Wow. I’m glad that the reunion intro mentions that we filmed for seven hours – once you’ve seen it, you’ll know why we were all so exhausted that week! When Andy asked me how I was doing, I replied, “I’m so good, it should be illegal.” That line didn’t make the cut, but it still holds true. Great things are happening, and I’m so excited to be able to share it with our viewers.
After my lay-off at the end of February, I went through the same things most do in the same situation. Fear, anger, frustration…you name it, I felt it. After allowing some time to process, I got myself back out into the job market. There were several things that came up immediately that were almost right or not quite right, and I tried to stay open and not run straight through the first door that opened. Along the way, an amazing opportunity came my way and I thought, what could be better than to do this, now?!
I’m working with a great company called Second Time Around, which has high-end designer consignment stores up and down the east coast from Maine to Connecticut with headquarters in Boston. In this economy, how do you repurpose for a purpose? How do you create an of-the-moment look without straining the planet’s resources? Designer consignment is a win for fashionistas & recessionistas looking to save money, and the planet at the same time by recycling clothing. I’ll have lots more to say about that in the future!
Alex, I have to say that in the bizarre world of reality TV, where producers undoubtedly search for unflattering, bizarre or overly-emotional moments from cast members to make things as interesting as possible, there has not been ONE moment on camera when you have belittled someone or talked nastily behind someone's back. When you said you raised your kids not to do that, I think that was the best moment for you during the reunion. It may not offer the screen time that fighting does, but it's certainly one of the most admirable. Brava to you for staying normal and classy amidst all the contrived drama and daily cattiness....
Alex, I just wanted to tell you--as I am watching the final show-that of all the people on the show I really liked you and Simon the best. You are such a loving and supportive couple. You both seem "down to earth"-real people or as real as you can be when cameras are rolling during your private life. I cannot recall either of you bad mouthing anyone-unlike the other housewives. Your character shines through. Good luck to both of you Lynne Joliet Il
Alex, this is just a blog, and you may never read this but I hope you do. I am so proud of you. Your integrity and your poise, amongst the insanity is so admirable. It is to be modeled. And if this is the person you model for your children, then they are very very blessed to have you as a mother. Thank you for being a light amidst all the muck and darkness. Kudos.
I really admire you, the class that you show is amazing. I dont really think that Beth was trying to be ugly to you so I think you should give her a break. I think you and Simon are a wonderful example of a great couple. I know that my husband and I are 2 peas in a pod but thank goodness people get us. Love u and Simone.
Alex...Just finished watching the reunion. Egad! You were the only one who held any class or dignity! Congrats. Hope you are loving you and Simon's new digs as it very lovely and you guys lived thru the transformation. Prost!
I have really enjoyed watching you and your family interact with each other. You two and Ramona are my favorites. You are the most sane and the most real. I hope this show allows you to see how you are letting your boys get a little out of hand but they are delightful and smart children and you and Simon obviously love them and each other very much. Cant wait to see you next season.
Alex, I am so happy for you congradulations on your new job. Things will keep looking up for you because you are a very positive person. And you have a strong and loving husband by your side that helps alot. Take care of yourself and don't change for no one.
Keep it up!!! Thanks for taking the High Rope. I think your book will be a great HIT...I am going to buy it for my expecting sister. I'm glad you are on the show. Yes your a little crazy- but that cool. I look forward to seeing you next season.
You have always been my favorite and you still are congratulations on your new position your the best.
Alex,I really wanted to tell you how classy I think that you are. I enjoy watching you and Simon. You appear to be the only one who appears happy. I wish you luck on your book.
You were a class act tonight. I really respected your demeanor and the way you called Bethenny out, but didn't yell or ridicule her, just stated the facts.
Keep it up.
I'm glad to see you had some aha moments because I was ready to let you have it especially about Bethany. Do you watch the show or have watched it yet maybe i should say? Everyone on the show including you and simmon make comments about other castmates that is not face to face. Bethany says what she thinks whether it is on camara, off camara, or in a blog who gives a bordello or gothic whatever at least she freaking said something the rest of us who is watching wants to say.
Alex- You completely won me over this season (Bethenny, Jill and Luann are still my favorites). Although I don't understand Simon and your "Brooklyn is much better than Manhattan yet we try so hard to be part of the crowd" spiel; I give you credit for being transparent. You are living proof that women who are happy in their family life, have no need to tear down others. Ramona blaming her parents for being an a**hole is a crock of ****. Excuse my french. Ramona is unhappy and misery loves company.
Kudos to you. You showed your integrity and as I have watched the season unfold I have come to have the most respect for you as the honest, most forthright personality on the show. Simon too appears to be a good person although I have to admit that his appearance (and extravagant strange choice of clothing were a put-off making me think he was some kind of weirdo.
Nice job and best of luck to you and Simon.
Congratulations on your new jobs. This economy has been tough on all of us. Really I just want to say that you and Simon make a great couple and have the recipe of lasting forever. I think that Ramona was out of line when she asked about Simon abusing you. In 2 seasons, we have never seen Simon blow up the way he did. I'm sure if it went down like you said it would have frustrated anyone. Of all the people whose blown their top off, Ramona should talk. One slight comment that Ramona finds offensive and she turns into and aggressor and an intimidator. This has been evident thru and thru both seasons. Good luck on your book. Can't wait until Thursday. Seriously, Bravo should have made this a 2 hour special next time.
I am so impressed with how you carry yourself Alex. I do admit I judged you and how you parent and in a negative way, but after reading your blog, I was wrong to judge. Of coarse the show will be edited to show your children at their wildest because that is entertainment. I like the rules Simon and you have made for your boys' air time. All will benefit. Anyways, I am happy that you have your head screwed on straight and are confident in who you are as a woman. It totally shows thru in your character and your actions.
I really like how you just put it out there, if Bethany hurt you, you just say it, but I really think of all the women, whatever, she said in an article, I think she's your biggest fan. I couldn't stand Simon last year, and this year he's totally cool. Hope your both happy with this season. Oh and that Kelly and Ramona are nut jobs.
Hey girl, As always, you were the lady of the group! Stay away from the rest of them as they will eat your soul and the soul of your loved ones. Glad to hear that you landed on your feet after the layoff-I'm sure that you'll do fine out there in the job market because you do have skills. And of course you have your husband's unwavering support which is truly priceless. Your comment about being honest to others was spot on and I'm glad to see that some of the other housewives looked uncomfortable when you made your plea for honestly at any cost-it made me think about the things I've not been straight forward about and made for good food for thought. I loved your home-that portrait of Alice Cooper was awesome and I loved the modern take on an old theme that your parlor projected. Congrats on being the class of the show!
A true fan
Hey Alex - it's me again, Willowmena Wren; you emailed me last year, I'm sure you don't remember. I just wanted to tell you that for all the criticism you and Simon get and the stupid name they call yall (Silex)you were the one who exhibited the most poise. You've really grown (don't ya think?) as a person on this show and it shows. I think you and Simon have a very special relationship and I'm looking forward to reading your book - your kids are adorable! You are also looking prettier these days - do you have a personal stylist? Well, anyway, I just wanted you to know that you have supporters who "have ya back" dahlin'! Love from N'awlins.
I'm so glad you called Bethenny on her crap! You and Simon seem to be the most "real" of all the housewives and I love watching your relationship. I will definitely buy a copy of your book. And also I am glad that it was brought to everyones attention who has negative things to say about your boys that the fact is they are young children who were tired the night everyone wants to remember how they acted. I have young children myself and I know they dont always act how you want them to act especially when it is past their bedtime! Best of luck to you with your new job and your shirts and book! Keep it real!
Alex, You are absolutely THE BEST !!! I love your refinement, respect, and dignity. All with smarts and a sense of humor! I'm so glad you said what you said to Bethenny. It needed to be said, and you did it in an honest and classy way. THANK YOU!!! Oh, and I can't wait for your book.
You are a sophisticated & intelligent woman. I loved watching you & Simon 9what a character) this season - nice to see 2 people that truly love & support each other.
Hi Alex! I just wanted to tell you that I have enjoyed watching you throughout the season. While I'm not so much a "big city" kind of girl (I like the suburbs), I really appreciate how you live your life. I'm almost through with my college experience and I hope to one day have a great career, a loving husband, and wonderful kids just as you do. Thanks for the great season!
Major kudos to Alex for the way she confronted Bethanny about making remarks behind people's back. As a New Yorker, and with Bethanny being the only real New Yorker on this show, I am surprised at how often she does this. She definitely tries to cover up the cowardess with comedy and great job to Alex for calling her on it. And to Bethanny for accepting the criticism in the end.
Wow at first look on this show I was thinking what a spaz you and your husband were but, after watching the entire season, I think the two of you are the coolest, normal, real on the show' great love between the 2 of you, and the support for each other good luck with your love and keep it. Angela
Just want to say thank you for not yelling and screaming the entire time like some of the other housewives. I LOVE this show and never miss an episode but I almost changed the channel tonight because all the talking over one-another was just plain annoying.
NYC Housewives is my favorite Housewives series!!!! I always feel people see you in the wrong light and I think you have such a great manner of things running right off you and if the dont like oh well it doesnt seem to effect you. And I think you are the least judgemental! I love your attitude.
Alex, you and Simmon are fun to watch! We viewers can see that you all have a fun and loving family! I think Ramona is softening up to Simmon, they're little dance was cute. My husband and I meet the same way you and Simmon did. We met online, hooked-up, fell in love, and are happily married. That was soooo sweet what you told Simmon about taking care of your heart. It appears that he's doing a good job!
Alex, I love the way you told off that two-faced Bethenny. She deserved it, because she does talk crap behind people's backs. Good job standing up for yourself. Hope you are back next season!
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At first watching the show, I really felt that your marriage to Simon was a marriage of convenience...you to marry a rich man and him to continue pretending he was straight. However, after really watching your marriage and your choice in clothes and apartment decor, I now know that your bond is actually do to your unique sexual inclinations. Be honest, you two are very much into S&M and the kinkier side of sex.
Regardless of anyone's opinion of your portrayed "character" on the show, I really appreciate and admire your calm sense of assertiveness. You seem to handle conflict with intellect and grace and consistently show honesty and loyalty. These traits are of ones women every where should strive for. It can be very difficult to maintain composure in highly emotional and stressful situations. Who knew so much class could come straight out of Brooklyn!
I must say you handled yourself with grace and dignity tonight. In season one you guy weren't my favorite but, you're growing on me.
Wow...you sure did yourself, family and viewers proud tonight. Class is alive and well in Brooklyn. (No nastiness intended about Brooklyn, just sarcasm to how some percieve it to be not up to par.) Sure hope that you do as well on part II. I will be wishing you luck.
Alex, your awesome and a real head above the rest. I love your reflections on Ramona. It makes a lot of sense that her responses are reactive from old hurt. I love Romona and despite her complexity she lays it out there. Best of luck to you in your new job. The book sounds great and I loved to watch the lady's sqiggle in jealosy that you and Simon have book deal. take care
1) You are one of the most intelligent, well adjusted, confident, and composed member of the show. That is why Ramona is threatened by you/Simon. It's really sad to watch. She needs a hug. Attacking people is a self defense mechanism, and extension of her hidden insecurities. She tears others down/attacks people to look or feel better and doesn't realize it. It's her subconscious. What she is channeling is old scripting from bad home training and a rough childhood. That was clear before she admitted it. At least she is not a backstabber and you will always know what she feels/thinks. Ramona needs a good therapist. Even the attack on your children is an unwarranted assumption and defense mechanism. Come on, seriously-her daughter, oddly, is fairly smart and would agree that her mom is a hot mess. Your kids rock. Live in the Brooklyn, they are great.
2) Kelly is delusional. Don't walk. Run. She is not stable. Let us all pray for her. Anyone can change. Let's hope she does. She's got serious issues.
3) Stick with Bethany and Jill. These women have potential. They are well intended even if sometimes their egos or feelings get in the way, they own up to it. With your design skills and their talent/contacts, the three of you could make some great things happen.
4) The Countess. Well intended and sometimes "gets it" but most definitely delusional. Not a Kelly delusional but definitely self absorbed and in NO position to be writing an etiquette book. Actually, she could take a lesson from you and Simon. Both of you are constantly attacked and handle it all with much humor and grace. Kudos!
You are such a wonderful person - it seems inside and out.
I believe your book is going to be fun to read.
I have 3 kids. All have excelled. And all 3 were just like your kids as I see them on the show when they were young. And we were lucky that our friends had kids. It was a circus when we all got together at our homes or to try and eat out.
Point is: You are the parents and you raise them how you want to and feel what is right. With a lot of LOVE.
Let me tell you - my daughters have excelled through HS. Oldest graduated from ASU - Deans list. My youngest daughter graduating in 2 weeks in the top 10. And has been accepted to a College that is so hard to get into. My son is still in Middle School - so to be seen.
But yet I still remember the days that you are now going through. I can't tell you it is going to be easier because every season of their years is different and a new challenge for parents and yes our kids.
You looked the most beautiful of all the gals tonight. You should always wear your hair like it was tonight and also go a little redder. You looked lovely.
Way to go Alex!!!! You stayed very classy amongst all the catty fights. At first I thought you and your hubby were a little strange ... but after watching you both this season, you have quickly become two of my favs because you don't really care about what the others think.
Beth is one of my favs also, but you were right to call her out about the behind the back comments that she made.
I hope to see you and Simon next year; good luck on the book!!!!
Alex, I like your style! I like how you try to evaluate situations & people(their life experience) in order to better understand their motives. And yes, I think you hit Ramona's intention on the head. She reacts with claws out and always always always ALWAYS has to defend herself with a like emotion in order to hurt the person she feels hurt her. Its sad but true. Bethany on the other hand, well.. I just don't think she thinks things out before she says cutting remarks, but overall I think Bethany has a good heart and she is a lovely person like yourself. I can't say much good about Kelly, so I won't say anything at all. The 'Dutchess' has had her tribulations and I think she will appear much more real next season. And Jill? Hah! Jill calls it as she sees it. She has a good heart and enjoys a good round of competition .
I enjoy the show very much. Mustcomment on Ramona. So she came from an abusive family, does she not realize how abusive she is? This is not an excuse and the woman needs deep therapy. I believ she is not well adjusted. Jealous of everyone on the show. She really is very unhappy. Love you and Simon.
You should be so proud of yourself for your part in the reunion show. You held your head high, resisted the bashing, and contributed interesting and relevant observations. It was hard to watch, because of other people's hostility so thank you for being calm. You wrote in your blog that you were glad Andy mentioned how long filming lasted. Personally, I feel that is far too long for people to sit in a room and rehash perceived slights and momentary lacks of judgment. Take a couple of well earned naps, because you survived with your dignity in tack.