Boston Haute Secrets: Gretta Monahan of TLC’s Brides Gone Styled

As a celebrity stylist and TV personality, Boston’s own Gretta Monahan has created an empire that runs the gamut from fashion to beauty. The style expert can be seen on the new makeover series, Brides Gone Styled, premiering tomorrow night, June 12, at 9:30 p.m. on TLC.

Brides Gone Styled

Photo Credit: TLC

The bridal makeover show will explore what happens when a fashion victim’s bad taste threatens to ruin one of the biggest days of her life – her wedding day. Style experts Monahan and Robert Verdi take some of the worst dressed brides and transform them into the most stunning brides imaginable.

We recently caught up with the beloved Grettacole spa owner and frequent guest of The Rachael Ray Show and Good Morning America to find out what she loves most about her hometown.

Brides Gone Styled

Photo Credit: TLCWhere were you born?  Cambridge, MA

How long in Boston? Well, my whole life. I’ve always maintained a presence here and I always will – no matter where I might roam.

Where do you live now? While I split my time between New York and Boston, our family home is in Manhattan.

Occupation: CEO of GrettaStyle, celebrity stylist, television personality

Describe Boston in three words:  Historic, intelligent, charming.

All-around favorite locale in Boston, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other? Wow – this is difficult. I love the flow from the Common to the Public Garden to Newbury Street. You get a lovely – and lively – slice of Boston in just a few blocks.

Best aspect of Boston? The mix of old and new. This goes for architecture as well as people/cultures. Boston is a lot like London in that way.

Favorite Restaurant:  These questions just keep getting more difficult! I’m lucky to have so many friends who are talented in the kitchen so I eat REALLLLY well. It’s too hard to choose just one but Michael Schlow’s Alta Strada is like my home away from home.

Best place for a romantic date: If we’re talking classic, Boston date…I’d go to No. 9 Park for a sexy dinner and then see a show from a private box at the Wang Theater.

Best Sunday brunch: A mainstay of Boston’s brunch scene is Trident Booksellers. I always love picking up some new reading material while waiting for a table.

Best place for a power business meeting: Nothing beats the Bristol Lounge at The Four Seasons. It’s perfection.

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Besides Gretta Luxe, right? I’m a Barney’s girl.

Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:  Shreve, Crump & Low is an institution!

Best Spa:  I adore the staff at my two Grettacole locations. They know how to deliver great service. I know because I’ve trained them.

Favorite Charity Event: I’m passionate about Breast Cancer research and awareness and I’ve been involved with the Breast Cancer Research Fund’s Boston Hot Pink Party. I’m always inspired by strong women who use their power for a great cause.

Favorite Cultural Event: The Boston Marathon. I’m so inspired by those who push themselves towards a massive goal. Of course, the marathon has taken on additional meaning for Boston and beyond since the bombing. I think we’ve become even stronger because of it.

Best Museum/Exhibit: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. It’s an interactive space with so much to offer every age and interest.