Lynda Erkiletian

Lynda talks about putting together the fashion show.

on Oct 5, 20100

The Security Warning… My Instincts
As filming was taking place, I realized how eager the Salahis were for camera time and attention. While finalizing details with the event planners, I made them aware of the Salahis since they were building a reputation for attending events as uninvited guests. In order to ensure that the spotlight was not detracted from Burkina Faso, I sent pictures of the couple to provide to security with instructions that they were not to be allowed in. In addition, knowing what Mary had just experienced at Oasis after the grape stomp, I didn’t want her or Lolly to be uncomfortable attending the fashion show. Did I have a premonition as to what would occur just weeks later?! No way!!! I was just as shocked as the rest of the world when I woke up to the Washington Post headline "Off the List But On the South Lawn." Who could have predicted that?!! I was so embarrassed for the Obama administration, the Secret Service, and our country, to read that the Salahis had "allegedly" infiltrated national security by "allegedly" crashing the first official state dinner honoring the Prime Minister of India.  I received so many phone calls after the fact asking me if I had any idea of what they were up to, and I said, “absolutely not!”  Again, no one could have predicted that. Even though I followed my instincts for the Burkina Faso fashion show, if I had had any idea of what they were up to I would have called the White House myself!

So, you think last week's episode was explosive? YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE what is in store in this week’s episode, the Season 1 finale. You’ll finally see what the world has been waiting for! You’ll get the abridged version of the media storm that ensued after the Salahis’ “alleged” White House gate-crashing incident with actual news footage, including their testimony before Congress. The Salahis pleaded the 5th and have denied any wrongdoing, but I’ll let you be the judge. I am curious to know what y’all think and if anyone believes anything that comes out of their mouths. After what has been disclosed on the show, I feel vindicated and relieved that everyone now knows the truth. As I said in my first blog to you, the truth will prevail!

Unfortunately, last week’s poem was left out because of copyright issues. This week, I dedicate the following poem to the beautiful women of Burkina Faso who continue to keep their traditions and culture alive…

“Beauty”
 
Beautiful hands are those that weave
bright threads of joy in lives that grieve;
Beautiful feet are those that run
on errands of mercy from sun to sun;
Beautiful lips are those that speak
to comfort the mourner and hearten the weak;
Beautiful eyes are those that glow
with the light of a spirit pure as snow;
Beautiful faces are those that seem
with a love like God's own love to beam;
Beautiful forms are those that grace
with gentle service to the lowliest place;
Beautiful lives are those that bear
for other lives their burden of care;
Beautiful souls are those that show
the spirit of God wherever they go.
 
-Author Unknown, presented as published in George Llewellyn’s Golden Book of Reconstruction Letters
 
Peace & Blessings,
Lynda

27 comments
melida
melida

Lynda, I love the rope chair you have in your apartment. Where did you get it? Please email or post information on it. Thanks!

Carissa11
Carissa11

Lynda, please tell me where you got that cool chair that looks like rope and knots but is in an almost half-egg shape that you were sitting in while talking into the camera several episodes before the last one. I want one for my home. Would LOVE to know.

karentc
karentc

Why did you not go to Stacie's when the Salahi's were there? You had the cast there to watch the hearings. You had alot to say while watching the tv, why not go and tell them what you had to say, face to face? I am sure everyone concerned would have felt better. Okay, maybe just you!

Bruce McBarnette
Bruce McBarnette

Lynda, Congratulation on all you do for very good causes. I hope the show leads you to great opportunities. I am proud to be with your agency.

Dr.BarB
Dr.BarB

From one South Georgia girl to another, I ADORE you!!! Enjoy your new home, your lovely family, and your handsome adoring boyfriend!

Missy Standard
Missy Standard

Why do you hate on the Salahis so much? Its a bit strange that you seem so taken with them, talking about them non stop. When I observed you with the others watching them on TV as they were at the hearing, you were practically drooling at the idea that they were going under. It was kind of creepy to see you so excited. Why....is there something we don't know?

gailsc
gailsc

I totally agree, I really like you Lynda but your way to hard on Michaele...remember she's only human. Give it a break.

Here in Ohio
Here in Ohio

I just don't get how anyone can enjoy other people's pain period. That really says something about who you are. You all need to rise above and either be there for the Salahi's or move on from them and leave them in the past. If someone is your enemy you walk away with your head held high and live your life, you don't have parties to watch their court trials. Is that all the joy your life has to offer? What a shame.

fondofclass
fondofclass

Lynda: from another southern ladybelle, you are one of the classiest women I have ever seen. You hold your head high and don't take no crap! I love your entering montague of "giving people enough rope to hang themselves." I love it! Love and light to you and those you love. Bye-bye darlin'

Rose-Marie
Rose-Marie

You appears to be very judgemental OF YOUR EX-FRIEND -Michaele. I like Lynda happy with her boyfriend or family. Cool it with the judgement of others.

call a spade a spade
call a spade a spade

Dear Lynda, When the first show aired you were not portrayed in a very good light. As the season progressed, people really saw the soft side to you. Your beautiful family. Your kind boyfriend. You're good people in my book. Btw, your blog photo doesn't do you justice. If your renewed for a 2nd season (without Mickaela I hope) change your blog photo. I live in wine country in northern California. The Oasis winery is a joke. It looks like a dive compared to our wineries. Sorry for the negativity, but I'm sure you can appreciate where I'm coming from. We all know, even you, the best wines of the USA, comes from California. Good luck to you and your dear family.

Catherine P
Catherine P

You wear what looks like a tiny diamond cross on your neck. I was just wondering if it is a cross. It's petite but definitely catches the eye. Love the show. Anxious to see next series.

Viewer in Miami
Viewer in Miami

Started watching very recently, but I just wanted to let you know that I think it is great that you got the issue of marriage equality - and your support - on national television. I am impressed that you took advantage of your publicity (on a silly, but entertaining show) to make a statement about an important civil rights issue.

Bjan
Bjan

Loved watching you work. U are a true lady. The fashion show was awesome. Lolly is an adult and it's time to drop all the crap that was said at the winery and let her defend herself if she runs into the plastics..

F.S.
F.S.

Hi Linda,

Just wondering what brand and style watch you were wearing in last week's episode? It was a silver toned tank watch worn with causal clothes....Thanks!

VirginiaJoy
VirginiaJoy

Dearest Lynda, I has indeed been a pleasure! Thanks for keeping it southern, keeping it dignified, and keeping it real!!

xo! Virginia Joy

Amy Kimball
Amy Kimball

Linda, I have soo enjoyed watching you be the "voice of reason" on this season. You are a very eloquent, interesting, loving and centered woman. We could all take a lesson on proper manners in any situation from you! You are friends with most of the housewives but seem to still stay clear of all the drama and I respect that soo much! Some of the antics by the couple whose names do not need to be mentioned are absolutely ridiculous! Thank you for letting us have a look into a small part of your life and I hope to see another season of you and your family!

Lindsey809
Lindsey809

Linda..your a beautiful woman inside and out...we the viewers have seen so many sides of you ...loving girlfriend....amazing Mother...True freind..strong business woman..spiritual I can go on and on...all of you women compliment each other with the exception of one...rhodc has been a great show...looking forward to the finale however could do with out the senseless drama but it is reality TV...thank you and your family for entertaining us and allowing us the viewers into your life....health and happiness to you always...

Lindsey

ADDICTEDhousewife:)
ADDICTEDhousewife:)

Lovely event, beautiful clothes. I could see them at a summer lawn party, a black tie affair, and many other special occasions. Thank you for sharing that aspect of your work with us. Beautiful!

mlm from lf
mlm from lf

Hi Linda, Did you even live in Chicago? You look very familiar and I was wondering if you shopped at Saks in the Fifth Avenue Club or I. Magnin??

we could have friends in common. MLM

eve4ever
eve4ever

Linda you were georgeous in your gown, just beautiful.

lia69
lia69

Lynda you and Michaela are my favorites!

hmmm
hmmm

hey lynda. i just watched the video "baby boo's bday party" and am posing this question to you, mary, and cat. is paul like a pet to you girls? i am not trying to be unkind to him, but he has the maturity of a 12 year old. almost everytime i have seen him on the show, i have wondered why you are all so drawn to him. he acts like a child. i just wonder what it is that draws you all to him. in no way have i seen him act like or respond like an adult. i don't get it.

team lynda
team lynda

Lynda, your a real lady with alot of class! It was nice to see you step in after Erica attacked Cat, your genuine and thats why I watch D.C.!

Snitchels
Snitchels

Lynda, I LOVE you!!! You remind me of my own mother; smart, beautiful, classy, caring, successful, kind and the list could go on!! She instilled in me my love of books, & I absolutely love the above poem "Beauty." It really is special to me as I knitted an afgan that had this poem on it for my sister after she announced to my family she was a lesbian. She had a hard time at first but after she realized my family & her friends loved her no matter what, she knows what a very beautiful, confident, chic, caring, loving, smart woman she is! She & her partner hope to marry soon, & my family (extended family also) will be there for both of them!! Stay yourself Lynda, keep surrounding yourself with the wonderful people you do, and continue to reach out to those in need!! The world could use more people like you!!!

 Kara
Kara

I would like to commend you on your beliefs and your honesty. I would have protected my true friends, just as you did. (in reguard to sending pics to security for the fashion show) Also, I think your home in Virginia is beautiful, I can't wait to see how you redesign that georgeous home! I, like you, am a southern lady, transplanted to the north. I can identify with saying ya'll, and using your southern ediquette, and people being in disbelief. Keep being true to who you are!

KatieD29
KatieD29

Lynda - you are my favorite DC Housewife! Your ability to be a positive presence in any situation while at the same time, recognizing and calling out those that are full of it is truly a remarkable balance! I think there are many special people in this world but you are a true example of a women who is unique, interesting, an obviously devoted mother, an independent women, and a role model for all of us women trying to have it all. I look up to you and hope to see more of you next season!