Kate Spade

Date Ready on a Budget

I just picked up a copy of ELLE and discovered some new fashion sites to browse. One in particular piqued my interest called Closet Rich. A site coined as “Curated Fashion Resale.”  As I am always thinking about how my clients can look fabulous for their exciting dates and at the same time appeal to the ever visual male creature, the notion of curated resale, isn’t a bad one…especially if you like designer and a little trendy on a budget.

I am totally new on the site but did notice one little sort of annoying thing as a potential customer. A lot of cute things my eyes zoomed in on are “sold out.” A site as such should constantly replenish sold out pieces with new inventory. Please note, I have not purchased from this site, so cannot speak to the experience. Anyways, here are a few date appropriate items I found for you readers.

1b9269e5484f4314894e2ca10e71e0a6_820x820This could be super cute with fab black pumps and simple Kate Spade gum drop earrings…some bangles…and a little clutch. 
Whitley Kross

Geo print strapless knee length w/ ruffle waist

Size: S
Condition: Excellent

Questions? emailorders@closetrich.com.

SKU: KK034$96 $85

b1c642eceac84937af1edd54d7de6441_820x820ee696aea2613445cb6b27dcb2468dd53_820x820 A girl needs to use good underpinnings aka Spanx if you are over 30….squeeze it all in dolly…pair sexy stilettos or metallic heels, fun chandelier earrings. 

Kelly Wearstler

knit front and silk Dress
Size: S
Condition Excellent
Questions? email orders@closetrich.com
SKU: CZ010

This is a cute look  for date two or three. Pair with chic flat boots for winter. Perfect for a casual day date where you are doing something like a farmers market stroll with coffee or sightseeing together. 

Red white and blue long sleeve button up dress

Size: Small
Condition: Great – one front button missing, reflected in price, see image for detail
SKU: NV002
$75cb4b23082abc4582a1b132844741c0a5_820x82080b130940138416c8ef98c92d0bd3394_820x820This is sold out but a super hot dress, right? Love the strappy elastic back and white skirt by Alicia and Olivia. This is a great first date dress. Pair it with any color fabulous heel- think bright pops of color like yellow, pink, green…anything really and a fantastic pashmina with a little subtle sequin embellishment or with an edgy leather jacket. Remove jacket or pashmina when you sit down for dinner. He will be drooling with hopes of a second date when you wear this! Also the back lends itself to the perfect place for his hand to touch your skin walking down the street.  

Cabo vacation | Family in Paradise

I just returned from a glorious week in Cabo, Mexico with my family. We stayed at a private residence in a spectacular enclave called Pamilla.  It was a time to catch up with family, play tons of board games, rest, soak in the sun, and explore the locale. My husband’s and my bags didn’t make it from SFO to Mexico for the first 24 hours of being in Cabo. SFO’s baggage tracking system that generates labels and tracks all baggage digitally was broken when we checked in. We had hoped there would be a miracle but sadly there wasn’t. i-4KCJQLB-X2In-home chef prepared guacamole and ceviche upon arrival on night one….lost bags….who cares! i-XFNCwHN-XLGrand driveway to the home….

Entrance to the home we stayed in Cabo….i-rSk6h8F-X2Beautiful stone and iron grace the entrance….i-zS9jf5z-X2Courtyard in the hacienda style home….bedrooms surrounding the fountain…

On the holiday, my mom came up with the idea for each family member to teach everyone something new.  My mom did a watercolor painting instruction where we all painted the same fruit basket “still life.”  She had packed watercolors, her good brushes, and set the stage for a fun morning activity in the dining room. My mom is an incredible artist on all levels. The creativity that stems from her is beyond words.  i-ch4hknJ-XLStill life fruit for our day of watercolors…..

My dad taught us some Danish phrases, and my husband shared with us some Economics 101 basics. That is why vacations are so great is that you have all of this time to do completely random things that you normally would never think to do as you navigate your hectic daily life. i-PRJshrg-X2Stunning view from the backyard….past the sailboat is the One & Only….i-frnLVKn-X2Perfect blue skies, bright pink bougainvillea by the pool, palm trees…..

Hightlights for me were my daily beach runs from the home throughout Pamilla, up the steep hills, and down the beach heading back home. The runs were so peaceful and the beach along the Sea of Cortez is really different from our Pacific ocean beaches. Rocky shores, sandy beaches, and an incredibly rich ecosystem of sea life living in small estuaries along the way. Along the way, I would stop and do planks in the sand, tricep dips, and pushups. I also managed to sneak through a double-gated community to admire Michael Dell’s incredible mansion at the very top of a massive hill.  One perk of having founded Dell, Inc.!!!i-B7GJwRf-XLFantastic dilapidated walls and wood door in a town nearby…..love the colors and old world charm…

Running on the sand is such a great way to build important supporting muscles and to work big muscles in new ways, increasing your coordination, and forcing your body to work differently as compared to running on a hard surface.  For ladies, of course, another benefit are the hunks ala Matthew McConaughey running towards you. It is always advised to keep to the wet, firmly-packed flatter sand near the water versus the slopes where a lot of injuries can take place on the dryer and looser sand. i-qb3WBx3-X2Make suns out of limes to make your margarita pretty and festive…..

With all of the running during the day, a girl needs to have some real fun too, right? Enter Amy’s Cabo margarita. We consumed our fair share of incredible fresh fruit margaritas blended in the convenience of our kitchen and had fun mixing and matching a wide range of varieties.i-Vbnh2DS-XLEmails in paradise are easy…..rumor is Kate Spade was staying next door to us

My top choice recommendation for a twist on the typical margarita would be my Cabo invention. It is a very potent concoction not made for the faint of heart. Amy’s margaritas are meant to be consumed with conviction, thirst, and a dash of mischief thrown in. Throw a few of these down the hatch and your clothes will be flying off you (hopefully not in public)…. and yes a good recipe for romance!i-STJxh5C-X2Inside One & Only Agua Mexiterranean restaurant and bar….

Place Don Julio brand tequila, Cointreau orange triple sec, and tons of fresh limes squeezed into a blender. I never use recipes for things and instead invent as I go. I go with what tastes the best. In this case, I poured a ton of top shelf tequila into the blender, followed by a smaller pour of the cointreau, and tons of fresh limes squeezed into the blender. I added some fresh pineapple, ice, frozen blackberries, and frozen strawberries at the suggestion of my husband. The outcome was a gorgeous, perfectly blended, smooth margarita that even non-drinker types would love.

Other highlights included spending some time at the One & Only Pamilla Los Cabos resort down the street from our home which was perfectly decorated for the holidays. The One & Only is one of the most romantic spots I have ever seen…. a place where you make love for hours, where babies are created….you catch my drift! i-7hhmzLZ-X2Holiday decorations appoint a table at guest reception at One & Only Pamilla

Picture queen size floating beach beds suspended above the sand created for two lazy lovers who want to blissfully swing back and forth while dozing off to the crashing sound of waves nearby, cement crescent shape lovers tables for two overlooking the ocean lit with magical candles, private rock caves to hide in and kiss, a spa that is beyond words, and an environment that feels that you are literally the only one there.i-sZk7xM7-XLA lovers table…..candles….cushy pillows…..views of the ocean….set for two

Although we were told the resort was at full capacity, it really felt like each time we strolled through whether for a drink or light bite, we were the only ones there. That is what makes for a spectacular resort experience. I know of a few Linx couples who have stayed at The One & Only Pamilla. i-84DJLXw-XLHubbie and I in front of a tree decorated with miniature pinatas…..

One night, my hubbie, sister, and I went there for a drink and dessert. I told both of them that THIS is the place for a Linx proposal and/or wedding to take place. In fact, the resort has the most charming chapel on the premise. My sister subsequently told me a friend of hers just got married there.i-S8jrSv8-XLFirepits at one of the restaurants….see the lovers table in the back? i-QMgXN2W-XLSanta Cabo style…..i-X4hh6pJ-X2

Ceiling in Cabo…..

The only downside to spending Christmas away from home was being away from our puppy. Luckily he is back from doggie camp and enjoy his own Christmas prior to our departure. photoMarshall enjoying one of his many toys Santa brought him….

Now I am back and catching up on hundreds of emails from many prospects wanting to join Linx for matchmaking. 2012 has been an incredible year. Stay tuned for an entry with a year in perspective.

Enjoy the legendary Gypsy Kings live song of Un Amor….

CNN Visits Linx

On December 6th, CNN visited our office in Menlo Park for a camera interview with corespondent, Laurie Segall. She’s a CNN Money reporter based in New York covering startups, innovation, VC’s and all things new and cool. DSC_1556

They contacted me about being featured as part of a story that will air in early January about Silicon Valley culture and navigating the waters as a successful single professional in a geek culture. They wanted me to specifically talk about any trends I am seeing in the Valley, if there has been a noticeable spike in business with all the new money pouring in post FB IPO, and how I get these geeks date ready through “Amy’s boot camp.” DSC_1562CNN also wanted me to host a little mixer where the guests would be comprised of high caliber single tech and entrepreneur types…those who are essentially changing the world right here in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, and San Jose.DSC_1543

It was all very last minute,  so in true entrepreneurial form, I managed to get myself prepared with my interview “sound bytes”, coifed, spray tanned (lol), locate two fun outfits (a girl has to do two looks right…thanks Kate Spade), find dynamic guests who would be OK being featured on camera, and transform my office into a mixer-ready cozy den. DSC_1612The reporter (Laurie), producer, and cameraman were supposed to arrive at 5:00pm to interview me, followed by party guests arriving at 6:15pm to start the party on film. With holiday traffic and general 101 chaos, the CNN crew arrived an hour late. I’ve learned over the years and especially with media, you gotta roll with the punches and just “be.”DSC_1537

DSC_1509My assistant (who also took these pics!) and husband alerted those guests showing up for this little clandestine Linx soiree to come back in 45 minutes. I was so thankful to have the two of them outside helping me (especially as I was getting mic’ed and wired, as well as, really needing to channel my focus to the camera that was about to start shooting) and so appreciative that everyone was super chill and willing to come back no problem.

DSC_1619The interview went really well and was a standing interview compared to a more formal sit-down format. We chatted for about 15 minutes with lots of shared insights, laughs, and had a nice, easy rapport between us. She asked me a ton about the business, how I match, my success rate, the types of clients I represent, if I’ve seen a rise in business with all the money in the valley, etc.

She asked about working with these hoodie wearing nerds and how I transform them. I said “geek is the new chic” here in the valley and sometimes with even 30 minutes in “Amy’s boot camp” they are ready. It is a confidence thing. Sometimes these cerebral types are so trapped in their freakin’ head they have no idea what to say to a woman. You multiply that by woman + attractive + cool + intellectual and these guys are shakin’ in their boots at the idea of even sitting across from their date. A little time with Amy and they are ready to go!DSC_1633At the very end of the interview, she asked me if I am the “new millionaire matchmaker.” In other words, am I Patti 2.0? I paused and said, “I am the nice millionaire matchmaker.” And that was a wrap! DSC_1593All 25 guests poured in, votives in true Andersen style flickered everywhere, wine poured, jazz played, people mingled, munched on food platters I put together (thanks to Trader Joes…side note- they have great tapas cheeses, sliced meats, and so much for entertaining…love love love it), and networked. The camera got a ton of b-roll footage and also got coverage of 4 guests who wanted to have mini interviews. It was so nice to see such enthusiasm that night and holiday festivities in full swing that night!

DSC_1520It appears as though some possible love connections happened that night and beyond romance, a lot of guests reconnected having met prior and those who had not met one another, gained interesting new contacts in the Silicon Valley.

And to quote Ferris Bueller (which I feel is a very representative quote for Silicon Valley), “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” IMAG5820This story is supposed to come out the end of January 2013.

Betty Draper’s Romantic Weekend Brunch for Two

Maybe your new love interest spontaneously spent the night or you planned a weekend together being lazy in bed with nothing to do. Sometimes the best moments shared are at home, cozy, and with stomachs filled with goodness.

Yummy breakfasts for two can be made with left-over ingredients in the fridge (like crisped up left-over pasta in a frying pan with bacon and eggs) or planning something sweet like cornmeal pancakes with sour cream, fresh fruit, and organic chicken sausages. If you love eggs try Barefoot Contessa’s Country French Omelet.  Fresh squeeze the best fruit available and do French press coffees. Simply divine.

Serve your breakfast and make it fit for a Draper household by using pretty china, linen napkins, and your finest glasses. If serving baked goods and toast, consider a lovely 3 tiered tray like this one here from a recent stay in Hong Kong. Look at the coffee glass as well. Elegant and handsome does the trick.

A fun alternative to breakfast in the morning is at dinner time with your honey. Grab aprons, find a delicious recipe together and heat up the kitchen. Don’t stress about having to make the food perfect. The enjoyment is found in the little details along the way- laughing over too much salt, the wrong amount of flour, spilled scallions on the floor, and burnt butter. Who cares when you are with your lover?  Betty would recommend pouring your loved one a stiff martini with stuffed olives. Upscale grocery stores like Draegers on the Peninsula and Woodlands Market in Marin have an amazing selection of luxury olives- perfect for his and hers martinis.

Perhaps I am inspired from going as Betty Draper to a friends Halloween bash last evening. Don’t you love 50’s fashion? Here I am wearing a Kate Spade dress I purchased a few months ago, a retro apron my little sister gave me one year, a cigarette holder with fake cigarette, and my blue suede heels. I bought a teal crinoline petticoat at a vintage shop in Palo Alto and some over-exagerated pearls. They served incredible basil mint martinis at the party- another great alternative to the classic martini. 

I did a ton of research on hair and make-up. I found Wet-N-Wild actually worked really great for light green eye shadow, 99 cent nail polish, black liquid liner, and hot pink blush. Revlon worked well for a matte hot pink lipstick. I didn’t feel like spending a ton of money on make-up so the cheap alternative actually worked out well thanks to CVS. For hair, I curled  it in old school velcro rollers, backcombed it a ton, went overboard with the spray, and bobby pined it into a French twist. Two hours later, Betty was ready, although there was no Don…only a funny ancient Chinese man hubbie.

Barefoot Contesa Country French Omelet

1 tablespoon good olive oil
3 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup (1-inch-diced) unpeeled Yukon Gold potatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch ovenproof omelet pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 3 to 5 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is browned but not crisp. Take the bacon out of the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.

Place the potatoes in the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Continue to cook over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until very tender and browned, tossing occasionally to brown evenly. Remove with a slotted spoon to the same plate with the bacon.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper together with a fork. After the potatoes are removed, pour the fat out of the pan and discard. Add the butter, lower the heat to low, and pour the eggs into the hot pan. Sprinkle the bacon, potatoes, and chives evenly over the top and place the pan in the oven for about 8 minutes, just until the eggs are set. Slide onto a plate, divide in half, and serve hot. 

Bon Appetit! 

My song selection is Frank Sinatra, The Best Has Yet To Come. 

Ladylike Fall Fashion

We are loving what fabulous fashion blog WhoWhatWear has put together for this Fall. WhoWhatWear www.whowhatwear.com  is created for trend-setting fashionistas and their followers and following they have! Our featured song for this entry is a classic. Frank Sinatra- The Way You Look Tonight 
Linx loves the ladylike sophistication and elegance of 50’s fashion. Of course Grace Kelly in Rear Window defines glamour.
You can incorporate any of these classic ladylike looks into your dating wardrobe and make him stop in his tracks, speechless!
Get The Look
H&M Wool Coat ($149)
While a Hitchcock heroine might wear H&M’s clutch coat with a classic pencil skirt, we suggest updating the look by balancing the coat’s voluminous proportions with sleek pants and ankle boots.Zara Silver Voluminous Dress ($90)
The silhouette of Zara’s full-skirted dress is demure and elegant, like many of Kelly’s Rear Window ensembles, but a metallic sheen makes it appropriately modern. Team it with a shrunken leather jacket and lace-up boots for a little bit of toughness.Miu Miu Lizard-Trimmed Sequined Clutch ($1810)
Casual cross-body bags aren’t part of the Hitchcock heroine’s repertoire! Instead, opt for a little clutch trimmed in copper sequins that pack a whole lot of sparkle.

girl. by Band of Outsiders Boxy Zip Front Jacket ($515, 714.962.9749) and Asymmetric A-line Skirt($295, available October 1st)
Look up “ladylike” in any style savant’s dictionary, and you’ll likely find this matching jacket and skirt set. Style it with a pussy-bow blouse and neutral heels for a pretty, professional outfit.

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Leather-Trimmed Gloves ($125)
Elbow-length gloves are not only functional for chilly fall days, they also lend a touch of drama to any look. Slip this pair on to add instant polish to a trench coat and jeans.

Erickson Beamon for Club MonacoEarrings ($150)
Kelly’s character is rarely ever spotted without a piece of statement jewelry, whether it’s a glittering diamond necklace or strand of pearls. We think Erickson Beamon’s chandelier earrings will do the trick teamed with perfectly coiffed hair a la Kelly!

kate spade new york Isabelle Heels ($328)
If you ever got caught in a Hitchcock-esque chase scene, these delicate heels won’t help you run any faster, but you’ll look mighty stylish trying to escape! You’ll get plenty of mileage out of these shoes too, since they’re chic paired with a floaty frock or skinny jeans.—Tiffany Tse

Dior runway photo, courtesy of Dior; Jil Sander runway photo, courtesy of Imax Tree; movie stills, courtesy of Getty Images.