Taylor Armstrong

Taylor Armstrong talks about preparing for her costume party.

on Dec 23, 20100

Sometimes you have to go back, way back, to fix the problems of the present. This week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills we went back to the 1920s to see if we could do just that. I have always enjoyed dressing up, especially in era costumes. Putting on a costume seems to lighten one’s mood and sets the tone for a fun evening. When it comes to finding a unique costume, Hollywood is the place to be. Hollywood costume houses are a special treasure trove of archived costumes worn in films, theatre, and television. Fortunately, my friend and stylist, Julie Waldorf, found time to meet me at Western Costume. Western Costume has dressed virtually every major film star beginning in the silent era, through the first Academy Awards, to today. It was a very special treat for me to have the opportunity to play dress-up with their vast collection. I was so impressed with the miles -- yes, seven miles -- of Hollywood treasures. It’s like a trip down motion picture memory lane walking the aisles of Western Costume, very nostalgic. Julie and I had a laugh trying on different looks; we selected a vintage headband from the 1920s. I so admired the gorgeous dresses from the era but, I was concerned about wearing the fragile ninety-year-old garments to a party. I opted for a modern version from Sue Wong, rather than risk the delicate fabric and bead work in the vintage dresses. Among Ms. Wong’s collections are 1920s-inspired pieces, including the one I wore in this episode.

I loved seeing all my friends dressed in costume and enjoying themselves. It was especially nice to see Kyle and Camille put their differences aside for the evening and have some fun; we all needed it.

It was kind of Kim to invite me for a manicure. It was the first time we really had the chance to talk and we related to one another much better than in the past. I am not sure where the tension between us comes from or where it is going, but we are certainly better one-on-one than in the middle of a tornado. We may still have our differences, but I now have hope.

The charity event at Villa Blanca went beautifully. The fashion show was a hit, the food was delicious, and the proceeds went to a very deserving young lady. Very nice job, Lisa.

59 comments
K Taylor
K Taylor

Nice choice of costume for your roaring twenties party!

Mimi Nguyen
Mimi Nguyen

I loved that red one shoulder dress that you wore to Lisa's charity lunchin. Can you tell me who is the designer is?

mbean
mbean

I would love to know where the dress came from too. It was super cute!!

Callista
Callista

Taylor, I absolutely love you! I don't even know you, but I feel like I do. In a way, you kind of remind me of my own mother. You both are passionate about life, beautiful inside and out, intelligent, and caring. I also thought my mom deserved a better spouse, just like you. You try so hard to make your husband happy and to get him to be more of what you want him to be. My mother spent 18 years trying to accomplish the same thing with my father, and no matter how hard she tried and persisted, my dad never changed. You can't change someone unless they're willing to become different, including Russell. My mom finally divorced my dad, and she has been able to move forward with her life. I suggest you talk to Russell. Talk to him about how disconnected you feel from him. Give him some sort of wake up call! If he doesn't comply, find another man who shares the same interests you do. You deserve MORE and better, girly. You are too good and happy of a person to be sad. Love you!

Crystal M.
Crystal M.

Taylor -

I just watched the 'White Party' and I fell in love with your white dress! Could you possibly tell me who the deisgner is? I'm turning 30 in May - Vegas bound - and would love to get my hands on that dress!

Much appreciated - C.M. from Seattle.

Viewermelmadcity
Viewermelmadcity

KTaylor just want to say be you, don't compromise, love yourself first! Set a great example for your daughter! Keep the faith.

Kenney
Kenney

Taylor, I felt so sad your loneliness was written on your face you are a kind and giving person,i hope you are kind to yourself. You deserve it. Best of luck

Gail sc
Gail sc

Taylor you are so beautiful. I'm sorry your going through so much pain with your husband. It reminds me of mine. You just look so sad and lonely you deserve more than that. Your totally beautiful so enjoy your life while your still young .

alisonn
alisonn

Taylor I think you are a beautiful and amazing person! I think you might even be my favorite housewive from any series. I just don't understand why you are with your husband!? There are soo many men that would die to be with you. You are a smart, gorgeous woman who deserves nothing but the best. He never shows compassion or love which just gets under my skin. I hate seeing you upset over him because you shouldn't be going through that. I hope you realize how amazing you are and how much more you deserve!

nansea
nansea

You deserve the happiness that Kyle has. We all do! Maybe it's time to move on to someone that brings you all that.

Kathy Spooner
Kathy Spooner

Taylor, I have been noticing Russell since the show started. He is sooooo much like my husband and other super intelligent people. I think he may have Asperer's Syndrome. Please look it up. It is not you. He loves you but cannot express it. He probable lacks empathy as well. Look into it. I just realized after 21 years on a roller-coaster that that's what causes the selfish, awkward and inconsiderate behavior. There is a book called, The Other half.. Good Luck.

Pegs
Pegs

Taylor - you're so on the up and up - I love that! I'm sorry the white party was a bust for you. I can't make a judgement about your husband from the few moments I see him on the show but I wish you both the best. Okay - totally superficial - tell us about the necklace you wore to the white party. It is fantastic. And if it's a fortune where can we middle class types get something similar. LOVE IT!

Michelle in LA
Michelle in LA

Can someone please tell me who the hairstylist was that did your hair for the 20's party? I loved it!! He did a great job. I live here and need to find him!!

Kansas City
Kansas City

Taylor- ARE YOU EVER GOING TO ADMIT YOUR WRONG DOING? You read the blogs, you have seen the fall out, you have rewatched the shows...it is time now to own your part in all the drama. It is annoying that you do not hold yourself accountable for your own actions. You called Camille 'insecure,' and we all know you were the one who kept the fire hot in New York. Own it and move on- until your own it I am not a fan.

Viewer56
Viewer56

This is an observation. You seem to have a lot of negativity when it comes to Kim. From the very first show you assumed her shyness was insulting. I find it hard to understand that you hesitated in your invitation to her but begged Camille to come, not to mentioned welcomed Kyle with open arms.Those two have been explosive in the past. I though Kim's honesty was refreshing but it made you suspicious? It could be how you read people including Russel??? Stepping back and getting a new perspective is a wonderful tool for growth. As far as what we say at the airport, other than Kyle everyone seemed to be speaking out of concern or understanding. You didn't look baited or gossiping only concerned.Nothing to be defensive about.

pasha
pasha

Taylor, I sure hope that Andy asked you the tough questions yesterday at the reunion taping. As a self proclaimed advocate for women, why would you ever threaten someone and then call them crack head?

srq sweetheart
srq sweetheart

Taylor, I think you are a very thoughtful and sensitive person. You appear to try to "do the right thing" by giving your time and helping others. You obviously love your daughter and are a good mother. So why do I find myself asking this question: why are you married to a man who acts like he doesn't like you? I do not say this to hurt you or in an attempt to tear you down. I am asking this because it is obvious when viewing footage of RHBH that Russell do things to intentionally disrepect you and show that you are not a priority or important. You deserve so much better than this...so much more than this. He does NOT deserve someone as sweet as you. I hope you ultimately recieve the loving relationship you are worthy of, no matter who you partner/spouse ends up being. I want good things for you...I want to see you loved and happy.

MirandaG
MirandaG

Taylor, You are a great person. Don't let negative comments get you down. I admire your charity work with the women's shelter. You are a good mom and a lovely person.

JoyceNJersey
JoyceNJersey

Seems to me that you're probably feeling a little guilty maybe thinking ; "hmmm maybe I did say something that set Camille off"? so lashing out at Kim, the one that you, as most people would, also think:" Well, she heard what WAS said in Vegas" and didn't help squash it, so why drag your offhanded comments into it? You didn't mean anything bad by whatever you said to Camille. Realty is Camille has selective hearing, and only hears what Camille has decided she heard. She misheard your comments in NYC, just as she misheard Kyle's comments in Vegas. She thought you were all talking about her being insecure about that subject matter (hubby is the one people are interested in) behind her back. Because she IS INSECURE about it, she will always think/hear the worst.

You all need to accept that she simply cannot hear differently than what she has decided was meant. You all need to have the mantra, Camille, you heard that wrong. You heard it wrong Camille. That's not what was said period, move on. Something eventually may get through. Just stop letting the loon run the bus now.

Loved the costumes from the 20's! They looked fabulous on you and it was the perfect period to choose for a party theme! Good job.

Adrienne,Lisa,Kyle fan
Adrienne,Lisa,Kyle fan

Don't listen to this one. She probably doesn't even have a man and if she does, I feel sorry for him. You can't MAKE a MAN do anything. You and your husband are equals. He didn't try to stop you from spending 60g on the party or giving your daughter an expensive barbie necklace at age 4. He had a right to give his daughter a dog if he wanted to. But, he also can't expect you to be involved in cleaning up after it since you didn't want it. That's where you draw the line. As for keeping the dog. I think that you kind of told the doctor that Kennedy is allergic to the dog, not the other way around. So if the dog truly is effecting your daughter's health, then you and your husband should sit down with her and explain that he needs to live somewhere else. If the dog is not harming Kennedy, then tell your husband that he needs to hire a dog nanny to take care of and clean up after it since you didn't want it in the first place.

bhfriend
bhfriend

You described yourself in the shows' intro "People think I have it all, but I want more"! Empty people never get filled up!

DIGNIFIEDaddict;)
DIGNIFIEDaddict;)

Lovely, lovely, lovely and beautiful...that's YOU! Your demeanor is articulate and poised...MOST OF THE TIME...except when the real Oklahoma in you comes out, and you immediately know how to "bring it on" to Kim in a fight. Still lovin' that line in the NY episode where you would take Kim "out back and pull some Oklahoma on her ass". Those words would never fly out of the mouth of a truly poised woman. So my question is......WHICH IS THE REAL TAYLOR? Oklahoma or Beverly Hills?

jaintn
jaintn

I totally agree with your post. We all saw the conversation at the airport, and I'm pretty sure Kim wasn't forcing Taylor to say anything she didn't want to say. I'm also sure nobody forced Taylor to get Camille worked up again after she and Kyle had worked out the imaginary issue Camille kept harping on. Kim seems to like to stir the pot a little bit, but won't to own up to it. I also must have missed something when Kim tried to chat with her at the salon. Taylor acted aloof and a little rude to Kim, and then downright bitchy about her when talking to the camera. What are we all missing here?

Noire
Noire

I think you have found an opportunity to take out some of the frustration you feel at home on Kim. That makes you a bully. Knock it off! There is no reason at all to treat Kim the way you do. Grow up, own up to the fact that you started this ENTIRE argument between Kyle and Camille by going behind peoples backs and acting like you're still in high school. I want to like you Taylor but you seriously need to analyze your behavior and find out why you think its OK to treat a good friend's sister like crap.

young56
young56

Watching the dinner party again I was curious as to what caused you to blow up at Kim. It looked like she was talking to Camille to clear up her misconception about the airport and what was said. Then you replied Kim baited you and went off on her. Then we saw you upset and crying to Faye about why Kim attacks you. It makes no sense at all making you look like a bully but wanting to be seen as a victim. Then at the salon, Kim was very honest and straight forward with you not confrontational at all. Your reaction was to be stand offish and doubt her motives. You treat all the other ladies with respect and excuse any personal flaws even laughing when they are directed at Kim. Is there something we don't see? How you can be so involved in your work with abused women and behave the way you do at times. What is the old saying Charity begins at home. This wasn't a reprimand rather a question.

Just S
Just S

you need to watch the episodes concerning the Airport and Camille's party. Taylor did say Camille was insecure and insignificant , then went to Camille and blabbed that the other housewives were talking behind her back and started the argument all over again. So Kim was and has been right all along. Watch the 2 episodes again and you will see that Kim is right and Taylor was just afraid she would be found out that she lied and back stabbed the other women . She also is guilty of getting Kyle mad at Kim. So Taylor played a major part in all the drama. Please I hope this all comes out at the reunion.....

JAP
JAP

Taylor, Love you on the show. I know people have made a lot of comments about your marriage and husband, but I really disagree. Russell is a good man who really loves you. The most important thing in marriage is unconditional love on both sides and that forms a strong friendship.

Viewer in Japan
Viewer in Japan

I agree with the other viewers the air port scene is going to be played at the reunion and Taylor will be left speechless because she did in fact call Camille insecure/insignificant!! Good luck Taylor your little lies are going to catch up to you, but sadly you wont be able to throw Kim under the bus anymore!!!

ViewerCarrie
ViewerCarrie

Re watch the shows carefully and then post again...you will see Taylor isn't innocent here.

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

Hi Taylor: My daughter and I just returned from visiting LA for the holidays. We had the great joy of seeing you and your daughter walking down Rodeo Drive one night. The two of you are so beautiful in person. Wishing you all the best in the new year.

Adrienne,Lisa,Kyle fan
Adrienne,Lisa,Kyle fan

At first I didn't like you, Taylor. You are a bit on the self-absorbed side, but I've come to the conclusion that you're clueless of that fact, so I've decided to forgive you for it...for now. I hope that in retrospect you see that your daughter's birthday party was more about you and your friends than about your daughter. And that birthday toast with the "me", "I", "my" pronouns flowing forth while "sugar daddy/deep pockets" stood right there being totally excluded/ignored--not cool. You really need to be more inclusive and appreciative of your hubby's contribution and role in the family. Let him know that it's not just the lifestyle that he provides that YOU love about him. You both seemed a bit envious of Kyle and Mauricio's relationship. You can have that too. It's all up to you. You can do it. I know you can. I saw that softer, caring side of you at the domestic violence shelter and I'm now pretty much a Taylor fan as well. Kim is insecure and passively aggressive toward both her sister and you. Don't let her get to you. You're a beautiful woman inside and out. Remember to show both sides to your hubby, you'll have him melting like butter...just like he was at that benefit.

Just S
Just S

Taylor is blowing up at Kim because she is afraid that Camille will find out that it was Taylor that was talking behind her back calling her insecure at the airport. Taylor went to Camille and told her a lie that the others were talking behind her back (which they were not saying anything derogatory , just concerned). But it was Taylor who has started all this insecure stuff and keeps yelling at Kim every time Taylor thinks her lie might come out and Camille would see who really did say it. So Taylor , own it , you said it, now admit it and move on and leave poor Kim alone. I do agree with the comment that you are only interested in the more wealthy housewives.

sonu
sonu

You are wonderful you are so beautiful women.

Ashley, Florida
Ashley, Florida

Im liking you more & more! You're such a sweet girl. Please don't let Kim get to you, it was obvious she started that spat with you at Camille's party. I don't know why some say otherwise. I wish you well in everything you do!

Bravo, Please post

JennaD
JennaD

Bravo. Kindly Post my comment. Thanks.

Taylor, Just own what you said, you did say Camille was insecure, big deal! You weren’t ill-intended (I think), although Camille will twist it that you were. So when Kim is prompted to tell the truth about the “insecure” comment, let her speak her mind. It will give you the opportunity to say that you meant. Maybe you meant that Camille is feeling uncertain about her relationship with the girls and how the girls see her “status” which wasn’t the case until Camille makes it the case.

Surely You Jest
Surely You Jest

Taylor, Just a little fan/viewer insight for you; The fan base saw what took place at the airport and we already know who is lying and who is telling the truth. You can bet your bottom dollar that it will be replayed at the reunion and you will be called out yet again. When that happens, you won't be able to throw Kim under the bus anymore. Best to go ahead and own it now rather than then. You owe both those ladies an appology for the pot you solely are responsible for stirring and this hot mess you created.

kina
kina

Taylor-

You come off as a proud, respectful woman. Many posts are commenting about your marriage, but they don't know the entire story, and have no room to judge. You are a grown woman and you make your own decisions. Nothing irritates me more than others telling you what to do in your marriage...

I agree with other posters stating that you unleash on Kim to place the attention off yourself onto Kim and Kyle. It's black and white, Taylor. You said it, no one forced you, it's on tape, 'man' up to it. Hopefully you have already. I know you aren't a bad person, but you do come off as catty often. Especially when speaking to/about Kim.

SarahinNC
SarahinNC

I couldn't agree more. Not only was she talking about Camille behind her back at the airport, she then went and told Camille that the other girls were talking about her. Sooo too faced, childish and catty. Own up to it and quit yelling at Kim who was at least brave enough to call you out.

Giea
Giea

Bravo - please post this. Thank you!

Taylor – I don’t get you. You are an advocate for women in distress, yet you bully other women!? Please think about that. For someone who is an advocate for women, stop bullying Kim. Kim is harmless. She is a bit awkward b/c she just surrounds herself with her children and finds it difficult to relate to you women who are wealthy and who have husbands. Instead of being a bully and shunning her to side, and screaming and yelling at her when she tries to speak the truth, just let her be. You out of all people should reach out and try to make her feel welcomed. I’m truly disappointed in your behavior. Your charity and your behavior towards Kim are a contradiction. Please reflect and hopefully you can apologize to yourself and to Kim.

Viewer in MA
Viewer in MA

Taylor, I have done some reading about you and I must say, I definitely am extremely sorry that I may have misjudged you. You are an amazing, smart, kind, generous, savvy woman and I am impressed with your background. I am in the medical device industry and know how difficult a BS in Bio is to obtain. Your work with the charities is phenominal and very generous.

Peta
Peta

I am starting to see a lot more to you Taylor. You looked gorgeous in that outfit but still painfully thin. I hope you are looking after yourself, you deserve good health.

ReneeDee
ReneeDee

In all honesty I think that you Taylor ignited the flame that is now the torch between Kyle and Camille and I think that every time Kim tries to refresh your memory of what you said in the airport on the way to New York you get scared that you will be in Camille's line of fire and you'd rather scream and holler at poor little Kim Richards than face a true verbal match with Camille. Its that simple. You are on tape, live and in color, calling Camille insecure and I KNOW it will be shown at the reunion. It would serve you well to own it now and leave Kim alone.

Christy O
Christy O

I loved the dress you wore to the Roaring 20's party. Tres Chic!

Gd
Gd

Taylor,

I am sure you are a good person. Be careful, from you behavior you seemed very interested to be more friends with the wealthier ladies. In this case Adrienne and Lisa. You have not been fair with Kim. It seems that you are not interested to accept what really happened. Kim wants to share her side of the story and you get crazy and attack her right away. Please be fair. I thought it was very cruel that you did not invite her to your party at first. (Specially when you had invited KYle). Kim seems to be very real and nice. I am sure she has many issues like anyone else.

Remember, the most hard to find wealth is to be content and satisfied with what you already have. There are many people that want what you own.

Happy New Year

sun&fun
sun&fun

I thought it was cute when you brought over the rather large gentleman @ your party, to see if Camille and Kyle were getting along. You are a lovely woman w/ a big heart. I love your spark! Please make sure that Russell doesn't snuff it out, that would be very sad indeed.

Midwest Viewer
Midwest Viewer

I loved the dress you wore when you visited Julie Waldorf's warehouse to pick out your 20's dress.... who makes it/where did you get it? It is perfect!

tamawils1
tamawils1

I loved the party. It was a great idea. I love your stamina and the fact that you are being yourself on this show of superficial woman. Your my favorite thus far.

Christina from Queens
Christina from Queens

Taylor, you are great! Such a big and beautiful heart. An unbelievably strong woman....just apply that strength in every aspect of your life and you will be completely fulfilled. Thank you for your inspiration!

Lillianah
Lillianah

I'm sure you are a lovely person, Taylor. However, you should be more open-minded to Kim. She is a darling, and obviously making an effort to make amends. On the show, you have claimed that you can't seem to figure her out. It is important that you realize that she just has a different way of resonating with the world than you do. Just because she's difficult to read doesn't mean she isn't worth getting to know. Your misunderstandings shouldn't be taken so seriously, or rather, built into something they are not. Drama with Kim should not be a substitution for your real problems.