Posted: Aug 25 2014
Jenna Crandall of Lunchpails & Lipstick, the chic blog for moms and stylish ladies alike, lives a fit and healthy lifestyle with her hubby and three kids in New York. She's an esthetician, an eye lash specialist, a certified group fitness instructor and a milk duds aficionado! Jenna also writes for MommybitesNYC, a parenting and education resource website, and is the founder of The Mommy In Manhattan, a blog that features fashion, motherhood and all things wonderfully New York. Sound like an accomplished, busy mama to you? We think so too! Find out Jenna's mommy fashion musts and more in her exclusive Q&A below!
BR: What do you love most about being a mom?
JC: I love watching them discover life. It's amazing how the small things in life are incredible to little kids. I love how balanced and grounded they keep me.
BR: What is the number one way in which motherhood has changed you?
JC: Before I had kids, I never worried– ever. Now it seems like all I do is worry! I will always have three kids I'm responsible for and it's the best feeling, but it also gives be a lot of anxiety!BR: We LOVE Lunchpails & Lipstick– it's so fun! The mom lifestyle tips and tricks are amazing, but what we really want to know is, what actually is your favorite lipstick?
BR: Is there one fashion item, no matter how impractical to wear as a mom, that you'll never give up wearing?
JC: Yes. I have never stopped wearing my heels or wedges.
BR: What inspired you and Lisa Harris to create Lunchpails & Lipstick?
JC: Honestly, I live in NY, far away from my family. I was looking for something I could do that would keep me at home with my kids and give me an outlet. It keeps me busy and focused on what matters most: being a mom, teaching my kids how to set goals and how to work hard.
BR: What are your mommy must-haves from BURU and why do they work in your mommy lifestyle?
Featured: Bella Dahl 3/4 Dolman Sleeve T-Shirt.
Featured: David Lerner Skinny Track Pant.
Featured: Rebecca Minkoff Marisa Baby Bag.
Featured: Rachel Pally Florence Caftan.
When I'm with my kids, I love to be comfortable. I'm really into track pants and tees right now. They can be dressed up with heels or worn with flip flops! Anything Rachel Pally is a favorite of mine. I love long maxi dresses and flawy pieces.
BR: How do you balance your time between your family and business?
JC: This is something I'm always working on. Late night after all three of them are tucked in bed is when I do most of my work. I'm about to start a new chapter this year. All three of my kids will be in school! I can't belied it. So I'm hoping I will get everything done while they are at school. I'll be ready for them when they get home from school.
BR: Your children are adorable! If you wouldn't mind sharing, please tell us a few of your favorite mommy moments.
JC: My favorite mommy moment is definitely when I met all three of my kids for the first time. It was such a peaceful and spiritual moment. I will never forget it. It was hard for me to leave the hospital because I felt so at peace there. Most women can't wait to get out! I could have stayed for weeks.
BR: Tell us your favorite...
- Bedtime Story: Pete the Cat– my kids can't get enough of this book.
- Lullaby: "You are my Sunshine".
- Vacation Spot: Maui, Hawaii– we got engaged in Maui and have been back every 3-5 years. It's a special place for us. So many memories.
- Restaurant: The Smith in NYC.
- Children's Brand: Tutu Du Monde and Peek Kids.
BR: What's the one thing you wish you would've known before becoming a mother?
JC: I wish I would've started sooner!
Thank you so much, Jenna!
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