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Cynthia Simpson


Created to provide space for mothers to connect, share their experience and be inspired to follow their passions as they grow their families.

Each month we will meet over coffee and lite bites to discuss a specific topic pertaining to the complexities of modern motherhood as a Woman of Color (WOC). Attendees will be able to share their experiences and struggles, as well as receive feedback in a supportive, non-judgmental space.

Session 01: Motherhood and Identity

As we set up for the days event, one by one women with their young ones in strollers or strapped close to their chest, arrived to Sincerely Tommy in the heart of Bed-stuy Brooklyn. It was a beautiful day for our first Modern Mama meet-up and we had a full house! My co-host, Stepha and I started the meeting off with introductions and asked each mother how they would like to perceived in this new venture in life. While we all want to be a good examples to our children, we talked about the importance of self-care and not losing ourselves in the daily tasks of motherhood. Special thanks to our sponsors: Anima Mundi, Cap beauty, Glossier, Ritual and the ladies at Sincerely Tommy.

29 Rooms with Refinery29

Cynthia Simpson



of design and creativity

Last month I was sitting at my desk at work thinking about what I would have for lunch when I got a notice on my phone that someone that I follow on Instagram was "live". I grabbed my phone and began scrolling and was immediately sucked into looking at pictures of people at the beach, friends that have moved to LA enjoying their new life and numerous images of palm trees. Just as I was beginning to get a heavy case of FOMO I scrolled down to Refinery29s feed where they announced that tickets for #29rooms were now on sale. There was no way I was going to miss this event. I didn't hesitate to buy my ticket. Hence my FOMO was cured! 

Here are a few things you things you need to know when attending 29rooms.


3. Bring a friend 

With all the amazing attractions and things to interact with, you really want to be able to take a few pictures of yourself that are instagram worthy. If you go alone, there are some volunteer workers that are around to take your picture but ideally, you'll want to bring a friend along that likes to take pictures and has the patience to get your every angle or boomarang that you need.  


1. Get there early
2. Wear comfortable shoes

On your ticket there is a time given to you to enter but will be a line outside the building to get in. Getting there early will guarantee that you enter the time you were given. Arriving on time isn't the end of the world, the line moves pretty fast and the people that check you in help move things along. 

Once inside there are more lines to go into each room. I hate waiting in lines period so I can't imagine what I would have done if I was also wearing heels. I wore my adidas sneakers Depending on what time you get there I believe determines how long you will be waiting. I was there towards the later part of the evening so I was waiting and waiting and waiting. 


4. Eat before you enter

There is not a thing to eat at this event so make sure to grab a bite to eat before you go. I made the mistake of not getting anything to eat before I entered so before I knew it 3 hours had passed and I was hangry! My body wouldn't allow me to stay any longer so I didn't get to experince everything I would have liked. The lines at this point were longer then before and I needed to eat. I called my ass and uber and stopped by a pizza shop before going home. 

Sunday Stroll.

Cynthia Simpson

Photographer: Asim Sutton 
Location: Prospect Park
Styled by: Cynthia Simpson (me) 
Puppy: Barnaby
Coat: Anthropologie (on sale), Bag: Madewell, Scarf & gloves, glasses: vintage, Leggings: Uniqlo,
Sweat Shirt: similar one HERE, Boots: Tretorn, Shirt: vintage Crooks&Castles


Brooklyn Guide: Where to find your Holiday gifts!

Cynthia Simpson

As the holiday approaches we are daunted by the task of finding that perfect gift for friends and loved ones.  Shopping for my twin sister is pretty easy, since she wants pretty much everything I want. Finding a gift for my mother and husband on the other hand, can be quite challenging. Not to mention the secret santa gift I have to buy for one of my lucky colleagues. How do you shop for someone that has everything, a person who is really particular about what they like and someone you don't really know? 

Not to fret! Here is a list of my favorite boutique stores in Brooklyn where you can find that perfect unique gift for anyone on your holiday list. 


With rows of boutique stores to choose from, Smith street in Cobble Hill is a great place to start your holiday shopping. Regular Visitors that just opened a few months ago, has a cool atmosphere where you can sip delicious coffee and shop, while listening to a dope playlist. They have a good selection of products that cater to men, as well as women, beautiful home decor, stationary, and perishables items like jam and bbq sauce. They also carry an array of magazines like Kinfolk, The Gentle Woman and Wallpaper, that focus on promoting quality of life, fashion, interior design and connecting a global community of creative professionals. 


I have to thank my friend Jess who introduced me to this store a few months ago. Having great feng shui, once you enter the threshold, you may never leave. From fine jewelry to hand crafted home goods, Feliz has a great collection of unique items to choose from. 

Here are a few of my favorite things...

A great option if you're not sure of what to get someone is a bottle of cheer! There are several liquor stores in Brooklyn that will deliver to your door! Here are a few places that you can call up and get just what you need. 

The Gilded Grape

KARMABrooklyn Blog

KARMABrooklyn Blog

Little Mo Wine

Little Mo Wine Facebook

Little Mo Wine Facebook

Happy shopping everyone! 

The Pencil Skirt

Cynthia Simpson

The Pencil Skirt is a great Fall staple to have in your closet. You can dress it up with some heels and a blouse, or dress it down like I have with sneakers and a sports jacket. Putting on this skirt immediately makes me feel sexy without overdoing it. I also love a good latte, especially if it's spiked with vanilla. Just 1 shot of expresso not 2, or it gives me the jitters!

 Pencil Skirt: American Apparel, Button down: French Connection,  Sweater: Madewell, similar HERE,  
Jacket: Obey, Bag: Cuyana, Sunglasses: Alter, Sneakers: Vans 

Photo Credit: Amari Collins