About Us

Suburbs 101 is an online lifestyle guide for the New York Suburbs of Westchester County, Long Island, Fairfield County and Northern New Jersey.  Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in the New York suburbs through our weekly interviews with local suburbanites and features on Food, Fashion, Home, Travel and Local Events.

Our Founder

Suburbs 101 was founded by Joselynn Chua.  More than a decade ago, Joselynn and her husband outgrew their one-bedroom NYC Upper East Side condo.  Like many New York couples, they moved to the suburbs because they were ready to start a family.  Frustrated with the lack of resources, she founded Suburbs 101 to give readers the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in the New York suburbs. Joselynn worked in sales and marketing at Fortune 500 companies, holds real estate licenses in NY and CT and has lived and worked in all three states in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut).   She is a graduate of Cornell University who is now enjoying suburban life in Greenwich, CT with her husband and two children.

Our Contributors

Tina Broccole

Tina Broccole is a NY Fashion Stylist, Influencer, and Radio Talk Show Host of “Fashion Friday with Tina.”  She has been involved in the fashion industry for over 2 decades, first as stylist for a major retailer, then as an entrepreneur of her own styling business, Style by Tina, while adding radio show personality and fashion commentator to her resume. Catch her weekly radio show and podcast every Friday at 9:30am on 1490-WGCH radio.  Website: Style by Tina
Blog: Wardrobe Envy

Marissa Millman

Marissa Millman is a corporate lawyer by day and blogger at Donuts at the Disco by night.  Marissa was born on Long Island and spent her entire life in New York before meeting her CT born husband, Michael, in 2006 and eventually moving with him to Greenwich, CT in 2011. Together, they have two CT-born little ladies, and over time, their passion for exploring and experiencing all that’s around them has become a family affair. She lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and two children.  Blog: Donuts at the Disco

Samantha Woodruff

Samantha Woodruff holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She spent most of her career at Viacom’s MTV Networks, where she oversaw Strategy, Business Development and Consumer Research for Nickelodeon and a host of other brands.  After becoming a mom and moving to the suburbs of Manhattan, Sam left corporate America and made being a mom to her 7 and 9-year-old kids her full-time job. In her free moments, Sam teaches yoga and takes classes at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence. She is working on her first novel and writing essays that take a lighter look at the life of a former type-A executive turned suburban mom. Her work has been featured in Read650 and she contributes a monthly column, Seriously, Sam? to Suburbs 101.

Joanna Y.

Joanna Y

Joanna is an Instagram fashion influencer, wife, and stay at home mom, who is passionate about style. She is an avid traveler, a voracious reader, an over-zealous coffee table book collector, and has a weakness for chai lattes, pink peonies and anything with a monogram. She is a former NYC Public Relations Executive, with a Masters Degree from the Annenberg School and B.A. from UCLA, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. Joanna started her Instagram fashion page to document her own personal style and share her favorite tips and finds. Instagram page: @mycandidcloset

Helen B. Phillips

Helen B. Phillips is a twenty-something social media influencer and blogger who lives in Greenwich, CT.  She has a lifestyle/fashion blog, Style Inherited.  She is a chocolate chip pancakes, Pure Barre, and Prosecco loving girl who values family time, honest opinions and quality over quantity.  Blog: Style Inherited

Lauren Haley

Busy Little Bee's Lauren Haley and Her Move Back to Darien, CT

Lauren Haley was born and raised in Darien, CT. Lauren is the founder of Busy Little Bee. As a busy mom looking for activities for her girls, Lauren always found herself spending hours on various websites comparing schedules, costs, and class descriptions. And when it came time to start the daunting task of finding a preschool, it was impossible for her to locate a quick overview of each school’s approach to learning or identify open house and registration dates. Lauren quickly realized that navigating the logistics of activity registration and preschool enrollment didn’t need to be so difficult, so Busy Little Bee was born! Lauren lives in Darien, CT with her husband, Chris, and two daughters, Parker and Madison. Website: www.busylittlebee.com

Magdalena Oshana

5 Simple Ways to Prepare your Home for Spring

Magdalena is a space curator, who at an early age had expressed an interest in design and interior styling. European born, Miami trained and Greenwich adopted, Magdalena is the founder of home staging company, StellarStage. Magdalena sees potential in spaces and homes beyond the existing furnishings and is able to declutter and align proper dimension and design. She has an eye for simplicity and tradition combined with classic and interesting pieces of furniture and lighting. She lives with her husband and children in Greenwich, CT. Website: www.stellarstage.com

Maura Fitzgerald

Maura Fitzgerald's Life in Bronxville, NY

Maura Fitzgerald was born in NYC and raised in Bronxville, NY. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and worked in Print and Digital Advertising Sales for 20 years at Forbes and Time Inc. Now Maura is a Luxury Organizational Design Specialist servicing Westchester County September through June and Annapolis, MD in summer months. She recently launched a new label business, Labelize It. Offering Luxury, Custom Cut Vinyl Labels that keep your home and business organized – one label at a time! Maura and her husband love working for the weekends where they have non-stop action and fun with their 3 children….and everything isn’t always organized. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband and three children. Website: www.fitzjustright.com

Claudia Marie Russo

Claudia Russo

Claudia Marie Russo is a Corporate Communications executive in New York City. A graduate of Villanova University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Corporate Communication from Purdue University. In her spare time, she enjoys long days at the beach, attending folk rock concerts, cooking, drinking wine, eating Margherita pizza and spending time with family and friends. She currently serves on the leadership committee for the Villanova Communication Alumni Network. A New York native, Claudia now calls Weehawken, New Jersey her home, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Our Editorial Intern

DaisyMae VanValkenburgh

DaisyMae VanValkenburgh

DaisyMae VanValkenburgh is a twenty-something blogger and Instagram lifestyle influencer finishing up her BA in journalism and moving onto her MSEd in higher education administration at Hofstra University on Long Island. She is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, an editor-in-chief for multiple companies, a social media analyst, a website builder, and a dream chaser. Daisy is an artist and writer by nature who loves exploring new places or spending nights in reading or streaming shows while sipping on Pink Moscato. Website: DaisyBurgh

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