Designing, working from home and time with the family…The designer shares her schedule with us.

Christie Cook
In Photo: Christie & Taylor Cook

6:30 A.M.

Too early! Due to the early sunrises in the summer here in Australia, I am currently waking up at 5:45a.m. and 6:30a.m. in the winter. Depending on how I feel when I wake up breakfast is anywhere between 6:30 and 7:30. I usually eat either toast or bircher muesli with yogurt and pomegranate. I love pomegranate, I mean they take far too long to cut up and are very messy but boy do they make bland muesli fabulous!


7:20 A.M.

I leave the house to drop my son off at pre-school.


8:00 A.M.

I focus on getting as much work done as I can in the morning before I get tired and busy with organizing dinner and the end of the day routine. My work is very varied depending on the time of year; sometimes I’m designing bags, whilst other times I’m looking at trends and thinking about adapting an element of an upcoming trend to our timeless designs. Timelessness is an important quality of our designs so I need to keep my finger on the fashion pulse, even though we don’t chase trends. On other days, I’m working on marketing and advertising ideas or thinking about how to expand the brand without blowing the budget. That’s quite a big part of my work.


12:00 P.M.

Sometimes I have a big lunch but usually I’m more of a snacker. I snack from about 10a.m. through to 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Lunch has never been a main meal for me.


1:00 P.M.

I’m at home in the early afternoon, more often than not busy working; this time of the day is really just an extension of the morning for me. Later in the afternoon I have the school pickup and make time for my family.


7:00 P.M.

I finish work at home around this time and usually remain at home for the evening (so exciting!!) I use this time to relax and unwind from a busy day, although if an idea is flowing that I want to complete I can work through the evening. A typical evening for me involves chatting to my husband (finally, some adult company!) drinking lots of cups of tea, watching some TV and working on my hobbies… I’m currently trying to become fluent in Italian. Dinner’s not a big thing for me. I usually cook dinner, serve it up to the family early evening and then snack. I’m an okay cook and it’s not that the food is bad, I just don’t like heavy meals late in the day. Snacking whilst working is my preference but I usually can’t say no to a chicken dinner, especially if someone else cooks it!


10:00 P.M.

Bed… I always tell myself that I should go to bed early but I rarely do. I try to get into bed between 9:45p.m. and 11:15pm as I do get pretty tired from being up early every day. By this time of the day I usually feel totally stuffed but content with what I’ve accomplished.


About The Boutique : Avery Verse

christie cook

Taylor and Christie Cook are the husband and wife duo behind this brand. They are passionate about sustainable fashion & aim to make a change in the world by making the right fashion choices not only as a maker but also as a consumer! Christie Cook is  the designer, along with Greek designer Angelo Loukakis they are on a mission to capture timelessness & elegance within their designs without sacrificing on functionality.


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