So I’ve been splitting days working from home with the hubs while the little one has had a fever, so it has been really busy and stressful lately. We may need to cancel our romantic weekend getaway for Valentine’s day if he doesn’t get better soon 🙁 crossing my fingers that he does! 

The silver lining is that it has been fun watching all of the Fashion Week coverage online and on instagram – have you been keeping up? I am seriously missing being there in the city, feeling the energy that only New York can create. It is kind of like watching a game on t.v. vs. being there, there really is no comparison. The only upside is I don’t have to walk around in this miserable cold, because you know when you are in New York and you are not a New Yorker, you feel like you are walking everywhere, even when you cab it everywhere, and you fly home sore everywhere. 

At least here I can watch from the comfort of my pillow-top mattress, with some Real Housewives on demand playing in the background, while sipping some hot cocoa… ok wait maybe I don’t mind not being there after all!
Check out my summary of my first trip to NYFW here, and see my favorite Spring 2014 looks here

About the look, I wore this over the weekend to have lunch with the family and do a little shopping. I love the way this simple knit fits really well on the arms and hits low on the hips with a side slit. The lavender top paired with light blue denim is a pretty pastel combination, I love wearing lighter colors as they contrast well with my dark skin and hair. Just the way I think blondes look great in all black, I think brunettes and Red heads look amazing in pastels. 

Outfit Details: Sweater J.Crew | Jeans: JBrand | Necklace: J.Crew | Bag: Kate Spade | Sunnies: Gucci | Boots: Target | Watch: Michele | Bracelet: T+J DesignsChelsea Charles

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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!