Seeing Stripes

As much as I love my outdoor blog photo sessions, the current weather has made it impossible (even for me) to bear the elements – the weather is dipping to the -20’s and -30’s with the windchill, so that means I had to really layer up for work. I find it fun to see how many layers I can put on without looking ridiculous and/or bloated- the trick is to always cinch with a belt.

This is what I wore to work today – I believe over the knee boots can  have their place even in a conservative workplace, but it is all about how you style them. Here I have layered a turtleneck under an a-line dress and topped it with this striped sweater. I added over-the-knee boots because I liked the look of the skirt being a little bit longer than the boots. 

I do love how the sun makes shapes and shadows in the room, and also on top of one of my favorite Andy Warhol reproductions from Z Gallerie – one of many things Tom and I thoughtfully purchased for our first home together as a married couple. It is fun to look back on those times and see how far we have come and how much has changed. Everything always looks so different looking back. Last weekend, I went through the past two years of photos from my camera and multiple iPhones and organized them all in a very long photo book on – I don’t ever get around to putting real pictures in albums so I find photo books a huge timesaver. This year I’m also going to do the 52 weeks 52 portraits challenge where I take a portrait of my son every week this year. I’m almost a month in and only have one portrait so far… but I will catch up – I can’t wait to put that album together and look back on it years from now! #feelingblessed 
Outfit details: Boots: Shoemint Similar (On Clearance!) | Sweater and Turtleneck: HM | Dress: Target | Necklace: Givenchy | Belt: HM

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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!