Rebecca Minkoff is way more than an industry-leading fashion designer. She’s a wife and mom of two, and has been out to make a name for herself in the fashion world since she was just 18 years old. Known for her killer handbags, statement accessories and love for tech-meets-fashion, Rebecca has def accomplished her 18-year-old self’s goals. Her aesthetic, which she describes as downtown romantic, is fashion-forward and trendy while still being wearable — which is why her new Brit + Co class is so rad (she’s teaching you how to design your own clutch!). Because Rebecca lives that #IAmABoss life, we caught up with her about topics all girl bosses are curious about: How someone successful starts their mornings (kiddos included!), what reads kickstart major inspiration and ways she stays focused amid the hustle. Here’s what she had to say:

What’s Your Morning routine?

I start my morning off with a healthy breakfast with my family. My mornings are the time that I get to spend with my two children, Luca and Bowie, so it’s a bit of a sacred time for me. Even on our busiest mornings, I make sure to at least have a smoothie on the go with them.

I Can’t Start My Day Without _______.

Checking on my kiddies and cuddling with them!

What’s Your Favorite Weekday Breakfast?

Fage Greek yogurt with honey and scrambled eggs with diced vegetables or a side of fresh fruit.

What Are Your Productivity Tips?

Get eight hours of sleep!

What Are Your Favorite Apps for Work + Play?

Instagram, Twitter and Uber.

What is the last app you downloaded and what did you do with it?

Soothe. You can find massages on the go! It’s perfect for traveling.

What is the first app you open in the morning or to kick off your day and why?

Twitter, so I can catch up on the latest news I missed while sleeping.

What is one home-related or general life “hack” you keep in your toolkit?

A stapler for any wardrobe malfunctions.

What is the last thing you made?

Pumpkin bread; I make it every year during the holiday season.

List three books, articles, etc that you read recently that made an impression on you.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Coco Chanel: An Intimate life by Lisa Chaney

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and the ‘90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion by Maureen Callahan

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never give up on something you want and stay true to yourself and follow your passion. Even if your dream seems unattainable, you can achieve it if you stay focused, driven and diligent.

Tell us about one maker who you admire.

My mom. She inspired me to take a leap and make my first dress. Not only did she buy me a sewing machine and fabric, but she supported me every step of the way on my journey to where I am today.

(Photos via @rebeccaminkoff)