Weekend Style in Milwaukee

You know how the only time you do anything cool in the city you live in is when you have guests visiting you from out of town? At least that is how I’ve been most of my life, rarely taking time to visit the touristy spots. But I am going to try and change that and plan more stay-cations – it’s fun to get out of the house and change up the scene once in a while. This is what I wore when discovering Milwaukee for the first time this past weekend. We had a ton of fun staying at the Iron Horse Hotel, a really unique boutique hotel that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area. I will post some pictures of the hotel later this week, the decor was very cool – rustic and vintage but yet still very modern. 
This was right after we had an amazing brunch at Zak’s Cafe, where they make the best Nutella cappuccinos. Nutella. Cappuccino. Yes, it was everything that you would imagine it would be. It’s funny because the hubs and I are trying to be really good with eating because we are going to be on a beach in a couple of weeks, and my idea of dieting is eating a bit less of everything I would normally eat (which is everything) and his idea is eating really healthy food, but still eating a ton of it. I’m all about quality, not quantity! Bring on the cheese curds…
About the look, I’ve built quite the collection of denim and chambray tops, they are really so versatile I find myself going back to them all the time. I can always plan on bringing one with me when I travel because year round, there is always a way to wear them. Over a dress, skirt, shorts, or even more denim. My favorites are from J.Crew, but H&M, Target, and Forever 21 have some great options as well. 
Now back to my least favorite part of traveling, unpacking!

Top: J.Crew | Pants: Zara | Shoes: DV (available in Brown) or Similar Style | Necklace: J.Crew | Bracelets: T+J Designs | Watch: Michele | Bag: Tory Burch | 

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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!