Rent The Runway at the W Hotel

Good morning! My girlfriend Kat and I had such a blast at the Rent the Runway preview event last night in Chicago, and I got to hang with Lucy Sykes Rellie, Fashion Director and my new style idol!
Lucy told me her absolute favorite of the new designers that Rent the Runway is carrying is Bhibu Mohapatra, whose design we are standing in front of in the picture below. The designer has fabulous statement making dresses that you would only wear to a truly special event. 
If you read my blog regularly, you would know that I tried Rent the Runway this year for the first time, and I reviewed my experience in this post
Scroll down for more about the event and information on some deals!
Lucy and I 
Kat holding my fave Versace number, that I will be renting SOON.

The place was packed – random shot of the group
Jewels – oh my heart
Lucy said her most popular designers are Nicole Miller, Herve Leger, Versace, and Badgely Mischka. The jewelry includes designers such as Alexis Bittar, known for unique pieces like the bracelet pictured above. 
The W recently added two new floors to the hotel, so to celebrate ‘glamming up’ they are offering a COMPLIMENTARY designer dress rental with your booking, redeemable during your stay! The dress will be delivered directly to your room. Perfect for anyone visiting Chicago for an event, or even for a date night! 
Kat with the Gorgeous Jessica Young from the W hotel wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress from RTR. She graciously let me take her picture – isn’t that dress amazing? 

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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!