Exclusive interview with designer and muse
What is the full name and ages of your children?
Eva Leah Claire Buerstedde (4)
Lila Rae Buerstedde (2)
Could you describe yourself in one sentence?
A mother in all senses of the word, from the outpouring of love for my family, my overprotective instinct and my desire to create beauty in work and home.
What was your life like, before motherhood?
Time was slower and days were shorter, but I wouldn’t trade a single moment for endless days and tired nights ingrained in our hearts with the love and warmth of baby breathe and toddler cuddles.
What do you do for a living?
In addition to being a wife and mother, I design baby and children’s clothing through my Children’s line Leah + Rae.
How did motherhood impact your career?
Becoming a mother inspired me in so many ways, especially when it came to creating my Children’s line Leah + Rae. The line is named after my daughters. I run my business from the perspective of a parent who strives to create the highest quality products in a safe and empowering environment. These values drove me to produce every one of our hand sewn pieces in the heart Manhattan, New York. I am so proud of the woman run factory that we work with!
Did you experience postpartum depression?
I did not experience postpartum depression, but have experienced it second hand through some of my closest friends. I felt so grateful that they were able to open up to me and share their journey.
You feel most beautiful when?
I feel most beautiful when I am pregnant. Growing life inside me and experiencing how my body adapts and prepares for baby is the most beautiful thing in the world to me.
Who are your favourite muse to follow on Instagram?
Violet Gaynor is definitely one of my favourite muses to follow on instagram. She effortlessly captures motherhood through a truly organic lens that speaks to the hardships we all face while celebrating the magic and powerful love of a mother.
When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do the most?
I don’t get many of these lately as most mommas, but I have been using these abbreviated moments to clear my mind with meditation and intention setting.
Who is your Mother Muse?
Definitely my own Mother, who is truly the definition of maternal love.