As the newest addition to the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast, Dorit Kemsley learned a lot from her first season.

Dorit Kemsley's BELLA New York cover shoot
photo: BELLA New York

“I wish I would’ve known that when you put six women together, there’s always ups and downs," Kemsley told Revelist at the BELLA New York fashion week kickoff party on Wednesday. "I never really had those experiences in my life. It’s the first time I had ever been subjected to it." 

Unfortunately, it was intense woman-versus-woman drama that shaped Kemsley's rookie season.

Namely, it was her feud with costar Erika "Jayne" Girardi over whether Girardi had purposefully "flashed" Kemsley's husband while she was going commando (an infamous situation known to loyal viewers as #PantyGate).

But what Kemsley didn't realize is how much her onscreen experiences could help viewers going through similar tension in their own lives.

Dorit Kemsley's cover shoot for BELLA New York Magazine
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"Just be accountable and do your best and go from the heart," Kemsley offered advice to her fans. "I think you live and you learn." 

For season eight, Kemsley told Revelist she's approaching the upcoming season with a "more seasoned" outlook.

"You know, I’ve got a bit of a more seasoned view on things, having done last season," Kemsley said.

She added, "But I’m still going to be who I am. I’m still true to myself and I still operate from the heart." 

Kemsley admits to sometimes feeling overwhelmed by everything that's going on in her life.

In addition to filming the eighth season of "RHOBH," Kemsley is making her return to fashion design with a new swimwear line after stepping away for five years.

“I feel like I work 26 hours a day," Kemsley confessed. "[But] I feel like the fact that I’m back designing after five years is exactly what I should be doing at this particular time.”

Yet somehow the mother of two always finds a way to get it all done.

To maintain her schedule (and her sanity) on and off-screen, Kemsley emphasized the importance of self-care.

“Try and rest when you have a chance to rest," she suggested. "Try and amp up on the coffee, and just focus and get it done. I think it’s all within all of us, all of us women."

"I think, as women, we're able to do it all.” 


**This interview was edited and condensed for clarity**