Summer Leather

I’ve been on the hunt for a leather shift dress for a while now, and when I found this faux leather dress I was surprised at how much it looked and felt like real leather. It is really lightweight, and not skin tight which is pretty important when wearing leather in summer. Seeing as how real leather shift dresses can range from $800 and up, I felt this was a great alternative until I feel like buying an investment piece.

At first I thought the zipper detail was kind of a negative, I thought it would look too edgy for, say, work. But since it is a black zipper, it really looks like any other shift dress. I’d pair with a blazer or a button down shirt underneath and pointed-toe flats for work, and if I needed any changes or fixes done beyond that I would take it to an expert, like a repair service or a tailor who works with leather specifically.

Outfit Details: Dress: ASTR Bag: Nordstrom Shoes: F21
Necklace: Gift (originally from Pakistan)

The one-strap messenger purse is my favorite style of bag and this one was so awesome at the Beyonce concert last night. Every time I had to show my ticket, I just flashed my purse where the ticket was facing the outside. I highly recommend getting a clear crossbody for concerts and shows.

Also, I bought these shoes years ago at Forever 21 and never wore them. Except for one time in a blog post, otherwise they sat in my closet and made it through countless purgings. When I wanted some awesome peep-toe booties to pair with the dress, I was so excited that I held on to these! So being a pack rat does have its benefits from time to time! 🙂

By the way, I absolutely love hydrangeas and just had to pose by these on the side of my house. They are one of my favorite flowers, aren’t they pretty?



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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!