Launching and running a business requires a lot of focus, hard work and thinking out of the box. Over the last several years we’ve come across many people, places and things that inspired us — here are some of our favorites!
People We Love- Rachel Pitzel Founder of Club MomMe
A native Angeleno, Rachel Pitzel returned to Los Angeles shortly after her first child was born to be closer to her family, which ultimately drove her to start building Club MomMe in Los Angeles. While she loves LA, she understood it could be a hard place to meet people and make friends, especially within the ‘Mommy World’. In early 2012, Club MomMe was created by Rachel and friend, Lane Gulotta. Club MomMe was designed to provide a social community for moms, expectant parents and families of littles.
A “reformed attorney,” Rachel fulfills her love of researching by spending hours online learning about the latest gear, and of course playing with lots of products in person. She enjoys cooking healthy meals, staying active, grabbing lattes at one of her personal favorites, Peet’s Coffee and volunteer with nonprofit, Baby Buggy. Rachel resides in Southern California with her husband, son Grayson and daughter, Harper.
I get inspiration for my work from: I get inspiration for my work from the moms and dads I meet at events, the emails I receive telling me how much Club MomMe meant to them, how much they learned, how much fun their kids had, how they discovered a new must have product or found out an essential health tip. Seeing moms connect, their bellies blossoming, watching their children grow, seeing the difference we make in people’s lives, it is really moving.
My favorite thing about LA is: Most people would say the weather. However, it is was over 100 degrees by the beach today…in October. While we are very fortunate to have great weather, my favorite thing is the
incredible collection of people that we have in Los Angeles. This city draws all sorts of people, from all walks of life. I found it to be a hard place to get to know people before I had a baby, but after moving back transformed as a mom, I view it through such a different lense.
I have friends from every corner of the globe and every color of the rainbow here. It doesn’t matter where you are from, how you were raised, all people are interested in is who you are now and what you want to do in the future. That I love.
Biggest business challenge: Dealing with difficult people. Enough said!
Last time I tried something new: Before I became a mom, I craved the excitement of trying new things. That tends to be a bit harder to do now, with two young kids and a job that is like a third child. Luckily I have lots of business opportunities to try new things.
I have heard about Soul Cycle for years, but wasn’t sure it would be for me. When I was last obsessed with spinning, I was 28 and in amazing shape. Sadly, my form was not good, and my lower back started throbbing. I stopped spinning, and focused my attention on pilates and yoga.
In August, a new studio opened close to me, and Soul Cycle reached out, asking if we could host a few classes for our moms and dads. We hosted three packed classes, and I was in love from the first beat of music in my very first class, on the first day the studio opened. I now go 1-2x per week.
My must-have beauty or fashion item is: That’s easy – my Andalou Organics CC Cream. This is like magic in a bottle for my face. It conceals, it brightens, it hydrates, refreshes and gives me a dewy look. If I do nothing else after my shower, I put on my CC cream.
Best advice I’ve received: Follow your heart and your passion, and the rest will fall into place. And ALWAYS trust your gut! I cannot tell you about the times I have ignored it…and it was always correct. Every single time!
Worst advice ever received: I feel like I don’t take in a lot of negative; I really focus on the positive that people share with me. So I am not sure I have a “worst advice” to share!
Favorite basq NYC product: Depends on the day! I absolutely love the Bright Eyes Cucumber Tea Eye Gel, it is so soothing, smells great, and feels light on your skin. I love the grainy Rebalancing Facial Cleanser, as it exfoliates, cleans and smells good. The Resilient body oils are heavenly on my stomach, sides, upper legs and boobs. Everywhere you have delicate skin, I rub in the body oil. Finally, the thick Mega Moisture cream is a life-saver for my feet. Living in SoCal, I wear mostly open toed shoes. This means your feet get dry and exposed to the elements. A thick cream is so healing!
My personal mantra is: life is short, do what you love and surround yourself with the people and things you love!
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Places We Love: Tribeca NYC
“Tribeca” comes from the Acronym Triangle Below Canal Street. We love the energy, stylish people and amazing restaurants in this neighborhood. Here are five things we love:
1. Tribeca scenery: Lots of former industrial buildings that have been transformed into residential housing and diverse stores. Tons of beautiful boutiques mix with the eccentric, too.
2. Transportation. In TriBeCa, there are Citibikes everywhere–the best way to navigate the complicated downtown one way streets.
5. Fresh Sangria to go anyone? A perfect summertime treat!SEE MORE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES →