Leopard and Roses

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I wore this outfit for a dinner party we hosted at our place this past weekend. I wanted something comfortable since I knew I’d be pretty busy preparing food and drinks for people, I didn’t want to add any wardrobe issues to the mix. I absolutely love these Paige leggings, they just know how to cut pants for girls with curves! I kept the color palette simple and played with textures and prints instead with the pleated metallic top, leopard cardigan, silver flat sandals, and my favorite rose statement necklace. 
Whats your go-to dinner party hosting look?

Necklace: J.Crew  Pants: Paige Similar in black   Top: The Limited Similar Style
Shoes: Guess Similar Style   Cardigan: H&M Similar Style (Under $50!)
Nails: Essie Really Red
On another note, as I sit here putting this blog post together, while my three boys sleep – husband, baby, and puppy – I realize I am inadvertently watching a telenovella called Una Familia Con Suerte. This is some crazy stuff! Anyone a fan of these shows? I feel like I’m in a nightmare where everyone sounds like Sofia Vergara from Modern Family (who I love, btw)- there are mimes, freakish fashion and hair styles, random pop musical interludes, and ‘cartoon in real life’ special effects remniscent of Paula Abdul’s music video for ‘Opposites Attract’.  It’s all so strange but I’m still glued to the screen though I have no idea what they are saying. They must be doing something right! I’ll let you know if this becomes a habit…

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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!