Following the failure of Sheree Whitfield’sShe by Sheree, it seems a new Bravo housewife is ready to give the whole clothing line thingy a shot as well.
That brave one is Real Housewives of Orange County starAlexis Bellino. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline, 33-year-old Alexis reveals her new found passion for fashion while also giving the site a sneak peak into her new couture dress line brilliantly called ‘Alexis Couture.’
“I am truly inspired by Valentino and Cavalli with Dolce and Gabbana fabrics and fit. I’ve added by own personal twist,” said Alexis. “I’ve been designing my line for 1 year and I’m really excited about the results.”
Originally hailing from Hannibal, Missouri, Alexis has three kids with hubbyJim Bellino, whom she met in 2005. “I have always said that being a great wife and mother comes first but Jim is super supportive of me working,” added Alexis.
Alexis plans to release Alexis Couture dress line in January 2011, the same month the 6th season of the OC Housewives is set to premiere on Bravo. Alexis is also planning a launch party in Beverly Hills on December 2.
Some photos of Alexis modeling her new line below. You can see more photos at RadarOnline.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ALEXIS’ LINE? WOULD YOU WEAR ALEXIS COUTURE?
Perhaps. The OC Register is breaking the news today that OC star Alexis Bellino and husband Jim Bellino defaulted on a $4.6 million loan for their home in Newport Beach.
The OC Register obtained court documents which shows the Bellinos failed to pay $83,856.92 on their home loan as of April 26 this year. It gets even worse as the documents show the Bellinos faced the threat of foreclosure and having their home sold at public auction to the highest bidder.
Just how close were the Bellinos to losing their home? Let’s just say their home was scheduled to be auctioned off on Wednesday, Aug. 25.
The auction however never took place as the Bellinos were able to obtain a last minute loan modification on their home, and never had to move out.
“Chase Bank has been great to work with on my modification,” Jim Bellino told the OCRegister on Friday. “The trustee sale has been canceled, and the modification has been agreed upon.”
The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom, 4,200 square feet home was purchased on July 30, 2007. The original loan amount was $4.5 million but because the Bellinos missed all their mortgage payments since the beginning of this year, the debt with fees and penalties added increased to $4.62 million.
The OCRegister also reports the Bellinos have been trying to sell the home for a while now, taking it on and off the market since May 2008. Their home is reportedly now worth $3.89 million.
The 6th season of the Real Housewives of OC is currently filming and is scheduled to air in January 2011 on Bravo.
TMZ broke the story on Tuesday that Alexis and husband Jim Bellino left their stroller unattended while they were off “doing something” and it ended up rolling into a pool. According to TMZ, one lifeguard pulled the stroller out of the water with one child still in it, while Jim dove in to save the other child.
Alexis however gives a different version of events on her website. She states she and Jim turned their backs for a quick minute to say goodbye to some people, and the stroller ended up in the pool because she forgot to put on the brakes. Alexis also claims Jim was the one who saved both girls.
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“On Sunday, July 4th, my family was leaving the Balboa Bay Club swimming pool in the late afternoon. As we were leaving, I turned to say goodbye. Our girls were in their stroller and I thought I had put the brake on, but apparently I didn’t. My husband, Jim, and I were both standing close to the stroller. Within seconds, the stroller had rolled towards the pool and a stroller wheel rolled off the edge of the pool. Before either of us could grab the stroller, a second wheel rolled off the edge, and the stroller went into the pool. Of course, Jim instantly went into the pool. He grabbed both of the girls himself and lifted both of them out of the water. Because the girls were not strapped into the stroller, and Jim was right there, their heads did not even go under water.
While we are not making light of this incident, and have been reminded to never take our eyes off the children for even a second when near water, it has been so hurtful to know how this experience has been mischaracterized in the media. To all of you who have offered your support, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
TELL US: DO YOU BELIEVE ALEXIS’ VERSION OF EVENTS?
The accident occured at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, CA when Alexis left her stroller unattended … and it rolled into a pool.
Sources tell TMZ that sometime during the holiday celebration, Alexis and her husband Jim Bellino were off “doing something” … and the stroller — carrying 2 toddlers — toppled into the pool.
One lifeguard pulled the stroller out of the water with one child still in it, while Jim dove in to save the other child. Jim however tells TMZ a slightly different story — claiming, “There was no lifeguard needed or involved.”
According to TMZ, both of the Bellino children are fine and didn’t need medical attention.
Ironically enough, Alexis posted a photo of herself on facebook in a matching bikini with one of her daughters on July 4th, and wrote: “It’s all about family on the Fourth of July!!!!!!!!!”. That photo is below.
Alexis, who might or might not have gotten a new face since her Bravo show went off the air, hosted a Hawaii Day luau at the TAO Beach on Friday where she joked about Jim’s nonalleged controlling ways. Alexis told the crowd, “I think we all know that I am the one in charge!” The couple also hit up LAVO for more celebrating.
More pictures of Alexis, 33, below as the mother of three even stripped down to show off her bikini body at TAO Beach.
In other OC news, are Tamra Barney and Lynne Curtinnew BFFS? It seems so as the two have been photographed together quite a bit lately. Tamra and Lynne were first photographed together at the Kari Feinstein MTV Movie Awards Style Lounge picking up some free swag. They were also photographed together days later running in a Rock n’ Roll Marathon. Also in attendance was Tamra’s boyfriend, Eddie Judge, as the two seem to be going strong.
In attendance were Alexis Bellino and her husband, Lynne Curtin and her daughter Alexa, as well as Tamra Barney. According to numerous reports, Tamra walked the red carpet with her new beau Eddie Judge. They were however not photographed together. Not in attendance was Gretchen Rossi who of course had much bigger fish to fry.
And I hate to think it, say it, or even admit it but Alexis looks much prettier since her plastic surgery, no?
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In the preview clip below, the ladies are asked to play truth of dare, during which Gretchenis dared to kiss Tamera, and they do. The picture of that is below as well, guess hell has frozen over.
So what can we expect from the two part reunion shows? It will update us on the pending divorce of Tamra and Simon Barney. Tamra will boldly address the situation with raw honesty and emotion. Lynne will answer questions regarding the challenges she has faced with her teenage daughters throughout the season. The men also make an appearance and Slade uses the opportunity to give Vicki a piece of his mind. The two go at it in a verbal battle that has been brewing for years.
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Usually, finale episodes of the Housewives franchise tend to be a somewhat boring send off, but that definitely was not the case with the Real Housewives of Orange County season finale.
We saw Tamra and her husband Simon Barney reach a blowing point in a fight, unlike any that has ever been on reality TV. If there were any viewers doubting the authenticity of this show, that blow-up should be evident enough that this is all too real. Below is a rather long recap and mostly my thoughts on the stars of the show.
Tamra and Simon – I have to start off with these two. Wow is an understatement. Simon’s behavior on last night’s episode was beyond controlling, it was down right creepy and emotionally abusive. Tamra is without saying one of my least favorite housewives, but watching last night’s show really made me feel very sympathetic towards her. This woman was very afraid of her husband. The way he kept trying to “make-up” with her when they got out of the limo was hard to watch. Add on his passive aggressive hostility, and this man is truly a piece of work. My question is has he always been this way? Because this Simon we’re seeing was not the same one Bravo showed us the past couple of seasons. He is truly awful. A while back, I heard a very nasty rumor about Simon and something he allegedly did to Tamra, I chose not to write about this because it is a very big accusation to throw out there, and not something I would want to put out there unless I was 100% certain. I will tell you something, watching him last night, I will say I believe this rumor. I’m not going to say what it is, but you readers are smart, and I know you can figure out the most awful thing a man can do to his wife, other than cheating.
Lynne and daughters – Just when you think Lynne couldn’t become a worse parent, she manages to prove us wrong. This woman is so out of it that she couldn’t even tell her own underage daughters were drunk. Any good parent would have been mortified and humiliated by the behavior of her daughters, but now our darling Lynne. She was more worried about how she looked. She really needs to snap out of it and come back to planet earth. I however felt some sympathy for Alexa yesterday when she mentioned being tired of everyone bringing up their eviction. Kids can be mean, and I’m sure going to school and having the entire world know your business has to be difficult for any teenager. Alexa is the reason why I’m a bit against the housewives putting their children on this show. It’s just not healthy to have the whole world know every intimate detail about them. From what I read recently, Alexa has dropped out of school and is now being home schooled by Lynne. Yes you read that right. And how sweet and mature was it of Kara Keough to comfort Alexa last night?
Gretchen and Slade – Moving on to these two. Gretchen made a comment last night that really threw me off a bit. She called Slade “a great catch.” For some reason, I felt like that comment said a lot about her. Not saying that Slade is a loser, but to call him a “great” catch at this point and time is definitely a stretch. And then looking back on her past choices in men, mainly the loser known as Jay Photoglou, it all made sense. This woman must have some self esteem/self-worth issues, and perhaps some daddy issues. I’m guessing daddy didn’t hug her enough when growing up or something. She also strikes me as one of those women that doesn’t like to be single and therefore refuses to be single, thus dating anything anyone that comes her way. Before this season started, I suspected her relationship with Slade was fake, but after watching this season, it seems the relationship is all too real, which makes it all the more puzzling.
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