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Joanna's Outright Insult

Lisa didn't like some of Joanna's comments about her Miami friends.

By Lisa Hochstein

I was happy to help Joanna plan her wedding and finally get a much-needed girls’ trip.
I obviously have not mastered the art of packing. Lea loves to tease me about it. We were there for five days, and since LA is not my second home like Jo and Lea, I had to have options!

I was impressed with Joanna’s California life. She's seems to be in her element. She has a beautiful home, her family, close friends, and zoo there. This is the first time I've ever been to Joanna’s LA home or got to spend this much time with her. We really had a chance to bond. The walls Joanna puts up came down. I especially adore Joanna's mother. She's a strong, smart woman, very down-to-earth. She almost reminds me of my family in Canada. I would love to see her going on dates! She deserves to get pounded like a chicken cutlet every now and again also!

In Awe of Joanna's LA Home

The car ride up to the Aviara Park Hyatt should have had its very own episode. You didn’t even see the whole journey, but it was just us girls bonding, being silly, and getting lost! This is my kind of fun -- lighthearted and silly. The venue Joanna chose was breathtaking. I couldn't imagine a more beautiful fairytale wedding location for Joanna. I was so happy that I could share and be in this moment with Joanna and Lea. Often times in life we forget and don't value the moment
until it becomes a distant memory.

The trip was going so well until the tasting when Joanna sprung the ultimatum on me. Joanna and Adriana's issues have nothing to do with me. For her to give me an ultimatum of whose wedding to be in is childish. I don't engage in conversations behind Joanna or Adriana’s back. I'm not a double agent. I'm a grown woman and no one's going to tell me who to be friends with, let alone whose wedding to be in puh-leasse! I think she has me confused with her sister. Also didn't Joanna and Adriana agree to move forward? In Bimini and in the first episode? When does it end?
Joanna's Ultimatum

Lea's home in LA is absolutely gorgeous. It's definitely more my style and clearly more her style also. Seems that it's Roy and Lenny who prefer the Mediterranean style we both have in Miami. Lea and I both love Birkins. She is a seasoned collector. I know it sounds ridiculous to spend that kind of money on a handbag, but I like to look at them as an investment. They hold their value forever if you take good care of them. Although I have no intention of ever selling my Birkins, many times they are resold for a much higher price. I'm not into buying trendy bags that will eventually go out of style and be worthless if you ever decide you don't want them anymore. I guess you could say these Birkin bags are my very guilty pleasure. there is nothing wrong with appreciating beautiful material things as long as you give back, which my husband and I do. I just don't announce my donations to the world every chance I can. We just do it.
The Queen of Birkins

Joanna’s birthday dinner scene started with an outright insult towards her “friends in Miami” in her interview. She said that her friends in LA are very hardworking and accomplished as opposed to her friends in Miami. I did take offense to that. The reason being that Joanna said, “Lisa needs to go get a job and go have a baby,” a few times in the press and in her previous interviews. Now this. It’s getting really old and making her sound bitter, because she constantly repeats it. In this case it clearly is an insult/dig towards me. Very passive aggressive. For the record I would like to clear a few things up. My whole life I have worked very hard. I began working at 14 for my first job at Dairy Queen, then Aldo shoes until 17. I fell into modeling and acting around this time and have done very well for myself. So much so that I was able to come to the States on a visa for my work. I had to struggle and prove myself my whole life. I would sometimes work 3 jobs a day. Since meeting my husband 6 years ago, I felt very lost in Miami as there really wasn't much work for me here. I began a Halloween ball to raise money for Make a Wish humane society where I raised over $200,000 to this date. I am very happy being a wife to my husband, who works so incredibly hard. Taking care of him, taking care of the house, and being his unofficial assistant and social coordinator is a full time job, and I'm happy doing it. That’s really all that matters.

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My husband and I are a team. They say behind every good man is a good woman. In the past couple of years being on this show, doing many IVF treatments, and working on my skin care line, which I'm about to launch next month, has taken up so much of my time. I think Joanna should get the facts straight before she says these things that sound so ignorant. She’s not just offending me, but women across the country who are real housewives.One of Joanna’s friends at the dinner said that she bought a puppy and Joanna got very excited for her. Doesn’t make any sense to me that she would get excited considering that she is all about adopting and protecting animals. Seems she treats people differently not by their actions but by who they are.

We've all had relationships in our lives with a group of friends where there has been a falling out with two of them. The best thing we can do as friends is to support each of them individually and not be forced to let go of one or the other. For the record, I wasn't even trying to be a peacemaker at all on this trip. I simply flew across the country to support Joanna in planning her wedding.

Lea quickly rebuffed me when I brought up Joe Francis by saying that he wasn't there to defend himself, but I wasn't trying to attack him at all. I was simply using the scenario as an example of how Joanna doesn't find anything wrong with Lea and Joe Francis’ relationship, but with me and Adriana she has a problem. That’s a double standard.

The fact is if Joanna does not want me to be in her wedding, I simply don't need to be and I could be perfectly happy with just attending as a guest. Whatever her choice I’ll support it, but I won’t be given ultimatums. Period. Thanks for all of your support so far this season! I appreciate all of it! Be sure to look out for my new skincare line launching next month. Details next week!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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