Pieces of Me

Lunch with Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe fiWhen I first got the email from Valerie asking me if I knew who Rachel Zoe was my answer was simple: “Rachel Zoe – as in the stylist extraordinaire? Never looks anything but amazingly fabulous – that would be the only Rachel Zoe I know – and by “know” I mean stalk her on her reality TV show and Instagram.” What I didn’t know was that only a few weeks later I would be sitting down to have lunch with the very same Rachel Zoe, as an invited guest of Valerie.

Now it certainly was not a one-on-one intimate lunch, just the two of us catching up. It was a huge Business Chicks lunch with nine hundred or so other women. But gosh it was good. A chance to break the routine, get all dressed up and fancy mid-week and spend the day soaking up the electric energy and atmosphere. The day was a chance to forget about everyday life and completely be immersed in the moment. It was perfect, more so as I said to Valerie afterwards “you knocked today out of the park!”


I really didn’t know what to expect leading up to the lunch. I tried to keep my mind free from preconceived judgements and assumptions about Rachel Zoe. I am so glad I did. One of the first things Rachel said when she came out on stage was that “Louis Vuitton is always a good investment.” Quite easily she could have turned half the crowd off in that one statement, but she didn’t. In all her bling and perfect couture there was something about Rachel Zoe, glimpses of her that you could very easily relate to. She missed her kids and this trip to Australia was only the second time she had been away from them.

When she spoke about her two boys she sat on stage as a mother, nothing more and certainly nothing less. I think we sometimes take that away from celebrities, their ability to be good mothers, real mothers, mothers who are very present in their children’s lives. We assume that nannies and a celebrity lifestyle take that away from them. It doesn’t. “Anything that isn’t really important is taking you away from your kids.” Rachel spoke about how she fights hard for her weekends and spends them with her kids. As a mother, not a stylist, she said “when you are with your kids don’t be on your phone – it is not fair on you or them.” I get that. Not because I like Louis Vuitton like Rachel does, but because even in her celebrity she feels the same pressures that all parents do.


Perhaps the one most resounding message I walked away with that day was something I believe in myself. “My gut takes me to the place where I should be.” Gosh it was a moment for me hearing those words spoken out aloud. I am continually trying to only listen to my gut, my inner voice. I keep reminding myself that it is the only voice I can trust and believe in. Here was Rachel Zoe giving credit of her success to that very same voice. Perhaps whether we listen to that voice or not, is the only way we can define our success.

As her time on stage drew to an end Rachel left her audience with this “Don’t ever stop dreaming. You can absolutely live your dream. It is never too late to start over. Take chances. Follow your gut. Work really hard.” Whether you are wearing the latest style trends or not, her advice was something everyone could move forward with. Something perhaps we should all move forward with.

Are you a Rachel Zoe fan? Do you like Louis Vuitton?
What have you done lately to break your routine?

  • This would have been an amazing lunch to go to! I love Rachel Zoe. Glad you had an amazing time.
    I’ve just started my blog. That’s definitely not routine for me! Out of my comfort zone, scared of putting my voice out there, but I did it 🙂

    • Yay! Comfort zones are made to step out of! Hope the new blog is the adventure you always dreamed it to be xx

  • Oh my god…can I say very sheepishly that I have never heard of her?! Oops! However, I do like her take on owning a LV and could discuss this important view with the Husband! 😉

  • Oh my gosh! What an amazing opportunity, Josefa. I would have done anything to have gone to this. I am a massive Rachel Zoe fan, but I think today I’ve learnt things about her that I didn’t know. You’ve shown us a different side. Thank you.

    • It is so easy to be swept away by her bling and her perfection, but once she started to speak I looked past that and there I saw a tiny, gorgeous little women on stage -a mother – a devoted wife – and someone who was still working very hard to smash her dreams. Quite powerful really xx

  • I think the name rings a bell? Sorry. I’m not much of a fashionista. I like comfortable, inexpensive stuff and save my money for travel. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate good couture. But I think your take aways from the luncheon are spot on. In fact I blogged about trusting ourselves today! And you are right, sometimes we forget celebrities are actually real people facing many issues that we face, and certainly have a lot to offer in wisdom.

    • Your post today was great Jodi, we need to trust oursleves more and certainly listen to that inner voice – above all else xx

  • LydiaCLee

    It’s never too late to start over – we need to remind ourselves of that so often. Amazing how quick we are to forget it.

    • Gosh I love that so much – I had to write in here “It is never too late to start over” or in some cases – never too late to begin?

  • I NEED to know what lipstick Rachel is wearing.

  • I don’t know who she is and I can’t afford Luis Vuitton but I absolutely agree with her- it’s never too late to start over. Great words to live by 🙂

  • writeofthemiddle

    That would have been an awesome day Josefa! I saw lots of posts about that event on Instagram! She comes from a different world to me but being a mother is the common ground 🙂

    • It was an awesome day! I think when we find the common ground with people – it is always a better place to go forward from xx

  • Sounds like she was really inspiring. Famous people are just people. It’s good when they can be down to earth and relatable. Makes the experience of meeting them so much better.

    • She was only on stage for such a short time, but I wrote so many things down that I found inspiring xx

  • It seems we had very different responses when invited by Valerie to lunch with Rachel Zoe. I had no idea who she was and had to Google her!!! Felt a bit silly afterwards as I had asked Valerie if it would be a “dressY’ affair. So glad I didn’t wear my usual uniform of denim and birkenstocks!!! LOL. I had a great time, too. Having lunch with YOU was a highlight and it took me away from my usual lunchtime negotiations of who wants triangles and who wants square sangas!!! 🙂

    • Having lunch with YOU was awesome and really was one of the reasons the day was so amazing xx

  • I saw heaps of Instagram pics from this event. How amazing getting to listen to Rachel Zoe.

  • I don’t know who she is. Oh, I’ve heard her name lots of times. I didn’t know what she actually did. Now I do. I might just look her up after all the nice mum-things you said about her. AND I should get off my phone around my kid more. I find it so hard to get social media work done when he is awake. HE always finds me and wants a play…blog can wait.

    • Blogs can wait. Social media can always wait. If we make our kids wait, they just may grow up and not be there waiting for us one day xx

      • Well said! My issue right now has been finding time to write on other people’s blogs, except today (he’s having a long nap today, and the kid I also care for couldn’t come to my house today cause he is sick).

  • I actually have never heard of her to be honest, but I like what she had to say. So refreshing to hear of celebrities with the same struggles as us. I need to be on my phone a lot less.

  • What a fabulous event, Josefa! And how refreshing that someone with such a huge following says things of consequence. All us mums have the same concerns really, don’t we? x

  • TeganMC

    Wow, what an opportunity. I think that sometimes we forget that celebrities are people too, that even though they might have more money, they still have the same insecurities and worries as us. It’s proof that money doesn’t buy happiness.

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    JEALOUS!!!! Miss 15 and I are HUGE Rachel Zoe fans. HUGE!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • 26 Years & Counting

    My gut feels like it thinks different things to everyone else – and I think others try to get me on their path when I talk about my plans. It’s hard to remember that I know best for me when everyone feels it won’t work.

  • I have very fond memories of my breastfeeding days with bub #1, plonking myself on the couch watching the Rachel Zoe project. That quote, ‘take chances, follow your gut, work really hard’ really speaks to me. I think we forget that hard work is almost always behind celebrity – and of course other – success. Thanks for the post. Very cool.

  • I am embarrassed to say I have never heard of Rachel Zoe. Pop/reality culture (is that what it is?) is not my strong point. But sounds like a beautiful, inspiring lunch. Good for you for taking the opportunity. xx

  • I really love that sentence also “My gut takes me to the places I should go” totally relate. Sounds like a fab day our for you.

  • Love Rachel. Love the words she left you with. I will take them on board and keep going with my dream. V x

  • I’ve never heard of her! I did go into a LV store in Italy once. But I didn’t buy anything. Maybe one day…sounds like a great day, glad you got the chance to have a fancy day after all you’ve been through lately. x Aroha

  • Would have loved to have been at that lunch Josefa, sounds inspiring and amazing x

  • I guess I’m still not sure why a Rachel Zoe is necessary, but she’s sure had some longevity and I really admire that. x

  • Shelomita

    I truly admire her for what she does. She makes it big with hard works and that is very inspiring.

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