Recently, Samantha sat down with the team at Nespresso to chat about her day to day lifestyle, and how she incorporates Nespresso into her ever-changing routine. Watch below as she discusses on film her favourite daily pleasures, things that inspire her and how she combats the mundane, plus gain a look behind the scenes of the shoot at SW HQ in Alexandria, NSW.
How do you start each day?
I like to start the day with a shot of Nespresso Dharkan. I’ve heard that Victoria Beckham has a double shot espresso before she jumps on the treadmill each morning and if it’s good enough for Posh, it’s good enough for me!
You have said that you aim to mix up each day and avoid getting stuck in a rut. How do you do this daily?
It is making those little changes to your daily routine that can have big impacts on your life. It can be as simple as adding some variety to your morning coffee routine. For years, I drank Rosabaya de Colombia only, but when I ran out recently, I discovered how much I like Dharkan, (the only sleeve I had left…desperate times!). So now, I have Dharkan before my morning workout and save Rosabaya de Colombia for the afternoon.
And even though I work out every single day, no workout is ever the same. Whether it’s a walk along Bondi to Bronte and ocean swim in Sydney or a gym session and Soul Cycle class in NYC, I vary the intensity and workout every day. And earlier this year when I was finding it hard to push myself, I decided to sign up for the New York Marathon, which gave me a renewed sense of purpose. I’m running for the charity, RUN FOR KIDS, and then my daily routine took a turn had a new sense of purpose.
Life is often about the small pleasures of each day. What are some of the things that always put a smile on your face?
I’m a big believer in living in the moment. There have been times in my life when I have been too consumed by thinking about the future, but then I thought to myself, this is no way to live! That’s why, last year I had the words ‘Belle Vie’ – French for Beautiful Life – tattooed on my arm as a reminder for me to enjoy each day and the small moments that make it beautiful.
You spend long hours in your studio working on new collections and running the Samantha Wills Foundation. How do you keep your workspace exciting?
I think the environment around us has a big impact on our productivity. To keep the creative juices flowing I like to smell fresh greenery, which I place in vases around the studio. I like to feel the sunlight on my skin, so I try and position myself near a window. I also look forward to sitting down with a cup of Nespresso coffee.
What inspires you?
Travel is hugely important to me. In the last five years, I have taken over 70 international flights, many of which have been from New York to Sydney and back again. Last year, I saw an opening in my calendar and decided to book an adventure into the Costa Rican jungle. This type of travel was slightly out of my comfort zone, which made it all the more memorable to me, and the experiences I had are some of the most enjoyable and treasured moments. I was also able to acquire a new appreciation for my favourite Rosabaya Grands Crus, which are made in Costa Rica.