On a quiet tree-lined street in the heart of West Hollywood, longtime friends, styling partners, and fellow new moms Meritt Elliott and Emily Current live just a few houses away from each other. Street address aside, the similarities between the power styling duo are striking: they’re the same age, share the same love and appreciation for well-worn denim (the two founded cult label Current/Elliot in 2008), and both gave birth to baby girls within six weeks of each other a little over a year ago.

Meritt’s journey into motherhood began in 2005 when daughter Lyric was born. In 2009, when Lyric was just four years old, Meritt’s husband, musician Kevin Carlberg, passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer. As a single mom to a young child, Meritt’s strength of spirit, and the constant support of family and close friends carried her through to where she is today. Now re-married to a wonderful man, and the mama of two gorgeous, vibrant daughters, the calm and loving home life she’s created for her family is a beautiful reflection of where she’s been and what she’s learned along the way.

Next up is Meritt’s longtime business partner and best friend, Emily Current