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I have always been proud of my community involvement—whether it’s volunteering at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, attending my children’s PTA meetings or even helping out my neighbors. I always find that whatever the task, I learn something valuable from each experience. When I was asked to be a part of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” I first discussed the idea with my family and together we decided that not only would this be the adventure of a lifetime, but also a good opportunity to do even more for the causes we support. The show completely surpassed my expectations and not only have I been able to work with so many more charities that I never had the chance to work with before the show, but also I also received inspiring messages from viewers all across the country.
While I was growing up, cancer was something that only happened to other people’s families. Friends would talk about distant relatives and grandparents who had succumbed to the disease, but I never thought it could happen to us, to our family. The word itself scared me, but I always remember thinking, “Thank goodness I don’t have to worry about that,” and wouldn’t give it a second thought. Then, in 1998, I lost my father to cancer. Four years after that, I lost my mother to breast cancer. And that would prove to be only the beginning. Since losing my parents, I have lost an uncle and three half-siblings (my father had three children from a previous marriage); all lost their lives to cancer. Even today, when I go to the doctor for my annual check-ups, I feel like damaged goods, as I sit anxiously in the waiting room, filling out the forms on family medical history. I am almost too afraid to put down how many people in my family that I’ve lost to cancer. What if the doctor notices a pattern that I haven’t even been made aware of? Is there a specific gene my family carries that’s causing this? Now that I am a mother, the disease makes me even more concerned. I not only want to make sure I keep my children healthy, but also I need to be healthy to be here for them. This is why I am so passionate in my fight against cancer. I hear too many stories of lives lost too soon, of families whose hearts are broken.
In order to do my part to raise money and awareness for the cause, my husband, Mauricio, and I have been looking for the right cancer charity to devote our time and efforts. We discovered the Echelon Gran Fondo that hosted an annual 69-mile bike ride in Napa, California, which benefits the Livestrong Foundation as well as Napa-area hospitals supporting people with cancer. This sounded like the perfect challenge. My husband felt we could handle it, and I did, too. But during the months of training leading up to the ride, I cannot tell you how many times I said to him, “WHAT WERE WE THINKING?” But in the end, we were so proud to complete the 69 (often grueling) miles, and we ended up being the second highest fundraisers for the event, which is all thanks to the numerous, thoughtful donations from generous friends and family. Taking on a challenge like the ride in Napa helps me feel like I’m helping to do my part to end the war against cancer by raising money for research and for those suffering with cancer who can’t afford treatment.
As emotional as this subject is for me, I feel compelled to make an effort to voice my story to let everyone know how hard I will fight to help eradicate cancer. It really does touch the lives of those we know and love, and I am committed to go to battle against cancer until we can find a cure.
I was born in Hollywood, California into an acting family. I landed my first role at the age four in Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain,” where I played the younger version of my sister, child actress and fellow Housewife, Kim Richards. My other sister, Kathy Hilton, is the mother of Nicky and Paris Hilton. I have been lucky enough to have had some great roles in TV and film including “Little House on The Prairie,” “Carter Country,” “Down To Earth”, “E.R.”, “Halloween,” and “The Watcher in the Woods.” Now, on “The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills”, I show the ups and downs of my fabulous and sometimes not so fabulous life.
I am a staunch advocate for the fight against Cancer and recently completed a 68 mile bike marathon to raise money to help fight the disease. Married for sixteen years to the love of my life Mauricio Umansky, a high-end realtor of The Agency, he still makes my heart melt. My greatest passion is being a mother to my four daughters - Farrah (25), Alexia (18), Sophia (14) and Portia (6).
My greatest passion is being a mother to my four daughters - Farrah (25), Alexia (18), Sophia (14) and Portia (6).
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The end has come. It has been such a difficult year. I can’t say I’m sad that it’s over. Having the husbands come in after hearing Taylor discuss her rocky marriage was a welcome break. I love all these guys. Especially Mauricio of course but all of them are kind , fun and just overall ...+ Read more...
The Reunion….where to begin?? This is a day we all DREAD. None of us want to go back and discuss issues that have already been resolved or address things in FRONT of the cameras that happened OFF camera. The day starts off with all of us happy but nervous. We are laughing, joking around and ...+ Read more...
January 17th- Bookmark Shoppe, 6- 7pm 8415 3rd ave Brooklyn N.Y
January 19th – Barnes & Noble, The Grove L.A. 7pm.
January 20th- Barnes & Noble, 7pm 160 S Westlake Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 ...
Hello there! I haven’t updated my website in a while. I have been so busy with my book tour that I barely have time to eat. Which isn’t always a bad thing and what leads me to the reason I wanted to write this blog today…. In last weeks episode in Hawaii, we all went ...+ Read more...
Every year my husband Mauricio and I throw our annual White Party. Mauricio’s birthday is June 25th, our daughter Alexia’s is June 18th and Faye Resnick’s is July 3rd. So I throw it every year in honor of their birthdays. We all look forward to it as do all our friends. When Adrienne called to ...+ Read more...
Check out the trailer for “Life Is Not A Reality Show” hitting the shelves December 27th! - “Life Is Not A Reality Show” ...+ Read more...
Hey there I am so sorry I missed last weeks blog. I have been crazy with end of the year school stuff with my kids, holiday shopping/wrapping and press for my book that comes out December 27th! . I’m writing this blog from my blackberry while sitting in the airport. As a woman, I can ...+ Read more...
I LOVE Pandora’s wedding planner! He really makes me laugh. It’s sweet to see Lisa and Pandora having fun planning her big day. What a presentation! absolutely gorgeous. My Mother in law Estella is so happy with her face lift. Paul really did an incredible job. So many women in Beverly Hills look “pulled” but ...+ Read more...
Holiday shopping can be an arduous task. However, it can also be a lot of fun! I LOVE meeting up with friends to do our holiday shopping and then our husbands will meet up with us at the Beverly Hills Hotel for dinner after. I love when the hotel’s are decorated for the Holidays. There ...+ Read more...
This week we get a peek into more of planning Pandora’s wedding . Pandora’s wedding planner is hilarious. He certainly is entertaining! I have to say watching Lisa and Pandora plan her big day makes me excited about being able to do that one day too. On a smaller scale Seeing Taylor and Russell in ...+ Read more...
Yesterday, while I was in the kitchen baking for Thanksgiving, I had The Real Housewives Of Atlanta on. I was watching Sheree and Nene fight. I was thinking how easy it is to judge these women and take sides. It got me thinking about how doing a show like The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills ...+ Read more...
This week we step into part 2 of Lisa’s Tea. Last week was a very stressful episode. A lot changed the day of Lisa’s Tea. By the end, Taylor and Camille were no longer speaking, Lisa and Camille were not speaking and Taylor and Lisa were now good friends with all negative ...+ Read more...
This blog is a difficult one. SO much has changed since we filmed this episode. Let’s start with Kim’s boyfriend and me meeting him for the first time. Kim did bring Ken to Paris’s premier party, but for some reason we never actually met. It was crowded that night and we were all off in...+ Read more...
Paul’s Night Of Beauty….I had been asking Paul about my “love handles” for quite some time. I’m not willing to be put under to get rid of them because that scares me.+ Read more...
Sorry for the delay in my blog! Halloween is a crazy time around my house. Halloween is also my daughter Farrah’s birthday. She turned 23 My husband Mauricio also left for China on business which leaves me as a single parent for 10 days. Alexia, Sophia and Portia all start and finish school at different...+ Read more...
Ok, you might know that I love fashion…but I also love a good buy! My favorite new must have item is my “leather” pants from H&M.+ Read more...
Hello there! I didn’t blog after this week’s episode because it was basically part 2 of Game Night From Hell. That’s not what they titled it.+ Read more...
This week is a rough one. I actually cried after watching it. In some ways this episode was harder for me than the season 1 finale. I say that because in that scene in the limo with my sister Kim , as difficult as it was, that is what I was feeling.+ Read more...
Hello everyone, I am so excited to introduce you to my website. I have been looking forward to sharing things with you here. I also have a blog on Bravotv.com where I discuss the episodes each week. Here I will discuss more personal things. I also want to share with you all my favorite MUST HAVE’S of the moment! As some of you may know, I absolutely LOVE fashion. SO , I will share with you my favorite places to shop, my newest “must have” item that I have purchased, favorite make-up, best deals that I have found etc…plus my personal thought’s on any given subject.
Today, I cannot stop thinking about Steve Jobs. What an incredible man and brilliant mind. My daughter Sophia asked me “Mom, who will think of all these incredible ideas now that he is gone?” ….While there are many gifted people, some aware of theirs gifts, some not. Few people have the gift of putting their creative genius into action. That is what I love most about Steve Jobs. He didn’t only THINK of these things. He DID something about them. I am the Queen of starting something and not finishing it. I really don’t like this character trait in myself. I have had many ideas that I put aside. Only to later see the people that thought the same thing and DID something about it. I really want to instill in my children to follow their dreams. Never think any goal is impossible. And if you start something, finish it.
A lot of you see me on the show each week. Sometimes with my family, sometimes with the other Housewives. It is not always easy to watch myself on television.It never has been. I am very critical of myself as we all are. The last few episode I have seen that I seem very stressed. Something that shows in my face and my actions. Sometimes things are difficult to explain as you only see what they decide to use and you don’t always see what led up to the drama. Last season was very painful after my sister KIm and I had the fight in the back of the limo. As painful as it was to watch and be judged by that moment, I have to say, that is what I was feeling. I wasn’t thinking about the cameras. I had kept so much in and it all came to a head that night. After , I wanted to explain WHY and WHAT led me there, but I could not. I love my sister, even though we don’t always get along. I really want to have a perfect sister relationship but I know there is no such thing as perfect. For now, I will settle for us trying our best to put our differences aside and just care about each other . WIth our flaws. I really appreciate all your support .
I will be adding a lot more to my website. After a lot of questions about my skin care regimen , I decided to partner with my favorite products and bring them to you here. That will be available soon. I will never put my name behind anything that I don’t absolutely swear by! I promise if I suggest a restaurant or place to shop…I Love it! Looking forward to sharing with you! Thanks for watching the show!
This week is a rough one. I actually cried after watching it. In some ways this episode was harder for me than the season 1 finale. I say that because in that scene in the limo with my sister Kim , as difficult as it was, that is what I was feeling. I’m not proud of HOW I went about it. I also knew the audience didn’t know our history or WHY I was so upset so that made it more difficult. But. I also think that anyone who has a strained relationship with a sibling knows that nobody can get you more worked up!
However, in this episode, as I watch, I don’t feel like myself. I can see that I am nervous from the moment I walked in the door. I don’t know Dana or Brandi very well and I was uncomfortable. Plus, I was also expecting my sister at any moment. Spending time with KIm makes me nervous at times. Our relationship was on the mend and still shaky. .
When Kim arrived, she seemed a bit out of sorts. I had a previous cell phone conversation with her on my way to Dana’s where she told me she was extremely stressed and anxious. We went into the bathroom to fix her hair / make -up and to sort of re group.. That’s all that was going on in the bathroom that night.
Later, when we started playing games, Kim whispered (I now realize , not quietly enough) ) that she didn’t like Brandi. I did not realize Brandi heard this. Which is why I later said “what are you talking about?” I think at this point in my relationship with KIm, I would have stood by her no matter what she said or did because I was so traumatized by our fight last year. Watching myself laugh like that I was thinking, Oh, my Gosh, all I needed was a broom and a wart on the end of my nose!! Sometimes the dynamics are so tense in the group that you get caught up in that. When we were playing the game “Celebrity”, I honestly wasn’t trying to exclude Brandi from the questions. I just knew the fastest way to get the answer. SInce the name on the card happened to be my ex boyfriend, C. Thomas Howell. I knew Kim could answer that fast if I asked “Who is my ex boyfriend?” ! In watching, I see how that came across. It makes me sad because I am not a mean person and this whole night felt mean spirited. I am disappointed in myself that it got so out of hand. If this was typical of my behavior my husband would never tolerate it. I have always taught my kids to treat people the way they want to be treated . I guess they will be skipping this episode!
When Brandi made the accusations about my sister, I got really defensive. We have gone through too much and I couldn’t sit there. I do have a lot of fire in me and could use some lessons on how to handle things more calmly. But accusing someone of doing “Crystal Meth” ?! I’m not even quite sure what crystal meth is but my sister is NOT on it.
I had to laugh when in the midst of all this fighting, Dana yells out “Kyle, make it stop!” in regards to Brandi. Have we all gone mad?!
I also want to say that I actually DID offer to help Brandi down the steps when we first arrived. Dana ended up helping her down but all that wasn’t shown. Oh, well. You can only squeeze so much in an hour I guess….
It was a welcome relief to see Jason and Pandora telling LIsa that they are getting married. They are such a beautiful couple. I know LIsa has been waiting for this day for a long time. In watching the episode I was thinking, why couldn’t I have been there instead of at Game Night?!!
Well, next week the drama continues…..Until then….
Hello there! I didn’t blog after this week’s episode because it was basically part 2 of Game Night From Hell. That’s not what they titled it. Just what I call it. I knew going into this show that it would be difficult at times. You don’t see everything that led up to certain moments. THAT is the hardest part. When pieces of the puzzle aren’t there. What I DO want to talk about is the issue between Kim and me regarding the Palm Desert house. Watching the show I was really surprised by what Kim said. I love my sister very much, however her memory fails her. That is NOT what went down. I bought both my sisters out fair and square. NOT for 20,000 dollars. I don’t know where she came up with that number. But that IS the amount she handed me when she told me she wanted to buy her share back. I was confused. Not only had she made much more than that BUT there was debt on the home that Mauricio and I had paid off ourselves . In addition , at this point, we had been paying the mortgage on this home for over 5 years and were in the process of renovating. Most importantly, my sister was not in a position at this time to carry a 2nd home. So, I told her this home was just as much hers as mine. She just didn’t have to pay for it. Kim uses the home way more than I do. I didn’t go into details on RHOBH because I really felt it was a private family matter. However, after Kim said what she said, I really felt I had to explain. I really want my relationship with Kim to be better. I am trying my best. It’s not always easy. A lot of people have expressed concern for my sister. I understand and appreciate that. I have not turned a blind eye. Some things are just private. Even if you are on a reality show. Rest assured I do care about Kim and have her best interest at heart. Always.
Your kind words mean more than you can imagine. Just as the cruel words directed toward me or my sister hurt deeply. We are real people with real feelings. I know I appear very strong on the show, and a part of me is very strong. But, I am also very sensitive and emotional. In watching these shows, you have to know you don’t always get the full picture… Next blog is about my new favorite must have’s…enough of this topic…:)
Ok, you might know that I love fashion…but I also love a good buy! My favorite new must have item is my “leather” pants from H&M. They fit so well ! I went to look for leather pants recently when I was In NYC. I was shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, There was a pair of leather pants for $895.00. I didn’t want to spend that but tried them on just to see. They fit terrible. At least on me they did. So I asked a girl who worked there if she could find me the pair of black leather pants she was wearing. She said, “oh, these aren’t from here. They’re from H&M” I don’t think she even got the “M” part out of her mouth and I was out the door! I flew down the street and picked up a pair. They were around $35.00. I could not believe it. I also bought a few more different styles. “leather”leggings etc..I find the cutest things at H&M. It can be hit and miss but when I find something good there. it’s REALLY good! I also, LOVE Zara. I love their blouses, leggings and jackets. I try to avoid anything with a print because then it’s less recognizable. I don’t mind telling people where I buy my stuff. I love to share that. That’s why I am writing this! However, if you’re going to buy something from an inexpensive place, avoid prints. I have a beautiful navy blouse from Zara that all the other Housewives loved. They thought it was Chloe. When I told them they were shocked. I will attempt to upload pictures of a few of my great finds . Still getting this whole website thing down. Not exactly a computer wiz :)
I do spend a lot of money on my handbags and shoes. I admit. I won’t say how much in case Mauricio decides to read this . ;-) However, I also love to try out trendier looks from stores like Steve Madden. I don’t want to spend a fortune on something I think is a fad. I did that last year with “booties. I kept thinking they wouldn’t be flattering on me. So I bought some grey suede Steve Madden booties that I wore with tights. I got so many compliments and they were really comfortable. They always knock of the best designers. I am always looking at these stores because of my daughters. That is when I find my best deals. When I am shopping for them. They love Forever 21, H&M, Steve Madden, Urban Outfitters… I was with my girls in NYC shopping at Forever 21 and found a one piece jumpsuit with 1 sleeve that was $24.00 I bought it for me thinking it would be great for traveling. The next week I went to Chicago for Fashion’s Night Out. I had planned on wearing a Dolce Gabbana dress. When I arrived in Chicago it was raining and freezing. Ok, well, maybe freezing is a bit dramatic, but I’m an L.A girl :) SO , I decided to throw on my jumpsuit from forever 21. I accessorized it with long chains, dangling earrings, bangles and Prada heels. I had an appearance at Macy’s and the crowd asked who made my jumpsuit. I said “Forever 21″…. All of a sudden they were like me at Begdorf Goodman. I don’t think they even heard the “21″..they were out the door! I received so many tweets and Facebook messages about. I love that. It’s always feels good to look your best. It feels even better when you know you didn’t spend a lot. For me it’s like a game. You have to be more creative when you find these great deals. Anyone can throw on something expensive and go. When you “score” one of these great finds you may have to work with it a little more. Adding fun jewelry. Picking just the right shoe…but hey, isn’t that the fun part??
Sorry for the delay in my blog! Halloween is a crazy time around my house. Halloween is also my daughter Farrah’s birthday. She turned 23 :) My husband Mauricio also left for China on business which leaves me as a single parent for 10 days. Alexia, Sophia and Portia all start and finish school at different times. So my mornings are total chaos. I’m up at 6:00, then it’s getting lunches ready, waking up Alexia (which is a job in itself) , then running her to school. Come back, take Sophia to school, come back, take Portia. Then the same routine in the afternoon. Portia out at 2:00, Alexia 2:30 and Sophia at 3:30…Mauricio, come home!!! Farrah has already graduated college. So, that’s 1 down, 3 to go :)
On to Mondays episode….My mother in law Estella had been considering a face lift . She is 61 years old and looks amazing. I have always been proud that she had never done anything to her face. Very rare around here :) When Alexia was a little girl she asked my Mom why so many of her friends looked like cat’s. We all died laughing! I knew that if Estella was going to have the facelift , there was only one doctor to go to. Dr. Paul Nassif. He has an incredible reputation. Not only for being a gifted surgeon, but for having an incredible bedside manner. I knew Estella was in good hands. When I first saw her I was shocked to say the least. I felt queasy and faint. When I heard her voice I became very emotional. I felt so bad that I reacted that way in front of Paul. Estella was happy and comfortable. She just looked so scary! The reason she looked like that was because of the peel she had done to her face. That is why she had the mesh over her skin. My mother in law healed very fast and looks amazing. I am grateful to Paul for taking such great care of her.
Lets move on to the ‘Awkward Dinner” Yes, it really was that awkward. Taylor and I always laugh and have fun. However Russell was always difficult to get close to. Although always kind and polite to me, it was not easy to get past the things that Taylor shared with us. I am very rarely left speechless, but I honestly didn’t know what to say when he started talking about Lisa. He knew Lisa and I are good friends and I didn’t want this to turn in to “one of those dinners” .
Pandora’s engagement party! I was so excited for Pandora and Jason as well as Lisa and Ken. I can only imagine how it must feel for your child to be getting married. I have been wanting another baby myself for quite some time now but figure at this point I should just wait for Farrah to have one. I will be so excited when she gets married and has a baby. I want her to take her time and enjoy being young and free, but when she is ready I will be ecstatic!
Isn’t Mohamed’s house out of control? It truly is spectacular. The party was a very colorful night with camels, snakes, flopping mermaids …by the way, WHAT was she doing? I loved watching Camille’s face..”boy, she’s really …flopping around, huh?” SO funny! This episode made me laugh. A welcome change from the last episodes. There were many interesting characters there. I could not believe how much that guy looked like Dave Navarro. I was convinced this was his side job…the lady sliding down the bannister..was that the mermaid again? and the lady that calls her “much, much older husband” ”Daddy”…I thought she was part of the entertainment. I think I thought I was too! Yes, I did the splits on a table at a party. Anyone that knows me, knows I love to joke around and have fun. I admit, that was typical Kyle. Would I do that at a “typical” Beverly Hills party? NO, but this was anything BUT…Lisa and I have a similar sense of humor. Even though she was yelling “Kyle, No!” she was laughing. I loved that she said she was saving her splits for Pandora’s wedding. I laughed at the end when I said “where is my husband? I’m going to get in trouble” I am fortunate that my husband likes to see me having fun and lets me be myself. Even if that means doing the splits on a table with “Dave Navarro” Until next week….
Paul’s Night Of Beauty….I had been asking Paul about my “love handles” for quite some time. I’m not willing to be put under to get rid of them because that scares me. This seemed like the perfect alternative . Non invasive and perfectly safe. For the record, my hand was strategically placed (not going to lie) so the cameras and Paul could not see exactly what it looked like. In person they are far worse . Promise. My husband keeps telling me he likes them and I am not allowed to touch them. I am very grateful that I have a husband that doesn’t find looking too thin attractive. Phew! I have to say, I can’t give a real assessment of how it worked because I was too busy to keep going back . I am going to give it another shot though.
You saw Lisa, Adrienne and me in the waiting room discussing Taylor and Russell. I didn’t know why Lisa was making a point to say Camille wasn’t friends with Taylor. I knew that wasn’t true and was trying to figure out why she said that . All of us are friends. Some of us closer than others but we are all friends with each other.
Later when Taylor expressed being upset with Lisa, I suggested she speak to Lisa directly. It is always hard being in the middle of two friends who have issues with each other. I love both Lisa and Taylor and find myself being stuck in the middle at times. Not a fun place to be.
I am happy they showed Kim discussing with Paul the medication’s she has been taking. I think that clears things up for some people. I didn’t know exactly what she was taking but I knew that the doctors had put her on something and I saw a difference in her. Not always for the best. That is why I got so upset with Brandi for making that comment about Kim and crystal meth. I knew because she said that on camera , millions of people would see that. I know from experience, once something is said on camera, true or false, it follows you forever. My sister Kim has struggled enough with her issues. I didn’t want that to set her back. She is a strong girl but fragile at the same time. I told Kim after her visit with Paul that she had to talk to her doctor’s and get that sorted out. Paul didn’t feel she was on the right medication for her anxiety and didn’t think it was the right combination of meds.
The seance! My family has been seeing Rebecca the psychic for a few years now. Rebecca has told me things that nobody could possibly know. She even told me about doing the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills before I was even asked to do it. She said “You’re going to be doing a tv show.There will be a Lisa and a Taylor on this show, I see your sister Kim there as well.” Very strange. At the time I didn’t know Taylor and only knew of my daughter’s boyfriend Taylor. She is gifted and it’s fun to talk to her and ask questions. She has never told me anything scary. Although, she has warned me a couple times. Rebecca once told my husband to check his back right tire and to have it fixed right away. He looked at us and said “there’s a nail in it. I haven’t had a chance to fix it” Another time she told me that our daughter Alexia would be asking if she could go somewhere with a girl named Talia. She told me she wanted me to say no. I couldn’t think of a Talia. Two days later Alexia called from a friends birthday and asked if she could go with her friend Talia to the movies. I asked “who is Talia?” I had goose bumps. Alexia said “from my old school. I just bumped in to her here.” Obviously , I said ,”no”.
Anyway, I thought a seance would be fun. All the girls had been wanting to meet Rebecca. I like to ask her things about my Mom and Dad. Many times she will give me “messages’ that leave me awestruck. When Kim said that coming to the seance was “against her religion” I thought “are you kidding me??” Is this the same religion that lets you go to Rebecca’s office for one on one readings? I know that she doesn’t always love these “Girls Night Out” evenings. The last one wasn’t exactly fun :) However, I also feel that she is once again isolating herself. I did have to tease her a bit about this last excuse though . :)
Kim asked me to come out to her house. She said she had something to tell me. I have been wanting Kim to move closer to our family for many reasons. I think that Kim feels lonely and isolated and that being closer to her family would help. Kim passes on many family gatherings because she doesn’t feel like making the drive. It’s only 30-40 minutes but she often says it’s too far. I feel that she would be happier and stronger if she were closer to us. Especially now that her kids are not home that often.
When Kim told me she was moving in with her neighbor Ken, I was so disappointed and worried to be honest. I know my sister very well. I thought that if this was someone she really cared for, we would have known about him a long time ago. I felt she was making this decision based on convenience and loneliness . Which worried me and made me sad. I want the best for Kim and can’t help but worry about her. I have had to take a step back from her life for many reasons. She is a grown adult and does not want me meddling in her life . Especially if I have anything negative to say. If I just smile and say everything is great …then we are fine. I find that very difficult to keep up.
I do not know Ken. I have heard things that put me off . However, if Kim truly is happy, I will support her. I just don’t feel she will…
Until next week….XO, Kyle
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This blog is a difficult one. SO much has changed since we filmed this episode. Let’s start with Kim’s boyfriend and me meeting him for the first time. Kim did bring Ken to Paris’s premier party, but for some reason we never actually met. It was crowded that night and we were all off in different directions. Kim never introduced him to our sister Kathy either so I didn’t know of any boyfriend. I started hearing about Kim’s “neighbor” Ken from my nieces. Kim had been spending time over there but still hadn’t shared anything with any of us. In watching the show as an outsider, I think it must look strange to you that I am crying over Kim moving in with a boyfriend that she seems to be happy with. I wish it were that simple. I have many reasons for not thinking Ken is the right person for Kim. It LOOKS as if I am crying because I want her to live closer to our family. WHY do you think that is? It is very difficult when your family life is played out in front of the cameras. There are so many things I simply cannot say. If I say certain things that would explain everything better, I would be betraying my sister. If I ignore it in front of the cameras, people think I am blind. I am in a no win situation. People write to me “are you blind? Get your sister help”…then I get “stay out of your sister’s life. Why can’t you be happy that she’s happy?” People simply cannot understand our relationship from watching a T.V show. This relationship is decades in the making. Plus, there are many contributing factors that you will never see. I am sorry about that. You may feel frustrated at times, angry or curious why I have said or done certain things. For now, I have to wait until my sister is ready to speak up and explain things herself.
Taylor’s luncheon…Well, how many of you have been in that position? Not knowing a friend wasn’t included in a lunch, dinner, party etc..then slipping and feeling like you hurt someone’s feelings. Lisa called me and I assumed she was calling to say “where the heck are you Richards?” I felt terrible after. When Taylor explained why she didn’t include Lisa, I understood why. Their relationship has been strained at best. This wasn’t an event where Taylor could have as many people as she wanted. It was 1 table and she had to choose her guests carefully. Little did I know what a disaster that would turn into….
Lisa’s Tea…Before we get in to the difficult stuff, how beautiful was Lisa’s Tea Party? Everything looked so pretty and pink! Prettiest Tea I have ever been to. …O.k, now on to the difficult part…. Before Lisa’s tea , Lisa told me she was going to confront Taylor and told me she wanted me to “back her” , then Taylor called and said ”I know Lisa is upset about not being invited to my luncheon. I’m going to tell her what I have been feeling. Will you back me?” Well, talk about being in a bad position. They BOTH know I am friends with BOTH of them. I didn’t commit to either one by saying I would back them . I also wasn’t going to say what each one was saying to me. Lisa and Taylor almost immediately started in with each other….Camille, Adrienne and I were too nervous to move or even breathe at that point. It is so complicated because you have to remember we spend time OFF camera as well. Some of what we were talking about was stuff that had NOT happened in front of the cameras. Example, when Taylor questioned Lisa about calling Camille to say “will you back me and say to Kyle that you’re not friends with Taylor?” That was regarding the conversation I had with Lisa at Paul’s Night Of Beauty. Taylor, at the tea, mistakenly said to Lisa “you told Camille that Kyle said ‘ Camille and Taylor aren’t friends’. Will you back me? ” She meant to say that I said “Taylor and Camille ARE friends”. Confused yet? I am :)
Then Taylor started throwing the others under the bus because she wanted back up. I really was upset being put in that position. This was THEIR argument. God knows I’ve had enough of my own! Taylor said to Paul at the gate outside that we have all said things about Lisa. We are ALL friends in a tight group. When one of us is upset with one of the girls about something she said or did , we VENT to each other. Absolutely. Each and every one of us have vented to each other at one point or another. Our friends save us money and time on therapy :)
Later when Taylor returned is when it got messy. Taylor had told all of us that Russell had been abusing her. None of us ever wanted to discuss that in front of the cameras. Taylor was scared what Russell would do if he found out. That is why we danced around this subject for so long. To protect Taylor. I said a few times when someone would say too much on camera “well, maybe that’s not true. We don’t know the whole story” because I was scared too. For Taylor and all of us. It was such a terrible situation to be in. We all tried to help and advise Taylor in private . It’s strange now watching this knowing he is no longer with us. I remember that day how scared Taylor was. When it first came out at the tea, I thought “Oh my God. What just happened??” That was the moment Taylor had been fearing the most….part 2 of Lisa’s tea continues next week….
answers to your questions…
1) My earrings from the seance are actually from my sister Kathy’s store called Designer Archives in Bel AIr. Not sure of the designer but Tracy at the store will know how to order them.
2) Rebecca the psychic is on twitter…She rarely tweets but you can contact her @thepurplerose or Purple Rose Entertainment
3) My sunglasses that I wore to Kim house are Balenciaga
Until next week….XO, Kyle
This week we step into part 2 of Lisa's Tea. Last week was a very stressful
episode. A lot changed the day of Lisa's Tea. By the end, Taylor and Camille
were no longer speaking, Lisa and Camille were not speaking and Taylor and Lisa
were now good friends with all negative feelings left in the past. Although,
Lisa wanted me to step in more, we were okay. I honestly did not want to be
involved in another argument. I was still recovering from Game Night. The last
thing I wanted to do was get in the middle of someone else's fight.
In the episode when I had my seance, Taylor came over to my house to say she was
upset with Lisa. We had a conversation on my bed where she told me that she was
"scared of Lisa" and that she was intimidated by her. I have never felt that
about Lisa but I am a strong person. I told her she should be stronger with
Lisa. I said "MAYBE she preys on weak people" I think that "prey" was too
strong of a word. That conversation wasn't about Lisa. I was trying to help
Taylor be a stronger person in general. Speak up for herself. In ALL areas of
her life. I know it bothered Lisa that I said that and I do feel about that. I
do not premeditate what I am going to say. Which means ,there will be times we
regret our choice of words. I will say though, Taylor DID speak up to Lisa at
the Tea about what bothered her , and although it was messy getting there, they
ended up being friends after all.
Later Adrienne, Camille and I had dinner and discussed the Tea Party. I know Camille was worried that Taylor was upset with her. Camille spoke the truth. Taylor was obviously concerned because it was said in front of the cameras. Something we had been avoiding. However, sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment. Emotions were running high. This situation is very difficult and none of us wanted to hurt her or put her in harms way. I told Taylor later that Camille was just saying what Taylor had told all of us. This is not something that will be resolved over night......
Kennedy's party: It was a beautiful party in a gorgeous setting. Of course ,it was over the top. WAY over but did we really expect anything else? The electric bull was so fun. Watching Kim on there made me laugh. Kim is so determined and really good at it! I died laughing watching Paul attempt to mount the bull. Adrienne and I could not stop laughing! Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without SOME drama! Brandi tried to talk to my sister KIm who would not even acknowledge her. I feel bad that this is dragging out so long. Kim can be stubborn and hold a grudge. I would like to see her own up to her part of the fight , apologize, accept Brandi's apology and move on. I'm not holding my breath. May I suggest the same to you ? :-) Then there was Adrienne, upset with Lisa for having Pandora's party at her competition's hotel. I was thinking "Please, no. Not again" I really don't want to be in the middle anymore . Between Kim and Brandi, Lisa and Taylor or Lisa and Adrienne. I suggested that maybe Lisa was uncomfortable asking Adrienne to have it at her hotel , The Palms. Well, stay tuned for this one....
All in all it was a fun party. My kids had fun and we all laughed a lot. I felt sad watching the show and seeing Taylor, Russell and Kennedy posing for photos . Just goes to show, things are not always as they appear to be.....
Until next week...XO, Kyle
Yesterday, while I was in the kitchen baking for Thanksgiving, I had The Real Housewives Of Atlanta on. I was watching Sheree and Nene fight. I was thinking how easy it is to judge these women and take sides. It got me thinking about how doing a show like The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills is so emotionally draining. Viewers take snippets of our lives and think they see everything. This season we shot for 6 months. If you see 20 episodes, you will see 20 hours. 20 hours out of 6 months in FRONT of the cameras. Not to mention you don’t see anything that goes on BEHIND the cameras. The emotions you see in front of the cameras are made of of many experiences that are going on behind the “scenes”. All of us spend time together when not shooting too. When I watch the other Housewives franchises, I get this. However, if I wasn’t part of this show, I don’t think I would. Sometimes, we do see what led up to a disagreement. Other times, we just see the aftermath. When I was asked to do this show, many people asked me “why would you do a show like this?” ,”Why, put yourself out there” ,”why subject yourself to the criticism?” …..I honestly had NO CLUE what I was in for. I figured that it would be fun ,an adventure. As an actress, I am comfortable being in front of the cameras, I have a happy home life, incredible friends…what can happen? Well, people can think you are someone that you’re not. Good or bad….
Did you ever read the book “Mr. Peabody’s Apple’s” by Madonna? Where the boy saw the man steal an apple. Then told everyone that he was a thief. Everyone believed it because the boy SAW him take the apple without paying. What he didn’t see was that the man had pre paid for the apple’s, so he could just go take one a day. Once he explained to the boy, it was too late. People saw him as a thief. Opinions were made. I always think of this story now when I’m watching RHOBH and the other shows. It may seem silly, but I really do.
Now on to my Thanksgiving recipe…. I have been making this stuffing ever since my Dad taught me when we were kids. Saute 2 cups of chopped onion and 2 cups of celery in a pan with butter. After onions are transparent , combine with 2 bags Mrs. Cubbisons Stuffing (bread crumbs) 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth, 1 cup Butter, 1 cup candied pecans and 1 cup craisins. You can use more or less to suit your taste. Put in lightly buttered baking dish and cover with tin foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 -45 minutes, then remove foil and brown top slightly. (Careful not to burn) Of course the other option is to stuff the turkey. I don’t actually stuff my turkey because then it takes longer to cook (it’s 25 lbs!)
Today I am so thankful for my family that I love so much,I am thankful for our good health and pray we keep it. I am thankful for my friends who love me unconditionally, the memories of my Mom and Dad and the sound of laughter while I’m cooking….
Happy Thanksgiving! XO, Kyle
his week we get a peek into more of planning Pandora’s wedding . Pandora’s wedding planner is hilarious. He certainly is entertaining! I have to say watching Lisa and Pandora plan her big day makes me excited about being able to do that one day too. On a smaller scale :)
Seeing Taylor and Russell in therapy together is so sad. It’s very hard to watch knowing what we know now. Trying to read between the lines and seeing just how much he was willing to admit. It was hard hearing these stories from Taylor and then spending time with Russell. However, regardless of what they had been through, or what transpired in their relationship, he was still a human being that chose to take his life. That is so incredibly sad. Every time I see him, I think of Kennedy. What a shame. My heart goes out to Taylor, Kennedy and Russell’s family.
Taylor had asked me to join her and Brandi for manicures. On my way there , I called Taylor who told me she was at lunch with Lisa and couldn’t make it. I felt awkward walking in to meet Brandi. We have gotten past our differences but this would be the first time spending time with her one on one. I actually like Brandi . I felt terrible for her hearing how her husband left her after being together so many years with 2 children. I can only imagine how painful that must have been. When we first started hearing about Brandi, we had heard she was Cedric’s friend. Obviously after what Lisa had been through with Cedric, it left all of us with a negative feeling toward Brandi. Some of us showed it more than others. I I wish I had not been so defensive when I first met her. We had the impression that she was coming in on the attack because of her friendship with Cedric. Lisa was especially unsettled about it. However, it was me that acted upon my feelings. We all had heard he was living with her as her “manny” . Only later did we find out he was NOT her manny nor were they that close. Just “friendly”. I regret my defensiveness. Next week our relationship takes another “blow” …..SO hard watching this after we have made peace. Now it’s time to kick the dust up again! That is the hardest part of doing a show like this.
Of course I have to address Brandi’s suggestion for entertainment at her proposed party. My face spoke volumes! I really was shocked. I think I am much more prude than I realized. Or maybe it’s because I am a Mom of 4 daughter’s . I don’t really know . However, I knew her suggestion wouldn’t go over well but wasn’t sure how to tell her without offending her. I think it’s funny that these things don’t embarrass her. I know if I went to a party and that was the entertainment I would have been mortified! Maybe she is mortified that I did the splits at her get together the following week :-)
Adrienne’s Fashion show. In true Maloof style, Adrienne put on a beautiful fashion show in her backyard. Her house looked amazing and everyone was excited for her. I joked about being there for the debut of Adrienne’s shoe line, but “where are the shoes?” ….That was because I was misinformed . At the time, I didn’t know it was also a clothing fashion show and her charity Step Up was included in this evening. Later, we all saw a sample of her ” limited edition” shoe. It really looks like Cinderella’s slipper. Gorgeous. I know Adrienne’s shoe line is going to be a huge success!
Then there was the tension between Lisa and Adrienne. I think this is a case of ”there is more than meets the eye” …. In watching a show like this , you must keep in mind that things happen off camera as well. We can’t always explain everything that happens that the camera didn’t see. Sooo, let’s not be too quick to judge :) Keep watching!
Have a great week! XO, Kyle
Holiday shopping can be an arduous task. However, it can also be a lot of fun! I LOVE meeting up with friends to do our holiday shopping and then our husbands will meet up with us at the Beverly Hills Hotel for dinner after. I love when the hotel’s are decorated for the Holidays. There is something so magical about this time of year. The homes lit up with beautiful lights… I wish more people would get into the holiday spirit.
This time of year I have my “Go to” stores where I always know I can find great stuff. There are the expensive stores and then there are the stores where you can get great deals. Obviously Saks Fifth Avenue , Barney’s and Nieman Marcus are nice , but when you have to buy so many gifts and you want to save money, this is where I would shop….
1) ZARA: The best tops, blouses, leggings and jackets. They knock off all the designers and really do it well
2) CLUB MONACO: Club Monaco has great things for men and women and fun accessories. I love their men’s cashmere sweaters . Wait until they go on sale. Their stuff usually goes on sale right before Christmas . Or buy now and hang on to your receipt because they will refund you the difference if you paid full price.
3) STEVE MADDEN: This is a MUST if you have daughter’s or for any young girl. I ALWAYS go there to pick up boots and shoes for my girls. Then I ,of course , have to pick up a little something for myself :) This year I am obsessed with their flats. I bought black flats with black “crystals” on them, Silver sequin shoes (great for entertaining at home) and leopard flats. I will have to part with one of them and give a pair to one of my daughter’s . Alexia , Farrah and I share shoes but Sophia who is only 11, wears a 10 1/2 !
4) Bath And Body Works : I ALWAYS go in there and pick up a bunch of their Slatkin & Co Candles. Normally $19.50 but during the holidays they’re 2 for $25.00. This is a great hostess gift or just to have at home in case you forgot someone :) It’s a large candle with 3 wicks and smell amazing. I also do baskets for teachers. Their holiday scent is my absolute favorite! Smells like a Christmas tree :-)
5) MAC: Because I love make -up so much, I have to stop in Mac every holiday and make gift bags for my friends. I put an eye shadow, lip gloss , blush . If you’re feeling generous put a couple each . I never buy foundation or powder for someone because they really have to try that on.
Well, I am off to do some holiday shopping now! Have e great weekend! XO, KYLE
I LOVE Pandora’s wedding planner! He really makes me laugh. It’s sweet to see Lisa and Pandora having fun planning her big day. What a presentation! absolutely gorgeous.
My Mother in law Estella is so happy with her face lift. Paul really did an incredible job. So many women in Beverly Hills look “pulled” but Estella looks very natural. I love Paul and his bedside manner as well. I thought it was so funny that Estella and Paul were both trying to get me to put botox between my eyebrows. I have done botox before. I just don’t LOVE doing it. It gives me so much anxiety! I’m convinced that God is going to punish me for being vain and my eyeball is going to fall out or something. I am NOT a fun patient by any means :)
On to Malibu. Brandi had invited us all out to her friends house for a “wine tasting” with belly dancing lessons. We were told to “wear wedges. No heels”. When we arrived, the girls were already tipsy and having fun. Brandi made a comment about my husband being “super hot” and said how much he loves me. I said in my interview “easy on the hot husband talk”. Then I hissed like a cat. That is my sense of humor. I was not offended in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM by Brandi’s comment. I honestly found it to be a compliment and took it as such.
Brandi’s friend started giving us belly dancing lessons. I felt SO AWKWARD doing belly dancing (which did NOT come naturally to me :) . I am known for joking around and acting “goofy” so I decided to do some of my ridiculous “dance” moves to make my friends laugh. It’s a running joke amongst my friends and me. Years ago it was ballet moves (never taken ballet in my life) then it was yoga and now I have settled on the splits. Who knows what’s next?!
Yes, I made some comments about Brandi’s nipple’s showing through her dress. How can I not? They were right in my face. I think that if you wear a dress that you can see your breasts through, you must want them noticed. I personally wouldn’t do that, but I get that Brandi is more of a free spirit. That doesn’t mean I can’t tease about it :)
The night suddenly shifted from being silly and having fun to a complete nightmare. Taylor could not let go of the resentment toward Camille. Taylor was afraid that if Russell found out she had told all of us what had gone on in their marriage , and that it was repeated in FRONT of the cameras, he would lose it. She was scared. Too much alcohol played a big factor in this evening as well. Dedra came to Camille’s defense , as a best friend should. Dedra is a great girl and this evening was very out of character for her. Emotions were running high. I’m convinced there was a full moon that night. I was in shock watching all of this . I felt like I was witnessing a nervous breakdown. It was a nightmare. I remember Lynda Thompson yelling “look at the ocean! It’s going to be here long after we’re all gone.” I was thinking, “I get that you’r trying to diffuse the situation, but that ain’t gonna cut it. ”
In the limo ride home, I was overwhelmed with sadness for Taylor. There was so much we knew, but even more we didn’t.
In watching this, you may think, Taylor is crazy, a trouble maker, a phony, whatever it is you may be thinking. However, please remember, you have never met Taylor. She really is a kind person. She may have her issues, but she never wanted to hurt anyone. Walk a mile in her shoes before passing judgement….
Looking forward to a FUN episode next week. We need it after this last one! :-)
Have a beautiful week! XO, KYLE
Hey there I am so sorry I missed last weeks blog. I have been crazy with end of the year school stuff with my kids, holiday shopping/wrapping and press for my book that comes out December 27th! . I’m writing this blog from my blackberry while sitting in the airport. As a woman, I can multi task with the best of ‘em :-) After wrapping gifts all day and packing for my kids and me for our trip, I said to my husband “if Santa were a woman he wouldn’t need elves”. :-)
Last week we watched as all the girls took off for Vegas. I wanted to go to Vegas but couldn’t leave for the weekend. On top of planning the White Party and my book cover shoot, my girls were flower girls in a good friend’s wedding.
I always love going to Vegas. I suppose it was best. I avoided having to choose between going with Adrienne Or Lisa. Phew!!! I will say, both groups looked like they were having fun. Back home, Faye and I went shopping with Glenn Schneider, my party planner. I could not throw a party without the two of them. Every year, we go through the same thing ….arguing back and forth about what looks best, tastes best and where everything should be placed for the best party possible. We always have fun doing it. When Faye dropped the chandelier , I was so embarrassed! In typical Faye fashion, she didn’t let it phase her. Not even an “oopsie”.
My book cover shoot was so much fun. We spent the entire day playing. I’m happy the final cover captured who I am. The book was a lot more work than I anticipated. Sleepless nights is one thing but the re writes were killer! I had to keep going over it and over it again. I wanted to share personal stories, pictures (not all glamorous ones I might add) and offer advice on things that have worked for me… How to find the right man and keep him :) , beauty,, fashion, hair care and make up tips. It really was a great experience all in all. Later in the episode, I was shopping with my Mother In Law Estella and kids when I bumped into my sister Kim. She was actually out looking for dresses to wear to the opening title shoot. When we first sat down to talk, I had no idea what she was going to say. As she started speaking, I realized just how bad of a place my sister was in. It is painful for me to see my sister like that. It was such a private moment that wasn’t meant for the cameras. In watching the episode , I could not stop crying. I love my sister and want to see her happy with someone that will love her and take care of her. My sister has had a difficult time lately and it shows so much in that scene. its hard having such private moments like that aired on television. My sister is in a much better place now than she was then. I love her so much and am proud of her.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! XO, Kyle
Check out the trailer for “Life Is Not A Reality Show” hitting the shelves December 27th! - “Life Is Not A Reality Show” ...
Every year my husband Mauricio and I throw our annual White Party. Mauricio’s birthday is June 25th, our daughter Alexia’s is June 18th and Faye Resnick’s is July 3rd. So I throw it every year in honor of their birthdays. We all look forward to it as do all our friends.
When Adrienne called to tell me about Russell’s E-mail to Camille, I was so disappointed. The last thing I wanted was for anyone to feel uncomfortable . However, Taylor is my friend and always been kind to me. I didn’t want to disinvite her. I tried reaching her on her cell but couldn’t reach her and wasn’t getting a reply . As the time got closer to when they were approaching I felt sick to my stomach. I just could not bring myself to tell her. Plus I knew by confronting them about the e-mail we would basically be addressing Russell and Taylor’s issues. None of us have ever said anything to Russell. Anything Taylor shared with us we kept to ourselves per her request.
The last thing I needed on top of my stress was Kim and Brandi fighting. In watching the episode , I saw that it was even worse than I thought. I had only caught tidbits as I was consumed with the Taylor and Russell issue. I really was surprised to see Kim was that rude to Brandi. She honestly is a kind person. My sister has had a difficult year, and although I cannot speak for her nor do I condone her behavior, I cannot help but think that has something to do with it.
When Taylor and Russell were coming up the walkway, all smiles with a gift in hand , I was overcome with emotion. I could barely speak. Everyone felt so strongly about the situation. Emotions were running high. When I ran after them in the car, I felt so sad looking at both of them , ready to go home. Taylor and Russell both said he knew exactly what Camille had said. I was confused. Either A) Taylor told him a different story because she was scared B) the story WASN’T true and he really wanted to sue for slander or C) it was true but he was protecting himself because it was said ON camera….I think we all know the truth now….my heart breaks watching these episodes with Russell. So much sadness. This has been a rough year in so many ways. Next week, more of The White Party.
Until then….xo , Kyle.
Hello there! I haven’t updated my website in a while. I have been so busy with my book tour that I barely have time to eat. Which isn’t always a bad thing and what leads me to the reason I wanted to write this blog today….
In last weeks episode in Hawaii, we all went out on a boat for the day. Brandi and Camille wore bikini’s and Lisa, Adrienne and I stayed covered up. I wore a 1 piece and after swimming in the ocean I had a towel around my waist. I have never been one to parade around in my bathing suit. I joke with my friends when we are at the beach and tell tell them “ok, if a tsunami comes , grab the kids because I’m not getting up”
My weight has always fluctuated 10 pounds. I am 5″3 (on a good day) and 10 pounds can make a big difference in my body. I had gained weight toward the end of the season and now have lost it again. In my 20′s, I was obsessed with my weight and ate too little and exercised too much to achieve the “waif” look I saw in the magazines. I succeeded. I weighed 99 pounds and was excited because I was “double digits”. If I went to triple digits it was a bad day. It was unhealthy . Mentally and physically.
As Farrah got older and I had Alexia, I had to change my way of thinking. I didn’t want my daughters to grow up consumed with an unhealthy body image. I had to eat and exercise like a “normal” person in order to set the right example.
I’m so happy to see my girls have a healthy body image and don’t focus on weight. Now , the “ideal” body has changed so much too. Having a big butt is a good thing! It bothers me so much when I see the tabloids making fun of some celebrity’s weight. Close up’s of people’s bodies not looking their best , with the headline ” Guess who looked like this on the beach??!!” ”Look how fat so and so got!” Then this celebrity sees this, starves herself, then the next cover is “so and so is anorexic!” As a Mom of 4 daughters it bothers me so much!
A couple days ago, I started seeing things pop up on the internet saying “Self Conscience Kyle” gets editing approval on how she looks on RHOBH. What a laugh that is. If I had ANY editing right’s, there are MANY things that would NEVER have been in RHOBH. Starting 1st with the limo scene with my sister Kim last season. Or Game Night this season. We have no say as to what makes it in the show or not.
I will say this though…It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I was self conscience in a bathing suit on camera. I had on a 1 piece and had a towel around my waist. I was doing MY OWN EDITING :) Knowing all too well that if I was walking around in my bathing suit , it would be plastered all over everyone’s television. SOOO, there was SOME truth to that story.
As a society, we have made very little progress as far as body image goes. There is still too much focus on it. Wouldn’t it be fun to live in the old days when Marilyn Monroe had the ideal body weight? Then all the waif ‘s would eating more , while trying to gain weight to feel accepted ….Well, at least it’s more fun to eat than starve yourself :-)
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January 19th – Barnes & Noble, The Grove L.A. 7pm.
January 20th- Barnes & Noble, 7pm 160 S Westlake Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
The Reunion….where to begin?? This is a day we all DREAD. None of us want to go back and discuss issues that have already been resolved or address things in FRONT of the cameras that happened OFF camera.
The day starts off with all of us happy but nervous. We are laughing, joking around and running back and forth to see each other as we are getting ready. Then comes the dreaded call…”They’re ready for you” …It feels like the walk to the electric chair. Ok, slight exaggeration but it’s not fun.
Andy, tells us where to sit and we take our seats. At first it’s fun and we are having a pretty good time. Then the hard questions come. We are expected to answer honestly. It’s not always easy. Many times I’ve wanted to say “May I be excused?”
Before I go on to what happened , I would like to address a rumor that was circulating Monday afternoon. Brandi had given an interview and said that Adrienne, Taylor and I had planned an attack on Lisa. I can promise you with all my heart and soul that that never happened. I was really upset about that because Lisa is my friend. By Brandi putting that out there, some people went into viewing the Reunion with a very different mindset . Later , after hearing that I gave a brief interview explaining that was not true, Brandi said she never spoke to me but had HEARD that Adrienne was planning a meeting to discuss “an attack”. I NEVER heard of any such meeting nor did I or WOULD I attend any such meeting. I know Adrienne would never do something like that. I don’t know how my name got dragged into this, and I was even more perplexed because Taylor never said anything to Lisa that could be considered an attack. I do not know what Brandi’s reason for saying that was. However, if it really was something she had just “heard” she shouldn’t have repeated that without knowing if it was true or not. Hearsay can be dangerous. As we’ve seen. It was very hurtful to everyone. Probably, most hurtful to Lisa.
When we addressed the stuff that had been going on OFF camera between Lisa and me, I was not trying to be hurtful, but honest. I WAS upset that she had said one thing to my face about doing the splits at Pandora’s engagement party and then changed her tune in a video she shot for AOL. I knew the video was to get back at me for the “maybe she preys on the weak people” comment. Lisa knows my personality and knows I’ve been known to do crazier stuff than the splits WITHOUT cameras around, just to make my friends laugh. That is who I am. Everyone there , including Lisa had known I was hurt by that. I would have felt like a hypocrite if I had not been honest about it. I should have chosen my words more carefully during that conversation with Taylor when I made that comment that upset Lisa. I would have preferred if we had just handled the issue alone, without cameras, which we HAD done and gotten past. However, during the reunion these issues are brought up again. Then we have to re live them over and over. Then just when you think you’re past it…Re runs!!
When Andy asked me what was going on between Adrienne and Lisa I was extremely uncomfortable. I am friends with BOTH of them! I think a lot of people think I am only close with Lisa, however, Mauricio and I are also close with Adrienne and Paul. (as well as the rest of the cast) In addition to that, Adrienne has been very kind to my sister Kim during a very difficult time in her life.
As Lisa and Adrienne started to get into it , I felt awful. There were many times I wanted to chime in and didn’t because of the fact that they are both my friends. How could I defend one and not the other? I also know that these two women are strong and can hold their own. The people pleaser in me (not a good trait or one that I am proud of) didn’t want either one of them to be upset with me. So I stayed out of it. Most of us did. This argument was a long time coming and I had not been involved with any of their issues. However, when the day was finished, I felt bad about not speaking up at certain times.
Clearly , I would have my own battles to fight…When Brandi came in we joked about her getting married in Vegas. I had teased her via text about it right after she got married and we had laughed. All was fine between Brandi and me…so I thought.
The drama continues next week…
The end has come. It has been such a difficult year. I can’t say I’m sad that it’s over. Having the husbands come in after hearing Taylor discuss her rocky marriage was a welcome break. I love all these guys. Especially Mauricio of course :-) but all of them are kind , fun and just overall great guys. Adrienne, Lisa and I are so fortunate.
I was absolutely SHOCKED when they showed my husbands BUTT!! We were having massages in Hawaii when we shot that part. I remember that I saw his towel slip down and said “oops, oh well, they won’t use that” HAHA! It was SO funny to see his face too! Later he said to me. “I am never going to hear the end of this from the guys on the golf course” . I have to say, it did look cute. :-)
Like Andy said, my sister Kim had been in rehab during the shooting of the Reunion. Although it was technically only a day before she completed her rehabilitation, she would not leave early. I was so proud of her , not only because she went to rehab, but she went during the holidays which I know was so difficult. We all knew it would be our first Christmas apart from her and it was sad for all of us. Watching Kim sit across from Andy and say “I’m an alcoholic” touched me beyond words. For Kim to put herself out there in front of millions of people and admit that was a HUGE step in her recovery. SInce the beginning of season 1, all of the girls in the cast have been kind and supportive towards Kim. Although, they knew of her struggles, they respected her choice to deal with it privately. That is something I will never forget. This was such a draining and emotional season. I have cried so much in the past year that I’m embarrassed. I am a very emotional person and it has been a trying time. Thank you all so much for your tweets, e-mails and letters of support. Kim and I sat together yesterday and read through so many heartwarming e-mails from all over. Kim is doing so well. Each day she is stronger , happier and moving forward, one day at a time….
WIth love and gratitude, Kyle
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