Southampton – Is it July already? I don’t believe it! It has been raining non-stop for the past four weeks. I have been trying desperately to come here [the Hamptons] and keep getting pulled back to NYC for one thing or the other. Bobby hurt his back last week and we had to stay in the city for the weekend.
Since we had to stay, Allyson and I went to the Fashion Show Finale at Cipriani Downtown at 10 a.m. on Friday. The last time I was there we shot our reunion show so it brought back memories. We were quickly escorted to the Green room upstairs. When we walked in we ran into all the Housewives of New Jersey, all the girls from NYC Prep, Laura Bennett from Project Runway (who has made some great clothes for me!), Alex, Ramona (who overslept but made it in time), and AJ Calloway from “Extra.” I have to say Danielle is prettier in person and smaller. The energy was very tense and uncomfortable. Being the mother hen of the group, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her children and Allyson felt the same way and tried to talk to them. Danielle definitely loves the attention as do most of the housewives do and it will be hard to imagine the season two storyline. I loved the NJ show and now am getting ready for Atlanta! Set your TIVO – it starts the end of July.
I have very little to say about NYC Prep except that it is embarrassing and Allyson and her friends’ and life is NOTHING like what is portrayed on that show. Nothing, (or I have a huge “case of” denial?).
I came out for the Hampton Hills Celebrity Golf Classic yesterday. I had the best time. I played with some serious golfers, Peter Worth, a former PGA golfer and his partner – three men and me. There were only three ladies in the entire tournament. I was there to support Chris Duhon’s charity for rebuilding basketball courts in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. I met Justin Tuck, a giant NY Giant, Richard Johnson, editor of ‘Page 6’ from the New York Post and his family (he has an adorable little girl), Amelia Dogwiler of Brown Harris Stevens, Lee Fryd of Newsday and lots of other friends.
The weather was finally nice. They served breakfast, BBQ lunch and a full buffet dinner. Almost every hole had a special bar drink and beautiful young ladies to serve. I played with a brand new set of Beres Pink Clubs and thanks to them and the pressure of playing with some serious guys, I hit a 220-yard drive off a Par 4 hole.
Who knew I could play golf? I have played a few times in the past but I hit the ball off the tee almost every hole. Though we played best ball to move the game along faster (it still took us five hours to play!) we actually played my ball on one stroke on one hole. This may not sound exciting to you, but this was my goal of the day. Honestly, someone cheated on another team. We played six under PAR with a PGA pro and no one there was even close to his level. Even though we should have won (I am a sore loser I guess!) I had the BEST time and can’t wait for next year.
From Cyndee in Boston:
What do you think of the New Jersey Housewives? It seems like they are just trying to copy you girls, right?
I love the NJ girls show. I like watching how other people live, period. As long as I think it is real. I think that is why reality shows are so successful. I think we all have a little voyeur in us. They are definely not copying us. We all do our own thing and
hopefully build off each other’s success. Thank you for watching!
How’s your daughter – will you get to spend a lot of time with her this summer?
I am so excited that Allyson is home this summer. She is working full-time for a fashion PR firm in NYC. She comes to the Hamptons on the weekends. Since I have to be in the city a few days a week, we hang out at night since she doesn’t have homework! She is growing up so fast. She is learning how to drive and will have her license in a few months. I remember when she was just a little girl going to camp on Butter Lane.
Would you ever consider doing your own television show without the other girls?
I have been approached by a few production companies about my own talk show. I just signed with CAA and they are helping me figure out what is next for me. I like being on a show but also enjoy behind the scenes. I am working on a few TV pilots, am the Brand Ambassador for Kodak, writing a book, buidling a newsletter forum for special sales and events (sign up for my newsletter at jillzarin.com), working with
chictini.com on a fashion social network and so many other projects I can’t talk about yet. Everyone says I should have my own talk show and might consider one after Ally goes to college, though Bobby wants to travel so we have to see if I can do both.
Are you happy that Bethenny has a boyfriend and has a bestselling book out because you seem to root for everyone to be happy?
No one is happier for Bethenny than me except maybe Gloria? We (my family) root for all the people we love!
Do Ramona and the Countess have any kind of friendship off camera?
Not really. Sorry!
•The fabulous fiery redhead Jill Zarin, of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” will be bringing you her pearls of wisdom here at Hamptons.com. Got a question about style and fashion, dating and relationships, hot spots in the Hamptons or NYC, and the second season of the hit show? Just ask Jill! Please email questions for Jill via firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, city, and state.