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Lauren Manzo’s Bridal Veil

Reality star, Lauren Manzo, daughter of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey alum, Caroline Manzo, and star of Manzo’d With Children, got hitched this weekend to her longtime love Vito Scalia, and her bridal look was to die for!

I’m not a fan of a traditional bridal veil. I think it is very easy for it to look 80’s tacky, but if done right, it can solidify a bridal look and make for a show-stopping and memorable look; and Manzo nailed it:


Her cathedral length veil had such intricate detail that perfectly complimented her more simple ball gown.  What a stunning bride!

Her veil inspired me to share a few other veils that I think are beautiful and top off a bridal look, and not surprisingly, are all cathedral length:

  
    

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‘Boy Meets Skinnygirl Cocktails’ Valentine’s Launch Party

Last night I somehow weaseled my way into a Skinnygirl event. I’m a huge Bethenny Frankel and Real Housewives fan, so I was excited to see what it was all about. In all honesty, I didn’t think Bethenny was going to be there, and if she was, I thought she’d be around for 10 minutes, give a speech, then leave. To say that I was wrong is an understatement. Bethenny was there, as was the entire cast of the Real Housewives of New York, and Jax from Vanderpump Rules!

I was in reality TV heaven last night at the event that launched new Skinnygirl products, taking pictures of LuAnn, Sonja, Bethenny, Heather, and Kristen dancing in the middle of the room to some epic late ’90s/early ’00s hip hop. I not only snagged selfies with Jax and Heather, but got a Skinnygirl Naked Cosmo recipe card, a Skinnygirl wine topper, and an epic video of sexy Sonja working it with this guy:

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Here are some more action shots of the ladies, a horrible angle of myself with Jax, and the souvenir from Bethenny:

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Morning, Laurie.

Prison and the Media

Like many of you, I finished the Serial podcast last week.  Again, like many of you, I was completely enthralled by all of it – Adnan himself, the case with all of the gaping holes, learning about the legal system, and the fact that many of these now adults, who are my age, can actually go back 15 years ago and talk about what time the last bell of the day rang in high school, because I certainly can’t, and just to clarify, I never did drugs.  The one thing that sticks out to me most is the way prison is portrayed by Adnan, Koenig, and the Serial podcast itself.

This isn’t the first time I started thinking about prison and the way the media portrays it. Earlier this year when I binged watched the first two seasons of Orange is the New Black, which is based on a true story, it was nothing like the scary images I have in my head.  Fear was by no way instilled in me after watching a show based on one woman’s experience in prison, which is a far cry from how I once saw it portrayed in movies and TV – isolated, dirty, crime-ridden, aggressive, and every other scary word you can imagine.

Is it a life I’d want to live? Absolutely not. Is it a place where dreams are made? Hell no. But in a lot of ways, it’s like the outside world – there are jobs, boards and committees, television + movies, and life long relationships.  It is these relationships and sense of community that is being portrayed now more than ever in the media that really seems to, in a sense, take the edge off of prison life.

In a few of the Serial episodes, Koenig touches upon Adnan’s role in prison.  It is said that Adnan is well-respected, and even got elected onto a committee.  His job as a cook allowed for him and his pals to eat well, meaning, he didn’t have to chow down on “prison” food like bologna sandwiches.  How about that time he got his hands on a cell phone? Yes, it’s not allowed, and he was reprimanded for it, but he was able to get as far as calling T-mobile to figure out how to get it working.  While I’m on the topic of telephone calls, how about all the phone calls made to Koenig? Yes, there are many times he had to suddenly hang up, or time ran out, but he had the ability to call right back.  Even the fact that he was allowed to talk about his case with someone who was going to broadcast it, just doesn’t seem very “prisonly.”  Much of his life in prison, the way it is being portrayed at least, is nothing what I ever pictured prison to be, especially for someone serving a life sentence for murder.

There was a particular quote from Adnan during one of his phone calls with Koenig. I can’t really remember much of the context, but he compared something in his life to Ocean’s 11. “Wait a minute?!” I said to myself in my best Sarah Koenig voice. “Ocean’s 11 came out after Adnan was sentenced.” Yes, I’m fully aware that it is a remake, but I can’t imagine he was referencing the original, but I couldn’t get past the fact that in prison you can be entertained by hit films.

Back to Orange is the New Black. I mention that this is show is based on a true story, but I’m aware that a lot of it is fiction, and does not actually follow the real Piper’s experience.  In watching the show, it was hard to not compare myself to Piper:  A female of the same age, in a serious relationship, who comes from an upper middle class family in the ‘burbs, who seems to have it all together (#humblebrag).  When the show reveals her past, that’s where the comparisons end, but watching her navigate prison is exactly how I would picture myself doing so. Sure, she had a hard time in the beginning, getting starved out, and becoming Crazy Eye’s dandelion, just to name a few roadblocks, but again, she had a job, there were recreational activities, and a social community she eventually found a place in which she fit.  Again, is this a place I would want to end up? No, but the sense of community that the show portrays give viewers a bit of comfort.

While these are only two examples from the past year that really show a change in the way that media portrays prison, I can’t imagine this is the last we will see of it, especially with Bravo stars Apollo Nida currently incarcerated, and Teresa Giudice going away in just a few weeks.

Bravo Emjois. Bloop!

You might need to take a Xanax for this one…

Bravo has just introduced its new app: The Real Housewives Stickermojis, and it is giving me life! To quote a pal of mine, “It is everything I never knew I wanted,” and truer words have never been spoken!

What is it? Well, the title speaks for itself: Realhousewife-themed emojis! Here are some examples of how you these can be best utilized:

If you’re getting into a heated argument via text with your bestie, you can just express yourself with one of these:

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If you want to not-so-subtly hint that you are in the mood, Kim Richards can help you convey that message:

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Feeling a little unstable? You know Ramona’s got your back!

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And if you’ve run out of words, you can always just toss out Aviva’s leg and call it a day!

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App is $2.00 in the iTunes store and now available!

 

Vanderpump Rules’ Scheana Marie’s Wedding Pictures

Another day, another wedding reveal! In today’s edition, Vanderpump Rules star, Scheana Marie, who married Mike Shay over the weekend. Hope she doesn’t take his last name!

Scheana opted for a non-traditional two-piece wedding gown, which sounds worse than it really is. It is soft, feminine, with beautiful beading on the top piece, and lace on the bottom piece, which leads to a gorgeous train.

I love a bride that thinks outside the box and makes a bold fashion choice. It is your wedding day, the most photographed day of your life, and it should be fashionable! In my opinion, being a bit daring, but still remaining true to your personal style is a great way to go. Congrats to the newlyweds!

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Vanderpump Rules Season 2 Fashion Round Up: Scheana Edition

With part one of the Vanderpump Rules reunion behind us, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane of Scheana’s fashion choices from the season.

Personally, I think Scheana is a very pretty girl and can get away with wearing anything, and it seems as though she gravitates towards 80s fashion, which I’m not really a fan of. She really likes her body suits and neons!

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Remember her white body suit from her gay pride performance on the SUR float?

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Here she is performing at her engagement party in her gold booty shorts. I guess booty shorts transcend decades, but I thought the gold was over the top, but then again she was singing a song called, “Good as Gold,” so I can’t really hate!

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Here she is with her now fiancé Shay in matching hot pink ensembles while away in Cabo with the SUR crew.

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Again with the neon in Cabo!

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