Navy and Black

Usually when my family visits me from California, it is during the holidays when it is too cold for them to even venture outdoors. Partly because they are ill equipped to bear the elements with their light jackets and lack of proper winter footwear, but also because people from California are just so spoiled by the constant perfect climate, that when they go anywhere else they can’t stop complaining and comparing. I’ve been in Chicago for so long, I’ve built a thick skin and I actually enjoy the cooler temps. 

Side note – Fall is actually my favorite of all seasons for a few reasons: My birthday (and Stella McCartney’s – Hooray for Virgos!), The September Issue, marshmallows with hot chocolate (in that order), crisp air, chunky sweaters, falling leaves, and the exciting prospect of a new school year. I’m nerdy like that.

So of course this time my family visits and the weather is extremely hot and humid – and we are once again stuck indoors for most of their stay. We do venture out for food, and today’s look is what I wore out to lunch at Mago, my absolute favorite Mexican restaurant. I really wanted to be comfortable, so I wore these pants by MNG by Mango, Mango’s line for JCP – which is actually really great and worth checking out. I paired with one of my favorite basics, this H&M Conscious Collection tank, and a lightweight blazer by Theory, that I picked up on major sale at Nordstrom Rack.

 As the heat wave continues, try wearing a pair of soft pants layered with a tissue thin tank, and blazer for a cool look. (…literally!) 
Jacket: Theory Similar Style | Pants: MNG | Bag: Chanel Similar Style | Tank: H&M | Shoes: Charles David Similar Style | Bracelets: Lia Sophia | Watch: Michele | Necklace: Anthropologie | Bracelet: Thanks to Chelsea 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!