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Million Dollar Listing – New York Season Finale
Last night Bravo aired the season finale of MDL-NY and our regular contributor Jeff Crisalli attended the Finale Party in New York City with the stars of the show as well as a few other celebrities, he has all the excitement for us!
I want to first thank our gracious host for allowing me the privilege of sharing my thoughts and views of MDL-NY. Lynn, this has been a fun and interesting 9 weeks. Having never written a blog before I didn’t know what to expect but you made this short journey one I will treasure for as long time, thank you.
What a night!! And I am not talking about the show.. I am talking about the season finale party hosted by Prudential Douglas Elliman and Hundred Stories PR. I arrived with the “two” and only Love Brokers, Lori and Jenn as well as a colleague of theirs, Jenna and her husband Randy. What a great group. People I would definitely consider friends. As soon as we entered the invitation only event, our beloved Michael Lorber was being accosted by photographers.. The flashes were going off like the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks! We walked to the photography line and all said our hello’s. There was some picture taking and some smiles and just a festive atmosphere to start the night. At this point in the season, I had not met Fredrik. We had only communicated by e-mail. I was anticipating meeting him this evening and didn’t know what to expect. I wrote some things during the year that did not illustrate Mr. Eklund in the best of lights. Let’s remember, I wrote about what the editors and stagers at Bravo wanted us to see. That being said, as I turned around to walk into the main room, Fredrik is walking up the hall. It was like the showdown in the old western movies, facing off to see who flinches first! Well Fredrik happens to be friends with Lori & Jenn and came right up to us, greeted everyone, gave kisses and then turned to me. We literally were face to face.. Well my face to his chin, but you get the picture. I stuck out my hand, looked into his dreamy eyes and said, “Jeff Crisalli”. The two seconds that elapsed seemed like an eternity. As he reached down to grab my hand, a big smile emerged from his handsomely tanned face and said, “wow, you do exist, you are a real person”. He then took his hand away and we man-hugged. If my wife were able to attend she may have been jealous, it was a nice moment.. He then told me that I was much more handsome in person than I was in my picture.. No need for that comment, he had won me over already. We chatted for a few minutes and had a great conversation.. He was being pulled in 50 directions last night and had to meet and greet and pose for photos.. Michael, Fredrik and I took some pictures together and the night was started!!
We were some of the first guests to arrive but the room filled quickly. It was fun to watch Fredrik and Michael work the room similar to what we see on the show. Everyone seemed to have a true and genuine appreciation for the success of Michael and Fredrik and the mood around the room was like happy hour. I mingled around, spoke to some brokers and networked a little. I got a chance to spend some time with Mr. & Mrs. Lorber. It is no mystery why Michael is such a nice guy.. He is truly a reflection of his parents who were so cordial and engaging. I had a chance to speak with Mr. Lorber about some business opportunities and I am confident we will meet again soon.
If anyone was thinking that my interactions with Fredrik were over, don’t be disappointed… I spent a considerable amount of time with him, chatting about the show, my business, his business, how we are going to some business together, life and a little about “Ryan”.. shhhhhhhhhhhhhh
They say “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, “things aren’t always what they appear” and “what you see is what you get”.. I say, you absolutely cannot judge Fredrik for what we saw on the show, his demeanor is NOT what it appears to be and you don’t get what you see, you get a lot more. He is for sure a shark in business and a great competitor. He is not at all the pompous, condescending “actor” we see. There is a real friendship that exists between him and Michael and is not at all what is depicted. Fredrik is a really nice guy and as he worked the room and greeted people, you could see he is definitely liked by the masses. I am glad we did not get to meet until last night because I would not have been able to write what I saw with a clear conscience. The universe has a funny way of guiding our lives and I was surely guided well on this journey.
The night continued with some cocktails, some great music and a good time was had by all.
Also in attendance, Real Housewife of Orange County, Tamra Barney. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to chat with Tamra but I will tell you all that she looked great and blended in with the crowd. Also in attendance was the Bachelorette Ashely with her man, JP.
I hope no one is disappointed by all the news about the party as opposed to the final episode.. I must say a few things about the show so here goes…..
Fredrik needs to fire Justin, never do business with Ryan, never eat schnitzel again and if there is a season two, show the softer side of his personality as we saw at the end when we got to see him with his boyfriend.
Michael needs to continue to be the great guy he is, continue to do deals his own way and buy a pair of high-heeled slippers. There were times last night as he posed for pictures he was the lowest object in the photos! I do have to point out the his negotiations last night with Yuval was the funniest business interaction I have even seen.. And I would pay $20 to see him perform his comedy routine. I may be alone in the audience but it will worth the price of admission. As he flew off into the sunset, I am sure he was flying higher than his plane after receiving the approval of his Dad. I will tell you that Michael doesn’t have to do much for that approval except be the great guy he is.
I will end, as usual with a personal thought… The following is a blurb from the first blog I ever wrote. It is about success…
“Success comes at a price. It can be measured in many forms. It has several identities. Success appears, disappears and may re-appear again. It begins as an idea and grows through hard work, determination, compromise, luck and guts. It ends where we decide it ends, not where someone, something or some event determines its fate. Measure it with your own ruler and at no point in time, measure it by someone else’s definition or calculation. Take a minute to reflect on your achievements and acknowledge them, to yourself, no one else and silently applaud. You earned it!! Plan for success in steps not leaps. Unfortunately, we sometimes lose sight of our successes because we seek to “measure” them. Try feeling your successes. Dress in that favorite suit or your best pair of shoes and “feel” successful. If you dress for success, think about your goals, imagine them happening and capture that feeling, you will have “felt” success. You will not forget that feeling because as you continue to grow as a person and in your profession, that feeling will follow.
Once again, sincere thanks to Lynn for allowing me to share my thoughts and thank you everyone for sharing this journey with me.
Thanks to you Jeff for the fantastic recaps all season! Great news, Andy Cohen announced last night on Watch What Happens Live that the show has been picked up for another season so we’ll see these guys again soon! They were all very excited and it was clear they had been waiting for the news! Now let’s see if we can talk Jeff into recapping again next season! hehe *crossing fingers* Thanks again Jeff! You did an amazing job and I’m so excited that you got to meet so many amazing people! Lynn~
Jeff Crisalli is the founder and sole-owner of Blue Diamond Realty in New Jersey. Having been entrepreneurial since the age of 23, Jeff has successfully started and operated a general contracting firm and a consulting company advising companies and individuals with their real estate needs. With a career marked with results, Jeff ventured into a high level position with a Wall Street firm completing institutional investments throughout the United States and abroad. He acquired and developed properties in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan and Mexico City. Feeling the need to face new challenges and achieve loftier goals, Crisalli partnered with various individuals to create real estate investment opportunities and in turn created Blue Diamond Realty. Servicing his luxury client base in any capacity needed, Jeff was able to grow his network of both clients and strategic partners. This has granted both Blue Diamond and Mr. Crisalli the ability to operate in a multi-state environment. Currently, Jeff benefits his clients by acting as a dual agent within the State of NJ as well as a buyers agent/consultant in various United States markets.
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis by BB
In this episode called “Mismatched,” Adam lives in Bel-Air and his girlfriend, Yvonne, wants to move in, but she’s not comfortable with the current design of his house. They’ve known each other for seven years, but have only been dating for five months. Adam says it feels more like five years. RED FLAG Alert! He’s a photographer and takes pictures of the outside and inside architecture and design of houses. He has lots of electronic gadgets in his house. He’s a gadget nerd and that turns Yvonne on. His house even has a stuffed fox (ugly and scary looking).
Jeff is confused at first and senses some tension when he meets Adam and Yvonne. He doesn’t understand the relationship. Jenni and Jeff notice an art piece on the wall that has light up penises. RED FLAG Alert! Adam calls them “Willies on the Wall” and says nobody ever notices them, but they point out to him that Jenni noticed them immediately.
Jeff thinks the stuffed fox is creepy and Adam says it’s an acquired taste. RED FLAG Alert! Jeff calls the house a teenager house. Adam is one step from the funny farm; he’s almost there, according to Jeff.
Yvonne wants to open the windows and Adam thinks it looks messy to have open windows. RED FLAG Alert! They argue with each other in front of Jeff and Jenni. Jeff wonders how bad it must be without company. Jeff is not fond of Adam’s taste. Why does he watch TV in his bedroom with his friends instead of the living room? RED FLAG Alert! He hasn’t purchased a TV in four years because there’s always a new version coming out. He’s commitment phobic. RED FLAG Alert! Jenni describes him as always looking over his shoulder to see what’s better. Jeff asks Adam if he is in love with Yvonne. Adam thinks that’s too personal of a question. RED FLAG Alert! Jeff is wondering if he’s designing for Adam only or Adam and Yvonne.
Jeff doesn’t think the couple should be rushing into anything. Something is off and weird about their relationship. Jeff asks Adam some very personal questions about their sex life or what Yvonne likes in bed. He wants to make Adam uncomfortable on purpose and Adam is definitely uncomfortable about those questions. Jeff already thinks this is going to be one of his hardest projects. Jeff loves Larry the dog, though and wants to offer to buy him from Adam.
That night Jeff has no insight about Adam’s design style. He usually does by now. Jenni
turns on the robot in the guest room and can’t figure out how to turn him off. It keeps cutting on and off and seems to be set to do that all night long. So funny!
On day two, Adam has not cooperated and Jeff has no clue what Adam wants. Jeff doesn’t want to play detective. He proceeds anyway. He wants to designate a living room area (with a TV), a real dining area and add an island and stools in the kitchen. They will redo the floors and paint all the walls. They will be keeping the dining room table. He wants to use all the square footage Adam is not utilizing.
They meet with Adam and Yvonne to explain the plan. Jeff tells them he’s using laminate instead of real wood because the house has a moisture problem. Jeff thinks five months is rushing it about moving in and Adam agrees. RED FLAG Alert! Yvonne can’t believe she’s not already living there. Jeff thinks once the house is done and Yvonne moves in, Yvonne is going to realize she is still unhappy. It’s not the house that’s the problem although Yvonne thinks it is. Jeff disagrees.
They try to clean out the kitchen. Adam is very controlling and Jeff already wants to send him to the hotel. The movers come in and one of them offers $50 for the stuffed fox. Adam reluctantly agrees. Jenni wants Adam to get rid of all his wieners because he’s too old for that stuff. Jeff thinks it’s very odd that Adam has all those penises. It’s just odd. Adam is wishing he had gathered them and hidden them before they got there. RED FLAG Alert!
Adam is feeling a little helpless and not liking making snap decisions of what goes and stays. Jenni gives him some kudos and tells him she’s proud of him. Jeff talks to Yvonne and gives her some advice about moving in. He tells her to make sure Adam has the same depth of feeling for her that she has for him. He tells her if she is getting everything out of the relationship then that’s good. If she’s not, then she needs to re-evaluate. Interior design is not the only thing Jeff is good at.
On day three, the demolition starts with the tile floor and Adam is a little overcome with all the noise and mess. Yvonne is doing some Yoga and thinks the sound of the demolition is amazing and she’s very happy. Zoila arrives and Jeff gets her to start cleaning some of the appliances in the kitchen. There is so much light in the house, Jeff is excited to be using darker colors, which he usually doesn’t get to do. Meantime, Adam is not completely sold on Jeff’s style. Adam and Yvonne are watching the work like a hawk and Jeff tells Jenni to make them go away. Adam is too controlling and Jeff doesn’t think he needs to see everything. Jeff won’t tell Adam what color the floor is going to be. Jeff asks if the robot is straight. Adam doesn’t get Jeff’s humor at all.
On day four, Jenni is overseeing some of the construction and Adam comes in to tell her he is concerned about the floor. Jenni tries to reassure him, but she’s worried Adam is not going to like what Jeff comes up with. Jenni decides it’s time for all four of them to go furniture shopping. Jenni lets Yvonne try on her engagement ring and Adam gets very touchy about it. RED FLAG Alert! On their shopping trip, they are looking for a sofa and two side chairs. Adam doesn’t like anything Yvonne likes. Nobody really likes what Adam likes. Adam is being really difficult and Jeff thinks although Adam says he wants a streamlined look, that’s not really what he wants. He refuses to sit on some bar stools Yvonne likes and he snaps at her, “It’s my house.” BIG RED FLAG Alert! She is hurt, of course.
Adam asks for five minutes alone and goes off on his own and cannot find anything he likes in what is a huge furniture store. Jeff knows that Andrew doesn’t give a shit about what Yvonne wants and predicts to Jenni this is going to be a very temporary relationship. He says there is a sanitarium missing a patient and he doesn’t want to look at Adam’s bow tie for another minute. Jeff is OVER Adam. What Yvonne sees in this guy I haven’t a clue. Adam says he’s a realist because it might not work out and he wants to get what he likes. RED FLAG Alert! What he eventually picks out, Jeff doesn’t particularly like. Yvonne didn’t get anything she wanted. Adam apologizes for his remark about it being his house. Jeff says the only thing Adam loves is his bow tie.
Jeff has come to the conclusion that no matter what he does, Adam isn’t going to like it because he didn’t make every decision. Adam is ungrateful and once the house is done and Yvonne moves in, she’s going to realize it’s not the house, it’s Adam.
They send Adam and Yvonne to the hotel and Adam is already thinking the quality of the work is not going to be up to snuff. Jenni wants Jeff to move to Adam and Yvonne’s room that night so she can sleep alone. Jeff refuses because he thinks the sheets will be disgusting. He will only go in there if Jenni changes the sheets. I don’t blame him. Meantime, Adam and Yvonne have an awkward conversation about what’s going to happen when this is all done. Their relationship is just weird.
Jeff and Jenni are concerned about the huge dining room table they kept of Adam’s. Jenni thinks Adam is expecting to be unimpressed. Jeff is worried that the island he had built for the kitchen is too big. Jeff wants to make Adam happy, but doesn’t think that’s possible. When they get the island into the kitchen, he calms down. Jeff hates the bar stools Adam picked out and he’s mad at himself that he allowed that to happen. Jenni decides to call around to get replacement stools because Jeff doesn’t think Adam is going to be happy no matter what. Jeff is very cranky and rightfully so. It must be frustrating to be doing all this work knowing that your client is probably not going to like it. Jeff has to finally decide to do what he thinks is best no matter what and hope, when Adam sees it all finished, he will get what Jeff is going for. If Adam doesn’t like it, Jeff doesn’t know how he’ll react. I’m even nervous for Jeff.
Surprisingly, Adam likes it and thinks it looks like a movie set. Jeff says the house now has a sophisticated look about it. Adam loves the amazing view from the windows. Yvonne announces she wants to move in. Adam just chuckles every time Yvonne says she wants it to be her house too. RED FLAG Alert! Jeff asks if they are talking about moving in together and Adam says, “Let’s not move too fast. RED FLAG Alert! Jeff and Jenni can see that Yvonne is realizing that it wasn’t the house that was making her uncomfortable, but Adam. Jeff offers Yvonne a ride when he and Jenni leave. Yvonne states that she doesn’t think it’s going to work out. The last thing Adam and Yvonne do is make a toast and Adam declares, “Welcome to MY new home.” Kind of sad, but at least Yvonne got the reality check she needed.
Great Job BB! I have to add my 2-cents to this one, I really love this show but it is so frustrating when someone who does not deserve Jeff Lewis’ genius designs get all of this done for him. This guy is such a jerk! My heart broke for Yvonne, Adam did not deserve her! It was sad to hear her predicting what would happen, she was going to become to clingy and he wouldn’t invite her to move in. Very sad situation. Hopefully Yvonne moved on and found a great guy and Adam lives the rest of his life alone. Thanks again BB! xoxo Lynn ~
Survivor One World – May 2, 2012 – by MelTheHound
We’re back kids. Last week, the women succeeded, narrowly, to get rid of Troyzan. If Kat hadn’t voted for Chelsea instead of Christina, the entire face of the game may have changed. I still can’t get over the special needs ‘teacher’ pronouncing Strategy ‘Stra-Eh-Gee’ (because they showed it again). There are TWO Ts in that word darling. Shown back at camp, Kim is slapping herself on the back again and the crew is worried about Troy whispering in Kat’s ear, ‘Do It’. Of course all of them think they are top dog and everything is going according to Their plan with the possible exception of Tarzan with whom, I’m sure the game is still afoot.
Tree mail time. It’s Sprint. Each cast member receives a video message from a loved one that is currently on the island. Alicia gets to see her sister. Christina gets to see her father. Kat gets to see her cousin. Sabrina gets to see her brother. Kim gets to see her sister. Chelsea gets to see her father. Tarzan gets to see his wife. Are None of these women married? The players know what’s coming next and a couple, particularly Sabrina is thinking. Tarzan needs to spend some time with his wife and Christina needs to spend time with her father.
Reward challenge time. Each team member gets to see their loved one in person for a couple minutes. Christina’s dad has recently had a kidney replacement and I could see the outline of a tube under his shirt. I would assume for Dialysis or something like that. She says in a TH she doesn’t spend enough time with him and doesn’t really know how much time they have left together. Sweetie, none of us know the answer to that question, trust me, but I appreciate the sentiment. Some of these contestants loved ones are a bit delusional about how fierce of a competitor they are but, that’s a moot point I guess. Lots of people would rather see shine than shade if you get where I’m going. For instance Christina’s father. I’m not a dad but I can assure you, No One would be able to dull the shine of daddy’s little girl in these eyes
Game time. The challenge is that each player will be on a harness that is looped to a rope. They must navigate themselves past another rope that is tangled around the rope they are hooked to. The twist is, they will also be hooked to their family member and Both must get it done. It’s a race between basically 4 of the 7 teams. Kim, Kat, Chelsea, and Alicia. Tarzan and his wife, I think, are just enjoying being tangled together in the ropes. I don’t know What Sabrina was doing. Christina was somewhere just barely ahead of Tarzan. In the end it’s a nail biter between Kim and Kat. Imagine that. Kat could actually beat Kim. Could it be? Yes, It is. Narrowly, Kat’s cousin helps her pull off the win. Kat has Finally won Reward. The Reward is, they get to go to a ‘special’ place and enjoy one of those huge lunches and all the margaritas they can consume. Now, Remember, Kat is only 22. Also remember what Sabrina had said earlier, particularly about Tarzan. Probst tells Kat she can pick a team to go with. Christina would like to spend some special once in a lifetime time with her possibly dying father, and Tarzan would like to spend time with his wife. BTW, I didn’t know Tarzan was 64 and has been married 30 years. He says he’s just lucky she chose him to spend her life with. Even if I don’t like some of these people (I can’t say I actually like Any of them), I can’t bust anyone’s chops about being gushy about their loved ones. Dammit.
Remember Last week, Kim TOLD Kat she would take her if she won reward. Who did she take? Chelsea and Alicia. Kat was pissed about it too, to the point where she let Troyzan get to her. Anyway, Who does Kat pick? Kim. Are you effing Kidding me? Kat wants to Parrrr-tay. Probst tells her to pick another. Will she choose one of the two fore mentioned? Nope, Alicia. WTF is she thinking? I know, She isn’t. She’s 22, young and dumb. Probst notes that this is a strange choice for her to make due to last reward’s outcome. She for some reason has been wanting to Parrr-tay with these two and get drunk. Sabrina and a couple others are a bit disgusted by this choice. So, Kat and the others are given the sprint phone to take pictures and video to have a picture record of the experience and it looks like they had a good time. Now, Whenever these reward challenges happen and the winners are whisked away, it’s always these people who are going to be the finalists. Got that? Kat, Alicia, and Kim, final 3 and in their kumbaya moments, they’re all in agreement about that.
Back at camp, the other 4 basically decide that Kat has to go. The other 3 women, Sabrina, Chelsea, and Christina are disappointed in how selfish Kat is. After all, she’s 22. Tarzan just says whatever though I’m thinking he’d like to slap Kat. I’ll bet his Wife wants to. I would want to. I’d never do it of course but still. So it’s decided and almost carved in stone, Kat has to go. The way they teased the episode last week was that it was Sabrina’s turn. Kim in her TH says she will have to do damage control again and wants Sabrina gone. These women all think they can beat Tarzan so he’s basically not a threat to them, Yet. The three reward recipients return and the discussion turns to who to send home. Kim thinks regardless of what happens, she has to continue winning immunity. Sound familiar? We all know these shows foreshadow what’s to come (but it isn’t coming this week).
Immunity Challenge time. We’re back to the water and it’s an endurance challenge. The players must stand on a log with Both feet planted between two painted lines while holding a rope behind their backs. The only rules are they cannot step off, the feet between the lines thing, and their hands holding the rope MUST remain Above their hips. Remember that last part for me. Periodically, Probst will crank out more rope so they are leaning further over the water to a point, if any of them last that long, they will be parallel To the water. The game begins, and almost immediately, Sabrina steps off of the log. She’s out first. Followed by Christina, Tarzan, Alicia, and Chelsea (I think in that order). At some point, Probst I think, senses that some of these people believe they are safe no matter what because of an alliance and tells them they are crazy for thinking that. He’s been to this dance enough times before to know better. The two left are Kat and Kim. Kat is feeling her game as she finally won something. Now remember I said that the contestants had to hold their hands Above the hip level. To me, that means Above the crack at the waist (I don’t know of a more delicate way to put it). Clearly, Neither Kim nor Kat were doing so. In order to have done that, they would have to bend their arms or their knees. So I don’t know if they relaxed the rules or if the game’s definition of hips is different than mine. Anyway, after an hour or so, Kat finally gives up and she isn’t happy about it. She notes that she’s 22, Kim is 28, she should be able to Beat Kim. Kim tries to High Five Kat but Kat will have none of that. She is being a poor sport about not winning. She’s 22.
Back at camp, the scheming continues. Kim is trying to assert herself in getting rid of Sabrina. Alicia says her eyes have been opened with Kat in that she could Physically go toe to toe with Kim AND she hasn’t pissed off every member of the current jury. She also notes that Sabrina was the first one out of the challenge and shouldn’t be that big of a Physical Threat (part of the reason I think Tarzan is still there). Kim on the other hand, feels that If Sabrina makes final 3, she can be very persuasive with the jury and that could hurt Kim’s chances of winning the money. Umm, Kim, If you honestly think THAT jury is going to give you one million dollars, you are Seriously Phucked in the head because Somebody, dropped you on it when you were a baby. One of the last things we see is Kim telling Tarzan how to vote. He says Yes, Boss Lady.
Redd Foxx used to do a bit in his stand up about the word Boss. If someone calls you Boss, it isn’t a compliment. Boss spelled backwards is Double Ess Oh Bee. Twice a son of a bitch. Just thought you’d enjoy that little nugget from my comedy listening past.
Here we go Kids, Tribal Council. The jury is ushered in. Troyzan looks like someone shot his dog and ate it in front of him. Kat is still feeling pretty froggy from her reward win. I hope she enjoyed her Party with her ‘girls’. Kat says that she loves a good blind side after it has come out that Sabrina could be the one. Sabrina notes that Kat was a bit selfish for not taking Tarzan on the reward. Kat says she’s 22. Someone else notes that 22 isn’t that young and Kat should stop using it as an excuse. Tarzan says he understands Kat didn’t want to Parrr-Tay with an old man. Remember, Kat thinks Blind-sides are fun because at this point, she believes Sabrina is going home. Vote time. Kat votes for Sabrina, Sabrina votes for Kat. Who does everyone else vote for? Kat, even her pal, Kim. Probst snuffs her torch and off she walks crying into the night. Hope you enjoyed that Blind Side Kat.. Was it fun? I thought so . I hope Kat enjoyed her party with her girls. It may very well have cost her, $1,000,000.
That’s about it kids. Not a lot of real bitch-ass-ness this week, just some mild game play and nothing really for me to take anyone to the wood shed for. Kind of a disappointment for me because you know how I Love to slam these people. Next week, Tarzan makes a move to go to the final 3. I wonder if we finally get to see what game is afoot. Now, I Think, that if this guy actually makes it there, he could possibly win. He hasn’t permanently pissed off enough of these people to queer his chances on the votes. It would be close anyway. Somehow though, I think he’s making a big mistake in telling these women what he is thinking. We’ll see.
Til next week and final 6 to 5,
Thanks so much MelTheHound, wow that one had to hurt, Kat was sobbing uncontrollably as she left the tribal council area. Those blindsides are a bitch. Great job Mel! xox Lynn~
Real Housewives of Orange County – Gretchen Rossi
Fashion Round Up with MichellefromNY (who is currently in California)
The needlessly dragged-out Pussycat Dolls performance has thankfully passed, and with it, a waste of three (?) episodes devoted to the very build up of said event. Her performance was less than stellar, but you gotta admit, Gretchen’s got a rocking body–the kind of body that looked amaaaaazing in those skimpy outfits.
Gretchen had THREE clothing changes for her little cameo performance (including a hot pink after party number). Join me as I break down her fabulous getups.
Dress number 1– Bling Meets Marilyn Monroe. I’m not much of a glove person– even in the winter (and yes, my poor fingers pay a dear price for my preferences), but I’m strangely lusting after a pair of these bejeweled wonders. Will I look like a throwback 50′s/60′s high society wannabe? Hell yeah. But in this picture they look absolutely FABULOUS. Makes me want to throw on a glamorous ballgown and laze about on a opulent chaise while I am served champagne by a handsome man in a tux. The 50′s is so IN after all, who says you can’t wear opera gloves everywhere? Of course, Gretchen’s skanky rhinestone-encrusted bustier does take away some of that upscale feel (this is the Pussycat Dolls after all) and taints my undercurrent-of-high-society-
Dress number 2– Ahh, the performance outfit. Definitely not my favorite of the night. Yes, it was part of the theme (I’m going to venture a guess of sexy soldier?). The hat was a little large for her head, and mind you, she has a big head with a lot of big hair, so it’s weird that this hat doesn’t look good on her. But perhaps she’s not a hat person and hats just don’t look good on her. Think about it, how often do we see Gretchen in a hat? And whenever she does wear one, she doesn’t look that good. Her Dallas-style oversized ringlets is a look that suits her and it’s kind of her signature, a hat kinds of ruins it. Especially a hat as ridiculously oversized as this one.
Now, I was going to comment on how tight the jacket was, but I do realize that it’s SUPPOSED to be tight so I’m just going to ignore that teeny tiny fact and move on to the jacket itself. It’s a strange choice, especially as the jacket makes her look like a strange mashup of Revolutionary war soldier and WW2 paratrooper. It looks old fashioned, especially with the long sleeves. And those black high waisted briefs were bordering on granny panty size which only made the look even less sexy. Maybe that’s why Gretchen royally failed in her singing attempt? Perhaps she should blame it on horrible choice of wardrobe. At least it’s a better excuse than the yelling at Vicki excuse even though it happened like seven weeks ago.
Dress number 3– This is Gretchen at her tacky best: pink, gaudy, and blinged to the max. This outfit kind of reminds me of what gypsies wear to weddings (if you’ve never seen TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, I highly recommend it, it’s jaw droppingly insane what these girls wear and they’ve never even kissed a boy!). I like that it’s a lace-up bustier for maximum sexiness, and hot pink is really Gretchen’s color. What I do not like is those god-awful black satin gloves. Here it’s not sexy and it’s not elegant. They look awkward and out-of-place with this outfit.
There’s one thing I don’t like and that is throwing something extra on your outfit that you don’t need. You can wear a tacky outfit and go clubbing or go to a sophisticated cocktail party and wear an amazing dress, it doesn’t matter–it’s so important for each piece in your outfit to have purpose. These gloves don’t have purpose. They look thrown on just for the sake of wearing gloves. She should have worn pink gloves, not black. It would have helped the outfit look more seamless and purposeful. The black–despite it being a neutral–just jars with the eye.
Fantastic Michelle, love your dead on assessment of Gretchen’s wardrobe for the evening. Excellent job! xo Lynn~
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Were you bummed that Camille Grammer wouldn’t be on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills next season? Well fear not, while she will not be a full-blown Bravo Housewife any longer, BUT she’s already confirmed that she has filmed scenes with the girls and will be in at least a bit next season. Camille was uncomfortable with the amount of filming Bravo expected of her, she had to put her children first particularly because she was battling
the asshole Kelsey Grammer for custody of their two children. This way Camille is still on the show but she films when it suits her schedule. Camille recently filmed while celebrating 4-year old Portia’s birthday, Kyle’s youngest daughter.
More news out of little Portia’s birthday party left partygoers wondering, “Is Taylor Armstrong an alcoholic?” Reports coming out of the bash are that Taylor got drunk again. We saw her pretty trashed several times last season, in Colorado, at Brandi’s party, at Lisa’s tea party among others. Obviously we don’t know what type of party this was but I have to assume that a 4-year old’s birthday wasn’t the type of party where the adults get trashed. I hope Taylor’s young daughter Kennedy wasn’t at the party to see her mother sloshed!
Radar OnLine has the story:
Taylor Armstrong got “wasted” at Kyle Richards‘ daughter, Portia‘s fourth birthday party over the weekend, and it was all caught on camera for the upcoming third season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
As previously reported, there has been increasing concern among the ladies about Taylor’s drinking problem, and that has only been intensified following her weekend behavior.
“It’s extremely worrying that Taylor would get blitzed at a birthday party for a four-year-old little girl,” a party guest tells RadarOnline.com. “She doesn’t weigh a lot and doesn’t seem to have a high threshold for alcohol, it didn’t take long for her to be wasted. Taylor was drinking white wine and it was truly sad to see — she was slurring her words and she got very emotional the more she had to drink. Taylor didn’t drive, thank God, she had a driver for the evening, but she clearly is in a great deal of distress right now and she desperately needs help.”
RadarOnLine doesn’t mention little Kennedy, but I’m hoping she didn’t see her mom like that.
Million Dollar Listing – Los Angeles
The new 5th season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles will begin airing on Wednesday, June 6. Josh, Josh and Madison will return for a dramatic season full of huge expensive homes and following in the Housewives footsteps, more tossing of wine, this time Madison is the victim.
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