Last night was Simon’s and my ninth wedding anniversary, and we spent it dancing, checking out Allan Tannenbaum’s 70’s rock photo exhibition and out to dinner. It may have been rainy and humid outside but our love is real, not fade away…. OK, only one Buddy Holly reference allowed per blog.
When Jill’s mom saw the dueling New York Mag & New York Post articles, her immediate reaction was appropriate. When she read the “Long Island” comment she said, “Where is he from, Australia?” An absolutely correct comeback. Jill, however, did not come back with that. She made an allegation against Simon that was ridiculous and over the top - I won’t even repeat it here. Funny that Gloria’s next comment was that Jill did the right thing. Moms will almost always gloss over bad behavior when backing up their children, which is as it should be so no harm, no foul.
Around the kitchen table there was also an amusing discussion about my last name, and it never ceases to amaze me how much people like to talk when a woman doesn’t drop her last name to take her husband’s. I was born with McCord and I like it. I’m keeping it. I made that decision as soon as I was old enough to understand what people did with their last names, long before I got married. A guy who would worry about that is a guy with personality traits I probably wouldn’t fall for, though I did discuss it with Simon to make sure there was no underlying disappointment. There wasn’t.
Alex, nice to see you come a little more out of your shell in your blogs. I think my opinion changed of you this season as they had some scenes where you were without Simon and that was nice to see.
Alex, I have to be honest. While I have not traditionally been one of your fans, I think you might be the most balanced of all the housewives. What tipped it for me was your mediation between Kelly and Bethenny. It was brilliant: this is what you were saying, this is what you were saying, this is what you mean, how you can prevent it in the future is to do this. This is a sign of a well-balanced person. I also find your blogs to be the best-written and most fair and thoughtful of any of the housewives. So your husband is flamboyant, so you enjoy fashion and take risks ... you are secure in yourself, your marriage, and your family, and you'll continue to soar. That's all that matters
You went from my least favorite last season to my favorite this season. I really wish you ans Simon would just get your own show. Have a great summer!
Regarding changing your last name- Jill and Gloria showed their age and out of touch with young women. Women aren't changing their last names anymore- for many reasons. Many have accomplished much as single so why give up a name when you get married. Also, I would not give up my last night because we have no boys in the family so I want our family name to continue.
Alex, You are the classiest, most well spoken of all those Catty women. Also probably the smartest. They're all just jealous of your happiness if you ask me.
Have a great summer!
Alex and Simon! Happy Anniversary! I just love you and your family and your blogs..miss Simon's...the footage with your 2 friends who adopted Hugh was so sweet and touching and the way they spoke about Simon...hope the rest of the cast saw that..have a wonderful summer and I am absolutely going to check out Second Time Around! Stay Well and Happy!
I'll top you one Alex I love my last name my husband hated his
HE TOOK MY LAST NAME cheers to all unconventional women
I liked you from the start. I think I said to watch out for Bethenny because she seemed like a hot mess only to realize that Bethenny was going thru a break up with her boyfriend which is hard on anyone who has feelings. I feel bad for what I said about her.
Your still my #1 favorite "Housewife" and who gives a flying chit what anyone thinks of Simon this show is about you.
Good luck with the next season. PS loved that bustier Simon bought you. You looked amazing in it!
Alex, You have always been my favorite. I was especially proud to see you soooo cool, even when they were talking about your family and husband in such a cruel way. I think your boys are wonderful. They are children and that is what kids do under bright lights and filming. As for Simon, I love him and they are just jealous because not one of their men looks at them and only them the way that Simon looks at you. He loves you and lusts after you, some women would kill for that (my husband is the same way and I love it) Simon is not gay, he is fashionable and a risk taker and this show is the place to do it. I hope he never changes. So tell him I said "Go Boy" I can't wait till next season. You don't speak badly of anyone and you don't put people down so that you can look better and I admire that of both of you. it is a wonderful trait. Lots of Luck & Success with your new endeavors, and Best Wishes & Blessings to you, Simon & the Boys.
It has been an honor to know you through the show. I believe over a hundred percent that you are even a better person without the cameras.
I know that you and Simon will achieve love and success always.
God Bless you,
Your personality and character are beautiful and it is really comforting to watch a family and the individuals who make up the family grow and learn what being human is all about - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thanks for the nice posting! I will try and check out Second Time Around this summer when I am in NYC. Cheers!
Alex, I make my husband watch the show with me and we agree that you and Simon are the best! You are yourselves, you love AND like each other, and seem to have your priorities in order. I also appreciate how you keep things positive. Good luck with everything!
Alex, what am I gonna do with you??? I like you, I love the way you handled Bethanny on the reunion show, that pretty much made you stand out as a true leader of the bunch...but what I can't stand about you is this unending allegence you have for Simon??? The guy is a looon!!
Hi Alex, I just want to start by saying that you and Simon are the only "Real"people on this show.. You really dont't get caught up in all the drama the other ladies do. If it concerns you, you address it and then just go on with your life. The other ladies just harp and carry on til something better happens for them to complain about. I really think that there jealous of your relashionship you and Simon have.You both show so much love and affection for each other it really shows that you two are truly in love. One of my favorite clips of the season is when you tell Simon on your wedding night that he has your heart and you started to tear up. After watching you this season and on the reunion show you have a new fan. You are one classy woman.. You and your family have a great summer and hope to see you next season.
Alex, You were my least favorite last season, but now you are actually my favorite. You don't seem to get into the squabbles that the others do. They are so immature when they start interrupting each other and you can't hear what ANYONE is saying. (which isn't always a bad thing I imagine). You and Simon seem to be more level headed than the others. More power to you two. Last year I was appalled at the behavior of your children, and Simon attending an "all girls night out" I had to agree with Ramona that it was inapproiate, but not quite in the way she did it. Anyway.. hope you continue to keep your cool and you and Simon do things your way.
It's all good for business, isn't it Alex? You just keep laughing to the bank...hope you need a wheelbarrow. Same thing with Kelly. Last night's "lost footage" showed how boring these episodes would be without the spark and flame she brings to the mix!
I think you are an opportunist, and you really know how to turn thing around in your favor, the comment that gloria made about you and simon was right on. I got it, and every body got it too.you don't full me or others out there.I don't care how much diamonds or expensive dress or how articulate you are you still look like white trash.
I think you and Simon are great and I love that you don't take yourselves too seriously. You bring a lot to the show and I am looking forward to next season. Your laugh on the reunion show sounded inauthentic though which surprised me because I have come to think of you as genuine.
Hey Gezz, This is Bravo - not Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly. You are on the wrong web site. Go find Bethenny she would sell her self for any political persuasion.
alex, you are one of my absolute favorites-ok my number one favorite, and first season i wasnt such a big fan. you and simon are the most honest and actually do the least amount of posturing about your marriage, aspirations,etc. and i adore simon! you both set goals for your children, and i admire that. you dont worry about what everyone else says. simon marches to his own drummer and being 56 african america with a caucasian husband, well traveled well educated fluent in spanish and french, i also refuse to be stifled by others. and any man who wears chanel...need i say more?
Its funny that just because Simon is NICE and likes to buy clothes they call him "gay". You guys like being together and I applaud you. Its not easy having kids in the REAL WORLD. Not everyone can move into a hotel while they fix thier houses. Thanks for keeping it REAL.
Alex you seem like the most intelligent, balanced and "ordinary" housewife of your cast. I don't know how you can stand being around the others. Best of luck to your marriage, career, etc. Don't turn all psychotic like the rest of them!
I love Alex!!!!! I think that throughout all the drama, you always handled yourself with dignity and class. Wish I could say the same for the other housewives. I do think that you and your husband are eccentric but who am I to judge? Wish you and your family the very best. You are a class act.
Alex - I was never a big fan of you two in the beginning of this season. But I have to say both you and Simon are the most "real" of the bunch. Basically, you stand out as individuals who live the life YOU CHOOSE and there are no games - okay, maybe head games which I enjoy watching you make fools out of these girls and of course Mario!!! Now that is a very scary couple, both Ramona & he can't decide what they want to be - good or naughty. Those are the folks you have to worry about..... Enjoy your time off - you know how to take the heat and still look like a smart, well put together lady!
Alex - you and Simon have become my favorites on this ridiculous show I call my "guilty pleasure" -- and I love your two boys!! they are adorable and watching you all as a family just melts my heart... Have a great summer! and know that you and Simon are the reason I'll keep watching this crazy show! (p.s. Simon is a hoot! with his red pants and dancing antics! love him!)
Alex you are proof that all the money in the world can not buy class. You are one classy lady and all the housewives in all area codes should be taking notes!
I was not impressed with you and Simon in the first season of RHONYC, but this time around you seemed much more down to earth and normal. Perhaps it was a toning down on your parts or maybe it was all in the editing for a better show, who knows? Regardless, you came across as a much more pleasant, intelligent, & approachable person this time around. I do wish you the best with your new career ventures and all the best for your family, as well.
Ya know, in the past I have not been a great fan of yours. But the more I read what you write, and I assume that more of your personality comes out in your writing and especially how you handled yourself in the reunion with all the vitriol flying around, I find that perhaps you would be a person that I would want as a friend. Believe me, this surprises me more than anyone! I find that your personality (as much as editing and the cuts to Ramona's rolling, crazy eyes allows)is surprisingly balanced, warm and sane! Contrary to how you were portrayed in the first season, you seem...get ready....normal!!! I will continue to read and see how you develop as the seasons go on and you blog and write additional material. Oh...I have to include that I LOVE the personality trait that you described sharing with Simon, wherein you both like to antagonize people that say they are annoyed by you, by dressing outlandishly. That is so funny! What a GREAT nonverbal, nonconfrontational way to get back at "someone" (insert Ramona's name here!). Bravo to you and Simon!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! And many more. Just wanted to say how much I really learned to enjoy watching you and your family this season. Thank you for your clear minded, well spoken and balanced insight on your blog. Have a great summer with your family and can't wait to watch next season. As for the Huffington Post - GO ALEX! I'll be reading that also.
I think you are comfortable in your own skin, and that is why you married a person who feels the same way about himself. I wish people would stop trying so hard to put you and Simon into a box. Perhaps some viewers have never met persons from down under. I find most Aussie's don't worry about sexual identity. The others should live and let live.
Alex, you are the real thing. (& real housewife) You have something most people don't have, a sense of "HONOR' You speak when you have something to say and shut up,when you know there is no point. (like Ramona drama) You stand by your man,no matter what,or when. Simon don't push it to far. She is only human, I know to you she is a goddess. But it seems, Alex you try to balance a very complicated world. And congratulation, you do it well. Good luck in your new business adventures. You deserve to succed. You have talent, integrity,honor ( a word lost on most) and a sense of yourself in perfection. keep all of it and best of luck. (oh PS. yes your children need good manners, I am saying this w/a smile, they should be seen not heard) pls. take this with humor.) If they are happy and healthy, this is easy. I am sorry that the lost footage was lost. It should have been part of the show. It showed the real you Let all people live as they choose. let love guide their hearts and destiny. So glad you are open minded and open hearted. Hope Bethany learned from you as all the others. You would be a great friend to have ( I hope she paid for your services ). Alex and Simon, in your hearts, you re more real,then all the rest. Choose your friends wisely. forget the rest you will make it on YOUR HONOR! LOVE VERENA Spell check is not working, be kind:)
alex, you seem to think before you speak and your blogs make sense. could you help kelly communicate or, when that fails, could you please show her to the door?
At first I was so disappointed that you did not get to speak much during the reunion show but after watching it, I'm glad you held back because it showed incredible class on your part. There was so much name calling and mud slinging and I'm glad you kept quiet so as to not be a part of it. You honestly came across as the most mature of the bunch.
Alex - You are a nice lady.....I could enjoy having lunch with you. At least you aren't catty about the other women. Ramona is just too much, and they aren't very nice to Kelly. Just keep on being yourself and enjoying your life (Simon too)....am looking forward to seeing you next season.
I must say you were truely a lady on the show this season. I love the way you are able to stay out of all the drama....well done.
You have become very likeable this season! You have certainly proved yourself to be the most real! And thanks for calling bethenny out at the reunion. It's about time someone did!
You are the most balance house wife on the show. I enjoyed you and Simon's relationship last season and I enjoy watching it now. It appears to be strong and grounded. What I like most is you area so removed from the gossiping, back biting, arguing and that my dear is refreshing. Simon's fashion style I enjoy watching. You two are true NY's because that is what its all about your own individuality.
Thank you for introducing me to the up and coming clothing designers in your neighborhood, that is a plus. As you both go to these designers I write down their names to seek them out in the future. Please list the designers in future blogs, this way I can look them up on the web. I'll tell them Simon/Alex sent me.
Alex As others have stated you were not my fav in previous seasons, I can only say now that I think you are as genuine as you can be on a "reality" show. Your marriage is an inspiration and your quirkiness (sp) is refreshing. The one thing I noticed about you at the reunion shows and this last show was your adorable giggle esp. when discussing Simon. Only one question....Did you put those red pants of Simon's in the charity bag to donate? :)
Your poise, grace and gentle demeanor out-class all on the others. Continue to be who you and Simon really are. You are my fav.
Alex, after seeing Real Houswives, Season 2, I think you and Simon are a great match and complement each other very well. You two just seem to get along great and share the same way of thinking and communication. I do think Simon is a little "eccentric" and you are more reserved and poised, but the two of you come across, I think, in the show as being very compatible with each other. I enjoy watching you.
Like Joe in NYC, you went from one of my least favorites last season to a favorite of mine this season. It seems like we got a chance to see a little more of who you really are this time - a nice person who enjoys all of the craziness and publicity but doesn't take it too seriously. I've really enjoyed reading your blogs on HuffPo, too - I hope you keep on writing.
I agree with the other commenter, you summed up the Beth/Kel disagreement very well. I don't know why you aren't in the psychiatry or mediation field. You are very articulate and even tempered.
You are the most level headed of the housewives. The way you handled being layed off, picking yourself up and still staying sane. I am reading your posts on the Huffington. You're doing a great job Alex, I can't wait to see what your future holds.
Alex, I've watched both seasons and I have to tell you that I truly admire the closeness that you and Simon share. It is something to be admired, not mocked or be suspicious of. Regardless of what Ramona says, I feel you and Simon are the best thing about the show...and for what it's worth, Ramona "makes MY skin crawl." I also commend you for keeping your cool and coming accross as the most adult, disciplined and classy of the five at the last reunion show. I wish you well and look forward to reading your blog on Huffington. If there is a season 3, I hope you and your family will return.