I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives Of DC Cat Ommanney’s Book Launch Inbox Full
New York Baby!
As most of you know, I interviewed Cat Ommanney for Reality Buzz a while back and we talked about her new book, InBox Full. Shortly after the podcast interview with Cat was edited and released, I got an email from Cat inviting me to her book launch. I was overwhelmed by her kindness and I knew I had to figure out a way to get to that party!
With a lot of help from a very good friend in New York City, I made arrangements and gratefully accepted Cat’s very generous offer.
The private party was held at Ted Gibson’s Salon in New York City and Cat sent me the official invitation just about a week later. Cat also told me that there would be an after-party planned at a bar close by called Boxers that would be open to the public. Here is my invitation…
I RSVP’d the same day!
I really wanted to let everyone know that I was going to the party but to be honest, I wasn’t sure if some of the New York Housewives would be attending (ie: Jill Zarin) and if she would have tried to get me uninvited if she had heard I was going to the party. I read that Jill had a book signing scheduled in New Jersey that evening so I knew she would not be there.
Sorry I missed you Jill, maybe next time I’m in New York we can chat!
My NY benefactor was amazing, she not only let me stay with her while in New York, she arranged for my hair and make up to be done before the party and ordered a Town Car to take us to the event!
We arrived a bit late, about 7:45 but as luck would have it, so did Lynda, Ebong and Cat! Gibson’s is on the second floor and there was a tiny elevator to take you up to Ted’s Salon. As we walked into the small hallway we were stopped by security and gave our names to the event organizer, as she checked the guest list, in walked Lynda, Ebong and a few of their friends!
After chatting with Lynda and Ebong on Twitter I felt like I knew them already so I introduced myself. (as Lynn In Chicago) They were both so wonderful, we all hugged and they introduced me to their friends who all told me that they read the blog, they complimented me on the writing and said they enjoyed reading the blogs.
There were two elevators on the wall but unfortunately only one was working and it was extremely slow considering it was going up only one level but that turned out to be a good thing because as we waited with Lynda and Ebong for the elevator, the guest of honor arrived and the party started right there in the hallway waiting for the elevator!
Cat is so charismatic and her smile is infectious! She greeted everyone with hugs and air kisses, it was so great to see that Cat and Lynda are genuine friends, it was obvious that both Lynda and Ebong adore Cat!
Cat made her way over to us as we continued to wait for the elevator, Cat commented, “what a great day for just the one lift to be working”. I told her who I was and more hugs and air kisses all around for me and my friends, Cat said she read about the boycott and agrees that we should get a bit of recognition and she’s our biggest supporter! She thinks we need a bit more love from Bravo. Cat assured me she would be introducing me to Andy Cohen.
Cat, tall and thin looked amazing in a animal print dress with her hair coiffed to within an inch of its life. So beautiful!
The elevator opens directly into the Salon and the minute the doors slid open the flash bulbs started popping non stop. Cat had arrived!
The Salon had been transformed from a place where people are made beautiful to a place where the beautiful people were celebrating. Everyone was there to support Cat Ommanney’s book “Inbox Full”.
The step and repeat was set up just to the right as you exited the elevators, Cat was immediately escorted over to the step and repeat and after several photos she began the endless interviews as her guests mingled, drank champaign and enjoyed the party.
Ebong made his way over to the bar to get Lynda some Champaign and while he was away, I was able to get a photo with Lynda. She had already done her duty at the step and repeat.
Lynda couldn’t have been more gracious, she is so petite but really a huge personality with a smile that shines from across the room. She talked with us for quite a while and when Ebong returned, she blazed up a dubie and we all got stoned. (Just Kidding!)
This is Ebong and I along with a new friend I met that night, Her name is Dr. Rosetta and she’s a New York plastic Surgeon with an impressive client list. I think she’d fly to Chicago and kick my butt if I listed her clients, but the list is long and impressive A-list celebrities.
A celebrity in her own right, Dr. Rosetta is the coolest, hippest doctor I’ve ever met. I was lucky enough to be able to speak with her extensively after the party and learned that she’s a closet Housewives fan. We laughed all night long! She’s a fascinating woman!
Before I left for New York, I sent a DM to Rich Amons hoping that he would be attending Cat’s party. I interviewed Rich for Reality Buzz and he was so open and fun to talk to. The show’s producer worked hard editing that interview because it actually went on for about 90-minutes and had to be cut down to 45-minutes. Rich is so easy to talk to and he even asked me a few questions. Unfortunately he said he was on baby-sitting duty but Mary would be there supporting Cat for the Amons clan.
I ran into Mary near the bar, she is really easy to spot as she’s really tall and could easily be a model Mary is stunningly beautiful and so sweet we talked about my interview with Rich, she laughed and asked if he behaved himself during the interview.
After spending a few minutes with Mary we met Cat’s father, a nicer man you will not meet. When I introduced myself as just “Lynn”, he asked if I was the “Lynn from Chicago” and he said that Cat had told him all about me. He thanked me for supporting his daughter and his British accent was adorable. He saw the camera in my hand and asked if I had gotten a photo taken with Cat yet, I told him I hadn’t yet so he offered his arm and escorted me over to his daughter and insisted we take a photo at the step and repeat.
This father daughter duo are madly in love and it is so adorable!
As we took the photos just a few yards away someone stepped off the elevator that created a ruckus at the entrance, lots of flashes from cameras and even a few “whoop whoops” were heard as the buzz at the elevator grow louder and begin coming right toward us. Andy Cohen was being escorted directly toward us to the step and repeat to have his photo taken. It was a bit surreal to be honest.
In a skin-tight black turtleneck and jeans, Andy is exactly as he appears on television. He arrived alone but didn’t stay that way for long. He was immediately surrounded with people wanting to greet him.
We all cleared off the step and repeat area so that Andy could take center stage and then the flashes really started popping.
The crowd really started to gather as Cat joined Andy for a photo, then all of the DC Housewives were rounded up to have photos taken together with Andy.
When Andy was finally released from the photo area, he walked right toward me and my friend and so we introduced ourselves. My friend told him that I was the “blogger” and Andy said, “You’re the one who writes the ‘I Hate Jill Zarin’ Blog.” I was fully prepared to defend myself but he then chuckled and I knew that I wasn’t going to have to defend anything. My friend assured Andy that I write about all of the Bravo shows and he said, “oh, I know”.
Smiling throughout our brief talk, without needing any prompting he brought up my email and the open letter.
He said, “I saw your email about the blogs, I answered you!” When I protested, he said, “Wasn’t there something too with a Cranky Old Housewife or something” I told him, “Yes, Real Old Housewife but as far as I know, she didn’t get an answer from you”. He insisted that he responded to us because he remembered something about including a “Cranky Old Housewife”.
I don’t know what he was talking about with the “cranky” thing but unfortunately before I could say another word, the Salon owner, Ted Gibson tapped Andy on the shoulder and asked him to meet some of his friends. Unfortunately that was the last chance I had to speak to Andy Cohen. I’m not finished with him just yet! lol
Cat was introduced by a friend and DC DJ who thanked everyone for coming, thanked Ted Gibson’s Salon and reminded everyone to support not only Cat and her book but the charities she supports, “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” and “Human Rights Campaign”.
Then he introduced Cat who also thanked us all for coming and told the lovely story of her father trying to get through immigration in New York after flying out of London using his photograph of himself with President Barak Obama. You may remember that Cat was banned from the White House Christmas Party and Cat’s father went in her place.
Cat personally thanked her cast mates, Lynda and Mary for supporting her and of course introduced Andy Cohen to the crowd. Cat said that she knew Andy wouldn’t be staying long as he had dinner plans but she appreciated him putting in an appearance. And then he was gone.
Cat also noted in her speech that Staci was supposed to be there, she apparently said she was coming but hadn’t made an appearance yet, Cat announced, “I am not a fan” after being stood up by Staci.
After Cat’s speech, I was able to get near Paul Wharton who had been surrounded by a crowd all evening. I can certainly see why all the DC Housewives love Paul to much, he is so kind and generous with his time. He was focused on whoever he was speaking with and while so many were vying for his time, he gave me his undivided attention as I talked to him about how great it was that he was featured on the show, and how lucky the ladies were to have such a great friend.
As the party started winding down and people began collecting their coats, Staci did make an appearance. With literally just a few minutes left of the party she arrived without her husband Jason and quickly greeted her cast mates and friends who were left at the party. As she came over to where Paul Wharton and I were talking, I introduced myself and asked her how Jason was, we took a photo together and she was off again.
It was difficult getting Staci to stand still for more than a few seconds, as Dr. Rosetta attempted to get a photo taken with Staci and Paul Wharton after I did Staci kept wandering off in every direction trying to say hello to people before they left the party. Staci wasn’t gracious to the fans at all, it seemed as though we were an annoyance and even Paul rolled his eyes a bit.
The salon owner, Ted Gibson was the best surprise of the night. This man walked up to every single guest at the party, introduced himself, thanked them for coming and made everyone feel so welcome. With a constant smile on his face, he never missed talking to everyone in the salon. A nicer man you won’t find anywhere!
I actually got a bigger surprise as I made my way through the crowd I felt a tap on my shoulder and I turned to find Alex McCord standing there next to her husband, Simon! I had heard that Alex would be there and I caught glimpses of her and Simon across the room but didn’t get a chance to speak to them as they were surrounded by people wanting to talk to them all night.
I didn’t take this photo (obviously) but this is Alex and Simon at the party.
Alex told me that filming was really exhausting, they started in September and they truly had only just finished filming a few weeks ago. Alex said she was surprised when Bravo announced that The Real Housewives of New York would begin to air in February as they hadn’t even completed the talking head interviews and she was equally surprised when they postponed the series debut. She explained that with so little time they wouldn’t be able to get proper previews prepared and time to view and blog on episodes as they were just airing too fast. She added that the whole cast was relieved at the delay in the air date.
Alex looked great, she was glowing as always and her black outfit with her blonde hair suited her so well.
I got a chance to talk to Simon as well, he said the kids are doing well and we talked a bit about blogging as that is an area where Simon is so very talented.
The book launch was so much fun! It was a great party and I was so lucky to meet some amazing people. Yes, they are cast members of a Bravo television show but they’re so much more than that! Cat couldn’t have been more gracious and kind. She supports all of us “Hobby Bloggers” and even as she hosted dozens of guests, she took the time to write this really sweet entry when I asked her to sign my copy of her book “Inbox Full”:
I highly recommend getting a copy of this book for yourself!
You can see all of the photos taken by professionals from the party here:
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