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Rumors have been swirling around Lydia Stirling McLaughlin and Real Housewives of Orange County for some time now. She first showed up on the OC scene when she joined the ladies of RHoOC to go wedding dress shopping for Tamra Barney. But who is this mysterious Lydia, and is she really joining the cast for Season 8? From what we hear from Tamra Barney about the new season, it looks like Lydia will be on board this year!

She is a “mother, wife, filmmaker and editor of Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine,” according to an online bio. Coincidentally (or not), Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump has a column in Beverly Hills Lifestyle, and you might remember the mag from this recent photo shoot with Brandi Glanville.

Lydia is also the granddaughter of media mogul Geoff Stirling, and together she and husband Doug own California-based businesses Skylab Modern Art and Skylab Media Group. Add to that, she’s a world traveller and fashion aficionado, according to the website for her high-end jewelry line, Lydia M. She must be a pet lover too: Lydia M is launching a line of Puppy Bling, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like.

Now that RHOC Season 8 has started, how much will we see Lydia on-screen and mixing it up with the other Housewives? Keep watching to find out!

Sources: StarcasmBeverly Hills Lifestyle