You may know the Countess from the popular reality show Real Housewives of New York. However, Luann isn’t the atypical New Yorker talking at a million miles a second, always on their phone. Lesseps has respect for class, (if you may remember she sang about it in her hit single Money Can’t Buy You Class). Lesseps published her first book last year titled Class With the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair. I had the pleasure of interviewing Lesseps. In part one she dishes on fashion, manners, motherhood and more!
Haley Sherif: Who is your fashion icon?
Countess Lesseps: Besides my mother who never left the house without being impeccably dressed, I would have to say Cate Blanchett whose effortless, yet refined style I admire.
Haley Sherif: Describe your style in three words.
Countess Lesseps: Simple, Classic and Elegant.
HS: What are three items every woman should have in their closets?
CL: A classic sheath dress in a flattering color, a silk scarf, and a great pair of high-heeled pumps.
HS: Why did you want to write your book, Class with the Countess?
CL: I felt I could help others by sharing much of what I’ve learned in my journey from growing up in a small town to marrying a Count and traveling the world.
HS: What’s the most important thing you discuss in the book?
CL: The most important point I make in my book is that anyone can learn how to be charming, polite and elegant and that money can’t buy you class. Without manners what do you have?
HS: As a working mother living in New York City how do you stay organized and make time for yourself?
CL: I keep a schedule on my iPhone where I block out time for exercise and for other activities that keep me feeling and looking good. Making time for myself is very important and I always say, “When Mommy’s happy, everyone’s happy.”
HS: What is your favorite thing about the city?
CL: It’s difficult to choose just one favorite thing about New York City, but I’d have to say how each area and its neighborhoods has its own vibe. In one day, I can meet friends at a fabulous restaurant on the Upper East Side, then shop in an eclectic boutique in the meatpacking district, and then go see a Broadway show. This city has it all and I’m never bored.
Check back tomorrow for part two. xo