Cris Pearlstein Cris Pearlstein currently lives in San Francisco, but is a native New Yorker who worked as a fashion editor (then Market Director) at Redbook magazine for over a decade. She sat front row at NYFW, ran around the city in expensive shoes, and attended fancy press events. It took her four years plus four rounds of IVF to get pregnant, and almost the same amount of time to transition into her current role as freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. These days she writes essays, interviews high-profile moms for New York Family magazine, and sends out a newsletter about anything she can think of while in the shower. She's traded fashion shows and fancy shoes for cooking, composting and Birkenstocks. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.