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LuAnn's Lessons Learned

LuAnn shares what she loves (and doesn't love) about her fellow 'Wives.

Hello my friends! For the past five years I’ve enjoyed sharing my life with you and I thank you for your support. So much has changed since I began this televised journey, as you know. My children have grown up and I’m very proud of them, I divorced and found love again and along the way I’ve made new friends and frenemies. I’ve traveled, partied, fought and made up, and most importantly, I’ve learned a lot about relationships.

I’m disappointed that Carole and I couldn’t make our friendship work. Maybe it’s because she considered herself more of a journalist than a Housewife? I do know that she never passed up a chance to criticize me and that she uses humor as a defensive mechanism rather than saying what she thinks to my face. I do respect her talent as a writer and I hope in the future she uses her considerable abilities to pull people up rather than bring them down.

Heather is a complicated girlfriend. During this season, I’ve felt that she’s had my back and in the end she didn’t. I do know that she’s very talented and a very good businesswoman. She did her best for Sonja and deserves more praise for her contribution to Sonja’s toaster oven launch than she received. I admire how she restrained herself when Sonja whipped out the logo sent in by a fan that she’s decided to use instead of what Heather and her team developed. Heather’s tough, smart and I’m glad we became friends.

Aviva is stunning, smart and she’s a great mom. She managed to juggle her family and she show with grace and dignity. I know she struggles with phobias related to her childhood accident, but I saw her face her fears and grow this season. Aviva loves her father in spite of his inappropriate behavior at times and he obviously loves her very much. I thought one of the best moments this season was when Aviva presented the little boy with his prosthetic leg. I hope that next season Aviva can resolve her issues with Sonja and Ramona and I look forward to spending more time with her.

Sonja and I remain very good friends and while she continues to face challenges with her divorce and her finances, she has a smile on her face and a glass of champagne in her hand. I think her close relationships with her interns shows that she is a very nurturing woman who loves her family and friends. I love spending time with Sonja and I think I’ve made a friend for life.

Ramona and I have had our issues over the years but we have a respect for each other that transcends our conflicts. The trait I admire most in Ramona is that she says what is on her mind to me rather than gossiping behind my back. I might not always like what she has to say but I like her honesty. She can be very fun to be around and I consider her to be my friend regardless of how much we agree to disagree.

As for me, I’ve learned some very important lessons this season about honesty and friendship. I realize now more than ever that to be a good girlfriend, I have to be forthright yet kind in what I say and do. I’ve learned that tequila clouds my judgment and that it’s better to take a car home than a ride from a pirate. I’ve also learned that Jacques loves me for who I am and that he trusts me regardless of how things looked on the show. Lastly, I realize how grateful I am to be able to share my life with you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And lastly, check out my new site ShopLuann.com to see my new jewelry line.

Bisous!

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Carole: I Felt Terrible for Bethenny

Carole tells us how she won the election and her reaction to Bethenny's breakdown.

Bravotv.com: Why the sudden interest in joining the board?
Carole Radziwill: It wasn’t really sudden. I had been thinking about it for some time. So when the new election was announced, I decided to run. When you own an apartment in NewYork, it's important to know what’s happening in your building. Each building runs as its own little municipal town. Much like you might be interested in knowing what is happening in your town because it has a direct effect on the value of your property. In the beginning, I must say I was more self-interested. There were things I was not happy with in the building and thought I needed to be part of the decision-making process. As I spoke to the other residents and listened to their concerns, my run became more about what I could do for the building and not what the building can do for me. 

Bravotv.com: Were there any last-minute tricks that you think won the election for you?
CR: I listened very closely to the campaign consultants. They were no joke. Mike worked for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Andrew Cuomo’s race for NYS Governor. In the end, I think it’s just a matter of asking people for their votes. And even though negative campaigning works in general elections, I am glad I ran an honest and decent campaign.

Bravotv.com: What went through your mind when Bethenny broke down in the furniture store?
CR: Oh wow. I wasn’t expecting that. I knew she had child-care issues that precluded her from attending some of the events and dinners. I imagine it’s difficult to juggle work and play and family, especially given a protracted divorce. I felt terrible for her, but I also sensed that she was not the type of woman who wanted to be coddled. I’m not someone who can hug it out either. Hugging makes me cry more. My only thought was to try to get her to laugh. Laughter cures everything. That is why I made fun of her for not wanting to blow her nose in the two dollar napkin. Once she started to laugh she was fine. It was a moment. We all have them. I’ll have one soon too. 

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