This week’s IN HER SHOESis the lovely lady behind this week’s Treat yo self post.When I fell in love with Brittany’spillow line I knew I needed to learn more about her and what a typical day is for her while she balances interior design clients and a shop. Truth be told I have something product/shop related in the works so I was eager to see how she does it all.
Please read to the very end where you will get a little surprise!
Hi Effortless style readers, Brittany here from Classically B and Belquist Interior Decor. I am so excited that Camila invited me to participate in her fabulous ‘In Her Shoes’ feature since it is one of my faves!
I just launched an interior decor boutique and I also do freelance interior design so each day is very different from the next. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my life
7:45AM: My alarm goes off, and while I would normally press snooze, I just got back from Boston the other day so I am still running on east coast time. I work from home so I hop out of bed and throw on my workout clothes in anticipation of my morning hike a little later on.
8 AM: Time to make breakfast which is usually something hearty like a power smoothie or oatmeal since I never know when I will get around to having lunch. While my oatmeal is cooking I scoot to the backyard to grab a lemon and admire the roses that have just started to bloom. I realize it is already close to 70 which means I am definitely going to eat breakfast and do my morning work outside.
8:10AM: I Spend the next two hours checking emails, organizing orders, catching up on blogs and tweaking a few designs I have been working on. I like taking care of all my emails in the morning because I am 3 hours behind the east coast and want to catch up with everyone who is already well into their day! I also juggle 3 email accounts (personal, Belquist, and my interior design/buying business) so if I don’t tackle them early then I just get frazzled checking emails when I am out running around all day.
10AM: I’ve taken care of the morning computer tasks so I print out the orders that need to be sent out today. I love packaging my pillows and I get excited thinking about each piece in its new home! Fed Ex doesn’t pick up until 6pm but I like to take care of orders in the morning so I don’t have to rush the process at 5pm (although that sometimes still happens).
10:45 AM: Time to take a hike! Living in Los Angeles means I am lucky enough to be able to spend lots of time outdoors all year round. These days I am hitting the hiking trails instead of the gym. Working for myself allows me to create my own schedule and I take this time hiking to plan the rest of my day, brainstorm new ideas and soak in a little sun
11:30 AM: I’m back from my hike so I pop in the shower and then get ready to go out for the rest of the day. Even on days when I stay in my ‘home office’ to do work I still make sure I put on a cute outfit and throw on a little make-up; it makes me feel put-together and ready to take on any task. Today I am wearing my favorite wedges, mint pants (colored pants are a staple in my wardrobe) and a flowy top.
12:15 PM: I quickly eat lunch and then it is time to start checking things off my ‘To Do’ list that I made earlier! First stop is Downtown Los Angeles to pick out some trim samples for product development, as well as scope out fabric for a couple of interior design projects. I am a bit obsessed with trim and pick out a few cords, pom-pom fringe and ball trim to play around with for some potential pillow designs. I also check out a pretty velvet fabric that I want to use for drapery or possibly use to upholster a settee.
2:45PM: Before I know it I have spent 2 hours picking out trim and fabric samples. I always spend more time than anticipated when I shop downtown but I can’t help myself; its like designer Disneyland! On my way back to the car I wander through the flower district and look at all the gorgeous blooms. I am a sucker for fresh flowers and pick up some pretties to take home.
3:20 PM: On my way home I stop and peruse the aisles of Home Goods to look for props for an upcoming photo shoot. I love shopping here as well as at thrift stores/Craigslist/Estate sales and pretty much any place I might find a great deal or anything vintage. I came across this beauty by Ralph Lauren (it was under $100) but sadly I don’t have any need for it.
4:30 PM: Finally make it home (LA traffic drives me nuts!) and I hop on the computer to take care of emails that came in while I was out. I also make sure to jot down product ideas that I thought of while downtown and want to sketch out later.
5 pm: Time to have some fun playing around with fabrics and trim samples while I enjoy a little snack of cheese and crackers. I love product development and have so many pillows and other other home decor pieces I am designing and sourcing for Belquist (think blankets, barware, trays, rugs, and much more!)
6:15 PM: Time for the best part of my day, a Skype date with my boyfriend who lives in Boston. It’s nice to step away from the boutique and design world for a little while and just talk about anything and everything.
7:30 PM: Time for dinner with a friend! I Make a quick outfit change and head over to Old Town Pasadena to have dinner and drinks with a good friend. Nothing beats a glass of white wine (yes I put ice in my wine), fried calamari and some girl talk to unwind after a busy day.
10:15 PM: When I get home I get ready for bed, put on my pj’s, and then its time to relax! I like to unwind at the end of the day watching a tv show while checking random things like real estate listings in Alabama & Texas or searching Craigslist in hopes of finding something amazing, My last score was an adorable chrome vanity with a matching art deco seat! I also write tomorrow’s blog post and make sure it is all ready to go off in the morning.
12 AM: Time for lights out!
A big thanks to Brittany for sharing her day. As a special treat she is offering one of her stylish pillows for a give-away! Take a peek at what you could win:
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