As a fashion designer, stylist, TV personality and author, Rachel Zoe is known for juggling many roles and looking fabulous while doing so. Her popular site, The Zoe Report, keeps readers informed about the latest in fashion and beauty trends. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Rachel is a mom to two boys. We talked to her about the source of her interest in fashion, her style icons, and her favorite parenting hack.
Congratulations on all of your tremendous success! When did you first develop a love for fashion?
I have always been interested in fashion, for as long as I can remember. My mother was always so glamorous, so an appreciation for fashion and style was instilled in me at a very young age.
You’ve become a true fashion icon and inspire so many people. What inspires you and your designs?
My style icons have always been Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Sophia Loren and Bianca Jagger. I am also so inspired by the strong and glamorous women that I am surrounded by everyday—powerful women who can do it all with a sense of style.
Talk to us about your female empowerment mission.
I think it’s so important, especially in today’s current political climate, that women are encouraged to stand up, speak their minds and show their true potential. I feel that women must always support one another and champion each other’s successes.
With your clothing line, The Zoe Report, Box of Style and of course motherhood, how do you tackle it all?
It’s definitely a challenge every single day to balance work and home life, so we really take the one-day-at-a-time approach. But I always try to be fully present in whatever I’m doing—whether I’m at the office or at home with my boys.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to a new mom?
Although we try, it’s impossible to completely shield our kids from the world and outside germs… If I could wrap my kids in bubble wrap or dip them in sanitizer, I would. We do the best we possibly can, and that’s why I think Lysol Laundry Sanitizer is such a gift to mothers—it kills the bacteria that detergent leaves behind, and keeps our children safe from germs.
What is the one piece of advice you would pass along to your children?
To always be kind and honest, and to have both sympathy and empathy.
What is your number one parenting hack?
I would say my parenting hack is that I try to sneak extra nutrition into my boys’ meals. I try to make simple substitutes towards healthier options, whether it’s giving them frozen yogurt fortified with protein, or spinach and kale in the form of dinosaur nuggets.
What was the last book you read?
An Eric Carle book that my kids picked out! I read with them nightly, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the day.
Favorite beauty products:
I could never name just one!
Favorite article of clothing:
What is on your DVR?
Educational kids shows and classic romantic comedies
Favorite kids store:
Bonpoint, Poppy and Eggy.