8 Things To Do Today Instead of Watching The Inauguration

nordstrom-pleione-sweatshirt-rufflesIf the idea of watching Donald Trump become the President of the United States makes you want to puke in your mouth just a little, but you can’t seem to avoid catching glimpses of the Trump clan everywhere you look, try one of these alternatives to keep your cool. If you are one of those people who are like, ‘he’s President, get over it!’ my answer to you is ‘no’.

  1. Check out these awesome Museums providing free admission as a refuge from the inauguration today only! 
  2. Help support the women’s march on Washington even if you can’t make it, this article has plenty of ideas of ways to support the causes that will need the most help during this administration, including women, minority, and LGBTQ rights – many of which don’t require writing a check.
  3. Go shopping! Not online, local! Experience the joy of meandering through a beautiful shop and notice all of the details and unique visual design, and even possibly meet and chat with store owners. You know, like they used to do in the olden days! Now that would make America pretty darn great. Here’s a cool list of local Chicago shops to check out.
  4. In a direct act of defiance to the incoming administration, go to the library, check out a book, and then actually read it. Bonus points for books on Civil Rights and Fascism.
  5. If reading isn’t your thing, but you still want to educate yourself on some real stuff, watch ’13th’ on Netflix. At the very least it will give you a better understanding of the history of race relations in our country. Also while you are there, binge watch ‘Chewing Gum’. (its just a really, really, funny show). 
  6. If you are going to watch the inauguration after all, why not make a drinking game out of it? Here’s a good one created by Rolling Stone. My fave: whenever he doubles up a modifier, i.e. “many, many” or “very, very.” (@pat_donovan)
  7. Listen to the part of the song where DJ Khaled, Future, and Jay Z obviously couldn’t think of any more lyrics in ’I Got The Keys’ (Start at 3:07) – it makes me chuckle every time – obviously I’m easily amused.
  8. Start that new hobby, job, or even write the next great American novel if you are so inclined – remember – if Donald Trump can be President, anything is possible!

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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!