I had no expectations but was excited to host a beautiful night and give the girls the opportunity to meet my family. I wanted them to get a glimpse of how I live my life and what I am about as a woman, a mother, and a friend -- but unfortunately conversation never had a chance to run that deep.
I am surprised to see the girls get so snooty when talking about Richard, who happens to be much more than a butler. Not only has he been a friend and caterer of the Foster family for over 25 years; he's also a fantastic restaurateur that loves the art of entertaining. So, we are always extremely thankful to have him help us when we host the occasional dinner party.
Sitting at the dinner table, I could see the alcohol was taking effect and I could feel the negative energy starting to rise. . .Brrr. . .it gives me goosebumps.
Having been introduced to your husband, David, and his ex-wife, through the reality show they were on with her horrible sons, I didn't know what to expect from you, although I imagined that you'd likely be as shallow and vapid as David's ex. As it turns out, and I'm happy it has, I could not have been more wrong. You are a delightful addition to the group and I can see that you'll fit right in with the intelligent, spirited women of the group. Thankfully we're not stuck with yet another Kyle-type and I'm pretty sure you know what I'm getting at. Like most viewers, I'm regularly appalled by Taylor and her behavior but neveretheless, I was shocked by her attitude at your dinner party. How dare she criticize the entertainment!
It's a little like casting pearls before swine, don't you think?
Oh Miss Yolanda you are so beautiful and graceful. You are my favorite on the show but I have an odd feeling you won't be back next season. Taylor's actions at your dinner party showed no class at all. I would have been absolutely speechless and probably crying at having such a wonderful opportunity to meet your famous husband and guests. Taylor has a lot of problems but that is no excuse to act so trashy. And Chris Botti - omg. I am a 61 year old widow, I lost my beloved husband a little over two years ago. So I live alone with my kitty. She is my friend and companion. Our favorite shows are Beverly Hills Housewives and Orange County. I did miss the very first part of last nights episode where you showed Kyle your cleansing drink. Would you be kind enough to share it on your blog please? I would love to try it. Never change, you are beautiful, healthy, honest and you have beautiful children and a pretty sexy hunk of a husband. By the way, I am going to see Andrea Bocelli at the Hollywood Bowl in June. My sister and I just saw him in Las Vegas in November and I was fortunate to see him in 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Oh that man is so talented AND handsome. Love him. My best to you and your lovely family. You are very blessed.
It is a shame to be in the presence of a legendary music producer, singer/songwriter, and musician extraordinaire and not appreciate it. I write lyrics and music and would have been so honored to be there. It would be a dream come true! Yolanda you are sooooo classy and elegant. I aspire to be like you!
I really like you Ms. Yolanda!! I wasn't sure if I would in the beginning, but after watching you on a couple of shows, I find that I do. Although, I don't agree with telling your daughter she can only have the food she really wants for one day & then she has to go back starving herself. Taylor was out of order with her comments, but I'm not sure I agree with your hubby telling them all they can't sing. I can't wait to see the rest of the season & what goes on with you. I also don't think that Adrienne is the most hated housewife as was stated by someone else on here. That title goes to Teresa from RHONJ!!
I found it interesting that the American Idol singer did not know the words to the song David Foster was playing. That was a little strange.
Yolanda, you are a breath of fresh air and so right on so many levels. I believe Lisa is on the same sophisticated level as you. You both have one thing in common, you are not American, and to me that says a lot! Welcome aboard and I look forward to seeing what else you have for your audience this season. Also, good luck!!
To be personally serenaded by David Foster (in his fabulous home no less) and Chris Botti is a once in a lifetime opportunity which most of us will never know. The fact that is was less than appreciated by some of the guest speaks volumes as to who they are.
The Foster dinner in every way was a huge success. Yolanda's attention to detail was very impressive and I took delight in watching she and her husband host this very lovely and elegant dinner. Unfortunately...you cannot be responsible for your guest which is why they were asked (very diplomatically by our lovely host) to please get the hell out of my beautiful house.
I believe the chances of them ever being invited back are zero to none.
How true how true how true... My god can you imagine being at that dinner party... A memory to last a lifetime.... does speak volumes as to who they are
I am confused. Taylor said that David was married to one of her best friends. How could she have not met him before?
Yolanda, I can't wait to hear more about your life. It seems so amazing and it looks like you have come a long way. You are simply fabulous and I can't wait to learn more about you.
omg seriously? We're friends with a former MLB player and manager.. should my husband and son not be allowed to play catch when he invites us over for dinner? Well, we break that rule all the time then. Ridiculous. They need to get over themselves and have a little humility. It was obvious they were trying to showcase those professionals and had an agenda. I love David Foster's music... it's my mom's generation of music like Kyle's, but he wouldn't even let Kyle interject a comment and let him know how appreciative she was of his music when he was telling a contrived story. Clearly this was all planned out. The name dropping, etc. So incredibly opportunistic (which I don't fault necessarily if one calls it like it is!) and a gross display of narcisism
Sorry, but that dinner party was the most awkward things to watch. I know it's TV and it isn't real, but if I had to hear one more time what a wonderful hostess you are, I could vomit. Newsflash...you are not. A true hostess makes their guests feel welcome. They don't have marching orders to watch a concert by their husband and their hired in accompanyists looking for press. That was the strangest things ever. If you want to invite people to a concert, then do that. But to invite people under the guise of dinner to truly just watch your husband perform is disingenuous at best. Taylor is loud and has no class, but I didn't blame her for being off-put for not being able to sing. Who cares? Is it a party or a performance? Then to tell people it was time to leave...yeah you're quite the hostess. Also, back off of your daughter and her modeling. Very strange to be picking out "sexier" clothes for your teenager to model. That was really really odd. I don't think you are nearly as amazing as you believe yourself to be. But I do love your house and that fridge is to die for.
You seem to be right on target with how you've pegged the women. Kyle is a two timer, Taylor is just plain nasty, and Lisa and Brandi are fun. I'm not sure what to think of Adrienne anymore, and Kim is just so damaged that you have to feel sorry for her.
You are so pulled together & amazing! Exactly what I would expect from a Beverly Hills "Housewife". You put Taylor to shame..and I couldn't agree more that her behavior was embarrassing & pathetic!
Loved your blog, loved that you clearly have a bead on the other housewives so early in the game. Kyle is absolutely playing both sides but doing nothing helpful to the situation. Taylor..well, there are no words for her. She needs to be off this show as she brings nothing enjoyable whatsoever to it & then go back to that cave with the other wild wolf cubs.
You are a breath of fresh air surrounded by some wind bags!! I hope that some of the ladies see you as an inspiration to change their attitudes. Ps - your home is gorgeous!! Love the fridge!!
This is the best blog. You are spot on with your observations. Taylor makes a fool of herself. I would NEVER invite her into my house again.
Love your home and your style of entertaining. David Foster is one of the most accomplished musicains in modern history. People can get caught up in the semantics "honored" if they want. I'd give anything to get a glimpse of this creative genius.
Yolanda, your soiree was an audacity of privilege! To be in fine company, in a beautiful home, and treated to such wonderful food. What has been construed as your snobbery and worse of your talented husband revolves around the no sing zone. Personally, I saw your husband look directly at one person, Taylor, when he said it. Having seen her at dinner, I thought it was wise. She must have one awful voice and your husband was saving her from making yet another fool of herself. That's how I saw it. He did her a favor!
A heroic save it was too. Look how much flak he's getting for saving her face from further shame.
Wow. You are Truly Refreshing; say what you mean, mean what you say. I think I'm going to Like BH wives much better now that you are joined the cast. Think you've Nailed the personalities to perfection so far. The Lot of them were Disrespectful to you and David especially when David began to play and Chris Botti accompanied...... NO Manners. Hard to watch. You handled yourself with such grace and dignity. The others Should Be Ashamed.... Liking you A LOT, Yolanda! I would sit quiet in AWE and thank my Lord for that opportunity to which those women were afforded. My mom would say, "Shame on You." XO
I like you Yolanda and your husband, nice addition to the group! You are right, people are blessed that you allow them to enjoy your lifestyle with them, you certainly do not need to!
People should be "honored" to be in your husband's presence . . . To my knowledge he writes great music. He doesn't have a Noble Peace Prize, saved any lives, created a vaccine to save children.
You are a pretentious piece of work. I hope you are just here for this season.
Carolanne It may not be a Nobel Peace Prize, but music does so much to people. As a singer, I know songs and music can touch souls like no other medium can. Music can also help people when they're happy, sad, healthy, sick etc. I can sing, but I cannot write music. I greatly admire anyone that can. He has also helped many achieve levels of success many of us can only dream of. Talent alone may not cut it in that business, but someone highly accomplished can certainly give a helping hand.
"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." Today we know dementia patients are revived by tunes they're familiar with. Music therapy is a fantastic tool to restore memories, prompt movement, improve moods. For the rest, it is a shared enjoyment, and a calling for others.
Rockerman Carolanne Indeed, Rockerman, music is wonderful, helpful, soothing and therapeutic from the time we are in utero, to the day our hair turns gray :-)
Carolanne you need to use another analogy other than the Nobel Peace Prize, because they now give it if you have done nothing to earn it.
YOLANDA, I PRAY you w/ your CLASSINESS stays on the show!!!!!!! You ARE the best"est"!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Yolanda, I still stand by my comments that you are a kind woman, who has far more depth than a show like this really allows to come forward. Regarding your comments that you oversaw the entire house, I actually believe you probably did act as the floor manager approving even the tiniest detail. You are the smartest woman in that room, and it is obvious to me that you didn't do this show for yourself but for the opportunities it would provide your kids. Welcome to an actual and true Beverly Hills housewife!
Wouldn't you feel hurt if someone accused you of doing something you have never done? Adrienne didn't know facts ,yet chose to bring it up in a way showing no class.Now, she feels everything should be forgotten without "I'm sorry,I made a mistake" That's what Lisa expects. Yolanda, you are a great woman ,I admire your restraint towards Taylor who was" being Taylor" from the moment she entered your lovely home. Because of her terrible behavior we were all robbed of your husband great music.
Are you using the royal "we"? If you aren't, speak for yourself, honey! Adrienne is the second most hated housewife, after Taylor...
I just wish David would've finish that song he was playing. I would've been like, "everybody be quiet!" and let the man finish his song damm it, it was nice.
What I find disturbing is that Foster made a comment about the ex-husband agreeing to introduce him to the girl in the picture (his ex-wife) but in his culture not really wanting to introduce them or have them get together. He goes on to say but who cares it's not my culture! What true friend does that?
chowchow Someone else shouted out, "But that's not YOUR culture!" and Foster nodded in agreement. Obviously, the divorce was amicable because Yolanda's photo was still around. So, what's the big problem?
Foster meant - the fact that Mohamed, being an Arab, introduced Foster to his ex-wife despite the fact he (M) did not want to do so. To which, whomever (Kyle?) said something to the effect that it would not happen in Foster's culture - meaning Foster would not have been so gracious as Mohamed. It was a fun laugh moment . . . nothing to be taken seriously.
Kudos to both men for *seemingly* being adult about the situation.
I cannot believe the rudeness of some of your guests. You'd think I'd have grown accustomed to it by now, but it still astonishes me. Taylor was the absolute worst. Please learn from this experience and don't invite her again. I think it was wonderful that you planned such a lovely dinner and musical evening for your guests. I would have been delighted to listen to these musical artists. That's what you had planned, and most guests would have enjoyed it. However, some such as Taylor and Kyle cannot suppress the impulse to speak out, however inappropriately. Whether she'd had a drink first or not to release her inhibitions, Kyle strives to be the center of attention at social events, even if that means riding roughshod over others. The tenor's rendition of Danny Boy was breathtakingly beautiful and should not have been interrupted. Taylor was wrong to call it a funeral dirge. Perhaps she's been so sheltered that she never heard that in a different context. You've now joined a group that exhibits poor manners, even to a host and hostess.
Um, she kind of has to invite them all again as this is a TV show. I'm thinkin' she would never have anything to do with ANY of these women if they were not all cast on a TV show together.
What on earth were you trying to prove?! And, music at a dinner party is great--gather around the piano and sing. But to bring in professionals and tell your own guests to not sing-just incredibly bad behavior and very rude! If your husband wanted to perform, rent a theater and invite people to that. I liked you at first but this obnoxious dinner party has me rethinking that. You need to take an etiquette course on entertaining and tell your husband to relax at these parties. He is very talented and doesn't have to prove that during a dinner party!
This was not a backyard BBQ or a hoot-n-nanny FFS.
This was a formal dinner party. David announced after dessert that it was their custom to follow dinner with a musical performance. How is that rude? These were professional musicians whose performance would normally command a very large fee. Anyone with half a brain would know that etiquette requires your silence during the performance whether you appreciate it or not.
Looise45 Please let us all remember these "reality" shows are edited for the greatest "drama". None of us were there, so we can only comment on what we saw (what we were shown), not what really happened.
Just like the "next on Real Housewives" clips, they are teasers which are taken out of context to get us to keep watching after the commercials!
Hi Mrs. Yolanda! I love your post! Ironically you are using the English language better than most of the American housewives. It is pretty sad but that is the way of our country these days.
I hope your just kidding about the sage was - just kidding! You needed to burn some after the bad energy of some of the girls.
You said it perfectly - their past dramas and silliness just wouldn't allow them to be in the moment. I think that is the problem with most of these women. It's just terrible.
I love you as a new addition - you are what I expect to see, a true real housewife, with an interesting past and present! I am excited to have a classy woman on the show. I think Lisa is classy as well, and Brandi is a sweet girl and knows how to behave and "be in the moment" and appreciate life, unlike the rest. Goede dag!