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!
Wow......nice to hear the other side of the stories. I feel for you and your husband.....you two seem so very nice, fun, down to earth. I'm still in your corner.
You and Cat are probably going to be the ones viewers love to hate for this series of Housewives. In case you're not already getting this advice from your loved ones, take viewer response without even a grain of salt.
Watch, the viewers will love the mean ones.
I think your explanation about Paul's party rings true. Sorry they portrayed it differently on the show. Sara
I believe fewer and fewer people are continuing to buy it. Seems like some SERIOUSSSS self-evaluation and metamorphosis are needed. You seem to have been someone who had a good heart and intentions at one point. However, I just can't see those important and necessary qualities anymore. Seek that former version of yourself before you lose everyone, everything. Good luck!
If you are really a friend to someone, and want to gift him/her, you dont need an attorney to call his/her publicist. You simply give a gift because it comes from the heart. Like I said before, "The jury is still out" about you and about Tareq.
However, you are one of the more interesting Housewives, so I'm staying tuned to see what happens next. I will also try some of your Virginia wine because I've never done that before, and it might be really great.
I could swear you guys invited yourselves to Paris when Stacie and Jason told you they were going. Is this kind of like when you said you were invited to the white house and you just went there too?
MICHAELE, I THINK YOU ARE A LITTLE STARSTRUCK DONT KNOW YOUR UPBRINGING, BUT LIFE IS ABOUT LEARNING AND WE ALL HAVE TO GROW UP ONE DAY AND BE OUR OWN PERSON RIGHT NOW YOU ARE BEING GROOMED BY YOUR HUSBAND
michaele remind me of does white girl in high school, where the world is just wonderful, but her husband is an other story. if they didn't have people lke u michaele, and cat, it wouldn't be a drama show.
I have to admit that I found all of the funding arrangements odd. It was surprising for a friend to ask you to throw a birthday party for them AND to pick up the tab. It appears that Lynda picked up the tab last year and it was not a large enough event for Paul.
I guess I do have one question concerning Lynda's comments about your weight. Do you understand that it is coming from a place of concern? She can be blunt but I don't think she is being malicious. I truly think she is worried about you. Disregarding that you don't believe her comments to be true, how does it make you feel to know that someone cares enough about you to be concerned?
I noticed when you and the Turners were on the balcony of the hotel, you popped open a (supposedly) $1,000 bottle of Dom P. I'm not a wine or champagne expert myself, but indeed as owners of a winery, you guys are. So tell me, is it customary to drink expensive champagne in a wine glass with a strawberry?
Michaele, I really like you and your husband. Yall seem so nice and fun... who cares if yall like to stand out! Come to the South-we like to be showy!! I dont think you should have to pay for Pauls birthday! In Texas, if a friend throws a birthday party for you they provide the house and thats it. The person whos birthday it is- they are the ones who bring to beers, spirits, cake, and BBQ. I would never get mad at my friend for not paying for my party- thats silly.
After horse-back riding last week and your husband served beer, I thought you said you never drink! I could have sworn you said that.?????
I love you Michaele! I totally believe you about Paul's party. Obviously somene payed for the party and it wasn't Paul!!What kind of friend is he to be saying anything. It's obvious you and your husband did not skip out on any bill.
I think Michaele's excuse sounds like it rings pretty true. He who hosts the party pays for the party? Does that mean every time we see a celebrity host the Academy Awards, they've paid for everything? Puhleaze..... and, seriously, do you people really believe the production company wouldn't try to cast the Salahi's as villains at this point through their edit based on the controversy they caused at the White House? Of course they would! I don't doubt that the Salahi's a fame-hungry, but who isn't on reality TV?
Pay more attention to the show people... There was one conversation with Paul and Michaele that they played in the first two episodes as if it was happening on different days. And, since when do side characters get such important storylines on these shows, enough to warrant sit down interviews? They don't, unless something is being manufactured for reality TV. That conversation with his publicist probably went down months later to tie up a story point.
Who has a husband that brings up her weight at a party? If my husband ever did that to me he'd be at the dentist the next day getting fitted.
It's a shame that every event you attend becomes all about you. Paul's party should have been about Paul. If I had gotten all dressed up to go to a party and someone sprayed champagne on me believe me blood would have also been sprayed. You both need to learn some manners and some consideration for the people around you.
You by far are my favorite housewife. I see you love adventure and fun and love being around people as I do. Some people will try to stir things up as people envy such a fun loving spirit and a husband whose so attentive while they barely see theirs. Keep it up and dont worry my motto is worry when they stop talking about you cause that means you're no longer relevent.
I was turned off after the first episode but gave it another chance and have to say you have become my favorite housewife on the show. You are beautiful and have class and are not too thin, you look great. I honestly feel that Lynda is a bitter, lonely women so puts you down to make herself feel better. Keep your head up high and keep acting like the lady you are.
I think it is strange to have discuss party details amongst friends through an attorney. can't friend discuss things 1 on 1?
if Lynda was so concern about Michaele's weight, she should have spoken to Michaele first insteasd of Paul. Remember the same way Lynda could talk to Paul, she could have at least talked to Michaele about her weight. That's what a true friend would do out of concern. This could have also prevented drama.
You come across as very kind on the show. I hated Linda's attacks on you. I was disappointed about Paul's party. YOU offered to give him a party on TV. I guess reality TV is not REAL as you were only donating the wine which they said on the show you did not even do that. Now I am confused. It appears that the other wives of now abandoned you. Are you friends with any of them anymore?
Wow... you sound... umm... violent.
Knocking out your husband's teeth? "Spraying blood" (which indicates stabbing, shooting, bludgeoning or many other forms of bodily injury) -- because of a champagne spray?
Despite her comments, I'm glad that Lynda has a little more sense than that. Next season, maybe they'll replace her with "Diane from PA" above. An on-camera "shanking" would definitely bring the ratings (and probably a few prison sentences). Run, Michaele! Run!!
I just wanted to say that even though what happens on the show can come across completely different of what actually happened, I tend to follow my intuition when it comes to people. I also pay attention to people's body language and so forth and I believe that you and Stacie are much cooler and genuine than the other housewives. Keep smiling, and one day I'm going to try that wine. :)
My impression from watching the show (and seeing Paul's exchange with his publicist -- contrived or not) is the insinuation that such a legal notice makes (especially when dealing with friends).
It's understandable when entering joint financial or business ventures... but the act of "informing" Paul's publicist of the terms of your attendance at his party --through legal notice -- is the equivalent of my neighbor letting me borrow a stick of butter, then sending a legal notice to my accountant regarding the borrowed butter (with footnote that, if "said butter" is not returned or replaced, you will no longer step foot into my home or speak to me in public).
That sort of behavior would be a slap in the face.... because it would indicate that I (and those who associate with me) are so dishonest or untrustworthy that I have to be legally wrangled into honoring (or returning) a kind, small gesture.
Paul's incredulous reaction indicates a disbelief that you (or your husband) would feel that such action was necessary. It's doubly shocking if, as you say, Mark Barnes is a "mutual friend" as well. Guess you don't trust him, either?
Secondly -- what about the comments made that your husband was telling everyone that he paid for the party (something to the effect that he hoped Paul appreciated it... because it cost him a lot of money)? If I were Paul, I'd be a bit put off by someone who used their supposed generosity to me as a moment of social grandstanding -- then chose to legally "strong-arm" me because their own paranoia prevented them from trusting me to appreciate it. Very odd behavior....
I liked you much more on this episode. You seem like a genuine person, and though your little rants made zero sense, I find you somewhat endearing. Your husband is another story. When lynda said you used to be different, more independent, and 10 pounds heavier, it struck a nerve with me. I do believe people change sometimes according to what their partners want them to be, and a second date in Paris might serve as a pretty good motivator. I'm not saying you married him for his money, I just think you've been swept up in a very seductive world. I wonder if you didn't drink before you married Tareq, and I'm soooo curious as to why you don't, though I'm completely aware it is none of my business :)
Really........ you think she is concerned? If she really cared she would of told her herself! Burgers are not healthy either so why not suggest healthy food? She seems jealous if you ask me. I guess we will have to wait and see :)
Michaele, I have to say that you and Turec really do make sure your guests have a great time! I would love to have played polo with you and enjoyed your chardonnay -
I relate to you in many ways. However, my exhusband was insecure, but he had a good heart, and I see a lot of him in your husband.
Come to Raleigh and we'll have a blast! I don't have a vineyard, but we have shopping and chocolate!
You're my favorite one on the show (and I like Mary and her hubby too). I don't blame you for having your lawyers contact Paul's publicist. People are sneaky and conniving and try to take advantage of those with money. You're watching your 6, good move. Besides you were asked to host, I don't care what "DC etiquette" says, you shouldn't have to pay, thats ludicrous.
I really don't belivie the explanation you gave for Paul's party. If you were just a co-host that was only supplying the wine, why were you having the input on how guest and the venue? You were also taped saying how you would love to host his party. So I see that it is you not tv that has the problem.
Your comment makes no sense. Hosting the Academy Awards Show is a job that someone is been hired to do. Whoever hired the front host is the one that is really hosting the party. lol. You are mixing apples with oranges.
Hosting a social event including a birthday party for a friend means that you are organzing the event and paying for all if not most of the party. Co-hosting an event and or sponsoring it means there will be other contributors. That's why M mentioned 4 people were hosting the party. She knew this coming. She wanted to cover herself.
I think that her comment is shown from concern of knowing a person for a long time (much more than the 3 hours of episodes that have aired so far) and seeing an unhealthy change take place.
Why is it so wrong to say to eat a hamburger; obviously it was said out of concern or it wouldn't have been brought up at all. I don't think the point would've gotten across as well as if she said "Go eat a carrot stick" or "Go eat a salad".
Puh-lease - go hug a tree
Michaele, I don't know whether or not you tell the entire truth about everything but you are the only housewife who doesn't seem to be malicious about her co-stars. I hope that you stay this way throughout the entire season. Plus, your weight is a private matter that is absolutely none of Lynda's business. Her "concern" is so transparent. Kudos to you for confronting her about her cruel comments, although I don't think that Paul's party was the appropriate venue for that conversation. I'll definitely be tuning in to see how things unfold!
I agree with an earlier poster. If your castmates and the Bravo production crew don't stop adding stuff in about Obama that has NOTHING to do with the drama on the show, then you will lose a lot of viewers. I am not an Obama fan, and it sickens me to see how one-sided the politics is on this show.
So the DC housewives should NEVER talk about the President of the US? I for one wish more of them would show either their support or their disdain for Obama as it would make this show more interesting. Otherwise they should have just picked the housewives of Main Street who have no opinions. I wonder though would all of you threatening not to watch if "someone" doesn't stop bringing up Obama feel the same way if some of them were talking about John McCain, Hilary Clinton, Sarah Palin, George Bush Jr? He's the President so honestly it only makes sense that this show in particular discuss him and Politics in general. We Survived Bush-You will survive Obama.
Strawberries supposedly give the flavor of champagne an extra "pop", but as a lover of champagne, if I had the opportunity to drink Dom, I would want to enjoy the real taste of the champagne without the added strawberry.
I applaud you and your husband for living life to the fullest and would welcome both of you in my modest simple home for a BBQ & Beer !
If no bill ever existed, then why would you need a lawyer to work out any details of a nonexistent bill? Why wouldn't you just go to the party like the other hosts did and have a good time knowing things were donated? Usually someone who hosts a birthday party is good enough friends to not have stipualations worked out through their lawyer.
Btw, discussing how much things costed you or didn't cost you is tacky. You and your husband's behavior at that party was tacky too.
You are as cute as could be...and you are so right...beauty comes in all sizes..I was once nice and thin...after 3 kids, age and illness..I have gained way to much...but back in the day being 5'8" and being a very small size, the first thing everyone said to me was "whats wrong with you"..wow..talk about an insult!!!!
I believe you about the party...I am sure you did your part...everyone needs to be mean to someone around them and it is usually the nicest people they are being mean to...
Can't wait to see more of you and Sparkle...that is a beautiful horse ...
I agree with your comment. It does not seem like a reasonable explanation. She mentioned how she was the HOST of the party.
I have never watched a reality TV show before, but watched because I became a fan of yours after the White House publicity scandal. I am a lover of beautiful fashion, and could not believe your poise and grace in that red dress. And as I watch your show, I see a radiantly beautiful and kind person. Lynda is so jealous of you. Please do not lower yourself to the standards of catty women. Just keep being sweet and funloving. I know this is reality TV, but I'm sure every women watching would want an adoring husband such as yours. P.S. You are not too thin,"you look maavelous, daaling!" I can't believe you haven't been asked to do a Vogue magazine cover yet, but then again, you publicly pledged respect for a Republican lobbyist, so that killed the Vogue cover for you.
Ummmm, I think strawberries are meant for a ladies brunch, in a mimosa. I agree with you, if I'm drinking Dom P, why would I need a strawberry?
I really do like you. You have an innocence to you that is rare in women of your age (which to me is young, but I am 62). I just cannot understand why you would be worried about these people who are your friends (Paul, Mark, etc) trying to basically screw you over by claiming that you owe money that you don't? It was obvious to me how much you and Paul love each other. So, I cannot fathom either him trying top bilk you out of money, or you being so paranoid that you would have to get your lawyers involved.??? I hope that this becomes clear with the next episode. Until then, be well and keep the smile. You really do seem like a sweetheart and so does Paul. I am hoping this was just some sort of misunderstanding and/or Bravo editing it to make it look bad for you.
Everything thats it done in the dark comes to light ! And if you telling the truth it will come out.