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 gloriously 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.
Think your days are busy? Try walking in Megan Park’s shoes! Not only is she at the helm of her eponymous fashion label, but she is also the mother of five year old twins. Despite steering an international brand and crafting a range with an authentic artisan touch, Megan makes sure she is home each evening to spend some time with her children…now, that takes skill!
Awake to the morning call of our 5 year old twins, Ella and Marley, they are our alarm clock!
Breakfast on the table for the family – a big loaf of Sourdough, muesli, yogurt and tea. It is a time to talk about what exciting things the kids might get up to for the day.
Pull out the kid’s paints and pop them in their smocks so that they are happily occupied by the time we take off for work.
Walk to work – luckily my office is only a five minute walk around the corner from my house in Fitzroy.
Read and respond to the emails that have come in over night from our International agents and suppliers.
Pop around the corner to Cafe Rosamond for a take away latte (Melbourne really does have the best coffee!)
Start to work on the new Summer 2013 collection and review the work of the previous day – does it still look good or have I changed my mind overnight?!
Review the toiles on the stand with our pattern cutter, marking any adjustments for her revision to the patterns
Do fittings for two hours with our fit model that comes weekly during our sampling development period.
Start sketching… we are in the middle of developing the next collection and so this means endless research and sketching.
Sit with my assistant designer who funnily enough is called Meg, to review the print developments that she is working on as well as planning out our calendar for the next two weeks ahead which involves us as a team going to India.
Home time … as a working mum I feel the guilt of arriving home late and not seeing enough of our children.
Help prepare and serve up dinner for Ella and Marley. Try and make them eat rather than the dancing, storytelling and general larking about that they do to make us laugh with the purpose of distracting them from what should be the task to hand.
Bath, story and to bed.
The very unglamorous clean up of the kids daily activities and to put the order into the house ready for the next day of creative 5 year old bedlam.
Dinner and a glass of wine with my husband, Anthony. Luckily my sister in law who looks after our children a few days a week also prepares us amazing dinners which takes the stress of out coming home and cooking each night.
Peppermint tea, some high grade chocolate and then off to bed.