A Day in the Life of Caity Shreve

Hi all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This week’s ‘Day in the Life’ feature is someone I am thankful to have met. She is a talented personal stylist, Compliance Officer at an SF-based hedge fund and the red-haired firecracker behind Moi Contre La Vie. Her blog’s name may mean ‘me versus life’ but there is really no competition. After you take a look at her typical day, I think you’ll totally agree.
5am: Wake-up & get ready – Given the early hour I’ve perfected my regime so it’s quick & efficient, here are a few of my tips & Must Haves:
 
  • I lay out my clothes & accessories the night before
  • A multitasker for your skin is a must – I love Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer which has an SPF of 20 {Note: Whenever possible I try to use natural, organic & eco-friendly make-up & skincare products}
  • I usually layer BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer over a moisturizer with sunscreen like Jurlique’s Sun-Defying Moisturizer or L’Oreal’s Youth Code
  • I like to mix up my eye creams and right now I’m loving Yes To Grapefruit – It’s light and deliciously scented
  • Nothing is better for dry skin or hair than Josie Maran’s Organic Argan Oil so when I’m in need of hydration that’s my go-to
 
My make-up routine is similarly pared down, but I would never leave the house without:
 
  1. Under Eye Concealer – I’ve used Laura Mercier’s Under Cover Pot for years but recently tried Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer which is great
  2. Blush – Currently obsessed with Josie Mara’s Argan Color Stick in Peach Coral
  3. Mascara – The mascaras currently in rotation are Benefit’s They’re Real, Maybelline’s Great Lash (LOVE the new redesigned brush), and Josie Maran’s Natural Volume With Argan Oil
  4. Eyeliner – BareMinerals Round-The-Clock in Deep Navy
5:20am:Walk to work – I try to log 2-5 miles of walking each day, it’s great for your health and the perfect way to keep your cortisol levels low.
5:30am:Work day begins. Once I get through my inbox & deal with time sensitive issues my morning routine includes lots of liquids: Detox drink, green tea and room temperature water. While I’m sipping on my morning tea I’ll do a little email & social media catch-up and set up my posts/social media updates for the day – Facebook lets you schedule posts & I love Hoot Suite so you don’t have to interrupt your day.
 
10am: Mid-morning gym trip – A metabolism boosting morning workout is the perfect pick-me-up after a few hours of staring at a computer screen. I’m recovering from a spinal injury so my fitness routine currently includes Physical Therapy, core workouts, walking, and supplementary classes like pilates, yoga & martial arts.
 
11am: Breakfast – I traditionally break my fast after my morning workout with something high in protein like a green smoothie.
 
1pm: Snack/Mini Lunch – After years of office living I’ve learned that a big lunch is a no-go for me, it decreases my energy & concentration, and sends me straight into a food coma. Some standard snacks include: Smoothies {Yes – Sometimes I’ll have more than one in a day!}, Green juice, Peanut butter chia seed pudding, Raw veggies w/ high protein hummus, Raw organic almonds, and/or Fruit. If I know it’ll be a long day I’ll bring in roasted veggies with quinoa or order a salad that can be split into two and eaten throughout the day.
 
4pm-5pm: Walk home.
 
5pm-8pm: I have three standard after-work routines:
 
  1. Writing, blogging, styling, updating social media, answering emails, catching up on my Twitter feed, and losing myself on Pinterest.
  2. Walk to the event, meeting, photo shoot, or social engagement. Sometimes I attend a few engagements in a single evening.
  3. I’ll save one or two afternoons a week to dedicate purely to personal styling video chats & follow-up work for Ajent. Those days can have up to 4 hours of video chats plus research & follow-up for the clients. Luckily I have complete control of my schedule so if it’s been a busy, hectic week I’ll limit the number of styling clients I have.
 
8pm-9pm: I like to do some stretching and/or yoga moves to relax my muscles at night. I’m also a big fan of baths so after a stress-filled day you can usually find me soaking with peppermint scented candles & the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar.