Who wants to Shoot Tareq?

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Who wants to Shoot Tareq?


Michaele revisits Dallas and reveals the sadness behind the theft allegations.



WOW! HI AND I LOVE YOU! Thank you for all your love and support! Your messages to me mean the world, and I think your recent comments about Tareq being the JR of the show are very funny. What a flashback to remember the TV show Dallas!

In Episode 5, we pick up where we left off, inside the winery barrel room. Filming the entire day and evening started as early as 7 a.m., and we didn't walk out until 3 a.m. ... yes, the next day! Wow, it was so much fun and a big day! Everyone was drinking all day on the way out to the winery and at the winery -- yes, they were all definitely flying high! Really, I should have been drinking to deal with all the different personalities that came out in everyone with all that alcohol! We all had a lovely day. I was very sad that Mary kept asking Tareq about what was on his mind and probing him to say what it was.   

When we were asked by the authorities if we knew any of the people whose names were listed and Lolly appeared on the list, it was very sad.     

Mary has talked in a previous episode of how angry she was when Lolly would take things from her closet and it made her so upset. Mary got a special lock for her closet. Can you imagine how the people who had their things taken felt?

Jason and Stacie only viewed it as if they heard something about their own daughter. Lolly is a grown adult woman and was not the victim – Missy to Stacie – Hello!? Stealing, or condoning it, isn't cool. This isn't being biting (as Stacie refers to me), it is just keeping it real.   

Bottom line – we asked the authorities that were onsite the day the polo stuff went missing and later throughout the investigations we only asked for volunteer time from the people involved to help local charities and the community instead of a more severe punishment. From what we were told by the lead detective on the case, the guy who drove the car was the primary person they would deal with, and they did recover the car and some of the items that were stolen from the polo team. That night at the winery, I comforted both Tareq and Mary. This is truly sad for everyone. But it did happen, and a lot happened behind the scenes.

Be careful who you trust when you grow up and are taught at a young innocent age to be kind, loving and trusting. That's the way I was taught by my mom… "Hold on to love in your heart, for that can overcome anything!"

Edwina is truly a lovely person. Council member David Catania and I love talking fashion too! He is fabulous.

Jen, amazing. Thank you for being the very best assistant/friend and all around great girl. Cat likes to dish it out, but can't seem to take it when called out on her poor behavior. Love you!

Love & Cheers!




A Rewarding Experience

Despite her cringe-worthy moments, Mary's had a blast.



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One thing that no one can ever take from you is your word. I was raised with the motto say what you mean and mean what you say. The reunion was extremely difficult for me. All of the nonsensical behavior that we have been subject to this season from Boris and Natasha came to a head that long September day. It was difficult to watch myself become so exacerbated by the lies and false accusations, and to see myself visibly display the emotions I was experiencing: anger, hurt, and frustration. Even when confronted with solid proof these people still arrogantly sat there denying all. It was unreal. After a season of fabulous fun with my family and friends it made me sick to see it all end this way.

As parents, one of the primary values we teach our children is the importance of being honest. As I sat on the sofa during 10 tedious hours of filming, listening to lie after lie coming from a couple who are masterful storytellers, I wondered how we got to this point. I have never in my life been put in such a confrontational and frustrating situation nor watched two grown adults be so blatantly dishonest. My family, close friends, and my charity have all been negatively affected by these individuals. At the end of the day I know what I signed up for, and in the reality TV world the name of the game is drama. What I was experiencing was not drama. This was about two delusional individuals who still can not answer a "yes" or "no" question. Ultimately for me they stooped to the lowest of lows by falsely accusing our daughter of a serious crime that she had no involvement in whatsoever. I can easily say that I am relieved that we can all move on from spending precious time and energy talking about these people. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I'm ready to move on!

In some ways this reality TV experience was like being pregnant for the first time; many people offered sound advice but nothing can really prepare a person for such a surreal experience. As a family, we have had a blast on this roller coaster ride and have enjoyed watching snapshots of our "functionally dysfunctional" family relate to each other through the challenges of being a large family. The love of a family is the greatest blessing, and I am overwhelmingly blessed with a large loving family. I want to thank them all for taking this great risk and jumping on this ride with me.

The cross! I have had an overwhelming number of inquiries about how to find the cross that I wear regularly. I purchased my cross a number of years ago on a trip to the Carribbean. Unfortunately, the cross is no longer available, but I am working closely with the company that produced it and will be launching a new version soon! Additionally, I am excited to share that I am currently designing an entire cross collection. Look for more information coming soon on my future website!

If in the DC area on November 4th, please join me as Labels for Love hosts a spectacular event called the Modus Union Salon Party. This evening will feature the incredible works of 75 juried artists, live painting, musical performances, trapeze artists, vendors, nibbles from local restaurants, and of course cocktails! All artwork will be for sale and the proceeds will benefit Fran Drescher's organization, Cancer Schmancer (www.cancerschmancer). For more information, go to I hope to see you there!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all that helped make this year incredibly enriching and rewarding. This entire experience has been a very humbling and rewarding one. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and witnessed many cringe-worthy moments to learn from ... and avoid! One of the best aspects of making the choice to do the show was the beautiful friendships that developed and strengthened over the last with Lynda, Cat, and Stacie and our incredible crew. We shared many laughs and had a ton of fun! Although a friendship with Michaele didn't develop, I wish her and each of my cast mates only the best for the future. Thank you all for the support and encouragement over the our first season! 

Peace and Blessings!




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