Thanks everyone for checking out The Urbaness yesterday – I appreciate all of your likes/comments/emails! They really mean a lot to me. There is going to be a follow up piece tomorrow where I share my current cravings – things I think are cool and want for myself.

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Today’s look is casual with a touch of prep. I love a pair of oxford shoes in lieu of flats. It is an easy update to make you look a little bit ‘Brit cool’ – I personally strive to achieve that effortless edgy look that the Brits make look so easy – think Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Victoria Bekham, and Kate Beckinsale – they all look put together but not at all like they are trying hard, even though they probably are!

Linen blazer H&M Shoes Topshop (similar) Jeans Zara Blouse Nordstrom (similar) Sweater Marshalls (similar) Necklace Banana Republic Sunnies Ray-Ban Clutch Marc Jacobs for Target Crossbody Bag J.Crew 
Photography – Carolyn McNamara

For this shoot my friend and photog Carolyn strolled around downtown in the suburbs near us. We checked out a vintage shop where I found a pair of Chanel pumps for $30 – but didn’t buy them because they were scuffed and I knew I wouldn’t actually wear them. Remember that thing I said about buying only what I love? Well I try my best to live by it, even if it means giving up a pair of ridiculously inexpensive Chanel pumps… 

After taking in the sites in town, we stopped in a local bar/restaurant for lunch – expecting the menu to consist of chicken fingers, fries and the like – we were pleasantly surprised to find gourmet steak sandwiches and my favorite- seasoned sweet potato fries! It was really fun and my husband was relieved of his photog duties for a change, something I am sure he appreciated!

I did have to head right home after because I had to get ready for the Oscar party the Chicago Blogger Network was having at Nellcote. I met a lot of really cool people and had a great time overall. I wore a simple black cocktail gown and my Atelier AZZA belt with it. That belt dosent need much help making an outfit look fabulous! Follow me on Instagram for pics!

Have a great day!

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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!