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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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Life is a party…

09 Nov

Lily Pulitzer had a great saying, “Life is a party. Dress like it.”

I have so many party dresses that aren’t getting enough use. So this holiday season I am considering wearing a party dress every day to the office during the holiday season.

We are actually hosting a party at the end of November on Worth Avenue so one of the dresses will be for that day.

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I’m hosting a birthday party…

07 Nov

I am hosting a birthday party at the office today. We are celebrating M.’s birthday. There are actually four birthdays in the office this week.

I cooked everyone an Asian stir fry lunch so we can have the party over lunch.

Happy Birthday to Everyone in the Office!

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Onward with business…

06 Nov

I’m picking up a draft copy of the coffee table book tomorrow so we can see what revisions we’ll want. I finished the spread for Rolls Royce magazine the other day. I have an endless list of projects.

I hate that Daylight Savings time has now kicked in because it’s dark when I leave the office.

I plan to get caught up on my sleep this week and maybe I will treat myself to HMF at The Breakers this weekend.

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I should have more time to blog…

04 Nov

I should have more time to blog because the guy I was dating and I have split up.

I don’t like men that make repeated negative comments about my looks. He doesn’t like my blonde hair, doesn’t like my glasses, the list went on and on. I asked him to refrain from making negative comments and he couldn’t do it. The things he would say are not nice.

I saw a definite problem with the things that would come out of his mouth. It was a royal turnoff so I think he should find someone else to date.

And so now I’ll have some free time of my own again.

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I’ve been working on a book and 2 catalogs…

02 Nov

We’re making a coffee table book out of the model shots with the jewelry. So I’ve been working on a 100 page coffee table book for exclusive clients.

Then there are two other glossy catalogs in the works.

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They want to wear Halloween costumes at the office…

30 Oct

This should be interesting. They want to wear Halloween costumes to the office on the 31st.

The last time I wore a costume was like 3 years ago. I dug through the closet and found it. It is pretty funny though.

I think it’s going to get a second wearing…

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IBM to acquire Red Hat…

29 Oct

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/28/ibm-to-acquire-red-hat-in-deal-valued-at-34-billion.html

This was not good news for me. I like Red Hat. I shudder to think what IBM is going to do to this company. Please do not screw it up. It’s too important to server companies and web developers.

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A nice break…

26 Oct

My day is always filled with a long list to do for the jewelry store – web site, social, photography, photo editing, inventory management system, the server, advertising, opening and closing the store, etc., etc…When I get done building out the inventory management and finally push thousands of new items to the web, I’ll be starting on a 3D design.

But today I decided that I was going to take a 15 minute break every day at lunch and go for a walk down Worth Avenue to the clock tower on the beach. I did it today and it was beautiful. I never get tired of that view. It’s really something special to see that ocean and how rich the colors are in Palm Beach.

It’s a new goal to do this every day. Otherwise, I am at that desk from 8:30 to 6 p.m. and it makes for a long day without a break.

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The funny notes…

25 Oct

He said, “Before I met you, when I saw a picture of you I saved it and made notes. You want to see the notes?”

They said, “Tall. Scandinavian. Pilot. Beautiful.”

It was a photo of me standing next to one of the planes.

So I had to tell him, “Can you tell now, you got a few things wrong? I’m not tall. In photos I look that way because I have very long legs. I’m 5′4″. And I’m not Scandinavian.”

“You’re English? I can tell by the accent.”

“English, Irish and Scottish, but very American.”

“Oh, I see the very green eyes. A lot of Irish.”

Now he’s trying to convince me to loose my glasses because they hide my eyes.

Then the funniest question was, “Do you like rock and roll?”

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What wasn’t fun…

24 Oct

What wasn’t fun were the arrogant programmers I met at the conference that were trying to pass of Rapnet’s code as their own to unsuspecting customers.

I’ve been in design and computer science a long time and I know Rapnet’s code and I use it to – the difference is I don’t claim it as my own. These guys just thought I was going to be some stupid unsuspecting store owner who couldn’t see what they are showing.

I  despise people in the industry like this. They make their sales based on lies. And I can tell you that they don’t know the first thing about actually selling a 10 carat diamond. No one buys a 10 carat diamond without actually seeing the stone. The website is to get them in the store. But we don’t expect that anyone would put that stone in their cart without seeing it. That’s not the way this industry works. That’s reality.

They kept telling people, their customers have that happen all the time. No they don’t. That’s an absolute lie and I’m very sure of it.

I didn’t build my businesses based on lies. I didn’t need to.

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Miami was fun…

23 Oct

We had a na long walk on the beach, sat in the Jacuzzi, went to dinner and the enjoyed a nice ocean view room. The breeze was so nice, I slept with the doors to the balcony open all night so I could listen to the sound of the ocean. It was very nice.

The conference was good and I had some good meetings with people I needed to connect with.

All in all it was a fun time in Miami.

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Headed to Miami…

21 Oct

I’m staying at the Loew’s Hotel on South Beach tomorrow and I’ll get to my business meetings on Monday.  It’s right on Collins Avenue. I love Collins.

I’m looking forward to a nice dinner with my date in Miami tomorrow night.

We went and visited the English pub that we like to favorite this evening and we went to see an Eagles tribute band play.

It was nice. Hopefully it will be a nice weekend. I’ve got a nice dress and earrings picked out for tomorrow night. A friend just redid my pink and white sapphire ring and it now has such sparkle. You know a girl loves her bling and it completes the outfit.

And I’m looking forward to the E-commerce sessions on Monday.

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Posts will resume…

18 Oct

I’ve been very, very busy. That’s what I can really tell you.

I am now in the process of building out that inventory management system that will push product to the new web site of the jewelry store. I am shooting lots of photos to put into the system, that will then push to the web. The long term goal is that when a product is purchased in the store it will immediately be removed from inventory and then talk to our accounting program. This has been a major project. There’s still a long way to go.

In the meantime, I am pushing traffic to the new site to grow the viewers.

I am going to South Beach this week in Miami for the Jewelry Show and the track on e-commerce. I’ve been doing this a long time but this track is specific to this client so I want to see if I learn anything new. I even took a course and received a certificate on selling diamonds just to see if they mentioned anything I didn’t know.

Luxury products are always more challenging because your customer base to which you can sell is smaller than the general population. We’re known for selling the largest diamonds.

I have also been busy because I am also trying to have a personal life, which was neglected and comprised of dinners with friends for a few years.

All of this stuff takes time. Throw in a really tough problem that I feel I need an answer to and all the sudden, I have zero time.

So sorry for the absence.

Did you hear the news – Lily Pulitzer is coming back to Worth Avenue to be one of our neighbors. Welcome back ladies.

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There won’t be any posts for several weeks

29 Sep

There won’t be any posts for several weeks.

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I might just keep this one…

28 Sep

Ok, truth be told here’s what’s going on….

I met someone a few weeks ago and it’s been the fastest moving relationship of my life. We had instant chemistry.

He’s from Montreal, Canada. He’s a physician who owned one of the large medical centers in South Florida and sold it. He’s very funny. We have very similar personalities – funny and good at business. He’s cute, sexy, smart, loves rock and roll – and all accounts seems to be over the moon about me. He was educated in British schools and knew instantly I was very “English.”

I gave him a taste of the authentic “Laura Kerbyson” and he cleaned out half his closet and drawers in the bedroom and bathroom for me within knowing me for two weeks.

What can I say – the right doctor is good with people and good with their hands. Friends that have known me my whole life are laughing because the last time I had a fast moving relationship, was my ex-husband who was a doctor and we owned urgent care centers because I had been an administrator at the hospital who bought his practice. That was 22 years ago. I don’t give in easily.

What can I say, I love the fact that a good doctor loves me…

And I love loyalty. He’s a widower.

And I have so much more chemistry with this one than I did with my ex – I might just keep this one.

It’s been a fast, fast moving relationship.

I love a man that’s smart, funny and really, really into me.

And how can I say no to the cute little dog? I call this dog “Georgie Porgie.”

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I’m pushing the limits these days…

27 Sep

I know, I know, I barely posted last week.

I work long hours on the current assignment and I’m really pushing myself so those hours are tiring. And then I started having a serious social life again. I think I was literally out or entertaining every night last week. Some nights I didn’t get to bed until the wee hours of the morning and then the alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m.

Admittedly, I’m tired and my neck has had too much computer time this week. I don’t have a card to play in the game this evening but maybe we’ll do that again soon.

i made the mistake of wearing really high heels today and I just couldn’t wait to kick them off when I got home.

I just wanted to leave a note about why I’ve been off the radar.

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Next card in the game…

24 Sep

The next card in the game is:

True or not true?

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I had a great weekend. Someone gave me beautiful flowers. I am such a girly girl. I love flowers.

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Now that’s the kind of text I like to receive…

21 Sep

I received it today and this is what it said,

“Remember Blondie, ‘Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.’” – Mae West

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Sorry no posts…

20 Sep

It’s been a really busy week from a business and social perspective. I should have time next week to do better posts.

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Sorry no post last night…

18 Sep

I have a dinner guest coming this evening so after work last night I had to go to the market and get everything I need for dinner.

Someone at work had a crisis yesterday so that kept the day busy.

I apologize for not having cards for the game but this week is going to be really busy week for me.

I will write later.

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Sorry for no post this weekend…

17 Sep

Sorry about that – but my mind and my time have been elsewhere. I was gone all weekend. Some things are private and I just don’t share with anyone. That’s not personal on the part of anyone who reads the blog. I’m trying to figure something out.

I feel badly for the Carolinas because of the storm. Flooding is the worst.

Here’s the next card in the game. True or not true?

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Thinking about my friends in North and South Carolina…

12 Sep

I’ll be thinking about you as that storm hits. Stay safe and stay dry.

My mother has opted not to leave South Carolina. I said she’s getting back at me for staying during Hurricane Andrew. I talked to her today. All my friends asked about her. I said, “Oh she’ll be fine. She’s got her bottles of wine, her kayack and since she’ll be camped out in the bathroom for so long, she’s decided she’ll paint it during the hurricane.”

I’m going to dinner this evening.

In the “True or Not True Game” – The next card in the game is:

So what do you think? True or not true?

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You want the “God’s Honest Truth”…

12 Sep

This question was in reference to the right engine failure on the Commanche airplane.

I didn’t expect what happened because I was always lead to believe that the reason for the counter rotating engines on that year’s plane was to eliminate the risk of the critical engine failure. But in reality, when the right engine failure – it pulled hard, way hard to the right. It was far more than I expected. It was like all the sudden, the right engine became the critical engine rather than the left.

That’s just my observation of what happened. It shouldn’t have been that severe.

Upon inspection afterward, rust was discovered in the Servo and the muffler was rusted out.

I wouldn’t say this was a textbook case.

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The numbers were good…

12 Sep

We had a meeting today going over all the numbers for the new web site, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, the blog, etc. etc.

The numbers were good.

And then someone walked into the office and asked who was doing the social media because they really liked it. I like compliments like that.

And of course my outfit received a 10/10 on the classy scale.

Ok. Here’s today’s card in the game. True or not true?

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The hurricane, the plane crash and other news…

11 Sep

Wow, North Carolina is about to get whomped.

My mother lives in South Carolina and I called today to find out what her plans were. She has a reservation inland but she’s not sure if she’s going to go. Where she lives is outside the “cone.”

Sunday, there was a plane crash right across the street. https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/update-damn-good-pilot-wife-from-suburban-lake-worth-died-john-prince-park-plane-crash/lD0oeyDBMz0aW6NLoc1YEL/ It shakes you a little bit when you hear that it was a very experienced pilot. I can vouch from personal experience that twin engine airplanes can be dangerous. If you lose an engine, there’s a high likely hood that you’ll invert the plane on landing.

This is the wreckage from the crash. Literally, this could have taken out my home if it happened on my side of the street. They had the same problem – this was a twin engine that had an engine failure.

When I was flying on the Twin Commanche a couple of years ago, we had trouble with the right engine. Before we took off I saw the engine wasn’t firing on all 6 cylinders but then it came roaring back to life. A couple of flights later, the engine quit while in air but restarted. We put the plane in for the annual inspection. They took it apart and found nothing wrong.

Then we continued to fly it and one day we had a right engine failure. And we were lucky, lucky, lucky to get it back down on the ground. But at point I didn’t feel like I could trust that plane again.

This was the day we took it in to be taken apart. I spent a week in the hangar watching them take the whole plane apart.

After all this transpired I read the crash report of the  Twin Commanche who’s pilot was a very experienced Commercial Pilot and his girlfriend had her private pilot’s license. They had an engine failure and inverted the plane on landing and were killed.

So here’s the card in today’s game. I will weigh in on this one since it is my sign and for me this card is definitely true. What do you think true or not true?

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It was a fun time…

09 Sep

I didn’t get in until 4 in the morning but it was a fun time. I just got a text (it’s 5:30 pm) wanting to know if I want breakfast. So this won’t be a long post because I am going to go get breakfast.

True or Not True. Today’s card in the game is:

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Next card in the game…

09 Sep

If you’re playing the game with us, this is the next card. True or Not True?

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Today’s Card in the Game…

08 Sep

True or Not True? This is a Zodiac Card Game that were playing with the readership for a little while. I started finding these when I had to make a birthstone board for a client. Each day will be a different sign or a different saying.

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