Coffee, Tea, and Me

Hello there! Thanks for visiting. Today I am wearing one of my absolute favorite designers Atelier Azza – who by the way is opening up a new store on Michigan Avenue – so excited for that! Every once in a while I need to get in touch with my South Asian roots and get glammed up Bollywood style. Scroll down to read more about why…

Dress Atelier Azza Shoes Zara Jewelry Tabarruj Bag Loeffler Randall for Target

I’ve become really used to having a super packed schedule and running around with about a dozen things on my to-do list at all times. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when I forgot to drink my morning jolt of coffee on Saturday, and went about my business as usual. We had a full day booked with plans to have an early dinner with family and then meet up with some friends in the city for a birthday celebration.  

What I didn’t realize was how much my body needs that caffeine, because I ended up getting a migraine that put me out of commission entirely. I took some advil and drank some tea and after a very long nap I was starting to feel like myself again. 

The hubs decided to take me out to a nice dinner because I was so upset about missing the parties  – so I thought why not get dolled up for my man and wear my Atelier Azza dress that I’ve been dying to wear! 

By the way, wearing a tikka (the jewelry on my forehead) is always appropriate in my opinion.  Don’t you agree?

Atelier Azza will be located in The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago. 

Thanks for visiting and 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!