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Mother Essentials: Rachel Zoe

Written by Erin Feher

This week’s Mother Essentials is, well, bananas (true fans will get the reference). Rachel Zoe is all of the the things: designer, editor, author, TV personality, entrepreneur, and former stylist to the stars. To put it simply, she is a boss. As creative director of the Rachel Zoe Collection, she turns out dreamy ready-to-wear, footwear, and accessories that are carried at over 200 stores worldwide; as founder and chief curator of the subscription service Box of Style by Rachel Zoe, she hand selects a batch of fave seasonal items that go out to thousands of loyal subscribers; as founder and editor-at-large of The Zoe Report, she weighs in on fashion and beauty trends for her more than 14 million monthly users worldwide; and as a mama, she’s raising (and impeccably styling, we can only assume), her two boys—Skyler Morrison, 8, and Kaius Jagger, 5. And since she’s made a career of sharing her style secrets and fashion expertise, we feel extra lucky that she is sharing her Mother Essentials with us this week. See her 20 current must-haves below.

Summer Box of Style. “Fall is all about cozy layers, so this edition is filled with glamorous pieces like a leather crossbody bag, gold statement necklace, and luxe beauty products to elevate any look.” Fall 2019 Box of Style, $99, Box of Style.

Good-for-You Bronzer. “This body bronzer is perfect for giving you a healthy and even glow all year long.” Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, $36, Sephora.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules. “Living on the East Coast for summer, I can never have enough hydrating serum to combat the drying effects of the sun and salt water. This product by Barbara Sturm has become a go-to for me, I put it on throughout the day for a quick boost of hydration.” Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules, $215, Goop.

24K Gold Eye Patches. “The mask and eye patches hydrate, brighten, and lift your skin in the best way possible. This is a go-to skin savior that I use before any major event.” 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches, $75, Peter Thomas Roth.

Meal Delivery from Sakara. “Whitney and Danielle have created one of the best ways to stay healthy when you are constantly on-the-go and have an insane work week.” Sakara.

Joseph Altuzarra Play Bag. “I happen to love this bag for summer, but it’s a great investment piece that will look great through any season, year after year.” Joseph Altuzarra Play Bag, $1,695, Joseph Altuzarra.

Tom Ford Aviator Sunnies. “Nothing says summer like putting on your favorite pair of sunnies! Tom’s aviators bring a luxurious feel to the classic design and I can’t get enough.” Tom Ford Marko Aviator Sunglasses, $188.99, Amazon.

Diamond Pear Studs. “Anita is a dear friend of mine and I love these perfectly sized pear studs for everyday. The timeless, elegant style compliments any outfit alone or stacked with other styles.” Dimond Pear Studs, $1,125, Anita Ko.

Lucky Pendant. “The Good Luck Pendent is one of Jen’s original pieces and is still popular as ever. You can wear it on its own or dress up your look by layering with other necklaces.” Jennifer Meyer Diamond Good Luck Pendant Necklace, $3,950, Barney’s.

Bamboo Hoop With Sparkle. “Shelley takes a traditional look and gives it personality. I love these bamboo earrings for summer—they can be worn as a pair or you can buy a single earring and just add one to your current earring game.” Large Diamond Bamboo Hoop, $645, The Last Line.

Sweet Laurel Bakery. “I trust Sweet Laurel to make not only the most delicious, but incredibly healthy sweets for any birthday party or event…with a lot less guilt.” Sweet Laurel.

Legendary Lashes Mascara. “This mascara lengthens and gives volume to your lashes without going overboard. It’s the perfect addition to take your minimal summer makeup look from day to night.” Legendary Lashes Mascara, $32, Charlotte Tilbury.

Highlighter Stick. “This highlighter instantly brightens up your skin. Whether I’m going for a simple makeup look or something more dramatic for night, this adds that extra luminous glow.” Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlighter Stick, $48, Violet Grey.

On-Call Blow Outs. “On busy days when I have everything from kids’ birthday parties to business luncheons and events, being able to log into my Glam App account and have a VIP stylist come by my house for a quick blow out saves me so much time.” The Glam App VIP.

Malibu Made Body Scrub. “This body scrub is a love note from Malibu, local and handcrafted perfection in a jar. It’s especially important to exfoliate during the summer to keep your tan looking even and fresh.” C by the Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub, $64, Violet Grey.

Floral Maxi Dress. “Summer is all about effortless glamour. Right now on ShopRachelZoe.com, you will find the perfect lightweight dresses and tops that will take you from day to night for any upcoming summer parties and events.” Thea Bougainvillea Printed Maxi Dress, $595, Shop Rachel Zoe.

Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk. “Duryea’s is a spot that my family and I continue to go back to summer after summer. It’s perched right against the water and has stunning views to enjoy the sunset with a glass of rosé and, of course, the most delicious food. You truly feel like you are in the South of France.” Duryea’s, 65 Tuthill Road, Montauk.

Baby2Baby. “Sitting on the board of Baby2Baby is so near and dear to my heart. There are so many children in our local Los Angeles community that don’t have the basic essentials to go to school. If you have a platform, it’s important to inform your audience, and mine knows how important this non-profit is, not only here in L.A., but around the country. ” Baby2Baby.

Pizzana For Killer Pies. “Pizzana is changing the game for pizza in L.A. I’m so happy they have opened a second location in West Hollywood! My whole family is obsessed with it and it is perfect for parties.” Pizzana, 460 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Statement-Making Summer Dresses. “I had the pleasure of seeing my good friend Giamba recently during the couture shows in Paris. He does summer florals like no one else. His designs are feminine and airy and make a statement look for daytime summer events.” Giambattista Valli, Moda Operandi.

Tutto Il Gurno in Sag Harbor. “The luxurious white and wood interiors at Tutto Il Gurno instantly transport you to the Italian coast. The atmosphere along with the food make it the perfect summer dining spot.” Tutto Il Gurno, 56 Nugent Street, Southhampton.

For more on Rachel Zoe, check out her Instagram feed. And for more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Cynthia Rowley and Taylor Jay, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullenShahidah Zareef of Bossmom NationJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doJeanne Chan of Harlow & Grey, and more!

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