Photos: Girls night out in Allendale at Posche by Kim D and Friends Pink Event

OMJ.com's Kelly Dillon with Kim DePaolaOMJ.com

OMJ.com’s Kelly Dillon with Kim DePaola

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kim Depaola hosted her very first Posche by Kim D and Friends Pink Event: Women Empowerment Series Wednesday night at her Allendale boutique. Guests were treated to light bites, delicious cocktails from MYX Fusions by Nicki Minaj, shopping, and fab giveaways.

Co-star Jacqueline Laurita came out to lend her support and joined her good friend on a panel to discuss how the ladies overcame obstacles and hardships in their lives. In addition to Jacqueline and Kim, other panelists included lawyer Karolina Dehnhard, event coordinator Tia Maria of Tia Maria Events, and social media specialist AB LaRoche.

AB La Roche, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Jacqueline Laurita and Kim DePaola, Karolina Dehnhard, Esq., and Event Coordinator at Tia Maria Events Tia Maria MontemurroOMJ.com

AB La Roche, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Jacqueline Laurita and Kim DePaola, Karolina Dehnhard, Esq., and Event Coordinator at Tia Maria Events Tia Maria Montemurro

During the panel, which you can watch below, Jacqueline revealed that she and her husband Chris Laurita have began a special project together that is near and dear to their hearts.

“My husband and I are writing a book together,” Jacqueline told the sold-out crowd. “It’s on our journey with autism, and it’s a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, so it’s taking a lot longer than I thought.”

Kim tells me for the past two years she’s been doing a lot of motivational speaking. So she decided to pull together this great group of women, who all have a great message to share. Kim told the audience that it is so important to be independent and to never depend on a man.

“I was with someone for 13 years. We were very well to do, and we had a beautiful life. He passed away 4 years ago. He didn’t like the show,” she tells me. “He didn’t really want me to work, but I stayed on the show, I opened up Posche, and when he died he didn’t really leave me much. If I didn’t listen to my inner self and do what was right for me, guess what I wouldn’t have Posche, I wouldn’t be on this panel, I wouldn’t be on this show.”

Click below for your inside look at this fabulous event which benefited the Susan G Komen Foundation.