NYFW + What I Wore

In an amazing feat, I managed to pack an entire week’s work of clothing, shoes, and accessories for Fashion week in only one suitcase – but as luck would have it, the polar vortex came through and half of the week I was forced to leave my fabulous fashion-week-worthy pieces behind and throw on the equivalent of a snowsuit. Side note:  anyone who wore anything less, especially on Saturday when the wind chill brought temps to -45 degrees, is definitely not human and you definitely shouldn’t trust them. I did get a chance to photograph three of my outfits, with the help my friend, fellow Chicagoan, and fashion week partner-in-crime @lubnahassan. We are shooting right outside of my bff’s awesome place in Chelsea, she was sweet enough to host me while I was in town.

Scroll down to see the three looks that made the cut…

P.S. This first outfit is what got featured in the best NYFW street style list!


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Look 1: Pants: Akris Punto (sold out, but here is a Similar Style) | Vest: Alice & Olivia (available in large) Similar Faux-Fur Style (on Sale!)  | Turtleneck: H&M | Boots: Christian Louboutin – Similar Style I love and Another Peep-Toe Style ($120!)   | Bag: YSL (borrowed from bff) |Cuff: Tiffany & Co. | Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Look 2: Bomber Jacket: Vince – Similar Style | Maxi Dress: Nordstrom | Boots: Stuart WeitzmanSimilar Style (under $150) | Bag: Givenchy – Similar Style ($35!)

Look 3: Camo Trench: Burberry – Similar Style  | Leggings: Thanks to Spanx | Boots: Sam Edelman (on sale extra 30% off!)| Bag: Chanel

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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!