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Inside Gretchen Rossi’s Elaborate Baby Shower

“It took me 41 years to have this baby,” Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi told PEOPLE magazine when they asked if she would be overprotective of her first child ever. “I’m probably going to be crazy protective.”

Since it was a long time coming, that might explain the over-the-top and very elaborate Laguna Beach baby shower she and her partner Slade Smiley had back in May to celebrate the baby girl who is due to arrive this July 11 and who the couple have decided to name Skylar

[She had an elaborate Gender Reveal party too]

The event which took place at a lux venue overlooking the beach, was attended by several current and former Bravolebrities including Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra SimmonsVanderpump Rules star Scheana ShayPhaedra Parks (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Patti Stanger (The Millionaire Matchmaker) and Rossi’s former RHOC costars Lizzie Rovsek and Peggy Tanous.

Guests enjoyed a whiskey bar from Distillery 291, cigars from Master Roller Cigars , with Kiss FM’s DJ Chunk on the 1’s and 2s and a Sub Zero Ice Cream booth provided custom frozen desserts — including Skylar’s Shower Cake (cake-batter ice cream with cookie dough and rainbow sprinkles), Rossi’s “Rocking” Road (chocolate ice cream with marshmallows and almond slices), Slade’s “Sleepy” Salted Caramel (salted-caramel ice cream with pretzels) and Family Fruity Fusion (raspberry and marshmallow ice cream with mixed berries).

Rossi and Smiley even had a romantic, smoke-filled slow dance to “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle.

Rossi wore a white empire-waist plunging neckline lace gown by Project Runway designer Michael Costello with flowing sleeves, paired with diamond teardrop earrings, flats and a necklace that spelled her daughter’s name.

From PEOPLE about the food:

There was plenty. Guests nibbled on meat, cheeses and fruit on an epic charcuterie spread by Samira Weddings and Events, and enjoyed other appetizers off a 16-foot-long grazing table of tasty bites by Lucky Board LA. A huge ice tower held shrimp, clams, oysters and other seafood.

There was a huge variety of desserts, too — the centerpiece of which was a six-tier wedding-style cake in shades of pale pink and white, with a gold-detailed crown on top.

Cupcakes were topped with intricate designs, like baby carriages and white flowing dresses. Sugar cookies came in a variety of shapes, such as baby onesies (hanging on hangers) and sleeping babies. Towers of chocolate strawberries and macarons from Regal Delights offered other edible treats.

Photos: Getty, Hamid Moslehi Photography, Ruben Magos Jr., Signature Look Photography

More photos from the event shared by vendors and attendees:

And some stunning maternity photos she’s shared on her Instagram this pregnancy:

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Twirling myself into the weekend like 🤣😎 (swipe left 👈🏻) Happy Saturday Dolls! I’m so excited the sun is out in So Cal and to get some things finished up around the house for Baby! I am in the home stretch now! I’m rocking my baby bump at 9 months preggo! (almost at 38 weeks! ) 🙌🏻 My body has definitely changed, and I have gained 30 pounds during this pregnancy, but I am owning my curves (and bigger breasts) and having fun just embracing it, cause who knows if I will ever have the opportunity to do this again 🤷🏼‍♀️————————————————————————-I am also excited to be rocking one of the bikinis from my new #GretchenChristine Collab with @amandalouisebeach and guess what……it still fits me comfortably at 9 months preggo!(same size I had before) It’s because the fabric is so stretchy and soft! 🙌🏻 I customized mine to have the light topaz stones on it! Remember what is so cool about this collection is that you can customize the color of your bikini and stone color you want! Click the link in my bio then “swimwear collection” to shop all the different looks! 👙 ————————————————————————My gorgeous flowy coverup is from my friends over @ladyjetset and was so perfect for the pool, oh and it can also be used as a dress! ————————————————————————-Cute heart shape sunnies are from @amazonfashion and were like $9 🙌🏻❤️ #spraytan by @naturalbronzing ————————————————————————-Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Love you all! 😘

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Inside BravoTV Andy Cohen’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Baby Shower

Bravo TV host and Real Housewives franchise co-creator Andy Cohen celebrated the impending arrival of his soon-to-be born surrogate child at a baby shower at the The Palm Beverly Hills last weekend.

The theme was ” A Star is Born” and featured ornate decorations, blue and white balloons, white and yellow florals, candles and a white floral wall.

Kyle Richards from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hosted the event at Cohen’s BFF Bruce Bozzi’s  restaurant and enlisted the aid of the OG Housewives Nene Leakes from Real Housewives of Atlanta, Teresa Giudice from Real Housewives of New Jersey, Ramona Singer from Real Housewives of New York and Vicky Guvalsen from Real Housewives of Orange County to get the women from their respective franchises there.

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Incredible day! #andysbabyshower @bravoandy #OG’s

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Many of the Housewives from the network’s Real Housewives series attended including newer ones from the Real Housewives of Potomac, and Real Housewives of Dallas.

Attendees included Ashley Darby, Brandi Redmond, Bruce Bozzi, Camille Grammer, Candiace Dillard, Cynthia Bailey, Danielle Staub, Denise Richards, Dolores Catania, Dorit Kemsley, Dorinda Medley,Emily Simpson, Erika Jayne, Eva Marcille, Gina Kirschenheiter, Gizelle Bryant, Jackie Goldschneider, Jenni Pulos, Jennifer Aydin, John Mayer, Karen Huger, Kyle Richards, LeeAnne Locken, Lisa Rinna, Margaret Josephs, Marlo Hampton, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks, Ramona Singer, Robin Dixon, Shannon Beador, Sonja Morgan, Stephanie Hollman, Tamra Judge, Teddi Mellencamp, Teresa Giudice, and Vicki Gunvalson.

The Tea: According to the tattles at Tamara Tattles and her comment section snitches who have all the tea:

  • When the Real Housewives of Atlanta arrived, the place fell silent and everyone was stunned by their fabulousness;
  • John Mayer, who is Cohen’s buddy, was impressed with Leakes who kept everyone in stitches;
  • Cohen was surprised to see Phaedra Parks who he had fired there and who Leakes probably invited in a rumored attempt to keep the RHOA franchise amidst falling ratings
  • Beador was reportedly wasted
  • Grammar and Rinna had a little fight and Cohen went over to them and said save it for the Reunion show
  • Rinna was the life of the party and got everyone to dance on tables
  • Notably absent were Bethenny Frankel (who had a speaking engagement) and Countess LuAnn from RHONY; Monique Samuels from RHOP (who is a brand new mom); Lisa Vanderpump from RHOBH (who is rumored to be leaving and feuding with Richards); Kelly Dodd and Heather Dubrow from RHOOC; Tinsley Mortimer from RONY; Porsha Williams and Kandi Burruss from RHOA (though she is on Celebrity Big Brother right now and Williams is heavily pregnant and maybe couldn’t get on a plane); Melissa Gorga of RHONJ
  • Marlo Hampton was not an original invited guest but came to surprise Cohen who picked her up and twirled her around when he saw her.
  • Ashley Darby from RHOP looked pregnant and having just peeped her Instagram, it looks true.
  • Leakes was caught on her phone amidst all the hoopla
  • Most got along.
  • Danielle Staub manipulated the media to get a last minute pity invite and showed up with a gift and glammed out…allegedly


Non housewives attendees included actors Jerry O’Connell and his wife actress and model Rebecca Romijn.

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Caption this, please. (📸: @charlessykes)

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They noshed on Chinese chicken and lobster Cobb salad, Salmon with Mango Salsa, Filet Mignon, Chicken Paillard, grilled asparagus, fried potatoes, spinach and grilled polenta cakes.

They danced to 70s hits

Fun Times!

Porsha Williams Bumps It Up Promoting Her $15 Sheet Sets

People of Bravo TV Reality TV show stars use the increased exposure to massive audiences to launch new businesses all the time

Many pen cookbooks (Teresa Giudice), launch clothing labels, swimsuit lines (Dorit) create YouTube channels and exercise DVDs (Phaedra Parks).

Over the years, when they’re not hawking flat tummy tea and other obscure products on their social media accounts, many have partnered up to White Label products manufacturers to sell a variety of products as well, using their name and brand to bolster sales. No marketing needed when you have access to 1M + active and engaged following in social media. It is a no-brainer!

I’ve seen it all but usually the usual stuff: hair care products (Kenya Moore Of RHOA), make up (Robyn Dixon & Giselle Bryant of RHOP)

Kudos to Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams who branched out of the expecetes and sells $15 Sheet sets through her new Pampered by Porsha website.

The first-time mom-to-be recently starred in an ad campaign for her new brand, draping her belly in one of her red sheets.

Williams revealed recently during an episode of host Andy Cohen’s y’all show Watch What Happens Live After show that she is more than half way through her pregnancy.

She talked about her pregnancy while on the show.

“I am in my second trimester, so I am definitely more than halfway through the pregnancy,” Porsha shared. “I’ve been feeling good,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star adds.

Williams goes on to tell Shamari how her unborn daughter is developing inside of her mom’s stomach. “Baby PJ is so big,” Williams shares. “She’ll be really, really low, down towards my vagina at night, and then during the day, she’s like up high, to where I can’t really breathe.”