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After two years of struggling to get and stay pregnant, Zanna Roberts Rassi’s doctor said to her, “Congratulations, you’re pregnant. Not just a little pregnant, but like really pregnant.” And for anyone who’s been there, you know what that means: Twins.

“I told my husband [Milk Studios founder Mazdack] Rassi and he just burst out laughing and said, brilliant.”

And just like that, two new projects were added to the Rassi portfolio. The fashion polymath is already an editor at Marie Claire, a stylist (clients include True Religion and Pantene), a correspondent for E! News and a Project Runway regular.

She’s also funny, British and adorable, like a woodland sprite who chose Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, as her habitat and a style that’s more sleek with a hint of rock-n-roll than ethereal bohemian (though we’re sure she could pull that off, too). Next week we’ll share Zanna’s fertility trials and tribulations – there were plenty. But first: A peek into life as a professional city mom with 4-month-old twins.

What She Does All Day

Fashion editor, TV fashion correspondent and stylist. One day I’m on a campaign shoot for a fashion client the next interviewing celebs or designers for E! News the next on the Today show talking fashion tips then to a brainstorming meeting at Marie Claire. Never the same day twice.

The Beginning

My parents were in NY when the twins were born. They waved us off to the hospital at 5am for the planned C-section. We floated around on cloud nine for the three weeks afterwards.

Double Vision… Twice!

We are fortunate enough to have a place out of the city – a very old cottage and garden in New Jersey that reminds me of where I was born: Manchester, UK. But this means we had to buy four of everything. Four cribs, four bouncy chairs, two double strollers and you get the picture! Finding bargains is essential – like the $100 cribs from Ikea!

I’ve Got This Figured Out

With twins, you have to have systems and schedules. Demand feeding would be a disaster. We would never sleep or eat. Its about always having the next step lined up. The swaddle flat and ready to go when they are ready to go down, the milk warm for straight after the bath so they don’t scream the house down, the diaper bag set at all times, bedding and laundry done once a day so nothing piles up. A place for everything and everything in its place. You can’t drop a beat. And when they’re sleeping, you have to prep for the next thing!

On Names

Rumi, after the Persian poet, my husband is of Persian descent. Juno is ancient Greek goddess. The mother of all gods. Wow, they have some lofty names to live up to!

Mini Workouts

The only way I can help from falling asleep some afternoons is by lifting Rumi over my head. She weighs nearly 10lbs – I figure twenty of those along with daily carrying means I should get some bicep situation happening!

Best Buy

The amazing double stroller the Bugaboo Donkey with an Andy Warhol floral print. It’s fashionable and functional.

Dressing The Bump

I began pregnancy with a personal challenge of not wearing leggings and T-shirts every day. I began #stylethebump on Instagram, this being the way I would stop myself from being lazy! My key is to still dress like yourself. (You dont have to look like a giant baby just because you’re having one!) For me that was a little rock’n’roll in the mix. Leather J Brand leggings were my lifesaver. Invest in one key piece.

Magic Ingredient

We have full time help, Karen. She’s been there since day 4. Our sweet, smart saviour! Since I went back to work a few weeks later, she has been imperative. I respect stay at home mums (like my mother was) more than you can imagine – it’s harder in a different way than working all day. And hands-off Karen anyone reading this!

Travel Necessity

I keep a very organized diaper bag. But it’s not a diaper bag, it’s a fabulous Tumi backpack with a thousand pockets.

The Perfect Moment

It’s Sunday at 8am in our house in New Jersey. The four of us lay in bed. Rassi is snoozing and Juno is sleeping on his chest. I’m nursing Rumi. My mum and dad are cooking up breakfast downstairs whilst “baby symphony” plays in the background. It was magic. I cried!

On Nursing

I couldn’t produce enough for two, so I supplemented with formula from the beginning. I think of breast milk as medicine. I pumped four times a day. Initially, nursing two babies at once, I got the hang of it, it’s like holding two footballs. I don’t know how anyone does it when they’re bigger!

On Pumping

I’ve pumped on set, in the back of an RV, in public toilets. One special day I was in the bathroom at Milk Studios shooting whilst on a conference call, texting my nanny, and looked in the mirror and burst out laughing. Multitasking at its finest.

* A Tip! *

If they won’t latch, wet the bottom of their nose with milk, and they’ll tip they their head up and then you can pop the nipple in!

#Momfail

I missed a doctor’s appointment and I felt so, so guilty.

On Future Rassis

We have a few on ice because we did IVF. That’s the most miraculous thing. They’re breathing, eating, smiling beings after three months on ice! I can’t get my head around that. Such a miracle.

3 Hours To Yourself

I’d catch up with family on the phone, and go sit in a park and drink rose with girlfriends!

A Night With Your Man

It’s our 5-year wedding anniversary, and I’m surprising him with a trip uptown to stay at the Carlyle. I plan to drink champagne, chat like adults with no agenda, and sleep. For us, not getting on a plane is such a luxury!

Can’t Buy Enough

For the girls, Earth Mama Angel Baby oil and Nununu stars and stripes collection. For me, Blueprint green juice is amazing when you don’t have time to do something good for yourself. And Lansinoh nipple cream. My friend Mariana brought it to the hospital for me – life saver.

New Obsession

Rather than trawling boutiques for the coolest little-people things, I hop on Mini Style and find the most unique clothes, accessories, and toys. Its a one-stop shop for buying gifts. Crushing right now on the new Mini X Thief & Bandit collaboration.

On Becoming Her Mother

She’s creeping in. I hear her voice in mine. Morals, manners, family values… I hear it when I talk to Rassi about the girls.

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On Our Radar: January 22, 2015

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Ella, by Mallory Kasdan
WHO: Eloise fans with a sense of humor.
WHAT: In this parody of the infamous Plaza-dwelling six-year-old, Ella is a crafty Brooklyn hipster who attends Hillary Clinton fundraisers and has a manny – who dreams of owning a grilled cheese truck, of course.
WHEN: You need a laugh.
WHERE: booksamillion.com

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Skip Hop Layette
WHO: Parents of – or expecting – newborns.
WHAT: Skip Hop’s brand new wardrobe for baby dons charming, colorful prints – chevron, polka dot, and (our favorite) clouds – at affordable price points ($10 – $35).
WHEN: Before baby arrives.
WHERE: skiphop.com

Premama
WHO: Pregnant women
WHAT: This new prenatal vitamin is drinkable and helps alleviate morning sickness thanks to ginger, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium.
WHEN: Always talk to your doctor about which prenatal vitamin is right for you.
WHERE: drinkpremama.com

CityStork
WHO: City-dwellers who keep the stroller in their apartment.
WHAT: Two NYC moms designed smart wheel covers to keep dirt and germs out of reach from the baby and off the floor.
WHEN: Think for 2 seconds about what’s on those wheels after a stroll.
WHERE: citystorkonline.com

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9 Celeb Moms’
Fav Baby Products

To celebrate the launch of our new registry, we asked our network of moms what they couldn’t live without. Peruse their must-haves to inspire your own picks.


Zanna Roberts Rassi

Marie Claire Fashion Editor, E! News Correspondent, Mom of Twin Girls
Follow her on IG: @zannarassi


Stroller

Baby Jogger City Select for the city
Bugaboo Donkey for the country

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Ivanka Trump

Owner Ivanka Trump, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @ivankatrump


Carrier

Ergo 360


Bath Tub

Primo


Bottle

Born Free


Monitor

Motorola & Dropcam


Stacey Bendet Eisner

Designer Alice and Olivia, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @aliceandolivia


Stroller

Bugaboo Bee3


Infant Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max


Jenni Kayne

Designer & Blogger, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @jennikayne


Infant Car Seat

Orbit Baby G3


Swaddle

Aden + Anais (in all white)


Claiborne Swanson Frank

Hollywood Photographer, Mom of One Boy
Follow her on IG: @claiborneswansonfrank


Stroller

Uppababy Vista


Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30


Motion Chair

Bloom Coco Go Lounger


Pacifier

Avent


Daphne Oz

The Chew Co-Host, Mom of One Girl
Follow her on IG: @daphneoz


Stroller

Bugaboo Bee3


Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30


Carrier

Solly Baby Wrap


Jordana Brewster

Actress, Mom of One Boy
Follow her on IG: @jordanabrewster


Bouncer

Nuna Leaf


High Chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp


Diapers

Bambo


Sound Machine

Cloud B Sleep Sheep


Marissa Kraxberger

Fashion Executive & Blogger, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @ladyandprince


Stroller

Bugaboo Bee3


High Chair

Svan Anka


Clothing

Zara, H&M, J.Crew


Rebecca Minkoff

Designer, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @rebeccaminkoff

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Emily Schuman

When we found out that one of our favorite bloggers was pregnant and struggling with her registry, it was music to our ears. Why? Because we live to curate the perfect registry! It’s why we wake up each morning! Emily Schuman, of Cupcakes and Cashmere fame – she who’s made a career out of sharing the things that make life delightful (ombre manicures, DIY bouquets, breakfast-taco bars) – deserves a registry worthy of her good taste.

The soon-to-be mom, who held stints at Domino and Teen Vogue, lives her style in both her new (and gorgeous!) LA home and her wardrobe: She favors neutrals over bold prints, animal prints over gold metallic. And she’s all about the tiny details that make a room – or an outfit – feel special (color-coded bookshelves! silk-pleated hem on a sweater!).

Finding baby essentials that live up to Emily’s life and style is what Cricket’s Circle does best. We had Emily take our registry quiz to get product recommendations personalized just for her. Here are some of our favorites – and why we chose them.

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Wins Points for Cuteness

Cloud B Sleep Sheep: Part stuffed animal, part sound machine, this is a favorite of new parents. Traveling tip: remove the soundbox from the sheep for a small on-the-go sound machine.

The Design Enthusiast

DwellStudio Mid-Century Crib: We love DwellStudio for its mid-century modern sensibility, coupled with the fact that this crib is as safe and functional as it is chic, it’s no wonder you see this one in the homes of design enthusiasts.

Happy Baby, Happy Mommy

Tiny Love Classic Development Mobile: The more songs, noises, and colors, the happier the baby. The colors may not be appealing to the decorator in you but the high contrast graphics stimulate little one’s vision.

So You Can Both Sleep Soundly

Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress: Your baby will log countless hours sleeping in her crib (well, fingers crossed!), so you want to be sure the mattress isn’t giving off toxic fumes. We love this one for its dual-stage option (use for baby and toddler) and high quality. Plus it’s lightweight, so changing sheets is a cinch.

Do It For The Baby!

Fisher Price My Little Lamb Swing: Fact: This one isn’t winning points in the looks department (though we appreciate that the colors at least try to blend in), but babies love it – and often nap in it for hours – which means you’ll love it too.

Haul In Style

Marc by Marc Jacobs Eliz-a-baby Diaper Bag: You’ll be schlepping more accessories than you can imagine, so you might as well do it in style. This one doesn’t sacrifice functionality making it a winner.

Cuddle Time

Aden + Anais Dream Blanket: Cozy and breathable, this blanket is perfect for taking baby home from the hospital, long walks, and cuddling at home.

Ride In Style

Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat: We heart this new kid on the block that’s Oeko-Tex® certified. It’s super lightweight, making it easy to carry around and has a dream drape for napping, shielding from sun, and avoiding the paps.

Stay Close

Ergo Organic Baby Carrier: For hikes, maneuvering the farmers market, and getting stuff done around the house, this is the only way to go.

Have Baby, Will Stroll

Baby Jogger City Mini: We love this lightweight deluxe stroller for its versatility – durable for everyday use and easy to collapse and maneuver for travel.

Bath Time Is So Much Fun

Summer Infant Bath Sponge: Perfect for those sponge baths in the kitchen sink in the early days, it prevents slipping and is soft and comfy for the baby, easing a new moms nerves.

Snug As A Bug…

Little Giraffe Chenille Hooded Towel: There’s nothing quite as luxurious as Little Giraffe’s chenille towel. And nothing cuter than a clean baby in said towel after a bath.

That Smooth Baby Butt

MD Moms Baby SIlk Moisturizing Balm: These moms know their stuff – this is silky and natural and works like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

Wash Up Safely

California Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo and Bodywash: We love the ease of a pump, so your other hand can be on the baby. Plus, this one is organic, safe, and sulfate-free.

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