I Hate Jill Zarin Guest Blog – Millionaire Matchmaker / The Fashion Show

I Hate Jill Zarin  Guest Blogs – Millionaire Matchmaker / The Fashion Show

Our usual Wednesday morning treat!  QuincyIL has provided the following blogs/recaps for Millionaire Matchmaker and for The Fashion Show.  THANK YOU Quincy!!!  Lynn~

Patti Stanger “Opposites Don’t Attract”

We open with another visit to fantastic sites in NYC.  Patti loves to eat so we go to Little Italy with Dustin and Rachel to discuss marriage.  Patti suggests a wedding in Central Park for the Gothic two some.  Rachel agrees. Dustin changes the subject.  Later, Patti meets with Andrea and Rachel to give them and the audience a lesson in chemistry and the attraction between men and women.

Our newest millionaire is Andrea, a 27 year old tee shirt line designer who sued a police officer after a conflict and used the 2.5 million dollars that the city paid for a clothing line with sexually aggressive statements on the front.  Andrea is the mother of a three year old but has a masculine side to her.  She requested a man that is not a douche bag.  Patti believes Andrea needs to sexually soften.  Patti states that women who are aggressive sexually do not find mates.  (Remember last week, Patti told a man that he is not good enough for her show if she doesn’t want to fuck him.)  Andrea’s dream man has a large penis.

Jordan, our millionaire, is 31 and has shiny ball syndrome. (ADD) He has 10 to 15 million dollars.  When he was young he took a photo of a celebrity and sold it, now he runs an online company that does the same with great success.  He wants a Latin looking, Jewish girl who does not have morning breath, is not higher than 5’6” in heels (he is tall when he stands on his money,) has a great personality (but a great body,) and is his soul mate.  Patti thinks Jordan is a “loser boy,” but thinks she can change him.

Deshawn Moment

Traveling in a car with the driver, Deshawn, Patti inappropriately discusses Jordon, her client.

Fly in the Ointment

This week Patti sends the two millionaires to lunch while she has a spy monitoring their body language and conversation. Dr. Lillian reports back that the two seemed to do well.  Jason did focus and he didn’t take his blackberry. Andrea, however, did take charge and fix Jason’s drink glass, which he did not like.  Patty reminds us that aggressive women never get husbands.

Cattle Call

Bernadette was short, dark, looked like she had good breath, and wants desperately to marry a millionaire.  She’s perfect.  Lauren is short, a personal trainer (the good body Jordan wants,) a model, and a journalist.  She is brunette and sexy.  Several girls were too tall for Jordan.  One girl seems disappointed that he is so short and Patti reminds her that he can stand on piles of money.  The women are happy again.

The guy seems to fit the bill this week too.  Several have tattoos.  Greg has a “shit awful” look so Patti tells him to clean himself up.  There is a two some of best friends that finish each others sentences.  Patti wonders if they are gay.  One has a mustache that seems to help him find women, but Patti doesn’t believe that. There are caterers, wardrobe stylists, chefs, and a guy who designs tee shirts and hopes to have a line asap

Patti tells Andrea to find more candidates in her fabulous data base.


It’s the two drink standard mixer with a Coney Island twist.  Andrea picks one guy, Larry (tattoo man,) who designs tee shirts and used to be a cook and a chef.  Patti sends in the two some for a shared second date.  Larry throws a ball and wins a prize for Andrea.  Andrea throws hard balls and sends the underwear wearing twosome into the dump tanks.
Of course, all of this was accidental. Andrea chooses tattoo man, Larry, for a date that Patti insists Larry be allowed to create.

Jordon tries to ask the gavel of women questions, but they move forward and he feels a tad intimidated. Finally, he has mini dates with Rosanna and Bernadette.  He wins prizes for each lady.  His date choice is Bernadette.

The Dates

Larry takes Andrea to an outdoor restaurant patio that looks seedy, but was his former place of work.  They have a lot in common including clubs the visit and friends in common.  It seems that every thing goes quite well.  Larry would like a second date.

Jordan gives Bernadette a helicopter ride over NYC to a winery for a lesson in wine drinking and a quiet dinner with great scenery.  He is attentive and she is responsive.  It looks like a match and it is.  Bernadette states it this was the best first date that she ever had.

Review of Dates

Patti speaks to Larry on the phone and he liked Andrea and wanted to continue dating, but Andrea turned him down flat.  It seems that Andrea is back with the father of her 3 year old little girl. (Patti should remember this and include it in her next book. Jealousy will sometimes make a man notice the mother of his child.  Maybe Rachel needs to date another man so Dustin will ask her to marry him.)

Jordan and Bernadette are continuing to date. Jordan heeded Patti’s instructions and Patti found Jordan a woman who really wants to marry money.  This is a match made in heaven.

(The theme “Opposites Don’t Attract” seems not to fit the subject this week.  Where are the opposites?  Andrea and Larry had a lot in common.  Jason and Berndadette were matches in what they hoped for.  I may be missing something, but I just don’t see it.)

The Fashion Show Week Four

Moving Fashion Forward in Plaids

The two teams wake up after completing a fashion show the night before to find notes from Iman.  They are to go to 79th St. and Central Park which we learn is the Museum of Natural History.  Calvin wonders if they are going to make fashions for dinosaurs.  Dominique describes the shiny pointy object in the courtyard which has nine old metal boxes nearby.  We are told the object is a time capsule that is to be opened in one thousand years.  Each designer picks a metal box which is a time capsule containing historical objects, information, and pieces of plaid cloth.  The concept if for the designers to create a fashion forward design based on the year given in their time capsule. Calvin loves plaid as his trendy young friends in Vietnam always wore plaid shirts, but Eduardo wonders out loud of people will be wearing plaid in the year 3,000.  The team is to return to the studio to come up with designs for their collection in 30 minutes.

Sketches and Mood Boards

House of Emerald members tell us in interviews about their challenges.  Golnessa has the year 1951.  Jeffry has 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Cindy has 1961 with a blond wig for Marilyn Monroe.  Cesar has 2001 which they feel will be difficult because it was the years they lost their freedom.  When they look at the collection, it is Cesar who pulls the designs together.  Isaac asked Emerald to simply their pallet and he takes a piece of pink cloth off their mood board. Isaac tells them that the designs are not cohesive and advises that the shape of the designs need to go together as well as the color.

House of Nami members discuss their boxes. Calvin has 1957 and loves it. He mentions “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Roman Holiday.” Rolando hates plaid and struggles with his concept.   The team decided that gray metallic with a matching gray will be their forward looking concept.  David and Rolando are singled out by the producers to discuss their plans.  Last week, it seemed that Isaac felt these two members were the weakest links.  David has 1982 with Michael Jackson.  Rolando has 1969 with the Moon Landing.
Rolando complains non stop about the plaid requirement.

Design Day 1

House of Nima

Eduardo has immunity from his win last week, so he is going to be daring.  Dominique wants to design for the “grunchey” female who is wearing her boy friend’s clothing.  Calvin is working on a gray skirt which everyone loves.  Calvin puts the skirt and high heels on and prances around for a fashion show of his own. Rolando says that he loves Calvin.  Calvin responds, “I love me too.” Roland designs a gray dress with black piping that he cannot make to his own satisfaction or the teams satisfaction.  He panics. His model is unhappy because she hates his design and will go home when he is “out of fashion.”  With a few hours left, Rolando starts a new simple dress.

House of Emerald

Cindy is creating a 1960’s Jackie O (Jackie K really) bulky coat with a high color.  Golnessa is making an A line skirt. She is struggling again this week with her sewing, but is happy with her design. Her skirt is ½ in. too short.  Cesar is running all over helping everyone while making his own dress and later an extra design out of scraps so that the two houses have the same number of items for the fashion runway show.  Cesar actually paints a plaid on white cloth for the final extra design.

The Fashion Show

Hair, makeup, and last minute catastrophes for both teams are described. Rolando is not finished with his dress and Golnessa’s zipper decides to fail.  She has made a wrap and drapes it over the failed zipper in a way that will hide the imperfection from the judges.

Team Emerald is first on the runway.  The time to view the runway show is short and it’s on to the judging and discussion.


Again Isaac and Iman praise both teams and love both fashion shows.  The House of Emerald has its first win.  Cesar was given credit for creating two looks, but Jeffrey’s dress wins the competition.  He is given 500 dollars in the finale, but there is no mention of immunity for next week. Isaac wants Jeffrey’s dress for his next collection.  Iman wants it for herself.

House of Nima suffers the first loss.  Eduardo has immunity from last week, but the judges still love his dress.  The judges love the risk taking design which reflects the disco era of 1976.  Eduardo was inspired by a disco ball.  The judges feel Calvin’s skirt is the best thing he has done so far, but a simple sweater would have been better than the over the top plaid and white blouse.  They tell him to edit himself again. Dominique created her own plaid with the cloth used by others and chiffon over the top.  She hated the plaid so she turned it into something she liked. She is a recent fashion school grad, but has great skills in design and in creating the design. The judges hate Rolando’s last minute dress. They also hate David’s jump suit.  Rolando stands up for himself.  David collapses’ until Dominique tells him to try to save himself.  She hates it that she had to do that.  There is a budding romance between David and Dominique with a lot of flirtation and touching as Dominique helps model for the dresses in production. (Cesar thinks they should get to work.)

Rolando of the House of Iman is “out of fashion.”  He states that others have more experience, but he is going to be Rolando.  That sounded a lot like Tameka last week.  Of course, both are gone now.

At the end of the show, the promo from next week shows Teresa stating that a dress came from Scores.  Caroline is in a green long dress.  Dina said that Caroline looks like Peter Pan. (She does actually look like Peter Pan there.)  Gretchen drew a design for a dress.

So put your record on next week even if you don’t watch “The Fashion Show.”  I think you are going to want to see this one.

Thanks again Quincy – as always, GREAT JOB!

Many readers will know our regular poster here, Boston02127
who has been an incredible contributor to the blog but more important has been
a wonderful friend to everyone here.
Yesterday I got the following email from her:

Dear Lynn, I haven’t been on the blog for a few days. On Sunday night at about 2 A.M. the hospital called here and said we should come. My mother has developed pneumonia due to her swallowing problems because of the PSP. They have been letting me stay there with her. This afternoon they moved her to a section of the hospital called Comfort Care. There will be no more meds, needles, etc. She has a living will, her wishes are not to be “picked & poked at”. They had her on Adavan to comfort her and have started her on a morphine drip at about 4 today and she
is resting comfortable. The past 2 days were awful. I can’t even explain what she’s been thru without crying more.

I came home a little while ago, two of my aunts and her brother are with her now. They told me to go home and sleep a little & shower, etc. (I can’t sleep) I’m going to go back over there at about 8-ish. They told me in the Comfort Care unit that she will pass quietly (without suffering) within the next 48 hours.

You can let the girls know & prayers for the next few days are so needed. I’ll e you later in the week.

Thx Lynn.

As many of you know Boston has been caring for her ill mother for a long time and we’re all praying for her as she goes through this horrible time.  We’ve offered in the past to send her a little financial support from all of us but she has turned us down each time.

And so today, Had Enough! Made a great suggestion, since Boston’s mother is suffering from PSP, we can make a donation in Boston’s name to the charity that supports and researches a cure for PSP.  I will collect the donations and send the funds to the charity in Boston’s name.  I will forward Boston the names of the donors and their contribution unlessotherwise requested.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause in Boston’s
name, please send contributions to me via Paypal:  RHSmith355@Gmail.com and please put “Boston” in the comment section.  If you would prefer to send a check, email me and I will send you instructions on how to do that.

Thank you to all of you on behalf of Boston for all of your
well wishes and prayers.

Until Next Time…

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193 Responses to I Hate Jill Zarin Guest Blog – Millionaire Matchmaker / The Fashion Show

  1. Had Enough! says:

    Just bringing some info over in case anyone has concerns about where we are going to send this money collected in honor of Boston:

    According to Charity Navigator, PSP Foundation has a 4-star rating (that’s the highest given). Their administrative expenses are low – only 1.7% of their budget, and – to me the thing that matters a lot – their fundraising expenses are only 6.3% of their budget. It is a very small foundation – revenue under $5 mill/year. If anything, they should probably spend more on fundraising. But these “orphan diseases” – it is hard to raise money for them. The executive director is not paid an exorbitant salary by any standards; it is quite reasonable for the area where the foundation is located.

  2. Had Enough! says:

    Also, instructions on how to use PayPal:

    Go to the paypal website:


    Sign up.

    Then once you have signed up, sign in with your userid and password.

    Click on send money.

    Put the e-mail address RHSmith355@Gmail.com in the “to” box. Put in the amount you want to send. Click personal and click gift or other.

    Then click continue. Review the info to be sure it is correct. Then in the message box, write For Boston.

    Then click Send money.

    (PS – if you want Lynn to put your real name – first or first and last – on the card, tell her that in the message box)

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Thanks much for both pieces of info, Had Enough; I am very glad we are doing this.

        • Earring Girl says:

          Thanks, I was looking for the Paypal info on the other blog and I am glad there is another alternative and you can send a check. I am so behind in reading – I’ve been out of town for 3 weeks and I accidently left my laptop at home by the door. Everyone I was around was sick of me talking about “the blog” and no one would let me use their computer – only to check emails!! 😦

          My heart goes out to “Sweet” Boston (she always respond to my posts) because I was in the same situation with my mother dying from ovarian cancer, she was rushed to the hospital and one month later on the same date she died. I just want Boston to know that she has done all she could and each day she will realize that. My prayers are with her and her family. ~Earring Girl

          • 2Stupid says:

            I got a different name when it confirmed my transaction. Can you let me know if you get money from me?

            • LynnNChicago says:

              Yes, I got it, the name that pops up should be Robert Smith, that’s my son’s name. I didn’t want to comingle the money with my personal Paypal funds. Thank you!!!!

              • American Idiot says:

                Thanks for doing this Lynn. I am going to assume you received my donation, since I also got the name Robert Smith on my confirmation.

              • 2Stupid says:

                Thanks for coordinating this Lynn. I have mentioned many times before that I have never really been involved in a blog, but the caliber of people here keeps you coming back. I would put our very sweet Boston at the top of the list. I can only hope my children turn out to be as mature and responsible as she is. She truly is wise beyond her years, and my prayers go out to her!

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Thanks, Had Enough, for the excellent donation suggestion and info and to Lynn for coordinating this.

  3. cusi77 says:

    Thank you Lynn for posting Boston’s letter…

    Boston_ Know that you are in my prayers, my thoughts and my heart.

  4. error404 says:


    I think David likes to say “vagina” at least once per episode. Is he 12? I’m sure I haven’t seen as many as Dave has, but the ones I have seen aren’t huge silver blobs. I agree with Danielle, the time capsule looked more like a fortune cookie, and seeing as she has a vagina of her own, I’ll take that as confirmation. I’ve never once ordered chinese food and then opened the bag gasping “look, tiny vagina cookies with messages inside!” 😛

    This episode I found myself opposed to the judging… opposites don’t attract?

    I like house of Nami’s collection better.

    The winning dress was just weird: a super simple dress with an afterthought cape draped over it, and they way it was attached was really awkward in places. It looked like something they had only an hour to construct.

    The runner up dress with the busted zipper was a too generic 50s sun dress you could find in any retro shop. Nothing futuristic about it. It was straight up period costume and for missing half the challenge, I would have sent her home.

    The Jackie K coat was also too replica for me, but a better effort. That said, I’m getting a little sick of tv shows making clothes Jackie wouldn’t be caught dead in.

    Caesar’s cocoon concept for 2001 was so knee-jerk typical reaction we’ve seen 100 times, and his 2nd look with the homemade plaid was fugly and weird.

    So, back to Nami. Although it was another cocktail dress, Eduardo’s was a least an attractive cocktail dress that was his version of “out of the box”. I might have given the one-tick-pony another win.

    Danielle grunge outfit was great with a great backstory.

    I thought Calvin’s top was fine and disagree with the judges, just like I thought Mondo’s big dot dress was fine with the sleeves.

    Dave’s jumpsuit did take a turn for the worse form sketch to runway, but there was no way he was even close to a contender for aufing next to Rolando’s hideous monstrosity that missed the challenge completely. That outfit screamed 80s! Nothing, not one thing 60s about it. And where was the plaid? A tiny bit on the belt? Please. I hope they were just pretending there were two contenders to go for tv, otherwise they need glasses.

    • quincyil says:

      Rolando and David are the weak links that Isaac mentioned last week. I am sure they will be “out of fashion” before we know it. On the Emerald team, Golnessa has had one too many close calls. Calvin’s skirt was different and they called it the perfect skirt so I’ll go with the judges on that one. I hated her blouse.

      I am not a fan of plaids. Isaac and Iman said that they were fans, but I would like to see some photos of Iman in a plaid or some plaids in Isaac’s collections before I believe them.

      Have you been watching the models. Rolando’s model was very upset. She wanted to win the prize too. She went down with Rolando and she was ticked off. Last week, Mike’s model hated his dress and her face standing in the line up holding the cloth he had literally thrown together told a tale. Eduardo has to do something other other than evening wear or he won’t win.

      I wonder about season one of this show. I think that the judges must have been criticized for being too harsh, because they go out of their way to say nice things, before them slam the designers down.

      • Adgirl says:

        @Quincy, thanks for wasting hours of your life so we didn’t have to.
        I don’t understand the need for dating shows. The participants and hosts are usually so unlikable. The premise is a fraud because none of these people are seriously looking for a partner (although occasionally it does happen – Trista & Ryan). So what’s the point of it – to make fun of socially inept people or fame chasers?

        There are better people to snark on. Like any RH.

        The Ewacuation Shew.
        I was enjoying it until this week. I think it’s lost it’s appeal already and I can’t put my finger on why.
        Maybe it’s too team oriented so you can’t root for an individual?

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  6. TEB says:

    Thinking of you Boston! You and your mother are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Semishark says:

    Quincy, I love your recaps. The way you report each ridiculous fact in a short, deadpan sentence cracks me up.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      I was just thinking the same. It reads so deadpan, with now and then a little bit of funny comment. So amusing to read! I missed both shows last night. A friend dropped by and stayed and stayed and stayed. Don’t these people know we have important things to do?! The recaps are so good, I feel like I saw the shows. Thanks!

      • quincyil says:

        “Just the facts, Ma’am. Just the facts.”

        • Earring Girl says:

          Thanks for the recap Quincy, I did not see the Fashion Show last night and now I am so waiting for a repeat, this show’s concept to me is much better than Project Runway – they have to work together in order to win. There is too much drama and disrespect on PR when they work in teams. JMHO

          • error404 says:

            I don’t find the team concept more interesting at all… it’s too much like the job most of us have.

            They must pick one house to win, but there will be really awful outfits by poor designers that should go home on the winning team and really great outfits by talented designers, who now have to face the stress and humiliation of being called before the judges and trashed even though they did nothing wrong. How is that fair?

            Sometimes they try to even things out, like making the winning team pick one designer to be on the chopping block despite the fact that they were on the winning team. Excuse me? How is that fair? And of course, the jerk picks not the worst designer with the worst design, but picks the guy he knows/likes the least. How is that fair? It’s dickishness is only saved from being shocking by the fact that this kind of assinine injustice is how tons of a-holes actually run businesses in the real world.

            And what is up with the judges telling one designer that he should help elevate his whole house. Int he real world, he’d get compensated, with $$ and title and credit. Here, he just works harder but has an equal chance of going home. How is that fair?

            One thing PR has proven over the years is that the team challenges create more drama and much worse design work. So why create a whole design show based on it?

            • Earring Girl says:

              @Error404 – LOL!! I seem to like the team concept on any of these reality shows – I like to study the character of the person when interacting with others. On Survivor when they do the Tribe vs Tribe I have more interest but when they do the individual wins I am not that interested – just me – I guess I am more of a “Why can’t we all just get along” type of person. 🙂

              • error404 says:

                lol– true.

                it just digs too far into my escapist tv time.

                I watch to see someone create a dress or dish I’d never be able to pull off

                not to watch a group of people try to organize something without killing each other, I get enough of that in real life lol

            • cusi77 says:

              Error_ I totally agree with you. I thought in the first two episodes that the concept of two teams will be over, since it was unfair for the really talented contestants to be on the wrong side of the game and it was too easy to give free pass to those with more luck and less skills in the right side of the game… It is as well unfair that talented designers are helping in their design people that should be going home for their incompetence taking their own time to shine by themselves in their own design… Team concept is OK one or a couple of times during the Season, but not an entire Season where there will be just ONE winner.

              Not to forget that working together create bonds and the rest of the team will help win a looser that should have to go home before more talented ones.

    • quincyil says:

      Thanks, riding on Lynn’s coattails again.

      Just in case another blog mistress stops by I have this crinkled wad of paper in my pocket to prove that I am a graduate of the Lynn Hudson School for Hobby Blogging located in Northern IL. I have a Masters in Snarking from the University of (One In) Boston. Finally, I took classes, but did not complete my Ph.D. in fashion from Zarin Fabrics location in a city that I am afraid to mention just in case this site is being monitored by the FBI. I did pass the bed making examination, but not the how to make bedding examination.

      Recently, I have been hired by Susan Saunders to find a way to make spanx so that the spanx people don’t realized that I am making a copy of their product so Susan can compete with them because no one else is doing that. I am thinking leather and cinch straps. Jill has loaned me her collection. Oops, make that Susan.

  8. Had Enough! says:

    I guess we can be grateful that she covered up –


    and this outfit is not as bad as most, but WRONG SIZE, moron. The pants are way too tight. You are not sixteen years old. It is not attractive, that pulling and bunching at the crotch thing. Overall, I’d call this outfit “Put some straps on the sleeves and it could double as a straightjacket.” Hmm. Wonder why I think straightjacket when I see a photo of you.

    • quincyil says:

      I wonder if Susan Sauder can borrow those straps.

      • Had Enough! says:

        Send her some Squeezies, or whatever Susan Saunders is calling them.

        • Earring Girl says:

          I wish Kelly would just STOP! I am so tired of the so-called “fashion photos” with the too short dresses, shorts, skirts, the torn jeans, strange tops and the “fire crotched” slacks. I love fashion as much as the next but Kelly’s style does not interest me – so far I have not seen her wear anything in these photos that would interest a mature grown woman. I think for my age I dress very hip at least that is what my friends grandchildren tell me – LOL!

        • JazzNightOut says:

          So glad you are back, Had Enough! I know you’ve been back for awhile, but just noticing again how much I appreciate your posts.

        • quincyil says:

          Susan loves spanx so much that she is willing to help investors create a new company to make spanx under another name. I wonder if the new investors are from China.

    • Buffywood says:

      To me she looks like she really needs to pee… you know that fake smile, knees in slightly saying to your self “hurry up hurry up and take the picture” look.

    • Tootsie says:

      Give it back to Stella, Kidiot, it looks like hell on you, What size is it? 2! It’s Jill’s I know it is. How can you look so forelorn in a Stella McCarthy?

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      How does this woman have a camel paw in every picture she is ever in? We GET IT ALREADY! You DON”T have a penis! Can we just move along now?

  9. justanothermary says:

    What exactly is with Ms. Skanker. Does she hear what she’s saying to these women? She gives off less female energy than justanothervirgil’s posse of big game hunters on a Saturday night after the kill and wonders why she’s single. Yet she constantly puts down any other woman who may be a take-charge kind of person. She gets more disgusting each week. I truly wish she would simply flip Kim Z back to the lady pond and the two of them would walk hand-in-hand into the sunset.

    • quincyil says:

      Patt is the woman that she claims is too aggressive to get a man. I think she is projecting her emotions onto the women of the show.

      • cusi77 says:

        Quincy_ Thanks for your Blogs, you are Great! Put in your credentials “International” acclaimed blogger!

        • quincyil says:

          I could use International. All I have to do is give a link to my sister in law and within 20 minutes people all over the Middle East will have the blog. She is really into the internet.

          • quincyil says:

            Oh, I forgot…we have at least 2 Canadians here. Yipee… I am international. Sometimes, I forget Canada is another country because frankly they really look and sound just like Americans with really nice manners.

          • cusi77 says:


  10. American Idiot says:

    Bethenny is on The Ellen Show today. It is on here on the East Coast at 4 on NBC.

  11. knocknoc says:


    Please put a couple of feathers in your cap
    because your blogs of those two show were
    fantastic! Unfortunately didn’t have the
    opportunity to see them– no need to now
    because you covered everything that took

    Thank you!

  12. Addy Lynn says:

    Jordan from last night’s Millionaire Matchmaker posted his bravo blog confirming that he is single and no longer dating Bernadette, so once again we’re back to zero matches for Patti this season.

  13. Earring Girl says:

    From Bethenny’s twitter:
    Check out Jason, Bryn, Cookie & I in an animated storybook by @dellhomeus http://bit.ly/DellBook. U can make 1 too! #spon #InspironOne

  14. Wall St Lady says:

    That wasn’t the sisters’ intention when they put their much-publicized faces on a new credit card a month ago. But then the attorney general of Connecticut called attention to the card’s outrageous fees, labeling them “predatory.”

    Less than a month after the launch, the card is being pulled off the market. An attorney for the Kardashians wants the card company to stop using the names and images of the three sisters.

    Now, if you’ve ever watched Kim, Khloe and Kourtney or their mother on cable TV — as I have, unfortunately — I don’t see how you could imagine them ever pitching a bargain-priced brand of anything.

    Save money? Oh, yeah, the Kardashians would be my go-to-gals for that one. Right after spendaholic diva Teresa Giudice on “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

    So should we be shocked that the Kardashians rolled out a prepaid card that would cost nearly $8 a month or $100 a year to use — with fees on top of that for ATM withdrawals?

    The thing is a lot of these prepaid plastic cards come with crazy fees — and I’d say even at $4 a month you could be paying far too much.

    • quincyil says:

      They wanted money for their faces on the card, didn’t they?

    • HD says:

      I am so glad this happened! Good! These cards are stupid and they really prey on poor people who often times are minorites and I am super glad this happened! Good!

    • TLM says:

      I’m just wondering how long it is until Jill comes out with the “Zarincard.”

  15. HD says:

    Dang, Quincy! I missed Patti again! I don’t know why I keep missing that. I used to watch it allll the time. Thank you for the recap! I am going to catch this one on the replay because I am interested in the woman who sued the police. I just read about her yesterday if this is the same woman but they said she got a lot less money on her settlement. I knew that didn’t sound right!

    I don’t watch the Fashion Show. Can’t get into it.

    I am soooooooooooo looking forward to Top Chef All Stars (or whatever they are calling it.)

    • I Too, am really looking forward to top chef, all-stars!!
      Top Chef is always one of my favorite shows. But already knowing
      all the Chefs will make it that much more fun, like Survivor All-Stars.
      I am really curious to see if they all “play-well” together!!

    • mariareads says:

      Ohhh I wish I had missed “Patti”. Once again, I was awake most of the night and her show was on. A repeat it seems. Some actor who is “short” (who says everyone can be 6 ft tall?) and some other doesn’t want to shave his ugly beard that looks like dirt guy. She was a pig, as usual. I say such awful things here. Sometimes I feel a bit ashamed! But these people go on TV and say dreadful things TO others.

      I’m sitting here crying like a child and it makes me feel ashamed. My mammogram showed a something that I can’t remember the name of right now (nutz I know). I talked to my doc today who got the report. I’m firing that SOB after this. He was sooo unsympathetic. Just matter of fact. Wait until I see that bastard for my physical. I’m going to give him an earful.
      Wish I could remember what the report called this “thing”. 20 minutes ago it was all I could think about! Then I ate ice cream and it froze what is left of my brain. ahhhh. being a woman is not so easy.

      • Maria, did you remember yet?
        hopefully, your DR. seems unsympathetic because he feels it is
        something you shouldn’t get worked up about yet?
        maybe they need to do a biopsy? was it a nodule? a cyst?
        let us know when you remember, ok?

        • American Idiot says:

          Maria, sorry you are having a hard time. My sister recently received suspicious mamography report, but when she went for further tests, it was nothing to worry about. I think that is often the case, so good luck to you, and certainly let the blog know how it goes. There are many people here who have dealt with similar issues.

  16. Blue Sky says:

    Bethenny Frankel is on Ellen today, and guess what? Ben Affleck too! Good day to watch Ellen…lucky Bethenny gets to meet Ben Affleck, so jealous.

  17. Bethany was adorable on Ellen today.

    • American Idiot says:

      I agree she was. And the gift Ellen had for Brynn. So cute! I’d love to see a picture of Brynn wearing it. (little skates and a skating dress).

  18. Had Enough! says:

    Oh now I thought I was pathetic, but this takes the KellIdiot Cake:

    “@TrackGals no one escorted me to the champions for children’s event. I wish someone would have.”

    Yeah, well, like you said. Dating you isn’t sexy. Nothing about you is sexy. And you have to get home so early. Except when you are away overnight, which is a whole lot of the time, isn’t it? So you flew to Boston on a Cessna Citation all by yourself, walked in, did your hieee thing, and then what? Oh, right. Spent the rest of the evening tweeting to people who are pretending to like your fugly joory. Yes, at the dinner table, being rude to the others sitting there and disrespectful to the charity, you sat and tweeted your sad lonely little heart out to everyone.

  19. TEB says:

    We lost power this morning at 10am. Its still not on and its going to drop below freezing tonight. I may be snuggling with my husband for the first time in ages 🙂

  20. Buffywood says:

    Here is my PSA for the day. December is AIDS Awareness month and aparently today is World AIDS Day. Did everyone know this already but me? Someone check Kelly’s twitter to see if she is spreading the word…

    Maybe I will watch Rent tonight. I have to say, I just LOVE that musical and the fact that Jonathan Larson never got to see it on stage is just heart breaking.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Yes. I was just watching this tribute to one of the great talents we lost to AIDS:

    • Adgirl says:

      My brother has been HIV positive for over 25 years. Its amazing because a family friend was one of the first fatal victims of AIDS.

      Here’s too ridding this planet of this awful condition.

  21. sweet pea says:

    Bethany is on the Ellen Show today!

  22. Scorpiosue1102 says:

    Boston….my thoughts are with you and your family.

  23. Adgirl says:

    I have to laugh. My ancient American Bulldog is laying stretched out on her side, in her dog bed, head resting on the floor, licking dog biscuit crumbs off the floor.

  24. LynnNChicago says:

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news once again.

    I just got an email from Boston02127, her mom passed away peacefully this afternoon.

    Our little angel is amazing and dealing with the chaos well, she’s finally gotten a few minutes of peace as people have left giving her time with her thoughts.

    She asked me to pass along thanks to everyone for their well wishes, she hasn’t had a chance to read them all, but when she’s up to it, she will. She’s also touched by Had Enough’s suggestion of donating to charity in her name, she loves the charity that you chose Had Enough, that was a great idea!

    Thanks everyone!

    • Adgirl says:

      (( @ boston )).

      • American Idiot says:

        Ah, that is so very sad. Thanks for keeping us updated, Lynn and also Had Enought, for researching the charity.

        Boston – Many thoughts and prayers are heading your way. My sympathies to you, and your family.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      you were a wonderful mother to have reared such a wonderful daughter
      she is a tribute to your love for her and belief in her

      rest in peace

    • icantstandthetoxicity says:

      Boston, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    • klmh says:


      God bless you and yours Boston. I am so very sorry.

    • AZ Girl says:

      Hugs Boston

    • quincyil says:

      Heart breaking. I love you Boston.

    • Buffywood says:

      I’ve been thinking all day how to put into words how bad I felt for what Boston02127 was going through. The truth is there are just no words for this. I am so profoundly sorry for your loss Boston.

      I’ve also been thinking how amazing it is that so many of us here felt such sadness and empathy/sympathy for someone we have never “met”. It is testament to what a wonderful person Boston is, what a wonderful place Lynn has created here, and how special each member of this family is.

      • justanothermary says:

        Exactly. I don’t know what to say or how to be there, and yet you’ve been there for me. Boston, please know I care. What more can I do?

    • nancy says:

      I am so sorry for your loss, Boston. Sending love and prayers your way.

    • twoile says:

      May the road rise up to meet her
      May the wind be ever at her back
      May the sun shine warm upon her face
      And the rains fall soft upon her fields
      And until you meet again
      May God hold you all in
      the palm of His hand. (An Irish Blessing)

      • zoekayla says:

        Boston, we are here for you and know that you feel our love tonight. We’ve never met…and might never…but I feel so close to you as a result of your open heart on this blog. You have gained a lot of real friends in this virtual world who shed tears with you and for you tonight.

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Others have already expressed so many beautiful sentiments, boston, I can only add a huge “ditto” and “me too.”

      Tonight I will raise a toast to your mom and to you, boston. And a hope that you find some comfort in that you, and through you your mom, have touched the hearts of so many virtual strangers. We may appear to be just words on a page and cute avatars, but our real thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Dearest Boston: I know your mom was a wonderful woman because of you. And I admire her because of you. Take care, little one. You are loved.

    • KTinCT says:


  25. Amber...Real Wife says:

    So sorry Boston.

  26. knocknoc says:

    Dear Boston

    I am imagining the gates of heaven have opened wide
    to receive and welcome your Mother. Jingle bells
    ringing and angels singing…….

    • Blue Sky says:

      Boston, my heart goes out to you, so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. It’s a good thing to think of her as another angel up above, watching over you…you will meet again, someday in heaven. Bless you dear Boston.

  27. Waslurking says:

    {{{{{{{{{ Boston }}}}}}}}

  28. Earring Girl says:

    “Sweet” Boston,
    I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers. I will always cherish the kindness you have shown to me.

  29. TrueLifeDiva says:

    We are all SO sorry for your loss. We understand how difficult this time will be for you. We are all here for you if you need us. There is always someone online at this site 24/7. Feel free to reach out to your Lynnfam anytime you feel the need.
    Sending you all my love.

  30. Scorpiosue1102 says:

    (((Boston))) so sorry for your loss.

  31. Jeepers1941 says:

    Dear Boston,
    May our Dear Lord with all His wisdom get you through the days ahead with the loss of your beloved Mother. She is with him now forever until you join her in heaven. Until such time for you, when you can, think of all the happy and fun times you shared as that is what will substain you. For today you not only lost a Mother, but a best friend as well. Cherish those moments of rememberance and smile to her. I found when I lost my own Mother, that in the evening when the house was still, that is when I would talk to her about my day and tell her I loved her. I did that every night when I went to bed. As time wares on, you will be amazed as you start a new day, that she already knew what kind of day you have had and you just tell her you love her and smile. I will keep you in thoughts and my prayers until you return.

  32. Sha2000 says:

    RHOA on Ghost Hunters now.

  33. Realminkey says:

    Oh dear Boston,
    Those of us who have lost parents know that total feeling of emptiness. My heart goes out to you. I send you my prayers and my love.

  34. Jinx says:

    Evening everyone.

    @Boston02127, my heart and prayer goes out to you and your family.
    Am sorry for your lost.

  35. cdnfillie58 says:

    Hugs Boston…I know you have been an amazing daughter, and your mother raised you well. I believe she had an amazingly easy transition, knowing you cared for her so much. It’s going to be hard coping especially at this time of year, and we will be here for you to offer any kind of support you need. I just lost my beautiful mom this year and it’s hard at first, but I promise it gets a little easier every day…((((hugs)))

  36. Adgirl says:

    Top Chef All Stars!

    • Scorpiosue1102 says:

      I cannot wait for Top Chef All-Stars. Great contenders and so glad to have Anthony Bourdain for the whole season.

      • Adgirl says:

        I’m very sorry about who was eliminated. There were a few others I liked watching a little less.

        BTW My husband and I saw the losing contestant in downtown San Francisco a few years ago and can tell you that person is much taller than expected in person. And very good looking.

  37. kmuellfa says:

    Oh Boston, I am so sorry. I wish I could say something that could ease your pain at this time.

    Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  38. StillAWallflower says:

    Boston, you and your family are in our prayers. Peace be with you.

  39. Buffywood says:

    Does anyone here collect Madame Alexander dolls?

  40. justanothermary says:

    I need to remove myself for a couple days. Please understand and know that I do care. Sometimes it’s jus too much. I’m lurking, but I need to take a walk…

    • zoekayla says:

      I understand – take care

    • LynnNChicago says:

      We understand Mary, take good care and know that we’re here when you’re ready :)XOXO

    • twoile says:

      JAM hope you can put your feet up, herb tea maybe some ice cream, soothing background music, favorite magazine easier 2 stay with short articles….no need to concentrate 4 2 long..lovely comforter 2 keep cozy..b good 2 yourself U deserve it. Take care 😉

  41. NewEnglandCountryGirl says:

    I am a long time lurker, but I am so impressed by the lovely group of people here and check in regularly. I don’t post because I can be pretty shy, but I must express my condolences to Boston for the loss of her mother. I want her to know that she is in my prayers. I’m sure that she is grateful for the support and love of her incredible friends here. You guys are wonderful…

  42. TLM says:

    I am so sorry Boston. I hope that this blog will be a virtual shoulder to you and a safe place to come if you want to talk. Sending you lots of hugs.

  43. aquamarinecandy-o83 says:

    Sending condolences to Boston, my prayers are with her.

  44. housewifeaddict says:

    Boston – I’m sending big hugs your way. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  45. TLM says:

    I was reading over my suggestions on Goodwill donations in the last blog, and hoping I did not come off sounding Kelly-esque. I was attempting not to brag about anything I’ve donated, but rather to talk about the frustration of finding the right place to donate at times.

    I would love to hear others’ ideas about donating, or maybe talking about why a certain charity is meaningful to you. Since it’s the holidays, it seems like a nice time to share those thoughts.

    • Blue Sky says:

      Today I spent my first day volunteering at a charity shop/pantry in my area. The place was really crowded with people buying things, & as it turned out, this little shop had all kinds of great Christmas items, plus the usual clothes, books, knicknacks etc. There was a lovely older lady that “showed me the ropes” and I really enjoyed working with her. It’s a good place to donate things, and they run a food pantry as well. For larger items, there’s an organization run by the local Catholic church, that will come to your house to pick up furniture.

      • American Idiot says:

        I am also a big donater, recycler, reuser, etc. My daughter’s clothing goes to a consignment shop; it is usually in great condition and still stylish, and as a college student she appreciates the little bit of extra cash it generates. My son’s clothing, what is still wearable, I give to someone my sister works with. All coats go to any coat drive I hear about, especially this time of year. I recently donated 3 shopping bags of gently used books to our local goodwill. I have also given quite a few things, like sporting goods, books, shoes, to the Girl and Boy Scouts. They sometimes do collections for their Eagle and Gold awards. I recycle plastic bags, newspapers, cardboard, magazines, glass, plastic and cans. Our town picks up 2xs a month. I give hangers back to the dry cleaners. Bigger items like old tv’s and computers are collected by our county a few times a year at a main collection site. Furniture I usually hold on to and ask around until I find someone who needs them. I gave table and chairs young man who was working on siding our house, couches to a neighbor for their basement, a computer desk to the contractor who redid our bathroom.

        Our local paper is a great resource for finding places to donate. Also, schools and the local library often are collecting various items.

        • TLM says:

          I often wonder about food drives around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and think, “But what do people who rely on food drives eat the other 363 days of the year?” I never hear about food drives at other times of year, yet those people are still around.

          I hate the idea of waste. I will never forget the image of Joe Giudice taking a perfectly good large pink stuffed animal and struggling to shove it in the trash. That toy was most likely expensive, and could have brought so much joy to another little girl whose parents could never afford it. That was all I could think of. It physically made me uncomfortable to watch him putting that pony into the trash. I just couldn’t understand why it never occurred to these people to take it to their church, Goodwill, wherever. I can’t even stand to throw half a bottle of shampoo away!

          I know the Giudices did not come from wealthy parents, so one wonders how their value system got so out of whack. I certainly didn’t grow up poor, but my parents grew up in blue-collar families and were always conscious of what things cost and not living above their means. I can’t remember them specifically telling me not to waste things, but I do remember we always bargain-shopped. Almost everything in our house in the 1970s was the “No Frills” generic brand. Remember those, with no pictures on the cans on tissue boxes??!? (I don’t know why it’s so reassuring to people to see pictures of the food that’s canned, even when the food never looks as good as those photos anyway. I think psychologically, we regard those photos as a virtual window inside the can.)

          I don’t think I have ever paid full retail for anything. It would bother me to do so, even if money were no object. I truly get a thrill out of a bargain. I’ve been more excited over things I got at the Dollar Store than some expensive items I’ve bought. I have been both a seller and a buyer at consignment stores, and on Ebay. I really love Ebay and consignment, and the fact that it’s such a win-win. The seller gets some cash for something they otherwise would have to give away or throw out, the buyer gets a bargain. All good.

          For those who read about my computer nightmare, Sony did finally solve the problem. I just wish I hadn’t had to go to the extreme lengths I did to get help! But I now have a working computer again. Now I have to start listing on Ebay!!

  46. jeang says:

    omg boston, i am so sorry i just could not express my thoughts and wishes for you and your family and mother yesterday cause it is still too raw and new for me, but sweetboston, know that i love you and your mother and i recognize and know the immeasurable pain and suffering you all have endured. you will forever be in my prayers and i only hope and pray that someday my own sweet son will find and love someone as fine and pure and sweet and faithful and loyal as you. love love love to your sweet girl boston/ God bless this sweet girl.!

    • jeang says:

      Boston, you will survive but its going to be be hard. you will survive sweet girl and it will get better, but its not an overnight or even a month long grievetime. just know relief will come and in the meantime know that there are numerous people here to support and love and care for you along this long and painful journey. dont be afraid to ask for our love and help.

  47. MichellefromNY says:

    My condolences Boston!!! I always love reading your posts and my heart goes out to you and your family. Here’s a virtual hug from me in NY. Hope you are doing all right. May she rest in peace.

  48. Adgirl says:

    @ Boston I lost my father 3 years ago Nov 11th. My thoughts are with you. You can never replace a parent or child. But you especially, will have glorious memories of your mother.
    I don’t know you except by your postings but I can tell you had a wonderful relationship with your mom and gave her wonderful comfort and happiness.

  49. California35 says:

    I hope everyone is doing well

    I’m sleepy and can’t catch up with all of the posts. I will continue reading, but can’t post on time or regularly (like I said when I first began posting) 😦 but I do want to show I am still here 🙂

    I am so sorry about Boston.I have been thinking about you and your mom. A coworker lost her mom just before thanksgiving, and I feel like hughing her every time I see her. I wish I can give you a hug also. ((((Boston)))

    I saw the ring Kim got her daughter, very nice. Too much, but oh well. I do think that the idea is good, but too much ring for it..maybe if she gives that ring to her when she turns 18 for keeping the promise. I hope she keeps the promise either way. I liked the wig Kim wore when she talked to Nene. Poor Nene going through problems with husband. Is she really divorcing rign now? I’m glad she got a job. Atlanta is a show that I watched but wasn’t too into. Then I gave up on it after last season because it was too crazy, everyone fighting with every body, but then make up like nothing happened. Nene was really bad and loud, getting too much even for her. Yet on this season, she is cleaning up her act. By the way, on previous seasons, the times she was calm was when talking to her husband.. I thoigh she had respect for him. I am only watching this show now because of you guys :-).

    WSL – My birthday is Jan 6. I can’t wait to see what you have to say about birthdays of that month (or day) 🙂 when is your birthday? When is Lynn’s (I know she is a Leo :-D)

    Ok you guys, have a nice and peaceful sleepy time and a great day tomorrow.

    Lynn – great about your yahoo publishing 🙂

    • aquamarinecandy-o83 says:

      California35 – my birthday is also January 6th, I am interested to see what WSL says about that day as well! 🙂

  50. JKW says:

    Boston…I don’t post much but do read the blog and see your posts. I am so sorry for your loss. You are a remarkable and strong young lady. You have been a wonderful daughter.

  51. StillAWallflower says:

    This is in response to TLM upthread about donating used goods. This topic has been an important one lately for my family as we clear out my mom’s things and close the home of her sibling who had to enter a nursing home.

    We searched online for recycled home goods in our town and found several local organizations who work with social workers to provide household items to families in need. We were able to drop things off ourselves (this organization has a warehouse with limited hours), but many times if you contact a place directly they’ll work with you to arrange a pick up. I had never heard of this particular organization because they don’t have a budget for advertising, but they do serve the tremendous needs of the local community.

    We’ve donated goods to the Salvation Army and Goodwill in the past as well. The local place doesn’t resell items. They give directly to those families who need them.

    So many people are in need and it seems those needs intensify around the holidays (and as cold weather sets in). Personally, I like the idea of helping locally as much as possible. For years, our town combined its Christmas parade with a food drive for the local food pantry. People brought food donations to the parade and volunteers picked up the bags along the route, putting them all on a float that was part of the parade. It was always amazing to see how much was collected by the end of the parade route.

  52. StillAWallflower says:

    Not sure how to post this, but this link has a list of places in Massachusetts that are looking for used goods.


  53. vgirl511 says:

    Dear Boston, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  54. 2Stupid says:

    Boston I am so sorry for your loss. I will light a candle in your mom’s memory. A piece of unwarranted advice, allow yourself to grieve on your on timetable. Everyone handles grief differently and don’t be afraid to ask for help, or just time to yourself when you need it. Please know there are many people here who care about you, but you need to put yourself first right now and handle things in your own special way. I know you will stay strong for your family and for your mom’s memory, but we all need a little help now and then. BIG HUGS!!!!!

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      You put into words what I have been thinking of a way to say. And of course, you are absolutely right.
      Maybe your should change your name to @2smart?

  55. LynnNChicago says:

    New Blog


    As you can see, I’m still struggling with WordPress’s recent changes in their formatting, it is a complete mess, if anyone has any work around’s or fix’s for the insane changes that WordPress has made, please let me know. I’ll keep working on it.

  56. TheDesignDiva says:

    My dearest Boston…. My heart just aches for what will be the hardest of things for a child to endure..the loss of a parent…. I PROMISE..the days ahead will be brighter and when your Mother comes to visit you, and she will…welcome her …You will see her in every thing you do and say….It will lighten the heaviness in your heart…
    Know that all who have sent sentiments care about you…
    And to ALL..
    may the coming year be one of joy and hopefullness for us all..Times are getting tougher and with the grace of God we shall overcome….
    Hugs and Peace be with you all….

  57. Jason says:

    I know the director Richard Zyne personally. You could donate to curepcp in Someones name on their website. I really hope you donated the funds in your friends name. This is an unusual way to collect funds for charity considering the curepcp website offers donation info. I will have Gordon look this over , Richard Gordon, since this is a very worthy cause. Please give me Bostons’ name, I will donate to them directly, in her name. You should have her name listed. Yes? Why did you not

    Include website info, the directors name? Ect… this is very obscure info. Charity frauds occur all to often. Warning signs: paypal set up in someone other than recipients name. No detailed information such as links to websites offering alternatives to donate. If you are asked to write checks to anyone other than charity (curepcp). Please investigate before you donate through a 3rd party. Always! Just passing through, I’ll be back.

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