Staycation Day 2: Tunic Sweater + Cut Out Booties

On our second day of our staycation in Chicago, I dressed a little more casual for a Mexican dinner al fresco and then for taking in a comedy show at Zanies. I forget how much more fun it is to see a show live, since most of my entertainment comes from Netflix these days (hello, Stranger Things!) I love the light weight knit fabric and open back detail in this sweater tunic, which makes it really versatile for wearing year round. Also now that I’m officially a hat person – after years of thinking I couldn’t pull of the style – my latest addition to my hat arsenal is this one by Janessa Leone, you can feel the high quality and heavy weight of the wool – it keeps its shape perfectly and doesn’t flop around. I highly recommend.

Also for Fall, I’m all about cut out booties, and I’m finding that most of my shoe collection these days is either black or a neutral taupe color like this pair. It just goes with everything and stays in style.

On another note, the second trimester is turning out to be much better than the first, and I’m getting back in to a healthy routine. I’m getting back to posting regularly here on the blog, and I’ve been updating my Pinterest page with some great outfit, shoe, and bag inspiration. Do check it out! I’m also planning on posting my prenatal workout routine and some of my favorite ways to dress the bump for everyday. Stay tuned for that coming up!

Have a great weekend! xx
nordstrom-janessa-leone-splendid all-saints-janessa-leone-hat cut-out-booties-open-back-sweaternordstrom-open-back-sweaterTunic Sweater: thanks to Nordstrom (under $60!) | Jeans: Zara (old) Similar Style | Booties: Thanks to Sole Society – more sizes available here| Hat: Janessa Leone  | Bracelet: Thanks to Pali Roots | Bag: Thanks to Gigi New York  | Watch: Thanks to Shore Projects  | Jacket: All SaintsSimilar Style (under $100!)

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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!