Back To School Shopping at Woodfield Mall

back-to-school-shopping-woodfieldSchool is starting next week! I saw a video that perfectly describes my feeling – in it a mom drops her child off to Kindergarten, sobbing all the way home and every day after. In the next scene she is dropping off for First grade, singing Hallelujah while calling her friends to hang out and celebrate. Pretty darn accurate.

Lately I’ve had to get Adam involved in every clothing decision because, as I’ve learned, he will go to any lengths necessary not to wear things he doesn’t like. I found a few shirts stashed under his bed apparently in an attempt to hide them – one had a cactus print he wasn’t a fan of, and one had a heart somewhere in the design, which was too ‘girly’ for him.

So when Woodfield Mall invited us to do some back to school shopping with them, I didn’t hesitate. I’m there several times a week anyway, I love that it is so spacious and all indoor – this crazy weather makes outdoor shopping such a hassle. It is also an easy way for me to get a little exercise strolling Sophia around while checking out the latest trends and my low-key favorite thing to do- people watching. Shopping isn’t really his, or most six year old boy’s, favorite past time, so luckily I was able to bribe him to behave by promising a trip to the Virtual Reality experience, and a new splat ball from the Splat Kiosk. Check out our day on my IG story before its gone! And why not follow me too while you are at it 😉

We hit up several stores but found the most luck at Kids Foot Locker. I fell in love with these shoes, but after trying them on he decided on this pair. They have a lot of great sportswear too, so we picked up some cool Adidas tees and jackets too. He already has this Fjallraven backpack which I love, and it is also available at Urban Outfitters.

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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!