Cast Blog: #RHONY

The Origin of the Species

Episode 5: Bravotv.com's Editor discusses internships, IVF, and frenemies.

Hello fashion-forward friends. Welcome back to London-gate. Let's sort this out before we hop across the pond next week, shall we.

Brooklyn Heather Goes Hard
After The Countess dubs someone "Gangsta Chic," one can't help but wonder just how deep that well of toughness goes. This week we find out just what Heather's made of as she deals with the hurls of Aviva re: the Ramona situation. On yet another Central Park bench the ladies discuss alliances and dirt bikes. Aviva doesn't want Heather to think she's "Team Anyone," but she does want Heather to know that maybe she's earned the "excluder" title. Heather's response -- BRING IT. She could literally give a s—t as she says. Yeah, I think that qualifies as "gangsta"

Heather's curious as to when "Avivies" (cutest nickname ever) became Ramona's butt buddy. I guess we'll figure out how deep their love is at the upcoming downtown shopping excursion.

Note, Heather's son Jax is also pretty gangster. Way to go kiddo.

The Art of Eastern (like Queens) Medicine
IVF, please, not for our Lu. She's going to get pregnant the old fashion way -- with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and "lots of sex." Sadly, the Countess' jovial manner was lost on our dear needle doctor (is that a nickname for acupuncturists?) and she doesn't call Jacques immediately for more witty banter. (I would have, I love nothing more than when the Coutness gets a little bawdy.)

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Luann, not taking the art of comedy lying down.

Thankfully while the Housewives and European wine jokes didn’t stir anything in the doctor, LuAnn felt the pins stir something in her ovaries, so all is not lost!

No Women is a Staten Island
Sonja Morgan is many things. She is newly a lover of bow blouses, a forgiver, a party planner, and most of all she is a shaman to the young career-focused generation. At a tete-a-tete with Aviva we learn that she's moved on from the whole Socialite Life hullabaloo, freeing up her fret schedule and thereby allowing her to cater Aviva and Reid's fifth anniversary party. But it's only mere days after she returns from London. Is there anyone who can help her?

As it turns out, there are. There's a veritable legion of interns at her disposal (one to three per day). Without these young upstarts, who would feed Sonja her vitamins? Who would cash her under $2 checks from American Express? Who would help her create the perfect Christian Mingle profile? And aren't they learning as well? Isn't the Sonja Morgan School of Hard Knocks a touchstone institution at which growing men and women can study and excel? Methinks so. Methinks so.

Bronx Love Pun? Or Princess Pun
Speaking of Christian Mingle and dating, here's Carole Radziwill on a date. Of course they meet at one of Sonja's parties. And now this international, fashion hound is taking our girl to drinks. If you'll remember Russ, they're totally open about seeing other folks. So it's NBD that she and this "rare species" are getting to know each other.

I personally think this guy is a keeper. He didn't Google her, he's a little funny in the bathroom, and he's focused on the present. What more can you ask for in a man? You rock that leopard jacket and this relationship Carole. You go girl!

Besides being a minx, Carole is also a princess. Oh did you not know? Yes that adorable bag of bones in the varsity jacket making sure that Ramona eats before she gets edgy and doesn't fall on steps is royalty. In an effort to keep Ramona from falling to far down a Heather-hatred hole, Carole changes the subject to her lineag, which always seems to work when I have a problem. I just change the subject to my role as a. . .nobody.

Manhattan Major Moment
And we finally arrive at our downtown shopping excursion. What Ramona didn't know, is that Heather had planned this as a makeover! Ramona is not feeling this idea from the get-go. She likes her "satin strapless thing" just fine, thanks Heather. She doesn't want your s--t kicking shoes (I guess Heather has those because she "doesn't give a s--t" as we earlier asserted). After the fashion intervention does not go as planned, Ramona pulls Heather aside for an intervention of her own. She’s ready to clear the air once and for all about London.

Unfortunately for Aviva, that conversation begins with Ramona telling Heather that she heard she was upset about the "talking too much comment." Yikes. Did someone ask for a bus? Because the one that Aviva just got thrown under is here.

At the end of the day, Heather lays it out -- she just doesn't like Ramona. Burn. Ramona doesn't want to be Heather'’s friend until she starts being "real" -- however one wonders if she does get real and just tells R she doesn't like her how that could pan out. Then maybe they could be the kind of friends that just don’t like each other. Those friendships exist right?

After a clothing break, Carole shines some good news down on her fellow 'Wives. Her novel is potentially being turned into a TV show. Everyone is so excited, particularly Ramona who pogo sticks over to mention that she's going to have her wine in Target. Well that's good too. Everyone wins.

Next week the women finally make it to London. What will Aviva and Ramona do while their friends and frenemies are away? How many questions will Ramo have about A's leg? What does Heather lose her mind about? What are Heather's new glasses? Leave your guess in the comments.

Q&A: What Has Kelly Been up To?

Kelly tells us what she's been up to since we last saw her and what it was like seeing Bethenny again. 

Bravotv.com:  What have you been up to since we last saw you? Tell us everything!

Kelly Killoren Bensimon: After retiring from RHONY, I modernized my first and favorite Assouline book In The Spirit of the Hamptons, which is the first of the ever popular Assouline series. I also decided to wrap a bow on my past, which includes modeling, publishing, editing magazines, writing books, designing jewelry, and beauty consulting by getting my MBA in international marketing.

Presently, I am a partner in a fund that invests and finances fashion and accessory brands to take them to the next level. I also write a column for amNY where I get to interview New York mavericks and pioneers who are game changers in this new era. You never know what will trigger someone to be better, so I decided to interview those who are changing the world. I started a new blog #kkbloves which launched in Paris, France. #kkbloves is an organic extension of everything I love: fashion, travel, and insider information on who, what, when, where, and how. I launched an exclusive candle line called BAISER ROSE available at craftingboutique.com and continue to make vintage necklaces exclusively for KitsonLA.

My teenage girls are navigating their teens well and are constantly challenging me. As a single mother 365 days out of the year, I took a huge leap of faith to do this on my own. I’m so proud of my girls and how they are growing up in New York City. They always laugh that I’m raising them like a suburban mom living in an urban city: whatever works.

Last but not least, are you ready for my first NOVEL, which is almost finished? If you're curious about New York women who have lived through their twenties and are ready for a new chapter, Get Ready. It’s steamy, feisty, aspirational, and colorful. My girls and I continue to be advocates of FOODBANK4NYC, Generosity water, and Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams. Fluffy says, “Hi,” and the horse I ride, Houston, says “Neigh."

Bravotv.com:  Were you hesitant to see all the ladies again when Luann invited you to her girls’ night out?

KKB: Luann and I were at a book party at Omars, a private club downtown, and she asked me to come and have a drink, for she knows I don’t get out much. Luann honestly thought I would have fun, which I did. It was great seeing Ramona in such good shape after everything she’s been through. I admire her integrity and ability to raise an amazing daughter.

Bravotv.com: Who of the ladies have you stayed in touch with, if any?

KKB: Luann and I are very good friends, and we see each other all the time. She’s an incredible mother and has navigated the world of TV beautifully, AND has maximized on it incredible way. Go LU!

Bravotv.com:  Did it surprise you to hear that Bethenny was unnerved at seeing you again after all these years?

KKB: Bethenny has endured a lot since we last filmed almost four years ago. I understand if she was upset, since she didn’t know I was coming. I was happy to see her looking so well after all she’s been through. We got off on the wrong foot, and I hope one day she can see past as the past.

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