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05/17/2011 at 04:00 PM ET

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Alexis Bellino
Courtesy Alexis Couture

She’s a mom and reality star, but Alexis Bellino of The Real Housewives of Orange County has somehow found the time to design two clothing lines, too. The California girl recently unveiled her dual collections, Alexis Couture and Alexis Casual, available on her website now. But conceiving her clothing wasn’t without, well, the expected Housewives drama. “There’s been a lot of sweat and tears and yelling,” Bellino jokes to PEOPLE. “It hasn’t been easy. But I also didn’t expect it to come together as smoothly as it did.” Bellino, who says she was “always that girl” bringing dresses to the tailor to be altered to her liking, decided she wanted to get into fashion design about two years ago. “I had a vision, and wanted to go to a couple designers to see if they had the same vision I had, and if we could make it work,” she explains. She often describes the look or piece she’s going for to the designer, who then whips up a prototype and consults with Bellino on fabrics and details. “I’ll say, ‘OK, I love this for the line, but let’s move this, change this, add a sleeve here,'” she explains. “It’s made me realize my vision.” Bellino says her favorite Casual pieces are the maxi dresses (above), designed in part for moms on the go. “I live in them,” she shares. “Running around with three kids, sitting on the floor, getting in and out of the car, playing in the park … a short dress isn’t going to work for that.” The Couture line (above), made with more expensive fabrics, features flowing dresses Bellino says are perfect for a night out. But regardless of the differences between the two collections, Bellino is just proud to have her project out there. “I’m just so excited,” she shares. “Hopefully this will allow women to find that one dress that looks very expensive, but is really very affordable, girly and sexy.” –Kate Hogan

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Alexis Bellino
Courtesy Alexis Couture

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janice sanz on

Okay wait….I’ve decided that I haven’t been fair. After considering all the facets and elements of Alexis’s lifestyle, aspirations, and normal lack of talent, (most of us could not do much better in the fashion design arena,) I have come to the realization that she is simply not aware enough to understand who she really is in this diverse world. She, like many, (but not SO many,) women live in a financially protective bubble. Her life, her husband, her dedication to an archaic religion are simply proof that our continuing evolution is not quite where we’d like it to be. I think I feel sorry for her…..no…I do.

Donna on

Love your clothes keep going girlfriend everything is fantastic I wish I had a event everyday to wear your line. Dont listen to the jelouse ones they havea hard hearts. you look great and are a inspiration to all housewife.. go girl !!!!

Patricia Rose on

Her dresses are HOT,HOT,HOT. What? Your dress size too big???? I love them. Alexis you need to show the back of the dress. SOLD!

Patricia Rose on

I HEAR JEALOUSY IN THE HOUSE!!! Christ was crucified too.

AmazonRDH on

I bought the black sundress with the white and black braid and was SOOOOO disappointed! It looks super cute on her, but in person the fabric is very thin and low quality and the “cups” are cut way to “low”, meaning they don’t end when the boobs end but keep on going like granny’s boobs! SIGH! I only wear it poolside when it’s family only…. what a waste.

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