24 hours with Marissa Borelli
5 cups of coffee 2 three year olds 3 mini workouts
4 time zones 6 hours of sleep 5 chickens
5am I faintly hear my husband’s alarm go off and either fall back asleep or check my phone to see what emails have arrived from Taiwan and China while I was sleeping. I work with 3-5 times zones everyday, the emails and texts arrive 24/7. If nothing is pressing I’ll read until I fall back asleep. 6:30am Enzo, one of my three year old twin sons crawls into bed with me and points to the window, “It’s sunny out mama, it’s wake up time.” 7:30am While Desi & Enzo eat the granola we make together every weekend I throw on activewear because I do a few mini workouts throughout the day. 8:30am Miraculously I manage to get the boys to stand still for 3 seconds and dress them in clothes (they always want to run around naked!) I chase them down the hill while they scooter to preschool. 1st workout. 9:15am I’m back at my home office, drinking yesterday’s coffee, iced; while I feed the chickens and collect their eggs for breakfast. Or I’m en route to a client meeting or design presentation. I’ve set up my schedule to work from home 90% of the time. I’ll either fly out to NY or drive to San Francisco or LA to meet face to face. Since I deal with factories and fabric mills worldwide I spend quite a bit of my day on Skype or Facetime. 10am Since I’ve already checked my email I spend the rest of the day designing activewear, trend forecasting color palettes, creating tech packs or spec’ing samples. I could be working on seamless run apparel for a few hours and then switch gears to ruffled outerwear and high fashion leggings. 1pm I’ll make lunch or go for a run, check Instagram or Vogue.com. I try to save responding to email for the afternoons, I find it distracting to go back and forth between design and business management.
2-5:30pm I’m either coloring up CADS, creating a lookbook or going to my favorite workout of the month, TRX. If I can’t make it to class I do Mama Fittt with the boys after dinner. They love practicing yoga with mama. 6pm Pick up the boys at school, chase them back up the hill to whip up dinner. They love pasta, picking tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and helping me cook! 7:30pm We all have dinner together once Jesse is home. It’s usually family style, loud, messy, long, a typical Italian dinner! We negotiate with the boys what they can have for dessert and talk about trucks, cars and more trucks. I’m surrounded by boys…which is probably why I dye my hair pink monthly. 8:30pm After the twins are in bed I’m back on the computer prepping for the next day or working on Mama Fittt. Or if GOT or Red Oaks is on, Jesse (otherwise known as TDH) can convince me to sit down for an hour. 10:30pm I’ll read for about an hour or two before I’m able to fall asleep. I recently finished Alice Waters, “Coming to my Senses” and loved how she wove her experience at Montessori, UC Berkeley and living in Europe into the story of opening up Chez Panisse.
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