Niagara Falls

Ahhh… finally the weekend has arrived! I still haven’t quite finished unpacking, and for me that is complete torture! I love traveling, but there is nothing like the feeling you get when you walk in your front door. Particularly after an hour-long flight that felt like a month-long flight because of a squirmy, over-tired toddler in my lap.
We got in late at night, and with work the next day, I was feeling pretty frazzled all around. I forced myself to take some time out for ‘me’ and go to my hot yoga class, and I felt completely rejuvenated. In any other workout, my mind is still racing with all of the things on my to-do list, but with yoga, I’m so distracted with the difficult poses that I completely lose myself in it. 
Below are some pictures from our visit to Niagara Falls. We took a couple of extra days to relax after the wedding, much of it uneventful, but I really enjoyed the simplicity and quiet that we rarely experience in our normal day-to-day lives. Even just laying in bed watching Jersey Shore and then eating pizza delivered to our room was a fun change for us.
I loved my cozy blazer and flats combo, and I am definitely going to wear it a LOT this fall. I didn’t wear jewelry because we were hopping on a flight back to Chicago that same day, and I like to make my airport security checks as seamless as possible. It took years, but I’ve learned the secret to traveling light – wear flats, no jewelry, no belt, and keep your license and boarding pass in your pocket. Even better if you wear a long dress or maxi skirt. It makes life so much easier.
Have a great weekend!
Blazer Jcrew/Cardigan H&M (old) similar/Striped shirt Target (old)/Jeans Zara/Flats Sam Edelman

Adam was more interested in the birds than the falls!

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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!