By MIKE LARKIN
Last updated at 10:41 PM on 3rd July 2011
Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi donned an Independence Day bikini that is sure to have men reaching for their sparklers.
The stunning 33-year-old’s skimpy outfit and matching shoes made sure the fireworks started early this year.
She wore the patriotic swimming garb when she hosted the holiday weekend pool party at the Bare Pool Lounge in the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Big star: Gretchen Rossi wore an eye-catching bikini designed by celebrity designer Marco Morante
But the heat was clearly getting to her when she took a sip from a refreshing cocktail as the temperatures reached a staggering 111°F.
Right before her appearance, the 33-year-old posted on her Facebook page: ‘I am headed to Bare Pool right now.
‘My bikini is amazing. Infamous Marco Marco custom designed it for me.’
Bare body: Rossi was hosting a holiday weekend at Bare Pool Lounge in Mirage Hotel and Casino
The youngest of the Housewives, 33-year-old Rossi showed off her slim and toned figure as she posed for photos
The glamorous California blonde has been unlucky in love since she joined the fourth season of the hit reality show.
After losing her fiancé, Jeff Beitzel,to cancer in September 2008, Rossi is currently dating Housewives co star Slade Smiley, who first appeared in season one of the show as the cohabitant of now ex-housewife Jo de la Rosa.
Sam-sational: Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi looked stunning yesterday in a stars and stripes bikini
Tasty: The glamourous blonde cooled off with a refreshing cocktail
Smiley was in court earlier this year in a continuing battle his ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo over $110,00 child report payments for his son Grayson, RadarOnline.com reported.
Dubbed a ‘deadbeat dad’ for failing to pay child support, Smiley says he is struggling to find a job and can't afford the payments for his 9-year-old son, who suffers from inoperable brain cancer.
Despite his financial problems, Rossi has been outspoken in her desire to have children of her own with Smiley.
The couple were together for the exciting party in the Las Vegas sunshine.
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