In my very DC existence, I don’t often find myself having drinks with an actress. In LA, however, things are a bit different… During my last visit there I had drinks with Rachel Sterling, whom I know as the brand ambassador for Stript, one of my favorite accounts in LA. She is beautiful, with a fabulous figure and great business sense, and kind and funny. Our conversations mostly revolved around facial skin care and vagacials, as is completely normal given that I own a skin care brand that is present in her spa, which – in addition to fabulous facials – specializes in bikini waxing and more. Little did I realize that she had a role in Wedding Crashers, one of my favorite movies ever, and that her Instagram account has 17,000+ followers. After realizing everything I didn’t know about her, I had to get to know her better… The more I know, the more I like!
AP: What city were you born in? RS: Corpus Christi, TX.
AP: What city to do you live in? RS: West Hollywood, CA.
AP: What is your middle name? RS: Trouble.
AP: What is your astrological sign? RS: I was born on 11/11. Scorpio.
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? RS: I’m terrified of birds because they are too reptilian, but I love fruit bats and think they are cute. I want to kiss them on their little face!
AP: What is your most prized possession? RS: My passport.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? RS: My dad. He passed away from cancer just when I found him again…
AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. RS: Black, grey, gold.
AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? RS: No, but I should! I have really small wrists, it’s hard for me to find a watch that isn’t overwhelming.
AP: Diamonds or pearls? RS: Diamonds of course! Think about how LONG it took for them to become diamonds. It seems disrespectful to force them to be perfect. I prefer natural diamonds. They’ve been through some shit but they still sparkle. A bit like me… 🙂
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? RS: SPF.
AP: What fragrance do you wear? RS: I’m a Gucci gal usually. But I really despise Winter so I’ve been wearing a coconut-scented roll on oil “California”, it smells like Summer.
AP: Botox or not? RS: If you have the means and it makes you feel better why not…
AP: Hair color: natural or not? RS: NEVER natural!
AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? RS: Pretend you’re a mogwai, don’t let the humans feed you after midnight.
AP: What do you do for exercise? RS: Meet me at the Barre! I’m a yoga-lates, hot pillates, barre exercise junkie.
AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? RS: Chocolate hemp milk, apple cider vinegar, a box of Coconut Eyes. I have an insane addiction to collagen gel pads and face masks! I literally Netflix & chill.
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? RS: Jameson… neat.
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? RS: I actually only JUST learned this …. Disconnect to reconnect. We MUST be selfish with our time. You can’t give what you don’t have.
AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? RS: 20,000.
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? RS: Apply for Global Entry, it’s $100 and it’s worth it. If possible only take carry on luggage and last but not least, when your phone is on airplane mode, see how many days you can go with out turning it on.
AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. RS: Let me check…. Peter Gunn twist / Ray Anthony and his bookends, Sweet Child O’ Mine/ Guns n Roses, Nightcall /London Grammar (that’s a shuffle not a playlist).
AP: What book are you reading right now? RS: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
AP: Quote to live by. RS: Try not. Do or do not, there is no try. Yoda
AP: What is your worst pet peeve? RS: When someone texts the word “Huh?” to me. It’s makes me want to reach through the phone a slap the stupid right out of them. When did it become fashionable to sound ignorant? I have no idea.
AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? RS: If you love me let me sleep. Only my agent and the fire department dare wake me before 9:30 A.M.! I’m very precious with my sleep. I used to be an insomniac, I never slept more then a few hours a night or not at all. It really shot my nervous system and affected my health. I went to see Kerry Gaynor and now I sleep, I sleep a glorious 8 to 10 hours a night.
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? RS: I love that there is ALWAYS something new to learn.
AP: Least favorite thing. RS: That pineapple is an amazing enzyme and that I’m deathly allergic to it.
AP: Who is your mentor? RS: It’s a cast of thousands! The universe always sends me who I need to see the magic.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. RS: It’s not a race! Travel once a year to gain perspective, what’s the sense in busting your ass if you aren’t happy with the quality of your life. Money isn’t everything, It’s just a necessary evil.