White Jeans and Olive Vest

After a wonderful and peaceful weekend with the family on a beautiful lake in Wisconsin where we enjoyed being outside riding four wheelers and wave runners, boating, swimming, barbecuing, bon-firing, we returned home and to the harsh realities of life as we know it – violence, racism, and hate, and the senseless murders that are a result of that. I felt my own privilege, that so many of my fellow Americans don’t get to experience, to no fault of their own.

To be honest I’ve been so overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that I have felt sort of paralyzed to do anything but obsessively watch and read the news, which only further propels me into a state of depression and helplessness. So even though i typically only discuss style here on the blog, I feel the need to say something today, even if only to get it off my chest.

I’ve seen racism and colorism first hand my entire life, within my own community and in others. For years I brushed if off, stayed quiet, let it go, when I heard my friends and family say horrible things, when maybe they thought they were being funny or just ‘telling it like it is’. My silence, I now realize, only reinforced this kind of thinking and made it ok. I’m no longer doing that. I’ve already cut out a few friends from my life who choose not to respect and regard all human beings equally. I read a great article by Imam Khalid Latif, where he said “We do not have to be women to stand up for women’s rights, Black to stand up for Black rights, or Muslim to stand up for Muslim rights. An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. ‘If you see something, say something’ has to mean something more than reporting a suspicious package on public transportation. If you see bigotry, say something. If you see hatred, say something. If you see racism, say something.” Read the entire article here .

Here’s to hoping and praying we can make a better tomorrow for our children.

And here’s a new outfit post wearing more of my summer staples – as always thanks for visiting and also thank you for letting me vent my frustrations 🙂 have a great weekend xx

mgemi-attorno-white-jeans-chanel-boy-bag utility-jacket-white-jeans-summer-outfitShoes: Thanks to M.Gemi – also available in black and cognac (use this link to get $40 off your first pair of shoes!) | Jeans: Thanks to DSTLD ($75!) (I cut and frayed the hem myself) | Vest: Thanks to Modcloth (under $40!) | Bag: Chanel | Sunglasses: via Ditto.com‘s endless eyewear program – use code LOVEZAHRA to get a free trial pair!

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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!