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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Beth Chose Function Over Fashion

Brad really didn't know which dress Beth Behrs was going to choose until the last minute.

Beth Behrs has been a client of mine since the Tony Awards this past June. We had such a great red carpet moment that night that we have been working together ever since.

I love Beth. She is very open to change, trying new things, and she trusts me 100%. Beth was attending the AmFar event in Los Angeles with the creator of the show she stars in "Two Broke Girls," so we wanted her to be sexy and sophisticated at the same time. At the end of the fitting, I usually know what a client is going to wear, but in this case, we had two very strong Armani options that were very different in feeling, but both appropriate for the occasion.

We had both of them prepared for her, and in the end she chose to wear the black velvet plunging neckline gown. This is a case where function over fashion won! We loved the strapless pearly grey architectural gown, but it was very restricting and would have been hard for her to sit in for the entire event. Some dresses are meant to be worn on the carpet only -- you take pictures and then get in your car and go home! It happens.

In the end she looked gorgeous, chic and sexy. Check!Getting a new house with Gary has been absolutely amazing! We have been talking about moving for about a year now, but I didn’t really ever think we would. First of all because we loved our old house so much, and secondly we couldn’t find a house that we liked enough to move into. Then we found THE ONE! We both knew this was it, and we put in an offer and bought it together. I also never thought I would be a homeowner either. I feel so grown up!

I wasn’t able to be at the move due to the fitting, but let me tell you, I was busy organizing, unpacking, and setting the house up. I cannot wait for you to see it! It's magical!

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