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.

The Bachelor Season 19 Spoiler

If you know me you know I’m obsessed with all things reality tv. The Bachelor is no exception. I’ve been watching since Season 1. I absolutely loved Chris Soules last season with Andi and was so excited for this seasons premiere. (Sidebar it did not disappoint.)

That being said I noticed that one of the contestants Alissa Giambrone is from my hometown Hamilton, NJ. I was thrilled! I immediately started cheering her on (even though the second Britt walked out of the limo I felt she would be in the final 2).

I wanted to learn a little more about my hometown girl Alissa so I took to social media.

Spoilers beware!

Yes Alissa is a flight attendant. She works at Frontier Airlines which is a fairly new airline here in Mercer County. Why is this important? Frontier Airlines out of Trenton does not fly to Prague or Paris.

But Alissa did! 4 weeks ago she was in Prague. 8 weeks ago she was in Paris. Frontier does fly to Miami which seems to be her flight path typically so her Instagram shows lots of Miami pics. But Prague and Paris stood out to me. Ironic? Maybe.

My thoughts… Alissa is going to make it pretty far. She will make it to at least Prague and Paris. I’m really surprised The Bachelor folks didn’t make her take down her Instagram shots as they are clearly spoilers.

Check out her Instagram posts:

 

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What do you think? Who do you think will get the final rose this season?

Deena Cortese of Jersey Shore Talking Final Season, Weddings & More

Tuesday night I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Deena Cortese from The Jersey Shore at Just Restaurant in Old Bridge, NJ. We talked everything from Jersey Shore finale to showing her cooka and will she be in Snooki & J-Wow’s weddings.

 

Me: Why is it important to you to be at this Breast Cancer awareness event/has someone close to you been effected by this specific disease?

Deena: Breast cancer and all cancers are everywhere. The opportunity to raise money for breast cancer is an amazing feeling. Actually, my cousin had breast cancer and she lost both of her boobs, but she’s doing well now. Probably due to great fundraisers like this.

Me: If you didn’t do Jersey Shore what would you be doing?
Deena: I’d probably be doing dental assisting. But now no one will probably let me work on their teeth.

Me: It’s Jersey Shore’s last season. What can we expect during the remaining episodes of Jersey Shore?
Deena: Up until 8 I was a little depressed and down and out. I had a few rough times and that was the first time I really had any rough times during the seasons I was there. Sometimes I think you need to hit rock bottom so you can start building yourself back up. That’s kind of what happened. After I hit episode 8 I hit rock bottom, went into a panic attack. The rest of the season you will see Nicole and I start hanging out more again. I think the rest of the season for me is gonna be more fun rather than me sad.

Me: What plans do you have now that the show is ending?
Deena: I partnered with a hair salon in Manalapan called Whisper, so now I’m working with Whisper hair products. We are working on getting it into bigger places. I’ve also been working on a clothing line called Short Couture. It’ll be a clothing line for anyone and make every woman feel sexy.

Me: Ok did you have a meatball tonight?
Deena: My friend Mallory is my meatball. And my publicist Melissa is my meatball.

Me: Are you going to be in the bridal party for Jenni or Nicole’s wedding?
Deena: As of now I am. They both asked me to be bridesmaids, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Me: Fave club down the shore?
Deena: D’Jais in Belmar
Me: Fave bar down the shore?
Deena: D’Jais! No I like Jenks!

Me: Biggest regret while filming Jersey Shore?
Deena: Biggest regret while filming was probably showing my cooka.

Me: Best thing/most exciting thing that has happened to you since filming Jersey Shore?
Deena: Just being able to do fundraisers like this and bringing people in. Going to the VMA’s was one of the most amazing things. That’s what I dreamt about when I was little. Then I was there and people were screaming for me and was like this is crazy.

Me: Favorite cast mate?
Deena: I like all my roommates, but probably Nicole.

Me: Now this is coming from my intern’s friends in college. OK: You have Mike, Vinny, and Pauly D. from the shore house. You have to marry one, kill one, and have sex with one. Who do you choose?

Deena: Well I’m probably not going to have sex with any of them cause I see them as my brothers now. Plus I have a boyfriend and he probably wouldn’t like that. I feel bad killing Mike. Marry probably Vinny or Pauly. I feel Vinny is a family guy and Pauly is just fun.

Me: When driving in the car and “your song” comes on the radio and you’re like “that’s my song”… what it is?
Deena: One of my favorite songs to dance to now is that song by Ke$ha “Die Young”. We have a blast to that song. Or “Let Me Love You” by Nee-Yo. I really enjoy that song when it comes on.

Me: Anything else you’d like to say to my readers:
Deena: Thank you for watching the show and supporting us.
Me: You guys are doing the Hurricane Relief Fundraiser on MTV Thursday night right?
Deena: We are actually doing a telethon Thursday (Nov. 15th) at 11pm to help raise money for Seaside Heights.

 

Tune in tonight for a new Jersey Shore episode at 10pm EST, followed by a Hurricane Relief telethon at 11pm EST.

 

*Photos courtesy of Lucky 17 Photography.

 

Beauty, Bullying, Real Housewives of OC Season 8, Family and More with Heather Dubrow – PART 2

PART 2 with Heather Dubrow

Quick 5

ME: Fave junk food treat

HEATHER: Twizzlers (We both agreed Twizzlers beat out Red Vines hands down. We even chatted about biting off the ends of the Twizzlers and using them as straws. You know you’ve done it too.)

ME: All time fave movie

HEATHER: There’s so many. Aside from all the major classics like “The Wizard of Oz”. “Flashdance”, “Ice Castles” any of those girlie, young performance, dance, ice skating, singing type of films.

ME: Fave musical theater song because I know you sing. I was actually a theater major in college.

HEATHER: Really? Where did you go?

ME: I went to Rider in New Jersey. (We chatted briefly about how I ended up not pursuing anything with my theatre degree.)

HEATHER: This is hard.

ME: Ok if you had to go into an audition tomorrow and sing something what would it be?

HEATHER: Trying to think of my old audition songs. I do love “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar.

ME: That’s a good one.

HEATHER: I’d probably audition with something from Les Mis.

ME: I love Les Mis too.

ME: Fave store or brand

HEATHER: I always say Chanel because I love Chanel. But I feel their prices are so out of control right now I’m almost turned off. I’m going to say Valentino.

ME: Fave magazine

HEATHER: I like a bunch of them. I’m gonna say Vogue.

 

ME: Do you do your own social media?

HEATHER: Yes

ME: What social media site do you love the most? Twitter maybe?

HEATHER: I do like Twitter. I don’t understand Facebook at all. (We then chatted about different media platforms and different sites to help manage accounts.)

 

HEATHER: The word bullying. Are you on Twitter? Do you follow me on Twitter?

ME: I do!

HEATHER: So you’ve seen all the bullying talk with Alexis because of what happened in Costa Rica. How do you feel about that?

ME: I think she’s ridiculous.

HEATHER: Ok good, ok so you understand. This is what I have to say about it. It is so not appropriate in this context; it’s not applicable in this context to use the word bullying. That’s an incredibly serious statement. It’s a serious issue and to make light of it like that I just think it’s crazy. We are all cognizant that we are on the show to show our relationships and be vocal about our opinions of the other cast members. If you have filters, you have to take those filters out. This is what the show is about. It’s allowing the audience to get into our brain and say what they want to say and hear what they want to hear. The realness of it. This is Alexis’s 3rd season, she’s very aware. She’s very aware of how it works. I think it’s really easy when things get turned on you and it makes you uncomfortable and it hits too close to home to run to your corner and cry victim. But I don’t think it’s fair and I think it’s an easy out.

ME: I agree.

HEATHER: She and I had gone back and forth and back and forth on Twitter. I’m tired of the name calling and whatever. I actually have no ill feelings towards her. We had some very nice times together. I think it’s unfortunate how things happen. We had a really nice conversation after the reunion in the parking lot. We hugged and sort of apologized to each other for the misconceptions and some issues and whatever. We hugged. We texted each other. So I thought, ok great, maybe not best friends but we can accept each other. But then 2 days later she gave a really rude interview about me in the press and I thought ok well there you go.

ME: I think she’s just unhappy with herself and that’s the big problem.

HEATHER: Yea know what you could be right. As far as I’m concerned, her chapter’s closed. I wish her and her family well. I have no ill feelings towards them.  She’s not a bad person. I hope she’s happy in her life.

 

Beauty, Bullying, Real Housewives of OC Season 8, Family and More with Heather Dubrow – PART 1

 

ME: How do you manage it all? Being a wife, mother, and actress and having cameras in your face all day long?

HEATHER: I drink a lot. No I’m kidding. It’s a balance but life is a balance. Sometimes I do well, sometimes I don’t. If I could freeze right now I’d say today is a good day. The kids are happy, Terry’s good. I’m constantly trying to figure out if I’m servicing everyone well enough, my kids my husband and myself and constantly reevaluating. I may be too hard on myself sometimes. Last season I talked a lot about my acting career. Obviously that’s had to go on the back burner. I’ve had 4 kids in 8 years, I’ve been busy. Aside from a few things here and there, I really haven’t been working. Being on the show now, and people seeing my face, it reminds Hollywood who you are.  Now I’m receiving some cool interesting opportunities, so what I’m trying to figure out now again is what can I actually do that will satisfy me creatively and be enough for me without taking anything away from the family. It’s an ever changing thing to manage it all.

 

ME: You are currently filming season 8 correct?

HEATHER:  I don’t believe an official pick up has been announced for Season 8 by BRAVO yet.

ME: Do you know if anyone will be or will not be returning should Season 8 happen?

HEATHER: Well, one person has been pretty vocal. I would say hypothetically if we were to do Season 8 I think most people would come back.

ME: Even Alexis?

HEATHER: My understanding is that she won’t be returning.

 

ME: You are married to the premiere plastic surgeon. What are your beauty rituals? What products do you use on your face? Favorite beauty products?

HEATHER: I like to keep it incredibly simple. My husband is a naturalist and he wants everyone to look healthy and pretty and he wrote a book a few years ago called “The Acne Cure” which basically tells you how to cure your acne for very little money. His new product line, which I can’t live without, which he’s re-launching is really just about getting beautiful skin for very little money. It doesn’t take a fortune to improve your skin. As I’m getting older I find my skin is changing so much and I hear it from all my friends too. His products are phenomenal, very simple, and very easy to use. Love that! Not a lot of lotions and potions.

 

ME: I’ve heard bits and pieces about you possibly starting a beauty line or is there going to be a collaborative effort with your husband?

HEATHER: I have helped him with his line and I will continue to do so. I’m his at home guinea pig. I try it out and I have sensitive skin. It’s changing as I get older. I’m also someone who really likes Cetaphil soap. It’s very pure and natural. I think less is more. That’s basically our philosophy for everything. For plastic surgery, skincare.

 

ME: I know you are very involved with the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Are there any other organizations you are involved with that you’d like to share?

HEATHER: I am involved with the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. I’m a part of a group called the Harvesters.  I’m incredibly passionate about feeding kids. What I’ve noticed and I don’t know the exact numbers but I feel like so many organizations are feeding kids around the world which I think is fabulous but I would like to focus on feeding kids here at home. The restaurant that we are in the works with and food products we are working on right now are all gonna give back to feeding our kids.

 

ME: Is there a possibility of having another child?

HEATHER: (Heather laughed hysterically) Wait…let me tell that to my assistant.  (Her assistant’s response “Oh God”.)

ME: So I guess that’s a no?

HEATHER: I love kids. If I were 10 years younger I’d probably want one more. But I’m old and tired. My husband and I got married a little bit later, we had kids a little bit later and we had a lot of fertility problems. We went through fertility treatments and had the twins, went back to fertility and had Catarina, and then we thought we were done and low and behold I got pregnant naturally with Little Miss Colette. So that was a shocker. She’s amazing and she’s funny but she’s so much work. And you forget. Especially right now she’s 21 months and she can’t communicate so she’s frustrated but she’s so stinking cute. I think they make them that way so you can’t go nuts on them. She’s amazing and I feel incredible blessed. To have her. But I did have my tubes tied when I had her. So that was it. We closed that door.

 

ME: Who’s your RHOC BFF?

HEATHER: Ohhh I have to say I have such good relationships with Tamara, Gretchen & Vicki. I’d have to say I’m closest with Tamara, because I met her first and she and I really just initially bonded over our kids. We have similarly aged children and we just sort of hit it off. I felt she was sort of my buoy in the storm when I first joined the show.

 

ME: I actually met Tamara Barney 2 years ago. We bonded over having the same purse. She’s very cool and down to earth.

HEATHER: She is. She’s very down to earth, very authentic. She and I are very different. She doesn’t have a lot of filters. Not everyone has to be exactly the same. That’s what makes life interesting. I appreciate the fact that she is very true to herself and she’s unapologetic about it.

 

ME: Do you watch the other Real Housewives shows?

HEATHER: I watch the Beverly Hills franchise.

ME: Do you have a favorite cast member?

HEATHER: I kind of love them all. I know Adrienne because Paul used to work with my husband. I’ve met them all. I think their all really nice, but I’d probably be friends with Lisa and Kyle.

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