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05/23/2012

Last Weekend's Shenanigans

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Here are some personal pics from a fun-filled event packed weekend with great friends! We went to La Costa resort in San Diego after work on Friday to meet up with Nicholas & Cathy Sparks at the Drew Brees Charity event.  We ended up also hanging out with Chris Harrison from the Bachelor and had a very fun filled night with him and friends as these pictures show!  My favorite pic is when Nicholas Sparks and Chris Harrison both took my hand and we tweeted “Who do you think is going to make me cry first”? Too funny!  I also raced Chris Harrison on the Golf Course which is why you see us holding flags (he won of course) but in all fairness I think my long dress and earring were weighing me down. LOL

Saturday night we went to one of our dear friends surprise birthday party and had another great time as these fiesta pictures show! We had the balloon girl for the kids come up and make us balloons figures and then one of them got a little out of hand as you can see!

Sunday night we were excited to be invited to Kendra and Hank’s charity event for a another great cause!  It was at a beautiful resort and it was exciting to meet a lot of the people there that night and make some great new friends.

Friends and family are the most important thing to me in the world am I am so blessed to have such great ones!

Hope you all had a great weekend! What did you all do?

xoxoxo
Gretchen Christine
05/16/2012

Love is Complicated Sometimes

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Hi Everyone!

Since I haven’t gotten a chance to blog about the last two episodes I just wanted to say thank you all so such for the positive feedback on my facebook/twitter accounts about my Pussycat Doll Performance! It truly was such a great memory and something I will never forget. You only got to see a glimpse of that night as I had 3 different costume changes and performed on the bar, the stage, a swing, and the carousel horse!  It was great to have all the ladies there supporting my big debut on my first Vegas Stage!  I actually had so many of my dear friends, and family come out that weekend to support and celebrate my performance including Jeff’s daughter who came out all the way from Michigan to join in the fun!  I feel so blessed to have so many great friends and family! That is really what life is all about.

My number one fan, Slade, is the best person on earth and I am so grateful for his constant support, love, patience and encouragement to go after my dreams! Every woman dreams to have that kind of partner in life and I have been so blessed to have found my prince charming.

With that said this blog is going to be a lot about my situation with Slade because many of you are asking me questions about it.  This episode definitely made me cry knowing that Slade loves me so much and wants to give me so much, but just can’t at this time.  Hearing him say that all he wants to do is make sure I know how much he loves me and that I mean more to him than just a girlfriend was so touching. Normally it's always the woman pushing or wanting the man to ask them to marry them and the men are hesitant. It is weird how reversed are roles are compared to the traditional way of doing things.

However, I love that Heather said to Slade that I wouldn’t care what size ring he got me, because she can just see how much we love each other. That statement just goes to show that even in the short amount of time that I have gotten to know her she knows my true heart and that shows she's a good friend if you ask me.  I've had the big diamonds, and big houses, and fancy cars etc. so of course I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy that lifestyle, but I have definitely learned that lifestyle isn’t ultimately what make me happy. What makes me truly happy is that I have a man who loves and adores me, protects me, builds me up when I am down, is the calm in my storm, and makes me feel like the most important person in the world every second of the day.  Slade's and my love is the kind of love I have dreamed of having since I was a little girl.  It's the kind of love I have prayed for my whole life; a love that fulfilled me emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.  God finally answered my prayers when he gave me Slade.

Now, I'm sure all your jaws dropped when Slade asked Gabe at Newport Jewelers if he could get a CZ stone at first until he could afford the real thing, but the truth is once I thought about it I realized it was very sweet and showed his vulnerability. He wants to get me a beautiful ring, but knows he just can't right now.  That is hard on a man's ego no matter how you slice it.  I'm so proud of the fact that he is not just pretending to be someone he is not; it's a very brave thing to admit on National Television. Slade is working so hard right now to get out of debt and working multiple jobs to do so. He is one of the hardest working men I have ever known, despite what the other woman think they know about his life and job situation.

Ultimately, I had to laugh because I know his impatience got the best of him. He wanted a certain ring but he couldn't do it right then so he was trying to figure out how to get the ring he really wanted for me. One thing I can assure you about Slade is that he has too much pride too not to get me the real thing, and our jeweler obviously wouldn't allow him to do that anyway! However, he also knows me well enough to know I won't care if it's a ten carat diamond ring or a one carat. Good news is you can always upgrade if and when your financial situation changes later! Kind-of like what my Dad did for my Mom on their 40th wedding anniversary!

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone for the kind comments about me making the right decision about not getting married until some things are worked out. It's a hard decision when you love someone so much, but right now it's the right decision for me.  I have worked very hard to get back to the place I was before I got engaged to Jeff.  I was financially self-sufficient and a very hard working business woman.  I never want to lose sight of that again, because working and having my own thing is truly what I love to do, it makes me feel whole.  I lost myself a little when I gave up my career to be with Jeff, so we could travel together and build a bi-coastal lifestyle.

Slade has always supported and encouraged me to continue to go after those dreams and has never asked me to give up those dreams.  My companies are thriving and I am getting to do everything I have ever wanted to do and accomplish in life, and I couldn’t be happier.

The next stage will be adding a family to my life and I don't believe you have to be married to start that. Look at Brad and Angelina six kids later and just now they are engaged! LOL

I am very excited about the next stage of my life with Slade. He is going to make an amazing father to our children! Just like my father has been to me! Was it just me or did Slade and my father remind you of each other in last week's episode? Weird! My parents really do adore Slade and they are excited about the thought of little ones soon as well!

Speaking of kids! Holy Hell with Brianna and Vicki’s scene.  I have to say I am sure proud of Brianna for calling her mom out on some things. Bottom line is that sometimes parents need to be called out too. Brianna is not a 14 year kid being disrespectful to her Mom, she is a grown married adult talking to her mom as a concerned daughter about multiple issues. I am sure it was not easy for Brianna to say some of the things she did, but sometimes it takes someone close to you to make you realize something.  Brianna said a lot of things I have wanted to say to Vicki multiple times. Brianna is dead on that her mom always goes on the defense, deflects from herself, and tries to turn it around on the another person.  What I found the most interesting was when Brianna basically called her mom out for emotionally cheating on Don with Brooks. WHOA!!! When she said she saw things on her mom's computer between the two of them, my mouth dropped to the floor! I was like "oh boy this is going to get ugly". Vicki obviously was upset because she got up and whispered under her breath that she could not believe Brianna went there.  As you all can imagine I could have a whole hell of a lot to say here, however I refuse to do what these woman did to me and make accusations about things I do not know all the details about! It just continues to prove my point that I think she is a major hypocrite.  I sincerely hope that Vicki can start to take a deeper look at herself after this episode and see that even her own daughter is pointing out the same things we are to her.  

My talk with Heather was very heart-felt and it was great to see our relationship starting to grow as friends. I have really come to adore her, and her honesty. She is a straight-forward girl with a great head on her shoulders and a great friend for good sound advice.

I think it was cool that Tamra got the Simon tattoo removed! It shows she is ready to move past that stage in her life and get on to a new and happier chapter in her life.  Sometimes we make mistakes in desperate and confusing times in our life. It sounds like the tattoo was one of the moments for her and it was very cleansing to get that off her body, so she could truly move on with Eddie. Terry is hilarious and Tamra running to the bathroom was hysterical.

I love that Tamra walked Eddie right into his statement about buying her a ring! To see Eddie’s face was classic! That’s a sure way to get a man to put his money where his mouth is! I also understand Tamra's concern regarding the kids because it does always add a different dynamic, however after getting to know Eddie I don't have one doubt that he will be great with the kids and the transition will work out just fine!

In regards to the puppies and princess' party I have decided that it is probably best to just plead the fifth on that one :)

On a lighter note, we have been inundated with e-mails about the new pink collection! So here is the update! I was back in New York all last week meeting with buyers for the new collections, and I am excited to announce that I will be back on Shop NBC with my new collections this fall!  I also got to see all the samples of the new pink collection coming out and I am sooo excited for you guys to see these pieces! They are gorgeous! They are coming very very soon so please be patient with us! Trust me it is worth the wait! The collection will include the pink satchel you saw on the show in the photo shoot I did, a wallet, an i-phone cover, i-pad cover, passport holder, and a 3 piece overnight luggage set.  It's the perfect travel collection! To be contacted once the collection is in stock, sign up on our interest list by sending your email address to Info@shopgretchenchristine.com and put "pink collection" in the subject line, or visit my website at www.gretchenchristine.com for more info.

Also I'm so excited to tell you guys about my first acting gig with Telemundo TV! Every Thursday you can check out www.telemundo.com  for the new series “Mia Mundo” that I am in.   It’s a new bi-lingual series that my fellow bravo sister Jenni Pulos from Flipping out is in as well! The cast and crew were amazing to work with and it was such a great learning experience for me. I was so honored that they wrote this role specifically for me and invited me to be a part of this great cast!

If you follow me on twitter or facebook you know my schedule is very hectic right now with travel and work, but I always read all your messages, even if I can’t always respond.   I cannot say thank you all enough for the constant love and support you show me every week. It means more to me than you guys know!

xoxoxo

Gretchen Christine
05/11/2012

My acting debut on Telemundo in the popular new series Mia Mundo

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I am so thrilled to share with you my new acting project!! You can catch it every Thursday online on Telemundo.com. The show, which started airing last week May 3, is called Mia Mundo, and it’s the first-ever bilingual branded entertainment series. The show is focused around Mia who is “the new Latina woman… she’s career-driven, she’s very proud, and she’s an achiever.”

I absolutely love the character I play – Debralee Anderson. I really love that she goes all out and flaunts her inner power woman, playing a character who uses her sexiness to climb both the corporate and social ladder!

One of my favorite lines: “For me, what works in business is what usually works for a man… And besides, look at me, wouldn’t you go after me too! Those that try to resist me always come back for more.” Haha! Talk about confidence!

I feel so lucky to be part of a great ensemble cast, and honored the writer of the series wrote this role just for me so I could be involved in the series! What a compliment! My fellow BRAVOLEBRITY actress Jenni Poulos (she’s in “Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis”) is also part of the cast and plays Amy Cloud, a hilarious and bold female. Other characters include Mia, who is played by Jacqueline Márquez, and her boyfriend Ryan is played by José Guillermo Cortines.  I learned so much from all the amazing actors, directors, producers, crew and writters. Thank you all for welcoming me into your family and making me feel so comfortable with something so new!

I have some exciting and sexy scenes coming up in the next few episodes so be sure to tune in every thursday www.telemundo.com/miamundo. Also, don’t forget to vote for which finale episode will air in a televised in a one-hour special on Telemundo’s cable network, mun2.

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
05/01/2012

Press & Media: Lalate - Gretchen Rossi Helps Lift RHOC Viewers Fifty Percent

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From lalate.com: The friendship of Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney might be causing drama for other cast members on RHOC this season. But this week, it propelled viewers like never before. Rossi and Barney have helped jumped Real Housewives of Orange County’s viewership fifty percent, in just fourteen days, LALATE can report. While RHOC ratings have been growing progressively this season, this week’s jump marks potentially the highest jump for the series in recent memory.

Two weeks ago, RHOC delivering 1.86 million viewers, and .9 rating share in the 18-49 demographic. This week, RHOC grew in overall viewership to 1.924 million fans. But the key numbers was its 18-49 demographic. RHOC skyrocketed to 1.311 million viewers, a forty-four percent increase in that demographic from just four weeks ago, LALATE can report.

RHOC’s draw this week so impressive that the Bravo one hour telecast finished third in the demographic for the night and sixth overall. That is compared to eighth overall two weeks ago.

Ever since the RHOA finale and debut of RHNJ, Bravo has been on the rise across its programming block. Previously lackluster series “Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis” and “Million Dollar Listing New York” have struggled dramatically this season to produce decent ratings. But this week, the two shows jumped 30 percent and 41 percent respectively, to stellar numbers this week. Bravo said it witnessed as much as a sixty-nine and fifty percent increase in the two shows in their key demographic, just this week alone.

But as fans can note, the cable landscape of programming this week changed because of the NBA playoffs. As a result, Bravo and other cable channels had less competition this week, and more upside in ratings, than previous weeks because of cable sports games playing on different nights.

Bravo said of Lewis “Both series also showed impressive increases week-over-week with “Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis” up 50 percent and “Million Dollar Listing New York” up an astounding 69 percent among adults 18-49.”

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine  
05/01/2012

Press & Media: Lalate - Mia Mundo Reveal Debralee Anderson in New Spanish Soap

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From lalate.com: Gretchen Rossi is Debralee Anderson in Mia Mundo, a new Telemundo soap opera. Rossi appears opposite Jenni Pulos as Amy Cloud. With Anderson, Gretchen Rossi plays an apparent seductress who is even ready to get the cameramen to fall for her.

Rossi’s Debralee Anderson attracts married men and has a thirst for business, Telemundo reveals to news today. Rossi character says “The thing is, it is not common to see a woman in a man’s world. They are afraid of that.”

Dressed in a hot red, form fitting dresses, Anderson proclaims that no man can avoid her advances. “For me, what works in business is what usually works for a man. … And besides, look at me, wouldn’t you go after me too! It always seems that all the engaged men like me best. And those that try to resist me always come back for more.” 

While the show airs online, Telemundo will air “minisode” teasers on television. Those ad spots will “will drive them to watch the full episodes online” at www.telemundo.com/miamundo, Telemundo tells news. While Rossi is expected to do her own cross-promotion on Bravo, Mia Mundo will be cross promoted on Levántate and Acceso Total.

Moreover, viewers will decide the finale. Telemundo tells news that it “will culminate in a one-hour special on Telemundo’s cable network, mun2, which will reveal the finale, chosen by viewers via Telemundo.com and social media.” 

“Mia Mundo is a truly groundbreaking series because we are leveraging the NBCUniversal portfolio to further engage viewers and Hispanics across the full-spectrum,” said Jacqueline Hernández, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Media, in a news statement today. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Chevrolet and Verizon Wireless to deliver this unique Telemundo original series designed to reach their consumers across all of our touchpoints.”

The show also stars Jacqueline Marquez and Novela Actors Jose Guillermo Cortines, Sofia Lama Stamatiades, Melvin Cabrera, Monze Martinez and Martha Velasco.

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

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