Cast Blog: #RHOM

No Good Deed

Adriana discusses the stresses of her gallery show, and tells Larsa she owes her one.

"No good deed will go unpunished" should be the title of this blog today.

I gave Marcos, the artist, an opportunity that most artists would dream of having: to make his work known nationally in the USA.

I supported him fully for two months, gave him room and board, had him staying with me and my family in my house, took him everywhere with me, introduced him to all my clients and friends. The only thing he needed to do was paint!

When he first arrived at my home, I explained to him the concept I had for the art show, which was to honor the key people who made Miami the great city that it is today.

Beginning with the founder of Miami, Julia Tuttle, a visionary woman that in her days was able to see the potential Miami had. She founded it, and then went on to convince the railroad magnate, Henry Flagler, to bring his railroad all the way south to Miami. What a woman she was!

No wonder Miami is so beautiful and special! It is one of the very few cities in the US founded by a woman!

I then went on to choose other key people that developed Miami, and others that came later and embraced Miami as their home, adding spice and culture to this city. The show was titled "Miami Celebrities," and I commissioned 37 portraits of exponents in the areas of development (such as Craig Robins and Ugo Colombo), philanthropists (like Phil Frost and Lea Black), entertainers (Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias), athletes (Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning), etc.

Initially Marcos said he need to get a few days to rest from his travels, so he took some time off and enjoyed my pool and hospitality. He even invited some of his friends over my place. This went on for three weeks, and then I finally began to ask him when would he begin painting. Every time I inquired about it, he would respond he had plenty of time, and I did not need to control him or tell him what to do. So, I let him take his time, trusting that he would deliver all 37 paintings at the scheduled time, which was about ten days before the opening night. Two weeks before the event I asked how many paintings he had ready, and he said, "None!" Wow!

I started to really get nervous, 37 paintings and only two weeks left. I knew then that he would not be able to deliver all the commissioned pieces, so I desperately started to work on plan B in order to save face with my business partner, my clients, and the VIP guests who were attending the vernissage. I was luck enough that the next artist scheduled to show in my space, agreed to fly in from Paris and performed a "happening," which is a live art performance.

The stress was so great on the day of opening, that when I arrived home to get ready, I broke out in a strong allergic reaction and my face swelled up and I got hives on my cheeks and neck! I sincerely thought I was not going to make it to the art show at that point!

Luckily, after one hour of icing my face and taking a strong dose of antihistamines, the swelling came down and only then I was able to get my hair and make up done. Oof!

After the main art opening was finished, I invited the guests to descend to the first floor of the gallery, in order to enjoy a performance by Billie Meyers. Immediately after her singing, Yves Clement, the French artist, performed his happening.

It was interesting to see how Marcos' friend, after calling himself an artist and art expert, stepped on the fresh painting on the floor, just to ruin the other artist's work, and then denied it. It was so surreal, I felt like that was the perfect setting for an Agatha Christie mystery! Lea was right--we did need the forensics there!

On a lighter note, I thought Lea Bardot's, I mean, Lea Black's portrait looked amazing! She reminded me of Brigitte Bardot in the painting.

Well, I must end this blog with a promise to Larsa: your beauty is worthy of a portrait, and I will put you on the wall next time!

Lea's Final Thoughts on the Season

Lea shares he status with each of the girls post-reunion.

It’s a Wrap!

It’s been an interesting season. I've been as honest and authentic as possible. I feel I owe that to myself and to you, our viewing audience. I've defended myself when wrongly accused or misinterpreted and in the process unfortunately, ugly truths have been exposed. I haven't gone out of my way to hurt anyone, but if I have, in the spirit of defending myself or setting the record straight, then so be it. I've had some fun, a few laughs, and experienced a lot of unnecessary stress.

I've showcased as many of my friend’s businesses as I could and got in a few shameless plugs for However, I haven't traded on the show or received any freebies, other than borrowing jewelry a couple of times! LOL! Some have interpreted it as being materialistic, I call it marketing. LOL!

I've listened to people re-invent the past, camouflage the present, and stoop to insults, foul language, and ugliness, all of which make me cringe. I've made closer bonds with some and made new friends along the way. I’ve learned to love and appreciate the work that goes into being on the show. Of course, I don't like what I see from time to time, but I hope I've maintained my integrity and what was important to me.I cracked a few jokes at others expense, made a few sarcastic remarks, and rolled my eyes a few times. I just can't (or won't) stop being myself. LOL! I've loved reading all of your comments and tweets. Even when I disagree, I'm OK with it if you were being intellectually honest. But the few comments which were mean-spirited, based upon uniformed conclusions, bias, or outside influence, I disregarded, ignored, and deleted. I have a low threshold for pettiness and unnecessary maliciousness.

Now, for the girls, in my usual style, let me be as honest as I can be.

Lisa: I feel she and I have a lot in common, and I'm closer to her than the others. I think she has a good heart, but is a little too sensitive. I think she often takes things too personally. She wants to have fun; she has a wonderful spirit and loves a good party. She did get on my nerves while attempting to be “the connector" but I understand the reasons and know her intentions were good. She can always depend on me, and we enjoy a loving and brutally honest relationship.

I'm the next closest to Joanna. I love a lot of things about her. Her love for animals, how much she works , her willingness to speak publically about her very personal problems, endure public scrutiny, and the manner in which she let's things go and moves on are all admirable. She doesn't live or die based upon the opinions of others. I am disappointed with some of the things that she said things during the reunion shows. I know she has suffered for it, regrets it deeply, and wishes she could take it back. But because of some of her choices, I have a reluctance to fully embrace or trust her. She knows exactly how I feel.
Alexia: For three seasons I have defended her, had her back, and given her the benefit of the doubt. Watching her all season, week after week, speak one insult or mean-spirited comment about me, knowing many of them were lies, causes me to wonder if she did it to patronize the hate club, play all sides, or if she has some hidden resentment towards me. Perhaps she did it for air time in an attempt to make herself more relevant? Maybe she just doesn't like me and doesn't want to say it? Whatever reason she got her digs in, it is not justifiable; they were uncalled for and she should regret it and say so.  Whenever the cameras weren’t rolling, she’d tell me how much she loves me and what great friends we are. So even though she threw me under the bus several times, as recently as the reunion, I'm not interested in going tit for tat. I wish her and Herman well, and I have a lot of empathy for her personal issues.

Now to Adriana:  Everyone knows how I feel about her. The one thing she did which showed her real inner self is when she ripped my son’s heart out and stomped on it. She intentionally, out of hatred, kept her son away from my son. To this day, I know that I’ve done nothing but try to help her or defend myself against her lies.  She has expressed her gratitude by stabbing me in the back. Whatever her motivation (I have my own conclusions), nothing will ever put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I can put the past in the past and be amicable towards her, but let me make the following point crystal clear: I will never fully trust her. And I really just don't like who she is. Since the show either she has changed or who she really is showed up. Either way it’s not compatible with who I am and what I want in my life.
Marysol: Again, I've called Elsa many times over the months, and I've continued to do so, whether Marysol chooses to believe it or not.

And to set the record straight, yes Frankie is a friend of mine. He is a comedian and has a You Tube channel of impersonations, he is a Broadway star and an entertainer. He only impersonates people he finds interesting. No, he never knew Elsa was sick and no, I didn't see him make the video, and no, I wasn't in the background. All of which can be proven. But if it was a big secret, he wouldn't have posted it on You Tube.

And by the way, he made the You Tube video months after the show was no longer filming. But of course Marysol brought it up about 5 months later, so she could justify and explain away her behavior of the season.

Overall, it’s been a learning experience. I've been surprised to discover how people will behave and how far they will go for attention, relevance, a storyline, or to make someone look bad. I've always said reality TV brings out the best and worst in people, and I stand by that belief.

My tag line “I live my life like everything matters, because I think it does" is true for me. As easy as it may be for some to just live in denial and brush things aside, I believe everything we do matters, including who we are to ourselves and to others. And who we are produces consequences, both good and bad. I choose to live my life trying to create good consequences and limit negativity.
Not all drama has to be negative. One doesn’t have to criticize others in order to justify their own poor behavior or make themselves feel better about their lives.

So maybe I'm a fit for reality TV or maybe I'm not, that would be up to the viewers. The one thing I am certain of is that my real friends, my family, my son, and my husband understand me and are more important to me than anything and everything else. They know that my charitable work, being true to myself, living like everything matters, giving more than I take, my sense of right and wrong, making a conscious effort to live a life of purpose, setting a good example for my son, and being mindful of future generations are the most important things in my life.

I love nice things and love living the good life, and sharing it, and I've earned every right to do just that. I will never apologize for my lifestyle, but I won't be defined by it either.

Thanks for watching. Life is time, and you took time out for us, and for that I am forever grateful. Whether you enjoyed me on the show or not, know one thing, I put as much into it as I possibly could, and then some. LOL! Thank you POP, our amazing producers and their incredible team, the Bravo Network, and the viewers for the opportunity to cross paths. Did we bond yet? LOL!

Spread the love and keep the peace.

Love, Lea

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