Cast Blog: #RHONJ

True Beauty

Jacqueline Laurita is excited to get back into the beauty biz.

My husband is a good man! He's the best, and I thank you all for noticing this. He gets so much love from you all, and that makes me feel so good! My husband is a peacemaker like me. He likes everyone to play nice. He is a very loyal, supportive friend and extremely patient. At this point in time, Chris and I were hearing from many sources that Teresa and Joe had plenty of negative things to say about us behind our backs that were completely out of line and they had given their own spin on things. I would confront Teresa about it, and she would deny it. We kept hearing similar stories from various unrelated people, so we started to believe it was a good possibility that it was true that they were saying these things about us.

My husband and I have never, EVER brought up Teresa and Joe's financial situation on TV or anything personal about them in the press. It wasn't until after the reunion that I may have impulsively tweeted a couple of things about her when I was upset, but I wasn't hiding as the source. It was clear it came directly from me. If I was asked a question about my situation with Teresa while at an event by the media, I simply answered it. I don't have a "relationship" with any magazine to put stories out there. My husband would never, ever put anything about either of them in a tabloid or in the press. That is entirely not my husband’s way, and anyone that knows him would know that. Teresa and Joe were the FIRST ones to talk about their issues on the show, and they were the ones who put stories out there in the press, and that is the ONLY reason anything was ever discussed on our show.I think there are some things that should be off limits. Your marriage and your children. There is no need to go there. There is no need to point things out. I have made that mistake and do not ever want to do it again. I made comments at emotional moments, and I was wrong to do that. Actions speak louder than words. People can see what's going on here. There is no need to explain or give examples. I'll just leave it at that. I will just say that my marriage is rock solid and I am proud.

However the comment Teresa made to Kathy that a dessert cookbook would not sell seemed like a cheap, passive aggressive shot to me. Especially knowing at the time that Kathy was contemplating doing a baking book. It just wasn't nice. I think it would do well! It was also not very nice to make fun of the signage Kathy used at her tasting. Amazingly Kathy brought in a big crowd regardless of her signage. Her desserts "walked the walk" and everybody raved about them!

Kathy may have noticed that her mom's recipe that Teresa's mom had called and asked her for was added to Teresa's cookbook, but I don't think there were any hard feelings from Kathy for it being in there. It just seemed like an observation.

I respect that Kathy was a cosmetologist who always had a passion for cooking and baking and that she finally decided to pursue a career out of it! My kind of girl! I guess it was kind of like Teresa going to a trade school for fashion only to become a cook and an author. It's OK to branch out of your comfort zone and explore new things in life. Learning a new skill or pursuing your passions are both wonderful things.Speaking of cosmetologists, I have also been one for about 20 years! I love any topic pertaining to the beauty industry. I love doing my research! I have huge binders full of research that I have been doing over the years. I'm very organized with it too. I'm a big fan of plastic paper covers and dividers. LOL! One day, when I'm ready, I will publish my beauty book that you all have been asking me for! I'd have to narrow down my content, otherwise you wouldn't be able to pick the book up.
Anyway that business meeting was actually a meeting among friends. I was very familiar with everyone at that table. It was so wonderful for me, because I am loving getting back into the beauty industry in a meaningful way. It wasn't the first meeting I've had with them. Nicole has been in the beauty industry for many years as well, and we had been reviewing several products together for a while. It’s very easy to feel comfortable and at ease with friends, even when it’s work related. So yes, we got silly! But I was in no way drunk at all. I never even finished my drink. Just having fun! My drink spilt because I talk too much with my hands. That's an Italian for you! I'm actually only half Italian. I am also half Austrian.

On another topic, I have NEVER vagazzled or even attempted to vagazzle! However I think it’s fine for people who do it and love it. It's just not my thing. It doesn't seem like it would be very comfortable for me or even my husband for that matter. It sure is a creative idea though. When Lauren said she pictured me getting a squirrel or something there, I laughed when someone on Twitter pointed out that a squirrel gathers nuts. I think there may have been a pun intended. LOL!Also Bellapierre is AMAZING! Best mineral make-up out there in my opinion. I really enjoy playing with it. There was a time shortly after that scene when Bellapierre was talking to me about endorsing their product and helping them bring it to the United States. Some amazing things came out of that meeting. I have since begun working with ENV Consulting. They really believe in my abilities and are helping me with projects that are truly my passion. I have so much to contribute to the worlds of beauty and wellness. It’s so exciting!

I wasn't quite ready to take that leap back into the business world while my baby boy still needed me at home. I told myself that once Nicholas started preschool, I could dedicate more of my time focusing on a career. Guess what? Nicholas starts preschool this fall. Stay tuned...

I wanted to make it clear that I really love Linda. I met her through Teresa a while ago. I've been to her house and she has been to mine. Our kids have played together. She is a cool girl. I have no problem with her. I just ran into her recently and she was more than polite and classy with me. As a mature adult, she remains friends with Teresa while remaining friendly with me. I respect that. That's my kind of girl. When I called her a soldier, I only meant that she will speak up on behalf of Teresa and say the things that Teresa wants her to say, so she doesn't have to say it. When you do that for her, she will reward you by calling you a true and loyal friend. If you don't, your relationship with her will shift for the worse. It's a manipulation tactic. I don't play like that.I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. I know I have, but I have been busy, busy, busy! One day you will all understand why. Until then, thank you all for your love and support! XOXO!

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Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo