Barrett Prendergast

Founder of Valleybrink Road

Fresh cut flowers, delicious, whole foods, and parties, are just a few of Barrett Prendergast’s favorite things. At a career crossroad, it was these things that kept dancing through her head. What could she do that combines all her passions in a professional sense? The manifestation was Valleybrink Road: a floral design and luxury gift box company that is really, so much more. Barrett is the go-to girl for all things food and entertainment. Her site is chalked full of beautiful personal recipes, beautiful and purchasable floral designs and gift boxes, and a look at all her past parties.

I sat down with Barrett to find out how she balances her healthy and active lifestyle as a #girlboss (and #momboss), and get the scoop on her effortless style and how the key is to keep it simple, in all aspects of life.
Barrett Prendergast - The Particulars

Barrett Prendergast - The Particulars

The Everydays:

Morning Routine in 5 Words: 
kids, water, coffee, breakfast, carpool
Favorite Work Uniform: 
Jeans and a t-shirt or sweatshirt
The tv show or movie you always recommend: 
Bedtime Routine in 5 Words:
family, movies, story-time, tea, reading
Have you picked up any new hobbies as an adult?:
I started cooking in my twenties and just keep getting more into it as each year passes.

The Special Days:

Favorite Vacation Destination: 
Liguria and Puglia in Italy
Favorite way to relax or celebrate yourself: 
Facial or Massage
The best gift you’ve ever received: 
My wild boys

Where We Can Find You:

Socials: @barrettprendergast @valleybrinkroad
Where You Work: Valleybrink Road and Barrett and the Boys
What have you been up to since we last chatted?: A year ago my husband, Andre and I, launched a Substack newsletter and website called Barrett and The Boys where we share recipes, travel, and the adventures of our family of five. We also moved to Italy last August!

Barrett Prendergast - The Particulars

Barrett Prendergast - The Particulars

Barrett Prendergast - The Particulars

More from Barrett:

At what point did you decide that you wanted to turn your passion and hobby of cooking into a full-time career?
When I turned 30. I had just closed down the handbag line I had with my husband and was really at a crossroads. I couldn’t imagine going to work for someone again and had sort of lost my love for the fashion world. Everything I was doing in my free time was about food and entertaining. I was always cooking, making up recipes, having people over for dinner, planting gardens, going to the farmers market. These were all the things I really loved. So, I decided to see if I could actually turn what I truly loved into some kind of profession. I went to work in a restaurant and less than a year later, Valleybrink Road was born. 
How do you manage to find the time to create such healthy and balanced meals with such a busy work schedule?
It is part prep and part cooking meals that are simple. I do a lot of prep on Sundays, like making batches of grains, washing vegetables, making almond milk, roasting chicken, etc, so that certain things are ready to go in the fridge when it comes to mealtime. I also don’t like fussy recipes. I want to be finished in 20-30 minutes max, so that is really how I cook. I search for the best ingredients and really good produce, so the dishes don’t need much in the end.
You spend a lot of time in the kitchen and working with your hands. How does this impact your personal style? Do you have work style vs. personal style?
Yes. In the mornings and when I am doing a lot of physical labor like cooking or making arrangements and gift boxes, I usually wear jeans, one of my many The Great T-Shirts (they are heaven), and some Converse. My personal style is longer, flowy colorful dresses and sandals.