Real Housewives of New York Cast Blogs Blogged by Namaste
“I Didn’t Take The Dress”
Well, here is where Ramona tries to explain The Brunch That Wasn’t. She tells us Sonja was bothering her. Um, I would have been pissed if I was Sonja and had someone YELLING in 2 inches from my nose. She claims she felt bad for Dorinda since she was “hosting” this brunch in her honor. I think Dorinda would have been happier with some bacon and eggs back at Chez Singer.
Do these ladies have nothing better to talk about than a dress? Talk about “telephone.” The dress was not a Herve Leger seven-figure dress. It was a Halston, a three-figure dress. It did not fall out of my car, but it was in my car that I share with Mario, and I didn’t know where it ended up ’til later (and on my body with Avery in an Instagram shot and cover photo on iPhone. Must say I love that dress.)
And the fact still remains that it wasn’t your dress. You took it and when asked to return it, you pretended like it was “gone” and then were stupid enough to be photographed wearing the damn thing.
I didn’t take the dress, and I never put the dress on, but it was graciously given to me by one of the line producers at the end of co-hosting a segment with Bethenny. When I found out Bethenny needed it back for filming on her already-cancelled talk show, I called up Saks to replace it. Unfortunately they only had a size 10 in stock, and B needed a size 0.
But wait, now she says she didn’t take it, but somehow was wearing it a few months later with Avery. I am confused. Nice of her to take a jab at Bethenny by reminding everyone that her show had been canceled. And yet when she called Saks and they didn’t stock B’s size, why didn’t you take her dress to Dorinda’s boyfriend to be dry cleaned and then have it sent to B with a little apology?
I have not have had Luann at my apartment since she came with Jill years ago. It was the first real conversation I have had with her since I don’t know when. I can’t believe, though, when I said if it’s about Mario, I don’t want to hear about it, she still had to bring him up! There still traces of the old Luann there, LOL.
Does anyone doubt that if Ramona and Luann switched places that Ramona would have been telling the WORLD on a billboard that The Count was on a dating site? I do think Luann was taking a little jab at Ramona, but it was well deserved after ALL the nasty things R has said about The Countess over the years. Ramona tells us she was excited for the girls night out and was a little bit freaked when she saw Kelly was there. She did say Bethenny handled the situation very well and was polite. Perhaps Ramona might want to learn from others how to behave in a group setting.
“Ramona Is One Tough Cookie”
Kristen says she was happy she seemed below the radar this week. She says the whole brunch issue was pretty ridiculous. They decided to go with the path of least resistance which still ruffled some feathers.
Side note: How does Ramona openly STEAL a dress from Bethenny and then post it on social media? Hello, that’s nutso.
AND deny that she ever wore the dress. Perhaps she has a multiple personality disorder and one of her “others” was out wearing the dress? Plausible deniability!
Bethenny’s house is gorgeous. I love the red Skinnygirl accents everywhere. We walked in, and it was one huge product placement! Too funny. It was really a gifting suite–we shamelessly left with gifts. I am a fan of her products, so I was excited. (Have you tried her popcorn or her bars?! Yum! Yum! Yum!) Food was yummy, and I was happy to have a few drinks and get to know Bethenny a bit more. Everyone is much more relaxed and themselves in their own home.
Kristen says that Bethenny’s house (she has a house so I suppose she is not homeless, right?) and the product placement works because it is the house that Skinnygirl built after all. I bet the food at Skinnygirl plaza was way better than the food at the restaurant. Kristen thought it was nice of B to offer to re-hab Sonja, but given that Sonja is delusional, it is unlikely B will be successful.
It’s really nice to see Ramona and Luann getting on so well, and Lu is asking all those hard questions we’ve wanted to ask and haven’t… now we’ll get to know the answers. Thanks, Lu! Wow! Ramona is really one tough cookie. Lu and Ramona have come full circle in their relationship and seem to have a lot in common. When they showed the flashback of the tarot card reader, that was really trippy right? WOW!
Ramona really was living in denial for a very long time. I think a lot of women in Ramona’s situation do the same thing. There are signs, but many women choose to ignore them. Luann is the real strong one here that she is willing to set aside all the shit Ramona has said about her over the years and support Ramona during this horribly embarrassing time. If anyone can relate, Luann can.
I think Lu should have 100% mentioned to Bethenny that Kelly was going to be there. That was bizarre. That being said, if Bethenny was OK with Kelly, why would she be all weird at the bar for 30 minutes? #vintagelu
It was a wee bit shady of Lu to not tell B about the extra guest. She could have easily shot B a text with a little heads up. “Hey, Kelly-Jelly Bean is gonna be at the girls night out. Bring your A game!”
“Ramona And Sonja Definitely Have Game”
Bethenny claims she just giggled her whole way through the episode. I think I would have cringed a little, but hey, I am humble. B believes Dorinda to be a great addition to the crew. Bitches Who Brunch will surely be trademarked and sold under the Skinnygirl brand very soon.
It was so nice to welcome you into my new home in the Hamptons. Home really is where the heart is. I love having a place to celebrate family and friends during the summer. The city is great, but there is nothing like a backyard and a place to just decompress. And, as I controversially explained, I haven’t had that stability in Manhattan (for reasons I cannot disclose) and have longed for consistency and a real home.
Shit. Now she is holding out on us and won’t share the details regarding Jason squatting in her apartment. BOO! So, now she has to renovate another place and make those builders her bitches. Not sure why the lovely Fredrik Eklund couldn’t find her a place that didn’t need to be gutted, but since we all know B suffers from OCD and is VERY controlling, she could not accept a place that someone else has designed.
I don’t really want to touch the Mario stuff. They’ve been married for a quarter of a century, and I’m sure a lot has transpired to get them to this place. I believe it will get better between them, eventually, and I have a tremendous amount of compassion and empathy for what Ramona is dealing with. She is nothing if not strong.
I think this is fair. I don’t recall Ramona saying anything crappy about B when she announced her divorce from Jason. So, it is best that B keep it quiet because we know Ramona and lash out and be quite vicious. B goes on to say the encounter with Kelly-Jelly-Bean was a nonevent. Sounds like B has moved on and rarely giving Kelly a second thought.
People seem to be gearing up for some Sonja drama, so at that point, I was confused and intrigued by so much talk about her career or lack thereof. I was motivated to get under the hood and see what was going on with Sonja for sure.
Really? Is Bethenny trying to make it like she hasn’t watch RHNY since she left? No f-ing way! I believe she DVRed these episodes and watched parts on slo-mo. We are all pretty much in agreement that Bravo has taken the kid gloves off when it comes to Sonja and they are totally fine exposing her as Grey Gardens Sonja.
As for the Ramona dress story, there is more to it, and we will get there as the season goes on. But there is one correction. Ramona was not wearing the said dress. It was hanging in my dressing room and is coincidentally the dress I wore when Heather was on my show. My favorite moment of this episode is when Ramona’s sister said about me, “She’s not well. I could tell from the karma going in”… lol!
Damn! Why won’t she just give us the details of the ridiculous dress story? Also, funny that Ramona’s sister would say something negative about Bethenny. If anyone knows crazy, it’s Ramona’s sister, right?
“Bethenny’s Blinders Went Up”
Heather jumps right in with The Brunch…
Brunch wars part two. I’m so happy we decided to stay neutral and go to both, otherwise who knows how long that drama would have continued. Anyway, this group isn’t one to turn down a good meal, or drink(s), so we ended up having a nice day. Bethenny’s get-together was basically a Skinnygirl sample sale, but who doesn’t like party favors?
They all seemed to take a little jab at Bethenny for showcasing the Skinnygirl brand. I’m pretty sure the main reason why B decided to take a step down and agree to be on this season was really to hock her brand. It’s actually quite genius. I had no idea she had blenders! I do now. I have one of those ninja things taking up space one of my cupboards so I will not be running out to buy one, but I am sure several people did. Heather is not so sure Bethenny knows what she is getting into when she thinks she is gonna get Sonja “to see the light”. Heather now sees this pointless and learned her lesson long ago that Sonja is her own worst enemy. FYI: I do not own a toaster oven and actually could really use one since my kids are always demanding French bread pizzas and chicken nuggets. Heather decides she needs to explain what she was doing on MSNBC’s Your Busness with JJ Ramberg. I’m bored and don’t wish rehash this. I know now that Heather and Bethenny will be butting heads pretty badly this season. They are the two main entrepreneurs on the show and are battling to prove who is The Biggest Cock On The Block.
Pretty much anything I had to say this afternoon got lost in translation, because as soon as Ramona’s name was mentioned, Bethenny’s blinders went up. I could have been telling her I had a cure for cancer, and she wouldn’t have wanted any part of it. Hopefully those two can work it out. On the upside, I ordered what’s become my new signature “yummie girl” cocktail: Don Julio Anejo, fresh lime juice, and agave. Cars and Rolexes all around when this takes off!
I suggest Heather trademark that “Yummie Girl” cocktail asap before someone steals it! These ladies are vipers and someone else might lay claim to it first and I assure you, they won’t be buying you a car!
“A Fun Night With Younger Men Never Hurt Anyone”
Sonja welcomes us back to the brunch that would not end. She is a little salty that the other ladies are making fun of all her fictional “business” ventures. She tells us she was not drunk at Luann’s and she is very busy running her “businesses” and raising her daughter. Oh, she says the other ladies are toxic, too. BTW, she is about to release her fashion and jewelry line. Wow! Another Direct to QVC HW Fire Sale. I can’t wait!
You don’t see me running around looking for a new husband to take care of me. I married my ex-husband because I loved him. BTW, the gardener gave me his number to meet him out after, but I was a good girl and went home.
Who is she suggesting is looking for a new husband to take care of them? I don’t see any of these ladies doing that. They are all financially independent without a man (except Sonja, of course). Sonja has a bone to pick with Heather. She thinks Heather is a “meddler”. I just think Heather is a girl who calls it as she sees it and she sees Sonja as delusional. I see her the same way.
We have seen Lu and Ramona do a 360. Lu and Bethenny did a 360. Ramona was having a good time and seemed like she was adjusting well to being single! I know that Ramona is going to be OK, especially if she has the support of all of her single, fabulous girlfriends, and there are many. I still find it strange that Ramona got upset with me saying she was divorcing when she says she is single over and over. Could she be pretending to be happy single? Trying to prove something? I still remember that psychic telling her Mario was cheating. It was so upsetting, I started crying for Ramona.
Wow! Sonja seems to take a direct stab at Ramona. OUCH! I think it is actually normal for Ramona to be “pretending” to be happy; Fake it til you make it! Is she supposed to sit around and boo hoo into her hanky and wait for her good friend Sonja to come by and play the “one-up” game? Sonja goes on to justify her need for seeking attention from young boys. I tell you now, if I ever end up single again in my life I am not going to take up training a puppy! OK, I gotta say this…I wish Sonja could find someone else to write her blogs. They are just a rambling mess and I apologize for chopping this one up. It’s like trying to sift through shit and if you read my blogs during RHBH you already know I spend enough time doing that (I am a poop archeologist because my puppy seems to enjoy eating valuables!).
Luann de Lesseps
“Ramona Does Have Sticky Fingers”
Luann loves her now home. Its cozy and the other ladies seemed to like it, too.
So this episode brings in Dressgate and Brunchgate…and Kellygate! Word to the wise: NEVER steal Herve Leger. (Bethenny clarifies that it was a Halston, but still–who steals from a green room?) Ramona does have sticky fingers when it comes to that, though. Looking back, if you remember a dress Sonja was buying in Season 2 and how Ramona asked to “look at it” and ended up at the checkout line with it…She took it right out of her hands! Oh, Ramona…you really are a piece of work.
I have no idea what the difference is between Herve Leger and Halston. I do know I will likely never own anything made either of these designers and I will stick to shopping at JC Penney and Kohls. I love a good coupon and I bet no one used a coupon to buy that dress.
Brunch #1. You know, I figured having two invitations to two brunches isn’t that bad of a problem, so if we went to both, we’d make everyone happy. I really like Bethenny’s Hamptons house, and I love the red accents! Her brunch was a classic breakfast with, of course, great cocktails. B was great to entertain me and my guests with all of her SkinnyGirl flair. I thought it was really nice of Bethenny to give us some parting gifts. I took some energy bars but kept it simple and didn’t grab her appliances. Tacky much? To each her own… (Bethenny was sweet enough to send me a blender weeks later, though. Noel may even steal it when he moves away for college this summer. So thanks, B! XO!)
Luann took a few stabs at her castmates by suggesting they took too many party favors. I do not have a supply of shit in my house to give away, but back in the day when I was selling MaryKay and I super sucked at asking people to pay for shit, I pretty much gave it away when people came over. Come to think of it, not a lot of people stop by now that my stockpile of MaryKay is all gone. I bet once B runs out of blenders and energy bars she will be pretty lonely.
And onto Brunch #2. I felt bad that Dorinda had to go, but I understood. We were late. The new girl likes her Bloody Marys not as bloody, but extra merry. I can definitely empathize with that! She and Bethenny kept me laughing this episode. And I was beyond thrilled when Dorinda called John out for being rude with the phone at lunch. If you know me, you know that if you make a lady wait, she’ll take a pass. Phones have no place at the dinner table or the lunch table or the breakfast counter–especially when it’s a date–so put your phones away, people! She’s a fierce one, and I was cheering when she spoke up and ended that call. John has to put a leash on his PDA. A little smooch is OK, but restaurant mouth-to-mouth is a no-no unless someone is choking. Like the moment Dorinda practically choked by confusing a fellow diner with a server…ouch!
Does anyone else have this phone pet peeve? I know I get super pissed when I cook a meal at home (OK, maybe I warmed up some leftovers, but you understand?) and my husband walks in, drops his bag and takes a phone call all while his delicious (re-heated) meals awaits him at the table. This might be why I really stopped cooking on weekdays years ago. My kids have crazy schedules and prefer nuggets and French bread pizzas over lasagna. Damn, I wish I had a toaster oven.
So for that and for numerous other obvious reasons, being a guest in Ramona’s apartment after so many years was a little weird, but I knew we needed to have this moment. She’s undergoing a reinvention and “rising from the ashes,” so to speak. I know that what she’s experiencing is the hardest thing a woman can endure, and the power of friends and support is unimaginable. It’s almost comforting to see Ramona seem calm about the whole thing. I’m not sure if she’s just coping really well and being reasonable about it, or if she’s in some sort of denial. It was tough telling her that Mario was on dating sites and that I knew people who’d seen him on there, but she handled it well. At least in front of me.
I still think Luann got a teeny tiny amount of joy about sharing that tidbit about Mario being on dating sites. I honestly can’t blame her one tiny bit! I prob would have printed out his profile on nice paper and handed it to her over the Pinot and Shrimp Salad. But that is just me.
Having lunch with Heather and Bethenny was quite an adventure. (By the way, I’m obsessed with guacamole. I’m practically 6% avocado at this point.) We had some Skinnygirl margs and caught up on the other girls. But maybe too much catching up. I noticed some tension brewing between Heather and Bethenny right away, and I know that if there’s too much talking going on and nothing really means much, some people just turn off and stop caring. Heather gets into the nitty gritty and Bethenny is all about the headline and the bullet points. I could tell there was a minor clash about to occur. But Bethenny was ultimately pretty cool about it. And hilarious.
Well, who knew me and Lu had so much in common? I LOVE guacamole. Love it! I can see that we are gonna have a lot of conflict between B and Heather and these are both pretty strong ladies that can hold their own. Moving on, Lu claims she didn’t at all thinks that B would really care that Kelly-Jelly-Bean was gonna be at girls night out. BULLSHIT! Lu was glad that B owned why she was pissed and they moved on and had fun.
I’ll just say this: I don’t know if I’d want my boyfriend hanging out at Beautique for a “business” meeting. It’s certainly not the place. And it certainly wasn’t the time for it, either. We’ll have to see how Dorinda feels about this next week. One thing about Dorinda that I’ve seen first-hand: She doesn’t play around. You cross her once, you’ll think twice before crossing her again.
Hmmm, I wonder where this goes. Sounds like Dorinda is pretty pissed her man was caught at a club for singles.
“Let Ramona Be Ramona”
Dorina is drained from this episode. It was the Battle of the Two Brunches! It was a power struggle between these 2 super strong ladies. Dorinda said she really didn’t care and it sounds like she realizes that Ramona declared the brunch in her honor simply to guilt the others into attending.
Brunch was awkward, to say the least. I was hoping all the girls would show up, so we would have a chance to really get to know one another before I left for the city, but the fact that they didn’t neither ruined nor altered my plans. Thank you, Ramona, for a wonderful weekend, and thank you for the “lunch in my honor” (I think), but I had a life to get back to…
I just don’t understand why they didn’t order. They were all meeting at 11am and allegedly the other ladies didn’t show until 1pm. I would have ordered my Brunch by 11:15am at the latest. Dorinda still says it was a great weekend and the ridiculousness didn’t ruin anything for her. Seems as though she can roll with the punches.
OK, OK, OK…hold the phone. Literally. My lunch with John at Gina’s is a moment that illustrates something I feel really passionate about. Was I angry? No. Annoyed? You can’t possibly imagine. I am quite relaxed about a lot of things but a total stickler about others. And bad manners is a real trigger.
I loved this! Honestly. I really can’t handle rude behavior. I think had he stood up quickly to take the call away from the table with a time limit (be back in 2) or simply didn’t answer but sent a text saying he was at lunch with his gal and would be available in 30 mins.
Guys, when you’re out with a date, whether it’s a girlfriend of two years or a wife of 20 years, PLEASE be present! This means NO PHONE (I repeat: NOOOOO PHOOOOOOOONE), unless it is an emergency or your deal is going to collapse if you don’t take the bitch’s call, OK? Let’s face it, we aren’t doctors working in an ER or in a maternity ward delivery babies. We deserve some quiet and some focused time together. Come on, guys. Be gentlemen. Leave the wheeling and dealing for the cab ride back to the office. If this isn’t doable, then lunch isn’t doable. Quick little snippets of small talk between telephone distractions—calls or texts or otherwise—do NOT a happy lunch make. If that’s what’s going down during my lunch, then you’re going down, too. To be honest, I’d rather take an hour to browse Bergdorf’s and get a falafel on the way home. Thank you.
Well, there you have it! Dorinda has given our men the best advice they can possibly get. I suggest everyone print out that paragraph in at least 16 pt. font.
Oh, Ramona… Finding herself, distracting herself, dating to just have fun and get out there. I totally approve and think it’s great for her. She’s a gorgeous woman and needs to be seen and be told that. Often! People need to worry about what’s going on in their own backyard before snooping around Ramona’s front porch. Let Ramona be Ramona, and get on with it. This end-of-an-marriage thing is a process, and even though she has made the decision to move forward with the divorce, it can and may be a long process that will have its ups and downs. Hey, listen up: NYC lawyers are going to be involved, and there is no money in a quick divorce. Buckle your seatbelt, get a lot of rest, because this is just the beginning.
ARGH! Now this is where I get a little edgy. Dorinda has spent a lot of time over the years directing others how to live their lives and judging them openly with regard to their relationships. Those who live in glass houses should never ever throw stones!
The Beautique restaurant is great for business dinners, first dates, and for a chic couple’s night out. It’s definitely a place to see and be seen. The back room, however, the Beautique Club, is a playground for singles and the glamorous singles. I knew John was going that night for a business dinner, but I have to admit, I had no idea he was going to slip through the dark kitchen corridor and down the rabbit hole to the back room club. As I watched, I was not happy about it, and I remembered how annoyed and surprised I felt when Ramona called me and told me. But, I trust John, and I believe it was innocent. After all, we’ve been together for two years, and I know John. John loves people and loves to be out and about. I get it. I just wish he would try to keep it try gender-neutral and not always have a female colleague that I don’t recognize with him. Too much to ask? I think not.
I seriously hope all this is true cause I don’t want Dorinda to have to pay for dry cleaning. Hell no! Dry cleaning is expensive.
People love to talk and loooooooooooove to stir the pot. Why give them a pot to stir in the first place? Remember: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. I know John is no duck, but not everyone else does.
Well, welcome to RHNY, Dorinda. From here on out, everyone will try to break you down to lift themselves out and there is little to no loyalty there.