The PR girl in NYC had me come to their showroom and pick samples from their showroom and wear it for the season. We were all subject to whatever location they wanted us at; they gave us very little notice.
I also worried about the lack of control in editing.
that was the risk I agreed to take when I agreed to do the show.
While the show was on air, we would get the show on a Tuesday, and the show aired on Thursday night.
I would get a hand-delivered package on Tuesday afternoon with the DVD, and then sat on the edge of my seat watching it, in fear, thinking "Eek, what's coming." The good news is that I only experienced a few "cringe-worthy" moments.
Over coffee recently at Leopold's, a favorite Georgetown gem, I asked her what it was really like to be on reality TV, and she told me the good, the bad, and the ugly. she is now divorced, recently launched her interior design firm, is penning her memoir and a has a possible spinoff is in the works which will involve her eldest daughter Lolly...
Slowly but surely, we first became friendly, then friends, and we are on our way to top even that.
a successful fashion stylist who is now locking Mary out of The best thing that came out of the show is the opportunity to connect with people, which has come from the notoriety that the show gave me. I never had a wall around me so people don't feel intimidated by me.I love it when people recognize me from TV and come say hi and tell me their stories. I love to be approachable, approached, and I always want to remain that way.I love it when people just walk up to me and chat (although it does sometimes bother my family! I count the visibility and the opportunity to connect with people and grow that came with this show as a blessing. If I saw something I didn't like, I became aware of it -- and I changed it, or at least tried to. We went to Television & Critics Association the week before we launched the show in LA and stayed at the Beverly Hilton. I also loved having my hair and makeup done all the time -- I miss that part!It was totally surreal to watch myself live my life in an hour long show; it was real, but it was also edited... The whole experience gave me an unusual self-awareness. It was also nice to be approached by clothing lines who want you to wear their clothes and accessories...Seeing myself on TV made me realize what a different experience that is as compared to looking in the mirror. I wore my own clothes mostly, however the producers encouraged me to wear more color -- which is not really in my wardrobe. The best were the two pony hair dresses, which I would never have otherwise worn! We filmed for five months, I was subject to their schedules 5 days per week, five hours per day.The more I watched myself, the more I learned about myself. On the show, I saw all of myself -- I thought wow, I have fat arms. I was able to borrow clothes from Saks, and Piazza Sempione in particular was amazing. And that does not include hair and makeup, which added two hours.