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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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The Flaunt Fab Forty's Grande Dame

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yes dear Students of Flaunt, I said I would tell you more about the Grande Dame and the Flaunt Fab Forty who were at my home for the charity auction. So many different personalities!

Let me start with the Grande Dame. We will just refer to her as GD from now on. Having just returned from three weeks in the Orient with a small group of friends she was still dealing with the time change but this did not stop her from actively holding up that paddle. The woman is an absolute purse-a-hollic. There was not one that she didn't bid on and ended up with three new bags: Chanel, Louis Vuiton and a Ralph Lauren. Of course this was after proclaiming earlier that she had spent to much on her trip. Puhleese! She and her husband and three other couples had booked a private tour through American Express. It is totally amazing what they can put together for their "black" card holders. As we said in the School of Flaunt handbook, when you have a Black American Express card it is like a black stealth bomber at its best!

Continuing on with GD. Everyone should take lessons about flaunt from her. She speaks four languages fluently, can ride with the best of them, is a "flaunt fabulous" cook and does that woman know how to have a party. But then she should because her father was a professional at diplomacy, having been an Ambassador and mingled with all of the power types in the world.

How did I meet GD? Well I was at a charity event and spotted her out on the patio of the home where this event was being held. I thought to myself this woman looks like someone I've met before and I really need to acknowledge her. So I worked my way across the room and as we made eye contact I smiled and said, "Have we met before? I think we might have." At which point she extended her hand and smiled graciously at me and said, "No I don't think we have had the pleasure but you certainly look like someone I should know." Is that not the perfect SOF response? (If you didn't answer Yes to that question you will after you read our book!) Well this started a grand friendship! Trust me GD will do most anything for you. Such a lovely lady with a gracious and kind spirit. As her husband of many years said, "I was engaged when I met her and instantly became unengaged."

Now I did say when you think GD, think POLO and we aren't talking cotton shirts by Ralph Lauren here. GD and her husband when they were first married spent almost every weekend in Santa Barbara. Why? Polo! Yes, they would meet their in-laws there at their home and play polo every weekend. I can see her now swinging that mallet and playing with her five boys. She did admit after awhile the boys were just too tough for her and being a spectator was a judicious way to play polo! I say Amen to that having done a double summersault over a horse's head! That is another story for another time!

More about the Flaunt Fab 40 later.

Alexandra

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