Chatting with Lydia McLaughlin of Real Housewives


Lydia McLaughlin

When Lydia McLaughlin joined The Real Housewives of Orange County some of the other ladies mistook her for a lightweight they could dominate. They soon found out, that in spite of her little girl looks and quirky personality, Lydia is not a pushover but a powerhouse in a petite package. 

Lydia has been close to power all of her life and she isn’t easily intimidated. She is the granddaughter of Canadian media mogul Geoff Stirling, founder of the NTV television network. Lydia is also very proud of her Canadian heritage. She took her Orange County cast-mates skiing in Whistler, British Columbia to show off her Canadian roots. 

In addition to being the mother of two young sons, Lydia and her husband own and run SKYLAB, a modern art gallery, and Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine.  Lydia also designs her own line of jewelry, Lydia. She designs each piece herself from crystals and vintage chains. It is handcrafted in California from the finest materials with 10 percent of the profits going to the iSanctuary, an organization that provides rehabilitation options for survivors of human trafficking, both domestic and abroad. 

Lydia took time out of her schedule to share some of her style secrets and inspirations.

Here is what she had to say:


DD: When did you start designing jewelry? What inspires your designs? 

LM: I have always been interested in jewelry and design. When I was in high school I would wear a necklace as a headband or a belt. I have always been into fashion and expressing myself through my “look”.  My everyday life inspires me. We live by the beach and I love the beauty in Laguna and wanted to create a line that is sophisticated yet feminine and ready to wear. 

DD: What piece from your collection do you wear most often and how?

LM: I love wearing my Pandora bracelets. I wear three of them at a time, and last night I slept in them. I forgot I still had them on! 

DD: What are your three beauty must-haves and why?

LM: I love Vitamin E oil as eye makeup remover. I feel like it’s good for my skin while getting rid of my makeup. I also love a good lip gloss. Bobby Brown makeup is my go-to. As well as jewelry for your hair. Let the world see your sparkle.  

DD: What is the secret of your fitness routine?

LM: Before I had kids, I would work out four to five times a week. After kids I just don’t have time for that! But, I am more efficient with my workouts, so if I’m at the gym, I am working it!  I do a boot camp class, and there are people in there who are faster and stronger than me, so I am always pushing myself to keep up! I think what you eat is more important than how you work out. I love the documentaries “forks over knifes” and “food inc.” We aren’t vegetarian but we do Meatless Mondays and things like that. It’s more about a lifestyle than trying to fit a dress size… But what do I know? Apparently I could use a cheeseburger (This cheeseburger remark is a reference to a crack made to Lydia by a cast-mate. I told you, she is not a pushover. She called him on it.) 

DD: What is always in your hand-bag? 

LM: Diapers, wipes, lollipops, granola bars. Stuff for my boys. And my lipstick and iPhone for me. 

DD: What is your idea of the perfect romantic evening? 

LM: Being with Doug anywhere. He is very romantic and has planned some of the sweetest, memorable evenings for me. I love it when he shows effort and attention. The smallest things like making a dinner reservation, or getting flowers just shows the ladies they care.