A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life of Lela Rose

by Grace Bonney

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I always feel a special kinship to anyone that was raised in the south. Whether or not I know them, I always imagine we’d be good friends – or at least get along – at some point. In my dream world some of those amazing southern women I’d love to meet, and then become best best friends with, are Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and fashion designer Lela Rose. Lela is someone whose name seems to pop up a lot in my life. Not because I’m lucky enough to know her, but because we’re frequently referencing her style and latest collections as examples of things we love and want to try at home.

Lela’s clothing always has a softness and elegance to it that’s balanced out by a true love of color. (This citron-colored dress will always be a favorite of mine.) When I’m not following her work online, I’m reading stories about her beautiful home and hoping to one day see her legendary dining table (Lela is known to throw one heck of a fun party) that descends from the ceiling. Yep, it descends from the ceiling. So we asked Lela if she’d be so kind as to share a few glimpses into her busy daily life and, thankfully, she said “yes!”! From mornings with her dog Bobbin (a perfect name for a dog in fashion) to afternoons at the studio surrounded by fabric and beading, Lela’s day is full of inspiration and plenty of time with her family. I love getting to see how she finds both new ideas and time to relax in a busy city like New York. Thanks so much to Lela for sharing her day with us! xo, grace

All photos courtesy of Lela Rose

Click through for a peek at Lela’s day in her own words after the jump!

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7:30 am: “Wake-up time! Our dog Bobbin is the best alarm clock.”

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8 am: “German blueberry pancakes are a Rose family favorite!”

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8:30 am: “My daughter Rosey has a knack for picking out all of my highest heels.”

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9:15 am: “We are big bikers in the Rose household and my cargo bike is our pride and joy.”

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9:45 am: “Living in New York City is a constant dose of inspiration.”

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11 am: A few moments from around the office: Bobbin visiting the office, mood boards and sketches for future collections.

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12:30 pm: “Team lunch on the patio! Today we had a big salad with some fresh mushrooms and tomatoes from my garden.”

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2 pm: “We’re up to our elbows in fabric!”

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6 pm: “So many herbs, so little time! The farmers’ market is one of my favorite places.”

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7:30 pm: “Cooking is a family affair. And comfort is key!”

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11 pm: “After a long day, our tequila nook really hits the spot.”

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