rachel zoe

It’s still a rocky climb up for most women in business, but self-made forces like Rachel Zoe are smoothing out that path, one glamorously heeled step at a time. Rachel’s career is impressive enough, but this mogul-turned-mom is living proof that in striving for peak success, work-life balance is not just possible, it’s essential.

If you’ve followed our Guest Editor series this month, you already know Zoe as a fashion trailblazer and style shepherd. You also know that hands-on parenting is deep in the mix with business meetings and bi-coastal demands.

Rachel inspires us by knowing when to call the shots, and when to jump off the grid for some self-soothing at home with the fam. Here’s how Rachel maintains a sense of well-styled sanity as she does it all…

My favorite way to take a break is to...

Play with my kids – they erase all the stress in my life.

Daily necessity for sanity:

Starbucks and my children.

When I feel overwhelmed I...

Get in my bathrobe and hide in my house for a day.

Best tactic for staying calm under fire:

Think about my kids and try to remind myself that I’m not saving lives.

Fave way to detox:

I eat healthy and don’t typically binge, so I don’t usually detox. But if I did, it would be with Pressed Juicery juices.

Fave way to replenish energy:

A long shower.

Stress-busting ritual:

A shopping binge… retail therapy always works.

Monthly must for self-care:

Oxygen facial.

Mantra for slowing down:

Stop, breathe and call your sister.

Always brings me back to center:

Date night with Rodger with a glass or two of rosé.

Circumstances under which you turn off your phone:

Bedtime for the boys.

What's your curfew?

I’m in bed so early… I don’t give myself one. I’m always the first to leave a party.

Where do you find sanctuary?

The beach – the Hamptons, St. Barths or Malibu.

How do you find rest?

Thankfully, I’ve never required that much sleep, so I’m used to functioning on five hours max.

Best piece of advice on balance:

My father’s advice to me was be 100% present in what you’re doing. When I’m working, I’m working. When I’m with my kids, I’m with my kids.

Biggest inspirations:

My travels throughout France and Italy. Also strong, confident and powerful women.

Best resources on the topic:

To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of time to read books. I mostly use the women in my life as a resource.

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