Lydia McLaughlin

Before Lydia is introduced, she reflects on the ladies of Orange County and who she thinks is really real.

on Apr 1, 20130

Welcome to my blog! Yeppppeeeee.

I am not introduced until Episode 3. Boo!!! Obviously, there is a lot of history with all the ladies, so there is some catching up to do for you as well as for me. When I walk onto the scene I hear about the friendships and rifts between all the ladies, but it is a whole other thing to see it played out on my TV screen. We are all in for a wild ride!

I had obviously heard of the franchise but I didn't follow The Real Housewives of Orange County before I signed on. My husband Doug and I co-own a magazine called, Beverly Hills Lifestyle so we would watch RHOBH since we work with many of those ladies (Lisa Vanderpump has been a contributor of ours for almost five years). But I really wasn't familiar with the players on RHOC. I knew who they were just by being in tune with pop culture, but I didn't watch the show. I think this helped me when I met the ladies. I really didn't know what the history was with everyone, who liked who, and what the details of the dramas were. I got to meet the girls and, for the most part, formed my own opinions of everyone based on my own interactions.

I loved watching this episode and seeing Vicki become a grandmother. Watching Briana welcome precious Troy into the world made me want to go into my kids' room, wake them up, and squeeze them. Life really is so precious and it's a good reminder before the craziness of the season begins! Vicki is very open and honest with her life, and I admire that about her. I think that is why she has been on the show since the beginning and continues to stay on. She is real and opens herself up completely for the viewer. What an intimate family moment we get to share with them.

76 comments
daisymai
daisymai

ps...and the big deal about Princess Heather changing her name to Debrow... nobody even knew her before she changed your name! WTH?

Bobby42
Bobby42

You & your husband seem like such genuine people. Stay that way. I love all the characters on the show but they are all very vain, & very shallow people. Always remember who you are & why you decided to get into this show. Good luck- my prayers are with you! :)

Monica_Razo
Monica_Razo

Love love love that you joined the team stay true!

ClaudMonet
ClaudMonet

Just be real:  you know you watched and you know you knew. 

happy11
happy11

Welcome Lydia!

You seem like a lovely young lady...and I hope you stay that way! To be honest with you, Lisa Vanderpump is my favorite Housewive. To bad you can't get on that show to? I live on the East Coast and I would love to check out your magazine!

Looking forward to seeing you on the shows!

tamarahope
tamarahope

Well Lydia u picked a great show 2 b on! I must say though that if u think Heather & Terry r real,ur in trouble already! I think they r 2 of the most fake people on the show! If u told them the sky was green,they would agree w/you! If Tamra or anyone else says this or that bad thing about someone they agree,I think its cause they want to b in the "in" crowd.They can both look someone in the face & act like ur there best friend,then turn around & sit down w/there "in" crowd & slay the person they just got done with.So if u find ur self w/them & ur w/the in crowd which I think u r already are by the way u only talked about Terry & Heather & Vicki then lord help u.They are not what they seem,Tam is a trouble maker(big time) & Gret is her side kick,they like to gang up on Vicki & Alexis,I do hope tho that u keep a open mind about Alexis & give her a chance I think u will find her a very nice person,she may act strong but those woman hurt her every chance they get! So I hope u & Vicki the best too! I think anyone that likes Tam & Gret are not good people because they let them get away w/everything.Welcome to the OC !

ginadunn2000
ginadunn2000

I do hope you will be honest and not fake like the rest of them except for Vikki. she is genuine. I would love to see someone put tamra in her place. i cant stand her.

 

hunneeblunt
hunneeblunt

Welcome Lydia!  Hope you have a good season!

piperoni
piperoni

I think you will do just fine.Luv Lex,I am here to say have fun girls!

ZINA-Ireland
ZINA-Ireland

Good luck.......if your a friend of lisa ill love you already Style grace and elegance good luck

keh@rogers.com
keh@rogers.com

Lydia...stay true to yourself ......and as for Gretchen remember that you keep your friends close and your enemies closer........it is soooo true on this show.....survival of the smartest it is..........so try to enjoy your time with these women....and best of luck to you....

cyberfrance
cyberfrance

Welcome Lydia. I hope you can hang out with the "Bid Dawgs". It will either make or break you. Beware of Alexis. She will try to run your life and she can't even run her own.

greenbean
greenbean

I'm Team Nobody. But find your intro in this blog adorable. Hope it's a good season for you.

macombmommy
macombmommy

First of all, good luck to you.  I think it is fantastic that  you took the time to blog and introduce yourself to us, which shows that you respect us and care about us.  Take note that none of your co-workers cared enough to do the same.  You are going to get tons of advice from folks on this board, many of whom don't realize you have already shot this entire season.  They are going to drive you nuts warning you about specific ladies and telling you who to stay away from and how to behave.  Of course, by this time, the dye has been cast and no advice that anyone can give you can change anything regarding how you relate to these women.  You certainly understand these woman more than we do at this point. 

 

Since you are new I will assume you will read your blogs.  I think most of the HW's do in the beginning.  The only thing you can control at this point is your blogs.  Get them to us on time, take ownership for the things you say and do on the show without trash talking, and most importantly, give us the rationale and your feelings about what we JUST saw, not what we are GOING to see.  Nothing is more irritating than to watch an episode, think that the gals are getting along and everything is great, then reading a blog where someone just hammers a gal you watched them have fun with (Yolanda is the queen of this tactic).  Let us enjoy learning about the episodes as we watch them, without giving away storm clouds that might be on the horizon.  

 

 

aries9
aries9

Tamra Barney is an OLDER version of Brandi Glanville! ...and I CANNOT believe Gretchen has chosen this road...low!

AddictedToBravo25
AddictedToBravo25

Hi there Lydia. I must say, the bloggers seem to forget how mean, I mean really mean, Vicki has been in the past to newcomers! Well heck, to everyone for that matter. She was the queen of mean. I think she still is, simply has more competition. She shouldn't have trained Tamra so well when she had her under her wing LOL I'm pretty much done with this show, chicks playing high school drama, just is not interesting nor fun. Right now the only two fun , interesting people are Heather and Terry. I really thought Brianna was smarter than most... Surprised to see her on the show other her baby. Never liked Laurie. Now if they brought Lynne back, that could be fun! Good luck!

realdealkc
realdealkc

oooooooh. Can't wait to meet you!!!!   You are DARLING!   PLEASE don't act like a Flippin' idiot, like Tamra and Gretchen!!!!  PLEASE don't let me down!  I cannot tolerate another immature bisnatch on this show!   Heather has already gone down that path of not being able to think for herself!   (WHO.....gangs up on a woman at a dinner table on a VACATION like those rabid dogs did...as if they have NO FAULTS!).    I"m hoping that you are fun, sassy.....but have a mind of your own!    

JEM1
JEM1

How nice of you to blog before the insanity begins for you! I was becoming tired of OC gals, but am giving them another chance since you have joined the cast. Always nice for some new perspective. I llike BH better, but you have a chance to upgrade the OC's! I wish you luck and a strong backbone. You will need it!!

rosyposy
rosyposy

Looking forward to see you as a new cast member.  I am sure that you have pretty much figured the ladies out by now.  Vickie can be irritating, but she is actually a good person.  Tamra only tries to get info from people to stab them in the back with later on.....beware.

pattyekg
pattyekg

Hi  Lydia, Welcome to the real housewives LOL .I see you are the only one who cared to blog. and for that I thank you . the other housewifes  i guess dont care to put the time in to blog ,I for one look forward to seeing what they have to say . i will NOT be watching the show any more for that reson..if they dont care to blog to as why sould i care to watch them.again thank you for thinking of as..I  know this is a job for them well this is part of that job,.the show was on sun. night and now its wednesday.all it takes is five or ten min ..good luck and watch your back .stay away from Vicki she makes every thing about her., and Tamra is just a b-t-h poor Eddie all she cares about is money. so i guess i will be watching lifetime movies on sunday nights.. Again thank you and good luck

kleemzz@yahoo.com
kleemzz@yahoo.com

Ok you want to keep it real, and form your own opinions, then you get to know each lady as just that each lady, they all except Alexis in my opinion have something to bring to the table to help you grow and also in return also maybe help them grow.  They are a fun bunch of ladies, I truly believe Vicki has to potential to be a nice person but she seems very selfish, and again that is my opinion from WATCHING since the beginning, so watch keep an open mind good luck!

Kryssie1114
Kryssie1114

I agree with all the comments below! Watch out for Tamara and her minions Gretchen and Heather. Alexis== Keep your head high, even if you spoke about money to much (which I didnt see you do any more than the others) By the way( as Heather likes to say) YOU are the only one that is really a housewife.....You are a beautiful person and I know you miss your bestie Gretchen , but realize that she was not your bestie. Your friends love you for you and that includes all your faults. As Tamara's new buddy she should have said" Hey listen, this is not going down. I know you may have your issues with Alexis but she is my friend." which is what Alexis did for Gretchen.

So Lydia, Watch out !!! It will be interesting to see if you are a sheep in a heard or not...

 

nicole.lea.509
nicole.lea.509

Welcome to the franchise, and I can't wait until your debut so that we can a taste of who you are. I figure since you know, and work with Lady Vanderpump, then you can't be all bad because I like Lisa's taste in friends and colleagues. I hope its a fun ride for you :)

DDragon107
DDragon107

Some advice? BE A TRUE FRIEND... Don't be mean and malicious, don't talk behind anyone's back because it will come back to haunt you and don't throw people under the bus! Be neutral to the situations that come up and DON'T, NO MATTER WHAT, DON'T side with anyone or gang up on anyone- have your own opinion and keep it to yourself. The moment you start talking, even if you don't do it with any malice, it will be taken out of context and that will put you in a bad position. Don't let them influence you- especially Tamra and Gretchen!

breezie_bre
breezie_bre

don't really understand why you are writing a blog since you were not in this episode. I hope you are nothing like the last girl that was friends Alexis

1RHOKennewick
1RHOKennewick

Welcome Lydia! I wish you the best experience possible with the RHOJC! Unfortunately my wishes won't protect you from Tamra and Heather! Plan for the attack of the mean and self obsessed and don't join in! Does anyone else find it hilarious that she is the only one who has blogged? We viewers are so scary!

piperbeau
piperbeau

I think I already like you!!! 

nbeck
nbeck

After watching the premier Im not sure Im going to be able to watch all season.  Congratulations on becoming a grandma Vicky!  Im happy for you and you look great!  Tamara and Gretchen are mean girls.  How fast Gretchen has forgotten all the nasty things Tamara has said about her and her man.  Its disgusting the way the two of them behave and treat other people.  Who do they think they are.  They need a little dose of reality.  Hope someone puts them in the their place this season.  Love love Alexis' new hair.  Very cute! 

TristateFan
TristateFan

Welcome Lydia, what a wonderful addition to RHOC.  I look forward to meeting you in the 3rd episode.

 

I can be abrasive in my postings but I call the way I see it.  Welcome to you and your family.  Your husband is a cutie (wink, wink) 

 

You both are adorable, Barbie and Ken.

andebrown70
andebrown70

I can't wait to meet you!  The fans are worse than the people on the show!  Just read the comments below.. I am excited about the 3rd episode!  I saw the upcoming previews and can't wait! 

trixie123
trixie123

I don't know if you will be flattered or offended but you look like you are 17 years old!  You are going to be such a target for Tamra who is getting old.  She does not take kindly to younger prettier girls.  Look back a couple of seasons and see how she treated Gretchen.  I can't believe she speaks to her.  Unfortunately Gretchen is becoming just like her.  Their nastiness is hard to watch.

ordinary1
ordinary1

Want some fans? Here's how to get some: If Tamra tries to suck up to you, please don't fall for it. Also, do us a favor and do all you can to run Tamra off the show.

liz.regan1
liz.regan1

Good Luck and you should have stayed with Beverly Hills, even though they have their issues they are a lot more likeable than this group.  If I were you I would run out as fast as I can and watch your back on the way out Tamra is an expert at tossing knives at these woman. 

littleshopgirl
littleshopgirl

Another season of Tamra and Gretchen vs. Vicki and Alexis. Really? Boring. Or really boring. Was hoping to watch them live life not more fabricated drama because of this show.

FlowerGirl1
FlowerGirl1

You seem very desperate for attention that you are already blogging. Also why are you making all those weird noises in the previews and talking about your families wealth. NOt feeling it. Where is Lauri?

suprafreshkid
suprafreshkid

You seem very nice like Alexis, but I hope you are not the target for any verbal attacks 

erica8123
erica8123

 @aries9 I personally love Brandi and Tamra LOL!  But Lisa is my all time favorite!

jenniz1989
jenniz1989

 @aries9 Tamra>Brandi

I hate hate hate hate Brandi but love Tamra, Heather, and Lisa V from Beverly Hills

Jodibelle
Jodibelle

 @FlowerGirl1 What she said about her family's wealth was that even though she came from a privileged home, she was brought up in a way that she had to work for the benefits of that wealth. 

lady1234567
lady1234567

 @FlowerGirl1 WOW!! Talk about judging someone quickly. You need a reality check. Log off your computer and go pray for some self confidence so that you don't feel the need to judge someone simply because they say Hello

Pleasurine
Pleasurine

 @FlowerGirl1 How is she desperate for attention? I like that fact that she is introducing herself to use prior to her first appearance.I also enjoyed her take on the other couples on the show. 

TheresaHamer
TheresaHamer

@StaceyKay6 I agree, it would have been better to just say "all of the ladies" and not say "except for Alexis". I do not understand why the women on this show are so cruel to Alexis. She is harmless and I do believe she is bullied on this show. I was surprised that Heather did not include Alexis at the clambake. Mean really mean. I never saw Alexis treat Heather badly, nor Tamra or Gretchen.

showbizgirl
showbizgirl

 @Pleasurine  @FlowerGirl1 i think it's great Lydia is blogging already. i find it friendly and i already like her style! so many housewives on the various shows neglect their blogs for weeks. as a fan i LOVE reading all the blogs.

suprafreshkid
suprafreshkid

 @Lsharp03 This is true sadly, like how her husband tricked her into going against Peggy when he was lying 

TheresaHamer
TheresaHamer

@judy@london It's still not a nice thing to say. And that is MY opinion.