I enjoyed getting to know Stacie and Jason in this episode. We really loved spending the time in our zone in Virginia Wine Country with Jason and Stacie and talking wine and politics! Upon arriving out to one of the amazing 150+ wineries in Virginia Wine Country, we felt good karma and good vibes with the Turners. If you are interested in learning more about Virginia Wine Country, check out www.virginiawinetourism.com or www.BlueRidgeWineWay.com
After some wine, and bonding, we got an invitation we couldn’t refuse. My husband and I share a great sense of adventure and love to do things spontaneously. The Turners asked us to join them in Paris. So we said, “Let’s go to Paris!” to bond some more, be romantic, and enjoy the concert in Paris with the hip-hop performance by Beat Assailant! It was an AMAZING time with the Turners once again. “Beat Assailant” blew our minds! Very talented! We spent the weekend in our favorite hotel in Paris at the Romantic Park Hyatt Vendome! When I first met Tareq, he whisked me away to Paris for our second date! Whirlwind romance! Our time together there was so romantic and a “wow” magical experience with roaring fireplaces throughout, lots of candles, and pure love. I highly recommend the Park Hyatt Vendome for that romantic getaway or for any reason at all.
All in all, the Salahis and the Turners jammed out and partied in Paris and the boys and Stacie enjoyed the Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and for me, it was all about the chocolate and shopping! Love It!
One of the more important parts of our trip to Paris for me was connecting with Stacie. Stacie shared with me her personal struggle with her birth mother. It touched me that she trusted in me, and I wanted to help her anyway I could. Seeing my own husband’s struggle and pain with his mom, I felt I could somehow help her understand that she is not alone. She is a beautiful woman and her Dad deserves to know about her!
Of course, another episode wouldn’t be complete without Lynda again being obsessive about my weight. Sad.
I am troubled to discover Paul Wharton and Jason Backe’s comments spreading more misinformation about my husband and me. Charlotte Reid (Paul's publicist) and Paul asked me to lend my name to be one of the four different co-hosts for his party. The other co-hosts were Erica Gutierrez, Mary Barth, and Charlotte Reid. At all times, they said the finances of the party were taken care of by Mark Barnes at his venue “The Park.” I was still very happy to do my part and donate thousands of dollars of Oasis wines and some Champagne. I was happy to do my part with our wines from our vineyard for Paul Wharton’s Birthday. In fact, Mark Barnes, who is a mutual friend, was also happy to host the night at The Park at no charge. We delivered in advance cases of our Red wine for the evening. Don’t know why they are spinning it … just sayin' –- this is TV.
As you can imagine, our attorney, who has seen us get used 100 different ways, only called Paul’s publicist because he was concerned that The Park, Paul, or the production company was going to make it look like we didn’t pay a bill, which never existed. Much of how we got portrayed was inaccurate in many ways, and is what was expected, but we stayed one step ahead of them just in case this may have happened. Our attorney contacted Charlotte Reid since she was Paul's publicist to make sure to keep it very clear to all parties what I was gifting to his night. I was happy to help celebrate Paul and his birthday and donate some wine. Gosh, good thing others saw through it. I didn’t see that coming. “Rise Above!”
I am slowly beginning to learn: “Be careful who you trust.” I am not sure what it’s going to take for me to learn this lesson, but I feel something is going to happen soon that will say it all.
Love & Cheers!