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Naomie Olindo: I Was Actually Excited to Talk About My Relationship With Craig
"I can’t tell you how many messages I get every day from people thanking me for not pretending things were perfect..."
At this season's Southern Charm reunion, Craig's girlfriend Naomie stopped by! And we wanted to get the inside scoop on what goes down at a reunion from someone who's never attended a reunion before, so sit back because Naomie has the scoop.
Bravotv.com: When did you arrive in NYC for the reunion?
Naomie Olindo: I got to New York around 11 PM the night before. I had an important exam that day and then my flight got delayed for SEVEN hours!
Bravotv.com: Did you do anything the night before?
NO: When I got to the hotel I went straight to Chelsea’s room to watch WWHL with her, Craig, and Austen Kroll.
Bravotv.com: How did you prep for the reunion?
NO: The reunion happened in the middle of my grad school finals so I had no time to really prep. A friend of mine owns a nail salon called Mylk Bar and let me get a quick manicure before flying up.
Bravotv.com: Did anyone give you any advice before the reunion?
NO: Craig did give me a few pointers. He just told me not to be nervous and to be myself. He always gives good advice if I feel nervous about something and helps calms my nerves.
Bravotv.com: How did you decide on your reunion outfit?
NO: This is a little anti-climatic, but I didn’t want to buy a new dress and shoes. I called my friend Ali who has amazing clothes and she gave me a couple dresses to try on. I ended up falling in love with the white Faith Connexion dress so I paired it with some gold Gucci heels I had and Brynn Hudson raspberry earrings.
Bravotv.com: How long did it take to get ready in hair and make-up?
NO: It took about an hour and a half! It takes a village!
Bravotv.com: Had you met Andy Cohen before this?
NO: I had briefly met him at the clubhouse when Craig did WWHL last year. He was super kind and has an aura to him that makes you immediately comfortable.
Bravotv.com: Was there anything you were nervous to discuss?
NO: I was actually excited to talk about my relationship with Craig. I can’t tell you how many messages I get every day from people thanking me for not pretending things were perfect and for showing the raw, real side of things even if it’s unflattering for Craig and me.
Bravotv.com: What did you have for breakfast?
NO: Catering had some eggs and sausages for us, but I’m not going to lie they weren’t great! I think I ended up eating fruit snacks and a banana.
Bravotv.com: What did you do after the reunion?
NO: We met up with some friends and then had dinner with Claudia, Jackie, and Olivia Oshry of @girlwithnojob. Claudia also brought her fiancé Ben Soffer and we had the best time with them. Then my friends and Craig went to Vandal to meet up with Shep and Whitney but I was too tired and had to fly home to study for ANOTHER exam early the next day.
Bravotv.com: How would you rate your first reunion experience?
NO: It was easy! It’s always fun being in the city and visiting friends. Also the filming experience was super painless. It was a lot less scary than I had anticipated.