Cast Blog: #RHONY

Building a Brand

Sonja vents about Heather's logo meeting and wonders who has sex anymore.

Well, this is interesting! Firstly, that Aviva will even admit her dad is a sex addict (maybe she is using the wrong word?), and secondly that she is comfortable introducing a brand new girlfriend to her father! This is a loaded situation that raises many questions of authenticity.

I'm not new around town and best friends with her ex-Harry, so I guess she knows I'm OK. However, a classic sex addict like the one portrayed by David Duchovny has a problem with fidelity. Being an artistic, sensual person who enjoys a life of good food, wine, love, exercise, sex and culture, all the sights, smells, and touch that goes with this doesn't mean I don't want commitment and respect from family and friends.

As I wrote earlier in my blog I am very flirtatious with those I have no interest in dating. I am very quiet with those I am actually interested in. Isn't everyone? I guess I can be misread because I am so vivacious at times. Jean Harlow I am not! I rather fancy myself as Hello Dolly but I guess I get carried away!

I was impressed with Heather's logo. I thought it was clever, and I could tell from the get-go she would have lots of business advice to share with me. She understood from the beginning that my company Sonja Home grew from the fact I cook in the toaster oven, and that Sonja in the City is my catering and special events company. They are separate. In fact, I have a different team for each.

However, the icon I chose to represent me is Sonja and Sonja is the brand. So we just needed to separate the "a" and I felt enhance the "j," because people don't realize Sonja is spelled with a "j." Having lived with the name no one knows that better than me. You want to be found easily when Googled. I have set up a few companies in my life, and it's beyond establishing an LLC or a Corp and a business checking account. It's marketing your business in a way that makes sense to the consumer that is easily recognizable.

I was OK with the fact Heather stuck with my original icon. Like Ralph has his horse, I have my girl in the city on-the-go swinging her bag with wind in her hair. I think it can work for both brands but I just wanted to see if Heather would suggest something cleaner such as her -- something that would stand the test of time.

Instead, after a long period of waiting, since we first had to go to London, she showed up with fonts that frankly looked like you could have printed off your computer! I was really nervous and then disappointed that I had put my eggs in one basket.

Then, when her branding man said he didn't research who I was, and the fact that I am a lifestyle brand, I almost died. I say lifestyle brand meaning, I will be sharing an innovative way of living -- time and money saving ways to cook, entertain, stay healthy and young feeling, and take care of your loved ones while still enjoying yourself.

The real clincher was when Heather's branding guy said he wanted to put a sexy hunk on the box with me! What does this have to do with cooking and selling toasters? I guess I have to trust the experts and see where they take me. In the meantime, don't think I'm not going to vent and panic a bit with friends and associates!

I don't like looking so ungrateful. But this is the way life is. Stressing!

Wine night I had a school event. I was sick for Ramona's girl's lunch, but I at least made dinner with LuLu that night, but still I feel I'm missing some cool stuff!

I didn't find the wine thing such a big set up? Did you? Of course Ramona would guess the notes. But what was the set up? Am I missing something? Is Aviva stirring the pot?

Reid's mother is hilarious. She just rolled with George's outrageous comments! Aviva was right. Her father IS embarrassing. Reid's mother dealt with it very well. She could have been very insulted. He basically said she was too old to have sex with. PAHtueeey!!! With the bio-identical hormones and doctor's today (like my own Dr. Braverman who you saw on the show) this is not true. She looks vibrant and surely has a healthy sex life. More power to her. Like I said before, are we supposed to put it on a shelf and dry up?

Our New York accents have never been more evident to me than in this episode -- especially watching from St Tropez where everyone is speaking so many different languages. Not sure I'm loving it.

A lot of pics of Aviva and her family for a family apt. No?

Brows without an appointment? I don't wax. I pluck -- more precise. I don't want to lose them. They get thinner and thinner as we age. You cannot grow them back! Be careful.

Lu, every time? Every time you must walk in first? What if I made the restaurant reservation and just want to say hi to the owner first? Or maybe just once I would like to meet the shop owner first? Or be photographed first ? In Morocco it happened I didn't care so much, but now with Carole being new to the group, I felt I needed to say something because she was feeling the pain too!

Ramona and Mario are the opposite of Reid and Aviva. Completely. Hmmm. Wonder who has the better sex life? Maybe no one has sex anymore. My friend told me no one has sex after two years of marriage. LOL.

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Kristen: To Brunch or Not to Brunch

Kristen wonders what the underlying issue was between Bethenny and Ramona.

I like watching Carole and Heather together. They’re like sisters--easy and relaxed with one another. Carole is too funny with her pillow!

It seems to me that Ramona is really close to Dorinda. I am happy to see that Ramona is confiding in Dorinda. I am also happy to hear Dorinda comment on the whole Mario in-the-press thing. It really is the elephant in all of our rooms. It’s such a shame that he went about things the way that he did. Out of respect for his family, you would think he could be discreet? The good news is that Ramona is a very strong woman, her daughter isn’t a baby anymore, and well…Ramona is surrounded by loving friends. Oh, and she’s “keeping the company of men.” You go, girl!

Sonja arrives in true Sonja fashion: large, loud, and proud. She has food and complains about rooms and traffic. I didn’t realize that Sonja and Dorinda had not met yet. Hello! Bad first impression! Despite it all, I do really love Sonja.

Bethenny is back in the car, this time with an assistant--last week it was a real estate agent. Next week, who will it be? I think the title of her next book should be I live in My Car, or I Wrote this Book in My Car. Or, It’s Easy to Have Relationships in My Car the Minute the Car Door Opens, I just Suck at Them. Or, It’s Easy to Have Relationships with Paid Employees in My Car, just not unpaid regular people or any man outside of my car? Toooo much!

As much as I LOVE a beer, I don’t think I would ever pull one out of my bag!

Kristen Taekman

She is exhausted, I’m exhausted…Andy, let’s drink every time we hear the word CAR. LOL!

Luann’s estate sale. If I had been there, I would’ve cried for sure. Wow, that’s got to be so darn hard! A lifetime collection of your very personal belongings, and there they are, total strangers picking through them like vultures! Lu’s new house is wonderful, by the way. New beginnings!

I actually spent some time with Luann at her new home that summer, so it was not my first time visiting. Her new house is really a dream house. Cute, quaint, on the water, great yard. It really is the new Luann. It’s a fresh start in so many ways. I am very, very happy for Luann and her new beginnings.

It was funny watching Carole meet Adam for the first time. I was outside when this was happening. I think she was smitten immediately. Hilarious how she was faking that she could cook. Hilarious!

When I walk in to meet the girls at Lu’s and get the recap on the day, I am surprised and happy to hear that Ramona apologizes to Luann. It seemed very much like a heartfelt apology. This is the first time we are all together talking about Mario and Ramona. Last summer, there was so much in the tabloids. We are commenting on what we read and saw in the press. Interesting that Heather refers to it as “Mob wife syndrome.” But after 25 years together, it makes sense.

The party. Oh, Sonja... As much as I LOVE a beer, I don’t think I would ever pull one out of my bag! OMG…at least go to the package store, get a six pack, and share! #Hello! This is very strange to me. I thought she was talking about drinking tequila earlier? What’s that saying, again? Beer before liquor never sicker. Liquor before beer never fear?

We are all a bit hesitant to see Sonja. The last time we were with her was the reunion, and you remember how that went down? #delusional 

Bethenny enters. I was in the other room so I didn’t see her walk in. I just remember rounding the corner into the kitchen, and I walked right into her and Dorinda. We said our hellos, she asked about Josh, and then off she went to make a drink.

To brunch or not to brunch. I was in the middle of all this ping-ponging back and forth. I first wonder, do Bethenny and Ramona have some years of old, unfinished business still lingering? Do they hate each other? Is it weird that Bethenny is back? Is Ramona fearful that she is taking her friends away? Hmmm…one wonders. This whole brunch thing was a miscommunication…it always is. Bethenny genuinely had no idea who was staying where. Ramona’s email inviting us to brunch didn’t make it to all of our inboxes, so we had no idea!

I am sure Bethenny was coming from a place of “why would we go to a restaurant when we all have these amazing houses?" And she really wasn’t interested in cooking. Two things you never turn down is when Bethenny Frankel offers to make you a drink or cook something for you--you do NOT say NO. She is amazing at both! I really didn’t care either way. I was ready to hit the road the next day and get back to the city. LOL, enough of the drama I like my #easylikesundaymornings to be just that--EASY! #tobecontinued

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