Spring Bling with Kendra Scott

 Lately I’ve been pondering, in this day and age when your life is your ‘brand’ – and everything on social media is a reflection of that, how much of what you put ‘out there’ is reality? It is pretty common knowledge that your social media is usually at best a series of the highlights of your life, and at worst just completely manufactured scenarios that serve to make you look cooler, smarter, prettier, richer, etc. But really, is there something inherently wrong in that? The other day I was talking to a friend of mine and she said she doesn’t post pictures of herself without her hair, makeup, and outfit on fleek. As someone who often goes on snapchat rants in pj’s without makeup, I had to question her motivation. Her answer was simple: ‘no one wants to see that!’ If we want to see regular looking people in regular clothes and no makeup, we can just go to Target, and be satisfied. When we look to social media we are trying to be entertained or inspired.

This isn’t some new phenomenon created by a narcissistic Millenial generation though- entertainers have been doing it for ages. Ever heard anyone advise you to ‘fake it until you make it?’ Did you know that Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls never lived in a one room shack, nor did he eat sardines for dinner as he raps in one of his biggest hits ‘Juicy’? According to his mom, none of those things ever happened, that was simply his alter ego and a part of his celebrity persona. Now that almost everyone is on some form of public media, whether we like it or not we are entertaining those who follow us. With the above reasoning, unless there’s a poignant caption under that makeup-free top knot hair ‘do selfie, we shouldn’t even bother posting.

But I disagree with that. I think we have hit the tipping point of perfectly composed, styled, and filtered images flooding our social feeds. When I see something real I am drawn to it. When someone breaks away from the herd, I notice. I love Dolce & Gabbana’s editorials featuring happy families, including old and young people doing regular things unheard of in fashion campaigns like being pregnant, spending time with your grandma, or – gasp-  eating food! More inspiring Italians like MSGM Designer Massimo Giorgetti, for his AW 2016 show, called for no pictures and no posting on social media during the show. According to Womens Wear Daily, his press notes only said ‘Just Clothes, Enjoy!’. Anyone who has been to a live fashion show knows that sometimes people are simply taking pictures and posting throughout a whole show, and probably not even really appreciating the nuances of the show, or the details of the clothes that you can only really see in person. Was it a press stunt? Perhaps, but regardless I think we can all take notes from MSGM, and put a little more ‘real’ in our reality.

Today’s post is the second in the Spring Blogger Nation Series, in collaboration with Kendra Scott, who is probably one of the most real Designer/Entrepreneur/Busines Mogul I know. I interviewed her when she launched the ‘color bar’, a feature where you can choose your favorite stones and styles and create the perfect piece of jewelry yourself. Her business empowers and encourages women, and she is an incredible philanthropist. Most importantly, the jewelry is legit -she uses semi-precious stones, real metals, and designs that are both trendy and timeless. I’m wearing my latest obsession, statement earrings, and an edgy ring set that can be worn all on one finger or on three different  fingers for a cool ‘brass knuckles’ look.

As always, check out lots more pictures and details of any of the looks below by clicking on the link.


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Earrings: Thanks to Kendra Scott | Rings: Thanks to Kendra Scott | Top: Bailey44 | Pants: DIY kick flares (i cut up some old flare jeans, frayed the hem, and washed/dried) | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Jacket: Sandro via Vestiaire Collective (i’ve linked to a similar style)

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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!