A Look Back at 2015…

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

As far as years go, 2015 was certainly one of my favourites. I’m grateful for a number of accomplishments and adventures, but truthfully everything else pales in comparison to being a part of one of the most popular programmes on television.

I have interviewed candidates from all walks of life, but The Apprentice was very unique because there was so much on the line. Not only was the prize life-changing, but the group of talent really was top notch, and my job was to find the weakest competitor in a room filled with accomplished hopefuls. The finalists weren’t just competing to be a potential show winner, but ultimately, to hold a partnership with Lord Sugar that could potentially extend well into the future.

Looking back on the show and being labeled “Queen of Mean,” is not all that surprising to me, because I did have to be so thorough with their business plans to properly vet the candidates. There just was no time for the “bullshit!

As I reflect back on my decision to be a part of The Apprentice, I’m thrilled that the experience exceeded any expectations I had. I really enjoyed meeting with the final five, and connecting with the fans was definitely the icing on the cake. Job well done to all the finalists and of course to the well-deserved winner, Joseph Valente.

Some of the best opportunities in life are unexpected and require an adventurous mind. The Apprentice was all of those things; and true to form, one of the highlights of my career. I’m excited to see what this year holds, and I’ll do my best to live up to the #QueenofMean title!

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A NY State of Mind

They say New York City never sleeps and every time I visit I realize the truth behind the sentiment. Last weekend was certainly no exception; and like many holidays I take, this trip was a mixture of both work and play.

We started the weekend off with an amazing dinner at Jean George at The Mark, capped off with my favorite – a Belvedere martini with a twist (shaken – not stirred!). I’ve stayed at the Mark many times before, and the service and staff were every bit as impeccable this trip.

Ready to head out for a night in NYC!
Ready to head out for a night in NYC!

Saturday morning came bright and early. We grabbed lunch at Cipriani in Soho (which I can’t say enough good things about), and then, we were off to the new Whitney Museum. What an absolute treat their new space was. The artwork was lovely and the entire renovation was beautifully done.

After the Whitney, we took to the stores of Soho for some shopping. I found a great Prada padded coat at Barney’s that was too stylish and slimming for me to pass up. Coat in hand, we ran back the hotel with just enough time to change before dinner.

My final day in NYC was mostly spent visiting the site of a new apartment I am redesigning. The plan is to create a cool Italian feel in the prime of Manhattan, overlooking Central Park. Furnishings will be comfortable and furniture will be sourced in modern neutrals. This project is one I’m excited about. I’m looking forward to creating a cool space that perfectly compliments their priceless view.

With work handled, we booked across town to the Jets stadium for what was to be my FIRST American football game! What followed, I cannot say made complete sense to me. I was expecting the game to be fairly drawn out, but I had no idea the sport was going to be complicated! Constant pauses, lots of stopping and starting – and who names a game football when your feet aren’t even involved?? I can’t say I understood much of what the players were doing – particularly the bit about the oval ball – but it absolutely was a great time. I’m glad I got to see it!

I’ll be posting before and after’s down the road, so check back soon for more updates!