3rd Annual Ladies Luncheon, Southhampton NY — Amazing luncheon hosted at Jill Zarin’s stunning home benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. So grateful to be included!
You may remember last year we had the incredible opportunity of bringing our private collection to Jill Zarin’s Second Annual Luxury Ladies luncheon at her spectacular home in Southampton.
During our time at the event, we had such an overwhelming response to our collection and felt such a connection to Jill and her family, that we decided to partner with her and her team again this year after being invited back. We were honored to be a part of this event for a great cause benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The event was filled with positive energy, good vibes and a fabulous group of people.
Jill Zarin and I
The Chic to Chic Private Collection
Patti Stanger, Jill Zarin, Aviva Dresher, Luann De Lesseps, Cynthia Barshop, Dorinda Medley.
Beth Miller & Dorinda Medley
Beth Miller, Patti Stanger, Ally Zarin
One of the original Real Housewives of New York, Jill Zarin is a creative and talented businesswoman. Since her time on the show, she has launched her own brand, which includes Jill Zarin Home – bedding, Squeeze Couture – shapewear and Jill Zarin Jewelry. She also co-wrote her first book, Secrets of a Jewish Mother with her mom and sister, and is currently filming an upcoming movie by Eric Red. As an actress, writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, wife and mother, I find her to be an inspiration for all that she’s accomplished. I was thrilled to have a chance to ask Jill a few questions earlier this month to better understand what motivates her and how she does it all!
Let’s start with the Luxury Ladies luncheon. It is such an incredible event, benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, what is your goal with this event, and what inspired you to conceive it three years ago?
I love parties and events, especially out in the Hamptons. A few summers back I was thinking about how there was a lack of events really targeted at the female consumer, which sparked the creation of my Ladies Luncheon. Since there was such high demand at my first two events from men wanting to come, we expanded it to include a “Man cave” this year for Bobby and his friends.
Can you talk about landing your role on Real Housewives of New York and tell us a bit about the interview process?
It’s quite simple actually. There was a production company that hired interns to scope out the socialites in the Hamptons. One of them saw me in a magazine and before you know it, I received a voicemail on my home answering machine asking me if I wanted to interview and do a home video of my family to send along to the show. At the time, the show was to be called “Manhattan Moms.” I was chosen, and before I knew it the show became The Real Housewives of New York City. I still have that message on my old answering machine somewhere in storage!
You’ve recently been filming in New Orleans for Eric Red’s new movie, can you tell us about your role and when the movie is launching?
Yes! I am so excited! I was there for two weeks filming for the movie. I was such a natural that the producer actually created more scenes for me in the movie! It was so much fun filming with my friend Kelly Rutherford.
What do you like most about your acting profession?
I love being “on set” and having my own trailer. It is so thrilling. I enjoy pushing myself and constantly trying new things. In acting, you have to become the character that you are playing which sometimes can be a challenge, but I love a challenge.
What do you like least?
Being away from my family and Ginger!
Your first book is now on it’s third printing and has been translated for the Chinese, Russian and Japanese markets, which is amazing! Tell us what inspired you to write this book in partnership with your mother and sister?
My whole life my sister and I have tried to live our lives by my mother Gloria’s advice. I wanted to tell our story and philosophy and share how things can be relevant and passed on from generation to generation.
In your opinion, what was the most difficult part of the writing process?
Remembering everything! I think it is also hard to share three peoples perspective in one book, but we managed a way where the goal and feeling was fluid.
You have paved your own path to success in a world where so many others have failed, what is your formula for success?
You cannot be afraid to try. Sure, there have been things that I have failed at, but there are more things I have succeeded at because I keep trying. I always tell younger girls to make a business plan, even for the littlest things.
Out of all of the work you’ve done, what are you most proud of?
I don’t think there is one specific thing I am proud of. I am proud of the family that I am surrounded with and the constant love and support I get from my Bobby.
What do you do to relax?
I love being out in the Hamptons. It totally calms me. I am an avid tennis player. I have pretty mean serve.
If you could go back in time and do anything differently, what (if anything) would it be?
This is a hard question. I probably would not have let what was happening on housewives effect my personal life so much. I really gave my all and became so invested in the show and took things personally.