Ramona Singer

Ramona shares Avery's role in the Sweet 16 planning and her thoughts on the shindig.

on Jun 26, 20110

What a week it was! Or should I say month?? If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you'll know why LOL. I am off to spend the next twelve days on vacation with Mario and Avery at our home that we have owned since Avery was a baby! It will be bittersweet as Avery will be off to Oxford University in England (taking finance courses) the day we return.

I cannot believe how well she has turned out and we are so proud of her.
She is my best accomplishment in life. I am lucky enough to own my own businesses with Ramona Pinot Grigio, HSN, True Faith, and Tru Renewal.
All of these businesses allow me to work from anywhere and make flexible schedules to work around my family. It is because of this that Avery has seen me in action. She has seen me making deals, negotiating, designing, and merchandising. She now has a strong sense of how to create, organize, and accomplish. She has used all of these skills and more with creating her party.

My husband and I have never had a party this size before. Avery organized the list, sent out the lovely Paperstyle invitations to 200 plus friends (everyone came except the ones that were not allowed to leave their boarding school), and controlled the RSVPs. It didn’t stop there! Avery designed the food menu, which included a sushi bar, and the dessert menu. Working with our party planner Stephanie of Seasons of Southhampton, she even created her own playlist for the DJ!

Avery had very specific look that she wanted to create and what a room it was! It was beyond spectacular! Icicle chandeliers from the ceiling, frosted tress, and even a snow machine! Vibe Productions took 16 hours to set up the space. They did a fantastic job. Avery even designed her own dress with the designer, Kimberly Towers. She did not miss a single detail.

88 comments
Melissa M
Melissa M

You are fantastic. Would love it if Bravo would keep you, Alex and Sonja and get rid of Jill, Kelly and LuAnn.

bertjackie
bertjackie

Ramona,

You are a hoot! I thought your imitation of Jill was hilarious. IsabellaY's "important advice" about how it's "embarrassing" when your earrings exactly match your necklace may well be the most ridiculous comment I've ever read on these boards. Can someone really be that shallow?

New Yorker
New Yorker

I have one not so complimentary thing to say and then a million congratulations to you for being a wonderful person. So, please hear me out.

The red wig impersonation was not kind. I am just saying.

BUT I also have to say that you are the star of this show. Hands down. I have lived in NYC for two decades. Through my work I mingle with the creme de la creme of Manhattan society. While none of these people admits they watch this show, everyone seems to know who Ramona is and they love her.

I would be willing to bet that if someone counted how many times the word Ramona is said it would easily double the number of times anyone else is mentioned.

Let these mean girls try to take you down. The nice people, like Sonja and Alex and I, recognize your goodness. Just be you. Enjoy your husband, your life, your daughter and your success. And pray those mean girls get a grip on what matters.

xxoo,

me

Viewer john
Viewer john

jill is an amazing women mother grandmother wife daughter sister she is a great business woman as well with her new line of skweez she also works at zarin fabric you should be jealous you wack job

kae_town
kae_town

I thought it was appropriate for you to have your own friends' if only as chaperones.

200 teenagers::2 adults would have been wildly inappropriate.

BetsyCharles
BetsyCharles

Ramona - love the red wig and rendition of Jill acting as she usually does. You are so funny!!! Is it just me, or does anyone else think she looks like Kathie Lee Gifford in a red wig on the Bravo home page???

esther194
esther194

I agree with Amy in Texas: "The imitation of Jill was rude, thoughtless and plain out hateful". I guess you really do believe it is OK for you to say ANYTHING you want to somebody and pass if off as speaking the truth!!!!

FanFare57
FanFare57

I'm curious how you know that Simon had nothing to do with the negative blog about Jill? Would Simon ever cop to it? - Doubtful.

wowwy
wowwy

Darling, I love you!! KEEP BEING REAL!!! The brunettes are FAKE FAKE FAKE!!!!!!!

ViewerbigwiginTexas
ViewerbigwiginTexas

You have a lovely family and tons of friends Ramona. Jill is now attacking your husband just like she attacked you. Cut her out of your life!!! Who will she attack next? Your daughter? Jill is a cancer. Nothing can ever be drama free with her. Good luck.

Florida_Gal
Florida_Gal

Having a grown-up party nearby seems like a great idea. Many parents invite their children's teenage friends over to their house for that very reason. The part of the brain that considers consequences is not fully formed until age 21 yet many adults think that because teenagers are so much more capable than when they were younger that they don't need as much supervision. I would feel much better knowing that I was sending a child to a huge party that had adults close by. At that age, there is a lot of pressure to conform. Having adults nearby alleviates that pressure "we can't because my parents are here and so are yours" is a great excuse. :)

IsabellaY
IsabellaY

Jill - important advice!! And hopefully it is not too late. Let your child show her talents and manners. Do not spend paragraph after paragraph telling people how special your daughter is. Not classy at all... usually ends in big failure. It is Avery's responsibility to prove, on her own, her success and sociability. If this was evident on the show, fine. But the fact that you laud her for thanking the party planner is sad - is this typical of NYC? Of course, she would have known to thank people who have helped he since age 5. You're trying way too hard to tell everyone how wonderful and perfet your daughter is - let her prove it on her own. As people said, she had some problems being respectful to adults throughout the party planning. And she runs all over you but this seems to be the relationship you want to have with her.

And please, please Ramona. Even "run-of-the-mill-not-high-society" females know that their earrings should never exactly match their necklace! You do this over and over and I end up feeling sorry for you because it is embarrassing. It is similar to never having your fingernail polish exactly match your toenail polish. Talk to some stylists. Look around. Check out the stylish women walking around you on the streets of NYC.

You are so quick to praise yourself, you multiple businesses all while being critical and mean toward others. You'd benefit from a long session of looking internally.

Jane Gold
Jane Gold

you are the funniest one. thanks for being willing to open up your life to us!

danieliza
danieliza

Ramona- What a BEAUTIFUL party you planned for Avery! I totally understand your great pride.... Avery is such a lovely, polite, sweet, delightful young lady. I hope you don't let the "brunette gang's" constant nasty comments upset you. They (especially Jill) seem to be relentless. IGNORE THEM!!! Wishing you all the best!

Lady Lori L
Lady Lori L

You AND jill find ways to criticize the other, you just try to say more hurtful things like you said about her party and the little skit you performed. Tame?? PUULEEZ!!

Lady Lori L
Lady Lori L

You always OVER explain when your actions put you in the hot seat and YOUR MOTIVES ARE QUESTIONED. You got blasted in the press and blogs about taking over and planning a party for yourself and using your daughters sweet 16 as the theme. You then blog pages about how she planned, invited, did the menu and music. Shouldnt this have been evident watching the show? Whenever you are confronted, you think you can think for everyone else when you talk. Its just like when you were told your flirty disrespectful husband may have another woman, you try and convince everyone that its your daughter the psychic saw, and give him a romantic evening because you thought everyone else figured he would cheat because you are so busy running your"businesses". He should have planned the evening for you, being that you are busy taking care of him and you're the bread winner! You are obnoxious, rude and run your mouth too much without EVER looking at yourself. DO we need to know you're helping Sonja? I think that mentally you can dish it out in very hearty portions but cant even take a spoonful yourself. You wouldnt have to do a blog every week trying to explain yourself (and do a horrible job at it) if you just took a long look in the mirror sometimes. No one is buying your crap so you are wasting your time trying to clean up what is so obvious to us all. YOU ARE A TRAINWRECK.

JDH
JDH

Nothing makes a mom prouder than when you are told how great of a kid you have. I'm blessed to know that feeling myself. Not only from this blog but from the past years everyone knows how much you love your daughter and husband. It's nice to see couples stay married and stay in love, I myself have been married for 21 yrs. Enjoy your vacation with family.

PaulainVa
PaulainVa

Avery is a delight, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her party. Her personal stamp was all over everything, and she should be proud! As much as Kelly swears to be such a protective mama, she should be ashamed of her comments. The couches were definitely not "beds", and I fully appreciate your & Mario's efforts to control any details you felt were not appropriate for the age of the invitees. Well done! That is what it means to be a parent.

Re your skit about Jill: she really needs to get a sense of humor! She is kind of a real-life caricature of a person, in so many ways (truly), and has no hesitation at making jabs at anyone else. When she says it, "it's a joke, don't be so serious". When someone else says it, " it's a low blow, so humiliating, etc.". She needs a tape recorder to relive some of her own utterances so she can really see her behavior.

jloujo
jloujo

Hi Ramona. Avery is an impressive young lady. I love to see the scenes where you two butt heads. It seems like her will is every bit as strong as yours, but that you both have deep respect for each other. She seems to be very well adjusted and will not be taken advantage of in life. You and Mario raised an awesome and very ladylike youn woman. (PS: I loved when she told the party planner something like, "I don't brake dance and I don't want this party to seem like a bat mizfah." They were kind of going down the path of a child's party and she reigned them in.)

JenMac9
JenMac9

Ramona,

You are the best in cast and I adore you. People may be hard on you for speaking your mind, but you are not fake and I think most of us understand how you operate. You are so lovable despite some of your comments...hey don't we all put our foot in our mouths now and then? You are so inspirational to me and I wish I had a mom like you. Love you! xo

FromGermany
FromGermany

I really like you a lot because you are real, even though your words can be harsh sometimes,lol. You tell it like it is and you are not fake, and i REALLY REALLY respect you for that. On top of that you and your husband have created a great life through hard work AND you have raised an incredibly intelligent daughter. You really have it all! God bless

EveryoneSeemsToBehaveBadly
EveryoneSeemsToBehaveBadly

Oh my gosh Ramona, are you serious? I do think that your whimsical side can be funny but how can you call Bobby talking to Simon as "heated" and what you said to Jill as "tame"? Would you want people making their eyes bug out and screaming, "Where's the Pinot Grigio?" (which you say on EVERY SINGLE episode) at your birthday dinner? I just don't think it was in good taste, but to hear you defend it is rather sad. I do think besides your daughters attitude at the party planners when they were discussing their ideas, she is well behaved and a beautiful girl. She seems to behave much better than you do.

JoyousLili777
JoyousLili777

I love how open you are this season Ramona and "good or bad" you own it! Unlike some others on this cast who forget they are being TAPED! All of us say things we regret and watching you sincerely trying to make amends is refreshing to see. Although, it is hard to make amends when others are engaged in active combat with you. Great job with Avery and congratulations on giving her much love and acceptance, along with the tools she needs to be successful in life.

Lux2011
Lux2011

Ramona, Ramona, Ramona. The party was lovely. You have done an excellent job with Avery, but the potshots are becoming very petty. Bobby was in a heated discussion? Bobby was very polite and a gentleman (your husband could take notes). Please remember...If you say it is not your problem if people cannot handle the truth....get ready for the truth to be thrown back in your face! We see who your really are too Ramona.

Sarah Thayer
Sarah Thayer

I love you! And I like that blog too because she is dead on about Jill! I love how you just keep on going even though your "friends" try to bring you down. You are great and keep living your life the way you are!

CinKin
CinKin

Hi Ramona, You are fabulous! You have a wonderful, beautiful family. You daughter’s birthday bash looked liked an outstanding success. You and your daughter did a wonderful job planning it. I liked the idea of you having a group of adults in the next room. I am sure many parents were assured their children were safe and sound at the party. I have become a fan of your Pinot Grigio. I also love your jewelry. You are such a good friend to Sonja to actually help her get a good professional lawyer, and not just meddling into her affairs like Jill did. Don’t let the “mean girls” get you down. They are just jealous!

Dj Fruit Loops
Dj Fruit Loops

Ramona Avery is a amazing ly beautiful young woman both imside and out whatever you did raising her you surely did it right and i find it refreshing that you dont lower your standards for your blog and use it to take cheap shots at other castmates like some others who will remain un named do Go Team Blondes

Amy in Texas
Amy in Texas

Ramona~ Usually I try very hard to see situations as you do, but the way you acted at Jill's surprise party was appalling. The "imitation" of Jill was rude, thoughtless and plain out hateful.

It is very sad.

Banji62
Banji62

Cheers to you Ramona!!! Love you! Team Ramona all the way!!!!

FTWTX
FTWTX

WOW! That party looked like a blast!! I hope Avery loves college and enjoys every single minute. I can't believe my ears sometimes when I hear what some of the "ladies" (I use that term very loosely) say. I find it funny that Jill, Kelly and Luann have decided to focus so much of their attention on you. I can clearly see that you are SO far above them. It's also a little sad that they have so little to offer that they feel they have to attack someone to make themselves relevant. Happy Turtle Time Ramona!! They aspire to be as amazing as you are :)

AndreaDail
AndreaDail

You are so successful, even without the show, I hope you can remove yourself from the obvious craziness of the brunettes...

Robyn :)
Robyn :)

As I was watching the episode I was very impressed with how poised and articulate your daughter was in planning her party. She really knew what she wanted. Congratulations to her on going to Oxford next Fall. I know you are very proud of her as you should be.

Notimpressed
Notimpressed

If you would just say "When I put on that wig, and started acting like I was Jill, I got caught up in the moment and went to far. It wasn't funny, which I intended it to be, it was just plain rude. I'm sorry, Jill, I didn't mean to depict you like that" - I think people would be more forgiving. Also, Luann had on a fun costume, which fit the venue and was fun. You guys all make me sick, you are so mean and catty.

The fact that you can watch it again, AND defend it, makes me question your common sense..... seriously.

bravo fan in pa
bravo fan in pa

I think it's so great of you to find someone to assist Sonja. You are a good friend to her. I thought Avery's party was beautiful. All teens have their "special" moments and maybe she came off a little abrupt, but she, I'm sure, appreciated what you and your husband did for her-who wouldn't?! The comparing of the teen parties is just Bravo drama! They're two totally different girls with different taste. Jill will be Jill in her comments, and that's not going to change, so Avery should take that with a mountain of salt! I think, as always, you're heart is in the right place.

jhmcconn
jhmcconn

I applaud Avery for thanking the party planner. However, her attitude while planning left much to be desired. The way she was speaking to the adults and the faces she was making - have some respect for adults when you are still a child. As usual you needed to make yourself the center of attention at Jill's party. I don't know many people who would have been ok with what you said when you put that wig on. It was lacking in class for sure.

Viewer in San Diego
Viewer in San Diego

You and Mario did raise a lovely girl. Congrats. Frankly I thought the impression you did of Jill was funny not mean. But sometimes Jill makes a funny statement and you get upset. You both need to realize your both good businesswomen and funny and lighten up a little.

lima4
lima4

Like I always say being Bold and Blunt prevents any confusion from what you are trying to say.

You crack me up and I love it! Be easy on Jill though. I think she could be a real good friend so maybe cut her some slack with the bluntness. If only she could get away from her bouncer JIll, I think it would all work out with you two.

Janice M. Chalmette La.
Janice M. Chalmette La.

P S , Jill will always have something negative to say about you. I noticed that she's not only comments EVERY TIME you do or say anything but she does it in a very ugly way. You could save her life by giving mouth to mouth and she would complaine about the pinot on your breath.

Janice M. Chalmette La.
Janice M. Chalmette La.

Ramona, keep your chin up & just ignore the mean girl Jill. I truly can't believe she excluded you from her gridle party. Only the girls were there but she still feared you could cost her another imaginary 7 figure deal. She did it to be MEAN! Just as she did to Bethany toward the end. Her big revenge is to avoid taping with you so you can get as little air time as possible. Just go with it girl. See where it got her with Bethany, made her even richer than she was because everyone rallied around B including Bravo & gave B her own show. If you were not a threat to her she would not be going out of her way to hurt you. Everytime you have another product to sell,it urks the hell out of her. Just continue to give Love & good stuff will happen.

Hotlantla
Hotlantla

You have been a BIG disappointment this year. All of a sudden you think you are so much better than the other ladies. Get off that high horse Ramona or pull that stick out of your a, if thats the problem. Also wanted to mention, Sonja just very could well be the other woman in Mario life. Who behaves and acts like that unless she has a guilty conscience.

AC from FL
AC from FL

I find your honesty amusing and refreshing! You are not a malicious person, just honest. I think the other women are "bullying" you. They are the ones who need to stop the catty behavior and own up to their mistakes. They are definitely ganging on you this season for no reason. Stay strong and fabulous!

BBAnnie
BBAnnie

What a lovely young lady you and Mario have raised. Thanks for providing the link to your personal blog. Reading it brought a tear to my eye.

NAhousewife
NAhousewife

Ramona, you did take the wig scene a little too extreme. I mean screaming over and over Bobby Bobby my diamonds aren't big enough. It was a over the top impression. Also, I don't recall Jill saying anything mean about Avery's party. Watch the show again. I truley believe you hear things that you make up in your head. As for Bobby confronting Simon, well he did it like a real man. If Simon is saying tweets and blogs than by all means Bobby should say something. Your husband would do the same.

BG-in-NJ
BG-in-NJ

Ramona,

Since you pride yourself on saying what you think to someone's face, rather than behind their backs as you criticize the other ladies about... I'm just wondering, what did Luann have to say when you told her (to her face) that she looks like a drag queen?

LizaDoodle
LizaDoodle

Ramona - excellent job raising your Avery. From the very little we see of her on the show, I can tell she is a very sophisticated & intelligent young lady. "Kadoos" to you & your family!

lree44
lree44

ramona, you and mario are great parents, it shows in avery.keep telling it like it is, i love that about you.good luck with all your ventures!

TexasLady
TexasLady

Ramona....It has always been obvious to the viewers what a lovely daughter you have, only reinforced by her thanking the events planners. Both you and Mario deserve equal credit for raising such a lovely young lady. It's always nice to see Mario interact with Avery, it is so obvious he loves her so much!! Such a lovely father-daughter relationship....it will keep her in solid standing all her life, and enable her to choose boyfriends carefully. Jill/Bobby obviously didn't get the message on the misunderstanding about the blogs.....it wasn't Simon doing it.....it was someone from where they had appeared at a book-signing. You cant be responsible for everybody!!