Cindy Barshop

Cindy reflects on her first season and what she learned from this "eclectic" group.

on Jul 21, 20110

It was a great first season for me! I learned a lot from being a part of the show and spending time with these eclectic women. It proves my theory that you should embrace all opportunities and create your own positive outcome. Although there were some blowouts, in the end we all have moved on to a more positive place. I truly enjoyed getting to know all of the ladies better and consider them friends -- some of them great friends. But don't get me wrong, there is no pecking order here!

All in all, life is never better. It has been an amazing year watching my babies grow. I finally know what other mothers mean when they say, "there is nothing more fulfilling than being a mom." Lots of love and happiness to everyone and their families. I want to thank everyone for watching and for all of your positive feedback and support. You can visit our website CompletelyBare.com to learn more about what we do and see our products and salon locations.

You can also visit me and Completely Bare on Facebook and Twitter. I have a couple of very exciting contests coming up that you won't want to miss out on!

55 comments
mari kvam
mari kvam

Dear Cindy: I'm new too! To the housewives of anywhere, this year. I am enjoying watching the program, and found you to be the most genuine and less self-absorbed than most of the other ladies. One exception is Kelly. I find her to be real too! I hope you stay with the show, as I find the other ladies appear so disingenuious and manufactured. I won't be watching, if there is not a breath of refreshing air, to be found on the show. Sincerely yours, Mari Kvam

Lynn Chicago, Il
Lynn Chicago, Il

Lets get real everybody. If you've never used your cell phone on a bus or train or restaurant or any other inappropriate place, holla! Try running a business and not taking important phone calls. Your business wouldn't last very long. To be quite honest, I think Sonia made way too big a deal about it. Especially in light of the fact that she too is a business woman and should know how important these calls are. Everyone keeps saying she should have excused herself. Why? I think she should have excused herself only if there were other guests there or if Sonia had expressed the call was disruptive to her cooking flow. Whom did she disturb by taking the phone call in front of Sonia? I think Cindy made a valient gracious effort to honor that invite because she knew Sonia was trying to extend an olive branch for the apalling way she'd treated Cindy in the past. Anyway, I'm just saying, lighten up girls. And remember this the next time you reach for your phone in the middle of din-din. I do agree that she should not have seated an uninvited guest albeit personal assisstant without permission.

Janice Brown
Janice Brown

Firstly, I hated how Sonya treated you initially, concerning this pecking order, But you didn't make it easier when you disrespect her by cancelling the lunch and taking business phone calls during the breakfast. If you are in a realtionship and you did that to your spouse , how when out his way to make you a meal, it would not last! Its obivious to us (viewers) that you are on the "Jill ship" and she have made you a crew member, but its just a matter of time that the ship will sink and everyone on board will get a life boat except you. I think you can bring a lot to the show, however be true to yourself!

adtillas
adtillas

I agree with many many viewers, you are sooo boring. I have no idea what you added to the show. Then in the reunion part 1 you seem to have needed to make a mark and acted like a fool. I really hope bravo sees that you are not interesting and hopefully does not bring you back for another season.

melindam.
melindam.

I wanted Sonja to be quiet so I could hear you speak!

StrawberryShortcakes
StrawberryShortcakes

Cindy, for the most part, I enjoyed you this season. However, your trying to defend your actions as a guest at Sonja's was mind boggling. You came off as a Kelly-ette where, you didn't seem to recognize that your behavior at breakfast was absolutely appalling. Tsk. Tsk. When you make a mistake, own up to it. It only makes you human.

MimiDR
MimiDR

You seem like a smart, accomplished, independent woman, and that's great. However, you also seem defensive and short tempered. Friends' sharing opinions or advice isn't people telling you what to do. It was rude to take the call at Sonja's. Your time is not more important than anyone else's, and you should show the respect you keep mentioning. Either decline the invitation or say you can accept only if you can STEP OUT to take a call for x-number of minutes. I was also distressed to see you bring only one child to lunch with your parents and then not be able to handle her. It didn't seem like you were familiar enough with her or, God forbid, both of them. It is very hard to balance motherhood and career, particularly a successful career like yours, but in the balance, motherhood always comes first. You do seem like a woman with a lot to offer, but you need to take a step back and get some real perspective.

SCViewer
SCViewer

I loved when you told the Countess not to tell you what to do! Don't think she was expecting that from one of the Brunettes. Priceless!

rachelsss
rachelsss

Cindy - I thought you were the most down-to-earth and classy person on the show...UNTIL you started doing business in Sonja's kitchen. Granted, Sonja can be into herself at times, but coming into her house as a guest and not appreciating the effort she put into your brunch was RUDE. As a businesswoman you don't have much sense of etiquette. The part that made me cringe even more was when you didn't admit that you did anything wrong...not then, and not at the reunion show. You could have redeemed yourself with so many viewers if you had just recognized and apologized. It's difficult to watch you and your perma-frown now.

Lastly, the way you responded to Andy Cohen and Luann at the reunion show made you look like an immature child.

San Diego viewer
San Diego viewer

Cindy,

Let up on Sonja a bit. She's had a bad year. Yes, she was very condescending toward you. But, on the other hand, you were quite rude to do a conference call at her house. Don't make social plans with someone when you have work to do. It's not nice.

Mary from CA
Mary from CA

Cindy- I loved watching the expressions on your face when dealing with some of these insane woman who truly need to realize their is more to life than a "pecking order" I think you were great and handled yourself well. I do wonder if your not a little to normal and down to earth for this show. Be careful if you come back next season it seems the longer these women stay on the show they either get really whacked out or they use the show to see their character flaws and improve their behavior. I think you were great this season!!!!

True DD
True DD

Cindy you have Class and it was on display and I love that about you.

Rhode Islander
Rhode Islander

Cindy, I don't think you having to take a 10 minute phone call was the true issue, but telling Sonja to stop making noise in her own home as she is preparing breakfast for you, had to be the rudest and most sarcastic behavior I have seen. It is wonderful that you have your own business and a very comfortable life, but let me say this...it does not give you the right to think you are better than anyone...don't go getting full of yourself- you are not all that. You are not the only single mother who owns a business or works for a living.

ANGELA - WAYNE, NJ
ANGELA - WAYNE, NJ

Sorry Cindy...Whether Sonya knew or not about your call, it was still rude to have it in front of her at the table while she was making you breakfast. Common courtsey dictates to excuse yourself during the call, she has plenty of rooms to go to in her house for privacy. I am sure that would have went over much better then it did.

For a rookie on a TV Reality show, like yourself..you do need to lighten UP, if anything for the simple fact everything is taped and will come back to haunt you if you deny anything. ROLL TAPE!!

jacki mccaskey
jacki mccaskey

you go girl.....I love your "whatever' attitude and the energy you brought to this season....alway alway be your self you will shine over all.....

Amraann
Amraann

I admire your success. Maybe part of that success is coming across in a harsh way. BUSY all of the time. I get it. But your on TV. It was rude to accept a breakfast invite and then take a bus. call. If you are that busy? Decline the invite.

brandee95
brandee95

Cindy, I love you and I've always been on your side, but the way you acted with Sonya was dead wrong. You don't go over to someone's house for a meal and bring your assistant and you DO NOT take a conference call in the kitchen while they are cooking. That is pretty simple and straight forward. You were rude and a bad guest - "own it" as the housewives like to say.

ccjs
ccjs

How you can stand to be around Ramona and Sonja, I don't know. You are an intelligent woman with your own "important life" not like those two. You are real. Please get out of this crowd of nuts - you don't need them but they need you to feed their nastiness and drama.

GrammyRobina
GrammyRobina

You are amazing ! Try and not let the show change you! Love your twins! ( I am twin ) Bless you never change

CarleeR
CarleeR

Cindy,

You are a smart business woman. I am watching the reunion show and I have to agree - Sonja's pecking order and caste / class system is truly pathetic.

I am so bored of Alex and Simon - her constant meddling to get air time is pathetic and desperate. They need to replace them with a more interesting couple.

square peg/round hole
square peg/round hole

Sorry, Cindy, but I don't think you fit in with the other women. I admire hard work, ambition, and the incredible juggling it takes to be a driven working mom, but your work/family balance just doesn't make for scintillating television. I think this was a miss for Bravo.

wackiejackie4
wackiejackie4

I don't blame Sonia for being irate with you. The first time she travels to meet with you and do lunch and she gets there and you tell her you can't go. It was understandable why, but you should have phoned her and just canceled the whole thing so she didn't waste her time coming to you. It was totally rude of you to take a business call at Sonia's. People have no manners at all. If you didn't have the courtesy to turn your phone off, you should have excused yourself from that room and then made it clear that you could not talk at that time. I don't care if someone is my friend or not. THAT WAS RUDE! Own up to it.

EJane
EJane

cindy, if I had a friend over for breakfast and she needed 10 or 15 minutes to do a business call it would not phase me in the least. any business woman or professional woman understands this -- 11:30 a.m. is smack in the middle of the work day. Maybe if Sonja had a job she would get it. It was a big deal made out of nothing.

Felicia53
Felicia53

Totally thought you brought a lot to the show. I loved the way you just got up and walked out on Sonya. I wish Bethenny would have done that with Kelly when they were going at it. I am from NYC and this show cracks me up because it could be my friends on there LOL. Good luck and I hope you come back. Imagine I just started watching a few weeks ago and had to catch up on four seasons...

queenb4
queenb4

You are in an inspiration to us all. Business woman, single mom, etc.. thank you for a job well done on behalf of us all in the same boat! enjoyed you on the show

MSPATTYG
MSPATTYG

HONEY ,YOU ARE TOO SMART TO BE ON A SHOW LIKE THAT!!

Jules0Gross
Jules0Gross

Cindy, this show isnt for you... You are TOO REAL of a person for this mess... I hope you return... but if you dont heck I understand...

Barbarella16
Barbarella16

Cindy, you did nothing wrong at Sonja's. If Sonja had the manners and class that she claims to have, she would have quietly led you to another room in the house where you could complete your phone call. She was extremely rude to your assistant, too. You thought that you and Sonja were friends, but I think you nailed it when you observed that Sonja has different personalities.

luv ya Cindy xox
luv ya Cindy xox

Bravo, Cindy! I think you ought to 'shush' Sonja every chance you get, 'cuz I'm getting real tired of her talking about "The Churchills". Gimme a break.

tmusic12
tmusic12

Cindy,

You may be a hard worker and successful, but you always seem so unhappy. Me and my friends call you "Debbie Downer". You truly do not see when you do anything rude or wrong. I have to say I do not think you brought anything to the show this season and you were hard to watch. Anyway, good luck with everything and your twins are adorable.

gill skeete
gill skeete

Cindy, Congratulations on surviving your first season on housewives. You really had some challenges with people who are more bipolar then living in reality. good for you to stick to your beliefs and at the same time try again and yet again to make peace. Some people just will not listen .. they are not capable of it. Sonja was so wrong to keep interupting you in the flower store.. omg.. she is nuts.. needs therapy!! Hope you are back next season..

Big Kielbasa
Big Kielbasa

Taking that call at breakfast wes perhaps the rudest thing I have ever seen, my God woman turn off the phone leave your assistant at the office and try to enjoy the morning. The second option would be to decline the invitation.

watchestoomuchtv
watchestoomuchtv

Cindy - don't accept invitations to anything unless you can devote your full attention to what is going on. Sonia is an empty headed idiot but it's still rude to accept an invitation anywhere but especially to someone's home if you can't be there fully

lolilea
lolilea

EVERYONE in this group is guilty of hurting feelings and being judgmental. Meanwhile, you ALL have your own brand of crazy - I just admire the ladies who can admit it. Are you ever reflective?

SoCalSurferGirl
SoCalSurferGirl

Cindy,

You're a great new addition. It's fresh air to hear honestity and also humility at times. Your twins are adorable! Enjoy being a mom...its the best.

Abigal Ferris
Abigal Ferris

I really love Cindy in the show, I mean, she's such a successful business women to watch! Cindy brings normality to some of the drama-filled cast!

kdb_fos
kdb_fos

You are the real deal, very classy & honest. It is great to see a strong successful woman, not being petty or bad mouthing the other people. Very refreshing.

Annastasiabh
Annastasiabh

You make a nice addition to the show. Blow off Sonya. She's so full of herself.

201maryf
201maryf

I really don't think it was a great first season for you.

MariaIC
MariaIC

Enjoy your babies/toddlers! Thanks for a great first season.

suprise viewer
suprise viewer

Cindy, Where did you get that Charcol grey Fleece like Jacket with the huge shawl collar you were wearing when you and Sonja were talking at the plant shop in the finale? It just looked awesome! I have to say I think you've had a tough season. Hope you don't give up. :) Thanks for adding a new vibe to the show!

housewife fan
housewife fan

Kudos to you for not accepting the horrid behavior from the thugs....Trust this...we all roll our eyes at them just as you do....

Ashley Fan
Ashley Fan

I'm wondering if you're going to do another season seeing how it was very difficult for you to fit in.

juliaxxx
juliaxxx

You tried but it was a big miss for you to be on the show...good luck with your business...

pearyshell
pearyshell

How can you not see what you did was wrong. You need to own up to your mistakes.

killin me
killin me

I really hope Sonja is not on next episode - she drives so crazy I dont want to watch the show.

killin me
killin me

I agree with your reactions Cindy - I have luved both you and Jill the best!!

Brandy Lamaster
Brandy Lamaster

Cindy, I know you are the "New Kid On The Block". In this Episode and the last what you should of said to Sojna that you are busy with work and can we meet maybe later in the week. I'm sure Sonja would have understood. MY Advise to you is, Don't take so much at one time. Your Little bundles of Joy and Work should be your main things. Friends can wait. I know that sounded rude but it's the truth.