Yes.... THE Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame.
|Cari and I in line outside the store|
|Cari and Jill having a laugh... Awww she was preggo with Sam...|
|Jill Z and I - BFF|
The secret is a little shop called Alene Too... The ladies that own this shop have a connection (somehow!) with the ladies of Real Housewives fame. The Real Housewives ladies like to write books... Alene Too likes to have them in to sign them... Bonus for you! Actually, I shouldn't even say Real Housewives because they had Nikki Hilton in a few months ago too. Go on their website, sign up for the mailing list, like them on facebook, follow them on twitter - DO IT! They will send you emails as to when the celebs will be in town for your schmoozing pleasure. Just a little FYI... You have to buy the book there for them to sign it... I was reading on Twitter about a girl that was turned away because she didn't buy it there. Play it safe.. Buy it there!
If I had to compare the two events I would have to say that we were a little spoiled with Jill Zarin. The store was in a different location at the time and I think there wasn't as much publicity, not to mention it was on a weekday at like 10:00am. We were able to chat with Jill, take as many pics as we liked and it was just more relaxed. Notice also my nice professional photo with Jill - not so much with Kyle... The new location was a mad house!!!
It was definitely a very cool thing to be a part of. They made all of the mannequins in the store look like Kyle and had tons of corporate sponsors... IE free Smartwater.... free coconut water... free champagne... free candy... free chips.... free cookies... I'm probably leaving a lot out here....Very cool branding and SMART! We waited in line for probably about an hour, which wasn't terrible - part of it was in the store so you could shop.
We finally made it to the front of the line and were able to meet her....
|Cari and Kyle...|
|Me and Kyle...|
She was so gracious and thanked us each twice for being so patient and waiting in the line. There really wasn't a lot of time that you could spend with her. You were only allowed one picture each... Cari and I wanted one together with her and it wasn't allowed. While you were next to her there were like 10 other people taking her picture, reaching over her refilling water, cleaning the table... LOL such a time crunch and such a difference from out previous encounter with Jill, but still great! Yes... She's just as beautiful in person as she is on TV. Yes... She was very nice.
You can check out my Yelp! on Alene Too here.
So get on that mailing list and maybe we'll see you at the next signing!