Lydia McLaughlin on Real Housewives of Orange County Costars: 'Those Women are Intense'

When Lydia McLaughlin was offered the chance to join the eighth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County she leapt at the chance.

But now, just halfway through her maiden season, she admits that she may have been a bit naïve when she climbed aboard the reality TV ranks.

“It is more difficult than I thought it would be!” she told PEOPLE while attending Corolle’s Adopt-a-Doll event in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley Are Engaged After She Proposes

He said yes!

Slade Smiley is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and Real Housewives of Orange County costar, Gretchen Rossi, 34, after she recently proposed, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The popping of the question will be televised on Bravo’s hit show.

Gretchen Rossi: Is She Wearing an Engagement Ring?

Slade Smiley hasn’t put a ring on it – yet.

The reality TV personality’s longtime girlfriend, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi, was spotted at Heather McDonald’s book launch at Hollywood’s Emerson Theater on Wednesday night, sporting some bling on her engagement finger.

But apparently Smiley hasn’t popped the question.

Real Housewives of Orange County Cast Heats Up Hot in Cleveland Set!

Hot in Orange County!

Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi visited the set of Hot in Cleveland on Friday in support of castmate Heather Dubrow’s guest role.

Joined by fiancé Eddie Judge, Barney arrived at 5 p.m. with Gunvalson but Rossi and boyfriend Slade Smiley were an hour late.

“The ladies seemed to be having a good time in the audience greeting fans,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. “Tamra even got up to dance with a fellow audience member between takes.”

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Real Housewives of Orange County Shocker: Gretchen and Tamra Make Up

Who are these blond women and what have they done with Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi?

The Real Housewives of Orange County returned to Bravo Tuesday with the most unexpected of twists: Tamra and Gretchen kiss and make up. Okay, that’s a joke – they don’t kiss.

Taylor Armstrong 'Happy to Start Moving On' After Husband's Suicide

Taylor Armstrong is bouncing back from tragedy.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who was “devastated” by her estranged husband Russell’s suicide in August, “seemed very happy to start moving on with her life and getting back to work,” according to a source at an Oct. 20 commercial shoot at Tru Hollywood nightclub.

Gretchen Rossi's Sweet Las Vegas Lunch

Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi and boyfriend Slade Smiley had a sweet end to their lunch at Sugar Factory American Brasserie in Las Vegas. The two enjoyed a Lollipop Passion cocktail and a Cookie Jar milkshake before browsing the eatery’s retail section and checking out the merchandise.

Real Housewives's Gretchen Rossi Kicks Back in Private Cabana

Real Housewives of Orange County’s Gretchen Rossi and beau Slade Smiley joined friends at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Intervention Pool Party, where they relaxed in a private cabana and sipped cocktails. At night, the two went to Nobu for dinner before heading home to Orange County. The night before their relaxing day, the reality stars celebrated with a friend at her bachelorette party.

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