Lighten up; pieces that add some pop to a winter wardrobe.January 26 2015, 0 Comments


With these snowstorms and blistery weather it is hard to muster up the energy to look stylish. Unfortunately some of us still have work and if you’re like me and work in a more corporate environment you kind of have to make an effort. Also, it does help to feel a bit put together when the weather sucks. These pieces are great for they can easily be layered upon. The plaid coat can be paired with a faux fur vest for added warmth or wear it over a jean jacket under. The sleeveless tee can go over a thermal Henley. I’m in love with these leather culottes for they will look amazing with tall boots. The point is to add a shot of color to the wardrobe you already have to add a bit of light to end of the winter tunnel.

1. Karelia Wool Coat via Ganni

2. Faux Leather Culottes via Topshop

3. metallic Leather Stripe pouch via Jcrew

4. Hometown Muscle Tee via Madewell

5. Inblot Sweatshirt via Jcrew

6. Wide Brim Fedora Hat via Topshop

7. Blue Cube shopping bag via baggu


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Moms who inspire...January 23 2015, 1 Comment

Erica and I are not shy about our mom crushes. We will often say to each other especially when we know of a mom we both admire how we want to be her, she’s a-maz-ing , how does she do it?!

What it comes down to is we do like who we are but we also like what other mothers bring to the table. Be it courage, wisdom, truth. We want to learn from them and grow not just as mothers but as women. I know I sound new age-y here but this year I am really into going back to my more bohemian roots and hoping all the good energy we share with each other will give us the courage or the push to do what makes us happy.

So here is our first post from Samantha Huggins co –founder of Carriage House Birth in our new series moms who inspire…..

MB: How did you go from being a Natural History Collections Specialist to a doula? 

SH: Honestly, it was the process of being pregnant and birthing of my first child as an NYC transplant.  New York is an amazing place because we have a billion choice for everything.  Restaurants, shoe stores, medical specialists. And when you are the first person in your social circle to be cooking up a baby, the choices can be overwhelming.  I felt like I had to learn a new language to navigate the system and get the birth team together that I wanted.  

In the end, the birth itself was magic.  I had made a lot of informed decisions and felt really good about how things went.  

Then as I met other women with babies my daughter's age, I started hearing these stories about other women's experiences and I kept hearing "if I had known" or "I wasn't allowed" or "I didn't know I could change practices" and I thought, 'this just has to change.'  

So I became a doula and started Carriage House Birth with my amazingly wonderful partners Domino Kirke and Lindsey Bliss.

MB: What do you love about being a doula?

SH: When a baby comes earth side, it is not just them that is being born.  The parents are being reborn as well.  They are being reborn individually and as a family all at once.  And they are filling to the top with the indescribable love.  One that you can't even explain until you become a parent yourself.  That moment is my guilty pleasure.  I literally will never get tired of watching that happen to people. 

Simply put, I am so deeply fulfilled by being able to help others.  I feel like I am 100% me when I am helping a family navigate the birth process whether they hire me or one of our doulas.  Even if I just get to give a little nugget of useful information and never hear from them again, I feel good.  It is truly a labor of love.  

MB: I feel that you always challenge yourself- did I read it right you are taking wielding classes?

SH: Its true!  I have always wanted to wield.  My father made art by wielding and he taught my older brother but passed away long before I could have learned too.  So Im going for it.  Super excited too.  

MB: I know from my personal experience I alway feel like I'm still 'figuring it out’.  As a working woman and a mother how do you meld the two together?

SH: You said it, lady!  I am perpetually figuring it out and thats ok with me (most of the time). Nothing ever stays the same so periodic check-ins are key. And remembering to stay fluid is imperative. Where am I at?  Where is my family? Most importantly is a HUGE lesson I have been working on and I think we all can.  It is to remember to not kill myself trying to do it all.  I am a much more peaceful person since I have started saying "no" to other people and projects if saying "yes" will negatively impact my family or stretch me out too thin.  Its a tough lesson and I haven't mastered it, but I am already seeing the happy results!   

You can find Carriage House Birth   at  97 N 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 

Phone:(646) 824-2563


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Great resource on developmental milestonesJanuary 22 2015, 0 Comments

Hello readers,

It’s almost February! If you have a wee little one, there is always the question of “Did they start walking yet?” A few months back, I wrote a post about speech, language and hearing milestones. If you are wondering where your child should be as far as milestones go I recommend this link for motor milestones to my clients.

The website covers these areas:


Gross motor skills include large motor movements. Think rolling, sitting, crawling, throwing a ball over your head. Gross motor skills use the large muscles of the torso, shoulders, arms, legs and feet.


Fine motor skills are small movements – such as picking up items like a spoon or pulling a string on a favorite toy. Fine motor skills use small muscles of the hands, fingers and toes.

Physical development is discussed from birth through 12 years of age. The website also covers more detail on muscle tone and range of movement.

Keep in mind that all skills fall within a range and there is room for individual growth and progress. Developmental milestones are guidelines for when most skills develop for most kids. This list is meant to give you an overview. As always if you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician or contact local support services.

And remember even if Aunt Agnes is asking about walking, you can have a sense of realistic expectations for your child’s motor development.

Vanessa D’Auria is a licensed speech-language pathologist providing home-based services in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. For more information about Vanessa, visit or to ask speech/language questions, email directly at


Photograph by Tonya Teran Photography (also a great blog!)




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