The Days of Our Lives: Kyha Simpson, One Day Bridal

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In The Days of Our Lives we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.

This week, I’d like to introduce you to my beautiful friend Kyha Simpson. When we first met many moons ago, Kyha was actually a policewoman. But over the last few years she’s followed her heart to build a completely unique bridal boutique called One Day. Her custom designs are simply striking and are more fashion than bridal – there’s certainly no frou frou in sight!

From fittings (the brides) to funny pregnancy cravings (hers), this is a day in Kyha’s life… 

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6.00 am

Okay…I’m up and about…well one more snooze…

 

6:15 am 

My day actually starts with one eye skimming social media accounts to see where (or where not) the love is coming from…All while under the covers. Next comes two eyes on email, where I skim through and flag what needs a little attention throughout the day.

 

7:00 am

I’m out of bed, breakfast and out the door. Fittings, fabrics, lace and brides are on my mind.

 

8.00am – 9:00am

I generally arrive an hour before my team to ensure I have some clear thinking time. Coffee in hand helps me get through the haze of the day. I clean the boutique and check my calendar for the day.

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9:00 am

The workroom kicks into gear. I debrief with our production manager about the day and plan for any potential challenges and issues for the week ahead.

 

9:30 am

First appointment: a client calico fitting.

A OneDay bespoke gown includes six fittings with our amazing brides. The calico is their second fitting and is literally a piece of cloth mocked up as their gown, it’s the first step in an amazing journey. We slowly start to ensure that everything is just right although the calico sometimes gets a funny look or two!

 

10:30 am

Oh, I forgot to mention, I am pregnant currently 7 months pregnant, so  I grab something quick to feed the ever growing belly of mine.

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Daily time in the studio. We are currently sampling for our photo-shoot featuring our next collection of gowns, so at this time each day I head into the studio to check the progress of our 13 samples. I brief the dress makers and work with our production manager to determine progress against schedule.

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12:00 pm

A quick bite to feed baby and me. Milk is usually on top of my cravings list!

 

1:00 pm

Quickly glance at the emails, return emails. Make phone calls. More emails.

 

2:00pm – 4:00pm

I head out of the workroom and meet with one of my suppliers. We are always looking for new and unique laces, embellishments, and fabrics.

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4:00pm

Client pick up – breaking up is hard to do!

A client pick up is full of mixed emotions. Pure joy, excitement and just a little bit of stress as the bride in question heads into her final week of the wedding planning (trust me, no matter how prepared you are, it’s still a stress out!)

To assist in this, I have built the business to ensure that gowns are picked up the week before to make sure we have sufficient time to tweak if (in the unlikely event) anything goes wrong on pick up day.

As my bride walks out the door, I feel a little sad to see her go. It’s been an eight month journey that has grown into a friendship and it’s now time to say good-bye (for now).

 

5:00 pm

We are out the door at 5pm. Before I leave I double check the windows to ensure they look great.

 

6:00 pm

Home and dinner is starting to get underway. Still checking/replying to emails – its never-ending!

 

7:30 pm

TV on the couch. Debrief the day with my husband.

 

9:30 pm

Back to bed!

 

For more One Day inspiration you can follow Kyha on Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram.  

 

Photographers: Cleverdeer and Kristen Cook.
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