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For the kids and students I’ve mentored…

13 Dec

I wrote this a long time ago but this is the “trip down memory lane.” It shows you how I worked hard to get what I have and you can too…

No one has ever handed me anything and I don’t expect that out of anyone.

http://laurakerbyson.com/about/?p=4648

The scholarships in the letter turned into 13 scholarships which then turned into a full ride scholarship for graduate school.

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Yes, diamonds can be investments…

13 Dec

There’s a certain type of jewelry that if you purchase it, you will lose money on it.

But educated people who understand diamonds, know that when you buy past a certain size, with the top colors and clarity and no florescence – then you are into investment grade diamonds.

It’s the same thing as buying a good stock or valuable real estate – then you have an asset that appreciates. But you have to understand what you’re looking for and know your diamonds. It’s the difference between an asset that appreciates and one that depreciates.

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It reminds me of my college students…

13 Dec

We have a 21 year old on the team, that wasn’t really been given any work that would result in skills. He’s C.’s son and M’s nephew.

I asked to have him assigned to my area and projects. When I was a professor, I had two campuses, 50 instructors and my classes were full because I was a popular professor.

So I’ve been treating him like my college students. I had him assignments, I teach him things…and just even 2 days later, it’s like the transition between a kid and a young man. He’s more confident, energetic and putting far more effort into his job. Now there’s more pride in his work.

It reminds me of working with my college students. When I would first get them, they wouldn’t have any confidence and then a few years later, they walked and talked like professionals.

I used to say that I was in the business of building people.

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Contacts…

12 Dec

We’ll see.

There are times in life when contacts instead of glasses come in handy. I can’t see as well through contacts.

I had my eyes examined last week and my prescription has changed again. So new lenses for my glasses are on order. The good news is the lenses are getting a little thinner. I inherited two things from my dad – my IQ and his bad eyes.

Then they have given me 2 sets of contacts to wear for 3 days to figure out which way to go with a contact prescription.

In the past, I’ve kept a couple of pairs on hand for things like the beach, snorkeling, etc.

I am skeptical about how well I am going to see with these. I supposed to try them out this week.

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Changing locations for the season…

12 Dec

M. let the store manager and gemologist go for the Sunrise Avenue store in Palm Beach.

So we decided to move my office into the store and put a full time, graphics/marketing person there with me and an assistant. So there will be three people during the day and two at night. I’ve been interviewing people for the graphics/photography/marketing new person. We still have a week of interviews to go.

That location is beautiful because the store is brand new. It’s light and bright and next to The Breaker’s Restaurant Echo.

We’ll be moving my stuff over there next week. I saw the room that will be my office today. It’s beautiful. The store looks great.

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Fabulous party…

11 Dec

Jules and I had a fabulous time at The Breakers Party for the Civic Association.

We really did. We always have fun but we really had fun tonight.

And I choose the “Black Beauty Dress” and it was a real hit. Even Julie said, “That dress looks nothing like that on the form. You do it Justice!”

Fun.

And fun that M. and Leo showed up as well.

Loved meeting all the new people. You were great and we had a great time.

Even I blushed when the 28-30 year old hit on me. “I thought, Oh God does he realize my age.”

Jules said, “Yes but you look fabulous and he could just end up being your best friend.”

Honestly, you know who stole the show? It was this couple that we met that had been married for 64 years. They were so cute together that you just had to fall in love with them as a couple.

I told the gentleman, “You know what? To have her, you are the luckiest, luckiest man in this room.”

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I really thought I was over it…

10 Dec

I was always one of these people who never really had any fear. Even the thing that made me most uncomfortable, I could still face it and do it. In my younger days, I didn’t like heights but I would and could make myself do it. In my 20s I did some climbing at Castle Craigs in California. When I went to Maui I faced the Road to Hanna (which was a half off road on a fierce cliff). I did this in order to get to Charles Lindberg’s grave. When we were building Hard Rock Park, I climbed the Led Zeppelin coaster before the top piece was on in order to photograph it. I use all this photography stuff in making web sites, advertisements, collateral etc,

Then with my businesses, before drones became popular I would do photography for clients from helicopters. That’s how we got aerial photos. They rig a special harness. They take the door off and up we go. So literally, you hang to get those shots. I managed to get to the point where heights made me cautious and I think that’s the right word as opposed to the word “fear.”

I had something happen to me (not related to heights) and I really thought I was over it. I dealt with it and I was back to my usual fearless self. Until I smelled a particular smell today. And then I realized what real fear is. All the energy just goes right out of you and you feel like you can’t move. It’s almost paralyzing.

I really thought I was past this. This kind of screwed up my day. I am now kind of upset with myself because this is just not like me. So I realized that I needed to shift gears and go find something normal and mundane to do and I will come up with a plan for how to deal with this later. So I went grocery shopping. I do not need most of what I bought but here’s the menu:

Monica’s nephew at work fell in love with this asian dish that I make. I actually made it for the entire office. Last week he asked me if I would make it again and bring it in for him. This kid is like 21, doesn’t cook and doesn’t have a mom at home.

I have a party tomorrow night so I won’t be able to make it tomorrow, but here’s what’s in it. I used organic, free range chicken, I use an organic quinoa and brown rice, asian stir fry vegetables and then I made a sauce out of a combination of Sesame and Kung Pao. So that was dish number one that I bought items for…

Dish number two Turkey Meatballs, organic pasta and sauce.

Dish number 3 wild catch garlic Mahi Mahi.

And so the shopping went like this, dish after dish.

And then I picked up things to make cocktails with – my favorites are either Bombay Sapphire Gin with diet tonic or a Chanel No. 6 – which is really Champagne and Black Raspberry Liqueur. It’s a very french drink.

So that was my day, boring run of the mill stuff like errands and paying bills.

I talked to Julie and we made our plan and schedule for going to the party tomorrow. I still have to pick one of the dresses. She also has her own thoughts about the reaction the smell triggers and what kind of plan I need so I am taking her advice under consideration. I’m not sure it would work but I was open to suggestions and she and I are very good friends and she could say anything to me.

So that was my day and I’m really looking forward to getting back to the office tomorrow. It’s another gear and another shift and I have so much to do.

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Change of plans and time to switch gears…

09 Dec

We didn’t go because the weather turned bad where the show was supposed to be. We went for a quick flight. You’ll never see me mention it again because it turns out it’s a business of his.

But if Chad and I go up to fly again, you’ll see videos and photos. He doesn’t mind it when people post the videos of their flights in his planes. Chad’s a trip but he’s also a lot of fun to fly with.

Now, Julie and I have to decide tomorrow what I am wearing to the Breakers Holiday Party on Monday. We are trying to decide between the red and black dress. She wants me to send her selfies modeling the dresses tomorrow.

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No posts tonight…

08 Dec

I just got the text. I’m going flying tonight. Airshow.

So no posts tonight.

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Crazy stuff….

08 Dec

I had a very unusual date tonight. A guy saw a photo of me with a plane and invited me for a date. It turns out he’s a doctor by day and owns one of the U.S.’s crazy acrobatic aviation air show companies because that’s his real passion.

I looked at his work. That’s insane. Where did you learn how to do these maneuvers? What do you do as your day job?

Dermatologist. Surgeon.

His next response was that he’s crazy in love with my skin. I’ve heard that many times before. It’s butter soft.

So I explain to him that I was born with Alexandra’s Genesis. It’s people who born with purple eyes that change color later in life. My eyes have been purple, then blue then blue-green It’s actually a form of albinism and we have super soft, butter soft, white skin. We are often born with higher IQ’s than most people.

He was fascinated. I said, “So take me up in one of your many planes.” As you know, I have a strong interest in Aviation. I fly planes.

He said, “I can’t believe you look like the photos!” I actually look better than the photos. I only post photos that are worse than meeting me in person. I don’t want the person to be disappointed when they meet me.

I dated a jerk once for a couple of month’s who kept insisting that I dye my hair darker. I hate to tell you this but my natural color is blonde. It’s very light. I need a guy who loves it.

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That account’s on fire now…

06 Dec

Somebody asked today, how do you pick the shots of the planes to appear on the luxury board next to the jewelry?

Easy. When I first started one of my businesses years ago, I was a contractor for an aviation company. If you’ve ever flown the Gulfstream 450, 550 or 650 then you probably learned to fly that plane on an application that I was paid to do. I know those planes. I love the Gulfstream Airplanes. A Commanche doesn’t qualify as luxury. You know what I mean?

Most of the things (but not all) I choose for the luxury board, I’ve had personal experience with in my life.

When I go to the boat shows, the mega yachts will generally let me on board because I’m a designer.

And even the $7,000 bottle of wine – well I’ve had that too. A friend and I shared a bottle over dinner in Palm Beach. He brought the bottle to dinner for me to try. I guess you could say, I’m an interesting dinner companion because I’m not like most women.

And of course with the diamonds…you know the story by now. I make my living off of luxury items.

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20,000 new followers a week just went to 20,000 in one day. That’s what happened today.  I love it when an account catches fire and now it becomes my job to keep fanning the flames.

I’m wondering where and if we are going to top out.

There’s part of me that wants to set aside the coffee table book project in order to keep the growth going in that account.

We’ll see.

It’s like the day you get discovered.

It certainly didn’t hurt that I blogged about the account last night.

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Busy, busy week…

05 Dec

M. is in Switzerland on business this week so I am handing things for her this week at the Worth Avenue store.

I’ve been interviewing for us to hire a new person to work with me. It can be very difficult to get the kind of fit we need. Like my businesses, Kaufmann de Suisse is about style.

We have really picked up speed on Pinterest. I’m picking up over 20,000 new followers per week right now. I think that by telling a compelling story though photos, it’s really starting to attract attention.

One of the boards I do is on Luxury – The World’s Best https://www.pinterest.com/kaufmandesuisse/luxury-the-worlds-best/. I include not only the best jewelry, but the best planes, travel, gowns, kitchens, houses, pet houses, cars etc. I work with luxury brands for a living so that experience comes in handy. It’s a board about style and I choose the items. The reaction has been very good.

On the Jewelry Showcase board, people see the work I’ve done in shooting the models with the jewelry. I’ve enjoyed working with all the girls and getting to capture their best through photos. Julie and I became very good friends after she began to model for us. Julie is a former Miss USA and first runner up for Miss Universe. We met a champagne reception for the mayor of Palm Beach. She’s the one I nicknamed #WorldPeace. We have a lot of fun together.

When there are social events, I tend to represent the brand at the functions.

And the Love Board is all about – Love https://www.pinterest.com/kaufmandesuisse/love/. It also has a compelling following. I developed the boards that were added in the past year. To check them out go to https://www.pinterest.com/kaufmandesuisse/. Jewelry Showcase is https://www.pinterest.com/kaufmandesuisse/jewelry-showcase/featured-jewelry/. You’ll also see Miss Brazil on my board as well. Of the younger models, I think Kylie and Kristen really know how to rock it. Kristen was on the shoot when we house a house party, lots of champagne and music. I think she had fun with the shots.

We’re in a very sexy business and desire is what really sells jewelry. So the girls and I have a comfort level talking about what’s sexy and what’s a good look. I think some of our models are “pretty” but few are as “sexy” as Julie. But we sit down over cocktails and talk about poses and what works. And she’s in turn taught me about modeling. It’s harder than it looks. My comfort level is obviously behind the camera. I did a shoot for the store as a model for one of Guinness Book of World Records pieces. I hated the photos and 86′d them. It was a honor to be asked to wear the piece but I wasn’t ready for it. I felt like I need a lot of work on my look in front of a camera.

We’ve made substantial investments into visual assets. It’s rewarding to know that people like them. The new web site also continues to grow each day in numbers. There will be a lot more new content and inventory coming to web site in the next 12 months.

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I actually started the new Pinterest boards 4 months ago. So we picked up over 100,000 followers in the four months. Last week we were at 80 something thousand, now we’re over 100 so we picked up speed.

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The Publisher of the Palm Beach Guide was nice enough to call me today to tell me that the guide will be mailed to your house, if you own property on Palm Beach or you can pick up a copy from the Palm Beach Chamber. I did the ad on the back cover.

And of course Rolls Royce Magazine is set to roll of the press in January with our double page spread.

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The very, very hot debate…

04 Dec

This subject has been hotly debated amongst many people I know and everyone has a different opinion.

Some people think I should go back to contacts, which I haven’t worn since my 20s. And here’s the thing, at least briefly I have to go back to them in order to have my lenses changed in my glasses. My eyes get better every year as I get older because of a particular problem I have. I like the frames I have so I have to surrender my glasses at least for a few days. I know it sounds strange but true.

Here’s a shot of me today, without makeup and with my hair only being blow dried. To me the glasses are just part of who I am. This is me – no fancy clothes, no makeup, no fancy jewelry. This is what 49 looks like. There has been no Photoshop work done to this photo. I personally, don’t even like the way I look without glasses anymore. I cannot believe how much debate this has received amongst friends. People seem to be so opinionated about this one way or the other.

Any thoughts?

I’m not kidding when I say this subject has sparked downright screaming matches between people. It’s glasses people. That’s all it is.

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I had a great weekend…

03 Dec

It was downtime and order…

I did my usual, clean, straighten, pay bills, run errands and then just enjoy it. I went to Dominic’s for lunch on Saturday. I took my car into the dealer to get the brake light fixed. They were too nice – they charged me $5.35 for the repair and they washed my car.

I did some yoga and six miles on the bike at the gym. I watched a little Netflix. I laid on the couch and read this month’s issue of Palm Beach The Island. This month’s issue has the social calendar of events for the season.

I went and got my toes done. Believe it or not, I take four bottles with me to get this effect. There’s a base color and then a see through metallic that I have them use on top. I love getting my toes done because I can sit in the massage chair and relax.

This evening I can sit back and relax in a clean house and with a really pretty nightgown and a cup of reduced calorie hot chocolate.

It was just a simple, every day weekend but it was a good one. And I was able to relax and unwind a little.

I took a full length lavender, satin gown in for alteration. I am thinking that I will wear it sometime this holiday season to HMF at The Breakers. It’s really pretty because it comes up one shoulder and the other should is sleeveless. We’ll see how it looks when it comes back.

Lavender eyeshadow is a good color for someone with green/blue eyes.

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The Ultimate Compliment…

01 Dec

It was a really nice compliment but was also laughing.

M. has worked with me for a while now and so Friday she says to me, “If only you were a man, I’d marry you. Why can’t I find a man like you?”

And we laughed. What’s she referring to is that I’m smart, I know how to go after something, I own beautiful real estate, I cook, I have taste in clothes, jewelry and places to go, I like to do adventurous things like fly planes, I’m a nice person, things like that. She’s told me all this before.

I thought to myself on Friday, “Is she in love with me or the deal we may get from the meeting I arranged….” I do know how to work hard.

If the meeting goes successfully, it could be the biggest deal she’s ever made.

We’ll see. I won’t say anything unless a deal is signed, sealed and delivered to our satisfaction.

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M. thinks I’m beautiful but that’s the one thing I would dispute. I’m not so sure about that one. Jules calls me “Brilliant Barbie” but I always feel like that’s her kind, generous side coming out.

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Into the “Ice Chest”…

01 Dec

I’ve now lost enough weight to wear my rings that I wore in my 20s and 30s. They are a size 4.5. They are snug but I can get them on. I couldn’t believe I could get them on today.

With every major career achievement or event in my life, I added a jewel to my chest to remember the experience.

My GE Ring was a Sapphire and Diamond ring.

Hard Rock Park was a Pink and White Sapphire ring.

My best birthday present when I was married was a Ruby and Diamond ring.

When I tangoed with Iran it brought an 18k Emerald and Diamond ring. The ring is actually from Iran.

My memories from Hilton Head were represented in a gold and Sapphire Dolphin Ring.

I couldn’t believe I could get them all on today. They were all purchased in my younger days. I am now at the weight I was at when I was 20 years old. I purchased the “GE Ring” when I was 19 years old.

I can’t believe it but I can actually get on my Emerald and Diamond Graduate School Ring for getting a 4.o GPA. That’s a wide band ring. Ohio University’s colors are green and white.

This was my grad school ring. It’s the one I worked the hardest for…

That weight is actually my personality and most of my life so I suspect it’s back to stay.

This Christmas I am getting a 4 ct. Emerald Cut for the right hand. I haven’t seen the ring yet. I’m looking forward to this one.

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Looking forward to some decompression time…

01 Dec

After three parties and a week slammed with business activity, I’m looking forward to a little decompression time.

I’ve been working on a couple of major deals this week and the office is just non-stop with items for me.

I just cooked a quick dinner and a cocktail…time to mentally check out of it all for the weekend….

I had 3 nights this week where I didn’t get in until after 12:30 a.m. and that alarm still goes off early.

The hardest part of the week was getting 5 or 6 shots in my neck and then having to put in a full day plus a business party. The shots make you sore for a while. I reach my hand back there now and it’s hot and I feel welts of the injection points. It needs some ice.

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The Opera Party Was a Success…

30 Nov

We hosted a party for the Palm Beach Opera on Worth Avenue this evening. The party went very well. Everyone had a good time.

It makes for a long day though when you work all day and then host a party.

It’s been a very busy week for the social calendar.

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More Photos from the Worth Avenue Tree Lighting

29 Nov

Honestly, I’ve never seen Santa happier than when Julie sat next to him last night….

And I can tell you that she’s as beautiful a person on the inside as she is on the outside.

And here were the three amigos having fun last night. Standing next to Jules in flats makes me look so short, because yes, she’s really that tall. I’m 5′4″ and I think she’s 5′11 1/2.

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Santa Arrives in a Lamborghini…

28 Nov

Only in Palm Beach darling does Santa arrive in Lamborghini instead of a sled. My how times have changed!

Julie and I went to the Christmas Tree lighting in Palm Beach. She brought along a gentleman friend that lives in her building that’s a buddy of hers. The three of us had a fabulous time. Here’s the tree being lit.

We have photos but I’m not sure I want to post them of when I actually went to sit on Santa’s lap. I asked him if I was on the “Naughty List” and he nodded and I burst out laughing. Jules has pictures of all of us that she’s sending to me later.

Then the three of us went to Morton’s for dinner and it was like a dinner of coincidences. It seems like another life ago but I was a college professor for nine years. It turns out her friend was too. I had won an award for being the Outstanding College Professor in Ohio and he won the same in New York. He was also into engineering and boats, yachts and airplanes. So it was a fun night with the three of us agreeing that we must do the Palm Beach Boat Show together.

There are some seriously fun pictures of the three of us on Worth Avenue celebrating on Julie’s phone.

It was a good time. It really was.

And Julie sat on Santa’s lap too.

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Miss #WorldPeace is back in town…

27 Nov

Happy Holidays at The Breakers from Julie Hayek and Laura Kerbyson. Look out Worth Avenue! They’re back…

What a fun night it was…and there’s a story about the dress below…

So Jules and I went to the Palm Beach Civic Association Party. I knew I was going there so I wore my dress to work and then to a meeting at the printers and for a few other places today. Everywhere I went, people said, “Wow! Look at that dress.”

It was one of the 202 dresses that Miss Monica Kaufmann gave to me. I consider it one of my favorite performance bonuses. So I asked her, “Tell me where this dress came from because I’m getting quite a reaction.”

She bought it in Switzerland for $2000. And she was sweet enough to rave about the way it looks on me. So that’s why I’m posting a few of the dress. What you can’t see in the photos is that you have to be slightly daring to wear it because the top is a little see through. I don’t care, I love it. And as you know I picked it out of a closet full of dresses, because I had a lot of dresses before I met Monica and now I could wear a different dress every day for a year and you wouldn’t see the same outfit.

And this is my, “Jules, I am not a model like you are…I just shoot the pictures but here’s the dress shot you wanted…” Why are we so bad at this selfie thing? Give me a professional camera and I rock, but give me a cell phone and passable is the only grade I would give it.

Julie is a good, dear friend. She is also a very accomplished woman and we always have a fun time when we go out. So of course we ended up at The Breakers and a Chanel No. 6 was involved.

The dress looks better when I am not trying to pose. Monica’s boyfriend was kind enough to say, “You look like a model!”

No, SHE looks like the model.

So glad that Miss Julie is back in town. We have two more events this week and The Breakers party on the 10th. We are two girls that just like to have fun.

You see what I mean by it takes some guts to wear this. This is how the light catches the fabric…

What can I say, we’re a bunch of girls who’s business is style.

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Here’s the fashion show and choices of dresses…

26 Nov

I am attending three major holiday parties in Palm Beach between now and December 10th. So I selected a handful of gowns from my closet. I need to choose 3 out of the following choices.

This one looks surprising good when it’s actually on. The dress has an amazing amount of detail in the skirt and the top is like a soft velvet. I’m calling this one “The Black Beauty.”

This gray dress is elegant and fits like a glove.

I also have the same dress in Navy but it’s not tailored quite the same way, so I think I will exclude the Navy for now. But I do like it.

This red dress I am dubbing “The Siren” because the dress really kind of has that look. Anyone for the Lady in Red?

Then I could swing the opposite way into something more elegant like this navy lace dress…

This plum number is a favorite and I think I will wear it to the first party tomorrow. It fits like it was made for me when it’s on. The top is heavily sequined and the skirt has such interesting lines. It has a lot more shimmer and sparkle in person than the photo picks up. The top is 100% silk.

This black and white is very demure…

And this black velvet with the pink satin bow is sweet and elegant.

So which would you choose?

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It’s another gorgeous day today…making plans

25 Nov

I’m going to get some exercise. Then I’m going to do a little shopping at the market and then I’m going to pick out my 3 gowns for the upcoming parties.

I have several I want to try on before I select the 3. The first party is tomorrow night.

Oh and in case I didn’t tell you – Thanksgiving marked the day I can celebrate because now I don’t have to wear my aligners during the day. My teeth are now nice and straight again and I’m done.

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I’m enjoying my four days off…

25 Nov

I had a very nice dinner last night in Delray with a very good friend.

He gave me a camera system for my home so I would feel safer. I installed it today and I appreciate it very much.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

22 Nov

I just received a text from a friend that was pretty clever -

As we go into Thanksgiving, count your blessings and if you live in Florida, recount them…

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Splitting headache…

20 Nov

The drive to South Carolina and back was too much for my neck. I have a splitting headache from the back of my neck to the top of my head.

I haven’t taken a day off from the regular workweek in several years. I was scheduled to take the day after Thanksgiving off so I could have a four day weekend to relax and do nothing.

Now they are talking to me about coming in on Saturday to interview someone to potentially hire on to the staff. I am really hoping it doesn’t have to be this weekend because my neck needs a break. I wanted four days off in a row.

I am going to take a hot bath and I bought some Lavender Chamomile Tea. Then I am going to put a numbing agent on my neck.

I hope this starts to break by tomorrow.  I am thinking about calling and asking for some shots in my neck next week.

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Cheers to my Performance Bonus…

18 Nov

I am receiving a performance bonus of $1500 to spent at The Breakers Spa.

When I met M. she had an unusually tough problem that we face in Computer Science in regards to the Internet. I told her, “I’m not going to say it’s impossible to solve but it would be very, very difficult to do and I’ve been doing this a long, long time.”

It took me 9 months to do it but I was able to eliminate the problem. So to reward me, she said I could spend up to $1500 on a day at a luxury spa like the Four Seasons or The Breakers. I love the Breakers so I am choosing The Breakers. She asked me to plan my day over the weekend.

So I have selected 4.5 hours in massage, body scubs, etc. and then to have my hair and nails done. I hope to walk out of there feeling like a new woman. My neck will thank her for this immensely.

I picked everything out over the weekend.

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Yep, it’s a sinkhole…

17 Nov

My mother says, “What do you think of this in my yard?”

“That’s a Tyrannosaurus Rabbit hole. ”

But yes, that’s a sink hole and it’s 2 feet from the driveway. At least it doesn’t belong to a rat…

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I’m such a girly, girl and I don’t care…

14 Nov

I just got something that i ordered for myself and I love it. It’s a nightgown and robe in my signature pale aqua color. It has pale aqua, medium aqua, white, a little bit of turquoise and a very little bit of green. Ocean colors. It’s shiny, sexy, feminine and pretty. It’s everything I like.

And although I won’t show you. I will tell it looks fabulous on – like it was made for me. It’s just perfect.

And so it goes into my suitcase for my trip.

I love very feminine, pretty things.

I make a pretty good living off of understanding and knowing style.

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The Party Calendar…

14 Nov

I’ve got to plan my gowns…

I’ve got 3 parties I’ve been invited to and on the schedule coming up – one for the Opera. One for the Palm Beach Civic Association and a Holiday Party at The Breakers. I love to dress up in pretty gowns and jewels. My good friend, Miss Pumkin Patch (just kidding), and you know who that is, invited me to two of them and one is a work party.

Party! Party! Party! Tis the season to be Merry!

How fun!

I have to pack this evening for my trip to South Carolina. I just finished making dinner plans for the weekend up North.

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Holographic Diamonds…

13 Nov

We are putting a holographic diamond display into the store.

After we just it installed, I’ll write a press release about it.

But basically, customers can choose from thousands of diamonds and they can interact with it in the hologram and if they find one they like, we’ll have it delivered and set into a ring.

I’m looking forward to seeing several projects roll out in the next couple of months – the coffee table book, the spread in Rolls Royce, the mobile campaign, a continuation of the social campaign, lots of changes and new items that are coming to the new web site, computerizing the store with inventory management and a new POS and then we head into 3D design.

This business will be totally transformed 360 degrees at the end of it all.

For people that have know me a really, really long time – do you remember when I was first assigned to teach holographic applications? That seems like a lifetime ago doesn’t it? I was the head of Computer Science for two campuses of WVU back then. I have dual backgrounds in design and computer science as well as business.

The holographic display will be at Kaufmann de Suisse at our 210 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach location.

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I have to go to South Carolina…

13 Nov

I have to go at the end of the week to testify in the car accident case where the lady hit my Porsche.

I think it’s been over four years now since that happened.

I’m going to have my meetings on Friday, see my mother on Saturday and head back to Palm Beach on Sunday. It will be a very quick trip.

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Wearing the fancy gowns to work was a big hit…

12 Nov

I wore a lace salmon colored gown with a white lace shrug. M. told me no less than 10 times how beautiful I looked. She’s so sweet to say that.

She told me I should wear the gowns to work all the time, not just during holiday season.

I might just do that because I have a whole closet full of them and the store is very high end.

I think it got a very favorable reaction, so I think I’ll continue to do it.

Julie called yesterday and invited me to go with her to a party in Palm Beach next week. I have this gorgeous black gown that I think I will wear.

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Play with color…very happy

10 Nov

My great passion in life is for design. It doesn’t matter what it is.

Six months ago I took on myself and some significant aesthetic challenges. I was very happy today to discover that something I thought might work, really did work.

I bought some new holiday makeup. This time I bought some a berry, plum, sparkly rich lip gloss. A few months ago, I would have avoided this color. Why? Because six months ago my lips were not symmetrical, one side was slightly larger than the other and dark colors accentuated the problem that my lips were not even. So in June I started the clear aligners to shift my teeth back to the position they had been after I had had braces as a kid. Age and time and caused them to shift.  I will be at the end of my treatment on Thanksgiving.

By correcting the structural problem, not only are my teeth nice and straight but I now have symmetrical, full lips without plastic surgery or fillers.

And I can wear a darker shade if I choose.

I am very happy with the improvements I’ve made over the past year. I think taking off another five pounds might be on my list because it would tighten things up a little further.

My whole goal was to be able to replicate my features from my 20’s and I think I did a good job from the design perspective.

Now in playing with colors, the holiday and winter season is here. I have green eyes with a blue ring on the inside so I’m going to be playing with the lavender, plum and peach palettes (not all at the same time). Those colors work well with blue green eyes.

But overall I’m very happy to have perfect lips and straight teeth again. It seemed like torture when I was doing it but it was worth it for the look.

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The Palm Beach Guide…

10 Nov

All of these projects and updates pertain to my work for Kaufmann de Suisse on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. I know how friends and followers like updates on my work.

The Palm Beach Guide just came out from the Palm Beach Chamber and guess who did the back cover ad?

I saw the digital version today and we’re expecting copies to come to the store on Worth Avenue. As always I look forward to seeing my work in print. So if you pick up a guide book from the Chamber be sure to look at the back cover.

I worked again today reformatting the coffee table book to a different size. We’re hoping to have it to our elite customers by Christmas. It has a lot of my photography work of the models, fashion  and jewelry.

And our two page spread in Rolls Royce magazine should be hitting the dealership (Palm Beach)  after the first of the year.

So while I am working on print and photography projects, my development and changes of the new site will have to wait. But meanwhile I continue to post the new social media campaign that I started a few months ago.

And in the next few weeks, I’ll be putting together a mobile ad strategy in time for the holiday season.

That’s the update for today.

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