Inside Countess LuAnn's Chic UWS Apartment — C'est La Vie!

We watch reality television, like, all the time, so when we got invited over for an exclusive interview with Countess LuAnn at her home (yes the Countess from The Real Housewives of NYC), we couldn't contain ourselves. But then, we pulled it together, accepted the invitation, and started counting down the days. If this sounds extreme, let us all just remember that this is the lady responsible for "Money Can't Buy You Class," "Chic C'est La Vie," and the extemporized the catchphrase, "Even Louis Vuitton makes mistakes."
Behind all of that glitz and glam and "oh dahhlings" though, we found that Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is really just like any other Countess NYC mom. Sure, she's not one for public transportation, but she's so much more than the caricature of a mom who bustles her kids back and forth from activities, year-round. She supports them in their creative endeavors (her daughter, Victoria is a very talented artist), scolds them for Countess no-no's like gratuitous gum chewing, in addition to being a very successful business woman (with a new top-secret project in the works). Oh, and she even has time to catch up on some reality television herself. Click through to read our juicy interview — find out which A-list hunk LuAnn once locked lips with, steal her royal beauty indulgences, and get to know all the other reasons why we're calling the Countess the original Posh Spice.
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Check out our exclusive Q&A with this NYC royal — and get the scoop on her unreal life.
Ed Note: This article was originally published on March 22, 2012.
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What do your kids think of your music career?
"They laugh, they think it's funny, they see me sing at parties, I'll get up and sing country, Broadway, cabaret, they think it's fun. They love it and are very supportive. They know how much I enjoy it and have grown up hearing me sing."

Which current musician would you like to collaborate with?
"Adele."

What was the last concert you went to? What was the first?
"The first concert was Marshall Tucker Band and Frank Zappa. The last one was Pink Floyd."

Yummy Tummie dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, LuAnn's own designed bracelet, LuAnn's own designed necklace, collected ring.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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What is your most-prized piece of jewelry?
"A ring designed by Grima, who was the jeweler for the Queen of England."

Is there a wedding ring in your future?
"Possibly."

Collected ring.

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How do you feel the dynamic has changed now that a lot of the original cast has been cut? Will you stay in touch with them?
"Interesting with a different kind of energy and always drama. Yes, I stay in touch with some of the others."

How do you think the girls have changed over time? Has everyone gotten bitchier?
"I plea the fifth on that one!"

Jimmy Choo shoes.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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How do you feel about plastic surgery? Have you ever gotten it or would you?
"If it makes people happy with themselves, then it is okay (in moderation). I haven’t had any yet and don’t quite know if I would, time will tell!"

Yummy Tummie dress, LuAnn's own designed jewelry.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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What are your go-to home stores?
"Home Goods, love Home Goods! Loaves and Fishes, TJ Maxx!" 

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Do you have any getting-ready-to-go-out rituals or routines?
"Check for my essentials — I have a checklist: Blotting paper from Shisedo, Chanel lipstick, and my phone! And I usually take off one accessory."

Print by LuAnn's daughter, Victoria

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What is your diet/workout regimen?
"I am very into pilates and yoga, and I love to run in the park and on the beach."

Catherine Malandrino dress, collected necklace, Jennifer Miller ring.

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What have you gained from doing the show?
"It has afforded me the opportunity to help charitable organizations and bring awareness to them, and that has been great."

Jennifer Miller ring.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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What are the top three countess no-nos?
"Obnoxious chewing of gum, talking on the cell phone in an elevator, and people forgetting the simple gestures like saying please and thank you."

Poetry books from Jacques.

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What is your signature drink?
"A glass of Rosé — Jacques' wine called 'C'est La Vie.'"

What are your favorite nightlife spots in NY?
"For dinners, Stk, Chez Josephine, Morimoto, Triomphe, Jean Georges. For cocktails, Lantern’s Keep and the Gansevoort Park Avenue Rooftop. For dancing, La Pomme, and I love to go to see Broadway shows!"

Sparkling wine from Countess LuAnn's video shoot.

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What's the best way to make an entrance at a party?
"Walking in confidently with a smile on your face, making eye contact and greeting everyone."

Reiss dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, LuAnn's own designed ring.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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We hear Tina Fey is a big fan, how do you feel about her? If you two were to paint the town red where would you take her?
"Yes, I love Tina Fey! Ouest on the Upper West Side. I think we both love that restaurant."

LuAnn's own designed ring.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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Favorite vacation destination? 
"France!"

Which Disney Princess are you?
"Belle! Did you catch the spoof 'Real Housewives of Disney' on Saturday Night Live?"

Jimmy Choo shoes.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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Does Victoria raid your closet? What does she steal the most? 
"Yes, she does, all the time. She steals my scarves."

Family photos on LuAnn's living room table.

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What do you make for dinner, and what is your best recipe?
"I love comfort food. I make a great lemon chicken and wonderful pasta."

LuAnn's entrance way with French cartoons.

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Do you watch reality TV? What is your favorite show? 
"I do, I love Top Chef, the Food Network, and The Voice."

Do you take public transportation?
"Well, let's see, I go back and forth on the Hampton Jitney!"

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What are your favorite things about Jacques?
"He loves to read and write poetry, play the piano, and he makes me laugh"

Does Jacques do anything that bothers you?
"No — not yet — other than letting the dogs jump on the bed!"

Photos of LuAnn and boyfriend, Jacques on her piano.

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What are your beauty indulgences? 
"I get a massage once a week at home and a facial once a month!"

New York & Company top, Joseph skirt, Calvin Klein shoes, LuAnn's own designed necklace, ring from Jacques.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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What new projects are you working on?
"A lifestyle brand."

LuAnn's own designed necklace, ring from Jacques.

New York & Company top, Joseph skirt, Calvin Klein shoes, LuAnn's own designed necklace, ring from Jacques.

Photographed by Sam Horine
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What's your favorite junk food?
"French fries!"

Calvin Klein shoes.

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What is your new catch phrase? 
"Class is not a birth right, it’s a state of mind."

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Do you have a celebrity crush? 
"Hugh Grant…we met at Pierres in the Hamptons, and he joined our table and we had a little kissy-kissy."

When was this? 
"Just before I met Jacques."

Photographed by Sam Horine
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