How to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

If you’re like me, I’m sure health and fitness is at the top of your new year’s resolution list. It’s important to stay in shape, eat healthy, and feel good so I have lots of energy to grow my businesses, film the show, and do everything else I need to do on a daily basis. Since we often have good intentions, but all too often lose steam to keep this goal going, I thought I’d share a few of my tips to make sure you stay on track:

Have a realistic and attainable goal. Throw out any resolutions to look like a Victoria’s Secret runway model. God has made each one of us different, with our own specific body type and shape. We need to learn to be content with who we are, and pray for that strength as we take on any new workout or when trying to change eating habits. Honestly, resolving to look like Miranda Kerr is not realistic for most of us. But, pursuing daily physical activity, looking food and feeling good in our lives is very possible.

Craft a plan. Write a comprehensive plan on how you plan to achieve your fitness goals. Just like all successful businesses start with a business plan that describes a mission and specifics on how they will achieve it, detailing the specifics on your own personal plan will likely help you achieve them more, too.

Break down your goals so you’re not overwhelmed. Set several smaller goals to achieve throughout the year that will get you to the one big goal you have in mind. For example, if your goal is to run a half-marathon, make it less intimidating. Start with running a mile, or a 5K, then lead up to a 10K, and so forth. That way, if you aren't able to reach your final goal, you will have made many smaller, but still very significant, achievements along the way.

Give it time. Don’t expect overnight results! Most experts agree that it takes about 21 days to create a habit and six months for it to actually become a part of your daily life.

Be accountable. Friends and family are the best support system, so ask them to help you so they can encourage you throughout the year, as well as be people you’re accountable to.

Finally, take the pressure off yourself!  Know that no matter what, if you are happy on the inside it will reflect on the outside, no matter how big, small or fit you are. You have to be comfortable in your own skin; no one can decide what is best for your body but you. Don't try to be another person's size! That will never happen.

What are your other NYE resolutions?

Happy 2012 to everyone!
xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

Beauty Community Tip of the Week: A Short Christmas Gift List

I can’t believe the holidays are right around the corner! Is it me or did this year just fly by? In a matter of days it will be 2012! But first, Christmas! I cannot wait to spend some quality time with my family. But, it’s the season of giving so it’s always fun to give and receive gifts, too!

I know some of you may be stuck on getting the perfect present for the special people in your life, so I figured I’d compile a short list of some of my favorite items that some of my dear ones will be expecting from me!

Doggie Lover Friend

What's a Real Housewife without her Real Housedog? I love these doggie tees – both Vito and Rocco each have one! It’s the perfect gift for the super housewife who manages everyone in her home, including the little pets! Plus, what’s better than a blinged-out doggie baby? Sizes come in small, medium and large. Tees are custom made to order so delivery takes up to 3 weeks. Plus use coupon code 'christmas' to get 10% off!

Bouncing and Behaving Hair
As many of you know, I am sooo proud of my amazing and wonderful friend Victor Paul for going after his dream and opening a salon right in my backyard of Costa Mesa, CA just this past August.  He is an amazing hair stylist and always gets my hair perfect for all my events. He introduced me to this new haircare line made by Enjoy Hair Care called Health Beauty Life (HBL). To keep my hair looking fresh and camera ready, I use the HBL Hair Masque and I periodically visit Victor Paul to get my hair trimmed. So, if you need the right “do” for that holiday party, you must check out his salon:

Warm and Cozy Home
I spotted these Zebra Fuzzy Throws at Pier 1 Imports the other day, and I think they are just fabulous! Who doesn’t need a fuzzy, fleece-backed throw to make sure you’re snuggled and warm in front of the fireplace? Best of all, they’re on sale! They’re now only $31.96 so grab a few for all of your friends to make sure they’re home is both cozy and styling!

Cosmetic Goody Staples
I always say a little makeup goes a long way! Sometimes, just a little dab of color here and there can totally brighten your look. My absolute two go-to products: a little GC Blush Envy on your cheeks – it illuminates and creates a sparkling shimmer of color. Pair that with a GC Glossy Lip gloss to give you rich, sexy lips, and that’s what Gretchen Christine is all about! Sparkling pearls precisely blended into a velvety lip gloss to give your lips an extra luscious boost of shine. The built-in brush on applicator is easy to use for flawless, sensational lips. Don't forget to get 10% off your order now through January 1, 2012 by using coupon code “christmas” at checkout!

A Little Winter Bling
How adorable is this Winter Wonderland Charm Bracelet from Brighton? I love the “Happy Go Lucky” holiday shapes - a mitten, hat, ice skate, and snowflake. It absolutely brings out the playful and whimsical girl in me... with a couture chic twist! It’s the perfect gift for all fun-loving girls you know.

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine


Video: More Hair Tips, Relationships, RHOC and More!

Hey everyone! I'm hoping you're having a fabulous Thursday! Just wanted to share with you this behind the scenes video of a photo shoot I did not too long ago. came by and we chatted about all sorts of fun stuff like the new season of Real Housewives (premiering spring 2012!), exercise tips, hair care and relationships! I've been one busy bee, but I'm super excited to share with you all what I have planned. Super excited for the new year!

Please check out the video to see what I have been up to! Watch it here.

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine  

Beauty Community Tip of the Week: HBL Hair Care

Life has not slowed down since wrapping up season 7, it just gets busier and busier everyday! And now the holidays are just around the corner! I am very much looking forward to Christmas and spending time with family, but that doesn't guarantee me any vacation time. I'm between meetings and catching my breathe right now so what better time to write a quick beauty blog!

I get a lot of questions about my hair and I have many people and products to thank for how I do my hair everyday. One person I'd like to point out is Patrick Dockry and his amazing product line, HBL. I don't wash my hair everyday, but I do love using the HBL Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, because bigger is better baby! Especially when we're talking about hair :)

If volumizing is not you're thing or if you're looking for a new 'do, try HBL's product recommender. Just answer 6 short questions about your hair, or pick a hair style you want and HBL will recommend you the best product for your hair type.

HBL's motto is 'Health. Beauty. Life.' and I couldn't agree more. HBL founder, Patrick Dockry, has an unfortunate but uplifting story filled with bouts and battles of cancer among his family, friends, coworkers and himself. The idea behind HBL was born from a desire to treat and address one of the unfortunate side effects of chemo, hair loss. And after years of formulating, testing and re-formulating, HBL is allergen-free and created without any harmful or potentially damaging ingredients, without sacrificing quality and performance. I love using HBL for my hair and I love what it stands for.

Read more about his story here or check out other HBL Hair Products here.

Now that you've heard all about my favorite haircare line, what's yours?

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine


Press & Media: Holiday Housewife Party

Let the holiday parties begin! This past Saturday, I crossed the Orange County line and partied with other Housewives from Atlanta and Beverly Hills at Kyle Richards's spectacular holiday party! Check out our fun photos from, and

Are you going to any fun holiday parties this year? What are you going to wear?

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

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