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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Office Inspiration

Now that I'm working from home so much, I can't help but get an itch to redo my workspace. My current 'office' was pretty much the house catch all room until I started working in there. I need to start from scratch to build my dream office space. First I cleared out all of the junk and now I am left with a large open space with tons of potential.

I searched the web for inspiration and I fell in love with this design pictured below, which I think might be Kris Jenner's office but I am not certain. I love the rich color and mix of prints and textures. It is luxurious without being gaudy. I already ordered this chair and I love how it is comfy and not too modern like most office chairs. My desk is a lot more modern, so it is a nice contrast. The walls are going to be either black, navy, or dark grey. 

That's all I've got so far but I will keep you posted on my progress! 

These days my little Adam is obsessed with puzzles and he is much better than I am - by far. He also likes to read to me, and he makes up the story line randomly - it is hilarious. One book, each page was about playing outside and swimming - I think he was trying to give me a hint...haha.

Be sure to tune in to WGN News on Friday at 11:45 a.m. to see my back to school fashion segment!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Eid with Sania Maskatiya + Love Zahra

Happy Eid to everyone who celebrates! This Eid has been extra special because now I have family here with me to celebrate with after years of being on my own in the Midwest. I've also made some amazing friends since moving to Chicago, and we had the opportunity to hang out during Ramadan which makes it so much more fun! Last night I attended a beautiful Chand Raat (eve of Eid) party where we got to shop some fabulous designer fashion in a private exhibition, and then mingle with friends and get our hands painted with henna, and of course eat traditional Pakistani food and dessert- there was even a gola ganda (shaved ice) station! It was the first time I had one since I was maybe 10? So good.

I had originally planned to wear this dress by designer Sania Maskatiya for the day of Eid, but I couldn't wait and wore it last night instead. If you haven't checked out Sania Maskatiya's online shop, you must - it is filled with everything from casual contemporary pieces, to formal and traditional, all shoppable online! 

Before I left for the party, I asked the hubs to take a few pictures of me - see the whole outfit in detail below!

Some of my other Sania Maskatiya favorites are: 123

Scroll all the way down for a few snaps from the party!

I spy a curious puppy!
Dress: Thanks to Sania Maskatiya

Just a few favorites from the evening:

This beautiful floral entryway! 

 Heavenly dessert table!

Shaved Ice with a cherry on top!

 Coconut macarons that required a selfie

 Adorable favors 

Hope you have a wonderful Eid! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Fall Wish List

Do you know that JLo just turned FORTY-five? I was just watching an Arianna Grande video the other day thinking, she is like a little mini J-Lo! Then I was thinking, wow I haven't watched a video in like, forever! I love watching videos. The only videos I watch are the ones I happen to catch if I wake up in the middle of the night to get water, because the hubs likes to have the tv on all night for 'background noise'. I am the type of person who likes to have complete darkness and complete silence when I sleep, but I guess that is just one of the many compromises that a successful marriage requires! Anyway, now that I have crossed over the 30 year mark, I just hope I can look as good as JLo when I turn 45!

The past couple of days, Adam has been under the weather so I've had little time to snap outfit pictures. Instead, I have had a lot of time to think about fall style and what exactly it is I want to incorporate in to my closet. On another note, I recently purged my closet for the (i lost track of how many) time, and I am really excited about all of the newly created space and future potential. My new philosophy is going to be only investing in pieces for the long term, and I am creating a wish list of things I want in my dream closet. That will keep me from impulse shopping and buying something I will just be purging later. 

Scroll down to view my current wish list, and read a few notes below!

Also, I've updated my Shop My Style page with all of my current favorite things in one place so definitely check it out!

1. I'm finding myself reaching for flat shoes more often these days, and I've got my eye on these Aquazzura pair that would look absolutely perfect under cropped jeans or trousers. Here is a similar style that is less than $200, and another similar style for less than $100 with only a few sizes left.

2. Red is so hot for fall and I love the length of this red topper which is also on sale! Another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale pick, this coat is so divine, I would almost say I am ready for winter again just to wear it. ALMOST.

3. J.Crew's new longer length white shirt is a dream come true for a long torso-ed gal like myself. Also, it makes layering even more fun and easy. For another classic piece to add to my new curated closet, I'd choose this striped button-down from Banana Republic.

4. Grey is having a major moment and I love the unexpected combination of a knit or stretch skirt with a more formal top. I would pick this wrap skirt or this longer darker grey pencil skirt, both from Asos

What are some of your wish list items for now or for fall?

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