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04/16/2013

Alexis' Surprise

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Hi Everyone! Week two! Terry and his damn onion rings! LOL! I thought it was hilarious to see those two fighting about onion rings all night. Then Tamra calling Heather out about her Costco desserts that they weren't handmade and Heather pinching Terry while he concurred was even funnier to me! I seriously was dying laughing; leave it to Terry to blow her cover!

As you saw it was awkward at the table between Vicki and Tamra, so I thought that by letting Vicki know that Tamra was just being a protective friend that it could help break the ice so they could talk. Interestingly enough, I understand Vicki being hesitant to jump back into the relationship because she was hurt by the way Tamra went about things. I have been there before with her and she doesn't always have the best way of going about things. Tamra herself has admitted that she retreats and gets mean at times, like Vicki said. However Vicki was no gem in this situation either and said some pretty mean things in an email to Tamra over the summer.

Hearing them talk in the wine cellar was actually a surprise to me since Tamra had voiced such a different tune to me for the last nine months about Vicki. However I was glad to see they could talk and try to work through their issues.

I, of course, am going to be protective over Tamra, because we had become so close, and be wary of Vicki playing the "poor me card" to pull Tamra back in. Vicki is very good at playing the victim and making everyone feel bad for her. Even Eddie, who was good friends with Vicki, said she is a liar, a manipulator, and can be deceiving in her ways. I was relieved to know it was not just me who feels this way about her.

I wanted Vicki and Tamra to make up, but I believed they really needed to address some serious issues before they could go back to being BFFs. I think a lot of the time they just ignore it and act like nothing happened, which is so odd to me.
I realized at the table that Vicki finally understood what it felt like to have everyone talking crap about your significant other. I don't wish that on anyone; however I am glad she finally understood that it is not a good feeling when you love someone so much, and all you want is people to support you in your decision. Funny how things come full circle. She had so many negative things to say about Slade and it sucked. Thus the reason I have tried to stay mum about Brooks and just encouraged her that if she loves him, she should just be with him. To me that should not be hard.

I questioned Vicki not being honest about her relationship with Brooks because as you will continue to see her story kept changing all season. I believed she was more afraid of the wrath from everyone, or that she was embarrassed to be with him because everyone that was close to her was weary of him. To me if you love someone and truly believe in them being a good person you stick by their side, no matter what. I did with Slade, and it was not hard because I knew what everyone was saying was bull- honkey.

I think Vicki is actually questioning what everyone is feeling because there is part of her that might believe it is true. I don't say that because I don't like Brooks, because I actually find him to be a very charming man. I say that because her actions speak louder than words. Bottom line, I want all of us women to be happy in their relationships and she deserves to be happy, so she cannot worry about what anyone else thinks! She has to do what is right for her and her life.

It was a surprise to hear Alexis be honest about her and Jim's situation last year, and I'm glad she finally said it like it was. What I have noticed about her in our past friendship is that even when things are really tough or things are not going well, she puts on this front of "everything is great" even when I knew things weren't. And honestly after a while it just gets draining. I want to feel like my friends can be honest about whatever is going on in their lives; good or bad, and not always try to sugar coat it. I think Alexis is finally learning to open up more and realize that it's OK to not be perfect and have some issues. I hope she continues to do this as I think it will help her grow as a person. I was happy to see her and Jim doing better, and happy for their new business venture!

As discussed last week I was super excited for Slade's new radio show! I was so very happy for him and the success of Radio Slade! He has worked really hard to get out of debt and try to get things back in order after the hard hit we all took when the economy went to crap. He was the highest rated hour of Playlist 92.7 within just the first few weeks. He also shut the servers down because of how many people were tuning in via the web. His voice was made for radio if you ask me, and he worked really hard on prepping every show and having fun, silly, comedic, and up-to-date pop culture content on his show.

Of course out of all the shows he did, you see the most controversial one where he spoke about people getting work done and it being awkward when showing up to a party. He was hired because they loved him at the Improv, so he has to do his comedic bits, but I swear sometimes I might kill him! He and I don't agree on some of his content as you saw last year with this act at the Improv. You can hear his more fun and uplifting shows at RadioSlade.PodBean.com.

Thanks again for all your support on Twitter, Facebook and my social media pages! I love interacting with you guys and having such a supportive fan base! You guys are the best. For any up-to-date things about what I have going on or to find my Gretchen Christine Collections please visit my website GretchenChristine.com.

Till next week, many blessings!

Xoxo
Gretchen Christine  
04/16/2013

Regretting Ragging on Vicki

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To all the amazing fans! It's great to be back and I can't believe it is Season 8 already! I hope you guys enjoy the journey I went on for Season 8, and I appreciate you guys allowing us in your living room every week.

It was wonderful to see Briana having her baby! What a wonderful gift and blessing from God. I'm so happy for her and Ryan. It's fun to see one of us become a grandmother as well. This show is definitely full circle.

It was a transition having Slade move from working out of the home to now working outside the home, five days a week for his new Radio Show: "Radio Slade." However, I, of course, was beyond excited for him and this great new opportunity! This radio opportunity came because of his comedy show; they were looking for a comedian that could host, entertain, and talk about pop culture. His show became the highest rated hour within just the first couple of weeks, which was super exciting. For more info go to RadioSlade.PodBean.com.

And, for all those making fun of me not being able to make coffee, I agree! I'm a dork, but the truth is I know how to make it, it had just been a while since I had done it and I forgot exactly how the machine worked. Slade always makes me the perfect cup so I wanted to do it the way he does it, and I also think I just missed him so I wanted an excuse to call him. LOL!

We launched the iGO Pink Collection last September to a huge response! The 57 boxes of inventory were supposed to be shipped to our offices in New York for fulfillment, but they were accidentally shipped to us, and therefore you see me up to my head swimming in orders and boxes! This collection was a limited collection of pieces and, as of last Monday when the show aired, we are almost sold out of everything. We only have a handful of iPad, passport, and iPhone clutches left. For many of you asking on Twitter the pink satchel you see me carrying has sold out completely. Unfortunately we do not have plans to go back into production of these since it was a limited collection -- but I will let you know if that changes.

As you can tell Tamra and I are still doing well and having tons of fun together. And NO dressing the same was not planned as you can see! When Tamra came over and referenced that Vicki had work done on her chin, the first thing that popped in my mind was a chin implant, because others in the group had that done by the same doctor. And it just came out, I had no idea she actually had it done!

Needless to say when Vicki showed up to the party I was shocked to see her face sooo swollen, and she had so much hair in her face I could barely tell it was her. I remember thinking why would she go get this work done? I did not feel like she needed it. However looking back, I feel bad that Tamra and I were making fun of it. It was not cool, and I wish I had just kept my mouth shut. It was just such a strange situation to be seeing someone obviously so different and swollen for the first time in months, it's a little bit of a shock and we didn't know how to deal with it at first.

As you can tell I don't like to see any friends fighting, so I encouraged Tamra to be nice and say hello and start the conversation with Vicki. Even though I know Vicki and her had a lot of crap that went on between them, I still wanted them to talk and try to work things out if they could. I hate to see friendships end if its not necessary.

Heather's clambake was beautiful and done to the nines! We had such a fun night! Slade was working so he was unable to be with me that night, but overall we had a fun and great night!

Next week the party gets heated, as Tamra and Vicki come face to face for the first time in months. Be sure to tune in!

Lastly I wanted to say thank you again to all the amazing fans who watch every week and love sharing our lives with us! You guys are the reason for our success! For anyone looking for my Gretchen Christine Collections you can go to GretchenChristine.com to find them.

Till next week, many blessings!

Xoxo
Gretchen Christine  
04/10/2013

Beauty Community Tip: Summer Essentials

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I am so happy that temps are getting warmer. I’m so ready for Spring and Spring fashion! If you haven’t heard anything about this season’s “in” colors, be prepared to be playful! The hot colors this season are punchy and pretty. Think greens in all shades, Nectarine, Violet, Lemon Zest, and Monaco Blue! I am ready to transition my wardrobe.

Here’s what I’ve spotted are the Spring fashion trends:

Bermuda Shorts
Cool girl shorts were all over the runways and it’s perfect for us girls that don’t want to wear those really short-shorts (ahem, practically butt-baring). This is the more sophisticated and chic version in all the fun colors and I’m all over it!

Stripes
Stripe overload! Seriously, there were so many stripes on the runways. You can’t help sport a classic, nautical look with all the different apparel options: tees, sweaters, bikinis, pants, even formal dresses! It makes you want to go sailing!

Peek-A-Boo
I’ve read that it could be due to the “Fifty Shades of Gray” phenomenon, but peek-a-boo outfits, and S&M-detailed dresses were quite abundant on the runways, so expect it to be the look on your spring and summer nights out. It will definitely be easy to be sexy with midriff-baring options and leather details.

Statement Sunglasses
In the OC, statement sunglasses are always in… no matter what the season! For this Spring, find some specs that are louder and more fabulous than you normally wear!

Short Suits
It’s super easy to be a businesswoman that’s serious with work, yet trendy with clothes with all the amazing short suit options! I’m really digging this trend – I love the look - so tailored yet casual! It’s the perfect outfit for all my meetings running the GC Enterprise!

What are some trends you will try this season?

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
04/02/2013

Press & Media: Celebuzz - Can You Guess This Cheerleader-Turned-Housewife?

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Guess who? It's me! Thank you to Celebuzz for sharing photos from my personal family album! See all the photos on their site here.

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
04/02/2013

Press & Media: Mail Online - From fresh-faced prom princess to reality TV queen

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Thank you to The Daily Mail for sharing my photos! Going through old photos is so much fun!

Click here to see the full article.

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

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