TBBonTV : Design Tips from RHONJ Girl Lindsey Andrews

Lindsey Andrews showed Tara Cushing and Derek Zagami around her Hoboken NJ apartment.

Lindsey Andrews showed Tara Cushing and Derek Zagami around her Hoboken NJ apartment.

In Real Housewives of New Jersey season four Lindsey Andrews made quite a stir as the girlfriend Albie Manzo was nervous to introduce to mom. In season five, no longer on the show…or with her former beau…she made an even bigger statement in the form of a very talked about blue dress. Though she says she no longer dates the eldest Manzo offspring, she still has the heart of his mother, Caroline, who has become a mom away from home for the Rhode Island native. In an effort to catapult a burgeoning career in fashion design, Mrs. Manzo, as the shy twenty five year old refers to her, ordered a custom dress, one which she surprised Lindsey by wearing on the Reunion show.

The royal blue gown sparked a sensation and rumors that Jacqueline Laurita‘s red number was also an Andrew’s original. We caught up with Lindsey to learn more about the face behind the blue fabric. Impressed by her beautiful apartment we got some great Looking Real Housewife Rich for Real Cheap interior design advice from Lindsey. We hope you are as inspired as we were…so much so that I now have a Buddha on my dresser too!

Melissa Gorga Debriefs Season 5 in a SWEET Interview

imageOn Thursday October 24th Cresskill New Jersey’s Sweet Spot was a hot spot! Promoting her recently released Love Italian Style was Real Housewife of New Jersey Melissa Gorga. Melissa signed books and chatted with excited fans who also got to nibble on the incredible cupcakes the popular shop is famous for. Adamant that anything Season 6 is off limits (we just couldn’t get any word on those casting rumors), she was more than happy to discuss all things Season 5, her new home, and of course her book…even the controversy surrounding it.

TBB: Now that it’s all history, what are your thoughts about Season 5 ?

MG:  I think Season 5 was probably, to me, one of the longest seasons. I felt like it just dragged on and was never going to end. It was a little bit of a tougher season, but it was just long.

TBB: What was your favorite moment while filming?

TBB's Brent Osborne, Melissa Gorga, and Sweet Spot owner Melina Milionis .

TBB’s Brent Osborne, Melissa Gorga, and Sweet Spot owner Melina Milionis .

MG: Favorite moment…You know when me, Joe, and all the kids took a bunch of people and went ice skating, that was my best. I think you got to see a little bit of that in the lost footage. That was fun. I enjoyed the fun moments when we’re all having a good time, that’s what I enjoy. I don’t feed off the drama, I don’t enjoy watching it. I enjoy watching us laugh and giggle. You know I loved the Lost Footage, I thought it was better than the season! I thought that watching us laugh and play and have a good time should not be unseen and it should have been incorporated into the regular season because those were some of the best moments if you ask me.

TBB: Other than the lost footage, do you have a favorite Season 5 episode?

MG: One good episode, I thought, was when we were all in Arizona and we were on that highwire. I thought it was “WOW”. It was a wow to be there and be that high up. I don’t know if that came across on TV, but doing that with my sister in law was amazing.

TBB: Your book, Love Italian Style, has got a little bit of controversy surrounding it. What do you have to say to its critics?

imageMG: I think they need to read it first before they try to say anything negative about it. My book’s about honesty, it’s about loyalty, it’s about putting your marriage first. It’s about putting your partner first, that’s what my book is about. Some things are definitely taken out of context and I think when people read it they clearly see that.

TBB: There are a lot of people who want to write books, I myself started one and it’s very hard to stay motivated to finish it. What advice can you give to somebody reading this who would like to be an author?

MG: Oh my gosh go and do it! It’s the most amazing feeling when you actually receive the book in your hands and know that you wrote it and put words down. It’s an amazing feeling to have and anyone thinking about it, go for it, and I wish you luck!

TBB: How’s the new house?

MG: We are currently in Franklin Lakes and we are building a new home right now so it’s going to take a good year to build. We’re renting right now about two miles away from where we’re building so it works out really good and we’re happy. We wanted to get over to Franklin Lakes so that the kids could be in the school system starting in September so we didn ‘t have to switch them in the middle of the year. I didn’t want Antonia to get any older before we had to pull her out of one school and switch her into another so we hurried up and we found a house to rent.

TBB: Are Antonia and Milania still getting some playdates in?

MG: They are! They actually cheerlead together now a lot. So they have seen eachother and things are really good now, thank God!


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The Robinson Network Raises Money for Autism Speaks

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On Friday October 11th The Robinson Network along with New Jersey Dining Out Magazine held an event at Son Cubano in West New York, NJ to raise money for Autism Speaks. Headed by  Heather Robinson and her husband former NBA  star Cliff, The Robinson Network aims to help children’s charities by linking them with athletes who use their clout to raise funds and awareness.  The Robinson’s co hosted the event with Dining Out’s publisher Robyn Levy.

The event was highlighted by special guest Austin Neil Orelli, an artist who has the condition. His collection known as The Art of Autism has made him well known. Austin’s paintings were auctioned off in a raffle that evening.

This was the second Robinson Network charity event we have attended. Last year we had the pleasure of going to a Toys for Tots event which was filmed for RHONJ but was edited out of the final cut. The Robinsons were fixtures on RHONJ season 4, most notably in a hot tub scene with the Wakiles and Gorgas. Heather, who most recently appeared on Lifetime’s Million Dollar Shoppers feels the scene was not representative of her as well as her recent turn on the new Lifetime series. MDS tried to make Robinson and her daughter appear overindulged and demanding, not characteristic of a family that runs a Not For Profit.

Having dined with Heather over the summer I can tell you that spoiled is far from the truth. Originally from the Midwest, Heather is down to earth and determined to teach her daughter and twin sons that hard work and humility are important. “My daughter thinks I’m tough on her for insisting she work,” she told me over the summer, “but she needs to know the value of money and that it doesn’t come easy.”

A Franklin Lakes resident, Heather spends a lot of time hanging with the Housewives, though the current cast was absent from her most recent event. “The cameras aren’t rolling and I think they are just laying low and regrouping for now,” she shared. One person who did make an appearance, however, was former RHONJ Danielle Staub, who, though we had only interacted on Twitter, recognized me when we were introduced. Staub lives in the riverfront neighborhood that is the home to Son Cubano. No nonsense, as she was on the show, she whipped me around to take the left side when we were photographed, which happens to be my good side too. Oh well, I had to relent, I wasn’t about to mess with a Jersey Housewife!

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