When Bethenny Frankely first began, what has grown into a huge success and brand, no one wanted what she was selling. However, Bethenny’s the one laughing now as her original Skinnygirl cocktail has turned into a brand and household name. With multiple flavors of alcohol, to on the go granola bars, cleanses, face and body, and shape wear, it’s a wonder how she manages it all.
Though for the hardworking mom, of one beautiful baby daughter, meetings, book signings, and moving in heels, it’s all in a days work. The author of three bestselling books, including The Skinnygirl Dish, Naturally Thin, and A Place of Yes, has yet another accomplish to add to her reputare, her newest book, a novel titled Skinnydipping came out last week. I am so excited that Bethenny took the time to dish to me on how she dresses for success, her latest novel, and what she loves about being a mom.
HS: How would you describe your style?
BF: My style is “use what you have.” I shop in my closet, find something I haven’t worn in a while and update it with something more current. I’m not the run out and buy it and wear it that day kind of gal.
HS: What are a few of your wardrobe staples?
BF: Skinny jeans, white fitted tank tops, blazers, scarves, bangles, great bags and colorful shoes and cashmere wrap sweaters.
HS: How do you dress for success?
BF: I wear something that fits well, is appropriate to the occasion or audience and that I’m comfortable in.
HS: What are a few of your favorite accessories?
BF: Jennifer Miller bangles, my diamonds from Kristen Farrell, and my colorful bag and shoe collection.
HS: What is your daily look like?
BF: Pajamas most of the day. Jeans, boots, a blazer, tank and a scarf for when I leave the house.
HS: You’re constantly running around, moving in to a new apartment in heels, running from meeting to daycare, to date night with your husband, how do you make an outfit versatile and go flawlessly from day to night?
BF: If you have a nice heel and good accessories, any outfit works at night.
HS: What are your hair and makeup secrets?
BF: I have no secrets. I’m over my hair. I want a big change. As for makeup, good skin is the key. My Skinnygirl face and body vitamin c scrub is a great exfoliator cleanser and my Skinnygirl tinted moisturizer with SPF gives you a beautiful smooth skin tone.
HS: Your first novel, Skinnydipping, came out this month. Why did you decide to write a novel this time?
BF: I wrote a novel because I wanted a refreshing, fun, palate cleanser after almost a decade of “reality.” It is a dishy, sexy, fun tale that readers will devour.
HS: What was different about writing Skinnydipping as opposed to A Place of Yes and Naturally Thin?
BF: Writing non-fiction is so literal and very serious, and it has to be perfect to the letter. Fiction is an imaginative, creative process where you can create a magical journey. That said, Skinnydipping has as much of an important message as any of my books. The reader learns something and there is take away.
HS: What’s the dish on Skinnydipping? Anything fun you can share with us?
BF: It is racy. Parts are based on my experiences. People will be looking for clues to something they’re familiar with. This is a fun ride. Jump on.
HS: What’s next for the Skinnygirl products? Any new fun flavors in the works?
BF: The most recent launch has been the whole line of Skinnygirl cocktails from pina colada to flavored vodkas to wines. We also recently launched Skinnygirl daily “on the go” dark chocolate multigrain pretzel and dark chocolate banana oatmeal chocolate chip nutrition bars. We also just released Skinnygirl daily on the go vitamin power packs with a day’s supply of vitamins and added benefit such as: immunity, hair skin and nails and stress relief. Flavor your water. Enhance your body.
HS: What do you love most about being a mother?
BF: How could I even answer this question? I love it all. I love that one very tender moment each day where bryn lays her head on my shoulder. I love bath time every night. I love being there when she wakes and reading her a bedtime story when she sleeps. I love cooking for her and feeding her her meals. I love going to the park. I love being a mother.
HS: How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle and instill that in your daughter?
BF: There is no food noise in our house. She eats very healthy foods and she indulges every day.
HS: You have so much going on, between your reality show on Bravo, to your Skinnygirl products. and now a brand knew novel, and you’re also a mother to a beautiful young daughter. How do you balance it all?
BF: I just do. Nike says it best: just do it. I try to sleep every night, play with my family on the weekends, and most importantly, I love what I do. I’m the luckiest girl in the world. I do what I do for my fans and our relationship. I have the greatest fans in the world.