Q+A with Ivanka Trump: Mom, Mogul, & Gilt’s Mother’s Day Guru

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Ivanka Trump — the savvy businesswoman and mother of two — to share her secrets to juggling a booming career and little kids with such grace and style. “I am a serious scheduler, but I’m also a realist,” says the mother of Arabella, age two, and Joseph, age seven months. “You have to be able to roll with the punches when you have a lot going on.”  And while she says motherhood hasn’t changed her style, she now views it with a more practical eye: “I have to find an outfit that will transition with me, no matter what may come up that day,” she says. Read on for more, then shop the two sales Ivanka curated exclusively for Gilt — her chic picks for kids (inspired by her tiny trendsetters) and her picks for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Little Inspirations: Talk about a mom who does it all–you have a serious career, jewelry, shoes, handbags, two adorable kids–what is your secret to juggling? Are you a serious scheduler, or do you just roll with the punches?
Ivanka Trump: I am a serious scheduler, but I’m also a realist. You have to be able to roll with the punches when you have a lot going on. There are nights that I have to unexpectedly stay very late at the office to get a deal done and then there are days I have to cancel a meeting because one of the kids gets sick and needs me. I don’t beat myself up when real life happens. I try to focus on making sure I am doing what needs to get done and prioritizing effectively. And, I try to ensure that my priorities are in line with my values as a professional and as a wife and parent.

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Mommy Must-Have: Win a (Fully Stocked!) Danzo Diaper Bag

Spring marks the official start of baby shower season, and since modern moms-to-be are just as busy as the proverbial stork, we’ve got a can’t-miss sweepstakes prize to lighten your registry load. One lucky winner will snag a fully stocked Danzo diaper bag (valued at $600!), featuring perfect-for-baby must-haves like the softest swaddle wraps from Aden + Anais, a Jonathan Adler changing station from Skip Hop, and a brightly printed bottle bag from LeSportsac. Enter for your chance to score it all now, before the contest wraps on April 21 at 11:59pm EST (see official rules here). And for all you shower guests, your search for the perfect gift is over — cue the oohs and aahs.

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Eden & Esme: Meet the Mini Muses Behind the Brand

We’re pretty obsessed with the Gilt-exclusive girls’ clothing line Eden & Esme (on Kids today at noon ET), which has the perfect mix-and-match basics for school days and play dates this spring. The label is named after two stylish five year olds who we just had to meet. Get to know them both in our Gilt Libs, and you’ll see that they’re just as adorable as the clothes they inspire.

 

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Pregnant Celebs Reveal Their Cravings, Baby Brain & Need for Naps

Attention, moms-to-be: The Ultimate Maternity Event is here, with the hottest must-haves — chic NOM dresses, ultra-flattering James Jeans, and luxe Basq belly creams — worth treating yourself to. And, in honor of our event, we’ve rounded up some hilarious — and helpful — celebrity pregnancy moments you’ll appreciate, from Kerry Washington’s pizza cravings to Olivia Wilde’s baby brain confession. Plus, score seriously useful tips to help manage your style expectations (thanks, Drew Barrymore!) and squeeze in naps while you can still get them (thanks, Rosie Pope!).

Kerry Washington (above at the Academy Awards): “Yes! @TheEllenShow there IS gluten-free pizza!!!! #OSCARS #greenroom.” Kerry also loves nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie (get the recipe).

Drew Barrymore: “Oh my God, I’m eating everything! I can’t get enough of Chinese food. It’s all I want to eat!”

Olivia Wilde: “Babies eat mostly salsa right?” 

Emily Blunt on her gluten-free cookie craving: “I know everyone rolls their eyes, but I met a hippie doctor who suggested it, and it’s really helped me in the pregnancy.”

Jaime King: “I really want olives a lot. And barbecue sauce!”

Kristen Bell: “The funny thing is, [pregnancy brain] is genetically in your body so you don’t have like a killer wit and abuse the kid,” she said. “You kind of soak up all these wonderful hormones and you’re just really nice and dumb the whole time.”

Olivia Wilde: “Baby brain is real. I should not be permitted to operate heavy equipment including iPhones.”

Rachel ZoeMy [maternity] uniform was leggings, jeans that had a little band at the top, long tunics and fitted jackets. I felt I needed to be comfortable and that things needed to be structured, so I didn’t get completely swallowed by my clothes.”

Drew Barrymore:  “It’s about feeling good in clothes and knowing you can get dressed up in the evening… but there’s just no such thing as perfection. So if you’re trying to get there, you’re just torturing yourself.”

Rosie Pope: “Enjoy the pregnancy as much as possible — capitalize on those naps and learn a much as you can so you can relax in confidence once your little wonder arrives.”

 

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