Real Housewives, In the Closet

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We tune in every week to watch the latest drama surrounding The Real Housewives.  Viewers often get the added bonus of seeing inside the elaborate homes of these reality stars.  What is it inside their homes that captures the core audience’s attention?  In my case, I get all kinds of giggly when Bravo shoots a scene inside one of the ladies’ closets.  The closets usually have similar accouterments, notably crystal chandeliers, storage islands and shelves upon shelves filled with the latest designer duds.  Bravo was kind enough to film short clips of the Real Housewives giving closet tours, and I’d love to share a little bit about my favorite closets with TBB Reality readers. First, let’s start with my favorite closet.

Lisa Vanderpump

The Queen of Pink Hearts has a new home and a closet fit for royalty.  I am a Virgo, so nothing makes me happier than anything organized by color.  Lisa Vanderpump’s closet took my breath away.  Not only is it organized by color, but also each type of clothing or accessory is together, with shirts, tanks, pants and dresses hanging neatly like little families of fabric.  Did I forget to mention the color-coordinated shelves of Hermes Berkin bags? Pure heaven.  Two of Lisa’s white marble and wood center islands proudly display a handful of her beautiful and colorful accessories and jewelry.  While the white marble and wood show off Lisa’s sophistication, the crystal knobbed drawer pulls play up her love of sparkles.

Did someone say pink? No glam closet is complete without a chandelier, so in the Vanderpump’s home, two dusty pink crystal chandeliers hang dramatically above her accessory islands.  Rows and rows of neatly placed designers shoes and bags take up residence on the tons of shelf space in this closet fit for royalty.  Added into her space is a hide away vanity, where she puts on her makeup while Giggy the Pom naps nearby.

Yolanda Foster

Have you seen Yolanda’s fridge? It’s a spotless, completely organized treasure and her closet is no different.  The white wood holds a similarity to Lisa’s but is set up as an open shelving plan without a door.  According to her tour on, the most important part of her closet is her every day drawer, where she keeps her favorite LuLu Lemon yoga pants that she throws on to take the kids to school. I am right there with you, sister!

Aside from the typical shelving filled with designer shoes and bags, Mrs. Foster has an entire drawer to hold her sunglass collection.  What you end up with is a closet as perfect and pristine as the women herself.

Alexis Bellino

Mrs. Bellino has moved into new digs this season.  Alexis is our dark horse in the running. Literally. While all other housewives seem to favor an open, white wood closet design, Alexis opted for dark wood with top-to-bottom glass enclosures.  The room is accented by a gray studded pouf and a crystal chandelier draped in extra shine. I am a sucker for sparkle and the bold, dark color of her closet really caught my eye.

Bethenny Frankel

TBB Reality has to include the closet in the ‘House That Liquor Built’ – the 3,400 square foot Tribeca loft that belongs to the inspirational Bethenny Frankel.  Following in the footsteps of the other housewives, Frankel favored white wood shelving, but added a unique, silver mirrored vanity that embodies the spirit of classic Hollywood.  Like Alexis, a pouf completes the room, this time in a cream colored hue.

So, tell us here at TBB: Which Housewives’ closets do you covet?



Ramona Singer- RHONY models a Dominique Auxilly gown at The Reality of Fashion Reality of Aids event in February 2013.

Ramona Singer- RHONY models a Dominique Auxilly gown at The Reality of Fashion Reality of Aids event in February 2013.

Want to add to your own closet while donating to AIDS research? Back in February we reported on the Reality on the Runway Fashion Show. The orginal designs by Dominique Auxilly ( worn on the runway by reality stars like RHONY’s Ramona Singer and Alex McCord, Mobwives’ Drita Devanzo and Ramona Rizzo, Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese,  and Rap legend Lil’ Kim) are now available via a pre online auction before the live auction event in June. Bidding on some pieces starts as low as $250! Visit their website to view the dresses and place your bids now! 

Reality of Fashion, Reality of AIDS 2013

With Ramona Rizzo (Mob Wives)

With Ramona Rizzo (Mob Wives)

On Saturday, February 9th, a crowd of enthusiastic fashion and reality television fans gathered at the Altman Building on the lower West Side of Manhattan for the first ever annual Reality of Fashion, Reality of AIDS show. The show, coordinated by Monique Tatum, spotlighted original designs by Dominique Auxilly, modelled by reality stars from Bravo, Style, MTV, UPN and VH1.

“There are over 300,000 people infected in the U.S who don’t know,” said Tatum as she addressed the crowd. Tatum, who lost her own father to HIV/AIDS when she was just 12, is hoping to spread the message that testing is imperative. Between Auxilly’s designs, models paraded up and down the runway in T-shirts that prominently displayed the statistic.

Introducing the show was former America’s Next Top Model contestant Kim Stolz. “Runway, if you remember from the show, runway wasn’t my thing, which is why I’m not walking tonight,” Stolz teased as she wore a black and ivory Auxilly creation.

The first model to walk was another ANTM personality, supermodel Janice Dickinson who looked stunning in a dress appliqued with layers of tan chiffon. She was the first in a parade of larger than life personalities from shows like Mobwives, Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, and more.

Some surprises of the night were Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese who looked stunning. She’s appeared to have lost some weight and gained a whole lot of confidence. On the other side of the scale, Tracy Dimarco of Jerseylicious looked curvier than when we last spotted her at the Mobwive’s premiere party. She confidently rocked her curves making everyone cheer. Causing the biggest stir was Lil’ Kim who got a standing ovation (seated behind RHONJ’s Jennifer Dalton- Kim’s BFF- we were in her “cheering section”). Most memorable was one star who tripped on her way back in (check the videotape).

NOTE: This video was a spur of the moment decision, so we didn’t have the proper equipment to give you the best footage. We promise to bring you higher quality video reports in the future!

The show was very well done, despite a long delay in its start. Doors opened at 7:30 pm but it wasn’t until after 9 that everyone was ready to rock ‘n roll. Speaking of rock ‘n roll, the music was on point. During Kelly Clarkson’s Catch My Breath I had my own epiphany. Being at a NYFW show has been a lifelong dream of mine. I paused, took it all in, and caught that breath.

All said and done though the most important aspect of Reality of Fashion/Reality of AIDS was the cause as reiterated post show by RHONY’s Alex McCord:

The thing is that, with so many causes and diseases and conditions that plead for attention, people can’t just think that because there are drugs (there’s a cure). There’s actually no cure for AIDS… One of the things that [Monique Tatum] keeps impressing (on us) is that awareness is key because AIDS can be managed and people need to remember that.”

Funds from ticket sales will benefit Broadway Cares. In addition more donations will be made via an auction of Auxilly’s designs from the show. For more information visit

The event was sponsored by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR), EFFY Jewelry, AIRWORKS Compressors Corp, Lamik Beauty, Lozo’s Virgin Hair, MVC Productions Management, Sign Expo,Amoy Couture Hair, Time Frozen Photography, The JW Essex Marriot Hotel, Dre
Productions, Hatch Creative Studio, Cherwin and Cherwin Auctioneers, Pulsd,
St. Moritz Security Services, Draude Inc, and Arter Clothing