Sarah Neill is the Founder and CEO of Sydney start-up, Mys Tyler, the body positive app set to solve the $1 trillion “fit” problem by creating a more empowering and personalised shopping experience for all women. A technology and start-up powerhouse, Sarah has been driving marketing and innovation for major consumer technology brands for 15 years and as an entrepreneur has also founded Doodad and A Relatively Unique In. We catch up with Sarah and find out how she spends her weekends in beautiful Sydney, Australia.
I’ve just moved in with my boyfriend to Bondi Beach, it’s the first time I’ve ever lived at the beach, and it’s also the first time I’ve had a dog. Now my free time is heavily guided by a little frenchie called Bear. Thankfully, one of my favourite pastimes is walking! I travel quite a bit to the US, and I feel like my social life is over there, when I’m back here things are much lower key. Friday night is usually a nice stroll along the boardwalk up to North Bondi. If it’s good weather we might take a couple of roadies and sit on the grass and do some ocean watching. If it’s cold (and already dark) it’s the boardwalk and then home to cook dinner with some cocktails, then some TV watching – right now it’s Jury Duty – and then an early night after a long week.
Often on Saturdays I do fashion shoots for my business Mys Tyler. We do shoots all over (New York, LA, New Zealand) but because I’m based here it’s a lot easier, so we can do it a lot more often locally. For this recent shoot we collaborated with Aussie brands – Little Party Dress, Embody Women and Made590. It was such a fun day (but they are always exhausting too – there’s a lot of carrying clothes, steaming clothes, yelling at people so it gets done in time ;). They are a great chance for creators on our platform to meet each other and get some professional shots. I’m normally in the background sweating, but this time I got a little glam and jumped into some of the pics, so that was a fun change for me. My mum is my biggest supporter and at the age of 70 became a fashion influencer – she’s the woman in blue – she’s loving that she gets “gifted” lots of clothes now.
If there’s no shoot, then it’s more walking, we’ll do the full Bondi to Bronte walk (that coastal walk is one of the most beautiful in the world, so I’m loving having it on the doorstop). It’s a standard takeaway almond flat white from The Coop, and then we head and sit down on the brick wall and watch the surf. In summer, I’ll go swimming but I’m too much of a wuss in winter. Then on to check off some chores – washing, cleaning, shopping etc.
Surprisingly I do most of my socializing post work these days – wine catch ups with fellow founders is a weekly occurrence. But Saturday nights are the other good chance to catch up with friends, there’s either something official like a housewarming, birthday, or wedding or I’ll organise a dinner or drinks catch up with friends. We recently tried Kiln above the ACE hotel and that’s a really great spot, the hotel bar is great as well. I’m also loving checking out the inner west which is an area I’m only recently discovering (I’ve been gone from Sydney a long time, so I’m late to the party). Brewery and Distillery Crawls in Marrickville are really fun, and so many great venues now in Newtown.
Rose Bay is a dog beach, so it’s a great place to head for morning walk, and we’ll stop in and grab coffee and a bite there too. It’s fun seeing all the pups running in and out of the water and playing with each other. Good for the soul. Then I’ll do some work prep for the week ahead. I was pretty burnt out last year, so I’ve been really intentional this year about taking time out and not working around the clock. I try to be really present on the weekends and give that part of my brain a rest (and remind myself there’s more to the world) but a little pre-week planning is a good exercise that makes me feel organised and ready for the week.
One of my sisters (I have 3), and her hubby and little toddler moved back from Singapore a year ago, so I love catching up with them and playing with my little nephew Leo. It’s usually a very early dinner (which is actually totally fine with me) and then once Leo is in bed, we break out the Monopoly Go (it’s like a card version of the board game), we became addicted to it when I visited them in Singapore and it’s the only time I really play games. We drink herbal tea, play games and just chill and catch up. If that’s not on, I love finding a yoga class for a Sunday afternoon, such a nice way to end the weekend and feel restored for the week.