January- Favorite Things

Good morning! Thanks for visiting! I’m happy to report the flu has officially left my house! Now I can get back to my regularly scheduled life: baby, husband, work, yoga, blog, repeat. Like a baby, I take comfort in routine – so when everything is thrown out of whack I am all the more grateful when it is back to normal.
Since the temps are finally dipping to real winter weather here in Chicago, I thought I would put together a few of my cold weather favorites.  
1. Coral Lipstick – 
Winter makes even the darkest skin tones look dull and pale, so I find wearing a bright pinkish coral tone on the lips, and a coral blush on the apples of the cheeks and a bronze shade of blush on the temples really brightens and brings back that sun kissed look we all love to get in summer. I found a new shade that I am absolutely in love with – L’oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Tropical Coral with L’oreal Color Riche Lipliner in Timeless Coral. I also love to keep my lips super moisturized with the colorless half of the Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor
Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor
 L’oreal Colour Riche Lipstick 

2. Teavana Blooming tea in Peach Momotaro .
I love tea any time of year, but it just works magic in winter. I love the light fruity taste of the peach momotaro tea from Teavana. You have to brew it in a tumbler like below, because the tea needs room to bloom. One bloom can last a whole day! There are some teas that bloom actual flowers, but this one’s is just a little strange looking – to be completely honest. But it tastes great!

3. The Kasbah rug. 
I have an unhealthy obsession with decorating and re-decorating, and West Elm is often a source of inspiration. I just want to lay on this rug with my baby and puppy and play all day. I would love this rug in my life!

I’ve tweeted about my love of Mythic Oil – but I love it even more in winter. My hair is naturally mostly straight, with a slight wave. It is very thick and therefore heavy and extremely time consuming to blow dry. I used to run out  of the house with my hair about 3/4 dry, and I’d end up with frizzies all day long. This takes care of that and more. I just take a few pumps of the bottle onto my hands, and comb into my wet hair with my fingers. I follow up with a smoothing creme from Loreal and then blow-dry. Plus it just smells really nice. Try it!
5. Flat booties – Like these Ivanka Trump Tilly Booties
I will never get on the sneaker wedge trend, sorry Isabel Marant!! I just can’t stand how they look on me. Equally comfy and way cuter in my opinion, are these gorgeous booties by my girl Ivanka. I am starting to get a little bit obsessed with Ivanka Trump’s shoe line if you haven’t already noticed!

What are some of your favorite things this winter?

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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!