02/18/2014

Ready to dish????

Heeeeey Divas and Divos! Yes, I know, we’ve been out of touch these past couple weeks, but you’re always on my mind. Your girl has just been laying low til all the dust settles from the latest RHOA drama. I was chillin with my girl at the All-Star Game, eating too many Po’boys and drinking way too much on Bourbon Street! But let’s get to it… Ready to dish?

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Well, my time on the show this week was brief and unfortunately, I couldn’t be there for the charity event. I was already scheduled to be out of town for another engagement, but definitely supported Ms. Kenya and the very worthwhile cause she wanted to help. Let me start by saying that while Kenya and I are not best friends, (we only met recently) I refuse to let others determine whether or not I should befriend her.  She has done nothing but support me and whenever we’re together we always have a grand ole time. I don’t need to sit in judgment of her… She has enough judges and juries already! As far as I’m concerned, we’re cool!  Time will tell how it all works out in the long run, won’t it?

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 As I said, when I first started spending time with NeNe, (who initially was not too happy about me being on RHOA, but then “appeared” to take me under her wing), I didn’t let the warnings from Kandi and Phaedra deter me from giving her the benefit of the doubt. I looked up to her as a big sister since she and my oldest sister, (who is 8 years my senior and full of wisdom) are the same age. I really thought she understood where I came from and how I was trying to change my life for the better, just as she had done. We all have a past, but we can choose to leave it behind us. (I guess I should have listened to the ladies, huh? Sorry…)  

 I’ve been called an opportunist, often! But honestly, who among us does not take advantage of opportunities that improve the quality of our lives and allow us to realize our dreams? Who among us doesn’t use our gifts, brains, beauty and talents to our benefit? Let she/he who lives in the glass house, (of delusions) throw the first stone at me. Unlike some of us, I don’t believe that there are people who “are not on my level!” Last I heard, God created all of us equal.

That “taste” of Hollywood is like fresh, sweet ice cream. The only problem is, eventually it will melt and the “taste” will fade leaving not even a linger of flavor…  Perhaps some of us should learn the meaning of humility because just like an elevator, the people you put off, might be the same ones you want to hold the door when you’re trying to get back on… Ijs!

 See ya next week. Muah!

01/27/2014

Red Carpets & Fashion... two of my favorite things!

It’s time to talk FASHION Divas and Divos!

 Did you all see the Grammy’s last night? Well of course the performances were amazing, but ya’ll know Marlo is all about the clothes and who was wearing what!

 As usual there were some real hits or let’s call them hawts, because some of the ladies were looking “oh so hawt last night! Here’s a few who really caught my eye…

 She’s been pretty low key lately, but the queen of “that’s hawt,” Ms. Paris Hilton herself gets my vote for best hair and make-up for the evening! However, I didn’t love the dress!   

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Taylor Swift looked like classic young Hollywood  in her silver Gucci gown. The whole ensemble was understated which let her pretty face take the spotlight. (I’m no Taylor Swift hater! She’s a pretty, talented young lady…)

  Taylor Swift Grammy

And yes, we did watch Ms. Katy Perry “Roar” in Valentino.  The dress was a perfect choice for her and the occasion, but would not have worked for me, (or anybody else who isn’t in the music business!). Loved the hair!  

 Let me not forget to mention the Queen Bey whose performance with Mr. Carter, was hotter than hawt!!!! (I am doing squats right now – operation Bey booty in effect!) She was totally Drunk In Love with her man on that song and the hair looked like they had just finished a drunk love session in the shower. However, her Michael Costello gown was definitely sultry and sexy. I wonder how it would look in black???

  Bey Grammy dress

My honorable mentions in the “hawt” category were: Red carpet host, Guiliana Rancic who was lovely in her coral Alex Perry gown and R&B Crooner, Miguel and his girlfriend were just too cute…

 Now in the Not so hawt” category, well that’s everyone I didn’t mention here! Lol! Especially Sara Bareilles, that was a disaster? Honestly, the entire fashion scene this year was pretty toned down, but there were definitely some people who still need to hire a stylist or fire one!

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Btw…

 I can’t leave you without raising an eyebrow about this week’s episode of RHOA! Phaedra threw her new baby an inauguration ball. He’s a baby so who was this super expensive, over the top soiree really for? Even Apollo wasn’t into it… But I think he has a lot on his mind right now… (side eye with a raised eyebrow!)

 And what was the “host” of the couples pajama party thinking? I’m not sure, but to me, someone was up to no good. The party didn’t start out warm or fuzzy. The people on the guest list obviously had issues with each other and when you mix attitudes with alcohol, nothing good ever comes from that. I’m glad that was one invitation I turned down! There will be a lot of finger pointing as to who started what, but I’m glad for a change there will be none pointing my way!

 Smooches Divas & Divos…

 

01/20/2014

The saga continues....

It’s a day of reflection and celebration Divas and Divos…

 Today we pay homage to the life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest leaders and champions of freedom. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King gave his life for those who understood our plight and for those who didn’t because as he stated, he “had a dream” and it included all of us.

 Personally, every time I think of him I am encouraged to keep standing and fighting for what I believe in because God has a plan and purpose for me no matter how hard my struggle may be. We have achieved great strides because of the path he paved for us. For that I will be forever grateful and truly wish there were more of us who shared Dr. King’s vision today.

 To honor him and our Lord, Christ Jesus who he served, I will continue to dream, believe and achieve my goals. It’s the least I can do to prove that his dream is real, and divas and divos, I hope you’ll do the same. Now…

 

The saga continues!

 I hope you checked me out last night on RHOA. Thanks to you, I’m back! You’ll definitely be seeing more of me as the season continues. So, let’s get to it and spill some tea shall we?

 Shout out to Christopher Williams for that beautiful tribute to Cynthia and Peter on their 3rd anniversary. He’s still got it doesn’t he?

 Breakfast at Cynthia’s before our trip to the Wolf Mountain Vineyards was awesome and the ladies were gorgeous in their “going to the vineyard” dresses. Oh, and my Tom Ford boots were “hawt!” Just like Cynthia’s champagne, I felt like a “sweet bitch” when I was wearing them! I also met Kenya for the first time in this episode, and this “tea spilling” diva is definitely a handful! (Mmm hmmm just like me!).

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Now of course when the ladies get together you have to expect gossip-fueled fireworks. Christopher Williams’ “wife” Natalie, (and I put it in quotes because her official status is questionable) came to the table and got the drama started. She had a lot to say about Kandi and Todd, and personally as one who knows it’s not easy to gain entry into this exclusive circle I don’t think bringing up his past was the way to go. Did she not get the memo, you don’t mess with Kandi’s man, daughter or mama? Natalie basically said that Todd was an opportunist on the “come up.” Aren’t we all taking advantage of opportunities that help us move up? Kandi has made it clear that I’m not one of her favorite people, (which is fine with me) but I would never want to maliciously add strife to her relationship. I did applaud her when she shut Ms. Natalie down with a toast, (and then a bite to eat!) Lol… her and Phaedra do love to get their munch on. Truthfully, I did call them phat, but meant no disrespect. Both Phaedra and Kandi are from the South where the men prefer a girl with some meat on her bones who’s not afraid to chow down. As you can see, these sexy curvy divas are comfortable in their skin! Werk them donkey booties ladies! Lol!

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 Well, there is more tea to spill this season and you just have to keep watching to see how things turn out, but trust me, the RHOA drama will not disappoint and neither will I!

 Btw divas & divos… Be sure to listen to my interview this Tuesday at 9:30 pm on The Deshai Cole Show on 94.7FM Charlotte & bit.ly/1at04vl

 Til next week… Smooches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

01/16/2014

It's a new year...

Happy New Year Divas and Divos!

 Yes, your girl is back on the scene after some much needed rest! Miss me?

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The holidays were a time for me, (and hopefully you too) to relax and reconnect with family and friends. I had an awesome Christmas with my beautiful nieces, nephews and goddaughters, not to mention letting my weave down with my sisters and sister-friends. But it’s time to get back to work, cause you know somebody has to make some coins!

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Great news, I’m going to be back on the RHOA this Sunday!!!!! Be sure to tune in and make those ratings jump! Lol! Trust me, when all the ladies get together and we have alcohol, there is never a dull moment, so you won’t be disappointed. Plus, I need to send a special shout-out to RHOA show producer-extraordinaire… Carlos King! Thanks Carlos for everything. You are truly gifted at what you do and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with you.

 Anyhoo, there are some great things coming up, so please do check in with me and the show for announcements. I really missed my Divas and Divos… I won’t stay gone this long again – make sure ya’ll holla back to let me know you still got my back. Okay?

 And don’t forget to tune in Sunday @ 8pm on Bravo. Muah!

12/05/2013

God, love and family are the real reason for the season!

Happy holidays Divas and Divos! We are at the beginning of my favorite time of year and I’m feeling very nostalgic right now after spending time with my family. Time filled with love, good times, great food and drama of course.

 Truth be told, we all have some kind of family drama that makes you say, you can’t live with or without them! And even when you are avoiding some of them like the plague, you know you’d never replace even one, (well maybe one or two) but you get my point!  I’ve shared my history often with you about growing up in foster homes, not to get sympathy, but to encourage you all to embrace and value your family. I didn’t always have one, but I’m thankful for my grandma, mom, sisters and brothers, both biological and foster because at the end of the day, we’re family and that means the world to me.

 First I went to Memphis to see my sister, nieces and nephews. You should have seen their faces when I walked in the door unannounced and surprised them. My sister couldn’t even pronounce my name and the kids were soooo happy to see me. We had a great time.

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Then I hopped a flight to St. Petersburg, Fla to see my Grandma Holmes. She has been one of the greatest blessings in my life and I can’t love her more for being there for me. She didn’t just give me a roof over my head and food to eat, she gave me the one thing I needed most, she loved me, protected me and I will never be able to thank her enough. I can’t believe she’s going to be 97 in February! She’s still taking care of her house. You can’t tell her what to do and she always tells it like it is. Grandma Holmes is a strong, genuine woman who sacrificed everything for her family and refuses to have a TV in the house because she says the bible is her TV. I love having long talks with her while she advises me not to interfere with what God has planned for me. “Have faith Baby,” are her words that I live by. Oh and she still makes the best cornbread I’ve ever tasted!

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While I was there I spent time with some of my closest friends and my two beautiful goddaughters. We played cards, did the soul train line and just cut up! Honestly, I do love meeting new friends, but there is nothing like spending time with real people who knew me from day one and love all my extra-ness…. I ate too much, went to the movies with my sisters and girlfriends to see The Best Man Holiday, again and just had an amazing time! And, the cherry on top was reconnecting with my brother and meeting his wife and kids.

 I realize it’s all about the simple things ya’ll. Life is short, so we need to cherish the moments that turn into memories. The ones that make us smile, or cry tears of joys, or reminisce. When God gave us the gift of memory, He showed us all just how great He is!

 So now, I’m home and getting ready for Christmas! Time to put up the tree, decorate the house (pics coming soon!), send out the cards and shop of course! Like the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

 I’ve got a nice long Christmas list because you all know that this girl loves things that sparkle. I can’t wait to find out if Santa thinks I’ve been naughty or nice. Hmmmmm…. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned!

11/22/2013

Giving Back Is Always In Fashion…

Well Divas and Divos, I know it’s been a minute since our last chat, but your girl has been busy, busy, busy and that is definitely a good thing. I have quite a few projects in the works, a few photo shoots for fashion and hair mags, plus my annual Christmas card is on the way. I promise to update you on everything very soon, but I have to share the news about one of my most important engagements which was being asked to speak to the young ladies who are currently incarcerated at the regional youth detention center in Atlanta, GA. I’d like to thank Glenda L. Cordy for inviting me.

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It’s no secret that I’m a woman with a past, some good and some not so much. However, I knew even as a foster child, even as a former inmate and even as a young woman who had the odds stacked against me – that I had great potential. I just had to encourage myself to pursue and achieve my goals no matter how difficult the challenges. And yes, the decision to succeed was completely mine to make.

While visiting the ladies at the detention center, I was able to really connect with them on many levels. It was an emotional time for me because I could relate to everything they had been through… foster care, parents who abused drugs, incarceration… I felt their pain, because it was also once my pain and I wanted them to know it was possible to make the pain stop. During the course of our conversation I was sure to let them know that they could have an amazing future if they used this time to focus on their goals and put this chapter of their lives behind them.

Marlo Hampton embracing a young girl at an Atlanta youth Detension Center final

When you’re in the middle of a crisis you often think you’re the only one suffering and no one understands how you feel or what you’re going thru. Honestly, that’s how my love of fashion began. It was my outlet and the way I validated myself when nothing seemed to be going right in my life. I didn’t self-destruct, I used the negative circumstances to my advantage and now I’m living my dreams and sharing my story with the hope that my testimony will inspire others to triumph over their circumstances.

Marlo Hampton speaking to the female population at an Atlanta youth Detension Center.

I know things may go wrong, and sometimes you may need to encourage yourself to live up to your potential but always remember that “You are the spotlight” no matter what hand you’re dealt in life. That’s why I thought to put this mantra on a T-shirt to be a constant reminder that we’re all stars with exceptional gifts, created to do great things! Join me in spreading this message. I’m going to make a limited number of these shirts available starting at midnight on Black Friday on my website www.simplymarlo.com. Just click on Marlo’s closet to get yours. They are my exclusive design and definitely a must for fellow fashionistas.

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Never let anyone dim your light Divas and Divos. Step boldly into your greatness with both feet. It’s our time to shine. Ttys!

11/02/2013

Grateful...

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Divas and Divos... I had to give a double post this week. First, I want you all to know that I was honored to be a part of the wedding and will always be grateful for the opportunities I've been given by everyone who has ever been there for me. My goal is growth and like everyone else, I'm growing and doing better everyday. If I miss a step, I'll own it because the truth is, we're all works in progress, especially me.

Did you know that God made the sun over a million times bigger than the earth so there would be more than enough shine for everyone at the same time? My lil ole shadow isn't big enough to dim anyone's light and I would honestly never want to take the brightness that's meant for someone else. I know there's a plan and a place for me. I'm just in the process of finding my spot, not trying to steal someone else's. 

Just let me end with this, I wish everyone involved nothing but all the love their hearts can hold and all the best life has in store. Let's continue to move forward and let the good times roll!

Marlo and NeNe

 




10/28/2013

I'm the Lebron James of Bridesmaids!

Well Divas and Divos, we are about to discuss our swansong for As the Wedding Turns! But we have a lot to cover so get ready!

 

First I have to congratulate the bride and groom for making this commitment to each other, again. I’m sure it was a long road to get to this point and I am praying for their happily ever after. True love deserves it and those two are truly the epitome of true love. Now, let’s get into it shall we?

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 Was it me, or did Jen have a lot to say about me this episode? I mean, she doesn’t even know me other than what’s she’s heard and the short time we spent together as bridesmaids. Ya’ll have been with me every step of the way and every time I’ve been out of line, I’ve owned up to it, learned my lesson, apologized and moved on. Don’t you just hate it when a lone peanut from the peanut gallery gets ambitious and starts thinking it’s more than a nut?  She had much nerve offering my services to run around for NeNe, didn’t she hear, I was recruited for the role of Creative Director! I already had a job. Perhaps instead of shadowing NeNe she could have taken the initiative to handle some of the details for her….  Maybe NeNe only had confidence in the Lebron James of bridesmaids… Yes, that would be me! I’m just saying.

 

I have to say I was almost as nervous as the bride so sometimes my way of handling things wasn’t the best. Charge it to my head, not at all to my heart. Maybe NeNe was still upset with me from Cancun and that’s why she wasn’t taking my calls, but she had to know that I had her back. I could barely eat or sleep the days leading up to her big day because I truly wanted it to be all she hoped for and I took my role seriously, maybe too seriously! I have to say I was a bit peeved when I got to the dry cleaners to pick up the gown and it was already gone. I mean did she think I wasn’t going to do my job? No matter what, I would have guarded that dress with my life! I was very disappointed that she didn’t at least let me know that task was already done. Oh well, she did what she felt she had to do and now it’s water under the bridge.

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On a lighter note, wasn’t the moment when Greg and NeNe’s kids finally came together as one family beautiful? I’m a sucker for sentimental moments because I missed that in my life. People may call me selfish but I’ve been taking care of myself for a long time. Family is important and I’m just happy to see hers coming together the way she always wanted.

 

Anyhoo, I have to mention Greg’s bachelor party and that party bus. Divas & Divos in a word, it was ratchet! But Greg is used to strip clubs isn’t he??? (Side eye!) They did look like they were having a good time didn’t they and in the end he signed the pre-nup so I guess he gets a pass.

 

Well let’s get into the details of the big day? That pic of the ladies pre-makeup was a great idea, but if I’m not going to have my photo face on, can I at least let the camera capture my good side? And, a blind man could see my dress, with all the custom fittings did not custom fit! I honestly wasn’t trying to be extra when I insisted on seeing NeNe about it, this was her wedding and I’m sure she didn’t want my boobs hanging out in her photos. The truth is, I was nervous and wanted to be perfect. It probably wasn’t a good idea to bother her at that moment, but I just couldn’t think straight and didn’t want to assume anything.

 

But in the end it all came together didn’t it! The wedding singer was HOT!  And when the bridesmaids sauntered down the aisle in all their splendor you’d never be able to tell that there ever was drama between us. And when they opened those doors… The bride was a beautiful sight to behold. She glittered in her golden gown and watching Greg and the boys cry was definitely about to have me mess up my make-up.

 

The ceremony was stunning and Judge Mathis handled it with his usual swag!  Fantasia was a sweet surprise. That girl can sang!!!!!! The guest list was a great combination of who’s who in Hollywood and the ‘round the way crew. NeNe’s reunion with Kim was a nice shocker. I guess both women decided to finally let bygones be bygones.

 

NeNe’s reception dress was almost as magnificent as her wedding gown. We all had a great time, even me and Diana! (Didn’t see that coming did you? See what a little alcohol can do for you!) Did you like the shoes on the bed? Sexy right? Mmmmm Hmmmm. I had to help set the mood! Ya’ll know there ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump and grind between newlyweds! Lol!

 

Well, all in all, we had a great time. It was a beautiful day with beautiful people and I was honored to be in their company. So, this show is ending, but… wait for it…. Your girl is not done yet! You’ll be seeing Ms. Marlo again real soon! Stay tuned.

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Muah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/23/2013

The dress had blue in it!

Hey Divas and Divos… We’re getting down to the wire in our As The Wedding Turns series!

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Now this episode was all about Marlo not being a team player, but we’ll get back to that in a second.

 How’d you like my entrance? My short shorts were hot, right! It was Cancun, I had to represent! Look at me on waterskis! So much fun!

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 So, what was up with the NeNe/Diana love pic? No, I didn’t have anything to do with it, but one eyebrow was raised. And truth be told, Diana does profess her love for NeNe so often that I’m not surprised she thought their romance should adorn the walls of NeNe’s house. I don’t care what anyone thinks, it was weird. Period!

 Now, back to the beach… Yes, I did say I didn’t wear the all blue dress because Diana wasn’t going to regulate my attire. And I was wearing blue, just not all blue… Marlo is going to be Marlo every day. Those women don’t really know me. They don’t know where I come from or what I’ve been through. My dress was not an anti-NeNe statement, it was a pro-Marlo decision, just like the thousands of other decisions I’ve had to make in my life over the years. Being “extra” and fashion forward saved me. It’s been my escape for as long as I can remember and I will not apologize for that. I’ll just say that while my dress choice was an act of rebellion against Diana to a small extent, it wasn’t really about her either and I surely didn’t mean to be disrespectful to the other ladies. But I get it, my decision made me look like I wasn’t playing nice in the sandbox or being a team player. That’s not how I want to be perceived, so I had to take a step back and see their point of view as well. I should have put my personal feelings aside for this occasion and going forward I’m going to have to do better. We are all growing, and I am too, so don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile in my stilettos.

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On another more positive note, wasn’t the backdrop of the beach in hues of blue beautiful? And so was the book of sentiments by the bridesmaids. I have to give credit where it’s due, Diana did a great job organizing that night and I commend her for it. (I’m not throwing any shade after this! Lol!)

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Did you see me doing my thing as the Creative Director during the dress fittings? On the finale you’ll see my handiwork all through the wedding. Believe me, I earned my title ya’ll, and I helped make the ladies stand out in their dresses because yes, NeNe is the center of attention, but she chose nine beautiful women to stand up with her and put them in custom made couture – so she wanted us to shine too. We did not let her down. You’ll see for yourself next week.

 

Don’t forget to tune in! Smooches!

10/16/2013

Spill that tea!

Hey Divas and Divos… It’s been a whole week since we last checked in, did ya miss me? It’s time for the latest episode of As The Wedding Turns…

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First, just let me say that Tony was one of NeNe’s best decisions yet! Although he delivered a low blow when he waylaid her garden venue plans, he is definitely the one to recreate her vision in the more suitable location for her tight timeframe. I’m sure the InterContinental doesn’t seem sexy now, but after he’s done working his magic, she’ll probably forget all about that garden. (At least I hope so…)

 

And did my girl do her thing giving the bridesmaids Louboutins or what? I know she wasn’t too happy with my comment about not liking peep toes, but as a shoe fashionista, I know what shoes flatter my feet. It was definitely not meant to be an act of ungratefulness. I just know what works for me and believe me, my shoe game is tight!

 

So, what was up with the mandatory Botox punishment? Not this girl! I’m not wrinkled enough for that yet! No ma’am! Their faces were frozen and painful for days, but not mine! No, no, no… Marlo don’t play that!

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The big hat tea party was crazy wasn’t it? I know I didn’t have on a big hat, but the one I selected set me apart from the rest, don’t you think? I chose big bold color over big size because I’m a trendsetter, not a trend follower! And, I can admit when I’m not being on my best behavior. I shouldn’t have made that comment about Pat being a clown, that wasn’t very nice. But, in the photo I saw she was wearing an unflattering shade of red lipstick and had joined team Diana, (which means anti-Marlo!) so I just wasn’t about to smile and nod anymore. However, if you recall, I promised to take the high road and I did, with a toast and another truce. I also tried to make a quiet exit, but of course some people just weren’t going to allow that! At the end of the day, some things aren’t worth listening to and I wasn’t about to listen to the anti-Marlo rhetoric any more that day so exit I did, stage left!

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Oh, but how I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when NeNe put the diva in her place! Yes, I know we are all a part of the problem because we should be ignoring our differences for her sake, but I truly feel like I didn’t start it. Diana decided she was NeNe’s self-appointed friend monitor and concluded that some of us were not worthy to breathe her air! I can be cool with anyone, believe me and I don’t need to be labeled as anyone’s super best friend. I’m confident in my skin and I am loyal to a fault. Friends come in all shapes, sizes and walks of life. To quote Ms. NeNe, “who died and made her president” of the bridesmaids and therefore better than the rest of us? It was just nice to see that NeNe realized that I wasn’t the root of the problem.

 

Well, I can tell ya’ll that somehow, someway we are going to get it together, but it’s gonna get hotter first! Muy caliente (much hotter) in Cancun!!!! I know ya’ll got my back right? Holla at ya girl and I will holla back.

 

See you next week. Smooches