My Working Day Karine Kong

French born Karine co-founded online concept store BODIE and FOU with her sister Elodie in 2005, to provide cool, modern styling for the home and unique gifts.

My alarm goes off at 6.30am every other day. I get up straight away, change into my running gear, pick up my Urbanears headphones, set my iPhone’s Nike GPS app for a new run and I’m off for about 8K. I allow myself a lie in until 7.30am when I'm not running.

For breakfast I have a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice (a tip from my friend Kelly Hoppen) then a pot of black Earl Grey tea and two slices of brown toast.

On an average day I wear a white cotton T-shirt and a cashmere jumper from Zadig & Voltaire, trousers from COS and Swedish Hasbeens boots. Sometimes I’ll opt for a dress from Zara, in which case I’ll wear heels.

I'm not big jewellery fan and tend to take everything off as soon as I get on my laptop. I’m never without my La Tropezienne tote bag, although since I got a small purse rock from Zadig & Voltaire I’ve been using my La Trop to carry my Mac.

My makeup routine consists of Chanel Hydramax Moisture Cream followed by Chanel Pro Lumière foundation. I only put on mascara and lipstick if I go out in the evening.

I spend the morning answering emails, then have meetings with the team on brand strategy, social media, email marketing and the launch of our first mail order catalogue. I allocate two days a week to be creative which may include blogging, reading other blogs, sourcing new products and thinking about our brand direction.

My desk essentials are my Macbook Pro, water, and Weight Watchers chocolate bars. At lunchtime I often eat at my desk and Skype my sister Elodie in Paris.

On my to-do list today was re-ordering Clare Vivier clutches for the site, answering an interview for MILK magazine in Hong Kong, interviewing a French intern and signing off our next BODIE and FOU VIP e-newsletter.

I leave work around 7.30pm and head home to spend some time with my daughter Mila before she goes to bed.
Steve and I take it in turns to cook. We have dinner with our French au-pair Linda and then watch a TV series: Sons of Anarchy, House Doctor, Spooks, or Grey’s Anatomy (but only if I’m by myself).

If I’m staying in I’ll wear my Minnetonka boots, harem trousers from Hush and a cashmere jumper.

If I’m going out I’ll wear a fitted dress from Whistles - the British high street has such a good variety of shops.

The last thing I do before I go to sleep is have a look at Facebook to see what’s going on in my friends and family’s lives.

My perfect Saturday consists of making pancakes with Mila for breakfast then hanging out at home doing creative things and listening to French radio. We have friends around pretty much every Saturday evening so I often end up baking cakes and making soup. I don’t really like cooking but I’m slowly getting into it. A while ago Steve complained that I never cook for him so recently I made three banana cakes in three weeks.

On Sunday to prepare me for the working week ahead I make sure I do nothing work related. Weekends are for family. I spent the first four years of the business working nights, days and weekends but now I’ve managed to achieve a better family/work balance. I like to do things with Steve and Mila like cycling to the High Road in Chiswick to have breakfast or going to the cinema.

If cocktails followed work the night before, my hangover essentials are a toasted bagel and two pots of Earl Grey. Oh, and definitively pasta at lunch time!

My signature working day fragrance is Happy by Clinique. I try to surround myself with positive messages.