I laughed for a while after I watched this episode. Grabbed a glass of wine. Laughed some more.
Before we get to why, please check out Simon's brand new webisode, my fashion recap here, and our Facebook page. Would love it if you follow Simon and me on Twitter, and definitely check out ThuginaCocktailDress.com for our T-shirt partnership with Housing Works. Oh yeah, and Simon's song "I Am Real," and the Thug in a Club Mix! Wishing Simon, the dad of our two chums, a happy Father's Day as well as every Dad out there. Enjoy!
After the craziness of Morocco…by the way, did anyone catch on WWHL last week that LuAnn still thinks she's the only one who had been there before? Bizarre -- but here are my photo albums from the 2003 trip with Simon and François.
Anyway, back in New York, those of us with husbands and boyfriends spent a little quality time together. Everyone else went out, but Simon and I stayed at home. Our chums are five and seven, and not only can we not leave them home alone, obviously, but they need us and we need them too! It's so important to be there for bath time, dinner, homework, stories, and bedtime. We do tend to go out twice a week, and that's normally more than enough. When it's really busy, sometimes we bring our nanny or a sitter in and go out after they are asleep, but even that can sometimes be more stress than it's worth. For that reason, some of our best "we were here first" nights (I always think the term "date night" is cheesy) occur at home.
You looked amazing in that pink nightie! I really wished Luann would have just "zipped it" and listened to you. She could've learned something.
as i was reading your blog i was actually enjoying it till you made that snarky "and the message didnt include his initials" comment. not cool.
Uh YOU brought up the article in the NY Times about Sonja's finances and when Jill walked into the room Sonja is the one that brought Jill into the conversation!! As far as Luann yes she was very harsh and dismissive to you but she had a very valid point.......why were you getting into something that was between her and Ramona? And if you had minded your own business then the whole "showdown in the salon would never have happened! So where was your apology to Luann?
Stay true to you. I feel like you should have called her out more on her own meddling. She and Tamra Barney win the award for people who can't see past their own noses! Wow! Love you and Simon, didn't think I'd ever say that but I do!
It is crazy that Luann can get in Jill and Romana's business , but she commands you to stay out of it. She is always correcting everyone and telling them how they should act and what they should say....I just don't understand why she thinks she can speak to you in such a awful manner. I think you are right to keep your distance.
I understand where you are coming from. I clearly saw you wanted to clear the air so you don't have these tense moments on the show. Some people cannot see beyond their noses, and Luann is not worth your time. You did what was right. No need to apologize.
Alex, I don't understand what's going on with Luanne, and frankly don't care. But what I do want to say is that its obvious she doesn't understand how she comes off to others. She has been around Jill way too much: talks over people, has her own version of what really happens, and plays loose and fast with the facts. Do yourself a favor and steer as clear of her as possible. She's venom to you.
You are the best Alex! So sorry you had to listen to that LuAnn...you have alot more class than she will ever have !!!!
Hi Alex, Luv you, great,wonderful, terrific. I just have to tell you that you look so much like Elizabeth Montgomery. I mean that in a good way, check it out.
You are a saint for keeping your cool around LuAnn. You have proven your loyalty to friends by sticking up for them, and you proved last night that you are far more mature than LuAnn could ever be, because you know how to laugh things off.
While I'll agree that your approach initially in Morocco was odd, the only reason things escalated to such a bad point is because LuAnn can't stand to hear anyone challenge her. You handled everything calmly and with maturity. You deserve a medal!
I do agree w/Luann in that let her and Ramona deal w/their friendship or whatever it is without interference. Granted, it's not the same courtesy she gave to Bethenny but hey - they are grown women. You should've stayed out of it...BUT you are absolutely correct about your description of Luann. She's dismissive and haughty. She should re-read her own book on manners. She was rude to you. Stand your ground!
Congratulations on your landslide win over LuAnn last night. Even though your words heard on LuAnn's deaf ears, the viewers heard you and we're with you. Thank you for showing TRUE class. I hope Louis Vuitton asks you to endorse shoes!
Well said Alex, I adore you and family. I don't think you realized until now that LuAnn is a mean girl. You told her to her face when she has been bad mouthing you to everyone.
Alex, you tend to use logic, Luann uses power and intimidation. She really is a bully, though a polished one. You've always been her main target on the show.
You have by far the most "class" of the group. Talking over people, insulting their clothing choices...I didn't read the "Class" book by Lu, so I am guessing it was all about her idea of what class is and how to get it. Chapters like "Always remember, no matter what, your point is the most valid" or "When in a situation where someone is calling you out for something you said or did, use your very best insults to deflect." All joking aside, LuAnn clearly does not practice the most important skill a truly "classy" person has, and that is introspection. Sad. I also enjoyed the "porn" comments made by 3 of the 4 of the Dark side, Kelly's especially. She was just photographed at an event in a shear dress with her lingerie (far skimpier than what was shown tonight) showing clearly and obviously, proudly. Poor girl, she needs to read what she writes prior to hittin the submit button.
I like you so much more now, yes you may be dramatic but that's ok. I'm just glad you have found a/your voice and you sound educated, which means to me you know diversity and life experiences have taught you something. Stay the way you are and you will be loved by most. Which I can say more than some of your cast members.
Alex: Love your candor, your loyalty to your friends and ability to let those friends know you are there for them through thick and thin. And, yes, your facial expressions. As with Bethenny last season, you and Ramona were the only 'Wives who seemed to understand what Sonja needed was not more questions and prying but just unconditional support and a listening ear. That "Countess" is indeed Classless and cheap snark about shoes is always a telling indicator that she knows she is on the losing end of an argument. It was great to see you hold your ground and stick to your argument without getting over-emotional. The "Brunettes" this season clearly had a narrative that they agreed to off-camera to make themselves look good and the "Blondes" look not-so-good and/or unstable, but they can't spin their way out of their holier-than-thou, petty, really mean-girls-in-high-school-clique behavior. Team Blondes!
Alex, I don't know how you didn't "pull a Tamra" and throw water in LuAnn's face, but I'm glad you didn't. She deserved it, but you have way more class than that. It is very clear that she has no respect for anyone, is completely delusional, and is incapable of self-reflection or admitting when she is wrong. She goes on and on about the need to stay out of her business, yet she believes it is just fine for her to stick her nose in everybody else's business. I'm glad that you attempted to clear the air with her, but now I hope you just let it go. She is not worth it, and although she will never see or admit to the beast she is, we all see it crystal clear.
Alex I love you & your family! Don't let LouMean get you down. You are the happiest women on any of RH shows. Those depressed and desperate women will always want to shut you down. You can laugh all the way home to your hubby & chums.
Alex - Clearly you are more articulate in writing than you are orally. Maybe the best way for you to handle LuAnn is to write her a letter, similar to the way Teresa tried to communicate with her brother Joe (only hopefully it won't be such a struggle for you!) It's apparent LuAnn has been extremely rude to you whenever you've tried to have a productive face-to-face conversation with her. She talks over you and assumes a condescending behavior that renders her less than mature and very classless. She definitely needs to lose her self-righteous attitude as she is becoming quite irritating. Please just put your thoughts in writing to her and be done with it!
On another note, you & Simon would be better served if you didn't come across as such as "wannabes". You both seem to be trying too hard to be in the New York society "in-crowd" and it's apparent you don't have the money to do so. Just be yourselves and live within your means. You are great parents and have a healthy lifestyle the way you are. Just be happy with that!
I think the results of the Alex or LuAnn poll on WWHL said it all!! (Athough Andy really glossed over it rather quickly) You, go, girl
I agree Alex she doesn't seem to recognize what you were doing for Ramona in Morocco is what she was doing for Jill in NYC with Bethenny. The message was lost in the sauce at the restaurant that it was about you and her and not anyone else. Keep her at arms length and feed her with a long handled spoon. Enjoy your summer!!!
You are exactly right - about everything!! That is Luann's way; when she knows she is wrong, she either changes the subject, talks over the other person, walks away, or ALL of the above!!! I give you credit for at least trying, but she is NOT friend material!!!
For NOW on whenever u speak to Mrs. LuAnn and she starts acting like a 10 yr. old tell her, "u know what, when u grow back up to whats ur age 50 then call me so we can talk like grown women" and leave.
I love the way u that u try to think about what u want to say before u say it but with these women it's a lost case and the way to handle kelly is by talking to her like u would talk to ur child LOl, no kidding.
Why are quick to always jump on Jill, really? Why? She was just being Jill and Sonya knows Jill, she should have just stayed home if she didn't want to talk about it. And Jill was offering up her sister and other family member's to help. Lawyers etc... That's what a friend does. Sorry but your hug is not going to get her out of this mess. Jill has sooo many contacts with family and business and she offered to help. I can tell you if I were in trouble I would wnat Jill in my corner not a hug...
Let it go with LuAnn. She doesn't get it and she's not worth your time. Loved the gifts from Simon and what a fashion show you put on for him.
I looked at your trip pics and it certainly looked like more fun than the trip with the ladies. I am not sure why LuAnn felt she was the only in the group who had experiences outside of NYC, but again..she is holding on to a title she no longer should really have. I also really liked how you handled the focus group with Ramona and also was a friend to Sonja. I don't think enough money in the world could make me be "friends" with some of the ladies. I commend you.
Good on you Alex! I do think Countless LuAnn sees things from her arrogant point of view. Recalling the scene between Bethenny and LuAnn at a bar in the Hamptons was basically the same as yours with her. I remember Bethenny calling her a "Dumb Drag Queen"! Ummmm...very interesting!
I have watched this show from the start and I can not stand LuAnn anymore. The Countess is not classy, who makes fun of your shoes in the middle of a conversation(so grade school) she is a snake who dresses nice. She believes she is better than everyone but she is such a sh*t stirrer. she reallyshould take her own advice. she never allows you to speak and interupts. I love you this season! You are your own person, who speaks your mind, and younever cut others down to make yourself look better. Kelly and LuAnn are both crazy and in their own world. I love you and Sonja this season. Alex, you have proven to be a class act.
I did wonder why you bothered to try to communicate with LouAnn. She seems to only hear what she wants and just talks over anyone who tries to disagree. How anyone could take manner advice from her is beyond me! But you kept your cool, good job.
I am not akin to posting on blogs but I really wish you would stop and look at yourself - you started off as a little too meek to run with the in corwd but now you have turned into the mean spirited girl. You are fighting battles for Ramona - picking on Jill - going up against Luann - I am waiting to see when you and Sonja will be at odds - and I assuming it has only not happened cause her plate is full of more important things. You are unable to drop anything - even that which doesnt pertain to you. Keep standing up for yourself but be careful of over stepping - you are too beautiful and too smart to become this ugly.
Hi Alex, I like how you were willing to have this conversation with LuAnn despite the fact that you were aware that she is not usually conducive to more intimate discussions. As you pointed out, she obviously thought that you were going to apologize to her. I'm proud of you for standing your ground while she hurled all sorts of insults at you. I do think that you could have been more assertive with her, given the stone-walling person she is. I might have said something like, "You treat the me and the other ladies as if they're your children. You obviously have no respect for the fact that Ramona is a grown woman, and you certainly have no respect for my feelings." This might have gotten the ball rolling a bit better. I think you're very principled like I am :)
It is really TOO BAD what you want with regard to Luann. She was 100% right.....She and Ramona's relationship/conflicts are NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! Period!
I love it. Someone needs to put LuAnn down a couple of notches. She uses her supposed "manners" to disguise the fact that she is nothing more than a bully. She should have taken her own advice to butt out when she inserted herself between Jill and Bethany. She is too snobbish to see she is more than guilty of doing what she claims you were. Keep it up and don't let them get you down.
Alex, good for you telling Luann how you feel.. I am so sick of her holier than thou attitude. She is a Countess in title only, she has no class, couth or manners.. You continue to stand up for yourself.. I loved that you called her a Thug in a cocktail dress a few episodes back.. she is impossible.