Here’s a typical day in the life of our favorite former professional dancer, wife, and super-mom of identical twin boys: Revolve NYC Senior Master Instructor Christianne Phillips. Take a peek into Christianne’s daily whirlwind of PKL: playlists, kids and laundry, (the super-mom’s version of GTL).
5:30AM Wakeup: A Playlist is Born
Typically, in the middle of the week I get up between 5:30 and 6 AM, and check email. I work on upcoming Revolve events and marketing, while also creating the day’s playlist. I like to check out music blogs and find new artists/music to blend the new stuff with tracks I’ve already played. I have that alone-time for about a half hour before my kids wake up.
Breakfast and Break-Dancing
Making breakfast for my boys is my absolute favorite time of day. We talk and hang out; they tell me about the day ahead, and show me their latest dance moves. I usually make them eggs or oatmeal with milk, brown sugar and cinnamon; they’re also really into bagels and lox right now. I make myself a kale-based smoothie.
5-minute Beauty Ritual (Hair-Brushing Optional)
I get the boys ready for school while sipping my coffee, which I can’t go without. I spend about 5 minutes getting ready. Sometimes I don’t even have time to brush my hair. I just throw on some workout clothes and take them to school. The other parents at the twins’ school have never seen me in street clothes – only workout gear.
Once a month I get my lashes done at JJ in Soho. I don’t have time to spend on my day-to-day look, and this is the one thing that makes me feel somewhat put together on crazy days.
Breaking News: Revolve Instructors Don’t Just Workout on the Bike!
After dropping the kids off, I head back to the apartment for a workout in my building’s gym. I get in some weights and plyometrics while listening to the class playlist I made earlier that morning.
Midday: The Urban Hunter/Gatherer and Her Evolving Playlist
I head back to the computer for a couple hours to mix the day’s playlist. I don’t just make playlists, I actually mix the music together. I’m also constantly working from home with the Revolve team, helping other instructors with music and special events, and creating programs and workshops. Revolve has the most talented instructors in the city, and it’s an honor leading and supporting them.
During this time, I also do laundry. I do laundry every single day because of my kids and all the clothes I use working out.
When I have lunch out, my favorite places are Jivamuktea Café, Hu Kitchen, and One Lucky Duck. I try to have lunch with friends or schedule my Revolve meetings for lunch. I make dinner about 5 nights a week. It’s not absurd for me to spend a couple hours making dinner.
Every week, I go to stores all over the city to source ingredients for my cooking – I’m very particular. Check out this Pinterest board of some of my favorite places.
Early to Bed…
After I teach classes in the evening, I try to meet up with friends. We hit up wine bars and keep it low-key. At least once a month we go dancing – I love checking out local DJs, and I’m usually so excited that I don’t drink because I’m afraid to muddle the experience!
On nights I teach, I do about another half hour more of emails after getting home, then get to bed by 10:30PM. But when the hubby’s home and not traveling for business, we try to have alone time after putting the kids to bed.