Grids and Rockstuds

The other day we celebrated Adam’s fourth birthday, which is so hard for me to even say out loud, but much harder to actually type out the words. Four years have gone by in a flash like everyone says it does, and it has been the hardest, most frustrating, and at the same time most rewarding and happy experience of my life. I’m so grateful to have in my son a constant reminder of what is really important in life, and as an added bonus, a constant source of belly laughter and unconditional love.

For his birthday we hosted a small get together with our family, and I decided to wear my new cropped peasant grid blouse from Tobi, and I also tried a new braid style from Blow Bar – in South Barrington. I recently discovered Tobi because I will be collaborating with them on a Spring style post similar to yesterday’s. I had the hardest time choosing which pieces I wanted to style because the shop has so many cute and unique styles. They are extremely on trend and reasonably priced – the quality is really very good and I’m definitely going back to Tobi to shop. Right now if you sign up your email you can get 50% off of your first order – and they have an extra 30% off of sale items going on right now too so check them out for sure. ( Note: I bought this blouse in a size Small and I am 5’7″ and a size 2 typically.)

I’m always leaving my hair down or in a ponytail so I thought it would be nice to change it up, and I loved how it stayed perfectly put the entire day. I did wind up with a headache later but that happens whenever I put my hair up because it is just so heavy. The things we girls do for beauty right?

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White_Paige_Denim_ValentinoTop: Thanks to Tobi | Pants: Paige  | Shoes: Valentino  | Necklace: H&M | Ring: David Yurman | Hair: Blow Bar

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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!