Brianne Manz of Stroller in the City
In her blog, Stroller in the City, Brianne Manz gives readers a peek into her enviably stylish New York City life, which makes raising three kids in Manhattan look like a breeze. During a recent trip to The Shops at Columbus Circle, Brianne left the kids at home to enjoy some me time. Over a pit stop for coffee at Bouchon Bakery, she told us what it’s like to be the coolest mom on the block.
What inspired you to start your blog?
My son was about a year old and I was craving a creative outlet, so I created Stroller in the City, based off of "Sex and the City," which we all know and love. I wanted to write about the cute things I was finding as a parent, a kid-friendly restaurant, or a cool T-shirt for boys because back then, boys fashion wasn’t so great.
What did you do before?
I used to own a fashion showroom with locations in the Meatpacking District, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, representing about 10 different designers. It was a ton of travel, and right before I was about to have my son, I panicked and sold it.
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
I’m able to stay home with my children and at the same time have a full-time career. Growing up, both my parents worked here, so I felt like I was always peeking in at the city. Now I find that raising kids in New York City is the greatest thing ever. You can spend an entire day in a museum, and it’s one big play date. And when I go to places like the Statue of Liberty, I’m seeing it through their eyes. I love sharing all of this with my readers.
Describe your personal style.
Boho chic. I’m into patterns and prints and lots of denim, but also being comfortable at the same time.
How do you connect with your audience?
I tell real stories and share real things, like if my son is struggling in school. Or if we are having sleep issues and don’t know what to do. I also get advice from my readers. It exploded into this big community of moms that are all supporting one another.
Do people stop you on the street?
Yes — and it was surreal at first. A couple of people have even wanted to take selfies, and my kids are like, “Why do they want you, mom?” They have no idea.
What do you love about The Shops at Columbus Circle?
It has something for my entire family. So I can dip into J.Crew and get a shirt for myself and a cute outfit for the kids. H&M has great fashion at great prices. For my husband, Ted Baker London is awesome. There are kid-friendly places to eat. Going home, I can zip downstairs to Whole Foods Market and take care of all my groceries.