The Finer Things in Life

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It was not a big surprise that led me to watch season one of Renee Strauss’s “Brides of Beverly Hills. Renee comes across as spunky, personable, knowledgeable and caring.

Then Renee and I became Facebook friends. Recently, Renee posted that she was going to be in town for New York Bridal Week. I asked her if I could interview her for my blog and she was gracious enough to accept and give me the opportunity. She has provided me with everything I need and more. I am so happy to have gotten acquainted with this lovely lady and learn what makes her tick. She is as nice on television as she is off.

Questions for Interview

“The Finer Things in Life”- Eight Questions for Someone Fabulous

1) Give me your vitals and how the public can visit your place of business.

A) Name-

Renee Strauss

B) Title-

Founder, Creative Director

C) Business Name-

Renee Strauss for the Platinum Bride

D) Address-

653 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, Ca. 90069

E) Phone-

(310) 657-1700

F) Website-

www.reneestrauss.com

2A) How do you describe your business?

Couture bridal salon

2B) What is your message to your clients?

We provide experiential bridal shopping, in that we shop the world for you.

3) For all the aspiring entrepreneurs out there, what is the secret to your success?

We all live in the present, yet we invest our time, energy, and talent for the future. Therefore, we must our way to create the future we dream about. I continually look for opportunities that are brand appropriate and seek out like-minded professionals to collaborate with, which helps me to progress my business in a positive direction.

4)  Who are four guests you would like at your dinner table? Why? They can be from the past or present, historical figures, celebrities, family members.

    A) Ralph Lauren- because his ability to build an iconic brand from his vision of lifestyle is a unique achievement. Most companies are built on the strength of an individual item, and further growth stems from that item. Ralph Lauren, however, is a visionary. His persona and lifestyle are reflected in his brand. I would love to engage in dinner conversation with him.

B) Joseph Bloomingdale- another visionary, invented what would become a model for consumers in most western cultures, the department store. I would love to relive that history and and hear his insight.

C) Golda Meir- the former Israeli Prime Minister, was not only pragmatic, but she also had a tremendous sense of humor. One of my favorite quotes of hers is from a conversation she had with an American. The American complimented Golda Meir on the generals in the Israeli Army and how the U.S. could use a few of their own. To which Meir responded, “We in Israel could use a few of your generals, such as General Electric and General Motors. She and I are also both Jewish mothers.

D) American comedian Lucille Ball was able to perform in all mediums including radio, stage, film, and television. I adore breaking boundaries. She faced many obstacles, but never gave up.

5) What is the best gift you ever received? Why?

The greatest gift I ever received is my diamond eternity band. This particular gift is special to me because it represents the love I share with my husband.

6) What is your guilty pleasure?

Cadbury milk chocoate and reality TV- preferably at the same time!

7) What is The Most Fabulous Place You Ever Visited?

The Isle of Capri, where my husband and I got married. We try to visit at least every two years.

8) What are The Finer Things in Your Life?

Our beautiful home in Laguna Niguel, my gourmet kitchen, and of course my elegant bridal salon.

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ImageWhat does it take to be creative?

1)Do you try new things that sometimes take you out of your comfort zone?

2) Does your imagination take you to new and exciting places?

3)Do you experiment with new ideas?

4) Do you believe that nothing ventured is nothing gained?

Then,you have creativity in your soul. You don’t think”I can’t!” You feel excited about new possibilities that can happen if you try. If it doesn’t work the first time,you try again.

Do you think any great invention or innovative idea worked the first time. It is always trial and error until that magic moment occurs.

When I make a new gift basket or use a container that I have never used before,I never know if it is going to work until I see how it looks. It make work in my head but it may not look the same in reality. I usually have to make some tweaks until it looks the way I had imagined it.

I created my Gift Basket Making Class so adults and children alike can gain the confidence to know that they can create beautiful gifts without breaking the bank. When you give a handmade gift for a birthday gift, a housewarming gift or any of the many occasions and events that occur throughout the year,the recipient is touched by the thought of how you care.

Since I was an early childhood teacher for a long time,teaching is in my blood. These workshops are perfect for a group of children for an activity at a birthday party or just as an activity on a rainy afternoon.

Children are free and able to express themselves. I love to see the joy on their faces when they have completed their basket and know it belongs to them and they are taking it home. The confidence it builds is worth everything!

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ImageImageIn June,I got an offer to housesit for Geoffrey Quinlan in Brewster,New York. Geoffrey needed some R&R with his family in Florida. He said that he knew that I loved the house and wanted me to stay there for a week in July. I told him I would think about it and get back to him.

Sometimes decisions are taken out of your hand and made for you. Shortly after his invitation,I got an offer from The Brewster Public Library to do two Baby Signs Storytimes the same week he wanted me to stay so I accepted the offer.

I needed to go up there to be shown everything that needed doing because Geoffrey has Cinnabar the big,adorable poodle,Whiskers,the sweet kitten, as well as the roosters and hens! Wow! Amazing!

It was hard to get our schedules to mesh so he had to pick me up one evening and quickly show everything between then and the next morning. Do you think I remembered everything?

I arrived and of course there were not the million notes and instructions that he promised. I was feeling great because my first storytime got rave reviews! He did leave the gym pass and a pass for Tonetta Lake. I was also left with instructions for Cinnabar,Whiskers and the chickens.

The first time I went to get the eggs all of the 20-25 roosters surrounded me and followed me to the hen house. I did not realize that they thought of me as a friend and thought I was going to feed them. I thought I was going to be attacked and quickly got the eggs and left. LOL,I had my phone with me in case I  could not open the door. As the week went on it got easier and easier and I knew I was getting delicious,organic eggs for my breakfast!

I watered the vegetables and got delicious tomoatoes and radishes. We even made spaghetti sauce. Cinnabar,Whiskers and I got used to  each other.

Poor Geoffrey! Until I started to relax,he received texts and calls from me for help. For instance,a rooster ran out of the gate one evening when I went to feed the chickens and retrieve the eggs. What do I know from roosters. It did come up back at dusk and it went back in. There was no power or water for 24 hours following a big storm. One hundred and twenty six homes were affected! (LOL) There was a flood in the basement and Cinnabar pooped in the house.

There is a happy ending to this story. I started to relaz and enjoy the house and area as well as realizing I was not alone. Also,I got company and the fun really began!

I still have tomatoes and radishes and am enjoying them thorougly!I forgot to say I have YUMMY eggs and am going to get pickles soon!

ImageImageIn June,I got an offer to housesit for Geoffrey Quinlan in Brewster,New York. Geoffrey needed some R&R with his family in Florida. He said that he knew that I loved the house and wanted me to stay there for a week in July. I told him I would think about it and get back to him.

Sometimes decisions are taken out of your hand and made for you. Shortly after his invitation,I got an offer from The Brewster Public Library to do two Baby Signs Storytimes the same week he wanted me to stay so I accepted the offer.

I needed to go up there to be shown everything that needed doing because Geoffrey has Cinnabar the big,adorable poodle,Whiskers,the sweet kitten, as well as the roosters and hens! Wow! Amazing!

It was hard to get our schedules to mesh so he had to pick me up one evening and quickly show everything between then and the next morning. Do you think I remembered everything?

I arrived and of course there were not the million notes and instructions that he promised. I was feeling great because my first storytime got rave reviews! He did leave the gym pass and a pass for Tonetta Lake. I was also left with instructions for Cinnabar,Whiskers and the chickens.

The first time I went to get the eggs all of the 20-25 roosters surrounded me and followed me to the hen house. I did not realize that they thought of me as a friend and thought I was going to feed them. I thought I was going to be attacked and quickly got the eggs and left. LOL,I had my phone with me in case I  could not open the door. As the week went on it got easier and easier and I knew I was getting delicious,organic eggs for my breakfast!

I watered the vegetables and got delicious tomoatoes and radishes. We even made spaghetti sauce. Cinnabar,Whiskers and I got used to  each other.

Poor Geoffrey! Until I started to relax,he received texts and calls from me for help. For instance,a rooster ran out of the gate one evening when I went to feed the chickens and retrieve the eggs. What do I know from roosters. It did come up back at dusk and it went back in. There was no power or water for 24 hours following a big storm. One hundred and twenty six homes were affected! (LOL) There was a flood in the basement and Cinnabar pooped in the house.

There is a happy ending to this story. I started to relaz and enjoy the house and area as well as realizing I was not alone. Also,I got company and the fun really began!

I still have tomatoes and radishes and am enjoying them thorougly!I forgot to say I have YUMMY eggs and am going to get pickles soon!

Imagehday AmericaImage

I can’t think of a better way than to spend July 4th at Maria’s house. She and her family are so welcoming! The smells and yummy aromas surround you when you enter the house.

It is so hard to know what to bring when I come to The Brofkas. Maria always has the menu covered. I thought and I thought and I brought flowers to decorate the kitchen.

Maria made yummy pasta,potato salad,grilled vegetables,burgers and much more including a medley of fresh fruit and yummy sherberts. We topped it off with coffee or espresso.

We relaxed and laughed. The day always goes so fast,especially,in Syosset.

What a great place to remember how lucky we are to be living in America!

I was even sent home with a doggie bag!

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