The Antiques Diva on CNN!!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>On one Friend’s episode, Phoebe Buffay declared “I may play the fool at times, but I’m a little more than just a pretty blonde girl with a bum that won’t quit”. And perhaps quoting Phoebe isn’t the typical way one might start a blog on modern-day news gathering processes, but if the shoe fits…wear it! Especially if it’s Manolo Blahnik. In today’s blog, The Antiques Diva has become The Business Diva!

Are you familiar with iReport? In a stunning example of how society is evolving and embracing technology and connectivity, CNN launched a user-driven content initiative two years ago called iReport. News media has always been a top-down channel of relaying information to the general public, but the iReport initiative completely inverts that traditional process.

The beauty of iReport is that CNN has effectively extended their news-gathering capabilities to nearly every corner in the world – all without having to employ an army of reporters. They now have access to intimate and time-sensitive information that they could never otherwise have had.

For example, without iReport, CNN might never have known about the DNN – the Diva News Network! After returning home tonight from a Decorative and Fine Arts Society meeting in The Hague, I sat down to check my emails, only to discover a mail from my friend Suzanne which read I just saw you on CNN!!! To my pleasant surprise, the Diva News Network video on Brussels was selected by CNN to appear on their homepage as a primary iReport listing! Visit the site today (who knows how long it will be posted!).

Thanks CNN!!

The Antiques Diva

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Toma, I want to let you know the exact adress of the chocolateshop of Pierre Marcolini. It is near the Sablon, which you know better than me, in the Rue des Minimes nr 1. I guess you won’t be long before you actually will be tasting them…now that you’re still within a 2 hours drive. Do you know the Hoogstraat or Rue Haute in Brussels? There is apparantly an interior-decoration shop called Rambagh on nr 64, where you can also by the Mariage Freres stuff. Maybe something worth exploring? Lucretia

  • love the antiques report – fabulous! also – on the cruise blog – loved the pic. of you and bj right up front – cute outfit…is that a tie you have on? i miss you terribly! it was great fun to hear your voice and see your face on the ireport! i just love that you still have that oklahoma accent! xoxo H

  • An email from my parents…

    “Jen, isn’t this your friend? It was on CNN’s U.S. home page!”

    Very imprissive!!!!!


  • Be careful Wine Guy, one day The Diva won’t have any time left to cook a 9 course diner for you… or even only 5 course! What will you do?

  • This is a huge step for The Antiques Diva! She’s just a natural born reporter about the finer things in life. Also she gives such great publicity for my own country, thanks, Belgium needs the extra income, for economically it is in bad shape. Toma is attracting many extra spenders to Brussels!
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  • Wow!
    I sadly didn’t get time to rate you on CNN as was rushing out when I saw the email but it’s a truely fab report you’re so going to be a star!!
    Well done it’s fantastic!
    Nice to see you yesterday, golly you must be sooo busy!! You put us all to shame!
    See you soon.
    Kindest Regards

    Its wonderful . It indeed was a very interesting and informative piece that you did.
    Shall we see more in future?
    I do read your blog often and and it just makes me feel very happy;it is very welcoming and comforting in spirit.
    Keep it up!

  • Toma, (aka,Diva)
    That is SOOOO exciting, you look incredible…just amazing. That is just great, I feel like I have a famous friend. Good for you to your commitment to all of this – great job!
    MB,account director, affiliate Scripps Network

  • Well done, congratulations!!! It’s wonderfull and I think very much well deserved! All the time and energy and love you put into it is paying off! I watched the video and it’s lovely. Hope this starts off a new fase in your career as a Diva! With love,Brigitte

  • Hi Toma,

    Wow, awesome news!! You are becoming really famous! Nice, if we only would have known what we got started when you filmd for Quintiq…


  • That’s really great. I go to Brussels often for work and now have a whole new appreciation of the place. I’m not sure I would have picked up the fish china though.


  • The report was well done. I am a retired radio news director and you had a perfect delivery and kept the audience’s attention. You my dear, are a natural! Way to Go!!

    Your friend, Marleen aka The Contessa

  • Toma,

    Like the ‘Expatman’ said in your iReport reviews: YOU ROCK! Congratulations, CNN next 60 Minutes. You’re an incredible dynamo of creative energy, and have a video presence that’s star quality.

    Best of luck with CNN. And try to remember us little people. Ha!

    Someday, I’ll tell my grandkids that I knew the “Antiques Diva”. 🙂

    KEEP IT UP! You are fantastic.

    Kind regards,


  • You ROCK! Yippee, Congrats!!!!!! Like one comment on the iReport site said, “watch out Samantha Brown”, here comes the DIVA!!!! Love, Lorrie and Papa Bear!

  • Brilliant Toma, keep 'em coming. It was so well done and you looked great, the filming was steady (assume that was BJ as cameraman, good job) and topic perfect. Loved how you went from the expensive bags to the cheaper version, everyone loves hotel silverware (I do so assume everyone else does, I collected some gems from the old Eastern & Oriental, a Raffles Hotel closed down, now re-opened in Penang). Clever, punchy, you looked good, nice weather, sharp. Way to go Gal. The beginning of something larger I think so enjoy the moment as the first buzz is the best one.

    All the best,

    Proprietor Coolabah Hotel,
    Sihanoukville – Cambodia

  • WOWWW!! That is so cool! I just forwarded it to some friends because I’m so proud of you. I didn’t get a chance to vote before I saw that you were on! 🙂 Keep it up girlfriend!
    Cindy T

  • Oh Toma that was FANTASTIC!! The hubster and I were glued to it, you are an absolute natural and obviously so knowledgeable on your subject. Btw I’d have had to buy the bag and the knives!