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The Real Housewives Take Over and Get Down To Business

Housewives. The term generally refers to women who stay home and take care of the house. But there aren’t as many housewives as there once was, these women aren’t just changing diapers, eating bon-bons or doing lunch. The Real Housewives are an example, they are all basking in their 15 minutes and starting side businesses to bank on their notoriety. All these opportunities are surely born from their presence on the show, mere housewives no more.  From bestselling books to face cream to a Navajo inspired bracelet, check out what these notorious ladies are doing in their spare time.

Books: Their Contributions to the World of Literature

Alex McCrod and Simon van Kempen
Real Housewives of New York City
Always a working girl, Alex and husband Simon penned a parenting book called Little Kids, Big City: Tales From a Real House in New York City. The book gives “insight into the challenges facing city parents today.” The book came out in April of this year.

Danielle Staub
Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Naked Truth by Danielle Staub Coming out May 25th. Her memoir is “filled with glamour and grit, heartbreak and heroism” and will reveal “the naked truth behind reality TV’s most talked-about star. Plus you’ll soon be able to order her ‘Danielle’s Mafia T-shirt Line, autographed photos and beauty tip booklet.

Teresa Giudice
Real Housewives of New Jersey
This month Teresa celebrated the release of her first cookbook Skinny Italian. It features “over 60 Giudice family recipes straight from Salerno” plus it boasts that it will “unleash your (sexy) inner Italian mamma” plus recipes to “slow down and enjoy a faster metabolism”.

Bethenny Frankel
Real Housewives of New York City
Bethenny has banked on her skinnygirl-ness as well as her cooking background to create two cookbooks – The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes For Your Naturally Thin Life, Naturally Thin and a non-food related book is on the horizon (coming out in December) A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life. And she’s not just leaving it to the page, she also did a fitness DVD called Body By Bethenny.  She also has a premade drink on the market called Skinnygirl Margarita.

Countess LuAnn De Lesseps
Real Housewives of New York City
Her offering to the world of literature? Class with the Countess: How To Live with Elegance and Flair. In this self-help book LuAnn discusses is based on the premise that “through all of her experiences, she learned that class comes from within – and that elegance and taste can be acquired.” In the book she delves into The Art of Being Yourself, The Art of Making Other People Comfortable, and The Art of Seduction.  Would you count on the countess for life advice?

Vicki Gunvalson
Real Housewives of Orange Coutry
Business woman Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County wrote a book called More Than a Housewife. The book is part autobiography as well as “her philosophy on living an inspirational life, Vicki shares some of her observations regarding marriage, kids, retiring and the art of living well.”

Jill Zarin
Real Housewives of New York City
Jill Zarin partnered with her sister and mother on their book Secrets of a Jewish Mother. In this recently released book, Jill and family dish about life, love, and happiness. But reviewers, especially on Amazon, have not been so kind such as “What a waste of times and Money”, “Sad and Tired”, “Simply awful” and “terrible advice.” Ouch.

Nene Leakes
Real Housewife from the Atlanta
This Real Housewife from the Atlanta cast member wrote the book Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lesson on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way. She also got some harsh reviews on her autobiography from Amazon commenters such as “What a waste of paper!”, “Hateful Mean NeNe” and “Who IS this person. We want the old NeNe back!”

Jewelry:



Dina Manzo

Real Housewives of New Jersey
Pre-Real Housewives she had a successful career as an interior decorator. But now she’s not just decorating rooms she’s decorating ear lobs, fingers and necks with her jewelry line as part of the Dina Mazno by Thad Cline collection. The pieces all feature ladybugs, a nod to her charitable organization Project Ladybugs.


Kelly Bensimon

Real Housewives of New York
She actually has had a jewelry line for a while, but she’s not just doing owl necklaces anymore. Her current line features Navajo inspired rings, bracelets and necklaces. But the owls aren’t totally forgotten, her site also features clothing with owl emblems on them, with her modeling them of course.

Ramona Singer
Real Housewives of New York
There was a bit of nepotism in Ramona’s entry as a jewelry designer. Her husband has a family jewelry company called True Faith Jewelry that specialized in religious icons and so getting her designs made was a pretty natural step. Her pieces are sold on HSN, the Home Shopping Network.

Lynne Curtin
Real Housewives of Orange County
Lynne of the Real Housewives of Orange County, once she hit the Real Housewives circuit, suddenly fancied herself as a  jewelry designer. She focuses on cuffs where she throws on a cross, heart or fleur de les and calls it an accessory. She also does earrings, belts, and rings. Oh the rings feature the “faith” version with a cross and the “iron cross” not so much biblical as biker.

Music:
Kim Zolciak
Real Housewives of Atlanta
Kim followed through with what seems like a childhood fantasy of being a singing star with her odd and often mocked on “Don’t Be Tardy For the Party”.  Good thing for the heavy production on the number because from hearing Kim with the vocal coach and her heavy smoking, that voice needed a bit of help. Thank you technology!

Countess LuAnn De Lesseps
Real Housewives of New York City
Someone convinced Countess LuAnn De Lesseps that she could become a recording artist. Her first song is the misguided song “Money Can’t Buy You Class.” She told People that she was “trying to bring manners — and disco — back. When I made the song, I had dancing in Saint-Tropez in mind.” Her next song will be “Chic, c’est la vie.

Gretchen Rossi
Real Housewives of Orange County
This is a straight to iTunes number. It’s called Nothing Without You (Demo Mix). Yup another Housewife doing the singing thing.

Beauty Products:

Gretchen Rossi
Real Housewives of Orange County
This not so real never-been-married Housewife from Orange County launched a cosmetics line during the last season of the show. It’s called Gretchen Christine Beaute and they make products for the face, eyes and lips.

Ramona Singer
Real Housewives of New York City
This Real Housewife from New York City wasn’t just happy with creating stuff that ladies wear on their skin but the skin itself. She has her own skin care line called Tru Renewal.

Clothing Designers:

Sheree Whitfield
Real Housewives of Atlanta
It seems that Sheree has been working on her line She By Sheree out of the gate. She seems to take her side career a bit more seriously than the other housewives. And apparently there will be  Who Gon’ Check Me Boo T-shirt. And really who doesn’t want one of those?

Lisa Wu Hartwell
Real Housewives of Atlanta
Closet Freak is the creation of the Atlanta housewife Lisa Wu Hartwell. But she’s a busy gal, also raising kids and being a real estate broker and apparently, an actress. Her rushed fashion show was featured on the last season of Real Housewives.

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