Bravo comes to Greenwich

- Tina Pray attending the preview party for the Greenwich Harbor Yacht Showcase benefit for Audubon Greenwich. Photo: File Photo / CT -

As I’ve said before, the perk of working in Greenwich, CT is that everyone is super rich, which attracts famous people and reality TV. I don’t know if “Wall Street Wives” is going to happen, but apparently another Fairfield County mom beat my bud, Devon, to the reality show finish line – and this one’s on Bravo.

“Natasha Pray, the daughter of Greenwich auto magnate Malcolm Pray, is set to appear in a new television series being filmed for the network, which is known for its drama-filled accounts of the lives of rich women in various cities. ‘Miss Advised’ is one of several new reality shows set to air on Bravo in the spring… the show follows three single female “relationship experts” as they dole out dating advice to clients and then follow, or don’t follow, their own guidelines.” – Greenwich Time

The show is apparently an Ashley Tisdale production, which worries me. But I will obviously give it a shot when it airs seeing as Andy and Bravo very rarely go wrong.

Also, this lady seems like a lunatic:

“While an appearance on a Bravo reality series might help Natasha Pray, known to her friends as Tina, enter the limelight, she made news in late 2009 for a very different reason. In November 2009, Pray was charged with attempted larceny and insurance fraud after she allegedly attempted to trick her stepfather, Richard Ford, into cooperating with a plan devised to collect nearly $60,000 from an insurance company.” – Greenwich Time

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(Not) Feeling Halloweenie (part 4)

- Happy Halloween, kids -

Happy Halloween! Or for everyone fortunate enough to live in upper Fairfield County – Happy snow day. To the horror of the neighborhood children, Halloween has been canceled. An official trick-or-treating ban is in place! All children who wish to collect candy without being electrocuted by live wires in the streets are to report to the mall for the lamest trick-or-treating experience ever. Who wants to trick-or-treat at Sears?

After this weekend, it’s safe to say that snow storms in October have made my top 5 most hated things ever. Nature is a smart lady – she snows in the winter after all the leaves have fallen. But she’s been pissed off this year, so she played a Halloween trick on us and dumped 15 inches of snow on top of lush trees, and guess what. They fell. They fell on top of power lines and houses and they blocked streets and canceled Halloween parties. And the plows decided to take the day off. Cool.

- News Times -

Of course who was out and about in the middle of all of this? My family – driving to a wedding in the middle of a blizzard and almost dying. After 4 excruciating hours of skidding and waiting in traffic, we finally made it to the wedding, which was being powered by a generator. If it were me, I would have balled up in a corner and refused to get married that day, but not this bride. After off-roading in her limo and getting stuck in a ditch for an hour and a half, her reaction was “At least it’s not raining. Rain would have been much worse.” That could not be more false, but I admire her optimism. Anyway, the wedding went on smoothly.

- Trecking home -

- How I feel after walking through a foot of snow in a dress -

Two life-threatening car rides later and a half-night’s sleep on a couch and I was back home to the gorgeous site of fallen trees and branches, broken power lines and a house with no electricity or heat. So, excuse me for being a Deb. but I am not feeling very Halloweenie on this Halloween. I have been deprived of a shower and proper use of my costume.

- Main Street Danbury (News Times) -

My idea was to share some fun Halloween costumes from my Catholic school days, but seeing as I could not feel my toes last night let alone search through photo albums and scan pictures, that plan has been foiled.

Instead I did this with my sister:

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- The sis. making a little garage barbeque hot chocolate -

Feeling Halloweenie (part 3)

This year, my Halloween weekend has been cut short by my cousin’s wedding – I guess she figured “bride” was the best Halloween costume. Anyway she’s getting married Saturday, which only gives me Friday night to dress up, so I didn’t want to go crazy with my costume this year. I took an inventory of my wardrobe and was inspired by my green pumpkin costume tights and brown boots. Peter Pan it is.

I went to the craft store and for 10 bucks, I got everything else I needed. I’m probably just going to wear it to the wedding seeing as it’s way cute, and it’s warmer than the dress I bought – bet you thought you would dodge snow on your wedding day by getting married in October. Apparently not.

What you need –

Outfit:

  • Green T-shirt
  • Brown shorts
  • Green tights
  • Brown boots
  • Brown Belt
  • Brown suede cord
  • Scissors
  • 20 minutes and a semi-steady hand

Hat:

  • Green Felt
  • Red feather
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • The artistic ability of a kindergartner 

This whole thing probably took me a half hour to make, if that. It’s the easiest Halloween costume I’ve ever made, and I love it. I want to wear it to work everyday. All you have to do is cut the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves into points. Then cut a deep V into the neckline and weave the suede cord in criss-crosses across the V.

The hat is also really simple to make, but instead of explaining it I’ll let this annoying British lady show you how to do it. The only difference between mine and hers is that I used felt instead of paper, and I glued down all the folds with a glue gun. I also used a real craft feather instead of cutting one out of paper – a bag of feathers is like $2, why would you ever create one yourself?


In related news, Fairfield county was voted the best place for trick-or-treating in the country. Yeah we are!

10th Anniversary of 9-11

- Smoke pours from the former site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan September 12, 2001 from a vantage point in Hoboken, N.J. Smoke filled the air all over lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the terrorist attack and destruction of the World Trade Center. Photo: Getty Images, Chris Hondros / Getty Images North America -

This Sunday marks 10 whole years since the attacks on September 11, 2001, and I can’t believe it’s been that long. I was sitting in my eighth-grade classroom in my Catholic-school uniform eating cake for my teacher’s birthday when they wheeled in a TV and turned on the news. They told us about the attacks on the Pentagon, but not on the World Trade Center because they didn’t want to scare us since we were so close to New York City. I didn’t really understand what was going on, but I knew it was big because not only did I get the day off of school, but my dad got off of work. Anyway, since I do live and work so close to the city, a lot of people around me have a personal connection to 9-11, whether they knew someone involved or they saw the smoke rising from Greenwich Point.

Greenwich Time: 9/11 Ten Years Later

New York Times: Where I Was

I WILL see someone famous

- "The Big Wedding" movie set in Greenwich, CT (Greenwich Time) -

One of the cool things about working on Connecticut’s “gold coast” is that it’s crawling with celebs! Mostly it’s just people like Martha Stewart hiding in mansions, but once in a while exciting people come out to play.

Right now, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace and Katherine Heigl (who both grew up in Fairfield county) are about 20 minutes away from me filming a new movie called “The Big Wedding.” They were spotted hanging around Greenwich Ave. last week, so I’ve been taking strolls there JIC. Diane was last seen at Saks so I parked my car there in case maybe she had to make a return….

Read about it and see photos: “‘You talkin’ to me?’ De Niro comedy now shooting in Greenwich”

Hopefully I will have my own photos soon if my stalking pays off.

In May, Topher talked to Conan O’Brien about shooting the movie in his hometown: WATCH

Wall Street Wives?

- Devon Fleming -

Even though I love the Real Housewives, I normally would not be all for yet another rip-off housewife show like Mob Wives or Basketball Wives or whatever wives. However, I am rooting for Wall street Wives to get picked up by a network because it will feature women in Fairfield County, CT – my peeps (sort of…). Devon Fleming, a New Canaan hot mom, local celeb, author and a bunch of other things has been pitching her idea for this reality show for a while and now it looks like its chances of getting picked up are pretty good.

Her idea is to show how the families of Wall Street business men have been coping during the recession. Fleming would, of course, be one of the show’s stars. Look at her, she’s perfect housewife material.

“Fleming is fully aware that some viewers will likely roll their eyes at the thought of affluent families in the greater New York area being affected by the crash, but insists it is not all going to be about the money. Instead she hopes to focus on the emotional issues, which she expects more people would be able to relate with.” – New Canaan News

Even if it did end up being another show about petty drama amongst women who wear stilettos while watching TV, I’d still watch it – it’s about time they unleashed the Fairfield County housewives.

I set Devon up with a blog, read it! The Household CEO

Find out more:

Wall Street Wives: New Canaan resident pitching reality showNew Canaan News

Searching for the Wives of Wall StreetNew York Times