I once ended up in a posh club in NYC during Fashion Week for a private party for models and designers. What had happened was…
My bff, Kelley, had the fortune of being the mother to a wonderfully exciting, brilliant, generous, funny young man who at this time happened to be about 8 years old and fighting Neuroblastoma at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She was alone in the day to day grind of caring for a sick child as his father chose to be mostly uninvolved.
I would call daily from Richmond, VA to check on Mason and of course on Kelley. Several days went by without an answer or return call. So I did what any sane person would do….I hopped on a bus headed to New York.
I do want to take a second to say that I have traveled to NYC via every means available to man except Alaskan fishing boat and rocket propelled jet pack; a bus is the WORST.
Anyway, this flipping chic finally calls me when I am about an hour away. I don’t answer. She calls back. Seriously? What do I do now? I want to surprise her but what if it’s an emergency? I decide to text back.
Me: What’s up?
Kelley: Answer your phone.
Me: Watching a movie.
Kelley: Liar its 1am.
Me: I’m watching it at home.
Kelley: Just pause it. Are you drunk?
This is a valid question since I had been trying to get in touch with her for days and now I am giving her the same cold shoulder I give a guy that I thought I liked at first but soon realize I was wrong.
She answers the door, pillow case in hand, reared back ready to attack. I guess she planned to fluff me to death had I been an attacker. Or maybe there was a rash of pillow yielding attackers in the Upper East Side. IDK. Either way she was surprised.
The next day we line up a volunteer to sit with Mason in the hospital and we decide to get her OUT for a few. We are a couple of Debbie Downers at the Stumble Inn at 76th and 2nd so two burly gents took pity on us and our tale of woe. They were Moses and Special and they were the bouncers at Butter, which we later learned to be the hottest nightclub in NYC. They told us to come whenever and they will just let us in.
We decide to take them up on the offer…. unbeknownst to us it happens to be fashion week party night.
Our instructions for the night….. “If anyone asks tell em Madonna invited you.”
Hmmmm… that’s weird. Why would they say that?
Oooooooo. We don’t fit in at all. I am 5’2” and have an athletic build that my doctor still likes to call overweight. I looked like a white, female Kevin Hart at a Lakers game. #muscleweighsmorethanfat #girlsthatliftweighmore #yourchartisstupid
I was also dressed like a regular person. You know, one with an actual clothing budget. We are surrounded by two types of people. 1. Tall, thin, models in mini-dresses. 2. Rich, eccentric designers in their own fashions. Obviously, we are neither. This was a very awkward experience for us but the more we imbibed off the free cocktails, the less we cared. #DDC
Now, I have always liked a good trend but I haven’t always worn it well. Take for example my first day of 6th grade. Layers were in style in a big way. Maybe not as big as I thought though. I wore multiple shirts, socks, and *get this* skirts. What???
Or my big hair phase… I should have won some award for my ability to get it to stand up so high with nothing more than a curling iron, a soft bristled brush, and a giant can of Aquanet.
Over the years I have learned that fashion changes pretty rapidly. This is the same for home design as it is for clothing.
To be flipping awesome at flipping you will need to be hip and trendy…like me in 6th grade. I am going to get into some of those trends right now. Remember, there are trends that are hitting hard for suburbia and ones that are vibing in the urban market. I am going to break it into two sections for you. Think of it as day wear and evening wear. #Iamrunningwiththis #fashionweekforflippers
Suburban Trends 2017
This season in the suburbs is all about the 90’s. I walked into these houses and thought “Charity, you just saved a ton of money by not switching to this millennium.” My house was built in 1993 and I have been too lazy to change much since I bought it in 2011. Paid off this season!!! #lazyforlife
Urban Trends 2017
In the urban market we are seeing a lot of Industrial Organic, which I LOVE!!! This is when you take something and use it as something else. This is unlike the frat house near one of my flips that uses a festively painted toilet as a porch chair. More like sealing an old, rusted, metal door and making it the counter for the island in your kitchen. I must admit, I am madly in love with the urban trends for next year.
The above example shows organic looks like distressed wood, exposed aged brick, what appears to be original concrete, along side the sleek shine of new glass, plastic, and fabricated metal.
Just to wrap it up, in the suberbs we are reverting to our child or teenhood. I believe this trend is targeting the Gen X and Millennial buyer who grew up in the 90’s home. The urban trends are continuing to lean industrial but with a softer side by integrating wood and soft edges into the designs.
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Side note: After the passing of Kelley's son Mason, she and I began an organization which through support from volunteers, board members, and the community has grown into a wonderful charity. Please take a moment to check us out by clicking here or like our Facebook page by clicking here.
I was born an entrepreneur. I am pretty certain that I was peddling passies in the hospital when the nurses left the room.All of the other kids in the neighborhood were riding bikes and playing with dolls I was selling jewelry out of a catalogue and creating a back yard consignment shop. At 21 I became a real estate investor and fell in love. This was/is/ and always will be my passion. I have been madly in love with flipping, holding, and writing offers on real estate that seem crazy for 18 years. Ladies and gents I am willing to share the love of my life with you. Maybe its polyamory maybe its jut because I can’t shut up about it. Either way I will be sharing every mistake I ever made and the lesson that came from it. I love questions. Please ask away!!!