Cast Blog: #RHOM

Characters Welcome

Lea needs you to make the show a hit, and she wants you to know she's in it for the good time.

I saw myself and the girls through your eyes for the first time. I think you will agree: we're a little bit Miami, a little bit spicy, maybe a bit naughty, but nice), a little bit rock ‘n roll, hopefully a little bit fab on the surface, somewhat curious, and abnormally normal underneath.

I think housewives and women in general come in all different packages, and are the source of the most good in the world. While doing the show, I realized how much I really like adventures. I mean what was I thinking? A "Real (public) Housewife"? Wow! Sometimes I jump in and then figure it out. Did I hold my own? I hope I didn't make a complete fool of myself! So far, so good don't you think?

People often ask me why I took the Housewife plunge, and I often wondered myself. After doing the show I realized that like the song says, "Girls just wanna have fun," and it seems we did that, or at least I did.

After watching tonight's episode, perhaps Adriana will take a few "hits" about her sexpot image, but don't judge a book by its cover. She's one of the most genuine people and best moms I know.

Marysol's mom is quite the character, and definitely don't judge that book by its cover either. She's endearing and fun.

As for Marysol, "the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree." You never know where her story may go. She will have some interesting surprises for you in upcoming episodes. And FYI...I know Marysol's French fiancé Philippe didn't need a green card, more about that Miami "inside joke" later.

Alexia may be controversial, but she makes for great TV, and one of the things I like most about her is hubby Herman. I've never laughed harder or been more fascinated then I was by him at their upcoming dinner party. It's a hoot and a holler and a scene you won't want to miss. (And did I mention Herman bids "big" at our charity auction, also coming soon!)

Larsa and I have laughed and giggled endlessly at ourselves, like Lucy and Ethel. (Unfortunately, we never got around to our kids and mom slumber party I planned.)

I'm intrigued by what a free spirit Cristy really is. Sometimes I wish I could be carefree, make my own rules, and go home and light up the incense. Maybe she's got the right idea after all? I found her fun and refreshing to watch.

But I think Miami was the real star of the show. The beauty, the sunshine, the nightlife: Miami is truly the city that never sleeps, and we are lucky enough to live where everyone wants to vacation.There's a lot of humor to be found in the upcoming sass, flash, cash and trash (just kidding about the trash!). Miami has it all!

This should be a fun journey together and hopefully many of you will interact with me, and I can collect a few more characters along the way.

Next week is gonna be full of shock and awe and breaking all the rules--and I hear lots of celebrities-here, there and everywhere.

It's been fun being a part of Bravo's pop culture phenomenon. I'm sure we'll all have a few laughs at my expense along the way, but hopefully, I won't "bore" you. (At least my hubby gets my jokes.) So thanks for watching.

Oh and please remind me - ALWAYS check the mirror for a wardrobe reality check! Yikes, what was I thinking? And a couple of bad hair days too! Oh well, my husband was out of town that week - otherwise I would have dolled up a bit!

This should be a roller-coaster journey together, and hopefully many of you will interact with me and join my next collection of characters (Housewives-addicts not interested in recovery). So let me know your thoughts and questions, I really want to do my part in making the show worth your time to tune in. After all, we're all in it together. I'm a big Housewives fan, too. Without you watching, there wouldn't be a show. I've always said people make a party, and the audience makes a show.

Stay tuned, make life fun, and please-- laugh at my jokes!

Peace and Love til next time.


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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

Please comment below, it would mean a lot to me to hear your final thoughts.


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