It's New Year already! After depositing my children at school this week, I beat the rush hour traffic and cut my cardio time in the gym by riding to my Taunton workshop by pedal power! Don't you just love New Year's Resolutions!
Once at work, I pull on my heels and touch-base with my key staff. Current orders always get priority and we discuss bespoke commissions, fabrics for the next collection, and how to further enhance the dresses already adorning the mannequins.
My treasured PA, Becky ensures I'm where I'm supposed to be and also takes charge of the really important stuff, like ordering champagne for my latest launch, checking chocolates arrive for certain parties and choosing the loveliest lip gloss for our goody bags! (Some people get all the fun!)
'Command Centre' matters are covered over lunch with my husband Martin and Finance Director Jill as well as future events, such as the Designer Wedding Show, NY Couture or special promotions in my London and Taunton boutiques.
Come the afternoon, I work on clients' patterns and fabrics. On relaxed days, I leave at 4pm to be with my twins. Otherwise, I'm home by 6pm latest for my teenage son. This also gives me time to cook supper - satisfying my passion for gastronomy!
As I'm frequently away in London or abroad, family dinners are sacrosanct, although we often feed extra mouths, whether it's more children, models staying over pre-shoot or our friends on flying visits, catching up on trans-Atlantic news.
Once the children are despatched to bed and calm resumes, I tie up any urgent loose ends ...If this happens over a glass of wine...then so be it!
Happy New Year!