Ellen DeGeneres Dishes on Her Favorite Things

08/12/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Ellen Degeneres Favorite Things

Everybody loves Ellen DeGeneres, but what can’t the talk show star live without?

TThe comedian reveals her favorite things in Elle Decor‘s latest issue, on newsstands Tuesday. The list is an expectedly eclectic mix of meals, knickknacks and Netflix recommendations.

First up, DeGeneres can’t resist a good antique shop in Los Angeles, calling Galerie Half, Obsolete, Blackman Cruz, Lucca Antiques and Hallworth as her go-to stores. And she keeps her home and office smelling sweet with Annick Goutal candles in the Petite Cherie scent.

As for food, she’s a sucker for spicy pasta arrabbiata. “My favorite food,” she tells the magazine. “I order it at Mateo in L.A.”

Ellen Degeneres Favorite Things
Courtesy Elle Decor

The Oscars host cruises around in a 1997 Porsche Carrerra 911 (“My favorite car in both design and drive,” she explains), but it’s quite nights at home with wife Portia de Rossi that she truly treasures.

Their activity of choice? Streaming Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.

“Portia and I are binge-watching,” she says. “It’s keeping us up all night long.”

—Michele Corriston

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

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Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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