Friday, May 29, 2009

Real Housewives of DC...

As soon as the announcement came that there would be a "Real Housewives of DC", my facebook message board and e-mail went crazy!
Would I audition? A very loud and re-sounding NO! Do I know any of the ladies they've auditioned? Oh, yeah! Do I know who will be on the show? No, but I do have an 'inkling.' (I can't wait to see if I'm right).
I did promise you, though, that I'd reveal my personal picks for the show, should Bravo call and ask. (They haven't. Yet.)
So, are you ready? Drumroll, please.

My very first pick would be ....

Jaci Reid

Don't let this beautiful face and fabulous figure fool you! Jaci's true beauty comes from within. This woman has a heart (and clothing budget) as big as her native Texas.

The most fascinating thing about Jaci is that she is an international player. She is too big to be compartmentalized to Washington. As a matter-of-fact, Jaci and her husband Morris don't even show up on the antiquated "A-List" of old money DC that Washington Life magazine compliles each year. Big deal. She doesn't need it. She's too busy entertaining 'Sting', and the rest of Hollywood and the music industry to care.

Morris and Jaci Reid

This isn't just rumor. I've experienced one of Jaci's star-studded parties. I've never seen so many superstar's in one room. Sting, Susan Sarandon, Tim Daly, Josh Lucas, Anne Hathaway, Dana Delaney (speaking of Desparate Housewives), and I could go on and on... you get my drift.

Before I wrap up my lovefest on Jaci I want to point out another reason she would be awesome on the show. Besides her killer wardrobe - I always tell her I'm going to kidnap her and hold her ransom for her shoes - she also has a home in the Hamptons. You know what that means? She could make the occasional guest appearance on the Real Housewives of New York.

Here's a footnote before I go on to my next pick: Morris gave me permission to divulge this little secret. Bravo actually did ask Jaci to do both New York and DC.

In true Jaci style, she politely declined. Because just like Washington's rusty, crusty, old A-List, the girl doesn't need it.

My next pick isn't a housewife, but hey

Move over, Bethanny. Meet Ashley Taylor.

If OC, Atlanta, and New York can have the token single girl then we can, too!

Although, I've never seen nor met Ashley Taylor, she is very much a personality/celebrity in the Georgetown Scene. You'd be hard-pressed to pick up a paper or magazine in the DC metro area without seeing Ashley splashed across the pages, in either a fashion layout, or posing for photographers at events. Whether she is dancing the night away with the Jete Society or chairing events with the up-and-coming set, you never see Ashley without that megawatt smile. The fact that she is always on the town and always fabulously dressed would make her a fun addition to DC Housewives in and of itself.

Add to the mix that she was until very recently engaged to DC's most eligible bachelor -millionaire bachelor - a man over 30 years her senior and voila! it becomes real interesting.

If Ashley came on board, she'd be amongst the ranks of Ramona and Kelly of the New York Housewives. No, not because she's wild-eyed crazy (i.e. Ramona) or has an over inflated ego (i.e. Kelly), which those who know her say she is absolutely neither. It just so happens that Ashley works as a jewelry designer with her famous grandmother, Ann Hand, pictured with Ashley's grandfather, Lloyd Hand, on the right.

Before I reveal my next choice of Housewife I need to clarify something to those of you that do not live here. With the exception of Ashley and Jaci, these other women will come from the outlying areas. First of all, most of the very wealthy live in places like McLean, VA, Potomac, MD, Alexandria, VA. and Great Falls, VA. The wealthy, 'horsey' people that this area is known for live in Middleburg, Virginia, a small village about 30 miles outside of DC. Think rolling hills of Britain, foxhunting, Jackie Kennedy and you've got Middleburg to a 't'.

horse farm in Middleburg, Virginia

You absolutely can not have the Real Housewives of DC and not include someone from the Middleburg scene.

So, with that said, allow me to introduce to you my third pick for the Housewives of DC, Robin Keys.

Robin lives in a lovely historic home, once owned by the DuPont family, on a beautiful farm several miles outside of Middleburg. Robin and her husband Gordy are avid foxhunters and ride with the Piedmont Hunt. Going to her home is always a treat because it's just so peaceful. The first thing I do when I get out of the car is take a deep breath and take in the fragrance of the horses, and fresh country air.

Yes, Robin's lifestyle would definitely add a fresh element to the mix of housewives.

We're almost done here, so bear with me.
My next pick is for purely selfish reasons. Washington, DC, has often been known as (horrors!) the ugly capital of the nation.

Well, I'll have those naysayers know that we've had at least one Miss USA and one Mrs. America. And since this is the Real Housewives and I've already picked the single girl already, I would pick Laurett Arenz, Mrs. America 2002.

I love this woman. I haven't talked to her in a while, so part of me wonders if maybe she is actually on the show. It would make sense, plus she's always being asked to do things similar. The other part of me says 'no way', she'd never agree to this. She is so incredibly nice that she wouldn't last 2 seconds with the likes of people that Bravo normally picks for the Housewives shows.

Laurett has a million, kazillion, kids. Okay, I'm probably exaggerating, but she does have about a half a dozen, and she handles her brood much, much better than Alex and Simon manage their two. And all the while looking glamorous. Take that haters!

My final choice is one of my dearest friends, Pat Skantze. In the DC social scene , she is THE Queen. Everyone adores this woman.

Yes, I know none of the Housewife shows have featured anyone over 50 and I think that's too bad.
In this youth obsessed, young starlet-crazed world we live in, Pat (on the left) epitomizes what we, as women, should hope to be like to as we get older. She forgets her age and just LIVES. She is truly an inspriation and great role model for us younger gals
Pat is famous in the city for always donning a hat. You never see her without one. As a matter of fact, she has over 250 custom made just for her.

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And although I have known her for 8 years I don't know her exact age, and would never dream of asking her. (She is a former runner-up in the Miss Alabama pageant)

What I do know is that she is considered by many to be the most glamorous woman in town. She is always meticulously turned out from head to toe. When she walks into the room, everything stops. People who know her rush to her side. I've seen people wait in line to talk to her.

Men stop whatever they are doing to hold doors open, get her a drink. And yes, I'm talking young men, as well as old men and every age in between.

Pat oozes charm and class. I've watched her treat the busboy and valet with the same respect and kindness that most people reserve for Heads of State and Ambassadors.

She is very much sought after as a Chairperson for many events and galas. I've had the privilege of working with Pat on several of these, as well as serve on the Women's Committee of the Washington Ballet. Every one knows that if they want a successful, prosperous event that Pat is the perfect chair. Why? Because no one can say 'no' to her.

Now, wouldn't you agree that Pat would be a perfect addition to the 'cast'? What better person to teach young women that they can be young, vital and beautiful all of their lives.

I must admit that Pat is my favorite pick. She is proof that their really is life after 45!

So, there you have it. My list for the 'perfect cast' of the Real Housewives of DC.

Imagine the money raised, the good deeds done, the random acts of kindness and general positive influence that the world could see if these ladies were put to the test. For once, just once, the nation would get to see hardworking women who get along, working for positive issues and the greater good, instead of what they see on the evening news that normally comes out of Washington.

But alas, that doesn't sell. Instead it's the back-biting, tantrum-throwing, every word bleeped out that makes for 'good' television.

You'd never,ever, see Pat Skantze or Jaci Reed withdraw their hand from someone, as 'low' as a chauffer and demand to be called Mrs. Somebody (ala the 'Countess' on New York Housewives). Because fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, all of the above ladies have way too much class to make for 'good television.'

Who would YOU like to see on the show if Housewives was coming to YOUR town?


Übermilf said...

I would just like to pay you a compliment.

I remember when people used to actually WRITE on their blogs, but I pressed the "next blog" button close to 10 times before I came to a blog with actually writing, thoughts, and ideas on it (truthfully, the ones in Portuguese and Korean had writing; I just couldn't read it).

Thank you for taking the time to actually string a bunch of writing together just for my entertainment.

Gracie Beth said...

I think YOU should still be on the show! And I would like to see myself on the Atlanta what if I don't have a husband(minor detail)!

Allie in G'town said...

I can NOT wait! I don't know of any of these ladies but I hardly know anyone in DC. Maybe at some point this summer you, Maxminimus, and i can get together for a cocktail? And, of course any other of the regular's that are in DC or OTA. I've met with some of the DC design bloggers and it was great fun except that I was odd man out, not being a designer or architect or anything of their ilk. Btw, polished off the book this wknd, thoroughly enjoyed it and obsessed with figuring out the school he's writting about and now I am mailing it off to a bff in Boston. Thank you, again for the lovely gift! XXOO

Summer said...

Oh you should be on the show.And you need to be there.=) Looking forward on your next post.Have a great day.=)

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Kappa Prep said...

What a fun, fun post! I loved reading about all your friends/propects for the show. I would love to see a foxhunter on DHDC, give it a bit of a twist!

Dickie said...

Where do we begin - I am sure the list will come out of no where especially with Real World and Blonde Charity Mafia all shooting at the same time!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Oh my, this post is jam packed with fun info and possibilities! I'm a big fan of the RH series and would love to see one come to Big D. I'm already thinking of people they could feature (no, not me)....