The 'Real Housewives of New York City' star calls herself a 'sunglass fanatic'

By StyleWatch
Updated June 23, 2011 02:30 PM

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Kelly Bensimon may have become best known for her issues with the other ladies on
The Real Housewives of New York City
, but it’s not the only thing she gets asked about. “Ever since I wore my Bottega Veneta sunglasses last season … everyone went crazy over what I was wearing,” Bensimon told PEOPLE at the SOLSTICE Sunglass Boutique Summer Soiree in N.Y.C. on Tuesday night. “So I kind of became a sunglasses fanatic.” But while her designer specs made a splash on TV, the former model said she likes to change things up in real life. “I mix. I have two different personalities. On the one hand I like Ray-Bans with sweatbands, gold, very chic. And then I also like to be covered up, put my baseball cap on … and go get ice cream with my kids. So then I like something more like Carreras or Tom Fords, something a little bit more substantial.” Bensimon’s other obsession as of late is her new book, due out in January, entitled I Can Make You Hot. She explained, “the premise of the book is eating well, living well, and having a good time. If you’re not smiling, something’s wrong.” –Reporting by Sydney Berger