The announcement that went out today from OK Publisher's:
We’re proud to welcome the chic and stylish Gretchen Christine Rossi as our new lifestyle contributor! The Real Housewives of Orange County
star will open her closet, her home and her beauty bag exclusively to our readers every week!
Gretchen is sharing ALL her secrets when it comes to creating the perfect beauty look for any occasion to finding the perfect date night outfit without breaking the bank—and so much more. Once a month, Gretchen will also solve our readers’ biggest fashion, beauty and lifestyle dilemmas during a LIVE Google+ Hangout.
Get Glam With Gretchen
will post every Thursday. As one of the most fashionable housewives around, Gretchen receives tons of emails and tweets from her fans begging for her advice and tips. It’s a natural fit to connect Gretchen directly with the style-obsessed readers of OKMagazine.com
Gretchen is owner and creative director for "The Gretchen Christine Collection" which includes handbags and swimwear as well as C.E.O. of “Gretchen Christine Cosmetics.”
Check out the very first edition of Get Glam With Gretchen
. It’s chock full of all her secrets for how she made Halloween a chic AND spooky night.
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UPDATE as of Oct 18th, 2013: Well I have been doing this program now for the last few months and I have to say I am feeling 100% better and I am sooo glad I tried out this HOPE program. I think it has really made the difference for my stomach and I hope any of you who were experiencing the same issues I was having were able to try this program as well. If not then get started today because I promise it works! I don't even like taking supplements but I woke up everyday excited to take them because they have made make me feel so much better. If you tried this program with me, let me know your thoughts and experiences with it! Thanks again to all the fans and Brenda Watson for helping me with my road to recovery!
My Fans Are the Best!
For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, you might have missed me recently turning to my fans and sharing some issues I’ve been having with my stomach lately. With all of the travelling that Slade and I are doing for work, and with the constant filming and running of our businesses, I think the stress has been catching up with me and is affecting my stomach. Specifically I've been feeling run down, my stomach is constantly upset, and even though I've been tired, I haven't been sleeping all that well. No one likes feeling crummy, especially me because I am always on the go and have to be at my best while taking business meetings, hosting events, and doing appearances while meeting the fans.
When I reached out to you guys on twitter your feedback was unbelievable, so thank you so much!
The idea of taking probiotics and enzymes came up a number of times. Even going through a full-cleanse (if I do this Slade is going to be doing it right alongside me J) was recommended by a handful of you. One supplement company kept getting recommended - ReNew Life
. I asked you all if you had tried it before and I got a positive response. Because I was talking about it on Twitter their President & Founder Brenda Watson
, who happens to be a fan of the show as well, reached out to me and offered to help me. It wasn’t long before our Direct Messages turned into an email and then a phone call to really talk through my symptoms. I mean this is the exact reason I love Twitter! Over the past week we've talked twice and she recommended a special program for me to try out. She also encouraged me to take a test to see if I'm gluten-intolerant - which many of you recommended as well. But first things first. Giving up bread and pasta is scary considering how much I love it!
With the encouragement of my fans and now Brenda Watson (ironically I found out that she’s regarded as the top "gut health" expert in the world), I'm officially on ReNew's H.O.P.E Formula
. I've made a commitment to try H.O.P.E. for a couple of months. I'm excited about feeling better and I'm hopeful this helps.
Here are the products that make up the H.O.P.E. formula. Thanks to Brenda, I now have the understanding why this is a good regimen for me and what each of the products do. However their website explains it as well.
- Organic Triple Fiber
- helps with digestion and detoxification
- Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega
- fish oil supplements
-Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion Probiotic
- #1 probiotic great for digestion and bowel function
- an enzyme that relieves bloating and overall stomach discomfort among other things
If any of you are having similar issues as me, I encourage you to try the program with me and let’s talk on social media and see what we think. I promise to keep you guys abreast with how I'm feeling while on H.O.P.E. and also share my thoughts on ReNew. I'm really thankful to Brenda and her team for reaching out to me and taking the time to care about my health enough to get me on a special program.
Now listen - I know this doesn’t replace what a doctor can recommend. However, before I go spend all this money on doctor’s appointments and blood tests etc. I thought I would try the more natural way with supplements; and if that makes me feel better I can avoid all the hassle of doctors and appointments etc., which I love!
Wish me luck! And thanks again to all my amazing fans for helping me with my journey.
How fantastic! OK Magazine took a photo of Slade and me from TAO Beach Las Vegas this past weekend and made it into a fun game! Pick up the August 12th issue and see if you can spot the six differences in the 2 photos.
xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
Come join us tomorrow at Swimspot Fashion Island in Newport Beach! I hope to see you there!
Thursday, July 25th, 2013
SwimSpot at Fashion Island
Celebrate the launch of SwimSpot at Fashion Island and the exclusive swimwear collaboration between designer Lisa Vogel & Gretchen Christine Rossi of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Complimentary drinks, food, DJ, and fun!
RSVP by July 23rd. Space is limited! Nikki@swimspot.com
xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
Summer is definitely here! If you want to make sure you look like a beach babe and not a sweaty mess, here are a few beauty must-haves to ensure you are summer sexy all season long:
Cream Eye Shadow
In this hot (humid) weather, make sure you apply a shadow that stays put longer and doesn’t disappear when you start breaking a sweat. I swear by cream eye shadows, and we have some great options in the GC line that are perfect for this summer (think shades of vibrant aquas and greens). I really love our
GC Creamy Eye Shadow
in Canopy (an intense shimmering aqua) or in Overcast (a soft Icy Mint Green w/Gold Overlay).
Foundation with SPF
Even if you have naturally tan skin and hardly ever burn, don’t think you can get away with a foundation without an SPF. The sun’s rays are hottest in the summer so if you’re not careful, it will wreak wrinkle damage. Our
GC Perfect Finish Liquid Foundation
has an SPF 15. This ultimate, water-based liquid foundation is oil-free, contains soft focus powders that make the skin look and feel natural and flawless, and potent anti-oxidants Vitamins A, C, & E help protect skin from free radicals and other environmental damage. It provides a light to medium coverage and is recommended for all skin types to maintain that youthful glow.
Don’t worry if the winter has made you pale as a ghost. It’s easy to fake a glowing, tan complexion if you use a good bronzer. Plus, it also helps blot excess oil or sweat, so points for double-duty! The
GC Swirls of Color
palettes help brighten the face with swirls of shimmering color for an instant glow! Brush silky powder on cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin and look like you’ve been healthily taking in those rays!
If you can’t stand going to the beach or pool without having your eyes done, opt for liquid. That way, you’ll be ensured that it won't budge and melt down your face. The
GC Waterproof Automatic Eye
liners have a special anti-oxidant enriched formula. Line and define beautifully shaped eyes using the smooth glide on color tip with attached sponge for no mess blending.
A hair masque is a MUST if winter weather did a number on your strands. Also, sun can dry out your ends, fry your hair, give you split ends, or fade your hair color if you’re constantly in the pool or ocean. To make sure this doesn’t happen to me, I use the
HBL Hair Masque
faithfully. It easily hydrates and conditions my hair so I have sexy beach waves. With a pH 3.5-4.5, it intensely smoothes, conditions and protects even the most challenging hair without weighing it down or leaving a greasy feeling. It’s a literal summer hair saver!
Now that you’ve got your beach beauty essentials, let’s go to the beach!