Samantha Frappied Brown
          Head of PR & Marketing,            Mark Cross  

Faced with an hour to yourself (perhaps a problem you don’t often have), what do you do with free time?

This usually doesn’t happen until the weekend. At this point in my pregnancy, I’m trying to relax as much as possible, so I do try to lay down for a nap. If my mind is too restless, I’ll watch some of floral designer Willow Crossley’s IGTV videos (if you don’t know, highly recommend!) and I attempt to recreate her floral arrangements. It’s very calming and helps my mind relax.

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?

I’m obsessed with May Lindstrom skincare products and use them religiously. I made sure to reorder my favorites to have through the rest of my pregnancy and in the early weeks with baby. Using her products is like having a mini-spa ritual at home.

What’s the last song you listened to?

“We Will Rock You” by Queen. My almost 4-year-old twin boys are having a rock and roll moment and they request this on repeat whenever we are in the car.

Did you learn anything new in the last 12 months that has surprised you?

Just how different this pregnancy is from my last one. I am always on the go and quite busy, but this pregnancy has felt much more tiring. It has forced me to slow down and accept that not everything will get done at the pace I want it to.

What is a parenting quality you admire in one of your parents, friends of siblings that you’d like to emulate when you become a mother?

I’m in awe of how my parents raised me and my two siblings. They made it look easy, though I am sure it wasn’t! They parented with a perfect balance of discipline and freedom. I hope that I inherit that quality of setting boundaries while still encouraging my children to discover things on their own and mess up along the way.2020 has dealt us all with lots of challenges - what was a low moment in 2020 and how did you overcome or face it? 

My husband and I have been working remotely from home full-time while the twins have been home with us. It was a decision we made early on and felt it was best for our family. There have been a lot of stressful moments, and balancing work, zoom calls and parenting has not been easy. We are so lucky that the boys have each other and we got to spend this precious time with them that we would have otherwise missed. It will be a big adjustment this fall when they start school, but everyone is very excited and very ready!

What are you most looking forward to in a post-vaccine world? What bar, restaurant, or place are you most eager to visit? 

Taking a vacation! This summer was difficult as I didn’t want to venture too far from the hospital in my last trimester and we can’t wait to take the boys and the new baby on a proper trip, somewhere warm and on a beach!

Do you believe in setting personal goals? If so, how do you hold yourself accountable to them?

I do believe in setting them! To be honest, at this moment in my life, I am really focused on being more present and patient. I have prioritized just being happy in the moment, recognizing what that means for our family and pivoting in real time to make that happen.

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

My husband and I both have big families, and we have an incredible group of friends who we see often. Knowing that the boys are constantly surrounded by them all and encouraged to love, play and explore has been such a gift. And I must give a shout to the grandparents. I am SO thankful for them- they spoil the boys and give my husband and I some much-needed time off!Shop Samantha's Look: Smocked Cotton Dress