Sequins and Chambray + My Beach Holiday Picks

Studies have shown that the anticipation of an upcoming vacation can bring almost as much pleasure as the actual vacation itself. In other words, wanting something can be just as or even more fun than having it (and dreaming about the day that scanning deadhead flight pricing lines up with my plans and I can fly private to my destination). I know for me, planning an upcoming trip is extremely exciting, as I can picture every moment that will possibly happen, and the instagram pic that will follow. Of course for me, that imagining always has to do with fashion, and I always plan my outfits in advance (i usually do a preview on snapchat: because I love getting input on anything I decide to wear.

This outfit I am wearing was a complete impulse purchase – i mean sequin shorts?!? But my vacation philosophy always dictates going out of your comfort zone and having fun, so these were pretty much a necessary buy – and by the way, they are on major sale now so if you like them pick them up, quick!

Scroll down for more vacation picks, and don’t forget to check out the Shopbop sale – they have some major discounts going on right now!


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1 Available in Red and Black

2 (Mine are a recent find from Target but I can’t find a link online) these pictured are very similar and are part of the Shopbop sale, use promo code BIGEVENT15 and get the following discounts: 15% off of orders over $150, 20% off of orders over $500 and 25% over orders $1,000+

3 My go to for almost everything – must have

4 All-time favorite swimwear shape

5 This skirt is on my wish list!

6 A great beach bag that will be used again and again (also of the Shopbop sale – see above for discounts)

7 These weigh almost nothing so it is like you are wearing flip flops – my favorite!

8 Classic sun hat – bends and folds and maintains its shape

9 A fun sequin short with a chambray top makes an unexpected combo that just works!




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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!