Light Neutrals

Sacramento in Spring is pretty much like summer in Chicago, and It is always good to wear light colors and layers to keep cool, so this was an easy outfit choice during my trip. Also, this neutral palette thing is seriously my uniform lately! I just love how the light colors contrast with my dark hair and skin – contrast is what really draws the eye so if you have an outfit that you think is just okay, try to wear something that is opposite of your own coloring, or add an accessory on the opposite end of the color wheel, that does the same trick!

I could have packed a little smarter and brought more pants that weren’t denim, but this time around I packed my bags quickly and without my usual fuss so I didn’t even think about it. Don’t judge- but usually when I travel, I try on complete outfits and photograph them so I can refer to the pictures for ideas during the trip. It is a lifesaver for when you have a full itinerary and a full suitcase and you don’t want to start from scratch. As for jewelry, I typically bring an entire jewelry organizer, but this time I got by with just one pair of earrings, one ring, and two necklaces. I have to say it was sort of liberating traveling with so few items, I may have to try this more often!

Thanks for visiting and have a great short week! xx

cardigan-white-pants Chloe-drew-lesouque-banana-republic chloe-drew-white-denim-banana-republic White-paige-denim-chloe-drew-stuart-weitzman-nudistPants: Paige DenimSimilar Style I am currently loving | Tank top: H&M | Cardigan: Banana Republic Factory Store – Similar Style | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Similar Style (less than $80) | Bag: Chloe  | Watch: Michele | Sunnies: Ray-Ban

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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!