Hello Everyone! Hope this finds you settled back into the September groove with a fresh summer glow on your faces. This past summer has been a very busy one. I have been working on new projects that I can’t wait to share with all of you once they are set into full motion. I have been involved in a number of charities. Namely Same Sky I co-hosted a wonderful event for with a dear friend of mine Franice LeFrak at her beautiful Hampton home.

Speaking of good causes. I’m sure many of you saw my ice-bucket challenge. As I said in the video, I would gladly ruin a fresh blowout for charity lol. It was so inspiring to see so many people across the world unite in an effort to raise awareness for ALS. It just goes to show that it takes one idea from a single person to start a great movement and achieve great things. Pat Quinn is the young man, who is suffering from ALS and started this Ice-Bucket challenge in an effort to raise awareness and money for research in hopes of one day finding a cure. I wish him and everyone stricken by this terrible disease blessings and strength to fight the good fight. QuinnfortheWin is the name of his charity. If you feel so inclined to donate I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated. Check out the link below to see my video, I got #1 for best scream on buzzfeed.com!

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 I spent my summer weekends in the Hamptons with family and friends. It was a great summer that like most seem to fly by after the Fourth of July.  My priority, of course was soaking up as much time with Avery before she headed back to school.  Avery had made a decision to transfer to the University of Virginia from Emory. While she did like Emory and cherishes the experiences she had there and the friends she made, she thought a bigger University with a very accredited business school would better suit her interests and long term goals. UVA also offered the option for a dual-major and Emory did not. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud of the young woman she is blossoming into. Shopping for school, taking the train down to Virginia together and setting up her apartment are special moments that I will hold with me forever. I’m looking forward to seeing her in a few weeks for UVAs homecoming festivities.

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We are all settling back into our fall routine and I am so excited to see what the upcoming year brings. I appreciate all the love and support from my fans, as I have experienced a much publicized change in my personal life. I look forward to navigating my way and sharing this new journey with all of you. Like the autumn leaves sometimes we show are greatest colors during change. I wish you all a great fall season and positive changes to come. Till next time =)

Hey everyone!

Wow! Another season has come to a close. Hard to believe. Let me take you behind the scenes of what goes into filming the reunion!

1. We arrive at 5am! Yes, 5am!!!! To the hotel, where two hours of hair and makeup begins right away. We are basically asleep while the makeup goes on, lol!

photo 2 (7)With my BFF Sonja in our fab hotel robes!

photo 3 (2)Make-up touch up by the best make-up artist, Maya!

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Hair and makeup ready!

2. Once hair & make up is complete it is time to get dressed. This year I wore a stunning floor length Badgley Mischka navy sequined gown. Stuart Weitzman black, “Nudist” heel, and stunning black sapphire drop earrings by Jill Heller Jewelry.

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photo 2 (8)Stunning Black Sapphire Earrings, Jill Heller Jewelry.

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All ready to go!

3. Next we all arrive on set, there is usually always a technical or mechanical problem that delays us. Such is life!

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On our way to set.

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No turning back now!!

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One last touch up with Maya and Clara!

4. Usually, we break for snack. This year we all decided to keep snacks behind us to save time. The cameramen kept telling me they couldn’t film while I had pita chips and hummus in my mouth, LOL! Of course, we break for lunch!

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How cute is this mini “Bravo” Pizza’s? Lol, “Pizza by Bravo”

 

5. All in all it was a very productive day! I can’t believe we were able to shoot three episodes worth! Be sure to tune in on Tuesday’s at 9pm EST xo.

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#Ramonja! Love you, Sonja!

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Andy and two of his favorite housewives.

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#RHONY entire Season Six cast plus Andy Cohen!

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On a final note– The many faces of the Real Housewives of NYC!

Thanks for reading,

Ramona xo

Hey everyone!  Summer is in full swing. As most of my fans already know, I enjoy spending my weekends at my summer home in the Hamptons with my friends and family. This past weekend was one of my favorites so far!

On Saturday, I went to my girlfriend Julie Makclowe’s luncheon. Julie  is the creator of the amazing Vbeaute skincare line I am always raving about. Look out for her line, Vbeaute, on HSN in the fall. The luncheon was an intimate gathering of twenty-five women. Julie was showcasing the amazing dresses by Honor. The looks are so fresh and fun for summer. Here’s a photo of Julie (left), and I with two of the models and Julie in Honor designs.

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The 18th Annual Heart Ball , was Saturday evening. My dear friend Paola Bacchini was the Open Your Heart Chair, and organized the event. Boy did Paola out do herself!!!  She raised the bar for everyone, and had a record number of attendees at the sold out event. Dr. Karl & Krista Krieger were the event’s Co-Chairs. Dr. Krieger is an esteemed surgeon who is very dear to my heart having operated on both my Father and Mother-in-law. The Vice Chairs, Jennifer and Glen Myles, are great friends on mine and I was honored to be seated at their table.

The event was such an amazing night and all the guests looked stunning in their 70’s sparkle and glitter attire. I had a fabulous time with my girlfriends dancing the night away. From left to right in the photo below is Andrea  Warshaw Wernick, Andrea Correale, Marla Helene, and Melissa Bridges. Melissa is from Atlanta. She is newly married and always has the biggest smile on her face.

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My girlfriend’s and I are all self-made women. Andrea Warshaw Wernick is currently a life and style coach Fab over Fifty. Andrea Correale is the owner of the catering company Elegant Affairs, and catered the Heart Ball ! Marla Helene is an Art advisor and stylist, The Art Stylist.

On Sunday I went to a Barry’s Boot Camp class with Andrea!! It was so challenging but I really enjoyed the energy of the instructor. They don’t say it’s “The most challenging workout in the world” for nothing!!

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After such a busy, fun-filled weekend there is honestly nothing better than laying by the pool for some R&R!!!

 

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Be sure to visit True Faith jewelry for any upcoming summer weddings and Guests R Us for special awards!!

Best,

Ramona xo

Can you believe we are less than a week away from season 6 of ‘Real Housewives of NYC’?!?! I know you all have been waiting a very long time and I’m so excited for you to see this season! I truly feel this is the best one yet!

To prepare and get the excitement going, I’ve been asking all of you on Twitter and Facebook to share some of your favorite moments from the past five seasons with

me. I loved reading what you enjoyed the most and all of your commentary.  I’ve compiled what the most popular answers were and included my own favorites! I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to tune into Bravo on Tuesday, March 11th at 9pm! Chill the Ramona Pinot…its FINALLLY Turtle Time!

 What was your favorite ‘Ramona and Sonja’ moment of the past few seasons? #RHONY #March11 #Ramonja

The majority of you loved Sonja and I trying on the dresses in Morocco. That was my favorite too! I was not in a good mood and Sonja always knows how to make me laugh. Trying on the dresses and sneaking out lifted my spirits immediately. I hadn’t laughed that hard in a long time!

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What was your favorite #RHONY trip? #FavMoments #March11th #Season6 #TurtleTime

No surprise here! Most of you chose ‘Scary Island’ as your favorite RHONY trip.  It was definitely a spectacle to watch! My favorite trip was St Barts. There is nothing to not love about St Barts and I was having the best time…until Aviva’s arrival!

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What was your favorite #RHONY one liner/quote in the past 5 seasons? #Season6 #March11

This one went to my girl, Sonja! “Even white trash can be polite, hello welcome to my trailer”, was your favorite line! I’m going to give my favorite to Ms Kelly Bensimon and her ‘satchels of gold!’.

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If you could watch a crossover of RHONY and any other city, which would it be? #RHONY #SEASON6 #March11 #Favorites

Almost all of your responses were Beverly Hills! I have to agree. The weather and grand houses are so amazing, I wouldn’t mind spending some time with those ladies! Plus, I think I could give Brandy a run for her money! (You may see some of those BH ladies this season…)

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What was your overall favorite  RHONY moment of the past 5 seasons? #FavMoments #March11th #Season6

Another one we agree on. The overwhelming response was when Mario and I renewed our vows. No matter what rollercoaster life takes you on, its important to remember those special moments and how you felt during them. I am very lucky to be able to have a record of my life. That night, with Avery by our side, surrounded by dear friends and family was so emotional and beautiful and remains my favorite moment of the show.

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Winter 2014

February 17, 2014

Hello again! I hope you are all staying warm on the East Coast. What a brutal winter we have been having. Makes it hard to find motivation to leave the house at all!

I have loved reading all of your tweets and facebook posts about your all time favorite moments of Real Housewives of NYC and I can’t wait to share mine with you. But, let’s wait til a little closer to the premiere ;-)

I decided now to just share what I have been up to recently.   Even through the million snowstorms that have been hitting us, I have been sticking to my new workout regimen! My trainer is nuts and I love it!! Leg presses and weighted squats are my new best friends. Sometimes its easy to throw on bulky clothing and hide during the winter but I’m trying to avoid that May panic!

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There was only such much frigid weather and snow I could take, so I jetted down to Florida for a long weekend with some of my best girlfriends. I can’t stress enough how important your girls are and its something I always tried to tell Avery too. Nothing can lift you up like them. Sun and Turtle Time sent me back to NYC refreshed!

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I was thrilled my favorite girl, Avery, came home to visit for a weekend. We fit in all of our NYC favorites into the weekend and had some wonderful mother/daughter time. Its always hard when she leaves but it makes it so much more special when shes home.

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Now, its one of my favorite times of the year…New York Fashion Week!! There is so much excitement in the air when NYFW comes to town.  I pack my schedule with as many shows as I can. Its so exciting to see what to expect in the new season and you’re constantly running into old friends and meeting new ones! Two of my favorites each season are always Zang Toi and Pamella Roland. They never disappoint!

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We are now less than a month away from what I believe will be the best, most entertaining roller coaster season of Real Housewives of NYC! I can’t wait to watch and re-experience it all with you!!

Til next time…

Ramona

Remembering 2013

January 6, 2014

Happy 2014! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I can’t believe it’s already January. This is a time where we often focus on the future. We make resolutions, changes and start a fresh. Before that, I wanted to take some time to reflect on all of the special moments I had in 2013.

I must say that Avery was a big part of my favorite memories. As any mother could relate, the age of 18 comes with many exciting changes. This year Avery had her senior prom, graduated high school and went off to college. While it was often emotional and sometimes stressful, I could not be prouder of the woman Avery has become. I cried when we left her in her dorm room but the tears were a mix of sadness and happiness as I couldn’t wait to see her embark on the next chapter. She has continued to excel and we are thrilled to have her home for the extended break.

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Prior to Avery going off to college, we were blessed with the experience of taking a family trip to South Africa. I went to Africa three years ago and fell in love with it and Avery always said she wanted to go too. Every morning, we got up very early for a three-hour safari ride We would have our early morning tea or hot chocolate out by the water. Then you go back and have a big breakfast at 9:30. Then you go out again for a couple of hours. You get back around 7:00 PM and you have to be escorted to your room at night because there are animals there.

We also visited an orphanage, several schools including one for handicap kids and a health facility that are all supported by the Empowers Africa Foundation.

Avery is big on helping children and I’m involved with the Empower Africa Foundation, so we went to some of the schools and to an orphanage that was built in one area. We are involved in helping to raise money. We wanted to see where the money goes. Avery played with the kids. We brought soccer balls for the boys and for the girls, the nets game. They gave Avery a uniform and she went on the field and played netball with them. She interacted with the children and played with them and talked to them and took pictures with them. The whole trip was very special and unforgettable. 8592_563097873742638_1377858887_n5858_563096567076102_1495259462_n

When Avery left, I decided this was a great time to focus on myself a bit more. Once of my favorite new hobbies I picked up in 2013 is cooking! I’ve always enjoyed cooking but I decided to expand more. My girlfriend and I began attending cooking classes at Sur La Table and experimenting with a ton of new meals. I find myself enjoying staying in and cooking for Mario more than going out to restaurants these days. Its always fun and important to challenge yourself and learn new things.

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Lastly, lets not forget a big part of my 2013…season 6 of Real Housewives of NYC!! I have to say that even with all of the ups and downs, this was by far my favorite season to film with Sonja, Heather, Carole and LuAnn. I absolutely can’t wait for all of you to see this amazing season! Its been a long wait but its definitely worth it!

I was honored that so many of you chose to share your personal memories with me. There were babies and weddings and milestones that brought tears to my eyes. Here are some of my favorites:

Michelle Morgan My 3 year old autistic son said “love you mama” after numerous attempts!! Made my heart melt and Mommy cry! He is my precious angel!

Stephanie Louise Taylor My boyfriend took my daughter and I to paris to meet all the disney characters then asked my 6 year old daughter for her permission to ask me to marry him. Then she helped him plan the proposal under the Eiffel Tower. My moment of 2013 was realising what a wonderful man I have that loves and respects my daughter as much as I do and seeing her as his own!!!!!!

Tamara Fields Pannell My favorite memory is when my 21 year old daughter, Kendra, came back from studying in China, after 6 months. I made a special banner for her welcoming her back and bought fun Mardi Gras type necklaces to put around her neck..But when I saw her coming closer to me I started shaking and could not wait to hold her in my arms again I cried and she cried and I thought in that moment, I am so lucky to have her in my life!

Marta Dorey 2013 brought me the biggest surprise & gift in whole world! My baby girl Natalia was born in September, as I was told I probably won’t have kids she was the biggest blessing & surprise in my life! That why 2013 will be always special for us

As I look forward to 2014, I strive to keep myself calm in new situations and not stress so much about the future. I want to focus on the present and enjoy the moments as they come.

Happy New Year!

Decorating for Christmas

December 19, 2013

Hello, again! It’s the holiday season and I LOVE it! This year feels just a bit more special since Avery has been at college and we are so thrilled to have her home! I struggled a bit this year as to how to decorate my New York apartment and I wanted to share some tips.

We always spend our Christmas week at our Hamptons home. That is where we put up all of our decorations and most importantly our big, beautiful, decorated tree!! But it doesn’t feel like the Christmas season if I don’t have some touches of the holidays around my NYC apartment. While I went minimal this year, I still think it works!!

I am a big fan of my little Santas! I put them throughout my home and not one of them is the same. It will always feel like Christmas with Santa around.

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To  break up the Santas I also add in wooden soldiers and little Christmas trees and bows on my wall sconces.

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One of my favorite things about decorating for this season is the poinsettas. I put one right at my entrance and another in the center of the home.

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Lastly, I pull some greenery and garland to drape over mirrors.

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It took me about five minutes to get it all set and it gets the job done! Christmas is in the air at the Singer home. What are some of your decorating tips?

Don’t forget to share with me your favorite personal moments of 2013. I will pick my favorites to feature in my next blog!

 

Xo

Ramona

Hello again! How has everybody been doing? As I’m sure other Moms and Dads can relate, when your young ones flee the nest, you need a hobby! A way I have been keeping myself occupied is learning a ton of new recipes. I have always loved cooking but since taking classes at Sur La Table, I just can’t stop! I find myself inviting my friends over for dinner at my home way more than going out these days just so I can have another excuse to try a new recipe.

Two weekends ago, Avery visited home and I wanted to show off some of my new culinary skills! Below are photos of the classes I’ve been taking with the wonderful Joel Gamoran as well as my two favorite dishes so far!

We started with some vegetable pot pie cooked with peas, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions.
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Then we moved on to the delicious dish, Chicken, Olive and Lemon Tangine. Click on the image below for the full recipe. Cooked with lemons, cilantro and olive oil, it is a great Morrocan style to spice up your normal chicken dinners. photo-5scan0005

One of my favorite dishes I’ve learned so far has to be the decadent chocolate-chunk bread pudding. We all need to treat ourselves every once in awhile!!

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Please let me know if you decide to try any of these recipes and how they turn out!

Until next time,

Ramona

Fall 2013 Trends

October 7, 2013

Hello again! So, Fall is here and its time to change up our style and beauty routines. I love sharing some of my favorite trends with you and then hearing from you about yours! I haven’t be able to try too many of these yet as its been staying around 85 degrees in NYC but I can’t wait for the crisp Fall days to come soon enough.
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Emerald was chosen as one of the top colors of 2013. It has always been a favorite of mine to incorporate into my jewelry pieces but I am especially excited to start picking up some different pieces and experimenting. A hot bag or pair of emerald hued heels could be an exclamation point at the end of your outfit. Don’t forget your nail polish and eyeshadow too!

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Layering is right up there with boots on people’s favorite things about Fall and I agree. Its always fun to play around with a few extra pieces. Mix textures but not too many colors as it can look a little overwhelming

Winter White

Believe it or not, there are people who still stick to the rule of no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. That is not the case anymore! Take a chance on winter white. They are some gorgeous jackets and chunky knits in white that are completely autumn appropriate.

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Cold and Dry!
Its not just our wardrobe that needs a makeover when the seasons change. Our beauty routines do as well. With Fall comes a little colder weather and drier skin. Be sure to start using a little heavier creamy cleanser and a heavy moisturizer (still with SPF of course!!!) Not everyone needs to use a cleanser twice a day but definitely moisturize in the morning and before bed. I’m still loving my Tru Renewal especially the boost spray which adds a little extra nourishment. I stick to exfoliating once a week as it can be a little harsh on the skin.
I’m also loving Armani’s new Rouge Ecstasy CC lipstick. One of my least favorite things about colder weather is how dry my lips get! This CC lipstick acts as a lip balm but in an amazing array of different colors!
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What trends are you most looking forward to trying out for Fall 2013? What are your Dos and Donts?

Til next time,

Ramona

Fall into a New Chapter

September 17, 2013

Hello again! Well, it appears we have reached the end of summer. I love a lot of things about Fall. The crisp weather, the beauty in NYC parks and of course New York Fashion Week! But, its still hard to leave behind the beautiful warm days out on the water with friends, family and Turtle Time! Luckily, Turtle Time works in all seasons!

The transition of seasons was especially hard this year as Mario and I sent Avery off to college.  It had been a very emotional time getting ready to send our only ‘baby’ off on her own but we began to look at all the positives. We are so proud of Avery and everything she has accomplished. She worked very hard all through her school career and we know she will continue to thrive. College is a time to grow, learn about yourself and have many new experiences. We can’t wait to head down to Atlanta for Parents Weekend and hear all of her stories thus far!

 Mario and I also realized this could a special time for us and our marriage.  Now that Avery is at college there is a lot less every day stress and worry. We can now spend some time focusing on the two of us with special dinners and nights together. Even some nights apart for personal time. The other day Mario was watching sports in one room and I was dancing and cleaning in the other lol. When focusing on the positive, it makes the life transition easier on us. But we did perfect our FaceTime skills just so we can still squeeze in our family time (when Avery allows for it!).  

I appreciate all of your support during this time. Everyone’s messages and tweets from those who have gone through this process already or were going through it for the first time same as me, was so wonderful to read. You guys are the absolute best!

 

So, its time to embrace this season change and all that comes with it.

Til next time..

Ramona

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