In this episode, I was WOW’d by my husband Tareq for my birthday! He surprised me with shoes and a beautiful new grey mare horse I named Sparkle. What you didn’t see was that the week before, one of my favorite horses that Tareq and I loved, named Miami had sadly died of a tumor. It broke both our hearts. You saw Miami play in episode one and when we lost him it was really hard on us both. I invite you to learn more about my polo events by visiting: www.AmericasPoloCup.com .
I was happy to invite Cat and Mary to learn how to ride and play polo with Tareq. It was a dream for Mary to get involved in our world, and to be included in the polo and the wine community. I met both Mary and Lynda in the 90s when I was a makeup artist for Trish McEvoy. I was flattered they both came to me for help and advice. I was happy to help them get a new, beautiful look then, and would help again any time they need my advice.
Upon arriving on the polo farm, Cat and Mary decided that they wanted to be a little sarcastic about my attire - they were upset that they were in jeans and I was wearing riding pants. For some reason they are always the type of women who have to wear what I wear. Silly really. I am married to a polo player - of course I wear riding pants. Despite that, I really thought we had a fun afternoon getting a polo lesson from Tareq. It ended being a fun day, and surprisingly we all bonded that afternoon, which I thought was great.
Yes, Tareq played a practical joke and switched out the Chardonnay with cold beer. I don’t drink alcohol, never have, however I thought it was all in good fun and everyone ended up having a nice laugh and cheer out of it. All in all, it was a great afternoon with Cat and Mary. I thought Sparkle was brilliant!
Later in this episode, Paul Wharton reached out to me and asked if I would be one of four co-hosts for his birthday, and I contributed by providing some of the Oasis wines and Oasis champagne as you saw with Tareq “Sabrage” (cutting the top of the Champagne bottle of with the cork and glass). Paul told me that in the past when Lynda threw him a birthday party, he was disappointed and upset that he was limited to only the 30 guests and could only invite 15 couples. So, I made his party big and fun. I invited all his friends and many of my own friends to fill his birthday with the energy he loves to see at our events! Paul's publicist handled all Paul's party invites and I was happy to lend my name to the party, along with the other co-hosts! Meeting Paul at The Four Seasons was never a part of my plans for the day. Breaking it real.
Lynda, as seen in episode one and again in this episode, continued with her obsessive behavior, ranting and raging about my weight. Good grief! Who cares what size I am? Lynda forgets that she says the same thing over and over to me about my weight. I guess there will be more talk about my weight and my alleged eating disorder thanks to Lynda. Lynda talks to everyone about my weight BUT me and I am sick of her not being up front and talking behind my back. That night she went first to my husband to tell him, "Get your wife some fries or a burger she is unhealthy ... get her some protein." ENOUGH! My response to her was, "Lynda didn't your Mother ever teach you if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all?!" That is when she walked away angry and said "more is coming to me." What is that?! YIKES!
I have tried my best to teach Lynda that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and shines from within, but Lynda takes pleasure in tearing down other women, which I think is wrong. I have repeatedly forgiven Lynda for her anger and hate, and have moved forward. Girls need to celebrate one another and build each other up. Life is hard enough!
Tareq was asked to do the Sabrage to celebrate Paul's birthday. This style of opening champagne is an honor that goes back in time and is fun. Just like the winning team at the Super Bowl celebrates with Gatorade splashing, wine makers and polo players celebrate with champagne and wine splashing! I love that Tareq is a true loving husband and splashed Lynda (again) with some more champagne! So would (and did) Clark Gable in the old days for fun or to protect his lady. It's all great entertainment.
I've known Lynda for over 15 years. Let's hope one day Lynda can actually pronounce my name correctly!
Get ready for the next episode. I wonder if we will see someone I care for betray me?!
Love & Cheers!
Michaele...I don't understand why there are no posts for you, but I'm assuming you are very misunderstood and being portrayed in a negative light at every opportunity. I like you, and hope you and your hubby are very happy. You seem to be. I think you have a hot bod, and most of us over 40 would love to be your size 2. I don't think you have any kids tho and that helps. Anyway, I find you interesting and feel bad you will be the one to hate this season. Stay strong. WHY are there no posts for you?
Serious ???? Did you actually watch the show? You have mentioned 3 things that the camera clearly shows you are incorrect about. I won't say lies but you may want to watch what we watch before blogging, so it looks like you are being honest.
Jury is still out on my opinion about you. You seem sweet and misunderstood but you need to stop trashing Linda. If you go down this road it will only get worse for you..... Just Saying
When I read "Girls need to celebrate one another and build each other up" I immediately thought of identical statements made by Kelly Bensimon. It's strange to hear someone call adult women "girls". This show is sure to be entertaining if we're witnessing another whackadoo!!
WOW! Do you deliver all your snarky comments with a smile on your face? Honestly, the "fauxny" is showing and it "ain't" pretty. You may need more cover up. Thank goodness you are a professional!
I must say that at first I didn't like your personality but seeing you over the last two episodes you are a genuine and caring person. Not only the love for FASHION but you don't bash people either. You are a carefree person and that show wouldn't be the same without you. The only reason Lydia Lynda whatever her name is, is cutting you down because of your weight is because she must be jealous of YOU!! Stay strong tall and lean.
You're my favorite! Lynda is clearly jealous of you and that is why she makes those remarks.. blow her off and dont let her get you down.. You're georgeous and have a very warm and genuine personality.
This show or the cast does not compare to ATL or NJ. I was actually happy that I saw bethany's lost footage last night instead of your show. i think yall are trying to hard for the show to be exciting.
Where to begin, makeup artist for Trish McEvoy at the Nordstrom's makeup counter? Mary and Cat always want to wear what you wear? Really, we should ask them. You do know that beer is alcohol, right?
Enough, gotta go.
You are my favorite housewife. I didn't know what DC would be like. The other women seem to really hate you for sure. Even on the view they all were mean to you.
I just read your blog here and it says "someone betrays you" that could be any of them. Lynda is so angry (no concern in her towards you ) just rage that you are skinny.
I love animals too. I like your new horse sparkle.
I thought it was great when the champagne was opened by your husband . Wish I was there for that. Very cool.
Sweety, you are the star and she is just a hater! On to a more positive subject: Happy (late because I am just getting to know your wonderfully sweet and "sparkly" self) Birthday! Hope you like the virtual gift I sent! Love you both and sending you both a big hug! Angela Renee'
The show was terrific. Laughed at the riding, and the beer switch for wine. Liking ErKill less and whatever Cat(ty) did. Everyone else is quite enjoyable to watch and observe. Thought Tareq's gift-giving was quite sweet, especially when he finished up with a horse mount. Keep it up. Love it. JPF
I can't wait for the next episode!
I live in Virginia wine country and was offended by Lynda's comment from episode two: "is there good wine in Virginia?" (This was during Paul's party). How tacky for her to suggest that Oasis, or any other local Virginia vineyard does not produce good wine!
I rarely drink alcohol myself, but I do pride myself on being a Virginian, and think that the local vineyards bring a great deal of business to our local economy. There are at leave five vineyards within 10 miles of my house. Many of my friends and family drink wine, including local varieties. That was pretty harsh when Lynda suggested negative things about Virginia wine.
You and your husband seem like good people who are just out to have a good time and there is NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT ! Your happy and you have a prince charming who is showering you with love, gifts & yes money..... what's wrong with that ?? Lydia is showing her true jealously colors ! Stay Happy Michaele. Texas Fan !
Such a great show, and I wish all the best for you and your family!
You seem to be so kind and fun all the time, just like me!, and I love it! It doesn't mean you cannot be serious, or you haven't had your share of pain, if you're always in a good spirit and laughing out loud a lot, some people just don't get it, or they don't want to, for whatever reason that is.
No one's perfect, so, let's live our lives the best way we can! And being kind, well-wishing, loving and caring is ALWAYS better than being mean, vicious, bitter or jealous :D
The jury is out on you. You really come across as someone pretty superficial and flighty. Your interactions with people don't really seem geniune. I guess only time will tell but so far, I'm agreeing with the other DC ladies...
When Lynda commented on your weight I don't think it was a matter of beauty or not, but a matter of concern for your health. If you look at your arms at Paul's party that are scarily thin. I have seen current interviews with you promoting the show and you look totally different and way more healthy. You seem to be just naturally thin and I have a friend who is the same. She has to consciously eat enough calories or she really starts looking anorexic. If only I could have that burden, lol.
Being on a reality show you are naturally going to have haters. Ignore them and focus on the REAL people in your life. Theirs is the only people's opinion you should worry about.
You and your husband seem to have a very fun loving attitude, you are always smiling and being friendly. I am loving the ora you are giving off......oh, and maybe Lynda is jealous about some aspect of you/your life so she is trying to embarass you. Beauty does come in all shapes and sizes....I have an overweight friend and she is the happiest person I know, I would never tell her she is unhealthy and needs to lose weight. A true friend loves you for who you are, kick her to her curb!!!!!
I so love your free spirit. I think you look marvelous and don't appear to have an eating disorder. I can't WEIGHT (pun intended) to see more. Love you!!
I don't know why you put up with so much from Lynda. I would confront her verbally. She's clearly jealous of you. My goodness, she works with models! You'd think she'd understand the model shape. Great job with Paul's party. Also, about you and Tareq ~ the love you feel for each other is visible on the screen. You are one lucky woman. He is lucky to have found you!
All I know is your the only one I can relate with. The other 4 wives are angry women.
My friends and I watched it together at my house, and we all agree you are the only one we would want to know or hang it with.
Can't Wait for next week!
MMmmmm....my thoughts and opinions are not concrete on you yet. I do know I like you more than your husband but that might change. I hope you are not what they portray you as in the media, I think if its all true?...you will be very unhappy as the season moves along.
Loved the episode last night! You and I have so much in common! My husband is a doctor so, naturally, I wear a stethescope everywhere I go, When my girlfriends come over they are always miffed that I have on my stethescope while they are in jeans. So petty. They're just jealous. We, too, have a polo event, the Boise Polo Cup. Our sponsors are just as tiresome as yours, expecting payment every year! We also have a winery (we're practically twins aren't we?) and ours has been in the family for a long time, too. My hubby's parents gave it to him in exchange for tickets to a ball game and a 6 pack. They forgot they made that deal and we have some legal issues with it but it will all work out. They just need some hugs. The last time we served our friends some wine we discovered that it had turned a bit so we used it as salad dressing instead. What a heavenly vinagrette! My husband and I are never bothered by the negatives, we just refuse to acknowledge them! We have also discovered that if you say something that isn't true oten enough and loudly enough, people may believe it. Try that next time someone comments on your weight. See you in Boise!
just a suggestion from a horse lover - horses are your husbands real world. To do professionally what he does he must love horses. Loving horses you truly want to share that love with a love one. He bought you a really great horse and you can tell it came from the heart. Learn the proper way to ride and go for rides of nothing but enjoyment with him. I could tell when he presented the horse to you he truly wanted you to love her as much as he loved giving her to you. There is alot of romance in riding when you learn to ride the proper way. You might even fall in love with the ride like many women do.
M, You look like you are a real happy person. Enjoy the material things, but do not forget to give back. I need teeth implants so I can meet my prince with confidence. Contact me if you can help. They cost $25,000.00
I like the connection between you and your husband. I like you and stacie and mary. I think lynda and cat are little too much for me. I do think you need to tone it down with the flashy things but every one cant be down to earth.
Wow, I can't believe how many angry people there are out there in tv land!! What's with all the haters? So true that there is no such thing as reality, only perception. It is my perception, so far, that Michaele is a sweet person. I think she truly means well. As far as her husband's toast, he was not taking the spotlight away from Paul, he was honoring him with a traditional toast!! so far, i love watching the show! so fun! Hey Michaele, ignore all the nasty comments... just keep being yourself!! you go girl!!
I watched the show for the first time today so I can't judge. However, I do love ur free spirit. Its great. But what I will say about the weight issue. Is true we are all different shapes and sizes. I'm 5 ft and weigh a lot more than I want to for my height. But I truley believe, Lynda was concerned. how approchable are u? Can someone give u their. Constructive critisim without u taking offence. Some things aren't as easy to say as it seems. Especially if its a sesitive topic. Anyway I like u
just wanted to tell you that i think you are great! i read all of the negative press about you before the show started and i like many formed a bad opinion about you but i gotta say that you are probably the nicest of all the housewives! and don't let those other ladies on the show get you down, they are just jealous. you seem like you have a hear of gold!
Why would you invite your own friend to Paul's birthday party...I think that is horrible. Are you insinuating that he didn't have enough of his own friends to make it look good...it seems as though he has a lot of people who care a lot about him. I think you owe him an apology for a lot of things that night, and especially the comments in your blog.
Michaele, When I view you on the show, I really like your positive and bubbly spirit but reading your blog post, I am disappointed.
" Cat and Mary decided that they wanted to be a little sarcastic about my attire - they were upset that they were in jeans and I was wearing riding pants. For some reason they are always the type of women who have to wear what I wear". That seems a little self-centered. No one wants to come underdressed and if you told them jeans, and then you show up dressed up riding pants, I am sure they felt duped. They were looking for you as the hostess to set the dress code, not that they wanted wear what you wear, they wanted to be appropriately dressed and it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
I like Lynda, I think she is a classy lady and for the most part a fun person. However, her way of expressing her concern did not come across as such. As you have said, you two have known one another for 15 years so I truly believe that she has seen a change in your weight. People can be naturally thin without looking emanciated. I had a friend like this who was alway thin and at one point became so thin it hurt me to look at her. Mary should have asked you herself about your stress and told of her concern. When you said you were fine, she should have let it go. I don't think she is jealous of you, she is but a tiny thing herself. And she works with models. You are a pretty girl but you are not a model. Awesome blog picture, by the way, very flattering!!!
"I love that Tareq is a true loving husband and splashed Lynda (again) with some more champagne!" That is mean-spirited and evil. I wouldn't have thought that you would say or wish something like that on another person. Despite what others may say or do please try to keep your positive, happy spirit.
I find you to be extremely refreshing on the show. It is great to see a proud, happy, strong, and positive woman able to take the high road.
Your husband and you have a beautiful relationship, and I can't wait to see more.
Stay positive, and above the catty issues.
When you say you were a make up artist what does that mean specifically because Mary said it as if you sold makeup in a booth in a mall and we all have seen those where they offer to apply makeup to your face. I do not consider those people make up artist persay. So were you selling makeup or were you once a makeup artist like the ones to the stars? Let's be real here. You say things to make them sound more colorful than they really are.
I can see right through you.
just wanted to tell you that i think you are great. i had read all the negative press about you before the show started and gotta say that i didn't like you. but after watching the show i think you are nicest of all the housewives. and don't let them girls get you down, i think they are jealous of you! it seems to me that you have a heart of gold!
Michaele, Here's one perspective on your situation. It was very "telling" when Mary and Kat were driving to your home to spend time riding with you. In their conversation, Mary said you used to do her makeup. You could see on their faces and hear in their voices the elitist attitude they share. Later, Mary said in a voice-over something like, "She has certainly changed her status in life." You are going to have to realize that to these women, you will always be "a makeup girl", you are not in their "league" and they will never like anything you and your husband do or say. They will take anything you do and turn it around into a negative, because they choose to dislike you. If you can live with that, more power to you - just never expect them to be nice to you, because it isn't within their power. They are to be pitied. I feel sorry for all of you.
Michaele, perhaps I missed something but Lynda didn't come right out and call you anorexic nor use the word anorexic. You used those words. I am a woman who had an eating disorder for a number of years. At 5'5" and 98 pounds I looked in the mirror and saw 200. I behaved much like you did. If fact many of the women I counsel have the same reaction. I got into counseling due to my illness. Someone would remark on my thinness and I heard, "you have an eating disorder" and repeated the conversation to friends as. "so and so said I have an eating disorder" when in fact all they said was that I was thin. Looking back I realized that I looked 10 years older then I do now at 125 lbs. The fine lines in my face from being so wan are now filled in and I look young and healthy. I would get really upset at the mere mention of my weight from others and talk about it constantly almost in order to validate my line of thought. A person without issues shrugs off those types of comments and moves on. A size 0 was life threatening for me. I am perfectly happy with my 5/6 and I feel and look great. The long term effects of my eating disorder caused me to have a minor heart attack. I really do enjoy watching you and see that you and your husband have a truly loving relationship. Your lifestyle isn't what I strive for but obviously it fulfills you. The only thing I dislike is the constant. "I love you's" and the roaming eyes while talking to someone. I'm sorry of you find my anorexia story bothersome but I felt a need to speak about something that I've devoted myself to working on.
It was you who brought up the issue of weight at Paul's party. You were the hostess. Lynda was an invited guest. Most ungracious! She owned up to the fact that she made those remarks behind your back, but you -YOU were the rude one for bringing it up at a party that was honoring your friend's birthday. I understand that your feelings are hurt, but you demonstrated poor party etiquette for a hostess. Maybe now that you made an issue of it at a party and also blogged about it a couple of times... maybe now YOU can let it go?
The other women seem very insecure in pointing out that you used to work at Trish McAvoy, or that you wore breeches when they stupidly showed up in jeans. It doesn't matter what you riding ability is, when you are immersed in the horse world, you are going to know a thing or two about how to attire yourself. Its not like you were wearing a white shirt and blazer with an ascot!
I think it's great that you admitted you were a novice at riding and polo and that that cute lesson with your husband.
I wish Lynda would stop pointing out your weight like she is concerned when she clearly states she does not care for your friendship. Very hypocritical.
As Mary mentioned, she grew up riding; she didn't need you to "teach" her how to ride. Somehow I can't believe it "was a dream of Mary's to be involved in your world....are you kidding me? I seriously doubt if these very capable and beautiful women always want to wear what you are wearing...please get over yourself. I also don't believe they need your help with makeup, makeovers or anything else. Your behavior is weird....you act like you are some kind of celebrity....and the acting is really bad....and it is clearly acting for the cameras. I watched the show twice and that was two times to many....boring!
What the Hell, where is the other housewives blogs? I know for me the blog is as important as the show itself!! Come on ladies get it together!
You bring a lot of zest and "sparkle" to the show. I agree with your husband, you are bubbly like champagne. You really do sparkle, like a real energizer bunny whirling about. Tsk-tsk on the nay-sayers. Does Lynda running a modeling agency (or whatever it is) feel she has the authority to then comment on every woman's weight? That's insanity!
REALLY ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY DO YOU GIVE BACK TO CHARITIES SPENDING MONEY IF YOU WANT TO SPEND SOME HOW ABOUT SENDING MY DISABLED MOTHER A CHECK IN THE MAIL FOR HOW MUCH YOUR SHOPPING SPREE COST AND A LIMO TO A PARTY WOWZERS A BIT MUCH DONT YOU
Mary desires to be in YOUR world? Honey, she used to hang out with the Kennedys growing up. I highly doubt she is staying up at night thinking of ways to get in to your horse world. I think that you have a deep desire to be a part of everyone and everything - but you come off insincere in your conversations.
@AnnieBoston - hopefully Michaele will read your important words and take them to heart. There's a lot of wisdom there...but unfortunately, I think it will be missed. Continued success to you!
Michael, I think you are wonerful:bubbly and friendly. You and your husband seem very much in love and show it. Your body is rocking and the reason the other ladies are so "concerned" is because they're jealous!
You are the show!
These other women are so boring. They are obsessed with what you do, what you wear, your size, what you say. While we watch them bash on race, shovel dog poop, over eat, drink to much and they slur their words. SO far you are the only one I can relate with. Lynda is obsessed with your weight and she herself is so angry about it . No concern in her. Paul I think isn't the friend you hope for. Sorry I just think he is his own best friend. Good for you to confront Lynda when she made fun of you at the party that you are unhealthy and need a burger and fries. Maybe she could ease up on them and the cork from the champagne wouldn't hit her.
The other women are so petty and jealous. Sorry there isn't one true one to you. I know you love Paul. He is bad . You will see, he doesn't care about you, only what you can do for him. Wake up.
You are like Champagne and are very bubbly!