Sneak Peek – Style Consultation – Renee

I mentioned a while back that I had my first styling appointment the other day, here are some pictures of our session taken by my iPhone. The full post will follow once we are done with our fall shopping!
In life, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got. I apply that principle in any project, whether it is a room design or a styling project. So the first step is always a consultation where we look at what you already have and figure out what we need to add to achieve our goals within budget.
What really surprised me was that Renee actually had a lot of great staples, like these great fitting jeans below- in  a variety of colors and styles. These are things that you should invest in, so I am glad we can use more of the budget on trendy fall pieces. 
She also had these amazing custom made oxford shirts from Italy – and they had NEVER BEEN WORN! She felt they looked too masculine and never knew how to style them. I personally think oxfords can look very feminine and also add polish to a look, they are an absolute must for everyone.
Scroll down to see a few of the pictures that we took of her current wardrobe. 
Skinny jeans, straight leg, dark wash, light wash, black. She does not need to buy any more denim to get through the fall!
These are the custom Italian made shirts. They are SO beautiful in real life, the material is very high quality.

Here is one shirt purchased but never worn because she did not know what to wear it with. I will show you how I style it in the follow-up post. This is actually a full-sleeve blouse. She also has a lot of blouses in some great colors and prints. We will definitely get a lot of use out of those.

Another gorgeous piece that was purchased, but never worn. We will change that.
Blazers galore. 
She had so much fabulous jewelry – her collection puts mine to SHAME. This is one set of arm candy that I threw together and kind of love.
Another beautiful necklace. Reminds me of one that J.Crew is currently carrying.
Another beautiful chain-link necklace. 

So what we decided after the meeting was to add a few key pieces. We will be adding shoes, cardigans, trousers, and skirts. Stay tuned for my picks for Renee’s fall wardrobe update!

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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!