Mini Magazine Fall 2015, Sarah Michelle Gellar

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OF THE BEST DIGITAL BABY MONITORS ON THE MARKET How to Deal with Tricky Post-Baby Skin

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MINI JE T’AIME— PINT-SIZED FALL LOOKS FROM PARIS

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Charlotte and Rocky’s mom invites us into her kitchen— plus her new brand the kids will love!

PLUS INSIDE MOM CRUSH ASHLEY WILLIAMS’ NURSERY

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Recipes to keep you inspired all school year long

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Tinycottons comes a new collection of sweet prints and pieces to keep your Mini cozy as the temperatures drop. This bear bodysuit tops our list along with the festive pine cone print available in both white and blue. tinycottons, tinycottons.com

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COLOR C HA NG E

The leaves are not the only things changing colors this season! Stokke has just introduced two new jewel-toned Style Kits for their luxury strollers inspired by the vivid beauty of nature. The Burgundy and Olive hues are a fun way to match your Stokke® Xplory®, Stokke® Crusi™ and Stokke® Trailz™ to the sophisticated mood of fall. —stokke.com

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When there’s a chill in the air, it’s time for fortbuilding and snuggling and crisp afternoon walks under warm blankets. “These are some of the cutest blankets I’ve ever seen,” says Mini’s Editor in Chief Kate Kirby. “The sayings are just so sweet!” —finandvince.com

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Lace up your Mini duck boots! These boots are a must for the fall season to keep tiny toes toasty and warm! —gapkids.com

Enter to win new goodies for Mom, kids pillows and more!

FA L L Disneyland is magical no matter the season, but now through November 1, you can visit Mickey’s Halloween Party for a series of spook-tacular events!

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It’s Baby DJ School! The muchbuzzed about musical experience is now coming to a venue in NYC this season!—babydjschool.com

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Plan a movie night to introduce your Minis to the Great Pumpkin! It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a classic that’s just right for a fall evening cuddled with your littles.

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42 | GOING NATIVE This multi-purpose must-have will come in handy this fall 16 | MEET THE TEAM The team that makes all the Mini magic possible

23 | THE STYLE SPOT The best of kids jackets, sweatshirts and layering pieces

44 | WHAT’S IN THE BAG Petunia Pickle Bottom’s founder spills her bag

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style spot for our chic Mini moms

stroll with the best gear for the cooler weather

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RSTROM The Could I Have That? blogger dishes on motherhood

85 | SIMONE LEBLANC She’s your go-to gal when you’re looking for a meaningful gift for every occasion.

92 | GEN SOHR Mini catches up with the Nashville-based creative behind Pencil and Paper Co.

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140 | LOVELY LIVLY Mini meets the brand’s founder at her home in Miami

116 | STIRRING UP FUN Sarah Michelle Gellar introduces us to her new foodcrafting company

148 | ASHLEY WILLIAMS The Jim Gaffigan Show star shares her nursery and how she chose her son’s name

132 | RULER OF RECIPES

Catherine McCord of Weelicious gives us a tour of her kitchen and shares her dinnertime savers

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t’s funny how quickly I’m ready to jump into fall each year— ready for the hot apple cider drinking, pumpkin picking, orchard hopping, rain boot wearing, leaf pile jumping and cozy snuggling. I was much more eager for the season of “slowing down” to start this time around than I was last, that is until I realized how close we are to the holiday rush! But I don’t think anyone really “slows down,” ever. Do they? With every interview—like those with moms Ashley Williams, Chriselle Lim, Simone LeBlanc and Samantha Wennerstrom featured in this issue—it’s obvious that we’re always go-go-go-ing. I love reading their little tidbits on how they keep all of the plates spinning, whether it be through intense scheduling or simply being present for one thing at a time, be it work or kids. You’ll find some beautiful homes

in this issue too— perfect timing as fall urges us to relax inside more. From bright, open kitchens with the best natural light to bold wallpapered spaces (check out designer Gen Sohr’s home on p. 92!) and soft, tranquil nurseries—I dare you not to want to makeover every room in your home when you’re done swooning over them. And finally, for ideas on what to do with the kids on those chilly fall days that just beg for baking, check out our feature with cover mom Sarah Michelle Gellar and her latest venture in foodcrafting— Foodstirs! I also kind of love the advice she shared for her kids. Enjoy, Mini friends!

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Urban Stroller Bugaboo Bee3

Designed specifically for parents who live life on the fly.


e d i t o r ’s L I S T

POPCORN PULLOVER

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These sweaters have the cutest popcorn stitching and are hand-knit in Peru. The definition of cozy this fall! $128; misha-and-puff. com MINI SKATEBOARD

The Sidekick™ board is such a fun way for the older Minis to ride along with the littles. $120; orbitbaby.com

◀ SAY ROAR

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DOWNTOWN TOTE

I have serious feelings about the Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote in Bedford Avenue Stop. This bag is roomy, yet organized and comes in the chicest print. $139; petunia.com

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LE PUPPY HAT

This sweatshirt is sassy and sophisticated and excellent for fall layering. $70; minirodini.com

Yes, that is a knit hat with Frenchies on it. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with this print. $24; kirakids.com


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DENIM AND FUR AND BOOTS Oh my! You can find more of our Mini picks for the cooler season ahead on our website: mini-magazine.com

PHOTO: GRETCHEN EASTON

ST YLE SPOT fall runway

The best of kids jackets and vests to layer away this

ST YLE SPOT ST YLE SPOT

keep the chills away

French inspired Sweaters

MOMMY CHIC

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SPOT

WA R M M E U P

Whether you’re out for a stroll or on your way to school, these jackets and vests will let you enjoy the outdoors as long as possible!

WARDROBE ALL STAR

Easy to thrown on, these vests will see use the whole season long. Above: $49; Tea Collection; teacollection.com; Below: $95; Appaman; appaman.com

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CHECK IT OUT

ITSY BITSY, TEENY WEENY

Make a statement with this navy check coat this fall. Il Gufo; melijoe.com.

This Mini trench is the quintessential fall jacket. $78; GapKids; gap.com.

QUILTED CLASSIC

OUT FOR A RIDE

This transports us right to the English countryside. E-Land; $80; diapers.com.

A petite riding jacket in the softest gray hue. $159; marie-chantal.com.



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S W E AT E R S E A S O N It’s true! Sweater season is here and we cannot wait to break out these chunky cable knits, warm wools and cuddly cottons.

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$110; Thumper Bunny Sweater, saksfifthavenue.com

$32; Cable Knit Cardigan, joefresh.com

$34; Tucker + Tate Fox Knit Sweater, nordstrom.com

2. EEK! A MOUSE!

4. FOR A CAUSE

6. CONNECT THE DOTS

$48; Knitted Jacket with Mouse Ears in Navy, bodenusa.com M I N I s u m m e r ‘15

$59.50; David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Sweatshirt, jcrew.com

$46; Dot-to-Dot Fleece Sweatshirt in Golden, kidandkind.com



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While top design houses took over the capital for Paris Fashion Week, mini models twirled on the runway in Groupe Zannier’s Best of France show in Times Square. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK PFEFFER AND PATRICK SASSO/COMPANY: LOOP SEVEN

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Orange Coat: Tartine et Chocolat Manteau, $396; Fur Vest: Tartine et Chocolat Gilet Fourrure, $247 at Mon Petit (Brooklyn, NYC), Grey Denim: Tartine et Chocolat Pantalon, $115 at Posh Kids (West Hollywood, CA) RIGHT

Tee with Plaid Heart: Junior Gautier, $73 at Mon Petit (Brooklyn, NYC); Plaid Skirt: Junior Gaultier, $152; Red Beret: Junior Gautier, $53

$158; IKKS Blazer zappos.com

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Purple Jacket: Catimini Ethnique Blue Quilted Jacket, $118; Printed dress: Catimini Ethnique Chic Giraffe Dress, $124 at shop catimini.com BELOW

Blazer: IKKS, $158; Plaid Shirt: IKKS, $96; Denim: IKKS, $96; Reversible Scarf: IKKS, $53 at zappos. com

$118; Catimini Ethnique Blue Quilted Jacket shopcatimini.com

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Printed Dress: Catimini UGM Rose Dress, $138; Yellow Sweater: Catimini UGM Yellow Cardigan, $109 at shop catimini.com


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RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

From the founder of timi & leslie comes new diaper bag brand, Newlie. We love that the edgy Louise Backpack ($106) can also be worn on the shoulder or cross-body. —newlie.com

NEW BAG IN TOWN

JEM+BEA Armed with the belief that a handbag is an essential part of your style, identity and personality, the two moms behind JEM + BEA are on a mission to redefine the baby bag. Two of our favorite bags in the collection, the Jemima and Beatrice (named after their two children) offer functionality and sophistication that translates well from day into night. —jemandbea.co.uk

MOMMY CHIC INSPIRATION

“ The shape and style of the Rotunda bag allows it to work long after the baby days,” says Mini’s Editor in Chief Kate Kirby. —littleunicorn.com

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Made of durable black vegan leather, this chic tote ($195) boasts nine interior pockets, a changing pad large enough for a toddler and a wipeable, waterproof nylon lining. —charlotteandasher.com

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Privacy Clutch, $54, onetruffle.com

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TOOL KIT

We’re spilling our stash of fall-friendly beauty products for moms running low on time. As the weather takes a sharp turn from sunshine bliss to chilly willy, your makeup routine should adapt. That’s where these products come in! Warmer colors are on parade this season from lipstick to cream blush.

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Luminous Modern Matte Lipstick in Glastonberry, $32 charlottetilbury.com 4.

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Oil-Absorbing Blot Film, $16 for 30 sheets maccosmetics.com

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angel kiss

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Courrèges Estée Lauder Iridescent Ball Highlighter, $26 esteelauder.com 5.

draw the line

TARTE

SmolderEYES™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner, $19 tartecosmetics.com

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Essie Nail Polish in In the Lobby, $8.50 essie.com

color guard

SEPHORA X PANTONE

Bold Marsala Mascara + Brow Highlighter, $20 sephora.com 6.

warm glow

JOSIE MARAN

Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Berry Bliss, $22 josiemarancosmetics.com


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MOTHER TUCKER® COMPRESSION LEGGINGS • Tummy-flattening center with additional layer of compression • 3 targeted compression zones shape your belly, butt and thighs • Seamless, breathable knit holds its shape wash after wash • 360° of compression smoothes your “muffin top”


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The FeverFrida from the creator of the NoseFrida allows parents to monitor baby’s real-time temperature. You will also receive alerts when it begins to rise! —fridababy.com

MINI FAVORITE GADGET

MEET KINSA

The sick season is here! Enter our favorite new gadget, the Kinsa Smart Themometer. The smart tool plugs into your headphone jack for quick and accurate readings in 10 seconds— great for squirmy kids! You can also connect with the free Kinsa app to track temperatures, symptoms and medications for each of your Minis. —kinsahealth. com

RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The Track N Treat app from Glympse to keep tabs on your Minis this Halloween night! The free app allows parents to track a child’s movements in real-time, share their location with others, while also maintaining privacy by establishing exactly who is allowed to view their whereabouts and for how long. Available October 15 for Android and iOS.

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Dr. Smith’s also available in a 2 oz. and 3 oz. ointment.

Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment and Spray products are available at retailers across the country including Target, Babies “R” Us, buybuy BABY, Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, and other fine retailers.

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Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray has parents talking.

“Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray is perfect for quick and complete coverage. Just a quick spray on red areas, and my son’s rash was gone by the next diaper change.” – Stepfanie, mom of four

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The NUMBER OF DAYS OLD at which a baby will recognize its MOTHER’S VOICE. Even just one single syllable! So those talk-back features on baby monitors can help!

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Sorting through the droves of baby monitors can feel overwhelming for new parents. Mini rounds up our top picks to simplify it for you!

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be quite a sea to swim through. Mini has selected our top monitors based on features, ease of use and price so you can cross one more item off of your baby prep list. We know, not everyone’s into WiFi monitors but trust us, we’ve got you covered no matter what!

Baby Touch® WiFi Video Monitor & Internet Viewing System, $249.99, SUMMER INFANT

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the

mini micro

for children ages 3 to 5 The Mini Micro Kickboard is the quality 3-wheel kick scooter with an award-winning Swiss desig n. Ideal for children ages 3-5, the Mini Micros’s 3 wheels, low-to-the-ground deck, and gentle lean-and-steer handle bar all contribute to the stability that makes the Mini perfect for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. The lean-and-steer desig n is what makes the mini unique and fun. Using their body weight to curve right and left, kids intuitively learn to ‘surf the sidewalk’, developing balance, coordination and motor skills.

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KIDS

MODERN MARVEL

Stay on top of every detail with the NEST CAM . Get alerts of motion and sound when you’re not watching the feed, turn on Night Vision and talk back via the mic and speaker. There’s a reason this one’s on the top of the list! $199; nest.com.

TRIED AND TRUE

MR. SIMPLE

Motorola has a long history of exceptional gadgetmaking and their MBP867

If it’s a simple monitor you’re looking for, the

VTECH DM222 SAFE AND SOUND DIGITAL is it. The

7 INCH LCD DIGITAL VIDEO MONITOR continues the

monitor also doubles as a night light that projects stars and moons onto the ceiling and plays a lullaby. $59; vtechphones.com.

tradition. We give a big thumbs up to the large screen and room temperature monitoring. $199; target.com.

HIGH DEF BABY

BUDGET FRIENDLY

With two-times the resolution of traditional baby monitors, the SUMMER

SHARP SIGHT HD VIDEO MONITOR features two-way

communication and an HD camera to pan/scan/zoom. $269; summerinfant.com. PARENT’S BEST FRIEND

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If an affordable video monitor is what you need, the LILA ™ 2.4 INCH DIGITAL VIDEO MONITOR is the one. With talk-back capability, it also provides a clear and secure digital signal from up to 500ft away. $89; target.com.

A fraction of the price of other high-end monitors, the COMFORTCAM ™ packs a big punch in a Mini package. We love that the Cam connects with a simple app to stay connected to baby, whereever you may be. $149; comfortcam.com.


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See our full line of baby gates at munchkin.com


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WHO SHE IS Mom of two Susanna McMillan designed the Nest™ and each is handmade in Nashville.

G O I N G N AT I V E

Made for a new generation of moms on the move, the Nest™ from Native Wilds takes multi-purpose to a whole new level. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NATIVE WILDS

Native wilds is both clever and cool, practical and pretty, crafty and convenient. We’re always looking for ways to cut down on the baby chaos and their brilliantly designed Nest™ cover is just one more way to make it happen. Nest™ can be worn as an infinity scarf or nursing cover and fashioned into a car

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seat or shopping cart cover. Each is made of silky soft, lightweight bamboo and features a hidden, built-in storage pocket to keep track of both you and baby’s essentials while out and about. What’s more, you can fold the entire Nest™ into the pocket— no more wondering how one extra item will fit in the diaper bag! —nativewilds.com


GO AHEAD, FLAUNT YOUR BUMP. LET THE BELLABAND HOLD YOUR PANTS UP.

mid pregnancy Wear pulled up or folded over to hold up and smooth out too-loose maternity wear

late pregnancy Use folded over once or twice to hold up your pants when your belly pushes them down

post partum Helps the transition with tooloose maternity pants or too-tight pre-pregnancy jeans

e a r ly p r e g n a n c y Wear folded over to hold up unbuttoned pre-pregnancy jeans

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ORANGE TIC TACS

WHAT’S IN THE BAG

“Good for very small bribes, on occasion.” “You’d be surprised how much this comes in handy for me!”

STORY CUBES

PAPER CALENDAR

“I like to have an easily accessible copy of our family’s activities, in addition to my iPhone.” 2016 Cities, $26; riflepaper.com

W H AT ’ S I N T H E B A G

DE NA I JON E S The Petunia Pickle Bottom founder and mom of two boys spills the contents of her Downtown Tote to Mini.

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HER POCKETBOOK

“Always a bit overstuffed with receipts!” Pivot Pocketbook in Electric Circus; petunia.com

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HER CARRYALL

Jones is currently carrying the Downtown Tote in Secrets of Salvador; petunia.com

photo by DANIELE ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

MEASURING TAPE

“The best tiny activity to always have on hand when out and about with kids.” $7; amazon.com



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Designed and made in London, Oh...My! is a quintessential British children’s brand with an eccentric twist. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONATHAN MALPASS




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veggie tales You may be telling your Minis to eat their veggies, but what about wearing them? The new Oeuf Foodilicious collection is inspired by the Park Slope Co-Op in Brooklyn and features a wholesome assortment or quirky food-inspired clothing and accessories.

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holiday season The holidays will soon be here, but we’re dreaming of embarking on another— the kind that requires sunshine, swimsuits and beautiful beachwear. Stella Cove’s latest collection takes these to a whole new level, with each pretty enough for a pool party.

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on the scene

T H E P I PA

This chic collaboration combines the award-winning safety features of the Nuna® PIPA™ with the modern design aesthetic of Stokke® that parents love. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF STOKKE HOT AND COLD

Smart fabric keeps Minis cool in warmer temperatures and cozy in cooler climates.

OFF BASE

Can be used with a vehicle’s seat belt without the use of a base.

LIGHTWEIGHT

PIPA™ is ergonomic and lightweight, totaling just 10.5 pounds.

PICK-ME-UP

Aluminum handle bar makes carrying easy.

SAFETY FIRST

5-Point harness keeps little ones safe and secure.

EASY INSTALL

The base’s green-forgo safety indicators, steel stability leg and True lock™ installation system make it a breeze to set up.

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BEST FRIENDS

PIPA™ attaches to all Stokke strollers— no adaptors needed.


The

Convertible Stroller

Bugaboo Donkey

Designed specifically to grow and flow with your family.


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T H E TAV O

Nuna’s latest stroller that’s light on weight, but heavy on features— perfect for both fall traveling and the everyday. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NUNA SHADY BABY

Sky smart™ canopy provides both extreme coverage and windows.

THE SHIELD

Flip-out eyeshade and revolutionary dream drape™ provide extra protection.

SAFE AND SOUND

EASY ACCESS

3 or 5-point, anti-loop, adjustable harness with quick click release button provides ultimate safety.

One piece, onehand open and close fold for busy parents.

SWAG BASKET

Large storage basket with compartment divider for the essentials.

SLEEP ZONE

Adjustable calf support comforts tiny snoozers along with the reclining backrest.

LOCKED IN

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Lockable front swivel wheels give added peace of mind.


one-click wonder Growth spurt alert? TAVO has it covered. Designed to provide tons of room for both the little ones (from both head-to-toe and side-to-side!) and you (the basket is spacious enough for your and their swag combined). All while providing a shade haven with its canopy’s incorporated dream drape and connecting to our oh-so-secure Nuna PIPA infant car seat with one-click—no adapters needed. From day one on, the TAVO is a flattering fit for both your lifestyle—and them.

learn all about it at nuna.eu


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THE BOUNCEROO

From the makers of the mamaRoo® comes this bouncer seat with 3 unique vibration modes and 3 intensity settings to help calm and soothe your baby. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF 4MOMS

PLAY TIME

Overhead toy mobile with reversible toy balls.

LIGHTWEIGHT

This bouncer is lightweight and compact, at less than 6 pounds!

PLUSH SEAT

Just like the classic, the soft plush seat is easy to remove and machine washable.

NATURAL RHYTHM

Natural bouncing motion with baby’s movement keeps the smiles coming.

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VIBRATION MODES

SMART BOUNCER

PUT TO USE

bounceRoo™ is the only bouncer with 3 unique vibration modes— heartbeat, wave and bee!

bounceRoo™ has 3 vibration intensity settings and automatic vibration shut off after 20 minutes.

bounceRoo™ can be used from birth until 25 lbs or until the child can sit up unassisted.

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stroll on Whether it be an all day outing on cruise control or just a quick spin around the block, our MIXX is ready for the stroll ahead. With three riding modes, two crazily compact ways to fold, and one sweet, sleek sleeper seat, the MIXX is designed with all the little details in mind so your adventures in parenthood can be that much easier. Happy strolling — in smart style.

learn all about it at nuna.eu


MINI

B O OK C LU B

A stack of books (and a cozy pair of pajamas!) can be just what you need on a chilly autumn day with your Minis. Pick a title from this list of our current must-reads!

FOR THE DARK

NIGHT ANIMALS

by Gianna Marino A funny read for kids who may be afraid of the dark! FOR FALL

EDITOR’S PICK

LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST

by John Funk There’s only one drop of maple syrup left— it’s the funniest food fight ever! FOR LAUGHS

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NINJA BABY

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THANKSGIVING PARADE FOR BEDTIME

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE

by Sherri Duskey Rinker Read along as the hardworking trucks get ready for bed.

by Price Stern Sloan A rhyming book that captures the best of the parade!



SALAMI CREAM CHEESE BAGEL BITES INGREDIENTS SERVES 4 8 everything bagel bites or 2 regular sized bagels 8 slices salami 1/3 cup cream cheese

INSTRUCTIONS 1 Slice each bagel in half. 2 Spread 1 teaspoon cream cheese on each bagel bite half or 4 teaspoons cream cheese on each bagel half. 3 Place 1 piece of salami on half of the bagel bites or 4 pieces of salami on half of the bagel. 4 Top with the remaining bagel bites or bagel to create a sandwich. 5 If using the regular bagel slice into quarters. MORE FROM

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LUNCH B OX H E RO

Legendary lunch maker Catherine McCord of Weelicious shares five recipes—as nutritious as they are easy on the eyes— to keep you inspired all school year long.

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF WEELICIOUS


pesto pe r f ec t Turkey Pesto Meatballs, peas, watermelon, strawberries, crispy edamame, Mary’s Gone Crackers.

TURKEY PESTO MEATBALLS SERVES 4-6 | 35 MINUTES TOTAL TIME

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

1 1/4 pound lean ground turkey 1/4 cup pesto (recipe linked below) 1/4 cup breadcrumbs 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups tomato sauce

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2 Place all the ingredients (except for the marinara sauce) in a bowl and using your hands, combine until everything is incorporated. 3 Using about 1 tablespoon of the mixture per meatball, roll into balls and place on a plate. 4 Pour the marinara sauce into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan and top with the meatballs. 5 Cover the baking pan with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

S O R TA S U S H I Olive Tapenade “sushi”, corn sheets, strawberries, raspberries, edamame, Bonga Foods chews.

SUSHI SANDWICHES MAKES 3 ROLLS OR 12 PIECES

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

3 pieces of whole wheat sandwich bread 1 can of tuna (i use albacore in water) 1 teaspoon capers, chopped 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (plus more for spreading on the bread) 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard 1 cucumber, cut into long, thin sticks 1 carrot, grated

1 Cut the crusts off of each slice of bread and roll out as thin as possible with a rolling pin. 2 Place the tuna, capers, mayonnaise and dijon mustard in a bowl and stir to combine. 3 Place the long side of the rolled out bread closest to you. 4 Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on each slice of rolled out bread. 5 Thinly spread 1/3 of the tuna mixture onto half of the bread lengthwise. 6 On top of the tuna mixture, arrange some of the cucumber sticks and grated carrot making sure not too over stuff the roll (a little goes a long way). 7 Starting at the side closest to you (the filled end) tightly roll the tuna/cucumber/carrot mixture up and press to seal into a roll (I dab a bit of mayonnaise across the end of the roll to act as a glue sealing the roll). 8 Cut the roll into 4 even pieces and repeat with remaining bread and tuna mixture.


BANANA BITES Banana Dog Bites, carrots, chocolate cranberries, figs, Way Better Snacks.

BANANA DOG BITES SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

2 bananas, peeled 1/4 cup peanut butter, divided (you could also use almond or sunflower butter) 2 tortillas

1 Place one tortilla on a flat surface and spread 2 tbsp of peanut butter on the tortilla to evenly coat. 2 Place one banana near the edge of the tortilla and roll it up. 3 Slice into 1/2 inch rounds and serve. *If your tortilla bread is stiff, you can put it in the microwave in between two pieces of moist paper towel and heat for 15-20 seconds or until softened.

W H O L LY H U M M U S Black Bean Hummus + chips, PB&J Thumbprint Cookies, mini peppers, olives, pineapple, strawberry, guava

BLACK BEAN HUMMUS SERVES 8 | 6 MINUTES TOTAL TIME

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 1 small garlic clove 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons water juice of 1/2 a lemon 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped toasted corn tortillas 1 package whole corn tortillas (about 12)

1 Place the pepitas in a dry sautĂŠ pan and toast over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until the pepitas start to turn golden. 2 Place the pepitas and garlic clove in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute. 3 Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. *For the tortillas: 4 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 5 Place corn tortillas directly on oven racks and toast for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and golden. 6 Serve whole or broken into chips.




MINI SPENT TEN MINUTES with the Happily Eva After

blogger and mom to one-yearold Marlowe, covering every base from designing a home to her favorite kids book to growing up with actor parents (Susan Sarandon and Franco Amurri) to the ultimate baby splurge (“a night nurse!”).

E VA AMURRI MARTINO INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA AMURRI MARTINO

Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Sam Cooke. ON MY IPOD

GREATEST CHALLENGE OF

Finding room for your own personality, interests and experiences within the framework of caring for your family. Also, asking for help! I’m terrible at that, but getting better. MOTHERHOOD

HOW HAS MOTHER-

It’s made me completely reprioritize my life, my work, my friendships. I have become more adept at letting superfluous things go and even more fierce about fighting for the things that matter most.

HOOD CHANGED YOU

ON HER BLOG “I wanted to find a way to be an excellent parent, loving partner and multifaceted woman. I decided to create a resource for parents who were craving a similar lifestyle.”

CURRENT MOM UNIFORM

I live in great jeans, crisp white T-shirts (I love Monrow, Zara and Petit Bateau), and a badass pair of sunglasses.


ON THE CLOCK

FAVORITE SHOPS FOR BABY

Eggy, Fred Segal Baby, Petit Bateau, Jacadi, ZARA and GapKids.

IDEAL DATE NIGHT

Sushi, a movie and a nightcap at a sexy bar. ADVICE TO MY NEW PARENT

Don’t sweat the small stuff. And sleep when the baby sleeps, even if you don’t think you need to! SELF

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.

LAST BOOK I READ

MY FAVORITE KIDS BOOK

Little Blue Truck! It has a great message and Marlowe loves the illustrations.

SIGNATURE LIPSTICK

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #401. No contest. HOW MY MOM INFLUENCED MY PARENTING STYLE

Witnessing my own mother parent us has been the greatest tool in recognizing what is possible with the work/life balance. She was a hardworking actress while also being a loving and present parent. I strive for that myself.

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Naeng Myun. A cold Korean soup of vinegary cucumber broth, buckwheat noodles, strips of brisket and spicy mustard.

PREGNANCY CRAVING

I put the kettle on first thing and go to get Marlowe from her crib. We both kiss her lovies before we leave them in her bed and go downstairs to start the day. MORNING SNAPSHOT

GREATEST JOY OF MOTHERHOOD

Watching Marlowe teach us more and more about herself. SIGNATURE SCENT

Loukhoum by Keiko Mecheri.

HOW I’M DESIGNING MY HOME

The bones of our house are very traditional, so I wanted to offset that for us (as a young family) by playing with bold color and pattern. I [also] made sure all of the chairs and eating surfaces are stainresistant and can be wiped off easily. There is nothing more boring than people telling children not to make a mess!


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WITH THE BELIEF THAT GIFTS

tell a story, Simone LeBlanc is the go-to resource for fine products to celebrate life’s occasions. LeBlanc offers specialty gifting services and beautifully-curated gift boxes with themes ranging from new baby to breakfast in bed.

SIMONE LEBLANC Mom to Lillian, gifting expert, West Hollywood dweller

interview by

K A I T LY N K I R B Y

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We’re in love with your classic, chic aesthetic! Talk to us about your boutique gifting studio.

MINI |

I had been working as a personal life stylist where the projects focused on my client’s personal clothing tastes and design preferences. I loved connecting with people in this way— finding an object for their home or a gift that was “just the right thing.” Last year, I decided to expand beyond the luxury gifting and offer some of my favorite gifting ideas online, to a broader audience with my gift boxes. The shop is a natural extension of my custom gifts and the boxes are just the beginning!

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MINI |

What is the ideal gift for a new mom?

Something that will remind her to find a little indulgence and relaxation. Something just for her, as it’s such a transi-

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tional time of redefining oneself. It can be something like the most chic, comfy pair of slippers and a robe— our Relaxation Gift Box would be perfect. A simple, everyday piece of jewelry would be lovely as well. I love Grave Lee or Jessica Winzelberg for this type of gift. MINI |

How about a mom-to-be?

Something geared toward the preparation and anticipation of her days ahead with the little one. Our Mom + Baby Gift Box is great for this time of life as it offers a selection of items for mom, baby and family and is designed to feel heirloomfocused. A custom baby quilt is [also] a great idea.

SIMONE LEBLANC |

You’ve recently welcomed your own little one, Lillian. Tell us how you tackled the name game.

MINI |

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Lillian is a family name on


FA S T FA C T S ULTIMATE BABY SPLURGE One of our custom baby books we create for our clients. A true heirloom gift. I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A creative entrepreneur. LAST BOOK I READ Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY I WOULD Do more hot yoga on my own and hike more often with Lillian. BEST GIFT I EVER RECEIVED Lillian. MORNING ROUTINE I like waking up before Lillian to take some “me time” and reset for the day. I have coffee, walk outside into our garden and feel the open air. I’ll answer East Coast emails and spend a few minutes just thinking— or not thinking. It’s my time to indulge a bit.

How has your career shifted to accomodate motherhood?

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my husband’s side. We really wanted to give our daughter a name that felt of another era but also had personal meaning. It is a fanciful name and even though [Lillian] is not out rightly “girlie,” it feels just right for her— beautiful, and thoughtful.

Owning my own business, it’s natural for me to be in a 24/7 mindset with all that I have on my plate and am creating. I now prioritize differently as far family, myself and the time for my business. It is about finding the balance of all that matters to me, knowing my intentions and being flexible to shift things as needed. I realize that I cannot approach my hours in the day with the same amount of multi-tasking gusto that I used to have. I have to be more selective, take on less, and maximize where I spend my energy.

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WHEN SHE FOUND HERSELF

on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, this new mom first began seeing her blog as a career. Since then, she has expanded her content to encompass family and baby (she welcomed daughter Elin in November 2014), all the while staying true to her style.

S A M A N T HA WENNERSTROM Lifestyle blogger at Could I Have That?, Mom to Elin, Santa Barabara dweller

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MINI |

Each of your looks seem so effortlessly chic. How would you describe your personal style?

MINI |

I love classic pieces. I think that comes from my mom and grandmother. They have this eye for timeless beauty that I still find myself gravitating toward. I’m also drawn to minimal and tomboyish looks.

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Now that you’re a mom to Baby Elin, has your approach to style shifted at all?

What would you say are the musthaves every mom should have in their wardrobe? Stylish sneakers, boyfriend jeans and a great tote.

How do you now carve out time for blogging since the addition of your daughter? Have you found it more difficult or are you learning to juggle well?

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It’s definitely a juggle that I’m still learning to manage. I try to separate the two so that I’m giving each my full attention.

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MINI |

What were your keys to staying true to your personal style while pregnant?

MINI |

Investing in good maternity jeans and showing off my bump.

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What would you say is the one aspect of motherhood that really surprised you? The crazy love you feel right away. There’s no way to describe it.


What do you perceive as the greatest challenge of parenting?

MINI |

Patience and balance. I think it’s so important as a parent to get adult time every once in a while. I feel like it makes me a much better mom.

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On the flip side, what has been your greatest joy of parenting thus far?

MINI |

There is so much joy, I’m not sure where to begin. Little moments like when Elin snuggles with me after waking up from a nap and watching her hit milestones like taking her first steps. It’s all so amazing.

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FA S T FA C T S GUILTY PLEASURE Chocolate chip cookies. LIPSTICK Blush Nude by Tom Ford. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. SIGNATURE SCENT Le Labo Santal 33. FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP DIANI Living. BABY SPLURGE Orbit Baby stroller. ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM Honest wipes.

With such a stylish mama, we’re certain [Elin’s] wardrobe is expanding as well! What are some of your favorite pieces in her current rotation?

MINI |

Leggings from Stella McCartney Kids, a ruffled dress from Egg by Susan Lazar, a muted gray bloomer and top set from Makie and a cashmere set from Marie-Chantal.

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If you could give Elin one piece of fashion advice, what would it be?

MINI |

SAMANTHA WENNERSTROM |

good!

Wear what makes you feel


MINI

GEN SOHR Co-founder and Creative Principal at Pencil and Paper Development Co., Mom to Lucy and Oden, Nashville dweller

HAVING SPENT YEARS AS A

stylist and merchandiser for large retail brands like Gap, Victoria’s Secret and The Body Shop, this design maven has developed quite the knack (and reputation!) for creating bright, bold spaces that push the envelope— those that are as practical as they are pretty.

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DESIGN TO GO Pencil and Paper Co’s Design to Go program offers an online, affordable alternative to interior design.

We’re such huge fans of your design work! Tell us how you would describe your approach to interiors.

MINI |

I think about design very much like a puzzle. Nothing I love more then being dropped into a room full of furniture, art and accessories and figuring out how it works best!

GEN SOHR |

What makes a space a Pencil and Paper Co. signature? What would you say is characteristic of your design projects?

MINI |

We are certainly drawn to a clean, white space and great natural light is always a plus. We really love creating beautiful, family-friendly spaces filled with color and pattern. We aspire to create “Happy Homes.”

GEN SOHR |

How do you tackle designing a sophisticated space that’s also practical?

MINI |


People often ask me how we make white walls work with kids— but I think white walls are actually the most practical! You can magic erase just about anything off of them and they give the impression of a clean, sun-filled space; [white walls] are always a yes in my book. I try and think about fabrics that get better with age. Velvet and a great patterned sofa just seem to look even chicer once they are worn-in. We also have a rule that food stays in the kitchen. Disaster averted!

GEN SOHR |

Many parents may be reluctant to use wallpaper in their kids rooms, but you do it so well! What should Mini readers know about choosing or installing wallpaper?

MINI |

We often use wallpaper in a foyer or powder room, spaces that kids are less likely to be throwing a ball around in. I do think wallpaper can be super fun in a nursery or child’s room,

GEN SOHR |

but then I typically limit it to an accent wall (behind the crib or bed)— something that still allows kids to have fun in the space and not be in fear of damaging the wallpaper.


What are your favorite color combos to use in children’s spaces?

MINI |

I’m consistently drawn to blue and white with pops of red. I also am really loving pink and rich dark green together. I find starting with a pattern you love, whether it is a great piece of art or favorite fabric or even book, can be a fun jumping off point for creating a color palette.

GEN SOHR |

How have you designed your own home to suit your family? What are some of your favorite elements in your own home?

MINI |

We took our unused attic space in our most recent renovation and transformed it into a fun kids zone complete with pink pong table and built-in beds. I love that the kids have a separate space to entertain friends during sleepovers— and that it keeps the noise contained.

GEN SOHR |

T R AV E L L O G Gen Sohr shares her five must-visit, kid-friendly locales in Nashville. 1. Cheekwood Gardens and Museum 2. Bobby’s Dairy Dip 3. Frist Center 4. Afternoon music and dancing at Robert’s Western World 5. Movies or live music at Centennial Park


As a designer and mother of two, how do you maintain that work/life balance?

MINI |

I’m a scheduler. Having a well mapped out day helps me keep my sanity. I’m lucky to run my own business and create my own work schedule. My work day mirrors Oden’s school schedule. After many years working crazy hours in corporate America, I treasure the freedom to be able to pick up my son from school and hear first-hand all the details of his day. Typically, I sneak in my last few hours of work at night.

GEN SOHR |

Kids this fall will bring many school projects and artwork home from school! What would you say are the best ways to display these?

MINI |

DESIGN 101 Gen Sohr shares her best tips for creating a chic space for your Minis. Start with a favorite kids book or piece of art for inspiration. Spaces don’t need to use kid specific furniture. Collect what you love! Arrange furniture in zones. I often position a bed in the corner of the room so there is still space for play. Use unexpected lighting!

I love a gallery wall. My studio space is covered wall to wall with art, much of it treasures the kids have created over the years. I also love the idea of buying inexpensive frames from Ikea or Target to easily make kids art feel even more special.

GEN SOHR |


FA S T FA C T S COFFEE ORDER I’m a Coke girl. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Fantastic Mr. Fox. FAMILY MEAL Anything my husband cooks, but his pork verde is legendary. SIGNATURE SCENT La Violette by Annick Goutal. DESIGN PET PEEVE Furniture sets or anything that looks straight out of a catalog. KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Hattie B’s and Elliston Place in Nashville and Merridee’s in Franklin. MOM UNIFORM Cropped, wide leg jeans (Point Sur Denim from J.Crew are my favorite), usually a woven top, a stack of wooden bangles, vintage gold Rolex and a pop of my signature orangey red (usually in the form of my favorite tote). DATE NIGHT Thrifting followed by a bite to eat at Mas Tacos.


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MINI CHAT

INDIE LEE

Mini chats with the founder of the eponymous all-natural skincare line (and mom of two!) plus, we find out how to deal with those tricky post-baby skin woes. PHOTOS COURTESY OF INDIE LEE

Tell us about Indie Lee’s unique approach to skincare.

MINI |

I started this brand after receiving news of a potentially fatal brain tumor that doctors felt could have been environmentally derived. When the doctors said the cause of it could have been something as simple as

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my skincare routine, I had an “a-ha” moment and my life from that point on was dedicated to helping others make healthier choices for themselves. I started with products I was using on a day-to-day basis and reformulated them in my kitchen using safe and natural ingredients (don’t worry, our collection is now created in a sterile lab!).


W H AT E V E R Y M O M S H O U L D O W N “A great multi-tasking balm (I use our Hydrating Body Balm) that you can keep on your vanity or stick in your handbag. They are great for chapped lips, wind-burned cheeks, scrapes and bruises.”

P O S T- BA B Y SK I N

FA L L M U S T - H AV E S

“If you have dry skin, use a plant based oil— something that isn’t going to clog pores, but actually hydrate your skin. Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturize with an oil. When you strip the excess WHERE TO oil from your skin, SPLURGE you send a signal “Your moisturizer. to your sebaceous It’s used on your skin daily, after you bathe gland to keep proor wash you face and ducing oil. Also, your pores are open. eating clean and [It should] keep your healthy, staying hyskin hydrated without allowing any potential drated and trying to toxins in. Plus, the right get some sleep will moisturizer will help do your body (and with anti-aging and give you a natural glow your skin) wonders.

“A great moisturizer (like the Squalane Facial Cream) that not only hydrates the skin but also protects against environmental stressors. [Wind and freezing temperatures] can lead to premature aging, which people don’t often realize, so you want to keep exposed skin protected. I also love a great face mask (our Clearing Mask). Fall is the perfect time to reevaluate your skincare routine and start the new season off right by decongesting pores from dirt and toxins.

for those days when we can’t get through our full makeup routine.”

W H AT S H E U S E S “In the morning after I shower, I apply our Squalane Facial Oil, Swiss Apple Facial Serum and Calendula Eye Balm. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so my makeup is minimal, just eyeliner, mascara and a touch of concealer.

SKINCARE NO-NO “[It’s] different for everyone. Not reading the ingredients in your products is a big no-no. I like to say— I know the risks, I get to make the choice.”


FA S T FA C T S MORNING SNAPSHOT Every morning, before I get out of bed I, text my best friend “Good morning, Sunshine” then start scanning through email (I know it’s a terrible habit). I meditate for 20 minutes before getting out of bed to get the day started. My kids are incredibly independent in the morning, so they don’t need too much assistance from me getting out the door. ULTIMATE GETAWAY Bali retreat. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. BEST PARENTING ADVICE Listen to your kids. Don’t just hear them, listen. ON MY IPOD Everything from Mozart to Beyonce. Also, oddly into country music right now. BREAKFAST I start every morning off with a protein-packed smoothie. ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM Hair ties for my daughter. I don’t know what she does with them, but they seem to disappear daily. LIPSTICK I always have an ILIA lipstick in my bag (or two or three).

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THE MOM FA C T O R

Fashion maven and renowned beauty behind The Chriselle Factor, Chriselle Lim has recently taken on a new title— Mom to daughter, Chloe Victoria.

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interview by

K A I T LY N K I R B Y



MINI |

You’re a stylist, editor, digital maven and now a mom! How do you devote time to each one of these areas of your life and remain organized?

I honestly didnt expect myself to have this much fun with motherhood. I knew I was going to adapt to it, but I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with the process.

I have a great support team and there is absolutely no way I’m able to do all the things that I do without them. At home, I have my aunt who helps me take care of Chloe on the days I go to the office. The key thing is to trust the people behind you and allow them to do their job so you can do yours. It’s all about focus and knowing when to check in and out. When I’m at work, I give my 200% and when I’m at home with Chloe, I give her my undivided attention.

MINI |

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The recovery period after giving birth. I suffered a bit from Postpartum Depression and that is something I was not prepared for. For the first three months after I gave birth, it was really tough. I found myself crying in the bathroom a lot because I felt overwhelmed and exhausted. My hormones were flying off the walls and I couldn’t control my emotions.

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MINI |

The bond that i’ve developed with her. I never knew I had it in me, but whenever I see Chloe I just want to drop everything that I’m doing. It’s also been incredibly rewarding seeing her develop different skills as she gets older. From the day she smiled for the first time, to lifting her head, to now sitting up on her own.

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“Hands down, the most flattering pair of bottoms to wear during pregnancy.”

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How do you think your career will change now that you’re a mom?

MINI |

Career wise, I’ve never been happier. We’ve gained a new audience of moms which has inspired us to create more lifestyle content. We started a new series on The Chriselle Factor called Motherhood Mondays where we discuss raw topics that new moms go through. We are still fashion focused, but are sprinkling in more lifestyle content.

CHRISELLE LIM |

BUTTON-UP “I lived in my husband’s button-up [while pregnant]. Wore it with jeans and belted as a dress.”

CUTE FLATS Mom-to-be shoes: “Fancy pointy-toed flats, cool sporty sneakers and cute flat boots.”

Photos: Below: Jeans, J Brand, Shirt, J.Crew, Flats, J.Crew

What would you say is the greatest aspect of motherhood so far? Is being a mom what you expected it to be?

What would you say is the one thing about motherhood that no one can prepare you for?


As a stylist and fashonista, what advice would you give busy moms who still want to look great on little time?

MINI |

Have a uniform. It’s all about knowing what you look best in and repeating it on those days you don’t have time to think about your outfit. For instance, my go-to outfit when I’m pressed for time is a pair of boyfriend jeans, a loose button-up and a few dainty necklaces.

CHRISELLE LIM |

And now with baby Chloe here, we’re certain you’re loving all of the Mini fashion choices! What are some of your favorite pieces in her wardrobe?

MINI |

I am having so much fun dressing up Chloe! Janie and Jack is my favorite store to shop for [her]. They have the best dresses and special occasion pieces. I also love Milk+Bots for more casual wear.

CHRISELLE LIM |


Tell us how you decided on Chloe’s name.

MINI |

Her full name is Chloe Victoria Chen. We decided to name her Chloe after the niece that I helped raise and absolutely adore. My husband’s father’s name was Victor which is where we got Victoria.

CHRISELLE LIM |

You always look flawless! Can you give us the rundown of your beauty routine?

MINI |

I usually use BB Cream, lip tint that I use as blush, a classic black liner and fill in my brows. Where I spend majority of my time on is my skin— I give myself mini facials every night after Chloe goes to bed.

CHRISELLE LIM |

What do you think your parenting style will be like?

MINI |

I imagine I will be the strict one and my husband to be the fun one.

CHRISELLE LIM |


FAS T FAC T S LAST BOOK I READ What to Expect When You’re Expecting. DREAM GETAWAY South of France. DATE NIGHT Sushi with an ocean view. GUILTY PLEASURE French pastries. BABY SPLURGE A baby trench from Burberry. SIGNATURE SCENT Amber Musk by Aerin. BABY BAG My oversized Chanel Deauville tote. LIPSTICK Chubby Stick by Clinique. KIDS BOOK Pat the Bunny. FAVORITE RESTAURANT M.B Post in Manhattan Beach. BEST PARENTING ADVICE Things will get better after the first three months.


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Life with a big family can be an adventure and a challenging one if you’re the brain behind one of the most popular childrenswear collections— but Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Creative Director of MarieChantal, has learned what it means to balance. photography by

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K A I T LY N K I R B Y


What was your inspiration for starting your namesake brand, MarieChantal?

MINI |

When I was pregnant with my third child, I was always running around picking up what I loved from different places. I wanted to create a brand that had everything. A pretty girls line with casual wear to party wear, a fun boys line and a beautiful baby collection.

MARIE-CHANTAL |

Now that autumn is here, what is your idea of the perfect kids ensemble?

MINI |

A fun bold print made from soft cotton. I love our umbrella printed dress worn with a navy cardigan and our red bow coat— super chic for cooler months.

MARIE-CHANTAL |

How do you manage the chaos of motherhood with running the Marie-Chantal brand and your busy schedule?

MINI |

My family comes first before anything. I’m a great delegator at work and have a fantastic team in the office who I can rely on. I’m also very lucky to love what I do. Who wouldn’t love making kids clothes.

MARIE-CHANTAL |


Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece is the mother of five— Olympia, 19, Constantine, 17, Achileas, 15, Odysseas, 11, and Aristides, 7.

Can you outline a typical day in your life for us?

MINI |

Up at seven making breakfast or something healthy for the children and getting my two youngest, Odysseus and Aristides, ready for school. If I have time, I’ll go spinning before work— I just love spinning and loud music. I normally arrive at the office at 10 and my day is often spent with the team or creatives. We are on tight schedules for the next collection so they keep me on a tight rope. Then home for the kids to get dinner ready; we usually dine out two nights a week. We always spend the weekends in the country— it’s so good to get some fresh air!

MARIE-CHANTAL |

What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

MINI |

MARIE-CHANTAL |

I try to balance everything

with a calm clear head. I’m a mother of five; the eldest is 19 and the youngest 7, so their needs are very different. It’s important to have a calm understanding of what they need emotionally.


It isn’t easy when a toddler is having a tantrum or a teenager is angry. I try and imagine what my needs were when I was little and how my mother or father could have reacted better to me. That helps me a lot. Kids absorb your energy, so starting with a lot of patience helps to keep everyone happy. How would you define your parenting style? What is most important to you in raising your children?

MINI |

Communication. I think it is really important to keep a healthy dialogue going with my children, so I understand what is going through their heads. Plus, they know that I am always there for them 100%!

MARIE-CHANTAL |

You were born in London and your husband is Greek. What cultural differences in parenting have you noticed? Are there any British traditions you try to maintain?

MINI |

We’re both quite traditional and come from loving families. Both parents have been married for over 50 years! My husband is close to

MARIE-CHANTAL |

his parents and siblings. He maintains a close relationship and so do I. I think this is what has made us close and happy in our marriage and [ultimately] leads to a happy home. As for traditions, we always have meals with our children. I think sitting down as a family is one of the most important ones to maintain. Looking back now to your first days as a parent, what would you tell yourself?

MINI |

I admire first time parents so much! It’s all so new. I was so excited and scared at the same time. [But] with every new baby came a new experience. I would tell myself that I did ok!

MARIE-CHANTAL |

You have five children! What do you love about having a big family?

MINI |

Life with a big family is always an adventure. I love to see life through

MARIE-CHANTAL |


Marie-Chantal’s two flagship stores can be found in London on Walton St and Ledbury Road.

their eyes. Plus, they keep each other company. We just have to know about your beauty secrets! What products do you use on a daily basis?

MINI |

For me, it’s all about my hair. If it looks good, then I’m happy. For my beauty regime, I keep it simple: Wash my face with a good cleanser and moisturize, put on some bronzer and a lip gloss and I’m ready to go. I’ve been a fan of Dr. Lancer from Los Angeles for 15 years. I also drink about 2 liters a day of water and try to eat healthy.

MARIE-CHANTAL |

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FAS T FAC T S FAVORITE PLACES TO VISIT WITH THE KIDS America in a Winnebago. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. FAVORITE FAMILY MEAL Dim Sum. ULTIMATE MOMMY GETAWAY The Cotswolds or a spa somewhere. BABY SPLURGE Everything by Marie-Chantal, of course! PARENTING ADVICE Stay calm as it keeps a happy environment. SIGNATURE SCENT Amazing Grace by Philosophy. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY I WOULD Go to more exhibitions and museums. One can never have enough culture. BEST GIFT FOR A MOM-TO-BE Marie-Chantal Nest Bag. BEST BABY SHOWER GIFT Marie-Chantal Angel Wing Footie.


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ON THE CLOCK

Mini spends ten minutes with editor, publicist, mom of three and star of Bravo’s Jersey Belle, Jaime Primak Sullivan. FUNNIEST THING MY KIDS SAID

Anytime my Southern babies make fun of my Jersey accent, it kills me.

ALWAYS FIND

Berries, ground turkey and milk.

FAVORITE KIDS BOOK

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt.

MY ADVICE TO MY NEW

The daily mistakes you’re making that keep you up at night now will seem so trivial a few years from now. So get some sleep! PARENT SELF

AS A BUSY MOM, I LIVE IN

Either a pair of dope sneakers or high heels and a comfortable bra. ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM

The keychain my son gave me thats says #1 Mom. GUILTY PLEASURE

the City reruns.

Sex and

TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER ONE THING ABOUT PARENTING NO ONE

There really is no off time. Even when I’m away from my children, I’m thinking about them. You never really turn it off.

WARNS YOU ABOUT

Non-fat, no foam, chai tea latte, extra shot, extra hot. MY PARENTING STYLE

Helicopter, but I’m working on it.

Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul. LAST BOOK I READ

Filming my digital series #cawfeetawk, packing my gym bag, getting the kids dressed, taking them to school, going for a run— all before 8:30.

Photos: Clockwise, Sneakers: Isabel Marant, Sex and the City cast: James White, Berries: Driscoll’s.

IN MY FRIDGE YOU WILL

FAMILY MEAL

MORNING SNAPSHOT

Lasagna.

FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE

Lion King.

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ON THE COVER Top: Joie, Denim: L’Agence, Booties: Isabel Marant

C H I E F M O M ( O F H E R L AT E S T V E N T U R E A N D T O H E R T WO M I N I S , CH A R LOT T E A N D RO CK Y ) S A R A H M I C H E L L E G E L L A R I N V I T E S M I N I OV E R F O R A L O O K AT F O O D S T I R S — H E R A L L - N E W LIFEST YLE BRAND OFFERING FO OD CRAFTING K I T S A N D B A K I N G M I X E S T H E K I D S W I L L L OV E !

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HAIR CREIGHTON BOWMAN PHOTOGRAPHY GRETCHEN EASTON

MAKEUP ERMAHN OSPINA

STYLIST FAITH KESINGTON

PHOTO ASSISTANT ABBY HALL

INTERVIEW KAITLYN KIRBY

STIRRING UP FUN

S O H E A D T O T H E K I T C H E N A N D G E T R E A DY F O R A L E S S O N IN FOODCRAFTING WITH THE FOODSTIRS founder. WE G E T A G L I M P S E O F M E A LT I M E S I N H E R H O U S E H O L D, L E A R N A B O U T H E R PA R E N T I N G S T Y L E A N D T H E O N E P I E C E O F A DV I C E S H E ’ D G I V E H E R K I D S ( “ L I S T E N T O YO U R M O M ! ” ) .


We’re so excited to have you as our fall cover mom! Let’s start by talking about your new company, Foodstirs. What was your inspiration for starting the brand?

MINI |

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

We really noticed a gap between inspiration and execution when it came to baking products. We were also surprised about the ingredients in most of the popular products. Like most people today, we are conscious of what goes into the food we eat and want the best possible options. How is Foodstirs great for parents and kids?

MINI |

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

Foodstirs provides a convenient and better way to unplug, connect and create memorable experiences. You can trust in us that your family will be eating products that taste great and are made with real, premium ingredients free of preservatives, artificial flavors and dyes!

RIGHT Dress: Rebecca Taylor, Booties: ShoeDazzle.


What are some of your favorite foodcrafting kits that Foodstirs offers?

MINI |

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR

That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. I love the Baker’s Club and knowing that every month a new and inventive kit is delivered right to the doorstep. No scrambling to put together a holiday project last minute! Would you consider yourself a foodie? Where did you learn to cook?

MINI |

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

I have always loved eating food, but making food was not always my forte. Once I had kids and saw their interest in all things cooking, I realized I needed to learn quickly. I have found that we have some of our best times learning together. How do you get your kids involved in the kitchen?

MINI |

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

I think kids always want to do what they see their parents doing and enjoying. It doesn’t take a lot of encouragement to get them excited. My kids love making everything from breakfast to dessert. Foodstirs offers a healthier way to bring families into the kitchen. How do you instill healthy eating habits in your kids?

MINI |

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

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Give us an idea of what mealtimes are like in your house.

MINI |

The most important rule in our family is “meal time is family time.” That means no phones or toys at the table, the television is off and we just enjoy our time together. The same goes for meals at a restaurant. I want them to appreciate that time.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

I always go back to the words I learned from Queen Elsa— Let It Go. I wish I could control everything, but I realize that is not an option. I understand it takes a village and I can’t be afraid to ask for help. I have the most amazing support system of friends and family and I know I can’t be a success without them.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

Let’s talk parenting! How would you describe your parenting style? Would you say you and your husband are on the same page or do you each play different roles when it comes to parenting?

MINI |

Now that you are embarking on Foodstirs, we’re certain life has gotten a bit busier! How are you balancing your personal ventures with motherhood?

MINI |

I think it’s very important that both parents are on the same page when it comes to parenting. We find alternating “good cop, bad cop” works best.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |


IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT BOTH PARENTS ARE ON THE SAME PAGE WHEN IT COMES TO PARENTING. WE FIND ALTERNATING

“ GOOD COP BAD COP ”

WORKS BEST.


THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE IN OUR FAMILY IS

“ MEAL TIME IS FAMILY TIME ”

THAT MEANS NO PHONES OR TOYS AT THE TABLE, THE TV IS OFF AND WE JUST ENJOY OUR TIME TOGETHER.


What would you say is the one thing about motherhood that has surprised you most?

MINI |

The amount of love that I am capable of. With every child, your heart just grows.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

On the flip side, what would you say is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

MINI |

The greatest challenge is lack of control. Knowing you can plan out everything perfectly and inevitably it will all change or go wrong.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

What traits do you think or hope your kids have picked up from both you and your husband?

MINI |

To me, first and foremost, I want to raise kind kids. I want my children to be empathetic to people and the world around them.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

MINI |

Any you hope they do not?

I do hope they are a bit more patient.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

If you could give your kids one piece of advice, what would it be?

MINI |

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR |

your mom!

Listen to



I ALWAYS GO BACK TO THE WORDS I LEARNED FROM QUEEN ELSA [IN DISNEY’S FROZEN]

“ LET IT GO ” I WISH I COULD CONTROL EVERYTHING BUT I REALIZE THAT IS NOT AN OPTION.

RIGHT Sweater: A.P.C., Denim: L’Agence, Booties: Isabel Marant


I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED EATING FOOD, BUT MAKING FOOD WAS NOT ALWAYS MY FORTE

“ ONCE I HAD KIDS ”

I REALIZED I NEEDED TO LEARN QUICKLY.


FAS T FAC T S MOM UNIFORM Clean clothing. GUILTY PLEASURE Bravo’s Ladies of London. ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM Three bottles of sanitizer. IDEAL DATE NIGHT A great meal and in bed by ten (I’m a mom!). FAVORITE KIDS BOOK Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess. ON MY IPOD Who has an iPod anymore? ULTIMATE MOMMY GETAWAY Beach, bed and family. OUR BEDTIME ROUTINE Books, books and more books. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Yes, please. SIGNATURE SCENT Serge Lutens. LAST BOOK I READ Matilda by Roald Dahl.


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THE AMOUNT OF LOVE I’M CAPABLE OF HAS SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT MOTHERHOOD

“ WITH EVERY CHILD ”

YOUR HEART JUST GROWS.


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Ruler of Recipes This mom of three is the mealtime mastermind behindWeelicious —a go-to resource offering quick, easy nutritious meals for the entire family using fresh and minimal ingredients.

photography by

THE GOLD COLLECTIVE

interview by K A I T LY N K I R B Y


MINI |

We are such big fans of Weelicious! Can you give our readers the inspiration behind Weelicious in a nutshell?

cooking with you! If they feel like they have jobs in the kitchen, they’re more excited to try new foods.

After I had my son, Kenya, almost nine years ago, I couldn’t find many homemade baby food recipes or information on how to make kids great eaters from day one— so I started Weelicious. It’s been an amazing journey following readers and my own family to see what they love most.

MINI |

CATHERINE MCCORD |

You have a dedication to using minimal ingredients in your recipes, how did you first start to instill healthy habits in your kids?

MINI |

We started shopping at our local farmers market with our kids when they were babies. Shopping, cooking and eating together lets kids feel like they’re a part of the process.

CATHERINE MCCORD |

What suggestions do you have for parents trying to make healthy eating fun and avoid the mealtime struggle?

MINI |

CATHERINE MCCORD |

Get the kids

What do your children, Kenya and Chloe, love to cook with you in the kitchen? Any and everything! Today my daughter tossed all of the salad ingredients together while my son sliced and buttered bread to go with our dinner. Offering age appropriate cooking tasks makes dinnertime a lot more fun too!

CATHERINE MCCORD |


FA S T FA C T S

BABY ITEM I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Medela breast pump.

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT Shu Uemura cover stick.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Greek yogurt.

GUILTY PLEASURE Anything with the words “ice” and “cream” in it.

TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Decaf Americano with milk.

BABY SPLURGE Orbit Baby car seat and stroller.

LEAST FAVORITE FOOD Green bell peppers.

FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Finding Nemo.



CO OKED PASTA, RICE, CHICKEN, EGGS, PESTO AND ROASTED VEGETABLES ARE MEALTIME SAVERS.

You recently welcomed a new little one into your family! How is life different now as a mother of three?

MINI |

[It’s] busy, to say the least. She has brought our family endless joy! I’m so lucky to have two older kids to help me out.

CATHERINE MCCORD |

Did you notice any different cravings during this pregnancy? What was different from your previous two? MINI |

With my son, I wanted vegetables for breakfast, with my daughter, salty crackers and with the baby, I had to have fruit and yogurt parfaits and smoothies.

CATHERINE MCCORD |

Making family meals can be a challenge when you’re a new mom! What do you consider the pantry or refrigerator staples that can help ease this dinner shuffle? What should everyone have on hand?

MINI |

Cooked pasta, rice, chicken, eggs, pesto and roasted vegetables are mealtime savers in our home. I recently started an organic mealtime delivery kit for families and we’ve been in the testing stage, so that’s been [helpful] as my kids are obsessed with helping me prepare the recipes.

CATHERINE MCCORD |


MINI |

We have to talk about your kitchen— it’s so chic! What can we find there and what are your favorite elements in this space?

MINI |

I love the island because I can cook and hang with the kids at the same time— drawing, doing homework and catching up on our days.

CATHERINE MCCORD |

CATHERINE MCCORD |

Now that fall has arrived, can you share a favorite recipe? What puts you in the mood for the new season?

MINI |

CATHERINE MCCORD |

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Apple pie cups!

Fall is a great time to explore! As an Angeleno, give us your five favorite places to take the kids in Los Angeles. Zuma Beach, the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Farmers’ Market on Sundays, the Hollyhock House on Friday nights and riding paddle boats in Echo Park.


MORE FROM

MINI Click here to get Catherine’s recipe for apple pie cups!


LOVELY LIVLY L I V LY F O U N D E R A N D D E S I G N E R L I S A C A R R O L , A LO N G W I T H CO - C R E AT I V E D I R E C TO R B R I T TA N Y P E LT Z , O N B R I N G I N G T H E S TO C K H O L M - B O R N C H I L D R E N ’ S CO L L E C T I O N TO L I F E .

We are huge fans of LIVLY! Tell us about the idea behind the brand.

MINI |

I started LIVLY after I had my twin girls, Liv and Lilly. They were born premature and were allergic to absolutely everything! My doctor told me about this amazing pima cotton from Peru— it had longer fiber than regular cotton and wouldn’t irritate the skin as much. I could not find any products like that in Scandinavia, so I made my own. I soon realized how soft, longlasting and absolutely amazing the cotton was and boom! There was my business idea.

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The fall collection is full of fun prints and colors. What inspires you to create new pieces each season?

MINI |

We always strive to create fun and playful designs that kids are excited to wear! We want our designs to inspire imagination and growth instead of inhibit them with impractical or uncomfortable fabrics. Comfort is always key! BRITTANY PELTZ |

How have your own children or your own personal style influenced LIVLY?

MINI |

The three oldest think they are the designers. The girls are seven now and they know exactly what they want. A trim here, less glitter there and the list goes on and on!

LISA CARROL |

You’ve just relocated to Miami! What are you most looking forward to about living in this sunny locale?

MINI |

The heat! I’m Jamaican and I miss the sun on chilly winter days in Sweden. I love the fact that the kids jump in the pool or in the ocean before going to school. [Plus], I feel like I’m close to everything— Three hours to New York, five hours to Lima, and ten hours to Stockholm!

LISA CARROL |

photography by AMANDA JULCA


CLOCKWISE LIVLY

packaging is as beautiful as its contents; “I am totally in love with our flamingo print pieces which are new to our collection this fall,� says Peltz; When starting the brand, Carrol set out to create three different phases: baby, basic and collection; LIVLY clothing on display at the home of founder Carrol in Miami.


LIVLY founder and designer Lisa Carrol.

RIGHT

LIVLY is opening a store in Tribeca later this year. Talk to us about what we can expect in the new shop.

MINI |

Lisa and I considered a variety of neighborhoods during our store search and ultimately LIVLY found its home on Reade Street— a quaint and charming block filled with kid-focused businesses. LISA CARROL | My other LIVLY stores are much smaller, so here we really wanted to create more of an experience than a shop. It is 1500 square feet and will be absolutely beautiful! BRITTANY PELTZ |

What went into your decision to bring LIVLY to NYC?

MINI |

It feels the most natural to us. I lived in New York for eight years before relocating to Miami. I came to the US from Sweden to play basketball for Fordham University and fell in love with the city!

LISA CARROL |

Motherhood can be challenging, especially while running a business. How do you manage that work/life balance?

MINI |

I am not a pro yet, but I’m really trying! My husband and I put up some rules, like “no computers [during certain times]” which I’ve come to love!

LISA CARROL |

RIGHT Cocreative director Brittany Peltz.


I feel motherhood is a balancing act whether or not you are pursuing a career. I learned this from watching my own mother raise eight children. That said, I feel very lucky that my job allows me to work from home. I am able to pursue my career while still being a present and handson mother to Eva. Having her around me keeps me inspired, grounded and connected to what children really want and need.

BRITTANY PELTZ |

Give us your idea of the perfect Mini fall ensemble.

MINI |

I love me some nude tones for fall, mixed in with neon colors. My favorite LISA CARROL |

LIVLY piece for fall is the Lotta Flamingo Dress paired with our ruffled leggings in black and our super cozy powder pink puffer jacket. What do you think every child should have in their wardrobe?

MINI |

One of my favorite pieces is our leather Kai jacket! I already have one stowed away in Eva’s closet until she is big enough to wear it. I think childrenswear can get a bit sloppy when its comes to outerwear and I just love how this piece brings the entire look together! BRITTANY PELTZ |


B R I T TA N Y FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Beauty and the Beast. COFFEE ORDER Almond milk cappuccino. ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM Endless bottles of hand sanitizer. FAVORITE MEAL Thanksgiving! SIGNATURE SCENT Diptyque. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Fruit and some sort of green juice. GUILTY PLEASURE Odd Mom Out. LIPSTICK Aquaphor and Rosebud are my go-to.


L I S A S AY S FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Pocohontas. COFFEE ORDER Green tea latte. FAMILY TRADITION Game night which always includes Swedish pancakes and lingonberry saft. FAVORITE MEAL I do cook up some mean Swedish meatballs! SIGNATURE SCENT Wood Sage and Sea Salt by Jo Malone. GUILTY PLEASURE Andy Cohen and Laduree’s licorice macarons. MOM UNIFORM MRS LIVLY, of course! LIPSTICK I’m a lip balm freak.

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SHE MAY PLAY A MOM OF

five on The Jim Gaffigan Show (you’ve also seen her on How I Met Your Mother), but Hollywood funny girl Ashley Williams has no plans to bring that to fruition in her own life. The actress’ busy schedule is filled with chasing her own little one, Gus (Because “who doesn’t love a guy named Gus?”) and as few may know, maintaining her role as a certified doula.

N E W M O M A S H L E Y W I L L I A M S G I V E S M I N I A TO U R O F H E R S O N ’ S N U R S E R Y, S H A R E S W H Y S H E C H O S E A H O M E B I R T H O V E R T H E H O S P I TA L , H O W S H E A R R I V E D O N H I S NAME AND HOW MANY KIDS SHE SEES FOR THE FUTURE.

Everybody Loves Gus

photography by JENN EMERLING

hair and makeup by MELINA RUIZ


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Our readers may know you from How I Met Your Mother and most recently, The Jim Gaffigan Show. Tell us what it’s been like playing a mom of five on the show and wife to funny dad Gaffigan.

MINI |

I had the best time on this show. I’ve also never worked so in-depth with kids (Ted Moseby and I never got to make any...). I think I got really lucky that the children on our show are fun. The Gaffigans decided to make the show very real since it’s based on their lives and consequently, we have very real kids. If one of them screams during one of my lines, that’s the take they’ll use. Because let’s face it, kids scream over us in real life all the time. It’s some strange combination of method acting and aversion therapy.

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will have an impact on your career? ASHLEY WILLIAMS | The Gaffigans are really accommodating and understanding; they know parenting. Times five. Jeannie called dibs for me on my dressing room before any actors got there. It’s enormous, with a whole other backroom where we put a 4Moms play yard and a sound machine for Gus’ naps. He came with me to work probably three to four days a week which was a dream come true. I often got to rehearse with Gus strapped to me. After shooting, I’d hand over my TV baby to her mom and then get to pick up my own. My arms are freakishly strong now! Also, my husband loves taking the morning Gus shift— works for me because I am not a morning person!

What some people “ Educating women as MINI | You’re a new mom may not know they begin parenthood is that you are yourself to your son, Gus! is a true, deep passion also a certified How has motherhood changed you thus far? doula. What of mine. ” sparked your ASHLEY WILLIAMS | I love beinterest in being ing a mom. I’m a walking smile. It’s hard not a birthing coach or where did it all begin? to be when you are around this 25-pound ball of optimism all day long. That’s right, ASHLEY WILLIAMS | I’ve always wanted to Gus already weighs 25 frickin’ pounds. No have a baby. When my siblings and friends started having kids, my husband and I just wonder my back hurts. And then there are weren’t ready yet. I think some part of me little things, like how I’ve never appreciated precious time in the shower more. I’ve never felt like doula work would tide me over. slept less, never laughed more, never had Also, sometimes as an actor, you start to less time for myself, never cried so many think that work is the most important thing. But once I started attending births and happy tears and my house has never been messier. Honestly, I’m pinching myself. seeing women at their strongest and most vulnerable, I realized that acting is a passion Motherhood is awesome. and an art— and sometimes just my job. MINI | How do you anticipate motherhood Auditions became more fun because they MINI |


How did your background as a doula affect your pregnancy?

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I was a really relaxed pregnant person. I’d spent years researching labor and had come to the conclusion that my body knew best. I didn’t want to live in fear, so I didn’t give myself many restrictions— especially not with food. The most interesting thing was that I couldn’t stand the smell or taste of wine. And I’m a girl who loves a nice glass of red wine. I didn’t recognize myself! I ended up getting anxious when I drank coffee, so I stopped drinking it. I wanted nothing to do with raw fish; the idea of it turned my stomach while pregnant. Oddly, I had no interest in salads which I had a real instinct that I needed. I loved green juice with apple in it, so I had that almost every day instead. Once I hit my second trimester I wanted to move, so I walked five miles a day from week 16 until the day before labor began. It was meditative and the most rewarding physical activity for me because it taught me about slow and steady endurance which I think helped me in labor. ASHLEY WILLIAMS |

just didn’t matter as much to me as my little boy. Shooting a TV show is fun, but educating women and their partners as they begin parenthood is a true, deep passion of mine. You also chose a home birth to deliver your son. What inspired you to take that route for your first baby?

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A big one is that I’m just a terrible patient. I easily feel disempowered in a hospital setting and I had a feeling that once I began labor, I simply would never want to leave my home. Our experience was in our control. We live five minutes from a hospital and I wasn’t scared. We were also lucky enough to have a pregnancy without complications which made a home birth a viable, responsible option. If I’d had any issues with him leading up to the birth, I would have considered another route.

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Since we’re here in the nursery, tell us about your inspiration for creating a space for your son.

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I wanted this room to feel like a magical forest. We went with mahogany furniture and added these fun tree shadow decals for the walls, complete with a little secret bird in the corner that I point out to Gus every day. One whole wall is entirely books which are currently one of the most important aspects of Gus’ life. We want him to value books. My absolute favorite thing in the room is this hanging tree branch. The room doesn’t have a closet and we needed someplace to hang a few articles of clothing, but also it grounds the room conceptually.

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Let’s talk parenting! What is most important to you in raising your son?

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I’ve carried a lot of the mindset I had during my pregnancy into my parenting, but I have to confess, I know way way more about birth than I do about a baby once it’s actually born! There was a steep learning curve there where Neal and I often looked at each other and said “I don’t know,” in unison. In terms of discipline, tantrums have yet to hit this house. We do a lot of laughing, singing, crawling and playing in the mud. Gus gets into everything and he loves to laugh. We sat on the floor today for forty minutes and played with a broom—Gus loves brooms. Who doesn’t? The plan is to communicate openly with him as much as we can. For instance, explaining why there are certain things he can’t touch so I’m not just saying “no” all day. I also have to remember that he’s already watching me very closely and what I do, he will do. That means I’m aiming to embody my most relaxed self so that he will stay calm too. But ask me this again in three years! I’ll probably laugh and think “she had no idea what she was in for!”

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We love the name Gus! How did you arrive on your son’s name?

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It’s not short for anything and it’s not a family name. It’s not for the fat mouse in Cinderella, though he’s amazing. We just loved it from the start. We imagined a grown man named Gus: at his job, at a party, walking down the street, at his wedding and we kept saying, “Who doesn’t love a guy named Gus? He sounds like such a good guy.” A friend even had a onesie made that says, “Who doesn’t love a guy named Gus?” Yes, we went through hundreds of names, from our families, from literature, from favorite movies. I had a note on my phone called “baby names” and once a week Neal would veto everything but Gus. Naming is hard; that name is forever. I say the name Gus about 50 times a day now. I’m so relieved I still like it!

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Now you do play a mom of five on The Jim Gaffigan Show. Any chance you’ll strive for that many kids in real life?

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No! The crazy thing about the real life Jeannie Gaffigan is that if you hang out with her for too long you might get seduced into thinking that life with five kids is a

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really fun party and anyone can do it. But the truth is, Jeannie can do it— and a select few other superheroes on this planet. I am simply not as good at juggling as she is and I know I’d stress out my kids! I would love to have another child—in a bit, don’t rush me— but I think I’d have to stop at two. That’s the great thing about acting. I can act as if I’m a graceful and relaxed mother of five, when the reality is I’m up to my ears with just one!



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