In Episode 4, I was excited to be part of the opening of a new salon in Maryland for Ted Gibson. I was approached by Ted Gibson Salon to sponsor this grand opening of his new salon. Our winery gets asked very often to donate wine to various charity events, in order for venues to not incur costs. Our winery was proud to be supportive to Mr. Gibson. We were happy to invite our friends and clients to support his new salon as well. Ted and I had worked together on a fashion show prior to this and had fun, so I thought it would be nice to support him.
Lynda Erkiletian came up to me and pinched my fanny at Ted's opening, and I was nice, as I am to everyone. This was the first time I had seen Lynda in a while. You see in this episode Lynda say "I love you" to me, and I say it back -- I think that was her way of saying I am sorry is all I can guess. I decided to be gracious, move forward, and still invite her out to the vineyard for the "I Love Lucy" grape stomp!
On the ride to the winery we heard Mary obsess about me. Mary tells us she doesn't have any bad words about me, nor does she judge anyone. We hear this in her own words in the show. Yet we hear Mary contradict herself in this episode and talk of me as a "social climber" using wine to build my social status.
Be real and honest is all I ask from anyone. Don't act one way to my face and another behind my back. If you don't like someone, be real. To judge someone because they worked as a make up artist is really sad. I was very good at helping women with style back then, including Mary Amons, and would do it all over again. Jason Turner's reaction to Mary in the limo on her comment about me is priceless on this! He made me smile and laugh. Such a great spirit to him. Fun! Thank you Jason!
Here is a "shout out" to all the hard working girls out there - no matter what your career, be proud. Don't let anyone judge you or make fun of who you are or where you are from or what your career is! Love to you!
Jason Backe and Ted Gibson told me at Mary's Birthday party that they really wanted to come to the Congressional Black Caucus fundraiser that would be attended by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They asked if I could help them attend because it was their dream to see the President of the United States in person. I phoned our entertainment attorney, Paul Gardner, who had invited us. Our attorney stated to me that he was able to also get them tickets to attend as his guests. The night was fun with a little drama... more to tell on this soon!
It has become obvious that Jason Backe enjoys acting. His story of the events at the Park party last episode, and now during the evening of the Congressional Black Caucus contained major inaccuracies, even though it was somewhat entertaining to listen to. Bottom line: at no time did the "Secret Service" escort us out of the Congressional Black Caucus! Just breakin' it REAL.
At the winery we had a blast! It was so fun having the Turners & Mary out to the winery during an amazing fall afternoon in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Everyone remembers that classic moment in "I Love Lucy" when Lucy started grape stomping with her bare feet. We do these wine tours and grape stomps for a lot of our customers and private corporate groups. So I arranged this great afternoon/evening with them to stomp grapes and eat dinner downstairs in the winery. It was a blast!
Unfortunately, Cat didn't want to come out and play! But she loved blowing the whistle! My friend/assistant Jennifer couldn't tolerate any more of Cat's rudeness that day and mimicking me. When I said "Give Love" to help Cat be nice and try to help change her mood to an upbeat style, Cat made fun of me. Jen had enough -- Jen is very real and doesn't tolerate any mean spirit or negative energy. Love her.
During our wine tasting dinner in the barrel room of the winey, Mary kept asking Tareq what he had to say. She kept pushing to find out. Tareq was staying quiet and finally tells her. Information that we had unfortunately discovered by the authorities was on his mind. Let me first refresh your memory: when Mary tells us all, her daughter has problems with taking things without permission. Hence the fingerprint-coded door lock on Mary's closet to keep her daughter out. We learned that Mary's daughter, Lolly, was aware from Facebook of items stolen from my husband and his team, that included an automobile, and thousands of dollars of polo gear equipment. The authorities had in fact issued arrest warrants for one of Lolly's Facebook friends. Since it was a part of what was happening right then in our life, we decided to share it and thought it would be better that we inform Mary ourselves, instead of Mary hearing from the authorities. More to come on this ... all Tareq asks for is an apology.
Tareq, Mary and Jason really enjoyed the wines and were feeling great! I was the only sober one at the end of the night, but had just as much fun! If you are interested in learning more about Oasis Winery and our wines, check out www.oasiswine.com. We plan to reopen the winery, depending on the outcome of a trial in Fauquier County, Virginia that is scheduled to begin on September 20th.
My natural instinct is to always trust and love everyone... however I again learned that it's important to be careful who you trust.
Love & Cheers!
you stood your ground tonight, and that is very admirable! mary was rude to make fun of your past as a "make up salesperson". Nothing disgraceful about that! good for you!
You seem to put a lot of stock in what Stacie tells you others say about you. Isn't that hurtful to hear the things people say about you behind your back? Ask yourself would a real friend keep running to you telling you hurtful things. And please remember something my mother told me years ago. The same dog that brings you a bone will carry one. Translation: Just like she tells you everything they say about you, please believe that she talks about you to them. That is the nature of someone who carries stories between two acquaintances for no good reason. She only does it start trouble. Just remember that and be careful who you choose as friends. People with sorry childhoods generally make poor friends.
I don' care what any of these jealous women say about you, Lynda, that hateful Cat and Mary whom I used to think was nice, You are a classy, nice, attractive woman and your husband adores and spoils you, enjoy your life and let those haters keep on sipping on their haterade. You are mahvelous, darling
Emily Post perpetually twirls in her grave anytime you host anything. First you don't pay for a birthday party you're hosting, even getting your lawyer involved. Then you have people for a grape stomp purporting grocery store grapes to be from your vineyard. Then you attack your guests (Mary) at the dinner. Ticky tacky.
Why should Mary apologize to your husband about something her daughter's friend did?? She was totally right when she called you social climbers. Everything you do seems like a giant facade.
You seem so real in your posts and have a good message to send. Be proud of what you do be it make up, forensic accounting, or whatever. I started at the bottom and rose to the top at a Fortune 500 company. I am on your team!!
I'm an African American woman from DC. I actually like you and your husband. I think it's beautiful that you've got friends of all races. And you two both seem gracious to everybody. However, it's your husband. I think Tareq has a larger than life personality and is more like a mini-Donald Trump. When he's passionate about something he wants to share it.
I also think that Mary is snobbish and has problems with your new found social status. She remembers you as a girl who sold make-up and waited on her. Now, you're holding polo events, jetting off to Paris, and own a winery. It's kinda like the fat girl who loses weight and all of her skinny friends can't stand her anymore. She's now getting attention from boys and her skinny friends look at her as a threat. Mary kinda reminds me of that example. I'm not saying you're a threat but she's definitely not comfortable treating you as an equal. I think Linda is the same way with her, "Second Tier" comment.
I have not made up my mind about you yet but you seemed to be gunning for Mary in the barrel room. I thought it was unfair of you to put her on the spot like that. I agree with you that Linda's intentions were not as honorable toward you as she pretended but you shouldn't have put Mary in the middle. I like you all so far, even Kat who is very negative, but you are walking a thin line with me and there is something not quite right with you and your husband...
Boy, you keep taking hits left and right this season. I must admit I am trying to keep an open mind, but it becomes increasingly harder with all the allegations. I will say, however, what I have seen of you on camera so far, you do a good job of remaining calm, sticking up for yourself and not creating a scene. I hope that does not change.
You seem like a kind soul. I hope there is no truth to all the rumors and allegations, though I doubt that is the case.
how come the security for the wine stomping. if they have dogs and security equipment all around their property they should feel safe, unless the property belongs to the mother or someone else.
I find myself rooting for you (Michaele) and Tareq each week. You seem like kind, friendly people who enjoy life. Hearing the others talk poorly about you and your husband during, after, or ON THE WAY to receive your hospitality seems so classless. I know there's a great deal of editing done on these shows, perhaps some of Mary's comments came long after the grape stomp, but certainly gossiping about one's host on the way to their home/business is not appropriate.
I suppose the producers are insisting on throwing the 5 of you together for the drama when in "real life" who in the world would invite Cat to join them again (she's insulted Stacey's hospitality twice, and now yours)? Ah, well, that's the entertainment factor. Here I am adding a comment!
I've caught the comments as well....... your working 'behind a counter'.........and??? It's one thing to mention it because one is simply sharing information but there's a way that two of your cast mates have mentioned it and the motive smells a bit foul.
Still holding judgment on you and your husband. So far, I'm witnessing opinions of others which seems to be based on what this one or that one says about some truths with falsehoods tossed about freely ......I don't get it....you two seem like nice people who happen to have a lot of money and don't seem pretentious.
Still waiting for why the controversy and some truth behind the stories in the news.......haven't seen it.......
Ouch......guess I won't be finding out about you afterall......just watched a preview of Cat with a lobbyist and it's clear to me that Bravo will be using this set of housewives for political purposes......so far, it's been one sided and this preview of Cat was the last straw for me.......the same thing that is done on too many shows now a days that like to portray a conservative person as some sort of a monster. It's unfair and quite cruel. But! My son is out there in harm's way to protect free speech and so we have free speech.
Darn, I was getting into this set of housewives too. But, I have too much concern for my son's service and when I hear the left using anyway they can to manipulate an audience.....it angers me that my son IS protecting this speech......which!.....is his job but I frankly feel that our service men aren't appreciated. Am I sensitive these days? YOU bet I am as are most parents who worry day in and day out about their children serving this country.
Bottom line......my pride for my son outweighs my interest in this show or any show I see as one sided......so!.......I'm outta here.
I sincerely hope Bravo keeps politics out of the other housewives shows.......I don't want to miss those too!
You didn't address that the grapes were store bought not wine grapes. That is bizarre and also sad that Tarek has such a bad relationship with his mother.
Hello Michaele, I have to admit you are not my favorite housewife, however, many of your points are quite valid. Mary is clearly passive aggressive and far more comfortable playing the innocent bystander rather than the active participant that we see on camera. She's also a closeted DC snob and seems to believe she was "unto the manor born." Cat's comments are funny but sometimes harsh and biting regarding others. She can be abrasive and fun just as long as you are not her target at the time. While we didn't see Linda interacting that much with the wives today, she has struck me as a little egotistical and bossy. Clearly, she loves attention as much as she dislikes your husband. Whichever, I do find the most regretable facet to all of the housewife franchise is that there always seems to be a snitch of sorts within the group who needs to run back to the other wives reporting what was said when they were not part of that group. This behavior is stereotypical and promotes distrust amongst women and their female friendships.
You owe Satcie a thank you for setting the record straight about Lynda and Cat's comments in tonights episode. Mary looked really bad trying to put a positive spin on Lynda's comments. Hello? If Lynda meant it in a concerned, loving manner she would have called YOU to speak directly to YOU about her concerns. Plus, as the owner of a modelling agency Lynda would have been better prepared and perhaps, more accustomed to dealing with the issue of weight dangers in a compassionate and understanding manner. She was being mean spirited.
Thank you for addressing their remarks about individuals who work. There is nothing wrong with ANY honest days work....their comments backfired and made them look like complete IDIOTS. A lot of the population were not born with a silvers poon in their mouths, some of us do not having the luxury of not having to "make money, only spend" it like one of the Housewives boasts in the opening. Good for her. I am glad she has a comfy life. But for those of us that work for a living, there is NOTHING to be ashamed of.
Michaele, I have no idea what is true about party crashing and the authenticity of grapes.....but I do know that I have seen nothing but kindness and joy from you. None of us is perfect, but I sure respect your positive attitude, even when surrounded by cattiness from those around you. Keep smiling!
Something is not clicking wih you ... you seem to be a common denominator in all the drama ... Coincedence i don t know .. time only will tell ....
Michaele, Mechaele, Mechele,
I think you and your hubby are really good people but, OVER DO IT!!! I do not know if it is because your on TV and all the camera's are in your face and get you going... Really, not to be mean but, I would like to see you both take a step back and be the people watcher instead of alwayssssssss being in the camera and having to be the best at everything you do!!! Again, I am sure you both are really nice and very giving people... It's just too much and it makes you both look so phony. Yes, please be you and I do want to like you both. I will keep watching...:)
Team Michaele!! Love ya girl. People cant stand a positive person. They want to act like something is wrong with you, because they can't stand how miserable they are with life. Im a fan!♥
Michaele, I love your spirit and ability to consistently be positive. Why can't more of the DC women embrace that? You and Tareq are perfect together. Kudos to you both for forewarning Mary (who probably has an inkling) about her daughter's impending trouble.
You pegged it right with Kats negative energy! Man, I could feel it on the other side of the TV. I gave it time to like her but that is long gone and she is just a bitter meanie in my book...stay away and don't extend the olive branch anymore. It was nice of you to invite Linda, just stay neutral with her. Stacie and Mary are dolls and I was glad to see you all having a great time. No matter what anyone says, you are always smiling and laughing and have a lot of positive, warm, giving energy and to some unhappy people (Kat) it is more than they can take or handle. So just continue to rise above it and do what you do........you cannot make an unhappy person happy, and that is how I see it. So keep up the smiles....your warmth is a wonderful thing to see! PS I think you look amazing and are not too skinny, maybe Linda was a wee bit jealous!
I used to do make-up as well. It is a fun job and a nice way to make people feel better about themselves. I bet you were great at it. Shame on Mary for being such a snob.
I don't think there's anything wrong with moving up the social ladder from make up artist to where you are now. That's the beauty of America. I see that you are really trying to be nice to everyone and that's what counts. I would not be able to share any screen time with Kat if I were on that show. She lives in her own world. I'm sure she's no one special in London. But is trying to act as if she's classier than everyone else on the show. I like Lynda, but think she may be a little jealous of you? And I love how the above poster says you're walking a thin line with her, as if her opinion really matters (or any of ours for that matter)....keep smiling and stay positive.
Borrowing or wearing your mother's clothes/shoes without permission is very different from being called an accomplice or a thief. Mary seems to have a lot of nice (expensive) fashions and I know what it is like to have someone BORROW something from your closet and not take care of it or return it in a timely manner. But you cannot compare that to what you brought up about the things taken or stolen from your husband's polo team in this blog....just not right. And why would you inform a mother about something that may or MAY NOT involve her daughter on a legal/breaking the law level in front of cameras and not call her privately or speak to both parents together....you both did this wrong and very bad timing on both your parts. But hey…..it got some of the negative attention off of you and made for good TV and drama RIGHT?
I agree with Gina G. There is something not right with you two. The way Mary was ambushed was terrible. I was not happy to see Stacie repeating gossip, I never pegged her for an instigater. I feel Stacie help set Mary up for the most embarrassing night of her life.
Machaele when you want to confront someone you should pick a private setting, it appears you always pick to worst time to confront people. You have put the person that shared the information with you in a very unconfortable position.
That was rude of you to accost your guest, Mary, at the table. She had been civil and gracious to you and did not deserve that treatment. However, if you wanted to unleash on someone it should have been Cat. You had right there and her behavior was once again deplorable, you could have called her out before she left. Pick your battles wisely.
I am astonished that you would treat Mary, a guest, as you did at the dinner. Mary (nor her daughter) are responsible for the actions/words of others. If you had issues with her a PRIVATE discussion would have been tactful, your actions were just plain TACKY. Mary clearly was uncomfortable, never should a guest be made so, and I'm sure that's why she wanted to know what your husband had to add.
"we decided to share it and thought it would be better that we inform Mary ourselves, instead of Mary hearing from the authorities." I do not believe that was your intent. Your intent was to humiliate Mary in front of other guests, this is obious in the why you handle it. A simple phone call or private discussion would have been heartfelt.
Security at the winery, are you serious? Something is off with you two and am really turned off by the way you portray yourselves vs. what is real. We own winery should be followed with, but we're in a legal battle with a family member over it. And by the way, there are MANY sponsers at an event like Ted's opening. You "brought the wine" that is all.
I don't agree with everything that you and your husband do, but you seem like nice, giving people. Tariq may be a bit over the top, but he seems to adore you so to hell with what everyone thinks. You only go around once, so live your life to the fullest and keep "doin the damn thing"!
I find it odd that you respond to all the other negative comments, EXCEPT...the store bought grapes. Guess you do give the viewer SOME credit for having a brain. Seeing is believing, and we saw.
And then you say Tareq was sitting being quite and Mary asked him. WELL honey, he made so many facial expressions, movement, and noises it was obvious he wanted to say something and wanted ANYONE to ask him.
I've enjoyed watching this new Housewives. I love your blog about being true to who you are no matter where you are and where you started. I used to work as a makeup artist as I payed my way through college. I'm happily married to a man that is able to support our family while I stay home now. I think a lot of the girls on the show are jealous of your lifestyle. I love how you comfront the two faced women and men who are happy to talk about you when you're not around. Your husband is a bit much, but you have a great spirit about you. Don't let them bring you down...it's obvious you don't!
You're very charasmatic. I can't believe the amount of intrigue that the other housewives engage in behind your back, but claim to never engage in anything negative. I can relate to you wanting people to be direct. Intrigue is never productive.
Michaele- you are so sweet and loving to everyone, I have not seen you do a mean-spirited thing, since the show has started...I think you and you husband are just the type of people who want to be a part of everything "cool" that happening...nothing wrong with that... You are not parents, so you have the time and energy to do those things...and i think that the others that down, you are really just jealous of the way you live, let them own that one!!! People call you a social climber, what exatly does that mean, I think u are just having a good time and enjoying your life, and I think that you would be the type to do that no matter where you lived, what you have, or what you do...Have fun and just keep being you!!!
As long as Jen is working for you, she represents you. Thus when she called Cat a *itch, or implied she was, Jen was essentially speaking for you. While that may have been what everyone had been thinking, as an employee she should have kept her mouth shut. You can't be friends and be the boss at the same time. It clouds the line.
Hi Michaele ~ I really, really like you! My last 2 posts from your other blogs never made it on which is really disappointing. I have nothing but praise for you and your positive glowing attitude - please don't change that for anyone! I am that person too and if the negative people don't like it, that is part of who they are - not you. Yes, be careful who you trust -always- but still be kind, that is who you are. Lots of Love!!
I think you are the most beautiful and charmastic of the housewives. Sometimes larger then live people are misunderstood. I wish you the best.
I admirer and respect the fact that you and your husband are fighting against the odds to save the family business. Being a self made business woman myself and knowing what it means to work and survive in this economy.
My husband is very supportive of me and we encourage each other to do better.
So if you stay constant and tell your truth you'll be fine.
What's the point of tasting your wine, when I can get a bunch of grapes from the supermarket and make my own oasis wine. You like most of the housewife's this season on other shows, want to live the rich life but can't afford it from all the news that's going around. I think there are some sour grapes there.
In your second blog, you state that you don't drink alcohol and never have. I was extremely confused after reading this to see you in several scenes with a drink in your hand. I even rewound my DVR on one occasion as you had a drink in your hand and they cut away from the scene right as you brought the glass of wine up to your lips. What's "real" there? Care to explain?