For the next installment of ‘Glamorous Eccentric’ I want to take a slightly different path. You may be wondering if I have gone completely mad to have Ivanka Trump in the same category as Lady Gaga and Isabella Blow, but hear me out.
I have admired Ivanka Trump for a while now. I think it started when I saw her in the documentary Born Rich. In this movie, Jamie Johnson (heir to the Johnson and Johnson fortune) interviewed a bunch of his peers on what it was like to grow up wealthy. Ivanka Trump was one of the few people he interviewed that came out looking tenacious, hard working, and intelligent. To be totally honest, I figured she was just a spoiled rich kid, but this movie changed my mind quickly.
The next time I was aware of Ivanka was on The Apprentice. I liked her style and presence and felt her image in the movie was NOT an anomaly- she was actually a strong business woman in her own right.
So needless to say, I was very excited when I found her new book:
Trump Card: Playing To Win In Work And Life.
In the book, Ivanka goes through her life and explains how she got to be Vice President in her father’s company. She doesn’t shy away from nepotism, but she also explains how she was raised by her father and mother to be the best at whatever she did.
The reason I decided to add Ivanka to my ‘Glamorous Eccentric’ list is because I think Ivanka is an excellent role model for women who might not want to be rock stars or actresses. She might not dress eccentrically, but the fact that she managed to get through her childhood without being spoiled is amazing. I also think it is wonderful that she decided to write a book to help other young people become the best in business- which is the majority of jobs out there.
And her taste in fashion is impeccable. Check her out:
What I like the best about her style is it is youthful without being slutty and refined without being dowdy. I would call it ‘classic with a twist’. And this brings me to one of my favorite parts of her book- discussing her jewelry line.
Have you ever seen The Ivanka Trump Collection? It is pretty impressive. My sister and I have been lusting over a pair of her earrings (shown below).
These are exactly like Ivanka herself- classic with a twist. They seem to be normal diamond hoop earrings, but the twist is the myriad of cuts within the hoop itself. I have never seen anything quite like it before.
Ivanka mentions she and her jewelry business partner tossed the phrase, ‘heirloom chic’ around. Well, that is EXACTLY what I feel Tales Of A Retro Modern Housewife is about. It is like the perfect catch phrase! I feel the ladies who enjoy reading this blog are interested in the beauty of designs from the past with a fun modern twist. I use the term ‘retro-modern’ but heirloom chic works just as well.
Here are some other items from her jewelry line to help underline my point:
Aren’t those pieces stunning! Of course, I am not buying diamonds anytime soon, but if I could, I would totally invest in Ivanka’s line.
So if you think of Ivanka Trump as just being another spoiled rich kid who is hiding behind the success of her daddy, think again! And I highly recommend her book to anyone who is interested in business, especially if they are just starting out.
I would be remiss to not mention that Ivanka got married this weekend to business man Jared Kushner. Ivanka even converted to Judiasm for her beloved. So I want to wish the happy couple Mazel Tov and wecome Ivanka to the tribe.