Of Love and Lasagna

Episode 3: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor breaks down Brad's best pearls of wisdom.

This week the life lessons extended well beyond the fashion world. We learned about Italian culture, driving in LA, and growing up gay. Unfortunately it's not always rainbows and bowties in Brad's world.

On a side note, my fellow editors think I need to keep a running count of how many times Brad cries each episode. I got to two and then lost count, so suffice it to say there was an abundance of tears this week.

Of Love and Lasagna

Always, always compliment an Italian mother's cooking. I won't even waste time setting up the scenario, because if by chance you're reading this and happen to be eating lasagna that an Italian mother prepared for you, you should currently be making noises of approval or assuring her that this is certainly the best lasagna you've ever tasted. Learn from Debby and Mandy's mistakes, people! Luckily they had Brad and Gary there to run interference for them so they could get some compliments before the dishes were cleared. If they hadn't, this momentous meeting ten years in the making could have gone horribly awry.


Let's just say Brad's new assistant, Lindsay, is not exactly comfortable behind the wheel. To be fair, when your only previous driving experience was in a small town in South Carolina and then you're thrown into LA traffic, there's probably going to be a bit of a learning curve. Though I was kind of confused as to why her GPS kept rerouting her. Was she driving in circles? Was SIRI playing a cruel joke on her? Was there nowhere to pull over so she could get her bearings? And I'm pretty sure yelling at the GPS to give you the right directions isn't going to fix the problem.

The lesson here is always leave incredibly early for your first day of work. Better to drive around in circles killing time than drive around in circles being hopelessly lost.

And hey, at least she didn't get into an accident!

"It Wasn't All Color Blocking and Glitter"

Brad really went deep this week and revealed some very personal parts of his past. Honesty is the best policy (especially when penning a memoir), and Brad wasn't holding back anything, from his struggles with growing up gay to his previous issues with drugs and alcohol. The hardest thing to hear about was the "un-gaying" therapy. Truly heartbreaking. (And not just because super masculine toys are such a snooze. Let Brad play with the Barbie!)

But the silver lining is that Brad's overcome all of that adversity and gone on to achieve everything he had dreamed of, all while being openly gay. Hurrah! It really does get Bradder (sorry, I couldn't help it).

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Sheer Terror with Coco Rocha

Brad dishes on his minor panic attack during Coco's fitting.

Let me start off by saying I love my new house so much! We have now been living in it for almost six months, and every day I pinch myself to see if it is real. I have been busy decorating with the help of our friend and interior designer, Sal Messina. The house is really starting to take shape and we are so happy here! Penelope especially!

I have been a big fan of Coco Rocha’s for many, many years. I have seen her walk in runway shows, pose like no other in photo shoots, and naturally follow her every move on Twitter and Instagram. When I got the call the she needed some help selecting her look for the premiere of her TV show The Face, I pretty much jumped up and down. I wanted her to have THE best choices to choose from, and I kid you not, when we were pulling we couldn't believe how many things were sheer, but we thought that would be right up Coco's alley. Boy was I wrong! I usually have a good gauge for what people are going to love, so when she said she didn't wear anything sheer, I almost passed out. One thing I have learned in this industry is that you cannot be part of the problem, you have to be part of the solution. So I presented all of the options that I thought were the strongest and went from there. We ended up finding options not only for her premiere, but also for press appearances.She stunned on the night of the premiere! It was a really amazing red carpet moment! Not to mention I have been doing A, E, I, O, U since we filmed in November, and it has changed my life! It was an absolute honor working with Coco. I adore her!

As if that wasn't enough excitement for this gay Canadian boy, I got a call from Noot Seear who is also Canadian, also a top model, and also an actress. She has launched an amazing line of headphones called FRENDS! They are fashion meeting function at its finest! She wanted the shoot to look high fashion, but also look like her, so it was a fine balance to match all of those things together. I wanted to show different styles to reflect the different types of women who would be wearing the headphones, so we had the bohemian girl, the indie girl, glamour girl, rocker girl, and girlie girl. It’s so fun to work with new clients and see their reaction to what you have pulled for them and want to see them in. Noot was so incredibly happy with the job we did, and the shots turned out AMAZING! It was a pleasure working with her and I wish her tons of success with her headphones!So much Canadian love! Can you handle it?

On next week’s episode of Brad World, we go to Dubai! It's NEXT LEVEL!


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