Cast Blog: #RHOC

Being Cabonian

Tamra: Lizzie's Obsessed With Me

Shannon Settles the Score

Lizzie: Tamra Doesn't Fight Fair

Heather: Why Hate?

RHOC Reunion GIFs: The Gloves Come Off

Lizzie on That Kentucky Fried Nickname

Shannon on Heather's Double Standard

RHOC Reunion GIFs: Psychics, Opinions, and Shade

Heather Weighs in on the Dinner Party

The Difference Between Shannon and Heather

Lizzie Forgives Tamra

Vicki Wants the Best for Tamra

GIF Recap: RHOC Season 9 Finale

Vicki: I'm Tired of Tamra Causing Problems

Recap: 13 GIF-able Life Lessons from Bali

Tamra: Lizzie Is the Worst Kind of Person

Lizzie: Tamra Has it Out for Me

Shannon: There's No Hope Tamra and I

Tamra: Lizzie's Out for Blood

Heather: Can't Friends Disagree

Lizzie: What Tamra's Doing Isn't Right

GIF Recap: Kayaks, Crowns, and Elephants

Shannon Was Shocked Tamra Would Betray Her

Tamra: I Was a Fool to Defend Vicki

Heather: Newsflash It's Not All My Fault

Vicki's Warning to Lizzie

Shannon Isn't Putting Emotions onto Tamra

Lizzie: I Thought Tamra Was My Friend

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Lonely Birthday Dance

Tamra: I'm Going to Be a Tam-ma!

Vicki: This Episode Was Hard to Watch

Heather: I Did Owe Shannon an Apology

Shannon: Tamra Is Stirring the Pot

Lizzie: Tamra Is Stirring Up Sh--

GIF Recap: What Does Tamra Remember?

Vicki Is Trying to Stay Neutral

Shannon: Tamra's Lies Are Mind Boggling

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Dinner Party Disaster

Vicki Advises Shannon to Keep Communication Lines Open

Lizzie: "I Take Sun Kitten Swimwear Very Seriously"

Being Cabonian

Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor distills all the 'Wife wisdom from Episode 4.

This episode highlighted one of my all time favorite O.C. traditions -- a trip to Mexico. I've been obsessed ever since Vicki first graced our ears by gently cooing, "We're going to Mexicooo!" So much so that back in my college days of yore, my friends and I (I'm looking at you Alana Salguero) used to joyously shout that out whenever we were heading to a party. Good times... But enough about me, it's time to see what lessons we've learned from the fabulous first ladies of Bravo this week. 

Mixology

Where to begin... SHOTS! Every vacation should start off with tequila shots, even if you don't know the right order in which to take them. And, as Tamra and Vicki taught us, just keep trying until you find the combination that works for you. After some extensive research, the correct order goes as follows:

1. Salt

2. Shot

3. Lime

Or to use the ladies' terminology -- lick it, slam it, suck it. How they managed to take so many shots is beyond me, but bless their seriously super-charged livers, because I probably would have passed out. (Not to mention they chased it with some tall boys.) These girls know how to party, and I only hope that one day I should be so lucky as to do shots with them.

When you're on vacation, ordering a freshly brewed iced tea is completely unacceptable. Luckily Tamra steps in to save Vicki from her egregious faux-pas and quickly saves the day by changing her order to a Long Island iced tea. But in all seriousness, do either of them ever get hangovers?

Finally we come to body shots. If nothing else, Tamra has taught us that they can be done at any age, whether you're 42 or 21. And really it was all about respecting the culture and paying homage to the native Cabonians. It would be like going to Italy and refusing to eat pasta.  

Relationships

Vicki taught us that when a friend wrongs you, you should milk them for a full-blown, extravagant apology. Preferably one that involves a trip to Cabo where you get the master suite. And heartfelt vows of undying friendship. Seeing this is enough to make me want to fight with a friend just for the fabulous make-up trip. 

Alexis and Gretchen's chat about marriage was also illuminating. Gretchen further explained the theory behind her lease option. Why risk the complacency that comes with marriage if you can just trade in your old model for the new and improved version? You've got to keep your significant other on his toes. That's where Alexis steps in. The important thing is to have "that one person to die with" (which I'm guessing isn't written into the lease option). I always thought it was more about having that one person to share your life with, but hey, it's never to early to be thinking about the afterlife, right?  

Vicki also drove home to Tamra (and the viewers) that while girl talk is all about honesty and openness, there is a line. Vaginal rejuvenation and five hour sex to Lady Gaga (insert disco stick/bad romance joke here)? Over that line. 

Fashion

Need something to throw on for some shopping at the mall? A little number to wear for a quick trip to the grocery store? Alexis Couture has got you covered! Alexis' dress line runs the gamut from "informal" to wedding gown chic. All I can say is, it must be stressful to run errands in Orange County, because if Alexis Couture is any indication, you should have a dress for every occasion.    

Side Note 1: Hats off to Peggy for sharing her struggle with postpartum depression. 

Side Note 2: Don't miss next week when Tamra and Fernanda get real close (and real naked).

Shannon Settles the Score

If Andy's asking "What's the score, Shannon Beador?" Shannon thinks she's definitely won.

This is Blog #20, my last Blog for the season! The past year was been a wild ride for both me and for my family. I have come to many realizations about myself, made lifelong friends, experienced some tough moments, and embarked on a path to a more peaceful self. So to use Andy’s phrase, “What's the score, Shannon Beador?” I would say without a doubt that I have definitely won.

I am happy that the viewers got a little glimpse into my sometimes unconventional ways! For me, it's all about good energy. I love that Vicki’s business has clearly benefited from trying feng shui with Elaine Wright. If you can't get hurt, there is no reason to try anything holistic. If you actually benefit, why wouldn't anyone want to go the natural way? If my children tend to feel better after seeing Dr. Moon and not have to take antibiotics, then I am a happy mom. It's all about creating a healthy balance!

I am an open book and am often criticized for it, but I am who I am. I don't know many couples married for 13 years that have a perfect relationship. Everyone has ups and downs, and although it may be difficult and require effort, it is possible to move through it and make things better. I have said it many times in the season that divorce is not an option. I will always fight for my marriage and my family. It truly touches my heart that so many fans have been and continue to root for David and I. I am so appreciative and grateful for all of your positive comments! Thank you!

Do Tamra and Heather truly want to move forward and potentially develop a friendship with me? Only time will tell. But for now, I have amazing friends surrounding me, including Vicki Gunvalson and Lizzie Rovsek. And most importantly, I have been blessed with the most incredible family anyone could ask for. That is where all of my energy is focused.

I will never forget this entire year, both the good and the bad, because each moment took me on the journey to where I am today. And today, I am in a phenomenal and happy place. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

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