Ohhh, I watched this episode and got angry all over again. Where do I begin? The Ungaro party was the perfect example of a slow burn. I laughed through most of it but as I reflected on the evening, got really annoyed. By the time I told Simon about it on pizza night, I was fuming.
At Ungaro, Simon and I were out of breath as we’d made a mad dash up Madison Avenue to get there, including commandeering a friend’s car and driver. For those outside NY, it was Fashion’s Night Out, a one-day event where most clothing stores in Manhattan host events and stay open basically all night. Imagine Madison Avenue overrun like Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras, and that’s just the beginning. Celebrities, fashionistas, drag queens on roller skates, you name it. Simon and I were both on a natural high and wearing head-to-toe purple as we’d just come from The Purple Event, where I walked in a fashion show to raise money for epilepsy and Ramona came out in support of me and the foundation.
We walked into the party with my (our) GBFF Derek Warburton and while Jill ribbed him good-humouredly in person, she got pretty judgmental afterwards. What’s wrong with a stylist dressing to make a splash during fashion week? I was disappointed that Jill said she was afraid of him – he’s not scary and in fact does quite a lot of charity work including an event next week for Housing Works. I’ve seen many people, including Jill’s former gay husband Brad, in much crazier getups. Wonder whatever happened to him?
Alex, I think your boys are cute. They are young boys and they act like it. My nephews do the same things. Enjoying you and Simon this season.
Alex you are a class act. Finally people are beginning to see what I knew all along - you are a smart, kind and gracious lady with two adorable boys and a husband who loves you as much as you love him. Jill only has the voicemail from Bethenny - how sad.
Alex.. Out of all the Housewives Series which include,The Real Housewives of Orange County, of Atlanta and New Jersey, none of these housewives can compare to you..a woman of "CLASS" in capital letters.
Alex, you are a truly classy lady. You call things as they are without being offensive to anyone. I love watching the show because of you, Simon and your adorable boys!
I with you all the way Alex! Bethenny addressing you with the logo her confronting you on Labor Day I think was not to hurt your feelings. Stay away from Jill and LuAnn they are bad news end discussion on that note! lol..Good luck this season
From what was shown in the episode, it seems like you blew the whole leg climbing recounting way out of proportion. Everyone was laughing and joking about it as one of those funny things that kids just do and having a laugh about it together. I don't think anyone meant it in the way you took it.
Hellooooo Alex.......I couldn't agree more with you in regards to Kelly's photos. It's ok with the ladies if she does it but wasn't for you? AND! HOW rude was Jill with your friend AND how incredibly Rude were Jill and LuAnn with their comments about your little guys. Alex, I had only boys and I know exactly the move you described.....ha!.....I miss doing that with mine......do it as much as you can before they start leaning down to give you a hug. Who knew I would be so disgusted and really disappointed with Jill this year.......LuAnn never impressed me but Jill seemed like a nice gal......pushy but seemed to mean well. Now I see her 'pushiness' is due to her narcissism. How do these narcissistic women get nice guys? Jill is down right mean this year......so mean. Anyway, really enjoying you!
Hi Alex! You and Simon are really growing on me. I really like the fact that you are not into all the petty drama and really seem to live by the saying my mother always told us "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." About your boys...they are just that, BOYS! Ya know what?...if they sat around playing with barbie dolls then you they would be critized for that(not saying there is anything wrong with boys playing with dolls.) What I am trying to say is that no matter what, people are always going to nitpick. Just keep on keepin it real!!!
Alex, I really admire your calm, cool rational behavior amongst all the chaos of the other drama queens on this show. You are a class act. Keep it up. Enjoy watching you and your family.
Alex, you are really shining this season!!! It is so refreshing to see your true and honest character shown. Your family is wonderful, and keep being the wonderful mom, wife, and woman that you are
Alex, you are my favorite NY Housewife. I love you and Simon very much and find that your kindness and sweet spirit can be something the other housewives of ALL series can respect. Keep being YOU!! HUGS Jennifer LaBouff OKC, OK
Hi Alex, I think that only you are the one have a class. I feel comfortable watching you and your husband because you both very relaxing. Rest of them are painful.
That was IT?! He "walked" up the legs? My kids did that all the time when they were little. Ironically, just two nights ago, my youngest (10 yrs.) asked to do that very thing. We cracked up laughing when she started walking up... she didn't get too far off the ground.
You are beautiful and have a beautiful family. Who cares what those two say. Jill has raised one child - a girl. LuAnn has two children and has had Rosie. Every experience is different. How boring life would be if we were all cookie cutter people! It seems Jill's new "hobby" is cackling with LuAnnf and starting drama.
Alex your comment "In the end if you don’t have your health, you don’t have much of a life" really rubs me the wrong way. I have an autoimmune disease and I don't have a clean bill of health, but I still have a HUGE life. I don't think you honestly meant for it come off that way but I'm just letting you know that there are a lot of people out there who do have cancer, autoimmune diseases, liver diseases etc. who still live very huge lives. To say they don't have much of a life just because they aren't fully healthy really isn't a fair statement.
While I said on another blog Mothers shouldn't pose nude and that bears saying again.I can't watch Bethenny with her snippy comments.She has a great guy in Jason .Lets hope her mouth doesn't chase him away.Don't worry about peoples comments about your boys...they're still learning and having raised three of my own, they love to play rough.I think Jills break up with Bethenny has really hurt her and her nerves are shot.I think it's really taken its toll on her, that and Bobbys' cancer scare.I loved the logo you did for Bethenny.It was so cute and classy.I think she made a mistake by not using it.She is the face of the skinny girl so why her partner didn't want it is a foolish decision.
Alex I must say that you are the "sane" housewife and your boys are too adorable! I too was a little ticked to hear Jill go on and on about kelly's photo shoot when she and the others weren't to polite when your pics "leaked". I think they need to really stop being so self-righteous and judgmental...when it suits them. I love the interaction between you, your husband and the kids, and I will check out your book. Take care and keep being you and stay out of the mess with the others.
You and Simon seem like great parents and I don’t blame you at all for being angry. As any good mom, I’d certainly go into defense mode if someone spoke ill of my children or parenting skills. Your boys are adorable and seem well adjusted. Shame on Jill and LuAnn, they really need to pick on someone their own size.
Your family is beautiful. Kids are hard to raise and each family has to find their own way in the process. I did not like it when Jill talked about your son. Children should be off limits. I am the mother of four beautiful children, same hubby for 28 years and happy, but my third child has a rare disease since birth. When she was a teenager, she was very angry and seemed to be disrespectful. She was in/out hospital and almost died many times. My point is that the people/friends/family who knew understood her anger. Today she is college and coping with her illness and happy. You can not judge kids by their action...the real test is when they beome adults. Take care and give the boys a big hug.
Seriously, is anyone gonna let up on François & Johan? They are LITTLE boys. Give them a break. I think that eveyone needs to get the stick out of their backsides and leave Alex and Simon & their parenting alone.
As far as the whole Playboy thing, more power to Kelly. I just find it funny that it was "weird" when nude photos of Alex surfaced however, Kelly's aren't "weird". Holy double standard!
Alex you are my favorite housewife!!! You are so poignant in your blog. I read somewhere this may be your last season I hope not!!!
WHo would have thought you would turn out to be the level-headed one this season? The segments on you and SImon are actually pleasant to watch, compared to all the strident bickering going on between the others. Hope you do your best to NOT be lured into it (though of course it's all in the past by now).
One sore point with your blog, though-- "if you don't have your health, you don't have much of a life." Pretty insensitive, when you consider all the people out there struggling with serious health issues.
Hey Alex - you are CLASSY!!! I appreciate your not wanting to choose sides and your being respectful of people's feelings. I would like to add that I don't think others on this show are reciprocating ... how old are these girls "You're on our team" says Luann ... are you kidding?!?! I agree that there is nothing wrong with nudity and that there is a weird hypocritcal double-standard being applied here! Would you expect anything less??? I am looking forward to reading your book - I think that you and I will have similar viewpoints on many topics! Thanks for posting your pizza recipie --- will be trying it with my kiddos over the weekend! Again - thanks for being classy ... maybe YOU should educate the "Countess" regarding what it means to behave with some!
Love you and Simon! Your kids are just being kids! Some people are not child friendly. It's not your problem, it's theirs. The boys are getting even more handsome as they grow.
Alex: You and Simon are a class act.In the midst of all the drama, you two seem to be able to stay neutral. Good for you!
I am glad that Ramona is coming around and being nicer to the two of you. Let's hope that continues!
Have a blast on your book signing tour!
I agree with you on all of it! What is Jill's deal she is like the mean girl. Plus she needs to stop acting like she is so perfect because she is far far far from it. (Jill Its love your neighbor has you would love your self.)She needs to stop judgeing everyone.
You are the smartest housewife. I remember they all acted so high and mighty when your photograghs were revealed. Some of them are very two-faced. Enjoy your life, kids and book tour.
I think that to know you is to love you, and I mean that for both you and Simon, initially I wasn't sure how I felt about the two of you I thought maybe you were a bit eccentric, for example the bikini cut swimwear Simon wore, I'm eastern European and still thought it was a little out there.
However, I'm realizing that you two are the most in touch with reality, not petty, hilarious part of the entire housewife franchise!
You're the only ones I would want to have as friends! And I think your children are so so so cute, they will be very handsome men one day!
Don't let these crazy yahoos that surround you intimidate you with their mouths, you are far smarter and have more character than any of them, especially Jill Zaaaaarin. How inappropriate of her to say anything about your child, how truly below the belt, classless, and 3rd grade of her. She should be ashamed of herself the way she is carrying on this season thus far.
Truly, the only time I'm interested anymore in this season is when you and Simon pop on the screen! Don't stop being your unique and hilarious selves!
Alex, I just wanted to say that I love the Housewives and NYC is one of my favorite. I'm increasingly becoming a fan of you. I think you're a great mom and genuinely a nice person-especially due to your down-to-earth personality and big heart. You're also very intelligent which is refreshing to watch.(BTW, great blog as it's spot on). Love it! What I don't like so far is that you seem to have a hard time standing up for yourself in front of these women. Off camera and in your blog, you are quite strong and level-headed. But with these girls, you just seem to lose yourself! Why indulge in gossip with these women when you're so above that. It just appears that they're using you. It's so surprising to see women revert back to high school drama! I know you feel like you're caught in the middle, but stick to your guns and rise above the drama. And by all means, have a backbone around these women!! You can't please everyone. Just stay true to yourself :)
I love your new kitchen. I thought it was very appropriate that you asked the children to leave while you and Simon talked. Who made Jill the expert on everyones business? I would ignore her advice and negative comments. You are wonderful parents as parenthood does not come with a manual. She is a very negative and unhappy person unlike your life. I agree with your comment that Jill controls LuAnn. You are so right. LuAnn needs to drop The Countess.
Good blog. Please give your "evening guy" a tutorial. His blog is too blathering and long winded.
This is the most emotion you've shown in 3 seasons. No mother likes to hear negative comments about her children. Thanks for giving the whole story about their seemingly odd behavior. The truth is not so strange. It looks as though you've chosen your team.
Your day gay friend did look crazy. The ensemble was more appropriate for Halloween than for a high fashion event. Since you didn't dress him, why do you care what others think?
Alex, I used to have respect for you. What is going on? Why are you being so catty? You are now just like the others talking behind Jill and Luann's back. Don't think being friends with Ramona is such a great thing. She is using you and Simon to get back at Jill. Remember last season she said horrible things about you, Simon and even your precious babies. Ramona doesn't like anyone, not even herself.
ALEX, YOU ARE A VERY CLASSY LADY!!! KIDS WILL BE KIDS AT THE DARNEST TIMES, WELL, BECAUSE THEIR KIDS.!! JILL AND LUANN SHOULD REMEMBER THIS. AS FOR YOUR FREINDSHIP WITH MARIO AND RAMONA, I'D BE A LITTLE SKEPTICAL, REMEMBER LAST YEAR??
In response to IsisB the leg climbing incident was definitely a (totally unnecessary) jab at your parenting skills from Jill. I feel sorry for Ally if she was never able to run around and be a child. With your friend at Ungaro she was also totally judgemental. She may not like his style (very few will) but to act offended and scared is ridiculous.
As usual, you show your level-headedness, even when annoyed. I've said it many times - LOVE you, LOVE Simon, LOVE the boys. You guys have "heart", which is sadly lacking in many of the housewives, regardless of how many times they tell viewers how wonderful they are. Be well!
Alex - totally in support of your fury at Luann and Jill. How awful and vile for them to make disparaging remarks about your young children. Awful. Jill and Luann's behavior this season is making the show not so fun to watch anymore. It's like watching the worst behavior of overgrown adolescents. They're talking about taking sides, etc. Just horrible to watch.
Alex, I was unable to see the entire episode list night but I did see the pizza night scene and absolutely ROARED when you said that LuAnn is now the underdog and that Jill has taken her under her wing.
Alex, You REMAIN my favorite!! Thank you for being real, sweet, and classy. Well done!! By the way, your family is lovely and those boys of yours are normal, happy, fun, darling little guys!
Alex - I think you made a mountain out of a mole hill. I think Jill & Luann were joking about your kids. I don't it was meant to be negative. YOur comments about Jill befriending Luann because she's now an underdog seemed mean spirited. I thought you were nicer than that. - Also, can't you see the humor in your kids climbing on someone. Everyone's kids at some point do something like that. Laugh it off - don't be so serious.
Alex, you really are one of my favorites. You seem to be very grounded and comfortable in your own skin. You seem to be the most rational of all the housewives and have such a beautiful family. You really are a great role model. Thank you for entertaining all of us!
You are a true class act! I like you more and more. Props to Simon for letting you have your space this season! I really like you both.
Alex, your friend scares Jill. Jill, who has a male designer friend who shaves his legs and only wears skirts. So tell us, what happened to Brad? I know you know. It sounds like he too is no longer Jill's hobby. Her new hobby should be deciphering what the heck cold-blooded Kelly is talking about. I get dizzy trying to straighten that woman's comments into something logical.
LuAnn and Jill seize every opportunity to make biting digs that sound like friendly banter, but are actually v. transparent attempts to ridicule you. Kudos for standing up to them without stooping to their level!
Alex I think you're great, but you might be blowing this out of proportion. I didn't see anything wrong with what Luanne and Jill said about your boys. I know I get a bit defensive when anyone says something negative about my son, too, but they didn't seem to be giving a negative vibe. Did the editors leave something out of the final cut? Because - to me - they seemed to be joking around about something cute that your son had done.
Thanks for being the rational one. I couldn't believe what jill said about your friend afterwards. Love the fact you make your own pizza dough, it's the key to really great pizza.
My nephews used to do the same trick- they get obsessed with this fun trick of flipping. It passes. I don't think you over reacted. It stinks to have people bringing up negative stuff about your kids all the time. It becomes a sore spot for us as parents. Your kids are still little- too bad that the others don't remember what that time was like. Nice to see you vent to your husband instead of unloading on the ladies. You were able to express your hurt and frustration and then move on. Great modelling. It is not realistic to think that those situations don't hurt- but important how you deal with it.
I'm glad you further explained the kitchen episode. I was surprised to see you sniping, now I understand. I was surprised also at how the ladies are so excited for Kelly and treated you like you had someone killed when you were found nude online. They are hypocrites sometime. You and Simon did a great job with your house. Glad to see it finished. I feel sorry for Jason. Wait until he gets a taste of the real Bethenny