Short answers from Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian delivered her two children  (Mason, 4.5 and Penelope, almost 2) on TV and literally pulled them out of her womb.  And not because she wanted the tabloid chatter but because it was her moment to embrace her calling: motherhood. She may be part of America’s most in-the-limelight family, but Kourtney’s a badass hands-on mom who puts her kids first and foremost.

The reality-TV-icon is expecting her third child with long-term boyfriend Scott Disick in December, and she’s currently summering in Southampton with her family, where she opened a Dash pop-up shop and is shooting Kourtney & Khloé Take The Hamptons.

As her own family grows, so does the Kardashian business empire: Dash boutiques, Kardashian Kollection (a women’s clothing line for Sears), Kardashian Beauty, and our current favorite Kardashian Kids – a girls apparel line for Babies “R” Us. (The second collection just hit shelves, and a boys collection is in the works.)

We quizzed the glam but totally down-to-earth mom about fitting in quality family time with an insane schedule, the beauty products she can’t give up and the secret smoothie recipe that keeps her going.

Natural Selection

I am slowly changing my beauty products over to safer choices. I love organic coconut oil instead of lotion for my body, which I also use on the kids. I ditched deodorant and used nothing for a while but have now found Lavanila Healthy Deodorant, which is great. I make sure that our products for Kardashian Beauty are made of non-toxic ingredients – our list of banned substances is longer than the list at Whole Foods, which makes me feel really proud.

Well, Almost

There are some face products I won’t give up, so I can’t bring myself to read what’s in them – for all I know, they are totally safe. I use Creme de la Mer at least once a day, Dr Brandt eye creams twice a day and Erno Lazslo black soap.

Falling For Flats

My style evolves with fashion and trends, but I also love timeless silhouettes that work for my body. I don’t think body-con dresses will ever go out of style, thanks to Azzedine Alaia. They look good on almost every woman’s body – it’s just all about how they are styled. We do some amazing ones for Kardashian Kollection. I do live for a good flat shoe now that I have children.

Run, Kourtney, Run

My idea of what is “fit” has evolved. I am not into being super skinny anymore. We are an active family and we try to eat healthy rather than dieting. We eat lots of fresh, organic foods. We do eat out a lot, which makes things a little trickier. Moderation is key for me. I still LOVE to run, I just don’t make time. I really do need that 30 minutes a day to be alone, listen to music and run. I think I just got inspired to start again.

A Race Against Time

Boundaries are crucial for a working mom. My children are my priority and always come first, which allows everything else to fall into place. Weekends are off limits for working unless absolutely necessary because that’s my family time.  I live for our precious naps when we all snooze together. We also do a lot of picnics and Disney movie nights. I just love being home with no one else around except my family. Solo time rarely exists for me. I need to make more time for that because I need it.

She Keeps Going And Going …

Surprisingly, I don’t drink coffee. I actually found out recently I am allergic to it. I love tea – either iced green or hot with honey, lemon and a little whole milk. I start every day with a green smoothie that gets me going. Here’s what’s in it (all organic):
•1 head of romaine lettuce
•1/2 bundle of spinach
•3 celery stalks
•1 apple
•1 pear
•1 banana
•1 teaspoon bee pollen
•1 tablespoon chia seeds
•Pinch of cardamom
•Couple drops of rose water
•Juice of ½ a lemon
•Small bunch of cilantro
•Small bunch of parsley

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Kids Incorporated

I love kids fashion. My grandmother actually has a children’s clothing boutique called Shannon and Co. that she’s had for 30 years. Every summer, we would go to La Jolla to visit and work in her store. My mom and I also had a children’s boutique before I had kids called Smooch, so it’s kind of in our blood. Now that Kim and I are moms, it just made sense. It’s for girls 0 to 24 months, but don’t worry, boys is in the works!

Head Designer

I took the reigns on the first collection because we started designing it ages ago before Kim was even pregnant. I thought about my favorite pieces, things that I would change or items that didn’t exist that I was always looking for. I got a biker jacket for Penelope as a gift and it’s real leather and amazing but it’s just not the most practical piece, so we made a version for the latest collection that’s really soft, thin and lightweight so it’s great for layering.

Photo Courtesy of The Coveteur / Trunk Archive

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Saturdays With Dannielle Kyrillos

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Lives: The West Village in NYC
Family:
Husband, JP Kyrillos, President of The Daily Meal; son Caspian (Cappy), 2.5
You might know: A little reality show called Top Chef: Just Desserts where Dannielle was a judge. Or her latest project, What’s New With You?
Secret obsession: I have to tell the truth: I adore the Athens, GA-based groovy band Widespread Panic. I’ve seen them play around the world and will do anything to get to a show. Southern fried rock that makes you dance your face off!

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7am:

Is anything better than waking up to someone’s tiny, scraggly toes tickling your ear while the owner of the toes cackles to himself? Caspian seems to mysteriously end up in our bed at some point in the middle of almost every Friday night, and then we all wake up together, relieved it’s the weekend!

7:45am:

Ok, when I said “all wake up together,” that was technically true, but my saint of a husband always, always gets up with the boy and lets me snooze a little longer. But then I hear how much fun they’re having downstairs, so I get up and we have coffee and a little snack (“Breakfast #1″). Cappy builds something with his Magna-Tiles (best, best, most creativity-inducing invention ever), usually a parking garage.

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9am:

We love to go on a “breakfast date” at an easy little diner-y spot down the street called the PATH cafe (quaintly located right next to the entrance to the PATH train). We sit at the counter and visit with Bruce, the straight-out-of-central-casting, wonderful curmudgeon with a heart of gold who works there. We have smoothies and egg wraps and Caspian flirts with fellow diners.

9:45am:

If there is a farmers’ market within a thousand miles, my husband will sniff it out and take us there, so every Saturday we visit the awesome one at Abingdon Square. We buy eggs from Farmer Ben (his wife just had their 13th baby!), veggies from these nice New Jersey farmers, and fish from the fishermen. Caspian holds up the line asking them about their boat, and is recently obsessed with crabs (“Those crabs have a car they drive to the beach. They love that car. It is pink.”)

10:15am:

The market is right next to Bleecker Street Playground, one of Caspian’s most favorite places in the world, so we always stop and play for awhile. It’s really crowded on the weekends so we try to go early before the chaos. It’s impossible not to run into someone, so it’s nice to have more coffee (usually from Upright Brewhouse or The Elk) with the grown-ups while the smaller people play in the sand.

11:30am:

Naps on weekends are so hard these days. This is when we try to wind down the boy and walk him in his stroller (we live on a cobblestone alley so for me the only way to go is the Bob Revolution! What a treat to be able to steer carefully with one hand and enjoy a coffee with the other) until he falls asleep so we don’t have a crazy person on our hands later. I’d say we’re successful 70% of the time. Luckily we live right across the street from the Hudson River so the walking is really scenic.

1pm:

Caspian usually wakes up around this time and we make a little lunch with the farmers’ market goods at home. Grilled vegetables, yummy fish, very easy.

1:45pm:

Sometimes, especially if Cappy wouldn’t go down for a nap because he was too busy acting as one of his alter-egos, Jerry the Kittycat or Blueberry the Dog (“Blueberry” has been known to poop outside on the patio “because dogs poop outside and then their owners pick up the poop”), I beg Saint JP to let me sneak in a nap or a SoulCycle class while they do fun father-son stuff.

2:30pm:

On nice Saturdays we like to take advantage of every minute, so it’s off on “an adventure.” We’ll meet up with friends at a park or someone’s house, we’ll rent bikes and ride along the river, we’ll take our soccer ball and orange plastic cone collection (if your little person likes soccer and has seen them, they are the best, weirdest thing $10 can buy–also good for construction sites), and just run around enjoying the city. Oh, often this involves reviewing real construction sites because Caspian is obsessed and visits “the builders” throughout the week.

5:30pm:

Around this time we get really excited if Caspian says, “How about dinner at Barbuto?” because it’s the greatest luxury in the world after a long day to show up right when it opens for dinner. They are so utterly accommodating to families, and we can all feel like civilized people again. Caspian asks for olives and breadsticks to start, and loves their kale salad because it’s really just a vessel for cheese. The grown-ups drink Pio Cesare barbera, Cappy watches the world go by through the garage doors, and we all feel lucky to live in New York City.

7:30pm:

Bedtime, and not always just for Caspian. We all unwind with books (“Little Blue Truck” and “The Bear’s Sea Escape” are current favorites) and then it’s zzzzzzzzz.

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On Our Radar: October 16, 2014

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WHO: Little ones who get more food on themself than in their mouth.
WHAT: New Silispoons are crafted out of silicone, have textured handles, and shovel-shaped heads for easy scooping and eating.
WHEN: Order now for November delivery.
WHERE: silikids.com

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WHO: Product-obsessed parents who are suckers for cute packaging.
WHAT: New kids bath line, Tubby Todd, is strong enough for BIG messes yet safe and gentle enough for newborns. And of course all-natural, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic.
WHEN: You have a penchant for good, clean fun.
WHERE: tubbytodd.com

WHO: Adventurous parents and caregivers who want a stroller that can manage snow and hikes.
WHAT: The new all-terrain Bumbleride Indie 4 fits newborns to 5-year-olds, comes with a bassinet, and collapses easily, and also manages to be lightweight.
WHEN: Before the polar vortex is upon us.
WHERE: bumbleride.com

WHO: Parents plagued by the nightlight conundrum.
WHAT: Snap Ray Guidelights are brilliant plug-and-play outlet covers with built-in nightlights that work via sensor. They’re safe, free up outlets, and install in minutes. WHEN: Before dark!
WHERE: snappower.com

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RachelZoe

If you’ve ever caught an episode of The Rachel Zoe Project (and you must), you know Rachel Zoe has earned every bit of her fame. That girl works! (And her ubiquitous venti Starbucks must help.) The most famous stylist in Hollywood – Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, and Eva Mendes are clients – Zoe brought the notion of outfitting celebrities into the mainstream. Even your uncle knows what a stylist is now.

With the help of her financier husband Rodger Berman (“babe” to Rachel), the power duo have built an empire out of her 70s glam, boho-chic signature style that includes books (Style A To Zoe and Living In Style), contemporary clothing (Rachel Zoe Collection), a media channel (The Zoe Report), the reality show, and collaborations with QVC among others.

Add to the list totally devoted, hands-on mom to Skyler (Sky-Sky, 3) and Kai (10 months), her two gorgeous blue-eyed sons, who she calls “the loves of my life.”

We caught up with the funny, cheerful uber-stylist about “shutting it down” while pregnant, the best baby gift she received (we die!), having kids later in life, a hilarious moment when her styling chops overtook her parenting skills (bananas!), and much more.

The one and only Rachel Zoe…

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That’s A Wrap

The Rachel Zoe Project is officially over after 5 years. It was a good run! I just don’t want cameras inside my personal life with children around – they are sacred.

So Much Love

You can’t overlove, overkiss, or overhug your children. I call the boys muffintop, lovebug, angelface, love of my life, my prince – I have a different name for them every day!

Best Baby Gift

A Louis Vuitton Speedy duffel with monogrammed initials. They’ll have it forever.

Pregnancy Style Advice

Black, black, and more black. And denim. Lots of ponchos, capes, maxi dresses, especially Rick Owens cotton jersey pieces – stick to fabrics that move with your body.

Advice for New Moms

Try to be there for the big moments because you can’t get them back. Once your baby takes the first step, you don’t see that again. I used to bring Skyler to work with me almost every day before he started school, but I think it’s easier and more efficient if you separate (mentally and physically) and give each thing your full attention at different times. I do dinner, bath, and bedtime with my kids 90% of the time.

Change To Her Routine

I rearrange everything around my children and either go out after they’re in bed or don’t go at all. Skyler is an age where I can explain to him when Mommy has to go to an event and won’t be there tonight, and he gets it.

Something In The Water

I’m very supportive of motherhood and babies at Rachel Zoe – we’ve had 8 babies this year, so I think we will implement a daycare in 2015.

Hardest Part of Being a Parent

You lose the impulsiveness in your life. Pre-children, I would grab my stuff and hop on a plane to Paris with basically no notice. This is why I decided to have kids later in life. It totally changes the way you approach your life and travel. Now I either do short trips without them or longer trips where I bring them.

Must-Haves When Traveling with Kids

A soft pillow and blanket, the iPad, lots of coloring books, arts and crafts, and always pack your own food. Skyler’s favorite thing to eat is an avocado and cheese sandwich, so that’s a must.

The Early Days Essentials

I’m an eco-mommy across the board, so we live for The Honest Company products (diapers, diaper spray, healing balm, body oil – I lather them in it), The Little Seed onesies (my kids lived in them), Aden + Anais organic bamboo blankets, which are crazy soft, Melissa & Doug and Hape wooden toys, the Bugaboo Chameleon stroller for one, and the Stokke double for two.

Earth Angels

Skyler’s name came to me right when I found out I was pregnant, but I never told Roger because I thought he would hate it. A few days before he was born, I finally told him I loved this name and couldn’t get it out of my mind, and he loved it too! He happened to come out with these big blue eyes which made it so perfect. I wanted another earth element with Kaius since we call Skyler “Sky”, and I always loved the name Kai, which means “big body of water.” I knew a few Kai’s, so I looked up the origin and thought Kaius was so beautiful. I got lucky that his eyes are the color of the ocean!

Perfect Moment

We are all four in our bed in matching Barefoot Dreams bathrobes (which we literally stay in the whole day) – that’s it, pure joy. Or sitting on the beach doing the exact same thing, just not wearing bath robes.

#Momfail

I put Skyler in a 3-piece Gucci suit for his first class picture at 2.5 when it was 90 degrees outside. He was dripping sweat. I got so lost in the moment and he should have been in shorts and a T-shirt like the rest of the kids. I had to take it off immediately after the picture. That was a fail. Definitely a fail! But the picture was adorable!

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