NEW YORK — If you think Lindsay Lohan can shop, try spending a day with her little sister, Ali.
"When I see clothes, I go crazy," said Lohan, who turns 13 on Friday.
The similarities between the two sisters are uncanny. They look identical. They both have scratchy voices. And they both talk fast, although Ali uses younger phrases like "whoopsy" and "oh jeez." Lindsay is in touch with Ali by phone or e-mail every day, and she coaches her little sis on becoming a star.
"She tells me never to give up and to stay strong," Ali said. "I basically want to follow in her footsteps."
Ali has appeared in her sister's video "Confessions of a Broken Heart" and had cameos in "Get a Clue" and "The Parent Trap." Her first attempt at stardom is a new Christmas album called Lohan Holiday, the songs to which include "I Like Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and the title track.
"It was a really cool experience," Ali said. "I always watched my sister in the recording studio and on movie sets, and it's really cool now that I have my face on something."
Wearing a Juicy knit sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch skinny jeans and Marc Jacobs flats, Lohan arrived at the MTV offices in a cheerful mood, ready to embark on a day of holiday shopping in Times Square.
"I love Christmas," she said. "The best part is when everyone is at my house, getting ready, opening presents, telling stories, making cookies and hanging out with the dogs." Ali, Lindsay and their brothers (Dakota, 10, and Michael, 19) have three pups: a Yorkie named Polo, a bichon frisé named Gucci and a Maltese named Chloe.
She began her shopping spree at the funky Swatch store, where hundreds of colorful timepieces are on display. She was immediately drawn to the art/designer collection, in particular to a mirrored watch that says, "Time to Reflect."
"It matches a lot of my clothes because it's white, and I always have to match," she said.
Unbeknownst to Lohan, the watch was designed by the late Robert Altman, who directed her sister in "A Prairie Home Companion" (see "Lohan Finds 'A Prairie Home Companion' In Meryl Streep").
"Oh my God," she said when told. "That's weird. That's scary. That's freaky."
When she saw that the watch cost $80 (most others are around $40), Lohan laughed. "Of course, that's me," she said. "I always pick the most expensive things."
Next stop: the Virgin Megastore, where Lohan wanted ... well, everything — Fergie, Gwen Stefani, JoJo, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Ciara, Sheryl Crow.
At the top of her wish list? How to Save a Life by the Fray.
"They're amazing singers," she said. "My little brother and I saw them at the VH1 Big in '06 Awards, and they brought him around to all the radio stations. It was really cool. I love them."
Lohan hit the Christmas section, where her album was on full display, right next to Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan and Cool Yule by Bette Midler.
"Oooh, there it is," she said. "I love it. It's my face. OK, that's really cool. I haven't seen it in stores yet. That's so cool."
Lohan says her favorite song on the LP is "Santa's Reindeer Ride," a duet with Amy Grant.
"I was nervous at first, recording in the studio," she said. "But as I got to know the people and got used to the mic it was really cool, and it wasn't as nerve-racking as it was in the beginning."
After Lohan asked the store manager where she could find the Fray album, her song "Christmas Day" began to play on the speaker system.
"Oh my God," she squealed. "That's my song! My song is on! Oh jeez, I'm going to blush."
She mentioned some movies that she would love to own: "The Devil Wears Prada," "Legally Blonde," "Elf," "Click" and, of course, "Mean Girls."
"This is my sister's movie," she said. "I love this movie. And it's so true. Girls really do [behave like] that."
The soccer movie "Goal!" is also a must-have. "I'm on a soccer team, and I've seen this movie five times," she said. "My little brother also loves soccer. He's on the state team."
Lohan next headed to Sephora, where she swept through the rows of makeup and perfume like the proverbial kid in a candy store. Her favorites were the Nars makeup stick, Chanel No. 5 fragrance, a Bourjois lip gloss and a LORAC lip polish.
"My sister helps me out a lot with makeup," Lohan said. "She'll tell me if something is too dark or too light. I don't use much foundation. I heard it clogs your pores and then you get pimples."
The next stop was the Sanrio store, which carries wall-to-wall Hello Kitty paraphernalia, from a Hello Kitty Fender Stratocaster guitar (Courtney Love has one) to the Hello Kitty toaster.
"This is so much fun," she said. "I've always loved the Hello Kitties. I wish they were real animals. They're so cute." Lohan tried on hats and rode bikes, and fell in love with everything else in the store: a popcorn machine, tricycle, bowling ball, jewelry, pajamas and a Hello Kitty light-up phone.
"I'm obsessed with everything," she said. "But the phone is my favorite."
The last stop was Billabong/Element for some clothes. The moment Lohan walked in, she noticed a mannequin wearing a sweater like the one she had on. "That is totally my style," she said. "It's cozy, it's long and it's cute."
She checked out a black bubble jacket for $79.50 and a pair of white wraparound sunglasses for $90, making them the final items on her wish list.
A crowd of young girls came up to her asking for a picture. "You're Lindsay Lohan's sister, right?" said one girl. "I saw you on TV last night."
Lohan gladly posed for the picture, then walked away from the girls, feeling a bit shy. "Little girls are so cute when they come up to me," she said. "I get that in the mall. They were following me before. They're so cute."
Ali admits she doesn't take so well to boys all the time, though. "Sometimes kids will come up to me and say, 'Oh, your sister is Lindsay Lohan. Tell her she's hot.' And I'll just run away," she said.
It was a long day, and Lohan's wish list was considerable. It was time to call it quits.
Now she'll have to wait until Christmas morning to find out what she gets.
"What I want most is for everybody to be home with the family," she said. "My sister travels a lot, so that would be the #1 thing."
Let's hope all of Ali's wishes come true.
Ali Lohan's wish list:
·Robert Altman "Reflection" watch: $80 at Swatch
·How to Save a Life by the Fray: $11.99 at the Virgin Megastore
·"Goal!": $21.99 at Virgin Records
·Nars Multiple, multipurpose makeup stick: $36.50 at Sephora
·Chanel No.5 eau de parfum: $80 at Sephora Bourjois Effet
·3D lip gloss: $15 at Sephora
·LORAC lip polish: $17.50 at Sephora
·Hello Kitty Fender Stratocaster guitar: $200 at Sanrio
·Hello Kitty light-up angel phone: $39.99 at Sanrio
·White wraparound sunglasses: $90 at Billabong/Element
·Black bubble jacket: $79.50 at Billabong/Element
·Fans asking for a picture: priceless