A few years ago, Gretchen Rossi was a real estate agent. Now she’s a brand, as well as one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.”
Fans often ask her about her hair and skin care.
“That’s where the inspiration behind the makeup line came from,” she says of www.gretchenchristine.com. “It was truly my fans. I always loved makeup and quite frankly always something I thought in the back of my mind would be fun to do.”
“I am very big on eyelashes,” Rossi says. “I am very, very blond, a true blonde, believe it or not. I have really, really light eyelashes and brows. I had to dye both. I don’t have long eyelashes.”
Still, Rossi acknowledges that she is not always camera-ready.
“I can’t tell you how many times I run out in Juicy Couture and no makeup and hair pulled back,” she says. “If I am going to Target or the grocery store, I don’t need to look like I am going on camera.”
Her signature look is a dress.
“I always have dresses on, something fun and flirty, sophisticated yet sexy at the same time, and I love a great handbag and accessories and jewelry.”
For department stores, Rossi favors Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. For smaller stores, she shops in BCBG and Bebe.
“This year I worked with a designer, Azadeh,” she says.
“I don’t really wear casual shirts,” she says. “I do, however, have every Juicy Couture sweatsuit ever made. I am not kidding. It is ridiculous, seriously. I may need to go to therapy for it. I have a master bedroom walk-in closet. That closet holds my Juicy Couture. I had to turn another bedroom into a closet.”
Rossi has plenty of everything – coats, hats and shoes.
“Louboutin is my favorite,” she says. “Every time I walk in I just have a mad love affair with all the shoes. I say all the time, ‘I will be back.’ “
“I was able to afford those, honestly, when I was a very successful real estate agent,” she says.
Selling her own line of handbags was another result of fans asking, she says.
“I started to feel the sadness in my heart that my fans could never afford that,” Rossi says of the purses that cost thousands of dollars. “I love to give my fans what they ask for, so that really just came about.”
“I have always been a fashionista,” Rossi says. “I came out of the womb with a boa and high heels. I love, love fashion. I am always dressing everybody and styling everybody. Being on the show, I get to play dress-up all the time.”