By Inside Track | Monday, October 5, 2009 | | The Inside Track
“Real Housewives of New York City” star Alex McCord is urging fans to check out the Bravo show’s third season when it debuts next year! “We’ve been in production for less than a month and already the drama is off the charts. It’s amazing,” she told the Track . And, although she kept mum because she was afraid she’d be struck down by the “Network Gods,” she did say she enjoyed developing relationships with her reality TV co-stars Jill Zarin, LuAnn De Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Bethenny Frankel .
“It’s always great when groups of women, who do a show together, continue to over a few years. Those relationships develop and take turns.”
McCord, a spokeswoman for the chic consignment store Second Time Around, was in town this weekend to host a Simon Fashion Now event at the Burlington Mall . The reality star met with Massachusetts College of Art and Design students and even modeled one of the non-textile ensembles as part of the school’s wearable art collection, on display at the mall next week.
“Second Time Around has such a great business model - and it is so timely for what’s going on,” she said. “It’s good in so many ways. It can put money back in the pocket of people who want to revamp their closets. It is also great for women and men who want to wear fantastic designer clothes but don’t have the budget to pay retail for it.”
McCord, who made quite the entrance wearing a creation made out of cassette tape, is currently writing a book on child -rearing with her eccentric, Australian-born hubby Simon van Kempen .
“My husband and I are writing about raising kids in the city,” the mother of boys Francois and Johan, said. “It’s going to be available March 31st. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s going to appeal to parents who can read it and think ‘ahh, I just went through that’ or people who are living in the city and thinking about possibly having kids.”
But McCord faced some harsh criticism from fans and co-stars alike - who said she didn’t have the parenting skills necessary to write that kind of a book - considering her own kids misbehaved quite a bit on the show. In one famous scene, at the end of Season One, her kiddies were busy man-handling their burgers while at a formal dinner.
“What people see on the show is about a nanosecond of what goes on in real life,” she said. “No parents’ child is perfect all the time. And, our book is not about how to be a perfect parent - it’s about the crazy ridiculous wonderful stories,” she said.

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