I Don’t Know How She Does It – Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Bash, Please
I knew the business side of Paige and Kelly from their wildly successful event planning company, Bash, Please, long before I actually met them. When I did, I was fortunate enough to learn about the personal side as well. Not only are these two lovely ladies incredibly creative, they are smart business women, inspiring professionals, and devoted mamas to Rem (Paige’s son, 8) and Lucy (Kelly’s daughter, 6 months). Oh, and they are the ones you want to call up to join you for happy hour on a Friday because they are fun, witty and know all the best spots in town. Since launching their wedding business years ago, they have expanded to celebrations of all shapes and sizes and recently debuted BP Interiors, an interior design arm that counts some of Hollywood’s coolest abodes as work samples. Through it all, they have maintained a genuine, beautiful friendship and continue to inspire and support the countless women and moms in their world who want to join their party, including yours truly. Here is how they do it (pictured above: Paige on the left, Kelly on the right):
What time does your day start and how?
We both start quite early! 6am with breakfast, walking the dog, feeding the kids, maybe grabbing a shower, and reviewing our daily calendar. Paige gets her son to school by 8am just as Kelly is getting her daughter down for a morning nap. We usually get into the studio around 9am and take a deep breath to start the second phase of morning chaos, our clients!
What time does your day end and how?
Does it ever end? Ha! We both usually leave the studio around 4:15 to get home for some afternoon time with our families before making dinner and bath/bedtime routine. Depending on the day, we may get online at night to catch up on emails or pin some inspiration images for a client’s design board.
Do you work from home or in an office? What is the set up like?
Both really! But usually the office. We sit side by side with our assistant across from us to make a triangle hub. We have an open-air bullpen room with our associates and other team members so it makes for a fun yet hectic environment. There is quite a lot of bustle around the studio with mock-ups, calls, design meetings, and excited clients.
Do you see/speak to your kids throughout your work day? If yes, how/when?
Only if needed. Rem is in school so his day is full as well. Lucy is only 6 months so she gets photos and updates from her nanny.
What is the best thing about being a working mom? Hardest thing?
The best thing is being able to provide a quality life for our children and be an example of a productive contributor in society. The hardest thing is juggling it all and lack of sleep! Ha!
Be honest, what is one thing you envy about stay at home moms?
Their time! We just don’t have as much time as they do. We sometimes grocery shop at 9pm or maybe not at all!
Answer the question “I don’t know how you do it?” in ten words or less.
We do it with a lot of mindfulness & meditation topped off with caffeine or Moon Juice and a strong village of help. (more than ten words!)
And here are Paige and Kelly’s must-haves of the moment:
We are currently obsessed with Kid & Coe, a stylish Air BNB concept for traveling families with kids. We are coveting a few places on their website to stay. (Editor’s note: me too. Meet the founder Zoie and see how she does it here)
(Kelly) I start my day with a eucalyptus steam to zen myself before the chaos and then throw on a bright lipstick; my current fave is Tom Ford’s Scarlett Rouge. Then usually I’m stepping into a romper for ease and style.
I wouldn’t, either! It’s super cool. Thanks for sharing, ladies!