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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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saturdays Brittany Cobb
Lives: Dallas, TX (Highland Park)
Family:
Husband Michael, Daughter Landry (2), Son Barrett (9 months)
You might know: Cobb Interiors residential design firm or The Dallas Flea, a quarterly curated indoor marketplace featuring vintage and one-of-a-kind things from Texas creatives.
Secret obsession: Flea markets (duh), hot dogs, and weekends at our lakehouse with no WiFi

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7am:

Barrett wakes up chomping at the bit for a bottle. Landry catches wind in no time and soon we have a party of four in bed with Caillou streaming in the background.

8am:

The Nespresso machine is humming while I whip together Mickey Mouse shaped blueberry pancakes (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is king in our house). Meanwhile, Barrett is zipping around the kitchen in his walker like a mad man.

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9am:

Off for a walk in the Graco Ready2Grow double stroller to feed the ducks at Lakeside Park. Landry loves to stuff bread in her sparkly purple crossbody bag from Baby Bliss. Barrett passes out for a solid hour snooze.

10:30am:

Michael feeds Barrett the pureed version of last night’s dinner (spaghetti squash with ground turkey and tomatoes is a standby). Landry loves a messy art project so we head to the playroom for some finger paint and glitter fun.

11:30am:

Bathtime. The kids love to bathe together, especially when water toys and bubbles are involved.

12:30pm:

We’re nearing the witching hour so we opt for a quick kid-friendly lunch. Snuffers (best turkey burger and cheese fries) and La Duni (Latin joint with killer desserts) are faves. If there’s a flea market or festival in town, we go there for some fair food and market research for my business.

1:30pm:

The kids hit the hay at home. Michael watches football (go Longhorns!) while I catch up on client emails, the latest Elle Décor or stack of home catalogs. If it’s nice out, we’re in the cabana playing Gin Rummy with a cocktail.

3pm:

Michael and Barrett catch the second half of a football game while I take Landry to a play date or the park. We love Fairfax Park for its big shady trees and multiple swings. Landry is obsessed with swings so it’s nice that there’s almost always one free.

4pm:

Time for a Yumilicious frozen yogurt. Landry loves to top her vanilla-chocolate swirl with strawberries, rainbow sprinkles, and a pink animal cracker. I run by the grocery store in the same center for a few things to whip together dinner.

5pm:

We entertain at home several times a month. Landry helps me make queso, guacamole, and taco soup while Michael preps the bar (Barrett is usually in his turquoise Bumbo happily observing the chaos). Landry loves to help me set the table and cut palm fronds from the backyard for a simple centerpiece.

6pm:

Our friends arrive with their brood. The kids enjoy the Little Tikes Shady Jump ‘n Slide bounce house outside while the parents sip on jalapeno margaritas.

9pm:

We bid adieu to our buds, dress Landry and Barrett in their Old Navy zipper onesies, and put the kiddos to bed. It’s a good hour later than usual, but hey, it’s the weekend.

9:30pm:

We slip into our pajamas, pour a nightcap, and turn on a movie since we rarely get to the theater these days. Within the hour, one of us is usually asleep on the sofa.

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On Our Radar: October 23, 2014

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WHO: Parents of newborns that could use some zzzz’s.
WHAT: Meet Love To Dream’s Swaddle Up, the latest craze in baby straight jackets that keeps them in the ideal position to sleep and self soothe without being able to startle themselves awake. No LO is breaking out of this one.
WHEN: What are you waiting for – parents say it works.
WHERE: diapers.com

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WHO: Parents with a soft spot for cool kids threads.
WHAT: New line Izzy & Ferd bases each collection on exploring an environment, the first being 20,000 Leagues (under the sea).
WHEN: Warning – if you click, you will likely buy. It’s that cute.
WHERE: izzyandferd.com

WHO: Expecting moms who want to exercise in the privacy of their own home.
WHAT: Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful – the workout Lily Aldridge swears by – has just launched a prenatal series of streaming routines to keep pregnant women in shape.
WHEN: Now. (You’ll thank yourself later.)
WHERE: balletbeautiful.com

WHO: Pregnant women who need a cravings fix.
WHAT: Hatch and Mouth have joined forces to create Hatch Cravings, artisanal treats that will satisfy penchants for sweet, salty, and sour.
WHEN: Before it hits you at 3am and there’s nothing in the house that will suffice!
WHERE: mouth.com

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stroller resurrection

Your stroller is a means of transportation (just like a bike or car) and it can get all gunked up and slow you down if you don’t take care of it. A random squeak, a sticky brake, or a folding issue is likely from build-up of dirt, sand, salt, hair, raisins, and Cheddar Bunnies.

Thankfully, Sam Osborne from Uppababy happens to be a stroller mechanic of sorts (on top of her day job as a marketing exec), and in most cases, she says stroller woes can be fixed with a good DIY tune-up.

Here are her instructions for solving the most common ailments.

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The Problem:

Baby vommed all over
the stroller.

What You Need:

To start, a strong stomach and plenty of patience. BuggyLove Stroller and Carseat Cleaner or laundry detergent.

What To Do:

Remove fabric from stroller seat (check that manual and pre-treat with BuggyLove or laundry detergent, soak completely. Wash in machine on delicate (as long as you have a front loader machine – if not, handwash) and hang dry immediately.

Pro Tip:

Make sure the fabric dries thoroughly before putting back on stroller, otherwise you run the risk of mold developing.

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The Problem:

A squeaky wheel is driving
you batshit!

What You Need:

BuggyLove Stroller Lubricant, Vaseline, or White Lithium Grease (any hardware store will have)

What To Do:

Remove wheels and wipe clean of any dirt, grit, or salt (the worst culprit). Place a dose of Buggylove Wheel Love, Vaseline, or White Lithium Grease on the wheel shaft and reinsert into stroller.

Pro Tip:

Fixes it almost every time.

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The Problem:

Urine has seeped into the seat and it smells
like you’re pushing a fire hydrant.

What You Need:

BuggyLove Stroller and Carseat cleaner or laundry detergent and Nature’s Miracle Laundry Boost

What To Do:

Wash thoroughly either by hand or on delicate in a front loader machine. Nature’s Miracle works, well, miracles on urine smells and stains.

Pro Tip:

The smells hang around only when fabric is not completely dried, so be sure it dries thoroughly.

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The Problem:

All of a sudden, it feels like you’re pushing uphill even
on flat surfaces.

What You Need:

Elbow grease.

What To Do:

1. Remove all the wheels and make sure there’s no obstruction (refer to your manual on how to remove the wheels). Balloon strings are often the culprit here. 2. Brake mechanisms get filled with gunk. It’s usually a pin that comes out of a tiny hole to stop the wheel. When that hole is filled, you’ve got trouble, so clean it out. 3. Does your stroller have air filled tires? You may just need a quick inflate using a bike pump or the air pump at a gas station to get the job done.

Pro Tip:

One of these 3 things fixes the problem 95% of the time. If you do all 3 and are still having issues, call the manufacturer.

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The Problem:

The brakes are not so trusty. Safety is at risk!

What You Need:

wd-40 or forced air at the gas station (for chemical-free cleaning)

What To Do:

Most brake issues are due to build-up of dirt, sand, and other elements. Remove the back wheels (refer to your manual). Spray the brake housing (in tune-up speak, that’s the metal shaft where the wheel slides into the base) liberally with wd-40 (or forced air) and let it clean out the area. Hit the brake several times while the wheels are off. Place your back wheels back on, and brake should be good as new.

Pro Tip:

It’s a good idea to do this twice a year as a preventative measure.

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The Problem:

There are sunscreen stains all over the canopy.

What You Need:

BuggyLove Stroller and Carseat Cleaner or Dawn Liquid soap

What To Do:

If you opt for BuggyLove, shake the bottle well and squirt right on the stain, for Dawn pre-treat the spot then soak the whole canopy.

Pro Tip:

Mold is the enemy, so make sure it dries completely.

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The Problem:

The locking clip that holds the collapsed stroller together is broken!

What You Need:

bungee cord, carabiner, or zip tie

What To Do:

In a pinch hold it all together with any of the above until you can get a replacement locking clip from the manufacturer.

Pro Tip:

Ideally this is a short-term solution.

If DIY is not your thing, stroller tune-up businesses are launching left and right. Here are some of our favorites.

Stroller Spa

Clean Bee Baby

Baby Bubbles

Clean My Buggy Boo

Sudsy Buggy

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