Are any of the real housewives the first people you think about going to when you need financial advice? Probably not if we are talking about Teresa Giudice, Alexis Bellino or Lynne Curtain, whose financial pitfalls have taught us what not to do.
Guess what, guys? Everything is fine with Shannon Beador's marriage! Scratch that, it's more than fine! In fact, things are so great with the newest Real Housewives of Orange County member and her constantly berated hubby that she decided to dedicate her entire Bravo blog as an explanation for that awkward overnight date! I kid, I kid. I can't imagine having my relationships scrutinized and my behavior dissected by strangers. Not to mention, having Bravo cameras in one's bedroom is bound to make anyone chug some Goose!
She begins, "Tonight I get a break from the ladies and you see more of my home life — actually my life AWAY with my husband! Yeah! I was so thrilled that David planned an overnight trip to the St. Regis. He was so thoughtful to have made the arrangements and then surprise me with it! I am happy that you are able to see a more playful side to our relationship this week. David is very funny and makes me laugh a lot — I was literally hysterically laughing the entire time we were away! David likes to tease me, especially in front of other people. I thought it was hilarious when he joked in front of the bellman about 'my' snoring and 'getting into bed.' Whenever we travel (with the kids), he loves to put on the robes that the hotel provides. It was really sweet that he suggested it when we were alone! It's just the presentation and tone when he suggests it — cracks me up!"
Well, it's about damn time! I was starting to wonder if we'd ever meet the elusive Lizzie Rovsek, but finally she made an appearance on Monday's episode of Real Housewives of Orange County. I wasn't expecting much, but I loved the way she held her own with the other women. Lizzie even impressed the walking thesaurus and the fitness maven in one fell swoop! She commemorates her inaugural episode in her first ever Bravo blog.
Of her grand, yet clumsy, entrance (a girl after my own heart!) begins, "'Here I am!!!' I definitely wanted to make an impression on my first episode, but falling to the ground at my first party was not my intention. I can blame that on the new pair of platform heels I had on, nerves, or maybe it was that little step down out the patio door at Danielle's house…Ahhhhh, but in any case I hope it shows all of you how real I am. We all fall down now and then, no biggie, shake it off and move on. I was worried how I might appear on the show, but as a whole, you just met Lizzie–and it's pretty close to form. I'm a friendly, happy, outgoing person, self-deprecating at times and a little sarcastic. As you get to know me more as the season continues, I hope you see in me my honest heart and genuine spirit."
Last night on Real Housewives of Orange County we met newbie Lizzie Rovsek, who definitely proved she's no trophy wife! Other newbie Danielle Gregorio hosted an Ugly Sweater Christmas party, which college kids have been doing since the dawn of Greek civilization. Instead of cranberry Jello shots, Danielle is serving cranberry champagne punch with very expensive 'champs', something that really chaps Heather Dubrow's notion of propriety. She's going to have to send Danielle an instructional guide to Champs, complete with illustrations.
Tamra Barney is pretty bent out of shape about having to participate in an ugly sweater affair – this coming from the woman who hosted an 80's themed Bunko party. "I'm not really into ugly," Tamra complains. I guess Tamra only supports ugly when it comes to her own ugly personality!
Lizzie makes quite a first impression with the ladies as she attends Danielle's Ugly Sweater Christmas party.
And Lizzie wants to make an impression with the viewers as well. The Sun Kitten swimwear designer and former Miss Kentucky shared 13 facts about herself with Bravo's The Dish! Including that she's not your average beauty queen – she's actually very smart – and she's a marathon runner.
Shannon Beador – your reality TV career has just began and already you're crying foul editing? Girl – you need to find a different line of work.
After week three of Real Housewives of Orange County has shown Shannon bickering with and sniping at her husband David, she insists her marriage really is happy and loving but viewers aren't getting the full picture.
"I am having a difficult time with the fact that you are only seeing a small snip of my life! I talked a little bit last week about the sarcastic banter that my husband and I have with each other, and you all were fortunate enough to be able to witness more of it this week! (That was sarcastic, by the way…)," Shannon complains in her Bravo blog.
This week's reality TV viewer numbers are in – and an impressive 2.206 million watched the Basketball Wives L.A. reunion, bringing its season average to 2.055 million. Sadly, only 861,000 fans bothered with the Southern Charmreunion, but we hope the season finale's 1.21 million and the season average of 943,000 is enough to get it renewed.
Y'all know I'm always the first person to snark onAlexis Bellino. Those outfits! That husband! The whole "not knowing what regular words mean"! However, I must begrudgingly admit that, no matter what the situation, Alexis' heart always seems to be in the right place.
The former Real Housewives of Orange County star just returned from a vacation where she spent her time giving back to those less fortunate. As much as Alexis annoyed me on RHOC, I do feel like she's one of the few who have left the franchise and continued doing what she would have been doing had she never been a Bravolebrity. Whether that's cutting sleeves off a dress recently sewn by seamstress or giving her time and energy to those who need it, I believe that Alexis, as shallow as she comes across, does have a heart of gold. And yes, it did pain me to type that…but I do think it's true.