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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!

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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:

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…And a very big congrats to Constance!

Morning, Laurie.

‘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.

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!

 

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:

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!

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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!

 

The Legendary Robin Williams

I was in Los Angeles for work when I got the news. Robin Williams had passed away. A man that had shaped my childhood with memories and laughs.

As a kid, I always made sure to never miss an episode of Mork and Mindy on Nick at Nite – it was my favorite show to watch with my parents.  As the years went on, I continued to follow his career – The Genie from Aladdin was by far my favorite Disney character only because of him – I probably only wanted to see the film for that reason alone. From Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Patch Adams, Flubber, and most recently The Crazy Ones, he was my main man, and my favorite comedian.

A handful of years ago, I went to the Comedy Cellar to see my friend perform stand-up, probably for the umpteenth time – I was getting bored, honestly, seeing him perform the same jokes for a cover charge and two drink minimum was beginning to fall to the bottom of my priority list – but I went. Before he went on – he caught our table’s attention, saying Robin Williams was there! “Oh my God!” I thought. “Is he really?” “Come on, it’s dark, don’t toy with me like that.”

After my friend’s set, sure enough the MC announced there was a special guest in the house, and introduced Robin Williams.  Excuse my french, guys:

Robin FUCKING Williams!

My favorite comedian in the whole wide world? Was he really about to perform in an intimate space, and did I only pay a cover and for two drinks?! Yes. Yes! It happened!

His set was everything I could have ever hoped for in my favorite comedian. Over an hour, high energy and hilarious, and one of my top five favorite memories in life. It was a great night to share with my friends, and one that I will forever cherish, more than ever now with his recent passing.

Na-nu Na-nu, dear Robin.

Robin WIlliams as Mork