July 23, 2010
Mario, Avery and I all went to Newport Rhode Island for a week-long family vacation recently.
I had never been to Newport before and didn’t know what to expect. Upon arriving we were all staggered by the remarkable beauty and rich history of the town!
We joined my great friend and her family on her 150ft yacht for our 6 day trip. We were docked at 41N, which has a great hotel and restaurants inside and out. The outside restaurant played fabulous music and had an incredible almost life-size chess set which Avery and Mario enjoyed.
The best experience for us was doing the Cliff Walk. In fact it was so much fun we did it twice! We would start out on the very top by the ocean and huge cliffs, which was actually similar to hiking in Aspen. The views were so spectacular and so were the homes!!
We had the opportunity to tour a local landmark – The breathtaking Breaker’s Mansion. Would you believe i was still furnished in the same manner as the 1800’s when the Vanderbilt family resided there?
I have never seen such opulence and decor. The house was larger than life with gilding and rooms upon rooms. Personally I would have been nervous to ever sit on a chair if I lived there!!
We also got the chance to play tennis twice at the Tennis Hall of Fame. They have beautiful grass courts. Mario and I played against Avery and a pro which was so much fun and so different from playing on clay.
We really enjoyed being on the water. Avery would water ski and do wave boarding and we all went jet skiing. We would take the boat out for short day trips as the water was rough and even though one day it rained we still had the time of our lives!
Oh and did I mention the food on the yacht?!! The food the chef would prepare for us was so amazing that we only dined out twice locally! But we enjoyed our visits to the town because everyone was so nice and the stores and restaurants were all fabulous.
There’s nothing like eating el fresco and watching the sunset with family and great friends.
It was really one of our best vacations ever!!
p.s. – I will be posting many more pics from my trip and other summer events to my Facebook Fan page in the upcoming weeks. Become a member so you can view them!!
June 10, 2010
Since the airing of my trip to St. Johns on the Real Housewives of NY , I have received amazing comments on how great I look and tons of inquiries as to what I do to keep my body looking healthy and fit.
So I figured it would be a great idea to share with you all a few key tips that I have followed over the years.
My Tips for A Healthy and Fit Body
1. Fist and most important – you are what you eat!
I feel that in order to stay consistently healthy and at your ideal weight, one must eat healthy as a way of life. I never dieted because diets only offer temporary results.
Oatmeal with Blueberries – This is such a great way to start the day. Not only does it fill you up but its also healthy! The oatmeal provides your body with fiber and the blueberries are rich in antioxidants which help to support the immune system. I also have 1 large mug or 2 cups of green tea both at breakfast and at dinner time. It is rich in antioxidants and helps to promote a healthy body.
2nd Option – 1 Egg, 1 slice whole wheat toast and a side of fresh fruit. For fresh fruit I always have blueberries and strawberries.
Runing late – if i’m in a mad rush…I still try to eat healthy by adding blueberries to Raisin Bran Cereal or yogurt with sliced banana and berries.
Lunch for me is always a salad with mixed greens. The greener the leaf the better (spinach is really the best).
1st Option – Mixed greens salad with grilled chicken or fish. I always try to have at most, 4-5 oz. of protein with my salads.
When I snack, I never snack on chips or anything junky. I try to have low fat yogurt, my favorite being Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt. Its only around 100 calories, it has zero grams of fat and plus it tastes great!
I believe dinner should be 3/4 vegetables and 1/4 protein.
1st – I always begin with a salad or at a restaurant if I don’t want to start with a salad, i’ll pick a vegetable appetizer or tuna tartar
2nd – I always have steamed vegetables as well. Asparagus, string beans, broccoli etc.
3rd. For proteitn – Grilled fish/chicken/ pork or turkey. I only have red meat about 4 times a month.
Ive found that the key with Protein is small portions. I also try my best not to have any carbs at dinner and we only cook with olive oil (no butter).
I also always have wine with dinner. Its been proven that 1 or 2 glasses of wine with a meal is very healthy and its a lot better than drinking vodka or tequila.
If I do dessert, and I try to stay away from it but if I have to :), I have low fat frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit. My favorite brand is Turkey Hill Vanilla bean…it tastes just like ice cream! and if at a restaurant, I’ll just take 2 bites from my husband’s plate. After all, we all need something sweet sometimes.
My one decadent indulgence its when its that time of month, I stop at Crumbs Bakery and get their mini vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing and a hazelnut coffee.
I hope these tips work for you and I will will follow up with my work out regime soon.
All the best,
June 4, 2010
I truly do love him more today than the day I married him.
Below are the vows he reaffirmed to me at our beautiful ceremony. I had to share it with the world as they mean so much to me!
Probably the biggest decision one will ever make is the person to spend the rest of your life with. Sometimes it takes quite a while before you know if you’ve made the right choice. I was fortunate to have known very early that I had made the right decision. My mom had suffered a stroke and she would need care for the rest of her life. Since Dad had already passed away I asked you if it was alright if my mom could live with us in our home in Southampton. Not only did you take her in but you embraced her with love and kindness like she was your own mother. That is when I knew I had made the right decision. I had absolutely chosen the women I would spend the rest of my life with. After 17 years of marriage you have been at my side through everything that life has thrown at us, both good and bad. You have been a steady rock in times of trouble had a ray of sunshine when I could not see the light. You have applauded my achievements and comforted me in my setbacks. You have given me the most wonderful daughter a father could ever have. For all of this I am blessed and so I reaffirm my vows that I said so long ago. Ramona, I will love and honor you through good times and bad for better or worse in sickness and in health until death do us part. May God continue to bless our marriage.
After 18 years he still knows how to take my breath away. I am so blessed to be married to the love of my life!
Photos courtesy of Rob Rich.
March 31, 2010
I dont know how to download this from my Flip video camera as yet but theres a new video of me getting ready for Bethenny’s wedding (which was amazing by the way).
If you would like to see it, join my facebook fan page and let me know what you think!
xo – Ramona.
March 29, 2010
I can’t believe Bethenny got married?!?! She was not being a runaway bride this time. The wedding was very warm, elegant and intimate and the room was filled with love. It was probably one of the nicest weddings I’ve ever been to.
The dress I wore was by the designer Kimberly Towers – it was all different shades of red and wouldn’t you know they were the same as Bethenny’s flowers. It was such a good match I could have been mistaken for being in the bridal party!
I had told my makeup artist to make sure to use waterproof makeup on my eyes because I had a suspicion I would tear up. Sure enough the vows they exchanged were so romantic and touching, I was crying. So even though my makeup wasn’t running, my fake eyelashes were peeling away mid-ceremony and I started to freak out – luckily Bethenny’s make up artist was still there and she was able to re-glue them!!!
FYI – Bethenny looked beyond amazing in her wedding dress – she was the most beautiful and sexy bride. Congrats to Bethenny & Jason!
March 26, 2010
Here are the earrings I wore last night on The Real Housewives of NYC and Watch What Happens. They come in 3 colors: Smoky Quartz, Prasiolite and Sky Blue Topaz. I absolutely love them all.
Thanks for all of your emails complimenting them! If you would like to purchase them, please go to HSN here.
March 18, 2010
This is such a fun interview! Had a great time with Alex & Bethenny. Lots of dishing too on this season of the Real Housewives of NYC. Love that Alex has been more outspoken this season – even in this interview – and how funny is Bethenny. Her little belly is so cute too!
March 6, 2010
How lovely is it that Betty Confidential took the time to do a three page online feature on me AND offered this great giveaway for my HSN jewelry – Check it out!
March 6, 2010
Here are a few of my favorite photos from this season of The Real Housewives of New York City!
February 25, 2010
I just have to say I absolutely LOVED the first episode of the new season – WATCH OUT! All of our fans are in for tons of surprises this season and the first episode jumps right into the tumultuous twists and turns The Real Housewives of NYC are known for – you will not be disappointed!
As everyone gets ready to see the premiere episode on Bravo! Thursday, March 4th at 11:00pm, we had our own little celebration here in NYC – in true Real Housewives style!
I am loving all the photos GuestofaGuest.com posted from the party, you can see all of them here on their site!
Thank you to every single person that helped with this last season coming together and my amazing team that assisted in throwing this incredible event to celebrate!!! Thanks to Walter for my gorgeous black dress, Giuseppe Zanotti for my Eiffel Tower shoes and the beauty from makeup by Mya!
And to my family and friends, who make every day special and good times the best: You mean the world to me and I can’t say how much I appreciate all of you!!!