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06/25/2012

Death by Omission

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Hi Guys!

I have been out of commission writing blogs for the last few weeks for a few different reasons (including my extremely busy travel schedule lately) however I have had so many exciting and amazing things happening lately that it's been hard to focus on anything negative. When I see what other Wives are claiming about me on the show or what they "really" think about me when they have told me another thing in person, it sparks emotions and frustrations that creates negativity in my life.

I was finding myself trying to explain the reason why I choose to do something every week in my blog, and the bottom line is that I realized that I don’t have to explain who I know I am or my intentions to anyone. I know my heart, and I know my intentions are always coming from a good place whether it involves my friends or my partner. I have and will never waver from that.

Sometimes I am even willing to risk a friendship for the sake of letting the person know the truth about something they might not be aware of. I would hope a friend would be willing to do the same thing for me. It's not always easy telling your friend or partner something they don't want to hear, but sometimes you have to in order to help them in the long run. Maybe my delivery or timing can get better, but I have only wanted the best for everyone -- including people that I don't even like or get along with per say.

Instead of trying to make anyone, including my fellow 'Wives, try to understand that I am just actively choosing to live in the positive space of knowing who I am, I am confident that one day they will realize it was done out of love and not out of spite.

I found that when I went to write my blog I would end up spending my energy trying to call another 'Wife on something due to their ignorance or self-righteous ways, and I realized that was only hurting me by giving them any energy because their ways are never going to change. Therefore I decided to sink my energy into positive things and it has been the best thing in the world for me, my ultimate goals, and my career!

Do I have a lot to say? Yes. Do I have a lot of frustrations about what people are out saying about me to uncredible media sources simply for press, of course! However I have learned from the no-nonsense infamous business woman Anna Wintour (Editor in Chief of Vogue) that "Death by Omission" is a good motto to live by. Rather than talking negative about a designer they simply just don't make the cut in the magazine.

I’m not claiming I won't ever have something to say again, however I am just taking a break from the negative and am focused on the positive as best as I can right now.

So with that said thank you to everyone that has been sending me such positive messages about all my fun adventures and the great opportunities that I have had come my way lately. I have literally been on a plane every week traveling for work, an appearance, or hosting gig, and therefore it’s been difficult to even find time lately to do anything. So I would like to share a little bit of what has been going on in my world that has been positive lately!

Tamra and I were asked to go on Chelsea Lately a few weeks ago and we had a blast with the whole cast and crew there! Slade and I went on Dr. Drew's show on HLN to talk about relationships, and he paid Slade and I the most memorable compliment yet. He said, "you guys seem to have a very healthy relationship," as if he was beyond shocked... LOL. That one made me crack up!

I was thrilled to be asked on Bethenny's new talk show and had a ball with her and Loni Love (who is hilarious!). I am beyond happy for my fellow Housewife sister and all her success.

Then you can imagine my surprise and excitement when Good Morning America asked me as a designer to give my two cents on the latest concerns regarding dangerous levels of lead in handbags while I was in New York this week. They also filmed me working in my showroom designing my next Gretchen Christine Collection! It was a huge honor to have the Gretchen Christine Collection shown and talked about on Good Morning America! You can check out the clip on my site GretchenChristine.com under videos.

The next bit of fun and exciting news was that Slade was offered his own radio show due to his act that he has been performing at different comedy clubs! Playlist 92.7 was looking for a comedian to host a new talk show for them and Slade is the one who got the job! He is on everyday from 12 to 1pm talking all things Housewives, Hollywood gossip, what men and woman really want, just to name a few topics, plus so much more!

He has a segment called "Life Lessons with Liz" (who is his amazingly brutal and hilarious mom) and even Terry Dubrow is going to be a regular guest talking about the good, bad, and ugly of plastic surgery. This show is the opportunity for everyone to get to see a different side to Slade, the one I know you all haven't ever seen before. It's the Slade I know and wake up with everyday. It's the hilarious, smart, loving, caring, business oriented, real parent, extremely full of information all the time about anything and everything Slade that I feel in love with.

The best news is that last week there were so many listeners that streamed his show live on Playlist927.com that it actually shut the servers down! Go Slade! I have always believed in him, and that is why I have stuck by his side through the good and bad for the last three years. It has been hard at times as you all have seen us be authentic, but I knew something big was going to happen for him and it finally has! Congratulations baby! Be sure to tune into Radio Slade weekdays or follow him on Twitter (@sladesmiley) to find out which guest he is going to have on every day! Or better yet, call in and talk to him!

Since I keep getting a lot of questions about it, I wanted to give you an update on my Pink Travel Collection. The samples are in and they are just to die for! Currently we have only five custom, high-end handbags available right now for sale and if you are interested in one of these extremely limited edition, gorgeous, all leather croc, embossed pink satchels please email me at info@gretchenchristine.com and I can let you know how to get one of these very custom bags.

The more affordable pink satchels will be available in the next 3-4 weeks as well as all the other pieces in the pink travel set.
I have been super hard at work for the last three years building my brand and my companies. As difficult as it can be at times, it has been so worth it and beyond rewarding as I start to see the fruits of my labor reap great success!

As you saw a little bit of this season music and writing is my favorite past time! It relaxes me and gives me a way to express my emotions about the things I have experienced or gone through in my life. No I'm not trying to be Britney Spears, but I am enjoying exploring this space and getting to express myself in ways I haven't before. My new single "Unbreakable" made its world premiere on Ryan Seacrest this morning June 22! You can continue to hear it at here then it will be available June 26th on iTunes for download!

Playlist 92.7 will be playing it on the air all day Monday too if you want to tune it to hear it! Be sure to visit my website to see the behind-the-scenes video of me recording the song in the studio and talking about the inspiration behind the song. It's a great dance song, however there is so much meaning behind the lyrics. This has been a long work in process, and it's something that I am extremely proud of and can't wait to share with all of you.

If you watched the sneak peak of next week's episode you will see me give Tamra a bracelet and talking to her about being "Unbreakable" despite everything that she had going on in her life. This song is a song that can apply to all of us and all the things we all have had to endure in our lives (sickness of a family member, divorce, death, loss of job, ending of a relationship, being bullied, cancer, loss of friendship, etc.) and to always remember that you can be unbreakable no matter what life throws you.

Well that about sums up why I have been a busy little bee and focused on the positive lately. I just wanted to stay in this space for at least another week, if that’s ok with you guys ...LOL.

I hope you guys can understand that, and forgive me for not wanting to talk about things that are draining or negative right now. Thank you to all the amazing fans for giving us RHOC girls another successful season! Be sure to tune into the finale and the reunion, you won't want to miss it!

You guys are my inspiration to keep being Unbreakable no matter what! xoxoxo
Gretchen Christine
06/22/2012

Hear Unbreakable First on Ryan Seacrest!

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Listen to my new song "Unbreakable" exclusively here on ryanseacrest.com! The song will be available for download on iTunes June 26th! Below are the lyrics! I hope you guys enjoy it!

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

“Unbreakable”

Verse
Sad was the weight that I carried
Emotions and struggles so heavy
You never deserved my attention
No way you can tell me I’m not whole

Pre Chorus

To live I won’t give up this fight
There’s so much more of me inside
You did your best
How hard you tried but
It don’t even matter
I am never shattered

Chorus

I’m unbreakable
You’ll never break me down
I’m Unbreakable
You’ll never break me down

Verse

All of the time that it’s taken
Guess fate thought that it could destroy me
Fearing the pain, wasting the day
Wishing gray into black or white

Pre Chorus

To live I won’t give up this fight
There’s so much more of me inside
You did your best
How hard you tried
It don’t even matter
I am never shattered

Chorus

I’m unbreakable
You’ll never break me down
I’m Unbreakable
You’ll never break me down


What do you guys think?
xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
06/22/2012

Yikes! Be Careful of Lead in Your Purses

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Check out this segment from Good Morning America featuring a new investigation from the Center for Environmental Health, which found excessive lead hidden in 40 out of 300 purses they tested. Yikes! My line of GC Purses are featured (safe, of course!) and I’m sure you agree with me that we don’t want to be thinking of health risks when we purchase our accessories – we just want them to be cute, stylish and functional!

Watch the segment here!


xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
06/14/2012

Press & Media: OK! Magazine - Beach Blanket Blink-O In Vegas

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What a cute collage of my time in Vegas! TAO Beach invited me to usher in the season of summer by hosting a Bling Beach contest and I was happy to do it! it was so much fun just spending some time by the pool and meeting fans! Thanks to everyone who came out!

Here's the excerpt from OK! Magazine:

Dressed - if you could call it that - for the occasion in a negligible custom Marco Marco bikini, Real Housewife of Orange County Gretchen Rossi hosted "Bling Beach" at TAO Beach at The Venetian Las Vegas, June 2, where she awarded a $5,000 prize to the woman with the glitziest swimsuit. Gretchen's beau, Slade Smiley, was also on hand - she was even seen feeding him grapes - and the pair posed for photos with scores of fans.

xoxoxo Gretchen
06/14/2012

Exclusively for Celebuzz: Review of RHONY New Cast

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Hi guys! I hope you're all having a wonderful Thursday! If you're not checking Celebuzz for the latest in celebrity news, you should! Especially now that they have invited to guest blog for them! But really, I'm so thrilled and honored to have this opportunity, I hope you all can check it out! Below is my latest blog for Celebuzz and you can read it on their site here.

THE Real Housewives of New York debuted last week with three new cast members and I must admit, it was hard to get used to new faces on my screen. It’s like when your favorite soap opera brings in a new person to play your favorite character. It just never seems to feel right at first.


But put simply, the jury is still out on the women. Why?

I think it’s because it will take a minute or two before I, for one, can get used to the new gals. Then, once I adapt, I am sure I won’t be able to live without them.

The past few weeks we’ve been getting to know these new women and how they operate their families, love lives and careers. I find it very intriguing how vastly different each of their lives are.

It’s very funny to see the difference in how Aviva and Heather handle their children and teach them, as they showed at the two different dinner scenarios. I do agree with Aviva when she says it’s not good to spoil a child, even if their circumstances are hard — because then they become accustomed to it. It can cause issues when they are older.

I appreciate Aviva’s sophistication and Heather’s work ethic, however out of all the newbies I would say I am the most intrigued by Carole. She seems to have so many different sides to her — from her work experience and her past, to her current relationship status. Very interesting to hear how Carole feels about having a long distance relationship.

Do you think that kind of relationship is healthy? Would you allow your man be with you, and then knowingly agree to allow him to have hook-ups while on the road untill he sees you next? I used to think that could be fun, but I have changed my tune on that.

On another note, I’m in love with the song he was playing in the car that he wrote for her, how extremely romantic! Carole has left me curious and wanting to find out more.

The Luann / Ramona fight seems like it is only going to get worse, and anytime a “truce” is made we all know in Housewife land that means disaster is waiting to occur! I am still confused as to who threatened who because I was distracted by Ramona’s crazy head shake, eye rolling, and flipping of the hands the whole time while talking on the park bench.

I have meet Luann and Ramona both and they both seem like very lovely women, so to see them in such turmoil is never fun. I’m curious whose side you guys are on, and who you think will break the “truce” first?

Sonya literally makes me laugh out loud. She is a whole bunch of crazy, but in a good way. I just sit there waiting what is going to come out of her mouth next. She is all turned on by a man who is talking about her water drip! So much so that she wants to cook for him with her toaster oven. It makes me wonder, does Sonya know she sounds like a wack-a-doodle sometimes? Honestly though, I have met her and sincerely think she is a hoot and adore her free spirit.

There was no better way to end this second episode then dancing with Drag Queens! I’m curious to hear who you are most excited to get to know better out of the newbies?

Don’t forget to enjoy life and laugh till it hurts! Till next week! Check back and visit my blog on Celebuzz.com!

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

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