Life is Good.

It took me a long time to choose just which pictures I wanted to post from this family photo session that I had with Nabila Ali of SanyaZ Photography, they were all so amazing. I feel so lucky to have my wonderful little family captured so beautifully. 
When I first started dating my husband, we bonded over two things – our love of both the TV show Family Guy, and 90’s rock music. We also bonded over other less shallow stuff, but that is besides the point of this post. I still argue that the best music ever produced came from that time, but I may be biased because I was an angst-y teen at the time, and the music was full of raw emotion and darkness that really appealed to me back then. 
I was so excited to get the new Smashing Pumpkins album Oceania, because  I loved the band and I don’t understand why they (and other amazing bands from the era) weren’t making new music. What I especially miss are the themes that pervaded the lyrics like lost love, anger, and challenging the status quo – yes I was one of those kids that read and re-read the lyrics from the cd insert while the songs played on my disc man – remember those? Music has always had a profound effect on me, and my life was shaped by the direct influence of some of these bands. I mean come on – Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Sublime, Alice in Chains, Bush, Rage…I could go on and on.
I changed my mind on wearing the polka dot dress after I found this gorgeous sweater. Shoes – Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom, Jeans – Zara, Sweater on sale at Anthropologie, blouse on sale at Banana Republic. Jewelry – Jcrew.
Finding my true self as an American born of Pakistani immigrant parents was tough- because you can easily end up living two separate lives, one American, one Pakistani. Growing up I always challenged what I was taught, when it came to religion or rules. I was totally a rebel without a clue in jr. high and high school, in college I went the other way and became very spiritual.

Ring around the rosies.

It took years but I’ve found a balance that works for my life now. Looking back I am so glad I did challenge the status quo, because I just confirmed that everything I am doing is because I truly believe it, not because somebody told me to. So if you can learn from others mistakes, definitely do it (it’s easier), but if you are like me – experience everything life has to offer for yourself, and don’t regret a moment, it will all make sense in the future. I promise.

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!