You Should Know: Gretta Monahan

Gretta Monahan Gretta Monahan, the style guru on The Rachael Ray Show, is one of the country’s most recognized fashion and beauty experts. Her natural talents and flair have led her to create a personal empire, which include two Grettacole salon and spas, as well as the G-Spa and Gretta Luxe clothing boutique in the Boston and Connecticut areas. Gretta’s book, Style and the Successful Girl, is a full-color fashion and beauty guide, designed to help readers discover and create their own style.

RR Book Segment Name: Gretta Monahan
Occupation: Style Guru and Author
Twitter Handle: @grettamonahan

1. What are three words that best describe you?

Driven, curious, happy.

2. Tell us why you’re awesome in two sentences or less.

Oh, wow. Ok – I’m awesome because…I followed my dreams and created the life I always dreamed of. I get to do what I love and am surrounded by the most fantastic people.

3. What are your three biggest indulgences?

Shoes. Massages. Anything at Sant Ambroeus.

4. What’s currently your favorite…

Restaurant: WAY too many great ones to choose an absolute favorite.
Food: I adore seafood.
Cocktail: A bellini at brunch is a current fave.
Shopping destination/store: Besides my own, Barneys just gets me.
Fashion item: Shoes – the taller the better.
Place to hangout: Any tropical beach.
City: There’s no place in the world like New York City.
Travel item: A cashmere wrap for snuggling on the plane.
Beauty product: Mascara. Or lip gloss. I’d like to choose both.
Skincare product: June Jacobs’ Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – deliciously exfoliating.
Hostess gift: A chic candle is always appropriate but I like to tailor the gift to the event or the individual hostess. I once gave a leather bound edition of a friend’s favorite book and inscribed the inside with a special message. That one was a hit, for sure. With enough notice, I give something monogrammed.
Book: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoroso is hitting the spot for me right now. What an inspiring story.
Website: WhoWhatWear is right on top of the best in fashion and beauty right now.
Magazine: Vogue. My bible.

5. What’s the ONE thing you absolutely can’t live without?

My family.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Lack of imagination.

7. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or not) who would it be?

My late Aunt Kathy. I miss her everyday.

8. What does it mean to you to have a strong, engaging brand and how has having one helped you?

I’m so fortunate to be able to reach so many women – through my many makeovers, my work on television and through the staff in my salons, spas and boutiques. I’ve worked hard to create a business that engages and empowers women through personal style. While some may think beauty and fashion is frivolous, I believe our outer selves can be a reflection of who we are on the inside. When we look our best, we feel our best and there’s lots of power in that. For as many times as I’ve taught someone how to choose the right shade of foundation or how to dress for their shape, they’ve taught me about life, love and determination through their personal stories and challenges. The makeovers I’ve done have been transformative for both the client and for me.

9. What is your #1 tip for fellow women entrepreneurs?

Determine what it is you want out of life then work like hell to make it happen.


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1. Leather Trimmed Python Ankle Bootie
These Lanvin boots will add some serious sex appeal to everything from work wear to denim.

2. Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque
Keep premature aging away with this spicy, detoxifying masque full of powerful pumpkin.

3. Diptyque Candles
These candles are an essential luxury that will make your home smell so warm and inviting that you’ll never want to leave.

4. Mally Voluminizing Mascara
Give your lashes some gorgeous volume that will last and last with this mascara from Mally’s.

Sophia Amoruso, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, shares her story and some bad ass words of wisdom.

6. YSL Gloss Volupte
Get unbelievable shine, hydration and a perfect pout without the stickiness with this gloss by YSL.

7. Cashmere Scarf
A luxurious scarf that is oh-so-soft is the perfect travel companion.


  1. Pretty earrings! And at such a deal! Thanks so much for reading my blog, I really appreciate it!!!

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