Another month down, its hard to believe we only have 2 months left before we close the books on 2014. October was full of exciting things at Kuzak’s Closet and in my own personal life. We had an event with a global brand, we held several estate sales and liquidations, we organized homes in Silicon Valley, and most importantly I made time to get away for a few days to visit my family.
I kicked off the month with a fall event at Kate Spade at Santana Row! I was so excited to partner up with them. I love their fashion and I thought it made sense to see how we could incorporate Kuzak’s Closet vintage style with their classy timeless looks. I was able to hit the store for a little modeling gig before the event, sharing some of my favorite pieces with all of you on the blog last month. On the day of the event, my entire staff came to support. All of the gals even had a beauty day at DryBar and then we mingled with some of our friends and lots of new friendly faces. It was a great experience and it really has encouraged me to branch out more in the future. I think its really important to find new avenues to promote a business and brand, while having a good time, do you know what I mean?
It’s been my goal in 2014 to find more work-life balance. I’m still a workaholic but thanks to my staff I have been able to take more time for myself, my friends and my family without feeling guilty. For example, my friend Willem organized a fun day in Napa (he does this often but I typically can’t make it due to estate sale conflicts) and I made it a priority to go. Chris and I met up with him and our other friends Leah and Jen for lunch. Then we did a few tastings before enjoying wonderful dinner together at Bottega in Yountville.
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Happy Friday folks! I’m up late writing this post after a long day of work. We had an amazing estate liquidation in Palo Alto today and when the house was empty (at 4pm) I headed over to this weekend’s estate sale house to price and put on final touches. I came home to dinner on the table (thanks Chris) and about 4 hours of work to catch up on. Most people would just go to bed and put it off but I know that with the pace we are working I don’t have that option.
I still can’t believe we are on our 4th estate this week! My first year in California I only did 2 estate projects the entire year, man things have changed! The next 8 weeks will be extra busy with clients that want to tackle organizing projects and estate projects before the year-end. I always anticipate this so I took a much-needed week off last week to travel to Michigan and North Carolina for some milestone events in my family. My dad celebrated a birthday, my granny turned 90, my nephew turned 2, and my newest niece was baptized.
Being the organizer that I am I coordinated making it to all of the events and I am so glad. We started the trip in North Carolina and spent a few days with my brother Nick and his family and my brother Christopher. My sister also flew in for the weekend making it the first time in 2 years that my siblings were all together. My parents were so glad to get to spend time with us as a group and we had a lot of fun. We cruised around Lake Norman on a pontoon boat, had drinks, shopped, and celebrated. Continue Reading »
My friend Billy is someone very special to me. Billy has worked at Kuzak’s Closet for several years and oversees the muscle of our operation. There is very little I wouldn’t do for him, but when he asked me to invite 50+ people to my house so he could roast a pig in my backyard I was a bit nervous. His vague details about what to expect had the organizing wheels in my head turning for weeks. His recurring answer to all questions was “don’t worry, be happy.” That’s Billy! A few days before the event he gave me a short shopping list and told me to alert the fire department because there would be smoke. I did my best to hold back my concerns (the shopping list was short!) and trusted that he knew what he was doing. The pressure was on! Among the crowd were Googlers from my husband’s office, along with most of the Kuzak’s Closet team, a fantastic array of local friends and Billy’s family (including his brother and son who flew in from Texas exclusively for the event!).
I love to entertain. My house is often open to dinner guests and frequent last minute gatherings but the event that happened last weekend was something that will be forever in my heart and soul. As my friend Ruth and her family packed their to-go boxes at the end of the night she summed up the evening delightfully, “I feel like we all need to say goodbye before we head to the airport”. Ruth was exactly right, for one magical evening it did feel like 50 people were taken away to a little island called Tonga. Continue Reading »
When I saw the photos that our marketing gal Monica pulled for this month’s “day in the life” post I had to do a double take. It’s hard to believe that we squeezed all of these events in the month of September. It is a shorter month you know, with only 30 days in total. I guess it’s fair to say that we were able to maximize each and every one of them!
During September estate projects took the main stage. We organized a total of SEVEN estate sales and liquidations. Between regular sale days and frequent flash sales there was a stretch when I saw a handful of our estate shoppers 7 days in a row, crazy! I think those 7 days were also the hottest we have had in recent months. The temps were in the 90’s and inside some of our estate homes it felt like 120 degrees. My team consumed 20 cases of water and 10 cases of our go-to fizzy treat Refreshe. Don’t laugh, it is sparkling water that comes in a can and you can find it at Safeway – we LOVE it!
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September is Emergency Preparedness Month which means it’s time to replenish your emergency kit! If you don’t have an emergency kit, now is the time to get started. In the past I have shared how-to kits for your car, your home, and your pet (read here). This year I want to focus on helping you create an overall Emergency Plan for your home. I am providing a basic printable list to get your emergency kit started and I am also sharing disaster-specific resources to help you customize a personal plan for your families’ geographical needs.
Print Your Emergency Kit List HERE
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Fun fact about me that you might not know…I come from a family of organized antique collectors that has a museum in North Branch Michigan. The Museum is called The Orr Family Museum. It’s a treasure in time, full of neat collections from my grandfather, my uncles, my great grandparents, and wonderful people from my mother’s hometown (she is an Orr). I stopped in on my latest trip to Michigan and it really helped me make sense of where I am in my life. I guess treasure hunting and repurposing antiques with my grandpa and my mom has gotten me to where I am today, a professional junker!
The museum was donated to the village of North Branch by my family so it could be open to the public and enjoyed on a more regular basis. My cousins help maintain it along with village volunteers. I hope it has a long legacy but with a town as tiny as North Branch it can be a wonder. The Orr’s owned (and still own) a beautiful hardware store in North Branch so the museum is full of items that they sold/traded/stumbled upon throughout the years. This post is more of a visual story so just take it all in… Continue Reading »
TGIF my friends! It’s hard to believe another week has already flown by, before we know it the holidays will be here! It was great to see so many of you at our Mountain View estate sale yesterday! You have all become my California family and I am so thankful for that!
Speaking of family, I flew to Michigan for a quick trip to visit family and friends last week. I shared lots of pictures from my trip on Instagram and Facebook but today I wanted to share the highlights in a quick blog post.
Do you love seeing your parents home as much as I do? When I drive in the driveway of the house I grew up in I am instantly relaxed. My parents built their house when my mom was pregnant with me 33 years ago. It is beautifully organized and decorated (I must get that from my mom).
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