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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Catherine Answers Viewers Questions

Want To Buy A Salahi Photo?

Article from Radar Online.

Real Housewives of D.C. stars Michaele and Tareq Salahi have figured out a way to pay off some of their debt without actually forking over any money.

Photo: Pacific Coast News

Brotman-Winter-Fried Communications -- who provided public relations for the Salahis polo events -- sued the couple for $20,000 owed for services rendered and won, but haven't been paid.
RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively that a deal had to be cultivated for payment because the Salahis are broke.
Sources close to the situation said that "after looking over the couple's assets it was determined they couldn't afford to pay their debt."
As a result, the Salahis signed 200 photographs of themselves pictured at the White House which are going to be "auctioned off on eBay for $100 each in an effort to get the $20,000 owed."

The deal was penned this week at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia and as a gesture of Michaele recently revealing her 17-year struggle with multiple sclerosis the communications firm will be donating 10 percent of the funds raised to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For those interested in purchasing a photo can visit SalahiPhoto.com, which has been set up to help promote the photographs.

RHODC Recap And Fact-Check Episode #7

The imposter Redskinette: D.C. 'Housewives' recap and fact-check (#7, Sept. 23)
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts

Welcome back to "The Real Housewives of D.C." -- this episode brought to you by The Washington Post. No, really. We basically wrote the script for this one. All the stuff about how Michaele isn't really a Redskins cheerleader? Hello! -- the Housewives were only able to go there because the Post broke that news to the world. In fact, though the show doesn't admit it, it's clear to behind-the-scenes experts like ourselves that much of this episode was taped after the White House gate-crashing incident (again: brought to you by the Post), and that when the other 'Wives are talking about all the craziness with the Salahis, they're actually talking about stories they'd just read in the Post. After the gate-crashing. Which, in Bravo time, supposedly hasn't happened yet. Yes, more time travel. You're excused for feeling dizzy.

Photo: Jamie Christian

It opens at Cat Ommanney's home in Chevy Chase, where she and her photojournalist husband Charles are choosing photos for her memoir, "Inbox Full." (Apparently this is a real project. She told the NYT a few weeks ago the book has been back-burnered, but she said on Bravo last week that it's coming out in December.) A (seemingly editing-enhanced) moment of tension as they disagree on some detail. (The producers, who until recently were still patching this show together, seem to be catching up on the news of the Ommanney split and layering some foreshadows into the story.) Their relationship is "not always a rosy and sparkly as it seems," Cat tells the camera (bangs-less, which is to say, post-split). Charles outlines his upcoming business trip - photo shoots with Peter Jackson, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Tim Geither. (Well played, Charles.) He won't be back until Sunday. (Minor-chord music hints at marital woes.)

At last, the cheerleading scene! Michaele Salahi shakes her pom-poms at Tareq in the "Thomas Jefferson Suite" at the Willard Hotel. (Should we assume this was comped in exchange for camera time, like the Four Seasons' Oprah suite?) "We still got it! It's alumni, but we're still rolling." She then goes on to tell the camera, "I'm a former Washington Redskins cheerleader for the NFL." (No. This is simply not true. In December, after the White House incident, the Redskins Cheerleader Alumni Association did the research and found that, despite her longstanding claims, she was never on the squad. She just showed up to alumni events -- and heck, even paid alumni dues! This story seemed to take the Salahi saga to a whole new level; it was one of the most-read stories on washingtonpost.com for several days.) We then see her alighting at rehearsal for an alumni performance -- big hugs for everyone -- and the quirky music and awkward steps are producers' cue to us that maybe she doesn't know what she's doing. (Indeed: The other cheerleaders told our colleague Paul Farhi they were freaked out by the whole thing, since no one remembered her and she didn't know the basic steps. Not all but a lot of faces are fuzzed out -- presumably they didn't sign Bravo's waivers. Oh, and there's some pretty serious time travel here, too: This rehearsal was Sept. 18 of last year, though much of the other action we see on this episode is November or December.)

Stacie Turner hosts an ice-cream party at her 16th Street Heights home -- kids invited. Usual gang, which is to say, everyone but Michaele, to whom the conversation quickly turns. Says Mary Amons: "Why do you think Michaele would claim to be a Redskins cheerleader?" Stacie tells the camera that "people are talking about Michaele, and the rumors are swirling." Phrases are thrown around like "pathological," and "what is the deal with these lawsuits?" (And just as Mary calls [bleep] on Michaele, I am calling [bleep] on Bravo. This scene was clearly taped after the White House incident and the revelation of various Salahi scandals and peculiarities -- notably, ahem, in our pages. It's very choppy and abruptly edited, probably because producers are having to edit around specific talk of the state dinner incident, which they don't plan to bring up until a later episode.)

But, a change of subject: Mary talks about her kids moving back home, including Lolly who has quit her miserable job. Stacie jokes, "You would not quit your job if it were miserable if you had rent to pay." (She says it lightly, but producers dub in a oh-no-she-diuhn't whoosh.) But then when Cat joins the teasing, Stacie's friend Erika suddenly turns on her: "That's the mean girl coming out! You're always negative every time I see you!"

(Did I mention that Erika Martin Hughes was in the room? Don't know much about her other than that she's very photogenic, and she has a "boutique lifestyle management and personal concierge service" ready to help you run your life. She's been on the sidelines of earlier episodes -- scowling at Cat during that Tyra Banks business and other racial-tension moments - but here she STEPS IT UP in such a way that you wonder why she's not a full-fledged Housewife. Seriously, why? Is she too cool to agree to wear pink sequined "Sex and the City" castoff cocktail dresses in the camera interviews? All I can say is: The season-two cast overhaul probably starts here. If there is a season two. Lisa de Moraes tells us Bravo won't decide for several weeks. But Erika is so ready. On Twitter she promised to speak the truth to the world tonight. I admire that she follows fewer people than even I do on Twitter, and that one of them is Idris Elba.)

Suddenly, ladies are yelling at each other, and most come to the defense of Cat. "Are you not placing judgment at this time?" Lynda Erkiletian asks Erika. Erika says she's tired of everything being all about Cat. Cat stalks off in tears and gathers her kids. Everyone follows, trying to console her, even Erika eventually, but she kind of makes it worse, apologizing but then telling Cat, "don't give me bad body language." Cat's all, "don't tell me what to do. Cameras pan to the baleful looks on little Jade and Ruby's faces. (This is child abuse -- the fact that they're getting exposed to all this drama, for starters, but especially the fact that they're getting filmed through the whole thing.)

At Mary's house in McLean, she and Rich and Lolly talk about Lolly's decision to quit her job as an executive assistant. Rich, skeptical, tells the camera, "Birds do have to leave the nest. Sometimes you have to kick them out to help them fly." (Is this why the Amonses are selling their six-bedroom McLean mansion? So their five cusp-of-adulthood kids won't be able to move back home?) Lolly says she wants to stay home for a while to work on her art. "Art's a hobby!" Rich says. "Art's never going to be a stable job!" Lolly says "that's not true!" (No, actually, it is true.)

The usual gang (everybody but Michaele) files into the office of D.C. Councilmember-at-large David Catania (You remember him from Edwina's odd party in episode five) to discuss the District's pending gay-marriage bill. (We're told this scene was filmed about a week before the gay-marriage vote, so mid-December... and therefore after the unmentioned White House incident. Cat's bangs are even beginning to grow out) You know who else is here? Well, Erika... and Paul Wharton. (Yes! We've missed Paul, the guy who single-handedly keeps the plot in motion; he's been all but AWOL the past three episodes, and I'm beginning to suspect this was a deliberate power move by Bravo, trying to limit his exposure as he films a new Paul-centric reality pilot -- you know, so he doesn't become too big. Because Paul Wharton was raised in a secret government camp designed to create and train the perfect Bravo reality stars.) Paul immediately notes in his camera interview that Cat greeted everyone except for Erika (see what I mean?) and complains that she's bringing down the whole love-and-unity vibe (but he's smiling... because he's glad to have deftly imposed thematic coherence on the scene). Anyway: Paul, Lynda, Cat and Erika are all in favor of gay marriage. Mary says she hasn't thought much about it "because it doesn't affect me" -- and Paul executes an exaggerated double-take (drama!) before telling the camera "a lot of Mary's friends are gay!" Everyone gangs up on Stacie and Jason Turner as they cite religious concerns that marriage should be a man-woman thing. Stacie's all for civil unions; Paul tells the camera if she doesn't support in gay marriage, he doesn't want to be friends. (Snap!)
Mary, Erika and Stacie meet at the Occidental Grille, a historic restaurant in the Willard Hotel, on Pennsylvania Avenue a block or so from the White House. (It's not identified, but we recognize it, and I'm thinking that this was their mid-December visit. If so, they've hidden the kids from the camera.) More debate about gay-marriage, then they switch to the Cat-Erika problem. This is intercut with footage of Paul and Lynda on the same topic over drinks (at Palette, the bar-restaurant at the Madison Hotel -- strangely not ID'd here either; they've either abandoned the old policy of lingering over every restaurant's name, or maybe the Madison already hit its shout-out quota in past episodes). Stacie criticizes Cat's rudely "Cat-like behavior," but Erika seems willing to move on. Paul and Lynda go deeper, though, talking about Cat's frustrations with Charles. "We're the only friends she has here," says Paul. Lynda wonders "what's keeping her there [with Charles] if it's really that bad." (And I have to wonder whether this conversation -- more heavily freighted with Ommanney marital woes than we've otherwise seen -- was maybe-who-knows-perhaps taped long after everything else. Who knows.)

Brief scene at the Willard Hotel: Michaele shaking her pom-poms at her mysterious "assistant" Jen, talking about the generational differences in cheerleading. "The girls every decade get better. See how I'm little [up top]? You wouldn't call me a brick house. [But] when you see the millennium girls!" (We think she means "millennial.") Jen is all, "boob jobs!" And Michaele tells the camera that she'd like some plastic surgery herself, no, haha, just kidding. Scene over.
Then the Salahis have a meeting with Virginia state Del. Dave Albo (R-Fairfax). The topic seems to be county regulations that restrict events at wineries (a real issue: there had been complaints about parking, noise, etc., when the wineries host weddings and other parties, which led to a wave of strict local ordinances limiting their practices. UPDATED 12:20 Friday: Albo sponsored a successful bill to limit counties' regulatory powers over farm wineries. The legislator told us he met the Salahis through this issue about four years ago and told us in an email that he likes them: "Granted, they are eccentric. But having wacky friends is fun!" While the meeting we see here was a little awkward because of the cameras, he said it was a real discussion of state business.). Tareq and Michaele basically claim that these restrictions caused all their family strife "because Fauquier wasn't letting us run our business" and now they want to fight for other wineries. (Yeah, this seems like a stretch. You can read for yourself about the Salahi family feud. And then read some more.)

Brief mother-daughter scene at the Amons house. Mary tells the camera that Lolly's "more like a girlfriend to me," only 20 years apart. Lolly chides her over the gay-marriage issue: "Gay people aren't just our hairdressers, they're our senators!" (Give us names, Lolly!) Mary agrees that gay marriage is probably a constitutional right, but then can't quite quote the Constitution, and Lolly prompts her: "Certain unalienable rights? Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness?" Quirky music, and Mary's all, oh yeah, that's what I mean. (Poor Mary, always the butt of the joke. And btw, that's actually from the Declaration of Independence.)
Cat meets Jason Backe for drinks on the patio of the Four Seasons (again, not identified, for some reason -- hey, while they were there, they should have asked for the Oprah Suite). Her bangs are quite short here again (which suggests it's maybe November) as she complains about life in "Chevy bloody Chase, and all the filthy desperate housewives who do nothing other than walk their dogs." More chatter about the Salahis crashing the Congressional Black Caucus gala, Jason along for the ride. "D.C.'s a small town," Cat says. "I'm surprised they haven't been exposed so far." (Or HAVE they been exposed already? Doesn't this sound like a backdated hindsight conversation?)

Finally, a completely trippy scene, in which the Salahis visit one Matt Carson, a laconic Piedmont-preppy type whom they tell us is a former Oasis employee who is supposed to help them write their "tell-all book" about all "the family dysfunction." (Turns out Carson was an unsuccessful candidate for a Virginia House of Delegates seat last year, running as Independent who opposed the Patriot Act. He also self-published a 2007 novel about good ol' boys launching a revolution against the government. Small world: Apparently he got a former Post colleague of ours to blurb it!... Awkward question, but -- why did Bravo blur out all the artwork on his walls? Matt says he has no idea: They were just innocuous prints, nothing dirty or racy. Must be a copyright thing.) The cameras catch Carson swallowing hard and smiling awkwardly as the Salahis lay out their literary vision, entitled "Wine, War and Roses" and haggle over who gets the credit or, you know, the money. "It's standard with these things, they give advances," Tareq says confidently. (Yeah, well... that's if you find someone else to publish it. This book project -- which Carson tells us he walked away from and never got written -- is not to be confused with their new book, "Cirque du Salahi," a collaboration with author Diane Dimond. Which, after making a lot of noise about shopping around to New York editors, they ended up self-publishing. It's available only via Amazon.) Tareq says he wants the book to be about Oasis's "huge successes," being "top 10 in the world." (Top 10 what? Though an acknowledged pioneer in the fledgling Northern Virginia industry, Oasis wine never had a reputation outside the region.) Irony alert!: Michaele tells the camera she's had such adventures since marrying Tareq; "sometimes I wake up and think, oh my god, we're going where? We're going to meet President Obama?" More irony alert: "I would love for it to have a happy ending."

Coming up next week: The state dinner incident! Michaele in Erwin Gomez's salon that fateful day, seemingly wondering how to handle the lack-of-a-paper-invitation thing. (Or we can only guess this is next week; Bravo says there are two more episodes left this season.)

Who wins this round? Erika. If everyone loves to hate you, then you know you're a star.

Stacie Would Like To See More Nuances Of D.C. In Season Two

Interview from BV Buzz.

By Jawn Murray
She's the sole African-American cast member on a series set in a place often called Chocolate City. Regardless, Stacie Turner is no table-tossing, neck-rolling, Ebonics-speaking, stereotypical character one would come to expect from a 'Real Housewives' cast member; but instead she offers sophisticated sass while showcasing her business acumen on the debut season of the 'Real Housewives of DC.'
Photo:Bravo

A real estate executive with a heart for philanthropy, Turner received an undergraduate degree in Finance from Howard University and her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

The happily married mother of two not only talked about life as a one of the nation's capital's 'Real Housewives;' but she shared with BV Buzz during our lunch at the Eurasian restaurant Oya her thoughts on the infamous White House crashers! 

Heck yeah! All women are different so to think that I can represent every lifestyle of every African-American woman in DC is like insane. To the extent that I can show what my reality is and reflect some of what I think African-American women can relate to is all that I can try to do. I definitely feel pressure!

Do you hold back on the show? Is there ever a time you feel your inner "sister girl" coming out, but tuck her away because of the cameras?
I'm always thinking that I have a little daughter and she can not see her mama show her behind on camera. In past episodes, they show how this whole topic of things related to race that comes up innocently and it's this expectation that you'll let it roll off and not go there with it. Meanwhile, it's like why does this even come up? We are sitting here having dinner so just because me and Ted Gibson are the only Black people there why does there need to be a connection about race? All it does is create a situation. And when it is brought up, why does the neck roll and the dialect change? It's just interesting.

Would you like to see them add more diversity to the 'Real Housewives of DC' franchise next season? Can we get another Black woman or even a Hispanic added to the mix?
I would. I know lots of women who would be great, but the question is do they have the nerve to put themselves out there. All of my friends thought I was crazy and people probably still think I'm crazy to do that, but so far they have been pretty accurate in their portrayal of our family and hopefully this series will be a little different in that they do try to stay true to form to women who are not necessarily doing the antics of some of the other shows.

You do high-end real estate for Sotheby's. Has being on this show been a boost for business?
When I was taping the show I worked at Sotheby's, but I've since left and now I work for Long & Foster. People had this perception that we only did high-end homes but I do the gamut. I moved to Long & Foster because they have the biggest share across all price categories and I formed a team so now I have a couple of people that work with me.

Has the real estate market taken a major hit during the bad economy?
Thank goodness DC has been ticking steady. Prices aren't down like they are in the rest of the country. DC is hot so there's limited supply, a lot of demand and my business is pretty much steady as it's been the past few years – knock on wood.

Who has been your favorite celebrity that you've met since being on the show?

Photo: Bravo

Maxwell! It was so brief. I wish I could say I was chillin' with Maxwell. He was here doing a concert and they had a get together social so I got to talk to him for about three minutes. He's just so cute and sexy.

You learn on the show that you're biracial and you're on this quest to find your birth parents. We've seen already that your birth mother, who is white, isn't helping you much with information. Have you finally found your father?
That will be open-ended. You'll see that the whole journey takes me to the Nigerian Embassy. I've met, talked to, had a letter correspondence with my birth mother who is Caucasian and has a whole other life that she has not shared with her family. Therefore, we really can't go there and she will not divulge information about my birth father. I think the Nigerian side would be much more open and receptive, because that culture is much more open and accepting of non-traditional families. You'll see that down the road it takes me to the Nigerian Embassy where I enroll their help to help me find my birth father. We don't find him this season.

You have a charity called Extra-Ordinary Life that's geared towards youth and aims to expose them to places and opportunities beyond their current access. Did being adopted inspire that?
It is and part of the reason that I started it is because I was lucky to be adopted. These children are still waiting for families. When I look back I could have been one of them and what made the difference in my life is that I had the parents who gave the foundational love, education, they took me on trips and paved the path that I followed which allowed me to be successful and boost my self esteem to make me feel like I could do these things. That's where our organization tries to step in and plug the hole to the extent that we can to really elevate these young girls.
Tell me more about the charity.
That's what I love to talk about. I started Extraordinary Life a year ago and it caters to teenage girls that are in DC's foster care system. There are about 2,500 girls that don't have a family or a permanent home. These are the girls that my organization tries to expose to people, places and opportunities that they normally wouldn't have access to, because they don't have that parent in their life giving them guidance on which way to go. We try to provide experiences that are above and beyond workshops and all of the life skill training they get. We inspire them to dream and believe that they can overcome their circumstance and be whatever they want to be. In July, I took eight girls to South Africa during the World Cup. I believe that travel is one of those perfect opportunities to expose all your senses to a variety of things. This was particularly significant because it was the first time the World Cup was on the continent of Africa and just happened to be in South Africa. Given the whole history of the people and apartheid, the resilience and the depth of the culture we thought that would be a unique place for the girls to go. Most of these girls have not set foot outside the beltway, let alone gone around the world.

What would you like to see different in season two of this show?
I haven't thought that far. I hope that they will show more of the nuances of DC that I don't think were fully captured in this season. There are really some interesting and exclusive events that happen here, but a lot of the population was so worried about how it would be played that it was difficult to get clearances to do cameras and so forth. I think that now they have seen that it's not quite as crazy as they expected, we will be able to get access to that. Hopefully, there will be more of a political slant to it next year. I'd like to see more provocative conversations which end up being dramatic because that's such a fabric of what's here in DC. We also need to see some more diversity. We need some more Black and Hispanic people. Again, this is an International city so we need to see more of that.

I'd be remiss if I didn't ask you about the Salahi's. Do you think the Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq are going to be back next season? Will Bravo keep them around?
I think they were good from a marketing and PR standpoint, because everybody knows who they are and everybody is curious about the White House event. I think throughout the series they are definitely not dominant and you actually start to see a different side of them as it progresses. The White House thing happens at the end so it's kind of like the cliffhanger. I don't think that they're that important to it. Even when I read the blogs, the fans are sick of it. They're not worth talking about. I think it will be interesting to see if the Salahi's are back next year because the White House crash was kind of like it and then it was on to the next.

Simon Will Not Be Charged By The Orange County District Attorney

Article from the OC Register.


The Orange County District Attorney's Office will not file charges against "househusband" Simon Robert Barney because of a lack of sufficient evidence, a spokeswoman for the O.C. District Attorney said Friday.

Photo: Pacific Coast News

Simon, the estranged husband of Tamra Barney, one of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of throwing a dog leash at his wife Monday night. He was released Tuesday from Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana after posting his $10,000 bail.
Simon's case was submitted to the O.C. District Attorney's Office Friday morning, spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. The District Attorney's Office reviewed it and declined to file charges.

"It just shows that justice is blind, but it’s not stupid," Simon Barney said. "It’s not gullible, and it’s not persuaded by fame."

In a statement issued Wednesday, Simon, 46, said the leash-throwing incident and his subsequent arrest were a setup so Tamra could claim 100 percent custody of their three children. The two are going through a divorce, after 11 years of marriage and three years on the Bravo reality TV series.

Simon said he did not throw the retractable, plastic leash at his wife as she alleged. In an interview Friday, he said the reason for the hostility is a recent incident, in which "Tammy ran into my new girlfriend." He's been dating her for two months, he said.

Meanwhile, Tamra Barney, who has her own boyfriend in Eddie Judge of Ladera Ranch, has obtained a temporary restraining order against her husband, which took effect Thursday. As part of the restraining order, Simon was forced to hand in his firearm to law enforcement authorities in Aliso Viejo, he said.

She also tried to file a restraining order against Simon so he could not have contact with the children. That request was denied, Simon said.

In a text message, Tamra objected to Simon's statement that she's trying to claim 100 percent custody so she can allow their kids to be on the show. The "network has never put pressure on Simon to have the kids on the show ... Ever! And Bravo is not happy he is saying that! They simply asked if the kids could be on the main title shoot last week and he said 'NO' and they said 'thank you'."

She continued, "I did not want the kids on the show this year unless it was a situation where me, Simon and the kids were doing something together as a family. Just cuz your [sic] divorcing doesn't mean you we do not attend our childrens activities together ...

"It breaks my heart that he has acted that way in front of the children and I hope he gets the help he needs to control his anger. I never wanted him arrested. The cops made that decision for me. His statement was a lie and can be backed up by the network and my divorce docs."

Simon Barney said his soon-to-be ex-wife is lying herself, and "the only thing I care about is my children."

"I don’t want to be part of the show, part of the media; I want to go on with my life," he said. "I don’t want any part of fame. It’s destructive. It’s a drug. I’m still the same person I was five years ago."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

RHOA Sneak Peek

Stacie Visits Capitol Hill

Article from Politico.

By KIKI RYAN
D.C. “Housewife” Stacie Turner made her first appearance on the Hill Thursday, joining members of Congress at a press conference to discuss the importance of strengthening foster care programs. Turner—who was raised by adoptive parents--explained her reason for doing the show is that she “saw it as a platform for bringing attention to my charity.” That charity, An Extra-Ordinary Life, supports girls in the foster care system.

Photo: Bravo
But is that enough motivation to make her do a second season? She’s not sure--there hasn’t been any talk to giving the Washington women another run.

“They haven’t talked to us about a second season,” Turner said. “I’m not sure whether I would or wouldn’t, but based on my experience, so far it has been positive [for my charity].”

The outspoken Obama supporter was joined by conservatives Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Michele Bachmann at the event, which was hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and Fostering Media Connections.
“I guess what I love about the issue is that it’s totally non-partisan,” she said. “On both the Republican and Democrat side we can agree: We all have kids, we all love kids and we believe that kids are the future.”
Turner is the second “housewife” to appear on Capitol Hill. That is, if you count when Michaele Salahi testified before Congress about her alleged White House crashing.

Danielle And Lori Shooting A Music Video

LuAnn And Jill

Picture from LuAnn.
Power Lunching with Jill!

Bethenny Shopping And Filming In NYC

Pictures of Bethenny and Jason in NYC today.
Photo:Pacific Coast News
Photos: Pacific Coast News

Photos: Pacific Coast News

Dina Sits Down With My Work Butterfly

Videos from My Work Butterfly.









Caroline Will Be At The Dog Walk And Pet Fair Oct. 2nd

Bryn And Cookie

Picture from Bethenny.

This is what life is about.

Ramona Is A Guest Writer For GLAM

Ramona's article from Glam.

Photo: GLAM
Guest Article: Ramona Singer on Life, Jewels, and the Housewives
By LAUREN BARTH
 
I would have never thought as a little girl I would be so fortunate to have found the success I have. My career started when I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BS in fashion merchandising and management. Upon my graduation I entered into the Macy’s executive training program and soon after became a buyer. In the early years I worked for big fashion houses like Calvin Klein and French Connection. I then went out on my own and started my very own RMS Fashions, a resale clothing company that I created from nothing and with a lot of hard work brought it to the top. During my 20 years in the clothing resale business I learned what it was like to be a woman in the business world. With dedication, courage and perseverance I shattered the ‘glass ceiling’ and was able to create an accomplished and successful company.

In 2007 I was approached by a production to be a part of a reality show called Manhattan Moms. It sounded like a great idea, as I would use this platform to show women how you can be a wife, mom and business woman – basically having it all. In addition I had been designing some pieces for my husband’s fourth generation jewelry company, True Faith Jewelry, and I wanted to begin sharing these pieces with the world. The show aired on Bravo under its new name Real Housewives of New York City. Needless to say it was a hit! Suddenly I needed to be wearing so many different entrepreneurial hats. In the past three years I have been fortunate enough to really exercise my potential when it comes to business. I have made a brand from my name by designing an entire collection for True Faith Jewelry, amazing art deco and estate inspired collections of jewelry for HSN and Tru Renewal, my skincare line. In addition I make everyday public appearances such as interviews and magazine photo shoots and I have many other projects that are in the works.

Photo: GLAM

Currently I am working tirelessly on my newest collection for HSN which will debut on Monday, September 20th between 3-5am EST and 3-5pm EST. I’m so excited to be back on the show to share the new line. Planning, creating and styling this all- new line has been an honor and frankly a lot of fun for me. We have experimented with all new materials and mediums and I am certain there is a piece for everyone! Some of my favorite pieces include gold vermeil with honey and amber citrines used to enhance the gold tone and beautiful green shades designed after my visits to Asian museums. In addition, I am introducing a fresh version of my signature cuff with a wider band, made with special black ebony with lapis lazuli, tanzanite and diamonds with a ring to match. This collection is designed for today’s fashions but with a timeless look that will never go out of style so it can be passed on through generations.

At the end of the day when I finally get to go home after a busy day of work I relax with my family, pour a glass of Pinot Grigio and smile because the thing I am most grateful for is my husband, Mario, and beautiful daughter, Avery. All the success is nothing if you have no one to share it with.

HeroBuilders Will Be Selling A Michaele Doll

Post from Radar Online.


Photo: Splash News/AP Images

Fame seeker and Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi has forever been immortalized in plastic in the form of an action figure dressed in her White House ‘gatecrashing’ attire.

 As RadarOnline.com was first to report, Michaele had been planning to cash in on her notoriety by turning herself into a Barbie doll and now we have all the photos of her newly released action figure.

The doll bears Michaele’s infamous red sari dress and blonde hair, but appears disproportionate with a head that is oddly small for the body.

Michaele had originally wanted to sell the rights of the doll to Mattel in hopes of becoming the next Malibu Stacy, a source told RadarOnline.com, but the doll has instead been produced by a company called HeroBuilders.

Michaele isn’t the only celebrity immortalized by the company – they also have Sarah Palin, Jersey Shore and Jon and Kate Gosselin action figures.

Kandi With Rickey Smiley

Picture from Kandi.

check out @RickeySmiley aka Ms Bernice

Will "Google Me" Be A #1 Hit?

Post from Radar Online


Watch-out Rihanna and Lady Gaga - Real Housewives of Atlanta diva Kim Zolciak is confident her new song Google Me is going to be a smash-hit, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

Zolciak -- who’s last single Tardy For The Party became a surprise dance hit -- believes that her new single will do even better.

Google Me will be officially released on October 5, although a one-minute preview has already hit the web; the song features questionable lyrics like ‘Research me, you’ll find me, click them keys and google me!’

A source close to Zolciak told RadarOnline.com: “Kim actually thinks that she has a great voice despite the fact that vocal coach Jan ‘Mama’ Smith, who works with Justin Bieber, told her she couldn’t sing.

“But the success of Tardy For The Party gave her a lot of confidence and she really believes she can have a career in music.

“She already has a huge gay and trans-gender following plus a built-in audience from her reality show, so, the chances are despite what the critics might say Google Me could very well be a hit.”

The new Real Housewives Of Atlanta series starts in two weeks, and Zolciak is already planning some other projects to cash-in on the show which will run for around four months this season.
She has started to write a tell-all book about her life and the show, and she also plans to release her own line of wigs too.

The source added: “Kim’s relationship with ‘Big Poppa’ (Lee Najaar) is definitely off because he will never leave his wife for her.

“She is still dating Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Bierman and the rumor is that they could soon be getting engaged.
“Kim is looking forward to penning her autobiography and wants it to be a really juicy read for all her fans.

“With the reality show about to return and the release of her new single Kim is in a positive frame of mind right now because she has a lot of things to look forward too.”

Fellow reality TV stars Danielle Staub (Real Housewives Of New Jersey) and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York) have also released singles in the past.

Stacie Sits Down With Eric Dyson

Tamra In The Courtroom With Simon's Lawyer And Bravo Cameras

Article from Radar Online.

The personal life of Real Housewife of Orange County star Tamra Barney is going from the small screen to the courtroom Thursday morning where she and her attorneys are trying to file a temporary restraining order, or TRO, against her estranged husband Simon.

Photo: Pacific Coast News
“She’s attempting to file the TRO and waiting for the judge to sign off on it,” sources inside the courthouse told RadarOnline.com.

Tamra arrived at the Orange County Superior Court Thursday wearing a black pantsuit and in good spirits alongside her two attorneys and a Bravo TV crew.

Simon is not there, but he is instead being represented by his attorney.

All parties involved are currently behind closed doors.

This latest legal action for the estranged couple comes after Simon was arrested early Tuesday morning on a domestic violence charge after he allegedly threw a retractable dog leash at Tamra which apparently hit her when she arrived to their Ladera Ranch, CA home where Simon was taking care of the couple’s dog.

Danielle Was Marked For Death

Article from Radar Online.

 The man who knew Danielle Staub as a hooker in Miami - before she was famous - has claimed a drug cartel wanted the Real Housewives of New Jersey star dead after a botched drug deal.

Photo: Getty

Daniel Aguilar was questioned under oath in a marathon deposition in Diamond Bar, California last month, in association with a slander suit against the star filed by her ex-husband Kevin Maher.

In explosive testimony, obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, Aguilar recounted how in the 1980s the mother-of-two -- then a prostitute, known as Angela Minelli -- became involved with the notorious Medellin Cartel, which was run by criminal leader Pablo Escobar.

She was introduced to the organized network of drug suppliers and smuggled by Aguilar, who was an "enforcer" of the clan.

He said Staub would often do drugs at his safe house - a haven of "drugs, weapons, cash" - including marijuana cigarettes that she'd "sprinkle" with cocaine.

Aguilar saw her do "more than 50 or 100 times," he told authorities.

"We became intimate friends... she would do her drugs... and sometimes I'd wonder was she hanging out for the drugs, which most girls back then did," he stated, in the documents.

In his deposition, Aguilar recalled how Staub soon went from dabbling in drugs to wanting to sell them, which led to her becoming a marked target for his cartel.

He said, "She started talking about, you know, 'I need to get money. I need money to do things.

"So she came to me and she says, 'I have this guy and he wants to buy big weight... four kilos of cocaine."

But the deal went bad when the $100,000 worth of cocaine was stolen during the transaction, leaving an infuriated Staub to claim she had been "ripped off".

Aguilar recounted, "Even my men were saying, 'We should just kill her. Get her out of the way. She's nothing but a prostitute and a b**ch.'"

Aguilar said he saved her from likely death after pleading with drug kingpins to 'find out what happened here'.

"I cared about this woman at the time and I believed her at this point," he said.

"I didn't want her life to end... I still thought that it was going to work out."

Ultimately, the FBI arrested Aguilar and he was spent nine years in prison after being convicted of extortion and intent to distribute cocaine.

Staub, however, cooperated with prosecutors and was spared jail in exchange for five years probation and mandatory cocaine testing.

"I was told by my people that she was dead," Aguilar said, in the deposition, "My people are my cartels."

When asked how he interpreted that, he said: "Her life was about to end."
"(I'm told) she's flipping (and) turned federal witness... that's when my people wanted her dead; they had called me weak for letting her live... (and) they told me, we should have had her dead to begin with."

According to Aguilar, he footed $100,000 in order to save Staub's life - a fee he now wants her to payback.

"What I did was to protect her, protect me," he said.
As RadarOnline.com revealed, Staub and her ex-husband were involved in failed settlement talks Wednesday.

Maher is suing Staub for $5 million over her accusations that he raped her on broken glass and hanged her dog.

The matter is now headed to a February trial where Aguilar, a witness for Maher, is almost certain to be questioned about the reality television star's sordid past, again.

He said: "Ain't nobody that stupid enough to make themselves publicly known after doing what they did."

Ramona And The Mayor

Picture from Ramona.

With Mayor Young in mt vernon ny

Bravo Shut Down The Table Flipping Contest At The Funkey Monkey

Post from TMZ.


A "Real Housewives of New Jersey"-inspired table-flipping contest -- hosted by table-flipping queen Teresa Giudice -- just got tossed ... after Bravo put the kibosh on the event.

The owner of The Funkey Monkey in Delaware tells TMZ ... just as they green lit the table-flipping contest for Teresa's appearance Saturday, Bravo caught wind of it and shut it down.
A rep for Bravo tells us the network has a hands-off policy regarding personal appearances -- but according to inside sources Teresa was told the contest might be a dumb PR move ... so she'd be better off not flaunting her famous Season 1 move (see video).

The club's owner tells us they've reached a compromise -- a look-alike contest. Nevertheless, he concedes, "I can't help it if the [look-alikes] get on the stage and flip tables."

Jason And Bethenny In Tribeca

Bethenny and Jason  take Bryn for an early dinner in Tribeca, NY.

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Kyle Talks To Hollyscoop About The RHOBH

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chris And The Jersey Shore Girl

Article from Radar Online.

In a strange reality television twist, a member of the Real Housewives of New Jersey clan has got cozy with one of the stars of the Jersey Shore.

Photo: INF/Getty Images
 Foul-mouthed Deena Cortese has met her match in Caroline Manzo's son, Chris, who were caught in the act at a New Jersey nightclub, RadarOnline.com has learned.
The unlikely duo ran into each other in the VIP section of hotspot, 118 Lounge, this past Saturday, where they got down and dirty on the dance floor.
“Deena was basically humping Chris in front of everyone,” said one onlooker.

Chris is a hit on the show, where he is portrayed as the 'cute class clown', although his penchant for naughty girls was an important storyline on the show, after he attempted to open his own bikini strip club/car wash.

Deena - who was originally denied entrance to the VIP section - has been labeled the new wild child of the Jersey Shore and is set to make her debut on the third season, which has just wrapped.

NeNe And Sheree Talk About Kim Dating Women

Preview clip of the RHOA.

Teresa At The Funkey Monkey

Danielle And Kevin Unable To Reach A Settlement

Article  from Radar Online.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s most controversial resident Danielle Staub has been embroiled in a federal defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband Kevin Maher for months, and it looks like it’s definitely going to trial. 
Photo: Mike Derer/AP

RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively that all parties were in settlement negotiations Wednesday but were unable to come to a mutual agreement and the negotiations abruptly fell apart.

"The mediator Gary Donovan tried all day for a settlement and the other side jerked us around,” Maher told RadarOnline.com exclusively.

“We tried to settle this in good faith and negotiations failed. We are going to trial!”

Staub’s lawyers had filed a motion Tuesday requesting to exclude certain evidence from trial regarding Staub’s criminal history, Maher’s polygraph examinations, any references to Staub’s extra-marital sexual history, the testimony of Daniel Aguilar, and Caroline Manzo’s deposition testimony.
Staub’s attorney Peter Cook outlined 29 points in his motion requesting to prohibit certain evidence, including the following: any depictions of Staub as either a stripper, prostitute or cocaine addict by Maher; any use of video footage from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, any use of Staub’s book The Naked Truth; any and all references to her criminal history, sexual history; and any references to her past or present illegal drug use and sex tapes featuring Staub.
And when it comes to Danielle’s former reality co-stars, Cook requested the exclusion of all references to Danielle’s relationship with Dina Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, and Danielle’s interactions at The Brownstone owned by Caroline Manzo. Also, any references made by Caroline regarding Danielle’s reputation, alleged outstanding debts, and alleged deceitful acts.

Staub is scheduled to be deposed in the case on October 5 and Maher says it may have been a motivating factor to discuss a settlement.

"I believe that October 5 would be the worst day in Danielle Staub's life, worse than her arrest,” Maher told RadarOnline.com regarding the possible reason Danielle’s lawyers and Simon and Schuster (that published her book The Naked Truth) were attempting to settle.

Although Maher is disappointed in today’s outcome, has plans to take further legal action against the Real Housewife and those affiliated with her book.

“The mediator was talking to everyone involved so this didn't have to go to court and so I could put this behind me and she could put this behind her."

“What her lawyers did today is going to get Danielle sued twice! Danielle Staub with writer Steven Prigge and Simon and Schuster will be named as defendants in an upcoming lawsuit to be filed next week.”

Calls to attorneys for Danielle Staub were not returned.

The Real Housewives Give Makeovers

Post from the LA Times.

By:Yvonne Villarreal
Over on “Maury,” the paternity tests are getting a break.

Taking a breather from the baby daddy drama, veteran TV host Maury Povich is enlisting the help of a few “Housewives” with another pastime of the longstanding talk show: makeovers.

In the episode, to air Thursday, Danielle Staub ("Real Housewives of New Jersey"), Ramona Singer ("Real Housewives of New York City") and NeNe Leakes ("Real Housewives of Atlanta") will help transform a few disheveled “real” housewives into moms worthy of being followed around by cameras.

Hmm. Images of knee-high boots with broken heels, age-inappropriate skirts and revealing tops are dancing in our heads.

Show Trackers, do you think these were the right “Housewives” to help with the makeovers?

Simon Does Not Want His Kids On The RHOOC

Article from The Orange County Register.

By: PEDRO AND THE WATCHER
Simon Barney, estranged husband of Tamra Barney, one of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” issued a statement Wednesday exclusively to The Orange County Register. He was responding to his arrest early Tuesday on suspicion of throwing a dog leash at his wife Monday night.

 Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Department

Simon Barney, 46, was released Tuesday from Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana, after posting his $10,000 bail. Here’s his statement:

“There are a lot of rumors and speculation about the events of September 20th. I am confident and have faith that the truth will come out in the courts instead of the media. This incident was a setup by my ex-wife and she is already using it to make a claim for 100% custody of our children. It stems primarily from me refusing permission for our children to be filmed on her reality show, ‘Real Housewives of Orange County.’

“Recently my ex-wife and the production company have pressured me to allow the children to be filmed. I have always refused because I don’t believe it is in our children’s best interest to be exploited in this way. This has not set well with my ex-wife. If she succeeds in obtaining 100% custody, she will then be able to give permission for the children to be filmed even though I object.
“I have never been a danger to either my ex-wife or our children, as she has recently claimed. As so many people know, I love our children more than anything in the world. To me, it is tragic that any parent would go to such extreme measures as using custody to allow their children to be filmed on a reality program. I pray for my ex wife and our children all the time.”

Simon, who still faces a charge of domestic violence, did not wish to comment further. When asked if he threw the plastic, retractable leash at his wife as she has claimed, he said, “No.”

He added that he will probably appear in court next week to respond to Tamra’s charge.

On Tuesday, Tamra Barney appeared at Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange to start the process of filing a restraining order against Simon. The two, who were depicted in three seasons of “Real Housewives of Orange County,” have three children together.

Kevin Has More Dirt On Danielle

Article from E!.

By: Marianne Garvey and Whitney English
Real Housewives of New Jersey trouble-magnet Danielle Staub doesn't want to be called a prostitute or a stripper.
But ex-husband Kevin Maher tells E! News that he plans on revealing much worse about the reality star...
Staub filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge in Maher's defamation case against her to specifically exclude "any evidence that the Defendant was a prostitute, or a stripper, or is promiscuous, or has been featured in sex tapes."
But despite Staub's attempts to have her alleged sexual history excised from the record, Maher is fighting it, saying the dirty info he has on her will prove she is a "pathological liar."

"Since this woman put these serious rape and molestation charges against me, [information about her past] is relevant...What this woman has done to me…I can't even describe how she has ruined my life. She's without conscience."
Maher is suing Staub for $5 million over her accusations that he raped her on broken glass, hung her dog, and played Russian roulette with her lady parts.

"She lied from day one and I'm going to prove that she's a pathological liar," says Maher.

Staub is due in court Oct. 5 to give her deposition in the case.

"She's been ducking and hiding from her deposition since this lawsuit has been filed," says Maher. "Oct. 5 will be the worst day of her life, when she is confronted under oath with all her lies. She's going to be destroyed."

Maher and Staub's Housewives costar Caroline Manzo have both already been deposed. The trial is set for February.

Kim Gives TMI

Post from Perez Hilton.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak feels REAL comfortable discussing her very personal surgical procedure.
Photo: In Touch Weekly


Here's what Kim Z had to say about her boob job revision. Be forewarned - she gives graphic details:

"I had my nipple moved up half an inch, so my boobs were lifted without having a scar from the nipple to underneath the breast."

The week after the procedure, Kim tore her nipple stitches on a water slide in the Bahamas. Here's what she had to say about it:

"I felt a sharp pain in my left breast but didn't realize how serious it was until the bandages came off and there was a tear around my nipple."

Kim returned to the doctor to have her nipple properly sewn back on.

The new issue of In Touch Weekly will have even more details on Kim Z's boob/nipple situation, for those of you who didn't feel like you got way more than enough details here!

Would U go on a water slide a week after having a boob job revision?

Preview Of Danielle And Lori On Maury

Kelly-RHONY

Bethenny Raising Money For Breast Cancer

Article from Hollywood News.

By: Linny Lum
Chef, author, mom, and reality star Bethenny Frankel of “Real Housewives” fame is now adding the role of philanthropist to her list of titles.
Photo: Wire Image


On Saturday, September 25th Bethenny will headline “Real Style Live” in New York- an event of shopping and style to benefit Breast Cancer awareness, research, and funding. The event will take place at Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Long Island, NY for a day of celebrities, shopping and saving, style, and a day to create awareness and raise funds for Breast Cancer- The event benefits the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition in NY.
Bethenny and her co-headliner style maven Charla Krupp will be on hand to meet and greet attendees answer questions, and give their own special brand of advice on style, and nutrition- all to benefit the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition.

Caroline And Bravo Working Together To Get Her Deposition Taken Down

Article from Reality Tea.

According to a new report, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo is not happy that her deposition video has leaked online.

Just days after TMZ posted the video, which shows Caroline admitting she gave Bravo an ultimatum that she would not return to the show if Danielle Staub did, Zap2It is reporting today that Caroline is fighting to get the video taken off the net. Wonder why?

Zap2It reports that sources close to Caroline tell them she’s working with Bravo to try and get the video pulled, though she’s uncertain TMZ will cooperate.

As for the reason Caroline wants the video off the web, a source says it’s not because she doesn’t stand by what she said or that she’s scared of Danielle, but rather because she wants the “Danielle Drama” over with and completely out of her life.
In other NJ news, days after Life&Style broke the story of Danielle Staub’s Range Rover getting repossessed, a rep for the fired Bravo housewife is now denying the story to HollywoodLife, claiming the story is “untrue.”

“As for false statement out there saying her truck was repossessed this weekend … the lease was up and she turned it in … plain and simple,” claims Danielle’s rep. Riiiight.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE VIDEO SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN? DO YOU BELIEVE DANIELLE’S STORY?