Cindy Barshop

Cindy discusses the Governors Island party and hair removal.

on Apr 21, 20110

Kelly Killoren Bensimon– Mom/Friend of The Year: Next, I don’t think everyone really understands how upset I was and how helpful and understanding Kelly has been (SHE IS THE BEST MOM EVER!) I had a little meltdown at dinner over my nanny taking advantage of me. I know, I know -- I come off like a confident woman, but outside of the office and in my personal life I’ll admit it. . .I am a push. . .push. . .PUSHOVER! Yes I said it! Kelly was able to console me and give me advice when my then-nanny essentially made her own hours and came and went as she pleased.

If you are mom, you’ll totally understand. . .you want nothing other than to make your children as happy as possible, and sometimes all the time you put yourself on the back burner and jeopardize your own happiness. Having my girls love who they are with puts a huge smile of my face and after all, these women are my family. They help me take care of the two most important things in my life, Jesse and Zoe. You have to make sure that everyone in the situation is happy, including YOURSELF!

Back to Business: I had LuAnn, Sonja, and Kelly come to a girl’s private spa day at one of my completely bare locations where they were able to remove some unwanted hair. It was actually quite comical to see LuAnn get all proper on us speaking about hair removal! I created completely bare so that women and men have a place to feel comfortable speaking about hair removal. Now I have my website to act as a public forum. . .so ask away! Ask any personal questions that you may have about hair growing in weird places – it’s NATURAL!

Sooo. . . for the next Andy Cohen poll. . .Who wants to see LuAnn get VAJEWELED?!

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Bran-D

I liked your honesty with the party for Alex on the Island. I live in the U.P. of Michigan and we get tons of wind up here and I am reluctant to leave my house with my 8-month-old if I don't have to. Being there, I'm sure, means something as a person. Because at least you showed an interest in Alex and her life. I know I don't have a good opinion of her just from watching the show and I am sure that HER intensions are good... Just think, we are the company we keep, and TV is not painting a very good portrait of her in this season with the company she is keeping.

tootie369
tootie369

what is it with you people all you want people to say good things about remona alex and betheny are they your favorites.

NY'er
NY'er

Too bad Gov's Island was depicted so negatively. I am a native NY'er and love taking my kids over on the ferry to ride bikes, see concerts on the "beach" and go to the art shows. The island has historic architecture, amazing views and a mini golf course designed by local artists...nothing self-absorbed people whose nannies care for their kids 95 percent of the time would appreciate.

A viewer
A viewer

You just keep getting better, Cindy. LOVE your attitude - you react to situations and comments the same way most viewer do. Finally, a normal person in the mix! As another person wrote, please don't "drink the kool aid" and turn the way Sonja has. You're a pleasure to watch!!

A Fan
A Fan

Cindy, You're fantastic. I've watched the RHONY since the beginining and I've long sinced complained of the lack of "downtown" representation. My one complaint is that I feel you take the girls too seriously. As any person should know, there are certain people you trust, certain people you listen to, and certain people you take with a grain of salt. I think Sonja was harmless. A little annoying and innapropriate, of course; but was she insulting intentionally?.....c'mon, of course not. Ramona is Ramona, While I completely agree with your breakup of the confrontation at your party (you handled that with with such authoritative class, impressive), one needs to understand Ramona is an outspoken person and to be honest, she's quite rude. This is who she is though, we expect it, let's move on. To be honest, I think you need to grow a tougher skin. These are sassy NY broads and I feel like you get caught up on every implied insult that escapes their mouths'. Settle down, Ignore the bs chatter, and represent us ladies in downtown NY.

Ellen Red
Ellen Red

Cindy Love you, Do not listen to some of the air heads writing about Jill, I think the one you have to watch out for is Ramona and also Alex You can already tell that those two just love to stir the Pot Do not let them walk all over you, and show that you also have a voice I used to like Ramona But if anyone would stab anyone in the back it will be her and also Alex

hellofrTx
hellofrTx

Cindy I think you are amazing and have so much respect for how you carry yourself and they way you can control yourself around these crazy women! I hope to see more and more of you and your beautiful girls!

CarmelCA
CarmelCA

Cindy:

Though you haven't been on the show for long, I respect you very much. You are what I aspire to be: a beautiful mother and successful business woman. I would babysit your adorable children any minute. If you have any tips to share about how you achieved it all, please share! I'm sure women watching you want to know your secrets! Thanks for being the normal gal in the group.

WIwatcher
WIwatcher

Cindy, the only question I have is WHAT are you doing with this group of self-centered, egotistical morons??? You are beautiful, confident, and down-to-earth...you stick out like a sore thumb with these trite imbeciles. THANK YOU for being a sane breath of fresh air!!

redhandedjill
redhandedjill

You seem like a good replacement for Bethaney. Not that you have the acid tongue, but like her, you seem very real and down to Earth. A self made woman who doesn't put so much value on money and "status". Every one of these women came from middle class or lower backgrounds so to keep playing these pretend aristocrats. Stay true in spite of the drama.

mittens1332
mittens1332

Love your blog! But in Alex's blog she writes that your late coming to the party - but forgets to mention that the first 2 hours was a bike ride around the Island - whose going to do that with twins! So I'm sure she told you it was ok to come late - then bashes you for it! LAME!!!

VALLY BUTTERFLY
VALLY BUTTERFLY

Cindy, You have some awfully big shoes to fill (BETHENNY FRANKEL).She outwitted everyone on the show and has been so popular she received her own show. She's self made. We viewers got to see her life and career flourish right before our eyes.So far I haven't quite figured it you out. BTW, you do not have a Joan Jett haircut. That was just one of the countess's digs, just like she critized Alex for the dress she wore to Sonja's art viewing saying, "she would have kicked Alex out just for the dress she was wearing." Wow. A woman calling herself countess with class and criticizing Alex clothing after she had just been rudely kicked out of Sonja's "viewing" made LuAnn a classless countess. I hope you dont get dragged into drama. This is your first season.

Lulubean
Lulubean

So much judgement, leave the woman alone, if she doesn't like something doesn't she have the right to say so? It's so interesting to compare all the housewives locations and their style and class or lack there of. New York seemed to be above and beyond the rest however, Beverly Hills passed them on the first show. Let's not be so judgemental until the end of the season.

You have a fabulous business, lovely children, an interesting relationship with your brother and a great relationship with your dad. You appear to be smart, savvy, opnionated, staunch and humerous. You also appear to be childlike in your choice of living with children, but again, it's all prejudgemental and shame on me.

Good luck to you

rebeca
rebeca

Cindy, your a nice balance to the mix of crazies on the show, however i did say this when sonja was first on and she has turned into a vamping little witch.....so i hope you dont get the virus. Continued success to you and I wish i would have had one child. 45 and no BF and no baby. and no eggs on reserve...never thought of any of that.

VALLY BUTTERFLY
VALLY BUTTERFLY

Simon surprised Alex with a night cruise on her birthday. The one tacky thing he did was invite friends for drinks sans food, the boat stayed dock while the friends were there. Once they kicked the friends off the boat. He surprised Alex with a romantic dinner and cruise just for the two of them. In my opinion it wasnt fair to the friends who took time out of their evening to sit on a docked boat and only be served booze. Alex knew her island party was horrible. She was lying to herself and everyone else when she said it was her best party yet. Yea right. At least he makes an effort. His efforts are a little tacky, but he tries. It was freezing out there. I felt bad for your babies. Was relieved when you didnt stay long. At least you made an appearance.You tried.

DIGNIFIEDaddict;)
DIGNIFIEDaddict;)

I vote that the Governor's Island scene was REALLY, REALLY GILLIGANS ISLAND. It was not even funny or entertaining in any way to watch. BUT LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!

VA Baby
VA Baby

I am not sure why you would attend her party then? Was the location a secret until you got there? The last time I checked everyone has options. Opt out next time if you are going to be so rude about being graciously invited to someone's party and then complain.

ViewerJpink
ViewerJpink

You are a great addition to the show. Your depiction of Alex's part is funny. But you were too kind with your description. The best way to describe it is that the "party" sucked.

Aloha808
Aloha808

That 'party' looked miserably! Who puts their guests outside in the freezing wind??? Meh. . .

Keriann
Keriann

We live in the twenty first century....it's pretty easy to check the weather and then dress appropretly. Also, last time I checked it's very rude to show-up to a party (or any event) hours late.

ADDICTEDhousewife;)
ADDICTEDhousewife;)

Your babies are 2 of the most adorable twins I have ever seen. Love that you share them with us on the show. Seems hard to believe, though, that you are a good friend of Ramona's. She certainly shows no boundaries when it comes to telling people what she thinks, as was the case in gossiping about your brother's girlfriend and the cigar incident. She is truly childish, and you simply, are fabulously sophisticated!

buzybee
buzybee

I like you Cindy, I'm happy you get along with Kelly.

angelainSD
angelainSD

Thank God Bravo added you to the mix. A short of normality among the crazies :)

love your style, love your personality, and most of all, love those babies. Too cute!

ps I am dying to find that Missoni you rocked at the spa day. I NEED IT!

Jenniebbb
Jenniebbb

I am sure the NY tourisim board was very pleased to have Governor's Island featured on the show in order to promote it as a destination - I bet they were thrilled with the way you reacted! Nice work. I guess you are one of those people who never want to leave Manhattan? There is a lot of world out there girl...

A long time fan of the show
A long time fan of the show

Somewhere I read or heard that you were only going to do the show for one season because it takes too much time from your children. I think that is very impressive that you realize your priorities, as your children will be grown and gone before you know it and the infamy from this show is not worth losing the precious time that you can't get back.

irishgal
irishgal

Advice for a nanny: 1) write out exactly what you expect from her or him, ie, work mon - frid 8am to 8pm. Spell every detail about hours and days off. Last line should state not abiding by the above is reason for termination. 2) Ask nanny to sign and date it. Clearly state what you expect and if person isn't doing what they agreed to, fire person.

nfacion
nfacion

You are a great addition to the cast. You are great to watch and I can tell your going to be one of my new favorites. You are a great inspiration for women who want every thing and are afraid they cant have it. YOU GO GIRL!

viewer in pa
viewer in pa

CINDY, IT'S TRUE, YOU SEEM LIKE A SWEET GAL AND IT'S PROBABLY QUITE DAUNTING TO ENTER INTO THESE ALREADY ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS AND FEEL LIKE PART OF A GROUP, YOUR BABIES ARE SO ADORABLE! YOU CAN TELL THEY ARE YOUR PRIORITY, WHICH ISN'T EASY AS A SINGLE MOM. YOUR BUSINESS SEEMS SUCCESSFUL, EVEN IN THIS ECONOMY-WHICH IS GREAT! ONE WORD OF CAUTION THOUGH. BE VERY LEERY OF THE FRIENDSHIP DEVELOPING WITH JILL. SHE'S HIGHLY CRITICAL, OPINIONATED AND REALLY CAN BACK STAB YOU BEFORE YOU KNOW THE KITCHEN DRAWER WAS EVEN OPENED! STAY ON YOUR TOES AND DON'T EMPOWER HER!

Jason B
Jason B

So far I like you alright, but I'm really hoping this upcoming drama between you and Ramona won't be major or long lasting. I know you've become close with Jill Zarin (which actually makes me feel less inclined to like you), but you seem down to earth, so maybe Jill has changed for the better. If not, be careful and don't let yourelf become like Jill from being around her, instead, bring her up to your level of behavior. Just remember you were friends with Ramona before the show and before Jill Zarin. Ramona may be a motor-mouth who puts her foot in it way too much, but I've never seen her act cruel for no reason or hateful about others success in the way that Jill has/does. Please keep this in mind. Ramona has a good heart and she doesn't try to "ruin" people like Jill has been known to do.

Betsy from Cali
Betsy from Cali

You're now my face on the show... But why even comment on the party? We all go to social events that aren't what is expected. You seem quite gracious. Just say thanks for thought and invite and leave it at that. Maybe you can teach these donkeys how to behave!

Manhattan Mara
Manhattan Mara

You are astute and wonderful! Your take on Alex and Ramona are right on target. Most people don't realize what a schlep Governors Island is from Manhattan. It is an abandoned island that requires a ferry trip with a minimal daily schedule. Quite a treck for a mom with two babies. Alex should have been grateful you even showed up.

karentc
karentc

Just wondering if you are having second thought about joining the NY housewives? Your twins are beautiful, I hope you are going to monitor their appearances on the show.

JaniceP
JaniceP

Maybe if you were not 4 hours late to Alex's party, you could have enjoyed the sun and food. Be nice.

Heather Ellen
Heather Ellen

Alex said you were 4 hours late to the birthday party. Care to comment? For the record, you seem to be nice. I'm just wondering if this is true.

At peace
At peace

Let me tell you as a Mother you will be attending birthday parties in many different places. Last year I visited Governor's Island with my son and his friends for his 25th birthday. We had a grand time and wished that we could have stayed longer. Now you know a "hip" place to go and as your children get older , a great adventure for all of you. Best wishes on adjusting to being a Mother.

jaxjaguarfan
jaxjaguarfan

I think you are the breath of fresh air the show needed. I wish you much success. Remember the girls will love you even if you mistakes at times being a mom. Think about it this way - they will make mistakes and you will love them always. I am a mom to three great kids - 20,18,11. I know two are not kids but they are my babies no matter the age. I think you are level headed and will not take crap from Jill, Ramona, Luann or Kelly. Stay strong and true. Sonja went Hollywood and is now a big of a joke as Kim from Atlanta.

Eclipse
Eclipse

LOVE YOU! your blog about Gilligan's Island was so FUNNY! Believe me, if you think it was painful to participate in that silly event, for the viewer, it was oh-so-BORING, all the while wondering if this is the best stuff in the can for Alex and Simon scenes? Pleaseeeeee! Nothing entertaining about it, and I'm thinking here we go again having to focus on another Simon FIASCO. It is much more fun to see YOUR LIFE and your BEAUTIFUL BABIES. I am loving you on the show!

Stella from New Orleans
Stella from New Orleans

What was Simon thinking? He's usually all about the details so I was shocked that he didn't control the weather.

LauraGamm
LauraGamm

LOL! You aged me today as well! I always wanted to marry Thurston! lol At any rate, if it is anything Alex or Simon have planned, you might want to pass.....poor planning and cheap. Your babies are adorable and I enjoy you very much! Hope you are putting one of your salons here in Colorado!!

u go girl
u go girl

It's refreshing to see a confident business woman and a real person who is in touch with her feelings on this show.

Aleina
Aleina

I loved the spotlight on your spa and the conversations were hilarious. I dont know if you fit in with this cast of women....you dont seem the type, and it seems you dont understand that circle of people, so this season will be very interesting to see how it all plays out! Hang in there!

Sukie
Sukie

What's with all the Brooklyn hate on this show? It's another BOROUGH, not another country. Geez!

LinsInAL
LinsInAL

So far, I've really enjoyed watching you! I like watching you interact with your brother and am really interested to see how you'll play out the rest of the season. Your blog is funny, too!

ecolon
ecolon

lol!!! vajeweled!!!!

NIss1283
NIss1283

So far I think you are becoming one of my favorites. I just feel bad for you because whenever you're around all the other ladies you can't seem to get a word in edge wise, which is quit frustrating for me and I can't imagine how it must be for you!

jerseymomof 2
jerseymomof 2

Hi Cindy - I'm enjoying getting to know your personality and watching you mesh with the other ladies. The only thing I have to say to you is.......RELAX when it comes to your babies! Just allow yourself to trust yourself. I'm a mother for 18 years now, but when I had my first child I couldn't imagine being capable of being a good mother because I had never really liked other people's children! Never changed a diaper, never even baby sat! I was terrified about knowing what to do and when to do it. But, there truly is a natural, maternal instinct that exists when a baby enters your soul. Allow yourself to feel it and go with it. You'll know what's right for you and your babies. There's no other mommy who is more perfect for your children than you. Not even your Nanny's! It may be nice (and perhaps even necessary) to have their help but don't second guess yourself and spend too much time googling your choices. Relax and just be........ All the best, Wendy