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WAGS Review | Premieres on E! August 18th

I was recently given the opportunity to see an advance premiere of E!’s new show WAGS, which will premiere August 18th at 10pm ET.  For those who don’t know, WAGS stands for “Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars.”

This new one-hour, eight episode series gives viewers a front row seat to the real competition, taking audiences on a wild ride into the world of some of today’s hottest professional athletes from the perspective of the women who stand by their side, WAGS. These WAGS are playing the most competitive sport out there: getting and keeping that pro-athlete man. As part of an elite, exclusive group, the WAGS are close friends who are bound together by a strict hierarchy, unspoken rules and plenty of drama – and those who have the coveted ring and a husband with a contract are the ones with all the power! As in sports, this game is all about getting that “W” and this pack knows how to play the field!

The main theme that kept popping up in the premiere episode was cheating. These WAGS, who mind you are gorgeous, are not blind to the fact that, and I quote, “If your man’s not having sex, he’ll get it somewhere else.” It’s unfortunate to hear right off the bat that the athlete stereotype is true, and it gets the best of them – and we have front row seats to the show.

Something surprising that also is a major storyline is the hierarchy of it all. Wives are at the top of the totem pole, while girlfriends are at the bottom, and are treated poorly by the wives and fiancés. As a woman, I hate to see when women who should really band together cut each other down. But, I must say, it makes for great television!

Meet the women:

Sasha Gates

Sasha is the queen WAG of the group, married to a 5-time All Pro Player from the San Diego Chargers who has a multi-million dollar contract. She was featured in music videos until she met her husband, but now she’s a doting wife and mother to a little girl with another one on the way. However, Sasha still has her own interests as she starts looking into a music career. She also has a children’s clothing line called Wittle Ones, with best friend/business partner Autumn Aijrotutu, which features cute football clothes for kids.

Autumn Ajirotutu

Autumn met Seyi Ajirotutu of the Philadelphia Eagles in college, and the two are now married with twin girls. After leaving the San Diego Chargers, Seyi recently signed with the Eagles and now Autumn is faced with having to decide whether to uproot her family and turn her life upside down to move to Philly. Autumn has always loved to party and is finding it difficult at times to transition from that life to being a new mom.

Barbie Blank

Barbie is engaged to Sheldon Souray (most recently of the Anaheim Ducks) and the two are actively planning their January 2016 wedding in Cabo! Barbie is a former WWE Diva known as “Kelly Kelly,” who made her debut at only 19 years old. She performed from 2006-2012, which included being the Diva’s Champion in 2011. As a former athlete herself, she’s not a “typical” WAG, but with the pending wedding, Barbie is very excited to move up the hierarchy chain and legitimize her WAG status.

Ashley North

Ashley North is a WAGS descendant (her father was a Major League Baseball player who played for the SF Giants, Oakland A’s and Chicago Cubs), who gets a lot of great advice from her dad on how to navigate this competitive world, including an emphatic warning not to date athletes! However, Ashley chose not to heed his advice – she has been with Dashon Goldson of the Washington Redskins for over 11 years and the two have a young daughter together named Charly. They have been engaged for a year, but Dashon’s hesitation with locking in a wedding date is a serious cause for concern. Outside of her “roles” as a WAG and mother, Ashley is trying to balance her own career as a celebrity stylist whose clients have included Kevin Hart, Justin Bieber and J Cole among others.

Nicole Williams

Nicole has been dating Larry English of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four years now, and she is ready for that ring! She is a gorgeous, successful working model who is always on the road traveling for jobs, having modeled for Old Navy, Gucci, La Senza, Macy’s and more – she was even tapped to appear in Robin Thicke’s “Treats” video. While she prides herself with having her own life, Nicole tries to keep Larry on a short leash as she struggles with the “jersey chasers” who follow these NFL players everywhere they go!

Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson

Natalie and Olivia are gorgeous, cousins and best friends who launched a beauty and fashion blog together that proved to be so successful, they are taking it to the next level – but mixing family and business is always a challenge! Natalie’s boyfriend is Shaun Phillips who has played for the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts. They have been together for 2 1/2 years and while Shaun is looking to take things to the next level, Natalie is very independent and has to figure out how to balance this relationship with her own career plans, especially now that she has reached “Instafame” with a million Instagram followers! Olivia is single and a hopeless romantic, but will only date athletes. She has been linked to players from the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Clippers!


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:


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:

Who Gon' Check Me Boo?








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

Kim Richards Emoji








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









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

Aviva Drescher Leg









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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Big Brother Nicole Richie Is Watching

Nicole Richie’s new show, Candidly Nicole, premiered last night on VH1. It’s a slightly scripted reality show (not like the other slightly scripted ones, we’re in on the secret on this show!) featuring Nicole in various (real life?) situations.

On last night’s premiere, she talked about right away how she missed out on the whole online dating thing, and is super-curious about it. This has been a subject I’ve been talking about for at least a year! I hear about my friends’ Tinder dates, and OK Cupid dates so much, and all the horror – well for them, for me it’s hilarious – stories. I have a serious case of FOMO while in my 10 year relationship, and it seems as though homegirl does, too. You guys know she is my spirit animal, right?

Intertwined in that storyline, Nicole takes us on a ride in her Audi, and avoids parallel parking at all costs. All costs – like calling an UberX costs. Dad Lionel Richie intervenes and attempts to teach her by having her park between a garbage can and a life-size cardboard cutout of himself. Being a New Yorker, born and raised, I’m unsure what requirements are necessary in order to pass your California road test, but I was required to parallel park. I did. On my second road test. But soon after, I lost the skill, and needless to say it is not like riding a bike, it doesn’t easily come back to you, and it is completely frustrating because it is NOT something you can do privately. People always watch, and in my case (and Nicole’s), point and laugh. Anyone else notice she took off her sunglasses to parallel park? I do the same, but I’m also one of those people who turn off the music when I’m lost.

Long story short, I’ve determined that Nicole Richie is watching me. She’s humorously living out my life on camera and on national television. Obviously.

Nicole Richie Candidly Nicole


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DVR Pause – Teen Mom 2: Working Overtime

We are four episodes into season five of Teen Mom 2, and there have been no blow-ups between Barbara and Jenelle, no arrests, a lot of talk about probation, and a move in with the new BF, who Jenelle can’t believe isn’t a liar. She did yell in his face in this season’s trailer about him always being with other girls, right? Sounds like our good friend Jenelle will be back any episode now.

On last night’s episode, Jenelle and Barbara have their umpteenth conversation about Jenelle’s possible jail time and probation. Every time Barbara has one of these conversations with her daughter, the look on her face is always of disbelief:

Barbara Evans

Sorry Babs, this is your unscripted reality.
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