Yesterday we shared our #MotherlyMakers interview with LIVLY founder Lisa Carrol; today we caught up with her talented co-creative director for the fabulous baby goods company, Brittany Peltz Buerstedde. Brittany shared how her athletics background informs her fashion design principles, and how becoming a mom has inspired her at work.
Motherly: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: The two loves of my life are my husband Franz and my daughter Eva; both of whom inspire me every day.
My background in figure skating informed my fashion principles of comfort and beauty going hand in hand. Clothes should inspire movement and play especially when it comes to children.
Motherly: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: As a child my father always told me that with hard work, 'anything is possible.' His words and actions showed me the truth in this and I am forever grateful for this bit of magic that he sparked within me. There will always be people and circumstances that tell you why you can't do something and very little that will tell you why you can.
Now, as a mother to Eva I will continually strive to create a world of possibility and positivity for her. I only hope to be the parent my father was to me and instill our little mantra of "dreams really do come true."
Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: Becoming a mother informs my role at LIVLY everyday. Knowing my daughter is safe and happy is of utmost importance to me and those values are carried over to my everyday work.
Working from home has enabled me to pursue my career while still being a present and hands on mother to Eva. Having her around me keeps me grounded and connected to what children really want and need.
Motherly: What keeps you inspired and excited every day?
Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: My family and friends keep me inspired and passionate; especially my friends who are mothers. For me motherhood is like joining an exclusive club where everyone is kind, supportive and open; a place where you're let in on the best kept secrets from the latest and greatest organic formula to the new "IT" class for bilingual children. I couldn't be more grateful for being granted admission!
Motherly: What's your big dream for LIVLY?
Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: My dream is for LIVLY to be accessible to all mothers. I believe that every child deserves to have the best beginnings and would love for LIVLY to be a part of them.
Motherly: Who is your #momcrush?
Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: Nobody compares to my mama but If 'mom crush' is defined by complete and utter admiration, then I am totally crushing on Jessica Alba! I am such a big fan of her Eco-friendly, toxin free Honest Company and all of their organic baby products. Her ability to be both a successful business woman and full time Mom makes her the modern superwoman and the perfect role model for working mothers like myself.
Motherly: What does Motherly mean to you?
Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: To me, Motherly is defined wholly and completely by what I observed in my mother. Her urge to mend all of our needs from a sore throat to a broken heart; her instinct to fix, nurture and love her children, uplift them in times of hardship and celebrate them in times of victory. It is the unconditional love we share for our children.