What Do Billionaires and Umbrellas Have in Common?
...in Manhattan, they're never in short supply.
But of course I didn't have mine with me that day.
My umbrella, I mean.
My billionaire CEO was tucked away in their office, warm and dry. I was the opposite - drenched to the skin from freezing cold December rain, walking in squeaky wet shoes from the 59th Street Bloomingdale's to our Park Avenue headquarters. I didn't have time to stop and buy an umbrella (even if I had, there was no street vendor insane or adventurous enough to be standing out in that storm).
The $8,000 Chanel dress I'd just bought for my boss to give as one of their hundreds of holiday gifts was getting dangerously close to becoming a kite. Gusts of wind pushed against my back, sending my Medium Brown Bag (hey Bloomie's, would you consider something more waterproof next time?!) flying left and right. I was praying the plastic wrapping around the dress would stay in place.
Ducking into a flower shop on the next corner, I stood panting inside the drafty double doors asking myself: "What the #@%* am I doing??!"
I nervously checked my phone for the time. I checked on the dress - still somehow dry, but I suspected the glue keeping the handles stuck on the bag had all but dissolved. I had 5 minutes to walk 6 freezing blocks.
Holding the bag to my chest, I ran.
9 months later, I was expecting...
...my life to be a lot different. I figured I'd still be doing personal shopping that felt anything but personal. Losing my previous job and starting Park West London with John was the best thing I never saw coming. Instead of being told what to buy, I look everywhere for the highest quality product, made by someone who is passionate about their job - someone whose job is, in fact, their passion.
Instead of sprinting through the sopping wet city to deliver a commonplace gift only one person will enjoy, I make discoveries everyday: the newest trend; the Next Name you haven't heard of yet; a one-of-a-kind find that's impossible to imitate.
And the best part?
I don't ask myself what the #@!* I'm doing everyday.
The best part is that I get to share these gifts with you, so that you can give them to people you care about. To me, that's the most personal kind of shopping.