With a shout-out to Scarsdale hairstylist Julius Michael, Real Housewife of Orange County Tamra Barney arrived on the red carpet at NoMa Social last night twirling her purple hair extensions—and yes, she picked that color deliberately to show solidarity with New Rochelle, the unlikely site of a bachelorette party celebrating her upcoming marriage to Eddie Judge, who also appears on the Bravo show.
Barney, who looks like a tiny doll with killer abs—built up, no doubt, from recent workouts at CUT Fitness, her new gym in Orange County, CA—smiled for the cameras and patiently answered questions from the crowd. (See photos here) Not at all the mean girl—that’s a reputation she’s earned unfairly, said Barney in an earlier interview—she embraced fans and opened gifts from strangers, mostly women in cocktail dresses who looked vaguely celebrity-like themselves.
With just a sprinkling of actual celebs in attendance—Amy Poliakoff from “Gallery Girls” and New Rochelle native Robin Kassner, who’s appeared twice on “Millionaire Matchmaker”—the event became a sort of celebrity hunt, as guests elbowed each other and stared. “Who is that guy?” said one woman, pointing to a muscular dude who looked like he might be somebody.
Barney, however, was happy to do her part as the celebrity-who-mingles-with-regular-people, happily talking to anyone at all.
Just how involved is her fiancé in the wedding plans?
“Eddie’s like, ‘Don’t include me, just tell me where to show up,’ ‘’ she said, adding that he’s not at all eager to go cake-tasting.
Nevertheless, plans are coming along nicely for Barney and Judge’s June wedding. “It’ll be mild…in an Orange County sort of way,” she said. She’s considering an old Hollywood style wedding, with a big band and swing music, or possibly a beach wedding at Montage Laguna Beach, a luxurious Orange County waterfront hotel.
No doubt Barney will leave her purple hair extensions at home.
BY LINDA LOMBROSO AND ANDREW KLAPPHOLZ