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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!


Throwback Thursday: Journalism Edition

For those who don’t know, I met my husband back in 2003 while we were both attending Purchase College in Westchester, New York.  The school is very much focused in the arts, and often times we spot former classmates in commercials, TV and movies.

Recently, he asked me if I remembered the name, “Constance Wu,” from school, and to my surprise, I did!  My husband brought her up because she is currently starring in the ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat.

I remembered that I had spoken to her after she performed during Apollo Night at the college. She was very, very sweet, unlike some of the other talent I spoke to that evening – I remembered that, too.

This night sticks out to me because it was my first time venturing out to interview people as a journalism student for a piece in our school paper, The Dispatch. I was a freshman, barely 100 pounds, and completely intimidated by the performers, who were not only spectacular, but upper-classmen. I remember thinking, I just want to get some answers and be done with it.  It turned out to actually be a lot of fun, and the pay-off was seeing my article in print!

I pulled out my binder with all of my old clips and found the article! It was so great to read it and relive memories from my freshman year of college. Check it out:



…And a very big congrats to Constance!

Morning, Laurie.

Adorable and Talented Dogs!

Last night I was deep in conversation with my friend as we got off the subway and headed to the gym, when we were simultaneously distracted by puppies in a store-front window! The squeals were high enough that we probably damaged the pups’ eardrums.  They were absolutely adorable, tiny and fluffy with the cute eyes piercing into my soul where I quickly imagined my life with a fur baby. We’d go on long runs, cuddle, and I’d teach it tricks in hopes that maybe one day it would be talented enough to enter the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals!

The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals airs this Saturday, January 17th from 3-4pm EST on NBC.  Tune-in to watch adorable, but more importantly, talented dogs, participate in “Olympic-style” events including high-flying disc routines, head-to-head weave pole racing, large and small dog agility courses, Jack Russell hurdle racing and the crowd favorite – dog diving – where dogs take a running leap off of a 40-foot dock into a 19,000-gallon pool of water.

This year, two-year-old Belgian Malinois, Indie, will attempt to break the Diving Dog World record with a jump of almost 34 feet!

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals

Now, that’s talent!


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!


DVR Pause – Kim of Queens: Diva Deconstruction

On the most recent episode of my newest obsession, Kim of Queens, enabling mother Tateasa wants Kim to train her drop dead gorgeous spoiled daughter Alexis, but Kim isn’t so sure this diva is worth the trouble.

Did you guys watch? Kim decided it would be a good learning opportunity (or the producers thought it would make for great television) to take Tateasa and Alexis to a local thrift shop to buy her outfit of choice for the upcoming pageant.  Of course the ladies did not know Kim had a thrift shop in mind, and the fools rolled into the thrift shop as so:

Kim of Queens

Our deconstructed diva was a bit distraught and was a total disaster when Kim insisted this is where her outfit of choice would be from. Has she not seen Macklemore’s Thrift Shop video? Obviously, thrift store shopping is this much fun, little girl:

I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible.

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