5 key pieces of advice according to Ivanka Trump: champagne popsicles, massages and rainbow pizza
Ivanka Trump, in person at least, is a touchstone of sensibility and decorum.
A new world statesman with an interest in female empowerment and stiletto heels. Right?
So it was with some surprise that the internet reacted to a tweet sent out by Ivanka Trump brand's official Twitter page, otherwise known as Ivanka Trump HQ, in celebration of the US's Memorial Day on Sunday.
The tweet had advice for those wanting to mark the day: "Make champagne popsicles this #MemorialDay" it said including a link to an ice lolly recipe for the holiday in honour of fallen servicemen and women. "Turn up the music - it's a three day weekend."
Critics were quick to point out that not only did this miss the point of the day but it suggested how our of touch the First Daughter was if she assumed the population had a bottle of Veuve Clicquot on ice.
And a number of other titbits of Ivanka's lifestyle advice - many from her social media feeds (she has 3.7 million Instagram followers) and book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules For Success - have come no closer to hitting the target.
Here are some other pieces of her best advice...
1. Leave time for meditation
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“During the [election] campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn’t do much else," writes Ivanka in Women Who Work. "Honestly, I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care. I wish I could have awoken early to meditate for twenty minutes and I would have loved to catch up with the friends I hadn’t seen in three months, but there just wasn’t enough time in the day.”
2. Make pizza
“I had the best time cooking a "Rainbow Pizza" with my kiddos this weekend! We fell far short on our execution relative to this awesome inspiration image, but had a blast in the process!” Ivanka wrote on Instagram recently, posting a picture of her homemade broccoli topped pizza and a link to the delicious-sounding low-carb cauliflower crust pizza it was based on. Which precisely no child asked for, ever.
3. Write coded lists
The First Daughter says: “I write a list for connecting with each of my kids. I put real thought into coming up with ideas for memorable moments I can create with each of them. I play cars with Joseph [the older of her two sons], on the floor, for 20 minutes each day. Arabella [the oldest of her three children] loves books, so I make a note to read at least two per day to her and plan ‘dates’ to the library.
"I draft a general family list that includes things like how often Jared [Kushner, her husband] and I will go on an official date night (every other week!) … I’ve built an entire system of symbols that denote how timely each item on my to-do list is.”
Who said spontaneity was dead?
4. Working mother? Send emails at 11pm
Ivanka has also given her followers an insight into how she juggles so much in one day: “I do all the things that must be accomplished face to face between the hours of 8am and 6pm. The rest I leave for later … after the kids have gone to bed … My team knows … to expect emails from me at 11pm – and that I don’t expect an answer at that hour, unless they, like me, leave early!”
Studies have shown that sending staff members emails at night can make them feel pressured into replying and increase feelings of presenteeism.
5. Buy waterproof mascara
Along with the proper attire to wear for any occasion (as long as you're attending a ball or meeting a world leader, that is) and how to ‘perfect your dance moves’ the Ivanka Trump HQ Twitter page has beauty advice for spring wedding season, including the groundbreaking tip that we should be wearing waterproof mascara in case of tears.