Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair

Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair

by LuAnn de Lesseps

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The glamorous star of Bravo's hit show The Real Housewives of New York City makes it easy to be elegant, with contemporary etiquette tips and a complete course in the art of sophisticated living

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps knows firsthand that class is a state of mind, not a birthright. Raised in small-town Connecticut-half French Canadian, half Native American-she worked as a registered nurse before she started modeling. On her first trip to Europe, she was awed by the lifestyle of the Italians and stayed, eventually becoming a TV personality. Before long, she began a fairy-tale romance with Alexandre Count de Lesseps, of the Suez Canal dynasty, and married into a world of aristocrats.

She learned during her time in Europe that panache comes from within- not from an antiquated manual. Now she shares her savvy advice and her inspiring story in Class with the Countess, including:

?Elegance can most certainly be acquired.

?All of life is a seduction.

?You don't have to be rich and famous to have an unforgettable presence.

?Being interested is what makes you interesting.

?An alluring woman makes everyone want to be near her.

The twenty-first century's answer to Emily Post, the Countess gives a new generation of women an exuberant and incomparable guide to modern social graces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101050392
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/16/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,033,804
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Countess Luann de Lesseps is one of the six stars of Bravo’s hit reality show “The Real Housewives of New York City” and has taught etiquette on numerous morning television shows. She lives with her family in New York, the Hamptons, and Gstaad.

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How Does a Countess Come to Be on Reality TV?

Since the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City  began to air, I have been deluged with e-mails and letters asking my advice on everything from what to wear to knowing what to say, from table manners to how to radiate self-confidence. Little did I expect the response my appearance on the show would generate. It became obvious that people are confused about what is appropriate in a world in which anything goes, and fans were turning to me for advice. People seem just as eager to know my story, especially how I became a countess, and are curious about what being an aristocrat means today. I decided to address all of the many questions I have received by combining my story, the life lessons I have learned along the way, and my distinctive advice on how to navigate our sometimes rude world with elegance, by writing Class with the Countess.

Naturally, one of the first questions people ask is why I agreed to take a role in the show.

Though you might not expect a countess to participate in a reality show, the decision to appear on Real Housewives of New York City came easily to me. I have always been daring and adventurous, as you will soon see.

When I received an e-mail from my friend Jill Zarin, offering to talk to me about appearing on a show to be calledManhattan Moms, I was definitely curious. But let me start at the beginning.

I met Jill Zarin at the after-party of a screening of Michael Moore’s movie Sicko that I had attended with my niece Coryn. At one point, I looked over to see my niece talking with an older gentleman. I joined them and learned that Bobby Zarin had invited Coryn to the Zarins’ Fourth of July party so that his son could meet her. We had a lively conversation, and Jill Zarin joined us. We really hit it off, and our paths continued to cross. That’s how it is in New York—it can feel like a small town sometimes.

My family went off to Europe for a few weeks. While our children attended camp in Switzerland, my husband and I vacationed with our friends Sebastian and Elizabeth in the South of France. The day we returned, I found the e-mail from Jill about the show. I took the leap and met with the producers.

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