Real Housewives of New York Cast Blogs Blogged by Namaste
“I Never Said Kristen Is Dumb”
Let me start off by saying that the other ladies OBVIOUSLY know the best way to get screen time is to be confrontational with Bethenny. This episode specially exposes this when the ladies are getting on line to bitch at Bethenny. Bethenny just wanted the odd dynamic with Heather to be over. She just wanted to hug and move on. She acknowledges that she is very high strung. I don’t think anyone will argue that with her!
As for AOA, I felt like the Don waiting to put out fires and deal with everyone’s issues…I approached Heather, because I really didn’t want this to become some insane Housewife rivalry that it isn’t. She came on strong. I backed up. That is it.
These two ladies are both Type A and very strong personalities. They are “black and white” without a lot of grey in the middle. I don’t see them being besties any time soon.
Now to Kristen. I saw her winding up the whole party and simply couldn’t do it. We didn’t click. J’adore Carole, and I genuinely consider her a friend, but she has no idea what she is talking about. I never said Kristen didn’t register the trademark. I never said Kristen was dumb. I had no idea about either of these things. I simply questioned Kristen choosing a name that is remarkably similar to another much larger brand.
Carole’s behavior was worse than anyone’s. This is the second episode where we saw Carole get a good dig in and then ran away (last week she was the one that Googled Ramona’s “date”). I doubt that Bethenny called Kristen “dumb”. I imagine it was more like, “I think it would be dumb to chose a name for a polish that is already out there AND to not trademark the name immediately.” (Or was it the website domain?) I buy nail polish, but if I am spending MY money on good polish it is OPI and that is it. I buy random bottles at the dollar store and what not, but when I want good polish, I stick to what I know. I will not be seeking out A Pop of Color anytime soon.
Sonja impressed me. She was so humble and earnest and eager and wanted to learn at my Skinnygirl brand summit. She could have left early, she could have been negative (particularly because I was skeptical about her brand meeting), and she could have been a know-it-all. She did none of that. She listened. She connected. She worked the room. I shared all of my contacts and wanted her to learn.
OK, was Sonja late to the meeting? She showed up AFTER Bethenny so am thinking she was a wee bit tardy. She did seem to put on a good show and make like she understood, but I think she should have brought a dictionary and a thesaurus so she could follow the conversations. I am impressed that Bethenny is so willing to share her contacts with Sonja. It shows she does want Sonja to succeed.
All in all, B thinks this was a good episode and is pleased she did not get all weepy. She warns us that there will be tears next week, but believes we will be free of her crying jags after that.
“There Was A Line To Take Hits At Bethenny”
Dorinda is beside herself with joy since her 50th birthday weekend is over. Dorinda believes the ladies used her weekend as an exorcism rather than celebration.
Speaking of Ramona, I can’t tell you how happy I am for her and Avery. They’ve both grown up so nicely, right? Ramona is centered, calm, cool and collected now. And Avery is such a breath of fresh air. Especially considering how New York tends to affect kids of her generation. It’s great to watch their relationship grow. And let me tell you, at some point, you find yourself having “girl talk” with your own daughters and they really become your best friends.
Avery is a super well-adjusted girl that has managed to keep herself grounded and below the radar. Bravo to her (and I guess Ramona, too!).
And speaking of other spectacular moms I’m proud of, wasn’t it interesting watching Sonja at Bethenny’s summit? I adore Sonja and I love watching her just be Sonja. (Seriously, between her and Ramona, there’s a Discovery Channel special just begging to be made.) But anyway, this wasn’t some bullsh– summit at Cipriani, with cocktail waitresses offering you a refresher, this was a no-bullsh– business meeting — the real deal.
Yes yes, we are all impressed by this high powered business meeting that was lacking Skinnygirl Sweeteners where Bethenny dress in her brand colors. Very cool.
So, with that, I’ll segue to our AOA Christmas party. AOA is a fun, upscale, stylish sports bar with lots of energy. Kind of like Ramona. The atmosphere is high energy and the food is pretty great. I really love the way the TVs were all on fireplace mode and not on a sports game — that was nice. And that’s as far as “nice” got. (To be honest, this was a party I really had no interest in going to.) As you know, whenever the girls get together, there’s some drama afoot and I felt it was going to be another Salem bonfire.
Have I mentioned how much I love Dorinda? She is quick and witty and keeps is real. If she comes back for another season, I hope she can maintain! She mentioned she was aware that Heather, Luann and Kristen all had beefs with Bethenny and could tell that they were brewing for a battle.
That night, it seemed Bethenny was the target. But it was so aggravating because it seemed like there was literally a line forming to take hits at her. Like a line for a picture with Santa at Macy’s, but instead of wishlists, billy clubs and night sticks. As soon as she walked in, the punches started swingin’! As you know, I have no beef and rarely do, so I decided to just be one of the little elves in the background. I’m more comfortable back there. If it’s something serious, I’ll jump at someone’s throat, but why make petty mountains out of petty molehills?
It was strange to watch and honestly, had I been in Bethenny’s platforms, I would have bolted for the door. Dorinda is one smart cookie and reminds us we have learned time and time again that Bethenny does not do well with confrontation. Have these ladies learned nothing? I think the ladies just realize the camera is on Bethenny and they want screen time… (I think I mentioned this before).
“I’m Sorry If I Came Off Pushy”
Heather admits right off that she is a “fixer”. She tells us she likes to give people chances and she has definitely learned about Bethenny’s personality. She is glad they had managed to put their issues aside at this point (although I doubt it will last).
Speaking of finding your way look at Kristen go! I’m so excited for Kristen and her new nail polish line Pop of Color! I’ve been wearing it and it’s great. The polish really lasts and I get compliments all the time. The color ‘Blue Moon’ has been my go-to. And we’re neighbors at Ricky’s NYC since they also carry yummie! Kristen has been working hard on her new projects, as well as trying to understand a new friendship with Bethenny. Rejection is a natural emotion, and there just doesn’t seem to be any empathy on Bethenny’s end for her feelings. But as much as I like to fix, I think I’ll probably just stay out of this one! Till next week…
OK, I am just sick and tired of how NEEDY Kristen is. I hate needy people. Grow a backbone and move on. I also don’t’ understand how these ladies are under the spell that makes them believe that because they are on this reality show, they are making new friends! Remember The Real World on MTV how that was about putting 7 people of different backgrounds into a home and wait for shit to get real? HW is similar although they don’t go out of their way to pick a diverse group. HW does show that even on the upper east side you will find women of very different personalities, politics, moral and beliefs.
“Why Is Bethenny Bad-Mouthing My Business?”
Kristen is confused as to how things got all amped up at dinner in the Berkshires. Kristen observes Avery and Ramona together and likes that they can talk and be open with one another.
Bethenny’s brand summit! Wow! I I would have loved to have been there. It seems like one could have learned a lot! This is a perfect opportunity for Sonja–it’s great for her to see what her business could aspire to be!
I imagine the other RH are all green with envy when they see the empire that B has created. Can anyone imagine Teresa in a meeting like this?
I’m thrilled to announce that I started a nail polish line called POP OF COLOR! Josh recently had a meeting with Ricky’s NYC who have been selling Eboost in their stores for years. My name came up and Josh came home and asked if I wanted to do a nail polish line! It’s crazy how some things happen.
Kristen loves nail polish. I think it is important to love the thing you try to sell (Bethenny is SKINNY and loves it and sells her Skinnygirl line like a HBC). She realizes asking Carole to help name some over her colors was going to be entertaining and agrees that sex sells. We may see a Pop of Color polish names “Thrust”. I can’t imagine what color that would be? I am cringing just imagining this.
AOA–Merry Christmas all! When Carole shares a small but mighty piece of information with me…I just can’t hold it in any longer. Enough with beating around the damn bush with Bethenny! Why on earth is she bad-mouthing my business? The name is trademarked, thank-you-very-much! I felt that I should just confront Bethenny myself. Seriously, what’s the deal here? You barely speak to me to my face, but yet you have plenty to say behind my back? I really just don’t get it at all. And once I do approach her, she just dismisses me rudely and walks away! I have made the conscious decision that I don’t need any more friends!
First, I will say again, this was super bad on Carole’s part to plant this little seed then run away. I think she did it on purpose. If Kristen was her REAL friend, she never would have gone and shared this tidbit. Very against girl-code. I also don’t think Bethenny was bad-mouthing the business; she was commenting. She thought she was having a private conversation with Carole (her mistake) and didn’t realize she was on the record. Again, I would have walked away from Kristen, too but then I would have marched over to Carole and confronted her for spreading gossip.
Luann de Lusseps
“I Get Why Bethenny Has Walls Up”
Luann says she is so very glad that Bethenny showed up and finally hugged Heather. She believes that Heather is coming from a good (albeit annoying) place. She explains her toast but does not address her very rude comments about John (Class with the Countess is now on clearance).
I felt for Ramona when she picked up Avery from the airport excited to go to dinner and Avery told her that she first had to finish a paper — a paper that she could have worked on during her flight home but instead blew off to flirt with the cute boy sitting next to her. Cute boy…term paper…which would you choose at her age? As for Ramona asking Avery “what should she do about Mario pursuing her again?” — it felt awkward to me, yet Avery showed a lot of maturity when she said that Ramona has to do what is best for her.
I would have chosen the cute boy myself. It was super weird that Ramona was asking Avery for advice. I think Ramona wanted Avery to tell her to get back with her dad and then Ramona could tell everyone, “Well, my daughter really wanted us to give it another try!” Avery, being mature beyond her years and showing us she is much more insightful than her parents, told her mom that she needed to what would make her happy and leave her out of it.
Bethenny showed a lot of class by letting Sonja sit in on her yearly Skinnygirl branding summit. I think Sonja was surprised that Bethenny’s partnering with some very large companies to distribute her products. Bethenny’s the real deal and I think you can see why she reaches her emotional limit when pushed too hard to confront the walls she puts up to protect herself.
I wonder if Luann every offered to allow Sonja to sit in a meeting with QVC and Luann? Doubtful!
When Bethenny invited Ramona out for dinner, she didn’t realize that Ramona wanted beef, she just didn’t mean steak! She didn’t read the email all the way through I guess!! As for hitting a meat-market after dinner, Ramona clearly means of the male variety. She is uncomfortable with females one-on-one, even just talking about it grosses her out…I say, “to each her own.”
I don’t know about you ladies (or gentlemen) but I don’t go out to dinner with my girlfriends so I can gawk at men. I go to eat and have GREAT conversation with my friends. I guess that isn’t what happens in Ramona’s world. Also, the conversations about girl-on-girl action was weird. Ramona’s reaction was very childish.
Did Carole really have to tell Kristen about what Bethenny said regarding her copyright for Pop of Color? I think Kristen should go with her gut when naming her polishes and I think “Date Night” is a lot better than “Thrust”…way better. I’m happy for Kristen and I hope her new venture is a smashing success. As for Kristen approaching Bethenny at the AOA party, there is a right time for this type of conversation and for Bethenny this wasn’t the time. Again, Bethenny can only take so much and I was just having a heartfelt conversation about the state of her emotions before Kristen interrupted us.
Sounds like the Countess might offer Carole a free seminar on Class with the Countess on how not to spread gossip and start WWIII. Also sounds like she could offer a seminar to Kristen on how not to confront people about idle gossip.