I Don’t Know How She Does It – Zoie Kingsbery Coe
File this one under “why didn’t I think of that?” Zoie Kingsbery Coe is the smart, stylish and talented founder of Kid & Coe, a brand new travel web site that lets you search for kid-friendly vacation rentals around the world that are – how do I say this? – more “aesthetically pleasing” than most kid-friendly vacation rentals around the world. Think AirBnb for the Sarah Jessica Parker set. Before having kids, she spent years touring the globe with her musician husband and when Luca (now 6) and India Rose (now 2) joined the family, she didn’t want to stop. So she found a way to blend her love of stylish, sophisticated travel with motherhood and all the must-haves that come along with it to develop Kid & Coe. Their motto is “bring the kids.” And Coe does, splitting her time between her home base in New York, London, Ibiza and a myriad of amazing destinations that are all Kid & Coe approved. Here is how she does it:
What time does your day start and how?
On a good day, I wake an hour before the kids and catch up with my London team and get a jump on emails.
On a normal day, I wake up to one of the kids yelling for me and I jolt out of bed and turn into full panic mode to get Luca out the door to kindergarten. The bus picks him up at 7.40am, at which time I get ready for the day.
What time does your day end and how?
Lately I’ve been working until 11pm at night. I’m really lucky that my husband is home from tour and that we’re having a role reversal on single parenting as he is at home dealing with the kids at night, as opposed to me doing solo duty when he’s away. I’m slowly getting caught up – staying at work until 11pm is not sustainable and will only be temporary. One thing almost always present around 6:30pm is a glass of red wine!
Do you work from home or in an office? What is the set up like?
We work in an office which happens to be right next door to my house in a fantastic building called Tech Space. It is great for start-ups because you can move up or down really quickly and they deal with all the admin of moving to a new office. The energy is inspiring and there are lots of conference rooms, kitchens and lounge areas. Linked In started here and Flipboard, and we’re neighbors with my personal favorite, Soundcloud. We’re all knocking it out here!
Do you see/speak to your kids throughout your work day? If yes, how/when?
I don’t speak to my 2-year-old but I will check in with my son if I’m not going to make it home for dinner. My mom lives two blocks from us, so if I am going to be late, it’s comforting to know that they’re either with her or my husband.
What is the best thing about being a working mom? Hardest thing?
Building something that my family will enjoy using is the best thing. The hardest thing is juggling the logistics of everything – school pick up, play dates and social management when your kids are in school is a full time job.
Be honest, what is one thing you envy about stay at home moms?
I’m a serial organizer, so having the time to keep things in order.
Answer the question “I don’t know how you do it?” in ten words or less.
Give up on notions of perfection and doing it all.
And here are Zoie’s must-haves of the moment for she and he and she:
Clockwise from top left:
White Company pajamas for the kids
Zara kids – especially for girls!
Zara jeans – for mama
Superga for kids
Magna-Tiles (editor’s note: these are a repeat favorite, clearly need to pick some up!)
Laura Mercier sheer lip color in baby lips