7:51 AM. The cat decides to wake me up nine minutes before my alarm. I stay in bed for the next nine minutes, on principle. I don’t negotiate with terrorists, no matter how fluffy.
8:00 – 8:15 AM. Feed Zelda. Feed myself. Check my webcomics.
8:20 – 9:00 AM. Treadmill time. The only way I can trick myself into exercising is to combine it with Star Trek reruns. Today’s episode is Force of Nature (Next Generation). Data tells Geordi, “Geordi, I cannot stun my cat.” I briefly consider it.
9:00 – 9:30 AM. Shower, get dressed. Current shower regimen: Lush Yuzu & Cocoa body wash, R+Co Moon Shine Conditioner. I freely admit to choosing the conditioner mostly for the scent. It smells exactly like Byredo Pulp, probably because the R+Co nose, gorgeous Jerome Epinette, also created Pulp! “Moon Shine Conditioner” also sounds a little like a Sailor Moon attack.
9:30-10:50 AM. I get home at 7 drained and useless, so any errands need to happen in the morning. Today, that means quick trips to Office Depot and Trader Joe’s.
10:58 AM. Open shop! (I would love to tell you that I get to the shop more than 2 minutes before opening time, but nooooope.)
11:00 – 11:15 AM. Social media posting. A huge Compagnie de Provence shipment arrived yesterday, so I take a few pictures of the colorful new candle packaging. Edit and post the best picture in Instagram, which also publishes to Facebook and Twitter.
11:15 AM. First mug of the day. Answer time-sensitive emails.
11:20 – 11:40 AM. Monitoring. Every morning, I check the perfume blogs, our brands’ websites, and the fragrance sections of other retailers. (Yes, this is one of the fun parts!)
11:40 AM. Customers! A mother and daughter looking for a birthday gift for Grandma. They settle on some Kai body products. Happy birthday, Grandma!
12:00 – 12:20 PM. The light is finally right for product photography. We got in three new fragrances yesterday, all of which need to be photographed for the website. My tools are a $7 background paper from Paper Source, and the camera on my iPhone 6S. The first two fragrances are easy, but the new Juliette Has A Gun takes forever. Trying to photograph rounded bottles is the fastest way to remind myself that I’m still a complete amateur!
12:20 – 12:50 PM. Edit the product photos in Adobe Lightroom. I could never have guessed it, but photo editing is one of my unexpected favorite parts of the job. I think it’s because you can see immediate improvement; so many aspects of a shop take weeks or months to see results.
12:50 – 1:10 PM. Lunch! Banana with peanut butter, string cheese, tangerine. I’m the only employee five days a week, so I eat at the cash register. Which brings me to a FAQ: “When do you use the bathroom?” Answer: Saturdays.
This post is getting kind of long- maybe it should be a two-parter? I hope you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peek!