Sunny Monday

Good morning! Today’s look is what I’d wear on a hike – if I were trying to look cute hiking, that is. Actually it could work for any day, these pants are really comfy even though they are leather, and the booties couldn’t be more perfect for winter with the chunky heel.
Scroll down to read about my crazy frustrating weekend and some of my makeup faves! 

Sunnies here borrowed from my husband, always great gift idea!

Pants Paige similar Sweater J.Crew (old) similar Sunnies Kate Spade Booties Shoemint Bag Tory Burch Similar Michael Kors Green Jacket Loft Loving this one Tank h&m Necklace Urban Outfitters (old) similar  Watch Michele (old) similar Coat Banana Republic (old with DIY fur removed from hat) similar Lips Mac Viva glam A31 with Estee Lauder lip pencil in 07 Red
 I have to admit today is a day that I wish I could wear my sunnies all day long. This weekend was busy and I wasn’t feeling too great, but I wanted to do my outfit posts over the weekend so that I could totally focus on work during the week – one of my resolutions, actually. So I did all the prep work in choosing my outfits, got myself dressed and made up, then I realized I left my camera at work. After pouting for a little while, and at the insistence of my sweet husband (who knew I’d keep pouting if I didn’t get this done) I drove to work and got my camera. After we took all of the pictures, we viewed them at home and they were ALL BLURRY. Somehow I think we forgot about autofocus and all of those pictures went to waste. I should post them just to show you how terrible they were. Then we retook one outfit this morning (today’s look) before work, and well, they are just okay. The last one is blurry but not terrible. Maybe it’s just the Virgo in me talking, but I guarantee you these will be retaken at some point in the future.
Anyway, I also didn’t get a chance to do a video for my makeup and beauty routine – because I was sick and didn’t want my first-ever video to be punctuated by sneezes and coughs. So, I put together a quick list of my current favorite makeup that I use on a daily basis. Enjoy!
Makeup Forever microperfecting primer
Makeup Forever HD foundation in N128
Makeup Forever HD concealer 350
Makeup Forever HD microfinish powder
Loreal True Match N7-8 sweet ginger (on temple/cheekbones)
Tarte Tipsy (on apples of cheeks)
Lipstick Favorites (ever-changing)
When I am wearing a shade that is:
Bright Red – MAC Viva glam A31 with Estee Lauder lip pencil in 07 Red
Dark Red – MAC Viva glam A31 with MAC Lip pencil in Burgundy
Burgundy – MAC Rebel with MAC Lip pencil in Burgundy

Neon bright orangey pink – MAC Impassioned (amplified)
Pink-ish – Revlon Super Lustrous 130 Rose Velvet with Ulta dual lip pencil Plum/Rose (use Rose)
Natural – Lancome L’absolu Rouge in Rendez-vous  (super moisturizing)  with Lancome lip pencil with brush in Ideal 
**Sometimes I only use a Lancome Juicy Tube – a little sticky but really stays glossy
Currently in love with Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes 
Favorite black eyeliner Lancome in Black Ebony

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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!