The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice castoff, who is married to actor Harry Hamlin, picks up t-shirts and sweatshirts for herself and the girls.
It’s no wonder she needs multiples: she has trouble with them raiding her closet, which is filled with frocks from the Romanitza House of Fashion.
“They’re in my closet daily,” the reality star, 49, tells me. “I do have rules—they have to ask me if it’s something they want to wear. I’ve actually saved all my gowns—everything I’ve ever pretty much worn, I’ve saved gown-wise for them, so they have a lot to choose from when the time comes.”
Still, not everything fits her daughters.
“Well, my girls are 11 and 14, and luckily my 11-year-old now has a size 10 foot. I have an 8 ½, so she’s grown out of my shoes. I’m very happy about that, to be honest with you. She can’t wear my shoes, but my 14-year-old can wear my shoes.”
Despite her fashion sense on display with her QVC line Belle Gray By Lisa Rinna, she doesn’t play the overbearing mom.
“I don’t think I’ve dressed either one of them since they were two,” she says. “They both have dressed themselves since they were two-years-old. I’ve had not one say in their style sense, which I think is great, because I think kids should express themselves and find their own sense of fashion.”
Even though she lets them experiment with fashion, she is a strict parent.
“I am very much a stickler on how much skin is showing, and how much skin is shown at school,” she says. “One child’s in a uniform, thank God, and the other one has clothes to wear. They have to cover up. The shorts can’t be too short. Things can’t be seen.”
She continues, “My one daughter tends to roll her uniform skirt up as high as she possibly can, and they have a rule where the skirt has to be at the bottom of your fingertips, so it’s funny—she’s constantly yanking it up.”
As time passes, her relationship with her daughters deepens.
“It keeps getting better and better,” she says. “To raise girls is so magnificent. It is a big job being the mother of two young women, because I’m their mirror. I think you have to be cognizant of that, and you really have to mirror what you would like your children to become.”
She continues, “I try to do that, and I’m cognizant of being a strong role model for them. That means doing charitable work, that means working hard for something that you want, and not just necessarily getting it—that means consequences to things. If something happens that’s not appropriate, there’s a consequence to it. I’m trying to teach them how to live in this life, because it’s not easy. And it shouldn’t come easy. I’m trying to teach them to be smart.”
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