Sonja Morgan Honored With New York State Assembly Citation & Behind The Scenes RHONY Filming

Sonja was recently honored by Inspired In New York for her accomplishments and contributions in the field of media, arts, entertainment, business and philanthropy. Organized by the wonderful Von Boozier Twins VBTE Events (Sonja In The City took a rest!), the evening took place at the chic venue The Griffin in the West Village.

Sonja on the Red Carpet at Inspired in NY

She received the proclamation from the State of New York which says: "a great state is only as great as those persons who give exemplary service to their community and society, whether through keen business strategies, through unique in their professional or other endeavors or simply through a lifetime of good citizenry."

Actress and comedienne Mindy Cohn with Speakeasy Moderne's Hank Stampfl and Clayton Whitman

Ms Morgan is honored as a "business role model, who approached plans conservatively in order to maximize her final value, adds sensibility to her brands and proves time after time that you can achieve great style while still saving time and money." Further citing her Philanthropy it states: " a long-time supporter of the arts, she has been lauded for her philanthropic achievements, dedicated time and money to helping LGBT Youth and sits on many boards and foundations whose efforts vastly improve the lives of New Yorkers every day."

Sonja with Countess LuAnn and Aviva Drescher

The award cited her personal achievement for her contributions as an innovator and trendsetter in the arts, media and entertainment industries. Sonja was happy to have her dear friends, The Fabulous Beekman Boys - Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell - who she considers to be achievers of same, present her with the award.

Sonja with Heather Thomson

Ms. Morgan threw a Sonja In The City engagement party shorty for Brent and Josh after MENY (Marriage Equality New York) passed. They recently tied the knot in Upstate NY where they film their show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, which airs on Planet Green. The boys gave a lovely speech about being neighbors in Manhattan with Sonja, their friendship, love of tradition, fabulous escapades, and their memories of cooking together which was very moving to all. Even Phillip Bloch, stylist to John Travolta and Halle Berry, showed up to support his friend Sonja. He and Sonja are fellow crusaders for the cure for HIV/AIDS.

Sonja with good friends The Fabulous Beekman Boys - Josh Kilmer Purcell and Brent Ridge

It was a wonderful evening and Sonja said she was delighted that so many of her good friends came to support her on this very special occasion. She was joined by fellow Real Housewives of New York City co-stars Ramona Singer, Countess LuAnn deLesseps, Aviva Drescher and Heather Thomson.

Sonja with The Von Boozier Twins

Sonja with Wayne Jones & Ise White

Middleweight Champ Peter Quillin with Sonja

Sonja poses with stylist to the stars and former Inspired in NY recipient Phillip Bloch

Two Portraits by Raya The Hollywood Photographer and Behind The Scenes Pics

Raya developed her photography craft in Paris, her imagination and creative instincts caught the eye of a Parisian fashion editor. In Paris, she shot for more than ten years with prestigious magazines such Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Dansk, and luxury brands such as Cartier and Sephora. Eventually, Raya fell in love with New York and moved there for 5 amazing years focusing on advertising for beauty and jewelry brands. She recently opened Your Hollywood Portrait Studio (http://yourhollywoodportrait.com). With an all female team of hair stylist and makeup artist, and a true expertise in lighting, Raya creates glamour Old Hollywood portraits, or elegant boudoir shoots for every woman. Raya's experience allows her to make everyone feel comfortable during a shoot. The goal is always the same, to enhance and spotlight everyone’s individual beauty. Behind the Scenes with Ms. Moran at the Raya Photosoot

Sonja in the City takes it to Canyon Ranch Spa & Resort

When you first arrive at the Majestic Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires this is what you see. With the first view you immediately relax because you feel the history. It takes you back in time to another era before the Internet, social media, and the craziness we live in today. When I arrived to my room there is a beautiful fruit basket, fabulous healthy snacks and just look at the view from my room! First thing I want to do is get some rest and leave my windows open for fresh air. I'm back home in the Berkshires! The next morning I headed to spin class and I passed by the tennis courts. I think if I come back here with my guy he can't complain because he can play tennis while I do my girly workouts, but believe me, there's kayaking, hiking, biking and more activities. Look at the schedule, it is all included and they have additional things you can sign up for for a small fee. I ran into these roller things and I have had tightness in my shoulder for the last year, acupuncture healers gave some relief but I have never had the release I needed until I rolled out my IT bands in my thighs like I did with these things. After my workout I like to sit by the pool or by this fabulous water fountain and of course no cell phones are allowed. Even I find that difficult but it's just what the doctor ordered. Then I'm off to see Billy Baudreau who is my favorite most animated chef in the world. He has a captivated audience at Canyon Ranch every lunch and dinner where he shares recipes as well. Here in this picture you see the Canyon Ranch dietitian Crissy Garner and his fabulous assistant Slav. Bowl of Billy's famous quinoa salad. He shows you how to use all your "leftovers" because anyone who knows me knows nothing is a leftover. I cook extra in advance so that I have leftovers. Billy and I are on the same page when it comes to cooking in the toaster oven, he has two convection ovens. As do I! (Not counting the ones in the basement) He and I both agree it's not about being the fanciest chef with the most difficult unattainable recipes, it's about making sure everything is there for your guests and that they feel comfortable and that you have more time for them. Enough about that, I could go on about Billy and our cooking tips forever but you have to meet him yourself when you go to Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. Before and after dinner I like to spend my time in the library. It reminds me of the Morgan Library in New York City. It's authentic and original and I feel at home. The fireplace is amazing and the mocktails are so delicious. They also serve tea time in that room.   Here I am in the hammock waiting for them to call me for my car to the Amtrak train station in Albany right to Penn station and then I'm a taxi ride from home. As you can see I don't have a care in the world about my hair or my make up, I'm just like buuuutter as Barbra Streisand would say!

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Inside the wardrobe of Sonja Morgan

Since my days at The Fashion Institute of Technology, while traveling the globe as a fashion model, actress, working in fashion retailing and wholesale in New York's Garment District I have developed many close and kindled relationships with some of the world's most internationally renowned designers. They have served me well! Most gracious for their support of recent as a single mom regaining her footing. Like in Louboutin! Thank you for being a friend. After becoming a star of The Real Housewives of New York I have been sharing my fashions on screen, continue to attend Fashion Week, giving style musings to Star Magazine, turn it out for my favorite and most worthy charities, grab a cover for a magazine here and there and manage to still garner a corner of legendary Bill Cunningham's New York Times Sunday Styles from time to time. It's not over til the fat lady sings! Of course since my early days in fashion and the purchase of my first properties as a young girl making her way in the BIG city I have been building my international fashion lifestyle brand. BravoTV.com recently asked me to showcase some of my beloved and essential wardrobe pieces. From favorite designers, styles, colors and cuts here's a look inside my closet for your Spring essentials.  

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