We all know Elle Macpherson for her drop-dead gorgeous bod, but the multi-hyphenate businesswoman is also running quite the empire. With a successful lingerie business and WelleCo wellness line, we’re not sure she ever slows down—and somehow she does it all while looking like a complete knockout. Macpherson broke down how she stays on top of her hectic lifestyle—and how really, it all just comes down to balance.
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Mornings are always a bit chaotic! It’s part of the reason I wake around 5:30 a.m. before everyone else, drink 500 mls of room temperature water, and I like to meditate first thing in the morning. It could be 10 minutes or as long as 40 minutes depending on what’s happening—I feel I am better equipped to respond with balance to whatever happens during the day. Then, I shower and dress always starting my wardrobe with lingerie from my new Elle Macpherson Body collection—great lingerie can change my silhouette and my posture. I then have breakfast, take my Super Elixir Alkalizing Greens in 500 mls of spring water... and I'm out the door.
2. What are your favorite things to do for yourself on the weekends?
When the kids are home, I love to dedicate the weekends to them. We will go waterskiing, wake surfing, doing something fun, something that we all love. Mealtimes are important, too—and a great way to catch up. We laugh a lot together.
3. How do you deal when you're away for the weekend?
I travel for work so I am often away. I do my best to stick to my morning ritual of meditation and introspection wherever I am; it helps set the tone for the day and the routine is reassuring. Wherever I am I will get outdoors and explore my new surroundings, I love discovering new places with a walk, hike or bike ride. I enjoy variety in my day, to keep me motivated and inspired. If I'm traveling to a familiar place, I love to catch up with friends on the weekend.
Making sure I have good clean snacks when away from my kitchen is important so I take my travel sachets of The Super Elixir chocolate nourishing protein powder. I mix it with almond milk and a banana if I'm on the go. It's a great all plant protein snack or meal replacement. And, thank goodness for FaceTime if I’m missing the kids or my husband.
4. What are the activities or errands on your "must-accomplish list" every weekend?
I'm not a big beauty "catchupara" on the weekend person. Although I do try to schedule a regular massage Sunday nights if I can. Balance on the weekend is key—live a balanced lifestyle, eat a healthy amount of nutritious foods, and stay active whenever I can. I drink lots of water and catch up on sleep. We created my Sleep Tea by WelleCo because I was finding it hard to unwind at day’s end (too big of a to do list!) Although I don't sleep during the day, preferring early nights—mornings are my favorite time of the day.
5. What do you do on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead?
I am based in Miami, and my two businesses are in Australia. My lingerie business "Elle Macpherson Body" is based in Melbourne, and WelleCo’s head office is on the other side of Australia in Cottesloe, Western Australia. Both companies distribute globally, so coordinating everything, everyone in the different time zones (10 to 12 hours) can be a logistical whirlwind. So on Sunday nights I plan what needs to be achieved with everyone for the week ahead to run smoothly and efficiently.