Kathy Fielder is one of the New Orleans' newest residents, but feels right at home. The longtime visitor (she's visited 35 times since she was 22) knew the city was the obvious choice for a second location of her namesake boutique. Kathy Fielder Design | Life | Style opened on Magazine Street earlier this month and is celebrating the new shop with a fete Thursday, October 17th.
Fielder will now split her time between Nola and Dallas where her domestic manufacturing company and flagship shop are located. While in town, you can find the working mother lunching at Lilette, La Petite Grocery, or Saba. "They're a few of my faves to have a glass of wine, pull out my laptop, and catch up a bit before the afternoon rush. For my workout, just a short 5 minute walk from the boutique and house is Pure Barre, or if the weather is nice, a run all the way down Magazine Street is simply blissful."
Besides running her businesses, she actively posts to her website and Instagram on a variety of topics. To see how she starts a typical day at home, read her morning routine below.
4:45-5:00 a.m. My morning routine starts super early! I usually wake up naturally (No matter how much I try I can't seem to sleep in!) around 4:45-5:00 a.m. Despite the early hour, I enjoy using the next 20-30 minutes to lay in bed and collect my thoughts. This time has become one of the calmest parts of my day, as well as my favorite. I run a frenetic schedule as a wife, mom, entrepreneur, influencer, and boutique owner. With my fashion boutique in Dallas, a brand new location at 3649 Magazine Street in New Orleans, and a domestic manufacturing company (Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder) to run, I don't spend much time sitting still. I am a firm believer in sleep. I aim for 7-8 hours per night, but also attend a lot of evening events, so it's a tough balance sometimes. I am not a great sleeper by nature, and I have started using a sleep meditation app (Calm) to wind down and fall asleep at night.
5:30 a.m. Typically around 5:30, I pick up my laptop or phone and go through my task list, emails, and unanswered texts messages for the next hour. I am a digital girl, and keep it all on my new iPhone Pro Max.
6:30 a.m. My husband usually brings me a cup of coffee and I make a mad rush to finish up working for a little bit and make the switch to mom mode.
6:45 a.m. My daughter, Isabella, is 15 (almost 16) and is an equestrian; she heads out to the barn every morning around 7:45. I also have a son, Harrison, who is 7, and he is in second grade. By 6:45, it's time to start getting him moving and dressed for breakfast. I get him in the shower, and typically head down to make him some breakfast. On my way to the kitchen, I wake up Isabella to make sure she makes it to the barn on time. My time in the kitchen is also kind of a quiet time for me. I tell Google to play spa radio as I pick up and straighten from the night before. I am definitely a neat freak by nature, and when things are organized, I feel like I (and my family) can better start our days.
Once breakfast is ready, I head back up to change and typically throw on some workout clothes, so I can dash out the door with one kiddo or the other to get them to school or the barn. After, it's time for a quick workout at the Y or a run before heading back to hop in the shower around 9.
9:00 a.m. Typically the entire time I am getting ready, I am fielding conference calls, emails and texts from staff, contractors, etc. There are some mornings that by the time I head out the door around 10:00 a.m., I have sent 250 texts and emails. When growing four businesses as a working mom, there is so much to juggle and do in the workday hours, so I can switch to mom mode later in the day. Being a mother and being present for my family is a huge priority for me. I do a great many photos shoots and have to do full hair and makeup every day. I have definitely learned to use Siri to help me type.
10:00 a.m. By 10, I am out the door and headed into the studio. I usually get in, meet with my marketing team for 45 minutes where we discuss social media, which is a big proponent of my brand. We discuss content, photo shoots, blog, and website needs and changes. Then, a quick meeting with just my marketing director to see what she needs from me for the day.
11:00 a.m. I am meeting about my manufacturing company Isabella Collection, which boasts one of the longest running bedding collections at Neiman Marcus and Horchow, and also sells to QVC and Wayfair, among other retailers. This textile collection is almost exclusively manufactured in Dallas, Texas, and I am proud to say it is local. My mother is the head pattern maker and directs the workroom. My brother is the logistics manager. (It is named after my daughter, Isabella.) Lately, I have been jetting back and forth between Dallas and New Orleans. I must say my Nola mornings are a little less frantic. My new boutique that I purchased has a residence in back, so I can proudly say that I am a resident of New Orleans too! I am delighted to say I am a resident and boutique-owner on one of the most famous streets in America!