Cast Blog: #RHOBH

Yolanda's Up For a Challenge

The new RHOBH Housewife shares how she feels about joining the social order.

Hi all and welcome to my blog!

I'm very excited for you guys to be a part of my first foray into the Real Housewives world. Joining this group of women is going to be quite an adventure but I'm always up for a challenge. Besides, I’m a Capricorn and as such, I’m supposedly well suited to finding my true place within pre-existing social orders. How convenient. . .

I think my background is a little bit different than most of the ladies'; I was born in Papendrecht, Holland, which when I was growing up, was a tiny Dutch farm town with a population of 5,000. Milking cows and riding horses was my life and still today, I love going to the barn with my daughters. I grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables and love to be outdoors working in my gardens. I might live in Malibu but I still maintain a strong connection to my rural roots in Holland.

My opening scene, which features some early morning lemon picking, is so telling of this. I have this need to always be active. Evidently, I entered the workforce at age 13, scrubbing dishes in a Chinese restaurant to help pay for my horse passion. And when modeling started (a completely accidental career change), I knew if I gave it my all I would be able to provide for my family and maybe one day come back and own the horses I dreamed of having my whole life. I had limitless opportunities to become financially independent, experience new things like traveling the world and meet amazing new people along the way. I consider myself blessed to have had so much good fortune in life. I try and live each day taking nothing for granted.

I love that in this season; I will be able to share a little part of my incredible family life with you. Gigi, Bella, and Anwar are a little bit shy about this new adventure but of course you will be seeing a glimpse of them here and there.

Most of you probably know my incredible husband, he is the pro in the family and I am so lucky that he supports me in this new venture. We've been together 6 years and married since 11-11-11. I am the ultimate romantic so between all the incredible music he has made and my motto "Get Wise, Keep your Romance alive" we will hopefully inspire you.

Partying with the ladies at Villa Blanca for the first time was an interesting experience. As a new housewife, I've definitely got a lot to learn. I am clearly out-of-the-loop in terms of everyone's pre-existing drama.

I am just getting my feet wet and trying to get to know all the players without any preconceived judgment, as I never even watched the show before joining it. Everyone seems unnaturally uptight but I am sure I will get the hang of it soon.

For instance, I think it was easy for Brandi's "sleeping with everybody in Beverly Hills" comment to get a little distorted in the transmission. Looking back, I think it was Brandi being Brandi; it was a little display of humility; not a dig at me or a form of bragging. Regardless of how it was interpreted, I think Brandi is an amazing woman and I think our friendship will certainly develop.

It was also great to connect with Kim (my water buddy!) while she confronts some prior sources of tension. We got along so well despite me having the same birthday as her beloved sister, Kyle, who is clearly not always her biggest ally in life. So much to learn!

Well there you have it. Thanks to Doug and Alex at Evolution! Here is my first episode wrapped and the drama appears to be well underway. I look forward to hearing from you all! Be sure to follow me on Twitter! 

Yolanda

Lisa V.: I Understood Brandi's Frustrations

Lisa V. thinks everyone missed the point of Brandi and Lisa R. conversation about Kim.

Well, it's the final leg of this exhausting race. The sun sets on the Hills of Beverly...

And there we have it. So this season I felt was a little more illustrative of exactly who these complex characters are...Some weathered the storm with a modicum of regretful actions and others offered up a complete view into the depths of their inner being. Angry accusations, shrouded with deflection, were the actions of some incompetent of dealing with truths that should be confronted.
I understood the frustration of BG as she endeavored to restore the relationship that we once had, jokingly, maybe sometimes even genuinely, and we were in place of harmless banter, as I witnessed the bonds broken between the other women, the bond that last season was united by a common enemy...me.
I think there was genuine remorse that a friendship which benefitted her initially when she joined the group and we had both enjoyed was unsalvageable, a different one could possibly have replaced it, but once ties of loyalty are broken, you are on the defensive.
I never once said the slap was hard. The endless accusations last season of lying, deportation, bankruptcy, Ken abusing Yolanda...all that was accumulative and there was not enough there to counter balance it. I remember her clearly stating, "I fed that bitch " in regard to me on Andy's show, which was hurtful as we all the know the truth.

In a nutshell, did BG state that Kim needed a intervention? No, I don't know she did.

Lisa Vanderpump

When I spoke with BG, of course I felt empathy for her situation with her father, but that had nothing to do with me. I hear he is doing well, thankfully, but I barely know him. It would've been hypocritical, after Amsterdam, to call offering sympathy, when in the last nine months there had been no interaction between us at all, apart from filming. BG states she loves me...Easy to say, as easy as saying sorry, but actions are more important than words. The way you know if somebody loves you is the way they make you feel. If somebody is sorry, you would feel reassured that they would try not to perpetuate the same behavior. The big question here is, I didn't change from last season, so why this desperation to have me back in her life? Now is there a realization that maybe last year she was wrong, malicious, and vindictive? That should be the conversation. Anyway, I digress. One thing I know for sure is if my father's life was held in the balance, I would be there at his side, not arguing about the dynamics of a superficial conversation, but it was our final party at the end of the season.


In a nutshell, did BG state that Kim needed a intervention? No, I don't know she did. I believe Lisa misinterpreted her saying, "Maybe we all need an intervention" as "Maybe we all need TO DO an intervention." Many other things were said, and it begs the question, was BG's allegiance to Kim? When talking about Kim's fragile state publicly to her friend Jen and then Lisa, I would say not. I know that Lisa left that conversation after many statements from Brandi with the impression that Kim needed help. That was the point...The emphasis should not have dwelt upon one word. I had urged Lisa not to intervene in Kim's sobriety, but she was motivated by her personal history and felt justified in confronting her.
So there we have it, another season. I eally enjoyed Eileen and Lisa joining the cast...
I hope Kyle and Kim can find resolution away from cameras, I pray Yolanda can find her way to better health, and BG understands that relationships need to be treated with respect.
I thank you all for watching and your support...I will see you at the trilogy...

As always...Love, Lisa

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