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Marla Starts the Day

Boxing, egg whites and the good, old-fashioned newspaper.
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Name: Marla Farrell

Location: New York, NY

Occupation: Vice President, WKT Public Relations

6:00 a.m. The first alarm of the morning goes off.  I intentionally set it a bit earlier than when I actually have to get up so that I can snooze just a bit before I have no choice but to get out of bed.  I was most likely out the night before at an event or premiere and it’s just never easy…

6:15 a.m. After a series of five-minute snoozes, I do my first official check of the Blackberry before dragging myself out of bed.  I make some notes.  Check the news alerts.  Mark some items for immediate follow up, then I head out.

6:30 a.m. I meet up with my very talented trainer Louie Antuna, who kicks it into high gear with a series of boxing, push-ups, jump rope, squats and any additional torture he can think of for the next hour.  Although I often dread this session, nothing feels better than getting through one of his workouts.  Boxing is by far my favorite form of exercise.  It helps that Louie has an extensive background in the sport.  And he’s a pop culture aficionado, so our conversations are insightful and it’s always great to get other points of view.

7:30 a.m. As soon as I’m done, I grab The New York Times.  News alerts and the web are great, but I’m an old soul at heart and the paper is one of the best ways to get a snapshot of the world.  I start thinking about the day and strategizing for how I will fit it all in.  I’m off to my best thinking spot, the shower.

7:45 a.m. Fresh out of the shower, I try to make a decision on my outfit as quickly as possible.  Most days I’m successful but I like to believe that we all have the mornings during which the entire closet is torn apart in an effort to find something that makes us feel good.  Today it’s an ivory dress from The Row.  I love it so much that, if I could, I would wear it every day.  Aside from normal women having fashion stress, I might go from a meeting at a charity in the morning, a book signing in the afternoon to a premiere or concert at night.  It requires a little thought, but not too much…

8:00 a.m. In addition to the workout and The New York Times,  I consider breakfast and my laptop to be the morning essentials.  I scour the web and the paper for reviews of our clients’ films or television shows, features that we may have booked or general articles of interest such as a piece on awards season.

My favorite meal is breakfast.  There are a few breakfasts on rotation in our household but my favorite is egg whites.  I happen to think I have them nailed.  My secret ingredient is low-fat cottage cheese which I whip in before pouring my concoction into the pan. Other key ingredients are Crazy Jane’s Mixed Up Pepper and Sriracha sauce for a nice morning kick.

8:25 a.m. Breakfast is ready to serve.  Although I may be queen of the scramble, my husband Mark makes the best coffee and lattes I’ve ever had.  I often tell him he should open a shop.  I would pay for his coffee but instead I get to enjoy it at home.  For the next half hour or so, Mark and I will map out our days, we’ll check out what they’re talking about on the morning news shows and I’m back to the computer, drafting, answering and combing through the emails that have come in over the last 8 hours.

8:35 a.m. I wish I could say that I have talent when it comes to applying makeup, but it’s just not the case.  Therefore, my makeup process is about 5-7 minutes long.  I rely on the makers of Armani, Nars and a few random drug store brands to help me look as presentable as possible, in the shortest time possible.  On that same note, I opt for a low-maintenance hair regimen as well.  As in, add some Moroccanoil styling cream and maybe some beach wave enhancing spray to uncombed, wet hair.  Period.

9:00 a.m. After a quick clean-up/straightening job around the apartment, it’s off to work.  I am very fortunate to live and work in the same general neighborhood so my morning commute is pretty painless, even in heels…


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