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'Real Houswives of Beverly Hills' Star Kyle Richards on Dodging the Reality TV Relationship Curse

The women of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are coiffed and coutured so it only makes sense that one of their kind—Kyle Richards—has created a place where shopping isn't just an errand, it's a method of relaxation and socialization.

"We wanted it to be very inviting and comfortable," Richards told PARADE about her store Kyle by Alene Too (which is open now in where else? Beverly Hills!).

"It's a place where people want to sit down and hang out. It really is the new place we hang out. My husband had the girls recently while I was in New York for work and they hung out at the store! I want people to feel comfortable and glamorous at the same time."

Read on for more about her transformation into a businesswoman, keeping her marriage strong, her exciting TV plans, and chopping off her flowing, chestnut mane:

On becoming the boss.
"It's been a real learning process. My partners in Boca have successful stores there so they were really teaching me the ropes. Then getting the store up and running was another learning process between permits and Beverly Hills codes. It's been a fun process and I've learned a lot. It's brought out the businesswoman in me."

On changing her habits.
"I can't shop anywhere else. I used to have to run around to a million different stores to get everything I needed but now everything is under one roof. So now I don't like shopping anywhere else unless I have to. I think I'll eventually have to do [menswear]. Dedicate a corner to men and maybe kids. My girls run in there all the time and Portia asks where the things are for her."

Kyle on reality TV vs. Kyle in reality.

"On the show, we go to a lot of events so we're dressed up a lot. But at home, I have little to no makeup on and am just in jeans and a t-shirt or leggings. I have to be comfortable when I'm at home."

Her luscious locks.
"I have cut it before. My hair grows really fast and when I'm on the show, I have to color it sometimes and I wish it wouldn't grow as fast so I wouldn't have to color it as much when we're shooting. I've cut it many times. The shortest I ever cut it was to my shoulders. I dyed it blonde and had that choppy, Sally Hershberger cut that was so popular. It just did not look good on me. Some people didn't have the nerve to tell me until it grew out. This is just the look I feel the most comfortable in and is the most like me."

Her big TV news.
"I only stepped away from acting when I was pregnant and my babies were little. I was on ER for ten years on and off. I was pregnant during some of it and hiding my stomach in my scrubs. I really have a passion [for acting]. I actually sold a pilot. I can't say what network but it's a half-hour sitcom. I can't say yet [what it's about] but I'm really excited about it."

Kyle's style rules.
"My daughters' ages range from 4 to 23 so I have rules tailored to each of them. I look at these girls these days and their shorts are so short and they tell me everyone is wearing them like that. So sometimes I end up caving but I do have certain rules and guidelines about what's appropriate for their age. I just try to wear what looks best on my body and avoid trends. I'm not stick thin, I've had kids, I'm 5'2. I really dress for what's best on me so my own style kind of developed that way. I don't like showing too much. If I have a lot of cleavage, you won't see the leg. It's one or the other."

Keeping her family and her marriage strong.
"When we started the show, we sat down as a family and asked if anyone had any reservations. If anyone raised their hands, we wouldn't do it. We had a rule that if we ever felt like it was interfering with our personal lives or my husband and my relationship, I would walk away in seconds, without a doubt. One of our rules is that we have to be home more than we are out. So if it's a busy week and there are a lot of events, we make sure we only go three times and are home four of the nights. I don't like seeing families where they're always out and never see the kids. We make sure to make time for each other."

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