My husband, baby and I all wake up around 6:45am. Make coffee, feed 6-month-old Phoebe, and I put on a bit of makeup and blow dry my hair (I shower at night) right away — otherwise, it may never happen! Get dressed in workout clothes (I love Lululemon) and I either head to a TRX/Pilates class or a Kor180 class, or we all go for a neighborhood walk.
Back at home, I make a pot of steel cut oats for all of us, usually topped with blueberries and almonds, then drop Phoebe off at her grandmother’s house so I have four hours of uninterrupted time to get work done. It’s amazing how I can now squeeze an entire workday into that amount of time!
I head to my home office, where my assistant editor Chanel, art director Jenn and interns Kelly and Lisa are already hard at work. The next four hours are usually a whirlwind of answering emails, sending off proposals, styling mini photo shoots, helping Chanel with DIY’s, blogging (I try to finish posts at least a couple days in advance), and meeting with the team about upcoming projects and blog posts. Sometimes I have lunch meetings, but otherwise I throw together a salad with whatever veggies and grains are in my fridge, and work right through lunch. When 2pm rolls around (usually very quickly!) I go to pickup Phoebe and afternoon is spent playing with her and running errands together. If afternoon photo shoots are happening, I’ll try to stop by for a little while, with Phoebe strapped to the front of me in her baby carrier. She happens to love photo shoots… I think I might have a little stylist on my hands!
What parts of your job do you love?
Almost everything. The creativity, day-to-day variety and freedom of running my own company are incredible. I love styling shoots and dreaming up new ideas to inspire our readers. I also love writing, so some of my favorite workdays are when I get to sit down at my desk and really devote a good chunk of time to writing upcoming blog posts. Continue reading…
It’s never typical since I’m between NYC and NC so much. Various days include being on location at a photo shoot, at my desk doing customer service or writing a Manifesto Magalog or look book, in the studio at a photo shoot, in the factory designing or inspecting product, at fabric market … you get the picture!
What parts of your job do you love?
I love interacting with my customers whether it’s on social media, the phone, or email. It’s energizing to talk to the people I design my products for and when they send me images of their Society Social styled out in their homes — it’s tippy top!
Home office c/o HGTV, photographed by David A. Land
No day is ever the same! But I try to keep my mornings as consistent as possible – a green juice and tea (and my vitamins!), going to the gym, and then getting my day started.
Each work day is different, but it all contains a flurry of e-mails, teleconferences, and offline work. I try to schedule my e-mail and offline work blocks around the day’s calls. My job’s work takes precedence during the day, but I do manage to get a fair amount of Portavi and blog work done during my offline work blocks.
I set reminders to grab snacks and lunch – otherwise I forget to eat!
I like to break at 5 pm to watch the news, flip through magazines or a book, and prepare something to eat. It’s nice to unwind for a couple of hours. My husband (when he’s not traveling) and I get to reconnect and catch up on our days, and when I’m home alone I get to indulge in my “single girl” behavior – singing along to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack at the top of my lungs and dancing around, doing a face or hair mask while watching Hardball (or a Real Housewives rerun), eating peanut butter right out of the jar, etc. Solo time is also a great time to go out and catch up with friends over a good meal or a drink – but on those days, the probability of getting work done later on is low, so I plan my day accordingly.
I usually log back in at 8 pm and work for another few hours, usually on the blog or Portavi. I like to end each day making sure all necessary e-mails are answered, calls are made (if not, that they’re scheduled for the next day), and my desk is clean. Continue reading…
1. Get ready for the day 2. Make bed 3. Eat breakfast 4. Coffee or smoothy 5. Check email 6. Blog 7. Catch up on Bfrend orders & Invoices 8. Social Media 9. Make sure I fit in a workout 10. Kiss my husband 11. Rub my baby bump 12. Pray Continue reading…
What does a typical day look like for you? I never set an alarm. I am a late to bed and wake up sometime around 9 or 10 er. It is my natural rhythm. When I get up we like to get our coffee and take the dogs for a walk and try to ease in to the morning as much as possible. We make eggs after the walk and get to work. The morning is spent making to do lists and checking emails that came in during the night. Since my husband and I work together on many projects we talk about what will be happening during the day that needs to be accomplished, whether it is a photo shoot for the blog, a proposal for a new client, or prepping wireframes for a new web design. About half way through the day we try to get a work out in of some kind and eat lunch. Then we continue work till usually 6 or 7. This is when we make dinner, drink a glass of wine and try to relax. We usually end up back in the office again till 1 or 2AM. They are long days but right now this is the time in our lives where we need our nose to the grindstone in order to get to a place where we have more freedom. We are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel to being where we have dreamed for the past few years.