The Stylemakers' Must-Haves
Cindy Crawford is one of the world's most famous supermodels and has her own beauty line. Her husband, Rande Gerber, has founded some of the most chic nightspots in the country.
Cindy and Rande have two children, ages 8 and 6, and say the center of the family's Malibu beach home is the kitchen. Every morning, Cindy begins her day with a cup of decaf teawith a twist. "This is the key to my tea. It's vanilla powder and it's from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and I make an English breakfast tea," she says. Using the same tiny whisk and the same coffee cup every morning, Cindy says even her kids tease her about the routine. "It's almost like a grown-up hot chocolate," she says.
One of Rande's favorite things is Cindy's strawberry rhubarb pie, made from scratch. "She makes it so often that at 2:00 in the morning when I'm hungry I come downstairs, it's always there and it's just something great to munch on at all times of the day or night," he says.
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The pie is also kind of a running joke at home, Cindy says. "He'll leave the plate out and the glass of milkthe empty glass of milkand my kids think it's so funny when they come down in the morning and they're, like, 'Daddy was eating pie,'" she says. "He leaves it out just so they find it. At this point, it's their routine."
Rande and Cindy also carry photos of their kids with them at all times. For Cindy's 40th birthday, Rande got her a necklace with their kids' pictures on the back. "I got the best of both worlds. I got the bling, the husband who gave it to me, and then my little kiddies," Cindy says.
Rande has matching charms on his necklace. "It's nice because we tell the kids that even when we travel, they'll be close to our heart," Rande says.
Riding is an activity that pulls the whole family together, Rande says. "I think the bonding experience with my kids and now with Cindy she's got a nice bike to ride it's just something that we can all do together," he says.
Rande's favorite bike is the Harley Ultra Glide. "It's so much fun because it's such a big bike and it's got the backseat so I can go on long rides with Cindy, and I take the kids on it to school sometimes," he says.
"And we have the helmets where we can talk to each other within the helmets," Cindy says.
When it's time for bed, Cindy loves the slips from La Petite Coquette in New York City. "This is what I sleep in. So I still feel sexy and they're really soft, but you can wash them," she says.
When it's time to travel, Cindy makes sure to pack her ballet flats. "When I travel, a lot of times my feet swell. So I found these Sue London ballet flats, and I love that they come in all colors," she says. "You actually look like you have a little look going on, but comfortable."
Of course, this supermodel is always thinking fashion-forward. Cindy's new favorite bag is from an Italian designer named Mauro Zagliani. "This one people don't quite know about yet, and I like having things before they're mainstream," she says.
One thing Cindy uses every single day is a Mason Pearson hairbrush. "They are a little expensive, but I've had my hairbrushes probably for 10 years," she says.
Cindy is also passionate about her skincare line, Meaningful Beauty. "I am the biggest fan of it. I use it every day," she says. "One of our new fun products is called Glowing Serum. It gives you that beautiful healthy skin look so you don't have to cover up your face with makeup."
To help others entertain at home, Rande has developed the perfect margarita mix, along with other mixers in the Rande Gerber Midnight Bar Collection. "Pour two parts mix and you throw in one part tequila, some Don Julio, which is my favorite, shake it up a couple times," he says. "There's a perfect margarita."
Rande and Cindy enjoy some margaritas on the beach outside of their home, one of their favorite places together. Rande says it feels like they're always on vacation. "I would not choose to live anywhere but on the beach. I think we both really feel that way," Cindy says. "Rande, every time we're down here with the kids, he's like, 'See, we don't have to do anything.' You know, they find a stick and that's entertainment for hours."
From a young age, Ivanka says she knew she would work in real estate development. "That is my first and my real love," she says. "There's something about real estate. I think it's partially in the blood. But there's also something so gratifying to see something that you've worked so hard on come to fruition before your eyes and hopefully stay there long after you're gone."
Born in a privileged family, Ivanka says she can see where wealth can confuse some children. "I think it is hard and I think you can see that difficulty reflect itself in the lifestyles of various wealthy children or children of very accomplished parents," she says. "So they react in two ways. They either use the negative energy that people project on themsaying they'll never live up to [their parents][and] sort of embrace that and harness that and use that to propel them forward, or it paralyzes them."
Ivanka says growing up Trump helped develop her ambition in life. Her parents gladly contributed to her education, she says, but made her work for the material things she wanted. "My parents always made me know that I couldn't feel entitled about the things in which they gave me. And that was the key for me," she says. "Everything they had, I knew to be theirs. If I wanted it, I knew what it was, I knew the benefits of ultimately getting there, but I would have to work my butt off. So that's what I've been doing."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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