Adore's new series will follow the typical morning routine of a New Orleans mover and shaker.
Stephanie Kauffman, the creator of Mose Mary and Me, made the first of her viral candles in 2015. She had just lost her job in Chicago and was hoping to gift homemade presents to friends during the holidays. They were a hit (obviously) and the demand for every celebrity imaginable came flooding in. Fast forward to today: Kauffman now lives in New Orleans with her two pups (a Shih Tzu and Pit Bull Terrier mix) and works out of her home, filling orders that come from all over the country. (John Legend keeps his namesake candle on a shelf with all of his Grammys, Oscars, and more.) Her candles are currently sold in 8 local shops and the Drew Brees and Zion Williamson candles are particularly popular in town. Besides making candles or posting her 'Saint of the Day' Instagram, she hopes to expand her mental health advocacy work around the city and create other objects.
Below, you'll find her free flowing morning routine which couldn't be done without the help of a popular app and plenty of coffee.
4:30 a.m. "Alexa Stop!" I’ll workout tomorrow. I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. every day no matter what and some days I do get up and start my day with a work out at 5:30, most often at CrossFit Chalmette and more so now that I signed up for the Rajun Roux Olympic Triathlon when I was hyped up at a motivational seminar a while back, but it’s not everyday, so we let’s pick back up in 2 hours when I’m now going to get up.
6:38 a.m. I wake up to an alarm on my phone this time after pressing snooze a few times. Hey, I’m my own boss, I’ll get started when I get there. Look at my phone to see if I can beat my boyfriend to a "Good Morning" text. It’s hit or miss. My dogs Arya and Bobo are making it known that it’s morning by walking all over the covers.
6:45 a.m. Start my Fabulous app. I actually have a morning routine app and it’s great. It has 28 self-designed items on it for my morning routine and it’s got everything on there that I do down to a science. Sometimes I do things out of order and I skip some things but I’ll touch on some of the highlights of the list including saying, "I feel great today!" everyday, and saying a mantra that I wrote for myself every morning.
7:30 a.m. After I wash my face wash and put on breakout cream from Shay’s Health and Beauty Spa, I brush my teeth, stretch, make my bed, take my vitamins and morning meds (gotta keep the mental health in check) and do the first phase of my morning routine, I move into what I call phase two. Phase two is feeding my mind, body, and pups. So I give the dogs their food and take them for a walk down the block of Holy Cross that I live in, and come back and make myself an egg white omelet with goat cheese and avocados from Canseco’s and salsa. Then I do a morning gratitude meditation, write in my journal. I have a very nice one from Lionheart Prints I highly recommend, and pick a card from my 'Spiritual AF' deck from Fleurty Girl and read that for inspiration.
8:30 a.m. Be preeeepared. At this point, I may shower, although, I generally prefer a relaxing evening bath to an early day shower but it just depends on if I worked out or what I have on the agenda for the day. On my hair I use Eufora heat protectant from Twisted Hair Salon for my flatiron and I make sure my make up is presentable for whatever is on my plate that day (sometimes if I’m just working at home by myself— it’s very little) so I just use Elta MD, recommended by the Lupo Center in New Orleans. I write out or refine my to do list and open and respond to emails and pick a 'Saint of the Day' for my Instagram.
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9:00 a.m. Setting up for work. This is the part of the day when I’ll print orders and get things ready for when my assistant Casey comes over, generally at 10 a.m. I’ll tie up any loose ends around the house since I work from home and set up anything that needs to be done for the day and maybe talk to my boyfriend Greg on the phone for a little while or run an errand to Nola Box for bubble wrap that needs to be done early morning. I’ll make a pot of Community Coffee and gear up. The world is my oyster and so is my 9 a.m. hour.
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10 a.m. Casey’s here! I hold back my dog Arya as she jumps on Casey as she enters the door. We spend the next 15 minutes going over what needs to be done that day and anything that may have changed since the previous day. I sit at my desk to make custom order designs and print labels and cut images for orders or prepare candles for orders to go out that day to stores like Nola T-Shirt Club, Bywater Clothing, and Fleurty Girl, among others.
12 p.m. Daily Dance Break. On the way out the door to USPS, or more coffee from The Coffee House in Arabi, I’ll try to make room for at least a little dance break. We’ll make sure we have time to dance around the office for at least a minute or two and get our blood pumping, so we’ll put on some Big Freedia and laissez les bons temps rouler.