I normally don't blog at the end of the night but this is an exception. I had one of the best nights tonight with my family. Where do I start? Our driver from 7 years ago came back into our lives. His name is Wayne. He is a bodyguard/driver and his partner Steve is an ex military Special Operations. They both picked up Ally and I in our Black SUV and drove us to the premiere of HBO's ENTOURAGE. ( Ally was dying to go!) We picked up our tickets at WILL CALL ( fancy Black with holgrams and green plastic bands for afterparty) and walked the red carpet with Jeromy Piven, Jamie Lee Siglier, Bethenny Frankel ( yes..my friend and co star) and lots of other celebs. We were interviewed and photographed for 30 minutes. After sitting Allyson Shapiro with Bethenny Frankel and Lori Levine..I left with Steve following me, to find Bobby. I met up with Wayne and Bobby at the Valentino party. Another long red carpet in front of us..we talked to lots of press including Jeff Slonim ( who I love!) and walked right into Valentino! Tan, trim and elegant...we talked for few minutes. I ran into Simon and Alex McCord Van Kempen. Joking that is was great to see them ( in clothes!) I thought they both looked fresh and rested.Alex wore Roberto Cavalli( surprised?) from guess where? St Barts! She wore a stunning black gown. then I ran into Ramona and Mario. I had a chance to sit with Liv Tyler ( pretty in pink) who then sat with Allen Cummings. When Valentino sat in the VIP area...Wayne was able to get us past the security surrounding him. Then I ran into Rachel Zoe ( yes..of the new Bravo show titled Rachel Zoe!) who invited us to her premiere party tomorrow night. Good for her! The last celeb sighting was Vivica A. Fox. She remembered me when I reminded her we sat together at last season's fashion show for Kimora Lee Simmons at Roseland. I was introduced to her by a mutual friend Lisa Raye McCoy, the first lady of Turks and Caicos. She told me she would be on Conan tonight ( which I am watching as I type this) and Kelly and Regis tomorrow morning. Vivica A Fox is promoting her new reality show. Someone told me there would be a Gossip Girl party on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel. Originally I was going home..but now I had a parental obligation to tell Allyson about this party. Of course she wanted to go..so we picked up out gift bag from Samsung ( they were the sponsors of the Valentino event) and hopped into the Escalade to pick up Ally on the way to the Empire. We had an extra car and driver following us in case we needed more seats sp we sent him to pick up Bethenny ( who had already left the Ziegfeld premiere) and bring her to the Entourage after party at mansion. We went to the Empire and met Tinsley Mortimer ( I took a picture of Ally and Tinsley) and had a few more pictures taken. We stayed 30 minutes and then jumped into the Escalade again to head off to Mansion. Wayne paved the way for us to enter and there must have been 500 people there? We headed upstairs to find Bethenny and ran in to Leighton Meister. I intoduced myself and found out she is a fan of our show and in fact watched a 7 hour marathon. Of course I took more pictures and talked about a walk on roll on Gossip GIrl. She was so nice and invited Ally to the set. We saw lots of cast members from the Soprano's including Jamie Lee Stiegler and some minor but memorable actors from the show. Then..Wayne did it again! Ally wanted to meet Jermony Piven but couldn't get near him. Of course..Wayne drives for him too! So Wayne was able to ask him to take a picture with Ally and then we ran into a few other actors from Entourage. Bethenny..meanwhile..was having a great night too. And then..since nothing good happens after midnight...we came home. Tomorrow is another day.....
CHOCOLATE..yes chocolate. Go to www.jillzarinchocolate.com for information. Ally says it works...Bobby loves the cookie for breakfast..and I feel great ( and like the fact that I can eat 3-5 pieces a day with permission and not get fat!). Yes..this is multilevel marketing...BUT..if it works...who cares? Ally tried Mon Avie and said it tasted aweful that she never got the full effect. One glass of the chocolate drink it the same at 2 1/2 glasses of Mon Avie is what they told us. So....we would rather drink chocolate no? If you want some samples...email me ! Jill and Ally
Bobby and I are traveling on the Seaborne Ship to Greece this week. We just left Delphi and are on our way to Mikonos. We are members of Exclusive Resorts and this is one of the Once in a Lifetime Trips they offer. We have met many new people on the trip and are having a wonderful time. the weather is perfect. The sun is HOT but the air comfortable when in the shade. We went to see the ruins today in Delphi where Apollo lived and many of the mythology stories started. Tomorrow we see Santorini, then Friday Mikonos and we arrive in Athens on Saturday. Ally is home from Paris and I can't wait to see her.
Friday night we went to a friends birthday dinner followed by a "drive by" at Pink Elephant. We met lots of cute girls for Bobby's son and his friends, danced, and then departed. Saturday, Bobby and I went to opening day of Polo in Bridgehampton and I took Sarah Erhrlich with me to hand out invitations for our 2nd Annual Help for Orphans Benefit this Friday, July 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Nova's Ark. (To buy tickets go to hamptonsbenefit.com. Prices are $150 in advance and $200 at the door). There will be cocktails and hors dâ€™oeuvres and a wonderful Art Auction and Silent Auction. We are raising money to build a vocational school in Kenya for a village that Sarah has been helping for two years. Last year we raised enough money to build a 10-room schoolhouse that will break ground this August.
Saturday night, Bobby and I went to Russell Simmonsâ€™ charity event, Art for Life. The decor was outstanding with people dressed as trees and plants and the dress code was purple. Thank goodness I had something in my closet. I try to respect dress codes when people go to the effort to design the decor around it. The highlight for me was sitting in the Maybach that was on display. I love that car!! So, who was there? We met Governor Paterson (New York's new Governor!) and I was so impressed. He was funny, warm, and approachable, not your typical politician with the standard one-liners and classic lines you would expect. He shared stories with us and would have told more but they pulled him away to sit down for the start of the program. I met Gayle King, saw P. Diddy and his mom who is always charming, Al Roker, and Aretha Franklin (we waited until the program ended hoping she would surprise the audience and sing but no such luck). My friend Marilyn Crawford was there too so we had a chance to catch up.
Though we had a few offers for more parties on the beach Sunday, we chose to BBQ at home with the family and do the midnight run back to the city.
Every year, Bobby and I open our home to our family and friends ( and sometimes party crashers!) on July 4th. Last year was a total wash out. It didn't just pour, it was like a hurricane with wind! This year was close. It was overcast all day. We were setting it up outside, knowing we might have to move it inside on a moments notice. We got lucky. It didn't rain and only drissled for a few minutes around 10PM. To be safe, we served desert inside by the door so people could eat and run with a goody bag from Zarin Fabrics. I was able to get some great things for the bag including Vava Water, Blue Star Jets and gift card,my smartpac( amazing travel kit for one week), Oloff Beauty skin care and Barex hair care products. In addition to the delicious food from Creative Cuisine of New Hyde Park, we had an amazing DJ with 50 foot screen showing pictures of people entering the party. The best part was that both of our families were together and thats what counts the most.
Earlier in the week my dearest friend also named Jill, came to visit with her 2 children. This was there first visit to our house and I was so happy they came. Bethenny was also a houseguest this week so we were one big happy family! I love to entertain and we were definitely maxed out with 20 people sleeping here last week. Saturday night I met up with some of the housewives at the Social Life party. We only stayed an hour ( it was very crowded and the police broke up the party) adn picked Ally up and came home.
Yesterday was a very tearful day for me. I dropped Ally of at JFK to leave for Europe for the summer. She will be studying there and know she will have an experience of a lifetime but I feel a sense of loss. I know she needs to grow up and leave the nest, but will i ever be ready for that?
Finally the summer is here! Do you feel it in the air? The warmth and humidity. Personally I love it! I am always freezing and Bobby always warm so he is not happy! However..the stores and restaurants pump up the AC so much that I always carry a sweater with me. Crazy?
So have you been waiting to hear who my special guests were? Governor Charlie Crist and my close girlfriend Carole Rome with her family. Many know already that we are friends and the Governor was in town to speak at an event in Bridgehampton last weekend. Charlie has some minor knee surgury and was such a sport on his crutches. But he was not alone. I tripped over a phone cord in the den and might have broken my toe. I have not worn heels since then and can only wear flats or sneakers. I am not a happy camper to say the least. So the two of us were quite a pair limping around. We gave them thier privacy and hope they will visit again soon. Saturday afternoon Bobby and I with my stepson, wife and baby went to the Landrover Event in Watermill. Wow did they pull out all the stops. A beutiful house with food and beverages greated you. We all registered and drove a Landrover through a custom built off road course not for the faint of heart. It was quite scary letting go of the break and gas pedal and stearing down a 45 degree angle road. But we all survived and were very impressed. When we left we were presented with a photo album with our picture already in it. Now that was class. On Sunday we were invited on our friends boat and spent the day with friends off Gardner's Island. The perfect ending to a perfect weekend.
This past weekend Bethenny and Brad stayed with us and we went to the Denim and Diamonds Event for The National Cancer Society hosted by my favorite MC Gina Glickman honoring our favorite Countess....Countess Luann DeLesseps. Bobby and I met Kesley and Camille Grammer and they were so down to earth. Sunday morning I shlepped to Laguardia to pick up my parents. On the way back to the house we stopped at my cousin Dr. Dave's ( Dr. David Zaret) house to look at my toe. He is the best orthopedic ankle foot specialist that I know if ( he really is even if he is my cousin) and without an xray..thinks it might be broken but there is nothing to do but wait for it to heel ( no pun intended). I am so excited my parents are here and this time they are staying for a while. Allyson is still here and we have been spending quality time together ( in between the madness) and of course Ginger loves the backyard.
I had a few this trip. I could not find my phone in the car late in the night...looking and looking...then the phone rings! and it is on the floor! If it did not ring..I would not have even looked where it was! It was late and my phone was not on the entire week until late that day. Not a huge one..but still..
THOUGH I HAVENâ€™T WRITTEN IN A WHILE..MY MIRACLES CONTINUE TO AMAZE ME...
SO..TO GIVE A FEW RECENT ONES..
LAST NIGHT..WE HAD DINNER WITH DAVID, JILL, BRAD, BOBBY , BETHENNY AND HER NEW ASSISTANT MOLLY. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS AND I CASUALLY ASK HER WHERE SHE LIVES. SHE TELLS ME ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE. I ASKED STREET THEN ADDRESS..GUESS WHAT? SHE IS A TENANT IN ONE OF BOBBYâ€™S BUILDINGS....CRAZY RIGHT??
NEW YEARS EVE...I WON $25,000 FOR SOMEONE FROM NJ. HE OFFERED ME HALF BUT I DECLINED WHEN I FOUND OUT HE HAD A 25K MARKER AT THE HOTEL( I HIT A SLOT MACHINE..A $5.00 SLOT!). I TOLD HIM TO BUY HIS WIFE SOMETHING AMAZING. HE DID GIVE ME 1400. THEN..I RAN INTO HIM ON THE PLANE GOING BACK TO NY. HE PRACTICALLY IGNORED ME. I FELT SO WIERD. HERE, I THOUGHT I SAVED HIS LIFE AND PROBABLY MARRIAGE AND HE DISSED ME. WELL..I WAS IN FIRST CLASS AND HE WAS IN COACH. HA! SO..SHOULD I HAVE TAKEN 1/2 THE MONEY?
I havenâ€™t had a crazy miracle lately until yesterday. bobby and I were walking outside our apartment and he commented how many people were talking on their cell phones. Then he pointed out a lonely old fashioned street telephone. 2 hours later..we were walking passed the SAME phone and it was on the ground as if pushed over. there were orange cones all around it. Is that crazy or what!!!!
Here is another one...Bobby and I went to Nellos for a launch party for a charity we work with. Recently, I have been eyeing a watch, Degrisonio, that I want for our anniversary. They have one store in the US on Madison and 69th. I figured we could see if the store is open â€œsince we are there anyway?â€ so we drive up Madison. ALL the stores are closed. As we are about to turn home, we notice the lights on with a red carpet and people! THEY WERE OPEN FOR ME! But the miracle does NOT stop here! We run into Donna and talk for a while. As we are saying goodbye she says â€ see you tomorrowâ€ I say tomorrow? your luncheon is Wednesday! She saysâ€ Jill, it is Dec 5th!
So....first of all, we should not have been there since we were not invited( we crashed to see the watch..which by the way..Bobby loved), but we ran into Donna..who casually said see you tomorrow. I would have shown up at Le Cirque Wednesday all dressed up with NO ONE THERE. Is this a miracle? PLEASE comment?
Today, I ran into a friend of mine at Citerella, a local gourmet food shop. After catching up...I remembered I had grabbed a red candle from our store before I left and threw it in my bag. For some reason, I decided to give it to Mitchell as a small gift. He told me he had just came back from Rickyâ€™s and could not find a red candle to use for dinner tonight. Was that a miracle? Please let me know if you had a miracle happen to you today!