Morning Musings: Stroller in the City

Former fashion entrepreneur Brianne Manz shows us how three kids in NYC just might be the most stylish accessories of all.

New York City women are pretty resilient. We’ve got that whole “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere”-thing going on…and that goes double for motherhood. But even the toughest of us sometimes need a little pick-me-up on those days when we’re tempted to pick up and move to the burbs — a little reminder that if she can do it, so can I.

For me and so many other mamas, that she is Brianne Manz of Stroller in the City. With her totally covetable wardrobe, and her how-did-she-get-that hair, it’s hard to imagine this super-chic New Yorker having a kid…or two, or three — all under 5 years old, no less. And you need only scroll through a few blog posts or check out her Instagram feed to see that those beautiful kids (Ryder, 5, Siella, 2, and Gemma, 9 months) are just as put together and gorgeous as she is.

In her pre-mama life, Brianne owned a fashion showroom, so it’s no surprise her blog regularly shows off her kids in the coolest clothes around. And since her blog identity is all about city living, it’s her job (literally) to show off those adorable kids in those adorable clothes all around town. From movie premieres to private lessons at the NYC Ballet, “the blog forces me to go and experience New York City the way a tourist would,” she says. “Without the blog, I don’t think I would do as much with my kids — or even attempt it. We’re really living to the fullest and taking advantage of everything we can.”

Not that it’s easy. “When you have three kids,” she says, “there’s always someone crying. Always.”

We visited Brianne’s Battery Park City apartment on a recent morning with the talented photographer Desiree Walters to check out how this downtown mama pulls it all together — with style — each day.

Brianne Manz on Well Rounded NY

5:45am — Gemma starts to wake. I usually get her first, and take her into my bed and nurse her.

6:15am — Ryder and Siella are up. (All the kids share a room.)

Brianne Manz on Well Rounded NY

6:45am — All three eat breakfast. I am usually a short-order cook, making anything from pancakes to eggs, or simply pouring a bowl of cereal. They are also huge fans of yogurt.

Brianne Manz on Well Rounded NY

7am — While they have breakfast I make Ryder’s lunch. I try to sip my coffee during the craziness, and look over my phone for emails, etc.

Brianne Manz on Well Rounded NY

7:30am — I pick out their clothes and start getting them dressed.

7:45am — Time to brush teeth.

Brianne Manz on Well Rounded NY

Brianne Manz on Well Rounded NY8am — I get Siella and Gemma bundled in stroller. Ry packs his lunch for school.

8:05am — We are all out the door. Our walk to school is about 10 minutes or so. I am back around 8:30.

9am — I leave again to take Siella to school.

Brianne Manz on Well Rounded NY

Photography by Desiree Walters Photography.

Jessica Pallay

Desiree Walters

Desiree Walters is a family lifestyle photographer based in Brooklyn NY specializing in maternity, newborn and childhood photography. Her main focus is capturing the real and loving moments in your family, creating timeless images that will tell the stories of your family at this very moment, to be enjoyed for a lifetime. As a mother of two young children and with training as a developmental psychologist she puts adults and children at ease, allowing them to be themselves to create beautiful and realistic images of your family.

Jessica Pallay

Jessica Pallay

Jessica Pallay is Co-Founder and Editor of Well Rounded NY. She is a Brooklyn mama to Libby and Elsie, and writes about all things pregnancy and new motherhood.

Comments {2}

  1. You are such an amazing mom!!!! Keep you the good (and hard) work!!!! XO!

    Jodie
  2. Lovely feature for a lovely mother!

    Monica

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