By Lane Florsheim
In our series My Monday Morning, self-motivated people tell WSJ. how they start off the week.
On Netflix’s reality TV show Selling Sunset, Los Angeles real estate agent Christine Quinn is known for her dramatic nature. Before 2015, when she joined the Oppenheim Group—the real estate company the show follows as its agents sell mansions and bicker among themselves—Quinn got her start as a model at age 15 and has also had TV and movie roles.
On Selling Sunset, Quinn, 31, wears designer outfits in vivid colors, like an Alice + Olivia rainbow fur jacket and a fuzzy lavender hat and sweater, both patterned in Balenciaga’s logo. In an episode from season three, which debuted in August, Quinn hosts a “burgers and botox” party to bring more potential buyers to one of her listings, despite clear opposition from the house’s co-listing agent. (The burgers were wrapped in “Quinn-N-Out” packaging.) Her sometimes ruthless honesty and proclivity for calling out perceived slights from her coworkers has helped brand her as the show’s villain.
Season three of the show opened with Quinn’s engagement to retired tech entrepreneur Christian Dumontet, and the finale showed their gothic winter wonderland-themed wedding, which took place late last year. (Dumontet goes by Christian Richard on the show to protect his privacy.) Quinn says her first year of married life is going well, in part because she and her husband each have their own spaces in their West Hollywood mansion. “This is kind of my office,” she says during a Google Hangouts interview, perching on a yoga mat in what looks like a walk-in closet. (Shelves of high heels, many with Christian Louboutin’s signature red sole, line the wall in the background.) “He has his own office. We get together at night, and that’s our time.” She’s wearing a sporty, pastel tie-dye set that someone on Instagram sent her for free.
Here, Quinn talks to WSJ. about eating McDonald’s for breakfast, whether she wants Selling Sunset to come back for a fourth season and the lifestyle brand she’s been brainstorming during her extra time at home.
What time do you usually get up on Mondays, and what’s the first thing you do?
I’m not going to lie. I’m a night owl. I’m constantly dealing with deals overseas. I go to bed super late, and I own it and embrace it. I love a good crack of noon [wake-up], usually 10:30 a.m. to noon is the happy time for me.
What do you eat for breakfast to start the week off right?
This morning, I had McDonald’s hotcakes and sausage. I’m not a big breakfast eater. I don’t have a lot of time. But when I do, I’ll grab fast food: a Chick-fil-A sandwich or McDonald’s. When I’m home, I love to just make coffee. We have a little coffee station set up. We have a Breville if I want to make a really fancy cappuccino, a Nespresso if I want to make a strong cup of coffee. And then I love my Keurig. So I like to mix it up. I got really into making cappuccinos in quarantine, and I have stencils [I use for the foam]. On Etsy, I got a Marilyn Monroe stencil, and then one of my face and my initials [that I use on] my cappuccinos in the morning.
Do you take any vitamins?
I take tons of vitamins. I love antioxidants, so I fell in love with this brand I found in France called Dr Burgener out of Switzerland. I do a lot of fish oils. And then I’m big on protein shakes. I’ll do peanut butter, banana, vanilla protein and whole milk.
Do you ever set an intention for the week?
I set an intention every week. It depends on what I’m working on. I’m a big journaler, I actually have five journals. [Holds up a large Louis Vuitton monogrammed journal.] This is my big weekly journal. I set my intention for the week and it’s dependent on my mood. Sometimes I’m like, I want to be happy, [or] I want to be creative. I want to reach out to my family and be really connected with the people around me.
Then at the end of the night… I journal. There are two ways I journal: I journal current events, what happened today, how my day actually went, what I did. And then my other journal is [about] how I can improve and what I actually want to happen. I write in present tense in one of them and then my other journal, I write in future tense.
What’s your beauty routine like?
It’s constantly changing depending on what kind of ingredients I’m liking. One thing that happened over quarantine was it gave me the time to stop and actually read the ingredients and the labels of products that I was using. I was using skin care like La Prairie and La Mer, all these really high-end brands. And I thought because they were expensive, they were good. And then I started watching YouTube videos on ingredients. Then I started tailoring my routine. For my skin, I know that I need vitamin C, hyaluronic acid once a week, retinol twice a week. I actually discovered—oh my god, my dog’s eating it right now—I’ve been using [biomimetic] placenta, I’ve been incorporating that. I have quite a few [placenta-based products]. It’s this brand, Biologique Recherche. I found it in France and thought it was the weirdest thing ever.
How is the real-estate world right now? Are showings starting to get back to normal?
Things are actually getting back to normal. We were finding that inventory was at an all-time low because everyone was staying in their houses and [for] people who were looking to buy, it was impossible. They didn’t even have the option of staying in hotels, so we were in a really weird situation for awhile. But I feel like consumer confidence is up a little bit and the supply has gradually gotten better. We have been doing deals. I’m actually shocked.
Do you know when season four might start taping? You’ve also talked about moving onto your own show.
The show’s obviously been doing really well. In August, it was in the top 10 most-watched shows on Netflix, so that’s really exciting. We don’t have any official news yet. But it would be great to film the next season and then do my own thing because I feel like I have a lot to share with the world outside of real estate and fighting with b*tches. Although don’t get me wrong, I love it and I’m great at it.
You’ve also spoken openly about wanting to start your own company soon. Can you tell me anything about what you have up your sleeve?
Basically, I’m working on a lifestyle brand. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted it to look like, but I did know I wanted to be in every kind of realm of fashion, beauty and skin care. I started making my own perfume. In quarantine, I got really tired of people talking about perfumes. It’s something that’s so personal, and I found a lot of my fragrances that I loved, people were talking about on Instagram. I was like, now it’s not special anymore. I actually created my own perfume in quarantine, so this is what I wear. It’s called Bitchy. I think perfume is all about a feeling. I spray it and I feel like a b*tch and I love it. It says “Bitchy by Xtine.”
What are the fragrance notes in Bitchy?
It smells to me like a sexual, elevated cotton candy. There are notes of raspberry, vanilla. I like girly scents.
You started modeling when you were 15. Did you always have a feeling you would be famous someday?
I’m not going to lie. Yeah, I did. I feel like that’s an important thing, to say it. It was something that I always believed in and always thought and always knew. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I just knew that I wanted to entertain people and make them laugh.
What do you do to relax and for self-care?
Reading is relaxing for me. I love to read, I probably read 10 books a month. [See Christine’s reading list below.] Cooking is what I really do to relax and wind down. I’ve always loved cooking but I really got into it in quarantine and I started making homemade pastas and breads and crazy things I never had the time to do before. Winding down at night is cooking and making teas. I started making my own teas and flying flowers in and seeds in. I’m like Martha Stewart on acid. Sometimes, I don’t know where these ideas come from.
Your birthday’s coming up on October 14. Do you know what you’re going to do to celebrate?
Actually I don’t know. Sorry, my dog is eating a protection crystal right now… He’ll be fine, don’t worry. I wish I had grand plans, but I don’t yet. My husband and I have talked about maybe, maybe, maybe going to London and France for my birthday. It really depends on my work schedule. I would love to make it happen.
What’s one piece of advice that’s guided you?
Never let anyone tell you no. Also, it’s not something that someone told me but it’s something I’ve learned: The only validation that really matters is that of yourself. I was always so worried about what other people thought of me and how I would be perceived and portrayed. Once you get out of that mindset and out of your head, really, really great things start happening.
SOURCE : WALL STREET JOURNAL