My Latest Piece on The NY Observer…The Color of Money.

The Color of Money: Do Blondes, Brunettes or Redheads Make the Most Tips?

By Randi Newton | 06/26/14 4:12pm


Grabbed by a touch of whimsy, I recently decided to bleach my hair platinum blonde. Shouldn’t every woman try it once, I thought? Also, O.K., I’m going gray, so a full bleach job seemed like a good way to conceal it.

I called my hairdresser, Mala Elhassen of Carlo Marco Studio in the West Village, and booked the journey to the la-la land of Marilyn-hued blondes. The result was thrilling. I breezed on to the street feeling sassed to the nines.

“You’re going to get a lot of attention,” Mala warned as I strode off to the train.

“Hey, blondie,” said a passing guy.

“Hi, baby,” said another.

What is it, 1980? I wondered. Maybe being blond is a time-travelling device. A few others leered at me—some cute, some not so. The real test would be at my night job: bottle-service waitress at a Midtown nightclub. Would being blonde be profitable?


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The Secret to Eyelash Success…the Magic Wand!

Yes, if you know me well, you know that I am in the constant pursuit of the best mascara in existence.  Yes, this is a superficial thing, but a small one that makes me happy.  I know I’m not alone in the search for this simple beauty product.

Then I realized.  Perhaps all mascaras ARE created equal?  I still have yet to test this theory on EVERY mascara out there, but while at Sephora the other day, in between meetings, I decided to throw some mascara on, I grabbed one of the disposable brushes-and a tube of something (I can’t remember what brand).

Then it hit me.  Good God, my eyelashes looked pretty hot!  I attribute this to the BRUSH.



disposable-mascara-wands-pk25Has it been all about the brush to begin with?  I’m still figuring this out, but click on the pic above and you can BUY a ton of these on Amazon, unless you just want to pocket some from Sephora.

So, yes, this is what I have for you this lovely summer weekend.  I promise there’s more to come, and a lot more excitement.


My first piece on!

My first piece for this amazing site! Thank you Anna David!!  

I think most of my close friends had their suspicions, so now I’m coming clean about it…and clean of WalFlu!

Next week, I’ll hit my five-year anniversary of when I entered outpatient and gave up alcohol.

I think it’s normal for people to feel a myriad of emotions around their anniversary. I get nervous that I might relapse by accident, I become excited about what I’ve accomplished during my five years and I also have the terrifying feeling of “Oh my God!  This sober stuff is hard work.” I also reflect back on hitting my bottom and remember the feeling of it more prominently than at other times of the year. It’s like I’m looking back on someone who was a completely different and miserable person and I’m still in shock that I managed to turn things around.

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Happy to be cold medicine free!


Five Years!

Today marks my fifth anniversary of sobriety.

Usually I post something really vague this time of year about this date, but now, I realize how much this important change I made saved my life and changed it.

Here are some frequently asked questions I get about sobriety:

Is it hard?

YES.  It can be very difficult at times, but thanks to therapy, an amazing group of friends, and of course my incredible husband, Eric Miclette, it makes it bearable…

Do you ever miss drinking? Do you ever think you’ll drink again?

No I do not miss drinking alcohol.  I certainly had my fair share of fire water, so no I don’t miss it.

As for drinking again, I do not plan on doing so.  In recovery, although I don’t attend 12 step meetings-I do believe in “one day at a time”.

Can’t you have just one drink? Like on the weekends?

NO.  It does not work that way.  Google it.

Don’t you get bored?


How did you do it?

I went to an outpatient rehab facility and was given medication to prevent seizures (yes, I was drinking THAT MUCH) There was no type of intervention situation.  I decided I needed to stop.  I quit saying, “I’m going to stop drinking.” and I just went and got help.

It wasn’t anything like you see on television.  You go in, they take vitals, they give you some medicine, then you’re out within 20 minutes-and a bunch of money later, your body can be physically detoxed within 3-4 days.

The hard part is the mental aspect of it, and changing habits and patterns.  I have lost friends over my decision to stop drinking.  This wasn’t really a choice I made.  There were some friends who I did nothing but drink with, so we had nothing in common when I stopped.  There were some other friends who just disappeared, which was extremely sad, but life goes on.

I think I’m actually more fun now, than when I was drinking…

Any other FAQ’s? I’m happy to answer.  

Now to celebrate with Cheeseburgers, bad television and a night off. 



Updates on the “promised” Jenna Jameson follow-up interview…

I feel that this is an appropriate time to finally update, and close the door on the Jenna Jameson fiasco I dealt with for over the past five months.


After the article on Jenna ran on LA WEEKLY. I received a phone call from Jenna and her manager/friend Allen Meme. She said she had contacted her attorney and that we needed to talk.

I called back and the three of us spoke on the phone for about 30 minutes. A lot was said during that conversation.

Originally, Jenna told me herself that she would “drop everything” to do an interview to clear things up.

Well…did I really think that would finally happen? I had hoped, but I knew better. Once again…I gave her chance after chance, after CHANCE….and nothing. Publications WERE interested. She didn’t take the opportunity for whatever reasons she had. They lost interest, but I’ve gotten several questions about the aftermath of the article and the recent press that she’s gotten. So here you go.

From my perspective, if someone really wants to tell their side of the story, and their manager keeps telling the media, “She’s happy now, she’s sober…” If they cannot make the time to speak for themselves…something doesn’t add up. Make the appearance, clear things up. Take advantage of the MULTIPLE media outlets that gave you the chance to do so. Keep your word. You’re only as good as your word, and Jenna doesn’t follow through-unless it has to do with making hateful comments to others on Instagram What’s the holdup?

I know this is a sensitive topic, but it has to be discussed: The children.

Again, the actions speak louder than words. One can say how much they love their children, but when it comes to physically showing up for court dates, and making an effort to see them-those words don’t mean ANYTHING if you do not follow through.

This is my tough love and advice for Jenna:

If you don’t want to be present in your children’s lives-which seems to be the case by your behavior, just own up to these faults and admit it.

I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. Correct me if I’m wrong.

I think people would have a lot more respect for the situation if one could actually admit:

“I’m not in the right place to be a mother at this point in my life.”

As for addiction issues, it’s something I’ve struggled with myself. I know from experience that if you’re not ready to get clean and sober, you won’t. You’ll continue self-medicating, and your tolerance will be through the roof which makes for a fatal overdose to become a very scary reality.

You will wait until you hit your bottom, and you will either pull yourself out of it, or you won’t…and then it may be too late and that dreaded phone call will go out to friends and family letting them know someone they loved because a statistic to addiction.

The one question I wanted an answer from Jenna?

What kind of legacy would you like to leave behind?

Right now, that legacy: Photos on Instagram, saying one thing and doing another (or not doing anything at all).

I feel particularly sad as I write this. Nothing anyone will say, or do can make an addict change their ways. It’s something they can only do themselves.

The thought of a life without alcohol or substances can be a terrifying thought. What’s even more terrifying is not giving yourself a chance.

Every passing moment is a chance to turn things around.

The next time we hear about Jenna in the media. I honestly have no idea what will be said. I know what I hope for, but I also know all too well what the actual reality could be.

So there…closing the door on this. Jenna, if you don’t like what I’ve said, maybe because it’s the truth. I’ve given you multiple chances. My intention was to help. As much as you may hate me, you have my number if you want to talk, not for an interview, but for advice or help.  Beware of enablers around you.

All the best.

Randi Newton