September 2021

Best of PageDaily Celebrities:
Nicky Hilton, the Real Housewives & More

Edited by Katrina Caspelich

From their favorite fashion pieces and red carpet beauty tricks to their guilty pleasures, celebrities reveal their best kept secrets to PageDaily. They let us poke around their closets, share their vacations, and disclose their latest ventures. Here, some of our favorite sit-downs and interviews with celebs—try some of their picks for the New Year. Nicky Hilton: Her Latest Design Venture and More!
Celebrity clothing and fashion design gets new meaning when you are a Hilton sister! We interview Nicky Hilton about her style, fashion, handbags, and her new jewelry line . . . Read more Ivanka Trump: Rocking the Family Jewels
Young. Rich. Beautiful. Brilliant. In depth interview with Ivanka Trump, founder of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection, wed to New York Observer owner Jared Kushner and the . . . Read more
Celebrity Closet: Handbag Edition
Hobo bags and clutch purses, leather handbags or cross-body satchels. What’s your favorite celebrity’s favorite designer handbag? Get that celebrity look: a perfect pocketbook! . . . Read more
For A Beautiful Life—Travel, By Carmindy
Professional makeup artist Carmindy, from TV’s What Not to Wear, shares her best beauty tips for travel including her essential travel advice and makeup . . . Read more
My Real Housewives of New York City Life: Tips, Tricks, and Product Picks, By Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Live glamorously like the Real Housewives of New York with these fashion tips & picks from our guest editor Countess . . . Read more

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Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

Raised in a boisterous Connecticut household with six siblings by her Algonquin father and a French mother, Countess LuAnn knows firsthand that class is a state of mind, not a birthright. Having been instilled with a strong sense of values and understanding the importance of doing for others, her first career was as a practical nurse. Through a series of luck and happenstance, the nurse became a model in Milan and the model caught the attention of a TV magnet who turned her into an Italian television personality.

The girl from small town Connecticut quickly fell in love with the Italian lifestyle and began to build a life there. After years of absorbing continental manners and style, LuAnn began a fairy-tale romance with Count Alexandre de Lesseps, a French Aristocrat of the Suez Canal dynasty, and married into high society. The Countess is a living example that elegance, taste, and chic can be acquired. It is this sophistication that she hopes to share with her fans.

I’ve realized that there is a real desire to learn more about manners and etiquette and that you don’t have to be rich, famous, or noble to have an unforgettable presence and feel comfortable anywhere, anyplace, anytime. I truly believe that elegance can be learned.

Countess Luann continues to add to her large fan base garnered from three seasons starring in Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City. Her decorum on the reality show, brisk sales of her book Class with the Countess, the release of her new single and music video Money Can’t Buy You Class on Ultra Records, and her frequent appearances on talk and news shows have made her a highly sought after life-style expert. Countess LuAnn can be seen providing relevant news and celebrity commentary on the panel of CBS TV’s The Insider, and in her weekly column every Monday for Ok! called What Would the Countess Do?

The Countess has been featured in publications around the country and internationally including People Magazine, The New York Times, In Touch Weekly, Harpers Bazaar, The New York Post, USA Today, Woman’s Day, New York Times Magazine, Life & Style Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Gotham and Hamptons Magazine. She has appeared on Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show, CNN Show Business Tonight, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Good Day New York, KTLA Morning News, E! Entertainment, The Style Network’s The Dish, PBS’s Moment of Luxury and TV Guide’s The Fashion Team. In February 2011, she made a guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU and she also made a cameo appearance on the popular USA Network series Royal Pains. She also recently made her cabaret debut at New York’s Town Hall on the bill with Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera as part of the Jim Caruso Cast Party benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

A strong supporter of giving back to the community, Countess Luann brings her volunteer leadership and resources to the American Cancer Society, GLAAD, Hetrick Martin Institute, The Auditory/Oral School of Brooklyn, and ACE’s Soho Partnership and was just photographed along with many major celebrities for California’s NOH8 Campaign.

Luann’s book, Class With the Countess is available in paperback on Her single, Money Can’t Buy You Class is available on iTunes and Amazon MP3. Her new dance single Chic C’est La Vie is now available on iTunes as well as the Countess Luann iPhone App.

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Ivanka Trump: Rocking the Family Jewels

Interview by Courtney Bannerot

Young. Rich. Beautiful. Brilliant. But Ivanka Trump is no heiress about town, resting on her Daughter-of-the-Donald laurels. This 29-year-old summa cum laude Wharton grad has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments: head of U.S. and international expansion for the Trump Organization’s real estate holdings, book author, founder of a luxury jewelry line, a Champion of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, newlywed (husband is New York Observer owner Jared Kushner). Now about to launch a shoe and handbag line, Ivanka shares what motivates her. Read the interview, then shop Ivanka’s favorites (see below).

Courtney Bannerot: What inspired you to start Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry?
Ivanka Trump: I’ve always had a passion for jewelry. I wanted to make women of my time feel comfortable buying fine jewelry, and I wanted to give them the ultimate shopping experience. My mother’s legacy jewelry collection always inspired me. And my love for the classic aesthetic helped propel my vision. I realized the luxury fine jewelry market was missing a fresh, young design approach. That’s where my jewelry line’s vision of “Rock Tradition” plays a vital role—it’s a modern twist on jewelry’s most important classic.

CB: Do you design the pieces?
IT: I work closely with an in-house designer, who is able to take my vision and inspiration and create sketches. I am deeply involved in approving sketches, making changes, and adding and subtracting from the designs before they are finalized.

CB: How would you describe the style, and how does it reflect you?
IT: Heirloom chic is the creative vision behind my jewelry line. It’s the youthful reinvention of important legacy jewelry. Heirloom chic puts a modern twist on classic jewelry, capturing a sense of fine workmanship, tradition, and an off-hand elegance.

CB: What are your favorite pieces?
IT: My favorite pieces from the 2010 collection are the Tassels, the Black Onyx Bead Necklace with Signature Oval Diamond Clasp, and the Signature Ovals. The Multi-Strand Diamond Bead Bracelet is definitely a show-stopper and an architectural achievement in jewelry design.

CB: How does your line fit the fall fashion trends?
IT: My 2010 collection has amazing black onyx pieces that chicly accessorize any fall trend, in addition to vibrant rose gold pieces that can glam up a pair of leather leggings and a fur vest. The collection is so versatile!

CB: What are your favorite fall trends?
IT: Olive color and leopard print!

CB: What is your most recent purchase?
IT: I just bought myself and several of my friends the Ivanka Trump Girl Up Bracelet, which supports the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. I’m very proud to be a Girl Up Champion and a founding partner with the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. The bracelet retails for $30 and is available for purchase on my website.

CB: What is your typical workday like?
IT: Every day’s schedule is different. I wake up, exercise, and read through a copious amount of newspapers. I arrive at the office somewhere between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. My brothers and I are always the first ones in. My days are often filled with a large volume of meetings, everything from hotel design to building management to jewelry initiatives to new deal development to marketing strategy, and often filming for The Apprentice. I try to stick to a very strict schedule, and I am never late. This is something that I learned from my father. I also try to schedule some time between those meetings to return phone calls and emails, as I think it is very important to respond to direct correspondence in a timely manner.

CB: What do you do in your free time?
IT: Hang out with my husband, my family, and my girlfriends. I cook often and have people over for dinner at least once a week—it’s a great way to catch up!

Shop Ivanka’s Picks from Her Jewelry Line
Mixed Size Onyx Bead Necklace with Signature Oval Diamond Clasp, $3,950
Multi-Strand Diamond Bead Bracelet, price upon request
Long Black Onyx Drop Earrings on Diamond French Wire, $1,200
Small Rose Gold, Mixed Cut Rock Crystal and Diamond Hoop Earrings, $2,250
Girl Up Bracelet, $30