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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
“Welcome to Amsterdam?” – S5E15
Remember last week…
Eileen (That Tramp I Now Love” and Vince (My Boyfriend) host a table read for one of Vince’s scripts. It was delightful because Brandi wasn’t there. However, afterwards, the two Lisas talk to Kim about perhaps she should be talking to someone, be part of a group or something so she doesn’t do what she had just confided she was herself concerned about – which was isolating. Kim, the Queen Bee wants everyone to mind their own beeswax. Oh honey, I wish we could… (lol)…(but not so lol, too)… Brandi is invited by Ken to Lisa V’s surprise birthday party, but gets cranky when she’s asked to be on her best behavior. Frankly, I think she got off easy ‘cuz I would have made her sign a “Behavior Agreement.” Brandi manages to throw a jab at Lisa about her age and then calls all the other women, “Menopausal.” Brandi is so kind, isn’t she? However, the biggest drama of the night was the fact that Yolanda and Brandi seemed to be wearing the same dress only in different colors. Yolanda looked stunning.
Brace yourselves… The housewives are going on a Scavenger Hunt! I’m so excited I can hardly wait… I’m such a game girl! Yolanda has arranged the hunt… Well, I mean she paid people to arrange the hunt… How fun!
Yolanda had T-shirts made with “Dream Team” on them organized by color/team– I kind of wish Yolanda would drop this whole “Dream Team” thing – She’s holding onto the time last season when she put hearts only on certain people’s place setting cards and then when she was made aware it – she laffed it off and called them her “Dream Team.” People weren’t laughing then and they’re sure as heck not laughing now. Can we just move on, please? …
Yolanda picked the Team Captains but the rest of the teams were picked on the spot by the organizers pulling names out of a ziplock bag. I’m surprised it wasn’t a Gucci ziplock bag… but maybe that’s just me. The teams: Kyle, Brandi and Camille (Grammer); Eileen, Kim and Lynn (Eileen’s random friend); and, Yolanda, Lisa V and Lisa R.
Before the hunt commences, Yolanda has everyone sit around in a sharing circle… No, I’m just joshing… but they do sit down and Yolanda tells them the day is all about having fun and solving problems together. I think it’s a sad day when there is a need to tell adults to have fun on a Scavenger Hunt. Kim already starts bellyaching about stuff. Poor Kim.
Okay so the team that finishes first without penalties wins. The women are told they’re on foot for the rest of the day…Rut roh! They’re not allowed to take any alternative forms of transportation (taxi’s, Segway’s, etc.). This should be interesting… The women don’t seem to be happy about the prospect of running around Beverly Hills in the hot sun – I can’t say that I blame them. I hope they’re not wearing their Jimmy Choo’s. I’m surprised that Yolanda is even well enough to do this… It’s too bad that a Hermès Birkin bag isn’t the grand prize – Cuz these women would do anything for one of those, no? They’re going to be going to various stores to find clues to the next location and clue.
Kim says that she doesn’t like Eileen but she doesn’t dislike her, either. Wow… way to put down someone who actually gives a crap about you, Kim. Kim still thinks that Eileen was way out of line when she brought Kim and Kyle together for a Sister Summit. Because, you know, how DARE she! Lol.
Eileen (That Tramp that I now Love) is very competitive – She’s going to beat the other teams “to a pulp.”… I love her even more, now…lol. She hastens to add that she’s a normal kind of competitive – Not a crazy competitive. The 3 teams have to solve a clue that will take them to the next location. The first clue leads them to an ice cream shop where they are supposed to order and finish a milkshake. It’s quite obvious that Yolanda didn’t plan this game – I’m sure they would have been required to go to a nut store and eat half an almond.
Kim is too busy whining to have any fun and says she’s not going to hurt her knees to win a game. Really? Hurt knees? What about that fractured rib (3-6 weeks to heal) or ruptured disc (easily up to 3 months or more to heal) you had just days ago? I guess those aren’t bothering you anymore? Hmmm… I’m telling you… Kim is a walking miracle! Anyhoo… Kim is whining as they’re walking into the ice cream shop. Come on, who whines when they’re walking into an ice cream shop on a hot day and they HAVE to drink a shake? Oh, the horror of it all!
Kyle’s team was really having a hard time figuring out the code to the lock that contains their 1stclue – but they do finally get it. Whew. Kyle’s team is in the ice cream shop trying hard to drink their chocolate milkshake. Kyle orders 3 straws because she says, “I am sorry – I am not putting my mouth on a straw where Brandi’s mouth has been. Would you?” Nope… It’s a little unnerving to think about where her mouth has been… Kyle wants Brandi to drink the shake because she’s thinner.
Meanwhile, even though Yolanda’s team has figured out they need to go to the ice cream shop – Lisa R forgot to bring their envelope and she has to go back to start of the race to try to retrieve it. Yolanda’s team is having a hard time. Lisa V is not happy about having to run around. When Yolanda’s team is asked what flavor of milkshake, Lisa V immediately says “Chocolate”… but Yolanda doesn’t like chocolate… Lisa V is incredulous that anyone doesn’t like chocolate… I tend to not trust people who don’t like chocolate, too (Actually, some of my very close friends hate chocolate – I chalk it up to one of those great mysteries of life). Lisa V thinks Yolanda should just take one for the team – So she does and they get chocolate. In her TH, Lisa R says that she hates the clues… She hates the game.. She hates this whole thing… And she physically demonstrates her displeasure by flipping a double “F*** You” gesture. Lol… The Dutch judge gives Lisa R a “9.3” on overall presentation and a “10” on technical merit. That must have taken a lot of practice. I’m surprised she’s being such a crab about the scavenger hunt.
Yolanda threatens Lisa R that since she wanted chocolate and Yolanda wanted vanilla but they got chocolate that she had better help Lisa V drink the shake. OMG…I have never seen groups of women so unable to drink a shake in my whole life… They only had to drink 1 shake for every team of 3… Puhleeze! They finally finish but only after Yolanda pitches in to help. Personally, I think this was a hilariously passive aggressive move on the part of the 2 male organizers to make the women eat something they wouldn’t normally eat… It’s even funnier because the next place they have to go is a candy store. I’m hoping they also have to go to a pizza place and a bakery – Now THAT would be hilarious!
Lisa V does not think running around Beverly Hills in the heat is a particularly “bonding” experience and would prefer to do the whole thing in Neiman Marcus next time. Lisa V ditches the rules when she hitches a ride with a bicyclist and Yolanda knows her team is doomed.
When teams arrive to the candy store – they figure out their clue is in a clear cube filled with candy. They are cautioned to be careful about which box of candy they open because they will be penalized 10 minutes if they open a box that does not have a clue. You can totally see the clue if you look into the clear box, duh… Eileen’s team is the first one in the candy store and they open the right cube… get the next clue right… but then they’re stuck when all they have is a picture of a fish and nothing else to go on. They wonder where you go to have fish… They have no idea what to do next. Then Kim (You know, the one that has bad knees) decides they should just leave and start walking around aimlessly. Eileen thinks that Kim’s deal is that she does what she wants to do when she wants to do it. Yep – That just about sums it up, no?
Kyle’s team arrives at the candy store but opens a wrong box and therefore receives a penalty. Even though Kyle’s team arrived in the candy store after Eileen’s team, they are first to figure out the location of their next stop. The clue tells them they need to go to “Location E” on a map (Villa Blanca) and drop the right name to gain entrance into Villa Blanca. Oh wow… they’re so close to Kyle’s store – I wonder why they didn’t use that as one of the clue locations – or maybe they did and we just didn’t see it.
Eileen’s team retraces their steps back to the candy store because after walking around with no clue where they’re going – they figured out they must have missed a clue back in the candy store. Kim is absolutely no help because she has never had a clue in her entire life. They finally find the missing piece and they realize they need to go to Villa Blanca.
Surprisingly, Eileen’s team arrives there at the same time as Kyle’s team. But the bouncer tells them they need to tell him the password for admittance. There are 3 girls waiting in line that have pictures on their T-Shirts. They figure out they need to figure out stupidly easy puzzle from the shirts. I mean, come on people…The 2nd shirt had a nickel on it… the 3rd shirt had a sun on it…The name “Jack Nicholson” is quite easy from those clues, no?
I used to do scavenger hunts and Polaroid picture hunts with the Super Stars. One time, when one of the Super Stars (Lindsey) was moving to Springfield, Missouri – As part of her going away party, I created a scavenger hunt one using a neighborhood shopping/entertainment area called, “Triangle Square.” It had a movie theater, grocery store, candy store, NikeTown, Virgin Megastore, etc. I still remember a couple of the clues. One of them was, “It’s briefly for the birds, in the shadow of PA, where fires don’t believe, it’s where you have to pay.” The clue was at the Edward’s Theater – The movies playing at the time were: “It’s briefly for the birds (Pelican Brief), in the shadow (Shadowlands) of PA (Philadelphia), where fires don’t believe (Mrs. Doubtfire), it’s where you have to pay.” Let me think, another clue I remember said something like, “When Lindsey moves to Springfield, I’m sure it will be nice – But I’m just afraid that she’ll – Turn as cold as ice.” The clue was in the frozen ice cube section of the grocery store. Yep… I’m such a meanie… No easy clues for them! Lol!
Meanwhile, Yolanda’s team has completely derailed. Not only did Lisa’s earlier bicycling cost the team a penalty, the entire team decides to catch a ride on a “Hollywood Tours” bus. Somehow they end up at Villa Blanca and they just go on into the restaurant because their team’s motto is that Vanderpump rules are made to be broken.
Kyle and Eileen’s team get inside the restaurant at the same time. However, since Kyle’s team incurred the 10 minute penalty for opening the wrong cube at the candy store – Eileen’s team wins! Yay! After Yolanda’s team also arrives, everyone sits down in the restaurant, Camille and Eileen’s friend (both of whom we barely saw during the whole game) politely leave.
Yolanda wants to know if people played well together. I actually think Yolanda thought people would miraculously be able to set aside their issues for the game – and I guess they did so to some extent. I guess bonding over hating the game is bonding nonetheless, right? Brandi says in her TH that she doesn’t think there’s anything that Kyle can say that will make up for the bullshit that she’s pulled. I have no idea what she’s referring to, but okay…lol…
Yolanda has another game for the group. Everyone is already groaning. Yolanda hands out envelopes… There is one letter in each one – and together it spells, “Amsterdam.” Yolanda tells them they’re going there on a trip and everyone is thrilled. Brandi wants to go so she can smoke pot and then in her TH she does an imitation of what she thinks Lisa would look like if she smoked pot.
Okay, so it’s trip time – Golly gee, I wonder if we get a series of packing scene? Yep! Yolanda is excited that she’s bringing people to her country – She knows it will help them understand her culture better. She explains that her husband (David Foster) is hosting a charity event in Calgary, Canada that will be benefitting “The David Foster Foundation.” They will first fly to Calgary and then continue on to Amsterdam. I would LOVE to go on this trip. But I’m in it for the tulips, pastry, cheese, and windmills… Heck with the pot – Unless it has tulips in it.
Kyle is concerned that Portia’s hair will be okay for school while she’s gone because she knows that’s not Mauricio’s forte. She assigns Sophia the job to do Portia’s hair. Sophia is oh, so thrilled.
Brandi is getting packed and her assistant is sitting there. Brandi says her main goal for Kim is that “it’s” all around you – and that it could be really uncomfortable for Kim. Yeah, going to Amsterdam may not be the smartest decision for someone who is struggling with issues of addiction. Brandi doesn’t have a long black dress to wear to the gala – So she holds up a short dress she plans to take instead. She is worried that if everyone else is in a long dress and she wears that one – That they’ll “get pissy.” She is assured by her assistant if they get cranky it would only be because they don’t have her legs.
As Lisa R is packing she holds up a coat that her teenaged daughter thinks is very cute right up until the point she finds out it’s from Target…lol. Upon finding out that it’s not a “designer” coat and is, in fact, from Target – Her daughter makes a classic teenaged pooh pooh face. I’m dying laffin’… Lisa holds up the dress she’s taking for the gala and explains that she is going with a simple black dress that says she’s not trying too hard – but shows that she’s fabulous. Her daughter didn’t look like she was entirely sure about the fabulous part… Gotta love teenagers, no?
We learn that Lisa V and Eileen aren’t able to go on the first part of the trip because they’re working… BOO!
Before they go on the trip together, Brandi decides she needs to clue in Kim about what was said when she had lunch with Lisa R. Brandi tells Kim that the first words out of Lisa’s mouth at the lunch was, “Why is everyone pretending Kim is sober when she’s not?” Brandi also tells Kim that Lisa R wanted to know if Kim had a sponsor and if she had sober friends in her life.
However, Brandi conveniently omits that part when Lisa R asked Brandi if she thought Kyle realized her sister was in this kind of trouble… And Brandi says incredulously, “Does anyone not?” Brandi conveniently omits the part where she admits knowing the situation is troublesome but doesn’t feel like she can say anything about it because Kim feels safe with Brandi. Brandi conveniently omits the part where Lisa asks her if they just basically live a lie and don’t really deal with Kim’s issues with sobriety and that Brandi confirmed, “Pretty much.” Well, how conVENient! (I hope you all read while hearing the “church lady” from SNL voice in your head…lol… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/church-chat/n9565)
Brandi tells Kim that she was put in a really messed up place but that she wanted Kim to know about the situation before they went on the trip. She wanted Kim to know about one side of a two-sided conversation that took place behind Kim’s back – Except for the fact that Lisa R actually has talked to Kim herself about this very subject. Kim thinks that these are very personal questions that are not anyone’s business. Kim disagrees with anyone who thinks that her taking a pill impacts her sobriety. Kim says she thinks that if Lisa R had a problem concerning her she should have talked to her directly about it. Ummm… Kim… she did… But perhaps you were too loopy to remember it. We have the footage… Would you like us to play it for you?
Everyone who is going on David’s private jet to Calgary gets on the plane. Lisa R is sensing Kim is not happy with her. She asks Kim if she’s okay and if she’s mad at her. Kim tells Lisa R to worry about her own family and to stop talking about Kim. Kim tells Lisa R that she doesn’t drink or take drugs that she shouldn’t worry about her. Okay, you just gotta laff at that one, dontcha? Lisa R doesn’t understand Kim’s anger. Kim maintains that she doesn’t owe anyone an explanation…
Okay, here is where I get uncomfortable. I don’t like that this conversation is happening on a plane. However, Kim has chosen to be on this reality show and she has made her journey of sobriety part of her storyline because it’s a very real part of her life. Kim chose to blow the 2nd “A” of “AA” right out of the water when she made that choice. However, I don’t feel like I should know things about her journey unless she wants to share them. The problem is that Kim continues to want to be on this reality show where we see her wackadoodleness front and center and we want some kind of explanation for it. The others, while filming this show, have also seen it – Probably way more than viewers actually see. I wish this concern was being expressed without cameras being present and without being under the magnifying glass of a reality show. In the past, Kim told Andy (Producer) that the show has helped to save her life. I wonder if that’s still her perspective. I wonder if being on this show is actually harming her.
Kim thinks she can still cover up the truth like she and her family has done all of her life. But it’s too late – We’ve already seen it with our own eyes. The curtain has been pulled away and we see glimpses of what’s behind it. We’ve seen an addict say she has nothing to hide but then gets all batcrapcrazy when anyone asks her questions her about her sobriety. We’ve seen an addict lie when she said that she took a pill that her doctor had prescribed to her when in fact, she had taken Monty’s pill that was prescribed to him. We’ve seen a really nasty side of her that can rear its ugly head in the twinkling of an eye. We’ve seen her forget that a significant conversation that she had with her sister actually happened yesterday and not today as she had initially insisted. We’re seeing more of this wonky behavior this season – Is it because we’re seeing more of Kim this season? Or is this new behavior?
I think Lisa R just wants Kim to be safe – I don’t see any other agenda in this at all. I find it difficult to sometimes tell the differences when Kim is just creating drama because they’re on a tv show, when she’s delusional, when she’s batcrapcrazy, or when she’s just being a spoiled brat diva. I wonder if it’s hard on Kim to tell the difference, too.
Kim icily says to Lisa R, “You’re as sick as your secrets, my friend.” Whoa…okay now THAT’s a statement. says Kim about Lisa R. Lisa R apologizes to Kim. Kim reiterates that she’s not drinking. Lisa R apologizes again. Kim says, “Thank you, you’ve already said that – We’re done.” Kim snarls, “Drop it now.” Kyle is mortified this is going on in front of “Babyface.” Lisa R tells us that she doesn’t get mad at people and that she doesn’t raise her voice. The problem is that in the previews for next week’s show, we see Lisa R get mad, stand up, AND raise her voice. Rut roh.
Everyone is getting ready for the gala. Yolanda, Kyle and Lisa R get into the limo. Yolanda is asked where the others are – and she responds that they’re not ready – So off they go. There is NO way Yolanda is going to let Kim tardiness negatively impact her more than it already has. The women talk about the conversation between Lisa R and Kim in the plane.
Lisa R says that she got the message loud and clear. Lisa R says that she respects Kim. Lisa R has seen 2 of her husband’s brothers die from alcoholism and/or drug addiction. After Harry had to identify his brother’s dead body, Harry decided to change his life. He has been sober for 3 years. Lisa R says that addiction is a disease and there’s so much of it in Harry’s DNA. She’s proud of him for breaking the cycle of addiction that has been prevalent in his family. She believes that Harry’s choice changed his destiny.
They arrive at the Gala and Yolanda apologizes to David that she’s late. Brandi and Kim finally show up at some point. Kim tries to tell us that she doesn’t harbor resentment and that she’d rather have everything out on the table. Really? Cuz earlier you said for Lisa R to “drop it.” Kim makes me dizzy sometimes.
Yolanda stands up on stage and makes a toast to “her love,” David. He has dedicated 26 years of his life to the, “David Foster Foundation.” The David Foster Foundation provides financial aid to families who have a child who is waiting for an organ transplant. She explains that she met a guy that night who told her, “Because of your husband – My 33-year-old daughter saved someone’s life.” I got teary from that – because what that REALLY means, is that father’s daughter died – but her organs helped to save someone else. That’s pretty powerful. Various people stand up and their donations are read aloud. Steve Tyler gave $100,000. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds gave $70,000. Someone else gave $50,000. And Dr. Francis Yeoh donated $1,000,000 – Whoaaaaaaaa… How awesome is that? Kyle said, “These people are making Beverly Hills people look like cheapskates.” Lisa R says, “I’ve been to a lot of charity events – and this one, I must say, is pretty spectacular.
Steven Tyler gets up to perform and Kyle admits that she’s a huge fan of his – and that she borders on being a stalker. Kyle is encouraged to go on stage in her tight black pantsuit and she looks quite amazing. She immediately gets into the groove and swoons when Steven Tyler kisses her right on her lips. Okay, for those keeping track of these things… Evidently, it’s perfectly fine to have a rock star who has been around the block more than a few times…kiss you right on the lips – but it’s not okay to sip out of Brandi’s straw. I can now sleep tonight – because I was wondering where that line was…. Lol.
The Gala was a HUGE success! They raised an all-time high of 8.2 million in one evening! Yolanda said that David has raised over 50 million dollars over 26 years. Hmmm… That’s less than $2 million per year which kind of doesn’t sound like very much to me when you consider the level of his connections – Or am I just being a huge pain in the neck? I mean, I haven’t raised 50 million in the last 26 years or anything… Anyway, I’m thankful he’s doing anything – It’s more than what would have been raised without his involvement.
Yolanda exclaims, “We’re in Holland! – Home, Sweet Home” as the women arrive in Amsterdam! Lisa R is excited because she’s heard that the shopping is great. Unfortunately, at baggage claim, Kyle discovers she left her suitcase containing her jewelry somewhere in the airport. Brandi snottily says, “Listen, we don’t have a fucking butler on this trip – You’ve got to take care of your own bags.” An hour and a half later, it’s somehow retrieved.
Kim thinks this whole thing is “So ridiculous.” She is not happy but everyone breathes a sigh of relief because they’re finally ready to leave the airport. However, the top of the escalator decides to try to eat Kim and her overburdened cart for breakfast and it causes a 52 cart pileup… Brandi, who was right behind Kim, abandons her own cart, sidesteps around the carnage and doesn’t offer to help her Kim at all. Yolanda merely says that she can’t take them anywhere. I’m guessing this won’t be the only time we hear Yolanda say those words…lol.
In a classic Kim move… as the women are putting their bags on the bus (Yes, you heard that right)… Yolanda tells Kyle that she shouldn’t touch the bags. Brandi tells Yolanda that it was Kim who got stuck on the elevator – and Kyle also says it was Kim. Kim gets bent that Kyle is blaming it on Kim and Kim nonsensically blames the pileup on the fact they had to wait on Kyle for an hour and half for her bags. Kim then launches into how Kyle is always on Kim for being late – that she laughs at her and leaves her – but when Kyle’s late it’s all fine and dandy.
Other Things We Learned from this Episode…
~~ Kyle tries to convince us that she wears a black sequined apron while cooking. Puhleeze. She looked great… but come the heck on…
~~ You’ll be happy to know that Yolanda has mastered “Skype” – She called her Mom to tell her of their upcoming trip. Her Mom looked pretty excited. I’m really glad they’re going. Yolanda will have all this footage to enjoy of this visit with her Mom. It will mean a lot to her in the months and years ahead.
~~ Eileen tells us that since her youngest son was been born – that she has never gotten on a plane without him. She knows it’s time for her son to be on his own with his dad – but it’s hard for her to let go. She, like the other mothers of the cast, is worried that her husband might not remember everything. She makes Vince an exhaustive list. She is aware he might throw the list in the trash the moment she walks out the door. Even if he does, I’m guessing he won’t take out the trash anyway, so the list will always be handy.
They tour the amazingly beautiful Amsterdam… Lisa V rides a bike and gets some “serious sexual stimulation” … Brandi screams at Kyle that she’s a hypocrite (I think it was Kyle)… Fun times ahead… lol… At dinner, Lisa R and Kim really go at it…Lisa R physically stands up and threatens Kim to not go after her husband… And Lisa R is PISSED… I mean… Holy crap on a cracker… Whoa….
Well, that’s it for this episode… Thanks so much for reading… Have a most excellent week! Happy Trails!