Adore's new series will follow the typical morning routine of a New Orleans mover and shaker.
Staying organized isn't always the easiest feat. That's where Kristina Fortier comes in: she founded Porter New Orleans Personal Concierge Services LLC in 2016 and can help with anything from curating a closet to decorating for the holidays. The mother of two spent almost a decade managing non-profit development in New Orleans before starting Porter, and balances a roster of clients and a wide variety of tasks.
"I’m very passionate about the work I do. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them turn, what may feel like, chaos into cohesion," Fortier says. "I have been blessed to work for some of the most amazing people in this city. Knowing that I can help lighten their load to free up time for other things fulfills and motivates me. The particular level of trust and confidentiality that I maintain with my clients has turned many of them into friends and even extended family."
Party planning, personal shopping, and packing and unpacking a home are some of the tasks Fortier has done across the city and she believes that no job is too large or too small.
While each day brings something new, Fortier still manages to carve out time for herself and her family. Read on for a glimpse at a day in the life of Kristina Fortier.
5:30 a.m. Waking up early is my slice of self-care for the day. Brush my teeth, wash my face, and I’m out the door to Sculpt New Orleans (140 W. Harrison Ave.) for an Xtend class. I love getting in an early morning workout a few times a week; it sets the tone for my day and gets my mind right for the week.
7:00 a.m. Arrive back home in time to make breakfast for my son and daughter (ages 7 and 10) and get them ready for school. Shower, get dressed, and pick up around the house. To help with morning flow, I like to prep the night before by laying out their uniforms, my clothes, make school snacks, prep lunches, and set up for breakfast. Prepping the night before helps tremendously with the busy morning routine.
7:30 a.m. Send my kids off to school with my husband; then it’s emails, social media check-in, and catching up with news and current events.
8:00 a.m. This morning I am heading over to WVUE Fox 8 for a morning show segment with Meg Gatto to share tips for decorating your home for football season. I spent the last week sourcing items for the segment and before I head out the door I have to load up my car with home décor items from some of my favorite shops like Furnish, Perino’s Garden Center, and Dunn and Sonnier. Anytime I’m on the morning show, I try to rotate vendors and shops I work with. The caliber of my work is possible because of those close relationships, so I like to highlight the work of my peers whenever I can.
8:20 a.m. Arrive at Fox 8, check in with producers, start setting up the tablescape off camera, and review my notes. It’s a hectic time frame between segments and I usually have 15 minutes to set everything up and give myself a quick pep-talk to be camera ready. Working behind the scenes is more my forte!
8:40-9:00 a.m. On air live with my friend Niki Epstein, plant stylist extraordinaire, guiding viewers through unique decorating ideas for fall football season. We wrap the segment, thank our gracious hosts, and start packing up items to head Uptown for my next appointment.
9:15 a.m. Quick stop at Drink Beauty (3424 Magazine St.) to grab a pick-me-up from my favorite coffee shop owned by two of my best clients, CeCe Colhoun and Melissa Coleman. I love the concept and the space. My favorite drink on the menu is “Purple Rain” and that’s what I get today along with a heavenly homemade cookie!
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Arrive at my client’s home with a car full of items ready to organize her entire home. My go-to for organizational items are mostly sourced from The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and Amazon. Never underestimate the value of a clear bin or basket and you can find them all at these places. Today I am working in my client’s kitchen. The best way to tackle a project of this size is to remove everything and start with a clean slate. Once I clear the cabinets and drawers, I wipe down all surfaces and start categorizing and organizing individual items. From here, I assign like items into bins for easy access and storage.
1:00 p.m. Quick call with a request from a standing client. She has an event tonight and needs me to swing by SOSUSU boutique on Magazine where they’ve pulled some outfit options for her. I pop in, ignore all the fabulous clothes I want to try on for myself, grab her clothes bag, drop off the outfits to my client, and then head to my next appointment.
1:30 p.m. On the road again for my last appointment of the day. Heading to a consultation appointment for a client on St. Charles Ave. When I can, I like to group appointments in the same part of town and, when possible, coordinate the meetings with the function of my outfit. If the day calls organizing and packing, it’s athleisure for comfort and something more polished for a consult. But today isn’t one of those days, so I freshen up in the car and show up looking the part! This client has a charming playroom, but she needs help to maximize and utilize the space. We go over a game plan for the makeover, discussing her vision, and ways we can immediately declutter and rearrange. Everything should have its place, especially in a playroom. My children attended Montessori school and I try to implement those methods into spaces I help to create for kids. Having toys, bins, and hooks at their eye level and within easy reach encourages exploration and ease for tidying up.
2:45 p.m. Back in the car and headed to pick up my kids from school. When I’m working with a client, I focus solely on the job at hand so my calls and emails pile up. I use my drive time to catch up on calls; or put on a podcast or some tunes to help me reset for the next part of my day.
3:15 p.m. Back home with the kids and my second, most demanding and rewarding, job begins again. 2nd and 5th grade homework is no joke! But first, snack. Then check assignment pads, sign papers, and help with homework and call out flashcards. Volleyball, piano, football, baseball, and horseback riding—our after school activities are all over the map. We try to prioritize a sit-down family dinner, but most days it’s a quick home cooked something on the fly. It sounds cliché, but staying present is really the key for me. Whether it’s with a client or home with my loved ones – attention to detail and a present mind are what get me through.