Annie Vazquez guest blogs on fashion for Cultist. Visit her blog at TheFashionPoet.com.
Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino was in town this weekend to promote her new fashion lines Alexis Couture and Alexis Casuals. The 34-year-old came down with her hubby, Jim, and shacked up in a penthouse at the National Hotel on South Beach.
The holy moly housewife who doesn't like to be called religious, but instead prefers to be known as being "spiritual," partied it up big time in the 305. The mother of three hit up clubs like LIV and dined at the Forge, Meat Market, and Miami's newest resto on Biscayne: City Hall.
It was Bellino's first time in the MIA and she said she loved every
minute of it. "Miami has been really warm to us and we will definitely
be back," said Bellino. I'm going to definitely do a book reading here,"
she added regarding the book she is currently working on. "I'm not
allowed to say what it's about, but I just hope to reach a lot of women
When it comes to her clothing, we found it to be very sexy. We're confident there's plenty of Miami mujeres
who'd rock it-- just not us. Not hating. It's just not our stilo. The
line looks like a smorgasbord of something you'd find at Cache, Forever
21, and the Disney Store.
Like seriously, there's a ruffled dress called
Cinderella's Slippers that's blue and well, you know. Then there's the
Sex in the City dress that is a tad on the hoochie mama side. We did
sorta like one: her bestseller called Paparazzi Love in navy, but minus
We spoke to Bellino about her couture and casual lines.
New Times: Why did you want to promote your clothing brand in Miami?
Alexis Bellino: I just feel the women here love great fashion and they
love great style. My dresses fit every body type and every type of
woman. It was the perfect match.
I saw some dresses online and there's only a few on your site. How many pieces do you have?
There's only eight on my website. I do have a couple more that I'm going to
introduce for this collection, but I'm already working on my next
collection which is going to come out in the next five months probably.
What inspired you to do your own clothing line?
You know you're not on a
reality show to be on a reality show. You're on it to use it as a
platform and to meet people. Fashion is something I've always been
interested in. I've always gotten alterations and changed whatever dress
I've purchased or top. I've changed this, added this and removed this
so I thought why not give it try. You can do anything you put your mind
to and you just have to have a lot of heart and soul.
The collection is comprised of dresses right now. Do you plan on expanding to other looks like adding pants or shorts?
The new collection coming out does have two skort type outfits. It's a
silk top attached with skorts. I doubt I'll get into pants so much.
What's your bestseller?
It's an orange dress called paparazzi Love It.
What's next for you?
I'm interested in getting into hosting. I've done a few pageants in the
last year and I'm doing hosting for different organizations and for
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pageants now. Hosting a pageant is so much fun. I'd love to host Dancing with the Stars.