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#CarryYourDay

After stints in the professional art and fashion worlds — Claire has a masters in Arts Management and Erica was an editor at Details and Lucky magazines — college friends Claire and Erica launched Of a Kind, an online shop with a cult following that sells limited-edition items by emerging designers. Nine years, a brand new co-written book (aptly titled Work Wife) and a new baby for Claire later, the duo hasn’t slowed down a bit.

(Claire, left and Erica, right)

#CarryYourDay

Claire Mazur & Erica Cerulo
Cofounders, Of a Kind

After stints in the professional art and fashion worlds — Claire has a masters in Arts Management and Erica was an editor at Details and Lucky magazines — college friends Claire and Erica launched Of a Kind, an online shop with a cult following that sells limited-edition items by emerging designers. Nine years, a brand new co-written book (aptly titled Work Wife) and a new baby for Claire later, the duo hasn’t slowed down a bit.

(Claire, left and Erica, right)

Erica

6:00 AM: I get up between 6 and 7, depending on if I’m going to try to go to a workout class. The last two or three years I’ve been really into Pilates and yoga. My two favorite studios are in Manhattan, and our office (and my apartment) is in Brooklyn, so it’s not particularly convenient, but I’ve learned about myself that if I’m not into the studio or the class, I don’t feel compelled to go.

8:00 AM: If I’m not leaving for a class, for breakfast I’ll have a smoothie from Daily Harvest or I’ll make eggs (I’ve been eating a lot of egg tacos these days). Then I get ready for work — almost two-thirds of the things in my shower are things we carry on our site, which is pretty cool.

Claire

5:15 AM: I’ve always loved the morning, before anyone is emailing or trying to get ahold of you. I think it’s served me well for motherhood — I still get up between 5 and 6 AM, but instead of having a cup of coffee, now I feed my son.

6:45 AM: Whenever I can get to it, I try to exercise. I saved up for a treadmill in our apartment, and it has proven to be really wonderful — I can set the baby monitor right on the treadmill next to my iPad and get to work.

8:30 AM: On Monday mornings I love to make an Instant Pot full of oatmeal, then I keep the leftovers in the fridge for the week. You just pop them right in the microwave and it’s a nice, quick easy meal. Then I’m out the door!

“My Metro Tote is so light and breezy that I still have pep in my step when I drag my makeup bag, my lunch and a book to a morning Pilates class.”
—Erica
Erica

10:00 AM: The first thing I do at the office, after making myself some green tea, is review my to-do list for the day and add to it anything that’s surfaced or come in overnight. My day honestly probably looks like a lot of people’s workdays, in that it’s balancing meeting time with checking things off your to-do list.

12:00 PM: We both bring our lunches from home — I personally hate wasting money on mediocre lunch food. I’d like to say I’m good at stepping away from my computer at lunch … but I’m not. What I am good at doing though, is catching up on all of my blog reads — that makes lunch feel like more of a treat and less like an interruption of your day.

3:00 PM: If there’s a new project that comes up, something we haven’t tackled before, we’re both involved as it takes shape. We figure out the complications and what creative input is involved together, so when one of us steps back, we both have a full understanding of what’s happening.

Claire

10:00 AM: Once I get to the office, the first thing I do is get a big glass of water to keep at my desk. We have a water cooler at work now, which feels like such a big luxury to me (maybe because we haven’t had one at every office we’ve been at!). I usually start my day by checking emails and responding. I feel like I’ve read so many articles that tell you not to do that, but it’s really hard for me not to. I can be very work-focused in the morning, so I try not to schedule meetings before 11 AM.

12:00 PM: I am someone who suffers from serious "hanger" — once I get hungry, I cannot function. If I’m going to have a bunch of meetings in a row, I make sure to eat beforehand, so I’m not completely dysfunctional.

3:00 PM: We used to share everything in terms of responsibility, when we started the company, but we quickly started to step on each other’s toes. So we created this cool spreadsheet that helps us split our responsibilities over all the different categories of the business. Anything that’s bigger picture, we run by each other to make sure we both feel comfortable and that it feels right.

Erica

6:30 PM: I usually end up having three weeknights in any given week where I have something that’s either social or work-related in the evening. The other nights I try to protect and make sure that I’m just going home from the office — I feel super drained if I don’t have that time.

8:00 PM: If I’m not going out to a dinner, I cook. I have a pretty regular, recurring catalog that I go back to again and again — Julia Turshen’s Small Victories cookbook is especially good, and I love Food 52, Bon Apetit, The New York Times, Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook and Yotam Ottolenghi.

11:00 PM: At home, I’m a big reader. I try to put my phone away by a certain time. I set up my iPhone recently so it basically shuts down your apps from 11 PM to 6 AM.

Claire

6:30 PM: We’ve gotten better about not staying at the office super late. In the early days of Of a Kind, we would be at the office until 8 PM, but now I would say we usually leave between 6 and 7. A lot of times we have dinners, or — we have a lot of mutual friends — we’ll end up going out to social events together.

9:00 PM: My husband and I set aside one night a week for a date, we try to make a point of going out for that. I’ve also actually been trying to watch TV lately — I miss having a show I feel committed to. My husband and I are trying to find shows we both like, which … it’s rare to find overlap. But, we both love Vanderpump Rules — nothing gets me giddier than a new episode of that, it’s definitely one of my favorite winddown routines.

10:00 PM: I usually try to get in bed around 10 and fall asleep by 11 at the latest.