Jill Zarin isn’t shy about telling it like it is. So it’s fitting the fiery cast member from the Real Housewives of New York City wrote a book packed with advice.
The Long Island, N.Y., native was in Coral Gables and Boca Raton over the weekend doing signings of Secrets of a Jewish Mother. Cowritten with her sister and mother, the self-helper doles out tips on dating, parenting and marriage (Classic: “Who said your husband has to know everything?”)
Zarin is loving the Sunshine State, hanging out with BFF Carole Rome, wife of governor/senatorial candidate Charlie Crist, and shopping to her heart’s content.
“Mayor Bloomberg won’t be thrilled with me; I’m helping the Florida economy,” said Zarin from the Theory store at Town Center in Boca. “I’m here getting my basics — my black, my white, my gray. I’ll drop a few grand, but I’ll be done.”
Zarin, 46, likely won’t have too many wardrobe issues in the near future — Season 4 of the hit Bravo show is in limbo, while frenemy Bethenny Frankel got her own spinoff, Bethenny Getting Married?
The two don’t speak, but it sounds like they may eventually.
“Sadly, I haven’t seen her baby yet but hopefully when the media goes way we’ll be able to talk.”
In the meantime, plan on seeing more of Zarin.
“Nothing makes me happier than going to the mall in Boca,” she said. “I have my little rituals like getting my frozen yogurt then having lunch at Neiman Marcus.”
Being unemployed will also give the mother of four (one daughter and three stepkids) some down time. But don’t look for her tuning into the D.C. franchise.
“I find it a little boring, a little pretentious and forced,” she said, adding, “but the jury’s still out.”
What’s the appeal of all these Real Housewives‘?
“I think people are just nosybodies. I don’t mean that in a bad way,” she said. “Also it’s the ‘better you than me’ mentality. You got that DWI and I didn’t.”