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8 04, 2015

Hunters and Gatherers Shopping at Round Top, Texas

By |April 8th, 2015|Art, Business, Celebrations, Design, Fashion, Food, Friendship, Home Decor, Inspiration, Olive Connection, Products, Retail Stores, Selling, Travel, Women's Issues|

WHY did I go to Texas with 6 girlfriends?  My friend Sally, retail consultant,  coach for young buyers, creative thinker, and brand manager, GATHERED her friends together, those who she thought would be interested in 4 days of shopping for STUFF in a new environment that would explode our mind.

ROUND TOP is 80 miles from Austin and 80 miles from Houston.  Population 90, that bursts with thousands experiencing Southern [...]

28 02, 2015

The Year of the Sheep- Deliveries for the celebration

By |February 28th, 2015|Business, Celebrations, Family, Global, Holidays, Home Decor, New Businesses, Products, Travel|

How do I get it there?  Let me count the ways…

2015 is the Year of the Sheep, the Lunar New Year Spring Festival.  The sheep, goat, ram are all animals liked the most.  They are gentle and calm.  Of the 5 elements (wood, fire, water, earth, and metal) this year celebrates the earth.  Lucky numbers are 3,4,9.  For new borns this year they will be blessed by being soft [...]

18 12, 2014

Holiday Inspiration or NOT

By |December 18th, 2014|Celebrations, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Friendship, Holidays, Home Decor, Inspiration, Politics, Retail Stores|

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL

Love Tiffany’s facade on 58th and 5th in NYC.  Yellow Diamonds…their brand identity. The day began with my early morning walking route, from 65th down Madison, cross 5th to the Rockefeller tree and NBC…Bergdorf and Saks windows, Bloomingdales first floor, and Barney’s.  I needed to get my ‘fix’ of holiday inspiration.

Adrenaline is high walking on 47th St diamond district through Times Square to Penn Station. I [...]

2 11, 2014

Shop Today-Gone Tomorrow

By |November 2nd, 2014|Business, Celebrations, Entertainment, Family, Holidays, Home Decor, New Businesses, Retail Stores, Selling|

Decorating your house for Halloween could not have been more fun this year.  Walking the dogs, I had my camera at hand all week taking pictures in my neighborhood. You can tell that families were having fun making their house haunted and scary.

Friday night, Halloween, I called Halloween City, Halloween Spirit, and Halloween Express.  I wanted to know if markdowns would occur and if there might be a DAY [...]

29 07, 2014

A Rich Life in Tuscany

By |July 29th, 2014|Education, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, New Businesses, Passion, Travel|

Freshest vegetables gathered from the garden with taste that is to be remembered and savored

Organic vegetables and meat and you know what you are eating because you know what the animals have been fed

Simple cooking methods with great flavor coming from every ingredient

Delicious like it is the first time you have tasted food…ooh and ahhs… express our cooking experiences in Tuscany this month.

And tell me why we cannot eat like this every day, [...]

21 07, 2014

A Tribute to a Mentor and Friend

By |July 21st, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Passion, Women's Issues|

Barbara Turf, former CEO, past President, and Head Merchant for Crate and Barrel passed away after a short battle with cancer last week.  I felt it was important to write a tribute to her, as she was a Mentor, Leader, and Friend to me my entire Crate and Barrel career.  At the funeral last week, people she touched came from around the world to celebrate her amazing life of [...]

27 05, 2014

15.8# of paper…really?

By |May 27th, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Home Decor, Inspiration, Loyalty, Selling, Women's Issues|

Did you get this too? Delivered UPS from Restoration Hardware.  The neighborhood and tweets are buzzing with controversy as to who got it, and who didn’t.  Some of my friends are upset that they didn’t get it…is their neighborhood not cool enough, their houses not worth the big dollars, their taste in question, and  how was the data based marketing figured out?

Waste of paper, yes…but the books are good, [...]

21 05, 2014

SWEET CAROLINE-A…North

By |May 21st, 2014|Business, Family, Fashion, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Selling, Travel, Women's Issues|

I now understand the meaning of Carolina Blue having spent 96 hours in North Carolina on the outer banks on Emerald Isle, with 3 of my dearest friends.  We worked together 35 years ago as merchants, buyers, designers, with a love of retail and just selling stuff.  How the colors of nature influence our choices in business and decorating our homes.  We marveled on how the palate of blues, [...]