24 hours with Stones That Rock: A day in the life of designer, Leah Lambert
Family time, multi-tasking and working around the clock on Stones That Rock and the must-visit Glamorous Giving event… Designer and Entrepreneur, Leah Lambert shares her schedule with us.
As soon as I wake up I visit with our youngest daughter and my husband before they head to school and work. I drink lemon and warm water and a cup of tea and then I head to the gym or for a walk. I also check emails and attend to social media for my brand Stones that Rock and for Glamorous Giving, the clearance sale event I organise twice per year.
I have breakfast on my return from exercise, along with another cup of tea (I’m addicted to Earl Grey), I usually have a small bowl of fruit and either an egg or piece of toast.
If I don’t have an event or meetings scheduled I head to my Showroom/Office. Once I am there I spend my time catching up with my team discussing workloads for the day/week, any orders received overnight, deliveries to stores, photography, events coming up, and new opportunities. I then attend to my emails, planning, customers, new designs, marketing and collaborations.
1:30 P.M – 3:30 P.M.
Lunch is usually the last thing on my mind as I can get so caught up with my work. When I do decide to have lunch I usually have it at my desk anytime between 1.30-3.30pm. Where I will have a salad or home made leftovers from the night before.
The afternoons are often more of the same type of work such as; correspondence, mock ups for events, planning, thinking, approving photography/styling etc.
4:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
I leave the office anytime between 4.30-6.30pm depending on what we’re working on and whether I need to pick up our daughter from school, I then head home. On the way home, I speak to our eldest daughter who is working in my home country, New Zealand. Once I am home I catch up with our 17 year old daughter and everything that has happened during her day. Then as boring as it sounds I continue working – it never seems to stop. My work life balance seems to become even busier in the weeks preceding Glamorous Giving when I’m working full time on marketing/social media and vendor liaison.
A typical evening involves dinner, catching up with my husband and daughter, a call to our son who is living in the USA, a dose of Netflix and a little more work or home admin. When I am not happily at home, I love to go out to dinner, the movies or spend time catching up with my friends.
After years of going to bed very late, my husband and I are making a concerted effort to go to bed around 10.30pm with the lights out at 11pm. Introducing this discipline has been very difficult but we are feeling much better for it. At the end of each day, I generally feel satisfied with everything I’ve achieved but I am always conscious that my “to do” list doesn’t ever seem to get any shorter. I feel that my business has endless possibilities and personally, with family and friends spread across the world, there is always someone to contact or something to do!
About The Boutique : Stones That Rock
This Singapore based brand, founded in 2011, offers a large range of fashion jewellery created using fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones and crystals. Leah sources the materials herself from across Asia before they are then hand crafted by a family run workshop. Each design is simple yet elegant and Leah often augments each piece with her signature attention to detail, whether that be the addition of silk tassels, metal beads, leather or carved jade. This commitment to produce beautiful and original pieces, which are effervescent and fun to wear, is what is behind the Stones that Rock philosophy.