Inside Olivia Dalton's Perfect Day

On my perfect day, I would be in NYC in the summer. I love the city’s energy and excitement and people. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Ok, I would consider living back on the West Coast or Paris, but for now, NYC is my home.

10:00 A.M. I like to sleep in and this is when it seems I wake up naturally if I don’t set an alarm. It takes me a bit of time to fully wake up so I usually get on my phone right away to read the news and catch up on Twitter. I have a lot of responsibilities at my day job, but luckily I have a flexible schedule and don’t have to go into the office every day. I keep in touch with colleagues and staff by email or phone every morning to be sure I have a feel for what’s going on there.

10:20 A.M. I’ll take a quick shower to fully wake up. I love a hot shower to remind me what it feels like to visit steamy Miami. My favorite bath products are from L’Occitane, Bliss, Molton Brown, and Le Labo. I enjoy citrus and floral scents.

10:30 A.M. I like to make coffee and pancakes with lots of fresh fruit for breakfast. Berries, bananas, and oranges are my favorites. I also really like bacon, eggs, and potatoes. I love to cook but it seems breakfast is usually the only meal I prepare these days since I’m often out for lunch and dinner. I’ll enjoy my meal with some music and look around online for inspiration for upcoming travel or book some tickets for my next trip.

11:30 A.M. Deciding what to wear is next. I have an extensive wardrobe of gorgeous designer clothing and accessories so I love to find the perfect outfit for each part of my day. It’s not unusual for me to change a few times throughout the day, just to keep up with the situation and my mood. My friends think it’s funny that I love fashion so much, but hey, I do.

11:45 A.M. I’ve been playing tennis for a few years and just started playing golf. I only play golf when I’m on vacation because it’s easier to coordinate when I’m outside Manhattan. So when I’m in the city I like to meet friends at their tennis clubs or we just book at a nice court. I like turning my mind off and just focusing on the game. When the ball is coming at you, it’s more action than thought that’s necessary. I wear a colorful top and a short white skirt and take my favorite racquet. My hair is in a pony-tail and if it’s sunny I’ll wear a visor.

1:00 P.M. Head home from tennis to shower and change. I like to meet a friend or two for lunch to catch up with them. I like to go to La Mercerie or Perry Street if we meet downtown, or The Grill if we meet uptown. I’ll wear a dress and low heels and a fun bag. Maybe I’ll add sunglasses and a hat if it’s really sunny. I’ll order a salad and a side and dessert.

4:00 P.M. Leave lunch, refreshed and happy and smiling from all of the fun we had. I love joking around with friends because it’s so nice when they just get you and you understand them. Then the conversation can be silly or serious, but always intimate and real.

4:30 P.M. Get back home and maybe hang out with my roommates or a friend who lives nearby. We may put a movie on or some music and just relax or dance around and sing as though we are at karaoke. I like to make some tea and maybe put out some sweets such as cookies or chocolate for us to nibble on.

6:30 P.M. I’ll definitely have a date on my perfect day. I’ll probably tell my friends I need to start getting ready but they can stay. They can then help me narrow down my outfit choices because I know I will have to try a few things on because my decision always comes down to how I feel in the moment. I don’t usually decide what I will wear ahead of time. After I make a decision on clothing, I make my choice for the lingerie. I like to wear stockings and a garter with my bra and panties. I feel so much sexier when I know that I’m wearing exciting lingerie. High heels and a nice bag are my final decision and then a spray of my favorite perfume Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and I’m off.

8:00 P.M. My favorite dates include drinks, going to the ballet, or a relaxing dinner at any great NYC restaurant. My favorites now are Le Coucou, Cosme, Frenchette, Veronika, and Tak Room. I love French and Italian food. Grilled fish or a nice filet and potatoes and then a sweet dessert are the perfect meal. After dinner, it’s so nice to relax and spend some quiet time together. I love getting to know someone better and better each time we are together. There’s always something new to talk about or explore. I’ve been told I naturally make people feel good about themselves and about life because I’m so happy and content with my life. I love ending the night with a big smile on my face and seeing that my date is smiling too.

12:00 A.M. I’ll put some relaxing music on as I get ready for bed. I sleep nude which feels so nice against soft sheets and blankets. I’ll drift off slowly, remembering all of the exciting parts of my perfect day.