Lydia McLaughlin

Lydia introduces herself and explains why she was wearing that fake engagement ring.

on Apr 15, 20130

So wow. OK. This is happening. It is very weird to see yourself on TV. First of all, I don't like the way my voice sounds -- but who does? I'm new to this whole thing so bear with me. The fact you are reading my blog shows you have sort of an emotional investment in who I am, be it good or bad, or at least some curiosity, so I appreciate that.

I hope this season shows a good balance of who I am. I am a hugger, and you see that when I first come onto the scene and meet Heather. I am Italian. I am friendly. I am warm, and I go in for a hug when I first meet someone. This is totally who I am. Not for everyone, apparently, but I'm cool with that.

Heather's home is breathtaking. It is grand and classy and has a very peaceful vibe to it. It is a perfect fit for the architectural feature for our magazine, Beverly Hills Lifestyle. It is not uncommon for someone to want the coveted cover spot and we get approached all the time from agents, publicists, and managers of people vying for the cover. I am not taken aback by Heather's request at all. As I say on my date with my husband Doug, I don't like being the bearer of bad news and would feel better with him taking it from here...which he does.

230 comments
lisalynn29
lisalynn29

In my opinion I just don't feel Lydia is fitting in well with the cast. She seems out of place and I really just don't find her interesting. I watch the show for entertainment purposes. I love Vicki and Tamara!! Lydia this just isn't for you. You are not a "genius" and I find you very judgmental in a annoying way..haha! Your comments lack substance and you aren't funny or entertaining. Get over yourself chica!! You are way to serious!! Stick to your magazine, it's a good job for you. The other ladies are much better to watch. Sorry not a fan. Bravo needs to keep looking.

lagniappe60
lagniappe60

this is why the world is dismissive of Christians.....as a whole we just dont act like Christians.   at least have the consideration to not brag about your Christianity if you arent going to be one in your actions.   the hateful, rude, and childish comments are embarassing and appalling to people who truly live the Christian life.  and how is it ok to live the wild party nite club life and be a Christian?    

Shopgirl23
Shopgirl23

I think that you are smart and a good addition to the show! Even if you are friends with alexis, you did not let it stop you from starting relationships with her "enemies". I like that! I think people shouldnt pick teams.

cenzonico
cenzonico

The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree!

tslye105
tslye105

You need to remember who your friend was from the beginning and not let these women ruin your friendship with Alexis. Be careful because they will turn against you and find reasons not to like you as time goes on. Alexis did nothing to them and now they are haters on her and for no reason. They were awful to her last year.

Realatily2wives
Realatily2wives

Not a fan of your! You shouldn't tell people how they feel or think when you weren't there! Money doesn't buy you class!

jaybar
jaybar

YAY! I think your great! I haven't read the comments because of the one I did in fact read about the mean comments towards you. I can't stand the negative knit picking all around. Can't wait to see further into your life! Have a wonderful day!

trish714
trish714

Sorry Lydia not a fan..... do not care for the way you stabbed Heather in the back when you ran back to Alexis with the ring story.. u r the one that brought Alexis up to Heather in the first place ...I believe you are just as fake as Alexis except unlike Alexis you come from money and I am sure you will be waving it alot to us all......

Jammamaa
Jammamaa

I really want to wish you the best of luck. I always think about when I am older looking back at my life and I want to be proud of the decisions I've made. I want to look back and know that I did my best to learn - love - laugh- and truly enjoy the life that I've led. Lydia, I am sorry for the critical and down right cruel comments some people have chosen to post. I believe that I can never pass judgement on others when that energy would be best served looking into my own life and improving it where I can. Please don't allow anyone including this gaggle of women to change the inherent goodness within your heart. You are at cusp (due to your choice to partake in this show) and most likely one of two things can happen - you can utilize your roll as a way to actively create the woman you will become or you can fall right down the black hole and pass judgement on others. My hope is that you can look back ( many years from now) and see the positive direction you as a woman evolved into. Good luck in sculpting each day that is to come and remember that you and only you are the artist!

fran.grossman
fran.grossman

You are such a cute girl- however, when you shared the info to Alexis that Heather commented on her "cubic" ring- how it was fake- that was very UN-Christian-Like- doncha think? what awful manners- a real pot stirring comment- you are very young and these comments you will learn are not a good thing to do- before you open your mouth- take a deep breath and think to yourself - "will anything good come out of what I'm about to say- and will it hurt anyone?" then wait for your gut to tell you - it takes practice- trust me- I know-

sjrplymi
sjrplymi

Welcome and good luck.  Stay strong, stay kind, stay grounded.

freyamag
freyamag

It's sad when being negative/mean equates authenticity and being positive/nice equates inauthenticity. Does anyone else see this but me?? You can be nice and authentic. You can be mean and inauthentic. The two are not automatically associated... What I see right now (episode: "It's my party and I'll scream if I want to.") is a bunch of mean girls who should be supporting each other rather than tearing each other down. All of these women currently have new blessings and new opportunities - yet they choose to bicker about petty garbage. Poor choices all around. Who cares if someone wears a fake ring? Who cares if some New Yorkers don't hug on the first encounter of meeting someone new or not? Who cares about who is BFF with who..it's a new chapter...BFFs change. Hoping Lydia can help elevate the group with her positive outlook. Positive and authentic outlook. I like her supportive comment by the way about Heather and her husband's jewish faith. Let's hope they return that support in kind to the Christian folks...mutual respect, tolerance and appreciation. Lydia, if you start feeling pulled down...pray and keep your eyes on the higher ground.

SweetAnnie
SweetAnnie

hahahaha at that dinner....the look on your face was priceless....wow I bet out of everyone you felt the most uncomfortable....by the way, you have beautiful hair...I really liked how you had it up at the dinner....I felt for you at this dinner...you seem sweet, Tamera and Gretchen came off cold to you...that sucks

 

Kryssie1114
Kryssie1114

Good luck! I think you sound very nice. You did the right thing telling Alexis, after all she

is the one you know and have begun a friendship with. And fake ring or not , who cares. All of the ladies are fake really, except Alexis, after all she is the only one that really is a HOUSEWIFE. LOL

God Bless you, you will need it with 3 of thease FAKE lades ( Tamara, Heather, and i hate to say but yes now Gretchen.

Heidi_Ylenni
Heidi_Ylenni

Heather didn't ask you about Alexis, you brought it up.

littlewingporter
littlewingporter

Sorry, but I think Lydia is goofy and not in a good way. She seems just as ditzy as Alexis, which I do not find attractive. I guess we will see how her personality plays out against this crowd. Not a fan so far.

april1956
april1956

Like a lamb to the slaughter. Lydia I wish you luck. 

StrawberryLemon
StrawberryLemon

Hi Lydia,

 

Welcome to RHOC

 

I'm from NYC and I'm a hugger...  Not everyone from NYC are frigid b****

 

And if you don't care if someone wears a fake ring then why bring it up to Alexis? 

rachelrittenberry
rachelrittenberry

Um, those of us in the real world have no idea where 'Dana Point, CA' is & quite frankly you can brag on TV all you want; enjoy paying your 13.3% state income tax in California, here in Tennessee, we have no state income tax!

MizzouTraveler
MizzouTraveler

You should seriously consider watching past seasons.

kappadarling
kappadarling

I really want to like you but you seem fake to me...I guess time will tell! 

Basic101
Basic101

Hi Lydia, I'm looking forward to seeing more of you on the show.  I wanted to comment on your response to Heather when she asked you if you wore CZ's like Alexis.  Your response was 'I'm authentic".  Hmmm....that doesn't sit well with me.  First, Alexis never pretended the ring was real.  That is authentic.  Wearing a 'borrowed' ring from your jeweler for whatever reason may be perceived as inauthentic.  One will draw the conclusion that the ring belongs to you.

 

People who color their hair or highlight their hair, wear hair extensions, enhance or tug and pull body parts, all could be perceived as inauthencity.

 

I wish your response to Heather would have been 'so what, who cares'.  Why does it bother you?  She is afterall married to a plasic surgeon who permanently modifies a person 'natural, authentic, original body' and transforms it into something other than its' current natural state.  This doesn't bother me, but it is the purest form of hipocrisy from Heather.

Oxford
Oxford

O.K. everyone. This is the new actress for RHOC. If anyone of you think that this is not directed or choreographed in any way you are all ding dongs (and I'm not talking about the chocolate ones), I enjoy these "housewife’s" shows and I call them my soap operas because that is what they are soap operas. I can't understand why some of you take it so seriously. Maybe if all my kids or the days of our lives had blogs they would still be on the air. Please remember these women are being paid big bucks. Nene from the Atlanta housewives just signed a 1 million a year contract. Please give this gal and all the others an Emmy.

 

RoseWilde
RoseWilde

You have pretty eyes. I want to be a fan, but it just doesn't seem likely at this time. Just another sheep in wolf's clothing.

southernlady2
southernlady2

Lydia, I am from the south and we all hug; do not feel as if you need to explain it. I think your voice sounds great. You are cute, fun, and full of life. I think you are the fresh breath of air that the RHOC needed.

 

Kymmie
Kymmie

You are darling!!!!  What a breath-of-fresh-air on this show that seems to be running out of gas!!!  Welcome, welcome, welcome!

randrew
randrew

HI Lydia, so far so good. Looking forward to seeing more of you. :)

redial@7
redial@7

Lydia I'm a hugger too.  Like Heather's comment "I'm from New York".  Heather made it sound like New Yorkers do not do this - well I for one totally disagree with her. Here's a little advice to you - don't let Tamara, Gretchen or Heather bully you during this season.  From what I see in next weeks episode that Tamara goes after Alexis once again with her bullying tactics.  I really wish Bravo would sit down and give Tamara a tongue  lashing for being such a bully on TV. 

reginae
reginae

Lydia welcome to you on this sometimes crazy journey. I thought it was so cool that you and your husband went out to dinner on your boat. It looked like so much fun. Good luck on the season with these ladies. I hope they will be good to you.

marios_loves_bravo
marios_loves_bravo

I think you and your husband should feature the Debrows' home on the cover of your magazine...you are a quirky turkey...and you are running with a rough pack of wolves...I mean women. Time will tell if you can navigate this bunch..good luck with that

serenal
serenal

I really like your bubbly personality, you seem like your fun to be around "not fake"! I really enjoyed watching you can't wait to see more of you.

shysharon
shysharon

I don't care about how much your parents make~

Irishgirl2
Irishgirl2

Your a good person..don't let all this negativity impact you! Happy your on he show. Stay away from Tamra and Gretchen and good luck!

juniperpv
juniperpv

I thought Heather was going to bring some class to OC but... way to full of herself and hate how she treats her husband! So fingers crossed you will be the new Yolanda keeping it classy loving your family and not be a gossipy mean girl like T & G seriously how old are they? So far loving you! 

sasysam
sasysam

 @nickieSC

 WHAT A TERRIBLE THING TO SAY, SHE SEEMS LIKE A VERY SWEET LADY.

Angel09
Angel09

@Heidi_Ylenni Thank you!!! Someone else noticed this too and called it out

filledemot
filledemot

 @littlewingporter I completely agree - she seems like just another empty-headed, shallow OC rich girl. I guess that's why we watch the show, to a certain extent, but I do wish Bravo would feature more intelligent, educated, and financially independent women. I live in OC, so I know women like this exist. 

trish714
trish714

 @april1956

 do not believe Lydia is lamb...more like a wolf in sheep clothing!!!!!!

lizluvzandy
lizluvzandy

 @StrawberryLemon i love new yorkers! ive been twice and not one soul was rude. in fact, everyone and i mean everyone could not have been sweeter and kinder. i heart nyc

DocLMS
DocLMS

 @rachelrittenberry

 That was kind of a hit on my home state. Hey, I'm sure Tennesee is a beautiful place but so is CA and Dana Point is a quite nice city in this state.

MizzouTraveler
MizzouTraveler

Also, I would be very care if Alexis' husband tries to do business with you or your husband.

trish714
trish714

 @Oxford

  Nene is getting 1 million for her role on the Alanta housewives - wow wonder what Theresa is going to sign for?   Hey Bravo I am a damn yankee Mississippi Housewife that can do lots of drama...can we have a Real Housewives of MS show?  I can be your first housewife ;-)

brilliantblogger777
brilliantblogger777

 @southernlady2

Don't assume it's OK to hug a stranger. Not everyone is a hillbilly. A professional hand shake and eye contact will suffice in the real world.

MsBravo
MsBravo

 @TwirlyBird1983 I agree. We know her family is rich, not something we want to keep hearing. She seems a little nervous. She's young, 1st time filming. Let's watch how this plays out.

Kymmie
Kymmie

 @TwirlyBird1983 I thought Lydia downplayed her wealth and I did not hear her bragging at all.  She was making an honest statement about her family having money, not a boastful one.