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Day In The Life // Fashion Designer, Nick Pini

Today's Day In The Life features Rhode Island based fashion designer, Nick Pini.

 All Images Provided by Nick Pini

All Images Provided by Nick Pini

How do you start off your day?

I'm totally the type of person that sets no less than ten alarms to wake myself up in the morning. Each alarm plays one of the specially curated wake-up songs I set for myself to hit 'snooze' to. I'll finally wake up, scroll through Instagram until my hands go numb, and then roll out of bed. I'll attempt to cook breakfast, brush my chops, get dressed and be out the door! 

What was your big project for the day?

Today I'm running to the botanical gardens with my cousin to snap pics of the new earring range I've come out with. I met up with her and went straight to the gardens, which is seriously the most beautiful place in Rhode Island. We walked around, took a few good pictures and hung out for a bit until they were about to close. 

Was there anything big you accomplished?

Totally, I got great pics to make little ads for Social Media! 

Did you face any challenges today?

We were starving! We were both feening for the margarita pizza and aoli sauce from Circe. It's our ritual to go there every week for or favorite meal. So that happened.

Did you do anything fun?

I got to see my cousin, I got to have my favorite meal, I got to do something I love, I could die tomorrow! (Jk!)

Day In The Life // Entrepreneur, Jay Davani

Today's Day In The Life features my friend and one of the most stylist women I know, Jay Davani

How do you start off your day?

Typically on the weekends I get up + head to Seven Stars across the street from my apartment. I can’t function without coffee. Literally. Please don’t even look at me. Thanks.

I’ve lived across the street from this bakery for over a year + frequent it quite often. Just this week I realized it was a French café. I went to Paris last week + when I returned to the bakery I was shocked to realize that I had been so distracted to even notice. I pretty much always get a coffee + yogurt-- both topped off with local honey… a treat I learned in my tour of Turkey last December. 

I’m pretty sure… I’m a honey addict. Not sorry about it either. 

What was your big project for the day?

Today’s project involved styling a photo-shoot, on behalf of my brand M I N T, (mintonbroadway.com) for MRT Jewelers who have been making Providence bling since 1918. I worked with an entire team including the owner, a hair stylist, makeup artist + a photographer to capture a new line of jewelry MRT is launching this year.  I had already selected the clothing for this shoot so today was about prepping the outfits,  pairing them with the jewelry + prepping the model for each shot.  I served as a consultant for makeup + hair styling as well. A total of 5 outfits + 5 hours later it was a wrap!  

Was there anything big you accomplished?

I helped launch a jewelry line, forged a business relationship, worked with a team of talented professionals who looked to me for advice + didn’t miss a styling beat. 

I did work that didn’t feel like work. The client was ecstatic + I was proud of myself.
+ that feels pretty. damn. good.  

Did you face any challenges today?

I face a ton of challenges on the regular. On this particular day my biggest challenge was coming off the high of an extremely productive morning to finding myself with some time to kill in the afternoon. I always need to fill my time + that isn’t difficult since there are a billion things on my endless to do list. However, I tend to burn the candle at both ends because the loneliness in down time can be palpable. So I had to force myself to grab a snack + sit down… alone. Even though I hated every single minute of that hour… + well I have to be hones. I posted to social media (ootd), checked email + texted in that hour. Clearly I faced the challenge + that betch won.

Did you do anything fun?

I went to dinner at my favorite restaurant Loie Fuller’s with a lovely human being.  We sat inside this stunning French restaurant which has walls covered in hand painted glowing murals + has ornate mosaic floors covered in tiles shipped from Europe… which you almost feel bad walking on because they are so lovely. It actually takes my breath away every time I step inside. Every. Time. 

We spent almost 3 hours talking about life, travel, work, school + the pursuit of love. We spoke mostly about the difficulty of finding true authentic relationships… when at times people are more interested in latching on to your success than finding out who you really are.  So much to say-- we ended up closing the restaurant down. I’m still haunted by our conversation. 
Days like this make me feel alive + I guess you can call today my kinda fun.

Day In The Life // Blogger, Holly Vine

This week I am featuring blogger and foodie, Holly Vine. Follow Holly on a Sunday in her life.

How do you start off your day? 

Today is a Sunday, so my day starts with a lie in. Apparently that’s a British term, so for you Americans: I start the day by being incredibly lazy and staying in bed whilst my cat tries to suffocate me with his love.

Depending on whose rhetorical game is at it’s peak, either Charlie (the husband) or myself will lose the battle of whose turn it is to make the tea (again, so British) and finally the day will begin.

Sundays are the day I get a lot of work done. As well as running my lifestyle and cookery blog: Holly Likes to Cook, I do a lot of freelance marketing, design and writing work which has me in the office during the work week. This makes Sunday my GSD day, the S usually comprising of blog post writing & brain storming, recipe testing, research for writing assignments and a shit ton of laundry. Quite how we create so much I don’t know, but it always seem to be on my list.

What was your big project for the day? 

With the weather starting to buck it’s ideas up, my big project for the day is kitchen garden planning. This is entirely at the doodling and lusting after stuff from homedepot.com stage but we did pootle down to the store to have a look at some fencing which, as it turns out, is as good as a huge dose of actual vitamin D in terms of make me feel summery.

As we pass Savers on the way to ‘the depo’ it seems rude not to pop in for a quick thrift. I LOVE thrifting for vintage kitchenware- I wrote about it on my blog recently (shameless plug). There’s so much eclectic awesomeness and great quality bake, cook and tableware it’s tough not to get too carried away- in the end I head to the register with a vintage white Pyrex dish with a green floral pattern; a mini apple green crock pot; and an teal, handled soup bowl, for the princely sum of $11. ELEVEN DOLLARS. 

Was there anything big you accomplished? 

To be quite honest, at the moment I feel quite accomplished on any day I get up, dressed and do anything. This year has given me quite a kicking so far and it’s taken a bit of time to get back on my feet and enter the world again. 

One thing I realized whilst on the way out of that shitty period, was that the person who was hardest on me about getting ‘back on my feet’, ‘in control of my life’ and ‘achieving something’ was me. 

I’m not saying I expect a gold star for not being a total slob, but sometimes if getting up and getting on is going to be your biggest achievement of the day then that’s alright, and in fact sometimes that’s fucking awesome.

Did you face any challenges today? 

My biggest challenge today was not feeling overwhelmed. That sounds like such a busy brag, maybe it is but I don’t think I’m any different from anyone else that’s got a lot of stuff going on, and us girls seem to pile it on ourselves constantly!

I’m a perfectionist which doesn’t help with my ability to know my limits, but I do know that I’m my toughest critic, so my challenge is not being such an arse to myself.

Did you do anything fun?

Did you not read? ELEVEN DOLLARS.

But seriously, I got to spend a whole sunny day with my very hardworking husband, faff about planning our garden by spending a billion imaginary dollars on plants and a pool (because, America), and now I’m sitting down to a nice cup of tea and a cake. And everyone knows cake makes for a very nice day.

Day In The Life // Artist, Rebecca Volynsky

This week I am featuring my friend Rebecca Volynsky. She's a doodler, educator, arts advocate, and an all around fantastic woman.

  All photos provided by  Rebecca Volynsky

All photos provided by Rebecca Volynsky

How do you start off your day? I woke up wicked early, did some morning stretches, and then ran out the door. Mondays and Wednesdays are really long days, I work from 8 - 4, and mentor from 5 - 7. I usually swing by Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street and treat myself to a pastry (almost everyday ... can I live?) in the morning but I was running late to catch the bus.

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What was your big project for the day? I just started working full-time again as the Executive & Fund Development Associate at Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth. We're getting the ball rolling on our annual fundraising event, The ¡CityArts! MOD PARTY. There's quite a bit to get done, so I'm juggling a multitude of big projects and ideas. I've done a lot of work in community arts education over the years, but I don't think I have truly felt THIS passionate about a project before. My work here has allowed me to fully realize my leadership and project management skills. I'm really fired up about it! I'm giving it everything I've got.

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Was there anything big you accomplished? Everything is in action mode right now. There are a lot of deadlines coming up for the event! I would say that being able to stay focused on my work and keep a balance during the day is an accomplishment. Three years ago, I would never have been able to manage this scale of work. I've been reflecting on this a lot lately, and I'm truly thankful for the opportunities I've received to seek out my full potential. This motivates me to work harder and do my best.

Did you do anything fun? I love working on the administrative side of things at art organizations AND mentoring/teaching art. Having a chance to do both is really important to me. Mondays and Wednesdays can feel a bit crazy, but at the end of the day - I love having a full table of folks working with me on art projects. Doing that today was very chill and allowed me to get in the art making zone.