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!
Hello. I don't think lyndia is jealous I think she is concerned, she knew her before they got married and can see all the changes
Michaele, In this episode, before you go to Paris with Stacie and her husband, there is a scene of you packing your bags! Besides how many bags you want to take with you, all I can focus on is the color of your bedroom. I love the purple! What brand and color name is that paint!???????
The housewives of Main Street have no opinions??????? Boy I could go on and on about that remark but only hope you really do not feel like that and wrote it in a moment of frustratration or anger.
I was totally shocked to hear about your abrupt fear regarding serving as a host for the birthday party of your dear friend. Had you made it clear to him that you would be delighted to bring some wine but couldn't afford to cover expenses? The economy is very bad, so I'm sure he would have understood your predicament. You imply that Paul didn't actually ask you to host his party, but formally applied to the winery to be hosts. Why not just tell him that the winery could not provide hosting this year and so the winery regretfully must decline? Best do that than pay a lawyer to get involved.
But you had enough credit to fly to Paris and shop! The way the episode was structured, it looked like you hurriedly cozied up to Stacie and Ted Gibson to deflect any racial sensitivity with regard to the Paul Wharton debacle.
One other thing--how does one get the police to give them an escort to a party? I've often asked the police to provide me with an escort to parties and the airport, but they tell me they aren't allowed to provide private services as a govt entity. Could you let us in on how to get them to do that?
Did you really believe Paul or Marc have the money to pay for ANYTHING? Guess not...Good for you for asking.
I hear that there is a book coming out soon by Diane Diamond about you. I truly believe there is so much MISinformation about you and hope that the book will clear things up. I'm sure you are looking forward to it also . It must be very difficult and frustrating to read so many inaccurate stories. Hopefully when the "truth" comes out, people will read it and see that you and your husband aren't the "bad guys" that you're being made out to be. Stay strong....this too shall pass!!!!
lynda is jealous is the way I see it. Your magnanimous personality intimidates her, and she loves to hate you. I do kind of agree you do seem to have some nervous energy and I hope that it is not due to your husband and any pressure he might put on you to always be on or always perform for the cameras! You seem very sweet, loving and warm.....anyone who finds fault with that, needs to look at themself and see what their problem is! Good luck...btw think you have a rocking body and looove the way you dress..very classy!
Hola Michaele, You are a very nice person. I feel steam coming out of my ears just reading this about the party you were asked to give and then pay for!!! 5 Stars for keeping your cool...like the DC lady you are! Warmest Regards, Tamara Henry A friend from Virginia I just love you!!
You're looking good, Girl!! I really like you Michaele! Last weeks show was good. Paris looked like it was a nice time. Stacie seems to be the most mature and stable of the other women. I thought Lynda's Diana Ross comment was insensitive and I could understand why Erika was affended.
Why doesn't Paul have a party for himself next time? He can invite as many people as he wants and pay for it himself so there is no confusion. Not a Salahi fan but the whole birthday situation was odd. I'd never ASK someone to have a party for me.
Michaele I love your high energy. Your body looks great. I picked up "In Touch" this week. Good for you speaking up to Lynda and not taking it anymore. Paul is a user. Stay away. I am happy to see your husband and you so much in love. On tv you never see happy couples anymore. Good to see it. Hang in there with the other women hating on you. We all love you!
Do you and your husband have valid driver licenses? I have never seen either one of you driving a vehicle. Or is it just your style to arrive in limos for ever function you attend? Does Bravo pay for the limo service? Do you ever go anywhere without your husband? I know we see the other housewives partners sometimes but your is there everytime you are on camera. As a matter of fact every show you go on he is there, is that in your contract?
PLEASE POST !! Michaele...it's not your body size that concerns me, it's your body language...you seem like you are so anxious all the time. You have a nervous smile and look like you might just explode at any minute..you actually make me anxious watching you look so anxious!! I appreciate that you are high energy, but wow, you need to take her down a notch girl...you're going to burn out and soon!
Why aren't you using your real home for the show? Who's farm was used for the filming of the polo lessons? Just wondering......
Nice work explaining... You're right, the program did make it look like you all were not paying the bill. Keep smiling.
I think people aren't so much anti-Obama (I'm certainly not!) as they are anti-politics!! They want a fun, gossipy, girly, fashiony, show like the other Housewives shows. O.C. Didn't have to be about Hollywood & celebrities. Nor does D.C. Have to be about politics & politicians! If we wanted to watch that, we'd switch to CNN or FOX or that idiot Bill O'Reilly, etc. We have to see, hear & deal with enough politics in our 'real life'. So, in the limited free time we get, we want a break from it!
Please consult your Miss Manners manual, because in the event of a private gathering regarding personal milestones, a host is indeed repsonsible for covering the cost of a party. It is not the same as hosting an internationally televised awards ceremony at all.
michaela..keep doing wht you're doing..dont change for anyone!! let them think what they want..my saying.."dont sweat the small stuff..it aint that serious!! i need friends like you & tareq..if ever in ny lets hang!!
You seem really sweet and I'm glad you stood up for yourself by explaining on here what actually happened with the party. Not that you should need to defend yourself but since the negative light was caused by someone else it's good you clarified it. As for Lynda, she should have spoken to you about it and not included others if she was really concerned. You can still look like a model and be a little healthier, just think Victoria's Secret not NY runway (they're sexier anyway). Just make sure you're being healthy and getting all the right amounts of vitamins and calcium etc. and don't let any one pressure you (even if that's your husband, if he really loves you he should be alright with an extra 5 lb if that's what makes you healthy).
I do think Lynda's comment was out of concern. She is in the business and if you were paying attention at the Fashion Show at Sak's, she even commented on a model she thought was too thin. She of all people knows the trap that women, especially current and retired models, find themselves in about their weight.
These two give me the creeps, why does he have sit down side bars.
Where I'm from, if you offer to host a part for someone, that means YOU are responsible for the bill! If she didn't have any intentions on paying, she should have told Paul from the beginning. He didn't do anything wrong by mentioning that she didn't pay, he probably was startled at how she handled it. Suppose he couldn't pay for it, then what? He would be the one in trouble, not her!
I agree. But she never drinks alcohol, never has, she states it in her blog. So while the rest had Dom, clearly hers was fruit juice. LOL
Everything thats it done in the dark comes to light ! And if you telling the truth it will come out.
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.
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 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.
I agree with your comment. It does not seem like a reasonable explanation. She mentioned how she was the HOST of the party.
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 ...
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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!