Kyle Richards is the outgoing, Chanel-purse loving brunette bombshell who stars on Bravo’s "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." She recently penned, Life is Not a Reality Show: Keeping it Real with the Housewife Who Does it All. Richards stopped in at chic women’s boutique Alene Too’s Yamato Road location in Boca Raton Jan. 25 to sign copies of her book and meet with fans who were eagerly lined up outside the boutique’s door. Richards, who has appeared on “Little House on the Prairie,” “ER” and guest starred on “Beverly Hills, 90210” has plenty of useful life advice to offer readers from how to host the perfect dinner party to beauty, style and love tips.
What made you decide to write the book?
“I was always the go-to girl growing up when we were teenagers and we were dating. Then once I got married, it was sort of the same thing and with viewers on the show. That’s probably the No. 1 question I was asked about--my relationship with my husband. So I wanted to incorporate all the things that have worked for me in my life. I give advice on how to get the right guy, how to keep him and how to have the best marriage possible while looking and feeling your best. This is really like a manual for my daughters on what to do to have the best life possible.”
I’m a bride-to-be. What advice do you have for me?
“Buy the book! The most important thing once you’re married is not to feel like ‘OK, I got the job’ and kind of like throw in the towel so to speak. We’ve been married 16 years, my husband and I, and I try to be the same way I was when we first were married. I try to make sure I’m always looking my best and making my husband feel that there’s no one who’s going to love him as much as I’m going to love him. Because I’m like that with him, he’s like that with me in return. It’s a give and take. So many people when they get married, they get lazy and you can’t. It’s a big job.”
What’s the biggest stereotype about growing up in Beverly Hills?
“That you have people waiting on you and people who do everything for you. I grew up with a mom, that even though were were well to do and had a housekeeper, my mom was always the one cleaning right along side of them. She raised us like that so that’s why I don’t have a nanny or a chef or a driver. I have a housekeeper. That I need help with.”
What’s the best thing you’ve ever given or gotten for Valentine’s Day?
“The best thing I’ve ever given my husband is a photo album scrapbook of all of us from dating to marriage to kids. He really loved that it’s something our kids love to look through. The best thing I’ve ever gotten for Valentine’s Day? Jewelry!”
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