Trench Coat and Lace-Up Boots

Last night I bought a lottery ticket. Let me preface this by saying I’m definitely not a gambler, in fact my view is I’d rather spend my money on something tangible – like a new handbag for example. The thrill of possibly winning just does not do it for me, I am too much of a realist. So I’m not sure then why I bought a ticket yesterday on the way home from the gym, when I stopped to fill up gas and realized I was really thirsty so I went in to the store to buy some water.

I saw the Powerball prize had gone up to $500 million, so I thought, why not give it a shot even though the odds of winning the grand prize are technically 1 in 292 Million, which is obviously a long shot, but if you compare to the odds of being struck by lighting in your lifetime, which is only 1 in 3000, you know just how truly unlikely it is to win the jackpot. Nevertheless I bought the ticket, which led to an interesting conversation with my husband at the dinner table.

Tom asked me if we won the prize, would I still blog, and would I still do the personal styling and interior design work that I do now. Without even hesitating I answered of course! Its my passion!I would just make it better, and hire more people and buy better equipment. I mean I would definitely go on several shopping sprees and maybe a vacation or two but other than that I would do exactly what I am doing now. Then I thought about how everything I would do with more money is actually something I could do now, or in the near future, if I just plan for it a little better.

This all happened after a most inspiring day of meetings, the first with an amazing blogger who I plan to collaborate with on some major events this year that, if it all works as planned, could be pretty revolutionary, and the second meeting was with a group of entrepreneurs who have created a brand new product and brought it to market and are looking to successfully promote it.

One of the big changes I am incorporating in my life, you may already know, and that is shopping ethically manufactured clothing. I call myself a ‘work in progress’ as I still shop some fast fashion, but I believe in progress over perfection so I’m just going to keep working on it. For today’s look I’m wearing a scarf by Inkmade Co. A Chicago-based company that specializes in creating beautiful scarves and paper goods using traditional Indian block printing techniques. A portion of the proceeds help these artisans in India by giving them an income source. Knowing that I’m helping others in some way makes shopping so much fun – and also guilt-free.

Being surrounded by entrepreneurs and people who are just really passionate about what they do and are working hard towards fulfilling their dreams and changing the world while they do it, is so much fun and also highly contagious. I had such a nervous excited energy inside of me the whole day that I completely forgot to eat until dinner time. I wish everyone could find and tap in to that amazing energy that comes with doing what you really love, even if it is just something you do on the weekends or once in a while. It changes you completely and affects other areas of your life too; as the saying goes – how you do anything is how you do everything.

Oh and by the way, I didn’t win the lottery. But I’ve definitely got my eye on the prize.

burberry-trench-sam-edelman-boots-inkmadeco-scarf burberry-inkmadeco-samedelman inkmade-co-scarf inkmadeco-instagram inkmadeco-burberry-samedelman sam-edelman-lace-up-bootiesScarf: Thanks to Inkmade Co. | Trench: BurberrySimilar Style (Under $100) | Jeans: Zara | Boots: Sam Edelman  (on sale!)| Bag: GivenchySimilar Style  (under $400) and Similar Style  (On Sale under $40!) | Hat: Thanks to Old Navy | Gloves: Zara


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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!