What Will We Learn in Dorinda Medley’s Memoir Make It Nice?

Dorinda Medley may no longer be making it nice on the Real Housewives of New York City but she is in her new book Make It Nice. Available today August 17th on AmazonRHONY fans will be able to delve deeper into the Blue Stone Manor’s former housewife Dorinda.

What will we learn in Dorinda’s memoir?

Will we learn more about her marriage to Richard Medley? Her cathartic first return to London since the passing of her late husband Richard Medley was chronicled in a 2015 episode of RHONY.

Will we find out what actually happened to cause the breakup between her and John Mahdessian? In season 12, Dorinda revealed her breakup with long time partner and dry cleaner extraordinaire, John Mahdessian.

More details as to why Dorinda left the RHONY franchise? Many rumors as to why the RHONY alum left the BRAVO franchise are constantly swirling. Was it because of the turkey baster comment?

Dorinda’s book deal came right before Dorinda’s exit from RHONY 

Prior to Dorinda’s RHONY exit last year, she was presented with the opportunity to chronicle her life in her new tell-all. According to her publishing company Simon & Schuster The Real Housewives of New York City fan-favorite Dorinda Medley takes fans inside her roller-coaster life and iconic Blue Stone Manor to share how they, too, can Make It Nice. 

 “Throughout her life, Dorinda Medley has always strived to “make it nice” regardless of the circumstances. In her incredibly candid memoir, the Real Housewife of New York City opens the doors of Blue Stone Manor, her Berkshires sanctuary, welcoming fans into her beloved home. In her first-ever written life story, Dorinda clips away all pretense and noise to unveil the not-so-glamorous bumps in the road that have marked her colorful journey toward becoming the person viewers, colleagues, and friends know and love today. This is a vulnerable and emotional account of love, motherhood, loss, and the not-entirely-planned adventure from her modest beginnings in the Berkshires to her personal, social, and professional ascent—told in her trademark manner.”

Taking a Housewives Pause – Pause & Effect

“She was in a bad place, her house had been flooded, her dad was sick,” Andy Cohen stated. He went on to say “Sometimes taking a pause is a good thing and I am really hopeful that this is indeed a pause and that she would rejoin the show at some point. I think a pause is a good thing and she will come back renewed and refreshed.” BRAVO super-fans have been very vocal about their desire for Dorinda to come back to the franchise.

On Dorinda’s IGTV from June 10th, she read fans a brief excerpt of her upcoming memoir and read “a person is shaped as much by her failures as they are by their successes, yes that girl is ME!” as she let out a squeal.

From the sounds of it, Dorinda’s new book may be more inspirational and empowering than some might be expecting. Possibly similar to Margaret Josephs book Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget: How to Survive in Business and Life

Per her press release, “Chronicling the life of the reality television star, Make It Nice also features life lessons for those who may experience similar challenges, as well as the celebrated hostess’s invaluable entertaining tips, all presented with the humor and wit that have “oh-so-well made” Dorinda Medley a most compelling compilation.”

Dorinda’s new book is available now on Amazon.

Cooking with Valerie Bertinelli

Where are my foodies? Who else loves to browse the cookbook aisles? There’s not much I love more than a new cookbook. Flipping the pages and checking out all the yummy recipes and making a list of all the new ones I want to try.

So when some folks reached out to me about Valerie Bertinelli’s (yes that Valerie! Most recently known from the Food Network but I can’t not mention “One Day at A Time” loved that show)  Valerie’s Home Cooking: More than 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family cookbook I was thrilled. Not only do I watch her on the Food Network but she’s an Italian girl. Like me! Ok maybe I’m not Italian but my hubby is so that counts, right? And I learned everything I know about Italian cooking from my mother in law and Valerie’s book is inspired by her family’s recipes so I knew this was gonna be a match made in Italian foodie heaven.

I chose 2 dishes I was going to make and review. The Spicy Arrabiata Penne and the Chicken with Lemon Wine Sauce.

The first one I tested out was the Spicy Arrabiata Penne. You can’t go wrong with a dish like this. It’s super easy to make and super flavorful. Both my hubby and I loved it. He agreed we need to def make it again. I feel like it came out looking just like the picture (minus the fact that I didn’t use shaved parm we ended up just using regular grated parm cheese but the shaved gives it that extra touch and makes it extra fancy.) My only suggestion would be for this dish is to adjust the red pepper flakes if you don’t love spice. It’s definitely got a kick so if you have kids I would maybe omit it in theirs. Also, I would not have reserved any of the pasta water. I typically don’t occasionally I will if I’m making a ton of gravy/sauce but not always. I felt that adding the 1 cup of pasta water really watered it down so I would just not add that and your sauce will be nice and thick and chunkier.

Photographer Leslie Grow, Food Styling Cat Steele, Prop Styling Lindsey Lower,
Spicy Arrabiate Penne

Wanna try this recipe yourself? If you try it let me know what you think.

“One of my all-time favorite meals centers around tomatoes. I have several photos on my phone illustrating this point. One shows a fresh harvest of tomatoes from our garden; they’re literally spilling out of bowls onto the kitchen counter. I think this was a message from our wonderful gardener, Carlos. The first year I planted tomato plants, the majority of them died. I went to Carlos, asking for help. I think he felt bad for me, and not only did he bring those plants back to life, he added more and somehow has them producing fruit well into the winter. Another photo shows my arrabiata sauce simmering on the stove, tomatoes quartered and afloat on a sea of luscious sauce full of spices. I swear I can smell the red pepper and garlic through my phone. Fresh tomatoes are a bonus, but obviously canned tomatoes provide the same classic taste. This is an easy dinner when I’m in a hurry, and with a green salad and a creamy dressing to balance the spice, along with fresh bread, you can rely on this as a Monday through Friday staple, as I do, or serve it for a casual Saturday night with friends.” – taken from Valerie’s cookbook.


  • 1 (1-pound) package uncooked penne rigate
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (26.46-ounce) package chopped tomatoes (such as Pomì)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • Shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for garnish


  1. 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook according to the package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add the garlic; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the 1/4 cup chopped basil.
  3. 3. Stir the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water into the tomato mixture. Garnish with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and additional basil, if desired, and serve warm.
  4. Cooking Tip
  5. It’s important to generously salt your water. It adds flavor to your pasta. Don’t rinse your pasta after cooking, and don’t drain all the water; save some to flavor your sauce.


Up next I wanted to try the Chicken with Lemon Wine Sauce. We always love a piccata so I figured we would love this. I make chicken cutlets often and usually just cook them the whole time in oil on the stove so I liked the idea of just browning them first then popping them in the oven while the sauce is being made. Plus a lot of times I find when making recipes your meal is getting cold while the sauce is being made and we hate that. So this kept everything nice and hot.

Here’s my pic and here’s my pic with the book image. Clearly, they aren’t close. In the cookbook pic the sauce has a more yellow tinge to it and looks thicker. Mine came out clearer and more watery. The flavor was definitely good and I probably should have made some sort of side to go along with it as my plate looks pretty boring lol. We both agreed we liked this dish as well but next time I think I may add a touch of flour into the sauce to thicken it up just a smidge.

All in all we really liked both recipes and are looking forward to trying out more of them “One Day at A Time” (had to).

Did you try any of the recipes from this book? If so, share your faves with me. I wanna know what you think.

Credit: Excerpted from Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

*The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I was provided this book for review.
**Recipe provided to me to use in post.

Recreate Rita Ora & Jessica Alba’s Red Carpet Looks with Mary Kay

For ladies of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards it seemed as though there were two vastly different, yet both stunning, popular trends. While half of the ladies showcased their relaxed natural looks, the other half went the dramatic route by getting playful with color. Recreate two of the most gorgeous looks of the night – Rita Ora’s red lip and Jessica Alba’s natural glow – with tips from Mary Kay!

image001 Radiant in Red

  • Cover the entire lid with Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Silver Satin.
  • Apply Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation then lightly sweep Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush across the cheekbones for that just-pinched look.
  • Apply a thin line of Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner in Black on the upper lash line and thenMary Kay Eyeliner in Black to the waterline. Then coat lashes with Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black for full,             voluminous lashes.
  • Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Clear and then apply Mary Kay Crème Lipstick in Really Red to attain the perfect red pout.


image002Glowing Goddess

  • Begin with TimeWise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation.
  • Sweep Mary Kay Bronzing Powder along the hairline, temples and cheeks for an all-around sun-kissed glow.
  • To attain a shimmery neutral eye, cover lid with Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Rosegold and then lightly sweep this color under the lower lash line as well.
  • Apply Mary Kay Eyeliner in Deep Brown to waterline and then lightly smudge into the lower lash line to create a smoky effect. Then coat lashes with Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Brown.
  • Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Neutral and then fill in lips with Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Pink Cherie. To create dimension and shine, apply Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in  Pink Parfait in the center of the lips to complete the look.

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The Device Every Instagram Addict Needs

Calling all Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Twitter and Photography addicts!

Listen up….

Have you heard of the new Nokia Lumia Icon yet? Have you seen the commercials? You know the ones with the amazing sounds and super clear and crisp pictures? This phone has a gazillion great features (it is a Windows phone after all) but what stands out to me the most is by far the camera. This phone takes the most amazing photos and videos.


With its Full HD video, 20 megapixel camera and 5” full HD screen you are guaranteed to achieve the most perfect shot. The Icon also uses Zeiss optics which helps you take better photos in both light and dark areas. This technology also allows you to zoom in and reframe shots as well.


Another amazing feature is there is no glare from sunlight (thanks to Gorilla Glass) with this phone so it is perfect to take to the beach so you can catch up on Kim & Kanye in the most recent “VOGUE” issue. See what everyone’s talking about. #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE


Remember when you were at that amazing concert last summer and they played your favorite song and you grabbed your phone and took a video only to come home to watch it and realize all you hear is background noise and not your favorite song? Kiss that goodbye with the Icon.


If you don’t believe me check out this video to prove it!



If you are a photographer or just a complete Instagram addict the Lumia Icon is a must!


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*Disclaimer – I’m a Verizon Brand Ambassador. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Interview with Lisa Hochstein from The Real Housewives of Miami




Last night was the season premiere of The Real Housewives of Miami and recently I had the opportunity to chat with cast member Lisa Hochstein.


Katie: What made you decide to shoot RHOM?

Lisa: I thought it would be a great opportunity. I’ve had a lot of aspirations to have my own brand within the fitness, nutrition, clothing maybe jewelry arenas.

Katie: How has being on the show affected your life?

Lisa: It’s definitely made me a public person. It’s different because people really feel like they know you because you are letting them into your home, and see your personal life. You’re talking about all the trials and tribulations and triumphs in your life and that’s out there for everyone to see. So a lot of the time people will come up to me and talk to me like we’ve been friends for years, which is really nice.

Katie: Last season you were trying to get pregnant. Any chance you might adopt?

Lisa: As of right now we don’t have any intention to adopt. We are staying focused on continuing with the fertility treatments and having our own biological child.

Katie: Are you pregnant?

Lisa: I am not pregnant right now. I wish!

Katie: I hear you are developing your own fitness products. Can you tell me a little more about that?

Lisa: Basically in the past few months I’ve been testing out some products to make sure that it meets my standards if I have to modify anything. Rome wasn’t built overnight and I have a really good team that I’m working with that are guiding me along the way. We are hoping everything will be in place by the summer. Right now we are focusing a lot on the skincare.

Katie: In a recent Shape magazine article you said – “Every morning I make a protein pancake with honey on it, and then I eat five more small meals throughout the day and a protein shake after working out to feed my muscles.” Care to share your pancake recipe?

Lisa: Yes! Lisa’s Protein Power Pancake Recipe


Katie: Also, I’m sometimes skeptical of too much protein. I don’t want to bulk up. What are your thoughts?

Lisa: I love lots of protein. It doesn’t bulk you up. If you eat lean protein it helps you maintain your muscles and keep you nice and toned. I also think women don’t eat as much protein as men. I have this philosophy that could be why we age a little faster. The reason I say this is because protein is feeding your muscles and your muscles are attached to your skin, in your face not so much in your body. So if you are feeding your muscles it’s keeping your skin and face nice and tight.

Katie: What is your #1 trick to staying so fit? Is it more fitness or nutrition?

Lisa: It’s a combination of both. If I had to choose one, number one would be nutrition. Even if you’re working out and you’re eating like crap you’re gonna look like crap.

Katie: It’s so hard to not eat right. I recently joined a gym but I feel like my nutrition hasn’t changed and I know that if my nutrition doesn’t change I’m obviously not going to see the results I want.

Lisa: You might as well stop going to the gym. You’re cheating yourself. You may be building nice muscle, but you will still maybe have a layer of fat that you’re not going to lose by eating horribly. You have to eat right. That’s number 1 and working out aids to that. You can give yourself a cheat day. I feel every 5 to 6 days you should give yourself a cheat day. Have a cheat meal, not necessarily cheat day. That way you have something to look forward to and it’s motivating when we have something to look forward to.

Katie: I know you said you are currently working on a skincare line. What is your beauty routine now and what are some of your favorite products you are currently using?

Lisa: The products I’ve been testing are what I’ve been using. My routine takes me about half an hour each night. I really make sure I never go to sleep with makeup on my face. Not a drop of makeup, because that’s how you clog your pores, your skin can’t breathe. I give myself a facial once a week. I do my masks, a moisturizing mask and my clay mask once a week. I always go in the steam room because I feel that’s the best way to clear out your pores and release toxins from my body. It definitely makes my skin glow and it helps the masks and creams absorb better into my skin. I use a cleanser daily and also use a scrub twice a week. My skin can be oily especially living in Miami so I use a moisturizer that’s oil free and I use benzoyl peroxide cleanser for my face, and then a toner that really deep cleanses the pores and that’s how I keep it looking the way it does. Because if I didn’t do that I would have a little bit of acne on my face. I am prone to it. I always use a serum. I think using a serum is super important. Also, I never leave the house without SPF 50 every single day. I think that definitely contributes to the way my skin looks.

Katie: Do you use a serum and a moisturizer at night?

Lisa: Yes. I use a serum and moisturizer day and night always. Never forget the serum because that’s what’s giving you all the nutrients and giving you the ingredients that help your skin look its best. The moisturizer is usually just a moisturizer.

Katie: Do you watch the other Real Housewives?

Lisa: I do. I particularly like Beverly Hills and Atlanta.

Katie: Do you watch any other reality shows?

Lisa: Not really because it’s so time consuming to watch so much TV. I generally don’t watch much more TV. I do like the show “Breaking Bad” however. It’s one of my favorite fictional shows.

Katie: Fave band/musician?

Lisa: I have so many. That’s a tough question. I love Beyoncé. I actually walked down the aisle to the song “Halo”. So she’s probably my favorite female singer. I also really love hip hop. That’s actually my music of choice. If I’m working out I love to listen to house and I love listening to Calvin Harris. He’s probably my favorite house DJ.

Katie: Fave brand/designer

Lisa: If I’m going to a red carpet event I really love Emilio Pucci, Herve Leger , Dolce & Gabbana, I think they make the most beautiful creations. I also like clothes by Torn, I think it’s really affordable for everyone and very stylish, so chic and fashion forward. I also love Mason by Michelle Mason. Her stuff is so well made for the price point. I think everyone should have a piece like that in their closet. Really beautiful stuff.

Katie: Spray tan? Tanning Bed? Out in the sun?

Lisa: No way will I lay out in the sun and no tanning beds. That is something I will never do to my skin. It’s the number 1 thing that will contribute to you aging. I always get a spray tan even though they say it’s still not the best for you. To me it’s better than laying out in the sun. I love to have a little color because  it makes your body look more lean, trim and fit. It makes you look healthier.

Katie: Last song played on your iPod?

Lisa: That new Florence and the Machine house song. It gets me going and gives me goose bumps. Music is definitely my drug. I’m very passionate about music. I love hip hop and house music. I’ve always had a little fantasy to produce my own house music.

Katie: You should!

Lisa: I used to be a pianist believe it or not as a young girl and used to play the clarinet in band. I’m such a band dork! I have an ear for it. When I first hear a song I can always tell if it will be a hit or not. I’ve always wanted to produce my own music.

Katie: Do you do your own social media? I think you do.

Lisa: Yes I do my own social media. I don’t think people would necessarily want to follow you if somebody else was sending, posing, tweeting, Instagraming as you. If I follow someone it’s because I want to see what they have to say. Not what someone else is saying on their behalf.

Katie: What’s your favorite social media site?

Lisa: I love Instagram. It’s right there on your phone and just an easy app to use. It’s so visual, it’s all pictures. When I’m at the gym doing cardio that’s when I do a lot of my social media. I hate cardio just like everyone else, it’s just not fun. So when I’m working out a great way for me to pass the time is through social media and catching up on what my friends and family are doing. I’m catching upon people I follow and tweeting myself. It’s a great way to stay fit and get things done.

Katie: I recently joined a gym and I too get bored doing cardio. I tend to watch TV and also bring a magazine. It’s a great way for me to get through my magazine pile.

For more info on Lisa Hochstein visit her website http://www.lisamariehochstein.com/ and follow her Blog for great health and nutrition tips.


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