Denim and Wedges

Hey there! I’m so disappointed that I am not able to hit up the Gilt Warehouse sale this Friday. Make sure you enter the giveaway if you live in Chicago! You can enter it here.

Here is a casual look – I scored these boots from a Gilt.com sale as a matter of fact! I think I actually squealed when the box arrived at work, I was so excited. I like wedges for winter because they feel more sturdy against snow and ice, and the heels stay perfect longer. These have a cool metal detail on the heel which I love too.
Scroll down to the bottom for a little story about Eid ~

Sweater jacket Banana Republic (old) similar current/sparkly knit blouse MaxStudio via Marshalls similar/Jeans Zara/Boots BCBGMaxAzria via Gilt.com similar and similar/Jewelry Bracelet J.Crew /Bow BraceletVince Camuto/Bangles Vince Camuto/Watch Michael Kors/Ring Kohls/Necklace Target (old)/BagKate Spade

Love this detail on the jeans!

The only thing consoling me for missing the Warehouse Sale is the fact that I am *finally* going to have family to celebrate Eid with this year! Eid, for those who don’t know, is like Christmas for Muslims. It is twice a year though; one is after the pilgrimage to Mecca commemorating the Judeo-Christian-Islamic story of the Prophet Abraham and his son Ismail, and the other one is after the month of Ramadan. That’s your history lesson for the day, kids!

Growing up, I remember waking up at dawn to start getting dressed up for Eid. As a kid it was the only time I could get away with wearing makeup – I was celebrating, after all! See why I love it so much? 
After visiting the mosque for prayers, we would go visit family and friends at their homes. We would get money from our parents as a gift – another reason why I loved it – obviously!
It was called ‘open house’ and different people would host every year, and everyone who wasn’t hosting, was invited. Basically we would house hop, eat and eat, visit with a bunch of friends throughout the day, and eat some more. I get really nostalgic every year around Eid, since I’m usually away from my family- they all live in California- but I am determined this year will be different! It’s not like I couldn’t celebrate it without my family here, but it just didn’t feel the same without them.
Now, I have my brother and his family here (my current guest room visitors), and some good friends coming over for dinner. I  can’t wait! I’m looking forward to making great memories that my son Adam will remember fondly when he grows up. What traditions have you started that you love? Feel free to share below or email me!

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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!