It’s week two in Morocco for the ladies of the Real Housewives of New York, and these girls continue to bring the drama. “Riad Divided” begins with the last week’s fade to black moment regarding Ramona’s fortune. Luann tries to reign in Kelly’s translation of the psychic, Alex looks equal parts disturbed and model-esque, Sonja sobs for her friend’s prophecy and Jill longs for her snakes.
Ramona seems mostly unphased by the prediction, instead rationalizing the reading by the fact that she knows other women recognize how wonderful her Mario is. Sonja reveals that her tears are less about Ramona’s situation and more about the insecurities brought on by her last marriage. When Sonja tries to speak to Ramona about these feelings, Ramona, in all of her sensitivity, reminds Sonja that their situations are different since Ramona married an age-appropriate man for love, while Sonja clearly married an old bag for his cash.
Even with this awkward exchange, Ramona and Sonja are able to reflect on their friendship and realize that despite their different pasts, they can be supportive friends to one another. Okay. If I had been Ramona, I would have slapped Sonja, but on the flip-side, if I was Sonja and Ramona made the “he’d been married four times before you, what did you expect?” comments to me, Ramona would have been hanging out with the snake on Jill’s head from last week.
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Tuesday’s 16 and Pregnantintroduces us to Izabella Tovar and her boyfriend Jairo Rodriguez from Draper, Utah. Izabella lives at home with very supportive parents and is a rising sophomore at a local Catholic school. She has spent the summer hanging out with Jairo, her boyfriend of three months and avoiding her friends, as she is trying to keep her pregnancy a secret. The couple is expecting a boy in September.
At seven and a half months, Izabella goes to visit her best friend Cassidy, and her bump reveals why she’s there before she even needs to say a word. Cassidy admits that she had heard rumors of her friend’s pregnancy but was waiting to hear it from her. Cassidy promises to help Izabella maintain her studies. Her parents take a cue from Izabella and Cassidy and decide to spill the beans to the rest of the family. Her uncle paints a pretty harsh, yet spot-on, description of what likely lies ahead for the young couple.
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Tonight at 10 pm ET/PT, Bravo premieres its newest show Million Dollar Decorators which gives us a glimpse into the lives and worlds of the wealthy and fabulous.
Million Dollar Decorators follows Nathan Turner, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and Kathryn Ireland, five of Los Angeles’ highly sought after interior decorators to the rich and famous. The show’s first installment includes an apartment redo for Sharon Osbourne where the deadline for completion is pushed way ahead of schedule to accommodate the hectic filming of Sharon’s talk show.
The new season will also feature a design overhaul for Daisy Fuentes’ home, as well as Martyn transforming Jimmy Choo shoe queen Tamara Mellon’s multi-million dollar New York City penthouse. The drama will follow the decorators as they consult with difficult clients, balance personal lives, compete within their industry, and play just as hard as they work.
And in a recent interview with the Futon Critic,Martyn Lawrence Bullard (pictured far right) makes it known he is very confident in his work. When asked if there’s a competition between him and the other designers on the show, Martyn responds, “Well, I wouldn’t say we run in the same circles. I certainly haven’t seen any of them at Elton John’s dinner table. [Laughs.] When you get to a certain level, there are only so many high-end clients looking for decorators and so quite often you’ll find that you’re going up for the same jobs with other people.”
Martyn does go on to add that “we’re all friends and we’ve all known each other for a long time. Particularly Kathryn, Nathan and I have all known each other for a long time and been together on vacations and weekends away.”
I love how Martyn just name dropped Sir Elton John! Million Dollar Decorators appears to be equal parts Million Dollar Listing, Flipping Out, and (Bravo’s far too short-lived) Top Design with Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler. It seems like the perfect design show recipe to me! Watch a sneak peek below!
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The promos promise all of the love and foul-mouthed madness we’ve come to expect from the Kardashian-Jenner clan. However the shocker, even for Kardashian standards, comes when it is revealed that fifteen-year-old Kendall Jenner is on birth control.
The new season promises a closer look at the life of Kendall, who’s earlier modeling photographs apparently didn’t generate enough buzz about the lack of age appropriateness, with dad Bruce Jenner being devastated when he discovers his young daughter is on birth control. In a recent interview with E! Kris Jenner discusses the show with her older paychecks, Kourtney and Khloe. When questioned about Kendall’s contraceptive teaser, Khloe states, “She’s on birth control, but…” before being interrupted by Kourtney. Kourtney insists that Kris explain the situation, although Khloe resists, revealing, “I’m the one who has all the talks with [Kendall].”
Never one to give up the goods before her paycheck is deposited spoil a surprise for the viewers, Kris stays mum about why Kendall is on the Pill, although she promises the very important topic will be addressed. She only says, “No comment, no comment. You’ll have to wait and see.” Khloe is adamant to not have her young sister in the center of any type of Teen Mom controversy, and continues, “But I don’t want it to be bad, because it’s not that reason why [Kendall]‘s on birth control.” Regardless of the reasoning behind it all, it seems as if Kris the network is angling to gain a younger following by bringing the Jenner girls front and center.
In an effort to steal the attention back from all of her sisters expand the franchise, Kim Kardashian has revealed her hopes to have a baby with fiance Kris Humphries soon after they make it official. Citing a dream wedding this summer (aka, in the next few weeks), Kim dishes in a People Magazine interview that “We talk about it all the time…in the next year [Kris and I] want to maybe try to start a family.”
So, while Kendall could be preventing pregnancy, Kim is hoping to be a mom very soon. I’m betting that if mom Kris (not to be confused with fiance Kris) has her way, that baby will have it’s own spin-off once it hits puberty.
TELL US – THOUGHTS? KARDASHIANS CROSSING THE LINE WITH THE KENDALL BIRTH CONTROL STORY LINE?
On Thursday’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York, “Misfortune Teller,” the ladies invade begin their vacation in Morocco, with separate flights for the brunettes and blondes, of course. Hang on to your hangers magic carpets. Yeh bebe, it’s time for Morocco, Manhattan style!
So, yeh bebe dahlings, LuAnn, Jill, Kelly and Cindy arrive, and LuAnn has given up her Countess title for that of Moroccan Ambassador of Travel and Hospitality. I’ll give it to her though, the accommodations, excuse me, riad (man, my Arabic is on fire!), she has secured are beyond amazing. Flying in the following day are Alex, Ramona and Sonja, with Ramona repeatedly reminding anyone who will listen that she will require all of the comforts of home, a.k.a., “pinot grigio at all times.”
On their van ride to the ladies’ compound, Ramona and Sonja quickly become those Americans that give the rest of us a bad name. Between the talk of too much dust and too many goats, poor Alex nervously laughs and quietly cringes between the brash duo. When the ladies get to the riad, Sonja is concerned about her luggage being stolen, and–please correct me if I’m wrong–Ramona takes one look at LuAnn and Jill in their kaftans and calls them “wounded warriors.” And thus the train wreck that is Ramona begins in slow motion…
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Taylor reveals that her marriage has never been better, despite the stories that say otherwise. She says, “Russell and I are together and in love and happier than ever.” Taylor attributes her husband as being the person who made her realize her dieting had gone too far, and it was with his support she was able to recognize the “unhealthy extremes” she went to in order to lose weight. Read the interview exerpt below to see what caused her rapid weight loss and how she was able to change these habits to regain her healthy physique.
How did it all start?
Russell brought home diet supplements two months ago because someone he knows wanted him to look at the company. We didn’t discuss the business end of it, but I started taking the supplements without him knowing. In the back of my mind I didn’t think they would even work, so I wasn’t worried — they were all natural and I thought you had to take prescription drugs to really ever lose weight.
Why did you think you needed them?
You know how it is as a woman; I was feeling my clothes were tight. I get everything tailored to fit me just right, so even if I gain just a few pounds my clothes don’t fit. I’d gained some weight because I was so busy with the show, being a wife and mother and running my start-up business. We went to charity events at night and I was eating unhealthy “event food” or drive-thru food, so I felt I needed to lose some weight. When I was taking the supplements, I had so much energy and wasn’t hungry — I thought it was great at first.
Has Russell ever made you feel self-conscious about your body?
Not at all. As a matter of fact, like most men, he likes me best when I am voluptuous. Recently we were looking at photos and he pointed out one and said I looked so lovely in it. I laughed as I told him: “I was five months pregnant there!”
When did you know you’d gone too far?
It was Russell who got me to admit the truth. He saw I wasn’t eating much and that I was too thin. I wasn’t weighing myself or taking my measurements, but when he said it I knew he was right.
Okay, so Taylor and Russell are more in love than ever, and in two months herbal supplements caused her to shed a ridiculous amount of weight. Can I get the name of these “supplements” and directions to the back alley where they are sold? Kidding aside, I think supplements alone is a slightly odd reason for such a drastic body change. Of course, all of the stresses involved in being a reality star (NOT to be confused with the stresses of being in a bad marriage with a robot, because She. Isn’t.), could certainly take their toll on a person’s lifestyle, eating habits, and frame.
This week’s episode of 16 and Pregnant was a special ninety minute installment which tackles both teen pregnancy and eating disorders by following Winthrop, Minnesota’s Kayla Jackson and her boyfriend Mike Schwing.
A pregnant junior, Kayla is a student athlete who was hospitalized for anorexia at age thirteen. She moves from the hustle and bustle of her father and step-mother’s home to live with her mom, who (of course) allows Mike to move in with her daughter. Mike is sweet and beyond helpful, but he is barely a supporting cast member in this play, which resolves around Kayla’s body insecurities and broken relationship with her mother.
The couple was not using birth control when they got pregnant (cue more PSAs, please, MTV), and Mike has given up on college to work part-time to raise money for his growing family. Kayla’s mom Deb (who gave birth to Kayla as a teen) promises to help as well, but she spends the majority of her time with her own boyfriend.
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It’s been quite the “are they or aren’t they, will they or won’t they” relationship for two-time Bachelor contestant Brad Womack and his fiancee Emily Maynard. The most recent of the franchise’s manufactured relationships engagements has been in question for a while now, following speculation over the single mom’s relocation with her daughter to Austin, Texas, and accusations from Brad’s ex-girlfriend.
US Weekly is now reporting that Emily, 25, is the one who finally broke things off for good following a trip to Texas a few weeks ago. Sources say that the long distance relationship was too much for Emily, and she has no plans of uprooting her daughter Ricki from their home in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’d say that is probably a good idea, seeing as Brad’s attempts to woo back his fiancee involve drunk dialing her to profess his love. One source reveals, “Brad and Emily are over, and Brad keeps drunk-dialing her. [He] is such a loser.”
Recently, post-split, Emily has been seen sporting a bare left ring finger. While running errands last week near her home in Charlotte, Emily was spotted sans sparkler, leaving many wondering what became of the ring Brad proposed with on the show’s finale. A source close to the ABC hit divulges that Emily has returned to the ring to the network, adding, “It’s completely over now.”
With these two, it seems the writing has been on the wall for some time now, although I’m sure it won’t be the last we hear of Brad and Emily. Even with several insiders confirming the break-up, a source close to the couple still believes a happy ending is in store for the pair. The friend insists, “They are still together and engaged. They are on and off, but there is a lot of love there. This is just a rough patch.”
Luckily, while we hope they go away wait with baited breath to learn more about the couple, there is an entirely new crop of singles looking for love with Brad’s castoff Ashley Herbert on the newest installment of The Bachelorette. Perhaps the newly single Womack will make an appearance in “the most ridiculous rose ceremoney ever.”
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