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Where in the World is The Antiques Diva®?

Dear Diva Readers,

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Meanwhile as I’m on the road, The Antiques Diva & Co keeps appearing in different places around the world wide web! First it was a mention in tours-122004 “>Apartment Therapy’s article on French Shopping Vacations and Tours followed shortly thereafter by a few of my articles appearing in the Bonjour Paris newsletter.

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tory/going-going-gone-lhotel-drouot/”>Going Going Gone was about the Paris auction house Hotel Drouot while last month’s Bonjour Paris column tory/ask-antiques-diva-salon-des-antiquities-de-bastill/ “>Ask The Antiques Diva® shared details on the Salon des Antiquities de Bastille in Paris. And while I’m on the subject of Bonjour Paris, I must say I was delighted to be invited recently to attend a champagne cocktail hour chez Karen Fawcett, the Editor of Bonjour Paris. During that event I was delighted to meet Lisa Buros-Hutchins, the effervescent founder of Your Paris Experience!

Saxon Henry - Roaming by Design

Meanwhile, I was honored to spend a weekend in Paris with social media maven and journalist Saxon Henry. While we were out and about in Paris she posted about our wanderings on Roaming by Design, telling details of our meeting with passemeterie-artisan tory/ask-antiques-diva-salon-des-antiquities-de-bastill/”>Remy Lemoine whose work graces the interiors of some of the world’s top designers. When Saxon & I weren’t gallivanting about, we took some much-needed down time in the city of light and one of our favorite nights in Paris occurred when I decided to don an apron and whip us up a 5 course dinner!

On top of all of this, I was delighted that the Italian Luxury Linen company blog Belvivere did a feature on The Antiques Diva & Co! Mrs. Conti had me blushing like a bride over the praise she lavished on our European Shopping Tours and the inventory in our Online Store.

Speaking of online stores, the Belvivere linen shop is divine and a visit to CEO Jay C Conti’s website is a wonderful lesson in linen. Recently I was honored to be asked to write a testimonial for Conti’s upcoming book, “The Luxury Bedding Makeover System -A Step-by-Step Workbook To Dress Up a Beautiful Bed & Revamp Your Bedroom Décor”, which unravels the mystery of thread count, teaches the language of linen & deciphers quality in bedroom decor.

Andrea Martin - Expat Women.com

While that covers Europe, I was surprised to get a note from a contact on LinkedIn who had heard Andrea Martin of Expat Women.com speak on women entrepreneurs. My contact Jeannine wrote,

“I went to a talk in Singapore about owning your own business and the speaker used you – The Antiques Diva – as an example. I was like “Wow!, I know her”…. I’ll never forget going to your beautiful home in Amsterdam. It was so well decorated and all of the food and every detail was just right. I’m sure your business must be great if you put as much love into your business as you do your home.”

Love indeed – my company The Antiques Diva & Co continues to grow out of passion for what I do! If you want to follow my day-to-day, make sure to become a fan on The Antiques Diva & Co Facebook page or follow my tweets on Twitter!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®

Photo credit below:  Angelica Arbulu Photography

Expat Women Business Idea of the Month – Vardit Kohn

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Diva Readers might remember last month when Expat Women.com chose The Antiques Diva™ Exclusive Private Guided Antique Shopping Tours of Holland, Belgium and France as their Business Idea of the Month! I was thrilled with the publicity and honored to be chosen by this top-notch online newsletter. This month, my friend Vardit Kohn, creator For Goodness Sake and author of several cookbooks, is featured as The Expat Women.com Business Idea of The Month!

For those of you who are not familiar with Expat Woman.com, I encourage you to visit the site. Their mission is to inspire expat women’s success abroad by providing a first-stop website to share stories, network globally, develop personally and find the best expat resources. The” Business How To” tips Vardit Kohn gives in this month’s interview are guaranteed to help any entrepreneur, whether living in their homeland or abroad!

When asked “What advice would you give to other women wanting to set up businesses in a foreign country?” Vardit, in typical V-fashion, responded, “Just Do It! Don’t let if’s, what if’s and but’s deter you. Fear is the only thing that keeps us in our tracks and stops us from moving ahead. Get over it, no matter what country you live in. There is not such a thing as failure. If the result is not what you wanted, learn from it and move on. Do not use your new environment as an excuse; you could have failed in your own country, too. Think of the foreign environment in which you live as an advantage rather than a disadvantage. Are there things you could do/learn there that you could not back home? Are there business opportunities that have opened up thanks to your new country? Can you combine skills/contacts from your homeland with ideas/opportunities in your new location?”

You might recall from my own interview with Expat Woman.com that when asked for my top 5 tips for starting a career in a suitcase, Tip # 4 encouraged readers to find a mentor. With advice such as that above, you can see why I chose Vardit Kohn to fill the role of mentor for me – a chat with V is like having your own personal cheerleader!

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If you’re living in Holland or just passing through, email Vardit for a personal consultation or to join one of V’s healthy cooking courses! You might just see me there! info@forgoodness-sake.com

Best Wishes for A Happy & Healthy Lifestyle!

The Antiques Diva™

Photo Right:
The Irish Queen with Vardit at a Gooi Luncheon this summer – Sadly I’m not in the pic as I was behind the camera clicking away!

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