2012 Final Thoughts

Dear Readers,

I started this website in hopes of gaining employment in the media industry.  I started this website with the intention of visiting book signings and appearances to give others who couldn’t attend the scoop on them while having a place to show my ambition and work ethic to potential employers.  That was nearly 8 months ago, and I have learned in those 8 months that things often do not go as planned.

I never found new employment, well I haven’t found it yet, but what I did find was an amazing team of interns that wanted me to employ them.  I have never been any one’s boss before.  I have been able to take some bad boss experiences in my own life to help mold me into the boss I would want.  Drew and Brent may be young, but they have more drive and ambition than many adults I know.  I am blessed to have them and just knowing they are here makes me want to work twice as hard to turn TBB Entertainment (more about that in 2013) into a company which, if they chose, they can work at long after their college years are through.

I went to only one book signing, and one wine signing (Thank you Teresa Giudice) but I have been to countless events, starting as a ticket holding guest and evolving into a respected web journalist on a press pass.

I sought to get quotes from reality stars on Twitter which somehow morphed into interviews, invites, and in some cases friendships (much love to Amy Laurent, Aviva Drescher, Heather Thomson, Lori Zaslow, Lauren Foster, and Kim DePaola)

I found that though I probably could work for somebody else, on my own I am more of a powerful force than I ever imagined.  I was looking for my escape from my everyday, and found my niche and people who believed in me (Thank you John BasedowPam FinkNyk FortuneSharie ManonVictoria DoroshenkoNicole LotitoMarysol Patton, and Elvira Grau).

One thing I never was looking for, however, was a fan base.  I reached out onto Twitter to connect with those who could maybe help me find a new line of work, and I got followed back by all of you who, for the most part, have been supportive, loving, and forthcoming with your lives and loves and feelings.  I’ve been inspired by all of you and your appreciation of my writing is more than any amateur journalist (or seasoned author) could ask for.

It hasn’t always been easy.  The competition in reality television blogging is stiff, at times brutal.  Not every follower has been kind.  The occasional troll pops up and, believe me, they aim below the belt, and it stings.  I’ve been called an awful mother, a spoiled bitch, and a “corpse”.  But every time I felt like quitting one of you has lifted me out of it.

As we move into the new year, I am moving into both a new domain and a new business.  Along with Lindsey from Cinderella’s Glass Closet, I am laying down the plans for a full fledged media relations business.  Along with Drew and Brent I am moving to a new web address and layout.  We will be bringing you a full fledged magazine layout site with more articles and interviews than ever before.

So thank you to all the reality stars who have appeared on TBB, to Bravo TV and Bravo PR for allowing us to function in your world, Andy Cohen for the occasional tweet of confidence, Bethenny Frankel for being my role model, and you all of my fans and readers.  See you in 2013!  Onward and upward!

Regards and Hugs,

*Additional Thanks to: The Manzo, Laurita, and Wakile Families;Donna Delmas, Melissa Callery, Dazzle Candy, The Cherished Decor, Initials Inc, Mitzy-Lou LLC,The SS Collection, Peggy Tanous, Slade Smiley, Gretchen Rossi, Sarah Winchester, Brooks Ayers, Josh Altman, Heather Bilyeu, Jenn Zucher,Lawrence Thompson, The Cast of Miss Advised, Tamra Barney and Wines By Wives, Tipsy Girl Wine Designs, Koppers Chocolate, Good Charma Jewelry, Yummie Tummie, Dee, Lori M, 3 Ice Cubes, Sheri Morgan, Amy Poliakoff, Liz Margulies, Makeup By Eric, Buzz 60, Positive Andrea, Jairo Arias, Rosie Pierri, NJ Sweet Spot, Mom’s Thoughts Show, Not So Soccer Mom Radio, Gina Cutillo, Diamond Kesawn, ttracyh, Matthew Drozd, Kristen Schiano, Fabellini Wine, Sheila Giudice, Brando’s Cucina, Melissa Gorga, the cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Elaine Lancaster, Lynda Erkiletian, Stacy Vance, Isabella Staycer, Pam Ermizian, DramaFollower, FabFeathers, Victoria Cumberbatch, and most importantly my family for being so flexible and understanding when the hours were long and my patience was thin, I love you more than I can ever express and everything I do is so the four of us can have the best of everything!

Drew’s View- Shahs of Sunset

Think you have enough gold?  Think you have enough diamonds?  Well, think again, because you obviously haven’t met the new Shahs of Sunset.  Back for its second season, Ryan Seacrest’s show follows six rich Persians as they work, play, and throw daggers all over Tehrangeles.  Already 3 episodes in, I can tell this season will focus more on businesses and relationships than season one.

Asa Soltan Rahmati is, as she claims, a Persian Pop- Priestess.  She’s a well-known singer in the Arab community and fully embraces her heritage.  Her distinct wardrobe revolves around gold, bold colors, and Bohemian clothes.  She’s a true gypsy.  She and GG have some beef, but will Asa let this picayune fight interfere with her Diamond Water business?  Let’s hope not!

Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi is a feisty 30 year old who “works” with her sister promoting their new business, GG’s Extensions.  It’s clear that GG has some anger management issues to work out (For instance, she threatened to cut her pregnant sister’s face off).  Will GG’s immature attitude lead her to become this show’s Danielle Staub, or will she fight through the verbal attacks?  PS, congrats to GG on her recent engagement to Omid Kalantari (she announced the news on Dec. 9 on WWHL)!

Mercedes “MJ” Javid tries to balance her nightlife with her job as a real estate agent.  Last season, we saw MJ blackout in Las Vegas and throw up in a club (my favorite scene of the season) but this season, MJ seems to be more focused on clearing her head.  Her critical mother is affecting MJ’s emotions and now, MJ is stuck between sticking up for GG or sticking with friend of 20+ years, Reza.  We just saw Reza walk out of a conversation with MJ in episode 3; will their friendship self-destruct?

Openly gay Reza Farahan keeps the atmosphere light with his witty comebacks.  He’s a successful real estate agent with a luxurious lifestyle to keep.  On camera, he’s hilarious, but no one is more comedic in side interviews than he is!  Some obsessed fan will definitely publish a book on Reza’s quotes (possibly me)!  Even though he views MJ as his sister, she is failing as a business partner, and Mike is slowly stepping into the equation.  How will Reza balance his business, his personal life, and his friendship with GG in season 2?

Mike Shouhed is an ambitious commercial real estate agent with an eye on girls, money, and fights.  Has he found love with Jessica?  The two had their date documented, a cuter moment on the show.  After GG’s fight at Solati’s pool party, Mike is shifting himself away from her.  Now, he’s stuck as the mediator between MJ and Reza.  Mike, can you save the group from falling apart like Danity Kane?

Newcomer Lilly Ghalichi is the real Persian Barbie.  She’s thin, she’s rich, she’s hot, and she’s fabulous.  She’s a licensed attorney in California but likes designing sexy bikinis instead.  This Louboutin-rocking designer has already wound up in some drama with MJ!  They had a pretty awkward dinner on episode 3, but Lilly just smiled and kept her cool.  I’m excited to see how much brawn this attractive star has.  We know she’s got the brains, but will she get physical at all this season?

I am EXTREMELY excited for this season of Shahs.  I rewatched last season three times because it was fabulous, but I know things will be different this year, especially with a newbie in the crew.  I wish I was as glamorous as these stars, but I’m sure I’ll learn a few tips from them.  For Christmas, I need gold.  LOTS of gold.  Oh, and a puppy.  #ShahsTips

Deck the Halls with Elvira Grau

Dear Readers,

The holidays are a time of hope and peace. I think we’ve all felt the loss of hope in the deaths of the Newtown CT school children and the loss of peace with the deaths of their trusted principal, counselor, and teachers. Schools are the safest havens for our youth. We’ve all had that image shattered by the events of last Friday. As our nation mourns and struggles to make sense of this senseless act of evil, may we never forget those who must forever live with part of that holiday spirit taken from them. There are no words to say, no words of comfort I can offer, just that I grieve with our entire nation and world, and pray for a better future, and that someday the holiday season will bring peace and hope to those families and Sandy Hook Elementary school once more.



 Christmas is the magical time of the year when Santa Claus comes to town!
 Decorating the house can be lots of fun, starting with the outside. If you live where the weather conditions permit, making a snowman is a kid’s favorite. Kids love playing in the snow and having fun making a face for their snowman, using a carrot to make a nose and putting a hat on top really brings the snowman to life!

Indoors can also look as if you’re outdoors when decorating your home by bringing in mother nature’s beautiful pine cones to make a centerpiece or pine needle branches that make your whole house smell delicious.
 Filling up a glass vase with cotton balls to look like snow and placing some pine cones on top is a unique and inexpensive way to make a holiday centerpiece that all your guests will love!!

Setting the table with personal place seating cards is a nice touch. You can use snowflakes cut out of thick paper. Simply write your guest’s name and place on top of their plate. Small round x-mas tree ornaments and pine cones also work well. Make the seating cards out of paper and attach to the ornament or pine cone.

You can also use small Xmas ornaments to fill up any glass vase you own to give it a festive look or fill with water to float a candle. Whether you’re using sticks or votives, candles make any holiday feel special.

The colors of x-mas are all beautiful so be creative and try a different color palate each year. From an all white theme, to a red and white, or white and emerald green one. The trick in working with colors is the contrast. If you have a red or emerald green linen, using white china & table napkins. To tie in the emerald green theme, use pine branches in your centerpieces for color. For red use foliage with red in it such as poinsettia or juniper branches.