Ivanka takes us inside her New York apartment for a glimpse at how she lives outside the board room. One thing she can't live without? A backgammon table. "This is actually sort of game central over here. I have Monopoly, I have Cranium, I have Clue. I'm very competitive. So even these silly childhood games I take rather seriously," she says.
She also has a fascination with monkeys. One of her favorite pieces is a garbage can featuring a drunk monkey. "I carted a garbage can back from somewhere in the south of France as a carry-on, and I'm very happy I did it," she says.
Two things Ivanka says she can't live without are her photos and a digital video recorder. "Now I can actually watch the television that I want to watch," she says.
Reading has always been a major part of Ivanka's life. "Most of my books have to do with historical fiction," she says. Right now, she's reading a book called Great Fortune about the building of Rockefeller Center. Ivanka also devours newspapers. She reads The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Post and the New York Daily News every morning. On Wednesdays, she reads The New York Observer.
Ivanka also likes to bring a touch of nature to her home. "Growing up, one of the things we always had in our house at all times was flowers. I love fresh cut flowers. Roses. Tulipswhite orchids," she says. "Clean, simple arrangements."
When she's ready to unwind, Ivanka slips on a bathrobe. "Bathrobes for me are one of those odd but absolute must-haves. I walk into my apartment, I put on a bathrobe, and that's it. I'm done for the night."
Underneath it all, Ivanka admits one addiction—ChapStick. "Love it," she says. "I have it all over my apartment. That I can't live without."
Above all, Ivanka says she loves real estate and New York City. She takes in the view from a $42 million penthouse at Trump Park Avenue. "That's the aspirational view within my building," she says. "I'm on the sixth floor of that same building, so my view is beautiful yet not quite that."
Another one of Ivanka's loves is jewelry. "Jewelry makes you feel pretty, you know? It's always nice having a little sparkle by your face," she says. "Now I have the fun of having my own line. I just love it."
Ivanka says the idea of developing her jewelry line—The Ivanka Trump Collection—came about naturally. "I'd follow my mom, traipsing around New York City and the world, stealing the pieces I encouraged her to buy," she says. "So now she's exacting revenge. She's going into my store every day and clearing me out of inventory saying she's entitled to do so after 25 years of me stealing her things."
While working on her jewelry line, Ivanka says her goal was to create a nonintimidating line inspired by women. "You walk into the store setting and it looks like a female boudoir. I think you go into some of these jewelry stores, especially in high-end, and they feel like a mausoleum. They're so cold and intimidating and they're not really for women," she says. "And I think now there's a whole generation of empowered, strong women who can afford to buy their own jewelry. Not to say they don't love getting it from men as well, but there are women who will go in and see a beautiful pair of earrings and will treat themselves. And we wanted to encourage that."
The last time Rachel Roy was on The Oprah Show
, she showed off her feminine yet strong fashion designs
Now, she's ready to share some of her must-haves.
"One of the favorite rooms in my home is my bedroom," Rachel says. To keep it "as Zen-like and spa-like as possible," she says she gets white sheets by Frette and Bed Bath & Beyond pillows and pillowcases.
Although she designs clothes for a living, Rachel has a confession—her favorite article of clothing is her bathrobe. She uses it when she indulges in a bubble bath four or five times a week. "It's my way to relax and to kind of unwind," she says.
To get just the right bath, Rachel uses Jo Malone products. "I use the oil for the skin softening element, and to get bubbles I mix it with her shower gel," Rachel says.
After a bath, Rachel reaches for her Burt's Bees lotion. "We're definitely a very lotioned up family," she says. "We don't like to be ashy and we love a great scent."
When guests drop by, Rachel knows how to make everyone feel at home. She has individual table settings for everyone—from her brother who likes clean lines to a friend who likes a classic touch. These settings run the gamut from fine glasses from Charlotte Moss to flea market finds.
The rest of Rachel's home is filled with items that inspire her design sensibilitylike National Geographic and Vogue magazines, seashells, good friends and old books. "I love the rare and vintage book floor at The Strand [used bookstore in New York City]," she says. "I could spend hours in here and just really, really get lost. They're really just beautifully worn and you wonder who has read them before, what lives have they lived before."
Now that she's three months pregnant, there are a slew of new things Rachel says she can't live without in her daily routine.
She says she gained about 80 pounds with her first baby, and her feet have already begun to swell with this pregnancy. That's why she loves her foot massager. "My shoes don't fit—I'm already half a size up. And I don't want to buy a whole new [selection of shoes]. So I'm sitting behind my desk kind of bossing my staff around trying to maintain a serious face, and then I have this going on."
Instead of reaching for an unhealthy snack, Rachel always has some Marcona almonds on hand. "I keep them in my purse. I keep them in my desk. Because if I don't have something to eat, I will grab anything and then that's a huge no-no because I'm just getting all of those empty calories off of junk because by then I'm starving."
Her other daily ritual is using Natura Bisse cream to prevent stretch marks. "This is a great product. Actually all of their products are really, really nice."
In 2006, Keisha Whitaker became a pro at walking the red carpet. Her husband, Forest, collected award after award—including an Oscar for best actor—for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.
"Looking back at all the photos, everyone would probably think that my everyday life is just glamorous like it looks on the red carpet, and you would think that I'd be running around to all the fancy boutiques," she says. "The reality is I'm a wife, a mother of three, and I'm out to get a bargain."
Keisha loves shopping at Marshalls. "Or Mar-shalls, as I call it," she says. "I love to come here and just look around. It's bargain hunting at its finest." One such bargain is the Le Creuset teapot she found. "I can't live without this," she says.
At Target, Keisha says she heads for the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic line and the Dominique Cohen for Target Collection. Another of Keisha's fashion secrets are Hanes T-shirts. "I'll put them underneath maybe a light sweater," she says. "When they're old, you can use them as rags."
For her skincare regimen, Keisha shops at CVS. There she gets Pond's Exfoliating Clean Sweep Wipes and a Neutrogena MicroDermabrasion System. "This is only $34.99," she says. "At the dermatologist, this would cost hundreds."
Even when she's shopping at more expensive stores, Keisha is still on the lookout for a bargain. "Another one of my tips is not to be intimidated by fancy department stores. They have great sales," she says. "My favorite shoe section is Neiman-Marcus. Sometimes they go to 50 percent off."
Keisha says she truly depends on Victoria's Secret's Shapers and Secret Embrace push-up bras. "I wear them under evening gowns. I wear them under tank tops," she says. "My husband says one day I'm going to get sued for false advertising."
She tops off her wardrobe with a Banana Republic trench coat. "I think it's classic and timeless. You can throw it on over anything," Keisha says. "I think every woman should have one."
To celebrate her 35th birthday, Keisha took inspiration from Oprah and created a basket of her own "favorite things" to give to her friends.
Keisha's favorites are items that have been important in her life. She says Slim Jims got her through college and Schweppes ginger ale reminds her of her mother and grandmother! Another item in the basket was lip gloss from Keisha's Kissable Couture cosmetics line. The lip gloss is called the First Kiss Collection. "I named it after some boys," she says. "Some I kissed...one I married. This one happens to be 'Forest.'"
Besides borrowing the idea for a "favorite things" basket, Keisha also borrowed one of the items from Oprah's past favorites. "I love Garrett's popcorn," she says. "The cheese and the caramel."
One thing Oprah says she can't live without is Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones and fudge bars. They're just 90 to 150 calories each...and that makes them Bob Greene-approved.
Oprah says there's a perfect time for Skinny Cow ice cream treats. "When you're trying to eat really well and you're trying to be healthy," Oprah says. "But you need something chocolate."
One of America's ultimate stylemakers has to be Ralph Lauren. In 40 years in the fashion business, he has literally defined how we dress.
With the launch of Polo, he offered a sophisticated tweed look symbolic of the posh sport and lifestyle. He brought life to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the glamour of Long Island in the 1920s. We learned we could embody the spirit of the Old West, even if we happened to live in Philadelphia or Tampa. And we embraced Ralph's trademark preppy style, inspired by the traditional look found on Ivy League campuses.
It takes a big book to document Ralph's fashion empire, and his retrospective—called, simply, Ralph Lauren—is huge. It's filled with 700 photographs and weighs 15 pounds!
"I love the book so much, I think it's the perfect gift this holiday season," Oprah says.
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