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'Real Housewives' Star Alexis Bellino Dishes on Her Dual Clothing Lines

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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