Miami Blogs Blogged
Thanks to BehindBleuEyes for the great recaps! We’re now 4 weeks in, the drama is still revolving around the Adriana/Lea feud, and all of the ladies are still blogging. I wonder if the ladies title their blogs or if Bravo does it for them? Here’s what they had to say this week:
“Lea’s Duplicitous Behavior”
“At this point in the season my mother has now been in the hospital for two weeks and I am desperate for answers on what the future holds for her regarding life or death… Over the years when mom or I needed mental peace or answers to crisis we were living through, we would call the devout Buddhist that you saw reading my cards.” I can’t say that I’m surprised that Marysol turned to a reader for guidance during this stressful time. She’s been very opening regarding her belief in her mother’s abilities, as well as the abilities of others. She tells us that we only saw a small portion of the very long reading, “which eludes to a negative energy that has put my mother in her condition.” But she doesn’t comment on what I was shocked by – the fact that the reader alluded to a blond woman in her 50’s as the culprit of the black magic! Despite the insinuations, I don’t believe for one second that Lea had anything to do with Elsa’s illness.
Marysol moves on to Alexia’s Venue party, which was full of “chaos, drama, insincerity, and posturing all taking place amongst our microcosm of a group.” Marysol seems really hurt that Lea had not acknowledge Elsa’s illness, send flowers or a card. However, the two women were not friends. Marysol made it perfectly clear that she did not want Lea in her life, so I can understand some hesitance to contact Marysol’s family. Especially since Marysol reacted so poorly to Lea’s hello at the party, “I’ve never experienced anyone touching me in such sarcastic manner.”
Finally, Marysol addresses Lea’s “duplicitous behavior.” Lea stated, in this episode, that she doesn’t like confrontation. Marysol has a problem with this because, last year, Lea accused Marysol of not confronting issues. She brings up the Elaine debacle that happened at the shoe party, where Elaine chased Marysol around questioning her. “When he confronted me I was mortified and frightened and yes I ran away from him (wouldn’t you)?” The Elaine confrontation was embarrassing, but mostly for Elaine. That was not the proper place for a confrontation, much like the Venue party wasn’t. There’s a big difference between not confronting issues at all (Marysol) and not wanting a confrontation/scene at a friend’s party (Lea). That isn’t really “duplicitous.”
“Lea Takes the High Road”
Another long one from Lea. “I’d like to compliment Lisa and Joanna for having the courage to share the most private and intimate parts of their lives with the viewers. I find it genuine.” I find Lisa’s struggle to have a baby genuine. She & Lenny seem to have some trouble finding time to connect, which we can all relate to. But I’m sick of hearing Joanna whine about wanting to get “banged.”
“Some people will do anything, including contrive stories for relevance, attention, or a story line.” Lea goes on to give some insight into exactly who she’s referring to, “The “psychic” set up was as phony as the five year “engagement.” I feel horrible for the family struggle that Marysol is going through, but she doesn’t seem to have much other storyline going on.
On to Adriana, “While talking to Lisa, Adriana took talking in circles to the next level. Did any of you get dizzy during the spin?” That scene was repetitive & confusing to me. Adriana repeats herself over & over, but changes the story every time.
Lea addresses the allegation that she was “talking bad” about Adriana and Frederic. “Setting the record straight is not talking bad about people; … and if the facts or behavior is bad, that’s not talking bad about someone, that’s stating the facts to clear up the lies, and sometimes the bad behavior gets exposed.” I have to agree. It’s not slander if it’s true. Adriana has only herself to blame for this mess. If she had just been honest, it would have been over by now. “[Frederic] has never said one nice thing about me. He keeps telling his wife all the ugly things he wants to do to me and threatens me. And he has the nerve to say I talk about him.” We’ve always witnessed Frederic’s rants this season. I’m not sure what exactly caused him to dislike Lea so much, other than what Adriana has told him about their encounters.
The Venue party. Lea stayed out of the Romain/Frederic drama, stating “A party is to have a good time, not a wrestling match.” Lea says that she was going “out of my way to be nice, friendly, and polite.” Seems to me that’s exactly what she did, even when confronted. “You could see they were all conspiring to bait me into a fight, but I refused to bite.” You could definitely see Adriana & Ana trying to stir something up like high school mean girls.
She addresses Alexia’s accusation of hypocrisy. “Being polite and not causing a scene with people even if you don’t like them isn’t hypocrisy, it’s simply being civilized and respectful to the host and their guests, and it’s called manners.” I still can’t believe Alexia tolerated that behavior at her event. I would have been mortified if my friends caused a scene like that. “If I would have “snubbed” them, I would have been criticized for that. If I would have disagreed with anything any of them said, the hater pack would have piled on.” Seems to me that Lea wasn’t going to win, no matter what she did.
“As I hugged Herman and asked about the Gala, he said, “We’ll be there.” So when I left and went to the Fontainbleu to arrange the tables and make the table assignments, I placed them at my table.” Based on the previews for next week, there will be some drama regarding Alexia’s attendance at the gala.
Adriana De Moura
“Lea’s Emotional Lynching”
Adriana’s blog is pretty much a rant against Lea. “Lea has now reached the lowest she could go by going around town into businesses trashing my name! That is just gruesome!” She’s referring to the conversation Lea had in the marble store, where apparently Frederic does a lot of business. I re-watched the scene & Lisa was the one who brought up the issues. The only people standing there were Lea, Lisa & Lea’s two designers. Lea wasn’t going out of her way to gossip about Adriana & she didn’t trash-talk Adriana to a business owner.
“Every week she comes up with HER new reason why I didn’t disclose my marriage, completely ignoring MY true reasons for it.” “When will the EMOTIONAL LYNCHING stop? “ Adriana is way to over-dramatic for me. The reason there’s a different story every week is because Adriana tells a new one! “when Ana said some things about her she disliked, she said Ana of was doing a character assassination of her. Well, now Lea is doing even worse to me and my family, and being the perpetrator of my character assassination!” I just don’t see the comparison. Lea has talked about Adriana, Frederic & their marriage/non-marriage. Ana took pot shots at Lea’s son & parenting abilities. (Note by NMD – I asked Ana about the socially inept comment, and she was addressing something Lea said about Ana’s daughters – it was misinterpreted to seem like it was about Lea’s son – that said – she did take pot shots at Lea’s age.)
Adriana goes on to relate the card-reader’s comments to Lea. That’s pretty sneaky to me because the card reader was referring to “someone” and while it was clear to me that person was supposed to be Lea, not even Marysol came out & said it. Adriana then provides a transcript of Frederic & Lea’s conversation, just in case you missed part of it. Frederic was very aggressive during that exchange & I was a little uncomfortable watching it. He accused Lea of saying that she gave Adriana money after Adriana & he began dating. Adriana repeats that “it is not true!” and that Lea never gave her money. She ends with a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, which was intended for Lea, but seemed to be more applicable to herself than anyone. “Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”
“Alexia’s Questionable Host Etiquette”
This week, Lisa gets right into it with
“Marysol and the psychic: This scene was disturbing to me.” Lisa found it disgusting that it was implied that “a blond woman,” presumptively Lea, “was doing black magic to contribute to Elsa’s accident.” I also thought that it was shady. I’d like to see the whole thing to know if the psychic really implied someone fitting Lea’s description was doing black magic or whether it was the magic of Bravo’s editing. I’m leaning toward the magic of Bravo’s editing. “Furthermore I don’t understand why Marysol cares so much if Lea reaches out to her mother or not. From what I understand Marysol wants nothing to do with Lea, so why in the world would she want Lea to have any contact “or do right by her mother” if she wants nothing to do with her?” Exactly what I said earlier – why is Marysol so hurt by someone she cut out of her life?
Lisa again addressed the night at Baoli. We get it girl, you were trying to be a good friend & didn’t have all of the facts. “I’m just getting to know all these women, so I don’t know everybody’s past and I certainly don’t dig to find out.” Last season it Lisa didn’t seem to be digging much, but this season I’d have to disagree. She seems to be the one who keeps bringing up the feud and searching for information. I understand that she wants to know the truth, but just own it. “Anyway I’m sick of feeling like a punching bag and having some of these women take digs at me for just trying to do what I felt was right. I’m done being a friend the best way I know how and going out of my way. I wash my hands of it.” That is probably for the best!
She then gets around the sex issues between her & Lenney versus Joanna & Romain. “I don’t think our sex life is as bad as Joanna and Romain’s.” Very true! Once every other month is just not healthy! “I think when you’re married and you’re exhausted, you know that person is always going to be there so there’s no immediate rush.” I think it’s very true that once you become comfortable with someone, the sex tends to slow down. “I decided to miss the Venue party because there is one every month and at this moment in time I wanted to focus on my husband, since he was able to be home early that night.” I was happy to see the two of them having fun together & putting their relationship first. It can be hard when there’s so much other stuff going on.
“I was honored and very excited when Adriana asked me to be her bridesmaid.” I was a little surprised by that as I don’t see Lisa as one of Adriana’s BFF’s. I expected Marysol, Ana & Alexia to be asked first. But Lisa has tried to stay out of the drama & be friends with everyone. “Some of these women have said that I like to “stir the pot” or get in other people’s business, but it seems like they are being a bunch of hypocrites.” To me, Lisa seems like a concerned friend, while some of the other women seem to be playing both sides.
“I thought it was very immature of Ana to get such joy out of making Lea uncomfortable when she went over to say hi to Joanna.” No kidding! Very high school mean girlish of Ana. It’s amazing how much my opinion of her has changed. “I was also shocked that Alexia got in Lea’s face and called her a hypocrite, especially in front of Ana. Lea didn’t go there to start any drama and all it did was make her feel uncomfortable. Not very good host etiquette.” The party was not the time or place for the host, Alexia, to confront anyone or cause a scene. It was just rude.
“Ana and Lea’s Hypocritical Behavior”
“All I can say is wowww about my Venue cover party.” I’m not sure why she was shocked when it seems like she orchestrated the whole thing, then stepped back & did nothing to slow down the train wreck. “I was a bit concerned because I knew they were all going and things could get ugly like they did.” Sounds to me like she expected drama at her party but did nothing to prevent it. Again, she says that Lea “didn’t want any kind of trouble or drama, but it was inevitable.” It was not inevitable. As the host, Alexia could have stepped in at any time.
“It was my party and I was not getting involved.” Actually, the fact that it was your party is why you should have gotten involved & stopped the chaos. I can’t believe that she, as a host, stood by while one of her guests was verbally attacked. Then, she chose to insert herself & called Lea a hypocrite! “I was aware of was the fact that Lea and Ana dislike each other to put it mildly, and that’s why I was in complete shock when I see Ana and Lea saying hello to each other and exchanging kisses! What? Seriously? They left me no choice but to call them hypocrites!” I was in shock that Ana acted like a high school girl & walked over to purposefully speak to Joanna & exclude Lea. Should Lea have just ignored the person standing in front of her? Apparently, that would have been the more polite option according to Alexia. Today, Bravo’s website asks “Is Alexia playing both sides?” I think it’s a resounding YES!
Alexia addresses the fact that she was late to her own party, while her guests waited for her, but doesn’t seem too apologetic. “Herman always wants us to be there first since we are the hosts, but it never happens that way. Sorry, Lea! LOL!” She does compliment Lea and recognize that “Even though it was the night before her gala and she was extremely busy, she made it a point to attend.” Based on the preview, it seems Alexia doesn’t plan to return that favor & tries to skip the gala to spend time with Team Adriana.
Alexia trusts Adriana & has chosen which of her lies to believe, “The only story I know and I’m believing is the one about her son Alex. It’s the only one that makes sense to me.” That version just doesn’t make sense to me, but whatever. “They had gotten married civilly so it was too late, but they decided to keep it to themselves and just tell people they weren’t doing it and never told Alex.” I think Alexia has selective memory. Does she not recall Season 1 when Adriana wasn’t sure if the relationship with Frederic would work? One of Adriana’s excuses was that she didn’t “feel” married because there was never a church wedding. As Alexia says, “they had gotten MARRIED civilly.” That’s the big deal, she was married but telling people that she wasn’t. “They lived together, the 3 of them under the same roof and as a family, married or not.” So Alex had a problem with his mother getting married so fast, but was fine living with the guy “as a family?” Like I said, just doesn’t add up.
“Romain the Brown Belt Champ”
Let me start by saying again how tired I am of hearing Joanna whine about not getting “banged” enough. I agree with the therapist. It could be the fact that she talks down to him, calls him a woman all of the time, and has doesn’t seem 100% committed to the relationship as “my heart will always be in LA, the city that brought me success and made my dreams come true.”
“How can Adriana B.S. Lisa so much about this marriage? I hope Lisa is just being nice and not falling for this nonsense! … She cannot be buying Adriana’s story that Frederic went alone to apply for a license.” I’m not familiar with Florida family law, so I don’t know if that’s true. But, leave it to Joanna to find out for us! From the Marriage License Bureau: “In order to become legally married in the state of Florida both bride and groom must apply for a marriage license in person. The marriage ceremony must be performed within 60 days of the issuance of the license. After the marriage ceremony, the marriage license must be returned to the Miami-Dade County Marriage License Bureau.” So, in order for Adriana to have been married, she & Frederic went to the courthouse, applied for a license, had a ceremony, and returned the license.
On a side note: I did a little research on my own, since Adriana has claimed that they had to submit the license ahead of the religious ceremony. In Florida, it is true that a marriage license must be issued prior to a marriage ceremony. However, “All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with some church, or other ordained clergy, … may solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract.” The minister/clergyman then has 10 days to submit the license & certificate. Which means this: Adriana’s religious ceremony, if conducted by ordained clergy, would have counted in place of the “civil ceremony” that she has implied was required. I can’t figure out why she would have a civil ceremony & submit the license ahead of time if she was planning a big, religious wedding ceremony!
Back to the blog: Joanna then addresses the issues between Romain & Marta. “I was truly embarrassed that Romain didn’t show up because of a text message he read from my sister that was only for my eyes.” Here’s my thoughts – first, Marta needs to stay out of Joanna’s relationship, and second, Romain cannot blame Joanna for the actions of her sister. I found it incredibly disrespectful that he blew off such an important commitment because of something Joanna has no control over.
On to the Venue party! “I didn’t want to go alone, so I begged Romain to go with me. He did, and boy did I regret ever going there” She asserts that Frederic never made a public apology for his public comments, so Romain was still upset. I’m still not sure what happened between the men, but they need to stay out of it. The drama is unbecoming on the women, but it just makes them look ridiculous. “Romain actually happens to be a US Gracie National Brown Belt Heavyweight Champion, so that should explain why he restrained himself, and I thank god he did.”