a day in the life... - sugar and cloth

A day in the life…

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

photos by Kimberly Chau Photography 

I’ve never been a morning person. In fact, I actually got a B instead of an A in my first period English class senior year because I was late so many times. All of this to say that if I can get away with getting dressed as quickly and effortlessly as possible, I will (this may or may not include going out in public with uncombed hair).

This is also another reason why I keep to DIY’s instead of being a fashion blogger, so when Pickwick & Weller asked me to share a peek into my daily routine, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. We also happen to have a few key things in common like believing in the power of good coffee, an empty notebook, and in looking casual but well tailored. And by well tailored I mean that I hopefully have no coffee stains on my t-shirt that day.

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

Contrary to popular belief, Sugar & Cloth isn’t my full-time job. I actually work at Smilebooth here in Houston by day and then double as a self-proclaimed DIY magician by night. Having a blog filled with weekly DIY’s and recipes is an insane amount of work.

I usually spend at least eight hours or more per post, and that adds up pretty quickly when you’re doing that several times a week on top of a day job, which is exactly why I can’t even think of holding conversations before I’ve had my coffee in the mornings (preferably with coffee art hearts). Catalina and Blacksmith are two of my favorite coffee spots in Houston.

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth

I usually try to get a game plan for my day in the mornings whether that means planning out DIY’s or sourcing materials and replying to emails (which I’m terrible at). I always do better with lists, otherwise I just end up getting super overwhelmed and slightly teary eyed by the end of the week. Evernote and Google calendar are my best friends!

a day in the life of sugar and cloth- tee by pickwick and wellera day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwich & Weller

In case you’ve ever wondered how a lot of the tutorial photos you’ve seen here on Sugar & Cloth are done, here it is! A simple piece of white board from the Ikea as-is section, a window with lots of natural light, and clothes fit for a lot of crouching down and possible glitter contact. Hence the reason Pickwick & Weller was the perfect fit, not to mention who wouldn’t love t-shirts from a company owned by Ashton Kutcher and named after Charles Dickens’ first novel?

photos by Kimberly Chau Photography | this post is sponsored by Pickwick & Weller

 

a day in the life... - sugar and cloth

A day in the life…

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

photos by Kimberly Chau Photography 

I’ve never been a morning person. In fact, I actually got a B instead of an A in my first period English class senior year because I was late so many times. All of this to say that if I can get away with getting dressed as quickly and effortlessly as possible, I will (this may or may not include going out in public with uncombed hair).

This is also another reason why I keep to DIY’s instead of being a fashion blogger, so when Pickwick & Weller asked me to share a peek into my daily routine, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. We also happen to have a few key things in common like believing in the power of good coffee, an empty notebook, and in looking casual but well tailored. And by well tailored I mean that I hopefully have no coffee stains on my t-shirt that day.

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

Contrary to popular belief, Sugar & Cloth isn’t my full-time job. I actually work at Smilebooth here in Houston by day and then double as a self-proclaimed DIY magician by night. Having a blog filled with weekly DIY’s and recipes is an insane amount of work.

I usually spend at least eight hours or more per post, and that adds up pretty quickly when you’re doing that several times a week on top of a day job, which is exactly why I can’t even think of holding conversations before I’ve had my coffee in the mornings (preferably with coffee art hearts). Catalina and Blacksmith are two of my favorite coffee spots in Houston.

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth

I usually try to get a game plan for my day in the mornings whether that means planning out DIY’s or sourcing materials and replying to emails (which I’m terrible at). I always do better with lists, otherwise I just end up getting super overwhelmed and slightly teary eyed by the end of the week. Evernote and Google calendar are my best friends!

a day in the life of sugar and cloth- tee by pickwick and wellera day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwich & Weller

In case you’ve ever wondered how a lot of the tutorial photos you’ve seen here on Sugar & Cloth are done, here it is! A simple piece of white board from the Ikea as-is section, a window with lots of natural light, and clothes fit for a lot of crouching down and possible glitter contact. Hence the reason Pickwick & Weller was the perfect fit, not to mention who wouldn’t love t-shirts from a company owned by Ashton Kutcher and named after Charles Dickens’ first novel?

photos by Kimberly Chau Photography | this post is sponsored by Pickwick & Weller

 

Comments

  • Rebecca

    12.03.13

    Loved this post! And I’m not a morning person either :)

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

  • Manuela

    12.03.13

    “believing in the power of good coffee”? I am with you, too! My morning must start with the shortest ristretto ever. Love this post and getting to know more about your lifestyle. Ciao! :)

  • Brittni

    12.03.13

    I’m not a morning person either! These photos are gorgeous and that top looks super comfy.

  • Love this post! I am also not a morning person, and I also work full-time on top of my blog. Needless to say, you are an inspiration! I don’t even know HOW you are able to do so many original projects. I aim for one a week, with the rest being round-ups, etc. but it’s so hard! Especially since there is zero light by the time I get home from work, so my only option is weekends…and sometimes I just want to relax or hang out with friends.

  • I love this post! As a blogger myself, I don’t think people realize that one post can take up to eight hours to accomplish from beginning to end. It’s a lot of work! Thanks for sharing!

  • jewel7013

    12.03.13

    Wait til you have your first child, not being a morning person will change drastically :)

    Fabulous pics and you may not be a fashion blogger but you have a keen eye for fashion Ash…

  • Charlotte

    12.03.13

    Love this! I’d love to be a morning person, but Im really not. I’d rather have more sleep and a mad dash to work in the morning rather than get up at 6am!

  • krystal/village

    12.03.13

    interesting insight in to how you work! these pics of you are really good :)

  • Shannon

    12.03.13

    I’d love to know how you get natural daylight for your shoots if you work full time and come home at night when it’s dark? I struggle with this all the time myself. Do you only photograph on weekends? Thanks so much for this peek into your days!

  • Nanette

    12.03.13

    looking adorbs as usual!!

  • leah faye

    12.03.13

    It is so nice to hear that other people are as busy as we are! It is so difficult to go to school every morning and teach and blog on top of that! But it is rewarding.
    Leah Faye
    a clover & a bee

  • Kaho

    12.03.13

    I am very impressed with you! I can’t believe you have a day job AND blog. The photo of you with a coffee is very pretty.

  • anonymous

    12.03.13

    You are simply amazing! Don’t know how you fit the time in to complete all your projects, and they all turn out so wonderful. In Love.

  • msshannonbeth

    12.07.13

    I’m still trying to be a better morning person, so I appreciate this post so much! Love the tip about the Ikea as is board. I’ve purchased windows from there before, for home decor – but never thought of them as photo backdrops!

  • Stacia

    12.09.13

    I loved getting this inside look. It makes me feel encouraged because I’m trying to get better at blogging, but I’m also working full time. It makes me feel like I’m not insane for working so hard. Thanks!

  • Fashion Elle

    09.12.16

    You ar right. ITs great fashion. This is also another reason why I keep to DIY’s instead of being a fashion blogger, so when Pickwick & Weller asked me to share a peek into my daily routine, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. thanks for sharing.

    • Ashley said:

      So glad you enjoyed this behind the scenes!

  • Wallpaper

    01.07.17

    I’m still trying to be a better morning person, so I appreciate this post so much! Love the tip about the Ikea as is board. I’ve purchased windows from there before, for home decor – but never thought of them as photo backdrops!

    • Ashley said:

      ah, aren’t we all! So glad you liked the post :)