Little White Dress

One constant in my wardrobe has always been the little (or long) white dress. I have long since preferred it over black, because of my coloring and hair I feel more excited when I am wearing clothes that are either a stark contrast to me, like all white, or a neon chartreuse, or alternatively clothes that completely blend in with my skin tone like camel and beige tones. I still  wear head to toe black though if I am in the mood, because I don’t like to limit my fashion choices.

Something I always tell my styling clients is to wear what you love, but don’t be afraid to challenge old notions that you may have. You might think a certain color or style is not for you, but over the years the cut of that style may have changed, or your body may have changed, and maybe that shade of green you hated now compliments your new hair color. For me, it was going from low-rise to mid-rise jeans that took a lot of time and mental anguish – in my head I thought, mid-rise means I am getting old or maybe I need a little extra support in the middle – but even though that is all true to an extent 🙂 – they fit me so much better which directly affects how I look and feel wearing them. Now I don’t go anywhere near anything but mid-rise!

Today’s look is what I wore for my Woodfield Mall Black Friday segments. I woke up at 2:00 a.m. after hosting Thanksgiving the night before, so I needed something to make me look awake. The bright red lip did the trick! I already knew I wanted to wear this sweet white Ann Taylor dress that I bought last season but never had the chance to wear. It has the cutest button detail in back and a really pretty boat neck cut. Since this dress is no longer available, I have listed some of my favorite LWD alternatives below.  The gorgeous jewelry I am wearing is from J.Crew, where I always turn for pretty and high quality fashion jewels. I love the antique look, I know I will be wearing these pieces for years to come.

By the way, Ann Taylor is having a 50% off of dresses and shoes promotion today – don’t miss it!


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Dress: Ann Taylor (No longer available – see my LWD picks below) | Bracelet: J.Crew (extra 40% off with code SNOW)  | Necklace: J.Crew | Shoes: Schutz (this exact style sold out but I link to another one I love) | Earrings: Anthropologie (sold out) – Similar Style | Lips: Mac Ruby Woo with Mac More to Love liner | Ring: Vince Camuto

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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!