The photo shoot brings one word to mind...EXHAUSTING! This was an eight hour photo shoot, with no breaks in between! I went home that night and iced my feet and ordered take-out and poured a glass of wine! Ha! I've done some other modeling in the past (not that I'm calling myself a model, I've simply modeled for some other designers and businesses) and I never felt the exhaustion from those shoots. I think this one was different because it is my own baby. I was trying to run the show, organize, pose, direct, change fifteen times (meaning jewelry, shoes, and makeup touchups), so I was just plum worn out. But it was so rewarding! The photos came out amazing. It was super funny to watch Tal trying to explain to me how to pose in the white dress on the stairscase. She wanted it to be a "Vogue" look; however, it reminded me more of "Vogue gone wrong!" I didn't have the vision she had at that moment. She is such a talented designer, and together we make an awesome team.
Jim being there for me that day was so crucial. He's the only person that I know who will truly tell me if something doesn't look right, he is my live mirror, because when I'm posing I cannot see myself. He is so creative and helpful plus, he makes things happen! Besides that, he is my best friend, so I wanted him there.
Oh boy, then the smoke machine sounds off the smoke alarm! Are you kidding right now? I'm in the St. Regis, one of the most beautiful and prestigious resorts in all of O.C. and I just sounded the smoke alarm? I felt like I was dreaming. Originally I had planned to do that shoot for hang tags on each dress, however, I have changed my mind and now all of those photos will be used for the website and the catalog. Now, after having launched my first line of clothing, I will obviously be doing things different for the next line. I learned a lot, and I'm thankful to have the wonderful team I have behind me! I cannot wait to share this amazing line with all of you.
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Much love and happiness!
Alexis, Your husband treats you like he owns you. He doesn't show you much respect. I hope that you can grow in a relationship that feels so suffocating. You are a beautiful woman and very smart but some how your needs and wants seem to get pushed into the back ground. Good luck!
Great blog. Yours and Gretchen's are very similar. Anyway, I'm mostly writing because I went on to your website and you only have one maxi dress. I would like to make a suggestion (I hope you don't mind). Please make them in more colors/ different styles (halter, bandeau, etc.). Black and white dresses are not very spring/summer. Also, Please make something for the busty ladies. I have a DD and a lot of these dresses (yours may be an exception) look really trashy on someone with such a large chest. The bandeau (sp?) style seems to look the best. Best of luck on your clothing line!
I once set off the fire alarm by accident in a 12 story building in Irvine. Talk about embarassing! I had to laugh when I saw what happened to you @ the St. Regis because it was so familiar! You're a doll, Alexis, and I wish you'd just stop paying ANY attention to what the mean girls do or say. They will continue to trash you, Gretchen, Slade & Jim because they can't stand the thought that you guys don't adore them as much as they adore themselves! They're clueless and classless...don't have anything more interesting to do than trash talk everyone else. Sad!
It amuses me week after week to see Tamra & Vicki target you when they both recently got divorced. They just can't accept that they are sensitive to the subject of marriage, and that's why they keep bringing it up. Vicki admitted she is "completely miserable." She also acts like everyone is oh-so intimidated by her business drive, when in reality she is just overbearing. These women really need to see their flaws and how they make everything so ridiculous. They all pretty much act like victims, but complain about each other. No one is perfect, if they work on what makes them unhappy they will be happy. It's that simple.
The only problem I had with you tonight was saying "the Bible says a man's role is to be a decision maker." I don't think more needs to be said about that. Consider that perhaps you are taking things out of context. Focus on positive values.
Happy Mother's Day Alexis. I am a mother as well and this is one of the most enjoyable days of the year. I normally do not post on blogs but at this point I want to let you know that I think you are an amazing mother and wife. However, I have seen a change in you this season...and not for the better. You have become alot more catty and mean spirited this season. The negativity pours out of you sometimes. I do understand that when women pick on you and say mean things it is really hard sometimes to let it roll of your back, and yes you should stand up for yourself. I think they are getting the best of you though, and you are letting them. What happened to the good, kind, caring, warm and optimistic Alexis we met last season? I really liked her and wish she would make a return to the show.
Good for you on your new "baby" and congratulations. You really looked lovely in the photo shoot. I hope your new line will bring you lots of happiness.
Be yourself Alexis and don't worry about the mean girls. It is called jealousy. They don't want you happy. Be happy and laugh at the silly comments they come up with. Happy people don't continue to pick on others. I am guessing Vicki wants what you have, Tamra is just mean, and Peggy is too busy getting under Tamra and Vicki's sheets : )
Alexis, it's great that you love your husband, but he is VERY controlling, not only to you but also to everyone in his surroundings! When he thought that enough pictures of you were taken outside he IMMEDIATELY told the staff "that's enough, let's go, it's enough!" Then inside when the smoke alarm went off he did the same thing! Being an adult, he should know it's unacceptable to talk to other adults like they are children and are beneath him; I would NEVER allow another adult to speak to me in that tone, I don't care how much money they were paying me! It seems that he loves telling others what to do and gets a power kick out of it! It's not a comfortable thing to watch, but if it makes you happy, I guess it's all that matter.
I am so proud of your clothing line. I will be buying your Maxi dress (plus size) Even my husband loves it. I am so team Alexis. I am sorry about your friendship with Peggy. It seems like you have a lot in common and when babies are young you need as many friends around you with babies.
Don't worry about what anyone thinks about your husband. My husband would do the exact same thing. He is not obligated to spend time with anyone he doesn't want to. Until those women take responsibility for their bad behavior, he should stay as far away from them as possible. We are coming to see how wrong they are about Slade. The truth will come out about Jim.
Keep the clothes coming and Thank you for making them so affordable.
It seems that Gretchen is your only friend left in this group. You will tend to lose a lot of friends when you are very judgmental and holier than thou. Even when Vicki tried to reach out to befriend you again, you acted as if you had never done a thing wrong. You didn't have to make such a big deal over Tamra's joke at your party. It is a pattern.
Alexis, you've become a favorite of mine. You are not perfect, but you don't claim to be. I am offended that the others make comments about christianity whenever you do something not perfect. I'm a Christian and I have lied, done stupid things, etc. . . doesn't Vicki claim to be a Christian too? The last time I checked, people aren't calling her out for her trashy behavior, flirting with co-workers, etc. . . things that I think are "un-Christian". I personally do agree with others who say that Jim is too controlling, but I know we only see a small part of your life. Congrats on your new dress line, I hope it does well!
And in regards to Vicki's comment, if MY man wanted to hang around women who called me names and constantly talked about me I'd be hurt, Jim is normal for refusing the company of those women.
Vicki has changed so much since s1, I honestly think s1 Vicki would love you and be annoyed with women like Tamra & Peggy.
We all know Peggy is trying to find the right place to be the star and that she is jealous. Love you Alexis. You go girl. I do believe you. I think the only smart housewife is your husband Jim.
Alexis, Try to shake off the weird vibes from Peggy. She seems insecure and like she needs to win over Vicky and Tamara in order to fit in...she also seems to think that in order to be accepted by them she needs to stab you in the back (why would it ever be appropriate for her to tell them that Jim didn't care to be in their company! Wow- that was not necessary at all except to alienate you and win over their confidence in her- so jr. high). Does she still have a thing for Jim- or for you? She is being over the top about you not spending enough time with her. If she would have said that she missed your friendship or something then you would have likely felt like spending more time with her- but seeing how rudely she talked about you behind your back is crazy. When even Vicky questions her integrity as a friend- Whoa!
Alexis, I think you have offically bought into the drama. Please don't! It's obvious that you and Peggy are in different places. Just come to terms that you both have probably changed somewhat and that your friendship is a casualty. Stay away from the negative as much as possible!! I noticed today that Peggy's home is being foreclosed, I hope you will take the high road on this one with all of the housewives even though I know they all bashed you. This group of people are bringing you down, I think you need to refocus.
Congratulations on your new dress line, I can't wait to see it! You are by far the most beautiful and classy housewife on the show. You can expect cattiness for those reasons. I find you more likeable than your husband, and perhaps the other gals do too, and that's why they were gossiping in the limo. Those three ladies don't seem very happy. Just continue to live your life well! Sorry your friendship with Peggy didn't survive. She seems to be nice but there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes, obviously.
You are my favorite housewife. Please don't pay any attention to Vicki G. Any advice she gives would not be valuable. She has had two failed marriages now. I am sad that your friendship with Peggy has ended, but I think she may be jealous of you! I love your clothing line, but it is too young for me. I wish you much success. You are an intelligent, beautiful woman. I also think you are the happiest of all of the housewives. You go girl!
A word on your dress line. Could you make them a little longer? Those of us who don't have fantastic legs like yours, need a few more inches of length. It is so much better to start with a garment that can be hemmed if necessary, than a dress that is just too short. At your dresses price points, paying for a minor alteration still keep them very affordable! Best wishes to you on the new line.
I just love that black dress that V's down with a little lace on it.Its on your website,at the top.Anyways,love,love you.
I am really liking you this season, Alexis. I never in a million years, thought those words would come out of my mouth. I think the mean girls meanness is making me gravitate towards you. I can't believe anyone would behave the way that they do. Anyway, I am totally 'Team Alexis' and I think that you behave with class and maturity. Please ignore the mean girls and don't get sucked in to their drama and gossip. Obviously they are obsessed with you and Gretchen, take it as a compliment and don't feel like you have to respond.
I loved the white dress in your photo shoot. It was the first one, I believe. Just beautiful.
While I do think you are too emotionally dependent on your husband, if it works for you, who are we to judge?! Vicki, Tamra and Peggy are all jealous of or threatened by you in one way or another. That's why they are looking to knock you down any chance they get. Vicki and Tamra need to keep their mouths shut about other people's relationships - as two TWICE divorced women, they have no room to judge Slade, Jim or anyone else. Keep taking the high road. You looked gorgeous at your photo shoot!
Alexis I am sorry to say, but in your blog you say you dont want what Peggy has, but in the recent episodes, when you girls are together you do seem or come off very competetive. If Peggy says something you want to top it off, or want to be better. You have changed alot this season, or maybe your true colors are coming out now. Anyhow good luck with your line of dresses. I hope they are for everyone, not just thin, busty women. :)
Hello Alexis. Meaning of a true friend = you can put that to the test. True friends will be there for you in good times and in bad times. You wouldn't really know who's your real friend unless something big happens that puts the friendship to the test. If you felt Peggy is a friend you like to keep, perhaps make time for her. She might felt neglected that you have abandoned her. At the dinner party, I felt like you should've pulled her aside and let her know the truth why Jim will not be attending the party. NO need for you to explain it to Vicky or Tamara. Those two girls are like the mean girls. It's sad to say they're so unsatisfied with their life. What can I say, misery loves company right? :D Anyways, if you want to rekindle the friendship you have with Peggy, just let her know how you truly feels. Good Luck
You have class and your marriage works for you! These women act as if Jim is abusive. Those are the most immature women I've ever seen! Keep being you and let them hate!! Be blessed!
Alexis, I didn't care for you last season but I LOVE you now! You are extremely beautiful and I think that's why the other housewives talk about you. Just keep being the wonderful person and mother you are and don't let anyone else intimidate you!
Then why are you reading her blog? If you don't like it then don't read it - some of us may enjoy hearing her point of view.
You looked beautiful during your photo shoot - and I think you and your husband have a cute relationship. If others criticize it's only because they want what you have. Jealousy should be seen for what it is: dissatisfaction with oneself (Tamra and Vicky). As far as Peggy is concerned, she is desperate to be accepted by the mean girls - forget her. Her time in their cross fire will come.
You are my favorite, Alexis! Now, focus your energy on your happy family instead of defending yourself all the time. We already know the others are mean, but we start thinking there's a reason for it when you spend so much time justifying yourself. I'm a Christian too, and part of it is just keeping your mouth shut instead of going out of your way to say negative things about Peggy and the others.
Alexis, clearly you have a problem and feel the need to compete with Peggy. Are you watching the same show we are? Your what we in the South call a one upper! No matter what anybody else has or does you always have one better or have done it better. It's really petty to watch.
You are right, I really don't like Jim and I feel like Alexis is alway trying to compete with Peggy. I feel like she is a fake person.
I don't think I've written to you before. Here what I want to say. You obviously try very hard to be a good Christian, mother, wife and friend. Good for you, it's always a struggle to be the best we can be and you are doing a great job. Don't worry about Vicky, I think she's always wanted a "strong" man. I love Don, but as wonderful as he is, he is not strong.
Alexis, I would not feel to bad about telling them your husband was working, when he just didn't want to go. It really isn't any of their business anyway, if he didn't come that was that and really they shouldnt pry!! It doesn't make you a bad Christian, it makes you a nice person and a good wife.. You didn't want to be rude and say "he doesn't want to be around you all", and saying he was working was covering him and not making him look rude.. I get ya girl!! lol, god isn't going to throw stones at you for that :)
Alexis, I really like you, & you're clothes are alsobeautiful! I don't listen to any of the gossip about you & I hope you don't either. Love, your fan from California!
Alexis, You are my favorite! Thanks for being real and for supporting your husband no matter what. No wonder the other wives are all losing their husbands...they talk trash about everything!
Hi Alexis, Your dress collection is beautiful! I loved every single one of the dresses you wore for the photo shoot. Wishing you much success! Tamra and Vicki need to get a life! They always need to pick on someone to make themselves feel better about themselves. Your husband is a good man. He loves his family. Ok, so he may not be perfect but you seem very happy with him and that's what matters. I don't think you are jealous of Peggy nor should you be since you are a nicer, kinder, gentler person. And better looking. Hope we get to see more of your fashion on the show. Will there be a runway show? Think that would be a great idea!
I thought you said on Andy's show last week that Peggy knew Jim was not going to be there 4 days before the party? That wasn't brought up in the conversation last night.
Mary, I think the clothes she's designed are more for her than anyone else because if she wanted these clothes to be for everybody, she would have used different models. This isn't about a clothesline as much as she's trying to be a model. A true designer always uses models and not themselves.
I really liked you last season but this season you sure have changed and I don't care for you at all. You need to stop trying to compete with Peggy. It is obvious that you try to one up her. I see problems brewing with you and Jim, he is very controlling and that is no way to be in a relationship. Also, when you do a photo shoot you need to loosen up you are very stiff and uncomfortable looking. I just don't care for you at all this season, and am hoping you decide to leave the show.
I LoVe you!!! You are my absolute favorite! I do think you are right on your last blog about there are Many things going on in the world and girls like tamra and Vicky seem completely oblivious to it. I don't think mist of the housewives realize how lucky you are. I'm sitting here watching it on a tiny tv screen in a one bedroom apartment with my daughter and deployed husband just wishing that I could be as lucky as you all and could afford the lifestyle all of you have. But that's never gonna happen! Be thankful for what GOD has blessed you all with. Love love love love you. P.s. I go to church at free chapel :) GOD BLESS!!!
Can I say A Big Amen And Aleluya to you! I loved you on your photo shoots lady you rocked. And if the other ladies talk about you get revenge back I totally agree with your blog and what you wrote. god bless luv ya
I was over looking and reaading some of your comments on your blog. And I am on team alexis and team gretchen also. The other ladies tamra and vicki need to act more lady like and not like girlies or teenagers like for realz. and as far as peggy goes hopefully the friendship that u 2 have wont break apart. god bless and congrats on your clothing line!
@jcl, one doesn't only have to be physically abusive to be considered "abusive." Abuse comes in all forms; physical, mental, and emotional. In MY opinion, Jim is extremely critical to his wife, which is considered "emotional abuse." In my opinion, ANY type of abuse is not good, whether it's physical or emotional! But who are we to judge? If Alexis likes being to be controlled by her husband, that's her business and her business only! After all, she says that Jim is a "take charge type of guy!"
OMG! I can't believe this love fest! Are you kidding me?. YOu acted like a complete baby at Peggy's party. HOw old are you? I don't care if your husband isn't there, grow up. I would of been beyond pissed if you had pulled that at my home. Then, you recovered so fast. Peggy has every right to be mad. You keep trying to one up her every show. Maybe because her husband is young and hot....could it be that you are jealous. You recite the bible non-stop and how it fits into your very vain life. It's amazing you never read about that part. You are ALL plastic from head-to-toe. I don't think your clothes are that special; they are just more of your show it all dressware.
I really like you but I think you need to forgive Peggy for whatever she has done to you because I think she seems like a cool chick.
Well I think it's ok to know what your husband likes, to have it ready for him when he comes home. It's ok to show your husband you love him, by doing things he likes. I think it's only fair that when you say,"I DO"! You say," I will stop going to clubs and hanging out in bars in short dresses, you say I stop hanging all over guys. I will show my husband respects as he does me. It's ok to take care of your husband and home and kids, when he takes care of you. I have seen your husband be very supportive of you. He looks out for you yes, nothing wrong that either. Let Peggy hang on the skirt tails of the other old bitter women,if she likes to act like them. They will shake her loose too, none of the other women from the past want anything to do with them it seems. Tamera and Vicki have to be nasty to others because, they know they failed their own marriages, not their husbands as they claim. I wouldn't wanna be with someone who always put me down, or acted like she never wanted to be near me, after renewing the marriage and promising she would spend more time with him and just walked all over him. I guess maybe you should be like the other one, go to the clubs hang all over the guys while your husband is home watch you guys kids. Or disrespect him every chance you get. Dump him cause the money was running down, better get what I can. Or go on a vacation with your boyfriend, when you are suppose to be with your kids. I guess that is what people are so angry about,you and your husband be true to each other and old fashion love. To me you guys are great,and a real true couple. God Bless you and your family and stop going to the outting with those girls and hang with people you know love you.