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Here we are again touching down in the middle of my construction zone -- that began Sur Lounge. We always have a series of soft openings to iron out the teething problems, of which there were many. This was the first, mainly for friends and no press, just a small gathering to see if all the kinks can be ironed out. . .
I don't know if it is my inability to schedule things properly, but it's always right down to the wire! I am thrilled with the venue. Visually you will just have to come and see for yourselves -- the garden and the private dining room (none of which you saw) are almost ethereal, and I am so proud of its success.
Anyway, that evening, there was a smorgasbord of glitches and the event was filled with so many complications. I am going to have to gloss over some. I felt like a horse in a hurdle race. . .
Firstly Scheana alerted me to the fact that she had been involved with Brandi's ex-husband whilst she was married to him. I didn't know the details, but I didn't have to. Although I didn't know Brandi very well, she was my guest and I wanted her to feel at ease so Scheana had to go. She could work at the restaurant next door. . .OK, one down.
Lisa, you are forever such a lovely person and lady. Thanks for being who you are. I am looking so forward to Pandora's wedding. I do think, however that ou all are being snowballed by Taylor. She is a liar as is evident of her past with Russell and his business dealings. She is not who you think that she is and I do not believe that she was abused as she says. She is an attention seeking drama queen!
Lisa, Your new place looks FAB-U-LOUS!!! Who would expect anything any different! Particlarly liked the Asian statues. The whole place looked sooo peaceful, til Cedric walked in!! He is trying to push your buttons. Glad you gave him the heave-ho. You have the best taste, Lisa, and a lot of common sense with the advice you tried to give Kyle about her sister. Not sure she grasps how futile it is to fight with her. Brandi is right too, she has to WANT help and until she is ready, save your breath. Good luck with your new place.
Lisa, congratulations on the opening of SUR--it is truly stunning! Cedric wasn't even fun watch, that part could have been left out of the show. I do admire how you handle uncomfortable situations. I absolutely can't wait for next week to see Pandora's wedding, I know it will be beautiful, and you can be sure I'll be taking mental notes on all the details. I do hope Kim gets proper help because she's just annoying to watch lately. As for Taylor, like others, I'm just so tired of her, I just don't care! And her shrink coming to the party was incredibly unprofessional. Very grateful Dana was left off this episode, the most uninteresting person ever brought on this show.
Lisa, Thanks for being a class act, having an open heart, and turely caring about your friends. Look forward to the wedding!
I pray for Kim, she clearly has issues and it's very sad she can't see that.
Lisa, the way you handled everything was first class. I admire the way you handled the incident with Brandi and your waitress and then when Cedric showed up......you never made a scene, never got loud, just very nice and to the point. I'm also glad everyone came together for Taylor and I'm hoping Kim received the treatment she needed in rehab! Ready to see the wedding!
My dear Lisa..cannot wait to see your daughter's wedding. I love you and your husband and I can be a hard nut at times..so for me to say that..I mean it. I will see your restaurant this year. Will be going to Cali and would not miss eating at one of your places. This Sedric thing is crazy, whatever in the world would make this guy and young lady come to your party. Oh well, HOLLYWOOD!!
Lisa - Cedric had it pretty cushy at your house and didn't appreciate it - he was taking advantage of you. Hope he disappears off the landscape never to be seen or heard from again. We viewers know what a "taker" he was. The ladies were overall pretty nice to both Kim and Taylor thru the season. I hope they are both eliminated from next year's cast, for their own good. I could understand Taylor's behavior to some extent, but just got tired of watching Kim self-destruct. Time for her to grow up....she isn't a star anymore, just a wreck. Hope she gets off TV and works on her personal problems. Thanks for being so nice, ladies. Camille and Brandi redeemed themselves this season!!
Congratulations on your opening. I thought the decor was gorgeous from what I saw on the show. Great job! Looking forward to next week and the wedding! Much fan love to you and your family at such a joyous time in your lives.
Lisa: You handled yourself well when Cedric showed up. He's know realized that he's bit off the hand that was feeding him and is trying to make up. Good for you for showing that louse the door. Kudos to Ken, sticking up for his wife.
Looking forward to Pandora's wedding, I'm sure she was a beautiful bride!
What a hard episode to watch. The highlight for me, however was the look on Pauls face while RuPaul was explaining his theory (fact?) that everybody dresses in drag. Priceless!
Hi Lisa, you forgot to put a big sign at the entrance," LEAVE THE DRAMA AT THE DOOR." Theirs a time and place for everything. You handled all the situations with grace and elegance, let the chips lye where they fall. Good to hear you didn't send your employee packing, just next door to your restaurant. Brandi is no longer married to that man, he's someone Else's spouse now. She needs to move on, it is what it is.It was was it was.It's quite obvious she's still pained from the torment she had to endure. I just hope she knows how to be emphatic in a situation like hers,she could have her own pickings of rich married men. I can't wait until next week. From the previews it looks like a fairytale wedding!!
"indifference is really the greatest insult of all" -- indeed!!! There is nothing so far removed from love or hate than indifference. Cedric was inappropriate and rude to crash your bash!! You were spot on once again by having your waitress leave the party. And Brandi showed that she really does have class by not causing a scene. She has class when it matters. You were a true friend. I hope you noticed her trying to aid YOU in the Cedric situation. She already values your friendship and took your side. Oh and once again thank you, thank you, thank you for not having Dana at your party!!!
Lisa - First - thank you blogging! With ur busy schedule it just shows how professional u r....I guess the other ladies r 2 important! Second - thank god that creep cedric is no longer in ur life - he is TOXIC! I am so excited 2 c the wedding - thx again! Sur looks BEAUTIFUL - just like u and Ken!
Hi Lisa. It is such a blessing you have Cedric out of your life. He is a fame hungry sociopath and will do anything to get on television. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie. I'm sure he made up that whole story about his prostitute mother abandoning him on the street as a boy. You fell for his crap because you are a kind, giving person. It is unfortunate, but it happens. At least you learned the truth before this slime attended your beautiful daughter's wedding!
Lisa, I really appreciate the fun you had with Brandi in Hawaii and how you took her flirting all in good fun. Your one liners are so much fun! But I do think it was important for Taylor to apologize to Camille. She has a habit of defending her behavior of lying and blaming others for her problems in life. If she didn't apologize and accept the blame for herself then I would have seen this as just another piece of her bad decision making drama. But I was surprised and impressed that she took responsibility and apologized. I do hope it wasn't just because her therapist was there and she was on good behavior. I hope she meant it and understood it. I wish her the best moving forward and I will give her the benefit of the doubt but I will be watching her for true growth.
Congratulations on the opening. Sur looked gorgeous from what I saw on the show. Looking forward to next week and the wedding. Best wishes to you and your family at this joyous time in your lives.
Lisa, you are a beautiful soul inside and out. I love to see the love you have for your family and your companions (Giggy, etc).
Anyone would be lucky to have you as a friend. It's a tragedy to see anyone hurt you.
Lisa, you are truly a class act! Though you live a lavish lifestyle, you present yourself as a very down to Earth lady. You are elegant, witty, and charming. You and Ken are precious. Your sweet daughter, Pandora, is beautiful and her now husband seems like a true gentleman. SUR, what we could see on television looks awesome. I hope to one day soon visit Villa Blanca and SUR. Living in the southeast, California seems so far away due to the time change. Perhaps, my hubby will need to find a medical conference somewhere near there to make it worth our time as well as stay somewhere that there are fun activities fir children. Again, I have so enjoyed you this season. Thank you for opening your heart, home, and life with all us viewers. God Bless and Peace! Hugs, Francie
You ARE enterainment. I have enjoyed looking into your life as well as the other women. Thank you for sharing. Remember in any kind of fight, where the head goes the body will follow. Always bob and weave :)
Lisa, I am not a big fan of reality shows, but yours is the only one I watch mostly because I admire you so much - your class, your style, your grace under pressure, and yes, your naughty sense of humor. :-) Even though I am a tad older than you, you are my role model. I learned a valuable lesson from you last night -- indifference is the greatest insult of all! Brava!
Lisa, I love you! You are the epitome of finer womanhood. I love the way you handled the situation with the waitress who ws tied to Brandy's ex. It was handled with class and tact. Cedric, whew!! Bless your heart. He is trying to weasel his way back in because that is what users do. But you took the high road as usual. I can't wait to come to Beverly Hills just so I can visit your restaurants. Good luck to you in your business endeavors.
You handled everything that came your way with grace and class. It was a zoo indeed. From an uninvited guest to Taylor bringing her therapist with her demanding a sit-down at your opening was class-less on her part, she always has to make everything all about her! You are truly a multi-tasker. You are my favorite RHOBH.
Hi Lisa, I had such a great time watching the show and am so happy your daughter is getting married and we will be able to see some of the wedding. I am also glad that you were playful with Brandi, she means no harm. If anyone needs your advice on Class it is her. Brandi seems to adore you and Ken. I will always be watching-FAN!!
Dear Miss Lisa, You have so much class and elegance, a welcome breath of fresh air, always. Sorry about that obnoxious tool, Cedric. Never saw such low class nerve! Can't wait to see your precious Pandoras wedding! God bless.
I love you, Lisa! I am sure to cry when I see your beautiful daughter get married next week. You are the best Housewife and the number one reason I watch. I'm going to miss not seeing you every week.
I was stunned that Cedric thought it would be a good idea to show at the party. Cannot imagine what is going through his head. I don't know if it was editing or not, but I couldn't believe that he just stood there and stared at you after you asked him to leave. And his response that it's not the time or place? Indeed it was not, in fact it wasn't the time of place for him to be there. How dare he turn it around on you. He couldn't have felt that you'd have been happy to see him. This is a man with nerve.
Good on you for not judging your waitstaff. You nonetheless did the right thing asking her to leave (and I think Brandi handled herself with aplomb). She's not my waitstaff, however, so I just have to say: "Who dates married men?" Doesn't say much for her character.
I am left speechless by Taylor's decision to bring her shrink to the party. Good for you from jumping from suspicious to "all in" in a single bound. My journey has been just the opposite and it wasn't completed in a single bound. She is a little girl clamouring to get any attention from the cool girls in any manner that she can, and if playing the victim gets her there, that's the way she'll play it. Sitting down to write a book about her experience when Russell's body is not yet cold, shows she has ice water running through her veins.
Lisa, Truely admire you for asking your staff person to leave Sur to accomidate Brandi...Very Classy! Loved watching all of you women come together for Taylor and for the support you all have shown Kyle & Kim. Looking forward to Pandora's wedding. Jane
Love You Lisa!!! So sad season is ending! We will miss you Ladies and hope that you are all having a happy, healthy break. Congratulations again to Pandora! She really comes across as a lovely young lady and truly genuine (you and Ken have done great job)! Please Andy, Dave, and Bravo maybe you can make the season longer next time. Kim praying for you and hope you continue on the right path and find true happiness (stay strong, we know you can do it)!!
Your understanding and kindness to Taylor last night was wonderful to see. While Adrianne kept running her mouth, you were really seeing what Taylor had endured. You've been a pleasure to watch this season (as you were last season). You are so smart and funny.
Well, this episode certainly screamed for a "Margo Channing" (i.e., Bette Davis) disclaimer: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"
Luv ya, Lisa!
You are an amazing beautiful woman and I always enjoy watching your scenes. You had so much to handle that night yet you always had a classy composure through it all. I was surprised to see how the others, especially Adrienne, were so muah muah kissy with Cedric when he arrived as everyone was aware of how horribly he behaved with you and your family. He deserved to be ignored. It was nice of all of you to support Taylor and she is lucky to have friends like all of you who are willing to see past her manipulating and grifter ways. Now that Russell is gone she can rewrite history so to speak. She had Lasik surgery during that same time so I don't buy the bruise excuse. Funny how in those 3 weeks since Hawaii none of you saw her or spoke to her considering she had been "abused" so badly. Hope she doesn't come back next season and spends more time with her daughter than making stupid charts for a 5 year old to follow. Maybe she does it to have less to do as a mother. I can't imagine expecting a 5 year to put on their own sunscreen. And the stop whining rule should actually be applied to her- not Kennedy.
Kim was at the time in more trouble than Taylor. Yet all the ladies rally around Taylor and support her. When I comes to Kim all of you said she was incoherent did anyone think she could die? Why didn't you rally around Kim and sstage an intervention? You all could have done something but not one of you did. Taylor who has made a living off other people's wealth gets full support yet Kim who is only hurting herself gets passed around to eventually land in her sisters lap and that is the worst place for Kim. I am really happy she has gone away for help. Now that she is back I hope you all rally around her and give her your support. Shed some tears for Kim not Taylor.
""What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger." It's unfortunate that Russell can't be reminded of that. This season has to have been a nightmare for you. I'm curious to see if any of the viewers lingering questions will be answered on the reunion show. I'm hoping next weeks episode, Pandora's wedding, is a happier, lighter experience.
How composed you were in the face of such emotional chaos! You were a true role model for proper behavior at your private party.
Taylor is one of those disaster chicks who will always be swimming in drama as she seeks attention by manipulating those that surround her. I wish her well for her daughter's sake, but she is so emotionally exhausting and exasperating to watch that I hope more than anything that she leaves this show permanently. She needs more than rehab to fix her.
I hope that Kim is either on this show or one with her sisters next year because I would love to see her living sober. Many of us first tuned in to see her. Now, after two years, everyone but her is getting rich on this franchise and it just doesn't seem fair. She deserves a second chance.
Lisa as always you handle yourself and your family with such dignity and respect for all. God Bless you and your family. MOE from Michigan (never miss a episode.
Sur looked fabulous on the episode last night. You handled the many problems, situations, and glitches that came your way during the party with grace, dignity, and common sense. You seem like a fantastic business woman. I thought it was very gracious (and appropriate) of you to have the waitress who had been invovled with Brandi's ex-husband to leave Sur--you handled what could have been a confrontational situation well and diffused the tension. Cannot wait for the wedding footage next week. :)
Lisa, you and your husband are so fun to watch! I've been following the show for a while and you are deliciously classy!
Lisa, Lisa, Lisa ......I just love you!!! I think you have class and to open a restaurant is hell ~ you took it all in stride!!! What you did for Brandi was very nice and also how you handled Scheana. At first, I didn't know if I was going to like this show because I started out with the OC girls, but I have to say you have won me over!!! The Atlanta girls well lets just say that is my least favorite because of one person who I won't mention names, has plucked my last nerve. Good luck with the wedding and I look forward to the return of the show!!! Give Gigi hugs and kisses first and then you can give your husband one. Sorry, dogs RULE before husbands!!!!
I found it odd that Brandi kept saying I didn't invite him (in reference to Cederic). Clearly, it seems, there is no anomisity between them, and she didn't want to cause any friction with you. Afterall, it has taken her so much time to even get a foot in the door with you all. Kim, needed help, got it, but I am not sure it will last. Something is missing inside of her that only she can find a way to fill up (and hopefully not by self medicating). Many will say I haven't a clue as to how domestic abuse women behave. But, to bring your therapist to a party for a sit down was a bit un-nerving. Seriously, I think it caused more doubts than answers. The problem is we will never hear Russells side. I am not saying he wasn't violent but maybe she wasn't the victim either. Somewhere there is the truth and we will only get hers. I mean she has written a book and now dating an older man. It seems like she recovered very fast.
LIsa, Lisa, Lisa.... like to say you are a lady of CLASS!!! The way you handled Brandi's situation with Scheana was great.... I must say I really like the show and at first alittle blah... my first love was the wives of OC.. Just wanted to wish you all the best for the wedding and maybe grandbabies in the future. Give Gigi and Ken a kiss... Remember DOGS rule first before husbands...
Lisa - the opening was wonderful, however Taylor coming their on that night to have a sit-down was totally silly. Wrong time. Also, again, Russell did not get a chance to explain anything and we once again are having only her word. We don't know the whole story and never will. We only have her story, which at best is from an individual who is most times completely wacky. Even in the kitchen when the Dr. was talking about her daughter, it became about her. So many times I have seen where she could drive a totally sane person over the edge, grab a gun and begin shooting. She took your evening with hundreds of people to talk about HER!!! I am done, but all of you are supposed to be smart. Use your heads.
You make this show worth watching! I thought the way you handled icky Cedric was spot on. Congratulations on the new Sur lounge!
This has been a difficult season to watch as a viewer, I can only imagine what it must have been to live through! Through it all, you are always classy, funny, smart, kind and loving. I adore you nd wouldn't want to watch if you left the show. I was appalled when Cedric walked in, but once again you and Ken showed what true class is all about in how you handled it. Everyone watching knows he wants camera time, he is fooling no one but himself!
Please know that you inspire so many of us by opening up your life to us. Thank you for sharing yourself, your family and your life with us. I know I look forward to seeing you each week, knowing I will have a good laugh and also see a classy, strong lady.
I am a blk single 32 year old woman, disabled and currently am on my 11 th surgery for hidradenitis, i had withdrawn completely from life and just knew nothing of what could possibly be in store for me in the future. I want to thank you personally for sharing you views through your blog and also your presence on the show. Your perfectly cultured voice adds an air of refinement and cheeky bravado no matter what life throws at you! Im going to follow your example of "come on, let's get a move on!" in my own life because you never let unpleasant circumstances or aggressive attitudes get the better of you! You embody the phrase "grace under pressure!" Im also grateful for your continued support of Taylor, I was lucky enough to escape an abuser and none of my acquaintances cared at all. Thank you again, darling and Pandora is a gem! Sincerely, Alysha Lynn a faithful bravo viewer!
So classy Lisa, I admire you so much! The way you took control of the "Cedric Situation" was amazing to watch. You may not realize this, but people watch and hopefully LEARN from you ladies.
Lisa I am so glad to see you and Brandi have come along way and now are friends. You did right with it all, especially that waitress. Could you imagine some woman having and affair with your hubby especially while you were pregnant! Both participants are despicable. I think you generally mean well and I like you more after that episode.
I JUST ADORE YOU LISA! You are a real classy lady and so darn funny to boot! I was really floored to see that Cedric showed his pathetic face at your party. I really wish the other ladies would have rallied around you and told him to leave. What he did to you and your family was dispicable, he is nothing but a media whore who took advantage of your generosity and grace.
as far as Taylor, you have always been very kind to her, but kept her on her toes and I admire that. I don't trust her, I never have. Too much hysteria and over the top drama, and quite frankly, she seems as though her past lifestyle is full of misrepresentations and cunning ways.
I really like all the ladies on the RHOBH, you are all classy with the exception of Taylor. I think she should focus on her child, and shy away from the media.
Lisa, "Ok, one down." Haha-sounded and looked that way!!! You were dodging hits right & left. And, always with grace. No Cedric talk...you did it beautifully. And, Ken was right by your side --perfect! The whole debacle with Kim was very, very sad to watch. Am glad this man is OUT of her life! She'll find peace and love one day. But, it won't be with someone controlling. She's kind-hearted, and I want her to come out on top! I really do think she is a sweet woman who just has a lot of problems. We read she's doing well & that's the best we can hope for as she struggles with this battle. I don't know what to make of Taylor, so I just won't address it. The whole topic is such a downer and has REALLY made this season very dark and unpleasant (and confusing!!??). YOUR NEW PLACE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL! I WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS WITH IT ALL. Mostly, I cannot wait to see your beautiful daughter marry the love of her life. It really is an episode so many of us will be excited to watch! Don't shoot that wedding planner--I betcha he pulled it off with rave reviews!!!!!