feels forced. . .Why do I feel as if I am being ambushed? But I agree to drinks with Aviva in hopes of setting the record straight. Who knows, maybe she misunderstood my intentions, feelings, and outrage and maybe we can put this behind us and move forward, or in the least have a better understanding of each other.