SONJA MORGAN: Sonja With A “J’s” BravoBlog… Sonja Don’t Care For “Back Talkin”… “Just Rollin” with PoopiePiggyGeorge… AND… LuAnn de Lesseps Very “Passive/Aggressive” BravoBlog…

August 14, 2012  12:10 pm   Bravo…  

NOTE:  Sonja’s blog, according to Bravo is seven pages!  Bravo done screwed up!  The following is Sonja “with a J’s” BravoBlog… kind of disorganized, but it’s all there!  Some of it repetitive; however, leaving as Bravo published.  Those interns!!!

                   Sonja Morgan… toaster oven shoot…

Ramona cracks me up when she says “hold the fifth.” Especially since we “Plead the Fifth” with Andy.  She is always fun that way.  She has so many things going on at once she glitches. I’m so happy Carole  sic’d George on LuAnn. It’s her turn! Carole and I already did our diplomatic part. If you can’t beat ’em join ’em. You just have to roll with it.   NOTE:  Would LOVE to see someone, ANYONE, on the RHONY put PoopiePiggyGeorge in his place.  No one has… yet.  Therefore, how can you “join ’em” if you’ve never attempted to stop this disgusting man?

At this time and point I have no real beef with Aviva. I don’t need to point out how inappropriate George is, she already admitted that he is embarrassing and as a new friend I am there to support her. We all have our situations, right!?!    NOTE: Simply cannot believe Sonja is brushing this pervert under the rug!  SOMEONE on the RHONY should be pointing out the VERY inappropriate PPG… cannot believe everyone at the dinner found such amusement in PPG’s behvior!  Perhaps part of the deal for “Vivs” to get on the RHONY was to bring along her sexAddictDaddy?  If so, someone at Bravo needs some therapy… a steady jolt of ECT for at least as long as viewers are exposed to PoopiePiggyGeorgie would be a good first step!

As a guest of Carole I am going to try and make sure everyone has a good time regardless. I know the Countess with all her diplomatic experience can handle herself just fine.

I was relieved that Carole got the lizard because I don’t feel anyone should be putting a live animal in a box among a stack of gifts. I felt so bad for the lizard for being in the dark all alone with no grass, no food, no water, and having no idea what was going to happen next.

Ramona cracks me up when she says “hold the fifth.” Especially since we “Plead the Fifth” with Andy. She is always fun that way. She has so many things going on at once she glitches. I’m so happy Carole sic’d George on LuAnn. It’s her turn! Carole and I already did our diplomatic part. If you can’t beat ’em join ’em. You just have to roll with it.

At this time and point I have no real beef with Aviva. I don’t need to point out how inappropriate George is, she already admitted that he is embarrassing and as a new friend I am there to support her. We all have our situations, right!?!

As a guest of Carole I am going to try and make sure everyone has a good time regardless. I know the Countess with all her diplomatic experience can handle herself just fine.

I was relieved that Carole got the lizard because I don’t feel anyone should be putting a live animal in a box among a stack of gifts. I felt so bad for the lizard for being in the dark all alone with no grass, no food, no water, and having no idea what was going to happen next.

<–pagebreak->I knew of all the people at that table Carole has the time to nurture the lizard and give it a home. Frankly, I am not sure what anyone else would do with this poor little guy and I did not feel I could handle taking home another animal if I did not have too. I already feel like Dr. Doolittle with the hurricane damage and slew of workers, repairmen, playdates, business appointments, shoots, my interns, and the menagerie of pets I already have coming and going. In fact, we still do not know where our hamster is at the moment and the cat knocked the goldfish out of the bowl. It is a constant battle of scheduling. dentists, vets, grooming, new roof, cracked sidewalk, toaster oven demos, catering clients, board meetings. It’s Grand Central until my daughter gets home from school. Then the HOMEWORK. How can anyone squabble at a cocktail party???

I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Heather and I are two creative women, she is a designer and I am developing a home and lifestyle collection. We have both done many photo shoots over our many years in business. Heather has business partners that invest in her company so she understands as I do that I will have investors to confer with and buyers down the line as well who will like the packaging with the six pack or not.

We do not make all the decisions by ourselves these brands come together as a team.

I had a branding and packaging guy AND photographer who was dying to be in the limelight as well. But Heather insisted I wait until after London to use hers — so I provided the studio, hair, makeup, stylist, borrowed dresses , accessories, and set props as part of the team

We were two friends working on a creative project bringing together our resources who were all excited to be involved. I didn’t want to limit myself to the Samsung microwave concept that Peter Arnell, world renowned brand strategist and marketing communications expert did it 10 years ago because:

1. It did not look original, it looked very Abercrombie.
2. I can’t be sure that the investors/ buyers/shopping networks will go for it. <–pagebreak->I like to be cautious and cover my bases. I suggested after seeing James’ storyboards depicting one with the shirtless man and one without, we did both because I wanted to have an open mind to their first concept. But at the same time be safe and do the second one as well.

At the end, when I was saying both of James concepts photographed well it was not to take away from the spirit and time Heather had spent with me on the project. I was talking about the shoot. There is much more to do!

I looked at the time I was spending with Heather not only as a finished outcome, and yes I had a brutal timeline in general to get this toaster marketed and on the shelf, but once we mapped out 8 to 4 pm to a single photo shoot we had plenty of time to bond as friends with a love for the creative arts and business

In my experience two set ups is nothing! Especially in a studio, I have done several inside AND outside locations in half the time. Heather made a comment behind my back that she had no idea what I had planned for the shoot without the man when it was James who had already presented the storyboards one with and one without. And we both agreed we would streamline it so we had a piece of furniture to hold the toaster rather than the man.

I kept the same look other than an apron which my stylist tapped down to the gown. I couldn’t resist wearing my tiaras and headbands! Signature Sonja. Voila ! In ten minutes we were ready, once I set up the dishes with the food James’s college friend who did food styling had prepared earlier. <–pagebreak->Same food! Same toaster! Same girl! I have to tell you when they do these shoots I’m a real trooper, but I always wonder if the tables are going to collapse or something silly like that, but I’m game!

I like to enjoy myself and the people I work with. I know my brand, their needs and wants, and I have to say true to that or there is no point in doing it.

James and Heather told me that they specifically did not want Ramona at the shoot. I did not want anyone at the shoot — not that I was particularly excluding Ramona. I don’t think it was intentional, but Ramona had it in her head that I wanted her there and they refused. I did not request Ramona’s presence at the shoot. I know I can handle the shoot with this awesome photographer Gian Andrea Di Stefano and a little digital LOL!

But the fact that Heather and I put the team together means, of course, she would be there with me to complete the mission.

<–pagebreak->I had Ramona at the second meeting because I felt Heather was not listening to me nor understanding my brand. I was so nervous under my own pressures and investment and Ramona knows me well and my brand is my lifestyle. Heather is a new friend and James hadn’t even looked at my website. I was worried.

When I complimented Heathers Yummie Tummie logo she offered to help me with my mine because I was not sure that my symbol (logo) the “city girl” would work across the board. I thought it would be too limited to use across the board with Sonja Home, Innovated Living, and Sonja In The City Special Events and Catering.

Therefore when Heather offered to help me I was not expecting to see only a new font (also part of the logo) but a new symbol (logo) I insisted at the first meeting that I needed a larger “J” and decided to go forward with the original girl due to time constraints since they had offered no real change to it. Ramona popped the capital J in the Antiqua font that that they offered and that I had on my bath towels for over 25 years! We separated the girl, as I had said and I think it looks very good for now. As Heather said she changed hers over the years.

Next was the photo shoot. Breezy easy! I do these photo shoots in my sleep! And so do they! When the concept of two setups being too much came to play I was baffled. We also had discussed head shots, food shots, and separate toaster oven shots. Heather had agreed she gets as much as possible at one shoot.

I think the underlining tiff between Ramona and Heather made the pressure more intense and also the fact that Heather is a very public business woman also adds pressure. The bottom line is when a friend offers to work on a project with another friends — one should never rub it in their nose that it’s comped or very expensive. It’s a gift between friends, whether it’s material or intellectual. I was not complaining about James’ ideas. I was gracious but wanted to have both of James’ concepts to be safe. Heather’s motto is to empower woman and make them feel good about themselves. When I produced the film The Marsh, with a $7 million budget we had many trade outs for exposure and super star actors who agreed to work for less. When there were creative differences on the set the Oscar winning actor, artists, and professionals did not resort to complaining about what their pay is or the fact they donated free cars, watches, laptops, etc. for exposure

<–pagebreak->Sonja in The City throws many comped parties where not a dime is paid and I take the complaints along with the compliment — but I never say one never paid.

Heather changed her tune at Ramona’s red wine party.

I think out of the heat she realized I respect her a lot and look forward to a long friendship. She and I are strong minded, but never did I not feel the love and her want for me to succeed. She says what she means. And she sticks with it. I respect that. I don’t like two-faced I like to know what I’m dealing with.

I never did request Ramona at the shoot. I don’t think Ramona intentionally lied, but I think she misunderstood that one.

Janna Bullock’s was a Sonja in the City event and used my caterer rather than her usual Italian caterer. I was thrilled she trusted me. Janna has the finest most worldly taste. I had to find a last minute location because her building wouldn’t allow it but R. Couri Hay who I have known almost 30 years pulls through with his beautiful townhouse. There is always a last-minute glitch!

Ramona is hilariouuuuuuus when she is behind Heather talking about her mocking Jacques accent as fake behind her back after saying its not good to talk behind anyone’s back. Everyone does it. Heather’s says some things behind my back that she doesn’t say to me. I call it venting. Of course I care about my brand more than she does. It’s how I support my properties, which are businesses in themselves, and how I support my daughter since child support alone doesn’t do that.

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Mea culpa my friends! After the episode aired last week, I received many comments regarding my American Indian/Native American debate with Carole. I want to apologize for any disrespect I showed to people of native heritage in that scene and even though Carole was getting on my nerves, I should have chosen a better way to refute her assertions.

I had the pleasure of meeting  Aviva’s father George at Carole’s Christmas party and thought he was charming and funny but way over the top! His behavior doesn’t seem to bother Aviva very much and she loves to bring him out with her. Carole knew that seating me next to George was no problem because I can handle him.

Sonja is a diva and she behaved like one at the photo shoot. If you notice, she may have arrived late and had some wardrobe issues — but once she got down to work, she was all business.   NOTE:  Well, THAT was a passive/aggressive two sentences from LuAnnie!

Heather’s frustration with Sonja has been building but I think both women brought great ideas to the table and I’m sure Sonja got some nice photos for her toaster oven launch. I wonder if Heather feels that since Sonja was getting all this help for free that she should be more grateful and less demanding? No good deed goes unpunished, and I’m sure Heather will think twice before lending her expertise to a friend again.

I don’t understand Sonja’s hesitation in giving Heather credit but I see how Sonja feels that this brand is hers and no one else’s. Sonja is her brand and I believe that if she follows her vision, she will succeed. I mean, who doesn’t need a great toaster oven?

I feel bad that Aviva experiences so much anxiety in her life but I do think that the best way to overcome fear is to confront it head on. She wants to travel with Reid because he calms her and makes her feel safe. I can understand that but depending on another person for your serenity is unhealthy and Aviva needs step out of her comfort zone without Reid so that she becomes comfortable when setting out on her own.