Double Denim and 3 Fun Things To Do In Berkeley

Visiting California is always something I cherish, since it is where I grew up and  spent my formative years. I love to find new places to visit every time I go, and this time I went, we took a day to go to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley so that Adam could have a little Science fun and learn a thing or two. He was really into the pin wall and the interactive videos. Right outside of the building is the most amazing view of the Bay and the city of San Francisco – I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures!

Some other fun things to do when in Berkeley, stop by the Berkeley City Club for lunch and a tour of the place c – it is gorgeous – called the “Little Castle” designed by famed Hearst Castle Architect Julia Morgan. It’s a hotel, restaurant, and event space. I’ve decided if I ever renew my wedding vows, I am going to do it there!

If you are a fan of Indian food, definitely visit Vik’s Chaat Corner for some Samosa Chole Chaat, Dahi Papadi, or even real lunch food like Biryani. Don’t forget the dessert – the Falooda is on the top of my list. For some shopping, take a trip down to the 4th Street Shops, which include some really cute boutiques, a great toy store, and some of my regular favorite shops like Anthropologie.

Every Bay Area local knows that layering is absolutely key since the temperature can fluctuate wildly throughout the day. I wore my closet staples: double denim, flats and a cardigan, and added a large tote bag so I could toss in everything from my DSLR camera to extra snacks for Adam. When you are living out of a suitcase it is so important to pack things that are easy to throw on without a lot of fuss. I packed my suitcase so quickly I even surprised myself! Now if only the unpacking could be that easy…



Denim-on-denimTop: J.Crew | Jeans: Paige Denim | Shoes: Thanks to Sole Society | Cardigan: Banana Republic factory (on sale!) | Bag: Forever 21 | Sunnies: Dolce Gabbana

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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!