Neutrals + Fringe

This week has been such a dream since temps have been hitting over 80 degrees consistently daily. I’m not sure if it is my Pakistani heritage, or the fact that I grew up in Sacramento, but I’m just made for hot weather. Not in the way that everyone likes pleasantly warm weather, I mean for me, the hotter it gets – the better. I become happier, nicer, and just a better human being in the heat.

When I was younger I’d get in trouble for being out in the sun so long because I get so tan and that was a bad thing in my culture where girls were prized to be ‘fair and lovely’ (*sigh* colorism for South Asians…a lasting effect of British Imperialism). I never subscribed to that line of thinking thanks to my American upbringing and gaggle of girlfriends who worshipped tanning, the same ones I’d always used to sneak out to the pool with – my chlorine bloodshot eyes and fresh tan giving me away every time.  So bringing us back to today, with this heat wave in Chicago, of course I’ve been spending every moment outside possible.

Wearing white not only reflects heat and keeps you cool, which makes sense why it is pretty much a standard color for summer, but it also looks really great with a tan. I like to pair white with either more white, or with other neutral tones in lightweight fabrics, like this fringed sweater and my new favorite espadrille shoes. I plan on packing these for our Memorial Day weekend trip to the lake, ugh I’m so excited – only two days left before sun, boats, and barbecue!

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Shoes: Thanks to Sole Society | Pants: AG Jeans | Top: Thanks to J.Jill (on sale now plus an additional 30% off!) | Sunnies: Westward Leaning – via Ditto – Endless Eyewear – (get a free trial month using my code LOVEZAHRA) |

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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!