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Monday, August 30, 2010

WWTCD- Dressing For Double Weddings & Fashion Week

Post from OK! Magazine.

What Would the Countess Do? Double Weddings, Fashion Week Attire

Photo: Wire Image
By:Author: LuAnn de Lesseps
When it comes to etiquette, manners and overall good behavior, even celebrities need help navigating the rough waters of stardom! It’s a good thing Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of the Real Housewives of New York is joining forces with OK! to school them on the right thing to do! In a rough situation, we just ask, “What Would the Countess Do?” This week she tackles double weddings and how to dress to impress for Fashion Week!

Britney Spears is convincing her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears that they should both tie the knot in a double wedding to their boyfriends Jason Trawick and Casey Aldridge. What advice would you give them for sharing the spotlight on their big day?
I think it’s sweet that Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears are considering a double wedding although I don’t know if I would want to share the spotlight with my sister on my wedding day. Compromise will be key so that both brides get to have the wedding of their dreams and I hope that Britney and Jamie Lynn’s vision for their special day is harmonious. I wonder how the fact that it’s Britney’s third marriage and Jamie Lynn’s first will affect their plans. I’m sure both girls will agree that their children will make a very cute wedding entourage.
Tip: If you get an invite to the Spear’s wedding, make sure you RSVP to both sisters.

Fashion Week in NYC is coming up. What are your tips for dressing your best in unpredictable weather?
The weather during New York City’s Fall Fashion Week can be unpredictable. One day it’s hot and humid and the next, it’s rainy and cold. I suggest dressing in layers. You can start with a dress by your favorite designer, followed by a light sweater topped with a lightweight coat. Remember to throw a small umbrella and ballet flats in your bag for when your feet need a break between shows.

Tip: Always overdress rather than underdress!

Danielle Says She Is Not Involved With "Cop Without A Badge" TV Show

Post from DBKP.

The site LALate posted “Cop Without a Badge” to Be Danielle Staub New TV Series?. We know the answer, and the answer is no. No way. Not in a million years. According to Danielle Staub, she’s “in the works of creating” a spinoff, which means Bravo, starring Danielle, Danielle’s hot lesbian singer pal Lori Michaels and Danielle’s kids. For details see Danielle Staub Reality Show in the Works? Danielle Throws Stripper Club Birthday Bash.
WAYNE, NJ (LALATE) – Will Cop without a Badge be Danielle Staub’s new tv series? Reps claim Cop without a Badge is becoming a tv series, and Danielle Staub hints she’s getting her own tv series; so are the two projects one in the same, or is this just two groups aimlessly promoting unconfirmed projects lost in Wayne’s world?

Several months ago, LALATE broke the first details that Cop without a Badge is being shopped as a new tv series. The book is about Staub, then as Beverly Ann Merrill, authored by Kevin Maher, Staub’s ex husband in 1995. Passages about Staub included “She was brunette. Long, perfectly shaped legs poked out of her leather hot pants just as provocatively as her braless breasts strained against her low-cut blouse.”

Here’s a few facts:
Last year Kevin Maher filed a $5 million civil defamation suit against Danielle Staub. Today in court, Danielle filed papers seeking to dismiss the suit.

Cop Without a Badge, written in 1995, wasn’t authored by Kevin Mayer. Mayer’s life as a paid confidential informant was written by award winning author Charles Kipps. Last summer Charles Kipps set the record straight in the New York Post.

Celebrity Chatta:
The infamous Cop Without A Badge book about Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub is heading to TV, reports

The book’s author Charles Kipps says, “Nothing is ever a done deal until the ink is dry on the contract, but there’s such a tremendous amount of interest that I think it’s as close as you can come to saying it’s a done deal.”

Cop Without a Badge is about Kevin Maher’s life as a confidential paid informant. Danielle Staub, aka Beverly Merrill, is in the book. Kevin Maher hooked with Danielle/Beverly in Miami in 1986 after Danielle was busted on several felony charges including kidnapping, extortion, and intent to distribute cocaine. In the book, Maher claims he helped arrange a plea bargain for Danielle, 5 years probation in exchange for testimony against her three co-conspirators. Kevin Maher married Danielle after moving her up to New Jersey. Their relationship ended in 1989. In the early 90′s Danielle married Tom Staub.

As for the news Danielle has a reality show “in the works”, in a recent interview Bravo Senior VP Andy Cohen alluded to Danielle not getting a spin-off reality tv series while Cop Without a Badge isn’t the type of reality tv format Bravo has shown an interest in.

Kevin Maher Calls Danielle's Motion B.S.

Post from Zap 2 It.

By Jethro Nededog
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey's" Danielle Staub's legal team spent close to 10 hours on Friday, August 27 with her ex-husband Kevin Maher's attorney to try and settle his $5-million defamation case against the housewife with no results.

Photo: Kevin Maher/Bravo
Monday (August 30), TMZ reported that her team filed a motion to dismiss the case claiming Maher had no witnesses to prove she made slanderous statements, that he is a sexual deviant, and saying that his reputation while working as a police informant and during their brief marriage as revealed in the book he co-authored, "Cop Without A Badge," makes him an unreliable person.

"It's just a B.S. motion," Maher tells Zap2it exclusively. "It's not going to work. It's just another way for her to get headlines. Some of the things I wrote about myself, I wasn't proud of, but most of them I was. I was honest. I put it out there. These are things that took place 25 years ago."

He continues, "What I'm suing Danielle Staub for ... it's not about something that happened 25 years ago. It's about something that happened in June of last year."
In fact, Maher says that there are items in Staub's motion that are simply untrue and believes the motion will be thrown out as soon as Tuesday.
First, the motion claims that Maher couldn't produce a witness who can testify that Staub made false statements about him. He tells us that cast member Caroline Manzo testified that Staub told her while other cast members were present that he "had raped her on broken glass, that I inserted my gun in her and played Russian roulette and that I had hung her dog." Then "on a different occasion that the mechanism of murdering her dog was with a gunshot so there were two variations of how I killed her dog."

Maher believes Staub's motions are meant to stop him from interviewing witnesses who can further prove her allegedly slanderous statements, such as Mark Dagostino, a People Magazine writer who she allegedly told the statements to and Staub, herself, who has yet to be deposed.

Second, Maher says that Staub's motion misquotes the deposition he made to her attorney and recorded in legal transcripts. For example, Staub's legal papers allege that Maher "stated that if it was possible that he blacked out on one occasion, it is possible he blacked out and raped Ms. Staub, but just could not remember doing it."

Maher sent Zap2it excerpts from the legal transcript of his deposition. According to those excerpts, Maher's stated in his deposition, "I blacked out one time. I don't know if blackout would be the right phrase, but I couldn't remember what -- what tunnel or bridge that I took home. But no, I -- no, raping someone on a bed of broken glass would be an act that I would never forget."

And as far as Staub's accusation that he's a sexual deviant? "I've never done anything sexually deviant with any woman in my life," he says. "And for her to call me a sexual deviant is another slanderous move on her behalf. I'll throw that in my lawsuit, too."

The RHONJ Tweet About The Reunion Show

Post from Babble.

Posted by SunnyChanel
What did the Real Housewives of New Jersey think of the airing of their dirty laundry on the Monday’s reunion show? Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo and her sister Dina all went to their twitter accounts to give their two cents of the happenings. And not all the anger was one the screen, one housewife got very very upset watching the show at the same time as the rest of us…

Photo: WENN
At first things were mellow but they all knew the show would soon spiral into chaos. As soon as Teresa went on the attack Caroline tweeted, “At this point I knew we were in trouble,” with Dina added, “whoooh Teresa didn’t waste anytime.” Jacqueline said she to her fans that she was, “SO surprised you all are loving my fiesty side. Me…. not so much.” They were all pretty feisty and very much on guard during the filming. But one housewife who wasn’t even there got incredibly incensed, Dina Manzo.

Andy Cohen brought up something that was a topic of discussion at last year’s reunion, but at the time it was very very vauge. Now, not so much, and that’s what made Dina so mad. The topic of the rumor of Danielle trying to get Dina’s daughter taken away was addressed on air. Dina was quick to comment saying, “just to be clear ~I NEVER HAD TO FIGHT FOR MY DAUGHTER…EVER.” And the all-caps was just the start. She continued to say, “Really just wish they would ALL leave my daughter out of this. I asked them to NOT bring her up at all. Not cool” Her last anger filled tweet? “This show is absurd Bulls#*t and I am so glad I left. THE END”
Yeah, it looks like she really won’t be returning even though Danielle is gone!

And hearing that Danielle has a gag order against Dina about the topic, addressing it in a public setting like this, even though she’s not there, probably really upset her.

Do you think there is any way Dina would come back now?

Alex And Simon

Pic./tweet from Simon at a concert.

RT @stephskip: @SimonvanKempen: AAWWW! Pics of u both please! /RT @SimonvanKempen: An involuntary badge unlock. My love is right next to me.

Lynn's RHONJ Reunion Blog

Click HERE to read Lynn's post about the RHONJ reunion.

Alex And Simon On Wendy Williams

Cooking With Alex

Alex And Paul Wharton

Picture of Alex and Paul at the SWAGG tent this past weekend.

Photo: SWAGG Mobile

The RHONJ Talk About Their Theatre Debut

Article from People.

by Emily Exton
If you’ve been getting anxious at the thought of the impending Real Housewives of New Jersey-less future, fear not, for the Jersey ladies aren’t going anywhere. Danielle Staub has a budding singing career, and now her fellow cast members are preparing to make their (Off) Broadway debut. Beginning on September 1, Caroline Manzo, Lauren Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, and Ashley Holmes will star in four performances of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, with proceeds going to Marriage Equality New York.

“I have zero experience. I can’t sing, I can’t dance, I can’t act,” Caroline said during EW’s recent visit to rehearsal. She was the self-assured matriarch we’ve come to expect during a choreography run through, assuring cast members that she would have the steps down by opening night. “I’ll get it, don’t worry,” she insisted, even if it required the help of “three or four mojitos before the show.” The ladies took dance practice seriously, despite not having any musical theater background. “Can we get the music on a CD so I can do it in my kitchen?” Caroline asked. Sister-in-law Jacqueline had another idea: ”Unless you call us on the phone and you can sing to us. I’m going to put you on speaker,” she joked to Wedding regulars. Jacqueline was goofing off during practice for the Lady Gaga meets Chicken Dance choreography, which was a nice change from how we usually see her on the show (naively trusting the likes of Danielle or Kim G. and later getting burned, or, fighting with her daughter Ashley). “I think it’s fun, it’s something out of your comfort zone. We’re having a good time with it for sure,” she said.

For the women, raising awareness for Marriage Equality New York is more important than how well any of them can sing or dance come opening night. “I have a gay brother, so this is near and dear to my heart,” said Caroline, whose sister and former Housewives star Dina is also a producer of the show. Added Jacqueline, ”And you know not one of us is taking any money off this. I know some people were saying, ‘Oh they’re probably getting paid.’ None of us are getting a dime. It’s all for charity, and we wanted to do it.” The reality show has had its controversial moments over the last two seasons — Danielle taking offense to Joe Giudice’s use of the word “gay” in season one, Danielle’s friend/resident thug Danny calling Christopher Manzo a f—– in season two — but Caroline insisted that the decision to perform in this particular show was not an attempt to dispel any ideas of homophobia among the cast members. “I could care less about public opinion, okay?” she said. “This is for my brother. This is for the trials and tribulations that I have seen him go through in his lifetime, coming out, and the stereotype, and the sometimes prejudice towards it. This is for my brother, it has nothing to do with the show at all.”

So if all goes well, will there be a musical future for these women? (Can’t you see a Von Trapp children number featuring Albie, Lauren, and Christopher Manzo? No? A girl can dream.) “It’s funny because I do want to get into acting, I think,” said Ashley, Jacqueline’s 19-year-old daughter, whose infamous hair pull at the North Jersey Country Club and its aftermath carried much of the past season’s storyline. As for her less than glowing portrayal on the show? “Am I bratty with my mom at times I shouldn’t be? Absolutely,” she explained. “I know that I can be disrespectful, you know but also I’m 19, you know a typical teenager. I fight with my mom [and] it’s kind of like what’s going to be better TV? Like you know my mom and I getting along, or you know the drama aspect of it?” Casting directors take note: She’s all yours.

But before the curtain rises on Wednesday comes tonight’s RHONJ reunion (part one), which Jacqueline described as “explosive” and “unexpected.” After two seasons of table flipping and hair pulling — and with the future of the show and its cast members in question — the Andy Cohen-moderated discussion will leave everything on the proverbial table. “It was personal to me,” said Caroline’s daughter Lauren, who was onset but not on camera as a makeup artist for the reunion. “I’m sure when you watch and see, just try to put yourself in my shoes for not being able to go out on camera and say what I wanted to say.” And for those skeptical of the “reality” element of the show, apparently things in Jersey can get a lot more heated when Bravo isn’t around. “It’s actually probably worse off camera,” joked Jacqueline, who said she hadn’t seen Danielle since the filming of the reunion about a month ago. “Actually, we might even tone it down a bit [on camera].”

Is Cop Without A Badge Going To Be Danielle's New Show?

Post from lalate.

 Will Cop without a Badge be Danielle Staub’s new tv series? Reps claim Cop without a Badge is becoming a tv series, and Danielle Staub hints she’s getting her own tv series; so are the two projects one in the same, or is this just two groups aimlessly promoting unconfirmed projects lost in Wayne’s world?
Photo: Bravo
Several months ago, LALATE broke the first details that Cop without a Badge is being shopped as a new tv series. The book is about Staub, then as Beverly Ann Merrill, authored by Kevin Maher, Staub’s ex husband in 1995. Passages about Staub included “She was brunette. Long, perfectly shaped legs poked out of her leather hot pants just as provocatively as her braless breasts strained against her low-cut blouse.”

Then days ago, Staub suggested she is getting her own tv series. When interviewed by PIX NEWS, Staub said “And in the end [of the reunion show] you will be more shocked. And the more shocked will be about me.” Staub paused, and smiled; when the interviewer responds “Ah, so you are getting your own reality show!”, Staub’s smile grows as they always vocal Staub sat quietly.

So are the two projects one in the same? Keeping track of Staub tv projects, with or without her playing herself, might be as hard as keeping track of her names. Ex boyfriend Stephen Zalewski recently since claimed under oath that Staub also was previously not just “Beverly Ann Merrill” but also “Angela Minelli”.

Bethenny Is The New Spokesperson for

Post from Total

By:Jamie Stone
“Real Housewife of New York City,” Bethenny Frankel, was recently named the new spokesperson for and has been very honest and typically blunt about her body care and fragrance usage.

The recently hitched star of “Bethenny Getting Married?” has been extremely busy since the birth of her first child, baby girl Bryn. The reality star’s go-to product has been baby wipes, which are perfect for multi-tasking with her husband, Jason Hoppy. "I wipe everything! Butts, hands, eye makeup. Seriously, I can't stop," she told AOL’s StyleList.

According to reports, StyleList also got a little peak inside the reality star’s makeup bag and found travel size versions of her favorite beauty essentials- body lotion "I have lizard legs!" A Clinique retractable blush and brush combo -- "I love closed items and things that are compact." She always carries under eye concealer and her favorite fragrance of the moment, Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum Roll-On. "Rollerballs are the best. I've had this one for a year and it's still not empty," said Frankel. And she packs it all into a small, transparent Laura Mercier makeup bag.

But what is Frankel’s biggest body care indulgence? "I love baths! I still take them by myself, but also with Bryn…and I still love deep-tissue massages, because I find that my back is never straight."
Since baby Bryn has been born, there’s been one body care indulgence that’s fallen off the map- serious exfoliation. Admittedly, Frankel’s beauty routine has always been streamlined ("wash your face and keep your skin hydrated") but exfoliation is key in healthy body care and we hope she finds the time to start up again.

As for the rest of her body? Turns out Frankel doesn’t pay much mind to her hair. "I wash my hair maybe two to three times a week. I'm not great at doing my own hair. I'm a big fan of getting an inexpensive blow-out and making it last," she explained. In fact, she never also wears nail polish on her fingers or toes. Why? "I can't stand the look of chipped polish. I still get manicures and pedicures, just without the polish!"

What do you think of Bethenny Frankel’s body care and fragrance habits?

NeNe Vs. Michael Lohan & NeNe On Extra

Video from Oct.'09.

Video from August'10.

Caroline's Advice Column

Post from Glo, Caroline has a new gig writing for Glo.

Caroline Manzo definitely puts the real in The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Fans everywhere relate to the reality star's no-nonsense attitude, focus on family and, above all, abundant common sense. Always the voice of reason, Caroline is approached by thousands of women, men and children who seek out her wise advice on everyday matters — and we at Glo now count ourselves among them.
Photo: Michael T. Greco

Glo has asked Caroline to help solve your most pressing dilemmas by weighing potential options and ruling on the route she thinks is best.
The Dilemma: A common theme that surfaces among Caroline's fans is the challenge of the overextended family. We are particularly interested in women who fall into this category as financially strapped, stay-at-home moms with young children and husbands working long hours — even multiple jobs. They are usually grateful for their spouse's dedication to supporting the family and yet frustrated by the fact that they have very little quality time with them. How should such a woman keep the love alive in her marriage, support her husband and yet maintain her sanity all at the same time? Should she wait it out? Help her husband by working part-time? Or, should she focus on finding quality time to spend as a couple?

Caroline's Ruling: Oh my gosh, do I know about this subject! For those of you who are facing similar struggles today, you need to know one thing: It's temporary!

Albert and I had all three of our children within the first five years of our marriage. His company was on the cusp of becoming a recognized name in the industry with a reputation for excellence, and it was critical for Albert to dedicate most of his time and energy to building the business. This was something I understood and accepted from the very beginning of our relationship.

Before we had the kids we always made time for each other, even if it meant going to a diner for eggs at three o'clock in the morning! Naturally, things changed once we became parents. At the ripe old age of 28, I found myself spending the bulk of my days and nights alone with three children. (Albie, my oldest, was only three!) I'm not going to sugarcoat it — there were times when I just sat and cried out of sheer frustration, exhaustion and even boredom. I was used to working and having freedom to come and go as I pleased.

How quickly things changed! And although it was challenging, I never once blamed or resented Albert for the hours he worked. After all, he was building a future for us. My kids are now 24, 22 and 21 — it seems like only yesterday that I was 28 with three little ones.

Here are a few suggestions to help you navigate your way through those times:

1. Don't resent — appreciate! Appreciate the fact that he (or she) is working to support the family. In turn, your partner should appreciate you for your understanding and sacrifice.

2. Find other moms in the same situation as you. (Trust me, they're out there!) Not only does it benefit the kids to interact with other children, but it also allows you time for adult conversation, friendship and maybe an understanding shoulder to cry on when you need it.
3. Know that quality time comes in all shapes and sizes. It could be an unexpected phone call to say "hi, love you," a back rub after a long day, a cup of coffee in the morning, a hug in the middle of the night or a full-on night on the town. Whatever it is, take it and enjoy the moment!

4. Make time for you. If you have a good babysitter, or a family member you can lean on, don't be shy about taking some time for yourself away from the kids, house and chaos. You deserve it! Do what makes you happy — we all need a little "me" time.

One final thought: Marriage and parenting are tricky business. There is no definitive answer to any questions or situations that may arise. One thing I know for sure, though, is that attitude is everything. Count your blessings, and remember, one of these days you're going to blink your eyes and your "babies" will be all grown up and on their own. Trust me, this I know from experience.


Pics./tweets from Kelly.

Working on my new Hamptons book wearing polkadot dress from HM

Handsome Bill at local day at Hampton Classic

Alex's RHODC Bravo Blog

Post from Bravo.

Reality Check
Alex talks vineyard drama, critiques Cat's insult slinging technique, and more.
By: Alex McCord
It’s a beautiful morning in Sag Harbor and the air is getting just a little bit cooler already. I’m thinking about DC and sun hitting the water of the reflecting pool in front of the monument. Yikes, clearly I haven’t had enough coffee, so enough of that sappy nonsense and let’s talk about the housewives.

One of the many interesting things about reality TV is seeing people unmasked, and this episode we’re finally beginning to see that with the Salahis. The show is catching up with the reality that was spread all over the news, which, although it began with the White House state dinner, seems to have stretched back to the Congressional Black Caucus. Who in their right mind would want to attend any party so badly that they would sneak in a side door? Who would invite people to a vineyard that looked like it hadn’t produced a grape in years, initiate a grape stomp with grapes that apparently came from the supermarket, and pretend that nothing was out of the ordinary? It’s meant to be a reality show, and clearly a working vineyard does not seem to be a part of the Salahis’ reality. If I go in front of the cameras and tell you I’m a 6’3” man with red hair and 10 children, saying so doesn’t magically make it true.

Was glad to see a sweet family scene at Lynda’s condo, even if the kids were wearing footie pajamas. Those moments put the “real” in reality TV, and also made me hungry. I think it’s time for brunch.

We missed a few of the men this episode – where were Rich, Paul and Charles? Hiding out, apparently. In any case, it was fun to see Ted Gibson and Jason Backe open their DC salon, though there seemed to be confusion over who helped more, Michaele or Mary. One thing I don’t understand – if Oasis donated the wine, why didn’t we see it?

Cat doesn’t like black for dining rooms. Note to self, if I meet her, I’d better not have her over to the house as I don’t think she will like my floors or chairs. Maybe she should take a page from the Ab-Fab playbook and go a little further – she’s kind of in no man’s land with the half insults. You’ve started, so go for it. More insults, please, and could they also be funnier? C’mon, everybody loves Patsy…
Why on earth did the grape stomp need to be a competition? Oh well, it looked like it could have been fun. If it was clear (as it seemed to be to the ladies) that the grapes weren’t actually going to be used for winemaking, they could have grabbed that Doberman and thrown him into the vat, too. I’d have liked to see a bit more of everyone’s shock at the pretense; that was the most interesting part for me.

Who wants to know that Tareq was referring to at the end of the episode? Criminal charges? For what? From the previews it looks like we’ll find out next week, so until then, enjoy the last week of summer and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @mccordalex

LuAnn On The Set Of TV Guide

Pictures from LuAnn's Facebook of her on the set getting ready to tape TV Guide's Emmy fashion review.

My TV lover, Lawrence Zarian
Just getting started. I am so excited! I am here with Nick Verreos
On set with Lawrence Zarian

Having a great time with Jennifer Rade, Nick Verreos and Lawrence Zarian while taping "The Fashion Team" here in LA. Tune in tonight on the TV Guide Channel

Alexis Was A Judge At Miss Newport Beach

Pictures from Alexis at Miss Newport Beach.

Dina Is Happier Since Leaving The RHONJ

Post from Hollywood Life.

Chloe Melas, reporting by Lindsey DiMattina
We had a heart-to-heart former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina, and she told us life is so much better now that she’s off the show!

Photo: Splash News
Dina Manzo, 40, is finally back to her pre-fame self! We spoke to the former reality star Aug. 28 at the 2nd Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally at the Hamptons’ super swanky Georgica Restaurant & Lounge, and she looked great! We told you first that Dina was thinking about leaving the show — and we were right! The former Bravo housewife revealed that she doesn’t miss the heated drama with Real Housewives villain Danielle Staub one bit!

“I’m totally getting back to myself,” she told exclusively. “I was back to myself really the day after I stopped filming the show. It was a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m truly at peace … I meant what I said when I left. I was so happy except for that whole situation [with Danielle] I was like, ‘What am I doing? I don’t need this!’”

But she did comment on the recent rumors that Danielle won’t be back for a third season.

“We don’t even know if that’s true or not,” she said. “But if it is, it will be a different kind of show. It will probably be what I initially thought it would be … about a crazy family who likes to have fun.”

But above all, Dina is thrilled that her children’s cancer foundation Project Ladybug, made a name for itself through the show.

“My foundation has gotten so much recognition,” Dina told us. “I don’t regret doing it [the show]. We all grow and everyone comes into our lives for a reason.”

Bethenny Gives College Students Tips On How To Eat Healthy

Article from The Huffington Post.

by Katy Hall
Bethenny Frankel has some advice for college students looking to avoid or drop the Freshman 15, or anyone trying to slim down.

Photo: Getty Images
She writes on her blog that it is important to choose just one fat in salads and sandwiches and to "pick your battles":
If you're craving fries, have them and a low fat salad. If you want the burger, great; then no fries. A salad wouldn't hurt here either. You decide what the lesser of evils is, what you REALLY want and make it work by making your other choices be healthy ones. I've been known to choose a shake from a fast food joint as my daily sweet treat, yet I've also chosen a plain baked potato and salad when everyone has fried sandwiches. You choose.

And beware of liquid calories, unless they come from Skinnygirl margaritas:

You shouldn't have more than two cocktails. Nothing is sloppier than a drunken college girl; be the wise, mature, respected one. Drink light beer or clear liquor drinks such as vodka or clear tequila or of course Skinnygirl margaritas. I think it's best if you don't drink at all. You will feel and look so much better.

You can read more of Bethenny's college diet tips, including recommendations for stocking your mini fridge, here.

Bethenny recently posed in a bikini for Life & Style just three months after giving birth. Her diet mantra as revealed to the magazine: "Taste everything, eat nothing."

Jill Is Rooting For Mary Amons

Post from Hollywood Life.

Jill LOVED Michaele until she saw what she called Mrs. Salahi’s ‘passive aggressive behavior!’ Now Jill is rooting for a different housewife … mom of 5 Mary Schmidt Amons!

Michaele Salahi may just have lost her one last fan in America –NYC housewife counterpart Jill Zarin, we’ve learned in an exclusive interview with Jill.

Why the 180-degree turn on Michaele? ”Take out what we know in the press and just watch the show,” Jill told Aug. 27 at the US Open Player Party at the Empire Hotel in NYC. “I was ‘pro’ her until last night’s [Aug 26. episode of The Real Housewives of D.C."

"I saw a lot of passive aggressive behavior," Jill explains.
And Jill predicted that the "peacock" of the show -- the alpha-Housewife, if you will -- is going to change hands before Season One ends. (A peacock is a term Jill uses in her book, Secrets of a Jewish Mother, to refer to the person who requires the most attention in a relationship.)

"I think it's going to end up being the one with the five kids," Jill said. "Mary Schmidt Amons, she's going to end up [the peacock] I think.”
“It’s not the obvious one, but I think it’s going to be her,” Jill continued. “I’m seeing a personality start to develop!”

That’s quite interesting to hear considering all of the focus thus far in the show has been placed on Michaele. We can’t wait to see if Jill is right — if Mary steals the show!

The RHONJ Talk About Gay Marriage

Post from Passport Magazine.

Posted by Joseph Pedro
These ladies have lots to be afraid of like Danielle Staub's armed mafia, a mounting $11 million debt, getting fired, and probably some ridicule after their stage debut. But one thing these ladies aren't afraid of is same-sex marriage. Check out the cute video from Lester and Charlie after the jump.

Don't forget to watch part one of the reunion tonight—you won't want to miss Andy Cohen getting beat down by Teresa Giudice. “All I can say is that this might be our best reunion yet. Mouth on floor for much of it. Oh and Teresa is STRONG,” Cohen wrote of the reunion.

Danielle Says Kevin Killed Her Dog And Made Her Play Russian Roulette

Post from TMZ.

Danielle Staub is going after her ex-husband with a vengeance -- claiming the guy is such a drug-abusing, violent, sexual deviant ... that his $5 million defamation lawsuit against Danielle should be thrown out of court.

Danielle just filed legal papers -- in which she states that Kevin Maher has "no evidence" that Danielle ever made several controversial statements about him ... including accusations that Kevin killed her dog, forced her to play Russian Roulette ... and even raped her.

As we previously reported, Maher filed a lawsuit against the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star -- claiming she did make the alleged statements ... and in doing so, she damaged his reputation to the tune of $5 million.

But Staub claims Maher has admitted to being such a scumbag in the past -- that even if she did make the statements, his reputation couldn't suffer any worse than it already has.

In fact, Staub lists several examples of Maher's alleged scumbaggery ...

According to the docs, Staub claims it's all spelled out in Maher's infamous biography, "Cop Without a Badge" ... in which Maher admits to using cocaine, has "overactive sexual proclivities," and once shoved a gun into the genitals of a man he thought was sleeping with Danielle.

As TMZ previously reported, Maher and Staub are attempting to settle their issues through mediation ... but in case that fails, the case is set to go to trial in February.

Danielle Talks To TV Guide

Article from TV

by Kate Stanhope
Love her or hate her, you're still talking about Real Housewives of New Jersey's Danielle Staub. Whether it's her well-documented showdowns with her reality series castmates, her ambiguous sexuality or her questionable past, the 48-year-old mother of two has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. After the hair-pull heard round the world, the reunion that brings all four castmates under one roof promises to be one heck of a riot. "At the reunion, people will be shocked. I think the cast should be ashamed," Staub tells We also talked with her about how the reunion got so out of hand, how her castmates will be exposed and those rampant rumors about Season 3.
Photo: WENN A lot of the Housewives reunions are filled with arguments, but how did this get physical and so out of hand?
Danielle Staub: I think I'm going to stand by what I always do and say, the truth, when spoken, is reactions from certain people that aren't used to having themselves called out. I speak the truth at all times, at all times, and when I do so, and it's not directed at just me, people seem to fly off their handles, and that's what I did. You want to call it button-pushing, call it button-pushing, but I call it speaking the truth and having people to react to it. Was there a part of you that didn't want to go to the reunion? What were your thoughts going into the taping about what you wanted to say?
Staub: You know what I learned a long time ago from these castmates of mine? Never go into anything expecting to be heard, because you won't. They all make it a point to talk over you. I just go in, I say a prayer with my team and I hope for the best and I hope to get out without physical harm done to myself, and I'm not exaggerating. Do you think they didn't listen to you because they don't want to listen or because they're scared of what you have to say?
Staub: I think its combination of things. They're afraid of being exposed and they know that their time is coming. Someone will expose them, even if it's not me. There's only so much editing you can do to hide all of their faults behind mine. And then it comes down to the truth. The truth is if four of them are speaking at the same time I'm trying to talk, guess what, I don't get heard. ... All anyone is hearing is them because they shut the "F" up to let me say anything. ... Big scope of things is that their days are limited. They will be exposed. They are a bunch of fakes and frauds. Teresa [Giudice]'s in the midst of it now and I can't elaborate on that, but, geez, the news is. ... You can only say so much. What did they say about me? Court documents don't lie? It's applicable to them too. Isn't hard going into a situation like that when its 3 against 1? Was there part of you that didn't want to go?
Staub: There's always hesitation when I know they're going to be there. During the season, I didn't tape but only three times with them. So yeah, there's definitely hesitation. But I didn't have to worry about any physical harm being done to me this time because Bravo was way ahead of me and had armed guards there. It wasn't me that set this up this time.. ... Say what you want about me, you don't see me chasing or attacking any other human being ever. ... I have said things, we have all said things, but if you compare what I said about them to what they said about me, I'm reading a nursery rhyme compared to what they're saying. There is a part with you and Jacqueline Laurita in the reunion where you guys talk that gets a little emotional. Did you ever believe the two of you would be able to work through everything after you were so close previously?
Staub: What people might have forgotten, is that because we were so close, because we genuinely cared for one another, we were very emotional about hurting one another at a certain point as well. It hurts when somebody you care about is attacking you. When she started playing the character that she did and she started really coming after me, and so did her family, including her daughter, via internet, via everything, I never responded to any of their messages ever. ... It was hurtful to me to see my friend, not the others, I don't care about the others, to see my friend really wishing me such harm, I think that is where the emotions come in. There is no official word about Season 3, so why are there reports saying you were fired?
Staub: That would be a good question, I don't know. I don't know where that comes from. I've never been fired. ... I don't know how those things happen. It does kind of crack me up. Who is to say any of us have made a decision? I don't think they've even discussed any of that. For me personally, I'm just looking to survive the next couple of weeks with the reunion. Looking back at the season, what was the hardest thing to watch or the most difficult revelation for you?
Staub: You know I have been put through so much by these castmates this season, they can't hurt me. Anything I saw this season didn't hurt me, didn't affect me. I'm not going to let it. I'm bigger than that. I've grown so much. I'm very comfortable with who I am, and if people don't want to be around that and see me for who I am, then don't. But they still keep talking about me. Love me or hate me, you're still talking about me.

Andy And The Housewives

Article from The Hollywood Reporter.

By Leslie Bruce
Don't get him wrong: Andy Cohen loves each of his 26 housewives equally. But Bravo's senior vp original programming -- and host of the network's infamous "Real Housewives" reunion specials and his own boozy-feeling aftershow -- has extra big love for the Jersey four, whose Aug. 23 finale garnered the network its biggest audience this year; more than 3 million viewers tuned in for the catfight-tastic conclusion to the show's second season. With five series in the franchise -- Orange County, New York, Atlanta, New Jersey and Washington -- and one more on the way (Beverly Hills), it seems the 42-year-old New Yorker has cooked up the perfect recipe for reality-show staying power. Cohen chats with THR about his sister wives.
The Hollywood Reporter: What can you reveal about the two-part "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion that begins airing tonight?
Andy Cohen: The New Jersey reunion is the best one we've done. It's the icing on the cake of two intense seasons. The last 10 minutes of Part 2 is totally under wraps, but it's the party that will really have people talking -- even beyond me being thrown around like a rag doll by ["RHNJ" star] Teresa [Giudice]. I get a first-hand account of how strong she is.

THR: It looked like "The Skinny Italian" cookbook author took you down.
Cohen: She did! The tweets I'm getting are hilarious. People are saying, "How could you let her push you?" and "Andy, are you hurt?" I should have gotten hazard pay for this one.

THR: Why is there such an intense buildup to this "RHNJ" reunion special?
Cohen: This is the first time these women have been under the same roof since the last reunion. Historically, these shows take eight hours to tape. I usually come out shell-shocked, needing a shower and needing a drink, not necessarily in that order.

THR: Your "wives" can be erratic characters. As a businessman and sometime baby-sitter, how do you manage such a kooky harem?
Cohen: I've always had strong-minded, independent women in my life. What's most important to me is making sure they all feel like they're being heard and that I'm on their side. Being a housewife is a roller-coaster ride that you're never prepared for until it starts. It's a tremendously jarring experience. These women are becoming very famous.

THR: From an outsider's perspective, you seem to play favorites with certain wives. Are the other women sensitive about that?
Cohen: I think I treat everyone the same way, but I consider whom I'm dealing with. They react to jokes and to comments differently. Vicki Gunvalson from "Orange County" and Jill Zarin from "New York" take things more personally than others. It really depends on whom I'm dealing with.

THR: In June, "New York" star Bethenny Frankel debuted her own show, "Bethenny Getting Married?" How do you manage expectations when your other wives expect the same star treatment?
Cohen: Bethenny is the exception, not the rule. She's not only a great character, but she was having a baby and getting married. I've told the housewives [who have asked for her own show] that there is great strength in being part of an ensemble on a hit show. Look at "Friends." After that, there was a show called "Joey." No one wants to be "Joey." We had luck with Bethenny, but what if the next one is "Joey"?

THR: Bravo is supportive of any outside ventures the women pursue, especially their singing careers.
Cohen: Every time I hear that a housewife has a song, I am both shocked and thrilled. I hadn't heard ["RHNJ's"] Danielle Staub's song until she performed it in front of me on my show "Watch What Happens Live." I think my face told it all. I just wanted to experience it along with everyone else.

THR: In July 2009, THR reported that salary negotiations for the cast of "RHNY" prompted Bravo to recast certain housewives. Are these scenarios unavoidable?
Cohen: Look, ["Flipping Out" star] Jeff Lewis will e-mail me every week and say, "Oh, the ratings were great last night; I guess this means I get a raise." There have been situations when housewives have wanted to have frank talks about salary, and I say, "If you really want to have this conversation, let's have it." I have the benefit of knowing the research, knowing the ratings and knowing how much it costs to make every show. I give them my perspective.

THR: In the finale of MTV's "The Hills," producers suggested to viewers that the show was scripted. What response do you have for critics who say the same about "Housewives"?
Cohen: Whenever anyone wonders about whether these shows are real, I tell them, "If you were to tell me that Jeana [Keough] from 'Real Housewives of Orange County' was going to split from her husband while we were shooting, I wouldn't have believed you. You never know what road the show is going down.

THR: The most recent addition to the franchise, "Real Housewives of D.C.," premiered Aug. 5 with an extra tinge of scandal by adding White House party crasher Michaele Salahi to the cast -- who also recently accused "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg of assault. To what degree do you get involved with these incidents?
Cohen: We don't editorialize. If someone says on the show, "I'm the best mother in the world" and then the next scene you see her smoking a cigarette and blowing smoke in her daughter's face, that says it. We let viewers decide. What we're really involved in are the stories. We let them deal with their own stuff.

THR: During the reunion specials and on your talk show, it seems you aren't afraid to voice your own opinion of things.
Cohen: Any opinion I have usually reflects viewer opinion. During the "Real Housewives of New York" reunion, I was hammering Jill with questions because I knew fans weren't going to be happy until she responded. Surprisingly, it was [onscreen frenemy] Bethenny that came to her defense and said, "Why don't you just nail her to a stake and burn her?"

THR: Speaking of the reunion shows, it's almost a guarantee that one of your wives will storm off the set. Do producers have to coax them back on?
Cohen: Typically, they come back on their own accord. We had a situation with Danielle that viewers will see [tonight] where I had to talk her off the ledge, bring her back and negotiate with the other women.

THR: How often does production get involved with the cattiness that occurs among the cast?
Cohen: I've learned that strong women are going to do and say whatever it is they are going to do and say. Before we started shooting last season of "New York,"Jill told me she was pissed at Bethenny. And I said, "Can't you get over it before we start shooting?" I was worried, and there was nothing I could do about it. As it turned out, it was the backdrop for a very successful season.

THR: In one of the most dramatic episodes of the franchise, Staub claims that she feared for her safety during a scene in which fellow housewife Jacqueline Laurita's daughter, Ashley, pulls out a piece of her hair extension. Why didn't production step in?
Cohen: Actually, we discuss that during the reunion. If there would ever be a situation where someone was in jeopardy of physical harm, production would ensure that it didn't get to that level. We don't want anyone to feel threatened. On [tonight's] reunion episode, there is a moment where I'm actually concerned. We've had two situations where someone has gotten out of their seat in a threatening way. And in this case, I thought, "OK, I have to intervene." And just watch what happens when I try to get between Teresa and Danielle.

THR: Bravo announced that the ball is rolling on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Are there any other series in the works?
Cohen: We always want to grow everything to be bigger and better, but we're mindful of not doing too much too soon.

THR: With the "D.C." reunion taping in a few weeks, are you hitting the gym extra hard to prepare?
Cohen: I'll give you the number to my trainer; he can attest! And if anyone goes after [Bravo fashion star] Rachel Zoe, they'll have to deal with me first.