Boyfriend Jeans + White Pumps

Even though technically I’m in California, the weather has been rainy, so my go to has really been boyfriend jeans and cozy knits. I live in my favorite Levi’s 501CT jeans that I have in two washes – see how I previously styled them here and here. I’m also doing a lot of running around and also eating (see my snapchat for more) so comfort is my number one priority. In terms of cool factor, I think boyfriend jeans + heels > skinny jeans + heels any day.

Adam has been loving all of the attention he is getting from family, and I think it might be getting to his  head a bit since he has been increasingly defiant and even talking back to me. The worst was when we took him to McDonalds to play on the slides and he wouldn’t leave, then he argued with me about using the mens restrooms instead of the women because he’s ‘a boy not a girl!’ and even though I explained he can only go in to the men’s restrooms when he is with his daddy, he just blew me off and walked right in anyway. I nearly lost it but instead I started counting loudly because he knows if I count to three, he is in big trouble. He came out right then, but it was a few hours yet before he changed his tune and apologized. This parenting thing doesn’t seem to be getting any easier – as someone once told me, the bigger the kid, the bigger the problems.

I have been staying sane by my morning workouts which I am amazed I have been able to keep up on vacation (knock on wood!). As long as I can remember I’ve always packed workout clothes for every trip, but usually the clothes and shoes lay cold and untouched in my suitcase. I even tried a fun Zumba class with my mom where I felt completely ridiculous at the start, but by the end of it was shaking it like the best of them. My yoga sessions have really helped me through the Adam drama, reminding me to be grateful and to cherish what is really most important in life. Basically what that comes down to is one word, family. Speaking of, they have a cup of tea waiting for me so I’d better get back – thanks for visiting as always ~ xx
white-shoes-boyfriend-jeans levis-boyfriend-jeans-white-heelswhite-heels-boyfriend-jeans-levis-jcrew white-heels-jeans-winter-styleBoyfriend Jeans: Levi’s | Sweater: J.Crew (on sale with code SHOPSALE)  | Heels: Gilt (sold out) – Similar Style (on sale – under $80!)

 I want to share a project I’m currently working on- I’m so excited to be partnering with the Windy City Shoe Travelers for their Chicago Shoe Market tradeshow on January 19th – 20th! There you will get your first look at the Fall 2016 collections of over 100 brands, some of my favorites include Toms, Superga, Frye, Steve Madden, Timberland and Sorel. For bloggers, this would be a great place to meet potential brands to collaborate with, and for brands big and small, it would be really easy to get promotion alongside some of these top tier brands. This event is still accepting retailer registrations, and is open to media, (including bloggers). Contact Bernice VanBuhler at for more information on attending or showcasing your product.




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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!