Cast Blog: #RHONY

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Jeana describes the differences between NYC, OC, and Atlanta housewives!

This week's episode of The Real Housewives of New York is my favorite episode so far. Seeing all the girls dressed in costumes - Roller Girl, Elle from Legally Blonde - I loved it! Kelly looked amazing as a Playboy Bunny. Bethenny's impersonations of Simon and Jill are so funny - do me next Bethenny! The girls seem to be getting along better and I really like that - women picking at each other bugs me. I love the closeness and caring the OC girls have for each other. It appears that the New York girls are starting to emulate us and realize how childish it is to not be supportive of your colleagues. Maybe all that time together filming the A-List Awards has rubbed off! We had the best time trailer-hopping and hanging out with all the other housewives. We are all so different. The New Yorkers tell it like it is, the Atlanta girls kill you with charm, and as for the OC, we are...what can I say...perfect!

Tamra Barney’s son Ryan has been struggling with painful broken bones and insurance issues, Parents should make sure that their children, if they're not in college, have insurance. The minute they aren’t taking 15 hours worth of classes, they aren’t covered by mom and dad! Of course all of us know a wonderful insurance agent, Vicki Gunvalson, to help us get the best possible insurance for our kids. Forget the Xbox and clothes - give the a gift of security and buy your kids health insurance.

Gretchen and Slade call me once a week to check in and update me on events for Gretchen’s charity for Jeff Bietzel. Gretchen has been exposed in the press a lot lately due to her stalker ex-friend. I would hate it if someone stole my college pictures and put them online. I always tell my kids, don’t let people take your picture in situations that you might not want to see 20 years from now when you are running for a position in office or working for a large company. Human resource heads are going back to Facebook and MySpace to get a feel for potential employees. Your reputation is all you have - so protect it! This is character building stuff for Gretchen and she is handling it with grace and humor - I am not sure I would do the same. I think my friend Guido would be out looking to break noses for me!

On April 29th The Real Housewives of OC cast is helping Sir Richard Branson launch Virgin Airlines, OC to San Francisco! It sounds like a great event and we are so excited to meet royalty! The closest I have ever been to royalty was meeting the President of Botswana in Africa, and of course Princess Lauri Peterson!

Shane Keough has joined the Stockton Port’s high A minor league ball and will be playing in Bakersfield Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If anyone is in the area, give him a shout. He is playing well and getting some hits. He has made some great catches in the outfield and I love listening to his games on the MILB website. There are no 4-star hotels in Bakersfield - what’s up with that!? The back seat of my car looks better then the accommodations there!

Losing weight makes you so much more aware of what you are putting in your mouth. My Duzoxin has cut my appetite - I feel great and have tons of energy. I went to Houston for an Amerisciences conference this week, great fun and learned a lot about nutrition. My dad is legally blind, and I am interested in learning how to prevent these health issues for my own well-being. Macular degeneration, I guess I have a bigger chance of getting it if it is in my genes.

I went to Lakewood, the mega church in Houston while I was there and loved the message about not surrounding your self with negativity, and don’t covet others greater fortune, cars, clothes or looks. God gives us what he needs us to have to fit his plan for us. I loved the message Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria gave us and felt so energized and renewed after the sermon. My personal favorite was Victoria talking about how watching her favorite trash TV to see the clothes, made her realize we all need to dig deep into our hearts and realize that isn’t what we wear but who we are inside. I so agree, although I felt everyone in the church looked at me when she said that! Trash TV sounds like a good name for a new show! It was so fun to go to another church, I go to Saddleback with Rick Warren and it is fun to get a new perspective and meet tons of new people. I had friends of Gretchen’s come up to me. Thank God they didn’t have any embarrassing photos with them! She went to Baylor and she has some really nice friends from her college years. Speaking of college, Kara is coming home for the weekend! I hope to get to see her, her boyfriend, UCLA Baseball Blair Dunlap has been hitting home runs and a grandslam and she is coming in to see a few games and celebrate! She is doing her finals and should be done with school in a month. I can’t wait until she is home to get a job - I mean I can't wait to spend some time with her! I know the saying nothing in life is free, but paying for two kids to live away from home...ouch. Thank God real estate is finally picking up.

Last but not least, Colton has been the best son ever this week. I am so proud of him and the man he is becoming. We had two local boys die in a car accident, Mark Motley and Zack Rafferty, two funerals in a week, I am more then ever aware life is short, spend it with positive people, help others and try to make a difference in the community. As Maria Shriver has said on many occasions, don’t look to government to do all the work, help out at your schools and get involved. Have a great week. Pray for the families of Zach and Mark and tell your children to slow down and stay off the phone while driving.

Q&A: What Has Kelly Been up To?

Kelly tells us what she's been up to since we last saw her and what it was like seeing Bethenny again. 

Bravotv.com:  What have you been up to since we last saw you? Tell us everything!

Kelly Killoren Bensimon: After retiring from RHONY, I modernized my first and favorite Assouline book In The Spirit of the Hamptons, which is the first of the ever popular Assouline series. I also decided to wrap a bow on my past, which includes modeling, publishing, editing magazines, writing books, designing jewelry, and beauty consulting by getting my MBA in international marketing.

Presently, I am a partner in a fund that invests and finances fashion and accessory brands to take them to the next level. I also write a column for amNY where I get to interview New York mavericks and pioneers who are game changers in this new era. You never know what will trigger someone to be better, so I decided to interview those who are changing the world. I started a new blog #kkbloves which launched in Paris, France. #kkbloves is an organic extension of everything I love: fashion, travel, and insider information on who, what, when, where, and how. I launched an exclusive candle line called BAISER ROSE available at craftingboutique.com and continue to make vintage necklaces exclusively for KitsonLA.

My teenage girls are navigating their teens well and are constantly challenging me. As a single mother 365 days out of the year, I took a huge leap of faith to do this on my own. I’m so proud of my girls and how they are growing up in New York City. They always laugh that I’m raising them like a suburban mom living in an urban city: whatever works.

Last but not least, are you ready for my first NOVEL, which is almost finished? If you're curious about New York women who have lived through their twenties and are ready for a new chapter, Get Ready. It’s steamy, feisty, aspirational, and colorful. My girls and I continue to be advocates of FOODBANK4NYC, Generosity water, and Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams. Fluffy says, “Hi,” and the horse I ride, Houston, says “Neigh."

Bravotv.com:  Were you hesitant to see all the ladies again when Luann invited you to her girls’ night out?

KKB: Luann and I were at a book party at Omars, a private club downtown, and she asked me to come and have a drink, for she knows I don’t get out much. Luann honestly thought I would have fun, which I did. It was great seeing Ramona in such good shape after everything she’s been through. I admire her integrity and ability to raise an amazing daughter.

Bravotv.com: Who of the ladies have you stayed in touch with, if any?

KKB: Luann and I are very good friends, and we see each other all the time. She’s an incredible mother and has navigated the world of TV beautifully, AND has maximized on it incredible way. Go LU!

Bravotv.com:  Did it surprise you to hear that Bethenny was unnerved at seeing you again after all these years?

KKB: Bethenny has endured a lot since we last filmed almost four years ago. I understand if she was upset, since she didn’t know I was coming. I was happy to see her looking so well after all she’s been through. We got off on the wrong foot, and I hope one day she can see past as the past.

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