Feb. 15 2019
Meredith Melling is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of La Ligne, a direct-to-consumer clothing brand for the stripe obsessed. And, in case you’re constantly on the hunt for the perfect cozy winter staples, warning: the sweaters on La Ligne’s website are truly lust-worthy. Before starting her fashion company, Meredith earned her style stripes (pun intended) as an editor at Vogue. Nowadays, La Ligne is known for its stunning and classic tees, pajamas, slippers, sweaters, and more–and is available on major online retailers such as Net-a-Porter. When she isn’t at the office, Meredith can be found in her downtown Manhattan loft with her four children, and three rescue pups. Wondering what this fashion guru does to wrap up a busy day? Find her nightly routine below.
6:30 P.M. At this point I’m usually wrapping up for the day at La Ligne’s Canal Street office, getting ready to race home before my youngest kids go to bed at 7:00pm. I take the subway home and get in a few pages of Bad Blood by John Carreyrou (next on the docket: Educated) on the short commute.
7 P.M. I read the two little kids a bedtime story (or three – they are very persuasive). I then get comfortable and change into my favorite La Ligne pajamas and fuzzy slippers. Since the children and my husband all eat on the earlier side, I’ll order dinner for myself. I’m a rubbish cook and for the past two years I’ve been a vegetarian so I’m always exploring new veggie options on Caviar.
8 P.M. Dinner arrives! If my 13-year-old daughter, Eloise, has finished her homework, we’ll watch a couple of episodes of Shark Tank or The Profit together. Eloise’s favorite shark is Mark Cuban and mine is newly Daymond John after an article I read in a recent issue of Inc. When Daymond was asked if there was a kind of founder he wanted to see more of on Shark Tank he answered, “No. The ones who get the deals and go off to be successful, they were going to be successful with us or without us. Nothing was going to stop them. They’re America’s dream. They are usually women. They are usually mothers, which I love because I always say, ‘A mother is the ultimate entrepreneur.’” If Eloise is still doing homework, I’ll get onto my computer and check emails, map out future email blasts, or research archive stripe imagery for inspiration or social media.
8:30 P.M. I grab some dessert, usually ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs both offer vegan options now) because I always need a bit of sweet to end my day. I then immediately lay out workout clothes for the following morning to ensure maximum possibility of going to the gym when I wake up.
9 P.M. Eloise goes to bed and I commit to an episode of Game of Thrones. I know, I know. I’m a total freak and one of the ONLY people who has never seen it. My husband, who has seen and read everything there is about the series, is relishing watching it all over again with me.
9:30 P.M. Still riveted by Game of Thrones.
10:00 p.m. I begin my bedtime preparations but I am admittedly a night owl and get a second wind around 10:00pm. Since I’m already in my pajamas, I brush my teeth, wash my face with a Clarisonic and Dr. Sturm cleanser and moisturize with La Mer. I’ll then get into bed and check emails on my phone. I’ll also scroll through the Daily Mail app for gossip before setting my alarm for 6:15am and 6:30am. If it’s the beginning of a month, I usually have copies of Inc., Forbes, Fortune and Entrepreneur magazines to comb through. They are my new Vogue, Harper’s and Elle! At 11:00pm, I pick up Bad Blood to make a more substantial daily page dent than my short commute home allows for before I finally start drifting off around midnight.