Even though reality TV may not be for everyone, Tinsley Mortimer doesn't mind being in the spotlight.
"I am a very open person, so I never worried about sharing my life," the 46-year-old, who is teaming up with Amazon to co-host a fun and festive event called “Amazon’s Pawliday Portraits," which will occur at the Amazon 4-star SoHo store on December 9, exclusively tells Morning Honey about her television stints. "It’s just hard with some of the shows where they want your whole family to share too, and some of your family doesn’t want to be a part of it — that is where it gets a little bit difficult. But for me, it’s easy to open up and share. I will sit down at a table with you, and I will tell you my whole life story in two seconds – that is me. It’s just easy."
Throughout her time on The Real Housewives of New York, the blonde beauty has always seemed confident in who she is. However, she is the first to admit that has her good and bad days.
"My mom would basically always say to me almost every day, 'I just want you to be your best self,'" she shares. "It was all about being your best self. My mom is from the South and in the South, you're verbal, you use your hands to talk more, we can be very loud, we are very out there. So, being with my amazing Southern mother, who is super confident, she always made me feel loved and grounded."
"I could just feel like I could do anything," she adds. "She never made me think I was better than anyone else. I am such a girl’s girl, and I want the best – I am not jealous of anybody. I want them to succeed, I want to succeed, we can all succeed."
After Mortimer wrapped RHONY, she has been spending time with her family in Palm Beach, Fla., and soaking up some peace and quiet. As for who next move, she is still mulling it over.
"I definitely did enjoy my time doing television and that could be something in my future again, but I am still trying to figure it out. I just want to be grounded and solid and be happy," she explains. "My dogs are so important to me. I want their lives to be fulfilled and happy, and I am just trying to figure it out. I do like TV, it was always fun to do. I did love doing the show, so who knows? Maybe there is other TV in my future!"
Since the Virginia native adores her two pups, Strawberry and Shortcake, it made total sense for her to team up with Amazon for their upcoming event.
People will be able to visit the free and festive event starting Friday, December 10, to December 12 in New York City (the Amazon 4-star store is on 72 Spring Street) — and there will even be free Holiday Pet Portraits for you to take home and give to your loved ones.
Don't worry, if you're not in the area because Amazon 4-star and Books stores are offering this opportunity in Chicago and Washington, D.C., too.
"My little girls mean so much to me, and they are my life," she gushes of her pets. "To be able to do a portrait with Santa Claus — something you can always have that is so adorable and cute — I am so excited to be a part of this and also everybody else on the weekend can come and do this and for free and then also shop with Amazon 4-star and get all these different presents for the holidays."
Additionally, guests will be able to shop around for some stellar items, including the Throw Throw Burrito Card Game by Exploding Kittens and The Casper Pillow, which are from small businesses.
"I don’t even know how to begin, but that is why the 4-star experience is so great that they curated the whole collection and it’s all of these things that consumers are buying and want and love," Mortimer explains. "Everything is all there for you and it’s easy."
The pet portrait experience in NYC will be open to all customers with dogs or cats on Friday, December 10, through Sunday, December 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Availability is limited, and participation will take place on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The Amazon 4-star and Books stores at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, IL, and the Amazon 4-star store in Bethesda, MD, will also offer the free pet portraits on Saturday, December 11, to Sunday, December 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.